Our parents are not rich people. But growing up, they never made us feel like we were lacking.

I couldn't remember a time when our parents said, “We can't do that because we are not rich” or “We can't buy that because we don't have money.”

Maybe there were times our parents said these things to each other. Perhaps we were too young to remember. Perhaps we never heard. Perhaps there were moments of doubts, fears and scarcity.

And perhaps these moments were plenty. But they never, ever, told us or made us feel that we can't pursue anything we want or become anyone we want during those formative years.

Our parents are not rich people. But growing up, they never made us feel like we can't pursue the courses we wanted or even the universities of our choice.

When I was younger, I was unfamiliar with all the sacrifices our parents endured to put us through school. They never told us, at least explicitly. But that doesn’t mean that I didn't appreciate every single drop of sweat or every sleepless night they had to go through just so we can all graduate in time.

Our parents are not rich people. But they have so much more than just material wealth. They have family and friends wherever they go.

Our parents are not rich people. But they never pretend to be someone they are not and they don’t use other people to get what they want. They may not be rich but they are blessed, in the truest sense of the word. And they gave their children one of the most precious gifts anyone could ever have—choices.

They equipped us with choices to pursue what we want in this life. Even if it means being far away from home. Even if it means studying a little longer than most people. But the best thing about having choices is that, ultimately, each path is always rooted in family. And that’s what I want to immortalize in words.

When my Dad asked me to write this book for his 60th birthday, we initially planned to capture the 33 years of the family business. I said yes—even though I had no idea how to do it.

I grew up hearing stories about how my parents started the business while they were both still employed by separate companies. I find it fascinating and I’m afraid that even I can’t surpass what my parents have done when they were my age. But in the course of writing, a particular theme started to take shape—gratitude.

In this book, I attempt to detail the colorful journey my parents took to be where they are now. Here, my family and I will talk about the rough patches, the golden years, the heartaches and the many people who helped us along the way.

This book is filled with short anecdotes, musings and rants (most of which may come from me), but as a whole, this book is about Homer & Sol, who have sacrificed so much for their children. They are very selfless people who have decided to dedicate their whole lives to their children.

And for these reasons, we are proud to call them our “super parents.”

Every Christmas, we take turns putting the "star" on our Christmas tree. Mom and Dad would take turns holding us up, helping us reach the top. For as long as we can remember, our parents have always helped us reach for the "stars." Thank you, Mom and Dad.


Photography: Mad Minds Photography
Makeup & Styling: Ada De Pedro & Kath Eustaquio-Derla
Studio: Toasted Mallows


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Edits: Jacquie Bamba S. Zamora

Make A Colorful Impression

Philippine Copyright © 2016 by Katherine C. Eustaquio-Derla

Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla is a journalism graduate from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She wrote Bedroom Blog by Veronica, a relationship blog for Cosmopolitan Philippines from 2009 to 2011, which covers most of her single dating life. In 2015, she published her first book Before I Do. She’s passionate about coffee, red wine, books and Mad Men. She stopped collecting hearts when she got married in 2013 and went back to collecting Archie Comics ever since. Send the author a tweet @kceustaquio.

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