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Marcelino Sion "Marcel or Marlon" Ergino Sr. was born on January 13, 1935 to Segundo and Maria (née Sion) Ergino in Sison, Pangasinan, a province in the Philippines.
He is the eldest of 3 boys and his brothers are Lindy and his late brother, Maty who passed away in 2009.
Marcelino was only 7 years old when he and his family escaped to the Sierra Madre Mountains when the Japanese occupied the Philippines during World War II. They returned home and were joyful that the Americans had arrived but then his family returned to the mountains as the Japanese soldiers started killing civilians because they were losing the war. His family returned to his home in Sison when the war was over.
Marcelino attended Sison Elementary school with his brother, Lindy, as they were only a year apart. Growing up, him and his brothers "pulled practical jokes" on each other, always trying to outsmart one another.
He then continued on to Pozorrubio High School where he was the "bookworm" and competed in various academic subjects. His brother Lindy was the "tuff one" and liked to box and protect his brothers so he taught Marcelino how to fight.
He has fond childhood memories of hanging around with his "big shot" Uncle who then owned up to 6-8 jeepneys, the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines, that was produced from the remnants of U.S. Military Jeeps left over from the war.
Graduating high school with the class of 1953, he then continued his studies at the Philippines College of Arts and Trades, the #1 trade school in the Philippines. He was provided free tuition for passing the entrance exam. This is where he joined Reserve Officers' Training Corps, (ROTC) an officer commissioning program that focuses on leadership development, problem solving, strategic planning, and professional ethics. He was the Corps Commander and attained the rank of Cadet Colonel. Marcelino Sr. graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Teaching and was supposed to teach high school or trade school or could have been 2nd Lieutenant Commission officer in the Philippine Army.
On April 17, 1957 Marcelino Sr. broke the barrier and was one of the first "colored men" to serve the U.S. Military and particularly, he is one of the first Filipino pioneers who joined the U.S. Navy. This is what led to him entering the United States of America and he was fortunate enough to attend boot camp at the Naval Training Center in San Diego with his brother, Lindy. Marcelino Sr. earned the title "Company Honorman."
He was ordered to be aboard the USS Cobbler SS-344, his first submarine. He was #1 in his Steward class (the non-U.S. Citizen Filipino recruits from Sangley Point, Cavite). He's mainly proud of being at the top of his class because that meant he didn't have to cook for the officers! (He proudly admits he doesn't know how to cook and won't bother trying because it will never compare to how good his wife's cooking is!)
Vacationing in Baguio City is when Marcelino Sr. met the love of his life, Cecelia (née Orante). Both their Mom's worked together in the town of Binalonan and introduced them to each other. They continued their courtship through written letters as he was working abroad in the U.S.
On May 11, 1963 Marcelino married Cecilia (nickname Celia) and honeymooned for a month in Baguio City Pines Hotel. They have two boys; Marcelino "Jun" Ergino and Mark Ergino.
Marcelino has had various jobs and many recognized awards such as an Electricianmate 3rd Class, was the first Filipino-American to be Command Master Chief aboard the USS Okinawa (LPH-3), and reported aboard Tripoli (LPH-10) as Electrical Officer. He was Electrical Division Officer at Ships Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) and was in charge of the interior communication electricians (IC) and electricians mates (EM).
Marcelino retired from the U.S. Navy on April 17, 1988 in San Diego with the highest rank for Warrant Officers (CW4).
Marcelino has always been very active with his family, with the community and with his faith. He enjoys running and competes in races and marathons with his sons by his side. He always taught his boys the value of discipline by being strict, but always emphasized independence. He also taught them how to be active in church and to always serve God.
Marcelino has had his patience and endurance tested as he has had his own share of trials and tribulations. In 1988, he had to go through brain surgery because his brain was not receiving enough oxygen. Recently, he was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, but has overcome that obstacle as well.
Marcelino taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) for 14 years at Good Shepherd Church. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Marcelino was awarded Grand Knight in 1997 and the "Family of the Year Award" for serving as an "inspiration to our Parish, community and council by supporting and strengthening Christian Family."
Although retired from the U.S. Military Service, Marcelino helped the community in buying their burial plots and services. He was also in real estate for 6-7 years, learning how to buy and sell homes, which resulted in securing the homes in which his children grew up in and where they are currently living now.
Marcelino is most proud of his family; His Wife Cecilia, his son Marcelino Jr. is married to Cynthia. Mark is married to Evelyn and is a Grandparent to Anthony, Makaelyn, Marichelle and a Great Grandparent to Kyle.
He enjoys vacationing on cruises and spending time with his family, especially grandchildren. He loves to listen to soft music, collecting records and tapes, especially in the Filipino language, Tagalog. He also likes to read scriptures and collects many versions of the bible. He's trying to learn more about the internet telling himself "You're never too old to learn." Marcelino also enjoys taking pictures. He has many albums and is a historian of the many family adventures and is famous for always