Nonoy Manuel was known in Cantaoan, Naga, Cebu as the most educated person in the whole barangay. He served as an enlisted man in the medical corps of the Philippine Army during World War II. Then he was with the guerillas fighting against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, thus he became part of the USAFFE (US Armed Forces, Far East).
After the war, he pursued his studies in college using the benefits offered to veterans. He completed his degree in BS Education and went on to work as a high school teacher, and then later on, principal in Gen. Luna, Surigao del Norte, Philippines. There, he met Rustica Escosura, got married and had 5 offsprings.
Later on, the family moved back to Cantaoan, Naga, and Nonoy got a job as a high school teacher at the Naga Provincial High School. Tiya Rus became an elementary school teacher and taught at the Tungkop Elementary School, Minglanilla. They settled in Tungkop, Minglanilla, Cebu just next door to the Elementary School.
They were both very generous and always helped and encouraged hard-working nephews, nieces, and relatives. They were always willing to support a good student, both morally and financially. They were a God-send to many poor relatives whose parents were not capable of sending their children to school.
Although Nonoy lived a good and long life, he succumbed to a cancerous tumor that was beyond treatment. He is survived by his children, their families, his brothers and sisters, and the rest of his relatives.