Wednesday, November 12, 2008


My former unit leader in the renewal called me last night to relay a most shocking news... a very good friend of mine also from the community passed away two days ago. it was a shock to me and rendered me sleepless for the rest of the night. He was a dear, dear friend. I never forget to pay him a visit whenever i am in manila. the last time i saw him was way back in '05. he was still ok then but was on medication already for hypertension. he was much older than me but the age gap really didn't matter as this guy was a go-getter was flexible. he was friends with anybody and very respected in our community and was for a long time, president of the Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) in our area. We'd spend countless hours talking and laughing on practically about anything in life. he was a good listener and one that i could always run to for an ear on my many litanies and sentiments. this fellow is what you may call the been there, done that kinda guy. he lived a full life and has had his share of vices one can think of. in the years that i have known him, he struck me as a loyal friend and a very obedient worker in the Lord's vineyard. we have gone to provincial missions together and was and always is the driver that will ferry the entire delegation to our provincial sorties. driving being his best skill and mind you, he has driven anything and everything that has wheels on it. he was one of a couple of persons i would permit to drive my car.

What me makes me doubly sad is that i can't get to pay my last respects to a dear friend for economic reasons. i would like to remember him as he was the last time we saw each other... full of life, smiling and laughing at the sight of me and after the usual pleasantries, sat down for a round of beer...

tito eli, i will miss you and always remember that you will always have a special place in my heart. goodbye my friend... or should i say... until we meet again.


Pinay WAHM said...

My heart goes to you and the loved ones of Tito Eli. I think you have written a very nice piece here to remember him by.

It's sad you can't go to pay your last respect to a dear friend but I'm sure he will the first to understand why you can't.

Take it easy Bong....I know this is not a good time for something like this to happen but with your faith and your loved ones around, you'll get through this...


Small Footprints said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. It sounds like he was a wonderful person!

Your tribute to him was lovely and heart felt!

Small Footprints

ethical fashion said...

hi, i feel deeply sorry for your friend, but take it easy..through pray you still be able to give him respect..

eugene said...

hi bro,that's why even i have not met you, but we have developed a cyber friendship bond, and i will always tell myself to drop by in your blog, to say hi and to check how things going on with you.

take care, life's is short,live happily and with no regrets

itty said...

brother bong,
Me and Mon just had a visit at his wake this morning, He died of heart stroke.We were welcome by tita jo-c, she was surprised by my presence, it has been so long, the last was 12 years ago and i could not hardly remember the place where they live but my faith guide me. Her first question was "how did i find out" i said through "bong," they were trying to get in touched with you, but i said the only way is through today is the last night with brother eli. we said goodbye to a very very dear friend, whose heart is made of gold we all surely going to miss this truly amazing guy.. by the way he is 60 years old when GOD took him from us.. REGARDS ...;-)

Pinay WAHM said...

Hi Bong....

Musta ang weekend? I know it's been extra sad because of a friend's passing but here's hoping you'll have a relaxing one.


Sam said...

Hi Bong,

Condolence... so sad to lost someone whom we treasure so much.

Have a blessed day!!!

JesuLalaine said...

Sad to hear about your friend Kuya. Sorry for the loss of your friend.

Kmusta kuya?

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