Saturday, January 12, 2013

Dad's 21st

"In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."--from The Book of John, Chapter 14, Verse 2 

Daddy (right) on the old Azcarraga street in Manila
Dr. Lolarga (standing behind his son Dennis who would grow up to become a doctor, too) and family all dressed up for Christmas in the year of our Lord 1966. The other babies in the group are the children of Fritz and Chiqui Server: Catherine and Joey.
The Clan Lolarga gathers around the dining table of Ernesto and Erlinda Lolarga, Malumanay street, Teachers Village, Quezon City, in 1969. Clockwise: Babeth pointing to a plate of pancit, a laughing Auntie Fe L. Valdellon, Toots L. Romero, Minnie and Tongpet Lolarga, Auntie Pacing L. Romero, Louie Lolarga, Nene Lolarga carrying her youngest child Gigi, Daddy and another unidentified cousin.
Dad standing with a cup of goodwill beside me at the joint birthday celebration of the April borns in the clan. Seated are my younger sis Embeng and husband Obet Trinidad.
Dad, or Lolo Daddy, as he was known to his grandchildren, with Marga L. Susi, Ida and Kimi L. Fernandez one Christmas morning at the Trinidad home in Quezon City.
Dennis carries Ida so she can say farewell to Lolo Daddy in January 1992.
Some family members bravely smile through their grief, the children unaware of its magnitude. Others hide swollen eyes behind sunglasses. The grandsons of Enrique and Nene Lolarga were running around Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina that day (if my memory for small details is correct) and couldn't pause for a family portrait. Front row (from left): Kimi, Marga and Ida. Back row (same order) are: Rod and Pinky Susi, Eric, Gigi, Mommy, Babeth and Dennis Lolarga, Obet and Embeng,Rolly Fernandez and Suzy Lolarga. Photo by SV Epistola
Today, Dad's 21st anniversary of departure from this earth, promises to be a good one. Dad, this illustration is for you. Pooh always says it so well for me.

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