A foto-collage on my folks, we call “Tatay” (father) and “Nanay” (mother). Nanay already went ahead to meet Jesus face to face while Tatay, 94 yrs old, is enjoying the rest of the Bautista family in California, USA. The hymn “Rose of Sharon” was one of Nanay’s favorite songs, thus the title of the video. This is in preparation for the portrait I am commissioned to paint by our eldest sister, Ate Necy, of our folks. She is now in CA with her husband, Kuya Fil, son Willy, and daughter, Carol.
YOU MAY ALSO VISIT “TATAY’S CYBERJOURNAL“:
From the time your Lolo Asyong crossed over, you and your family have always been with us, and I guess, in more detail than others who are physically here in Pinas – – and thanks to the internet, we have achieved a lot of things for Tatay and for the family in cyberspace.
I cannot be more proud of the three of you and your Mom. You have given your all for Tatay’s memorial. The love you all have expressed for Tatay and the family cannot be quantified. I personally thank you Doris, Bes, Sonny and Ate Loida.
Dear Ate & Glenn,
I have been thinking about this email of Ninong when we requested people close to Tatay to write something about their relationship to Tatay. I remembered that was when Tatay got sick and as I can remember, this is not included in the cyberjournal of Glenn or do you still have a copy of this message of Ninong?
I think this is very important because Ninong has been in constant communication with Miriam and had always expressed his concern to Tatay as well as our family.
Naisip kong hanapin ito ngayon lang and I found it and am forwarding it to you just in case you have forgotten it. I will send you a picture of Ninong and Ninang, if you need it.
Subject: Re: Fw: A Tribute for Dear Friends
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2006 07:59:27 -0800
From: Felizardo D Laureano
To: L. Elbert Wethington
Dear Dr. & Mrs. Wethington,
I am speechless! How can you not forget? It’s indeed amazing!! I am very grateful, elated and happy to hear from you! You are the first to send a birthday greeting to Tatay! (outside the family, of course) The winner is . . . .!!
How can we (the Bautista clan) ever thank you enough for your kind thoughts and beautiful remembrance of both our father and our mother, We have been so fortunate to have such loving and beautiful parents any child can be proud of! We consider ourselves so blessed as heirs to their legacy of faith and dedicated service – the most precious and lasting treasures one can ever receive.
I am saying the same holds true for both of you. How can I tell? I know it in my heart. Stories I heard from Loida and even Tatay attest that it is so and much, much more!
I wish I had to chance to know you better. This is to let you know that you have a special place in our family as your names come up in conversations during family gatherings.
Thank you so very much for doing this for Tatay.Our family wish both of you well.Do keep in touch as we would always be happy to hear from you.
I am forwarding your e-mail to all our family members as an expression of our sincere appreciation for your kind gesture.
Grace and peace to both of you always,
I am not sure whether I told you that Tatay was brought back to the hospital the following day after he was first released from the hospital. Since then he has been transferred to a third facility. He has not been up since December 28 and has been intermittently asleep and awake. He has had difficulty swallowing food and is being fed through a tube in his nose. Today, they will remove the nasal tube and course the feeding tube through his stomach – the only choice at this point according to the doctor. After this procedure, he will be moved again to another facility. We still don’t know where.
We know a lot of people are praying for him. I am personally resigned to God’s will for his life. The inevitalbe will happen but I am assured that he will be in the best place with the Lord and Savior he loved and served – no tears and no pain – and with my Mom!
Thank you so much again!
On 1/31/06, L. Elbert Wethington wrote:
Elbert and Lois -(L. Elbert and Lois R. Wethington) 4309 Sunny Court, Durham NC 27705
Dear Dr. & Mrs. Wethington,
What you have just written for Tatay and the family was the same spontaneous message I gave the first night the Bautista family gathered with Tatay at Central Church on January 9, 2008. I wonder how this could be possible? In time I will upload this message (video) at Central Church together with all the other messages from most of the members of the Bautista family at Tatay’s cyberjournal:
- Remembering Tatay & Nanay (1) (1)
- Remembering Tatay & Nanay (2) (1)
- Remembering Tatay & Nanay (3) (1)
- Remembering Tatay & Nanay 4 (1)
- Tatay / Central Church & Loyola Memorial Service (1)
Yes, Tatay and Nanay are truly alive in us, having fully understood what Tatay and Nanay came here for. The greatest gift anyone can give to another is God’s love and offer of salvation to all of us through Jesus Christ. You have done the same for the Bautista family – – for by your example, through the years, we always knew and felt that you and Lois have always been one with us because of our common bond with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our physical bodies may one day give up on us, but with God’s love and promises, truly death doesn’t have any sting! For, one day, just like Christ, we would join with our Maker in everlasting life, love and peace.
God be with you, always.
On Jan 24, 2008 2:14 AM, Doris Lois B Rifareal wrote
From: Loida Bautista Rifareal Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 05.36 PM
To: Doris Rifareal; jun bautista
Subject: [Fwd: Re: Fw: A Tribute for Dear Friends]
I am forwarding this message to you. I am not sure if this is in Glenn’s cyber journal.
Dr. & Mrs. Wethington / Ate Loida,
Here’s the active link to your email message exchanges:
Thank you. This is Ninong’s message last year when Tatay was very ill. The two photos we sent were taken, first in front of their house in North Carolina and the other one in front of the Duke Diivinity School chapel where they got married years back. They invited me to visit them in North Carolina when I was there in California to visit Tatay. They are truly are very wonderful couple and very good friend of Tatay!