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Herlinda B. Cinco was born on Nov 29.1933 in Dagami, Leyte in the Philippines to Atilano R. Cinco Esq, a lawyer and politician, and Rosario B. Cinco, a nurse. Because of her father’s political position, at the age of 8, she with her parents and four siblings fled into the mountains when the Japanese invaded during World War II. They survived on the run for 4 years, living off the land, and in ruins of villages scorched by the guerilla resistance and occupied by patrolling soldiers. When the war ended and they returned to society, the children were quickly enrolled back in school where Linda excelled. She was chosen to be a cadet scout in the ROTC. After completing her studies at Mapa High School, she earned her law degree at Manuel L Quezon University where she was an editor of the Law Journal and the president of her sorority, Tau Omega Phi. She joined the Philippine bar in 1960 and practiced with her father who went on to be a House Representative in the First Congress of the Philippines. She was also Assistant Attorney of the Philippine Veterans Bank.
Linda emigrated to the United States in 1968 where she met her future husband Dominador S. Castillo, while they both worked at Manufacturers Bank and Trust Company in Brooklyn, New York City. They had two sons together before he died in 1990, leaving her to raise the boys on her own. She worked as a paralegal with Allstate Insurance Company in Cranford, New Jersey for over 30 years until her retirement.
She was active in her prayer groups, Handmaids of the Lord and Couples for Christ and was known to try new things and to never stop learning, even practicing Zumba and learning Tai Chi in retirement! In her 60s, she awed in the beauty of flying in a 4-seater Cessna plane over British Columbia. After her 80th birthday, she experienced scuba diving for the first time, rode horseback, and even summited Mt. Washington on foot. She was a huge supporter of the arts, opening her home for rehearsals of the Kayumanggi Chorale. Linda loved reading, playing the piano, enjoyed watching movies, and relished the time spent telling stories with family. She left this life at home, surrounded by her loving family. She is remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, and a woman of tremendous faith and courage.
Herlinda was predeceased by her brother, Atilano “Nonong” B. Cinco, Jr., Esq., and is survived by her sons, Neil (wife Kim), David (wife Noelle and children Jeffrey, Justin, Victoria and Catherine), and her siblings, Dr. Luding C. Arayata, Dr. Victorio B. Cinco and Dr. Annie B. Cinco.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.
We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 — New Living Translation