By Ma Teresita R. Santiago
Tes Santiago’s mother is an avid supporter of Misyon so Tes has come to love the magazine. Because of the many inspiring stories Misyon has featured, Tes has been dreaming of becoming a missionary herself – and she is still praying about it. Meantime, she wants to share her own story…
In August 2000, my father was diagnosed with cancer and the doctor advised that he only had six months to live. I had thought then that this was going to be the lowest point of my life. I was so close to Pop. My brothers and sisters always told me I was my father’s pet. This is somehow true because since I was little, wherever Pop was, I always tagged along, giving up everything just to be with him. He was a military man and he had a very strong personality. We looked up to him as a very honorable man, very firm, someone who can never be swayed. He had always taught us honesty, respect for others, hard work, generosity and frugality – these were never hard to learn because we saw these traits in him.