Keeping a promise to my late granddad

Winona Emmanuelle De Leon Start Date: Jun 5, 2018 - End Date: Oct 2, 2018
  • Prague, Czechia
  • Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
  • Cádiz, Spain
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
  • Madrid, Spain
  • London, United Kingdom

My Travel Story

by: Winona Emmanuelle De Leon Start Date: Jun 5, 2018 - End Date: Oct 2, 2018
This is my Facebook post dedicated to my late grandfather retired 2nd Engineer William Rada Villacorta. He left us this 29th of May 2018, he was physically healthy and fit yet maybe fate has it's was of breaking us into pieces each time. I am very close to him since he is the one who acted as my father my entire life. I am making this fund raising for my travel because I have kept a promise to him that I would visit his favorite cities in the world namely Prague, Czech Republic and Venice, Italy. Also visit the city where his mom is from, Cadiz, Spain. I want to keep my promise to my Papa even when he is no longer here. I think I need this travel too since I also lost my other grandfather who is close to me as well just 2 months earlier. My heart is in microscopic pieces and I am internally, entirely lost in life losing both of my life's greatest foundation.

"Hi Papa,

It's still not sinking in. Could it be because I haven't seen your remains yet or because I just don't really want to accept the fact that you have gone off with Tatay, Mama, and Tita Clifany.

In few days they'll fly you from Davao to here in Manila, but I don't think I'd still have the guts to let you go even when I see you. Even when reality slaps me in the face.

Pa, I'm breaking. My heart is in microscopic pieces. Your passing was so sudden, I always brag about you to everyone because you were physically strong and healthy at the age of 77. You walk from home to Manila Bay as your daily workout and exercise, we would even bike together.

Pa, we'd still sing the Visayan song 'USAHAY' together. The song you used to sing with Mama, and you'd translate it to me because I barely speak the language. I'd still watch you play the guitar and listen to your own compositions.

Pa, you still need to meet my foreign friends and speak to them in their language. Tell them about your travels in their country and in the whole world.

Pa, we'd still go to Cadíz, España where our roots are from. You'd still impress me with everything, Pa.

Pa, what about the hugs and kisses and I love you's?

Pa, what about the stories about that time when you were working in the ship during the war that was caught on fire and how you managed to jump from the deck to the sea, and there were only 6 of you who survived.

Pa, remember I still need to call you and we'd talk for hours?

Pa, I'd still pluck the your beard. We'd still do our dolphin face and exchange laughs.

Pa, you'd still make me scrumptious meals. Especially my favourite 'bilakong' (scallops).

Pa, you'd still bring and fetch me to and from school or work.

Pa. Pa, what now Pa? How, Papa? How do I live with the pain of losing you? I'm devastated, Pa. Papa."
  • Prague, Czechia
  • Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
  • Cádiz, Spain
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
  • Madrid, Spain
  • London, United Kingdom