Time flies so fast. I was still in Thailand when Aya left us a year ago, less than a week before my birthday. I still remember that day how I wept like a child in my room for an hour, missing a loving friend who had spent so much time with me through YM and phone calls long before tubagbohol.com was born. I was still grieving over the death of my father, and then Aya's death came and it was another tsunami of pain in my life.
On the eve of her first death anniversary, finally nagkakita mi ni LanggamTamsi (Ate Sol) who came all the way from Australia. She stayed in Flower Beach Resort in Virgen, Anda, with Lorie, another intimate friend of Aya. Adto pa ko kabalo na Aya and Ate Sol nagkahimamat sa Internet, and their friendship was nurtured through tubagbohol and andabohol.org. I thought na they grew up together. It was amazing to have such kind of closeness between Aya and Ate Sol, two total strangers who had never met before until they met in Cebu in 2008.
The next day, nagkita napud mi ni Ate Sol and Lorie didto sa balay ni Beding Amplayo, probably the oldest woman in Anda today. She is 96 years old. Close relative ni Ate Sol. Then we proceeded to Candabong sa balay ni Aya where she grew up. A day before, Ate Sol and Lorie facilitated the gift-giving for the elderly of the barangay. It was Aya's dream to reach out the elderly of her barangay. Ug nahatagan ug katomanan kadtong maong pangandoy pinaagi sa tabang sa mga kahigalaan sa tubagbohol ug sa pag-facilitate ni Ate Sol and Lorie.
Meeting Ate Sol for the first time was such a blessing. Dili ka mataha niya despite the fact na she has been living in Australia for decades. I thought she's 40 plus. Dili diay. She's ___ years old na diay. Definitely a humble woman possessing a bit of shyness in her soul, Ate Sol carries the kind of calm, generous, welcoming and friendly personality nga mao poy personality ni Aya.
Bisan sa kanubo sa among panag-uban, daghan na ko ug nahibaw-an nga mga maayong hiyas sa pagkatawo ni Ate Sol. Matod pa niya, virtual kaluha daw sila ni Aya.
Naa pa sa Cebu si Ate Sol karon. Pictures will be posted soon sa among panagkita diri. Let's thank God for giving us the opportunity to honor the memory of our beloved friend Aya whose gift of friendship that she generously shared with us will remain in our hearts forever.