Almost two years ago, we introduced the Bontilao family, stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, and told the story of their road to adoption of four children from the Philippines. The children, now ages 7 through 18, are the nieces and nephew of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Alberto Bontilao. Their mother (Alberto’s sister) died in an auto accident in 2007, and Alberto and his wife Mylynne worked for two years (through piles of red tape and paperwork) with LSS, Holt International Children’s Services, and the US government (USCIS) to finalize the adoption of Delyn, Varaquelli, Faith, and Domenique. The adoption was finally consummated in October 2010, and along with the Bontilao’s three biological children, the family of nine was complete.
We were happy to receive this recent update from Alberto Bontilao:
We are very delighted to share our current status. It’s been two years only and look! How they’ve grown and very well adapted with us. It’s like we’ve known them forever. Medically speaking Delyn had her appendix removed, Faith and Varaquelli completed reconstruction of their dental work. Domenique had severe migraines. All are taken care of. Delyn is a straight-A student, the rest all get A’s and B’s. Domenique plays flute, Raquel is in Advanced Choir, both Delyn and Raquel are Navy Cadets. Faith is very curious – sadly she doesn’t even speak Tagalog anymore. She is a fast learner with a high level of confidence.
In June they will again be adapting to a new culture, as we are all moving to Korea on my last military assignment.
We wish this family all the best in the next chapter of their lives together!