This afternoon, I visited for the first time the FriendlyCare Clinic in Mandaluyong City for a medical check up. (FriendlyCare was founded by civic leaders to initiate private sector participation in the delivery of low-cost basic health and family planning services.) I have been complaining of difficiculty in breathing and chest pain, among other discomforts, for around two months now. The first doctor I consulted said it could only be physical manifestations of stress or depression. The FriendlyCare doctor asked me to undergo electrocardiogram (ECG) and X-Ray.
IT APPEARS that most of us who believe in life after death agree where Ricardo Carlos Castro Yan, popularly known as Rico Yan, one of the role models of the Filipino Generation Txt, has gone at the end of his journey in this world.
In the postings that I contributed to my favorite online message boards, I said goodbye and thanked Rico for showing us how to live life to the fullest. I also asked him to please kindly say hello to my Mama, who went home up there seven years ago. One of my friends at Tinig.com Forums thanked Rico for being with us in People Power 2 as we fought for truth and justice. He also asked him to extend warm regards to Ka Tato (Renato Constantino), the great historian who sought to destroy the lies and deception that prevail in our official history. The youngest kaTinig, for her part, thanked Rico for the inspiration he has left for the youth and asked him to greet the Lord Jesus Christ and her beloved departed. Read full article.
I arrived Thursday from week-long hiatus in Marinduque. My Semana Santa, even if it wasn’t very religious, was good. During an overnight stay in one of the enchanting islands of my beloved province, I had time to commune with nature.
That night was also a time for bonding with my Peyups.com friends and new-found UP friends.
I spent most of my vacation with Nanay and with my cousins. My (second-degree) cousins and I went on with our traditional participation in the prusisyon to pray and you-know-what-else. We had talks about our family, girls, school, Rico Yan and the state of the nation, among other topics. We planned on making the family tie tighter, we talked about our dreams and heartaches. We are grownups now; it was different when we were younger. Instead of playing taguan, habulan or komiks, we now gather over Red Horse or gin-pomelo and chicharon or Lucky Me. Syempre, I watered Nanay’s plants again. during the night, I slept beside her and hugged her. In the mornings, she had to literally pull me up from our sahig na kawayan to wake me up. She would not let me sleep until noontime without eating breakfast first. Ahhh, uwi na ako ulit sa amin! Continue reading