Archive for May 30th, 2022

He suffered for three years when doctors found out there was cyst in his liver. He opted to have alternative cure and it gave him more three years to live.

A few hospital confinements later and several blood transfusions, the result of his colonoscopy was bad. Malignant cysts have reached his other organs and he became so thin in the process. It was a downward journey towards the end.

He was just 61 years old when he left us two weeks ago. He could have accomplished more if he were still alive today. And I could no longer visit our provincial home without remembering him.

We are three siblings left now, my two brothers and I. One is gone forever but I believe he is at peace now with the Lord.

It is hard to lose a friend but even harder to lose a brother.

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It is a long road

With you at the other end

And me a long drive away.

I could barely hear your voice

Telling me in a whisper to come home

Nissa and I did.

We were able to talk to you

And you kept saying,

Pagod na pagod na ako, gusto ko ng mamahinga ate“.

I know, it was very, very hard for you even to just speak

I told you to let God and let go

His will be done.

Nissa and I were on our way back home inside a Victory Liner bus at NLEX when I learned of your passing on.

I have to bring mommy home to see you…for the last time.

It is still hard for me that the only thing I see is your picture

It is still quite hard for me to see that all your architectural drawings are still intact

I had my share of seeing all your collections of Architectural Digest and home magazines.

I cry reading tributes to you from friends and relatives

I can’t stop my tears flowing seeing the best legacy you left behind to the people of our town – the Mabini Town Hall

It’s a legacy that would survive through the years way beyond our lifetimes.

I see you in every corner of this small house you left behind

And I remember, I remember our conversations a long time ago

You made me laugh with your stories sharing the hardships and the joys of living

You made me smile remembering our childhood years – the days in between.

You were too young to die

And I miss you still.

Written on 24 May 2022

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