I feel so blessed and happy today because of a very special reason...I was able to talk to one of my bestfriends . His name is Raymund Louie Rapadas now living and working in Saudi Arabia. I am glad that we had a blissful and enjoying moments when we were together, more than enough to make my day bright when I remember meaningful days in the Philippines.
I met him while working at the Intellectual Property Office in year 1999 month of July. I remembered, I started working one week ahead of him but since we were both in Accounting department, we became close friends. He was my witness to every failures and successes in life I had…and I will say that I became his witness too in his progress and career development in life. At first, there was situation that was confusing about him but thankfully that he made it cleared about it and with that, I understand him more.
I admire him in many ways. He is indeed a true friend and he proved that many times to me. Sometimes, we differed in beliefs, methodology and approach in life but the respect , appreciation and consideration being a friend binded us together. Being honest with one another to situations beating us down make us way to help eachother more in facing difficulties and challenges.
I remember that in m y life, I made wrong decisions…wrong decisions . With care and concern, he was there fervently and frankly expressing his thoughts . If he thinks that I am wrong, then I am wrong and he will insist it letting me know that I am very wrong. With these, I had the chance of reevaluating things and make it right. Sometimes, I am hardheaded that it took long period of time for me to realize his food for thoughts. It feels funny to remember those things now because I became stubborn many times and with those situations, he straightened me up many times too.
I am very thankful to him. He stayed by me in happy and tearful moments. He became my light when the sun is nowhere to be found. I am very proud of my friend.
More about him, he is very successful in his career now. He has a stable big earning job somewhere in Saudi Arabia. He said that this December, he is planning to have a vacation in the Philippines. I just hope and pray that one day, we will meet again together with my dear friends in the Intellectual Property Philippines. I Love and miss you my friend.