by LINDA FABRL | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Faith-Based Family

Jay and Jocelyn Lomahan both had fathers who immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines while serving in the U.S. Navy. Serving others remains an important value for the Lomahans, including their two daughters, Sofia and Ava. With Jay working as a systems analyst for Sharp Memorial Hospital and Jocelyn working as an agent for the Barron Real Estate Group, the family is happy to call Rancho Peñasquitos home. Jay commented, “It’s culturally diverse, central to all, and has that wonderful hometown feel.” Jocelyn added, “I love that Rancho Peñasquitos has a prominent Filipino community and is family-oriented.”

family_3Jocelyn especially adores promoting Rancho Peñasquitos, where she has lived off and on since 1991. As a real estate agent, she admitted, “I love to talk about what’s so special about our community, especially the people and the wonderful schools!” Jocelyn was even named Miss Rancho Peñasquitos back in 1996, and she continues to volunteer for the local pageants.

Encouraged by their parish, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, all of the Lomahans regularly volunteer. Both daughters are altar servers. Jay is on the parish’s pastoral council and in the Knights of Columbus. Jocelyn is on the hospitality team, is a lector, and is on the Passion Committee for the American Heart Association’s GO RED for Women campaign. Jocelyn also helps senior citizens through the Guardians of Autumn networking group. In addition, the whole family participates in the Feeding America organization, providing food to those less fortunate.

Jocelyn revealed, “We are a very faith-based family. We pray together every morning and say something we are grateful for.” The daughters are grateful for all of their fun activities. Ava, a sixth grader at Mesa Verde Middle School, plays basketball, runs in a running club, does student council, plays violin, and is a Girl Scout. Sofia, a fourth grader at Deer Canyon Elementary School, does ballet and hip-hop. Both girls also take piano lessons.

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On the weekends, the family soaks up the sights at Torrey Pines Reserve and Miramar Lake. They also enjoy seeing musicals, and are attempting to visit all of the California missions. Though the Lomahans frequently dine out at new restaurants, Jay emphasized, “We still love Filipino food!” Jocelyn maintained, “As Filipinos, we try to enjoy a lot of the grand traditions, and even quirky superstitions, that have been passed down from our families.”

Parents: Jay and Jocelyn Lomahan
Children: Sofia (6th grade), Ava (4th grade)
Community: Rancho Peñasquitos
Hometown: San Diego
Occupations: Jocelyn – Real Estate Agent; Jay – Systems Analyst at Sharp Memorial Hospital
Favorite Spots in 92129: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee, Bad Ass Coffee, Ranch Cleaners, Rita’s Italian Ice, Bertrand’s Music, Fantasy Nails, PQ Donuts, Hilltop Park, Christmas Card Lane