Losing a loved one is never easy, and it sure doesn’t make it easier when you lose the one man that you would want to escort you to the altar on your wedding day. Despite that, Isabelle Daza chose to stay strong as she handles grief, after her father Gabriel "Bong" Daza III passed away last Thursday. Posting throwback photos on Instagram, Isabelle reminisced some of her earliest and happiest memories of her dad. One of which is when he made the waitresses in a Japanese restaurant sing her “happy birthday” after she hurt her head when she was a kid.
She also posted one with her dad and siblings Raphael and Ava in their younger years.
In another post, she teases her dad’s good looks back in his glorious days, circa 1975.
Here’s one that she posted on Father’s day last month with her dad and mom (actress and beauty queen Gloria Diaz).
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Isabelle’s sister Ava also opted to remember her dad optimistically, paying tribute to how much fun of a father he is. Last week she posted a video of her and her dad “singing” their favorite song “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” little did she know that he will be passing days later. On a photo she posted on Instagram, Ava said “I already miss you Pop. I’m sure that you are making everyone laugh up there. I love you so much and I hold close to my heart everything you've ever taught me.”, followed by her dad’s favorite poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling.
I already miss you Pop. ???? Im sure that you are making everyone laugh up there. I love you so much and I hold close to my heart everything you've ever taught me. Here's my dads favorite poem that he made my sister memorize in exchange for 100 pesos ?? "If" by Rudyard Kipling If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; If you can dream---and not make dreams your master; If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim, If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same:. If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools; If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings, And never breathe a word about your loss: If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!" If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much: If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!
With a little more than two months to go until she ties the knot with long-time boyfriend Adrien Semblat, one can only imagine the pain Isabelle is going through, so we truly salute the strong and positive woman that she is.
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Photographs are from Instagram.com/com/Isaebelledaza and Instagram.com/avadiazdaza