Maria Corazon Medalla Castillo
May 26, 1979 ~ July 23, 2023
Resided in: Ashburn, VA
MARIA CORAZON MEDALLA CASTILLO fondly known as “Marichu” or “Ma’am Machu”; born May 26, 1979 in Bicol, Philippines, passed away on July 23, 2023 in Reston Virginia.
She is survived by her beloved husband Richard Castillo, her daughters Olìvia Gerardine and Agnes Maryjune Castillo, as well as her mother Corazon, and brothers Gherard and Roger Medalla Jr.
In the year 2000 she completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Education Degree at the University of Santo Tomas.
Upon graduating, she became the Choreographer and Trainer of the UST SALINGAWI Performing Troupe and the UST CheerDance Performing Group.
From 2002 – 2006 she moved to Qatar to be with her family. She established the MCM Dance Company and collaborated the OFW Communities in Qatar: Philippine Embassy Culture & Arts, Philippine School Doha, Banyuhay Philippine Cultural Dance Troupe, Tanghalang OP.
She immigrated to US in 2007 and married her fiancée Richard Castillo. They stayed happily married until the day she passed and had two wonderful daughters; Olivia and Agnes . She was 7 months pregnant with their third daughter Corinne Antonina who didn’t survive the pregnancy.
She spent the last years of her professional career teaching preschoolers at Tiny Toes Dance and as a receptionist at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Ashburn, Virginia. Her daily interactions with both the young and young-at-heart gave her a sense of community and considered them all part of her extended family.
Marichu had a smile that could light up a room. She had a warm personality and a genuine caring nature that made everyone who had interactions with her feel a sense of closeness and comfort. Her passion for teaching dance to kids and her love of the performing arts helped inspire her students.
A student, a teacher, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a devoted and nurturing mother, a loving wife.
Every person whose lives she’s touched have deeply expressed their sense of gratitude for having been blessed with the chance to know her spirit.
Her memory will live on and stay with us for the rest of our lives.