For Maxima Anario, a 64-year-old lola from Nasugbu, Batangas, there’s no greater love than a grandmother’s love. When we asked her about her first grandson, Nanay Maxima could not help but shed tears of joy as she shared her story.
“Aba’y nako, masayang masaya. Masayang malungkot noon dahil premature baby iyon. Wala pang pitong buwan ‘yun nung pinanganak kaya akala namin hindi mabubuhay. Pero ngayon, napakalaki at ang lusog lusog. Nakakatuwa ‘yung aking apong iyon. Binata na. Eh hindi ko kasama eh, kung kasama ko iyon edi masayang masaya ako.”
The birth of her first grandson also gave birth to a new hope. Nanay Maxima did not expect the premature baby to live, so when the little angel survived, her happiness was beyond measure. Her first apo grew up as a lola’s boy and it was not until the boy was 10 years old that her daughter-in-law gave birth to another baby boy.
“Noong inianak iyong kasunod nuon, aba, eh ano na yata, labing isa o sampung taon dahil dalawang magkapatid laang iyon, ‘yung sa panganay kong anak. Edi, nanganak iyon, alaga namin eh hindi na dapat susundan. Ayun, nabuntis ulit. Ayun, apat na taon yata yung sumunod.”
Her sons live in different places—one in Cebu, one in Nasugbu, and one in Valenzuela.
“Nakakapagkita lang kami kapag, ayun, napunta sa amin eh madalang naman. Tapos ako naman ay madalang pumunta sa kanila dahil malayo. Ang biyahe’y mahirap.”
Nanay Maxima now has four lovely grandsons. At the age of 64, her only wish is to spend more time with her grandkids and shower them with the kind of love that only a grandmother can give.
Words by Airen Petalbert
Photos by Trixie Bautista