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Saturday, January 15, 2011

True friends are rare

Even if Friendster had been overtaken by Facebook in terms of usage and popularity, I still did not delete my Friendster account. I thought of deleting it already to stop stalkers from finding me since I'm more active in Facebook anyway, but I didn't. And that was a good thing, because if I did, I wouldn't have found this:

From left: (standing) Maita, Irene; (sitting) Monica, Me, Alariz;
(not in the photo) Jessica

That's my high school barkada. The photo was taken during our senior year, shot at Heights Studio, which was a stone's throw away from our school, St. Theresa's College Quezon City.

I don't believe in the "best friend" label. It connotes that there is just one friend that stands out among the rest of your friends. But what if there's none who stands out, because your friends are equally dear to you? Each of them has a unique characteristic that makes her different from the rest of your friends, but it doesn't mean she's your best. Instead of having a best friend, I'd rather have a close bunch which I call true friends. Best friend ties may be severed throughout the years because of distance, but the thread that binds you to your true friends will not.

My friends in the photo (and Jessica) are the ones I talked about in this post. A huge chunk of my high school memories includes mornings, recess, lunch breaks, and phone conversations with them. Add to that are the outbound trips and other out-of-school activities which I'm sure we would reminisce with a smile over tea and pastries after decades, when we become grown women, successful in our chosen fields.

I had the chance to see Monica, Maita, and Jessica last December when Monica came here from Australia for a visit. We no longer look nene, and we've matured. But as friends, we're still the same - never putting each other down, happy for the things that make each of us happy. It might take us another year to see each other again, or it might again be difficult for us to arrange a date when all of us are free. But until then, we will take comfort in the fact that we are each other's true friends, and neither time nor distance can change that.


  1. May time and distance never reach you! Be blessed with your friends!

  2. Hello, how are you?
    Simply want to check out on you and offer you our greatest appreciation for your support to potluck poetry. You rock!

    Reminder: week 18 Theme: Languages, Signs and Symbols

    The more you share, the happier we are. Plan ahead and have your entry poem. We are open Sunday 8pm, American Central time, linking in early would benefit your work with more encouragements.

    Hope to see you on Sunday at:

    Let me know via email if you have questions or doubts.

    Again, we treasure your participation and would be great to see you again on week 18.

  3. Hey! Thanks for dropping by my online home. Yes, may our friendship stay strong despite time and distance.

    Re. Poetry Potluck, great I'd love to join! I'll come up with a poem first that suits the theme :D Until when can we post for the Week 18 Potluck? :)

  4. Wow, good to see you here. I'm also a theresian! :)

  5. Hi Monika! What a pleasant surprise! Thanks for dropping by. :)

    You have a blog also? I'll add yours to my blogroll. Your profile isn't available.