My neigh­bors

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Al­low me to talk about neigh­bors at St. Jude Vil­lage, City of San Fer­nando, Pam­panga.

In 1979 or forty years ago, St. Jude opened its doors to young fam­i­lies. Many gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees took ad­van­tage and set­tled there. We were one of the set­tlers.

We be­came neigh­bors to many gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees. One, Medy was a mid­dle ex­ec­u­tive at the Gov­ern­ment Service In­surance Sys­tem. She was married to Joe, a drug de­tail­man. They dearly loved their chil­dren es­pe­cially their son named Caloy. Medy’s mom (Badie) was a seam­stress and a cook. She en­deared her­self to her pa­trons with her happy dis­po­si­tion. Then, tragedy struck one af­ter the other. Caloy was killed in a car ac­ci­dent. Badie and Joe died on the same week. A per­son of lesser stuff would have been driven to de­pres­sion. But not Medy, she moved on with dig­nity although re­mem­ber­ing her beloved ones by walk­ing and bring­ing flow­ers to their graves ev­ery day. Medy re­mains to be an in­spi­ra­tion to us – a strong woman of heart and sub­stance.

Two, Mareng Yolly was a court stenog­ra­pher. Pareng Remi­gio (Cortez), her husband Michelle was a se­nior clerk at the Depart­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form.

They have three daugh­ters, Marian and Mari

Grace. Remy worked over­seas in Saudi but had no choice but to cut short his stint. His beloved Yolly got af­flicted with a spleen con­di­tion that re­quired 24 hour care. Pareng Remy lov­ingly at­tended to the care of Mareng Yolly. Although sickly and pale, Mareng Yolly is a sym­bol of ful­fill­ment cause of her husband’s love and care. Marian is gain­fully em­ployed with the United Nation’s Agency while Grace is a bank man­ager of Metrobank. Michelle is a homemaker with three healthy sons. Pareng Remy has shown that love knows no bounds – in sick­ness and in health.

Three, Pareng Dan and Mareng Lolit sent their chil­dren to school be­liev­ing that ed­u­ca­tion is the best legacy that they can be­queath to their chil­dren.

True enough, their chil­dren Rowena, Reg­gie, Ron­ald and Robert fin­ished college ed­u­ca­tion. Ron­ald is now one of the trusted men in the Depart­ment of La­bor, Re­gion III. He is also the Chair­man of the Pas­toral Coun­cil of our Parish of St. Jude. Ron­ald is my god­son.

Dan and Lolit have re­tired – they are on the sun set of mean­ing­ful lives as parents and cit­i­zens of this great repub­lic.

I am at peace with my neigh­bors. I share their success and fail­ure. I am happy when they are.

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