My father is a man like no other. He may not be a hero with supernatural powers, but he can be as mighty as Superman. Before, he works as a security guard at night and a caregiver at daytime in California and in order to send me to De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, he find a new job that could meet the demands of my course even if that would mean enduring the pain and hardships in processing salmons and king crabs in the cold region of Alaska. And during off-season, where salmon and king crabs are not available for processing, he can be janitor as well. There are also times when he even neglected to take his maintenance for his diabetes, because instead of buying his medicines, he would send us his allotment for our needs. And the last time he went back home, he did the household chores that our maid should actually do – he washed the dishes, cooked the food and fixed our drainage that malfunctioned. Oh! And before I forgot, he also love animals. Every time we chat through Yahoo, he never fails to ask, “How’s Ferdie and Julia?” – our dogs, when will Annie, a guinea pig, deliver her babies and how was Louie.
I can still remember the times when he was still here in the Philippines, he is a marine soldier, who is based in Palawan. Every time he went home, he will always have either Parrots or squirrels, and took good care of them. Then whenever we go to mall, he would walk like a retarded one, then many people will look and some laugh at him. But then, it doesn’t matter to him. Because he do that to make us – his daughters laugh. And sometimes, even he’s overseas, he would even waste a Php15 load just to text me a joke. And the best thing I like about him is, he let us experience what life really has to offer. When my mother is asleep at night, we would sneak into the house and go to bayan, 7-Eleven and Dongalo’s Tapsihan to eat pugo, balot, barbecue, hotdog sandwich and tapsilog. My father is the best eating companion! And with that, I told myself, I don’t need the grandest debut. Just the picture of my father and I eating fishballs on the sidewalk of Rosario, Cavite on my 18th birthday will be enough and that will be the greatest day of my life as a teen.