Like a moonflower that wilts in time. Like the sun that sets to end the day. Like the final note of a lullaby, a precious life has come to an end.
Like all other things, the end is inevitable. However, the end is not the most important part, as it is life that builds the foundation of the humanity that once appeared on this earth. And for that we can only look back at the life who passed by in front of us, and thank how he honored himself in service to the people.
Like the wonderful musician that he was, he played the melody to the song of his life gracefully and carefully. As he played the final note, his song came to an end, but his song will forever play in our hearts.
On December 19, 2021, Sir Reden Afalla lost his life in service. He was a music teacher who was never out of reach. Wherever in the campus, he always carried his guitar with him, inviting people around to listen or to join him as they wished. It would be a rare sight to see the music room silent during his stay in the school. School performances were lively, with him playing the drums. And on other occasions, he would also dance. Indeed, his presence added rhythm, not only to the music but to the lives of his students and colleagues. He joined the police in 2018, but he still remembered his students, even telling them that he would attend their graduation ceremonies.
To celebrate his life and to bid him farewell, the school gave tributes. Like how Sir Reden would fill the school with music, the Pisay community filled the atmosphere with melodies as they remembered the memories of an old friend, teacher, and colleague. Like the ending of a musical series, they played their hearts out. As they joined hands to sing with gratitude, they let the curtain fall, giving a symbol that a good life has ended.
“Panagsubli” and “Saliw ng Sayang” were tribute concerts done by the students. Monetary donations were given to the family as well.
Looking back, we can only smile. His life may be short, but he shone as a light that had made an great impact on the people of PSHS-CVC. His presence will continue to linger in our hearts.
Until we meet again, Elias.