Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Early this morning, I received this text from Jawo:
Vehicular Accident, 8:30 pm DEC 2 at brgy lucanin mariveles. victim LTSG ARLENE DELA CRUZ PN, Asgnd at MAAP, clas topnotcher of PMA '99(2nd of d only 2 summa cum laude of pma) Driving TYTA COROLA wid PLT NO. TJF505. DOA at Arsenal Hosp. Veh 2- trailer w/plate no. CEc 630. owned by NICOLAS RUSTIA, driven by FERNANDO BALMOCENA hu fled after d incdnt. Manhunt going on.

I remembered writing about Arlene dela Cruz in 1999 when she was announced as the valedictorian of Class 1999. I remembered being called home by Chari Lucero at home after filing the story hours before. It was a nice thing Andy Zapata had a photo of her during their exercises months before the announcement so we had a scoop there. I saw her a couple of times later and she was so shy. She was teaching at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific in Mariveles and was probably on her way home.


Blogger SongDiary said...

She was a dear friend. I expected to be playing basketball with her in celebration of the Centennial Anniversary in UP Baguio yesterday, Dec 6. But she will always be a good memory to all of us in UPB.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous erlith said...

we will always remember her...mam dela cruz
she's so down to earth
during the wake, i saw the news clippings of her graduation..
i cant believe how she seems so unreachable yet so humble...

it was only hours when i last spoke to her before the accident...
we have to accept what happened but up to this moment i'm still asking "what went wrong..."

4:56 PM  

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