About “Lola’s Journals”

“Lola’s Journals” is a dedication to Fausta Reyes Ramil – her life, her legacy and her desire to “never forget.”  On the evening of her peaceful and beautiful passing, our Auntie Gloria pulled out a tub filled with her journals, budget books and keepsakes, which included notes as far back as 1956.  We laughed and cried as we read her journals, finding pure joy and feeling in complete awe of the amazing life she led and the morals she upheld everyday of her life.

She kept the journals because, as she always proclaimed, “I don’t want to porget.”  Reading through her journals, it is clear that she cherished life and savored every moment of it, noting each day what she ate, with whom she spent time, what she had watched on TV.  It is easy to see that her greatest joy and love was her family – her Honey, 7 children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.  And, though she seemed to document every detail of each of her days (100 years’ worth), it is amazing to note that not one unkind thought can be found towards anyone.

The Journals are also a record of our family and its beginnings  – her “Autography” documents the courtship of her and Grandpa, their six year engagement, the life they setup in Novaliches, the birth of their children, and their immigration to the United States, as well as the life they created in their adopted country, the passing of her “love forever,” and the new life she enjoyed as the family matriarch.  Our hope is that the publication of these Journals fulfills Grandma’s wish to “never forget” and that future generations of the Ramil Family continue to read her entries to understand and to embrace the origins of our loving family.

We know that she is happy today, watching us from Heaven and finally reunited with her Honey.  She will be elated to know that we are reading through her journals (and laughing with us, head back and hands clasped, when we laugh), knowing that her Legacy will live on through all those who loved her most – those who called her Mom, Inay, Grandma, Lola.

With all my love,

Melbel (C-14)



5 Responses to “About “Lola’s Journals””

  1. Argentina Davila-Luevano September 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    Gloria and family, you have been blessed to have had this wonderful person in your life! May you and the family be forever surrounded by happiness, wealth and friendship! Lola thank you for this journal – a chronology on the life of Fausta and her legacy! Argentina

    • gomanyeah October 1, 2011 at 4:55 am #

      Thank you, Argentina!

      Yes, we are so blessed! Mom left us with such a gift. Her journals will keep her loving spirit alive for years to come and for future generations.

      Lou and I, our kids and grandkids had the special gift of having her in our daily lives for the last quarter of her 100 years. She was a part of all of our activities. Now the others can read her writings and know how much she enjoyed her life and get to know her even more.

      I am so grateful that my niece Melanie is transcribing her journals into this blog for all to enjoy.

  2. gomanyeah October 1, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    I added the photo of Melanie diligently going through Lola’s journals and posting them on the blog. What a gift, Mel!

    • melissa December 8, 2013 at 8:24 am #

      Hi! I too had a filipino grandmother with a sweet tooth, whose handwriting I remember, and whose cooking I miss. What a great blog you have – it is so wonderful you have all of her journals and can share with all your family members this way.

  3. yaidanche December 14, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    What a sweet way to memorialize your grandma! Also I have to say her portrait with the finger waves is very glamorous. I have a similar portraits taken for immigration photo purposes from the 70s and they are well cherished.

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