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Memorial set for untimely passing of longtime Filcom leader

12 January 2019

Connie Sampilo's photo by Nerissa Jimena

by The SUN

Members of the Filipino community in Hong Kong are mourning the death of longtime leader Concepcion "Connie" Q. Sampilo, who passed on in Taguig City at 8:30pm on Jan. 5.

Sampilo, president of One Visayas Hong Kong, died from complications from pneumonia, with blood cancer as the underlying cause.

Her death shocked her friends and relatives, who said Sampilo did not complain to them about feeling unwell, nor confided about having a serious ailment.
She reportedly consulted a doctor sometime in October, but afterwards told her family that it was just for a cough. She left Hong Kong in late November for what was supposed to be a short vacation in the Philippines, but failed to return as planned on Dec. 6.

By then her health appeared to have deteriorated that she had to be taken to various hospitals for treatment, until she succumbed to her various ailments at Taguig Pateros District Hospital. 

A memorial gathering and vigil has been set by her friends in One Visayas led by Nerissa Jimena at 5pm tomorrow, Jan13, at the stop for bus no 13, adjacent to the City Hall in Central.

One Visayas founder and vice president Blanche Abasa described Sampilo as “very secretive” that even her longtime employer, a Thai national, was not aware that she was ill.

But it may also be because Sampilo herself was not aware that she had blood cancer until she was taken seriously ill in the Philippines.

Her employer reportedly left for Manila on Jan.12 to pay final respects to Sampilo and to pay for the funeral and burial expenses.

In a Facebook post, Abasa said Sampilo was a very energetic leader who was actively involved in planning the 8th One Visayas Festival this coming Feb. 17.

“She will always be remembered, and we will always treasure memories of her being with One Visayas Hong Kong,” said Abasa.

Sampilo, who was 56 and a native of Calinog, Iloilo, had worked in Hong Kong for 26 years. She is survived by her husband Rodrigo and two grown-up children, Carlo and Hanilyn.

A date has yet to be set for her burial as Hanilyn is expected to fly home from Damman, Saudi Arabia where she is working as a nurse.


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