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Cayco, Librado D.
Ambassador Librado D. Cayco, 97, died on June 19, 2009, surrounded by family in his Phoenix, Arizona residence. He was a long-time diplomat, having served his native country, the Philippines, in far reaching parts of the globe. He also served as cabinet member in the capacities of Philippine Undersecretary and subsequently, Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Cayco was first a lawyer until he turned to diplomacy. Being an eloquent speaker and a top-notch debater (winning all of his debates bar none), it was no surprise that the Administration at the time sought him and convinced him that he could better serve the country in the field of diplomacy. Honesty and integrity were Ambassador Cayco's trademark and most redeeming qualities. The press corps befittingly nicknamed him "Honest Cayco". Hailing from humble beginnings in his province of Santa Rita, Pampanga, Ambassador Cayco's stellar rise in the diplomatic corps was noteworthy. Blessed with longevity, Ambassador Cayco is survived by Paquita, his wife of 70 years, nine of his 10 children (Linda Ramirez, Elsie Gee, Elenita Cayco-Lin, Orlando, Cynthia Bellinger, Marita Blakeman, Librado, Jr., Grace and Marjorie), as well as daughter-in-law Margie Davitt-Cayco, wife of his deceased son, Edgardo, 10 grandchildren ( Michael Ramirez, Lisa Trowbridge, Brandon Gee, Valentin Mirabile, Michael M. Lin, Ceon Cayco, Carrie Cayco-Weaver, Jessica Davitt-Cayco, Sebastian Blakeman, and Sara Cayco-Bellinger) as well as 7 great-grandchildren (Jordan & Brian Ramirez, Jack Trowbridge, Bailey & MacKenzie Cayco, Nolan & Hunter Weaver). He will be missed by his large family and international group of friends. Visitation will be held from 1-5PM, Sunday, June 28, 2009, Hansen Desert Hills Chapel, 6500 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale. Funeral services will be held at 10AM, Monday, June 29, 2009, Hansen Desert Hills Chapel followed by entombment at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix.

Published in The Arizona Republic on June 23, 2009
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