Monday finds Batangas City sodden and sullen from the early-morning monsoon drench, with motorists from Manila making their way toward the provincial capital, braving through the new road extension from the Southern Luzon Expressway, which has suddenly been enveloped by a thick fog, obscuring the way and raising fears of a road mishap.
Lady luck has been on my side ever since I arrived back from a pilgrimage in Spain. I must have received so many wonderful blessings after completing the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
There are too many stories to ignore, with some reaching urban legend status. There’s the blogger who supposedly slapped a PR person at a beauty event, the blogger who shoplifted at a store opening and the blogger who has been hawking her product samples on a popular Internet forum.
I have been married for 25 years to a man who is responsible, kind, a homebody and God-fearing. A month ago, I discovered accidentally that his ex-girlfriend in high school and college, who is also married now and live thousands of miles away, sent him a message in Facebook to be his friend. Being a gentleman, my husband accepted her invitation and they became friends. From then on, they kept exchanging messages. I was able to read them without my husband’s knowledge. The messages contain just updates on their lives the past 30 years—no hanky-panky except phrases from the girl like “take care of yourself,” “be safe when you travel.”
When we were seminarians in the mid-’80s, Fr. Roque Ferriols, SJ, told us in our Philosophy class that the Filipino translation of Ignatius of Loyola’s “Take and Receive” was inaccurate. The final line of the prayer goes, “Give me only your love and your grace, these make me rich, I ask for nothing more.”
It was a luncheon unlike any other as the genial lady Nene Leonor hosted a lavish despedida for her dear friend, Edna Lhuillier, wife of former ambassador of the Philippines to Italy and now to Portugal, Philip Lhuillier. At Shangri-La Makati’s Shang Palace gathered the closest friends who all wished madam Edna all the best as she embarks on another fruitful journey, this time to Portugal.