Requiescas in pace, Mama


Mom was laid to rest today. She was seventy-two years old. We said Mass for her at St. John Marie-Vianney Parish Church before bringing her to Heaven’s Gate. Several families came together that day to send her off: the Esmeralda’s, Miranda’s and Romano’s of Guimba, the Lopezes of Kamuning, Tambulig and Mangatarem, the Cuaresma’s of Tarlac, the Sanchez’s of San Juan, the Climaco’s of Quezon City, the Lunar’s of Cuenca, the Augustinian family …

Mama, you were like a candle that in shining was also consumed. Thank you for having been “Inang” to us.



I would sub-title it “living life Stoically”. And it is inspired by Stoicism, that philosophy of contentedness meant for those who would like to get much out of this life without trying too hard, like the Epicureans.

“Desiderata” was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945). In 1956, the rector of St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland, used the poem in a collection of mimeographed inspirational material for his congregation. Someone who subsequently printed it asserted that it was found in Old St. Paul’s Church, dated 1692. The year 1692 was the founding date of the church and has nothing to do with the poem.

Phrases: Desiderata

Confused History of Desiderata