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Here I am again sharing some thoughts about my late dad.

We spent grade school in the province except Noel who transferred here in Manila during his last two years of grade school because be was the only one left there. The four of us graduated at the Univ. Of Santo Tomas Education High School. College life was also spent in UST.

I remember the summers way back then. That was the time we spent the summer break going to Manila to be with Dad. That was in the mid-60’s. Mom, my three brothers and I would ride in a Pantranco bus with two bundles of firewood meticulously gathered before our trip. We used charcoal and firewood to cook back then.

When we reached high school, summer days were spent in the province. I remember planting cashew nuts with Dad which eventually grew along the perimeter wall of our one-hectare lot. We also planted Formosa pineapples. They still bear fruits until now. Coconut trees are scattered all over.

At first, it was just the three of us, dad, my older brother and I stayed in our very small house in Quezon City when I started high school. Mom and my two brothers were left in the province. Do you believe that I started reading Mills and Boons pocketbooks when I was in high school?

Dad would bring home three or four pocketbooks which he usually borrow from the UST high school library. After a week, another batch is borrowed. It was where I learned more about those lovely places aside from our country. I worked for a while at the Humanities section of the UST Main Library way back in college. That’s where I learned serious reading because of the many subjects/books that I encountered.

Gosh, every year since Dad died, I would blog about him during his birthday and death anniversary. Perhaps you’ve read about those anecdotes that I have shared before.

Today is dad’s 14th death anniversary. I miss him…still.

🥲😒❤🧡

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WordPress says I should blog today but I deliverately postponed it because I got so engrossed reading.

I started a biography of Barack Obama by David Maraniss. Two years ago, I read Michelle Obama’s memoir entitled Becoming and I enjoyed it. I wonder if The Making of the Man is just as good. The book started with his family tree. Since it is pure narrative at the start, I read some short stories in between.

It’s been more than three months now since we had Covid and everything is back to normal if normal means you can now stay in front of the stove, prepare meals for the family, garden and sweep the yard, clean the house and read of course. There is nothing normal yet in my sense of hearing. Group discussions, listening to music and watching movies are still so noisy for my ears. But I could well understand a voice and calls over the phone now.

Life is definitely silent. Last night, I ordered online items from Lazada. You have to pay a minimal forty pesos for each item when you are ordering from different vendors. I’ve come to appreciate some Korean items. Lazada was on sale last August 8 and some items are still on sale until now. They deliver the goods after a day or two. You can even buy appliances through Lazada.

It’s Thursday night and I usually read until 12am most of the time. I don’t wake up early anymore. Josef and Jovy are still working from home, I think since March last year. JP Morgan hasn’t scheduled their vaccination yet.

I laughed when Josef opened our screen door and our two doggies Oreo and Cookie were excited to go out. Oreo was circling the garage but when Josef opened the door of the car, both of them climbed in. They had their check-up today.

I don’t know if this lockdown would end on August 20 as planned. I don’t even know how the Dept. Of Health could readily classify this Delta variant, based on their daily reports, those affected are increasing daily.

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I am having an intermittent headache. Been taking pain reliever for two days now. It has stopped a few minutes ago.

I was trying to read some of my earlier posts back in 2011 when I joined WordPress’ Post A Day Challenge. How I was able to blog every day back then was such a big puzzle to me. The endurance of thinking of what to write about every day without fail. I wonder where my badge got to, it was lost somewhere when I tried to change my blog format. Those were the times I got so many visitors although commenting and liking was unheard of. There were words of encouragement though from WordPress, inspiring words at the end of each entry and the total number of posts you have written since you started blogging. They got lost somewhere along the way. There are so many bloggers now. There are new ones who post a few entries and then suddenly stop writing. Some maybe disappointed by the slow rise of followers and readers.

No matter how good your contents are if your tags and categories are not, you can’t expect people to follow you right away. You build your blog slowly. It always takes a number of years before you can be recognized as a seasoned blogger. There are followers who never take time to even like your posts. Some are there who are bold enough to say that we should follow their blogs too. You don ‘t need to tell me that I should follow you back because if I like what you write about, I will follow it.

I wonder why I could no longer see my dashboard since I started using my tab. It always shows that I have to log in but when I do, it reverts back to the same log in option.

As I have always said, blogging has become a way of life.

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I am reposting this to remember the 35th anniversary of the EDSA PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION.

Maybe for some people, they no longer see the relevance of the peaceful revolution that happened 35 years ago to oust a dictator. They are back and aligned themselves to the present useless leader of the land. Even if it was already ruled out that Leni Robredo is the legit winner of the Vice-Presidency, still the younger Marcos insists that he won. Third count of the election results and he would not give up. What a shame! What an ambition.

I do think that some Filipinos never learned. They still embrace another dictator in the making. Those in power have lots of (people’s) money to burn, pay for trolls who disseminate fake news against their enemy. Some are diehard fanatics of this administration. As we say in Tagalog, they are “bulag, pipi at bingi”.

It’s February 26 now but I know when I publish this short post, it would still appear as February 25.

Yesterday, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. Yes, it was long ago but I am wondering if most of us Filipinos still remember the significance of what the Filipinos sacrificed for in the name of freedom, freedom from a twenty-year rule by a dictator. Martial law was declared on September 21, 1972 (Proclamation 1081) and we witnessed the unrest that followed, many people died in the hands of the dictator and so many political arrest was made. Long years of siphoning off the wealth of a country by greedy hands in the government, long years of wondering when it would end. What finally triggered the historic EDSA revolution was when Ninoy Aquino was killed in the tarmac of the airport back in 1983.

The youth of today would probably remember Ninoy as just a face on our five hundred peso bill or just a few lines maybe in their history textbooks. But for me, Ninoy represents a dream that never came true, a future for the Filipinos that never was. I have my own memories of Ninoy. I was in third year high school (or was it my senior year?) when Martial Law was declared. Back then, we would always see demonstrations by the Kabataang Makabayan. There was even a time when they entered the UST campus and paraded empty kabaongs – the turbulent times of the Martial Law years. We learned to live with it for more than a decade until the time Ninoy was shot at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport on August 21, 1983.

What followed were the struggles we have to go through just to oust a dictator. Rallies were held almost every day on main streets of the country. Ayala Avenue was always the hub of afternoon marches on the street and we were part of it. Yesterday, my former boss at Bank of the Philippine Islands posted so many photos he took of those days when we did our own share of our fight for democracy the BPI way – nostalgic replay of events that finally lead to a bloodless revolution thirty years ago. Yeay, those were the days – making yellow flowers out of crepe paper, making banners and banderitas , throwing confetti, braving to sit at the third floor window ledge of BPI so we could get close to a concert right in front of our building. We even experienced being tear gassed while we were in the middle of watching rallies from our floor.

Those in power thirty years ago are still in power now and we are even threatened by another Marcos win in the vice-presidential race. Have we not learned what EDSA stood for? The youth of today would not know of its significance unless their parents and relative who were part of it tell them in details what happened. It’s a good thing the organizers of the commemoration of the EDSA revolution put up an Experiential Museum recreating the experiences that awakened Filipinos to stand up and be counted. I hope they would find a place to make it a permanent exhibit for all of us to visit because it is only open until today and you have to reserve a slot for viewing.

I hope the youth of today would somehow learn from the past. They are the future of the present generation.
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Just had a meeting with our chief admin and another admin at our Catholic page. Fr. Louie laid out his plans for our page in the next days until Holy Week.

I am now beginning to earnestly appreciate Zoom, whereas two months ago, I didn’t know how to use the app. Being active in our Catholic page and another Catholic group which I am admin is a big help in my life. I am learning a lot, gaining new friends in the process.

There are more people you’ll meet along life’s road, some would teach you a lesson, you make beautiful memories with a few, you laugh with many. I met a new friend at Sambuhay Interaktib, a co-admin actually, who have the same taste of books as I do. She has also read most inspirational books that I have read before. It is always fun to reminisce and remember. She writes too. There is no dull moment when we get the chance to talk.

I have been more active reading (done fourteen books) than visiting this blog. Sorry if I am quite slow in responding to your posts.

It’s Friday again, some of us always look forward to weekends. Have a lovely and blessed one.

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She looked –

As the sun merges slowly with the thin cloud

What would this morning brings, she thought.

Will it be better than yesterday?

Will it bring heartaches again?

She held the cup of almost tepid tea in her hands

Thinking of tomorrow.

The tea leaves have spread at the bottom of the cup.

And she wish she could read what’s written there.

She likes to believe happiness could be hers again.

Maybe tomorrow

Maybe in the future

She wish she could bring the smiles on her face again.

The tea leaves say,

Get up my child, dream on.

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“For some, life lasts a short while but the memories it holds last forever.

Every year during Dad’s birthday and anniversary, I would find myself blogging about him. If he were alive today, he would have been 99 years old.

Yes, the memories linger like they happened only yesterday. I miss the stories, the life lessons you taught us the values you shared but most of all ….I MISS YOU….still.

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Eight years ago, I tried taking shots of the denizens of Antipolo Cathedral after attending an afternoon mass.  This  was my first time to try street photography, something that tells a lot about ordinary  and everyday life of our “kababayans”.   The whole album resurfaced today on my Memories page at Facebook. I have chosen four of them here to share with you.

The various images of Sto. Nino (baby Jesus)

A guy selling whisk broom made of Tambo.

Hello Manang. I signaled to her that I will take a shot and she obliged.

Selling Sampaguita garlands. So common in front of Catholic churches here. She is probably counting how many more she has to sell before going home.

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The other day, Nissa asked me what I wanted for my birthday.  Nothing much I said except to see them again with Nate hopefully.

But if there is something material that I really want, sets of pajamas and T-shirts for daily use. I gave two bagfuls of old clothes a few months ago to donate to those who were victims of fire.  They say that when you don’t use any item in your closet for at least five years, you have to give them away. Is that so?

Since there is no social life (because of the Covid) and I don’t go out much anyway, and Josef and Jovy staying home to work, I was saved the weekly task of ironing clothes and pants. Shorts and T-shirts  are the “in” thing nowadays in our household. Convenient, easy to wash, no need for ironing.  That’s one positive thing that this Covid 19 brought, being together except weekends when Josef and  Jovy visit the latter’s grandmother and not seeing Nissa’s family because they could not bring Nate with them. We get to update each other though through  video chats. Lately, Nate tried voice chat, leaving me some messages but always he ends up saying, “I love you Nonna”.

Mom is 91 going 92 by April next year. She’s been with us for more than a year now.  Since she is hard of hearing, most of the time, shouting to her ears is the norm. She is becoming forgetful too. She fills her time watching television and playing card games.  Even if she watches  news every day, she does not understand the implication of not going out especially  at  her age. Sometimes, Josef uses the notepad to answer all her questions, why she can’t go home to the province, why  she could not visit my older brother’s place, why she could not go out and a  hundred more, the same questions every day.  It is so frustrating at times.

We always have a choice in life, right? Always choose to be happy, seeing the positive side of things. Though it is a lonely world, I still enjoy puttering around in the garden, finding new authors to follow, reading to relax, experimenting on what to cook in the kitchen and of course keeping this blog always updated.  Dull? Nope! Simple things are enjoyable as long as your focus are on them.

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