|My sister Sr. Lita, me, Inang and Pops proudly displaying |
our collection of academic medals. Pops has always encouraged
us to excel in school.
If Pops were still here (and healthy the way he used to be), I (we) wouldn't have missed the Miss U. He loves watching beauty pageants and he'd have his own bets too, aside from our country's very own candidate. He's also fond of watching awards shows on TV. He would even stay up late at night just to finish a local film fest awards night every December. In the morning, I would ask him, "Who won?", he would simply give us a rundown of last night's winners.
Pops was an avid sports fan, too. It's a routine for him turn on the TV at 4:00 in the afternoon to watch basketball, volleyball or boxing. International sports competitions such as the summer Olympics, Asian Games, SEA Games, and boxing title fights, especially Manny Pacquiao bouts, were in his mental calendar of events to watch. And he would remember those dates!
|April 1988, our V-day. Our family graduation picture.|
My parents, Pops and Inang, ordinary employees that they were, told us that education is the greatest legacy they could give us. It was their ultimate dream that we all finish our college education and become degree holders. We'd been through hard times but we all endured. In April 1988, their dream became a reality. My youngest sister Lita and I graduated from college! To capture our family's moment of triumph, we went to a studio and had our graduation picture taken. A big framed version of it is proudly displayed in our home. :-)
Beauty pageants, awards nights and sports events...more often than not, I'd miss watching them. But the one who I would always miss the most is my Pops.