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Gregoria Ilagan Banea 1919 - 2010

Gregoria Ilagan Banea

December 04, 2010

Dearest Mama,

"Do not store riches here on earth, but rather store riches in heaven."

Mama, your passing away made this verse true in its meaning. You have accomplished everything, from being a faithful wife to Papa Ito, a loving and supportive mother to Ate Ellen, Kuya Kokoy, Kuya Ric,Ate Marilou and Kuya Boy, a doting grandmother to your apos, to an affectionate auntie to us, your nieces and nephews. You may not be wealthy in material things but one thing is evident, you are richer than every thing that money can buy.

As our Godmother, Mama, you have always shared to Romy and Me your life experiences which allowed us to draw strength from them. How could I forget those moments when you're here with us in Taal, you would come to our rescue when things can't seem to be right. You have taught me patience, lots of it. You have taught me to make things light when it becomes heavy, and just laugh at those worries. Honestly, your smile and laughter whenever I complain come too strong not to follow what you mean.
And for all of these, YOU, will be greatly missed. I anticipated your coming home for a vacation but I guess, He planned something else for you. The best plan indeed.

Mama G, (as we fondly call you) my children, Maica, Trina and JC will terribly miss you. I know that the sadness we feel now is temporary, but I must allow ourselves to grieve over your passing away. I will miss the lines..."Beth naman, ay bakit ka ga ganyan? or "Ay ikaw nga ay mag-isip-isip! Be patient my dear!"
Mama, mahal po namin kayo. Maraming salamat po sa lahat... thank you for loving us! May God bring you into His Kingdom together with His angels and His saints.
December 03, 2010
Dearest Mama G,

You will surely be missed by all of your loved ones, especially us here in Taal. I will never forget, during your visits, how you used to wait for me by the stairs whenever I come home from school; your arms open and ready to give a hug. Journey well, Mama G. We know that you will forever watch over us. You will always be in our hearts. We love you, and we'll be missing you everyday.
December 03, 2010
Dearest Mama,

During this time of the year I would have started writing you a card to send it to you just in time for Christmas. I guess this time it would be different and I just hope it still reaches you wherever you are.

I didn’t know that the goodbye we had the last time we talked a few weeks back was our last goodbye already. I have not taken your words seriously whenever you tell me na “gusto mo na magpahinga”. But I have always told you to hold on and just wait for me to be there. But I guess your mission here on earth is now accomplished and you have been called already by our Creator. You have left us a great treasure. A treasure that you have build up during your lifetime, a treasure not material in nature, a treasure that is priceless and will last a lifetime. The love, kindness, and values that you have imparted to my mom (Ellen), her brothers (Tito Kokoy, Tito Boy, Tito Ric) and sister (Tita Malou) are the real treasures of life which they have also imparted to us (their sons, daughters and grandchildren). These words maybe too late but it is still worth mentioning for a grandma like you. I may not have directly told you how grateful I am for having you as my Mama. You may be at times harsh in words but you have never let us down and were always there to the rescue. You have never failed to extend your help to us and have always found a way to assist us during the many times we needed it. I don’t know how I can repay you for all the goodness you have shown us. That’s why the very least I can do to thank you is to pamper and take care of you whenever you’re here with me visiting us even for a short time. I hope in those little ways I have made it up a bit to you.

Now I am both saddened and happy for your passing away. Sad because for me I felt that it was a bit soon. I’m still expecting you to visit us here. And I’m happy because of your very peaceful passing, knowing that you have not gone thru any pain or agony from any illness as most people do. That’s why I know that you are truly blessed by our Lord. I know that wherever you are right now you are as happy as you were living your life here on earth and will be having a merrier Christmas there.

I will always be proud of you and I will forever miss you Mama!
December 02, 2010
There will be an empty chair at the holiday table this year, but it will be filled with loving memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
December 02, 2010
Our condolence and prayers to the Banea family. We will miss Tia Goreng!
God bless--Lito & Carrie Castillo
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