Therese was shy, and her hair, like mine, could not be understood at that time.
The first memory we had was when she had to wait for her sundo at Robinson’s Manila and I waited with her, just the two of us, at the Japan Home Center because I liked looking at things there. She said she played football and that she was really shy.
In July, I got to know her more as she breaks out of her shell and it was at that time that our college barkada was formed. =)) We were called TOMS btw.
On my birthday last March, Therese wrote 18 reasons why I she liked me hahaha. I told myself I’d write her a letter on her birthday so I’ll try to write my own here. Despite the fact that 19 paragraphs is very short to describe our friendship, I will try. Because you know, I’m the talky one.
1. Therese was my model.
Literally and figuratively. =)) Since I always bring my camera, and I’m with her most of the time, Therese is one of my friends who was always the subject of my photographs. She’s awkward, I tell you. But she is willing to do the poses I ask her and she would pull it off eventually. She is never afraid to step up from her game.
Figuratively, she is my model, my role-model. And why? Here’s number 2.
2. Tere has a pusong-mamon.
Therese was the person who loves unconditionally. Notice how her right cheek is red on the photograph above? Uhmm I accidentally burned it while trying to curl her hair. At first I actually thought I blinded her! But good thing it didn’t?
Tere wasn’t the person who would ignore you when she gets mad at you. She forgives. I remember when we talked about relationships and we both agreed that I was the brain and she was the heart. I always tend to rationalize love but she (And Dani and our other friends) argues that love cannot be explained with words. Love isn’t conditional or built through a list. Love is love.
3. Therese was a good writer.
Tere could speak her feelings through her words that I never quite had the talent to do so. Actually, this post has been on my drafts since the week she left but God, I cannot fathom the feelings I had that time and it still makes my heart melancholic to remember that time. Maybe I can write too?
4. Therese can sing.
Tere doesn’t only sing, she sings beautifully, I mean it makes me sway and not sing along because I didn’t want to ruin the beauty she makes to other people’s ears. HAHA She can do a lot of things I can’t. Maybe that’s the reason that we complement each other. If you need proof, just check her Soundcloud.
5. Therese was my artsy-fartsy friend.
Well, she’s the only person who thinks she doesn’t draw well. But she makes beautiful artworks in photoshop. I can only edit photos =)) I love how she doodles on my blank notebooks.
6. She is my no-questions-asked friend.
When you ask her to go with you to Divisoria, she goes with you to Divisoria. When you ask her to do something for you, she does it. I don’t know how her parents made her temper that way because even when she is most reluctant, she still does the job.
7. Therese isn’t afraid to try new things.
Therese used to wear jeans and a football shirt everyday to school. But time came when she wore skirts and dresses to school and asked me which shirt matched with this pair of shoes through our BBM. =))
8. She puts effort to everything she does.
Whenever we have surprises for our barkada members, she and Cha are the frontliners to design and set-up. And she doesn’t just do it, she does it beautifully. Even with school-related stuff. Combine that with her creativity and boom.
9. Tere has braces!
Shallow it may sound but teeth is a very big deal to me(ask my friends). We shared the same pain of having braces for a very long time and it’s not fun. But at least I had someone to talk to about it.
10. Tere eats more rice than ulam
Well, when it comes to food, especially when I’m hungry, I want to eat more than what is served. So sometimes, Tere gives me her extra ulam hehe it’s a big deal for me!
11. Tere is my Ate
She’s the first person to get annoyed when I wear a plunging neckline or wear very short skirts. She taught me to be fashown even without showing an unacceptable percentage of skin.
12. Tere is always available
She has her phone every waking moment and that’s very convenient and sweet for her friends. I mean, she can be with you and talk to you anytime of the day, even when she is busy! As opposed to myself who never puts her hands on her phone. I guess that’s one thing TOMS girls miss about her, she’s the one who doesn’t let them wait for a reply especially when they are sad.
13. She’s my DS partner
Our Devstud professor likes to give homework where we have to find our partners, luckily for me Tere was always there so I wouldn’t have to look for one.
14. She’s a storyteller
I never realized this until she was gone, the stories just ceased. I thought it was so normal for a person to talk about her family and the things they do but come to think of it, you have friends that you don’t know what their mom or dad does let alone their siblings! But with Therese, I feel like I know her family well even before meeting them and as a person who is close to her family to, this is the most comforting thing to talk about. I miss her stories.
15. Tere tells the corniest jokes
Who am I to say this hahaha. I tell you the corniest jokes and you still laugh hahahha And I love you for that. I remember that girl we talked to at adobo connection!
16. Tere appreciates the little things
Sometimes, I thought that I wasn’t doing my role as a good friend because I reply late and do a lot of org work. But you make me feel like I’m always around and tell me how you love me.
17. She is smart
You know, I don’t really understand how a person who sleeps during classes all the time can get good grades. I mean, in one reading you can understand the lesson and explain it to me. I always admire that about you and of course I like talking to intelligent human beings.
18. Tere loves unconditionally
I no longer have to explain this because all the people she has met can attest to this. And I thank God for letting me meet a person with such a big heart. When I was there at your wake, one thought came to my mind. Hazel Grace was loved deeply but she wasn’t loved widely. But you, you were loved deeply and widely.
19. Therese was my college person.
I guess this sums up the first two years of my college life. I don’t know the reason why she took you so soon and why she would take away such a wonderful person in this world. Maybe the world really isn’t a wish granting factory. But you made my college experience the best it can ever be.
It took me a lot of guts to finally be able to write about you. When I get to school, I will pass my homework and you’re not here to be my partner anymore, I can wear the shortest skirt and have my corny jokes not laughed at, and no one to protect me from Cha. I promise I’ll try to be more mature. hehe I guess I have one less Ate in TOMS. But Dani, Jace, Zandy and the rest of TOMS are there to take care of me(maybe) haha. You just watch over us (I’ll make sure to keep that in mind). I love you.