It is on a sad note that while we open the Year of Mercy today, I also received the news that Basilisa “Kiking” Lim-Llanos, one of the parish officials in my former mission area in Olutanga Island, was shot dead in their house at 4 am. Known to the people at the Municipality of Talusan as a devoted public official, she is simply “Mother Kiking” to the SVD circles. She was very committed in looking after the needs of SVD priests. I remembered back then, when my companion Fr. Manny Suico, SVD decided that we took the Dipolog route in going to Olutanga Island, it was Mother Kiking picked us up. Those who know Mindanao geography will realize that Dipolog is actually still very far from our mission area, and that Zamboanga City and even Pagadian City are actually better alternatives. But she did not complain. She happily made sure that we can reach our mission area safely and comfortably.
Even the SVD Fratres who had their summer camp exposures in the Diocese of Ipil (where the SVD parishes belong) also experienced her motherly love and superb hospitality.
Today, by the way, is also the birthday of her husband Kuya Noel. I could only imagine how difficult it must be for him. I am one in prayers. God bless her and have mercy on her.
The photo posted here is my very first photo in my mission area. We were in a wooden banca on our way to Hula-Hula port, the gateway to the Olutanga Island. Mother Kiking, you will always be remembered!