Visits of Two Former Comrades

The past several months had me meeting one after the other two former comrades–good friends from my revolutionary years. Evan returned to Cebu after years of living in Hawaii with her family. She was with her child and, I think, her husband, a Japanese American. Also, I finally got to talk with Tition, who is a prime mover of a non-government organization, more than two decades after we last met.

Evan knew me better personally than Tition. She knew my family and many of the people in the old Sitio Kawayan in Sambag 2 where I grew up. That was why when she invited me for lunch and a talk, I brought with me Anol, who used to live in nearby B. Rodriguez St., and Oscar, my kababata. Meeting with old friends is always an occasion for reminiscing.

Evan was also close to me in a personal sense. I don’t know, but I think that had our past been tinkered with a bit, we would have ended up becoming more than just friends. Among my old comrades, I always enjoyed talking with her and our conversations were always animated. But it looks like we were not really destined for each other. What is comforting is that even if we now have our own families and we are in different continents, there is still some contact of sorts.

What surprised me was Tition. Like Evan, she was once a student of St. Theresa’s College. Perhaps that played a lot in her religious stance now. Still, there was a time in our younger years when we tried to jettison religion and embraced atheism and dialectical materialism. I’d like to believe that our ideological levels were almost the same at that time. Thus, it was surprising that we both are embracing God again more tightly now.

Tition has a child but is separated from her husband. The tragedy of relationships forged in the anvil of the revolution is that when couples go back to the mainstream, they eventually separate. Without the political unity that formed the main basis of the relationship, the couple end up lost. But Tition is happy where she is now and with her NGO work. In a way, I envy her because she is still directly linked with workers and the urban poor aside from the middle class. She is still in a struggle, although no longer armed.

I told Tition that I consider those years of struggle as still the best years of my life. The one I am leading now is monotonous because it is repetitive, unlike in the past when everyday offered something new and you constantly thank your lucky stars that you have managed to survive. More importantly, you were part of the building of utopia, in the process forging close relationships with ordinary people like workers and peasants.

That is why meeting people from those years and recalling memorable events is satisfying.

6 Responses to Visits of Two Former Comrades

  1. Renato Pacifico says:

    Are you insinuating that student activism is a right of passage, a stage we have to go thru? Was your revolutionary days were a mistake?

    I know Anol from the college days, if i’m not mistaken, from USC.

    I’m surprised he became a columnist. Wasn’t he an engineering grad?

  2. Renato Pacifico says:

    I don’t know the difference between deist, atheism from dialectical materialism. To put it simply, I don’t believe in God. This god thingie is dumbing Filipinos who still believe in healers, wawak, gremlins and fairy tales from the bible.

    The bible or any other “holy” books are dumbing Filipinos on top of arrogant and proud coin-operated-pekeng-peryodistas.

    Religion, like coin-operated-pekeng-peryodistas and fraternities, circle their wagon and attack when one of them are insulted or harmed.

    92% of Nobel Laureate in Science are atheists (that doesn’t mean i’m a scientist and high-IQ), 55% of general population of scientists are, too! Imagine if there were no atheists, the world would still be riding a horse buggy.

    And these very same religious people says they are “blessed” when they get ahold of new top-of-the-line-others-don’t-have-it-yet cellphone. They just don’t know where the cell technology was extracted from. From the 92% atheists’ minds!

  3. nene says:

    nothings wrong if you believed. My only problim about our population needs to be stop. catholic church have to stop. so many hungry kids

  4. conrado magbantay says:

    data and statistics might be importatnt but what we saw and what we lived daily are the realities. so many poor, and poverty keep on soaring high…

    where are you yougn hearts and minds? speak up and move!

  5. Renato Pacifico says:

    Our population is exploding exponentially!!! Sex which is the only entertainment left in the Philippines that’s free pinakialaman pa sa mga puta na mga pari.

    Filipinos are just sold out in this religious thingie. Filipinos can’t seem to see that we are sooo left-behind by our neighboring countries despite our being pious.

    I asked this so many times. “Ask and you shall receive”. Now that the priests realize that god cannot give what we ask the priests are now blaming us, the pipol!

    Religion is a scam. And Filipinos fall for it!!!

  6. E. K. says:

    I am just curious Renato. Kanusa man ka nag sugod pag ka atheist? God nor Jesus did not establish religion, the people did and for the obvious reason, self preservation and power. So, you have all the right to be critical of today’s so called religion. It is obviously tainted and biased. I don’t want to delve into religion’s history, but I pray that you will find God in your heart, someday. It took me 10 years of atheism to find God and Jesus. And it was not easy. I have to comb through the deceits, lies and manipulations that religion had subtly embedded in my psyche. But at the end of the day, when every negative word had been said at about anything; and your hatred and ill-feelings have ebbed, it would be just you and God. And it is hard to deny His presence. You might not understand me now, but I know you will find your own path someday. I know when it is time, God will call you too, because to Him you are important. And I will assure you, you will feel Him. Good night and have a blessed weekend.

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