I hope I can say that I’m a lolo or lola‘s girl just like the others who had the privilege of knowing and spending time with their grandparents. I remember very little of my grandparents since I grew up without seeing them often.
My Lola Mely’s last visit to Manila in 2009.
My paternal grandparents went to the States when I was very little and have lived almost all their lives there. My grandfather already died and buried there when I was about 3 years old. I never really gotten a chance to meet him in person. Eventually, my grandmother married an American years after and lived there for many years with him. She died in October 2011; and her remains stayed in the States as well. She never met my daughter, her great granddaughter, who’s then just three months old.
My Lola Mely’s Remains in Oakdale Memorial Park in California
Going back to the Philippines, my maternal grandmother died about year or two ahead of my paternal grandfather. According to my mother, she loved me so much and she’s the type who’d be staying with us given the chance of living a longer life. I was barely 2 years old when she passed away so I couldn’t even recall what her face looks like. On the other hand, her spouse (my grandfather), was someone I found scary growing up. I know his name, but I didn’t really know who really he was. He died when I was about 6 years old.
For this reason, I find my daughter Noa very blessed to still have both sides of grandparents with her. I really appreciate all the love, care, support, and
spoiling that they are showering upon her.
On Celebrating Grandparents Day with Jollibee
Jollibee pinched my heart last weekend when I was invited to spend time the lolos and lolas of Kanlungan ni Maria in Antipolo City.
Kanlungan ni Maria — Home for the Aged Inc. is a residential institution that aims to provide its residents with a family and home environment wherein they could live better and dignified life.
While in the home, the staff and volunteers provides them with love, care, attention and maintain their daily needs. The institution will help in locating those residents with missing families and relatives for the purpose of reconciliation. In case no family member can be traced a long-term placement in the home will be provided to them.
These are the beautiful scenes I witnessed last weekend at the Jollibee Grandparents Day Celebration.
Jollibee Hugs and Talks to Lolo & Lola 🙂
Here’s a short video of what happened during the celebration that we had with our lolos and lolas, with the support of Jollibee. Prepare your tissues since this is quite a tearjerker! Another celebration also happened in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City with our Filipino veterans with the support of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO).
Jollibee believes that every member of the Filipino family is important, and this includes our grandparents. Thank you Jollibee for this continuous effort you’ve been giving to the family. As for me, even for a day, I felt what it’s like to have grandparents again — not one, not two, not even three but lots of them!
Happy Grandparents Day from Moomy Musings and Jollibee! ♥