Joji Felix Velarde, October 4, 1935 – May 22, 2009
UPDATE – Tuesday, May 26, 2009 – Tita Joji Felix Velarde will be cremated today. Please keep her family and close friends in your prayers.
When we entered the room where Tita Joji was lying in state, we were welcomed by her son eldest grandson Budgi. He was very warm and told us what happened – she had started to have difficulty breathing last Monday. By Wednesday she was in the hospital and then two days later, cardiac arrest. Although she was frail and everybody fussed over her, it was all too sudden and unexpected.
I went over to her coffin and saw her laid out in beautiful white surrounded by flowers and photos. I couldn’t help but notice her nails were perfectly polished. And in FUSCHIA. She was clutching her favorite rosary and her lovely face seemed like a still pond with no ripples at all, serene and peaceful. I breathed a short prayer of thanks for the life of this wild and wonderful woman.
WHO IS JOJI FELIX VELARDE? Read the Philippines Star’s article on her passing here.
At the table where more of her pictures were displayed, I spied a scrapbook of her photos taken the past year and surprise! In one of the last pages was the blog article I wrote upon hearing of her death. I quickly scribbled some last words on it – a message she would never read with her human eyes, so I’m hoping one of God’s angels will tell her what I wrote.
A lady I met said that Tita Joji claimed to always take big doses of Vitamin C – Cigarettes, Coke and Chocolate! Ahhh… that’s Tita Joji for you, irascible and crazy as a loon. The best thing you can do is shake your head and smile in disbelief. It’s a bit too late to kill her for that!
She will have one more night at Mt. Carmel tomorrow then on Tuesday, May 25, she will be cremated. I was told that all the beauty queens from Ms. Earth and Mutya ng Pilipinas are expected tomorrow night, May 24. That’s just how Tita Joji would have wanted it – watching over her smiling and laughing beauty queens with her feet up on a chair and not a care in the world… Adios Tita Joji, yo te amo!!!
by Joyce Burton Titular, the blogging beauty queen