Photo Essay

My sister Ditse...

for my sister......

Ditse, as we fondly called her, was named Rosario. Her close friends called her Charing. She is the 2nd of 10 siblings ( I am the 9th) She was born October 7, while I was born October 8.

More or less 16 years my senior.

A very motivated and self sufficient person even at a younger age. As far as I know, she faved the way for us to aim higher. When she can not continue college due to lack of means, she went and tried her luck in Manila. She found a job in a pharmacy store. With determination, she enrolled in college as a working student.

We were always excited whenever she comes home to visit us that my elder sister Ateng sometimes complains why we act like that. Well...whenever she visits, she brought something with her. She brought us the first radio, she brought apples during christmas time, she cut our hair and most importantly, I remember, she thought us to have manners, to always say thank you.

She peeled an orange perfectly for me!

Someone commented that she could have been a millionaire if she is here in the states and I believe it.

She was frugal and thrifty, but very generous. If I can only have some of her traits, I will be good.

A very supertitious person, I would say.She collected lucky charms. As long as it will bring luck, she have it. She got fortune plants, money tree. Lucky gems etc.

She was the most educated person I knew. She got a degree in Education and teached. A cosmetologist, even a dress maker. I would always remember her as a very unassuming person. Who would carry a sack of pork rind in a bus full of people to re-pack and re-sell, especially for a single, attractive lady? or sell peanuts and cigarettes in a street full of tourist passing by? She did. She was not in any way embarrassed or ashamed to be seen like that. It is unbelievable, but she saved enough to use as a down payment for a house just by doing those.

I was thinking that maybe she wished and prayed that if she has to go, it will be like this...quick and easy.

We love you Ditse and this is how I will remember you.

Thank you.

16 responses

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (16 Jul 2010):

    What an amazing person she was!! Beautiful story!!

  • Cindy Coubrough

    Cindy Coubrough said (16 Jul 2010):

    A wonderful tribute to your sister, I'm so sorry for your loss.

  • dana io

    dana io gave props (17 Jul 2010):

    Wonderful memories...

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (20 Jul 2010):

    Sorry for your loss, my friend. I am sure she was so proud of you and your talent. This is a beautiful memorial to her. Peace.

  • HorseWithNoName

    HorseWithNoName   gave props (22 Jul 2010):

    Beautiful images and Thank you for shareing your memories

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos gave props (25 Jul 2010):

    What a lovely dedication to your sister.

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (22 Oct 2010):

    Very touching essay. Thank for shaing

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (28 Jun 2011):

    A heartwarming and touching story Litz, your love shines through my friend!!!!! I am so sorry for your loss, please know that my sympathy and prayers are with you!

  • Chrisso Newton

    Chrisso Newton (Deleted) gave props (28 Jun 2011):

    Thank you, Litz.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    Hell YEAH! Rad! To bad I can't vote.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    Beautiful tribute to your sister... she sounded like a wonderful lady. I am sorry for your loss ...She left you many memories and they were good ones..which is what you are doing with all of the meaningful works that you show on your site for others to be blessed by..I am sure she was proud of you.

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (2 Jul 2011):

    Love everything here.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (7 Jul 2011):

    beautiful tribute...I am sorry for your loss

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (12 Jul 2011):

    Your story is heart-warming, LG! You have beautiful memories of a much loved sister, I am so sorry for your loss! Your story and these beautiful images are such a beautiful tribute to Ditse.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (22 Jul 2011):

    Precious, precious words in memory of your big sister. My sympathy to you Litz and your family. Your words, "She peeled an orange perfectly for me.".....says it all. I honour her for being who she is and was.

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (19 Aug 2011):

    I don't know how I missed this. Shame on me, it is trully beautiful.

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