Twenty Nine Years Ago Today…

… a young army lieutenant is posted to the frontiers of Agusan, in Eastern Mindanao. He is part of a Special Forces Battalion sent to address a growing insurgency threat in the area…

… he meets a young lady, a fresh graduate from the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman, in one of the rare occasions he visits Davao City. He is determined to know more about her, particularly because she came from a school with a reputation for developing highly-radicalized students…

… they would start to engage in friendly ‘mental jousts’; she with her politicized views, he from a supposedly ‘reactionary’ background…

… but the mutual respect was born; as the communication became more frequent…

… he would fall in love. and he would pursue her. Gently, yet relentlessly…

… but she would have to leave Davao for Manila to pursue her dream of having a successful career…

… the distance would be a problem, she thought…

… but fate would be kind, for he is ordered to report to Manila quite frequently for a variety of reasons…

… the relationship blossoms…

… they get married…

… the kids arrive, four in all…

… and then, through time, they outgrow their kiddie chatter…

… it’s been 29 years now…

… of ups and downs, of laughter and tears…

… but by and large, it has been a good, good life…

… indeed, we’ve lived, we’ve loved, we’ve learned, and we are leaving a legacy…

… HAPPY 29TH ANNIVERSARY, LOVE!!! Thanks for the wonderful memories. Here’s to another lifetime with you by my side.

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8 comments

  1. a blessed happy anniversary – One by one each year flew by, Since you both said ‘I do.’ Twenty-nine years of memories, shared by the two of you. From big events and holidays. To simple daily pleasures, some tearful times along life’s way, some joys that can’t be measured…One by one each year now gone, but still they’re yours forever…More anniversaries to come. God Bless

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    1. thanks much, mistah. the best memories of my life, made possible by a woman who stood by me for 29 years, through good times and bad. she gave me 4 wonderful kids, she helped me to become what i am today. truly a blessing!

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  2. chai, congratulations on your 29th weddng anniversary. This is an endeavor that should never see retirement (not like the army hahaha). I wish you both all the best. If its gonna be another lifetime then let it be. give my best to your cmdr in chief and keep up with those very laudable projects . congrats again from the magallanes family

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    1. hi, lit! and thanks for those encouraging words. we have lived, we have loved, we have learned our lessons as we grew. in the twilight of our years, i now look forward to being able to leave a legacy. a legacy of hope, of kinship, of love for humankind.

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