February 20, 2018, 10:17 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
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Without limits

My first sighting of Tito Jake Macasaet was in Boracay — when his children, Allen and Bib, were celebrating their 20th wedding  anniversary. He was happily munching on his merienda at the resort we were all booked in. He was resplendent in his beach tee and signature wide smile. Tita Karen was within his hearing distance, like couples unwittingly but habitually are, after being knit together by decades of “cohabitation,” as some of my happily-married friends call it. 

I remember how Tito Jake had all these naughty quips about the night-to-be for the Bride&Groom-again-to-be. He was surely having the time of his life teasing Allen and Bib. And he wasn’t about to stop until he had gotten bored with his teasing. 

We were all milling about, slow and aimless as porpoises, probably still a bit dazed and unsettled by the clear blue in the horizon.  Well, maybe that’s what happens when you’re suspended in this utter state of unbelief — that you have no appointments to run to (or away from), in the next 72 hours. 

So Tito Jake and I talked a bit about Teddy Benigno (who happened to be my close friend’s dad) and my days in UP Diliman where I chose to take up Journalism because it was one of the courses that had the least Math, no Chem, and no lab work at all — without sounding like an Escapist Major.  Or a Silly Major that no one takes seriously. 

He said, in between chewing, that Journalism takes a lot of guts and persistence. Guts and Persistence. Both of which I had in very short supply! 

So I told Tito Jake that I, unfortunately, ended up “prostituting my talents” in Corporate Communications. This, despite what my Creative Writing professor, Franz Arcellana — very sternly — told me NOT to do, when he went to my wedding. 

Tito Jake just threw back his head and laughed, long and hard. He told me to forgive myself and just get on with life. 

I told Tito Jake that Professor Arcellana was probably very disappointed with me until I paid him a visit in his home, one afternoon, and asked him, after some preliminary chatter, if he had ever thought of where he was going to go when he died. The professor was very quiet after I asked him that. 

That’s when I quickly dove into his silence, and dared do what I had been so scared of doing that time — I told him how he could be sure he was going to heaven. He listened intently. And before I left, the good professor told me, “I am proud to know that you are taking God, Jesus Christ, seriously. That is good. That is a fine thing, Catherine.” 

And after a few seconds, Professor Franz said,  “I think about death a lot, these days.” I knew right then that my short visit was going to count — for eternity. It was the best thing I had ever done for him, in all the years I knew him. 

At that wedding anniversary ceremony in Boracay where my husband officiated, Allen and Bib made their vows again, but this time, they shared about how their lives were radically transformed for the better by Jesus Christ. 

During the reception, my husband and I chose to sit at a table farthest from where all the guests were. I guess we just wanted some peace and quiet. I was surprised when Tito Jake actually looked for my husband, Ito, and sat beside us for more than an hour. In between hard puffs on his cigarettes, he peppered Ito with questions about why he (Ito) believed in Christ; why he believed in the Bible. Just like a good journalist, Tito Jake wanted to know the facts. 

Years after, it was Allen and Bib who crossed that final, awesome chasm with Tito Jake. They told him the facts about how he could be sure he was going to heaven.

Any journalist worth his salt will always look for the facts, piece together the critical details, and listen to credible witnesses, no matter what his personal biases and proclivities are. If there’s anything that a good journalist lives by, it’s looking for, and reporting the facts as they are. 

At the end of their lives, at the end of the day,  journalists Jake Macasaet and Teddy Benigno did exactly the same thing: after hearing the facts from credible witnesses, they both believed the Bible, and they both surrendered their lives to Christ, accepting Him as their personal Lord and Savior. 

Their exceptional intelligence, energy, and self-sufficiency did not prevent them from seeing what their real condition was: that, like all of us, they were sinners — and desperately needed a Savior. The only Savior Who was everything He claimed to be: Jesus Christ. 

Jesus said, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. The only way to the Father is through me (John 14:6).”  

Now, Tito Jake is living a life without limits — in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

My prayer is that all of you who are reading this will have the courage — and the intelligence — to do the same thing. 

Thank you, Tito Jake, for this final legacy that you’re leaving your family and colleagues. There is no achievement greater than this!
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