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By: Rhoda S.J. Abada

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Sometime ago I walked into a Holly Hobbie shop and a pretty frame of words caught my attention. It reads: "It is good sometimes on busy days to stop and count the many ways that happy times and blessings, too have filled our lives the whole year through."

As we reflect on the year we leave behind and move on to the new year, it is indeed just those words and these are more than enough, to think of the year past to give us the courage to look at and greet the New Year. We go through life with more challenges but must find with it an optimism; renewed commitment and enhanced directions; kindred spirit and compassion.

And soon, we will be in the Centennary year of the Philippine Independence. Pause a while and think that it is this indomitable spirit of our forefathers 100 years ago who fought the invaders of our country of origin so that we can be free. To be free is a phrase and a cry that transcends all cultures and peoples. If we are using this phrase, To be Free, then we must use it with reverence to honor those who paved the way. This year we will have the best reason to celebrate - to commemorate the event and significance of the Centennial. It is for everybody to celebrate and commemorate. What a special opportunity. Savour it. Catch the Filipino spirit. The next Centennial is 100 years away.

For now, as we go into the new year, soon we can look back and say again, they made us free. Then we stop awhile and count the many blessings we've had in the years past, especially the blessings of being free.. Happy New Year !


On Saturday, February 14, 1998, Rhoda S.J. Abada of Edmonton, Alberta passed away at the age of 66 years.

Rhoda is survived by her loving husband: Allan of Edmonton; two sons: Adrian and Rene (Gertrudes); one daugther, Teresa Abada all of Edmonton; two grandsons: Daniel and Elias Abada; one brother, Loch San Jose in California; two sisters: Vilma Tan and Dida Lopez both in the Philippines; also numerous other family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents: Mauricio and Ana San Jose; one brother, Melvin San Jose.

The family members express their gratitude for your kindness evidenced in thought, word, prayers and deed.


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