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Happy Birthday Tatay

photo(1)Birthdays are a big deal in my family growing up, and it was the most evident at my grandfather’s celebrations. His guests would include three generations, even four, of members from both his and my grandmother’s sides of the family; in-laws; friends from his high school days to present ones from the barangay; colleagues who still remembered his birthday long after he retired; neighbors; his children’s and grandchildren’s friends; all there to celebrate another year of his life.

When he passed away, it was a testament to the way my grandfather lived that the same people who celebrated with him during those birthdays were also there to pay their respects.

Tomorrow is his birthday. Happy birthday in heaven, tatay. As we celebrate another year of your memories may we learn to live a life such as yours, so as we celebrate not only days and years, but live a life worth celebrating long after we are gone.


  1. I get a very strong sense of family in this blog. I love it. It is wonderful and touching. I lost my grandmother 3 years ago, she was my heroine. When I see this, it reminds me of her. The guidance, the love and security I felt around her enriched my world in such a way that I could not replicate as an adult. But at the same time i lost her as a grown man, the good Lord in heaven knows what that would have done to me if I had lost her as a child. I stand here with a sensation of blessing as I look at that picture of you both. Thank you


    • Thank you for the kind words. My mom had to work out of the country so I was brought up by my grandparents. They mean a lot to me and it was like losing a part of my foundation when I lost my grandfather. He was and still is a part of who I am, as with my whole family. I’m sorry about the loss of your grandmother. We’re all blessed to have had great influences in our lives.

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