Thirty-nine years ago, I started dreaming to shoot my own movie where the main character to play the hero was myself as well as to play the role of the villain. Of course, it was really hard to balance the situation where myself was in conflict with my own. But my decision was final and harder than the hardest thing found on this planet. And no-one can stop it to visualize my dream.
At age 16, I visualized becoming an accountant and a writer. But the problem was – how to make them happen. I knew my parents could not afford to send me to school to finish those courses I had wished. However, I did not give up dreaming for them. In 1976, I was sixteen year old and had just finished my elementary; I decided to leave my parents.
Contrary to the will of my parents I still left them and lived the way I can. Living away from them was not easy and productive. I had slept under pine trees - they were robustly standing around our town plaza. I had used scrap card boards and old newspapers as my gasket and bedding. Sometimes I slept on the height of the tower of our town church, inside waiting shades and fish market along with other deserted children. I had become immune from the mosquitoes bites, salty smells and the freezing darkness.
There were nights I was weeping, remembering my family but the homesickness for them did not change my decision.I made friendship with those children who were also at my age. I mingled and associated with them like one family with the same fate. Thus, it became easier for me to be with them. The fish market was our source of living. Lifting of goods owned by market vendors in exchange for money to be divided equally among us were exciting and memorable experience. We really enjoyed for doing it.
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.
There were nights I was anxious. I could not sleep in the barracks due to chronic fatigue and pain. I wept and I wanted to go home but the advent of the future surpassed what I felt – especially when day time came - watching hundreds of young students entering the school gate, I pretended I was one of them carrying books and notebooks. The difficulty and fatigue from hard works eventually disappeared.
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.
The following year I stopped my college education. I went to Manila to look for job but I was not lucky so I decided to go home to my home province, Samar. During the school year 1984 to 1985, I took up One Year in Bachelor of Science in Cooperative Management at the University of Eastern Philippines, Catarman, Northern Samar. Before the beginning of school years 1985-1986, I left Catarman with my school records and decided to study at Leyte Colleges, Tacloban City, Philippines. The college approved. I was enrolled as a second year student in Bachelor of Science in Commerce Accounting. However, I did not finish my accountancy course. Just after the first semester I left for Manila again.
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.
On December 3, 1986, I started courting my wife. I visited her in the morning, lunchtime and in the evening for about six days. On December 8, 1986, I got her approval to marry me. Quickly as lightning, we scheduled our wedding the next day December 9, 1986. That same day, we brought our plan to her parents and it was approved. Also that same day, we contacted our chosen sponsors and we were advised to see them in the morning the next day at Trece, Martires City Hall to get the marriage license and other documents needed for the civil wedding. On December 9, 1986 at around 9 AM with the help of our sponsors, all the necessary documents for the wedding were completed. . Then at 10:30 AM we proceeded to the office of the judge located at the second floor of the Municipal City Hall.
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.
Early 1994, I again had dreamed to go abroad. I was lucky though because I did not experience much difficulty in acquiring an overseas job. My uncle-in-law who at that time was a chief accountant of the company Kawasaki Helicopter Saudi Arabia – Finance Department helped me get my current job by recommending me to the administrator of the company. A Philippine based recruitment agency, FB Allan processed my papers and I was able to go out of the country as a documented OFW.
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.
The promotion did not stop there. On May 8, 2006, I was assigned as under Secretary to the Vice President, then later as an Analyst. Then assigned me to manage a new showroom that sells antiques and other home accessories. From being a mere janitor, I had gone a long way and one can say that things just get better and better for me. Aside from working, I also devote some time for my other interests. While employed, I took up a creative writing course by mail with the Writer’s Bureau in Manchester London during the years 1998-1999. In 2000-2001, I took up Journalism and short story writing course with the ICS, PA, USA by mail.
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!
However, on July 24, 2015 my beloved wife Imelda died. For more than 28 years, my wife Imelda has enjoyed life with me and with our three loving children. For more than 28 years, we have enjoyed the married life full of beautiful dreams for the future ahead. We have never fight or have shouted at each other.
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.
Imelda is now at home in heaven, so happy and so bright, where there is perfect joy and beauty with the everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over for her now. Every restless tossing passed, she is now at peace forever, safely home in heaven at last.
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!
It is already 39 years have passed and the filming for this movie is not yet through. And I cannot tell it now when to finish it because until now, I have no idea yet what will be the ending of this movie. I just hope someone out there can suggest...and I would appreciate for any suggestions to come over. Just leave as your comments below. Thank you.
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