THIS WAS MADE INTO A MOVIE ENTITLED “GANOO KITA KAMAHAL”, A VIVA FILMS PRODUCTION STARRING CHRISTOPHER DE LEON AS ROLLY AND LORNA TOLENTINO AS MARIBEL (NOT HER REAL NAME, TO PROTECT HER PRIVACY). AS I WRITE THIS, I SHED THE TEARS OF ROLLY
ROLLY SUCLAD WAS A BASKETBALL STAR AT THE UNIVERSITY OFBAGUIO, GOOD LOOKING, IDOLIZED BY WOMEN, ENVIED BY MEN. HE WAS A WORKING STUDENT, A PART TIME SECURITY GUARD AT THE MINES VIEW PARK.
HE WAS COURTING AN EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL GIRL, NAME UNKNOWN. LET US CALL HER JESSICA. MANY WERE RUNNING AFTER HER BUT ROLLY HAD A GOOD CHANCE AS A BASKETBALL STAR. HE WAS GETTING INTO FIRST BASE FAST. A RIVAL, ARNIE (ALSO NOT HIS REAL NAME), WHO HAD BEEN COURTING JESSICA FOR A GOOD YEAR NOW, WAS ALSO AT FIRST BASE. ROLLY STARTED SEEING JESSICA ONLY THESE LAST TWO WEEKS, BUT HE WAS GETTING HER ATTENTION. ARNIE WAS EXTREMELY DISTURBED AND JEALOUS.
ONE EARLY MORNING, AS ROLLY DOZED OFF WHILE ON DUTY AT THE PARK, ARNIE SNEAKED QUIETLY, AND SEEING A POT OF LIVE EMBERS THAT ROLLY USED TO GET WARM IN THE COLD MOUNTAIN NIGHT, POURED THE CONTENTS ON HIS FACE.
ROLLY HAD MORE THAN TWENTY OPERATIONS. HE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR TWO LONG YEARS. BUT THEY COULD NO LONGER RESTORE HIS FACE. HE LOOKED WORSE THAN QUASIMODO. JESSICA VANISHED. FROM THE HEIGHTS OF STARDOM, THIS HANDSOME BASKETBALL PLAYER PLUNGED INTO DEEP DEPRESSION AND DESPAIR. HE HAD NIGHTMARES OFTEN, AND WOULD WAKE UP IN TEARS.
MARIBEL WAS A STUDENT NURSE WHO CHANGED THE BANDAGES ON ROLLY’S FACE EVERY OTHER NIGHT. SHE BECAME HIS ONLY SOLACE. THEY WOULD TALK LONG HOURS AT NIGHT.
ROLLY One day, I will find this guy Arnie, who did this to me, and I will kill him.
MARIBEL What for? It will not change your face.
ROLLY But it will satisfy my anger and hatred. I want vengeance. He ruined my life. I want him dead.
MARIBEL Your hatred will only consume you. You are the one suffering from your hatred, not him. Just forgive and forget.
ROLLY That’s easy to say for you. When I get out of the hospital, I will not rest until I find him. I can never forgive him. (TREMBLING AND ALMOST SHOUTING) Never!!
MARIBEL It must be hard carrying such extreme hatred in your heart. I have never experienced that. My pain is very different.
ROLLY What is your pain, anyway?
MARIBEL Oh something simpler, I am too ashamed to tell you.
ROLLY Oh, come on. I told you my pain, tell me yours.
MARIBEL This is the first time I am away from home. I come from a big happy famiy of ten children. But we never quarrel. Everyday is heaven in our home. I often sit in bed at night, unable to sleep, feeling extremely bored and lonely here, so terribly homesick. Lately I have this deep depression, even as I am busy working in the hospital. Once, a patient noticed my tears when I was taking her temperature.
ROLLY Your pain is easier than mine.
MARIBEL I know, that is why I want to help you. Somehow, when I try to forget my pain by talking to you, it disappears. When I see your pain, I see how lucky I am and my pain disappears instantly. I think you are a very kind and gentle person even in your pain.
ROLLY Well, it is the same for me. When you are here, I forget about the vengeance I am planning. I know I will never lose that hatred, but at least, it vanishes for a while.
AND SO THEY BECAME EACH OTHER’S SOLACE IN THE DARKNESS OF THEIR LIVES. GRADUALLY, IN SPITE OF ROLLY’S HORRIED FACE, THEY FELL IN LOVE AND EVENTUALLY GOT MARRIED.
BUT ROLLY’S OBSESSION TO FIND ARNIE LINGERED, AND NEVER LEFT HIM. EVERY NIGHT, HE THOUGHT OF ONE DAY FINDING ARNIE. HIS HATRED CONSUMED HIM TOTALLY UNTIL IT AFFECTED HIS MARRIAGE. IT WAS NOW ON THE ROCKS. MARIBEL COULD NOT REACH OUT TO HIM. HE BECAME CLOSED AND COLD IN HIS ANGER. HIS MARRIAGE WAS FALLING APART BECAUSE OF HIS HATRED.
ROLLY MET PAUL AGUAS, WHO CONVINCED HIM TO JOIN A CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC GROUP HE HEADED. ROLLY FOUND RESPITE FROM HIS ROCKY MARRIAGE. SLOWLY, HE FOUND SPIRITUAL COMFORT AND STRENGTH FROM PRAYER. AFTER A YEAR, HE HAD A DRAMATIC SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION. HIS BITTERNESS ANDOBSESSION FOR VENGEANCE VANISHED INTO THIN AIR. HE POURED HIMSELF TO SERVING THE LORD. FOR TWENTY LONG YEARS, HE WAS AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER IN THE GROUP.
HAVING DINNER WITH MARIBEL ONE EVENING IN A RESTAURANT, ROLLY SUDDENLY STARTED SHAKING. HE DID NOT SEE ARNIE BUT MYSTERIOUSLY FELT HIS PRESENCE. PERHAPS IT WAS THE SUDDEN REKINDLING OF HIS HATRED THAT GAVE HIM PSYCHIC POWERS. HE FELT AND KNEW HIS TRANSGRESSOR WAS CLOSE BY. MEMORIES OF HIS PAIN RUSHED INTO HIS BRAIN LIKE A LIGHTNING BOLT. ALL THE HATRED CAME BACK LIKE A TSUNAMI.
MARIBEL HELD HIS HAND TIGHT IN TEARS. SHE INTUITIVELY KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING. BUT SHE HAD TO ASK ANYWAY.
MARIBEL What’s wrong?
ROLLY (TREMBING, IN TEARS, AND SHOUTING). Lord, I forgive him. Lord, I forgive him. Truly, I do. I forgive, I forgive. Thank you for removing the hatred in my heart.
ROLLY SLUMPED ON HIS CHAIR SOBBING SHAMELESSLY. ARNIE DID NOT EVEN KNOW. IT WAS A FEAT. IN RETURN, GOD’S GIFT WAS A HAPPY MARRIAGE, RESTORED INSTANTLY WHEN HE FORGAVE. HE WAS BLEST WITH THREE LOVELY CHILDREN. EVENTUALLY, HE DIED OF BRAIN CANCER. AS OF THIS WRITING, MARIBEL IS TEACHING AT ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY.
BEFORE HE DIED, HE ORGANIZED A CHARISMATIC GROUP FOR ACTORS AND ACTRESSES CALLED ‘OASIS OF LOVE’, OF WHICH CHRISTOPHER DE LEON WAS A MEMBER, THAT IS WHY HE MADE ROLLY’S STORMY LIFE INTO A FILM. TO THIS DAY, ROLLY’S LEGACY OF FORGIVENESS LIVES.
we know how hard it is to forgive when we are extremely hurt hatred consumed rolly’s soul for a long time but the Lord guided him through the storm rolly did the feat of total forgiveness with the strength of the Lord’s grace
for twenty long years of service in a charismatic group the Lord was preparing him for this day of confrontation not with the assailant but with himself
total darkness to blinding light total hatred to total forgiveness all in the blink of an eye
physical beauty is nothing compared to spiritual beauty rolly lost his physical beauty but the Lord gave him spiritual beauty the Lord used his pain to guide him through His winding path
for all paths lead to Him He makes us blind so we can see He gives us darkness so He can lead us with His Light
Lord, that we may forgive in our darkest hour when the wound is so deep be with us in that very moment when we are at the eye of the storm
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