|Our family picture during Pops' 70th birthday at Vieux Chalet in Antipolo City, January 2006. |
One of my sisters, Nenette, is not in this pic. She lives in the US.
|Pops' same banner became our photo wall at his wake. September 2010|
|Pops' 9th day memorial, Sept. 15, 2010|
(To this very day I am very thankful to the Lord for giving me persistence, patience, and love to convince my parents, especially Pops, to celebrate his 70th birthday. I am also forever grateful to some of my dearest friends, who made Pops' banner: Toto the Artist, who unselfishly shared his talents by making the layout, and; Orange Lim, who printed it on tarpaulin, free of charge, as his "gift" to Pops.)
We've used Pops' banner in all his post-mortem memorials: ninth day, 40th day, and first anniversary. It may have been rolled away and stored after his death anniversary, but his smile will remain in my heart and mind as long as I live.