Hopia, sans rival and ube cake –those were his  favorite treats to bake in their family-run  Jimel’s Bakery.

It was no surprise that  17-year-old Jimboy made it great in his culinary  classes at Tech Voc.  Baking  was  in his nerves even at a young age.

He loved watching us. He  has started  helping us in  kneading and baking pandesal  as early as when he was four.  He was always eager to learn”– Ate Mel, Jimboy’s mom, recalled how Jimboy has started showing his passion in the kitchen at a young age.

 

 

JIMBOY: HIS PARENTS’ JOY AND PRIDE

Born, in the Philippines, young Jimboy was four when his parents Jim and Mel  Adao moved  to Canada in 2005. 
The hardworking couple started their business of making  Filipino bread from  a humble beginning.
Many saw Jimboy  grow up  from a small  bubbly kid  turning  into  a fine, soft-spoken, well-bred young  gentleman he was.
Ate Mel,  would always call him from inside and he would “mano”  (bless- a Filipino known gesture showing respect to elders).
Jimboy also  loved music. He   played drums and took voice lessons too.  “His dad  Jim  would always  drop him off and pick him up wherever he went”, she shared.

 

Jimboy was  a normal teenager who also loved video games.    If he was not in school, most of his time was spent with his parents learning the secret of their recipes.

“One time,  I told him  Jimboy, your dad and I are getting old and are tired of baking.  He told me he would love to  take over our bakery when he turns 18.  But I   told him he needed to know the hows of the business. And he was really hands-on with everything.”

Ate Mel  recalled how lovingly his son would come with them to supermarket to  buy baking supplies. At times, he was also stationed  behind the cash register.  He just didn’t like washing dishes.  But he loved helping out in the kitchen. He cooked many dishes including adobo.

Jimboy’s  dream was to become an executive chef.  He also dreamed of owning or  managing his own hotel business.

 

“Jimboy was so sweet.  Despite his being big and tall,  he would always run to us and gave me and his dad hugs and kisses.  He would always tell  us he loved us”.

Many times when Jimboy was not in the bakery, ate  Mel would come home with the house cleaned up. “Alam n’yang pagod na ako. Naglinis na ‘yan at naglaba” (He knew I was tired. He already cleaned the house and did the laundry).

 

 

Ate Mel showed me a few photos and  videos  of   Jimboy.  Their last family trip was in Seattle in January which Jimboy  enjoyed a lot.

She also  showed me  the last image she sent Jimboy a few hours before his senseless killing.

“I sent him this image of Jesus Christ. I was teasing him, he almost looked like Jesus because he loved growing his  beared and mustache. I did not know it was my last message to him.  I did not know he was joining Jesus that night.”

 

 

 

CALL FOR ACTION  TOWARDS KEEPING OUR  HOMES AND STREETS SAFE

 

Sadly, Jimboy’s  dream shattered when he was  killed  in what was called  by police as random home invasion.  The  heartbreaking  loss   triggered  grief , anger and  an  outpour of support  in the close-knit  Filipino community.

It also  served as  gateway  for  police  and residents  to  speak out, come, plan  and act   together  in helping keep a  safe neighborhood.

Social media has been flooded with a plea and petition  for lawmakers to ammend  criminal  laws and implement stricter  justice system against crimes especially  involving drugs and recidivists.

 Filipino-Canadian MLA  Flor Marcelino in  her speech at the Manitoba Legislative Assembly on    March 15   called for   the need for  the   province for a tangible plan to keep the  streets safer.

“Our community  is on the grip of an addiction crisis that is fuelling an increase of violence in the street. The government should  hire    more   policemen,  increase long term  treatment beds and invest in community organizations that play a key part in fighting poverty and addiction.”

MLA Flor challenged the government to step up.     “Jaime’s  death should not be in vain. Let us work together to stop this crisis from spiraling and taking more lives.”

 

KEEPING THE  MEMORY OF JIMBOY ALIVE

Ate Mel and  Kuya  Jim plan to rebrand  Jimel’s  products  to bear their late son’s  Jimboy’s  name  on top  of  each  tag  as a way to honor him.

A scholarship fund in  his name and  a baking sale are only just few of the projects his family and friends plan.

Gone too soon but will forever stay in our hearts.

Jimboy left  behind a  beautiful  memory of  a sweet  child with a  gentle soul who  dreamed  big  and  who loved  his parents. A  positive spirit who always  met everyone with a smile coming from a pure heart.

He  left behind a piece of  his  heart  in every  baked  product  that  he  used to lovingly  bake.

Paalam  Jimboy.  May you rest in paradise.

 

#RIPJimboy

 (Photo credit: Thank you Ate Mel -with help from  Ellaine Tumbokon — for letting CKJS share these precious photo memories with Jimboy on our webpage.).