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Here’s another one from my longtime friends, Malabuyoc- born and bred, presently California-based sisters who had sent me those lovely gifts I blogged below. I just dropped by their erstwhile house at noon on Tuesday to ask the mother, Ma’am Zenaida Chu, how’s her two-week Philippine holiday been treating her, so far; to thank her properly for the happiness and joy of seeing her after a year of having missed her; and to kiss her goodbye, since she’ll be flying back to the United States come Sunday.

She said, “I’m glad you’re here, because I forgot to hand you last night another pouch of presents from my thoughtful daughters.”

“What, I’ve already said in my Facebook post that I couldn’t thank them enough for everything, and now, there’s more? Oh, please tell me, how could I thank you all for e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g? I can’t believe this is happening to me. What have I done to deserve these good things?” I put my hand in my mouth, as if I’d been proclaimed as the new Miss Universe. I would’ve easily cried had the host not received special guests who were having lunch in front of me. But I was overcome by my shyness.

And she explained, “My daughters have seen photos of you with makeup and in a dress, and they think you’d be happy if they sent you these accessories.”

Thank you—Johanna Chu-Conner (Foxtail Lily), Jeralyn Chu-Golrokh, Sheila Chu-Burris (MsMaserati Quattroporte)—for all of the above and below. I’ve already leafed through and through my Merriam-Webster’s, searching for a word more powerful than ‘thanks,’ but to no avail. I think it’s time that a lexicographer added such a word to enrich our word-hoard without effacing ‘thanks’ from the way we give back all the glory to God.

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By Ariel Allosada Allera; Beauty Spotted by Ariel Allera; Malabuyoc, Cebu, Philippines

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