There will be memorials for Mario on 28 April, 7pm at AIM, and 5 May, 7pm at Club Filipino.
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Mario Taguiwalo has forbidden us to mourn him, which is just as well because sorrow is the last emotion we associate with the guy. Hanging out with Mario was like going to the gym: we developed temporary abs from laughing so hard.
Mario asked that instead of grieving we speak of him with fondness. That’s easy.
1. The second thing we learned at the Philippine Science High School (the first was to run indoors at the first sign of rain because the football field was prone to lightning strikes) was that the school hymn was written by Professor Rey Paguio with Lyncir Lagunzad and Mario Taguiwalo of the first graduating class.
Therefore at age 12 I swore that if I ever met the person who wrote the immortal lyrics “And go as we wander o’er/The crests and troughs/of the sea of life that flows” and forced “troughs” to rhyme with “flows” (“The crests and troughs of the sea of life that fluffs??”), I would punch him in the face.
When I met Mario Taguiwalo many years later I not only forgot to punch him in the face but I immediately joined his fan club.