Friday, July 30, 2010

Of Friends and Friendship!

I am writing this post in honor of a very dear friend I am missing so much. Thank you very much, Glenn! Now I know. . .

Why do I associate Glenn with Gandaeversomuch? Please read on, my dear friends. . .

(photo taken by Peter the Pilot at Kalsangi Clubhouse and Golf Course during Marz birthday)

Marz Bendol's birthday celebration last August 3, 2009 was a significant one. That was the day good friend-blogger, Mr. Lyle Santos, started setting up Bloggers present there contributed their two-cents worth while the royal gandaness was having almost painless delivery of his latest baby - the blog that made a difference in the lives of many people. That was the birth of our very lovable blog, and I am proud to claim, I was part of its history!

Before Orman's blog was born, there was an important occasion in my life that only now did I realize why it happened that way.

Arnel & Jinky's 17th Wedding Anniversary
June 2, 2009 @ dinnertime
Caico's Resto, GSC

Glenn, my friend, was always present in almost all special moments of my life. While giving birth, christenings, anniversaries, birthdays and other special events which call for a celebration. We were that closely knit. He was even the one who taught me how to use the internet!

While waiting for dinner to be served at Caicos, Glenn suddenly told me to call for somebody special whom we could spend the evening with. It surprised me because usually it's only us together. I never thought that my text messages would get affirmative replies owing to the time constraint. Call it destiny or what but the two Manansala siblings came over and we all together spent the night eating, talking and laughing! When it was time to go, Glenn brought me and Arnel home. While on board his car, he kept on repeating "I'm glad you're happy and you now have many friends to keep watch over you".

Little did I know that he really meant what he said for in March of this year, Glenn was ruthlessly killed with two gunshot wounds from an unknown assassin.
(my couz James, Glenn and me)

I did not only lost a friend but I also felt losing a part of myself. But God is good, really good. He only took away Glenn from me when He knew I can stand already on my own with
the help of people whom Glenn referred
as to be watching over me soon.

To HR Gandaness and all blogger friends out there, thank you so much for the friendship!
Life is still very much worth living because of YOU!


  1. I almost cried reading this, but the kids were here with me, and wiping away tears will mean weakness. I have friends too, you included, and I love my friends. Cherishing them starts now!

  2. sige lang jinkz at least we have somebody up there watching over us... thanks for this post!!!

  3. Sabi nga ni pareng Muhammad Ali: "Friendship is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."

    And Jinky, you indeed have learned a lot! Here's a toast to our friendship :)

  4. Shengkai, Gandaness, Sir G, thank you very much! You are among those people, aside from Glenn, I feel very much comfortable with. He must be smiling now with the angels for all his encouragements for me to socialize with other people has materialized. I may have lost him but I gained you, all of you and your warm welcomes and friendships!

    Thank you for letting me come in into your world, guys! :-)