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Praying For a Miracle

Tuesday, June 2, 2008

I had a talk with Jack M Arricivita this morning. Jack is son of my Kompadre, Fortunio G Arricivita. From Jack I’ve learned that Tony is in coma. And the sad news about it is that his state could be permanent… From motorcycle accident resulting to head injury.

Actually, what Jack told was just confirmation of what I’ve learned from Fernando Urbanozo some time ago. I’d tried calling Tessie in Mandaluyong for confirmation then, but the phone just kept on ringing. I guessed everyone was in Negros at that time where this accident happened.

Tony’s been running their family farm in Rumirang, Isabela, Negros Occidental for two seasons now. He took over management of farm from younger brother, Cesar A. Very modest farm cultivated to sugarcane and a little rice ever since.

Tony A. is also member, Vice President and Board member actually, of Bayawan Valley Farmers’ Organization. He is member of Binalbagan Catholic College HS Batch 67.

I remember Batch 67 meeting last November 06. I was in Magballo from a visit in Bayawan valley with Herman G Miranda, and I texted Tony about the meeting so he did not forget about it. There is a cell site in Dacongcogon at Brgy Tabugon.

Actually, it was my way of knowing if the meeting was going to be held as scheduled. It was Barangay fiesta in Magballo that day but I guess I’d have to say sorry to Jojo and wife Linda because of Batch 67 meeting in Binalbagan. [Jojo ( Romeo G Riopay) is one of BVFO’s Board member and who resides in Brgy Magballo. He is Brgy Kagawad of Magballo.]

Late night and drunk driving!

To my surprise Tony replied that he was in Riverside hospital in Bacolod city then. He was with batch Willie Soltis. He ditched the jeep they were riding and plowed a sugar cane field somewhere between Isabela and Binalbagan nights before. Wellie said he was drunk asleep when the accident happened. He woke up feeling pains all over and being carried by rescuers. Rescuers found them away from the jeep. Whoa! also driving without seat belts! Sugar canes must have cushioned their fall.

Both of them limped in, though, in time for lunch during the Batch meeting. They forced their way out of Riverside just so they attended and didn’t disappoint others!

The latest is not his first motorcycle accident. It must be ump time already! I remember during high-school. There was one time I visited him in Biscom hospital. The hospital was only four houses away from where we lived at Unit 17-B. There he was, with bruises and casts. He almost killed himself by his dad’s big, shaft propelled BMW bike. And tio Jose loved that bike as much as he loves tia Maring!

Hahh…Someone who can’t say no to drinks and many times driving without crash helmet, too!

Haay, Tig-a guid ulo… What a hard headed guy.

Again, this could happen only in the Philippines. Somewhere else in the world where authorities are more rigid of the laws (like health and safety) citizens simply develop good habits.

To komadre Tessie and Family: Pray and don’t lose hope. Miracles did sometimes happen. Rod J

13 Responses

  1. Sir,

    Any information on Mr. Tony, he is our boss in Al-Suwaidi KSA some years ago.

    Is he okay now?



  2. Sad news, as to last info less than a month ago, he has been in coma still these past two years. Real comatose.

  3. Sir,

    You mentione the name Romeo Riopay, he is a classmate of mine in Magballo Elementary School when were still in grade 5. Do you have his contact details; email, celphone, address may be. I would just like to get touch with him and say thank you.


  4. He’s the same guy. I have been out of touch myself but I’ll have his contact numbers for you soon. Last time I heard he has separated with wife Linda and went somewhere only he knows where. Deliberate out of contact for more privacy, I guess.

  5. Thanks for replying. I hope he is fine. I will wait for his contact details. Thank you again.

  6. Or, you can send a letter care of The Barangay Council, Brgy Magballo, Kabankalan City. It will find its way. The countryside is a small place, everyone knows everybody else.

    No contact with him yet. I can only try.

  7. Hi sir Rod,

    I made a mistake my classmate is Remegio Riopay and not Romeo Riopay. I am not sure if they are related. However searching thrugh Google should that Remegio Riopay has been missing since 1986 from Himamaylan. I hope he was found and is well.

    Thanks again,

  8. I’m sorry to hear the mix-up. But if you mean Romeo R of Magballo, there’s only one – Romeo Garcia Riopay. I grew up in Binalbagan, knew very little of people in neighboring Himamaylan the town of my mother actually.

    Anyway you are always welcome, visit this site once in a while.

  9. Hi I’m the youngest daughter of tony. Unfortunately, dad is still in coma for the last 4 years and 4 months. Please continue to pray for him. Thank you.

  10. Hello Mica. I am not sure if we have met. I saw Jack and Jed when they were small boys and I saw them again when Jack was a sailor and Jade was working near Gloritta in Cubao. I saw one of you girls, there in your Mandaluyong residence. Maybe it was you, and who your daddy was very proud to have made it to some kind of competition.

    You know it cuts me every time I think of your daddy’s present situation.

    People cannot choose who their brothers and sisters are but they choose who their friends are. I have no very many friends. Me and your daddy are best of friends.

    Yes, let us always pray for a miracle for him. I am glad to hear that he has been hanging on.

  11. Do you want me to give you mom’s number? She says hi. 🙂 I can also send a picture of daddy through email.

  12. No, not here. I’ll get in touch later. I might even send one picture probably you’ve never seen before – compadre Tony holding a candle during hijada Joanne’s baptism in Marikina in 1983. Regards to your mommy. Ok.

  13. hi =) just want to ask if Roviena Arricivita is your relative? thank you

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