I am glad to successful witnessed the 75th birthday celebration of Mama Sofing (popularly called by her nephews, nieces and family friends) or Mrs. Sofia Esplana Lotilla. The celebration was participated by family, relatives, family friends, officemates, and other guests closed to the Lotilla family.
Mama Sofing is my eldest aunt from my grandfather Mr. Simeon and grandmother Mrs. Salud Esplana. Thank you for the invitation Ate Mila and Kuya Randy!
Our relatives, aunts and uncles who are present include Ate Pipin (Dr. Josephine Almonte), Ate Tita (Professor Cristita Mallari) and his son Jay, Kuya Amboy or Ambrocio Real, wife and daughters and Ate Vivian and Kuya Sid with their children Isa and Ann.
Mama Sofing’s cousins who are also present from the Real family include Kuya Jun Real, wife and daughter, Ate Emalin, Ate Procy, husband Kuya Rod.
My uncles and aunts and their family who witnessed the celebration include Tito Jun and Ate Divine and their children (John David, Ronron and wife Rosie Ram and Riz his family, Diana).
Also present include Ate Thelma and husband Kuya Derick Oseña and their children (Cristhel and Tyra), Ate Marife and husband Kuya Mon and their children (Kyle and Richelle), Carmela and Archie Rolluqui and children (Wayne and Alex), Kuya Boy and Ate Sheila Matulin,
The celebration was also attended by Kuya Magno, Tara and Erwin Ricafort and the rest of some of Ate Mila’s best friends.
For Ate Mila’s friends who are present include: Melissa and husband (Ramoncito Alfonso), Rachel with her husband (Carlos Rodenas), Sally, Beng, and college best friend of Ate Mila -Maricar Diaz – and her former officemates.
The important family members from the Lotilla side include Father Edison Lotilla (a Chaplain of Philippine Airforce), Mama Sofing’s sister-in-law, Mrs. Villa Almajar and daughters.
The mother of Kuya Randy was also present, Mrs. Corazon Manuba, cousin Amie Mallari, family friend Restie Madrona. There are other guests and family friends of Mama Sofing who are present but was not able to mentioned in this article. I would like to dedicate this article as my tribute for Mama Sofing’s birthday celebration, the eldest sister of my father, my Papa Eladio or Ely Esplana. We love you Mama Sofing!
I am thankful to God that He made this event a remarkable one, not only for Mama Sofing, but to everyone who were able to witness this birthday celebration.
God bless you Mama Sofing and your children (Milagros and Rafael) and may you have more celebration’s to come! God is good all the time!
Note: Photo credits courtesy of Joey Lotilla, Elrond Esplana and Jesse Esplana