The Papua New Guinea Union Mission (PNGUM) is mourning the loss of associate chief finance officer, Emmanuelito Ligsay, better known as Lito, who passed away at St Luke’s Hospital, Manila, Philippines, on January 21, after suffering a pulmonary embolism.
Lito Ligsay, 51, was a long-serving member of the PNGUM treasury team. He was caring and supportive of those who worked with him and would spend as much time as necessary to assist less experienced staff in learning new skills.
PNGUM staff this week held a memorial service for Mr Ligsay, reflecting on their special moments with him and how he impacted their lives. The treasury team sang his favourite hymn, “I need the prayers of those I love”.
Mr Ligsay was born on October 6, 1971, at Midsayap in the Philippines, where he was educated at Mountain View College, receiving a bachelor of science in accountancy before completing further studies at the University of the Visayas in Cebu where he was awarded a master of business administration. He had 27 years of Church employment, commencing with one year at the East Visayan Adventist Academy in the Philippines. He then moved to Thailand and worked for 18 years in the Thailand Publishing House (Thailand Adventist Mission), before transferring to the General Conference Auditing Service (Southeast Asia regional office—Bangkok), covering nine countries. He accepted a call to the PNGUM on January 21, 2014.
Mr Ligsay is survived by his wife, Josephine, and son Brent. His funeral is being today, Friday, January 27.