The love story of Aly Mendoza's parents has touched the hearts of thousands of netizens on Facebook.
In a post last Wednesday, June 10, 2020, Aly wrote how her late father, Joji Mendoza, showed his enduring love for her mom, Bing.
She shared how her father laid out their 25th wedding anniversary celebration down to its tiniest detail even when he's gone.
Aly told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) via Facebook Messenger on Thursday, June 11, "I grew up with my parents and I saw their love every day.
"I knew how my dad was and he really surprised me and my mom at the most random times with the most random things I just didn't expect that even at death, he would still do something like this."
Aly's post has garnered more than 26,000 reactions and 12,000 shares at press time.
She said, "I went offline for a while to watch a show on Netflix and when I opened my Facebook again there were over 2k likes and shares.
"And I honestly didn't expect my post to blow up and my mom was also surprised because her notifications were popping off since so many people were messaging her."
HER DAD'S PLAN
In her FB post, Aly said she received a scheduled email from her dad, which contained instructions she had to follow to surprise her mom on their wedding anniversary.
Aly recalled, "3 weeks ago I received a scheduled email from my dad.
"At first, I was scared to open it cos well who wouldn’t be scared to get and open an email from someone who passed away 10 months ago, plus it was 3:00 am and I was finishing requirements and I was the only one awake in our whole house.
"Two days after I saw the notification, I decided to open the e-mail and couldn’t believe what I was reading. My dad’s love for my mom IS definitely immeasurable."
"The e-mail contained instructions for me for their anniversary celebration this year.
"Apparently before my dad passed away 10 months ago, he planned everything, he even contacted and paid for a florist to deliver flowers to my mom for the coming years on every special occasion, my mom’s birthday (August 19), Valentine’s Day, and their anniversary (June 10).
"The e-mail also contained a letter that he wrote for my mom which had all the words she needed to hear from him to be okay.
"He literally thought of everything to make his great love feel all his love.
"They were supposed to celebrate their 25th silver wedding anniversary together today but God had other plans."
THE LITTLE DETAILS
Aly detailed in her post, "The flowers: My dad picked the flowers in her bouquet.
"White roses are special to my parents because when my dad was courting her, my mom had two suitors.
"She told herself that whoever gives her white roses was 'the one' and obviously it was my dad who gave her white roses.
"Pink roses because dada knows that mamu loves light pink roses."
Aly wrote it took them the whole night to prepare for her mom's surprise.
"I followed all of my dad's instructions. Our helper and I started setting up for mom's surprise at 11:00 pm last night and finished at 5:30 am just in time for mom's daily alarm (6 am.)
"Even though I lack sleep, the joy I saw in my mom's face made everything worth it.
"Of course my mom cried because she misses the love of her life, but I could see how happy everything made her because she knew that everything was planned by my dad."
To end her post, the 22-year-old daughter left a simple message to her mom: "Happy 25th silver wedding anniversary Mamu and Baba! I love you both forever and always."
Aly told PEP.ph, "Even if they’re not physically together, even though he’s no longer here, he was still able to surprise and make my mom happy.
"Not even death could stop my dad from loving my mom and showing her how much she meant to him."