I would like to honor my father, Augusto Abueg Abarro. I want you all to know my Dad as a father, husband, grandfather and a friend.
Being his only child, I was very lucky to have had a father who truly loved me unconditionally. He gave me everything I asked for and even more than that, he gave me time to be with him and to do the fatherly things with me such as teaching me how to cook, on the weekends, going fishing and crabbing and taking me where I wanted to go even when he was so tired because he just came home from work. My Dad would have given me the world if he could because all that mattered to him was to make me happy and to give me the life he never had. I took these things for granted when I was young however as I grew older and became an adult, I then realized how truly lucky I really was.
It was very hard for my Dad to let me go to make decisions in my life but he did. He loved me enough to let me make my mistakes and not judge me. He was always there to pick up the pieces and support and help me whenever I needed him. Even at times when I disappointed my Dad, I never felt alone because he was always there to support me no matter what. My Dad would not let days go by if we had a misunderstanding, all I know is he would talk to me right away so that I wouldn't feel ackward towards him.
How do you thank someone who was so unselfish and always thinking about other people rather than himself? It's very hard to do this. This is my Dad. He would always put himself second and his family and friends first in his life. I can never say anything bad about my Dad because for me, he was the Best Dad in the World.
As a husband, he was patient and loving. When my mother had to work two jobs, he made sure our household would run smoothly. He would be there for me as well as well as my Mother. He would cook and clean and I could see that my Dad and my Mom worked together to provide me a good family life.
As a grandfather, he was the best, the very best. My children grew up without a father figure but my Dad made sure he filled that gap in my children's lives. My children didn't consider my Dad as just their grandfather, they considered him more as their Dad. My Dad had a way to make you feel you are special to him. All my children felt they were all my Dad's favorite because when you are with him, you were loved and taken care of.
For our entire family, he made sure to give them the opportunities to have a better life here in the states and to have a better future. However, my Dad never thought of how he helped our family. He never expected anything back in return but to see that we all have a good future ahead of us.
For his friends, he was a trusted friend and caring as well. If you told him that you were hungry, my Dad would buy you food or he would give his last dollar and tell you to buy yourself something to eat.
Now that you know a little bit more about my Dad, I want you all to know that he was a good and proud man. I honor him with so much pride, gratitude and respect. I would like to give my Dad my Eternal Thank You.
"Thank You Dad for giving so much of yourself to me, our family and friends."
"MARAMING, MARAMING SALAMAT DAD. MAHAL NA MAHAL KITA. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AND I WILL MISS YOU VERY MUCH!"
And from Ally Dad, you were her best friend and she loves you so much. I will make sure she doesn't forget her special memories of you and please protect her and guide her as she grows up.
Until we see each other again Dad. Paalam.