I was just going through our family pictures. I mean all the pictures we have I want to separate them individually. One of the photos in my file was taken during my baptism. I am pretty sure that this photo was taken in the late 1968. As you know in the old days the parents wanted the child to be baptized right away. The child is not even allowed to travel from one place to the other if its not really necessary.
I am kind of holding back some tears because I have been missing my parents lately. I think one of the reasons why is because the TV here has been showing the late President Cory Aquino who just died a week or so ago and her Senator husband Benigno Aquino who died in the 1980’s. Just watching them made me think of my parents. It reality hit me again that gosh I don’t have any parents anymore.
Anyway, In the photo of my baptism, on the left my sister Doming, next to her my Mama and Papa. Next to my dad were my Ninang and Ninong, he is holding me. They are good friends of my dad since they also came from Bohol. They lived in a town just one town away from us. Its bigger than the town we are living. They owned a big store there. They sold all kinds of stuff. From clothing to rice to flip flops, kitchen stuff, garden stuff, toys and others. Its more like a convenience store. They had lots of customers. I remember when I was about less than 5 years old we would go to their store and whenever my Ninang or Ninong saw me they will let me chose any doll that I want to have in the store and lots of candies of course. I love them to pieces for that.
Even their kids gave me stuff. I was in heaven then. I was really so proud in my school that they are my godparents. Both of Ninang and Ninong died when I was in high school if I remember correctly. I see some of their kids sometimes when I go visit our farm. My sister was a classmate of their daughter too so the talking sometimes when seeing my Ninang & Ninong’s kids would last for hours.
My other set of god parents, I just saw them 3 times in my life. I knew who they were when they came to visit us in our house before. They were just living away from us, they visit us whenever they can. They are very nice people also its just that I never saw them that much. I think they were also from Bohol. Both of my godparents lived away from us.
Just looking at the photo I am proud that my parents spent some money for my nice gown. I’m sure in those days even just that gown its quiet expensive for them. Also I think they also butchered some pigs or something. I wish I did ask them about it before my parents passed away. You know how it is in the province to have baptism the parents will really spend money for a party. All the family will come to the house to party. I also wished my parents wrote in the back of the photo the people and the date that the photo was taken. I might ask my older sister when I see her what’s the name of my god parents. She might know everything during the baptism. I think I was baptized in our town’s church. My gosh I have some investigating to do soon.
Well, here I am 40 years ago now live the good life. Happy to be alive.