Who would want to have a barkada name as cheesy as "Ever Lasting Friends"? We certainly do... :)
I went home tonight with a big smile on my face. This was indeed a blessed Friday night, for I was given a chance to celebrate happiness with my dear friends. A simple dinner, stroll and evening laughter in Eastwood was all it took me to forget the test of faith that I am currently in. Good thing I have this bunch of crazy people I call friends to cheer me up. I love them to bits. I would like to grab this chance to bring back the hands of time and remember where it all started...
1998- Grade school Circa: Ang "Magkakalaban"
The instances that we would only see each other are during inter-school competitions such as district quiz bee, press conference and "Tagisan ng Talino"- as competitors representing our respective schools. For me, they were just familiar faces that I had to beat. Keber sa kanila. However, after winning certain titles in the District Schools Press Conference, we became closer as we composed the Taytay II team to compete in the Division level. We were fetched by a certain jeep and brought to the venue, which is 1-2 hrs. away from our pick-up point. During this week-long stint, we were given the chance to know each other a little better- Lori, Joana, Joanne and I.
1999- 2003- High School Life: "Tales of Jeepney Rides, Pahingi ng Piso at Tigang na Corned Beef"
After our gradeschool graduation, all of us went to Rizal National Science High School. Stacy, coming from a different district was actually a new face, but we did not have a hard time embracing her in the group, because of her bubbly personality. Since all of us live in Taytay, Rizal, we ended up going home together. Jeep rides were always fun. Despite being in different sections, we still managed to see each other during free weekends over hearty breakfast/lunch/merienda/merienda ulit/dinner until our stomachs would burst in Lori's house. Her Nanay would even wrap food for us to bring home to our mothers, so that we won't be scolded for going home late. We always pick each other as partners during group activities because working and studying with friends is always great. Before the exams, we would review our lessons in "Bukid", a grassy area in a field near our house which was guarded by a tree (where we planted letters to our crushes that time.. eww). We usually celebrate the announcement of Top Students in McDonald's since Lori, Joana and Joanne almost never missed to be a part of the list. Thus, they treat the group (Stacy and I were their SLAVES- in charge of the orders and asking for tons of extra ketchup). I didn't mind to study as much. Besides, I wasn't that brainy when it comes to Math so I left the academic chuva to them (I know, lame excuse).
Highschool wasn't actually all-fun. Most of us came from poor families and being scholars was our only way to get educated. There were times that I did not have enough allowance to go home. To get by, I asked for 1 peso from each of the gang so that I could have enough fare to ride a jeep. Lunch was just easy. I just had to bring a spoon so that I could share Stacy's lunch, without her having to lend me her fork. During physics classes, Lori/Stacy would lend me their scientific calculators (good thing we were from different sections, and classes were scheduled differently). I couldn't afford to buy one. Those times were just too tough. Good thing I had Joanne, Joana, Lori and Stacy by my side to cope up.
2003- 2007- College: Busy Ako, Busy Sila, Pero Kailangang May Time Para sa Isa't-isa"
Come College, I was left with no choice but to work as a part-time service crew in Jollibee. My dad died just too early so I had to find a way to earn my allowance. Study by day, work by night. with God's grace, we still managed to earn respective scholarships to college. Joanne and Joana went to Meralco Foundation and Lori was educated in University of Asia and the Pacific. Stacy went to Polytechnic University of the Philippines and I got my chance in UP. All of us were just too busy. But during special occasions like birthdays and stuff, we still managed to find time to get together.
2007- Present: Career+Family+Friends+Fun= BONGGA!
After graduation, God gave us jobs to help with our needs. Aside from our careers, Lori and I settled down and are both starting a family of our own. Lori married Joel 3 years ago, while Mic and I are on our 2nd year after tying the knot. Joana, on the other hand is in a blooming relationship with Julius, while Joanne and Stacy are enjoying the perks of their single blessedness.
Once in a while, we save up for trips (albeit not too far) to enjoy our fun and growing group!
ELF Goes to Baguio
For some reasons, we have color themes on our parties
Green is IN!
ELF and Company (Expanding friendships to Rowie, Joel, Mic, Zai, Rosa and Ela)
If my math skills serves me right, 2012-1999= 13. Wow. 13 glorious years of friendship. I hope this will last as long as we all shall live.
I love you friends to the moon and back!
Thanks Lori, Joanne and Rowie for the photos
How about you, do you have a tale of friendship, too?