‘He died a fulfilled man’

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Monday, June 9, 2014


LAWYER Andres "Andy" H. Hagad died a fulfilled man, says his only daughter Carla H. Co, who was by his side when he passed away Saturday afternoon at Dr. Pablo O. Memorial Medical Center in Bacolod City.

He was 64.

Hagad, a columnist of Sun.Star Bacolod, was confined for two months before he succumbed to lymphoma which he battled for four years.

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"My brother and I are based in New Zealand. I work as a nurse in the Geriatic section. We came home last April to take care of him while he was hospitalized,” Carla said.

Her brother Gino stayed for a month in Bacolod and went back to New Zealand where he is studying Nursing.

Sun.Star Bacolod columnist Andy Hagad death
The wake of lawyer and Sun.Star Bacolod columnist Andres Hagad at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine (Redemptorist Church), with his wife Blandina and daughter Carla. (Carla N. Cañet)

“I was left here and I took care of dad until his last breath," she said. “One of his wishes was for us to take care of our mom.”

Carla said she considers her dad as the best role model.

He can turn a problem into a blessing and he had a very positive outlook in life even when he had cancer, she added.

"He is my comfort and my rock. He always knew how to comfort me. I’m so glad that he gave me a chance to take care of him for two months. It was a fulfilling experience to be able to take care of him. He instilled in us how to make the right decision. We are close as a family," Carla said.

Hagad came from a family of lawyers. He is the eldest son of the seven children of Atty. Juan and Estrella Hagad. His brother Danny is also a lawyer.

He is a grandson of former Justice Emilio Hilado.

His wife Blandy said that not a single occasion in their 33 years of marriage that he failed to send her flowers during her birthday, their wedding anniversary, and Mothers’ Day.

“He was very thoughtful. He was a good provider and a loving husband and father to our children. Even if he was already suffering from his ailment, he showed concerned to me. While he was in the Intensive Care Unit, he asked a friend if I have already taken a meal. That is how he loved and cared for his family," she said.

"We were ready for this and my husband made me stronger in the last few days of his life. We just want to remember the good memories with him,” she added.

A former board member of Negros Occidental, Hagad was also a law professor and a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Saint La Salle.

He was also the former chairman and chairman emeritus of the Liberal Party in Bacolod City.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 09, 2014.

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