Memoirs: Kristel Mae Padasas

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From far and near, we have good boys and girls who are doing exemplary deeds for their community, fellow countrymen and for the world at large. Thank you for a job well done. Here we give spotlight to one like you who tried to share her utmost so we may continue sharing the blessings of a free country, but her life was shortlived.

Kristel’s background

With profound faith and humility, Kristel Mae’s grandfather said that a multitude of people want to serve the Lord and see Pope Francis, but it was she whom God chooses.
"Maymay" was her Grandpa’s eldest granddaughter, and the only child of his second daughter, Judy, who went to Hong Kong to seek employment as domestic helper to insure Kristel Mae would finish her college education. Maymay finished her BS Psychology in Adamson University in 2008.
Barely 27 years of age, Maymay or Kristel Mae Padasas was but a bud, innocent and brimful of life. She finished her elementary education in Barangay Tambo, Buhi, Camarines Sur, where she saw the first light of day on the 22nd day of June, 1987. Having attended the St. Bridget School, in her hometown , she became a Bridgetine, graduating in 2004.
Her school yearbook describes her as “everybody's big sister because she was always on call,” doing free services, a good Samaritan trait she must have copied from her grandpa, a confirmed helper-volunteer in the initial establishment of Buhi Rural Social Development Center in time with St. Bridget School opening.
Kristel's motto aptly described her Christian mood of life, "What matters in this life is not how happy you are, it is how happy others are because of you.” Her grandparents proudly say you (Kristel) will be in heaven to intercede for them to the Lord, when it is time for them to go.
Kristel’s memory has made all his classmates, teachers, and associates of St. Bridget School happy and proud because of her sterling example of love and service, and giving up life for others.

Freak accident

Said the , Kristel had volunteered her free services for an entire year in Salcedo, Eastern Samar to assist Typhoon Yolanda survivors in her capacity as a member of the monitoring and evaluation team. On Friday, January 16, 2015, the same source said, she travelled 128 km from Eastern Samar to Tacloban City to serve as a volunteer under the Catholic Life Services for the Saturday, January 17, 2015 Pope Francis mass at Tacloban Airport.
Pope Francis Mass that began about 8:30 a.m. attended by a throng of devotees in raincoats in Tacloban Airport was shortened because of an approaching typhoon Amang (Mekkha) that had sustained winds of 80 mph and higher gusts.
Typhoon Mekkhala, was bound for eastern Samar -- a site about 50 miles from where the Pope was in Tacloban.
Shortly after the mass, when the Pope had left the Tacloban Airport to head for his next engagement in Palo, Leyte, a freak accident happened. Witnesses said strong winds brought by approaching typhoon Amang caused the steel rods to give way with scaffolding holding speakers on to collapse on Kristel’s head. She was waiting for the papal convoy, Mover Nico Acebedo reported via Viber.

Kristel’s death confirmed

Health Secretary Janette Garin, who confirmed Padasas’ death on Saturday, said she was fighting for her life when she arrived at the hospital at around 12:55 pm. Garin declared her dead at around 2 pm at St. Paul's Hospital in Tacloban City, due to massive blood loss. said the Pontiff was informed of her death and had already expressed his condolences through Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi

Pope Francis got news of Kristel’s death

In Manila on Jan. 19 before a crowd of 100,000 young people who gathered at the University of Santo Tomas . Pope Francis reminded them to remember Kristel Mae Padasas, 27, a Catholic Relief Services volunteer who was killed on Saturday after the pontiff's Mass in Tacloban. The pontiff asked the crowd to pray in silence for the soul of Padasas and for her mother, who is coming home from Hong Kong to bury her.
Pope Francis condoled with the grieving Paulino, Kristel’s father at the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila on Sunday, January 18, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a report.

Paulino related happy memories of his late daughter to the Pontiff .

"I have accepted. I have resigned to the fact that my daughter is no longer with me. I rejoice she died serving the people," Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle quoted Paulino as saying. Tagle served as interpreter during the private meeting that reduced the Pope to silence.
"The Holy Father was searching for words. How do you console a father who lost his only child?" Tagle said, recalling how Pope Francis reacted when he met Paulino. The Holy See then handed Paulino a rosary.

DOLE to assist Padasas’ grieving family

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz in the January 20 online issue of the DOLE, assured the family of Kristel Padasas, whose mother is an OFW in Hong Kong, that the DOLE, through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), will provide them all the necessary assistance on account of their being an OFW family.

National officials pay tribute to Kristel in her residence reported that DILG Sec.Roxas, National Capital Police Region Office chief Police Director Carmelo Valmoria, and police officials in Metro Manila went to Kristel’s residence in Taguig City on Thursday, Jan. 22 to mourn with the Padasas grieving family.
Early Thursday morning, some students and faculty members from her alma mater held a mass at her wake. An only child, Padasas is a Psychology graduate from Adamson University.

Kristel’s final home voyage

Kristel’s remains was airlifted via the C-130 from Daniel Romualdez Airport to Villamor Airbase arriving around 3 p.m., Monday afternoon, January 19 or just hours after Pope Francis left the country from the same airstrip

Pope Francis’ mission

Pope Francis arrived in the country last Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 for a five-day state and apostolic visit, which included a mercy mission to Leyte, where he met with the survivors of Super Typhoon “Yolanda.” His Holiness left Manila for Rome early Monday.

Laid to rest summarizes the final episode: .Kristel was buried Tuesday afternoon, January 27 amidst overcast skies at the Heritage Park in Taguig City. Before her burial, a funeral Mass was held at the Sto. Nino de Taguig Parish Church by Papal Nuncio Guiseppe Pinto assisted by Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, with friends and relatives of Kristel led by his father Paulino and mother Judy in attendance.
Kristel's white casket draped with the Philippine flag arrived aboard a black hearst at the Heritage Park at around 3 p.m.
A short program was then held with the song "We Are All God's Children" playing in the background. Her relatives and friends wore white shirts printed with a photo of hers taken from a trip to Batanes with the words "To Travel and Inspire People."
Before Kristel was laid to rest, she was given honors by an honor squad from the National Capital Region Police Office which ended with the playing of "Taps" by a trumpet player.
As Krtistel was being lowered, her close relatives released butterflies into the air while one of her nephews read a farewell poem.
Meanwhile, the Papal Nuncio relayed his message to Kristel's family. In his message, the Nuncio recalled how Pope Francis thought of her.
"In the Eucharistic presence of Jesus, he remembered Kristel Mae Padasas, innocent victim of the collapse of a structure, toppled by the wind; he thought of her parents Paulino and Judy and he invoked the love of Christ crucified on a family left without a child," the Nuncio said


  • Volunteer Opportunities /
  • volunteer died in tacloban /
  • Kristel's untimely death due to massive blood loss in the head confirmed /
  • Pope Francis paid UST, Manila a visit Jan. 19, 2015 /
  • The Holy See meets Kristel's dad, Paulino; Cardinal Tagle acted as interpreter/
  • DOLE Sec. assured assistance for Padasas family /
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas (second from left) consoles the family of Kristel Mae Padasas, the volunteer who died in Tacloban during Pope Francis’ visit in Leyte. Photo by: Julliane Love de Jesus/
  • The remains of Kristel Mae Padasas being loaded to the C130 plane at the Tacloban airport before noon Monday. Amanda Fernandez/
  • Pope Francis visits one of the Typhoon Haiyan victims in Palo, Leyte/
  • CLS Volunteer Kristel Mae Padasas is finally laid to rest/ News@6

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author avatar Retired
5th Apr 2015 (#)

may she rest in peace

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author avatar Carol Roach
6th Apr 2015 (#)

my deepest sympathies to her family

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author avatar n.c.radomes
12th Apr 2015 (#)

JOHNNYDOD, thanks a lot for the moderation and starpage.
DAVID, thanks for wishing her to rest in peace.
CAROL, thanks likewise for condoling with the bereaved family.

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