LOURDES Libres-Rosaroso, medical doctor, lawyer, educator and Cebuano radio broadcaster, died of breast cancer last Friday. She was 75 years old.

Rosaroso, known to the public for her medical and legal advice through her daily radio program “Kini ang Akong Suliran,” died early morning of Friday after a six-month fight with breast cancer.

Hours before she died, Rosaroso was admitted to the Cebu South General Hospital after she was reported to have difficulty breathing.

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The seven adopted children of the twice-widowed Rosaroso couldn’t believe their beloved “mommy” has passed away.

Dr. Ligia Libres, one of the adopted children of Rosaroso, said in an interview her mother’s death was sudden and devastating for their family.

Last February, Rosaroso was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. A biopsy found a lump in one of her breasts.

While she had the lump surgically removed, this didn’t stop the cancer from spreading, said Libres.

After she was diagnosed with cancer, she arranged for chemotherapy sessions to remove the remaining cancer cells in her body.

While she had only one chemotherapy session, Rosaroso’s body took much of the toll, as the procedure weakened her.

Libres said that after chemotherapy, Rosaroso went in and out of the hospital.

After that, Rosaroso kept herself inside her room at the St. Paul College main campus in Barangay Bulacao, where a nurse monitored her condition.

Although she was not completely bedridden, Rosaroso’s condition slowly deteriorated. Her diet consisted mainly of milk and pureed food.

Rosaroso’s condition also affected her job as radio broadcaster. She asked one of her adopted sons, Randolph, to handle her daily radio program.

Ligia Libres said that her mother, a known workaholic, was a compassionate person.

Rosaroso hosted her radio program that helped the poor people with their medical and legal problems.

The program, which ran for almost 35 years, was aired in many Cebu-based radio stations. It was aired longest in radio DyHP under the Radio Mindanao Network (RMN).

Libres said their family lost the person that united them. Born on Feb. 11, 1935, Rosaroso was the eldest of five children of two public school teachers from Alicia, Bohol.

Libres, along with her six other siblings, were children from Rosaroso’s four brothers, who died early. As she had no children of her own, Rosaroso adopted her nephews and nieces.

Aside from Libres and Randolph, Rosaroso’s family was composed of Herbert, Bernard, Regine Libres-Conrado, Imelda Libres-Borbon, and Mark.

Libres, Randolph and Herbert followed in their adoptive mother’s footsteps and became doctors.

Aside from being a broadcaster, Rosaroso also established herself as an educator, through her St. Paul College Foundation Inc. which she formed on 1985.