Goodbye, Kuya Mario!

We’ve received a sad news this morning. FIL’s first cousin Kuya Mario dies last night due to stroke. He stayed with us for a few days when we had the back extension of our house improved and converted to a small kitchen. He was like our handy man and caretaker, we’d contact him whenever we wanted something done at home, both in Bacoor and here in Manila. We didn’t know that would be the last time we’d see him. He was in his late 50’s. Such a sudden, painful loss.

Kuya Mario and I may have never been close, but I know he was a good man. He treated me nicely, just liked how he treated the hubby and his family. He was a freelancer who lived on his own (sometimes he had a job, sometimes none), away from his children and that’s why we could easily ask for his help whenever the need arose. In exchange for his services, we give him money to add to his allowance.

I remember when we just moved in and we were buying stuff for the house, it was him who suggested where we could get everything, from light bulbs and curtain rods toaluminum tables and other home devices. He knew a lot about home improvement and he was always there to give an advice or two.

I can only pray for the repose of his soul. I know God will take good care of him now that he’s in heaven. Goodbye, Kuya Mario and I wish you a happy journey…

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