January 7, 2018

Celebrating Lola Bebang's 90th Birthday

Que Family 01.06.2018 Photo by Min Viniegra

On January 3rd of the year 1928, my grandmother Genoveva Manalo was given by our Lord to this world, to all of us. She was the daughter of Emeterio Manalo y Barrientos and Irene Pulido y Barrera, born and raised in the beautiful town of Malabon, now the city of General Trias. With her husband Que Chua Le from Fujian, China, she gave birth to seven children - Gaudencio, Josefina, Carlito, Elenita, Ernesto, Benjamin, and Evangelina. Together, they brought our family to life. We are each other's treasures.

Our one and only Lola Bebang

Last Saturday, January 6th of 2018, led by my brother Kuya Wilson, we celebrated her 90th year anniversary of her birth. Together with her children Carlito, Ernesto, Evangelina and all her Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren, we had an amazing time to bond and be happy as we all remember the life of our Lola Bebang. Though she's not with us physically, in our hearts, she lives forever.

Here are a few photos from my Lola Bebang's Birthday Celebration with the whole family held at her home in New General Lumber.

The Party Host - my brother Wilson

Delectable Dishes on Lola Bebang's Round Table

Festive Cakes from the Viniegras

White "G" Shirts on the Dining Hall

Yellow "G" Shirts having dinner

We also had group photographs aside from this article's featured photograph on the header where you can see the whole four Generations of the Que Family. Kuya's idea of the yellow shirts look amazing!

Second Generation of the Que Family

Third Generation - QueSins

Fourth and Fifth Generations

Team Gaudencio

Team Josefina

Team Carlito

Team Ernesto

Team Evangelina

And of course, Team JSV, me and my babies

Second and Third Generation of the Que Family

In my Rose Garden of memories
I see you standing there
An angel in disguise
Who taught me how to care
I long to hear your voice
for real not in my dreams
I am missing you so much these days
how empty my world seems
People say time heals all wounds
that someday the pain will subside
But Grandma I can tell you
I think they must have lied
The emptiness I am feeling now
is strong and I am weak
These days go by without you
so dreary and so bleak
In my Rose Garden of memories
I know you'll always be
for though you're gone
from this mortal world
In my heart you'll always be
-Rose Garden of Memories, Victoria L. Payne

In Memory Of:
Genoveva Manalo Que
(January 3, 1928 - October 4, 2015)