Goodbye, Lola Socorro

She came into my office four years ago, asking for help with her medical bills. Guess, she thought our department handles patient billing. She was mad, complaining that people are giving her the run around. That was how I first met her, all grumpy. I did help and directed her to people (I know) that can give her assistance. And from that day onwards, she started calling me Apo (grandson).

Every now and then, she would come to see me in the hospital. Bringing me stuff from her hometown in Bicol and sometimes, she’d beย bringing homemade goodies. That’s the Lola Socorro I know, kind hearted and open handed. So when the news go to me this morning that she passed away from colon cancer. I couldn’t help but feel upset. I had to stop in the middle of my house chores, got on my knees andย said a little prayer for a dear friend and my adopted grandmother.

I will miss her dearly: her smile, her love and her ever generous heart. Namomo-ot ako sa imo, Lola…




  1. bw · May 6, 2008

    That’s so nice of you to care for a friend old enough to be a lola. She was blessed with a long life and may she rest in peace…

    thank you, bw. as my lola would say, i’m a hit among geriatrics raw. maybe because i’m malambing and always eager to help. like with lola socorro, the friendship all started from a favor. i will miss her, her visits and our conversations. i learned a lot from her, simply by listening to her stories. may she find eternal peace ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. tulipfleurs · May 7, 2008

    Hello Nell . . . I’m back! I’m soo sorry to hear the loss of your “adopted” grandmother, Lola Socorro. Just know that she is no longer in pain and that you were fortunate to come to know her . . . also, knowing that she called you “apo” was an “honor.” Don’t be too hard on yourself. May she rest in peace. Love and hugs . . . – Lulu –

    thank you, lulu. i went to lola socorro’s house last night to pay my respects and express my heartfelt condolences to her family. they were so surprised to see that lola had so many friends. (di na nga kami nagkasya sa bahay) there’s this sadness in me, but i’m more relieve that she’s not in any pain cause of her colon cancer. thanks so much for your kind comment, love and hugs to you, too. mwaaah ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Pinky · May 7, 2008

    They say people come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime… guess with Lola Socorro, for some odd reason, she came into a season in your life yet the memories you have of her will hopefully last you a lifetime.

    My sincerest condolences on Lola Socorro’s passing.

    thanks for your kind sympathies, pinky. lola socorro will be missed, but i try to seek comfort knowing that she’s in a much happier place. free of any pain and sickness, may her kind sould rest in peace. thanks again for your kind words, God bless ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. donG hO · May 7, 2008

    she reminds me of our landlady who died 4years ago. she was already old and ang bait talaga sa amin. kulang na lang libre ang tira namin sa kaniya. kung minsan pati pagkain libre na rin.

    nung nalaman ko na namatay na sya, inisip ko na sana’y makita ko pa sya ulit.

    may lola Socorro find peace…

    thank you, dong ho. i am also praying for lola socorro, that she finds eternal peace in God’s loving grace. how i wish there’s more people like lola socorro and your land lady, kind hearted and open handed ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. munchkinmommy · May 7, 2008

    hi nell, i’m sorry to hear this sad news about your lola socorro (nell, “lolo” ang naisulat mo sa title. :D) friendship really does blossom…with people we don’t expect to be friends with and from the most unexpected places. you are both blessed to have been part of each other’s lives. mmmwah!

    indeed, weng. we’re lucky na nagkakilala kami and be friends. pero wish ko lang sana eh na express ko sa kanya how i love her and appreciate the fact that she’s been part of my crazy-beautiful life. i will miss lola socorro talaga, promise. and btw, thanks for correcting me. susme, wag naman po sanang magalit sa akin si lola at ginawa ko syang guy. thanks again sis, miss you na. mwaaah ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Leap of Faith! · May 8, 2008

    Nell, I’m sorry to hear about Lola socorro’s passing. It was funny how you both met. She was blessed to have known you…

    thank you, keith. i was blessed to have known her, too. she has such a kind heart and a bubbly spirit. guess, parehas kaming swerte ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Meeya · May 8, 2008

    you are both blessed to have gotten the chance to know each other. i’m sure, you’ve given her great memories, in the same way the she left a beautiful legacy in yours. i’ll be praying for her…

    thank you, meeya. lola socorro touched my life and made realize how we should live life. she was a very bubbly person, she speaks her mind and she’s very warmhearted. qualities of what a person should be, so he/she may live a meaningful life. dba ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. goyo · May 9, 2008

    It was nice that she found you when she was in need because you were the one to help her. Her life was made a little nicer by you and I’m sure you also have been blessed by knowing her. Now, there is going to be somene else that will require your help also. When will they show? Who knows? But I do know you have the heart to help them when they do.

    thanks for writing such kind words, goyo. truly, i will miss lola socoroo. but i know in my heart, she’s happier where she is now. she has such a kind heart, and maybe that’s something i’ve learned from her. thanks again and have a great week end ๐Ÿ˜‰

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