This Boy’s Life

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“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.

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