My beautiful, wonderful mom

Beautiful Helen Limjoco

Mom was about 22 in this photo.
Mom was about 22 in this photo.

My fabulous, wonderful, beautiful mom.

I am blessed to have an extraordinary mom, Helen Belflower Limjoco. She has been there for me through the worst and the best of times. From her, I have learned that anything is possible if you just go for it. When mom sets out to do something, it gets done. No task is too daunting for my mom.

At 91 she is a breast cancer survivor in remission for 30 years, and my inspiration! She still drives around Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines, where we have all moved to. She is still so independent. For my mom, there is nothing she cannot do if she sets her mind to it. When I feel weak and insecure about doing something, I think of how my mom just jumps in feet first and gets the job done, no matter what it is.

My mom is so strong, kind, and generous to a fault. Without her unconditional love and support, I would not be the woman I am today.

Mom was raised in Oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA. During World War II she was one of the women who worked for the Douglas Aircraft Plant to rivet airplanes for the war effort. I guess this helped her to become the handy gal she always is. She's always trying to fix things herself still.

She became one the first female entrepreneur role models for me. She had the patience to teach me how to answer phones, and at the ice plant my grandpa built in Batangas, she taught me how to count money from the sales of ice on this huge manual adding machine. My father's family were friends with Philippine presidents Laurel and Quezon, she was undaunted by her new position in life dealing with the social elite of the times.

My mom and dad celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in 2016! Congratulations mom and dad! What an accomplishment!

Mom, I love and adore you now and forever!

Diana

My fabulous parents

My mom, Helen Belflower Limjoco, 85 yrs old and dad, Ramon A Limjoco, 93 years old, took the long journey from Subic Freeport to my home province of Batangas to support me when I received the Most Inspiring BatangueƱa Award - Special Category.

Both my parents are role models to me. For their personal integrity, honor, respect for others, kindness, generosity and their sense of humor!

Helen Limjoco 1946 - Quezon Province

Helen Limjoco in the 1950's

At my great aunt's (Lola Amparing Arguelles de Villa) beautiful home in Malate. I remember this dress she wore, red velvet with white flowers on the bodice. I thought she looked like a Goddess that night! My mom's hair was natural blue-black, and it shined like an oil spill in the sunlight, green, blue, magenta...it looked like a rainbow.

My mom would read me bedtime stories when I was a child, was always with me when I was sick, which was a lot, and encouraged my creativity.

Ramon Limjoco 89th Birthday party

Don't forget to take lots of photos of your mom

Mom with Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal - 1963

My father sponsored a trade fair, the first of it's kind in Batangas Province, as founder and President of the Batangas Chamber of Commerce. My mom was introducing the President Diosdado Macapagal to the local illustrati.

Helen Limjoco with Palawan Governor Baham Mitra - August 16, 2010

Helen Limjoco with Palawan Governor Baham Mitra at Badjao Seafront Restaurant
Helen Limjoco with Palawan Governor Baham Mitra at Badjao Seafront Restaurant

Mom will turn 91 this Aug. 23rd! She still does her own chores and cooking! This was taken at Badjao Seafront Restaurant.

Helen Limjoco- Aug. 16, 2010 - with US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr.

Helen Limjoco wth US Ambassador Harry K Thomas, Jr., at Badjao Seafront Restaurant in Puerto Princesa Palawan with our electric Tricycles.
Helen Limjoco wth US Ambassador Harry K Thomas, Jr., at Badjao Seafront Restaurant in Puerto Princesa Palawan with our electric Tricycles.

At Badjao Seafront Restaurant in Puerto Princesa Palawan with our electric Tricycles. The Ambassador was gracious enough to put up with us asking him to pose with us! Such an affable gentleman. He did take a liking to them and he would let us take him for a spin next time he's in town.

At Badjao Seafront Restaurant Aug. 16, 2010

Helen Limjoco wth US Ambassador Harry K Thomas, Jr., at Badjao Seafront Restaurant in Puerto Princesa Palawan with our electric Tricycles.
Helen Limjoco wth US Ambassador Harry K Thomas, Jr., at Badjao Seafront Restaurant in Puerto Princesa Palawan with our electric Tricycles.

US envoy, Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr., turned-over 4 new patrol boats to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. This was at the luncheon at Badjao Seafront Restaurant honoring him and other VIPS that attended the ceremony.

Front left to right: Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr., Diana J. Limjoco, Mayor Edward Hagedorn

Back left to right: Palawan Governor Baham Mitra, Helen Limjoco, Dave Dewbre

Mom and Dad with then Chief Of Staff PAAF - General Angelo Reyes

In Nov. 2000-Receiving the medical equipment donations from my parents, which they personally packed up carefully to be donated to the Philippine Armed Forces Hospitals.

My parents - Helen and Ramon Limjoco

with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the Gonegosyo book launch, Feb. 2009, 55 Inspiring Stories of Women Entrepreneurs, which I am in.

Dad's 90th Birthday dinner! Sept. 5, 2009 - My brother Randy and his family surprised us by showing up unexpectedly!

Front row left to right:

Kathy Limjoco Sison, Ramon A Limjoco, dad's daughter-in-law, Cecile Carrion Limjoco, son, Randy Limjoco, wife, Helen Limjoco (our mom), Diana Limjoco holding Alysha, grandson, Kenny Carrion Limjoco, great grandson, Marken Limjoco, and in back is Dave my hubby.

It was raining so hard, we surely didn't expect them to drive 2 hours in a deluge, so we were all so thrilled and appreciative they braved the weather!

Another photo of dad's 90th birthday

Front row left to right:

Grandson Kenny Limjoco, husband, Ramon A Limjoco, daughter-in-law, Cecile Carrion Limjoco, son, Randy Limjoco,

Back row: left to right: granddaughter Kathy Limjoco Sison, mom,

Helen Limjoco (our mom), Diana Limjoco and in back is Dave my hubby.

My mom will really love to read your comments. She does know how to surf and do email too!

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Titia 3 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

Thank you for writing your mom's story. I enjoyed it.


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ltraider 5 years ago

Your mom sounds like a very special lady. What a wonderful lens


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TreasuresBrenda 5 years ago from Canada

Great lens dedicated to your Mom!


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Nancy S Oram 5 years ago

Another great family history lens deserving of an angel blessing.


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capriliz lm 6 years ago

Your Mother is such a beautiful woman. She must have a very loving heart, too, because her daughter loves her so much. ~blessed with a cupid kiss~


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Diana888 6 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan Author

@Michey LM: Thanks!


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Diana888 6 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan Author

@Rita-K: Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. Much appreciated.


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Michey LM 6 years ago

Great tribute to your mother!

Regards

Michey


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Diana888 6 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan Author

@Rita-K: Thank YOU so much for taking the time to leave a comment. Much appreciated! Thanks for the compliment too you made my day!


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Rita-K 6 years ago

This is such a beautiful story! Your Mom and Dad must be so proud of you...the love you have for your family and their accomplishments really shows. Your Mom is so beautiful, and you definitely have taken after her! Thank you for sharing your family with us! What a joy!


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javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Nice lens!


Sweetwater_Creek 6 years ago

You've always been something special mom!


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delia-delia 6 years ago

What a wonderful lens on your mom, she is very beautiful as are you! you are lucky to have your mom, I only had mine for 33 years and think of her daily.


helenlimjoco 6 years ago

My daughter wrote this about me. I pay her a lot of money to say nice things! Just kidding! I am very proud of my daughter!


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digitalwebgroup 7 years ago

WHat a nice reunion!

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