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Militant groups honor deceased feisty member

28 May 2019

Macatol being seen off at the airport by her employers and friends in July last year

By Daisy CL Mandap

A somber mood came over most of those who gathered on Sunday, May 27, for the victory and thanksgiving party of Makabayan supporters in Hong Kong, as they paid homage to one of their own who passed on just days earlier.

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Tellez paying tribute to 'Tita Vio'
Violeta Madeja Macatol, 63, died at about 6:30am on May 16, less than a year after she was found to have stage 4 blood cancer, forcing her to bid Hong Kong goodbye.
Cynthia Tellez, general manager of the Mission for Migrant Workers, led the remembrance, recalling how their feisty volunteer case worker had vowed to outlast the three months she was given by doctors in early July last year.
“I  will get stronger, I will get better,” the woman who preferred to be called “Tita Vio” had reportedly said.

She left Hong Kong for good on Jul 1 last year, and was seen off at the airport by her employer Edith Yuen and her siblings, whom she had served for 16 years.
Also on hand were a couple of friends including Tellez, who handed a last-minute “Happy Homes” award to both Macatol and Yuen.

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Macatol's photo on her coffin

Although she bravely fought to live longer, even checking herself into the hospital straight from the airport, Macatol’s health seemed to have gradually worsened.

She was laid to rest on May 22 in her hometown of Bansud, Oriental Mindoro, with dozens of family members and friends gathering to bid her farewell.
At the Hong Kong memorial, Tellez remembered with sadness that Macatol was among those who had joined the fun in the last post-election outing the group had, also on Repulse Bay.  

She was an ubiquitous presence in many other activities organized by allied organizations, including United Filipinos (Migrante) Hong Kong, and ACFIL, or Association of Concerned Filipinos.
Tellez also remembered Macatol’s contagious sense of humor, like how she preferred to be called Tita Vio instead of Violy, saying it was more “sosyal.”
But it was her firm militancy that Macatol will always be remembered for.

“You were always a fighter,” said Tellez of her late colleague and friend. “May you rest in power.”

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