We would like to humbly ask for your assistance for my father's settlement of hospital charges and his burial expenses to finally bring him to his final resting place. As of the moment, we have hospital expenses amounting to Php 413476.04. Since we are unable to produce the said amount, the death certificate is still with the hospital and will only be released once the amount required amount is settled.
As we may be able to get financial assistance on other government offices, they do require the death certificate as proof of claim, which we are currently struggling to get since the amount needed by the hospital is insurmountable.
His passing is very untimely, since died November 17th, and my wedding day was the day after, November 18th. We had to push through with the wedding, even though very difficult, since it is his last wish, that no matter what happens to him, that we shall continue with the ceremonies.
A little background on my father, he started going overseas when I was 9 years old. He worked as a machine operator in Al Dewan Plastic Factory in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He gets 3 months vacation every 2 years of rendered service, thus he was able to visit us every so often.
However, the little time he spent with us is not enough, and he missed a lot of our growing up years, field trips, recognition days, family days, parent's and teacher's meeting, and more. This is a sacrifice we had to endure for us to have a better life and proper education.
He is supposed to finish his contract by Feb 2018, but was cut short when he started to be ill and eventually had to be back to the Philippines for rest last August 2017. Since then, he was a mainstay in clinics and hospitals, and had already been confined for 9 days prior to his confinement to Makati Medical Center where he stayed from November 9 until his death.
Doctors had diagnosed him with pneumonia and heart failure, with prostate tumor and anomalies with his brain. He fought a hard battle, staying alive just until our wedding was over, and I can feel it in my heart that he did what he could to attend on the most happiest day in my life, to be part of it, at least.
The wedding was bittersweet, and this is an understatement. The song "Dance with my Father" fits what I feel that day entirely. And now that the day of interment is uncertain, we, the Dela Cruz family, along with my wife Rose, my mother Elselsa and my sister Rachelle, is appealing to all of you with generous hearts, to help us bring my Dad to his eternal rest. May God repay your generosity a hundredfold, and my family would like to sincerely thank you in advance from the bottom of our hearts.
Raymond Dela Cruz