Then I strained to work with a construction group, located in front of Felipe Abrigo National Memorial School of Arts and Trades (FANMSAT) now known the Southern Samar National School of Arts and Trades (SSNSAT) in the town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. At first I felt intense pain on my body, prickly fingers and feet but despite heavy and hard works I was happy to receive the 15 pesos for a day's work.
Six months later, the constructions of the five units of apartments were done. We moved to another project – a three-story building owned by a Chinese businessman. But before leaving the place, I stood up in front of FANMCAT with my promise that I shall return to study high school.
I was sixteen year old when I finished and received my Grade School Certificate from Mayana Elementary School, Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Philippines in 1976. I started my high school in 1977 as self-supporting student and received my Secondary School Certificate from Southern Samar School of Arts and Trades, Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Philippines during the school year 1980-1981. Following that year, I took up One Year in Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education from Southern Samar School of Arts and Trades, Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Philippines during the school years 1981-1982.
December 1986, I dreamed again to raise my own family. Marrying my wife was the best decision I ever made in my life. The love I felt for her was my strength. Now we have three children, all girls ages 26, 24 and 23. I married my wife with a ten peso bill on my wallet. I courted her for six days and on the 7th day, we were married. It happened in 1986. Mrs. Corazon C. Aquino was our newly elected Philippine President.
The ceremony was simple and very fast. It only took less than ten minutes after the judge declared, “I pronounce you Paul and you Imelda as husband and wife”. Following his declaration were the wishes of congratulations and the signing of our signatures on the documents with his signature and the signatures of our godparents.
When I arrived in my current location (Riyadh) on March 23, 1994, I was first employed as a janitor/laborer. That will be my work position for two years and nine months. The management must have noticed my hard work because I was promoted to be a Facility Records Clerk. After some time I was again promoted to be an Analyst/Bookkeeper and this would be my job for nine years and three months.
After the course, my communication has improved. Yes. I admit that English is not my language and during the course by tutor advised me to write articles in my own language, an example is the below photo of the poem I wrote in Filipino language. Now then, I applied what I learned from this tutorial course. I started sending off letters to editors and other articles to print media and to online digital media. I started creating my blog sites for my blogging hobby online and now I am enjoying writing also for some of the sharing revenue sites available online like HubPages, Triond, Wikinut, and Expertscolumn. Thanks to Writers Bureau and ICS - through the distance education, I hit my dream!
I could still remember that day about the happiness I felt when Imelda conceived our first baby after nine months of marriage. Imelda got pregnant. She delivered our first baby angel which was a boy on October 16, 1987. We gave him a name Jeffrey. However, on his nine months on this planet, the boy died. And it took us for almost a year on mourning.
But the good news followed when in April 1989, Imelda conceived our second baby girl and she delivered her on December 5, 1989. We gave her a name Marife. While in 1991, November 21, again we welcomed another baby girl, we gave her a name Maricar and again we received another blessing from the Almighty, Imelda has again conceived another angel and has delivered her on December 30, 1992 and we gave her a name MaryJoy. She is the last angel Imelda has conceived before she expelled her last breath last July 24, 2015.
Do not grieve for her, for now she is free, she is following the path God laid for her. She took His hand when she heard Him call. She turned her back and had left it all. She could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, because Imelda - my beloved wife has found that place at the close of the day.
If her parting has left a void, then fill it remembered joy - a friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss - these things, she too, I am surely sure she will miss. Do not be burdened with times of sorrow, she wishes you the sunshine of tomorrow. Her life has been full, she savored much - good friends, good times and a loved one's touch. Perhaps her time seemed all too brief, but do not lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with her, God wanted her now, He set her free!