Last Sunday, October 19, Frt. Ronrey announced that the new issue of the Yapak Magazine of Christ the King was sent to our Tagaytay community. He said that one of the contents was the interview done by seminarians Kevin Pizarras and Henry Paul Ramilo to Fr. Leonardo Estioko, SVD.
Surprising, I thought. For several years, the Yapak Magazine begged Fr. Nards for an interview but he always declined. This semester, he granted the magazine reporters an exclusive interview. “Signs of the times…” my friend commented. Anyway, in that interview, he was asked, “Father, any last words before we part ways?”
Fr. Nards exclaimed, “Ha? Ano yang last words, last words? Mahirap yan.(laughs)”
And it happened. October 21, at 3:45 pm, he died. Lung cancer. May he rest in peace…
I was a college seminarian when Fr. Nards was the Rector of Christ the King. The info and the whole alley of the Buttenbruch building were then filled with bones for Sacra. Every after vacation, he would ask me for “pasalubong”, not for him but for his beloved Sacra…He loved Sacra so much.
But more than his love for the dogs is his dedication to teaching. He was one of my favorite teachers in Christ the King (Fr. Nards, Bro. Romy, Mr. Racho). He was awarded the Most Outstanding Filipino SVD Professor of Philosophy last August 28, 2008. For him, being a teacher is more important than being a rector. He said, “Anybody can be a rector but not everybody can be a teacher (in Philosophy).”
God bless you, Fr. Nards…