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cecile s. yumul
cecile s yumul WE HONOR our mothers. We run home to our mothers. We utter the name of our mothers when in pain. The list goes on. But today, we honor and remember the often silent strength behind the strongest women in our lives. Our fathers.

In the constant shifting and interchangeability of roles that parents play, especially in recent decades, the model or image portraying many a father in our midst does not lift our spirits enough to heights that inspire us.

In this twenty-first century, when single parenthood and parentless childhood are accepted as facts of life, celebrating Father's Day finds more relevance since the bond that people so ordinarily felt with their fathers in the last century is fast nearing extinction.

Honoring our fathers should be a wake up call for those who think little of spurting heat from their loins and then turn their backs on the greater responsibility of raising the fruit of their carnal cravings.

In this modern world that fiercely offers virtual realities that dilute the realness of a person, of a feeling, of a memory, we must make it an integral part of our celebrations to pay tribute the post that holds the lamplight -- Daddy, Papang, Tatang, Amang, Itay, FATHER ...

F astidious with his children on the verge of outgrowing childhood, who are in a hurry to find their place in a grownup world. He is the man who upholds the rules of the house. Silent, observing, wishing a son or daughter only happiness in the company of friends they seek.

A ttuned to words we never speak, to actions we think he doesn’t perceive, to needs we presume he may not be able to provide, but—to our surprise—presents us with what is most longed for before we can even ask.

T ender at moments of our lives when we least expect it.

H eroic in more ways we can possibly count, without calling attention to himself, but giving all to the family he so loves and shields from the harshness of the world.

E nduring even when the children at times are overbearing, and when the weight of problems on his shoulders get to the point of breaking him down—he holds on steadfastly.

R esponsible as head of the family, as a role model, as a friend, and most of all as a major influence in bringing us to where we are and who we have become today and what we may yet become in the future.

[About the author. Cecile Santos Yumul is a veteran award winning Broadcast Journalist, a visionary teacher (Most Outstanding Teacher of the Philipines in 1992), a nationalist (Most Outstanding Kapampangan for Education in 1993), an environmentalist, and a dedicated daughter. She has over 35 years experience in the field of arts as an actor, director, and author. She is a published writer (Woman's Magazine) of essays, poems, short stories, and social commentaries. She currently resides in Lakandula, Mabalacat, Pampanga with her Mother, 18 dogs, doves, and bonsais.]

-Posted: 12:00 PM 6/6/09 | More of this author on eK!

Blessie Aquino Pyper (USA) writes...

nakaka touch, you have a gift of seeing a perspective that other people don't see. the father that you described is the true filipino father, sad that there are very few left....

-Posted/Via Email: 11:54 am June 7, 2009

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