This week’s Mommy Moments is full of drama, for me! . That’s because my life is so dramatic that I even believe it deserves to be featured in Maalaala Mo Kaya show. Ha ha ha. I guess most of the the big things that transpired in my life are all unforgettable and though painful they were, they will be forever part of me.
For one, I was born to a poor family in the province of Bukidnon in Mindanao. Hard work was what kept us alive, and I mean physical labor in the farm. I have 6 older sisters– that many because my parents were looking for a son. The seventh that was born was finally my Kuya. To the delight of my parents, they added one more brood expecting that the next one will still be a boy. Unfortunately, it was me. Five years after I was born, another was conceived and it was a girl again. And then, Papa and Mama decided that that was it. We were 9 all in all. You can just imagine how tough the situation has become even more.
Because we were poor, the many siblings I got was a good thing because everyone helped together with the work at the farm. Unfortunately, most were girls so my older sisters were really admirable for being so used to physical labor.
The oldest events that I could remember were the ones when I was only 4 years old. Our family kept on relocating back then. I wish to reveal every detail of what I’ve gone through but I think it would be too unenthusiastic to do so so I’ll just fast forward to the year 1998 when one of the most unforgettable experience happened to my life.
On the very first day of November in 1998, my father took his his last breath. It was the most painful thing I’ve felt because I am a Papa’s girl. I was 15 years old then, in 3rd year high school. I belong to a Science class but my grades were affected because of my 1-month-absence from school. Papa died from Emphysema because he was a heavy smoker and drinker when he was in his younger age. I felt like I lost a part of my life when he died. Until now, it will be 13 years in less than 2 weeks, but I still miss him every moment. I wish he’s around to see my daughter and my husband; I’m sure he will be delighted with the family I have right now.
I finished my Elementary years in Talakag, Bukidnon in 1996. Every awarding ceremony, I remember either my Mama or Papa rushing to our school because I was most of the times the class First or Second Honor pupil. I knew my family were so proud of me during those years. I wonder if they still are right now! Ha ha ha.
I finished my high school in Toril, Davao City in 2000, and took a trip to Manila a week after my high school graduation because I was planning to pursue college in Manila. My first time to step foot in Manila was unforgettable, too. If you’re a Probinsyana, you will know what I’m talking about. Lol. I was in awe with the huge buildings, so happy to step foot in Rizal Park and Quirino Grandstand as well as in CCP Grounds. For a very concrete reason, I wasn’t able to push through with my college plan in Manila. I’ve already started enrolling in PUP but my older sister who was based in Japan decided I’ll have to go back to Mindanao and just take college in Cagayan de Oro City because she’s planning to purchase a property there so we can settle there for good.
My College Yearbook Photo
To make the long story short, I only spent over 5 months in Manila. In November that year (2000), I started my college as an irregular student in Lourdes College in CDO taking up Mass Communication. Just a week after I’ve moved back in Mindanao, I met the person who became my husband. I was just his admirer for his awesomeness (LOL) but unknown to me, I was God’s Providence to him. All I can say is, “When you’re asked from God, you can not say NO to the person who asked you from Him”. That is my my case.
Our love story deserves another LONG post so I’ll just shorten it by saying, God has blessed me with someone that I never dreamed existed. Lol.
My move to Uncle Sam is another unforgettable story. It was a choice between marriage and career because I wed my husband just a couple weeks after I marched from my college graduation. It was a rushed wedding in a Civil Ceremony and we were in trouble with everybody around us for such decision. Lol. Again, this deserves another post so I’m sorry if I can’t tell everything in detail right now.