This Boy’s Life
“Dumating lang na naintindihan niya ’ko, nagbigay agad siya ng oras. Tinry ko lang one time. Sabi ko, ‘Sige, I wanna watch your game.’ First time ko. ’Tapos, ’yun, hanggang sa tuloy-tuloy na. Pag niyaya ko siya, pumapayag naman siya. Do’n na naging tuloy-tuloy na, parang who would have known, di ba?”
With their busy shedules—Mika now plays for Petron Blaze Spikers under the Philippine SuperLiga—the couple take extra efforts to still spend time with each other. “After work, pagka maaga natatapos. Kapag walang work talaga, sasamahan ko siya. You know, [boyfriend] duties.”
Jerome and Mika share a surprisingly pragmatic view of their relationship, though he clarifies that this view does not diminish how they value each other. Both in their early 20s, the two don’t talk much about settling down, and are aware that they might not even end up together at all.
“Napag-uusapan naman,” Jerome says when asked whether they have talked about getting married someday. “Alam mo ’yon, minsan nato-thought lang. Pero malayo pa, kasi ’yon nga, kahit naman kami, nag-usap din kami na parang, oo, gusto ang isa’t isa, so sweet, in love.
“Pero ’wag tayong maging depende, kasi ang buhay, weather-weather lang ’yan, e. Baka mamaya, we’re just a bridge to someone lang talaga. Me gano’n, masakit mang pakinggan, pero totoo nga naman. Pero not to the point naman na parang bina-brag namin sa isa’t isa na ‘Hindi naman tayo magkakatuluyan.’ Hindi gano’n. Parang ano lang, not a big deal lang. Aware lang din sa possibility na baka hindi.” Jerome and his Ate Kai, on their way to his high school graduation at the Malayan High School of Science in Pandacan, Manila.