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Alice H. Reyes: Birthday wishes to Goya Navarrete

  Next Monday, April 8, Gloria “Goya” Navarrete, a long time resident of  South San Francisco, will be marking another milestone in her life.
        The BFF of my late sister, Carmen Hernandez, Goya has become a part of my life as well over the years.
    I do not recall when I first met Goya. I know that whenever I came to America, Carmen would take me to Goya’s house for a delicious meal prepared by Goya and whenever Goya came to the Philippines, she would see to it that we had lunch or dinner together.
       Goya’s claim to fame is largely due to her son, stand-up comedian Rex Navarrete, a two-time Aliw awardee.
     She is much more than a mother to Rex and Joy, however. She is a socio-civic leader, an activist, an entrepreneur, a restaurateur, who has rubbed elbows with the rich and famous, and a philanthropist.
      Born in Lipa, Batangas to an affluent family, Goya, her husband Danny and their children migrated to the United States in search of greener pastures many years ago.
     As  most migrants early on Goya had her share of hardships, which she overcame by dint of perseverance and hard work.
     Despite her years in America, Goya has never stopped caring for her countrymen in the Philippines. She has supported seminarians, helped the less fortunate, and is abreast of political events in the Philippines.
      Not surprisingly, tha charming and affable Goya has  accumulated numerous friends in the United States and the Philippines.
     Goya is the hostess par excellence, for she loves to entertain friends and family, wherever she may be.
     Besides helping others, Goya loves to travel and has been to many parts of the world, except South America and Africa.
    I have the utmost admiration for Goya and her accomplishments, despite her being a cancer survivor for many years.
     Today, I send my birthday wishes to the remarkable Goya Navarrete, for love, peace and prosperity on her special day and always.  
     May the good Lord continue to bless you, dear Goya! Thank you for being my friend.