Saturday, 14 February 2015 11:53
(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate’...” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Mark 10:6-9, the Holy Bible).
HAPPILY MARRIED FOR 33 YEARS: A repost from 18 May 2013. What does it feel like being married for 33 years? Please believe me if I say, I couldn’t’ exactly describe the feeling, but then, it sure feels great (this should be an understatement, of course) to know that God has allowed my marriage with the woman who agreed to tie the knot with me 33 years ago as of May 18, 2013, to remain strong, blissful, and committed, even if there have been many problems along the way.
Yes, this could have been solely because God blessed, is blessing, and, prayerfully, will continue, blessing this marriage, for His own glory and purpose. And that is why, I deeply thank God, in the name of Jesus, for this 33 years of marital togetherness with my wife, the former Paranaque City Judge Angelina Domingo Mauricio, and with our daughter, Maria Luisa.
My fervent prayer is that, may God continue to bless this marriage, and may He use this marital union to bless our respective families, our work as lawyers and as businessmen, and as Christian believers who have been given a special work of spreading His Word, the Bible, to bring more souls to salvation through Jesus Christ, our God and Savior.
TIME REALLY FLIES: Indeed, time really flies from 1980. Even now, it seems it was only yesterday that I first saw my wife at the UP College of Law, where both of us were night shift (working), second year, law students. She was then the chief of the training and education division of the defunct Metro Manila Commission under MMC Vice Gov. Ishmael Mathay Jr., while I was a police reporter of the defunct Daily Express.
I never really noticed her before, except that, one night, she was called to recite a particular portion of Presidential Decree 442, as amended (that’s the Philippine Labor Code), by then UP Law Dean Froilan Bacungan. She repeated the provisions of the Code word for word, verbatim, and as she was doing it, I literally got thrown off my chair, as I was so impressed.
I thought, wow, so small, so fragile, and yet so intellectually powerful. My wife, then and now, is not over 5 feet tall, but despite this diminutive size, I would learn later that she was a member of the UP College of Law’s Order of the Purple Feather (OPF), the honor society of topnotch UP Law students, as well as a summa cum laude in political science of the Far Eastern University. So I decided that I must get to know her.
WEDDING IN TARLAC: Several meetings, lunch and dinner dates later, I found myself asking her to marry me. When I became impatient with the slowness of her response, I invited her to visit my hometown, Ramos, Tarlac. She agreed. I then brought my father and my father to join us in that visit. In Ramos, I asked my father and mother to talk to the judge of the town, Judge Martonino Marcos, to officiate our marriage.
Taken by surprise, I remember her hesitating just a little. But I asked her, do you want to marry me or not, and the rest, as they say, is history. We got married by Judge Marcos (the grandfather of Mark Andrei Marcos, the fraternity hazing victim) right then and there, and my uncle and auntie, Councilor and Mrs. Romeo Ramos and Aida Ramos, generously hosted a lunch in their house.
Later, my wife and I got married again, in church, and, nine years after, God gave us our only child Luisa, now an incoming third year law student of the UP College of Law. If I am to be born once more and live my life all over again, I will ask God to make me go through what I have been through for the last 33 years, a period of turbulent, yet blessed, happiness. Indeed, thank God in the name of Jesus.
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