In commemoration of the 1st Anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre, my students and I decided to get out of the comforts of our classroom and the confines of our campus to join the Young Blood Media and the other generals for a simple candle-lighting ceremony at the Carlos P. Garcia Park, right at the heart of General Santos City.
We will never forget the senseless killing of 58 men and women, most of whom we have rubbed elbows with during Press Conferences, as well as corporate and city-wide events. For one, I vividly remember Bong Reblando who dropped by my office at RMMC weeks prior to the gruesome massacre. He asked for help with regards to the release of his academic documents which he needed for his promotion. I never thought it would be the last time I would see him alive.
I personally know Kuya Bong and his wife, Ate Bebot. They were our neighbors in Balimbing Street while I was still in elementary. When I came across an article about their love story, thanks to Sir Gilbert Tan who shared it on FB, I decided to share it on my wall in order for others to know their story. I decided to print the article written by Menchu Aquino Sarmiento for the Sunday Inquirer Magazine and share it to my 50 students in English 1 (Study and Thinking Skills) as well as to the Mass Communication, English and Psychology students in the Liberal Arts Department.
Theirs is a love that will continue to touch the souls of many. Read their moving love story at http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/sim/sim/view/20101120-304310/Bong-loves-Bebot
A year has already passed after the brutal killing of journalists and we continue to wait for the case to be resolved and the perpetrators be jailed.
We continue to grieve.
We continue to pray.
We continue to hope that justice will prevail.
(All photographs in this post are courtesy of Mosler Paul Lapore)