Susana Mangulabnan Galang, who was a cherished and respected matriarch to her family, passed away peacefully on Sunday May 16, 2021 at age 84 in Virginia Beach, VA.
Born March 6, 1937 in Magalang, Pampanga, Philippines to Rosalina Maliwat and Pablo Mangulabnan.
She is second to the oldest of three brothers and five sisters. After World War II’s destruction, her family relocated to Angeles City. At a young age, she became a family bread winner and took to cooking and selling desserts in the streets. There, she met Armando Galang and they married on March 23, 1955. They moved to Santa Cruz, Porac and raised thirteen children – Emerito, Servanda, Remedios (deceased), Aurora (deceased), Yolanda, Preciosa (deceased), Noel, Noemi, Ismael, Rodrigo, Rowena, Lucia, and Henry; followed by over one hundred grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Although she only received a fourth grade education, she had an innate skill in entrepreneurship and business mathematics. She started a produce store in Angeles City and pioneered a vegetable farm business in Santa Cruz.
Susana was a devout Seventh-day Adventist. She instilled family values, generosity, and education, which are corner stone traits she encouraged for her children and many descendants.
In 1991, Armando and Susana moved to the United States and created a home catering services among the Filipino community. Susana introduced her style of Pampangueño-Filipino cuisine to Hampton Roads and created “Susan’s Kitchenette”. With the partnership of her eldest son and daughter-in-law, Elmer and Fely Galang, the restaurant has expanded and cemented itself as a pillar of the Filipino community.
Susana accomplished her vision and mission for her family. A selfless and kind person whose legacy and generosity extended all to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is known as a friendly mother figure, referred to as “Nanay Susan”, not just to her own family, but also to those who became extended family. Her charismatic hospitality is what made her so dear.
Nanay Susan is gone, but she will never be forgotten. Her spirit will live on in each of us.
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021
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Date: Monday, May 24, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm
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