spirit passes awayCarmen G. Asis, a well known, energetic, civic and spiritual leader of Michigan, passed away on January 15, 2015 and is now with the Lord in His kingdom.

She suffered many medical problems ranging from heart attack to cancer to   complications, and through the years, despite repeated hospitalizations, she survived. Her survival feat prompted her friends to comment that she had nine lives like a cat.

As community leader, Carmen had been involved in the formation of many clubs and organizations since 1980. She was directly involved in the formation of the Pilipino-American Family Association (PAFA) in the West of which she was the first president.

She had been actively involved in the different projects and activities of the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO), especially its three beauty pageants – namely, Miss Philippines, Mrs. Philippines and Little Miss Philippines. A former president of FILAMCCO, she played a key role in the holding of the yearly Pilipino Santacruzan celebration in May as well as the development of the Pilipino Basketball League of Michigan.

She was also a hardworking, dedicated member of Westland Kiwanis.

In 1995, Carmen was instrumental in bringing Bukas Loob Sa Diyos (BLD) here in Michigan with seven other couples and a priest who later became the core group of BLD Detroit, which is now in its 20th year of existence.

With Carmen’s great ability to connect with the leaders of different groups in Michigan, BLD Detroit has been one of the groups that have long-lasting involvement and participation in the yearly celebration of World Marriage Day every May in Troy. Up the present, BLD Detroit is still actively participating in this celebration.

Carmen died on Jan. 15, 2015 at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Florida. She was 79. Born in Manila, she began her life in the United States with her husband Alex in 1963. She was a school teacher for many years. After retiring as a schoolteacher she transitioned to the healthcare profession. She retired from the University of Michigan Health Services in 1998.

She was a leader, mentor and motivator of the community in metropolitan Detroit where she lived for 37 years. She was very active in the church community both in Michigan and in Florida.

She enjoyed cooking, traveling, praying the rosary at the beach and spending time with her children and grandchildren

Carmen and her husband Alex had relocated to Florida some six years ago but on occasions they came to Michigan to visit friends and attend activities, especially those of BLD.

Carmen will be remembered for a long time as a kind-hearted friend and hardworking loving person who had touched so many lives.

She is now at peace with the Lord. May the Lord bless her soul.