Reuben Lardizabal
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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Reuben Veloso Lardizabal who was born in Cebu City, Philippines on September 23, 1961 and passed away on June 11, 1990 at the age of 28. We  will remember him forever.             

Death in the Time of Hepatitis
by Belen Lardizabal-Dofitas, M.D.

Reuben Veloso Lardizabal, 28 , was a young family man, a writer, a labor ogranizer, and a law graduate student. He was in other words, full of promise and conviction. But death spares no one. He is the Hepatitis epidemic's first casualty

Last May 1-4, 1990, our family helds it's first reunion in Cebu City, including our children, husbands, and wives. Little did we know that this joyous occasion would also lead to one of the saddest moments in our live.

Three weeks after our reunion, I, my brothers David and Reuben, my sister Lorna , and niece Lauren were struck down with Hepatitis A, a viral infection of the liver transmitted through fecal contamination of ingested food or water. We were unaware initially that several other residents and neighbors in the Lahug district, Cebu City had also been suffering from hepatitis since May. Surprisingly , most of the victims were from middle to upper income bracket.

On June 11, 1990, my dear brother Reuben succumbed to the ravages wrought on him by acute viral hepatitis. Our family held a second reunion- this time , for  Reuben's funeral.

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We can’t know why some things happen...

        But we can know that love

        and beautiful memories

        outlast the pain of grief.

        And we can know that there’s a place

        inside the heart where love lives always.....

        And where nothing beautiful can ever

        be forgotten.


Our daddy old boy, Jose P. Lardizabal
Our brother, Oscar Veloso Lardizabal
Our little angel, Jose Luis "Luijoe" Lardizabal-Dado
Coming soon: Our mother, Salustiana Veloso Lardizabal  before July 26, 2006

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Tributes and Condolences
Continuing the Struggle that Reuben Fought For   / Jing Pacturan
I have never met Reuben personally and have only known about him (e.g., his work with the workers and labor unions) thru NGO friends in Cebu. Having been given a great opportunity to be a father of his two sons Daniel and Rafael at their very yo...  Continue >>
To a Good Guy !   / Nonie Mancao (Brod Pinoy '55 )
Reuben was not only a good guy but a great peson as well. In UP High School, I remembered him to be the comic of the school and had always had that smile on his face. It seems like the guy never had a bad day. In Diliman, we became brods when I joine...  Continue >>
June 11, 2006 is Father's Day   / Noemi Dado (sister)
Even if Ruben (or Reuben as he called himself) died sixteen years ago, a connection still remains.  In special times like Ruben's death anniversary, I remember the love I have for my dear brother. Having experienced so many deaths in the family,...  Continue >>
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His legacy
Cebu Movement for the disbandment of vigilantes  


(Ruben's dedication to Myrna behind the photo)

March 10, 1988

My dear sister Myrna

Here I am representing the Cebu Movement for the disbandment of vigilantes and BISIG-Cebu, denouncing the US sponsored Cory endorsed vigilantes on a Human Rights Day rally sponsored by the Cebu Movement for Civil Liberties and People's Welfare.

The rally was held three months ago last December 10, 1987 at Colon St., Cebu City, Philippines.

So please spread the message to fellow Americans and American-based Filipinos including your beloved husband: STOP U.S. INTERVENTION IN PHILIPPINE AFFAIRS

Brother activist,

Graduation Photo  

Dedication written at the back to Myrna

March 27, 1988

Myrna, my dear sister,

Your brother just finished his study of law.
But he has yet to continue the quest for justice.

Justice for all

Reuben was Like that  

retyped from the Lardizabal Newsletter, 1991

by Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

I told everyone to give in their articles on Reuben for the family newsletter. It wasn't easy for all of us to write about him. Vida couldn't write at all because she'd get sentimental. Writing about Reuben made Myrna cry. Reading your articles on him made me cry as well. It's but natural that we still feel the pain and thus share it among ourselves.

What I remember most of Reuben was his sincerity and thoughtfulness . On my birthday in 198s, he gave me a cute kid's umbrella which was yellow and matched with a yellow birthday card with a yellow record. It was funny and it was just like him. his last gift to me was Bohol's Peanut Kisseson the day I left for Manila on May 6. I was struck with his sincerity and earnestness.

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Those Last Days  

retyped from the Lardizabal Newsletter, 1991

By Myrna Lardizabal-de Vera

It's almost been a year since Ruben has passed on to another life and, still, I cannot fully grasp the reality of this. My earliest memories of life has always included my younger sibling brother and so, it is difficult to accept. It's like taking one's finger for granted. The hand functions perfectly with all five fingers...but when one is wounded or temporarily disabled, the hand can never be as skillful as it once was.  That is how I think of Ruben's death--a part of us is gone and it is with some grief and pain that we go on with our lives. Life will never be the same again...Frequently  Ruben comes alive again in my vivid life-like dreams. When I wake up, I have to remind myself that Ruben is no longer with us..and that he remains now, only a memory.

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The Man who held on to His dreams  

retyped from the Lardizabal Newsletter, 1991

BY Lorna Lardizabal-Dietz

I never thought it would this difficult to express my thoughts about Reuben, the man who would have been ---what? I suppress my anger, thinking what a waste!  He would have tiny ray of sunshine in a world where self-preservation reigned supreme. However, I cannot question the roulette of life and death. We cannot find clear answers as to why the people we love are taken away from us--- so suddenly, so senselessly!

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More of his legacy...
Reuben's Photo Album
Representative, Cebu Movement for th Disbandment of Vigilanted and BISIG-Cebu
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