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Eulogy: Most beloved Mrs. Apo Cang

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Filomena Tan was born to Mr. and Mrs. Tan Bongco on Sep. 25, 1929 in Larena, Siquijor. She was the seventh child in a family of 11 children. She spent her elementary years in Larena, and attended the UCCP Church in Larena.{{more}}

After elementary school, she came to Dumaguete to attend Silliman High School. World War II interrupted her studies, so her graduation was delayed until she was 18 years old. She belonged to the proud class of 1948.

Filomena married to Agapito Cang on Aug. 22, 1948. They have four children: Roy, Roland, Ruth, and Grace.

In 1957, Agapito and Filomena rented a small space to set up a one-door store called Dumaguete General Supply along what is now Perdices Street. The couple managed store operations together, with their children’s yaya doubling as saleslady.

After a few expansion measures, Agapito and Filomena set up a wholesale store called Cang’s Trading , just across the street.

In 1982, the store was transferred a few blocks farther, and the Dumaguete General Supply became Cang’s Inc. Much later, Cang’s opened a branch in one corner of Maria Cristina St.

In 1996, Bethel Guest House, the first convention hotel in Dumaguete, opened for business.

In November last year, Cang’s Inc. moved again to its location along the North Highway in Daro and called it Cang’s Shopping Complex.

By that time, although Filomena Cang was no longer directly involved with store operations, she remained the inspiration to eldest son Roy and all the staff of the Cang’s stores.

Business, however, was not the most important thing in Mrs. Cang’s life. Her commitment to Christian ministry, and to being a part of Silliman University, were more important.

She was a trained Evangelism Explosion leader, and coordinated EE training seminars in Dumaguete for many years. She was honored by EE Philippines during their 6th Asian Leadership conference in 2004, where she shared a memorable heart-stirring witness of her faith in Jesus Christ. She was also happy to have met Dr. D. James Kennedy, founder of Evangelism Explosion.

Filomena Cang’s main concern was always the salvation of her friends and of anyone she met along the way. She actively shared about Jesus whenever she could. She was an active member of Dumaguete Christian Church, and served for several terms as deaconess.

For Mrs. Cang, being a member of the Board of Trustees of Silliman University from 1989 to 1999 was one of the most exciting happenings in her life. She became chairperson of the Human Resources Management Committee, and the Hospital Ad Hoc Committee. She also served on the Board of Directors of the SU Alumni Association.

The Silliman University Medical Center Foundation is dear to Mrs. Cang’s heart, a passion which started with her being a charter member of the Women’s Auxiliary in the post-War years of the then Mission Hospital. She became more active as SUMC as member of the Hospital Board from 1983 to 1986, and as SUMC Executive Committee chairperson from 1985 to 1986.

Mrs. Cang traveled to meet with Silliman alumni in faraway places mainly to campaign for hospital funds. She went to SU alumni groups in Southern California, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, and New York. Her simple and heartfelt appeal for donations always struck a generous response from the alumni.

Not content with this, Mrs. Cang bravely knocked on the doors of the United Board for Christian Higher Education, and requested for hospital funds.

For her efforts, a grateful SU Medical Center Foundation conferred on Mrs. Cang the SUMC Women’s Auxiliary Service Award in 1985, and in 2005, the SUMC Foundation’s Golden Award for Service.

In recognition of her service to the community and to Silliman, Mrs. Cang received several special awards. She was an Outstanding Negrense awardee in 2005, and Outstanding Sillimanian Awardee in 2006.

In 2005, her husband of almost 57 years, Agapito Cang, went home to be with the Lord. After his passing, and even with her own health deteriorating, Mrs. Cang continued to serve the Lord by attending and leading small groups, hosting servants of the Lord, and sharing Jesus with others.

She had a very active literature ministry, providing reading materials for people going through different struggles.

Last year, when she was more certain she was finally going home to the Lord, Mrs. Cang received so much blessing and joy spending time with her caregivers and household help. They did morning devotions and sang and danced everyday. The daily meeting with the Lord was a source of strength for her.

On Jan. 15, 2011, Mrs. Filomena Cang peacefully went home to be with the Lord. She was surrounded by her children Roy, Ruth, and Grace, some family members, and close friends.

Indeed, Mrs. Filomena Cang was a blessing to many. She lived a full life. (Grace Cang-Velez Jo)

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