I’ve known Marlene for a few years now but it seems like I have known her forever. That’s what happens when two beautiful souls meet. I don’t get to see her often but when we do the minute our eyes meet we know where we left off. We know each others hearts.
A bruised and scarred heart of a Mother.
First time we met she welcomed me in her home wholeheartedly. We had a very intimate lunch. Just the two of us. One on One. Walang ka artehan, we both had our guards down.
Here’s a short excerpt of that first meeting:
me: have you ever been broken hearted?
Marlene: not in that sense. well, my first husband died, so that’s different. I am so used to men loving me. When I enter into a relationship, I feel like I am entering a house. I know where the entrance, I have to know where to find the exit. I don’t know how I will exit, but if I need to do so, I will look for that exit. ‘tang ina, kung kailangan lumundag sa bintana para lang maka exit, eh di pwes, lumundag sa bintana.
me: you have a wonderful home. The energy embraces you. Everything in this house is beautiful. Even your water cups are beautiful. Where did you get these?
And the rest of that conversation will remain private.
Marlene’s house is one of the most beautiful homes I have ever been to. Her house has been featured in Lifestyle Asia, Real Living, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Tatler.
Right in the middle of her living room hang the portrait of her son.
When Vinny graduated college and didn’t know whether he will pursue post graduate studies, Marlene hosted a very intimate dinner for him and invited some of the Senior Economic advisers of ADB to talk to him on what to do as a fresh graduate of Economics.
Marlene will remain to be the woman I look up to and who I will always admire for who she is and for not being afraid to show people how to fight a good fight to the end.
The grip of a true friend