Thursday, July 31, 2008

VESTIGE OF THOUGHTS

This article is from the blog of a very dear friend to me. Sabi ko i-link ko siya para naman mabasa ng marami ang blogsite niya. Ayaw niya. For her, ang blog daw niya ay parang journal niya sa sarili niya. Nahihiya daw siya kasi baka wala naman siyang kayang sabihin. Ok lang daw na ako lang ang makabasa. Lagi niyang sinasasabi sa akin na number one fan ko siya. Ang hindi niya alam, lately, ako na ang fan niya. Hindi lang ako vocal magsalita sa kanya. Hindi ko lang sinasabi sa kanya, lihim lang, pero hinahanggan ko siyang magsulat sa kabila ng mga paminsan minsang pagkikritiko ko sa kanya(pero para sa kanya panlalait ang tawag niya do'n).

Hindi niya alam kung gaano siya kagaling magsulat kasi parang na-trauma na siya sa akin dahil everytime na may isusulat siya kasunod na niyan ang walang katapusan kong pagkokomento. Lately, napansin ko, ang galing galing na niyang magsulat. Wala na akong maikomento. Wala na rin akong ma-edit. At parang nabaligtad na ang mundo. Dahil napapansin ko, parang siya na ang nagko-comment sa mga isinusulat ko at siya na rin ang nag-eedit, hahahaha.

Sa kapipilit, nakumbinse ko siya na mag-cut and paste ng maski isang article lang at i-post dito. She is Leslie, Leshie, Jalez, Wendy, or just call her simply Les.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Just Have Faith
I'm not the religious type of person. I was born Roman Catholic as inherited. I go to church on Sundays when I was in High School, then after the mass we stroll at SM North Edsa. It was I think became a routine in our family. It is how my brother and I were encouraged by my parents to attend mass every Sunday (which we mutually liked actually).

I have a different view on 'religion' as opposed to my mother. It was a kind of orientation I grew up with. Since I entered kinder I never had a 'religion class' neither did I have 'values education.' It is a common joke to my schoolmates when asked about 'values' we'd always say, 'wala kaming values e." (we don't have values.) Its not that we don't have values per se, but we don't have the subject as part of our curriculum. I'd always say, "Hay naku, tinawag ko na nga lahat ng santong kilala ko dahil sa sobrang hirap at sakit." (Haay, I even called all the Saints I knew for its hard and painful). It is actually an expression or more of an exaggeration. But surprised of what I just have said. I stopped, and realized that I don't know the names of the saints. If I were to blame who for not knowing all the saints. I might question the UPIS Curriculum or the UP Administration. But what the heck, I'd already answered that a long time ago. "Better leave the teachings of God to the proper authority. And leave the teachings of knowledge of mankind to the educators of universities as the instruments of God."

I was brought up in a different kind of environment, different orientation, more liberal, more radical, more of an 'atheist' outsiders might think. But its not. We weren't, and we aren't atheists. We have the freedom to choose what to believe in, and freedom not to. And ones you already knew what to believe in, it is stronger and more than powerful. Because it is your own choice. And it is not forced on you to believe something that you don't. It is FAITH.

I have my own faith.

I believe in God.

I pray.


When I was in College, I have broken our family Sunday routine. I was mostly out. I didn't like the way my mother thinks of herself being blessed every Sunday having mass thrice or more. But little she knew she doesn't apply the teachings learned at Sunday school. She mostly commits sins and forget the values taught in church. The reason? She has stronger ties with the church than me who doesn't.

I then rarely attend church since then.

I don' t religiously attend mass, or hear the teachings of God. But I have my own faith. I believe that the most important thing that one should know is to be good and do good to people around you. Corny it may seem but my pattern in life is the teachings of Confucius, 'the golden rule.' I believe in the law of Karma, though its a Buddhist teaching. But I find it reasonable and logical. There's a good karma for a good deed and a bad karma for a bad deed.

When there's something I want, I pray hard for it. I believe that when I sincerely pray and ask for it, how impossible it may be. He'll hear me. He'll find a way. And God always has a way.

And I can say prayer really works. I've tested it several times and it didn't fail me. I believe in God. I trust God. And I surrender to Him. Just have faith.

Posted by leslienavarro at 8:08 AM

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UP CAL GRADUATION DAY




GIMIK SA INFANTA, QUEZON



GIMIK SA LA UNION


JALEZ, the rocker, hehehe. UPIS family day, si Les ang lead singer ng banda nila. grade 9, (third year high school siya).


Napakasimpleng tao ni Les. Walang ere. Walang yabang sa katawan. Madaling kausap. Madaling masaktan pero madali ring magpatawad. Kapag kasama ko siya, lahat ay parang kayang kaya kong gawin. Kasi lagi siyang nakaalalay. She's makuwento, masarap kausap at malalim. Pero hindi siya talkative sa lahat ng oras. Minsan, huhulihin mo sa gesture niya kung ano ang iniisip niya at kung ano ang gusto niyang gawin o mangyari. She never complains. Parang life is so easy to her despite of all the trials na pinagdaanan niya. Iiyak lang 'yan sandali tapos life must go on na agad. Mangangarap lang 'yan ng konti tapos gusto niya i-work out na agad. She's the kind of person na ayaw ng pulos theory o prinsipyo. Sa kanya dapat may kasamang hardwork to achieve something, to gain something. She's an idealistic person but very practical. She's sensible, sensitive and very caring. Hindi ka niyan iiwan sa ere o ilalaglag habang nasa bingit ng kamatayan.

I believe that each and everyone of us has his/her own depth. But it can never be gauged on how we perceive it in our own eyes. For our eyes can be easily deceived. One can only see the depth of a real person when he talks, the way he thinks, the way he loves, and experiences he has gone through. I want to share an insight of a very close and dear friend to me. To prove that there's more in her than meets the eye.

She is my bestfriend in life, she is Leshie sa mga friends, Wendy sa mga close friends, Jalez the rocker noong high school or just plain LES to those people around her. But whatever you call her, still her simplicity stands out. Her brilliant mind, her sincerity and deeds speaks for what she really is. And no matter how far she may go... siya pa rin si Les, ang nag-iisa at natatanging si Les.



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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

ang ganda naman nung naka stripe. mayumi siya at may pagkapinay talaga tingnan.di malayong...married na siya no?

gladi said...

yep.

Wordsmith77 said...

Very nice graduation photos. Thanks, Gladz, for posting.

Re your friendship with Leslie, ang masasabi ko lang, pareho kayong masuwerte dahil maraming nililipasan at nilalampasan na lamang ng buhay nang walang tunay na kaibigan.

Re Leslie's blog, Vestige of Thoughts,I hope that Les will keep on posting entries. Magkalayu-layo man tayo, through blogs, hindi mawawala ang ating koneksiyon kahit sa pamamagitan man lang ng pagtunghay sa personal journal ng bawat isa.

gladi said...

You're right, wordsmith77. Pero sino ang nagsabi sa'yo na magkakalayo-layo tayo? Sandali lang naman yun kung sakali. Saka may usapan na tayo na yearly eh magrereunion tayo, hehe. 'Yung koneksiyon natin sa isa't isa ay panghabang buhay 'yan. Saka magbabakasyon tayo lahat doon. All expenses paid, wahahahahaha.

Gerald Galindez said...

i really really love ....
old undigitalized photos...
nice photos ate gladi..

gladi said...

thanks Gerald.

kc cordero said...

glady,
sayang di sumali si leslie sa bb. pilipinas :) at sana ituloy niya ang pagiging rocker para madagdagan ang magagandang rakista :)
btw, ano na na nangyari sa komiks history book conceived many months ago?

gladi said...

hahaha, yaan mo sabihin ko na mag-beauty queen siya. uy rocker pa rin si les. parang circulan, nasa dugo 'yan. hehe.

hindi pa uli kumontak sa amin si loren banag pero nabuo naman ang research framework, nasa kanya na. so far, wala pa akong balita kung ano na estado nito. sana nga eh matuloy, maski iba pa ang gumawa. maski hindi kami, o maski hindi tayo. maganda kasi talaga 'yung proj.

aying said...

hey glad ok yan ni post mo about k les. So true. She is strong person pero kung baga lage lang syang nasa likod na camera. Nice blog les, sbra. When it comes fr d heart it's so nice to read it. Hay mis ko na kyo hah. AYan nagpo-post na namn ako mamimis ko na naman kayo. hehehe =)

gladi said...

aying friend,

so kumusta ka na? kelan lang magkausap tayo ah pero alam mo 'yun maski araw araw tayo mag-usap parang ang dami pa rin nating dapat pag-usapan, hehe.

lam mo ba, kelan ko lang narealize na masaya nga pala once na nagbakasyon ako dyan sa tate kasi ang dami ko palang dadalawin na mga friends. Siyempre number one ka, sina jen at rj, then si chinggay, si ces (pero nasa australia yon, si jaz kaso nasa rome ata siya ngayon) tapos iyon pang ilang friends namin ni les gaya ng bestfriend niyang si melidy at mga sanpit niya. hay, ansaya nun. para pala akong mag-aaround the world, ahahaha.

kelan naman kaya yun? hay...

leslienavarro said...

haha! next year around da world ka. haha. ala naman akong masabi kasi tungkol sa akin. no comment. haha. sana payat pa rin ako tulad dati. un lang po. bow. hihihi.

hi aying! musta na. miss ka na rin namin, yaan mo dadalawin ka namin jan sa maryland. next year. hehe

aying said...

ei glad n les: shox cge pnta kyo dto hah pero lam nyo I guess I'll be back sa LA na din ewan ko hah mejo ok un work dto sa Maryland kya lang may mga ilang bagay na hassle e. I really don't know yet kung ano ba gagawin ko. But nwys sana tlga makapnta na kyo dto sbrang mis ko na company nyong dalwa. Chka masarap dto pag bakasyon pero pag andto kna simula na ng madilim at puro pagdurusa na... hahahaha.. well ndi nman pero pag nasa ibang bansa na kyo u'll know wat im talking about. Mis ko na kyo pati mga putchang bonchalet at un mga fishball n beach haus sheets tlga na malupit. ok sya cge.

leslienavarro said...

ahaha.cge balik ka na ng LA. dahil gusto ko pumunta ng LA e para may dadalawin kami dun. next year, ahahah. cge see you there.

nunang said...

nice.. trulalu lhat ng cnbi mu.