Every man ought to be a macho macho man,
To live a life of freedom, machos make a stand,
Have their own life style and ideals,
Possess the strength and confidence, life’s a steal,
You can best believe that he’s a macho man
He’s a special person in anybody’s land.
(Village People – Macho Man)

Dad dancing Village People “Macho Man” at a Christmas Party in the late seventies

It’s the booming laughter I remember the most. It’s a laughter that runs across the room that never failed to cheer me up. My father may have passed away 10 years ago today but his sense of humor, the laughter and the positive attitude remains alive in me.

My earliest memory of dad was his round belly that looked like a pillow stuffed under his polo-shirt. I was convinced that fathers also got pregnant just like mom. As I grew a little older and a little wiser I realized his paunch stayed the same way, and no baby would ever come out of it. That often puzzled me. I often laid my head on his soft paunch but only just for a minute because dad would find it uncomfortable.

My sister , Myrna believes that dad’s legacy is his example of strength and perseverance to us, the seven children and eighteen grandchildren. I learned by watching him suffer from the ravages of Stroke, that I should never give up on life, and to hold on to every precious moment with my loved ones, fully aware that, like a candle’s flame, life can flicker out in an instant.

Above all these, the best thing dad gave us is his legacy of true love and family devotion. Even though he is gone, that love and strength of character live on as we now pass these to my daughters, to our grandaughters’ children, and so forth down the generation line.

Today, I want to remember my Daddy old boy, round and pudgy, full of life, his voice confidently booming across a room, his loud laughter rising above a crowd. He may not have the body of a muscled macho man but he lived the style, the ideals, the strength and confidence of a true-blue macho man.

Dad is a special person in anybody’s land. He is alive and well in my treasured box of memories. May Dad still be smiling down upon us from Heaven, happy about how our lives have turned out.

I miss you, dad.

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1212 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.


About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

  • lizs

    You must miss your dad. He seemed so much fun and such a sport.

    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      Yes I miss his laughter, his love and caring.

  • http://www.animotivation.blogspot.com elmot

    ahhaha! wow, i like that pic of your dad doing his own dancing style. our fathers are very special indeed to us, despite their many imperfections. miss my father too, being away from him… good thing, we will be seing each other at the end of the month.

  • Jean

    Lucky for you he left tons of good memories. :)

  • http://myrabellayeo.blogspot.com Myra

    I’m a Malaysian baby and i think my precious moment with my daddy is smiling to him everyday. Do visit me if you wanna get a FREE SMILE from me.

  • http://mamaisworking.blogspot.com/ Meikah Delid

    Funny, but your description of your Dad reminds me of my paternal grandfather. Perhaps, it’s because of the round belly and laughing voice. Since Lolo Filemon was also tall, he was perfect for Santa Claus. :)

    I read the in memoriam page for you dad,and he was one cool dad, indeed! ;)

    • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

      My dad played Santa Claus in some office party. I knew it was him because I recognized the ring on his finger.

  • http://pinoygossipboy.i.ph Pinoy Gossipboy

    “the best thing dad gave us is his legacy of true love and family devotion”

    I hope all parents can leave the same legacy to their children.

    • bob

      I agree. To bad not all parents can impart that wisdom to their kids.

  • http://www.RadiantView.com Lorna Dietz

    Noems, I couldn’t quite figure out why Daddy and I got into each other’s nerves. I’ve only realized in recent years that my personality is very much like his personality except that I’m quite more outspoken. Mirroring effect, perhaps. I have honored his memory in the best way I can. Bringing back another contingent of overseas visitors this Oct. 9-11, 2009 for the 6th Global Filipino Networking Convention at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino is my gift to Dad’s memory. The first time i did this at the 3rd Global in January 2005, I had a wonderful experience.

    Hope to see many bloggers there, including you. I’ll update you later. In the meantime, we can now all register online at http://6thGlobalCebu.com. The theme is “Surviving the Present, Shaping the Future.”

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