Was born on May 26, 1925 in one of the beautiful northern provinces of the Philippines named Solano Vizcaya. A city with rich and lushious nature, and several national parks with eco tourism, and lovely people who are hospitable, kind and hardworking. Since Spaniards were governors in the past, it had influenced the culture and language as well. Juanita lived with her parents and siblings Andres, Antonio and Julita. Unfortunately she lost her father at a young age. After a few years her mother Margarita remarried, and through that she gained two more siblings, Junior and Victoria.
Juanita grew as an independent and strong young lady, as she pursued a bachelor degree in education, she began working as a high school history teacher. Probably this was creating the path she would have begun for the future. She met a young handsome gentleman, Mr. Olympio Ventura Ancheta, who was the chief of the US surplus in the Philippines. They fell in love and decided to start a new life together in marriage. Juanita and Olympio were gifted with three daughters, Elizabeth, Corazon and Judith and Olympio Junior, their son. She left teaching and became employed at the YMCA. She was so passionate about her community work that not so long she became the Community Administrative Officer, and during her time as an officer some of her plans were achieved:
1. Family Planning was introduced to young women. They were educated and empowered in starting their family and awareness of their healthcare and childcare.
2. National Cottage Industries Development (NASIDA), introducing and training ladies how to weave bags with natural materials, paper macheas, hand made natural decoratives and crafts.
3. Kindergarten for children in Quezon City communities
4. Leadership programs for high school students, through seminars and annual meetings, camping, trainings.
5. Sports such as swimming and basketball, and organizing tournaments.
6. Outreaches: free infant milk, clothes, feeding sessions in indigent areas.
In 1977 her first grandchild was born from her beloved eldest daughter Elizabeth, which made them all happy and joyful; their migration to Canada took place the same year. A new chapter of Juanita’s life began.
In Canada they lived in Hamilton, Juanita and Olympio had happy news of their second coming grandchild, from their beloved daughter Corazon who lived in the same city with her husband.
Community work never stopped for the couple. In a short period of time, they pioneered and established the first Filipino school in Ontario and this led to organizing Hamilton’s Filipino community, which held many activities like filipino folk dancing, beauty pageants, outreaches and many more. She made the costumes for the dance group. Juanita’s skills were so good that she sewed a wedding gown for her beloved daughter Judith, which she has kept dear to this very day.
Everyone has a principal in life, Junita’s was :
“ Charity starts from home”
And truly, love and charity starts from practicing it with your loved ones, relatives close or distant as it always overflows beyond.
Having a keen eye for the goodness in a person, she would express her appreciation to everyone in her special way by calling them beautiful, charming, etc. She and her husband knew how to put a smile to a person’s face. She was most famous for her sweet sense of humour, and he was for his great penmanship. Their son Junior/Jun has inherited both of these attributes.
Juanita and her husband both enjoyed traveling. The adventure would probably bring new ideas for their next projects. While traveling they would look for relatives in that country or city, and made sure they have a mini reunion together. This comes from them valuing family ties and relationships, which they passed on to their children and grandchildren.
A beautiful life lived with faith in Christ, and the knowledge that God’s love endures forever, is one of the values and manners passed to her 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
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My deepest sympathy for the Ancheta,Allaire family. Though I didn’t meet you in person but your kindness and generosity is what I admire on you. “Rest in peace Mommy, Auntie, Grandmother and Friend”.
Thank You Lola Juanita , for a life centered in LOVE and JOY… your life motivates me to make a difference in my own life and others . You are never gone, nor forgotten.
Your Eldest GrandChild
Dear lovely lola!how I adore you and the way you lived.lola you were such a wonderful lady with sence of humour I never forget the smile on your lovely face ,I remember you came to lran when me and maryam were both in high school.Dear lola you came to Manila for Mary’s graduation you hold me and told me the secret for life is being strong so stay strong!may you rest in peace and you are never forgotten dear lola! How I wish to be like you and live like you.
This is Anis from Iran!
We will miss you Lola Aning. Thank you for the time you spent with us your grandchildren (Julieta Nunez’ family). Rest in peace , Lola Aning.
from Charmaine (Alice’s eldest daughter)
You may have passed on, but your memories would always live on within us. Thank you for your care and concern, your love and everything that you have done for everyone . Wherever you are, we know you are in a much better place. We will be forever grateful and thankful that you are our Lola. You will always be in our hearts Lola Aning ❤️
Dear Lola! Rest in peace! We always will remember you and your generously supporting us with all your kind heart, with your deep knowledge, with your deep feeling of life. You will be alive for us forever! You are wonderful Granma ❤️
Thank you mommy aning may you rest in the Lord Jesus forever see you in heaven!
We will miss seeing you here, Lola. But we know that we will see you again! Until that day, your beautiful legacy lives on through your family and in so many ways. Your strong will, brilliant mind, wit, and love we will cherish. Be at peace now, Lola.
With love, always.
Dearest Lola Aning,
We will miss you! May your rest in peace making others laugh in heaven. We wish we could’ve gone and visit you more often but just know that we will never forget the jokes and laughter ❤️.