wo weeks ago we were grimly reminded of our all-too-real mortality with the passing of IT activist and musician Manny Amador, Cebu Designer Sal Malto and UK’s resident bad-girl/singer, Amy Winehouse. Even the heavens seemed to join us in mourning with the unceasing downpour the past couple of weeks.
I did not know Sal Malto personally nor Amy Winehouse for that matter. But that’s not to say I don’t feel for their loved ones’ loss. Prayers, with utmost sincerity, go out to their families.
Manny Amador, however, was a friend. Inevitably so, it was this connection that amplified the grief after knowing that he had moved on to a better place.
We didn’t hang out often enough to be close, but as I’ve said on his Wall after finding out about his passing, when we did hang out, it was never forgettable.
So Tuesday this week found me at the second level of Maya Taqueria and Tequila Lounge (Crossroads, Banilad) with 2 of Manny’s friends. We joined in the gathering of kindred souls saying their last goodbyes with the wails of their guitars. This was the 2nd tribute night for Manny, the first having been the night before at Outpost Restobar, Manny’s favorite haunt.
With the music cranked up, it dawned on me that in the midst of being reminded of how real Death is, the reverberating message is that, the ones who are left behind, become the living reminders of how your life has touched another. This will tell you enough about how well your life was lived.
Manny you were larger than Life. I’ll never forget our conversations about music, guitars and Juan dela Cruz while you’d drink almost 2 litres of soda in one sitting. 🙂
You will no doubt, be missed.
- Farewell to Guitarist Manny Amador, Keep Rocking in Heaven! (adventuresofabeautyqueen.com)