A Death in the Family

Last night my mom’s only living sibling passed away. She was 92 years old. I’m so grateful that Mark and I got the chance to visit with her last April when we went to Cebu. She’s the sister closest to mom. Now mom is the only one left. The thought makes me sad. Then again,…

Mom’s Gulong ng Palad

I was in the 7th grade at Maryknoll when mom became widely known by her screen persona, “Aling Idad” - the character she portrayed on one of Philippine television’s longest running soap operas, “Gulong ng Palad.” Everywhere we went between the years 1977 to 1985, people would call out to her “Aling Idad!” Often, they…

Mommy’s Brew

Mommy has always loved her coffee.For many, many decades her day began, and ended with it. As a teenager, I always knew better than to talk to her, or ask for permission from her before she had her first cup of coffee for the day. Always black with sugar, never any cream. At home we…