Remembering Mama

Evelyn and Ederic Eder

Eleven years ago today, I lost my mother in a sea tragedy. She was one of the passengers of the M/V Viva Antipolo VII, which caught fire and sank when it was only 30 minutes away from the port of Lucena City.

Before the accident happened, Mama and I had been preparing for my first semester in the University of the Philippines. After we had fulfilled the prerequisites for enrollment, she went back to Marinduque to raise money for my tuition. While she was there, she received an invitation for me to apply for a private scholarship grant. She hurriedly accomplished the application forms, secured the required documents, and sailed back to the city aboard the ill-fated ferry.

When rescuers found Mama’s body, she was clutching her bag that had the scholarship application forms and some cash, among other things. Continue reading

For the beloved departed (2)

Ngayon ko lang na-realize na hindi rin pala ako nakauwi sa Marinduque last year. Noong isang taon, ang pag-ala-ala sa kanila ay isanagawa ko online. Ganoon din pala ang mangyayari ngayon.

http://ederic.net/for-the-beloved-departed

Siyanga pala, kagabi, dahil sa brown-out, at bisperas ng Undas at di ako nakauwi, di ako makatulog. Idagdag pang lagi kong naiisip ang nangyari sa isang bagong kaTinig:

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For the beloved departed

Hindi ako nakadalaw sa kanilang mga puntod ngayon o kahapon. Hindi ko na rin nagawang dumaan sa UP Chapel upang magtirik ng kandila. Kaya ang paggunita ay sa aking puso ko na lamang isasagawa at ang pagpaparangal ay dito ko gagawin.

Para kay Mama
Mama‘Ma, eto yung awit ng last dance natin, o:

Paglisan

Kung ang buhay ay isang umagang nakangiti
At ikaw ay ang lupang sinusuyo ng bituin
Di mo man silip ang langit
Di mo man silip ito’y nandirito pa rin
Kung ang lahat ay may katapusan
Itong paglalakbay ay makakarating din sa paroroonan
At sa `yong paglisan Ang tanging pabaon ko
Ay pag-ibig
Hmmm

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