Writer Lara Piu
Lucky for Paul, Joan, Peter and Jack Magtibay, their mother is no matchmaker. More than 28 years ago, Barbara Magtibay tried to set up her future husband, Paul, with one of her good friends.
“When I first met Paul, I thought he was funny,” says Barbara. “He made me laugh and we had so much fun together, so why would I try to set him up with anyone else?” Paul and Barbara ended up dating for five years and have now been married for 23 years. Today, they live in Cave Creek with their four kids.
Their oldest, Paul, was among the four boys who broke the Cactus Shadows’ school record in the 4x800-meter relay in 2012. He is now studying health sciences as a junior at Arizona State University’s downtown campus.
His younger sister, Joan, also currently attends ASU as a freshman. Joan is planning on majoring in journalism and public relations. She was an editor for the yearbook and newspaper during high school, as well as a member of the cross-country...