ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Malu Maravillas - Espiritu 52 years old , born on May 24, 1958 and passed away on January 15, 2011. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Cali Salim on January 16, 2020
Glad I was able to hear Mass during your anniversary. Remembering you as we pray this week
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on January 15, 2020
To my dearest friend,

I miss you......
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on May 24, 2019
To my dearest friend Malou,
Happy Birthday......miss you!
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on January 15, 2019
Hi Malou,
Still here missing you...your friend.
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on January 15, 2018
To my best friend Malou,

Happy Birthday! Miss you so much...Becky
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on May 24, 2017
Happy Birthday, Malou. I miss you so much!!
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on January 16, 2017
I will never forget you my friend! Miss you....Becky.
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on May 24, 2016
Happy Birthday, my BFF. I miss you!
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on January 15, 2016
Hello Malu,

This flower is you.. I miss you, my friend.
Posted by Cali Salim on May 24, 2015
Happy birthday, dearest sister! Though you're not physically here with us, I know you always watch over the whole family. Love and miss you!!
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on January 16, 2015
Hi Malu,

Just to let you know that you are still my best friend forever....I miss you. I remember our "tajans" with Amy and Beth. You are always in my prayers. Love you much.

PS: I haven't gone home to Manila since. I will surely miss you when I get home but will make sure to visit your family.
Posted by Cali Salim on January 15, 2015
I still remember you when I hear Sharon cuneta songs :) your voice & kind presence are sorely missed. Forever missed, forever loved. Pray for us as we lift you up in prayer too.
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on May 24, 2014
Happy Birthday, Malou. I miss you so much.
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on January 21, 2014
I miss my dear friend.....I love you.
Posted by Bob Maravillas on January 20, 2014
Will always miss you. Maybe will chaperone you again the next time we party. It must be a peaceful party this time.
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on January 15, 2013
Memories will always be there and will always be a part of us....I love you , Malou! Friends forever....
Posted by Anna Madamba on January 15, 2013
I miss you my dear sister. I still get to wish at times that we didnt have to part so soon. I comfort myself by thinking that you are happier now than ever before having been rewarded by Our Lord for having loved Him unconditionally till the end. You continue to inspire me. Ill always have you in my heart.
Posted by Cali Salim on May 25, 2011
Happy birthday Malu! I am comforted by the thought of you being really happy in the presence of the Lord. Continue to pray for us, just as you had in the past
Posted by Andrea Espiritu on May 24, 2011
Happy Birthday Mom! :) I miss you and I love you so much... I know that celebrating your birthday wherever you are is million times happier than here on earth. Im happy knowing that you are already happy with God and with dad and abuelito,lolo,lola..
Posted by Aaron Matias on January 29, 2011
God took you in his loving arms
He saw you needed rest
His garden must be beautiful
For He only takes the best......

I will surely miss you my friend.
Posted by Trixie Madamba on January 25, 2011
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
Posted by Trixie Madamba on January 25, 2011
FUNERAL BLUES by Auden
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
Posted by Malu Aristorenas on January 24, 2011
On the very few encounters I have with Malu, I am able to walk away with great hope in my heart and I get this feeling everything will be alright.
Posted by Bob Perlot on January 22, 2011
They say that only the good die young and that God has some special purpose for calling you home. Your brother Bob, Wife Karen and the boys are friends of mine and so you are my friend too. God Bless
Posted by Tess Mendoza on January 22, 2011
It will never be the same without her presence. My heart is heavy with so much sorrow and sadness. I will forever miss her.

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Recent Tributes
Posted by Cali Salim on January 16, 2020
Glad I was able to hear Mass during your anniversary. Remembering you as we pray this week
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on January 15, 2020
To my dearest friend,

I miss you......
Posted by Rebecca Aquino on May 24, 2019
To my dearest friend Malou,
Happy Birthday......miss you!
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From Mari: Remembering my sister, Malu

Shared by Dina Maravillas on January 29, 2011

It was the end of July 2008 when I last saw Malu in person, a day before I left Manila for Toronto, Canada to pursue a future  with my family. Though it was another busy day for her as head of the Metrobank branch at San Agustin corner De la Costa Salcedo Village in Makati, she still found time to attend to me and my requirements.

Banking was her life just as it was for our Dad.  In the times I was at her office, I never saw our sister lose her smile, humor, composure and gentle voice when dealing with clients or her staff.  If there was any one thing that completed Malu when coming to work, it was her signature tight blouse and tight skirt that were neatly well put together all the time.  Only the slight suggestion of a spare tire in her mid-section, something I'd tease her about, marred the ensemble. 


Because my office was just a few blocks away, she and I met occasionally over coffee and lunch to talk about her family and Metrobank where I too had worked for some 6 years.  After she was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer, our conversations increasingly focused on the progress she was making in fighting the Big C using alternative healing protocols.  She also shared her experience talking to other cancer victims who needed hope and encouragement.  More importantly, she spoke to them about having faith in God as the foundation of the healing process.  

Proclaiming the Good News of our Faith was not new to Malu.  As many of you know, serving God goes back decades earlier.  During her younger years, she was a member of the church choir.  When mid life set in, she joined our mom as mass lector. It was at the Fatima community where Malu developed meaningful and enduring friendships.  

Though faced always with a busy schedule, Malu's priority was her children, her life's purpose.  From the time she gave birth to Dennis, then Joey and finally Andrea, she tirelessly made sure there was food on the table and her children were receiving proper education.  She also made sure that her kids were as talented as she was in singing and dancing so they can perform in front of "Familia Maravillas" gatherings.  Above all, she did as our parents taught us which was to always go to Sunday Mass as one whole family.

Our sister Malu went through life perhaps more challenged than many of us.  Yet, what kept her whole and able to endure tons of difficulties, as well as, embrace endless sacrifices to becoming the loving wife, mother, sister, in-law and daughter that she had become, was her Catholic Faith which we so dearly received from our loving parents.  

In one of my last overseas phone conversations with her while she was in her hospital bed at Cardinal Santos Hospital in April last year, she affirmed to me that she was also praying for those suffering like her.  And I affirmed back by saying that she was blessed by God for becoming the reason for those of us whose faith in prayers were renewed.   

I left the Philippines hopeful that my sister was on the road to getting rid of her disease.  But as it turned out God had other plans.  She was privileged and blessed to walk along side her loving and forgiving Christ on the road to Calvary.  I believe that for each vital organ she lost to cancer forgiveness flowed out from her heart.

 

My dearest sister,

 

Dina, Jade, Lace and I, in unison with everyone here today especially mommy, your siblings and your children will miss you very dearly.  Let not sadness fill your soul but rather eternal joy that comes only when returning to Him, our Creator.  Do not worry for Andrea.  Along with Dennis and Joey, she now has 9 parents and a loving Abuelita who will look after her as she enters womanhood.  

 

Do kiss and hug Daddy for us. 

 

To those who have been a part of our family especially during these difficult times and who had prayed for Malu, thank you so much. We can never thank you enough. 

 

Eulogy by Butch

Shared by Anna Madamba on January 23, 2011

MALU – OUR SAINT

(A Eulogy by Butch Agnir)

Tita Lulu, Dennis, Joey, Andrea, Anna and family, Ria and family, Betty and family, Willy and family, Cali and family, Tetchie and family, friends, good evening.

 Looking at all of you here tonight plus the multitude of friends and relatives who have arrived since Saturday to pay their last respects to Malu only serve to strengthen the realization of how much Malu has touched all our lives. In my case, Malu was my best friend in the world – she was my confidant, she was my partner. In the course of our long friendship (although now I sadly realize how short it was), we shared so many moments of fun and laughter, things we shared with friends very dear to us.

I first met Malu in May of 1998, something which I vividly remember but, funny, she could not. Months after that, I joined her bank, the now defunct Urban Bank. We were casual acquaintances since she was with Branches while I, in Private Banking. When Urban Bank went under, all of a sudden, we didn’t have much to do. In the course of all the chaos her barkada suddenly became one with ours and that began the start of a wonderful friendship. As I moved on from Urban Bank, to Bank of Commerce to Global Bank, and eventually to Metrobank, our paths would always cross. Looking back, it was apparent that it was meant to be that way. In the process, our friendship only grew stronger.

Malu was a very headstrong lady. When she felt right about something, she would be very persistent till its conclusion. She was a very passionate worker, a very caring and devoted banker to her clients and a very loyal friend. She was the best sister to her brothers and sisters and tried to be the good and loving child that she was to Abuelita, her mom. Most of all, she was a protective mother to her children. She would see all their good qualities and consider only as temporary their shortcomings. And you know what? She was 100% correct. She loved her children unconditionally. For most of their lives, it was mommy who was always there. Up till her death, her primary concern was the welfare of Dennis, Joey and Andrea. Most important of all her traits, however, was her being a true Christian. Her love for her fellowmen and her service to God exuded in her daily life. I remember the few times that we would go out-of-town with friends, the first thing she would do was to ask where the nearest local church was and, without fail, she would attend mass.

 Malu loved her life as she lived it to the fullest with people close to her. For those of us who knew her, her life was filled with pain, trials and hardships and, up till the end, this proved to be true. Despite all these, she never complained. Even when she was deeply hurt when she was unfairly removed as Branch Head of San Agustin Branch, she kept most of it to herself. She would tell me how painful it was and how she missed servicing her clients – clients who have already become her friends. Largely due to this, a few months after, her health deteriorated.

 I entitled my eulogy to Malu as, Malu – our Saint. For me, she is the closest person I know to being a saint. In fact, I was just telling Anna, her sister last Saturday that, if ever there should be one more saint, it should be our beloved Malu.

In Paul’s 2nd letter to the young Timothy as he neared death, he said in chapter 4 verses 7 and 8 and I quote, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid for me the crown of righteousness which my Lord, the righteous Judge will give to me.

 Malu, you have indeed fought the good fight, you have finished the race and you have kept the faith. And while we grieve by your departure from this earth, we are comforted by the knowledge that the good Lord has finally allowed you the peace and rest that you so richly deserve in His eternal kingdom.

 Goodbye. We love you. Till we meet again.

From a very dear friend BECKY who stood by her

Shared by Anna Madamba on January 22, 2011

I was having difficulty deciding what to say here today because I can not find the right words to express my feelings for Malou. I share with you the sadness of losing someone who is so dear to all of us.

As I was trying to remember when we met, it did not take us long to develop our friendship which, up to her last day continued to be so strong. Our experiences in the past bonded us together.

I remember her as a strong and determined person. A hardworking, single MOM trying to do everything just to make sure she can provide the best for her family. She would never stop thinking of what else she can do to make things better.

When I decided to leave for the US in 1987, I assured her that I will never forget our friendship. Years had passed with no communication between us. But when I came back to visit after ten years, she was the first person I called. From that time on, I made it a point to see her everytime I get the chance to go to Manila.

The first time she told me about her illness, I felt I have to do something. Something to make her feel that I am always behind her. It is through my loving and devoted sister, Emy, who made things possible for me to communicate and give Malou the help that I can offer. I wanted to share with her all the blessings that I have now.

For so many months and days I cried and scared of losing a very GOOD, BEST friend I ever had. But through prayers, I have learned to accept and understand that some things happen for a reason.

I will surely miss you, Malou. All the memories that I have shared with you will always live in my heart. I admire you for facing all the challenges with a strong mind and heart.

You are indeed an extraordinary person, friend, mom and a sister.

Death is a heartache no one can heal, but LOVE is a memory no one can STEAL...

Loving you always,

Becky Concepcion Aquino