Aniceta Nanay Cita Esmaquel died on April 7, 2018 at the age of 94.

Aniceta ‘Nanay Cita’ Zornosa Esmaquel, one of the pillars of the Filipino community in Melbourne, co-founder of the Filipino-Australian Senior Citizens Advisory Council in Australia Inc. and former president of Philippine Cultural Society fo Elders has died at the age of 94 last Saturday, 7 April 2018.

Nanay Cita was born on 11 December 1923.

“I wish I have another 94 years,
I have so much more to give”

Rare Gem.
Light & Salt of the Earth.
Our Nanay.


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Marlin Amores Esmaquel – As I’m writing this, My heart is bleeding and completely broken. A very remarkable, intelligent and strong woman went to heaven today🙏🌹. You never cease to amaze us with your talent and energy ( She’s 94). I will surely miss you telling me” are you working again? your health is more important!” I will always remember the time when you will say hi to me at the kiosk and will ask me” what time is your lunch break?” Because you always order a big lunch and leave something for me❤😊. I will always remember the time that you pray really hard when anyone in the family is sick. I will always remember you telling us that I am not your in-law because I am your daughter. I will always remember you as a funny, loving and caring mum, grandma, sister and a friend. I know you will watch over us and looking down on us in heaven nanay. You will always have a special spot in my heart nanay Aniceta Zornosa Esmaquel❤❤❤❤

Althea Esmaquel-Cayton – Extraordinary. Unique. Brilliant. Our Nanay. Heaven has gained the most beautiful angel. We love you forever and ever, Nay. ❤❤❤

Henrietta Soledad – True. A very remarkable and rare gem. We will all remember her as an effective community leader. Our deepest condolences to the whole family.

Julienne Scales – This is how I will remember you (Nanay). Big smile, loving heart and full of life. There was nothing you couldn’t do. I always loved telling the people in my life that my grandmother still lived by herself, sent emails and was on Facebook at age 94. You are where our family’s strength comes from and our inspiration to just love one another. Rest in peace Nanay. I hope you are with Tatay now ❤

Jovita E. Ledesma – Our deepest condolences to Esmaquel Family. God’s comfort fills your hearts.😔❤🙏

Boyeth Crisaldo – Rest in peace our dear Ate Citang. Salamat sa lahat ng mga magagandang ala-ala.

Lawrence Tristan – Today one of the few people who I know believed In me passed away. It’s sad to know that I would never see her again and that I wasn’t able to tell her how thankful I am that she accepted me to be part of one big family, that she treated me as one of her “apo” no matter how foolish and naughty I was… I know and I felt that she loved me. But the most painful part is I never got the chance to tell her that I Love Her. I Love You Lola Nanay Citang. Rest In Peace within God’s Loving arms. till we meet again.

Carlo Esmaquel – 🖤💔💞 Rest In Peace Nanay…thanks for everything. Miss you heaps.

Leonisa Zornosa Ramos – Yesterday was a very sad day to me, same saddness that I felt when nanay meding passed away, my second nanay Aniceta Zornosa Esmaquel my fav auntie, my angel who keeps on praying for me especially if I ring her and request a prayer, its very painful and hard to accept, but I know nanay Meding and tatay Poldo are waiting for her in heaven, A BIG thank you for all that you have given to me especially for the love of accepting me as part of your family since I was a kid and up to the last breath of your life, I love you heaps, please give my regards to nanay and tatay. I will surely miss you😘.

Roxane Francisco‎ – I am devastated! I didn’t even know Nanay was sick. I am praying for Nanay’s soul. May she Rest In Peace especially now that she is with our God. Praying for the whole Esmaquel clan to give each one strength on this very sad time. You’ll be greatly missed Nanay.

Willie Obien‎ – We will miss you Nanay Cita…thank you for what you’ve done to the Filipino community in Victoria. May you rest in peace…

Vance Olivia‎ – Salamat po sa lahat…isa po kayo sa nagpalakas ng loob ko to help others on my own little way. We may not know each other po when I started as a PTA officer way back in 2011 but you never doubted me. You encouraged me though we’re far apart, isa po kyo sa naging instrumento kaya nabuo muli ang Drum & Lyre band ng SCES. You made me promised & I’ll keep it pra po sa inyo…I saw it on my wall but it’s only now that I have come to realise that you’re really gone reading about your internment. I can’t stop crying for I know deep in my heart that I lost someone dear & special. A beautiful soul with a pure heart & unconditional love. Di ko Po kakalimutan ang mga payo nyo, lalo na po ang mga katagang….”Ang pagtulong ay walang pinipiling estado. Ang mahalaga ay ginagawa mo ito nang walang hinihintay na anumang kapalit @ nagmumula sa iyong puso.” Rest In Peace po Ma’m Aniceta.🙏🏻.

Edna Cabuang – Our condolence to the family… She may be gone but her memories and soul live among us…She was a lady of so many talents from fb to whatever. At her age when the others are giving up, she was still going on and enjoying life. I call her the lady of all seasons. Rest In Peace, Nanay…You will never be forgotten! Adieu for now!

Josie Elano – May your soul Rest In Peace Nanay Cita. Condolence to the family.

Nitz Nisperos – condolence to the family. Rest in Peace po.

Reynaldo Amedo – Rest In Peace Nanay Cita… Condolence to the Family…

Samuel Laysico – Condolence to the family. May Nanay Cita soul rest in peace.

Säņ Zù – Our deepest sympathy to the whole family! May Nanay Cita Rest In Peace 🙏 She will be missed 💕.

Medy Johansson-Sonsteby – RIP Nanay Cita🙏…. our Deepest Condolence to the Family. She surely is remembered for being so Compassionate, Talented, Kind and Humble. Loved by everyone who knows her and works with her. Surely be missed by everyone…God Bless. Lovelotsxxx

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