Are you a lola’s favorite apo?

I never knew my lola on my mother’s side. When I was born, my grandmother died.

I was only a little more than two months old when my mother attended the wake of lola Alfonsa. It was my first and last travel to Dapa, Surigao Del Norte.

I never had a chance to talk to her and know her struggles and triumphs in life.

On the other hand, lola Trining from my father’s side taught me the value and the importance of the Holy Eucharist. She guided me every Sunday and taught me how to listen to the homily.

She made me appreciate the importance of the Easter Vigil Mass and ‘Salubong’ during the Holy Season of Lent.


A grandmother’s love. Nana and my wife enjoying the ‘huntahan’ sa Barrio Pogi in Amadeo, Cavite.

Here is my A Dose of Ramedy today:

Spend more quality time with your lolo and lola. Without them, you will not exist. Respect them more. Be patient. Let them share their story to you.

Nana, my wife’s lola from her father’s side loves to share her story during the Japanese era. You’ll be inspired on her tenacity and bravery.

Nanay Melia on her mother’s side was more of like a listener. She loves kikay moments with my wife and her apos. A loyal kapuso and also an Aldub fan.

What is your fondest memories with your grandparents?

To you, my dear grandparents:

Thank you for standing by my side and supporting every decision I make. It’s nice to know that as I’m deciding who I want to be and where I want to end up, I will have unconditional support and love from you.

Thank you for basically turning your homes into mini museums of our family. From baby to graduation pictures, they remind me of all of our memories and offer me a sense of comfort that I can’t find anywhere else.

Thank you for raising my parents and instilling positive values like integrity, commitment and faith in them. Because of you, they’ve provided me with a loving home and continually prove to be the best role models I could ever hope for.

Thank you for making sure I never (ever, ever, ever) leave your house hungry. Whether it’s a big holiday or just a pop-in visit, I’m always guaranteed to be treated like a royal family and fed amazing food.

Thank you for giving me a family I couldn’t live without; my aunts, uncles and cousins have all had major impacts on my life, and I owe it to you for holding us all together.

Thank you for always putting family before yourselves and showing us how generous people can be. You never miss an opportunity to provide for others, and it is truly admirable.

Thank you for making sure all of your grandchildren feel equally loved and supported.

Thank you for showing me what it means to rely on God and practice my faith. Your constant prayers mean everything to me and have helped me through difficult times in life.

You all mean more to me than you’ll ever know, so thank you for just being you.

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