I opened the package with my hands shaking, not knowing
why, not what
was inside the padded envelope. Tears streamed down my eyes. A literal
waterfall as soon as I saw these images etched in silver, nine in
Alibata. And I saw each sibling, my mother, my father, my aunt, standing
right before me. My father's arm placed on my shoulder, as my feelings,
the unification of his wife and children evoked his presence. I named
sibling by their full name in order from my Kuya to my kapatid lalake.
Kawaiola Joseph, named after my father stayed at my feet, mesmerized
The next package. A crimson box encosed. I open it. Deeply
breathing. I am the fifth child, born on the fifth day of the fifth
araw years. I place the pendant, the fifth jewel over my head, tighten
straps around my neck and wear it directly upon my skin. Perhaps it
longing, the evocation, the ancestral knowledge, the ancestral memories.
Perhaps it was the energy of the jeweler, the etchings of endearment
parents called each other.
The pendant began to vibrate. I wore the
the rest of the evening just below my clavical. The heat produced
spot alone was overwhelming. I placed the pendant between the palms
hands. They began to warm up. I now had a sphere of energy that I
over each chakra. My prayer: Bathala, please keep me connected with
healer within. Let this energy flow from me, to the creator and back
sibling in the divine order in which we came unto this earthly world.
Joseph Edades, Lisa Marie, Danielle Basillia, Naomi Aurora, Sonya
Jennifer Francis, Marc Jason Xavier and to my mother Ida Maxine, who
us with unconditional love. My vision: My father and mother in a healing
embrace. Smiles worn effortlessly from ear to ear. In walks my auntie,
Gloria Edades Zabala Powell. And I hear their voices in resonating
Moi, Ma, Kuya.
Maraming Salamat Ann. You have help to bind my family, in honor of
father's birthday. Your gifts are tremendously healing, vibrating
energy throughout the universe in every work of art you create. Ang
& I, and my mom and now all my sisters and brothers wear your
amulets. But this is the first time I was ever so humbled.