Saturday, September 30, 2006

Pop-py love

This comes about a week late, but good things don't die, and certainly not this one.

Last Monday (Sept. 25) in the Philippine Star, Butch Dalisay wrote a beautiful tribute to his late father. In my book it's a masterpiece, not only because of its flawless language (you'd expect that from a Palanca Hall of Famer like Mr. Dalisay), but because it's written with so much love and heart and grace. I'm not embarrassed to admit that by the end of the piece I was in tears, and had resolved to myself that, in time when I myself am summoned to honor my loved ones in a public way, the words I'd cobble together would at least be equal to the task.

Here is Mr. Dalisay:
LAST WEEK, the 20th of September, marked the tenth year my father Jose Sr. left us. I can still remember the day he died—how his heart literally exploded, how the ambulance came too late, how I whispered our love to him in the ER, how the tears burst forth when the doctors let us into the operating room after they had sewn him up. I remember kissing his cold brow before pushing him gently into the eager fire of the crematorium, and then reclaiming his ashes—still warm, like a bag of bread I cradled in the crook of my arm—hours afterward. Even as I write this, those tears keep coming. Some sons lead their lives in defiance of their fathers, seeking escape and deliverance from the tyranny of their own blood. I have led mine as an offering to him, seeking his quiet and continuing approbation. More here...


PLUS: In 1998 when my one surviving lolo died, I remembered him with a short piece. Read it here...

3 comments:

beektur said...

why wait until you are summoned to honor you loved ones in public? why wait at all? i thought there was always 'later' to do that, until later became 'too late'.

butch dalisay said...

hi, gibbs, meant to write you much earlier, but many thanks for your kind words, and for your own fine piece on your lolo. i've been following your writing here and in print, and appreciate the effort you've been making to raise our people's cultural awareness. looking forward to more of your work :)

butch dalisay

gibbs cadiz said...

a great honor to have you here, mr. dalisay. thank you for dropping by, and for the encouraging words. mabuhay kayo! :)

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