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Barili residents pay respect to beloved mayor
By: Mylen Manto | Published Sunday, September 13, 2020
Public viewing for fallen Barili Mayor Marlon Garcia was held since Friday, September 11 in his residence in Barangay Nasipit. He will be laid to rest on Sunday, September 13. (Lito Tecson)

Residents of Barili were able to pay their respects to fallen Mayor Marlon Garcia as his remains were brought back to the town three days after he died due to sepsis.

Public viewing was held since Friday, September 11. A necrological service was conducted Saturday, September 12 together with town officials, department heads, town employees, and the Garcia family.

Mayor Marlon had such great hopes for his town and his constituents. 

His dedication to serve, and his love for Barili pushed him to make the town one of the must-visit tourist destinations in Cebu as he launched in August its new tourism offerings such as the ATV Adventure, dolphin-watching, and many more.

His efforts to revive the tourism and the economic industries of Barili crushed by the Covid-19 pandemic will always be remembered. 

The entire Garcia family is left in difficulties and sadness, but Rev. Fr. Fiel Suico of Mantalongon San Isidro Labrador Parish, who officiated the mass on September 11, told them that Mayor Marlon is now in the Land of the Promise with God.

In his homily, Fr. Suico shared that when he entered the seminary, he felt unhappy and sad just like the Garcia family who are now heartbroken by the death of Mayor Marlon, because of a family member’s passing. 

The family may ask now why all of this is happening to them, but eventually time passed, he said, and he was able to obtain the answers and felt the happiness that his heart desired. 

He hoped and prayed that this happiness will also be felt in each of the hearts of the Garcia family as the time passes by. 

The mass and public viewing was attended by Mayor Marlon’s wife, brother Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia, sister Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, and the rest of the Garcia clan.

Fr. Suico reassured the family that Mayor Marlon is loved by the Barilihanons from all of the 42 barangays he served. This was shown through the love and prayers they offered during the public viewing.

Many town residents paid respects to the mayor while observing the health protocol by wearing face mask and face shield as well as maintaning physical distancing.

Even though he has already passed on to eternal life, his love, dedication, service, and great hopes for Barili and his constituents will always be remembered.

Mayor Marlon will be laid to rest today, September 13 at the Angelicum Garden of Angels Cemetery in Mandaue City where he will be reunited with his mother Esperanza Fiel Garcia and brother Nelson Garcia who went on just six days before him. (Mylen Manto)