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Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas

Today is my Mama's birthday.  She would have been 78 years old. As most of my relatives and friends know, this is the third Christmas that she is no longer with us. It was in 2014 when we last celebrated her birthday as a whole family. I was grateful I was able to visit them… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas

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Papa’s Surprise 75th Birthday

My Padir turns 75 today! This year my family finally managed to throw him a surprise party.  We have been planning on a surprise birthday party for him since he turned 70 but every year we end up celebrating it his preferred and usual way - quiet and just with his family and friends. So… Continue reading Papa’s Surprise 75th Birthday

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Papa’s Birthday

It's Padir's birthday today.  This year's family get together was a surprise for him.  I didn't tell him I would still be visiting them after I cancelled my trip in April for Madir's first year death anniversary. He picked the beautiful Bicol, his and Madir's birthplace, when I asked him where he'd like to celebrate his birthday.… Continue reading Papa’s Birthday

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GrandMa

I thought I'd post here Urielle's tribute to Mama. Urielle is our family's first baby. We've known her  (and her family) since she was barely two years old. She grew up with us. Madir loved her like her very own grandchild.  "Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love." -Unknown… Continue reading GrandMa

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Mama

I  wrote this blog a month ago, during my layover in Hong Kong, on my unexpected flight to Manila  to see my beloved Mama one last time.   Four more hours and I will be in Manila. For the first time, I am not excited to visit my family in the Philippines; because this time… Continue reading Mama

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Mama’s Birthday

Happy Birthday, Mama! It's Christmas day and Madir's 75th birthday. The last time I was present in Mama's birthday was ten years ago. It was good to be here today with the entire family and a few relatives. Every year her nephews, nieces and their kids, as well as her sister/bestfriend make it a point to… Continue reading Mama’s Birthday

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Padir’s 70th Birthday

  Today is Padir's, as we fondly call our Dad, 70th birthday. I originally planned on throwing him a surprise birthday party. I collaborated with my younger siblings and with my bestfriend  to come up with a 60's or 70's theme for Padir's birthday. Even tough I knew I wouldn't be able to join them… Continue reading Padir’s 70th Birthday