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Vicente V. Benig

December 10, 1937 — December 10, 2023

Vicente Valenzuela Benig, Businessman, E-Trader, Attorney, and Founder of MTC Academy Albay

of Palos Park, IL and Tabaco City, Philippines, took his last breath in his Illinois home on his 86th birthday, December 10, 2023 surrounded by his loved ones.  


Beloved husband of Corazon Rafer Benig.

Loving father of Michelle Arora, Vincent Benig, Feliza Gauthier, Victoria Hsu.

Loving uncle-father of Audrey Chavenia Tablada.

Proud grandfather of Jason, Kiran, Seb, Lily, Theo, Mabel, Joey, Olivia, Celine, Madeleine, Nate, Logan, Parker, Owen, Cameron, Caleb, Noah.

Dear brother to Adoracion ✝️, Novelita, Salvador ✝️, Nelly, Domingo ✝️, Corazon, Rodrigo ✝️, Teodulo Jr, Asuncion. 

Kind and adoring uncle to many nieces and nephews.  


Vicente, KaEnting, Mr. Benig, Attorney Vic, Brud, Paré, Lolo, Tiyo Enteng, Dad, Mahal, this 5’4” man was a giant force of nature, beloved by everyone who knew him. Quick-witted, he never stopped making people laugh with his humor and jokes.  His kind heart was bigger than the Philippine Sea where he was born on an island smaller than 3 miles long, in 1937, nine months before WWII broke.  He was patriarch and chef, bringing his family together with his delicious dishes, like lumpia, fried milkfish, and Kare Kare.  His generosity knew no bounds, supporting family and strangers alike, never expecting anything in return.  Vicente played basketball from grade school into his mid-40s, when he stopped playing because he had enjoyed too many steak and egg plates at breakfast diners. He passionately watched Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and da Bears. His leadership and team building skills helped to found the Chicago Philippine Lions Club and create Philippine Independence Week, annually celebrated in Chicago for over 50 years for which he won a lifetime service achievement award in 2022.  He passed down his values of family, good food, humor, kindness, service, generosity, and Chicago sports fever to his four children, one niece-daughter, and 17 grandchildren.  At the age of 70, Attorney Vic with his wife, Dr. Cora Benig, started MTC Academy in his hometown of Tabaco City, Albay, Philippines.  He was dedicated to his students, hoping to provide them with the education to give them a competitive edge in the tight job market of the Philippines.  

Vicente was preceded in death by his parents, Leoncia and Teodulo; siblings Adoracion, Salvador, Domingo, and Rodrigo.  

Vicente is survived by his siblings Novelita, Nelly, Corazon, Teodulo Jr, and Asuncion.  

Tiyo Enteng is survived by his many nephews and nieces, whom he loved as his own. 

Lolo is proudly survived by his grandchildren Jason, Kiran, Seb, Lily, Theo (married to Hannah), Mabel, Joseph, Olivia, Celine, Madeleine, Nathaniel, Logan, Parker, Owen, Cameron, Caleb, Noah 

Vicente is joyfully survived by his children and their spouses Michelle & Maneesh Arora, Vincent & Sandra Benig, Feliza & Matthew Gauthier, Victoria & Kevin Hsu and niece-daughter Audrey & Daniel Tablada.  

KaEnting is survived by his mahal and wife, Dr. Corazon Rafer Benig.  She is thankful and praises God for the blessings of his 86 years of life. 


Visitation Sunday, December 17th from 1:00pm until 6:00pm.


Chapel Prayers Monday December 18, 9:00 am at the KERRY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CARE CENTER, 7020 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights proceeding to Our Lady of the Woods, Celebration of Life, Mass 10:00am. 10731 W 131st Street, Orland Park.


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