By MANUEL L. MORATÓ
2nd Death Anniversary
On January 17, Thursday, is the second death anniversary of the well-liked Donna Villa, a former actress turned movie producer, married to film director Carlo J. Caparas. Donna Villa was her screen name. Her real name is Marian Patalinghug from Cebu where she was buried together with her parents and other deceased relatives in the family mausoleum.
Donna was the most well-liked person in the film industry for her being very friendly and caring to everybody. Her generosity to the less fortunate, together with Carlo, is a legend many won’t forget. Together they extended help to poor students who could not attend school and gave them all assistance, by the hundreds.
Donna was so full of life with happy disposition. Her smile and laughters will never be forgotten.
I was the sponsor sa wedding nila ni Carlo. Inaanak ko sila sa kasal. Seldom did I ever see her angry. She was always full of life, a life she lived to the fullest, so much so, her happy disposition was so contagious that one cannot help but also be happy with her. She was child-like in many ways.
In the over 30 years I’ve known Donna since she was still single, it is not easy to forget her. Despite her natural beauty, she was a well-behaved lady and never flirted with anyone – which this movie industry was/is known for. She was a regular “gal,” friendly, happy, very religious – a devotee of Our Lady of Manaoag; truly a Marian devotee. She lived up to her real name, Marian.
In a way, we both have a deep devotion for Our Lady of Manaoag. Call it by coincidence. On my part, it goes back since I was twelve years old during the second world war. It’s a long story to tell; and on Donna’s part, since her school days in a Catholic girl’s school ran by nuns.
Donna was like a daughter to me. She lost her father at a very young child of seven years of age and somehow, she had a father figure in me. She would call me every night past midnight and tell me everything she did for the day and just laughed together. We were both late sleepers.
Again, I ask my readers, especially those who knew Donna to please remember to say a little prayer for the repose of the soul of this wonderful human being, Donna (Marian Patalinghug) Villa, late wife of Carlo J. Caparas, on Thursday, January 17, 2019, a person so full of loving care.
To her son CJ and daughter Peach, now that you both have a family of your own, live up to how your mother brought you up. Your father is still around to stand by you.
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