Inquirer Lifestyle columnist George Sison, who died March 6 of leukemia, embraced life so much that he pursued many interests.
A son of lawyer Carlos Moran Sison and socialite Priscilla de la Fuente, George studied astrology, ventured into handicraft exports, tried stage acting (with National Artist Lamberto Avellana’s Barangay Theater Guild), taught philosophy (Far Eastern University), dabbled in painting (three one-man shows), poetry (three books), songwriting (the album “Pilita Sings George”; the single “What Name Shall I Give You My Love?” originally recorded by Pilita Corrales and covered by The Platters), as well as film producing (Ishmael Bernal’s debut film “Pagdating Sa Dulo”).
But it was his column writing (as Conde de Makati at Weekly Graphic) that established his reputation as society raconteur. Upon the declaration of martial law, he found himself at Camp Crame, alongside arrested media members and lawmakers. He was detained for several months.
In 2014, he debuted his Inquirer Lifestyle column, “And So It Is,” writing about his old sosyal world in a lively, descriptive style with witty endings. For instance: “And speaking of Melanie (Marquez), here’s something she could say about our politicians: ‘Birds of the same together, they flock each other.”
Yet, readers also looked forward to the serious first part of these columns, which he began with a “mantra for the week,” before proceeding to discuss spiritual matters and his main endeavor, IAMISM—which he described as “a course on happiness and life management.”
‘O cosmic Birther’
In what turned out to be his last column on Jan. 13—roughly two months before he passed away quietly, in fact secretly, he wrote: “I make sure to reprint the only prayer that Jesus ever taught, in its original Aramaic language title, directly translated to English as: ‘O cosmic Birther of all radiance and vibration.’
“It means Jesus knew that the Universe is made of energy vibrating in different frequencies.
“Compare it to today’s version of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ and discover a different world and meaning. What a difference it makes if prayed properly—the effects would be just as distinct.”
His mantra for that week was, “O cosmic Birther, bring forth all my heart’s desires.”
Sison was many things to his family, friends, and followers. But in his lifetime, he sought what he called “the God within”—which every human has, but tends to ignore or overlook.