Popoy

By Romeo Morales

Popoy

I’VE BEEN longing to see Popoy again. I guess after all those years of waiting and hoping, I would never see my friend anymore.

Unknown to some of our classmates and batch mates, Ernesto Valencia or Popoy for short and I had been close friends.  During our high school days, we frequented the long stretch of road of Rizal Avenue together with the barkadas like the late Benjamin Ng, Bobby Karunungan, and others whenever we had the time, enjoying the one-after-another department stores, the traffic, and the crowd that made the historic place lively and fun to be there. Sometimes, when my late father was around the vicinity of Rizal Avenue, I would bring Popoy and those who were with us to where my father was, who would treat us to a lunch or snack in one of the restaurants in the area. There were times when Popoy would come to my place in Aurora Boulevard near La Loma, for a short stay, to chat or anything that we can do for that matter. On other times, I would do the same with him, he would bring me to their house to have lunch or dinner with his family.  He showed me what books he read and shared with me how he always made it to the top of our class. He said during our first year in high school, he would already be reading the textbooks of the second year, which her sisters were using then.  He was always one step ahead of us, he confided.

Like easy-going students of our time, we would always go to the Luneta Park after classes to play or to while out time away.  There were occasions, Manny Villarba would be with us or it would be the late Alex Ongtong, Ben, and/or Bobby.  If my mind doesn’t fail me, Salvador “Buddy” Villanueva and others would also join us. Other batch mates, whose names escape me at the moment, I knew have also joined us.  Sometimes, our group would be so big that we would have a great time walking all together from the Arellano High School to our playground at the Luneta Park. We would play around the Rizal monument, running here and there, jumping up and down the 3-4 foot wall fence surrounding the monument or under the shade of the National Library building.  When night fell, we would all go home dirtied and soaked-wet in perspiration from playing non-stop.

Since I used to live near the North Cemetery, one time Popoy and I decided to stay there for awhile.  We entered mausoleums that were left opened, sat on tombs or on benches in the cemetery.  As it was, the cemetery was pretty much very serene and quiet. It is a nice place to be when you wanted to be alone, maybe to watch people come and go, a funeral procession, or watch people who makes a living in the cemetery.  He told me it was there where he reviewed for examinations. Popoy’s family had also lived near the cemetery. As soon as the place became dark and bats started hovering above us that was when we decided it was time to go home.  Since then, whenever I had exams to take and like Popoy had been doing, I also went to the cemetery to review.

Popoy was the most intelligent classmate I would say I ever had. He was also sadly the most misunderstood classmate I had ever known. I remembered when he had a fight with Ernesto Cunanan in our Physics class, it was as if Hell broke loose. The scuffle almost made our classroom topsy-turvy, breaking one of the microscopes in the process. We all ended up paying for the replacement of the microscope. At another unfortunate incident, he had a misunderstanding with Rosauro Cayetano, who was taller, bigger and heavier than him, that when their verbal quarrel exploded, Rosauro, in a sudden burst of anger lifted him up like a piece of shit, ready to discard from the second floor of the building to the ground of the quadrangle.  Had it not been for the presence of cooler heads that intervened and prevailed, Popoy would have been a dead meat. And yet, those hand-wrangling fights were surely part of our growing up.

Some of our classmates found Popoy difficult to deal with. Even our teachers had the same problem with him. And yet, those very same people were the ones, who tried to understand him.  He would not attend our class for days and when he came back to represent our school in writing contests, he excelled, he won.  We rejoiced with him whenever he brought home the bacon from any competitions.  He was like a problem child or a prodigal one but I’m pretty sure he was not.  He was a very nice person and a great friend to be with, once people got to know him better.

When we left our school—Arellano High School—in search of our own place under the sun, I would learn Popoy would be deeply involved with student activism.  I was not surprise though, for I found myself in the same boat with him although in different waters.  I thought being on the same side of the fence with him, we would see each other more often but we never did. If ever we did, it was only a meeting by chance and that chance was not even enough to talk.  As we both moved on separate ways, I would read his byline with the Daily Express for a column he wrote.  Mine would also appear with the People’s Journal either for a news story or a piece of an article I submitted. I thought, maybe writing for the national papers our paths would somehow cross again.  It never happened.

Then I would learn he had migrated to Australia while I, to the United States. Somehow the longing to see or to keep in touch with him didn’t leave me at all; only I could not fathom by what manner it would happen since we were already miles and miles apart.

The unexpected came.  He passed away. I would never see Popoy no more.  However, there is a place I know we could still meet.  Of course, that would depend on the One above us.  And when that happens, I’m pretty sure it would be a happy meeting between classmate and friend…and again.

I miss you Popoy.  In fact, I had been missing you for a long time now.

 

Updated: November 15, 2015 — 1:52 AM

1 Comment

Add a Comment
  1. I’ve been surfing online more thaan 4 hours today, yet I neverr found any
    interesting article like yours. It’s pretty wprth enough
    for me. In mmy view, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will
    be much more useful than ever before.|
    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Well written!|
    I’ll rright away snatch your rss as I can’t in finding
    your e-mail subscription link or e-newsletter service.

    Do you’ve any? Pease let me realize so that I may subscribe.
    Thanks.|
    It iss appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy.
    I’ve read this post and if I coulld I want to suggest you few interesting things
    or suggestions. Perhaps you can write next articles referring
    to this article. I want to read more thins about it!|
    It’s the best time to make some plans for
    thee future and it is time to be happy. I’ve learn this submit and if I may I wish to suggesst you some fasccinating issues or tips.

    Maybe you could write next arrticles regarding this
    article. I desire to learn even more issues about it!|
    I’ve been surfing online greater than 3 hours nowadays, yet I never discovered any interesting
    article like yours. It iis beautiful worth sufficient for me.

    Personally, if aall site owners and bloggers made good
    content material as you prrobably did, the web will likely be a lot mire
    helpful than ever before.|
    Ahaa, its nice discussion about this piece of writing here at tis web site, I have read all
    that, so at this time me also commenting here.|
    Iam sure this piece of writing has touched alll the internet people, its really really nice post oon builing up new website.|
    Wow, this artice is pleasant, my younger sister is analyzing
    these things, therefore I am going to tell her.|
    bookmarked!!, I really like youur blog!|
    Way cool! Soome extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up
    plus the rest of the website is vry good.|
    Hi, I do believe this is a great website. I stumbledupon it 😉
    I mayy return once again since i have book-marked it.
    Money and freedom is thee best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.|
    Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme oof this
    site. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s toughh to get that
    “perfect balance” between user friendliness and appearance.
    I must say you have done a veryy gookd job with this.
    Additionally, the blog loads very quick for mme on Firefox.
    Excellent Blog!|
    Thexe are actually great ideas in concerning blogging.

    You have touched some good factors here. Any way kesp up wrinting.|
    I ove what you giys tend to be up too. This type of clever work
    annd coverage! Keep up the amazing works guys I’ve
    added you guys to our blogroll.|
    Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to lolok it
    over. I’m definitely loving thee information. I’m bookmarking
    and will be tweeting this to my followers! Great blg and excellent design and style.|
    I love what you guys tend too be uup too. This sort of clever work and exposure!
    Keepp up the excellent works guys I’ve added you guys to my blogroll.|
    Hi there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and
    Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different
    then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had too ask!|
    Howy would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re working with?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different brwsers and I must say this blog lkads a lot
    quicker then most. Cann you suggest a good hosting provider at
    a reasonable price? Thank you, I appreciate it!|
    Everyone loves it whn individuals come together and share ideas.
    Grewat blog, continue the good work!|
    Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact
    was a amusement account it. Look advanced to
    moore added agreeable from you! By the way, how
    could we communicate?|
    Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heacs up.
    The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Opera.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.
    Thee layout liok great though! Hope you get the problem fixed
    soon. Thanks|
    Thiis is a topic that is near to my heart…
    Many thanks! Exactly where aree your contact details though?|
    It’s very trouble-free to find out any topic on net as compared
    to textbooks, as I found this article at this website.|
    Does your website have a contact page? I’m having a
    tough time locating it but, I’d lkke to shoo you an email.
    I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested
    in hearing. Either way, great blog and I lokk forward to
    seeing it develop over time.|
    Hello! I’ve been reading yyour web site for a while now and finally got the bravery to
    go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Tx!

    Just wanted to mention keep up the fantastic job!|
    Greetings froom Colorado! I’m bored to tears at wordk so I decided
    to bowse your blog on my iphone during lunch break.

    I enjoy the information you present here andd can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m surprised aat how quick your blog loaded on my phone ..

    I’m not even usiong WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, uperb blog!|
    Its like you learn my thoughts! Yoou appear to know a lot approximately this, like you wrote the
    book in it or something. I believe that you just could do with
    a few p.c. to force the message home a bit, but instead of that, that is fantastic
    blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.|
    I visited several blogs except the audio quality for audio songs exiswting at
    this site is really superb.|
    Hi there, i read your bpog from time to time and i own a
    similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot
    oof spqm responses? If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much laately it’s driving me insane so any assistance is very much appreciated.|
    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular article!
    It’s the little changes that will maake the biggest changes.

    Many thaks for sharing!|
    I really love your website.. Very nice colors
    & theme. Did you develop this site yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m wanting to create my very own website and would love to learn where you got this from or exactly what thee thheme iss called.
    Kudos!|
    Hello there! This blog post could not be written much better!
    Going through thius article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He always kept preaching about this. I’ll forwqard this arrticle to him.

    Pretty sure he’s going to haqve a very good read.
    Many thanks for sharing!|
    Incredible! This blog looks jusst like my oold one!It’s
    on a completely different subject but it has pretty muhh the same pqge layout and design. Superb choice of colors!|
    There’s certainly a grea deal to know about this issue.
    I like all of the points you’ve made.|
    You have made some good points there. I looked on the net for more info about the iseue and found most individuals
    will go along wit ykur views on this site.|
    What’s up, I check your blogs on a regular basis. Your writing style
    is awesome, keep doping what you’re doing!|
    I simply couldn’t leave your website before suggesting that
    I extremely loved thee standard ihfo a pereson provide
    in your guests? Is gonna be back continuously in order to inspect neww
    posts|
    I want to to thank yoou for this fantastic read!!

    I definitely loved every bit of it. I’ve got you book-marked to chheck out new things you post…|
    Hello, just wanted to say, I enjoyed this post. It was funny.
    Keep on posting!|
    Hi there, I enjoy reading through your article.Iwanted to write
    a little comment to support you.|
    I constantly spent my half an hour to read this blog’s content everyday along with a cuup of
    coffee.|
    I for all time emailed this web site post page tto all my contacts, as if like to
    read it aftr that my liunks will too.|
    My programmer is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have alwaays disliked thee idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none thee less. I’vebeen using Movable-type on numerous websites for about a year and
    am anxious abbout switching to anothwr platform. I have heard very good things about blogengine.net.
    Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into it?
    Any hekp would be greatly appreciated!|
    Howdy!I could have sworn I’ve been to this website
    before but after browsing through many of the posts I realized it’s new to me.
    Regardless, I’m definitely pleased I came across it aand I’ll be book-marking it and checoing back often!|
    Great work! That is the kind oof information hat are supposed
    to be shared around the internet. Disgrace on the search
    engines for now not positioning this put up
    upper! Come on over and discuss with my web site . Thank
    you =)|
    Heya i’m for thee first time here. I camme across this board and
    I find It really useful & it helped me out a lot.
    I hope to gve something back and help others like you aded me.|
    Hello, I believe your websiute could posibly be
    having web browser compatibility issues.
    Whenever I take a look att your web site in Safari, it looks fine however,
    if opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues.
    I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Besides
    that, excellent blog!|
    A person essentially lend a hand to make seriously articles I would state.
    This is the very ffirst time I frequented your website page and thus far?
    I surprised with the research you mzde to make this particular publish extraordinary.
    Excellent job!|
    Heya i’m foor thhe primary time here. I flund this boarfd and
    I to find It truly useful & it helped mee out a lot.
    I am hoping to offer something again and aid others like you
    aided me.|
    Hi there! I just want to give yyou a huge thumbs up for your
    great information you have got right here on this post.
    I will be returning too your wwebsite ffor more soon.|
    I all the time used to read article in news papers
    but now as I am a user of internt thus from now I am
    using net for posts, thanks to web.|
    Your way of telling all in this post is truly fastidious, all can without difficulty be aware of it, Thanks a lot.|
    Hello there, I discovered your web site
    by the use of Google even as searchig for a related
    subject, your site came up, it serms good. I have
    bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hi there, simploy bexame aware of your blog thru Google, and located
    that it is really informative. I am going to watch
    out for brussels. I’ll appreciate when you continue this in future.
    Lots of people will likely be benefited from your writing.
    Cheers!|
    I am curious to find out what blog platform you happen to be working
    with? I’m having some minor security issues withh my latest site annd I would
    like to fiind something more safeguarded. Do yoou ave any solutions?|
    I’m really impressed with your writing skills as well
    aas with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it iis rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays.|
    I’m really inspired akong with your writin skills and also
    with the format to your weblog. Is this a paid subject or did you
    modify it your self? Either way keep up the nice high quality writing,
    itt is rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays..|
    Hello, Neat post. There’s an issue together with your web
    site in web explorer, would test this? IE still is the market hief and a large section off people will omit your wonderful writing because of his problem.|
    I’m not sure where you’re getying your information, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for wonderful informatiion I was looking for this information for my mission.|
    Hi, i think thast i saw you visited my weblog
    thus i came to “return the favor”.I am trying to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use a few oof your idea
    \

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

www.romeomorales.info © 2014 Powered by ihdhub.com