The year 2007, it seems very recent but it really isn't. A baby born on that year is already 2 years old, probably his/her parents have gone a long way since then. Two years ago, an iPod Touch was not yet a site to see and so was the PSP. And two years ago we have just graduated from college and was welcomed to the beginning of "bum-hood." The point is a lot of things have changed over the past two years.
Last October 2007 (it's not exactly two years ago but its still in 2007) we were in Dumaguete training for Cafe Antonio. And during that time, Nica, Joyce, and I met someone who would become our mother for the two months we were there. Her name was Rene Pinero, wife of Atty. Rolly Pinero and mother of our Cafe Antonio bosses, Edison, Rayvin, Rochris, and their little sister, Reicha. She was a bundle of joy, always game, always cracking jokes, and very cool to be with. She was very optimistic about life and was an inspiration to the three of us while we were out there trying discover ourselves.
I was browsing our photos in Dumaguete before writing this and I came across the folder named Tita Rene's Bday. It was the day we held a surprise birthday party for her at Cafe Antonio - Dumaguete. My favorite part was when Tito Rolly prayed before dinner together with family and close friends, and the the three of us were there. After dinner there was some dancing while a jazz band played. Then I shamed myself with some freestyle rap. Those were the good ol' days indeed.
Tita Rene passed away last week, April 18, four days after our 1st year anniversary. She has struggled with ovarian cancer. People come and go, that's what we say, but it's hard to say it especially if it involves people we love. But we should not worry because she's with the Lord now and He knows what's best for her and for us. And as for us back here, all we need to do is to remain strong and move on with life. The memories will always remain and sometimes it might hurt, but if Tita Rene was still here, she wouldn't want us to wallow in pain. May you rest in peace and we thank you for everything you've done. It's been an honor to have known you in this life. As for the Pinero family, the LB family would like to say our condolences. Be strong in the Lord and praise Him always, no matter what.
On a lighter note, we would like to say congratulations to our very talented baker, Marisse Bonita for finally graduating from BS Civil Engineering at UPLB! May this achievement open new opportunities for you. We are all very proud of you! And thanks for the amazing grad party at your house!
The online store will officially open on May 2009, so for all you Cafe Antonio fans out there, start visiting our site at http://cafeantoniostore.multiply.com/. Some customers have already bought merchandise at the cafe last week, you could also purchase stuff this week, just ask for a reservation by texting me (Jabez - 09173406945).
CONGRATS TO THE GRADS
To all our customers who have graduated, congratulations to all of you! To our loyal Ruralite customers, we will still see you, welcome to college! Although some of you won't be studying in UPLB, just make sure you'd still visit us. Our cafe mainstays, Kalegs and Ria, we will miss you very much! Late nights will be different without you guys!
For next month, the Canton gang just had this crazy idea of hosting a sort-of-Bingo night, but instead of Bingo, we will use the word Gwapo (in honor of our famous barista, Neil). Details will follow. Exciting to, ayoko muna i-spoil!