Mom and Dad

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


A DAY after the Independence Day of year 2000, I received a call from my mother telling me that my dad is in the ICU of Riverside Medical Center. He suffered from multiple strokes. Two weeks prior to the attack, I had a little disagreement with him and we were not able to see each other. He did not come to visit his granddaughter during these two weeks. After that attack, he was in and out of the hospital for a month until he passed away on July 9, 2000.

On June 2008, I received a phone call telling me that my Mom was in the Emergency Room for she was complaining of back and stomach aches. She had a stroke in 1996 and fought it. She was also suffering from ailments as complications of her diabetes. After month, mom was out of the hospital and was advised to have dialysis but she told us, it is useless for she thought she could not carry through it. Due to her heart condition, we feared too that she could not survive. On November 20, 2008, she passed away.

With them no longer around, the three of us were left orphaned.

Today, July 16, my mother could have turned 74. She was born on the feast of our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Carmen was her christened name. She is no longer with us but deep in our hearts she is still watching over us. Together with my Dad “Cap,” I know they are guiding us in a way by the teachings they have left us. They may not have been the perfect parents but today, they are for I could see the “fruits” of what they had done for us, their children. All I could say is thank you to the two persons I trusted most in this world.

July 16, the Catholic world celebrates with jubilation the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. According to Wikipedia, Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order. The first Carmelites were Christian hermits living on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land during the late 12th and early to mid-13th centuries. They built a chapel in the midst of their hermitages which they dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, whom they conceived of in chivalric terms as the "Lady of the Place." Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is the patron saint of Chile.

Also the Lady is the Protector of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. Every 9th of January, since time immemorial, the route of the Black Nazarene procession includes the vicinity of the all-steel basilica of San Sebastian in Manila.

Till early in the 20th century, the image of the mother, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, was brought out to the atrium of the church so as from there to see her Son on His way to Calvary and to greet Him. It was the “Dungaw,” the Looking Out, which this year, after the disasters of the earthquake and the typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda), was revived. (www.agustinosrecoletos.com).

In the Diocese of Bacolod, the Monastery dedicated to Our Lady is the power source of prayer and strength of the faithful and the clergy. This is the house where vocations are preserved and prayed upon. The gentleness and the prayerfulness of the sisters keep our spiritual relationship with God intact.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Ezekiel Moreno, Sts. Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, Pope St. John Paul II, Monsignor John Liu and John Su, and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 16, 2014.

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