Arturo The Great: A Short Story: Arturo The Great

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Anne Marie T. Rey February 19, 2016 EN 11-E32 Ana Marie O. Fernandez Arturo the Great I can distinctly remember running toward a one storey concrete house painted with the shades of green and yellow, shouting “Lolo Putot! Lolo Putot!” (putot means short) then an old slender guy with a receding hair line, welcomed us with a gentle smile. I was very fond of him because he would always give me chocolates and money every time my family visits him in the barrio. I never knew his story until one Saturday afternoon, my mother sat beside me and as the sky changed its colors from fiery orange to dark hues of blue when she said “Your grandfather was a great person” She said this with a gentle smile on her face “He was very fond of cell…show more content…
Not only that he was a promising writer but also a palaban na debater. During those times, my grandfather was already courting my grandmother. “Your grandmother’s parents did not approve of him because he was poor” she says. My grandmother was really rich, having parents that are matapobre, it was difficult for my grandfather to persuade her parents into liking him. My grandmother was still studying in University of Sto. Tomas when she got pregnant. To save the family’s dignity from shame, her parents finally agreed. They got married right after my grandfather’s graduation and my grandmother did not finish college. Serving the government has long been my grandfather’s passion ever since he started working in the Banga municipal hall as a Market Collector. He then worked in the Presidential Assistance for Community Development (PACO), Barangay Development Works, Department of Local Government and Community Development (DLGCD), Ministry of Local Government and Community Development (MLGCD), and Department of Interior and Local Government…show more content…
In 2009, he was diagnosed of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary and Emphysema. He needed to have an oxygen tank with him 24/7 and life has been hospital-home for one year. He died in the ICU because of cardiac arrest and multiple organs failure. His wake lasted for 20 days. The house was filled with people day and night. From his classmates to workmates, the mass lasted for 4 hours instead of 1. A lot of people gave their eulogies even the office of the Sangguniang Bayan and the mayor of Banga issued a resolution of sympathy and condolences to our

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