Yearly Archives: 2007

Yuletide Greetings 2007!

Haha! It’s the day of the year again that I never fail to greet/repost or simple REPEAT these line:

May You (all) Feel the Lord’s Gentle Presence This Christmas and Always!

Christmas this year is not the same as this is our (me and my bro’s) first “Pasko” away from home with mama, papa and sis hershey. 🙁

Me, joyce, mellissa, aj, jojo and romyr attended the mass this afternoon at 5:00 after office. Kinda different from the other service i attended all my life! What can i say, we sang “Silent Night” in 5 language… or even 6 i think 😉

I just got home though… went out for some last minute grocery. I asked rose to accompany me to go to Lucky Sorya Mall. (Shhhhhhh! We went there just to get a gift for my sweet baby joyce 😛 ) Actually, this afternoon she gave me the Nike Duffle bag that ive been wanting to have since October – so now I bought her the Pink Reebok bag she wanted too 😉 Very timely as I will be going home to Phil. this 29th and will be back January 7, 2008.

It’s 8:58Pm and i’m with my bro and he just finished the final spread for the magazine he’s responsible of : TouchStone. Well its a kickass tourism magazine here in Cambodia with over a 100,000 circulation annually. Tomorrow we’ll finish up my baby-magazine : G21 (thats the mag i am assigned and responsible designing 😉 it’s Cambodia’s premiere education magazine.

Now that he’s done, we probably will be going up on our pad in a minute or two. Everyone’s cooking Noche Buena yummy!

Lastly, id like to post this artwork i did for the local news paper :

Season’s Greetings!

Peace and Love Everyone!

World Pyro Olympics 2008

Is it happening?


Googling it over will give u a slightly confusing sponsorship page from the official site It says:

Sponsorship for the 2nd World Pyro Olympics

La Mancha Pyro Productions, Inc. is now accepting Expressions of Interest for Sponsorship for the World Pyro Olympics 2008.

Why does it say “2nd” wherein it’s suppose to be 3rd.

Anyway, this is by far the most “crowded” event i have attended for the past 2 years. Why wouldn’t it be – its a 5-night, 10 countries battling for the prestigious World Pyro Olympic title.

And sad to say, this is one event ill be missing when it happens. (Actually MOA’s weekend firework is something im actually missing now that im working abroad) It makes me homesick, dunno why.

Here’s one of the most viewed youtube video i have : the last 9 minutes of Philippines’ Fireworks Exhibition

Hotel Cambodiana sponsors Baby Vox

Baby Vox in Cambodiana Hotel Phnom Penh
Baby Vox in Cambodiana Hotel Phnom Penh Baby Vox in Cambodiana Hotel Phnom Penh
Jojo and Poell outside Hotel Cambodiana

Baby Vox live in Hotel Cambodiana, Phnom Penh Cambodia – December 13, 2007
Press Conference Photos by Jojo during the morning. I did some practice-shooting during the invitational concert that happened the same night.

Few photos at my flickr, will upload them all if some good soul gives me flickr pro 😉


Back Blogging

Yes, ill be back blogging and will most likely change my theme.

My apology to my audience and readers for my blogging hiatus for almost 3 months.  I have to give way for my travel, ventures and career…

See you and season’s greetings!

The Carlo Cruz letter, An Awakening

A “must read” letter from someone who lost his wife during the heartrending G2 Tragedy. Tear-dropping, and an awakening.

Good day everyone,

I wish I were writing under different circumstances.

I would like to inform you that my wife Leslie Cruz was part of the casualties in the Glorietta 2 Mall bombing in Makati City, Philippines. She was supposed to have a minor out patient surgery at Makati Medical Center at 230pm.

I had taken a leave from work to accompany her there. We dropped off our daughter, Amber, at my parents place in QC to baby-sit at around 10am. We then proceeded to Makati and was there at 1230pm. Since she had been fasting in preparation for her procedure, she wanted to move around and listen to some music while I grabbed a bite to eat. We parked at the basement of Park Square 2, and headed for the Glorietta 2 entrance. We parted at the top of the escalator, she turned right towards Filbar’s while I went left
towards the restaurants. That was the last time I would see her.

Around 120pm, she had called me so that we can meet at the Glorietta 2 exit just in time to make her appointment. As I made my way there from Glorietta 1 through the connecting hallways, and was about to turn the corner, I heard 2 deep thumps and the shock-wave from the blast hit me. At that moment my heart dropped as I knew that the origin of the blast came from the same place where we were supposed to meet. I tried getting to where my wife was, but the dust was too much and it was as if I was staring at a white wall.

I still tried to convince myself that she was able to make it out, and that after ringing her mobile without a response only meant that she dropped it in the confusion. After 6 hours of searching from Makati Ospital ng Makati, the blast site, and back again to MMC – with the help of all the people I could get hold of, that I was able to get confirmation in what the state of my wife was.

My Dad and Uncle signaled me in from the ER of MMC. My Uncle (who’s a doctor) asked me to describe Leslie’s appearance to another group of doctors. I saw in the eyes of one that the description made sense. Instead of confirming it to me, they huddled together, then brought me to a small examination room. It was only through a digital camera that I was able to confirm (and deny) that she was indeed gone.

I have so many regrets. I should have met her sooner. I should have ran instead of a brisk walk. I should have not chose to park where I did. I should have braved the dust and went in the blast site. I should have …

Today’s the 4th day. It is still terribly difficult to breathe, let alone wake up realizing that your source of strength, your best friend doesn’t lie beside you on your bed. That my deepest worry is when Amber starts asking for her Mama.

I am glad that Amber’s too young to understand the loss and pain. In time I would like to tell her the details of how her mother died, but more importantly I would like to raise her as how her mother lived – a loving person, strong willed, decisive, caring, and nurturing. She has always cared for her family and friends, and sacrificed her career for being a full time mom and home maker.

As with all couples we had our ups and downs – none of which I regret not going through. The sweet is never as sweet without the sour. For almost 4 years of marriage, we’ve finally hit our balance in life only to be taken away in an instant. I have no regrets about our marriage. She has loved me and Amber beyond her capacity. I will always love her.

It is my first time to write to e-group as I’ve lurked and watched emails being sent to and fro. All I want now is that for each of the couples here is to cherish each moment that we spend with our loved ones. Pretty simple to say, very easy to take for granted.

Thank you all for the prayers. I would still like to ask you to please include Leslie in them until her 40th day so that the path to God’s kingdom is well lit and she is no longer in the dark.


Carlo Cruz

(copied w/ permission from

Personally, I have been mellow dramatic in cases such as losses and the likes. That in fact this poem, i read way back college freshmen days, is my favorite because its a lists-put-into-poem of those daily regretful gestures we usually take for granted.