Anna Filey September 17, 1959 to October 28, 2013

Anna and her son Mars
“She’s no longer with us”.  With those words, my wife Patricia Acker informed us that Anna Filey passed away a few minutes ago at 1 PM, Manila time, in the Intensive Care Unit of Delos Santos Hospital in Quezon City.  Anna has been very sick and in and out of the Yap Hospital for some time now.  Lymphoma was the initial diagnosis but the hospital here could not tell which type.  She was evacuated to Manila and Patricia went with her to help and to be with her.  The hospital ran numerous sophisticated medical procedures and she was in good hands.  The Lymphoma was just too far spread, too aggressive and in the end pneumonia got to our Anna.

There is a HUGE hole in the hearts and minds of the Manta Ray Family today as Anna has been with us since the day we opened on March 1st, 1990.  Anna was outspoken, was a very hard worker and the best employee and friend that you could ask for.  She worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when needed with the core reason for this dedication being her love for her daughter and 4 sons:  Angie, AJ, Alvin, Marvin and Mars.  She was opinionated and regardless of whether you owned the building or cleaned the parking lot, if you weren’t doing it right, you heard about it from Anna.  Popularly known as SBT – Small But Terrible, she ruled her housekeepers and the hotel with an iron hand but she was full of compassion and would help anyone.  It hurts that we can no longer help her.

Anna’s fights with Teolu Pedrosa, our Maintenance Manager, during Monday morning managers’ meetings were legendary.  Either the air-conditioner in her rooms weren’t right, the laundry machines in her laundry weren’t working 100% or any other innumerable complaints would never go unmentioned or forgiven.  Heck, Anna’s fights with any of us were pretty legendary but she was our Anna and we miss her terribly at the moment.  We even had to suspend the Employee of the Year Award because Anna always won – hands down.

Anna from EVERY ONE of us here, we love you, we miss you and we trust that you are in a better place.

Kefel ma Kamagar

11 thoughts on “Anna Filey September 17, 1959 to October 28, 2013”

  1. During my stay your wife was with Anna in Manila, and I heard so many wonderful things about both your wife and Anna. My heart breaks for the Manta Ray Bay family in your time of loss, and I pray that Anna crossed over peacefully. Since I have returned I am working with dedication to getting the word out about your wonderful facility to both my personal friends that own large travel agencies, and also some that I will be meeting on an upcoming cruise. Anna obviously loved her job and trained her housekeepers well, and I hope you find a spite fire with the same passion to replace her.

  2. Condolences to the extended family out there. I remember falling foul of Anna about leaving my camera in the rinse tank too long one evening. Classic.

    Cheers,
    Mark.

  3. Dear Family,
    my sincerest condolence to all of you that miss the beloved so much. My thoughts are with you and her knowing that the one’s we love never go away from us but just before us….

  4. The Manta Ray Bay Resort has always been special due to the dedicated staff, returning year after year the same folks were there to attend to your needs. Always remember your name. My sincere condolences to the Resort her family and the MRBR staff.

  5. I’ll miss her. She was really a warm person. Please don’t forget to support the rest of the family. And specially Fredy who was living together with Anna the last years and taking care for her and Mars. It’s not easy for them. Cu soon in three weeks.
    May Anna rest in peace.

  6. I always look forward to seeing Anna when I come to MRBH. She had a smile and heart as big as the whole island. A special lady for sure who we all will miss greatly.

  7. A sad loss indeed. Condolences and good thoughts to the family from your friends here in Brazil.

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Jim Reilly
Jim Reilly
11:27 21 Mar 18
We stayed at the hotel and dove with Manta Ray divers in early December 2017. The hotel is very comfortable, well run and staffed with wonderful employees. During our visit my wife came down with an illness and the consideration and support from the hotel and dive staff could not have been better.read more
Sandy Stinson
Sandy Stinson
16:03 03 Mar 18
The staff couldn't be more friendly and accommodating. Food is good, (worth upgrading to include all meals). Diving is good too.read more
Alex Divinsky
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17:24 01 Jan 18
The best place to stay in Yap. The resort is really nice and clean, the scuba diving is great, and the docked ship that houses the bar, restaurant, and movie screen is very cool. I really enjoyed my stay here.read more
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10:44 01 Jan 18
Offers one of the best accommodation service. It also has a uniquely designed restaurant.
Yi-Hsin Lin
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00:53 21 Feb 17
The whole place centers around the scuba diving operation. Probably better to find somewhere else if you're not a diver. The dive operation was generally good, but a little too laid back - schedules weren't always clear, and sometimes would change without any notice. Sometimes it was hard to tell if this was really because of changing tides/weather or because of the island pace of life. Pizza is a surprisingly good option at the restaurant.read more
William Myers
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21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
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04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
Daniel Granzer
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11:40 23 Aug 18
We were from 11.08 to 18.08 at the Manta Ray Bay resort and had unforgettable days there 😍In total we made 12 dives with wonderful encounters. Highlights were, of course, the manta rays in the Goofnuw Channel and many white tip reef sharks in the Shark City 🦈 But also we saw eagle rays, turtles 🐢 and buffalo head parrotfish. The hotel is beautiful and the whole team does a great job there. The food on the ship Mnuw, as well as the home-brewed beer are excellent. Thank you again to the whole team of Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers 👏🏼We also did a one-day land tour to explore the many beautiful places of this unique island. The beach is like in paradise🏝, stone money and relics from the second world war very worth to see! You find there also culturally typical houses with different meaning and use! It would be nice if more visitors would come to this great island and appreciate the great work that is done there! Anyway, we really enjoyed it and would come back anytime 🙏🏻✌🏼read more
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Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
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