Cancer Diaries: Funeral Service

2 November 2018

4:15 am

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A stranger in white came to the funeral service at around four in the morning. He stood alone for a while near the entrance.

“Nakikiramay po ako,” was his first words.

He asked about our lola, where she’s from, where she’ll be buried. Then he said “Kesa mahirapan pa siya. At least nagpapahinga na siya ngayon.”

Nag abut siya ng pera at di niya nilista ang pangalan niya sa registry.

He went off in a Toyota Innova 2017 car without as silently as he dropped in.

It felt like an angel visited us today.

6 November 2018

7:08 pm

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Madamat uggayam ni lolang ko ita.

Idi immuna manggeg ko iti uggayam, nasdaawanak la unay a mabuya daytoy a tradisyon.

Permi la un-unay ti ay-ayat ko ita a rabii a makadwa ti pamilyak jay Abra tapnu makikaykaysa kanyada kadetoy a rabii ti ladladingit.

Mesa a nasursuruak kadetoy a pasamak ket ti minatay ket haan a para kadijay natay ngem para kadagjay natayan.

#uggayam #tribalchant #uplandilocano #uplandilocandia

Lola, thank you so much for the unconditional love you have given us.

It’s the small and big acts that makes you one of the best two grandma’s in the world. From giving us your chickenjoy to telling stories ng mga iba’t ibang alamat: Alamat ng Pina, Alamat ng Bain-Bain – – > these made us who we are now.

Salamat lola. I cry every day because I miss you badly. Thank you for being a big part of my 2018. I’d take back the weeks in Sampaloc if it means having you back but I know you are with Jesus now.

Kadakay amin ap apo mi a napan nangkita ken lola, timmulong ken nakiladladingit kanyami. Agyaman kam un unay apo.

7 November 2018


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This is a temporary goodbye. Kiss Jesus in heaven for me lola. Say hi din kay Louie and Jom.

I love you forever! Til we meet again 😘😘😘


35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8

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