I’VE heard forbearers say that there is no more catastrophic than the death of a child. This devastation fractures the law of nature and order of life. No parent would want to see his son or daughter die before him. But these tragic incidents do really happen. And there are no shortcuts in the long grieving process.
Dr. Irineo “Bong” Alvaro and his wife Engineer Irene recently launched a book entitled “Fiona A Journey with an Angel” at Midori Hotel in Clark. The book is about the couple’s little angel Fiona whom God lent them for a short period of time in the mortal world.
According to Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto, D.D., this book is a labor of love.
“It proclaims the unparalleled love of parents towards a daughter. How truly blessed is Fiona to be born into a very Christian family where she experienced the deep and intimate loving care of her father and mother,” Apu Ceto added.
Truly, the experiences of the Alvaros with Fiona were out of the ordinary, most of the time had been described as beyond human comprehension. Creating this book was not a walk in the park for the lovely couple. It took a lot of time and great minds to finish this noble task. Known personalities came out to contribute to this book in support of the story of Dr. Bong and Engr. Irene with Fiona.
The contributors include Dr. Juliet Gopez-Cervantes, Dr. John Ayudtud, Rev. Helen Cunanan, Rev. Romeo Liwanag, Atty. Imelda Quiambao “IQ” Tuazon, Dr. Lolita Lingat Gopez, Eleanor Gopez-Reyes, Karlo Nicolas Alvaro, Omar Defensor, Richmond Tayag, and Francis Jericho Alvaro. The book was edited by Dr. Dolores Quiambao and Prof. Antonio Pangilinan.
When a loved one dies, there is the sense of that it has not happened. The grieving process can neither be hurried nor bypassed. It has to pass through a process. Fiona’s book is not intended to make the daughter of the Alvaros known but rather to reveal the love of our Creator. The authors did not write the book to burden the readers with all the melancholic experiences but to inspire and even share the message of love and hope, especially to those who seek to adhere and follow the will of the Lord.
Reading the book makes the reader feel like traversing the journey of the Alvaros with their daughter Fiona.