Emmanuel A. Cabana

10/19/1960 - 10/23/2021


Obituary For Emmanuel A. Cabana

Emmanuel “Nolet'' Ancheta Cabaña went home to be with the Lord on October 23, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Ophelia; 3 children: Jorrel, Justin, and Jenah; 6 grandchildren: Jasmine, Josiah, Aaron, Judah, Aavery, and Kelia; 3 step-daughters: Sarah, Sandra, and Sabrina; and 4 siblings: Agnes, Mel, Jerry, and Peter.

Nolet was born on October 19, 1960 in Barrio Banglayan, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He is preceded by his father, Isaac Cabuena Cabaña, mother, Estelita Ancheta, and brother, Constantino “Tante” Cabaña.

His family immigrated to the United States on December 3, 1974. He grew up in San Jose, California with his four brothers and sister. He married Gemma Cabana and had three children; Jorrel, Justin and Jenah.

Nolet loved to spend time with his grandkids, attend family parties, sing karaoke, dance the cha-cha with his wife Ophelia and golf with his buddies. He was a sixth degree black belt and owned Martial Arts Studios to teach youth and young adults Tae Kwon Do and Arnis Hand to Hand Combat.

Nolet was later remarried to Ophelia Cabana and spent the rest of his years in Fremont, California. Up to his passing, he lived a life full of joy and was always the life of the party.

Nolet’s life was one of triumph and redemption. His life was forever changed the day he encountered Jesus and began to walk with Him. He and his wife, Ophelia, faithfully attended and served at The Blessed Side Church in San Jose, CA.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 2:00pm - 5:00pm at The Point Church, 3695 Rose Terrasse Circle, San Jose, CA 95148.


13 Nov

Celebration of Life

02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

The Point Church 3695 Rose Terrasse Circle San Jose, CA 95148 Get Directions »
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  • 11/29/2021

    A dream of my late father last week led me to try to find my Tae Kwon Do instructors at Western Academy of Martial Arts in the early to mid 90s and led me to your page to honor Emmanuel A. Cabaña. His Celebration of Life two weeks ago would have been the exact same date as my father's 85th birthday, who went to be with the Buddha in the sky 20 years ago. If any of Master Cabaña's children and grandchildren would like to carry on his legacy through teaching Martial Arts and perhaps the Tagalog language using the latest VR technology, I would love to be among one of the first to sign up for online lessons. In the meantime, sending my condolences to the Cabaña family 🙏🏽 🙏🏽 🙏🏽

  • 11/13/2021

    Nolet was a good friend of my brother Ronald. As a young kid, I played basketball with him and the rest of the boys from Sunnyvale. I looked up to him just like I looked up to my big brother because he was a great guy. Condolences to Nolet's brothers and his family. Rest in peace.

  • 11/10/2021

    Fly high my friend. You are home and free! Thank you for being such a good friend. I will never forget you. I will look out for Ophelia for you so don't worry ok! Rest in Paradise I can picture you up there dancing the cha-cha and 2 steps. 🥰

  • 11/09/2021

    Rest In Peace uncle. We love you❤️🙏🏽

  • 10/27/2021

    He was my big brother, my protector from guys that would try to take advantage, my driver when we were going to school every morning and after school, my children's master as thier karate instructor. His love of martial art and arnis was his favorite sports that led to many of his students were a gold, silver and bronze medalist in the junior Olympic. He was loved by many and he will always be in my heart. I love you my big brother. I will miss you and until we meet again in the everlasting kingdom of our almighty God! 🥰😥😢😭❤💞

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