Young Man Becomes CPA Just Weeks after Dad’s Passing, Posts Heartbreaking Letter

Doing our best in our studies and later passing the board exams, if there is one for our course, are among the best ways we can show our parents just how much we love them and how we appreciate their efforts in sending us to school.

Sadly, there are times when we can’t share those joys with them because they are no longer with us.

A young man who recently passed the Accountancy board exams penned a heartbreaking letter for his dad whose passing came just two weeks before he took the licensure exam.

Photo credit: Dominic Tumaliuan / Facebook

Dominic Tumaliuan graduated with merit award from the course Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at Cagayan State University in Cagayan, Philippines some 5 months ago. His dad was among the proud parents who attended the graduation ceremony.

While reviewing for the board exams, Dominic would sometimes push himself too hard but his dad was always there to remind him to stop for a while to relax and rest his tired, overworked brain.

Before he rode the bus to Manila to prepare for the board exams, Dominic’s dad treated him and his youngest sibling at the park. His dad also made sure to bring him to the terminal as he left for Manila. What he didn’t know is that this was the last time he’d see his dad.

Photo credit: Dominic Tumaliuan / Facebook

Two weeks before he was to take the board exams, his old man bid goodbye to the world.

The heartbroken young man cried on the bus all the way home, reminiscing sweet memories he’s had with his late father. The days passed in a blur and he had lost his will to take the exams yet he managed to do it in honor of his dad’s memory.

As he passed the board exams and became a CPA, the young man could not help but feel sad that his dad was not there to witness the moment.

Diba attend ka pa ng Testimonial Dinner namin? Diba magbabarong ka pa puntang PICC sa oath taking? Pero bat nauna kanang nagbarong kesa sakin, Pa?” he wrote in the heartbreaking letter.

Photo credit: Dominic Tumaliuan / Facebook

But he was able to pull himself together and celebrate his success with his family.

Di mo man naantay na matapos ko tong laban na to, sobrang happy ko kasi andito pa sila mama at mga kapatid kong nag uumapaw ang kaligayahan sa pagpasa ko. Wag ka mag-alala, Pa. I got this. We miss you, PAPA. til’ we meet again,” he wrote.

Read the full post below:

An open letter for my lost shepherd:

Kumusta ka na kaya? May napakagandang balita ang dumating. Na sana kung naantay mo, siguradong magtatatalon ka na naman sa saya at may maikukwento ka na naman sa mga kaibigan at kamag-anak natin.
Natatandaan mo pa ba? Five months ago, pinagraduate niyo nako ni mama ng college. With merit naman ang nakuha kong award sa kursong Accountancy. Tuwang tuwa ka pa nun diba?

I know that you cannot reply to this anymore but I just want you to know that I’ve made it, Papa. CPA nako Pa, pero wala kana.

Ang masakit pa nun Pa? Dalawang linggo nalang, mag-boboard exam nako nun. Mas excited kapa nga sakin kasi malapit na diba? Na pag natapos ko to ng matiwasay, mairaraos na natin ang buhay natin ng dahil sa hirap at utang. Na pag natapos nako, magbubunga narin lahat ng sakripisyong ginugol niyo para sakin.

Sa gabing yun, di ko alam kung ano yung nararamdaman kong kakaiba sakin na hindi ko maipaliwanag. Ngunit bigla akong napatulala nang ibalita nila saking WALA KA NA. Sinubukan naman daw nila lahat ng makakaya nila just for you to hold on, pero bumitaw ka na raw, Pa.

Kung pwede lang sanang takbuhin o liparin ko mula Manila hanggang Cagayan, ginawa ko na Pa. Wala akong ginawa kundi humagulgol sa bus mag isa. Sinasariwa ko pa yung mga huling sandaling nakasama kita. Yung paghatid mo sakin sa terminal papuntang manila, huling hatid mo na pala yun sakin, Pa. Yung pagmiryenda natin sa park nila bunso, huling libre mo na pala yun samin, Pa. Yung soundtrip mong 80’s na paborito mong tugtugin at kantahin sa sasakyan, huling hirit mo na pala yun, Pa. Yung tuwing nagrereview ako, ireremind mo sakin na magpahinga naman ako.

Pero bat naman ganun, Pa? Diba attend ka pa ng Testimonial Dinner namin? Diba magbabarong ka pa puntang PICC sa oath taking? Pero bat nauna kanang nagbarong kesa sakin, Pa?

Pa, sorry. Sorry kasi pinanghinaan ako ng loob. Pinanghinaan ako ng loob nang makita kong yung Papa kong iniwan kong anlakas lakas, dadatnan kong nasa loob na ng kabaong. Sorry, Pa. Sorry kasi, sa pagkawala mo, halos ayoko nang bumalik ng Manila. Sorry kasi halos ayoko nang lumaban kasi wala ka na.

Sa huling linggo, di ko na alam gagawin ko Pa. Kasi one week nalang, board exam na. Sobrang down nako kasi ihahatid kana namin sa huling hantungan mo. Yun yung araw na nawalan na talaga ako ng pag-asa, Pa.

Dahil sa mga linggong yun, habang ang mga kapwa ko reviewees lumalaban sa Manila, ako naman nasa Probinsya na Maglilibing ng sarili kong AMA.

Sorry pa. Sorry sa lahat. At Thank you. Thank you sa gift of love and support. Kahit alam kong di mo yun maiparamdam sa nakaugaliang paraan, alam kong kung nabubuhay kapa, siguradong proud na proud ka sakin sa achievements ko.

Di mo man naantay na matapos ko tong laban na to, sobrang happy ko kasi andito pa sila mama at mga kapatid kong nag uumapaw ang kaligayahan sa pagpasa ko. Wag ka mag-alala, Pa. I got this. We miss you, PAPA. til’ we meet again.

Alam kong lahat tayo may kanya kanyang problema at napagdaanan sa pag abot ng mga pangarap natin. Broken Relationships, Families, Financial Problems, depressed during the review, pressures at marami pang iba. Pero lahat ng to mapagtatagumpayan natin with His help and we are able to endure.

DOMINIC G. TUMALIUAN, CPA
October, 2018

Source: Dominic Tumaliuan / Facebook