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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 13, 2019


lolo with kids MM and a very slim Hannah in the mid-90s

lolo and five grandchildren

lolo and kids visiting the crown

I’M OFTEN amazed at how easy it was for me to accept old age. Some folks are amazed why I call myself Lolo or Gurang, but that’s the truth. And I’m so thankful for that. My own father passed at the very young age of 55 due to a massive heart attack. I’m turning 74 soon, so I should be thankful for my fairly long life.

I embrace being old whole heartedly. After all, not everyone is given this blessing. I saw some of our colleagues dropping dead in their 60s, or even younger, and I really appreciate what a big grace it is to reach your 70s, while still fairly health and strong.

I do have some health issues, but they’re under control, thanks to the grace of our Lord and some maintenance medicine.

I’ve been very blessed and fortunate so far. My wife Victoria is the best blessing I got from the Lord. She was the perfect wife and mother. No one can equal her and she’s really a tough act to follow.

I was baptized a Catholic but not a practicing one.

At the start of our marriage, she goes to Holy Mass on Sunday, all by herself. She never tried to force or influence me to join her. It was already when our kids were toddlers that I realized how blessed I am.

But that’s another long story, my re-conversion. I just want to emphasize that the life I spent with my wife for 31 precious years was the happiest moments of my life. It’s irreplaceable.

Materially, we can never complain. The Lord generously provided everything we need. But more than anything else, we’re blessed to have such good children who never gave us any problems growing up.

They’re now good, responsible spouses and parents themselves. They look after me and I can very well retire and not worry about anything, but it’s of my own volition to go on writing.

I also have five bright and smart grandchildren who bring us so much joy. Bale-baleng tubo sa puhunan.

I know I’m in the pre-departure area. I’m ready to be called, anytime. What more can I ask for? Nothing else. The Lord has been very good and continues to be very good to me.

My heart is overflowing with nothing but gratefulness and appreciation for all HIS endless LOVE and GUIDANCE in my life, even if I were the sinner that I am, and for that, all I can say is sorry, please forgive me po, Dearest Lord.