#YourPersonalBest: Here’s To New Beginnings

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How deaths in the family made this son, brother, and provider value life more.

Arsel-Villawala

My younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. The family had to spend more than a million pesos for her medication, so we sold almost everything, including half of our coconut farm lot in Palawan.

During her last two weeks in the hospital, I only had three hours of sleep a day. I wanted to spend every waking hour with her to show how much I loved her.

Within a year, she passed away. I was left devastated.

I went back to Manila after five months to find another job. Luckily I was hired, and I’m still with the same company to date.

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In 2013, my dad died due to heart failure, one month after he celebrated his birthday. As the bread winner, I spent a lot for burial expenses. I had to go back to Palawan for his final day.

My mom died two months later due to a blood clot in her lung. Imagine, we were just talking on the phone three hours before the incident. It was incredibly shocking but I was able to handle it. It is simply because I have shown the best in me.

I exerted all my efforts to take care of my sister and provide what my parents needed. I was also able to build a new house for them before they all left.

Arsel Villawala, 38; Admin Support Staff, SPI Global CRM; Quezon City

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