Happy birthday, Mom! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 January 2015 14:51

I know today will not be a very happy birthday for my mother/DZT Social Whirl Tita Corteza. My dad is in Iloilo City with me right now. We are here for personal reasons. Though my Mom wants to be with her hubby this moment, it is not probable as she has other things to finish off over there.

This is the reality of life that sometimes we have to accept. We can’t be together with our special loved one on her natal day even if we love to because of circumstances. But this is one thing for sure, my father and siblings would like to assure her that we love her and will be missing her celebration today. We will make it up Mom!

I thank God for another year (she’s 76!) for the oldest society writer not only in Zamboanga City but in the whole region. Allow me to share some trivia about her.

My mother loves to be with people up close and personal. She gave up her opportunity to be an American citizen because she misses the good life in the Philippines. Good life for her is not the material things of US-made products or majestic places. It is the warm daily Hi and Hello that she gets not only in parties but also in phone calls she makes (she does not know how to use computer and cellphone), and most of all, hanging around with relatives and friends. It makes her happy. And since she does not drive anymore, she likes riding tricycle even jeep nowadays just to make a visit. She can't do this in the USA.

Don’t get me wrong that my US-based siblings are not taking good care of her. She can get whatever she desires. It is just the time that lacks there. Everyone is busy with work. And people of her age, they need attention. They want to take things easy and do want pleases them.  She is just not made for the USA. She is happier to be home in the Philippines, she said.

Today, I ask you please say a short prayer for her good health, safety, and good memory (she sometimes forget where she has placed her things). I thank in advance all for those who will remember her.

Mom may not have pleased everybody but one thing is constant about her – she always care. When you have a problem that you share with her, she does not only sympathize, she empathize.  She cries out and will even fight for you. And we have to remind her often to mind her own business because she it gets her into trouble for standing up for people who seeks her help.  “Hey, Mom, you don’t know these people.” And she will retort, “I don’t care. I don't want people to take advantage of others.”

Mom is a very thoughtful person. She loves giving. That’s her trait. I wish she will stop climbing already our mango tree to harvest its fruit (yes she climbs our house roof in doing this)  to give it. We warned her several times the danger of falling down. Not worth it! She always defend it by saying her mangoes are sweeter because she personally hand-picked it. Waahhh!!!  Duro kabesa (hard-headed)!

Happy birthday, Mommy!


By Dante Corteza

Ephesians 6:2-3 “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”

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