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Florentino Magsaysay

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Son of Calixto de los Santos Magsaysay and Blanca Posadas
Husband of <private> Magsaysay (de Leon)
Father of <private> Magsaysay; Manuel de Leon Magsaysay; <private> Magsaysay; Private User; Cristina Magsaysay and 4 others
Brother of Casto Posadas Magsaysay; Remedios Magsaysay; Luis Mariano Magsaysay; <private> Sevilla (Magsaysay); Carmen Posadas Magsaysay- Del Fierro and 6 others

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Calixto & Blanca Magsaysay’s Men

by Mita Magsaysay Sevilla-Starr

I have 7 uncles in all. They hardly look alike and have very different temperaments and personalities. There IS one thing they have in common though. They are all good men. Calixto and Blanca Magsaysay’s sons are all plain, good men.

Florentino Silvestre. I have to say, Tito Floren was hands down, the best man from among the sons of Calixto and Blanca. He was no saint. But, in my opinion, I will probably never encounter a kinder, gentler man.

Just a few months ago, my sister met a Rodriguez cousin online who had been living in the US for decades now. He asked my sister and I about Tito Floren and upon hearing of his passing, just had to get in touch with Tito Floren’s children. He just wanted to tell them how special their father was. Tito Floren was that kind of a man. You didn’t just like him, you wanted to tell everyone you did.

Tito Floren gave you the time, no matter who you were. Back in the 1970’s, my older sister and I spent a summer in their house in San Marcelino. We got up early in the morning and made the long drive to Zambales with him. Every stop we made, he always found someone to have a conversation with. I remember him in some restaurant talking to this big, tattooed American GI and thought to myself how special my uncle was, he had so many friends, in the most unexpected places!

Tito Floren was my grandmother’s favorite I believe. There was a visible twinkle in her eyes when he came to visit her. Even as a child, I knew this son of hers made her feel special. And frankly, I can’t blame her. He was always very loving and gentle with my Lola Blanca…not to mention funny!

He had a wicked sense of humor, the perfect man you want to have around not only for parties and get-togethers, but all the time. You can practically write a book on his one-liners, jokes, pranks and stories! Paradoxically, he was also very “sentimiento” as my mother calls it. According to the stories, he inherited this trait from his godfather, Lolo Exequiel. He was the uncle who upon turning 57 said, “I’ve outlived Papang.”

If you were a relative, he’d go all out for you, as he did for us. Back in 1976, my parents couldn’t afford to send us to school in Manila. He invited my mother and all seven of us to stay at their place in Zambales so we could continue our Catholic schooling. And so we did – my mother and all seven of her children. Can you imagine the imposition? I think back on it and can’t believe the generosity we were shown. That experience was a lifesaver for our family, and not just for financial reasons. We learned to do things we never thought we would do when we were little brats in Manila. We learned to speak properly to our elders, using “po” as Tito Floren taught us. But most of all, we learned how one man’s generosity can touch another and initiate a chain of transformation.

There will never be words big enough to express our family’s gratitude to Tito Floren and his family. “Thank you” never seemed enough but now I wish I had told him before he passed away. I’ll say “Thank you” now, by way of this post, to Tita Conching and my cousins.

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