G for great, B for birthday

On Sunday, September 21, another classmate is celebrating his birthday. Because he hardly goes online, you might as well send him a text message to let him know you haven’t forgotten his most important day. And please ask him: “Magpapakanton ka ba?”

Wishing you a great birthday, Gil Buan!

Not too long ago, Gil also sent us a poem written by a 29-year-old father from Zimbabwe for his cancer-stricken daughter. There was a specific request from Gil to help the family by resending said poem to your friends to raise money for the girl’s operation. We hope you did just that.

We are reprinting the poem here for all the fathers (and mothers) out there:


Just for this morning, I am going to
smile when I see your face and laugh
when I feel like crying.

Just for this morning, I will let you  
choose what you want to wear,
and smile and say how perfect it is.  

Just for this morning, I am going to step
over the laundry and pick you up and take you to
the park to play.  

Just for this morning, I will leave the
dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put
that puzzle of yours together.  

Just for this afternoon, I will unplug
the telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with
you in the backyard and blow bubbles.  

Just for this afternoon, I will not yell
once, not even a tiny grumble when you scream and
whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one
if he comes by.

Just for this afternoon, I won’t worry what you are going to be when you grow up or second guess every decision I have made where you are concerned.  

Just for this afternoon, I will let you
help me bake cookies, and I won’t stand over you
trying to fix them.  

Just for this afternoon, I will take us
to McDonald’s and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can
have both toys.  

Just for this evening, I will hold you in
my arms and tell you a story about how you were
born and how much I love you.  

Just for this evening, I will let you
splash in the tub and not get angry.

Just for this evening, I will let you  
stay up late while we sit on the porch and count all the stars.

Just for this evening, I will snuggle
beside you for hours, and miss my favourite TV shows.

Just for this evening when I run my  
finger through your hair as you pray, I will simply be
grateful that God has given me the greatest gift ever given.

I will think about the mothers and  
fathers who are searching for their missing children, the
mothers and fathers who are visiting their children’s
graves instead of their bedrooms. The mothers
and fathers who are in hospital rooms  
watching their children suffer senselessly and screaming
inside that little body  

And when I kiss you goodnight I will hold
you a little tighter, a little longer. It is then,
that I will thank God for you, and ask him for
nothing, except one more day ………….

3 thoughts on “G for great, B for birthday

  1. Lito Parungo

    Happy birthday, Gil. Sana enjoy kayo nina doc Seth at Patnubay sa araw ng iyong kaarawan.

    At sana rin inihahanda mo na ang napakaluwag n’yong bulwagan diyan para sa ating Christmas party. 🙂

  2. June Lapira

    Pareng Gil!

    Happy birthday, bro! Tumanda ka na naman ng isang taon. Sabi nga, “It is not the year that you should count but it is how you live through the year”!!! O di ba??? Bro, ang gwapo natin sa picture ah! ( Pakiss nga!) Hehehe.

    Gil, namimis lang kita talaga. Natatandaan mo yung minsan ay nagkasabay kami ni Tess Acejo sa jeep, papunta kami sa Monumento, tapos kwentuhan kami nang kwentuhan sa loob ng jeep. Yun pala nandun ang tinamaan ng kulog na si Gil Buan at matagal na palang nakikinig sa amin. Pero di siya umiimik kaya hindi naman namin alam na nakasakay rin pala itong si birthday boy natin. Hahaha. Remember?

    Sige happy birthday sayo at nawa’y mamtin mo ang biyaya at agpapala ng Dakilang Lumikha! Maligayang bati, kaibigan!!!

    Regards sa iyong pamilya,

    June Lapira

  3. Larry Ramos

    Dear Gil,

    Belated happy birthday p’re, here’s wishing that you will continue helping poorest of the poor. Whenever I talk to my oldest daughter Laurice, she reminds me of you, a person for others. Hope to hear more good deeds from you. Happy birthday!


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