MANILA, Philippines – Isabelle Daza’s father, Gabriel “Bong” Daza III, died on Thursday, July 14.
Isabelle announced her father’s passing on Instagram, where she posted a photo showing her and her dad at a Japanese restaurant years ago.
In the caption, Belle said that he had asked the servers at the restaurant to sing her happy birthday, because she hurt her head.
“Love you Pop. Hug Lola Nora for me up in Heaven,” she added.
In another photo, Belle is seen with her dad and her sister Ava Diaz Daza, and Alfonso Diaz. The caption was simply 3 heart emojis.
Ava herself posted a tribute to her father on Instagram, saying, “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.”
The photo was also accompanied by Bong’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!
Bong’s brother, chef Sandy Daza, also confirmed the news on social media. He said that Bong died early on Thursday.
Details on Bong’s death have not yet been released. According to The Philippine Star columnist Ricky Lo on July 5, Bong’s former wife Gloria Diaz said that he was unconscious in the hospital at the time and that he stopped taking his medication for hypertension more than a year ago. – Rappler.com
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