I wanted to repost this today because my grandfather would have been 100 years old today, 12/12/12. He past away two years ago and I miss him very much. He was the patriarch of our family and was loved by us all. It’s amazing that he came to America in hopes of a better life and just two generations later, I’m making movies in Hollywood. He truly made my life possible. So today, I honor you grandpa, happy 100th birthday. I love you. Miramaming salamat, po.
Here’s to a long life
Six children and a strong wife.
18 Great grandchildren… I think it is, if I didn’t mess up
Could of seen your great-great grandchildren if Jo jo would just hurry up.
But that’s only half the story
Not even half the glory
Of my grandfather, Damaso Basco
Patriarch of the Basco Family
Glorious lifetime that spans nearly a century
You made being a Basco feel like being a Kennedy
One of the most important parts of my identity
And I wear it with pride as were left to carry on your legacy…
I often wonder how you survived World War II
I can’t imagine the things that you went through
But the greatness in me, is the greatness in you
And I recognize & see the distance between
Pittsburg, CA and Pangasinan, Philippines
Is the same distance between
Pittsburg, CA and the face of a Basco…
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