Oct 12 2009

Remembering Ronaldo “Bong” Alcordo

By Trisha Pitts, project director for the Philippines

Ronoldo "Bong" AlcordoIt is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ronaldo Alcordo, known to everyone as ìBong.” He was the coordinator of subprojects BQ and BU in the Quezon, Philippines, project. Bong was assessing the damage caused by Typhoon Ketsana to the sponsored members in his subprojects, and contracted leptospirosis from the floodwater. Bongís wife, Nenita, is part of the correspondence team at the Quezon coordinating office. They have three children, a 6-year-old son, a 4-year-old daughter and a 6-month-old daughter.

Bong has been an integral and well-loved member of the Quezon team for a number of years, and the entire project is mourning his death. We share in this tremendous tragedy, and keep Bong, his family and the entire project in our hearts and prayers at this time.

Staff react to the news.

6 thoughts on “Remembering Ronaldo “Bong” Alcordo”

  1. I am saddened that I lose a co-worker. But because of his passion towards his work and for the members, he had never hesitated to do his job despite of knowing its risk to his health. For two years of having him as our SPC, I knew him for being so kind and industrious. He was also a loving and understanding husband, father, son and brother. I never saw him get mad of something. We will never forget him, especially for the times that I will go to work in our area. He will always be in our hearts.

  2. I met Bong while volunteering with the Quezon project. He was not a talker, he was a “doer.” I believe he had training as a nurse.

    I remember one night, on a bus loaded with Quezon employees, when someone on the side of the highway threw a rock at the bus and shattered one of its windows. A boy and his grandmother were covered in tiny shards of glass. It was all over the boy’s face. The grandmother kept perfectly still and called out one name, “Bong!” He came to the front, gingerly picked the slivers of glass from the boy’s face, and a serious incident was avoided. He was so calm, and that helped the boy stay calm. If one of those slivers of glass had lodged in that boy’s eye it would have been extremely painful and extremely dangerous to his vision– but Bong was there. He will be missed.

    My sincere condolences to Nenita and the family.

  3. Thank you, Bong, for your life of service and pilgrimage with the poor, offering the best of you for those in need, not only in need of material but in need of friendship and hope. May your example of dedication and love be among all CFCA around the world.

    My prayers are with Nenita and the children. May the good Father bring serenity and peace into their life. Our heart and prayers are with you all.

  4. I was saddened to read this story about Mr. Alcordo. It is obvious he was committed to what he did in his job and had a heart of gold for helping people. May God watch over his loved ones who are left behind. Let everyone remember the cause he stood for and go out to accomplish even more in remembrance of Mr. “Bong” Alcordo.

  5. My heart goes out to Bong’s family. Such a tragedy to leave behind a wife and 3 young children. And a huge loss to CFCA. I sponsor a child in the Legzapi Project … I feel like Bong is family! His family will be in my prayers.

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