OBITUARY OF SISTER AIDA VILLAREAL, OSB FEBRUARY 16, 1909
JUNE 7, 2014
Sr. Aida (Socorro) Villareal, was born on February 16, 1909 *or 1908, as her family claims), the eldest of the eight children of Judge Ceferino Villareal, Sr. and Josefina Lopez Villareal of Legazpi City, Albay. She finished her high school education in St. Agnes Academy in Legazpi City and her Bachelor of Science in Education, major in Biology and minor in History in the College of the Holy Spirit. Sr. Aida Villareal, OSB was 105 (or, maybe, 106) when she died. When she was 95, she wrote her vocation
story: “After college, I decided to enter the convent. I did not have the consent of my parents nor was there anyone who influenced my decision.”
She was 23 when she began her postulancy on May 4, 1932 but young as she was, she already knew what she wanted. She made her first profession on March 21, 1934, a significant day for her, for it was also her baptismal day. As a Sister, Sr. Aida was assigned to the educational apostolate. In a yellowed sheet
of paper among her files, entitled “Occupation since First Profession” she had written down in her beautiful teacher’s handwriting all her assignments. The first lines in the list was always “teacher.” Indeed, most of Sr. Aida’s active life was spent
teaching. In her 35 years as a teacher, she taught in 10 schools operated by the Congregation in the Manila Priory.
She spent the most time in Legazpi (13+4 short assignments = 18 years), in Taal (10 years) and in Carigara (7 years). We know of at least one story of Sr. Aida in one of these assignments: Sr. Aida had heard that one of her former students (who is now our Sr. Monica Tomista, OSB) was entering the convent but could not prepare her trousseau. Sr. Aida prepared everything quietly, down to the laundry numbers on each item. When I recounted that story to a niece
of hers, the only reaction was: “oh, yes that is something she would do.”
Sr. Aida must have had good people skills for, along with teaching, she was often also moderator of the Sodality, of the alumnae association and of the Student
From The Chosen Path, p. 7
From an article (2009) by Sr. Soledad Hilado, OSB entitled, A Century of Blessings: Sister Aida Villareal, OSB.