“And when Gabriel is gone, I will have the pleasure of knowing that this person, my son has taught me so much and that through him, others will live and learn.”
– Pia S. Cayetano
Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation (GSF) was established in 2002 in memory of Senator Pia Cayetano’s son Gabriel, who passed away in 2001 from complications of a rare chromosomal disorder known as trisomy 13. Most children born with this condition do not survive beyond their first month, but Gabriel lived for nine months. This article was written by Gabriel’s mom when he was 8 months old.
My son, Gabriel has trisomy 13, a chromosomal disorder of the 13th chromosome. Instead of having 23 pairs, or a total of 46 chromosomes, he has 47, because he has a third chromosome 13. What does this mean? It means that from the time of conception, his genetic makeup is altered.
“The ‘luxury of grief’ is to be really in pain but to rejoice because of the higher meaning of life. When we see beauty beyond the pain and sorrow, we can truly weep but rejoice.”
– Pastor Doy Castillo
Excerpts from the article written about Pia and Gabriel in 2001 by the late Pastor Doy Castillo, spiritual adviser and a good friend of the Cayetano family.
What we know about Trisomy 13 (Patau’s Syndrome) is that it is a dreaded condition for those who understand something about it and an overwhelmingly shocking discovery for those who are confronted with it for the first time.
We hope to share this blessing with others who, like him, have special needs. We organized Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation, Inc. (GSF) after Gabriel’s demise.
– Senator Pia S. Cayetano
We were told he would only live for hours. But Gabriel lived long enough to touch our lives forever. In his short life, he gave us so much. We were blessed to be surrounded by family and friends who never left us.
In return, we hope to share this blessing with others who, like him, have special needs. We organized Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation, Inc. (GSF) after Gabriel’s demise.
Initiate and sustain programs and activities intended for proper medical assistance to indigent, sick, and differently able children. Provide character development training to underprivileged children through multi-sport and educational activities. And support parents to enable them to provide necessary care and guidance for their children.
As we do these, we hope that more people will also be inspired to help.