“MOMMY, farewell. In God’s good time, we shall meet again.” These were the parting words of former House deputy speaker Pablo “Pabling” Garcia to his wife, retired Judge Esperanza “Inday” Fiel Garcia, who was laid to rest yesterday.
Emotions filled the Angelicum Garden of Angels in Barangay Canduman, Mandaue City when Pabling spoke for the last time to his wife.
Before his personal message, Pabling read Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem, “How Do I Love Thee.”
“I love thee with a love I seemed to lose with my lost saints -- I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life. And, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death,” Pabling read.
The message made all of the family members cry.
Before the burial, a requiem was held at the St. Therese Parish in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma along with Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Antonio Rañola, Msgr. Roberto Alesna, other bishops and priests celebrated the mass for Inday.
Friends of the Garcia family, including those in politics and hundreds of their relatives, filled the church.
Among the personalities present were Vice President Jejomar Binay, suspended Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, Rep. Raul del Mar (Cebu City, north district), Rep. Benhur Salimbangon (Cebu, fourth district), Pinamungajan Mayor Glen Baricuatro and other officials and employees of the Cebu Provincial Government.
Before the mass ended, three people shared their eulogies.
Regional Trial Court Judge Teresita Galanida, one of the board of directors of Cebu CFI Cooperative that Judge Inday founded, described the late retired judge as kind, passionate and generous.
Galanida became part of the coop in 1988 when she was still serving as a Cebu City prosecutor.
“Ma’am Inday’s death is not her end but the beginning of her new life,” she said.
Inday’s younger brother, Manuel Fiel, also paid tribute to his older sister.
Inday’s youngest son, Pablo John, was the last speaker.
He said he had a hard time accepting his mom’s death.
“I delivered this speech last night (Saturday) but in my mom’s mysterious ways, she told one of my brothers to let me read it again here today,” he said.
He thanked everyone who sympathized with their family in the most trying times of their lives.
“Now, I know how to be broken-hearted with mom’s death. We lost our everything, someone who is irreplaceable. But with each of the unique stories shared about how my mom touched their lives, there’s a little voice deep inside me that said I have no reason to question her death,” Pablo John said.
Inday is survived by her husband, Pabling, eight children, 27 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.