Earthquake and Endearments

A Boholano’s View by Jose “Pepe” Abueva
The Bohol Chronicle
October 20, 2013

Bohol, the epicenter. Early morning on Tuesday, October 15, we got a call from my sister, Ching, in Duero, Bohol that a strong earthquake had struck the town and shaken our ancestral home. Deeply scared, they scampered out. Fortunately no one was hurt and there was no visible damage to the home. Then our daughter, Lanelle, in Antipolo City, and our son, Jobert, in New York, called to share the troubling news that Bohol had been struck by an earthquake with 7.2 intensity.

TV news reported that the epicenter was in Carmen where the Chocolate hills are located. Till then I didn’t know a major earthquake fault-line runs in our home province. The earthquake was felt in most of the Visayas and northern Mindanao. We were saddened by the news and photos of the destruction of the Loboc Church, and of the Baclayon Church, the oldest and most beautiful church on the island. I was reminded of the famous Loboc Choir and its angelic voices, and “the bridge to nowhere across the river.” Churches in Dauis, Loon, and Maribojoc also crumbled. We were saddened by the reported deaths that had risen to more than 160 on the third day and many more hurt.

Family reunion for Ching’s 80th birthday and the blessing of our ancestral home. Our sister, Ching Abueva Floro, had long planned a reunion of some members of our family and clan on her 80th birthday on October 22. I shall be in  Duero with our daughter, Lanelle Abueva Fernando, and three of her friends. My sister, Inday Abueva Martinez, and her daughter Jessie, would be visiting from Chicago. Other relatives and friends are joining our celebration.

Unfortunately, our National Artist brother, Napoleon “Billy” Abueva, who is recovering from a stroke in their home in Quezon City, could not join the reunion. His wife, Cherry, a medical doctor, didn’t want him to suffer the rigors of travel. Billy’s presence would have been very special because he was most responsible for putting up our ancestral home in the early 1980s. Other kin contributed to the construction and facilities. And Ching did much of the needed renovation and the final finishing that made the structure the beautiful and livable ancestral home it is today.

In addition to Ching’s landmark birth anniversary, we shall be formally blessing our Abueva Ancestral Home, with us as the surviving ancestors. We call it “Handurawan: Balay Abueva.” I’d like to share with you our cherished thoughts on our ancestral home.

HANDURAWAN: BALAY ABUEVA

By Jose Veloso Abueva

 

Images in our minds, warmed in our hearts.

Our footprints in time and space. Remembrance

of our journey through life as family

and clan blessed by God’s grace.

For experiences shared, love given and received,

joys and pleasures savored, pain and sorrow

endured. Hurts forgiven, dreams fulfilled,

or broken—with smiles of acceptance.

 Hopes and wishes for a bright future for family

and nation and humankind. For keeping

Banay Abueva together, celebrating

ancestry, kinship, and heritage.

All these are our Handurawan nurtured by Balay

Abueva, the ancestral home and park in Duero,

Bohol by the sea—facing Mindanao. To share 

with our loved ones around the globe.

Forever to honor and thank our parents and

grandparents who gave us a good start in life,

loved and generously cared for us, and

served our community and country.

To hold together Banay Abueva,

in solidarity through the generations

despite the separate lives we must

lead in our wide open world.

Handurawan: Balay Abueva, our living

memorial in loving remembrance of

Papa Doro and Mama Nena, Papa

Awing and Mama Cadia, Papang

Peping and Mama Neneng, and

all aunts, uncles, cousins in our

Banay who touched our lives

with their love & generosity.

Humbly we offer our Handurawan

to God Almighty who gave us life and

protects us. To Lord Jesus who teaches us

life’s meaning and purpose and redeems us.

To the Holy Spirit who sanctifies and guides us.

 

No one who believes and belongs can turn away

from our Handurawan. Every member can

do something now or sometime. No gift is 

ever too little or too much.

 

We urge everyone in the Banay to keep

our ancestral home bright and livable

as the memorial and heritage

of our love and kinship

We ask all to come to our Handurawan by the sea.

To honor and be one in spirit with our beloved.

To be together and enjoy

howsoever briefly.

 

For Balay Abueva enshrines our Handurawan:

the images, memories, and bonds of love 

and kinship alive in our minds and

warm in our hearts.

 

(Originally written on my way back to New York from Manila, March 12-14, 1985.)

TEODORO V. ABUEVA, JR. (Doring/Teddy)+

MANUEL  V. ABUEVA  (Manoling)+

PURIFICACION (Neny) V. ABUEVA+ and RAMON (Ramon) BINAMIRA+

JOSE V. ABUEVA (Pepe) and MA. SOCORRO (Coring) ENCARNACION ABUEVA

NAPOLEON V. ABUEVA (Billy) and SERGIA (Cherry) VALLES ABUEVA

AMELIA V. ABUEVA (Inday) MARTINEZ and VICTORINO (Sonny) MARTINEZ+

TERESITA V. ABUEVA (Ching) FLORO and MARTINIANO FLORO+

ANTONIO V. ABUEVA (Tony)+

MARIA V. ABUEVA (Maria)+

 

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