S: In Loving Memory of Chielo D. Sta. Maria
BC: I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one, I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
1: Chielo. Chels. Chilow. Elo. Che. Friend. Kaibigan. Kapatid. Ka-text. Ka-chika. Kasama sa kainan. Kusinera. Kasama sa shopping. Ka-chat.. Co-volunteer. Colleague. Co-worker.
3: Broken Chain Ron Tranmer We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
4: I'm Free Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free; I took His hand when I heard Him call; I turned my back and left it all. If my parting has left a void; then fill it with remembered joy. My life’s been full, I savored much; good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; ah yes, these things, I too, will miss. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me; God wanted me now, He set me free.
6: my Morrie. my kindest Sister. my midnight chat. my morning text. my shopping buddy. my cook. my hiding nook. my confidant. my constant inspirer, my coffee break. my movie buff. my tennis influence. Truly God's gift. You will always be in my heart. I love you. | Omega, Roel and Fiya Philippines
8: There are no dull moments, everytime we are together. She served as my walking diary, she knew every single story of my life and so am I to her. We shared laughter, tears, drama, sama ng loob, kilig moments, shopping, Twilight series, Japanese food, kaartehan, at kamalditahan. Im so thankful to GOD because HE gave me an opportunity to meet a wonderful friend like Chielo. Miss you so much, My Soulmate! Frederick Ignacio Danang, Vietnam
9: generous, kaibigan, kapatid. you are sorely missed.. Terence & Debbie Sri Lanka
10: “ It was such a joy to be with Chielo, in Mongolia and Vietnam; we shared friendship and lovely moments ... I miss you Chielo but you are in my heart and in so many special memories!” | Christiane Merz United Kingdom
11: “When we came to Darkhan in April 2007, Chielo had no apartment of her own yet. She asked me to accommodate her in mine until she gets her own. In return, she promised to cook for me and clean the apartment. Of course she didn't have to do it, and I gladly took her in. True to what she said, she did most of the cooking and helped me clean the apartment. During those days, I got to know her better. Immediately, I realized a few things about her. First, Chielo knows how to cook, and she does it well. Second, she is simple, yet smart and firm in her decisions. Third, she knows what she wants and she goes for it. A girl meant to succeed, where it not for unexpected interventions beyond our control.” | Wilfredo Mercado, Philippines
12: “My words cannot be big enough to explain my feelings now. She was the first friend I made in Mongolia and we became very close. I visited her twice in Vietnam. Chielo was so strong and sensible, she was a wonderful friend and was always there for me. Chielo loved her family and talked about them constantly, my thoughts now go to them. The world would be a colder place without Chielo but I know she will always be with us.” | Jim Wilmer United Kingdom
13: I love you Kapatid. I am happy to have an angel in heaven who loves me too. Your memories will live in my heart.. I thank the Lord for the opportunity of being your friend. | Glenn Bede Benablo Philippines
14: "Apart from Mongolia where I first met Chielo, Viet Nam is never a place I will forget. It is because it was through her that I got a one worthwhile year job from one of the language centres there. I owe her a lot of things. She also brought me back my laptop from Mongolia. What was funny on that day after I met her at the airport? We went straight to a mall for a meal, then we were met by some credit card salesperson and convinced us that the credit card is important for a newly-married couple like us. We looked at each other and looked at the salesperson. Then we walked away and thoughts lingered about our minds: Were we acting like we were a husband and a wife?" | Alain Coronel Philippines
15: “I was in Darkhan in 2007/8 for a 6 month contract and Chielo was one of the other 9 volunteers there at the same time with VSO. We would take it in turns to cook a meal for each other on Friday evenings and I remember looking forward with particular relish when it was Chielo's turn as she was such a good cook and hostess. She was also very kind and generous, when she went back to the Philippines on a visit she brought us each a beautiful shell engraved with our name, which I have kept and cherish.” | Frances Platt France
16: “I believe it was her first very attempt at ice skating! She was a lot of fun and a great help to me during my first few months in Mongolia. She was kind and welcoming, and made me feel part of the Filipino gang quickly.” | Rob Slinn United Kingdom
17: “Thinking of Chielo, I remember her as a wonderful, kind hearted and very strong young woman with a quiet character and full of future plans. In the picture we are celebrating Christmas together. Though we used to meet up for dinners on Sundays, holidays such as Christmas were always extra special where we prepared nice foods, exchanged little gifts and sang Christmas songs together.” | Linda Gerritsen The Netherlands
18: “This is a picture of us when our volunteers in Darkhan celebrated our birthday on September 24, 2007. She was born on September 25 like me. Here, we are to cut our shared birthday cake. She was a sweet and kind girl, most of all she had a very nice smile. I will always remember her. My condolence to her family.” | Dulamjav Damdindorj, Mongolia
19: “Chielo was part of the Mongolian Secure Livelihoods program area. We would meet on occasion at program area meetings. Chielo was always the quiet, clear sighted professional, confident to ask for help if she thought she needed it. We have lost a beautiful friend with Chielo’s departure.” | David Whitworth United Kingdom
20: You have touched our lives in many ways.
21: Farewell dearest friend...