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Our judges for Essay/Poem Writing Contest: A Tribute to Mama Alol Rev. Fr. Esmeraldo “Dodo” Reforeal, O.Carm, Rev. Fr. Christian “Toots” Buenafe, O.Carm, and Rafael “Kuya Tata” Ugmad really had a hard time choosing the winners. They said, all entries were nicely composed and surely Mama Alol is happy wherever she is right now because of these poems and essays.




The First Prize Winner was Teodora “Auntie Daday” R. Latras. She received Php5000.00

Tribute, Love and Gratitude

by: Teodora “Auntie Daday” R. Latras

We are living in a world full of questions, there’s should be an answer when Manang left us on the 10th of May – the date was also memorable to me and Fredo for that was our 18th year anniversary of being a couple. At that very moment I was able to ask myself, “Why did this happen to my dear sister?” During that time I was so emotional, I couldn’t hold my tears. As a relief, I just said and posed and answer, “It happened because it was God’s plan.” I was also relieved with what Manoy Nick replied to me in his text – which runs this way, ” May she rest in peace” , at this point I was still longing for her presence but everything was in the hands of God.

When I got married and had two children, I remembered Manang and I was so grateful, for she was the one who took care of my girl while I was in school, that’s the very reason why they (Daryl and Inday) called her “MAMA” instead of calling her Auntie Alol. She treated my two children as her own children. Because of these, I should say “Thank You” for everything. Thank you for your never ending love to all of us. We missed and live you very much.

As a consolation, I said to myself, Manang is now in heaven with the Lord, for she did great things here on Earth.


The Second Prize Winner was Harold “Dodo” R. Sapong. He received Php3000.00

by: Harold R. Sapong

The Third Prize Winner was Gary C. Reforeal. He received Php2000.00

Send-off Ceremony

As we all know, this scenario is just inevitable and there’s nothing that we can’t do about it but face it. On the other hand, we can do something about dealing with it. Losing a loved one, especially with someone who you shared memories with is a tough pill to swallow. As for me, I was in total shock when I found out about Auntie Alol being gone. But for reasons that I realized in taking this image, there’s this sense of peace and serenity that I felt especially when I took this image during her “Send-off Ceremony”.

I found that peace and serenity because of the fact that that Mama Alol is now one with the nature. Realizing that her physical state is now harmonized with His creations, I will now remember all our loved ones who have gone ahead the next time when I take a dip in the beach or when I climb a mountain. So from now on, I’m gonna take time to say a prayer for them and ask them to intercede for us or even ask them to guide me in my next outdoor adventure.

Aside from that, I just know for the fact that Mama Alol touched so many lives just by seeing the influx of people in this image who joined us in sending her off. I bet most of them also got their share of memories with Mama Alol like us and this just proves that in a way, she left a mark in all of us and at the same time, it was a life well lived for her.

And finally, I found that peace for the fact that Mama Alol left us with a long lasting legacy. And that’s her children who she taught and raised well with faith, generosity and life skills as they continue to pass it on to their own children and share it to everyone they deal with.

Wrapping this one up, we move on and we continue with our day-to-day lives with the assurance that Mama Alol is in a better place now and interceding for us. And at the same time, we continue to share to others all the memories and everything that we learned from Mama Alol. She may not be with us now, but her legacy lives on through us who shared moments with her. We love you Mama Alol! We will not let you down.

Wrapping this one up, we move on and we continue with our day-to-day lives with the assurance that Mama Alol is in a better place now and interceding for us. And at the same time, we continue to share to others all the memories and everything that we learned from Mama Alol. She may not be with us now, but her legacy lives on through us who shared moments with her. We love you Mama Alol! We will not let you down.


You may also see some of the most favorite entries:


“She’s Carolina Reforeal Sapong” a poem by Candice Louise F. Sapong


“Ang Mga Kabilin ni Mama Alol” by Marissa F. Sapong


From Auntie Ada & Baby Hiyas


“12 05 50” by Aris Reforeal


Read by Carl Kristoffer F. Sapong

“Paboritong Kinaiya” by Lord Daryl Latras


“Si Mama” by Darlene Joy R. Latras


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