Celebrating friendships

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By Rose Jessica Octaviano

A Sound Mind

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


WE ALL should have at least one or two close friends to confide with—someone to call when we are stressed or sad, and all the more when we are happy and celebrating the gifts of life.

It is important to talk about your problems to friends, or share your good news and blessings to another. Someone to go shopping with, someone to relax with, someone to hold your hand—this friend could be a classmate, a neighbor, a spouse, a boyfriend/girlfriend, a sibling or a parent. This friend is someone we chose to trust. This friend is one who knows you in and out, and still accepts and loves you.

There is an online article by Steve Connor in The Independent, based in the United Kingdom that states “DNA tests prove your friends could be your distant relative.” A certain Professor Fowler and his colleague Nicholas Christakis analyzed the DNA to see how different or similar each member of a pair was to one another. Their findings: It seems like many chose a friend who turned out to be a distant relative.

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I think it is true. Even if our friends are not our relatives we still treat them like members of the family.

Last Sunday, my sister, nephew and I went to Iloilo, the “City of Love,” to meet one of my greatest friends. We both attended high school at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) in Iloilo where the atmosphere was friendly and where siblings would belong to the same club or organizations.

Incidentally, a day before (Saturday), UPV celebrated its alumni homecoming. Many activities were scheduled including a medical mission, an art exhibit, bingo socials, videoke challenge, an airsoft tournament, movie showing, a bazaar, a RUN UP (Maroon Swagger) and a homecoming dinner at the Iloilo Grand Hotel.

Friends from the US came home and we went to meet them after the homecoming. We missed it due to graduate school classes.

Our own reunion was short but fun. We reminisced our high school and college days. We shared stories of our present life and laughter was all over the place. The warmth of our friendship is still there despite the distance and time.

In between these, we also met our cousin and his family who is considered as a friend. They brought us around the city and we saw the big improvements in Iloilo.

Life is indeed fun and worthwhile with friends around.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 22, 2014.

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