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Ed Angara had best years in life in Senate but treasured being grandpa, says son Sonny

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The late Senate President Edgardo Angara treasured the time he spent in the Senate and even called it as the best years of his life.

But his favourite role was being grandfather, Sen. Sonny Angara told his colleagues and former senators during his father’s necrological service Wednesday at the Senate.

Sen. Sonny, in response to eulogies for his father, recalled that a week before his father died, Sen. Ed even took a trip to Hong Kong with his youngest child Javier.

“And his plan was just for him, 83-year old man and a seven-year-old grandson to travel to Hong Kong together. And my secretary booked it – the two of them. Imagine if something happened to him, sino ang mag-aalaga sa kanya? Yung kanyang apo?” he said.

Sen. Sonny has three children with wife Tootsy, Javier being the youngest with Manolo the eldest who is 14 followed by Ines who is about 13.

“But I think, he was in a good place when he passed. Because as Sen. Frank (Franklin Drilon) said, he spent his last night or his last day on earth with his co-workers, his partners and his dearest friends. And some of you are here today. So, salamat po sa inyo for sharing his life and as he said, the best years of his life,” Sen. Sonny said.

“I’d like to say some things about my father and I think baka multuhin po ako pag hindi ko po sinabi. Definitely he loved the Senate as Sen. Ralph (Recto) said. He loved its people, he treasured the time he spent here. He called them the best years of his life and the relationships he formed and the bonds he formed with many of you here meant so much to him. He knew the important role the Senate played in the life of our nation and in improving peoples’ lives,” he added.

The late Senate chief, described by Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri in his eulogy as a veritable renaissance man, wore many hats and played many roles in his life.

Among them was being a former state university president, an educator, a cabinet member, an agriculturist and farmer, a banker, diplomat, lawyer, constitution drafter, Namfrel chairman, hotelier, patron of the arts as chair of the Metropolitan Museum and Philippine Philharmonic, sports supporter, book writer and publisher, newspaper column writer, college and law professor, legislator, husband, father and grandfather.

“Sabi nga nya being in the Senate is like being on a high promontory in the Philippines with an unobstructed view. He was witness to the passage of history and persons, a privileged participant in charting the future of the nation. Sa lahat po nito, kung paborito nya ang pagiging lolo, ang pangalawa niyang paborito at pinakamalaking gampanin niya sa kanyang buhay ay ang pagiging Senator at Senate President sa loob ng 23 taon. Dito niya nagamit ang kanyang angking talino at talento na bigay ng Diyos para sa kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan,” Sen. Sonny said.