"a caterpillar doesn't just grow into a butterfly. a caterpillar must undergo metamorphosis, and a cocoon is where a caterpillar risks it all: enters total chaos, undergoes total rebuilding, and is born to a new way of living. only in taking the risk of entering that inert cocoon can the caterpillar go from dormancy to potency, from ugliness to beauty."

Monday, March 21, 2005


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"By any measure you are special.
God made you one such person.
Don't let anything ever change the good in you."

that is my favorite text message of all time. the one message i wouldn't delete from my phone's inbox. the oldest. the one i wouldn't mind to receive over and over again.

no, this post is not about my favorite text message of all time. this is all about the one who sent me the message...


i could exhaust all words and write endlessly... and, still, i wouldn't come close to describing how worthwhile life is because...

at one point in time, we walked in on each other's lives and never walked out ever since.

commercial cards inside plastic wraps, long letters, tiny notes, mga abubot at anik-anik, packed lunches, movies, song hits, nintendo games, senti notebooks, cagayan de oro trips, piles of books, bloopers, old magazines, "yester-years" pictures, kitchen adventures, laughs, personalized cassette tapes, crafty gifts, pillow talks, phone conversations, text messages, sikad rides, watching horizons while sitting on the seaside with the sun shining and the wind blowing on our faces, experiencing, dreaming, sharing, walking to wherever our feet can take us, esteem boosts, silence.

they're just some of the things i treasure. they're just some of the things i associate with us.

us. my best friend and i.


we were connected even before we were born, our mothers being close friends in college and all. however, we never knew of each other's existence until 1995 -- when i was 12 and when she was 13 -- when we became high school classmates. we got along well, enjoyed our conversations, and became close friends over lunch and green mangoes. soon after, we realized we've become best friends.

april 2004
one of those very few photos we have

she's the epitome of a beautiful person: a beauty with brains and good personality and talents to boot! she's every gentleman's dream girl. a meek head-turner. a calm presence of simplicity amidst all the complexities. a silent sage. everybody's friend. a kind-hearted being. an unspoiled only child. a cool and fun person beneath all the goody-goody shell. my best friend in all the world, in all the universe.

born nine months ahead of me, she's like the elder sister i never had but i don't call her ate. she keeps me on my toes and reprimands me for being so palaaway. nevertheless, she accepts my kamalditahan and puts up with all my rants. she listens to my endless chatter and enjoys (or endures? hehehe) my crazy antics. she writes me the nicest letters and comes up with good poems and excellent music! she shares my passion for reading and we both like spending time watching movies while feeling comfortable on her parents' bed. she feeds my hunger for repartees and long conversations. most of all, she believes in me and keeps me up when i'm down. she always does her best to break my falls. she's willing to stand for me when my knees go buckling.

we call ourselves the magic girls, hehehe. we're corny like that, but we don't really care. we enjoy each other's company anywhere despite the fact that...

this is the picture of our tandem: she's the angel without wings. i'm the demon without the pitchfork. she represents silence. i represent noise. if she's good, then i'm evil. if she were a jedi, i'd be a sith. people who know us can attest that we're opposites. fortunately, we don't really clash.

two different sides of the same coin. s.a.d. and i.


"The most beautiful discovery that true friends can make is that they can grow separately without growing apart."
-- Elizabeth Foley

shell, it's been almost a year since we last saw each other and i'm missing you, too. eventhough cebu and manila are seas apart, know that all that distance is nothing.

this post happens to be my testimonial for you. i got too carried away that it ended in my blog instead of in your friendster account. hehehe. silly me.

p.s. add sappy, too! i haven't told you this but you probably already know:

my greatest achievement, so far, is being your best friend.


  1. i miss andrea! ;( we've known each other since we were toddlers as well. lemme share my all time fave message, it's almost 2 years old. "you will be tempted again and again but temptation can only be a sin if you fail to resist it". *wink wink* have a fab week val! :)

  2. pramis naiyak ako! :-p

    + a N o n Y m O u s +

  3. you're lucky... you have someone like her...

  4. no. make that SUPERDUPER LUCKY!!!


  5. i'm superduper blessed!

    sam, aRiaNe, a N o n Y m O u s, and anonymous thanks for droppin' by.


  6. hi val, happy that you found a bestfriend in her.. admirer.. hehehe

  7. hala, pipol, i never realized until i saw the friendster version of what i wrote here that...

    nakakaiyak pala ang sinulat ko.
    it brings tears to the eyes.

    saon! =)

  8. ingnan bitaw tika nga nihilak ko, di ka motuo! :p

    + a N o n Y m O u s +

  9. anonymous, the gift of best friendship is one of the greatest reasons to be happy. i'm glad i'm sharing it with somebody whose goodness radiates and who positively influences the people around her.

    for being happy for me, thank you. it matters a lot. =D

    a N o n Y m O u s, sori gud. i thought medyo depressed lang ka that time. :lol: ...but when she said she got teary-eyed, i was compelled to re-read what i've written and after i did so, i realized that you were not pulling my leg. (i should have paid attention to that pramis word. *winks*) =D

    sana may smilies din dito na gaya ng nasa haloscan board ko noh?

  10. wow! that was really, really nice. it's really good to have a best friend in the truest sense.:)

    sweet man diay sad ka... i would never have thought. hehehe:)

  11. babypink, mao. dili halata noh? saon na lang nako akong astig na bato nga reputation ani. let me sing...

    oh yes, i'm the great pretender... la... la... la...



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