Friday, May 16, 2008


Over a cup of coffee one afternoon, I asked my kumpadre why he gets along so well with his grandson considering that his relationship with his son is nothing short of turbulent.

His face revealed a silly grin as he said, "Simple lang pare. At the end of the day, I get to return the child back to his parents."

Today is the Fertility Dance Festival at Obando, Bulacan. I should talk my kumpadre into taking the day off from work so we could check out this fiesta and take some pictures.

By the way, remember this?

Santa Clarang pinong-pino / Ako po ay bigyan mo / Ng asawang labintatlo / Sa gastos ay walang reklamo!

And I thought the prayer and dance was for a child.

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posted by Señor Enrique at 6:38 AM


Anonymous rhodora said...

I can't wait to have my own grand kids. But then again... I also wish - not yet. Ay, ano ba yan. :)

Cute photo! If I'm not mistaken, "Balong" is an Ilocano term of endearment for a young boy.

May 16, 2008 7:47 AM  

Blogger ScroochChronicles said...

My dad once said, "I love you, anak. Pero mas mahal ko si Gaby!" My Mom naman said, "Taob kayo (her kids) sa mga anak nyo!"

And, they had visions of taking our kids away from us every chance they could :D

May 16, 2008 7:55 AM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

My mom is different, she says nothing beats her own kids, despite all the love she has for her grandkids.

I might have missed that lines of the song, 13 husbands----paging Texas polygamy police ;)

May 16, 2008 8:15 AM  

Blogger FilMasons NSW said...

I remember the Obando song and am looking forward to your post re the fiesta at Obando.

Talking from experience, nothing beats the joys of grand parenting.

It is sort of your second chance to be a parent. You do enjoy it more since there is less pressure at work or in building your family.

Nice photo.


May 16, 2008 10:16 AM  

Blogger the donG said...

nice shot as it has always been. looks very real because the boy seems to really feel like they're his brothers and sisters.

May 16, 2008 11:31 AM  

Anonymous lino said...

ayos ah... kasundo ang apo kesa anak, hehehe...

May 16, 2008 11:32 AM  

Anonymous bingskee said...

perhaps it is because the grandchildren help bring back the grandparents' memories of their children when they were young.

not all grandparents are doting though...

May 16, 2008 11:47 PM  

Blogger Lola said...

Oy, ang cute naman. Where is this located at? It looks like the Baywalk area. I was home in 2006 and I don't remember seeing this.

Yes, grandchildren are precious. When they become rambunctious, you tell the parents to take them home. But I've noticed they mind more when the parents are not around.

By the way Eric, my 14 year old grandaughter is going with us when we go back next year, thanks to your blog. Masyadong nagagandahan sa mga pictures at istorya mo.

May 17, 2008 12:07 AM  

Blogger mimi said...

ang cute ng pagka capture! parang kapatid nya yung tatakbo sa kanya... ang galing!

May 17, 2008 1:07 AM  

Blogger Diablo said...

Actually, I am touched by the Photo.

It reminds me of something missing in my life growing up in the Philippines.


May 17, 2008 7:47 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Your kids are too young to get married and start a family of their own, Rhoda ... hehehe. But I can imagine how much you miss having little tots in the house :)

May 17, 2008 7:48 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Ah, that's sweet, Cookie :)

Yup, I know of many folks who love the company of their grandchildren at all times.

May 17, 2008 7:51 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Lol ... that's right, Photo Cache! It also made me ask myself if Santa Clara was actually of Muslim faith instead. Can you imagine condoning 13 husbands? Hehehe.

I've a hunch your mom said that so as you all wouldn't be jealous of her affection for the grandchildren :)

May 17, 2008 7:54 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Unfortunately, Mario, my kumpadre is too conscientious to just take off from work for no serious reason ... hehehe. He's from the old school when it comes to work ethics, or I should say ... a certified workaholic.

You're right about a second chance to being a parent. In my kumpadre's case, I think it was because he was always at work; trying to provide a secure life for his family. But in the interim, he missed his son's growing up years.

Bumabawi siya sa pagtingin at pagmamahal sa apo, eka nga.

May 17, 2008 8:00 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thank you, donG!

Yes, this kid seems so natural with the camera, and appears to interact so naturally with the statues as if they were real.

May 17, 2008 8:02 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hi Lino!

Yes ... a common scenario, di ba? Pag mapagalitan mo anak mo, takbo agad sila sa lola o lolo ... hehehe.

May 17, 2008 8:04 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That's true, Bing. I was one who never experienced the attention of doting grandparents. I guess, it was because -- considering the many cousins -- there were much too many grandchildren born ahead of me. So the grandparents had enough by the time I came into this world ... hehehe.

May 17, 2008 8:07 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Yes, Baywalk it is, Pat. I love this group of statues. They invite interaction with the public; not just to be looked at.

Wow! Is this your granddaughter's first visit to the Philippines? If you have time, take her along to one of the guided tours of intramuros and Chinatown with Carlos Celdran or Ivan Mandy.

Many thanks, Pat!

May 17, 2008 8:12 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thank you, Mimi!

I, too, loved Balong's enthusiasm and smile as he posed for this picture. He make those inanimate statues look so real.

Oh, by the way ... Rhoda is right, Balong is a term of endearment for a boy much like Nonoy is in Bicol and Dodong in the Visayas.

May 17, 2008 8:14 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Know what, Paolo? I found myself staring at this photo for a while as I was preparing to upload it. I then realized that being the youngest, this phot reminded me of the many times as a child when I wished I had a younger sibling.

May 17, 2008 8:26 AM  

Blogger nutart said...

funny photo! I love also interacting with statues for the sake of hamming it up for the camera :-). I made of series of these statue-interactions when I was with my mom in Paris...and she enjoyed taking the pictures herself!

I once commented to my father how we had to be their "guinea pigs" in child-rearing kaya now they know how it is to deal with their apos---walang pamalo! aaay! unfair! :-) My youngest sister and husband stays with them temporarily and when their precocious 8 year old daughter wails because mommy disciplines her, my father(!) actually goes to the girl and consoles her! Something, we had not recalled him doing to us...hmm. My father is actually very loving baka repressed lang nuon.

May 17, 2008 9:58 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

My father, Bernadette, when had enough of my older brother's bickering or rebellious attitudes would only ask for his belt or "plumero" to be brought to him. And his asking for such menacing weapons of discipline was enough to make them all behave. Never had I seen him hit anyone, though.

I, on the other hand, being the youngest, was very fortunate that my father must've been ready to be a father, so to speak, when I was born.

Those must have been some cool photographs, Bernadette. And in Paris, too. How very fortunate of you!

May 17, 2008 11:04 AM  

Blogger luna miranda said...

nice photo, eric. i should take my nephews to pose with these statues the next time they're in town. they fun (and i had a great time shooting) hamming it up with the carabaos in greenbelt.:D

have a great weekend!

May 17, 2008 5:04 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

They also have carabaos in Luneta, Luneta -- at both sides leading to the field in front of Quirino Grandstand. But they're placed too high for folks to interact with while being photographed.

Thanks, Luna ... you, too!

May 18, 2008 7:38 AM  

Blogger reyd said...

nice photo!... like most kids, the lolos and lolas are the spoilers on their lives. :lol:
Wala akong magawa when my daughter was still a kid. My parents and my in-laws would utter the same words "Sus!, pabayaan mo na, bata pa naman siya".

Minsan naman ako ang pagsasabihan nila as in "Ayyy salamat na lang at hindi nagmana ang anak mo sa iyo!". ....boinks!

Oh, well, I might be the same as them when I become a LOLO... LOL!

May 20, 2008 3:32 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

You are gonna be one loving and doting, lolo, Reyd ... hehehe :)

I enjoy seeing lolas or lolos with their grandkids around Quiapo. And know what? The kids always seem so well behaved with them. It may be because they have something they want the lola or lolo to buy for them :)

May 20, 2008 6:32 AM  

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