Nanay’s Day, May 14

May 14th was Nanay’s birthday.  Tomorrow, we will remember her briefly as we start our day.  She will have been 88 years old.  Tonight, I decided to rummage through old photographs and I thought that I’d show a few from yesteryears, as we all would like to remember her:  Beautiful, poised, always dressed impeccably and stylishly, a capable entrepreneurial and creative dynamo.

Nanay & Tatay in the 60’s copyright photo Likeitiz

Over the years, we saw her as mother, as grandma, as Tatay’s wife, as fashion designer.  She visited her children in New York, New Jersey, Toronto, and then over the recent years, in San Francisco.

Nanay & Tatay in Toronto, Early Nineties

Nanay & Tatay in Toronto, Early Nineties, photo copyright Likeitiz

She would spend time with her grandchildren, telling them stories, teaching them the virtues of good posture and good manners.  We always heard her gushing over how beautiful her grandchildren are.

Nanay & Lara in Toronto, Copyright photo Likeitiz

Nanay & Lara in Toronto, Copyright photo Likeitiz

At many gatherings, she was always the grand dowager, ever gracious and elegant, with a ready smile for everyone.

Nanay at party, Manila Peninsula 2009, copyright photo Likeitiz

Nanay at party, Manila Peninsula 2009, copyright photo Likeitiz

But we will always remember her for this photo, chosen by her children, to remember her by.

Young Justina, in Filipino Costume, copyright photo LIkeitiz

Young Justina, in Filipino Costume, copyright photo LIkeitiz

Happy Birthday, Nanay!

Related:  https://likeitiz.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/good-and-beautiful/

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10 Responses to Nanay’s Day, May 14

  1. eof737 says:

    What a gorgeous lady and a beautiful Happy Birthday tribute to her… 🙂

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  2. munchow says:

    I beautiful tribute to your mother-in-law. It’s a lovely series of photograph of her. Particularly the B&W’s, the first and last, shows the gorgeous Nanay. Happy birthday to her – a little belated.

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  3. A felt a tinge of homesickness when I read your post. You are blessed to have a loving and wonderful “nanny.” I felt the immense love you have for her as well as the rest of your family. Just beautiful! Happy Birthday to your “nanny”. I wish her all the love, joy,good health and peace.

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  4. Malou says:

    I love the picture of your “Nanay” in the traditional costume. 😉

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  5. Writerlious says:

    Love the photo of the young Justina. Beautiful!

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  6. Gilly Gee says:

    What a very beautiful lady!

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