Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Arlene

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.

2 Comments:

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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