What is your most treasured possession and to whom will you pass it on?
WORDS WORTH - Mons Romulo (The Philippine Star) - March 5, 2017 - 12:00am

There are things that we hold so dear and important that, when we go,   we want them to continue to be “cared for” by people we love. It’s interesting to hear the kinds of “possessions” that people want to pass on to loved ones. 

JC Buendia, fashion designer

My most prized possession is an Amorsolo portrait of my Mama Corazon. It was a gift from my father to my mother when he was courting her. I’d like to pass it on to my niece, Patricia. A romantic like me, I know she will value it as much as I do.

Annette Gozon, president, GMA Films and GMA Worldwide

My most treasured possessions are my family photographs. These photos keep memories alive even if they have been long forgotten. I would like to give these to my children, Anja and Andy, so that they may look back at them and tell our stories to their future children and grandchildren.

Cheryl Tiu, journalist, entrepreneur, events creator

My most prized possession is my passport. It allows me to travel the world, get to know different cultures, practice cultural relativism, and learn about life. I hope to impart these experiences to my family, friends, my readers, and anyone who cares to learn by sharing stories, and creating events that promote the exchange of cultures (I have an event platform called Cross Cultures, which does just that!) to remind us all that the world is much, much bigger than ourselves. (I find people who don’t travel live in a bubble, and think and act like they are God’s gift to mankind.) As they say, travel is the only thing you spend on that makes you richer.

Vita Sarenas, gallery owner, Finale Art File

My most treasured possession may not have a substantial monetary value but has an immeasurable amount of intrinsic value, as it means so much to me. It’s a small still-life painting I painted with the great Ang Kiukok. Signed “Kiukok Vita” on the bottom right of the painting, it is the one and only. I am giving it to my niece who has the same passion for art as I do. 

Michael Cinco, international fashion designer

I have this small booklet containing a novena of the Mother of Perpetual Help given to me by my grandmother when I was 15. It is always with me wherever I go and I keep praying this novena until now. With all my faith and confidence I believe that all the blessings I have in my life are by the power of this novena. This is my most treasured possession and I want to give it to a friend who thinks he is a failure because he didn’t realize most of his dreams.

Nino Teehankee Zulueta, serial entrepreneur

This old battered photo album that is falling apart is my most treasured possession. It may not look like much but it contains photos and memories of me as a young boy and my family in various stages of our lives  — from our humble beginnings in Barrio Kapitolyo to beautiful Monterey California — thanks to my wise mother Evelyne Teehankee’s insistence! It has our entire summer in a beach house in Carmel, as well as photos of our late father Raffi Zulueta who passed away much too young, at the tender age of 46. In today’s digital age it’s easy to take these memories/photos for granted but back then photos were few and far between. I guess I would like to give it to my future children to give them a glimpse and deeper understanding about where they came from and hopefully of of their old man!

Cito Beltran, journalist, farming enthusiast

Material possession? Our small farm in Lipa that has been our sanctuary and bed of many dreams, ideas and wonderful memories with family and friends. To Karen and Hannah, who have been my partners, enablers and challengers!

Sari Lazaro, fashion designer

My most treasured possession would be memories with loved ones. Most of my material things can be lost or stolen but the memories we continue to make will be there forever. I make sure to take videos or photos when I can so I can look back at these moments fondly. I would give these photos and videos to my future kids.

Beatriz Jacinto, executive vice president, Rajah Broadcasting Network Inc.

My most treasured possessions are photographs of my children since their birth that I have collected over the years in albums. It’s a treasure bank of precious moments of their growing up years and all the love we shared. I would give these photo albums to my children, who can then share them with their children for everlasting memories of our family.

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