Journal 2: Cousin’s death

My cousin Cezar Gonzales was buried in Poro town of the Camotes group of islands, Cebu province on Nov. 5, 2005. I was not able to go there because of my editorial work for Sun.Star newspaper in Cebu city. Besides, travel to the island has always been problematic because fast crafts no longer ply there and one has to make do with lumbering old ships and pumpboats.

Meanwhile, it took only two days for an old friend and his team to find what they were looking for. He texted that they found two on Nov. 5, 2005 and one the next day. I am happy for them and for those who may benefit for what they are doing. It was a sort of coming full cricle of an incident that happened in the middle ’80s (I am not sure of the exact year now).

Anyway, my brothers Winnie and Maning and sister Litlit, together with Tiyo Rudy (who is on vacation after more than 20 years in the United States), were at Cezar’s burial. They said many people were there to condole with Cezar’s mother Gonyang and his siblings Riza, Sol, Neil and Maribel (the father, Ingko Benjamin has died many years before). I am not surprised because aside from Tiya Gonyang being a Poro town councilor, Cezar lived the good life, his drinking producing him many friends.

I miss Camotes. The last time I went there was in 2000 (or was it 2001?) when with my wife Edizza (we were marrried in 1999). Now that our child Edison Khan is three years old, I would have wanted him to see the islands where I have many fond memories. But work and, yes, crossing the sea, deterred us for now.


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