Archive for the goodbyes Category

Pulling a Rico Yan

Posted in Celebrities, goodbyes, Music, tributes with tags , , on October 12, 2009 by planetchuckie

 There goes another part of my childhood.

Stephen Gately, the former Boyzone member who made headlines when he came out as gay in 1999, died last Saturday while vacationing in Mallorca, Spain.  He was only 33.

 The circumstances surrounding the Irish singer’s death are strikingly similar to Rico Yan’s: (1.) He was last seen partying the night before; (2.) He went back to his apartment drunk; and (3.) He fell into a deep sleep from which he would never wake up. Sources found no signs of foul play and declared that he died of “natural causes”.  

 I was never a rabid fan of his vocals, ditto for his band’s remake-laden discography. But his voice was part of what made Boyzone distinct. It had character. Without him, the band might as well have been known as Ronan and Friends. Stephen was the face of Boyzone, yet at the same time, he also seemed to be its most fragile member – like he was reluctant to be in the spotlight. But that fragility translated into strength with the bold decisions he made in his career, from his lukewarm solo effort in 2000 to his subsequent foray into theater years later.

RIP, Mr. Gately. You’ll be missed.

He’s Like the Wind

Posted in Celebrities, goodbyes, movies, tributes on September 15, 2009 by planetchuckie

Patrick Swayze is gone, after his long, valiant  battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

Patrick was the definitive heartthrob.

He exemplified masculine grace in Dirty Dancing, swept people away as the wayward spirit in Ghost, and surprised us when he wore tons of make-up as a drag queen in To Wong Foo.

And even in his final role in the short-lived TV series, The Beast, Patrick showed his dedication to his craft in spite of his deteriorating health.

He was, is, and will always be a modern legend. The likes of which we will never see again.

So long, Patrick Swayze.

We hope you had the Time of Your Life.


Posted in friends, goodbyes, tributes with tags , , on August 28, 2009 by planetchuckie

It was early morning yesterday when I heard the devastating news. Carlo “Coyki” Pabalan,  one of my closest friends in  high school, died of complications from dengue fever at age 23.  He had been in a coma for more than 24 hours, and last I heard, he was in dire need of a blood transfusion. But in the blink of an eye, he’s gone.

Coyki’s untimely passing couldn’t have come in a more depressing period. Just barely a month ago, we also lost another former batchmate Ramon “Monchu” Ordoveza, to sleep apnea.  Two lives. Gone too soon.

 In many ways, I considered Coyki my first high school best friend. He was one of my first textmates, and we had a blast talking about bad horror movies and absurd music videos. He also used to get me in a trouble a lot for  making me laugh like a lunatic during class. Coyki was a walking gag show.

It’s hard to fathom how someone bursting with so much energy would leave this soon. Coyki has touched so many lives with his humor and his carefree disposition, in the same manner that he has touched mine. And even if we’ve grown out of touch over the years, I still thank him for providing me some of my best high school memories. Coyki may not have been aware, but he taught me not to take things too seriously all the time, and that the solutions to some of life’s seemingly biggest problems are often  just a mere chuckle away.

 So, see you next lifetime, Coyki. And thanks. For everything.

Carlo Javier De Guia Pabalan

November 10, 1985 – August 27, 2009