Celebrating the Day of the Dead (2016)



By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis / @zaralibrary

Day of the Dead, or known in Spanish as Día de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and acknowledged internationally in many other cultures, including the Filipino heritage. It focuses on the gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

In honour of today’s festival, I give special thought to:

My maternal grandparents, Lola and Lolo: Arsenia Nucum Dueñas, January 10, 1910 – May 9, 1982 (Mother’s Day) and Ireneo Dueñas Sr., June 28, 1906 – December 24, 1999 (Christmas Eve).

(c) Photo restored by Caesar S. Garcia.

My paternal grandparents, Nanay and Tatay, Carmen Salinas Garcia, July 16, 1926 – October 25, 2007 and Melecio Abulencia Garcia, May 24, 1914 – November 19, 1999.

(c) Photo restored by Caesar S. Garcia.

My maternal and charismatic uncle, Tito Conrad: Conrad Ireneo Dueñas Sr., June 29, 1938- April 13, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Elvira, his children, Mary Rose, Irene, Robert, Joseph, Mariel, and his grandchildren.

(c) Photo by Caesar S. Garcia.

My loving and witty uncle, Uncle Ramon: Ramon Abad, June 2, 1956 – October 20, 2015. It was a special honour for me to be by his side when he passed away just last year. He is survived by his wife, Carmen, and his three daughters, Tasha, Rani, Kyla, and his grandchildren.

(c) Photo by Caesar S. Garcia.

My elegant and sophisticated godparents, Rod and Fe Juaneza.

But, for some reason, today of all days, I can’t find a picture of them…so in lieu of that, I decided to post a picture of my god-brother, Renz, and god-sister, Hana, instead, in honour of their memory, who are, ironically, a spitting image of their late parents.


My late cousin, Reginald Dueñas. June 11, 1971 –  July 1998… who passed away a few days after this photo was taken.


My uncle and god-father, Ben Muñoz, who is survived by his wife, Belen.


And my sister’s father-in-law, Tito Ben: Benvenido Yarra, -died August 15, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Doris, his children, Noriel, Lorraine, and Joseph, and his grandchildren.


And our friends, Mike and Linda Mousseau, dear friends who left us too soon.

You are all missed and your absence is felt daily…





Author: zaraalexis

Writer. Bibliotaphe. Fountain Pen & Stationery Addict. Lipstick Junkie. Justice Advocate. Wife. Mother. Warrior.

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