05 August 2010

"haha, terrific."


with his hearty laugh, smiling eyes behind all the wrinkles, "haha, terrific" is the favorite expression of our beloved abuelito, fr. rudy malasmas, sj. that is how we will forever remember our dear abuelito. truly, truly a "man for others". the happiest and most loving lolo one could ever have.



he suffered a heart attack early morning of july 3, and remained in a coma until he peacefully passed away on the evening of july 11.

i would like to take this chance to thank the whole ateneo community, and the whole davao community, for your overwhelming love and support for our abuelito. i attended his wake last july 12, in the chapel of the ateneo de davao campus, and i could not believe the stories i heard of how much people loved him, and the outpouring of sympathy of family, friends, and even strangers. even through my twitter account, so, so, so many people messaged me about how fr. rudy touched their lives, and it still brings me to tears when i think about the touching messages. i am honestly crying as i write this post.

a bit of trivia about my abuelito..

he was always known for his text jokes..

yes, he loves sending text jokes. some are forwarded jokes, but most are originals. my favorite "prank" ever was when my godson roco was born. i received a text from abuelito saying "bianca, roco looks like you." i was thrilled! being the proud ninang that i am, i always bragged about how i think roco looks like me. that day at lunch, my sister told me that abuelito texted her that morning. "ais, roco looks like you." my mom then says, i got that text too! "ofel, roco looks like you." oh, abuelito! texted all of us to make us kilig, but he texted everyone the same message pala! hay naku, so cute.

he officiated all the weddings in the family..

all my older cousins, my older brother.. abuelito was the officiating priest in all the weddings of the cousins. he always gave such a heartfelt, witty sermon precisely because he knew all of us growing up, and he always made it a point to meet and get to know our significant others. ever since i was younger, i was so sure that when the day comes that i would get married, that abuelito would be our priest.. it makes me very, very emotional knowing that won't happen anymore.. :(

he was sort of my number one fan..

oh, abuelito i miss you.. :( his random texts.. that he got to catch a glimpse of me.. how proud he is when he sees me in magazines or newspapers.. how he shares with his friends my simple accomplishments.. imagine, random people come up to me or leave me a message saying, "fr. rudy is your lolo? he always brags that he's your lolo." oh, abuelito.. :( if you only knew how proud i am that i am your grand niece. :(



dearest abuelito,
you are already terribly missed..
please watch over all of us from up there in heaven.
i love you!!!!

20 comments:

Novie ♥ said...

That is so sweet of him. :'( i feel you dear bianca.. so sad.. but at least, he's there in that peaceful place watching over you. :)

mai said...

Thanks you for sharing your Lolo story.. This made me miss my abuelito terribly

zhequia said...

sad :( dont worry superbianca, things will turn on the upside soon ;D

Faye said...

Thanks for sharing

Vera said...

This is a very touching tribute. He will be at your wedding naman, just not how you pictured it would be. I lost my grandmother five years ago, and until now, I feel pained that my future kids will not know her hugs and kisses... sheesh, I'm getting emotional :(

We are blessed to have known them, and to have been loved by them. Pay tribute to your abuelito by continuing to be the Bianca he was proud of. :)

Ling said...

Rest in peace to your abuelito!

Anonymous said...

this is sad... but im pretty sure he's in a better place now.

Krizia =D said...

He's now in heaven with the Lord, watching over you.. condolence, and be strong..

Jodel Tanael said...

I'm sure he'll be joining our creator. . . Condolence Ms. Bianca.

Sarrah said...

a very heartfelt one. i feel for you, bianca. i bet he will never stop feeling proud of you.

Jaja said...

wow. I have fond memories of Fr. Malasmas. He was the headmaster in ADDU when I was still in gradeschool. His office door is always open for the little kids who want to have their stuff blessed from rosaries to prayer books to pencils. My condolences.

Ems said...

awww...yes, it's sad, but it's comforting to know he's in a better place now...

Anonymous said...

hi bianca .. this is sort of a late reaction but nevertheless, i would like to extend my heartfelt condolence to you and your family. I'm from the Ateneo de Davao Community, formerly a student and now a part time teacher, and I have attended mass where Fr. Rudy is the one officiating. It was very sad indeed when he passed away .. he will surely be terribly missed .. - jazzie

Anonymous said...

by the way, i hope you wouldn't mind if I post a link to your blog site with regard to your article .. I just would like to share great memories of Fr Malasmas .. thanks - jazi

katedadz said...

the joke about roco was sooo cute! :D

and. your abuelito is happy now. :)

Rah said...

rest in peace lolo.

being miss east said...

awww this brought tears to my eyes...

julie orellina said...

we looooooooove him sooo much! we like his witty remarks during sermons. i usually attend simbang gabi over at ateneo and love it when he's the priest. nakkyutan tlga kami sa knya. simbang gabi in ateneo wont be the same because he's not there na. :(

YAKEE RICO said...

im sure your abuelito is with Papa Jesus now and he is watching all of you.. I envy you since you've spent a lot of time with your lolo, I lost my granpa's in9 both sides) when i was still young. I think if they're living til now im sure they will teach me a lot of wise things.

blog hop here miss bianca. and I folllowed you too.. Im a fan. xoxo

yramjin said...

hi miss bianca!!! FC talaga meh.. ;) i have my lolo, too, whom i love so dearly kaya nakaka-relate talaga me. He's not living with us nga lang 'coz he doesn't want to. Same block lang pero I've only had a few visits sa kanya...pero di nya lang alam deep within me, i super love him so much.Jan tau magkapareho..i love tatay milan so much,di nga lang ako to the max expressive but i really do :) I always pray for him na he'll live longer...longer than expected...

Like some of here said, I'm sure your abuelito is in heaven na, watching over you. :) God bless :)