Rhiza Marie is my first cousin because her mom, Aunt Neneng, is the younger sister of my father. When she was a child we used to call her “bebe Rhiza” because she was overly cute back then with those black curly hair. She is seven years younger than me, but we are close cousins because we regularly hang out together when we are growing up.
She graduated a nurse but worked as a medical representative of a pharmaceutical company. Her daughter Jelza resembled Rhiza when she was that age. Jelza is almost of the same age with my daughter Anyah. No wonder our children instantly establish a rapport and good friendship when they met each other after three long years.
Rhiza and Jelza visited us two days after we arrived in Surigao City. She came with her husband Jelhadz. I prepared a small family lunch for us after which I gave the “pasalubong” I have for her family – Anyah’s old clothes, dresses, and shoes. There’s also some of my nice blouses and bags for Rhiza. Apart from RTWs, there were also food items and toiletries for her family.
Rhiza and her family were so happy as if they just went shopping when they left home carrying three heavy bags of “pasalubong”.