Whenever people would ask me or Rhambo on how our love story started, we would always tell them that we've known each other since highschool. Pwedeng pang Valentine special ng MMK. That's true. But we became a couple when I was already working at ABS-CBN, two years after I graduated from college & he's a fresh grad from the academy, a 2nd Lieutenant of the Philippine Army. We were never friends in highschool. We used to live in the same village & nakakasabay ko siya noon sa jeep pero hindi man lang niya ako nalibre ng pamasahe. Grabe! Now that we're married, he confessed that he can never pay for my fare kasi nga nag-1-2-3 siya. At umamin din ako, I was praying na ilibre niya ako kasi balak ko mag-1-2-3. Haha! I was kilig pa that time kasi nga "crush" ko siya nung 2nd year highschool kami, the time we were classmates, nung makasabay ko siya sa jeep. Ayun, nalaman ko kung san siya nakatira --- now the house where I currently reside (which we will soon leave).
|Left: PMA Alumni Homecoming 2007; Rhambo asked his 1st Class cadet-friends to do that for him. Haba ng hair ko.|
Right: I wrote that in the sand of Opol, Misamis Oriental beach when I visited him in Mindanao
Just like any puppy love story, there was sort of a hindrance. Meron akong classmate na may crush din sa kanya! Itago muna natin siya sa pangalang HR. At sabay kami na umamin sa isa't-isa na crush nga namin itong Ramon na semi-bully ng class. Rhambo thought pa nga that time that we were just playing around with our confession that we like him! Yes, most of our classmates knew. Since si HR na ka-share ko kay Rhambo eh seatmate ko din kasi Reyes siya at Redrico ako, kami ang laging magkatabi. At sabay na "sumisilay" (a term super famous in Marikina Institute of Science & Technology, now MariSci) kay fafa Ramon. Pero things didn't go smoothly between the two of us, pinag-agawan namin siya. Kaloka. Ang gwapo lang, noh? Hihi. It led to awkwardness whenever we bump into each other come 3rd year when we weren't classmates anymore. As in, I hear crickets.
|We lived our own lives. Him, a relaxing graduating cadet. Okay, not so relaxing. |
Me, a struggling fresh grad & entry-level employee of ABS-CBN. Ugh, I miss my sexy arms.
I was a victim of bullying in 2nd year highschool in the hands of Rhambo's set of friends. I asked him why he never tried to save me. Kasi nga nung jowa ko na siya, mega confess (or binobola niya lang ako) na crush din daw niya ako nung highschool kami! Wee. Ang landi. Eh yun nga daw, bata pa naman daw siya nun. Hindi pa makaporma. Peer pressure siguro. Hehe. But during our Friendster years, one guy who was our 2nd year HS classmate sent him a personal message upon learning that Rhambo & I are officially together, that said "kaya pala nung pumunta ko sa inyo, tinuro mo yung bahay nila Denise. Padeny-deny ka pa." So maybe it's true. He really did like me then. Haha! Eto nga, dumating ang birthday ni Rhambo, during Trade Drawing class namin, may inabot na regalo si HR with matching card. Jusko, kausuhan ng Chuckles & Doodles na stuffed toy & pillows nun, yun ang regalo ni HR! Asaran, hiyawan, at ako nagmukmok sa mainit na sulok ng classroom. Kasi ang tanging maibibigay ko ay liham na nakasulat sa yellow paper. Purita Mirasol. So hindi ko na binigay. I told Rhambo about it when we were together na. Sabi niya, binigay ko daw sana, kasi mas yun daw ang iingatan niya. Echoseroooo! Pero totoo naman, hindi na niya alam kung nasaan ang unan.
|♥ SERENDIPITY ♥|
Left: Rhambo graduated as a member of PMA MAndala Class of 2006; a month after Panagbenga Festival.
Right: Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City, where we covered the event for TFC & where their class paraded.
Fast forward sa pag-graduate ng highschool. Kanya-kanyang buhay, kanya-kanyang love life. Yes, nagka-love life na si Rhambo nun! Natuto na siyang umibig. Hihi. Pero that time, wala na din ako pakielam sa kanya kasi gumagawa na din ako ng sarili kong love life. Ay naku, I won't tell you how messy I created mine but it was definitely an experience. Anyway, when he was in the Academy pa nga daw, during a boodle fight na gamit eh diyaryo, nakita niya daw ang litrato ni HR, featured as young entrepreneur something. Tama, entrepreneur ang kurso ni HR sa Miriam College. Aba, sume-serendipity din sila ah. Hmm.
|Left: One of Rhambo's photos in his Friendster account; with his HS barkada --- the bullies! Haha.|
Right: One of my Friendster photos that he confessed he found cute. Chosero.
But the fateful 2006 came & Friendster was our tool in our reunion. When he added me as friend, I accepted it immediately even if it was Kitchie Nadal who was his profile pic. I left him a message congratulating him for finally graduating from the Academy. I GAVE MY MOBILE NUMBER and told him that if he happens to be in Manila and wants to have some drinks, I'm available. I even humored him that I can help him find "chicks". And soon, we became virtual friends -- texting & leaving testimonials on each other's Friendster wall. We even constantly send each other MMS on how we are spending our day. I didn't expect that the boy, who was a member of the group who once bullied me, will be my own knight in shining armor. Or dusty BDA? Naks. And about HR?