Ralph Fernandez says his late father chose to spend final days at home

With tears welling in his eyes, RalphFernandez describes his late father as, "A great person. Good person talaga.Very trustworthy na talagang pagkakatiwalaan."

Rudy Fernandez's decision to go home instead of staying inthe hospital did alleviate his sinking spirits, at least for a while.

"'Yong coming home was actually a good thing for him parangna-lift ‘yong spirits niya dahil that's why he wanted to leave sa ospital kasi,‘di ba mahirap? Siyempre ‘yong environment sa ospital iba sa bahay. So, ‘yongsa bahay mas okey sa kanya ‘yong time na nakauwi siya," recalled Ralph Fernandez, Rudy andwife Lorna Tolentino's son.

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) along with somemembers of the press had the chance to talk with Ralph on the first day ofDaboy's wake yesterday at the HeritagePark in Taguig City.

Daboy (Rudy's nickname) succumbed yesterday, June 7, toperiampullary cancer after a long and hard-fought battle that started two yearsago before his 54th birthday.

Before his condition completely deteriorated, Rudy and his wife Lorna went to the States last March for a short vacation and to tryan alternative treatment for cancer. The couple immediately came backafter the doctors informed them that they could do nothing more to prolong Rudy's life.

An ambulance fetched the couple upon their arrival in Manila, taking Rudy to the Cardinal SantosHospital in Greenhills, San Juan, where he wasconfined until June 1. It was Rudy who asked to be brought home.

According toentertainment columnist and good friend Ricky Lo, Daboy also requested not tobe put on a respirator once his vital organs ceased functioning.

Recalling his father's remaining days, Ralph sadly shared,"For the past few days the conversations were very minimal... hindi siyamasyadong wordy. Kumbaga ano na lang, ‘yong galaw ng mukha, kindat, ‘yong mgakaya niya na lang gawin na actions kasi nga nanghihina na siya."

While Rudy kept his sense of humor intact, Rudy wouldtake a serious tone and impart important life lessons, especially to his sons. It was a noticeable change.

"Parang ever since nung nagkaroon na siya ng cancer, 'yongconversations namin parang may ibang lalim na ‘yong mga sinasabi niya, mabigatna parang advise na, ‘Tandaan ninyo na ‘tong sinasabi ko.' Pero bago pa ‘tomag-worse yong condition niya," revealed Ralph.

"My dad wanted us to wear white," Ralph said. "Sa pagpunta ng mga tao, kumbaga lahat ng nagmamahal sakanya na gusto makita siya kumbaga puwede silang pumunta."

Ralph, holding back his tears, tried to describe his father. "It's beyond description," he said with adeep sigh, "He's a great person. Good person talaga. Very trustworthy natalagang pagkakatiwalaan."





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