For my friends, families and most of all, the children's children.


This photo was taken by Ruby O. Zerda on Christmas Eve in 1987. A popular superstitious belief claimed that of three persons in a picture the one in the middle will be the first one to die.

But what actually happened?  My mother, Gerarda “Danday” Bonotan Avila, to my right, died on August 2, 1992, and my next younger sister, Lydia “Balid” Avila Comandante, to my left, died on September 7, 1988.

In life, the reality is that superstitious beliefs do not have the final say on what lies ahead of us. Our future is not a matter of chance happenings. It is in God’s hands. Only God has full control of our lives. In this life or in the next, nothing “...will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39b).

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To Link the subject names on top of this page:

What follows is a brief sketch of my mother's life eventual journey.  Likewise, view the very brief and meaningful poem UP THERE of my father's short-live life journey. To link the sites and read my personal write-ups, please click  on top, the subject names of:   Gerarda Bonotan Avila and Pedro Patorgo Avila, Sr.  Enjoy reading these write-ups with my warm good wishes and happy cheers to "ya'all".


Humbly written by their son, Oscar "Dodo" Bonotan Avila



I am looking for my next big adventure. There are still many places I want to visit and even more to which I want to return. The camera is charged up and my backpack is packed; drop me a line if you know where I should go next.


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