More than a tragic story: Rowden, Hasset, Hisham, gone too soon

No parent should bury a child, but for it to happen to all your children is surreal. This happened to Lorelei Go Pangcoga of Misamis Occidental, Philippines. Lorelei had three talented, good-hearted sons and she lost each of them because of liver cirrhosis. The three boys were role models and their lives built on love, thankfulness, and faith. Why would a good God allow this to happen to good people? Did God not hear their prayers?

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Real-life Drama

Millions of Filipinos followed their story through “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” (KMJS) TV show. It featured the eldest son, marrying his girlfriend as he lay dying. The wedding of Rowden and Liezel viewed more than 15 Million times. Their story was featured in the true to life drama show, “Magpakailanman” aired on December 3, 2016.

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Rowden and Leizel getting married in the hospital, 2014.

Losing Rowden

Lorelei first lost her eldest son Rowden on June 11, 2014. He was 29 years old, blessed with an adorable 2-year-old daughter. It was a month ago when he was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer. His dying wish was to marry his one true love. Bedridden and weak, Leizel and Rowden were married at the hospital. He passed away less than 10-hours later after he said his marriage vows.

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Losing Hasset

It was a bittersweet scene that you’d hope would end there, but death continued to haunt the family. Next to go was the would-be celebrity chef, Hasset who had his own TV stint on the same network, a few years earlier. He had a promising career that ended with the same fate. He died on October 24, 2015, a few months after Rowden.

Losing Hisham

Diagnosed with cancer at an early stage, Lorelei’s youngest son Hisham or “Moi” went on a strict diet and regimen to avert the disease. They were optimistic. He was flown to Guangzhou China for cryosurgery. The procedure was promising, but only to find out that his cancer quickly went from Stage 1 to 4 in a matter of six months.

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A mother’s amazing response: Even on his dying breath, Moi remained strong and claimed God will heal him completely, but God did not intervene for a miracle. Despite the many prayers, it was clear that it wasn’t God’s will. Like the Biblical Job who lost all his children, Lorelei survived through faith and thankfulness. Immediately after learning Moi’s fate, she said, “we praise you, we glorify you God, thank you for this wonderful day… we have a great God and we trust in Him.”

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Rowden, Hasset, Hisham, gone to soon

What we can learn from Lorelei

Life on earth is but a vapor (James 4:13-17) and although Rowden, Hisham, and Hasset are gone, Christ has prepared a better place for them (Romans 6:8; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Revelation 21:4). Like the Biblical Job who also lost his children, Lorelei chose to dwell on God’s goodness and the promise of eternal life. She thanked the Lord for giving her a chance to have experienced having them. Lorelei’s tragedy reminds us that life on earth is temporary. What matters most is what awaits us, that which is eternal.

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit because you can do nothing without Me (John 15:5); “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

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