Today, one of the most creative guys I know is celebrating his 40th!
It is way past midnight but I can not afford to let this moment pass.
I just have to capture these raw and random thoughts
that have been hovering my mind the past days
so I can tell the world how blessed I am to know a person like him.
He stands out in the crowd.
Not only because of his height but because of his character.
He is someone you cannot contain in a box.
When it comes to ideas and concepts, he is unpredictable.
His creativity defines him.
He is a well-rounded artist and a world-class mentor.
At 40, he still has so much to give,
so much to offer, so much to accomplish.
His cup overflows with goodness and love.
He may never know to what extent his influence has made a difference
but he has to realize that the lives of the people around him are changed.
I, for one, have been touched by his life and his sacrifice,
by his kindness and by his thoughtfulness.
Aside from associating him with ballet and contemporary dance,
with Maya Binukutan and Teatro Ambahanon,
with books and films,
with lost keys and countless uhhhms,
I will effortlessly connect him with
Avocado Shake and Aratiles,
Awing Balbacua and Bola-Bola,
Gerbera and Eucalyptus.
His humility and pride are in a push and pull dialectics.
His quirks and flaws make him human, and adorable.
Some people may not like him.
Some people may not honor him.
But he keeps on doing what he does best.
In the midst of all he has accomplished,
he remains dedicated to learning some more.
His thirst for knowledge is unquenchable.
His drive for excellence is unstoppable.
I have made a commitment to keep upholding him in prayers.
I pray that he will be able to accomplish His God-given mission in his lifetime.
Leonardo Rey Salazar Cariño!
Happy 40th Birthday, Dakilang Cowboy!
Continue to make your mom and dad proud.