Rosa A. Blanco was born in the picturesque province of Rizal in the Philippines to Nicomedes Anorico and Dominga R. Anorico in August of 1946.
She attended the University of the Philippines, where she received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education with major in mathematics and minor in physics. She immigrated to the United States in 1972 and pursued her graduate degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she was conferred the degree of Master of Science in Education with emphasis in mathematics.
As a young woman, she taught mathematics and physics in the Philippines and at Brewbaker Academy in Norfolk, Virginia. She was appointed chairperson of the mathematics department at Brandon Junior High School in Virginia Beach and later also taught at Tallwood High School and Tidewater Community College.
Being a “career” teacher and mentor, she served as treasurer of the Tidewater Council of Teachers in Mathematics; member of the mathematics curriculum committees and scholarship committees in Virginia Beach; member of the Virginia Beach, State of Virginia, and National Education Associations; and sponsor of several student organizations. She retired in 2010 after a total of forty-one years as an educator.
She served as president of the Filipino Women’s Club of Tidewater (FWCT) in 1995 and later as a member of its Board of Directors; member of the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia Board of Trustees; and Council of United Filipino Organizations of Tidewater treasurer and member of its Board of Directors from 1990 to 2022. She chaired the scholarship committee of the United Ilocano Association of Tidewater for several years and later was a member of its Board of Directors.
She received awards for coaching first-place MathCounts and district champion Academic Challenge teams; certificates of commendation for mentoring new educators; outstanding and dedicated service plaques from community organizations; a “One of the Most Outstanding Women” award from the YWCA; and the FWCT “Mother of the Year” award in 1998.
Rosa is preceded in death by parents Nicomedes Anorico and Domingo R. Anorico and by siblings Aniano Anorico, Teofilo Anorico, Turiano Anorico, and Luzviminda A. Sison.
Rosa is survived by son Omar A. Blanco and by brothers Gregorio Anorico (spouse Ayette) and Lucio Anorico (spouse Celia).
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Rosa’s name to the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia or another charitable organization.
A Mass will be offered for the repose of Rosa’s soul at 10:30 AM on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at Church of the Ascension (Virginia Beach, Virginia), with Rev. Daniel Malingumu officiating.
Condolences may be given at www.altmeyerfh.com