Friday, February 22, 2008

A Father's Dream

If only my father Alois can see us now. He will be surely proud of his Calumpang kids. We are nearly fulfilling his grand dream - children of lawyers and doctors. This was his dream and it was the reason why he worked hard and aimed high.

I think any parent will wonder how my parents have managed to tailor made us into become an exclusively lawyer-doctor brood. It is indeed a great feat - sometimes hard to believe. Actually, we just tried to emulate our parents and forefather's examples. Like them we did not let our limitations get in the way.

We are proudly children of Aloysius Pacelli Icamina dela Cruz.....

Alois' lawyers : Atty. Beato Alessandro and Atty. Aloysius II (both members of Ateneo Law Batch 96 and passed the Bar Exams at the same time) and Atty. Buenas Aires (USA Law)

Alois' Doctors: Dr. Makarius Tel Aviv (UST Medicine 2005), Dr. Arik Paolo Isaiah (WSVU Medicine 2006, Board Topnotcher Rank No. 3), and Dr. Alistair Kashmir (UST Medicine 2008 graduating cum laude).


Thursday, February 21, 2008

When Brother No. 5 becomes No. 3

I always believe that Arik is the real genius in our family. He is a natural smart guy who proves that smart men are born, not bred. 

Arik having been born on the same month as I am - inevitably became my partner. As such, he got to inherit my stuff and bedroom when I left for law school. One thing we have in common is our passion for the visual design and photography. During his college years at the Ateneo, Arik has excelled as digital art designer. That is over and above his being an honor student. Being a Pisay graduate and Ateneo College scholar, Arik seemed to have the whole world at his fingertips.

With the early passing of our father, Arik went back to Iloilo for his medical studies. He studied at the West Visayas State University College of Medicine where our family legacy in education is long known. Our Lolo, Beato Aguirre Dela Cruz was once a Dean of Graduate Studies and Tita Cynthia Cerrada-Dela Cruz is an honored alumna of the WVSU med school. During those times, I saw the great potential in Arik has never changed. I am also a witness to his sacrifices - he rides the jeepney to school everyday and wears hand me down clothes from his older brothers. Yet, he has somehow enjoyed his schooling and won admiration from his classmates and professors. I heard he was known as the "Atenean Kid who went home."

Arik took the Board Exams two weeks ago armed to the teeth and with high morale. I never had any doubt that he will make it. A day before the results came out, I took him to a traditional Marian Pilgrimage in Lipa City. There I told him that I have petitioned the Almighty through the intercession of St. Therese that He makes him an instrument of love just like how our other siblings have been manifestations of his immense love and power. On the way back, we did not miss the must treat of Crispy Pata and Bulalo at Grace Restaurant in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. Now, I am revealing our secret formula of our success with the Medical Board and Bar Exams- solid preparation, strong trust in God 's grace and a tasty bite of Grace's Crispa Pata and Bulalo.

Arik my no. 5 brother is a Pisay scholar, Atenean Honor Student, WVSU trained doctor and Medical Board Exam Topnotcher (no. 3)!


Thursday, February 07, 2008

The "IPIT" Phenomenon

There is one habit my kids Kobe and Milo have which drives me and their mom crazy. This is what we call the "Ipit Phenomenon"

The two boys almost always slip their hands under their mom's belly while sleeping. I really don't remember how its started. I think its just their way of showing their endearment to their mom by creating this "connection" whenever they sleep beside her. In this video, Kobe who is 6 years old explains why he likes to "ipit".

Friday, February 01, 2008

Kobe Makes it 3 in a row!

In the tradition of the brainy dela Cruz children, Kobe made it again in the Honor Roll. I am proud of you Kobe!!! Keep it up and you will be the next boy genius like your Tito AK and Tito Arik.