Uncle Roman and Auntie Alie were teenagers when they got married. They used to bring me with them when they visited his family in Makirit. There I I enjoyed playing with one of Uncle Roman's nieces - Linda. All of his siblings were engaged in commercial squash growing. It was very fascinating to see tons of squash harvested and piled up on their yards.
They used to own a big hectarage of rice fields. They also owned a lot of land, carabaos and horses. I still remember their kalesa which was painted with a greenish color. The picture registers in my head in an impressionist style now - I can't see the details anymore. I think uncle Ninoy Pacis painted it for them since he was the only painter/artist in town.
Then later when uncle got a job at the saw mill in Lallo the family moved. He stopped farming and they sold all their carabaos and horses. Years later, they also sold their house in Santa Filomena which signified their intention to live in Lallo permanently. At this point, my cousins who used to live a few yards away are now several bus rides away. The good thing is that they lived near the Cagayan River - they would always bring some ginukan along when they came to visit us. My aunt loved my mother (her sisiter) that she visited her often.
Now he is gone. My aunt will be all alone. The good thing is that her house is surrounded by her children that they share the same yard. This proximity with her children and grandchildren will, hopefully, ease the transition.