Monthly Archives: May 2015

Whatever Happened To Luigi

If you happen to visit this blog and read about Luigi’s story (see the following links here – Alternative Lifestyle, So Young, Chatroom, AIDS Advocacy) you’d probably wonder how he is now or his present state of health.

Luigi and I have been in touch for a time. We were connected through Facebook. Yesterday, I saw his status dated March 5 and feel deeply saddened by what he said in it. He is not feeling well (again) caused by his compromised immune system. He lacks enough sleep and barely eats because he vomits a lot.

His status tells a lot about what he feels and what young people need to know about being responsible individuals. Please read on:

When my time comes, please never idolize me. Include me in your prayers. Go back to the living God. Be good and repent for the sins we commit.

More than a month of not sleeping well, 2-4 hrs of sleep for the past 10 days. I have been vomiting and can’t eat for the past 2 days.

I just want to say farewell to all of you. My previous post was deleted by a friend with my request to protect my family but I believe it is my purpose to share it so I am posting it again to encourage everyone to look at their lives and to go back to God.

For the youth, especially the Filipino youth, live in simple ways and stay away from sins and evil things like drugs and sex. Do not do what I did. Enrich your soul. Always talk to Him in spirit.

This day, March 5th marks the 6th year of me receiving a news from a partner that I have to get tested for HIV, which came back positive. Please do not be stigmatized (which some of you may do). I am asking for understanding that I do commit mistakes.

I am sharing this so that our young people will somehow learn from me. Stay away from temptations and evil things. Always pray. Read the Bible and seek for its understanding. Don’t be like me who is a risk taker. We do commit mistakes but never let it happen again and again.

The Almighty Father has a plan for everyone. I am trying to accept and live mine. He is great and I believe he has mercy.

For God so love the world that he give his only begotten son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but live an eternal life. (John 3:16).

It was nice knowing you all. I am planning to go home to my province soon and might not be on FB anymore though my friend knows my account.

I want to take this opportunity to say sorry for those I have done wrong. Hugs!

I wish to make a follow-up story about his present condition, but will have to ask his permission again.

UPDATE:

More than three years after the interview above, I checked on Luigi’s FB account and I learned that he is in the US now. He looks healthy and living on his own.

Make the right choice

edit cartoon 4-2-15

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle pushing the anti-corruption “Huwag kang magnakaw” campaign in “uprooting  the culture of stealing on all levels of society and planting the seed of honesty, integrity and generosity so as to finally reclaim the stolen dignity of the Filipino people.” Image credit: N for the drawing and PT for the publication.

With less than a year before the 2016 Presidential elections, I hope we will make the right choice of candidate.

It’s exciting to watch presidential candidates here in the Philippines engage in debate with fellow candidates on national television. The voting public is learning from those discussions giving them the opportunity to choose the right person to vote. Even political chat forum can help the voters understand the stand of their presidential bet on particular issue. We’ll see who among the old and new faces in the political arena can bring “change” to what we have right now.

I admire candidates who actively participate in debates to answer issues thrown at him by his or her rival and have a clear stand on timely issues/problems besetting the country in general. People should be aware that candidates who depend on political gimmickry to be popular or evade issues at some point are those you can’t truly trust or rely in times of emergency. What will become of us when we are faced with another natural or man-made calamity?

How many presidential candidates have promised to uplift the living condition of the poor or provide job to the millions of people seeking a decent way to live? Most of them do at first glance. But how many were able to keep their promise? I hope dear readers that you’ll think several times about the candidates whose name you’ll write on the ballot form. They will shape our childrens’ future and the generation next to them. Do they deserve to be in power? We just hope that this coming election will be peaceful and clean. Vote wisely.

Original post from my other blog