ILOCOS SUR — Imagine the rollercoaster of emotions for a 10-year-old kid, having to compete just days after his mother lost her battle with cancer.
Ronie Trinidad stayed in Ilocos Sur to compete for Soccsksargen after his mother Maricar ‘Toto’ Trinidad passed away on April 9. She was 45.
Ronie competed despite the pain of the loss, and with partner Margarette Brua won the gold medal in juvenile D Latin category and silver medal in the juvenile C Latin category in dancesport.
When Ronie got back home in Koronadal, South Cotabato, it had already been 11 days since his mother passed away.
Alex Christian Carcel Namoca, Ronie Trinidad’s cousin, described to SPIN.ph the emotional scene at the wake when the young athlete arrived crying, placing the medals on top of the coffin.
“He just went straight to tita’s coffin and cried. Soon after, he took his medals and placed them on top of tita’s coffin,” said Namoca, who first related the story on his Twitter account @xtian197.
Namoca said ‘Mama Toto,’ which Ronie fondly calls her mother, was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in November last year.
Namoca said all her life, Mama Toto was very supportive of her son in her dancesports career until his son reached the Palarong Pambansa representing for Soccsksargen.
“Tita is very supportive. Nandiyan talaga siya always every competition ni Ronie kahit saan pa ‘yan. For sure, if hindi lang nagkasakit si Tita, she would’ve been in Vigan, too,” said Namoca, who added Ronie’s father called his cousin on the night his mother passed away.
Namoca is thankful for the support they are receiving from netizens as well as the people who were with Trinidad in Ilocos Sur.
“Our family would really like to thank those who showed their support especially those who took care of Ronie in Vigan during this difficult time in our family,” said Namoca.