Thursday, 6 February 2020

Maria Lourdes Abad Dayo, My Favorite Social Worker.

Maria Lourdes Abad Dayo, RSW since July 1979
Graduated BS Social Work at La Concordia College, Manila
Social Worker - Philippine Government Social Welfare Officer

At the very beginning of my life, my first day here on this earth I was greeted with thirteen smiling faces one of which was our mom and our father and the others are my ten siblings. You are the 6th child and I am the 11th child, I am 2nd to the youngest of 12. Even at the age of eight you anxiously awaited my arrival and it wouldn't be long until we became the very best of friends when we grew up.

It's always kind to think I may have gotten a little bit luckier than you did because even though I wasn't the first "baby," I got to live my entire life with you all. I know no life without you my sister in it. We've shared some of my very first moments in life together, you've watched my first steps, smile, the first day of school, first day of high school, first JS Prom, debut, marriage, and the birth of my only child, plus so much more in-between moments.

We experienced the loss of our father, mother, nephew and lastly our brother together and in those moments of despair and brokenness, you were the light at the end of my tunnel to lead me and other siblings out of the darkness.

I think sometimes that God knew, I couldn't live this life alone without you and so he sent me to mom so that I had you to go through this life with. We got to experience my very first child together, we got both boys so we also go to experience our very first nephews together as well. How is it we were both blessed with awesome boys? That, is what I call a bond.

I'd like to say that we have a bond that is so unbreakable not even the jaws of steel could pull us apart but isn't that what all sisters say? I want you to know and understand why it is that our bond is so very unique and different and why it is so important to me. Our lives haven't always been perfect we have had some hard spots in life but I can't remember a single one that we faced alone especially during my health agony up to the transition of the second life which I am having and I am grateful going through it now. Any time I call you, day or night, I know that you will be there. I know that there is absolutely no distance or time that keeps us apart. Don't get me wrong, we have had our fair share of bickering, fights, and arguments. But we ALWAYS bounce back from those and our bonds become stronger with each passing day. When every single person has turned their back on me, forsaken me, given up on me, or walked out of my life. You don't. You never leave me, you never judge me, and you never betray me.

I know that my feelings and my heart are always okay with you and I never have to put a guard up because I know you'll keep my heart safe. In so many ways I look up to you more than you will ever know. You are fearless, caring, loving, loyal, helpful, and honest to a fault. I wish on many occasions that I could be half of the woman you are in life and I would be absolutely content with that.

You have taught me so many things while going through life specially during those lowest and hardest days of my life. I only hope that I have had the same effects on you in life that you have had on me. They say that God gives you many different forms of soul mates, not just the people you date or marry but in the people you love and If anything were ever so true its that saying. You are one of my soul mates throughout this life. I love you, dearest sister, to the moon and back, infinity and beyond.

Our Family Picture
Mario, Maria Assunta, Lilia, Alejandro,
Benigno, Mom, Me (Baby Sol), Dad, Maria Lourdes,
Francisco, Maria Josefina, Carlos.
Youngest, Raphael John Peter is not yet born in this family picture.

My sister Malou on her 6oth Birthday
 and her son Abraham Isam Palanisamy

The other talent, as Lady Gaga impersonator
Click the link to watch the video on YouTube