Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Honor To Us All

November 3, 2010
Photo above was taken during our All Saint's Day celebration last November 1st.

This is where the body of my Grandfather lies at Saint Francis of Assisi Memorial Park here at General Trias, Cavite. I have posted a little about him last January on my post A Great Man Named Sam .

Every November 1st, Filipinos flock to their Loved Ones's Cemeteries and Memorial Parks to Celebrate All Saint's Day. Every Niche becomes a place where Families, other even go home from abroad, to reunite with each other. Each of their own places are placed with typical Flowers and Candles to Honor their Ancestors. But for us Chinese Families, we never ran out of fruits and other food items as offerings to our Ancestors. So in lieu of the Flowers, we used these fruits such as Grapes, Apples and our Native Lanzones as decorations. All the people passing by our place at the Park can't help but stop and stare at my Lolo's Niche. Different Decorations, Different Styles, One Reason, to honor our Loved Ones the Filipino Way.

My Grandfather, Que Chua Le or Sam Tan in Filipino, was born in Fujian Province, People's Republic of China. He left his country while he was still a teenager and went to the Philippines to try his life here in the mid 1930's. He tried so hard in his early years in the Philippines just like his fellow Chinese Nationals who came here. He met my Grandmother Genoveva, now of good health at the age of 82, while they are still very young and they decided to start a family together. They had Seven Children, Gaudencio, Josefina, Carlito, Elenita, my father Ernesto, Benjamin, and Evangelina. They all have their own Chinese names but being born in the Philippines, they all use their Hispanic Christian names.

They strive so hard to get the life that we enjoy right now. All of these are fruits from all of their labor and I am truly proud of my Lolo and Lola, Grandma and Grandpa in Filipino. If I have to live my life again, I would definitely ask the Lord for one single thing, and that is to be their Grandson! Lolo Sam and Lola Bebang will always bring Honor To Us All.

6 comments:

JM said...

Hi, Steven! It's always great to hear from you. Lovely post, and yes, I remember your tribute to a Man Named Sam. Cheers

Louis la Vache said...

Happy New Year, Steven!

Leif Hagen said...

Happy New Year, Steven! I wish the best for you and yours!

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

JM - Thank you so much JM! It has been so long since I've been here at my blog! A lot of things happened but I'm here and hoping for a comeback!

God Bless you more and more!

Steven^^

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

Louis - Louis! Thank you so much! It has been three months late but I will still want to greet you a Happy New Year! I hope the First Quarter has been great for you and your family! God bLess!

Steven^^

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

Leif - Thank you so much Leif! You guys have really not forgotten me and it means so much! Happy Happy New Year's to you as well and God Bless you and your Family more and more!

More power to your Blog!

Steven^^