Manuel Abuan Hipol, radiologist who was passionate about his community

Manuel Abuan Hipol
Manuel Abuan Hipol

Capt. Manuel Abuan Hipol, M.D., went to the Lord peacefully on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. He was born on August 17, 1937, in Manila, Philippines, to Esteban and Laureana Ogoy Hipol.

He proudly served in the U.S. military for over 30 years in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. Manny, or Dr. M., as he was known in the community, opened the Hipol Clinic in Virginia Beach with his wife, Rose, in 1980, where he practiced radiology until his retirement in 2014. Dr. M. had many passions, but none was closer to his heart than serving the community.

Over his years of service, he was lauded with many awards and accolades, but his proudest achievement was as founder and chairman of the Council of the United Filipino Organizations of Tidewater (CUFOT). As CUFOT chairman, he helped lead the fundraising and construction of the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia (PCCVA), which is the largest Philippine Cultural Center in the United States. Additionally, it is the only Philippine Cultural center fully paid for by its community. Dr. M. wanted to celebrate and preserve the Filipino culture and share it with his beloved Hampton Roads and the world.

Some of Dr. Hipol’s other notable achievements included serving as grand marshall of the Hampton Roads Veterans Day Parade in 2013, serving as the past president and Physician of the Year of the American Philippine Physicians of America 2015, and as the past president of the Philippine Veterans of Hampton Roads. Dr. M. was also the recipient of the “20 Most Outstanding Filipino-Americans in the U.S.” award by Fil-Am Image, the awardee of the Community Builders Award, and the recipient of the Philippine Presidential Golden Heart Award.

He was a lover of the arts and served on the board of the Virginia Marine Science Museum, Arts and Humanities Commission in Virginia Beach, and the Contemporary Arts Center in Virginia Beach. Dr. M. was also dedicated to serving God and was an active member of the Catholic community. In 1987, he was instrumental in creating a spiritual devotion for San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino saint, by bringing the saint’s statue from New Jersey. He also founded the national devotion to Our Lady of Namacpacan in 2008.

Dr. M. had a big heart and sincerely wanted to help others. He mentored young physicians at his clinic, collaborated with community leaders and also took recent immigrants under his wing to guide and integrate them into the community. He was a patriotic veteran who spoke passionately about the immigrant experience and the importance of community.

Dr. Hipol was a loving husband, father, son and brother. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Rose deVera Hipol, M.D.; daughter, Vivianne, and son-in-law, Anthony Gantous, and their three children, Sophiene Rose, Sydney Terese and Suzanne Grace; and daughter, Charrise, and son-in-law, Aubrey Parsons, and their son, Charles Manuel. He is also survived by his brother, Antonio Hipol, and his family of Utah; and sisters, Milagros Hipol and her family of California and Erlinda Hipol and her family of London, U.K.

A private viewing for family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, 1264 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach. A public wake service will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia, 4857 Baxter Road, Virginia Beach. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1279 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach. A luncheon will immediately follow after the Mass at the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia.

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