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Mother Teresa awardee, Center for Migrant Youth founder Fr. Villote dies

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MANILA -- Fr. Ben Villote, former University of the Philippines chaplain and founder of the Center for Migrant Youth (CMY), died Saturday morning. He was 81.

His remains will be at the Delaney hall at around 4 p.m. today until Tuesday morning.

He received many awards, including the Mother Teresa Award and the Dona Aurora Aragon Peace Award.

Also a former Philam parish priest, Fr. Villote helped build the Dambanang Kawayan of Tipas San Jose Seminary. He opted to leave being parish priest to start CMY.

CMY is over 30 years old and is supported by friends.

Born in Tondo and a product of public schools, he celebrated mass using Gary Granada’s songs.

Author of a dozen books, he was a regular contributor to the Sunday Inquirer Magazine and was a columnist of Pilipino Star. But he stopped writing at the onset of Alzheimer’s around five years ago. 

 

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