I have no idea about how many crematoriums do we have in the Philippines. I favored cremation when I was still a Catholic. I didn’t like the idea of decomposition, I’d rather choose “burning” the dead. Urns are much more mobile than burying the dead at the cemetery.

They say that the trend today is to GO GREEN. In the US, they introduced a greener way of cremating the dead. They call it BIOCREMATION. Instead of burning the dead, the corpse is placed to a vat and is let to decompose by using alkaline solution. The process is monitored through a computer. Biocremation mimics the natural decomposition of a dead body, only at a faster rate.(For more details, view

Why Did God Take My Mother?

I prayed for my parents’ long life
To enjoy the fruits of my hard work
Instead, my mother was afflicted with cancer
A disease so life-threatening and so expensive to treat

The cancer was discovered four days before she died
We were treating her for diabetes for six months
We were all unaware of the killer disease
It was too late for treatment when we traced the real culprit

I was too weak to comprehend why things had to happen
My mother was young at 56 to leave us
She was vibrant, full of life and inspiration
Why, oh why does God had to end her earthly duties?

“Your mother’s tasks on earth are accomplished
She did a good job; now it’s her time to return
All her physical pains will be left on earth
She will be happier now and so you must set her free”

I realize that my mother lived her life to the fullest
She was a great mother, a great wife and a great daughter
A loving sister, a loyal friend; she will be terribly missed
Her legacy will continue to live; she will forever be loved

Adora Alegre Dela Cruz-1953-2009

Adora Alegre Dela Cruz or “Do” to her close friends joined our Creator last May 2, 2009 at 9:19 AM. She peacefully passed away in the company of her children, granddaughter, sister-in-law and husband in Bataan Doctors Hospital.

It was in late November 2008 when she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Osteo Arthritis. She suffered from severe back pain that was thought to be coming from a kidney complication. It was in April 28, 2009 when Dr. Ilaya detected a cyst on her right breast. Dr. Ilaya suspected that it was cancerous; at what stage, he still could not tell.

The last seven days of my mother was memorable to me. I could never forget her loving glances at me as if she was bidding me good-bye. I could never forget the controlled emotions, the bravery and her fight with the big C. I was so dumb to realize that she was deteriorating and not recovering. Maybe, I was blinded by my desire for an extended life.

My mother and I particularly got very close for the past two years. When her “diabetes” worsened in February, I lost a lot of weight because I was very much worried for her.

It would take a lifetime to forget a mother like Adora. Her legacy will continue to live. Mama, wherever you are, I love you very much…..

A Few Will Cry On My Funeral

Marky Cielo’s untimely demise definitely affected a lot of people; fan or not. Aside from being the first minority to reach star status in local showbiz, the boy was also good-natured. He had this charismatic aura that easily attracted people.

His star shone brighter in death. Proof of this is the long queue of mourning fans, friends, colleagues, former classmates, relatives and family. If we could only collect all the tears shed because of his death, it could have been a bucket full of tears in a day.

There are several speculations about the rootcause of his death. Was there foulplay? Was it suicide? Was it acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis? All I know is that his time on this life has ended to start a life beyond this life.

I couldn’t help but wonder if I would receive the same amount of mourning when my day on this life would end. How many people will cry on my funeral? One, two, ten? It makes me think that I want people to remember me as someone who touched their life in a positive way. I want to die leaving a good impression by havingĀ been a good citizen, friend, wife, mother, sister and employee. Maybe a few will cry on my funeral but I will leave a lot of people whose lives I touched.