A pilgrim rests PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 November 2018 13:13

She was Carmelita Kulong.  For most of us, she was simply Tita Mely, the lady selling candles at Fort Pilar.

She was a former teacher who took on the helm of the family business from her mother, Lola Pinang.  For the past thirty five years, Ate Mely sits in front of her store much like a light bearer to weary and hopeful devotees.

Her candles, each color representing a prayerful wish, are a source of strength to those who enter Fort Pilar and seek the intercession of its patron, Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar.

She knows her loyal customers by name and by heart.  She keeps a small notebook.  In it she writes the worries and dreams of those who seek her help in prayer.

At a time when her religion was being attacked, she simply defended it by embodying  the virtues of kindness and faith.

On November 15 she was taken in her sleep.  Her demise announced by her beloved millennials through social media.

She will be laid to rest today after a holy mass at the Guiwan Parish Church.  Her seventy- year- old mission ended but not totally put to rest by those who love her.