A joyous day to all of us, fathers!

Thursday June 1, 2017

Let me begin by describing my father, and may his soul rest in peace. He was a brilliant engineer, an intellect, and a man of principle. In the 1970’s we all migrated to the United States under his wings; a wife and seven children. It was a humbling experience. He began to work odd jobs, from bussing tables at the local restaurants, janitorial duties, and eventually as a boiler operator at an automobile company. We grew up in a neighborhood where crime was the norm. In our household, he was firm in implementing his goals and values for all of us. It was vital that we all showed respect to our parents and all of the elderly. We were only allowed to speak Tagalog, showing our loyalty as Filipinos, and we adhered. My siblings and I came to US at a very young age, and to this day Tagalog is fluently spoken in the household. We were taught to kiss our parents before leaving and when returning home to express our respect, and it is something we practice until this day with our own families. My father had three major goals for his children: HIGHER EDUCATION, good health, and a comfortable home. He advised us all to pursue Medicine as a career choice, where the future lies. As a result, all of his children completed various college and graduate degrees. The oldest daughter attained a Bachelor in Arts, while the next eldest sister completed a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Anesthesia in Nursing. My younger brother and I both completed medical school and are now practicing Physicians. The youngest brother finished a Degree in Dentistry and also physical therapy. The two youngest daughters both have a Bachelor’s degree in Science in...... Read more on Full Issue!

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