My mother and father. Photo taken a few years ago.
How I wish I had more time with them. I miss them so
desperately. We created a tributary website for them at
Their love affair began sixty years ago
when he was idolized by bobby-soxers in the Visayan Islands.
Handsome with dark good looks and loaded with musical talent,
the 19 year old musician/singer born and raised in the musical
ghettos of San Nicolas, enthralled many young women with his
music and his looks. One of them was a fifteen year old girl
from Tuburan, Cebu, also a music enthusiast and a classic
pianist named Priscilla. Mane' Cabase as he was named then,
was already a man of the the entertainment world, traveling
the country and abroad with his band of renown. Priscilla's
loyalty as a fan and her constant presence in their
performances caught Mane's attention. They became friends and
Mane' became Priscilla's musical mentor, sharing his
self-taught knowledge in music. Eventually this platonic
relationship blossomed into a full-pledged first love for
Sheila and the last love for Mane' Cabase of the famous Cabase
Brothers. Little did they know that in their first few years
of marriage that they won't even have the luxury of
celebrating their wedding vows nor enjoy a honeymoon. The
Japanese had occupied Cebu and they hid in the mountains for a
couple of years staggering from village to village for food in
order to survive. Mane' soon realized that his music would
help them survive and they both learned to speak Japanese,
just enough to announce that he was a musician and can play
great Japanese music and enough for Sheila to help with useful
communications between the Cebuano's and the Japanese. Then
came peace time and a daughter was conceived and born in Cebu
City. That was me. Life with my parents had always been about
music and I grew up thinking that everyone sang and played an
instrument. I learned to play eight and felt insecure about it
because my father played at least 28. My mother would have
been termed 'momager' as they call them in Hollywood nowadays.
It was because of her that I became who I am today. My father
wanted me to be a doctor so it was my Mommy who worked hard
for whatever successes I had gained in my lifetime as an
entertainer. I miss her terribly and think of her constantly.
I find her and my father in every note and every lyric that I
sing. (Happy Mothers Day Mommy. Lots of happiness to you both.