From Our Readers: Friendship Breakup is the Worst

I know boyfriends may come and go but not best friends.
ART Trixie Ison

My best friend and I were really like sisters. We had a lot of dreams together for the future. I even said to myself back then that I wanted her as my maid of honor when I get married someday. We get each other just by one look, we were automatically partners during school activities. We would watch all the movies at the cinema when we have free time. Our thoughts about other people were always in sync. She was there when I got my heart broken for the very first time, but I didn't see it coming that she would be the reason for the second time, which hurt me more. That was when she found new friends and forgot about me. She was already living in a world where I wasn't invited in.

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It hurt when she stopped reserving seats for me when I came in late for our classes and started eating out for lunch with her new besties. I felt like I needed to start all over again like my first day in school before I met her. It was a punch in the stomach to bump into her in the hallway without greeting each other. I was mad at her for choosing any other people over me, for suddenly leaving me behind. I couldn't understand it at first and I kept on asking myself if our friendship even mattered to her. I know boyfriends may come and go but not best friends. I was never prepared for that kind of breakup.

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But as I got used to it, I started realizing that maybe it's time we drift ways and grow apart and maybe it’s the kind of friendship that’s not meant to last. It just made me sad that the person I rely on the most did not feel the same way about me anymore. We've ignored each other from then on. We were like strangers again. It just happened and that's the worst I've ever felt. It’s the worst because I felt like I needed to look for another partner-in-crime and soulmate again. It was like losing my better half. But despite everything that has happened, I really am happy to see my old best friend have the time of her life. I still want to play the part of being a true friend to her by supporting her with what makes her heart happy. And if she ever gets her heart broken, too, I would also want to be there for her even if it’s not the same anymore.


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Katherine Go 2 days ago

Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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