For AR and Jill
I met Jill through our sorority, The UP Sigma Alpha Nu Sorority Manila, an organization whose main goal is to uplift and empower women. Indeed, Jill has done that not just for myself, not just for the members of the sorority nor for her friends but most importantly, for herself. Amidst her frame (her very cute frame), Jill has been the rock, the shoulder to cry on, to all her friends.I don't know how she does it, but Jill has this contagious energy, an energy that is full of life, and full of optimism. She will never stop believing in you, pushing you until you emerge better and stronger.
Looking back on our college days, Jill has been my person, my friend, my sister who has been there for me. We were each others backbone. I was Vice Lady Chancellor (for Internals) when she was Lady Chancellor, a term she served with righteousness and grace. Her leadership was unwavering. Her spirit is filled with so much passion that she was able to lead and empower an organization while empowering herself. Along with her, all through the activities we had to implement, as she helped each sorority sisters get through their personal struggles, as she tried to be excellent with her acads, her orgs, her soro and personal life, there was a man who was with her in every step of the way. And that is AR.
Even up to this day, Jill still remains to be one of my pillar of strength -- a thing she has been doing for me ever since we've met. She is one of those who I can randomly call in the middle of the night and cry whenever I have problems, one of those who I can consult on life changing decision, and basically keep me in place whenever I am all over. Jill's energy is full of love and acceptance. Honestly, she is one of the most genuine persons I know. She would love you, and help you -- in your highs and in your lows, without questions, without judgement. That is why, Jill, I know for a fact that with this heart of yours, that heart that knows no judgement, could love a husband so unconditionally, and could care for a family selflessly and whole heartedly.
I have seen how your relationship with AR grew, how you managed to put God in the center of your love. I saw how your faith managed to keep the both of you strong despite of everything. AR and Jill, despite all the challenges that happened on the lead up to your wedding day, I am very happy to see that your bond has emerged stronger than ever.
AR, i know you know how blessed you are to have Jill as your wife. And Jill is very blessed to have you too. Ar, please value your wife. Love her more than anything else in the world and please strive to make her happy. The wife is the light that will shine on the dark, the rock that will serve as the foundation of the house. As a married woman myself, I can say that the key to a happy life is a happy wife. And there is no joke about that, right, ladies? Be strong for her, guide her, trust her, love her, respect her and protect her. But more than Jill, please love her family more, the Cube-Avenas, for they will also, draw their strength from you. AR and Jill, please never stop to be Mr. And Mrs. Meraki. As you do things together, do it with soul, with creativity, with love. As you put yourselves into your work, into your future family, you are making your little Armans and Jillians, your little but better version of yourselves. I am beyond excited to see you build your dreams together and achieve bigger and greater things together.
Understanding, communication, respect, and trust. There are numerous advises to make your marriage work but only the two of you can only define, how to make yours work. Marriage will always be a work in progress and there will be times that things will be tough and messy. And when things become hard (which we hope not), you can always turn to The One who brought you two together -- and that is the Lord. May God Bless your marriage.
Photos by Paolo Peralta