The Maliwanag Files

OREUQRA
.T EEREA
ELLINEHC YB

A lovingly compiled
collection of
appreciation for my
best friend

sknahT fo droW A 20
yassE ehT 10

I Forgot To Say
"ssalc ni seton
uoy gnissap yllautriv m'I :VOP"
yllacisab si gniht eritne ehT

6-6000 Feet Apart
?yako ,trap
taht ot teg uoy litnu tiaw tsuj ll'I
os ,reliops rojam a eb ll'ti ,ereh
sgnos eht etirw I fi ,yllautcA

htlaeW eurT 21
yenruoJ ehT 11
snoitasrevnoC 01
ytsenoH 90
snoituloseR 80
ssenippaH 70
cinegotohP 60
peelS 50
noitacaV 40
serutciP 30
emaN ehT nI s'tahW 20
aiglatsoN 10

Dear Maliwanag

Song Dedications

Table of
Contents

DEAR MALIWANAG

YOU GOT MAIL!
The February Saga

From: Chen

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,ylerecniS

!yllaeR !ti naem I tub ,ynroc sdnuoS .traeh eht ot
semoc ti nehw ecnatsid on s'erehT !dneirf ym eb syawla ll'uoy
,gninrael gnireffus rof ecaps denifnoc emas eht ni t'nera ew
fi neve tuB .eromyna etamssalc ym ton er'uoy taht gnittegrof
,gnihtemos uoy llet ot edis eht ot kool d'I ,semitemoS
.edarg htneves eht retfa tnereffid tih aiglatson
ehT .uoy teem dluow I tnaem ti fi niaga revo lla ti od d'I
tuB .taht uoy esimorp ll'I ,enim fo laog a yltcaxe t'nsaw secoR
.sdik desufnoc rehto 005 htiw gnidliub
a ni kcuts elihw "pu gniworg" eb ot snaem ti tahw gninrael
dna stnemom yllis ,terger eganeet erutuf fo raey ,7102 .sey ,hA

Dear Maliwanag,

What'sinthenam
e?
nehC
,ylerecniS
.laM ,gnitsixe rof uoy
knahT .gnihtemos ro "ynnuS" uoy llac ylbaborp d'I
,ganawilaM t'nsaw eman ruoy ,esrevinu etanretla emos
yb fi nevE .eman rieht dna sevlesmeht senifed taht
nosrep eht s'ti esuaceb ,noitseuq kcirT ?eman eht ni s'tahW
.ti gniyas tsuj yppah
em sekam ,ganawilaM essiluE aizirK .ytterp yllaer s'eman
ruoY .efil ym pu nethgirb od yllaer uoy esuaceb si eurt tsom eht
eb ot wonk I eno eht tuB .yhw snosaer fo rebmun a era erehT
?ti did ,deneppah reven taht tuB .elihw
a retfa sisab eman tsrif ot hctiws ot em gnitcepxe ylbaborp
erew uoy ,emit tsrif eht rof "ganawilaM" uoy dellac I nehW

Dear Maliwanag,

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c
i
nehC
,ylerecniS

.gniht nrad hsog a rebmemer
t'nac ohw toidi etulosba eht eb annaw t'nod I dna ,sdoohdlihc
ruo ni deneppah taht lla no kcab kool ll'ew yademos wonk
I .worromot tnatsid eht rof yromem eroc wen a gnivas ekil
s'ti ,seno devol ym fo nac I sa serutcip ynam sa gnitcelloc yB
.sneppah reven taht erus ekam ot tseb ym od I os ,raeppasid
lliw niarb ym ni derusaert ev'I stnemom eht lla dna etaroireted
lliw yromem ym ,yad eno taht deracs m'I .enim fo aibohp
a fo esuaceb s'ti tub ,yas ot drah s'ti ,lleW .uoy fo serutcip
ynam os gnipeek no tsisni I yhw gnirednow eb thgim uoY

Dear Maliwanag,

Vacation
nehC
,ylerecniS
.sruoy ro ecalp ym rehtie
ta tuo gnignah fo trofmoc eht ni sknird nwo
ruo ekam dna yademos sessalc gnidnetrab
dlo s'riS tcaneer neve nac ew ebyam ,yeH
.serutcip yfoog emos ekat dna rewot leffiE
eht tsaor ew retfa kcab ylf neht ereht rennid evah ot
tsuj siraP ot thgilf a ekat neve nac ew ebyaM .senippilihP eht
ni stops tsiruot emos gnitisiv ,pirt daor gnol a ekat nac ew rO
.kcolb eht no efac tac yreve tuo kcehc dna napaJ tisiv
nac ew ebyam ,revetahw yllacisab od nac ohw sboj htiw stluda
er'ew nehw ,yademoS ?noitacav tuoba thguoht reve uoy evaH

Dear Maliwanag,

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nehC
,ylerecniS
(: !doog ton s'ti ,uoy segatobas ylwols
noitavirped peelS .dluohs ti sa ,pu yaw seog htlaeh
ruoy os ,peels fo ytnelp teg ot erus ekam ,sseldrageR
.asrev eciv dna ,peelsa si uoy maerD eht
neht ,ekawa si uoY laeR fI ?dekrow ti yaw eht yllaer saw taht
fi ,driew os eb taht t'ndluoW .ekawa saw uoy laer eht tnaem
ti taht dedulcnoc em maerD .nossel eht hguorht gnipeels erew
uoy tub ,niaga setamssalc erew ew taht tmaerd I ,emit enO
.deirrow repus ma I .llits tub ,mitabrev
ni ton ebyam ,erofeb yas em draeh ylbaborp ev'uoy gnihtemos
s'tahT .eludehcs peels ruoy tuoba denrecnoc yllaer m'I

Dear Maliwanag,

Photogenic

nehC
,ylerecniS
.uoy ees I revenehw semit
noillim a knilb d'I ,gniknilb yb erutcip a pans nac
taht seye rof saremac tnevni yeht nehw ,erutuf eht nI

.od I sa hcum sa tsomla uoy sevol
aremac ehT .ton ro ot naem uoy rehtew ,suoegrog tuo
semoc uoy fo erutcip yreve tub ,desaib tsuj m'I ebyaM
.sdnats llits tniop ym tub ,cificeps oot elttil a s'taht ebyaM
.gniog noitcudorp
& edart feeb denroc eht peek ot redro ni swoc fo sdleif
rof dnal s'dnalerI fo noisavni hsitirB eht gnirud seotatop ekil
kool srehto elihw aremac no lufituaeb dna larutan kool uoY .ti
tuoba kniht uoy fi ,egnarts si cinegotohp gnieb fo tpecnoc ehT

Dear Maliwanag,

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nehC
,ylerecniS

.syawla ,efil ni tnemllifluf dna ssenippah
tsomtu ruoy tub gnihton dna ,tseb eht lla uoy hsiw I
.pots reve lliw niar eht fi rednow uoy erehw syad
ymrots eht etipsed yojne ot tnaem er'uoy emitefil a fo elohw
eht pu sekam ti esuaceb ,ssenippah fo stnemom elttil ruoy
tcelloC .taerg s'taht ,tnemom feirb a rof tsuj fi neve ,sniev ruoy
hguorht esruoc ti leef uoy woh s'ti ,elpmis si flesti ssenippaH
.dnarg gnihtyna eb ot evah t'nseod tI
.wohs etirovaf ruoy ot edosipe wen a ro retsam ot deganam uoy
pit tra wen a ni ,dneirf a htiw noitasrevnoc a ni ,emem ynnuf
a ni ,maerceci fo lwob a ni s'ti ebyaM .erehwyreve si ssenippaH

Dear Maliwanag,

Resolutions
nehC
,ylerecniS
.ekila deen fo semit ni dna ssenippah
fo semit nI .niht dna kciht hguorht ,dneirf doog a redisnoc
nac uoy ohw enoemos eb ot tnaw I .uoy rof elbadneped
dna elbailer s'ohw enoemos eb ot tnaw I dna ,ti no dekrow ev'I
tuB .neeb evah dluoc I nosrep etaredisnoc tsom eht yltcaxe
neeb I evah ron ,ereht neeb syawla t'nevah I .dneirf retteb
a eb ot s'tI .yawyna noituloser gniogno na tog ev'I tub ,meht
ekam reven I .em ksa uoy fi ,errazib ytterp era snoituloseR

Dear Maliwanag,

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nehC
,ylerecniS

.taen ytterp s'taht kniht I .esae htiw ni eveileb yeht tahw dna
sevlesmeht ot eurt yats yeht esuaceb worg yeht sa reippah eb ot
ylekil erom era sfeileb lanosrep rieht ni detnalp ylmrif teef rieht
htiw seulav eroc rieht otno thgit dloh ohw elpoeP .wonk uoy
,yademos raf og annog er'uoy ,uoy fo yenom hsac yrev s'tahT
.gnihtyna tuoba tsuj tuoba dnim ruoy kaeps uoy dna ,thgir
s'tahw rof thgif uoY !sfeileb ruoy tuoba era uoy nepo woh dna
,kniht srehto tahw tuoba erac t'nod uoy hcum woh gniripsni s'tI
.uoy htiw deyats llits sah ytilauq niatrec taht ,sraey eseht lla
retfA .uoy gnieb tuobq tsenoh dna dlob os er'uoy yaw eht dna
uoy ot pu kool I .nosrep looc ytterp a neeb syawla ev'uoY

Dear Maliwanag,

Conversations

nehC
,ylerecniS

.netae dna tpels ev'uoy fi ksa netfo dna ,yad lla semem
uoy dnes yllacihtapelet ylbaborp d'I ,gniht a semoceb
noitacinummoc cihtapelet ykaerf nehw ,erutuf eht nI
.snoitasrevnoc elttil eht neve dloh ot tnaw I uoy
ot s'ti tuB .tide rehtona edam ro ,klat ot esucxe na dnuof ,gniod
er'uoy woh ees annaw tsuj I ,yas ot hcum evah t'nod I yllausU
sehtraB dnaloR ".gnihton
siht yas ot tnaw I uoy ot s'ti tub ,uoy ot yas ot gnihton tog ev'I"
.rehto hcae htiw pu hctac ew elihw emem dna ebiv pu thgiarts
tsuj ew ,snoitasrevnoc ruo rof cipot dilos a evah neve t'nod
ew yllausu tub ,tuo ti detniop retsis ym litnu eciton t'ndid I

Dear Maliwanag,

enola ton era uoy ,rebmemer syawla ,esaelP
semoh dna senotselim erom sessap niart eht sA
gnorw si dlrow eht nehw netsil ot ,ereh eb syawla ll'I
gnorts reve dnob ,sraey eht hguorht edir ew tuB
gnol saw won ot neht morf gninnaps yenruoj ehT

The Journey

I HAVE FOUND THAT TRUE
WEALTH IS KNOWING YOU
ARE MY FRIEND

T r u e W ea lt h

THE GREATEST
TREASURE OF ALL
IS BEING ABLE TO
TREASURE YOU

uoy roF

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!siht od nac
ew tub ,krow gnirob fo tol a htiw ,ereht
yaw gnol a s'tI .rehtegot nuf evah dna tuo
og tsuj ot smaerd ruo fo em dednimer tI

ODNOIROM EOLHC - DNEIRF YAWA RAF

yawa
uoy ekat ot ekil dluow I tuB
ti nrae attog ev'I wonk I dnA
yad lla ksed a ta 'nittiS
ti htrow leef t'nseod ti dnA

.uoy fo yenom hsac yrev s'tahT .sderhs
ot enoemos tsaor ot ytiliba etanni eht
htiw nrob erew uoy ekil s'tI .gnos eht fo
ebiv tuo-llac eritne eht htiw gnola ,uoy fo
em dednimer sciryl owt ralucitrap esohT

TTOCS EPOLENEP - TAR

ssa ruoy
kcik ot desiar dna nrob derB
maerd loohcs
perp s'niwraD saw I dnA

.tsixe ot gniunitnoc dna gnitsixe
rof uoy knahT .noitaripsni etulosba nA .gnizama
er'uoy ,gnizama s'tahT .gniog peek ot snosaer dna
ssenippah fo stekcop dnif llits uoy tub ,suodnerroh
si dlrow eht wonk uoy woh fo em dednimer tI

LOER - YDNAC POP PORD

seye ym denepo
dna enil yreve decart spitregnif tuB
niar eht ni llaf eht
spord ysion eht lla ,tuo su gninworD
yerg ni gnitniap a
tsuj si hturt eht dna dnilb er’ew fi rO
devas ew ssendnik fo daerht
ylno eht htiw seil gninnips tsuJ

.tibro ruoy fo tuo
elpoep cixot peek dna ,erac ekat esaelP
.tsrif ytinas dna htlaeh ,ssenippah nwo
ruoy ezitiroirp ot deen uoY .srehto rof tuo
gnikool syawla er'uoy woh fo em sdnimer tI

]OYK.TF AHORI[ YRREF - LLIM EHT

dnik oot neeb
syawla ev'uoy,raed ,rebmemer ,woN
srebmem ruoy tseR
dnim siht fo sllimdniw eht nI
dnif ot tfel selcric erom oN

.yad rehtona ot drawrof gnikool ,gnibiv
tsuj lla er'eW .retfa tae ot etib a barg
neve nac ew ebyam dna rehtegot siht ni lla
er'ew tub sretsasid fo ocsid a si dlrow ehT

ZALLIROG - SEYE ENOTSENIHR

yks eht morf
senotsenihr ekil gnillaf si niar elihW
teem ll'ew snolyp enihsnus rednU
taeh eht
htiw od ot tahw swonk ydobon dnA
raey
fo emit siht rof gnisir era sevaw ehT

!srettel latigid uoy dnes
ll'I ,laer rof ereht evil od reve uoy fI .uoy rof
yppah yllaer osla tub thguartsid ylsuoiralih
,ekil saw I ?kcab sraey wef a aeroK
rof evael annog erew uoy nehw rebmemeR

NWOTEVAC - MRAW TI EKAM TAHT SGNIHT

ereh gnitiaw eb ll'I
aes eht ssorca ylf og oT
evael uoy nehW
mraw ti ekam taht sgniht eht
lla dna ssarg htiw pu ti llif nac eW
emoh a eloh siht ekam nac eW
em dna uoY

.dneirf ym gnieb
rof uoy knahT .ot sciryl eseht yas ot tnaw
I uoy ot si ti dna ,wonk I gnos lufgninaem
dna lufituaeb tsom eht si eM htiW syawlA

ARUMIK IMUY - EM HTIW SYAWLA

thgil eht ecarbme smra owt eseht htiw nac I
thgis fo tuo ,yawa
raf dne eht dna ylenol dna gnol si daor eht hguohT
emit tsrif eht rof sa ,sseneulb s'ti ot ekaw eW
evoba yks eulb eht
ot pu kool ew dnuorg eht ot nwod llaf ew emityrevE
uoy dnif ll'I meht fo edis rehto eht no wonk I
hguorht
dna hguorht elbatnuocnu ,ssendas fo sraet ynam oS
traeh
ym evom taht smaerd eht ,gnimaerd eb syawla I yaM
traeh ym fo shtped eht ni ,sllac eciov a ,erehwemoS

6-6000 FEET

trapA

My sister drew this, she
says it's a quirky girl

.yaW ynnuS eht fo stnaiG thgiL eht rof rewop
fo ecruos eht ,ganawamgam eht nopu tliub
metsys xelpmoc a si metsys ganawralos ehT

METSYS
METSYS
METSYS
GANAWRALOS EHT
GANAWRALOS EHT
GANAWRALOS EHT

A SPECIAL
EDIT ;)
GANAW FO
LLAW EHT
:EDULCNI
:EDULCNI
:EDULCNI
LLIW EGAP
LLIW EGAP
LLIW EGAP
TXEN EHT
TXEN EHT
TXEN EHT

!GNIR GNIR
!GNIR GNIR
!GNIR GNIR

.eparg a uoy reffo dna redluohs eht no
uoy pat dluoc I fi sa tsomla s'tI .eivom a fo tuo
enecs a ekiL .larutan os skool ti esuaceb setirovaf
ym fo eno si uoy fo erutcip sihT .hcum taht
rebmemer I ,hguoht ,dnuora llits saw ti elihw
dekcus tI .senildaed drusba erew ereht nehw
saw niap a saw ti erehw
emit ylno ehT .enin
fo enil taht em evig won
,ebuc draobdrac a dna
senil emos htiw repap
a ,resmam ereh ,ekiL
.sedarg yenom hsac teg
uoy dna senil ward tsuj
uoY .tcejbus detarrednu
na yekwol saw ward hceT

.uoy s'taht dna rats
eno ylno s'ereht esuaceB .evif fo tuo
rats eno fo weiver fles a ti evig ll'I
os ,ypeerc oot s'ti taht tuo detniop
retsis ym neht tub telhpmap
tluc eht ekam yllautca did I

MARIA
ISABELLA T.
ARQUERO
MORF
EGASSEM A
:EDULCNI
:EDULCNI
:EDULCNI
LLIW EGAP
LLIW EGAP
LLIW EGAP
TXEN EHT
TXEN EHT
TXEN EHT

.tset htam ruoy gnica rof uoy knahT
0202 ,reknolbasI ".74kA ykriuQ
.uoy knahT .setalpmeT sotohP sdaolpU
dnuorgkB soediV cisuM stnemelE
13 ? pleH snoitanibmoC tnoF lla eeS
desu yltneceR lliw & nac I retteg laoG"

I forgot

to say...

:rof saw ti tcejbus hcihw
sseug nac uoY .dessap I tahw ot mitabrev ni ,si ti
ereH .yasse na rof ecno tcejbus eht sa uoy etorw I
My very best friend of all was like the sun, for
each every passing day-- She was shining overhead,
brightly illuminating all that I held dear. Then,
during the final hour, whenever it was time to say
goodbye—I would stop, stare and wonder how I
never saw the full extent of her beauty before.
When we first met, I had flinched away from the
bright rays of light. Squinted, edged away, found my
way beneath some shade, yet she was always my
fondest part of the day. Although slowly, I surely
realized she was the one that I trusted the most.
She was the one I would drop everything for at any
given moment if she needed any help. She was the
one I'd dedicate hours at the time to, without
feeling time pass me by. For every moment spent
with someone one cares about is timeless. Meeting
her was the one experience I could never forget. We
had bickered that day, over a manner of speaking. I
never thought that one day that would turn into
bickering, over a manner of who missed each other
more. It felt surreal, like a nostalgic dream I could
only remember through the Gaussian blur of old
Polaroid lens, through the gossamer fabric of time I
could never frame just right.

:noitaunitnoC

Many people in my life are "hit or miss" as some
say. Despite our rough start, Krizia had always
been a hit. I'm careful with those I consider friends,
firm with my boundaries, and never stepping out of
my way to meet others. It was simply easier to
drift along life that way. People can be difficult to
understand, especially when sometimes, I don't even
understand myself. But she changed that. She was
the one who changed me. Ever since I met her, I
found myself kinder, more mindful, open to
befriending others without so much as batting an
eye. She's the one who I will never be able to
accurately describe, for she is beyond words alone.
Friends are like seashells beneath the sands of life,
if you simply walk, you'll never find them. But if you
pause, kneel humbly and let your palms wander
through the grain, you'll have a ray of light in your
pocket to keep you warm for the rest of your life.
But what I didn't see coming, was how I marveled
at the one seashell that found me too. For the rest
of my life, I firmly believe, I will never have enough
gratitude for Krizia Maliwanag. Thank you for being
the one, in threads of fate between two friends. I
hope our paths continue to cross, across the
cosmos of what hasn't been and what will be.

sknahT fo droW A

If I could say it once, say it twice
I would, but I don't think it would suffice
It's rare to be here, it's rare to be there
Not all folks beest fair
But you've always been true
So I dedicate this poem, and this book, to you
A word of thanks will never be enough
Even if I fill a thousand pages with a million stuff
Even if I dig out every stone, from smooth to rough
Yes, I'm grateful for having met you
For having been in your orbit, listening to your tune
I hope I can meet you again and embrace you soon
If only I could carve you a golden spoon
So you can taste all the good life has to offer
I would step on glass shards for the rest of my life
If it meant you would never have to suffer
Please take care, for you are the most important
person of your life
Please promise never to put your needs and
happiness aside
And always treat those who are undeserving of you
With the sharper end of the knife
(Disclaimer: I am not in any way encouraging nor
condoning stabbing those who oppose you but if
that's what they desevere then I will simply look
the other way, help you destroy the evidence, and
buy you ice cream afterwards. Because that's what
partners in crime do.)

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