amistad

accidental or providential?

this was the query which i raised upon realizing that yesterday’s meet up with my college best friends, francis and soc, occurred once more after three years (check on related story at https://wanderingjouster.com/2012/09/17/our-saga/). texting francis about it, he kidded that he actually planned it that way. i laughed but i’m sure he would also give this cited notion a centavo for his thought.Smiley anyway, i decided not to make a fuss about this personal observation. what matters was being together again and this time, we were with another good friend who had finally popped out 23 years after our college graduation. with luzviminda ramos-valeriano around, our 2014 mini-reunion became more fun packed. 
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francis, soc, me and luz… still connected by the magic of friendship
Camera 360
got to hug her after 23 years
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our appetizer – the onion brick
done with the main course
done with the main course
coffee time before agreeing on our next stop
coffee time before agreeing on our next stop
hailing all the way from nueva ecija, luz eventually proved to us her missing our company sooo much. well, she had to walk her talk that she’d show up despite living far. we jested that she had no reason not to come since francis came all the way from the US of A just to be with us. 
our host and sponsor - francis
our host and sponsor – francis
savoring the rare moment
savoring the rare moment
looking like college students still? hahaha...
looking like college students still? hahaha…
almost sharing the same artistic inclinations
almost sharing the same artistic inclinations
from racks, luz suggested to do one of our favorite jamming sessions – karaoke singing! we quickly recalled those days when they’d go to our house in pandacan, manila and hold an ala-“bagong kampeon” contest. a really good singer just like francis and soc, luz has the “it” to make it on stage. and what about wj? i am their number one fan, but if pushed… ehem… i might belt out a song or two. hahahahaha. 
the search for our signature song
the search for our signature song
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sorry, luz. i will always root for francis who was my wedding singer…  🙂 

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having fun to the highest level!
wishing to do this regularly
wishing to do this regularly
a singing superstar in her own right
a singing superstar in her own right
we spent an hour inside the videoke room. it was really short for us but we couldn’t extend our stay at mall of asia since we mothers (especially me!) had to be in our house at a certain time. sigh! why does time fly fast when you are having fun? 
from running to bowling????
from running to bowling????
just like the good old college days - nutty connection
just like the good old college days – nutty connection
seems real
seems convincing
for publicity purposes
for publicity purposes?
last shot for the day but definitely not the last meeting for us
last shot for the day but definitely not the last meeting for us
taking a short stroll along the bay, we maximized our remaining minutes by giving more updates about each other. i walked side by side with francis, while soc had luz beside her. this scene was reminiscence of our days at philippine normal college (now philippine normal university). you see whenever we walked togetherour beautiful amistad (friendship) is revealed for we were guided by albert camus’ famous maxim: don’t walk behind me; i may not lead. don’t walk in front of me; i may not follow. just walk beside me and be my friend.” 

simple words to live by but had a strong impact to us four in sustaining this bond which has continuously battled against time, distance, and personal dogmas. 

COAT OF ARMS

photo credits:
luzviminda “luz”  ramos -valeriano 
ma. socorro “soc”  sabandal – saballa

 

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