In Memoriam

Let us remember and honor our fellow UPAA Berkeley members and celebrate their lives and accomplishments:

BA in Fine Arts, Cota, was an outstanding Sigma Delta Phi sorority member inducted in 1948 and later became its Grand Archon. Throughout her life she was an active participant of her sorority and awarded as an outstanding member and role model for the younger sorority members. She was an educator and artist having illustrated and penned the book, “Once Upon a Hometown”. Cota also played the piano and violin. She was a member of the UPAA Berkeley rondalla. Interred at Parkview Memorial in Manteca, CA.

She received “Artist ‘s Diploma in Voice” from the Conservatory of Music in 1953. She was an accomplished and revered Mezzo-Soprano who sang arias and other operatic performances in the Philippines and overseas. In 1969, she was appointed as Cultural Ambassador to Indonesia. She taught music at Abada Public School in Manila until 1987 until she migrated to the US to join her eldest daughter. In her twilight years, she enjoyed the love and company of her children, grandchildren, friends over lunches, dinners and picnics and thoroughly enjoyed her 90th birthday celebration in Las Vegas.

Held a BA and MA in Music and Voice obtained from 1953 – 67. Residing in Vallejo, California, she gave voice lessons to both young and old teaching them classical Filipino songs and composed also for Filipino movies and operettas. Minda also had a career in Filipino movies. As an active member of the UPAA Berkeley Chapter, she was the go -to-person for the musical benefits performed by the Chapter. Six months after the death of her husband, Max, Minda followed and was interred in Vallejo California

Author: Jay Castro