Cover Bob Miller, Taj, and Ito Currata

Student Robert "Taj" Curata shares his thoughts on losing his parents, as featured on Tatler Philippines' November 2020 issue

If I could send a message to my parents right now, I would like to say that I miss them very much. I would also thank them for taking care of me and for sacrificing so much for me.

Ever since my parents (Ito Curata and Bob Miller) passed away due to Covid, I have been under the care of their close friends. And I like it. They can be strict, sometimes, but all parents or guardians are strict with their kids. I wouldn’t say that I like that my Titas (Aunts) are a bit strict at times, but I understand. They have been so kind and very caring, I would not know what to do without them. I guess I also must thank my parents for having so many kind and caring friends.

I miss my parents very much. At times, I would become very sad knowing that they are gone. But to brighten up my mood, I play the piano or the guitar or just listen to music. I also have a couple of friends who live in the same neighbourhood and we would get together every now and then.

I miss my parents very much (and) be sad knowing they are gone
Robert "Taj" Curata

There are so many things I miss about my Dads. I called my Dad Ito “Daddy” or just “Dad” and my Dad Bob “Papa”. I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with my Dad because he was so busy with work, but he would always try to make time for me and my Papa. I guess one thing I miss about them both is their embrace. Whenever I felt sad, they would embrace me and somehow, I would always feel better. I also miss both of their cooking. My Dad made the best callos and my Papa made the best chilli.

Unlike most of my classmates, I prefer online classes more than face-to-face classes. I find them easier and less stressful since I get to study from the comforts of my home. When the pandemic is over and things get back to normal, I would like to go to the beach and get some fresh air. My Dads and I would often visit the beach during Holy Week.

I do not really know what the future will be, but I still have my dreams. When I’m older, I would like to be either an astronomer/physicist or a professional singer/songwriter. I am sure I will reach my dreams because my Dads will make it happen.

This article was originally published in Tatler Philippines November 2020 issue. Download it on your device via Magzter.

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