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Life Changes With Retirement

Alfred Deato For Erlinda Francisco-Ganiron

Retirement brings a lot of changes in a person’s life. It is a time to make the inner journey and come face to face with your flaws, failures, prejudices, and all the factors that generate thoughts of unhappiness. Retirement is not a time to sleep, but a time to awaken to the beauty of the world around you and the joy that comes when you cast out all the negative elements that cause confusion and turmoil in your mind and allow serenity to prevail. This is how I would like to define retirement. On the other hand, it is indeed wonderful if you have two essentials – much to live on and much to live for! And it is always being collaborated with age! Let me just say that age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter!

With our dear friend and colleague Erlinda, age doesn’t really matter! Because she has grown so gracefully as the numbers in her years padded up. She is the same gracious Erlinda we used to know before. After 34 years of hard-work from Crockers Bank to Los Angeles Community College, she absolutely deserves a good break. A woman of towering talent, with intellectual and artistic brilliance, and a mind of deep insight into economics and management, she has constantly grown career-wise. Working then with the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) in the Philippines as an Accountant, Erlinda recognized her marketability in this field, hence, she migrated to America in November 1975. Armored with her skills and undoubted talent, she eventually got connected with Crockers Bank (now being known as Wells Fargo Bank). Soon after, she transferred to Los Angeles Community College as a Program Director on Special Studies until her retirement.

Erlinda was born to Ricardo and Josefina Francisco on January 8, 1937 in a small simple community of Polo, Bulacan.  Her first school was Polo Elementary School now known as Dr. Pio Valenzuela Elementary School. she went to Caloocan and Arellano High schools and creditably finished college at Far Eastern University majoring in Accounting.

While in Northern Luzon for a work assignment with Napocor, Erlinda has set her eyes on an attractive gentleman whom she soon married, Romeo Ganiron. They are, hence blessed with two beautiful children.

To our dear friend Erlinda, just enjoy. You are now facing a very challenging avenue in your life.

Let me just say this: when you retire, you switch bosses – from the one who hired you to the one who married you!!!