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Former Antipolo Rep. Robbie Puno bids his amazing mom goodbye

Mar 8, 2019 @ 12:14

Former Antipolo Rep. Robbie Puno is mourning the loss of his mother Priscilla Villanueva Puno, but she has left her children with a wealth of wonderful memories.

Puno shared some of his best recollections about her in a Facebook post.

She got pregnant 15 times and raised 12 children, all of whom believe they were her favorite because of all the love and attention she showered on them.

The former lawmaker loved their trips to the dentist, the haircuts she gave him, and how he would repair his clothes on her sewing machine to save money. His parents also put him through graduate school in the United States.

When he asked her how he could pay her back, she told him to pass it on to his kids.

She offered the best lesson in selfless love!

“The wonder that is Priscilla Villanueva Puno is not that she got pregnant 15 times. Not even that she gave birth 13 times in 17 years. Not even that she raised 12 children. Mom says that it came to be that when she would leave the hospital carrying her new baby, the hospital staff would call out to her, “see you next year”. After giving birth to 7 boys she kept having children. Her 8th was a girl. Finally. But Regina died after contracting pneumonia at 7 months. Her next child was another boy. She cried that day, thinking of the daughter she lost. But, undeterred, she gave birth to 4 more children after that, including 2 girls, ending up with 12.

The wonder that is Priscilla Villanueva Puno is that every single one of those 12 children truly is convinced that he or she is the absolute favorite of Priscilla Villanueva Puno.

How did she make us all feel we were the favorite? As for myself, I knew i was the favorite even as a child. Mom made me feel she had eyes for no one but me. She would leave my 11 other siblings and bring me to the dentist, just the two of us. There was a time in my youth that I would have recurring tonsilitis. And Mom would bring me to the doctor, just the two of us. To save on money Mom would give me my monthly Haircuts in the bathroom. To save on money mom would fix my clothes at her singer sewing machine. And i happened to be the only child my parents put through graduate school abroad, at Georgetown University MBA. Many years later, I wanted to pay her back, and i told Mom of my intention to do so, but she said these words which i will never forget. She said: pass it on to your kids. Pass it on to your kids.

Ask anyone who knew Priscilla Villanueva Puno. Anyone who knew her. You will hear stories and learn. Learn about kindness. Learn about selflessness. Learn about goodness. Learn about unconditional love.

It is said, man is made in God’s image and likeness. I believe God revealed himself to me through my Mom. I will forever love her. I will always miss her. I will miss our Sunday visits. We would end these Sunday visits with me saying to mom “Thank you for being such a good Mommy.” And she would say “Thank you for being such a good son”. And I would say “I love you Mommy”. And she would say “I love you Robbie.”

Our mom’s public viewing begins tomorrow, Friday, March 8th at Heritage Park. She will be buried on the morning of Sunday, March 10th,” Puno posted.

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