Latest Stories

Milagros Beltran Mendez, 61


Mila Mendez

Mila Mendez died of cardiac arrest September 29, at 2:09 a.m. at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, after a long illness, her husband Fernando told The FilAm.

She was the driving force behind the 14-year Philippine Fiesta in America held annually at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. “She was a hands-on manager and a perfectionist,” said her husband Nanding.

She is survived by Nanding, their two sons Nathan and Mervin and daughter Makee. Mila is the daughter of Faustino Beltran and Milagros Dado, both deceased. Her siblings are Armando Beltran, Erlinda Tugaoen, Danilo Beltran, Virginia Bautista, Hilario Beltran, Carolina Tolentino, and Isagani Beltran (deceased).

Loida Santos, the Mendez couple’s personal assistant, said she received an early morning text from Nanding saying “Tita Mila has passed away at around 2 a.m.”

Mila was very active in community affairs and services, and served as patron of many young musical talents and stage performers. She had received numerous awards and recognitions through her participation in various Filipino projects. She was a consistent valedictorian throughout her school years, said Nanding.

If you asked Mila her greatest accomplishments, she would tell you it’s raising two sons and keeping a family together with her husband of 36 years.

Older son, Nathan, studied computer science and plays a very significant role in the day-to-day operations of their graphics and special events business. Younger son, Mervin, is into film editing and cinematography.

Mila and Nanding, recognizing the need to be involved in the development and enhancement of skills and talents of Filipino children in the New York Tri-State, launched the search for the Outstanding Filipino American Youth Leaders in 2001. The search was organized through their company, Special Edition Press, Inc.

“Everytime I see her in the NY Metro area she’s always running around like a busy bee. So busy with her Philippine Fiesta and other production events,” writes former co-worker Ana Marie Regaliza-Datuin on Mila’s Facebook wall.

Filmmaker Luis Pedron writes, “Tita Mila, thank you for giving to us numerous years of fun and culture through your event Philippine Fiesta. It will be your legacy to us in the NYC area.”

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Features , Filipino-American , Global Nation , Mila Mendez

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Russia promises support to ending Ukraine crisis
  • Busted valve delays water interruption
  • Cardinal Tagle decries human ‘commercialization’
  • Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus
  • Iran general urges Tehran to make new UN pick
  • Sports

  • Vettel hoping for resurgence at Chinese GP
  • MLB pitcher donates $100,000 for Sewol ferry victims
  • Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix
  • Duke’s Rodney Hood joining Jabari Parker in NBA draft
  • Phelps entered in 3 events at comeback meet
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • 5 Filipinos with MERS in UAE reported in stable condition
  • PH boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare
  • Canadians back PH plea to take back waste
  • We treasure our Sierra Madre
  • Marketplace