CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A book about an “angel” and her short journey will be launched on Monday, May 23, at the Fiesta Hall of Midori Hotel and Casino in Clark Freeport.
Authored by BBI honcho, former Angeles City councilor and professor Dr. Ireneo “Bong” Alvaro and wife Engineer Irene, “Fiona: A Journey with an Angel” chronicles the short life of the couple’s youngest daughter Fiona Lucina, and how she changed the lives of many people with her touching experiences and encounters with them.
“Fiona is supposedly our youngest daughter after her brothers Carlo Nicholas and Francis Jericho (FJ). We prepared for her coming but she had complications. She spent only four months in this world, three and half at the ICU of St. Lukes. But amazing things happened in those four months. So we thought, we cannot hoard what is amazing, what is wonderful, what is good and we must share it. This [book] project is the answer,” the Alvaro couple said in an interview over DWRW 95.1 FM’s Talakayan over the weekend.
“Fiona’s case is different and a lot have benefitted dahil iyung procedures, noon pa lang na-discover. The Fiona procedure, they called it, means an emergency, and they know what to do in the hospital. Behind all these pains, frustrations, challenges, sufferings, there is beauty behind it,” they added.
A year after Fiona left, the Alvaro couple shared, preparations for the book were done, but wounds were still fresh and they cannot write yet, but the conviction that they must share Fiona’s journey was compelling that they started the book formally December last year.
“We wrote the whole content. There were contributors for reactions,” the Alvaros said.
The book, the couple said, is about suffering, torment, pain, but on the other side, the story of victory and hope.
“There is a story also of the barometer of hope na base sa gusto natin. But there is another perspective we have here: Dapat nakabase iyung iyung paghihingi at pangangarap base sa Lumikha. His will is better. When we submitted, we found out He has better plans. It’s all about lakas ng loob, faith, pag-asa. It’s faith in God, inspiration, and bringing back to God,” they said.
Irene, admitting she is not a writer, found it many times too difficult to write but said that when she thinks about their daughter, the compelling reason and conviction to share to others arises.
“It is primarily to inspire, not to boast nor surface anybody, but the inspiration that can be uprooted from the experience and sufferings of my daughter,” Irene said
“Pag naghahanap ka ng anghel, or extraordinary powers, in the introduction, you’ll find out that you need not be strong nor huge, you need not be young or of age, you need not be beautiful nor handsome or famous, to be an inspiration to others. God’s angels require no super qualities or extraordinary abilities. They are mostly the common and ordinary,” Bong added.
The book, they said, allowed them to survive and taught them a lesson.
“It was a struggle, but the world must not stop. Eventually, we will sell this book later but proceeds will go to a foundation,” the couple said,
The book is being launched in time for Fiona Lucina’s 11th death anniversary. (JTD)
Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on May 22, 2017.
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