Arcedo A. Agcongay obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Arcedo A. Agcongay

January 22, 1937 - December 8, 2017

Obituary


"Most of us don't know Arcedo Agcongay. Although the surname Agcongay may ring a bell since there were several Agcongays in Lagangilang politics in the past decades.

But Mr Arcedo Agcongay was not a politician. He was a retired US Navy who rose from the ranks. An outstanding example of what we call from rags to riches.

We consider him as worth emulating since very few people achieved what he was able to do. Some were able to go to the US by marriage, by having relatives there or by having enough money...

"Most of us don't know Arcedo Agcongay. Although the surname Agcongay may ring a bell since there were several Agcongays in Lagangilang politics in the past decades.

But Mr Arcedo Agcongay was not a politician. He was a retired US Navy who rose from the ranks. An outstanding example of what we call from rags to riches.

We consider him as worth emulating since very few people achieved what he was able to do. Some were able to go to the US by marriage, by having relatives there or by having enough money to get that elusive visa. He got none of those. He got drafted in the US Navy. But it was not an easy path. He was born in Paganao and life was not easy back then. But he willed himself to finish his studies by working for Dr Tiday Valera , who came from a rich family in Bangued. He studied and graduated as valedictorian in Abra Valley and eventually enrolled in UPLB. After college, he got drafted in the US Navy and was able to live the American dream.

He seldom goes home in the Philippines but he never forgot where he came from. While it's normal (or for some, it's not) for us Filipinos to help our families, he didn't stop there. His help reached people who never knew him.

Having the belief that education is the only way to reach one's dream, He donated thousands of books to different schools in Abra. Being in the navy, he was able to use his connections and those books were transported from the former US Naval base in Subic to Camp Villamor. Those books were then distributed to different schools and barangays. This was in the late 70s and 80s.

His former school, Abra Valley Colleges have given him the outstanding alumni award.

He may have renounced his Filipino citizenship and seldom visited the Philippines but he planted good deeds that should inspire each and everyone of us."

written by Sol Banganan
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