My Daddy Love

When asked to describe my Dad,  there were so many many words to describe him!  And all of them were good!

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We recently had a video made for my Dad’s 70th birthday by Producer Nicolo Reyes and Director and Writer Troy Bernardo and we asked friends and family to describe my Daddy and they too did not seem to find it hard to describe him.

“He is really a role model.  Imagine me being a priest, I have to preach almost everyday and you see a lay person giving you inspiration, words of wisdom, the serenity that he has in his mind and heart.  He is really a blessing”

-Father Julian (Priest )

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“One day, this driver was taking me to my sister’s home and he told me – “Sir, your friend Sir Jun is a very good man.”  And that was out of the blue, totally unsolicited.  And to me that was most telling and to me I felt  it came from the heart and to me that was fantastic”

-Louie ( friend )

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“He is very people oriented.  They felt so happy that a member of the family – a boss at that , went there.  It as a big deal”

-Jess ( HR Manager )

“One thing that characterises what he does is LOVE!  Love with passion and most importantly love with compassion.  The one that sticks in my mind that chraracterizes him is his love for people who should we say not as fortunate as he is or as we are.  I remember this fellow who grew up as one of the helps in our house. But he moved on to another company.  When he retired, he retired blind.  So what Jun did was take care of him for so many years.  He housed him, he made him a part of the household, he took care of him until he passed away.  And that is the compassion I am talking about “

-Butch ( Brother)

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“He endures me, I don’t know what kind of internal  turmoil that costs for him to do it.  But anyway he did it”

-Gogs ( nephew)

IMG_2068“My parents loved Jun so much.  He was like a son to them.  And he is really really very nice.  He is truly a man of honour and dignity.  His humility touches everyone.”

-Dorothy ( Partner in Business  and very good friend )

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-Dino ( Subordinate at work and nephew )

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“His leadership style was always to affirm and celebrate and to make people feel great.  Increase everybody’s confidence.   That is why the malaskati and the esprit de corpse of the people are very very high because he had that way of leading and motivating.  His philosophy is in all things, in good times and in bad, and in all situations  just remember three words, just be fair,  just and be christian.”

-Donnie ( Subordinate at work and nephew )


“I think that But he really has a heart of gold.  He talks a tough game but he is actually a softie.  His generosity of time, the human connection he makes with other people. He is such a well loved person and it is genuine from both sides”

-Noey ( son )

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“We used to play basketball together.  I was this cocky kid.  He put me in my place.  He stopped the game.  Quito, that’s not how you play the game.  You have to respect the game.  Don’t be dirty, especially to me your Father.  That really shook me. from that day on, it changed me, changed my outlook in life.  That’s one experience I will never forget”

-Quito ( son )

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“The lesson that I have learned from Dad is to Always be true to yourself,  Integrity is so important.  Never compromise your values no matter what”

-Maricar ( daughter )


“One of the things I learned from him is how to be disciplined with the things I want to do, things that what I want to achieve.  One thing with my dad, he is always there when you need him I wish I could be like him and raise my kids the way that he raised us”

-Jun Jun ( eldest son )

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“Lolo is very loving, caring, he is always there to support me whenever I ask him to watch me in my tennis games and basketball games.  I would do my best to win because I know if I win he will be proud of me.  He always watches what I eat and make sure I am eating right”

-Javier ( grandson )

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“Anyone he sees or talks to, he will always puts his hands on someone’s back to make them feel welcome. So it shows that he is personable. He always tells us to remain humble.  He just taught me so many things that  shows how much of a good person he is”

-Gabbi ( granddaughter)

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“Lolo always says that I am gwapa and it makes me feel good inside”

-Stella (3 year old granddaughter )

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“At breakfast we always chat with each other, he doesnt talk to me like he is my lolo. I feel like he is my very good friend”

-Mischka ( granddaughter )

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“He likes to show me new things.  It’s nice. I appreciate what he does”

Mio ( grandson )

“Your love is meant to be shared.  It is the kind of love that is so big, so vast that it cannot be contained.  We can only give it away like you do to everyone that comes into your life. We are blessed to live out our dreams with you.  We are blessed by your love to wake up to it. To have breakfast lunch and dinner with it.  To feel it, to receive it, to live it.  To know that whatever happens, no matter where we are, we will always have your love till eternity”

-Menchu ( wife )

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They were all very similar and very loud and clear and I love how they put it all together in the end


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Today, I gave tribute to my Dad. Many of the most successful and famous people in the world are either a King, a Pope, a President of a country, A genius who invented some gadget or a rich person who made it to the Forbes list of Billionaires. My dad is successful and famous and he did not have to be any of those. He is successful because he does what is right and what is good. God wants all of us to be Christ like ( Faithful, virtuous, prayerful, obedient, kind, generous, charitable, giving, patient, and humble ) and we know that’s not easy but my Dad is one of the few that I know that is Christ like – in his words and deeds.  Dad recently told us that he is happy to reach the age of 70 and just that alone is a gift And I benefit from that by being able to spend time with him.

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I am sure all of you have a story to tell about your Dad.  Let’s Celebrate our Dad today and always!  Happy Father’s Day to all the Daddys  ( Click below to read the article )

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  • Lills says:

    What a beautiful write up full of love and respect for a father that is truly deserving! Happy Fathers Day to your dad!

  • dorothy says:

    Love your tribute heart-2-heart! I was in tears when i read what your mom said… an everlasting love which will always be our inspiration!
    THANK YOU for making me a part of it, its the LEAST I could do for your GREAT & PERFECT DAD! LOVE YOU ALL!

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