Ever since I can remember, October 31st has always been an eventful day. Oct. 31 is the birthday of my sister Helen and there is always somekind of a birthday celebration whether it be a merienda, lunch or dinner ; with friends, relatives or just a few of us. Yesterday,she happily celebrated her 57 natal day in Jun's (our brother) place. My sister-law Jean prepared the festive food: my favorite were the very fresh and crunchy vegetable salad, very special light spaghetti, very delicious lamp chop and the very tender peppered tenderloin steak. We had ice cream cake for dessert and coffee after the sweet. All of us brothers and sisters (except Jeannette who was in Cotabato) were there with our children. Tom and Angel did not attend though because Tom was sick with stomach flu.
Emil came from Cebu yesterday evening to be with us. Martha, Marion and I went to the airport to fetch him at 8:30pm. From the airport, we proceeded to the Helen's party at around 9:30 pm.
With the good food and the siblings together, the party hardly ended before midnight as we then prepared to go to the cemetery to visit the graveyards of our dearly departed parents, grandparents, an uncle-in-law and brother-in-law Pipo, the husband of Helen on the early hours of November 1st. .
We went in two vans, lighted candles and josh sticks, we offered flowers and food and prayed the rosary for the holy souls of my parents Francisco and Mary. The other graveyards were hard to find but we took effort to locate them though, we lighted candles and said a prayer of two. We came home around 3:30 AM and went to slumber at 4 this morning.