Story behind viral wedding video of cancer patient

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 26 2014 01:31 PM | Updated as of Oct 17 2016 04:09 PM

MANILA – The bride and the family of the cancer patient who passed away hours after tying the knot shared the story behind his wedding video, which has gone viral online.

In an interview on the set of the ABS-CBN morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda” on Thursday, Leizl Go said she and her late husband, Rowden Go, were initially set to get married on July 8.

But because of his worsening condition, the couple and their families decided to move the wedding date to June at the Philippine General Hospital, where Rowden was confined.

“Actually ‘yung wedding namin sa July 8, naka-schedule na po ‘yun sa birthday niya,” Leizl said. “Noong nalaman na ‘yung sakit niya, parang sinabi noong doktor na ‘yung mga gusto ng pasyente, ‘yung mga gusto niyang gawin, ibigay na sa kanya.”

When asked if the wedding was one of Rowden’s last requests, Leizl replied: “Opo.”

Hasset Go, for his part, recalled that his brother’s reaction was priceless when he learned that he is about to get married to his long-time girlfriend.

“Noong kinausap ko si Kuya, sobrang na-touch ako. Sabi ko, ‘Kuya, bukas na ‘yung kasal mo.’ Tapos hindi ko makakalimutan ‘yung ngiti niya, na nabuhayan siya,” he said.

“Talagang sinikap niya na aabot siya sa kasal niya kinabukasan. Tapos makikita naman natin sa video kung gaano siya kasaya,” he added.

Hasset went on to explain why he decided to upload his brother’s wedding video on YouTube.

“Noong time na natanggap ko ‘yung video, gusto ko sanang panoorin nang mag-isa. Pero umpisa pa lang, naiiyak na ako. So nag-decide ako na panoorin namin nang sabay-sabay.

“Tapos noong napanood namin, siyempre iyakan kami agad. Pero in the end, na-realize namin na ‘yung iyak namin hindi dahil sa lungkot. Sobrang proud kami sa Kuya ko dahil kinaya niya lahat at sobrang saya niya. Tapos kami mismo, na-bless kami sa katatagan ni Kuya. So bakit natin ipagdadamot itong video natin? I-share natin ito sa lahat,” he said.

Reacting to those who have uploaded edited versions of Rowden’s wedding video – some of which are not that positive – Hasset said: “Siyempre nasaktan kami. Unang-una, nandiyan ‘yung Mama ko at saka si Leizel kasi totoong nangyari ito sa buhay eh. Kung baga hindi ito scripted, pero ginagamit nila sa ibang paraan. So doon lang po kami nasasaktan talaga. At sana po ‘wag naman nilang i-take advantage na naging viral ang video ng Kuya ko.”

“Kung baga, pwede naman nilang i-share tapos maglagay sila ng inspiring na message para sa lahat kasi ‘yun din naman talaga ‘yung purpose namin,” he added. “At sa tingin ko, ‘yun din ang purpose ni God, na magkaroon ng video na ganito para maraming ma-touch at ma-bless sa story nila at saka ng family namin.”

Meanwhile, Rowden’s mother, Lorelei Go, gave a message to her fellow moms and parents following the death of her son.

“Yung pagmamahal… ‘yung alagaan nila nang maayos [ang kanilang anak]. Kasi kami, kahit hindi kami ganoon kayaman, full of love kami. Sama-sama kami,” Lorelei said as she held back her tears.