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”Tomorrow, Yvonne – Poetry & Prose for Suicidal Egotists”
The Dedication written by Yvonne de la Vega
Dedicated to my Mother & Father, Aurelia de la Vega & Silverio Duro de la Vega
When aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz during WWII, Silverio saw Aurelia’s photo on the wall above his bunk mate’s sea chest. Gani Pastor, who is now my godfather, said of Aurelia when Silverio asked about her, that she was a musician as well as a singer in the choir at church in Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines where she and Gani grew up together. Papa Gani said she was a tomboy, busy playing sports with her brothers Luking, a flamenco guitarist, and Victor, an educator. Her mother who I am named after was Brigida “Parada” Letrondo de Loyola, a provincial icon known for her beauty, who would often be chosen to reside as queen with court in the city’s many passing parades on the numerous Catholic holidays that had been adopted from the Spanish.
Silverio asked if he could write to her. Gani wrote her and she consented. They became “pen pals”, corresponding for 2 years while Silverio served in the U. S. Navy, enlisted from San Carlos, Pangasinan, also in the Philippines, at the age of 17.
“Silverio” means silver and “Aurelia” is derivative of “oro” which is gold. Through the romance of personal poetry & prose, they exchanged thoughts and values, dreams and wishes, and my mother and father fell in love on the page, always ending each love letter with, “Sincerely Yours”. Silverio proposed marriage to Aurelia in a letter before his ship docked at home once again. Aurelia of course, accepted. When the ship reached the shore at Manila Bay, the silver from San Carlos and the gold from Ormoc City met for the first time and married to become one and well, five kids and now four generations born of the union later, through Life, Death, Love, War and Hope, the rest is history…