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Maritess “Tokie” Enriquez dances with her dad, Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco Sr.

I post a photo every day, to make me feel like you’re still around

Maritess “Tokie” Enriquez dances with her dad, Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco Sr.

Dear Daddy,

Hi! It has been almost a year since you passed. How I miss you. I am sure you and Mom are reunited, as well as with all your siblings, and having a great time.

Guess what. Last year, Renato and I spent Christmas with the kids, Amy, Juiles and Chloe, and of course, the grandchildren. We had a blast, but it was not complete without you. My first Christmas in so many years that you were not present. I miss you shouting out the numbers for our tombola. How happy you always were to see the reactions of the family.

In May, we traveled to Spain and visited Sotogrande. How I cried when I entered the house. I so felt your presence there. It’s not the same—you were so happy every time we were there. You loved buying new flowers for the garden. Then you would tell me, let’s go to Mijas later for our favorite churros or to Ke for your favorite jabugo and to Il Copo for the baked salted fish. And many more …

Dad, you know, for me to feel your presence in my daily life, I post a photo of you every day on Instagram. And it makes me feel like you’re still around. The only thing is, I can’t hug you or kiss you.

But, I am also at peace because I know you’re now happier being in Heaven. How lucky you are to no longer have worries and boredom.

We are all okay, and you will be happy to know that we continue our Sunday dinner tradition. The family is okay.

I love you. Give Mom a big kiss.

—Tokie