It was a privileged to meet in person the grand dame of Philippine radio, Tiya Dely Magpayo, in 2001. Below is the story of that interview.
Tiya Dely is gone but she will continue to live in the hearts of so many people whose lives she has touched one way or another…
I requested for her signature. We also have a picture together but I can’t find it anymore. Tiya Dely, thank you for sharing your life with me. The interview lasted for a couple of hours (or less), but I’ve learned so many things from you…
Mula sa kaliwa:Si Michael, Roselyn at Junior (nasa harapan)
Magandang Araw sa lahat. Pangalawang Huwebes ko na ito ngayon sa Litratong Pinoy.
Ang lahok ko ay tungkol sa pagtatagpo ng tatlong bata at ng kanilang ama matapos ang ilang taon nilang pangungulila sa isa’t-isa. Ang tatlong batang ito ay nakadaupang-palad ko ilang araw bago mag-Pasko noong 2006 sa bakuran ng Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) sa Bago Bantay, Quezon City, kung saan sila ay nanatili sa loob ng apat na taon hanggang sa matagpuan silang muli ng kanilang ama.
Ang mga bata ay inabandona ng kanilang ina na parang tambak na labada. Sumunod na umalis ang kanilang ama upang maghanap daw ng trabaho. Pero hindi na ito bumalik.
Nagkita ang mag-aama noong Disyembre 28, 2006. Ito ang pinakamagandang regalo na natanggap ng mga bata sa buong buhay nila.
Makikita sa kanilang mga mukha ang hindi maipaliwanag na saya habang kinukunan ang kanilang larawan.
Ang buong storya nito ay inilabas ng People’s Tonight noong January 3, 2007.
Good Day everyone. This is my second Thursday here at Litratong Pinoy.
My entry is about the reunion of three children with their father after several years of being separated with him. I met these kids a few days before Christmas in 2006 at the Reception and StudyCenter for Children (RSCC) in Bago Bantay, Quezon City. RSCC took custody of the children for four years.
The children were abandoned by their mother like a pile laundry. Their father followed on the pretext that he would be looking for a job. He never returned.
The siblings reunite with their father on Dec. 28, 2006. It was the best, if not the very first, Christmas gift the three children ever received.
Happiness was etched on their young faces while they were being photographed.
The whole story was published by People’s Tonight on Jan. 3, 2007.