Memories of Family History
As we enter the New Year 2012, this writer wishes to share family memories consistent with the on-going program of the Neg. Occ. Historical Council to promote local history and in the spirit of “Chiaroscuro” (blending of light and shadows).
At the onset, this special column takes this opportunity to express the wholehearted thanks of our family to all the “blessings and blessings in disguise” these past 50 years, to all relatives, friends, career colleagues and others because we know that our family has been blessed by the Lord with the help of countless relatives and friends. As we enter these events in the storehouse of our precious memories, we especially thank our own family for the love which have kept us together these past 50 years of our marriage and family. Heartfelt thanks go as well to countless relatives and friends who have helped us all these years. Our sincere apologies to relatives and friends, however, for the limited resources which did not allow us to invite more relatives/friends to our modest wedding anniversary last Dec. 28.
The “Chiaroscuro” of history again revisited our larger family as we also received the news of the passing of our brother, Fr. Jorge Hofileña (82), a retired Jesuit priest in Manila, on Jan. 2. He was buried in the Jesuit cemetery at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Novaliches, Quezon City and looking at his resting place beside the many other Jesuits buried there was like a glimpse of the contributions of Jesuits in Philippine history. For Fr. Jorge, our family also expresses sincere thanks to the Jesuits Community and all other relatives and friends who have joined our time of bereavement.
Finally, last Jan. 10, our brother Dr. Fernando P. Hofileña, also passed away here in Bacolod at 92. He was buried on Jan. 16 at the Rolling Hills Memorial Park. To his many relatives and friends, former colleagues and others, especially those who came all the way from Manila, our family expresses wholehearted thanks for their condolences. Dr. Fernando has been writing some memoirs (Silay And My Family) since he came home here two years ago. This writer will try to sustain such family efforts in the context of both family and local history in our Province.
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