Thursday, April 12, 2007

Gone Too Soon

THREE robbers armed with pistol and submachine gun held up an internet café in Manuyo Uno, Las Piñas City Tuesday night and shot dead one of the customers who refused to give up his cellphone.
Case investigator P03 Albert Arevalo identified the victim as Daniel Dulalas, 27, single of Azalea Subdivision, Pulang Lupa and an employee of JP Morgan Chase Center.
Arevalo said the robbers barged into the Click in the City internet café at around 7:00pm and disarmed security guard Pedro Alcaraz of his firearm before divesting the shop and its customers of their valuables.
Dulalas reportedly refused to part with his 3310 cellular phone which caused one of the robbers to shoot him at pointblank range. The suspects took three other Nokia cellular phones, other valuables and P5,000 in cash from shop cashier Wennie Guevarra before fleeing on a motorcycle with no plate number toward Parañaque City.
City police chief, Supt. Josephus Angan said he has already formed a team to track down and arrest the suspects. Dulalas’ body was brought to the Filipinas Funeral Homes. – Ashzel Hachero

A tribute to A Brave Man:
This was the last minutes on the life of my former classmate and batchmate at St. Joseph’s Academy, Daniel Dulalas. I was shocked when a friend texted me that he died. I thought that he might have succumbed to an illness or some sort. When I replied and asked the cause of death, I was simply stunned! How can this happen to someone I know? Sure, this is not an isolated case. Incidents like this frequent newspaper covers. But it would really hit you if the person concern is somebody you know.
Daniel was a classmate during my 1st and 3rd year high at St. Joseph. He was one of those nice funny guys. He would always make jokes and always have a funny story to share. We weren’t that close in high school but we would always say our “hi’s” and “hello’s” whenever we cross path in the corridors or the street. After high school, of course we went our separate ways but I would still see him in the local parish, every much involve with church activities. As a matter of fact, I was informed that he performed as Jesus Christ during last Holy Week’s “Siete Palabras.” I really felt bad for his family and close friends. They are the ones deeply suffering and grieving right now.
I wasn’t able to come to first day of wake because of my job. I know it’s pathetic; I can’t even spare a minute of my time for an old friend. That’s why I hope in some way, through this blog, I would be able to show my condolences for this great loss. Just like what I told him in my dream last night. May you rest in peace and find the light of our Lord. My prayers are with you. I hope you’ll get the justice soon. You will be missed and remembered Daniel…

Friday, April 6, 2007

Just to be loved

My dog Bambi had been my friend, companion and sometimes my confidant since she brought to us in 2000. At first I didn’t like her because I don’t want to take care of a white long-coated dog, it was just too high maintenance for me. They say that Japanese Spitz are very affectionate and sweet kind of breed (doesn’t all dogs are?) that Bambi is indeed one. She would always come up to me and curl up beside me whenever I’m watching TV or just simply doing anything. She would touch my lap with her paw as if begging for biscuits when she’s hungry; she would also playfully bite my hand to signal that she wants to play; and would also bark like a crazy bitch whenever she wants to go out. She was the typical pet and I was the typical human for her.When my ex-boyfriend died, I distance myself from my family and close friends. I just didn’t think they would understand. I felt so confuse and alone. I needed someone but I still don’t think anyone could help me. During that time, Bambi came up to me. She was looking hard at me; as if she’s trying to figure out that I was feeling back then. I know she felt my sadness because she just lay down beside me with the saddest face a dog could have. I then poured my soul, my despair, my anguish about what happened and she just stayed there and listen until I felt asleep. Sometimes I feel stupid for saying this but she did become my confidant and my friend after that. She’s now 5 years old and I feel she might not live long enough to play with my future children. This is the first time that I’ve been this close to a dog. She and her daughter, Britney, are like family members. My mom would sometimes scold them like naughty children running around the house. Sometimes they act like one. They would cry and stay on one corner if they were reprimanded and starts acting sweet again after 2 minutes. My ideal friend. Uncomplicated. Expects attention but gives nothing but unconditional love.