Hi Julia and Rocco,
Here’s an old picture of your Papi and Mommy when we went to The USA last 2000. Back then, sepia (the color on the photo) was the bomb (the in thing)! We had this taken at a studio at a mall. Your mom’s family lives in this area of Southern California. We hope to take you there again some day.
Papi and Mommy
It is only fitting to make a post about Mama today - she would’ve turned 93 today, June 18. Here are some lines from the speech I made for her during her funeral:
I was given the task to speak in behalf of her grand children during her final rites (only a day before!) and I was torn between telling people about my personal experience with her and what I was going to miss about her. Instead, I went back to her 90th birthday when the clan asked me to “preach” since we were celebrating at a resort and were going to miss our Sunday service. I gave a message on legacy. This time, I’m going to share with the rest of you how Mama’s legacy will be known with these 3 things:
- FAITH - I always called Mama the laborer of our faith. She was the one who shared Jesus Christ in our parents’ lives, who were then responsible to introduce Him in our lives. And because of the goodness of Jesus in Mama’s life, I too will share Him to my own kids Julia and Rocco, and to my other cousins’ kids as well - Ate Nanin (Jio, Jit and Jed), Nong Noli (Trisha, Cheska, Zoe and Jam), Nong Ygoy (Mica and her kid Koko, Mico and Kyla), Beep (Yna and Yuan), Chug (Aren and Maia), Yan (Yannah), Pao (Aki) and Paulyn (Pia), and to the future kids of Dale. Mitz, Thea, Mike, GP, Pet, Portia, Dex, Monnik and Melissa.
- PRAYER - those words we utter before we eat, before we sleep, before we encounter a trial or a challenge, were because of Mama. She taught all of us how to pray. The last week I have spent during Mama’s wake, I was able to spend time with my cousins Chug, Dale, Yan and Beep, talking about the many difficulties we face physically, mentally, financially every day - these were all learned to be dealt with, with prayer. Faith and prayer were most evident during Mama’s last days. She quoted verses, sang praise songs and prayed for us until her last breath. We show faith in our minds and in thought, but Mama showed faith best with her actions.
- LOVE - Mama knew how to love best because she learned love from the one that started on the cross. Lolo Dad passed away 1989, which means Mama was by herself for 23 years. She showed her love to all of us unconditionally and fairly - by staying with Uncle Nonet & family and the Anos in Bacolod, by visiting us, the Coos and Uncle Philbert & family in Manila, the Cadiogans in Tarlac, Uncle Nonoy & family in Dubai and also when we were in the USA. She made sure to spend time with us in our respective homes.
So I challenge the sons and daughters of Mama - to take on the legacy of Mama by showing FAITH+PRAYER+LOVE to their children and grandchildren (and great grandchild!). Show faith like Mama, pray like Mama and love like Mama. And I challenge you, my cousins and co-grandchildren, to show the same to our parents and to our own kids. Love each other and love them like how Mama would.
To all those who are present here, I have shared how Mama’s legacy will continue through us. You want to remember Mama? It is through the legacy she has left us the Rosingsters - FAITH+PRAYER+LOVE. May you also do the same to your own families.
I love you Ma and I am going to miss you.
Long live Mama Rosing
2 Timothy 1:5
I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother and your mother. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.
Anne and I weren’t really in a hurry to have Rocco walking. He’s been cruising, walking with support (while twisting and turning) for the last couple of months. He’s already a handful just helping him out to walk so we were ok for him if he is going to be a late bloomer walker.
Well that time has arrived and Rocco started walking by himself already at 15 months old. It’s just about the same time his Ate Julia started walking too! He actually made use of those pre-walking skills to eliminate the usual challenges like falling forward and tripping. This lil man actually has good balancing skills and knows when to fall and drop when he is about to.
Here’s the funniest clip we got of him walking - with a newspaper and getting busy! Good job, Rocco! And good luck to us, Anne!
Julia and Rocco all smiles!
A month ago, upon hearing of Mama’s visit to the hospital, Julia and I made a quick trip to Bacolod to visit her. We heard she was really sick then and we thought the best way to make her feel better was by Julia visiting her and making her smile.
During her visit to the US, Julia and Osing (that’s what Julia calls Mama) were together a lot since we all stayed in one house. When Osing came home, Julia would visit her on her birthdays to celebrate (Picture below taken on Mama’s 90th birthday last 2010).
For this trip, Mom and Rocco had to stay behind in Manila. We couldn’t afford to bring the whole family. Good thing we had technology to keep us together!
While in Bacolod, Julia got to visit the original “Lolo Dad” Petong at the cemetary, watched and cheered Kuya Yuan play basketbal with Ate Yna„ celebrate Mothers’ Day with Osing and the other Mamus, swam with cousin Pia, ate the biggest Pizza she’s seen and had Inasal with Mamu Ditz!
But the main objective for our trip was for Osing to see Julia. We heard her memory wasn’t that good and maybe she would not be able to recognize Julia anymore. But I’m glad to report Osing DID recognize her and Julia DID make her smile! Mission accomplished, Julia!
An “I love you” from the both of them whenever they saw each other and when they said their goodbyes.
Osing was able to live for a few more weeks after that visit. She passed away on June 2, 2013. At least we got to see her and see that smile one more time. And even if Rocco wasn’t able to see Osing anymore, thanks to Julia and her stories to her about him, it was like she got to know him before she passed away.
Thank you Bacolod for that wonderful stay! We hope to come and visit again, this time with Mom and Rocco!
More on Osing in the next few posts.