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Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Mother,You Turned 70 Today


Today,  is my mothers 70th birthday. She grew in Cavite. Tried her luck in the big city. Fell in love, got married and gave birth to 7 children. I remember how she struggled to make two ends meet .Poverty was not a  hindrance from sending all her children to college.

Here are the short descriptions of her in Tagalog for my mother to understand better what I wrote. 
1. Lumaki sa hirap pero hindi tumandang mahirap.
2. Hindi nakatapos ng elementarya- tamad daw kasi siyang mag aral at lakwatsera.
3. Matapang at matigas ang ulo (fyi: may nagmanang anak sa kanya)- hindi sya basagulera pero hindi pwede loloko loko sa kanya at makakatikim ng pagka Cavitenya nya.
4. Lumuwas ng syudad para makipagsapalaran
5. Namasukan sa isang restaurant at nainlove sa isang costumer na 1 beer lang palagi ang order-hindi raw kuripot si papa, wala lang talagang pera.
6. Hindi kagandahan pero nakapag asawa ng pogi -lakas ng appeal nI madir, long hair pa, di ba?
7. May 7 anak- uso na family planning noon pero ayaw nila makiuso.
8. Masarap magluto.
9. Negosyante- dahil sa hirap ng buhay at sa dami ng anak ay nagtinda ng mag ulam,meryenda at kakanin dati.
10. Mahilig sa bingo,sakla at tong its - yon ang naman nya sa nanay nya , buti na lang walang anak na nagmana sa kanya.


The Woman I Know

I know of a woman -
          a woman so strong yet so gentle,
          a triumphant warrior of life's immense battles,
          an affectionate mother to us - 7 in all.

I know of a queen -
         a queen so tough yet fragile,
         a conquering heroine of assets worthwhile,
         a mother whose nurturing touch never fails,

I know of a woman -
a mother so dear,
I'm glad I came to know her,
I thank God she's my mother,

GABRIELA is her precious name,
God's greatest gift to all seven,
More than gold or gem so rare.


 I would like to thank enzo's point for allowing me  to repost this poem dedicated to his mother.



30 comments:

  1. When children acknowledge their mom's..you know they were raised by good people. May god bless moms like you...Happy bday po!

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  2. Happy birthday to your mom, such inspiring story, hmmn intriguing itsura ng father mo sana post mo na din, more birthday to come!

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  3. Happy happy birthday to your mom! :)

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  4. Happy Birthday kay Nanay! Talaga naman… 11. Lumaki sa hirap pero hindi tumandang mahirap.

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  5. a nice poem for a mom... hapi bday kay mama gabriela. more to come. Yahweh bless.

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  6. Happy Birthday po! true to your name po talaga kayo! 7 children... galing! :))

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  7. kudos to your mama! I suddenly remembered my lola.. lumaki sa hirap, but that never stopped her from helping her siblings out, and sending her kids and pamangkins to school.. iba talaga ang mga nanay, born nurturers! =) So happy happy birthday po to your mother! She is a gift from God. =)

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    1. thank you ,ang bait naman ng lola mo.

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  8. Miss Tess...

    maraming pagkakahawig ang mga nanay natin...bukod sa pagiging 7 nating mga anak...ang nanay ko din di rin nakatapos nag elementarya at gaya din ng nanay mo ay nagtitinda din ang mama ko ng mga kakanin na syang nagpapatapos sa akin sa pag-aaral...sana nga lang...gaya ng nanay mo - kahit limaki mang mahirap ang mama ko sana ngayon di na nya masyadong feel na mahirap pa rin sya....

    Happy Birthday sa inyo Mama Gabriela...dalangin ko po ang mas marami pang taon na ibibigay sa inyo ng ating Panginoon.

    Thanks for posting this poem Miss Tess...I'm flattered and honored.

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    1. thank you enzo. maganda rin talaga nagpapaaral ng mga anak at pati magulang ay naginhawa rin.

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  9. What a lovely poem to your mom Tess. It was mothering Sunday here in the UK last Sunday. I wrote a poem as well to my mom. It made me cry writing the poem because she is my inspirations. Even though I live miles away from her. She is always in my heart. That's forever!

    I wish your mom a happy birthday and all the best.

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    1. thank you.oo ,nga kakamiss sila.kung malapit lang sana ang UK or USA.

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  10. happy birthday to your mom ate tess!!!

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  11. she looks like in her 50's in her photo. are you sure she's already 70? happy birthday!!! to your mom

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    1. oo ,70 na sya ,latest picture nya yan ,nung Dec lang.kinuha ko sa FB ng sister ko.malaks pa sila pareho ng papa ko at hindi mukhang 70's.thank you

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  12. Thank you all for the birthday greetings.

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  13. 70 Years Old is a milestone and having an FB post dedicated to her is such a sweet tribute. I hope she could read your blog. Does she like/use internet?

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  14. happy birthday to your mom.
    it's also my mommy's birthday ths coming march 24 and i also made a poem for her. we are so lucky to have mothers like them who dedicated their lives for giving us the future we are now enjoying. :)

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  15. Aww nakaka-touch naman po ang tribute ninyo sa mother niyo, Ma'am Tess. Saka nakakainspire din po yung story niya na napagtapos niya kayong lahat kahit na galing siya sa kahirapan. She reminds me so much of my late lola, na galing din po sa mahirap, grade 2 lang ang natapos, pero napagtapos po nila ni lolo yung mommy ko ska mga tito at tita ko. Thanks po for sharing your mother's story. Belated Happy Birthday po sa kanya. May God bless her with good health, love, and happiness. :-)

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  16. Happy Birthday to your mom. She really is a great person. Parati ba namumuro?

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  17. Happy Birthday to your mama again po! Lagi mo ako pina iiyak Miss Tess:-P naalala ko mama ko! Mother's always give unconditional love to their children. Sobra ko po na miss mama ko.

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  18. Belated Happy Birthday to your Mom! ^_^

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  19. Awwww Ms. Tess, natouch ako dito. You probably made your mom happy with this ode of love. I admire your mom, she's one tough lady and I am sure you've grown up just like her in some ways.:)

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  20. Mother knows best, madiskarte mga nanay!

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