Someone Too Special


Do you know someone who gets out of his comfort zone to take care of others’ needs? Someone who works hard but remembers to do everything with love? Someone who inspires others by merely doing his tasks? Someone who leads with passion and wisdom? Someone who’s generous even when he doesn’t have much? Someone who never runs out of creative juices? Someone who makes others feel appreciated?

Thank God I do!

P.S. To me, that someone is my eldest brother, Kuya Dennis!  Thank you for everything Adidas!


A Glimpse of Heaven In You


It’s my brother’s (2nd to the eldest) birthday today! I’m so delighted, but earlier this day he wasn’t. He was refused a leave of absence. He’s been wanting to take some rest. As he said it, he needs a life. His sentiments were caused by having to work through the weekend. I believe he’s already tired.

He’s not into reading, so I’d try my best to keep this short but forgive me if I couldn’t. I wonder now if he’ll read this. I just hope he does.

I do not have earthly things to give him on his birthday because half of what I own came from him (the other half was from our eldest brother 🙂 ). And I really do think that it’s never a good idea to give someone something that came from him or her. Right?

Going back… All I have are “kind words” for his birthday.

He used to be a ball… I mean “fat” when he was younger, which was why almost everyone would squeeze his cheeks and say, “You’re so cute!”

Don’t give him birthday cards or anything that shows your thoughtfulness because he’ll just throw it away. He’s not into keeping even stuff of sentimental value.

He not only hates flying cockroaches, he FEARS them.

He snores almost every night.

We have many similarities, but we have more dissimilarities. I love rock music, he hates it. He loves classic songs, I don’t. We both love NBA Games (even if the both of us do not play basketball)! Let’s go HEAT!

I love my brother… so much! This is so even if he’s grouchy at times.

I thank him for the times he’s put up with my stories and corny jokes especially when he’s already tired. I know he’s been trying so hard to listen to me especially when he’s busy doing more important things like playing DotA. 🙂

He’s the funniest person in our family.

He's the funniest member of our family.

He’s the funniest member of our family.

I know most people who know him do not know this very fact.

If you ask him one verse from the Bible (aside from John 3:16) that he memorized, it will definitely be James 1:5. As far as I know, it’s his favorite.

He’s smart in many ways (though maybe not so much academically speaking. Haha! 🙂 )

He’s generous, understanding, mature, loving, respectful, diligent and creative.

He’s humble. He doesn’t want to talk about his strengths in front of other people.

He’s a simple person. When he’s asked to write his signature, he’ll write his nickname. He still wears shorts that have holes in them. 🙂

He’s low-key and unspoiled.

He’s a serious man… veeerry serious!

Let me prove it through these photographs:

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I can’t forget the story which revealed a hero in him.

We were in a resort somewhere in Laguna. The four of us (siblings) were in the pool when all of a sudden our eldest brother got stuck in the deep part of the pool. We noticed him and “Kuya Erwin” (as I call him; though I actually call him many names) got his basketball and splashed about in the pool right away. Yes, he did swim with the ball because he would drown without it. Now let’s go back to our eldest brother. He managed to take hold of the side of the pool while Kuya Erwin was striving to get to where he was previously. When he got there, he could swim no more. Now, he’s the one needing rescue. Uh-oh!

Poor boy! I’m sorry if I didn’t tell you earlier that this happening was not only heroic but also hilarious.

More often than not, he’s able to keep his nerve, like the one time an earthquake occurred. We were at home. I was upstairs sleeping. He came to our room, woke me up and pulled me downstairs. Then we all went outside of the house.

He extremely hates it whenever his hands and feet get sweaty, but he loathes his clammy hands more.

He can play the guitar (actually he plays it well), the drums, the bass guitar, the keyboard. You name it! He’s musically-inclined. He hasn’t tried to play the tambourine, though.

He can sing, but you wouldn’t want to hear him often. Don’t worry, I’ll convince him to spend more of his time in playing instruments and less of it in singing.

Aside from peeling off the portion of a P300-prepaid card where the code was located instead of scratching it, I couldn’t think of anything silly that he’s done in the past.

He makes wise decisions almost all the time, which I think is mainly because of his “James 1:5 motto”. You should try it! It really works!

He’s someone who’s not afraid to strike wacky poses (like the ones you see here) and upload them on Facebook or elsewhere thereafter.

“I’m sorry if I use your laptop for almost a whole day every day. I’m sorry if I use your things without your permission. I’m sorry if I’ve broken a lot of things. I’m sorry if I take some of your time to have you fix the things I break.” Shiva

He’s had my previous mobile phone fixed for a few times. He helps me with everything about computers and the like. He checks up on me when it’s already late and I’m not yet home. He checks up on us when he’s not at home even when he’s busy. He provides us with what we need whenever he can. I’m a fan of him, so much that I even copied his habit of nail biting a few years back. We grew up together and even got fat together. Unlike before, he already knows how to cook nowadays. Maybe it’s one of his preparations for settling down, which I certainly hope will not be anytime soon.

He’s taught me a lot about life in general even when he’s reticent about almost everything most of the time.

He’s resourceful. He always finds ways, just like BDO. 🙂

He bought a printer when I needed it.

He bought a printer when I needed it.

He bought a printer when I needed it even when the reason for having to buy it was my fault (I broke the previous one we had due to too much use).

He always thinks of the good of others. There were times wherein I wanted to tell him not to be too nice because good people die early. (Haha! 🙂 )

He’s supportive of what I do.

He’s the brother everyone would want to have.

I can’t thank God enough for giving me brothers like Kuya Dennis and Kuya Erwin, so let me say, “Te quiero mucho mis hermanos!”

Thank you for letting me have a glimpse of heaven in you!

A Brother Worth Imitating


In the past years, I’ve noticed that tributes have oftentimes been given to people when they are already dead. To me, that idea is as good as a chocolate teapot! The now dead person would have felt honored and appreciated if only the kind words have been told when he or she was still alive! Wouldn’t he or she?

Now let me pay a tribute to someone who’s very much alive!

…to someone who’s touched so many lives!

I’m talking about Mr. Dennis Rodriguez!!!!!

According to our mother, he’s the largest baby she’s ever delivered! He weighed 9lbs when he came into the world exactly 28 years ago today.

“He looked like a one-year-old baby back then,” she would recall.

He was BIG! Oh wait, let me correct myself here. He IS big for until now, he’s the tallest and the heaviest among the four of us. (Ooops… I think I’d have to apologize! I know I’m supposed to make him happy and not make fun of him today.)

Yeah, he seemed healthy during his infancy. However, something’s changed when he turned 4. He grew thin, so skinny that you would think he could make a great fit for your banana cues! Oh well, kidding aside, our parents thought he wouldn’t make it for he’s been coughing so hard and he’s really having a hard time to breathe. They’ve already tried almost every option to have him healed, but it just wouldn’t work.

Then one day, out of nowhere, it came to our father’s mind to take him to the Baywalk located just behind Quirino Grandstand. He’s taken him there for four consecutive mornings. He had to carry him on his back for he couldn’t walk for a long period of time. He would splash water over him and even take him to a ferry ride. The water there’s a thousand times cleaner that it is nowadays I suppose.

It was a leap of faith he’d made right there, and this faith made my brother well.

In his very first year in school (1990), there have been times when he would wake up, dress, and go to school all by himself. The other times, when our father wouldn’t come on time because he was recovering from lack of sleep due to work, he would opt to go home from school by himself.

During his elementary days in Shalom Learning Center, Inc. (now called Shalom Akademeia of Cavite), he would sell Dunkin’ Donuts and some toys to his classmates. Little did we know that this was already a sign that he would later venture into entrepreneurship.

We’ve got one young businessman in the making!

In the same school, his skills were developed which made his schoolmates and teachers recognize him. He’s been known for his creativity, diligence, brilliance, responsibility, leadership and many more. These characteristics he still possesses to date, and I can attest to that!

He really is amazing!

Even when he needed to transfer to a different high school, this didn’t make him any less of what he once was. He continued to show what he’s able to do regardless. He’s gained many friends and even teachers got fond of him.

He really is one sociable dude!

Before he reached his twenties, he’s already tried working for a number of companies. That hasn’t been a problem with him because he’s persevering and hard-working. This he did for the very purpose of helping our parents financially. He’s made a lot of sacrifices for us, which I’ll always be very proud of and thankful for.

I still remember how he would take care of us (his siblings) when our parents were not home. He would even cook for us. He’s started cooking at a very young age, which made him a good chef to date (even without a formal education). Actually, I’ve been missing the foods he used to prepare for us. They’re just so delectable!

He sings well, too! I don’t know if you’ve already heard him sing in the past, but he’s just got better! He sings with feelings. I suggest you try listening to him if you haven’t! Go look for him somewhere in Dubai! I bet he’s singing while preparing some pastries right now.

I’ve learned a lot through his life. I’m absolutely a fan of him. When I was younger, I knew I wanted to be just like him. He’s a living proof that educational attainment doesn’t define a person, but rather his faith defines him.

He’s the epitome of one who performs beyond expectations.

He has innate power to influence people in a positive way. Wherever he goes and whatever he does, a life or two is impacted by him. He’s also able to communicate his message effectively just like during our Bible studies, devotions and fellowships at church.

Despite his serious facade, he has a funny side. You may not be aware of it, but he does have that. When he went home from Abu Dhabi in 2011, he, along with Kuya Erwin and myself, would share a bunch of stories and jokes with one another. We would sing and laugh the night out and thus sleep in the morning of the next day. How I miss those very fun times!

At church, he used to take care of the Praise & Worship Ministry and Youth Ministry. He was also the one who kept the church documents. He’s just so organized.

He’s eager to serve God in almost every way.

I admire him so much. I wish I was as creative, sociable and flexible as he is. I’ve always wanted to be the leader that he is. I’m amazed at how dedicated he is to everything he does. Despite all these, he’s managed to remain humble. He knows that it is God who deserves all the glory in whatever good he does, and I couldn’t hold him in any higher regard for this!

He has this mark which he unconsciously leaves in almost every person he encounters. This is why his erstwhile classmates, teachers and Sunday School students cannot just forget him even after a few years have gone by. He’s just one of a kind!

Keep shining His light through your wonderful life!

Now, let’s see what some of our relatives, his friends, workmates, former workmates, former churchmates, former classmates, former teachers have to say for his special day!

To the coolest people in the world who have taken their time to send the birthday messages that are published here, I couldn’t thank you enough! May you realize how blessed you all are today!

Acknowledgements go out to Kuya Bobby, Ate CristinaKuya Rodel, Ate Aihlza, Ate Djherrie Lhynn, Kuya Jomer, Kuya Philip, Ate Rachel, Ate Mae, Kuya Frederick, Kuya Jesus Ray, Kuya Jonathan T., Kuya Glenn, Ate Cielo, Ate TereAte Yumi, Tchr. Alona, Tchr. Edna, Tchr. Perla, Tchr. Mary-Ann, Tchr. Glenda, Tchr. Minerva, Tchr. Alpha, Mam Mapanoo, Mam Simon, Mam Alvaran, Ate Lily, Kiko, Kuya Marlon, Marielle, Ninang Nheng, Tepp, Ate Isang, Hazel, Sarah G., Elaine, April, Elphee Heart, Tchr. Lumen, Ate Didang, Klause, Jane, Tiffany, Jenny, Kuya Christian, Ate Christian Joy, Kuya Jonathan A., Ate Jocelyn, Ate Zandra, Kuya Zenen, Kuya Duke, and Ate Ei Mon.

I count myself blessed to have known God at an early age, to have a family like the one I have now, and to have a brother like Kuya Dennis. He’s one of the reasons why I’ll forever consider myself blessed!

Here is a poem I have just made. 🙂

A Brother Worth Imitating

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