Filomin A Baclig "Omi"
June 16, 1957 - Sept 29, 2020
Born in Makati Philippines to Peping and Pakita Baclig, Filomin or Omi, as he came to be known, was a good child with a healthy appetite. According to his mom, in a story she loved to tell, Omi would chug his milk from a gallon container and throw it protest once it was finished. He grew to be a studious child and never had to be told to do his homework. At the age of 19 he graduated as a telecommunications engineer from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
His adulthood would be marked with various leadership roles from being federation president of the Kabataan Barangay of Makati (youth political arm of President Marcos), to union president of ITT Philippines Employees Union voted in absentia as he was on out of the country on assignment for a project in Saudi Arabia.
During his time as KB president he met Edith whom he eventually married 5 years later. On Edith's birthday June 21, 1980 they were married at the National Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Makati, Philippines. It would become a lifelong joke that Omi gave Edith her greatest birthday present that day. In 1983 after completing a 9 novena to the Santo Niño, Omi and Edith were blessed with their one and only child Filomin Baclig Jr. who came to be known as O.J. which stands for Omi Junior.
He migrated to America in December1992 for a fresh start and quickly found a steady career with Boeing, Rocketdyne and AT&T. While working for Boeing he pursued and completed his second Bachelor's degree this time in Information Technology and eventually a Master's degree in the same subject.
In his later years he was very active in his spiritual and church life often going to daily mass, participating in daily rosary and Divine Mercy novena with his "T3" group with Fr. Larry Revilla. He also served as an assistant catechist and as a eucharistic minister for over 20 years in Sta. Marianna de Paredes and Our Lady of Perpetual Help. At one point in his life, he was also active as a Knights of Columbus deputy grand knight in Pico Rivera.
In his spare time he enjoyed playing with his grand children, tending to his plants and trees, watching reruns of Fernando Poe Jr. Tagalog movies on YouTube and those classic television series on MeTV.
He was working as Senior Network Engineer for AT&T when cancer struck. After surviving a surgery that took off his right lung, a series of infections and complications led to 2 consecutive hospital readmissions. On September 29, 2020 at 5:45am God called him home at the age of 63, shortly after celebrating 40 years of married life.