This is isn’t my first post about death, but this is a first about a loved one who passed away. Yesterday, we received a very shocking and unbelievable news. My cousin Anthony died because of motor accident. I was checking out feeds on Facebook when I read a post from another cousin about Anton leaving them, so I clicked it. Following it were sad comments on Anton’s latest status that says, “Nothing’s permanent…” just 15 hours ago. I couldn’t believe what I just read so I texted Ate Ging if she have heard from him lately because there are some disturbing comments on his FB account. Ate then told me that she’ll call someone in Manila to ask. My hands were shaking, my heartbeat grew faster while waiting for Ate Ging to call me back. And when she did, she’s already crying and sobbing, confirming the very painful news to me. It rang in my head like an awful noise, deafening me. I was stunned. I couldn’t believe it! He’s just 22 years old. How can that possibly happen to him? A series of unfortunate events suddenly flashed back some 4 years ago, when two very young cousins of mine died in a tragic way. And again, the thought of having these beautiful and kind-loving people close to my heart leaving us too soon pains me so much.
So, to Anton, thank you for all the great memories we shared together. (In tears while typing) Remember when we used to play Scrabble and Tong-its at your house in Bicutan when you’re around 10 or 11 years old, then we’d put lipstick on each other’s faces and kaserola on top of the head of whoever loses the round? Each vacation in your place is such an unforgettable one. Thank you also for always fixing our computers each time it conks out. You’re such a reliable guy when it comes to computer. May you rest in peace, Tong. I know you’re in good hands right now. Please always guide Ate Ness, Tita Mer, Tito Alex and Rom-Rom. I’m so sorry if Ate Ging and I wouldn’t be able to see you for the last time. As much as we wanted to, we can’t. Thank you for letting us feel your presence last night when you played with Viel. You made him laugh. We will miss you everyday, and you will stay in our loving hearts forever.
(The last profile picture he made on his Facebook account)