she was a guest in one cultural event in Balay Kalinaw where my amateur self played violin as intermission. i was shaking with an involuntary vibrato. even i knew my performance was awful. but she applauded when i finished and told me, “that was wonderful! wonderful!” she reminded me of a lola so proud of her apo no matter what.
i will always remember her kindness in that brief moment i met her.
none other than Susan Calo-Medina was that ‘proud lola’.
as a kid, i loved watching her Travel Time show on TV. maybe she’s one of the greater influences in my life for loving heritage and culture and just never noticed. and now i just breathe a heavy sigh because i feel i lost a family member, someone personal and close to me but she never was. only that one brief interaction.
maybe it was just how you know someone is a generous and gracious soul — they affect you in a big way with small things or gestures. a kind word or a nod with a smile and you feel the honesty and genuineness of the feeling they want you to feel.
oh how i will miss her, “my Lola” Susan.
News of her passing and image from GMA report.