By Richelle H. Verdeprado
The author is a fourth-year Social Work major at the University of Negros
Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) in Bacolod City and a frequent contributor to
This was my first time to hear of the name Chiara Luce Badano. This was also
my first time to write an article about a teenager who will soon be beatified.
I didn’t know Chiara – ‘Chiara’ is the Italian form of ‘Claire’ and means
‘clear’ - Luce personally and there’s no way for me to meet her now. Luce died a
year before I was born. But a well-lived life is a life that is never meant to
die. It is a life worthy of being shared with people of all ages from all walks
of life. Just as I longed for and tried hard to know about the lives of heroes
and heroines who were generations ahead of me, I felt stirred in learning about
Luce, a fine-looking, creative and sports-loving Italian who died even before
she reached 19. With all interest, I thoroughly searched for facts about her. I
wanted to know the events in her life that have led to her beatification on 25
September this year.