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Time Together

I wrote this when I was listening to Harry Nilsson’s song – “Without You” and I began to be thankful for all of them:

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It is not just one individual -but a list really -starting with God …then my Mommy (Theresita Villena Rodriguez ) and Daddy -and then my brothers (Kuya Rizaldy Rodriguez and Dikong Ross )

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-and then my uncles and aunties (both Villenas and Rodriguez – still living and now gone – esp. Auntie Binay and Trining – who ministered to my needs and guide me while studying at UST )

– my friends from high school -until now (Lope Sarreal III, Kennedy Ong and Al Perez ) – my cousins Demetrio Cuaresma , Gemma and Berna Rosete – who were my batch then.

– then those who taught me about the Lord Jesus and His Word – Lolo Enteng – pastors and their wives: Ric Pagarigan , Dick and Anne Kwantes, James and Mary Anne De Young, Pastor Maas and Mom Eloise VanderBilt, even PS Jin Ito.

– my friends at UST – Joel Ong, Mon, Ramon C. Quevedo, Lloyd Ang, Friends from BFHCF -Pastors Rey Domingo and Edwin Puzon. Lynne Asuncion Fister and Gie, Lita, Mae, Doc Norman & Jojo

My office heads thru the years – Engrs Ed Cinco… Sir Jess Cabrera and then now Sir Alex Cabugao .

– and then my work mentors – Sirs Danny Aquillo , Reyo Gavino, Bong Sasotona ,Oman Ortega , Genie Pangilinan, Cesar Dawana. Alex D. Lim & even my kumpare -Joey Mell Alejandro Acejas ,and of course – Sir Julius Vinson and Mam Cecille Mariano Domingo – at Power Services.

My OH Line Design mentors – Alex Adamos, Larry Cruz, Dan Busilan and Noli Eusebio; UG Design mentors -Tonton Torres & Ruel Navaro & Bro Ling Sabalburo– and those who helped me at work thru the minute details -kumareng –Milagros G. Abenales, Nene Taylo, Fides and Grace Rasco-san Jose -my Standards colleagues: Joel Bongga, Robert Lazaro faithful field companion – Joey Benipayo and Harold Banglay,

My MACE Colleagues – Sir Elboy Gonzales, Ray Fabros ,Robert Nery, Joselito Oviedo & Rodel dela Torre.

My Miescor mates – ‘Inaanak’ Ezra Perida and Harold Pactanac.

my Christian Reconstructionist kumpares – IL CPatangan and Fed Dimal -and then my South CBG TS team now (DanT,Borj, Dennis Abustan Salvatus ,Kev Apolinar, Rhys,Pam & Debbie -though much younger than I am -are still teaching me a lot.

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My Christian friends from CCRL (the Paredes, Dellotas ), UCM, JLOAPC ( Ps Medic and Romy dela Criz, Vic Ebojo and Sam Mapalad) , SPCRC ( Bro Bong and Gerry and Sis Josie, Perly and Lynne) , Powerhouse and now VCF Alabang ( Brothers Noel, Jimmy, Jun, Rene, Mikee, Peter, Jojo & of course especially Elvin) -and fellow Gideons -San Pedro Camp- especially Dr Roman De Leon – a mentor of sorts and counsellor.

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My IIEE buddies and electrical contractor-friends: Rey Licayan, Freddy Rodriguez, & Rodel ‘insan’ Rodriguez.

Our monthly Couples’ fellowship brethren – Ps Abet, Bros Mar and Fred Cabrera and their wives- Myles, Wealthie Dadia & Aida respectively.

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and of course my wife and partner-in-life – Maribel Tulay Rodriguez (My Narda and Diana Prince) and my 4Kids -(Rayuel Rodriguez Mariel Rodriguez Raniel Rodriguez & Biyel Rodriguez ) my reason for living and being and enjoying my life now.


I am blessed by the Lord to be with and at your side, one time or another – I wish you all God’s blessing and presence in your life – and still wish to see you more in the future.

I will update this as I remember.

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The Boring Squad

This is a kind of a tribute to three of my longtime friends:

We were called the boring squad in high school-due to our friendship to Kent. But I always look upto Junjun as our group leader since he is more “up there” in the honor list and he is closer (hehe) to the nuns.

We both like Star Wars and Star Trek a lot- until now. In our Star Trek mirror world we are:

Alfred- Capt Kirk



Me-Dr. Bones McCoy

So in that world-Alfred was our leader. Very good in his guitar’s skill. Too tall but not too good in basketball. Always with that American accent. I shared with him his rock and roll music and our fondness for good jokes and TV sitcoms. And my friend Mylene was his crush then. I wonder where she is and he is still brokenhearted because of her. He is still bachelor.

Kent was my philosophical and database programming mentor. He also introduced me to 99.5 RT and Billboard Top 100 weekly countdown with Casey Kasem. I think his existentialist mode made me one while his logical-skeptical temperament influence me more of being wary of profit and manipulative religious organization. But I remember him being a member of Bigkis of Dela Salle-and Alfred and I was joking why Kent joined it. We thought it is only that he can be close to pretty girls.  Stella is our mutual friend-and we were close to her. And she got a boyfriend then.

Junjun is Mr. Walking Encyclopedia. I am trying to imitate him and I still had to catch -up until now. The stereophile then and now the computer geek. The globe-trotter then. He was more of my cultural wavelenght-very Filipino and  very religious. I am just not sure what he does under cover of darkness-hehehe.

I will add some more later-but for now-I am grateful that you are friends! I will be lost then without your companionship.