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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Farewell, "Ninong"

Edgardo de Castro
July 4, 1946 – October 25, 2009

It is sad news, my ninong (godfather) Eddie has passed away.

He is like a second father to me. Actually, he wants me to call him uncle ninong since his wife is my mom’s younger sister. As a boy, I remember, we would always ride his scooter to go around for a joy ride. I would spend a week over at their house. Then we would go shopping at Rustans and he would put me on the push cart. I was probably, 4 or 5 years old. We would have dinner at the “Aristocrat Restaurant”, a famous restaurant in Manila facing the Manila Bay. I could finish a large chicken barbeque (thigh and leg) with fried rice.

One thing I cannot forget about ninong is when I got sick when I was 14 years old. He is still a Catholic then (He has been converted to the Methodist faith and an active member of the St Paul UMC United Methodist Men at the time of his death), he has made a sacrificial prayer as he joined a long black Nazarene procession barefooted. Then he went straight to me at the hospital where I was at the Intensive Care Unit immediately afterwards to tell me that he has prayed for my healing.

I have seen him for the last time at the wake of my dad. I had no idea that it is going to be the last. I know how he has loved me and I will miss him too...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dad

It’s Dad’s 72nd birthday! His first after his passing last December. It has been our family’s tradition to celebrate our birthdays with a small family feast. Before, Dad would buy a mocha cake roll and a half-gallon “fruit salad” ice cream (Mom’s favorite). However, he is not here anymore so for the first time, we do not have a cake and ice cream for Dad’s birthday.

We went to his burial place early morning, we brought some flowers and lighted a small candle. We wanted to spend a few hours with him. As I sat on my wheel chair, I stared at the marble epitaph reading his name repeatedly in my mind. I still could not believe that I was at the grave of my father. I miss him so much…

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