Rose Canga moved to the U.S. in 2009, from the Philippines, to be closer to her adult children, and to Madras in 2014.

HOLLY M. GILL - New Madras City Councilor Rose Canga, left, was sworn in Oct. 24. Her daughter, Candy Canga-Picar, serves on the Metolius City Council. Rose Canga retired after a 40-year nursing career in the Philippines, and her daughter, who has lived in the U.S. for the past 24 years, is currently the chief nursing officer at St. Charles Madras.Madras' newest city councilor, Rosalind "Rose" Canga, was unanimously appointed by the Madras City Council Oct. 24.

A retired nurse, Canga moved to Madras three years ago, to live near her daughter, Candy Canga-Picar, the chief nursing officer at St. Charles Madras, and a Metolius city councilor.

"Madras is a beautiful city; it has views of beautiful mountains, lakes and shorelines," said Canga. "There's peace and quiet, absence of violence and friendliness of people. I appreciate the diversity of the people living here. It is an ideal place for retirees to live  where volunteer opportunities are numerous."

A native of Danao, Cebu, in the Philippines, Canga and her late husband, Dr. Cristino Cango Jr., had nine children at their large home, which also included a medical clinic for the community.

"Sometimes we had lines (of people waiting) when we woke up," recalled Candy Canga-Picar, who moved to the U.S. 24 years ago, and sponsored her mother's immigration in 2009.

Of the nine children, five became medical doctors — Gregory, the oldest, a surgeon in the Philippines, who passed away in 2014; Cynthia Canga-Siao, an internal medicine doctor in Bountiful, Utah; Caroline Salvador, a family physician in the Philippines; Cristino, a gastorenterologist in Brookfield, Wisconsin; and Dominique, a family physician in Rancho Cucamonga, California; and three became nurses — Krissy, a nurse anesthetist in Queens, New York; Candy; and the youngest, Bona, who earned psychology and nursing degrees. One daughter died in infancy.

Rose Canga, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, worked as a public health nurse in a vocational school for 40 years, until her retirement in 2003, but remained busy serving her community.

"In terms of community service, I was actively involved in religious, charitable, and civic organizations (government and non-government)," she noted in her letter of interest to the City Council.

In Danao, she was a member and president of the Catholic Women's League; executive vice president of the Danao Professionals Organization; second vice president of the Danao City Women's Club; president of the Parish Pastoral Council; and served on other school organizations and councils.

After her husband's death in 2004, she took over his position as a board member for the Cebu Electric Cooperative, where she served from 2005-10, before permanently moving to the U.S.

Since moving to Madras, she has been volunteering for the Patient-Family Advisory Council for St. Charles Health System, and at the Madras LINC (Love and Compassion in Christ) by organizing donations for distribution.

"I decided to volunteer to serve on the Madras City Council because this position will give me an enormous opportunity to serve the community," she said. "I bring a unique gift to the ethnic minority group, with my past experiences belonging to the minority myself."

"Moreover, I am retired and I have the time to share and give back to the community with what the Lord has blessed me with," she said. "God gave us two hands — one to receive his blessings and the other to give or share his blessings to our fellowmen."

Madras Mayor Royce Embanks pointed out that Canga has a lot of experience on boards in the Philippines. "She's really eager to serve and she has a good solid medical background."

Embanks welcomed another female on the council, which previously consisted of four men, one woman and two open seats. "It brings a diversity to our City Council, so that we represent all the people in Madras," he said. "It shows that the world's changing and our demographics are changing."

Anyone interested in the remaining open seat on the Madras City Council should contact the city at 541-475-2344, or stop by the City Hall and fill out a letter of interest.

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