Loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, and friend. Mallyn decided on February 22, 2022 that this ugly world was not the place for her anymore and decided to go be with her brother Nillmar and her beloved niece Starla who both also tragically died very young. Mallyn was only thirty-one years old at the time of her death.
She was born in Langtad, City of Naga, in Cebu Philippines on November 24, 1990 to her father Ronilo Pacquiao and her mother Marina Bastismo. There with her brothers, cousins, and friends she grew up and was always known to be a happy, smiling person. We met online and got married in Cebu on June 23, 2011 and then a year later, she was able to come and join me in South Carolina and she became a United States citizen in 2017. The transition to American life was difficult on Mallyn; when she first came here, she would say, “where are all the people”. She felt as though America had a lot of wealth, but not as much happiness; she was probably right. Mallyn got to work as soon as she could working with the elderly, housekeeping at hotels, and finally as a custodian at College Park Middle School where she stayed for about five years and was a valued employee. She was able to build her family a new home and it turned out beautifully, three floors with poured concrete walls and a steel roof so they would have plenty of room and be safe.
She will forever be loved and remembered by all and never forgotten that her life was too short. No one that I have ever known gave more of herself for her family; what a wonderful person she was. She worked hard not only at both of her jobs, but as a wife and nobody could have done it better than her. She took care of our home, our dog Rambo, prepared our meals, sometimes while she kept two jobs and helped me when I was laid off from my job. I’m honored now to do those things that she used to do and feel like she is there with me, helping me to do it right.
Mallyn always wanted to have children of her own but she never got the chance. She would have been a wonderful mother but sadly, life and finances just got in the way and the can got kicked down the road.
She did have family in the United States, her cousin, Odeza Glavin which resides in Massachusetts who spent time with her as a child in sewing class and also Emily Schaeffer from Texas, but she never got a chance to visit with them. She was loved by so many people, both friends and family. My friend Dwayne Brown is so thankful to her for introducing him to the love of his life Tesse Woodward and for brightening all of our get-togethers and making people laugh and smile as she surely did.
Mallyn’s memorial service, gathering of friends, will be held on Friday, March 4th 2022, at Simplicity: Lowcountry Cremation and Burial Services in Ladson, SC at 6:00pm American Eastern Standard Time. She will subsequently be cremated so that some of her remains can be shared with her family in the Philippines.
We all wish that we knew just how hard Mallyn was struggling inside and what she was really capable of. I know I will view life differently because of my life and marriage to this wonderful person but we all know where Mallyn is now, the place where angels belong with her beloved brother and niece. There are no words in any language to say how much I’m going to miss her. May God rest her soul and accept her, as I know He will.