A patriot has come home.
The remains of the late Ambassador Albert F. del Rosario, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Saturday morning.
The casket carrying his remains was accompanied by his wife, Margaret Gretchen del Rosario, and his sister, Joanne del Rosario. Upon arrival, they were met by their children, grandchildren, and other family members.
He died unexpectedly on April 18 while en route to San Francisco with his wife and son-in-law. Despite attempts to resuscitate him, he suffered a massive heart attack and died in the arms of his wife of over 60 years.
Del Rosario had been hoping to attend a private devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in California, as he was a devout Catholic and believed in the power of prayer. He had faced numerous health challenges over the past two decades, including several surgeries, but remained committed to serving his country as Philippine ambassador to the United States and later as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
His tireless work ethic and dedication to public service continued even after he retired from the DFA due to health reasons. Up until the week before his passing, del Rosario continued to go to his office in Makati seven days a week, including Sundays and holidays.
His wake will be open to the public on April 23 and 24 at the Chapels of the Santuario de San Antonio in Makati, and the family has asked the Filipino people to pray for the peaceful repose of his soul and for comfort during this difficult time.
Del Rosario was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and a true patriot who devoted his life to serving his country. He will be deeply missed but forever remembered for his unwavering commitment to the Philippines and its people.