Idiong Bantug in the town of Victorias is a symbol of generosity and great love. A matriarch in the truest sense of the word. She is loved by all. Every head bows to her in respect. An image of great power yet humble in heart. A mother to everyone. She had touched many lives with her caring compassion and sincere concern for the welfare of others. She spent her life doing every good to everyone. A model and an icon. Her genuine passion to help and care for her less fortunate brethren is always transformed into action not just words and expressions. She is known for her involvement in social and civic activities even at an advanced age. She did not recognize boundaries and limits to be able to help the needy. Her people loved her so dearly.
Born from an aristocratic root, her grandfather donated the land where the town of Victorias stands today, Mrs. Bantug lived a life dedicated to public service both in and out of politics. She was Mayor for 3 years when she was 82 years old – – a record holding achievement. Her name is associated with the many charitable projects she had initiated. A very unique and admirable persona. A dear one to many who knew her.
With a grateful heart: Thank you and farewell Mrs. Bantug
You were a wonderful woman, a blessing to all
symbol of generosity, kindness and inspiration.
You are loved by all, young and old, rich or poor
A dearly respected by one and all
Your smile was magic, your ears heard every cry
Your wisdom and wit touched our soul
Helping others was constant to you
Making people’s lives improved by you
You spent a lifetime of dedication and service
You offered yourself to family and neighbors
The love you have taught us is treasured forever
In our hearts you will live eternal
A religious woman, so caring and gentle
always there to extend a helping hand to others.
In thousands many other ways,
you have touched our lives so greatly
Now that you are gone, our hearts mourn so deeply
But never the less we are happy
For the woman we love is home finally
To be reunited with our Lord Almighty.
Many things have been said, good things about you
Allow me these simple words that come from my heart directly
For the things that you have done and words that you said
For touching our lives and the love you have shared
With grateful heart I say to you
You will never be forgotten,
your memories will live
For you have a special place in me
Thank you Lola Idiong, and Farewell. . . .