By Nelia Garcia octoso
The first time I stepped foot at Odiongan, Manay Nenita Castillon was the first person to welcome me. I didn’t feel homesick despite moving from Negros to Romblon to serve at my first church, even though it was an entirely new environment.
I am grateful to God that he gave me Manay Nets, who accompanied me and even offered me shelter without asking for anything in return.
Manay Nets was naturally a caring and giving person; she would offer help and even shelter to those in need.
She was also selfless and humble; Manay Nets would give and give – that’s where the term “God will provide” came to be.
Manay Nets didn’t devote herself to church alone but also to her husband, Malvar, and children – Asiel, Jonan, and Ivan. She was equally a wonderful mother and a wonderful servant of the Lord.
Manay Nets was my mentor. She helped me handle the workload given to me; she assisted me when I was having trouble with the young people of the church.
Her devotion to the church didn’t limit itself. She would join church member visitations when needed, even though she wasn’t feeling well.
If I am asked how Manay Nets is as a person – I would always describe her as a devoted servant of the Lord – during times wherein I thought of giving up, she would always be there to lift my spirits.
I never heard her once complain. She was optimistic. Even though she would hear things being said about her, she would ignore them.
Manay Nets advised me to do the same that instead of minding anger, I should pray and remain optimistic.
Manay Nets was so loving. I loved Manay Nets like I would an older sister.
I miss her so much, and I often think of the memories that we shared.
Manay Nets, you will always be in my heart. Even though it has been a long time since we last saw each other, your teachings and advice will remain in my heart.
Thank you for being my mentor and for caring for me. It is a part of you that I carry and share with other people.
I am thankful that I met such a wonderful person who serve the Lord.
See you in the morning with Manoy Malvar. I love you, my dear Manay Nets.
Nelia Garcia Octoso
Nelia and Nenita worked together at Odiongan Baptist Church from 1970 to 1974.
Nelia lives in Bacolod City, Philippines.
In celebrating our mum, Nenita Castillon’s life, I invited friends and colleagues to give a tribute. She is known to her colleagues as Manay Nits or Nets. Nenita passed away on 9th August 2022.
We will be posting and sharing them as they come. Thank you, Manay Nelia, for your loving thought on Nanay. – Jonan