Rolando Jovellanos Diaz
Rolando Jovellanos Diaz was born in Los Banos, Laguna in the Philippines on November 13, 1934 to Juan Diaz and Elena Franco Jovellanos. He was the 11th child of 13 children. Rolando attended Binalonan High School, Binalonan, Pangasinan. He earned a BA in Business Administration from University of the East in Manila. After graduation, he began his career as a high school teacher at Holy Child Academy. He met Felisa Corpuz in high school and was married to her for 40 years. They were proud parents to their only son, Jose M. Diaz.
They moved to the United States in 1969 thanks in part to his siblings. He retired from St. Francis Hospital after serving 25 years as a nurse’s aide. Rolando was an avid runner entering many Honolulu Marathons, Great Aloha Runs, and other races. He loved going to China Town on the bus and recycling. He had supported all things American and was very patriotic: collected military t-shirts and U.S. Olympic sweaters, Converse shoes, Levi’s jeans, and enjoyed burgers and fries.
After retirement, he took pleasure in driving his wife around doing errands, traveling, and relaxing. He lived in Pearl City Hawaii for 39 years. He was involved with various clubs at Our Lady Good Counsel Church. He was friendly, gentle, prompt, accommodating, true to himself – a simple man with a flash of elegance.
Rolando loved listening to Filipino folk songs and Christmas music, especially while taking care of his only grandson, Kabir Diaz who brought him unconditional love and joy in his later years.