I can not say too many "Sorry" to you and all Filipino friends who supported and hospitalized me when I was sick during my stay to study in the Philippines. When I transfered from Tokyo where I graduated from the University to Kochi (my home town), I lost all infos about you and I don't even have your contact numbers too, etc.
More than 20 years have passed rapidly. I married with and got one daughter (see the first picture I am 46years old, my wife Mayumi 44, my daughter Arisa 14).
In 1990 I went back to Kochi and got a job (ferro alloy maker) 1994 Married 1995 a daughter was born 1997 Transfered to Osaka with my family by the direction of my company, in charge of sales.
2002 Transfered to Nagoya on same
2007 in charge of Asian market (Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, China) 2008 Sep, transfered to Tianjin-city ,China. I live alone.
During my stay in Japan, I don't have enough money or time visiting to your country. Last national holiday, I could afford to visit your country. But all I can rely were my poor memories about geography.
I could go to Kamuning, but Gatlabayan family have already moved. Also went to Pag-asa, but I lost my way. I even forgot your friend's name in Pag-asa. Too bad!! I'm sorry!! I went finally to the apartment where you lived. I found the place but could not find people I missed. Also Tanodbayan (Ombudsman) office moved to outskirt of Quezon-city according to a security guard there. I met your friend who is the owner of Vincent's Place restaurant, Cesar. I had good Filipino food served and asked him to pass my business card to you on 1st Oct.
We can not see facebook or some information videos like youtube in China because notorious chinese officers restrict people getting world infos. But I have already registered facebook before the disturbing, so if you input my name, you can explore easily my site. I checked already your face in Kabalikat. You are a man of dignity ha!
I'll keep contacting you. I can come back to Manila around 13-19 Feb next year which is Chinese lunar new year holidays.
see you soon. -Toshi (Hitoshi Tanaka)
Dear Toshi: Really, how time slips by...so fast. I got your letter you so thoughtfully sent and still remember our happy times in our old Malacanang days.
Your good friend, Jessie Suguitan extends his warm regards to you. do you still remember him as our great Ilocano chef when you're still staying with me? He is now with the Office of the Ombudsman while Ariel Suguitan, that handsome young boy, a lady killer and now saver of life to many is now a consultant at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Ariel is now married to femme fatale and goddess of beauty Michelle Abella (of Romualdez's lineage) of Samar . Remember her when we always greet her in our place whenever she comes out from their flat. Michelle now heads the Nursing department in one of the National Hospitals in Quezon City. Remember the jumbo fried chicken you've enjoyed licking offered by the Abella's in one of the noche buenas at Malacanang? Remember Dr. Roy V. Serrano, one of my best friends who subjected you under the knife? Dr Serrano is residing in Dagupan City, now a well-known urologist in Pangasinan. I might visit him this Christmas for Clyde's (my grandson) circumcission. The Silvinos especially my good friend Wally together with his family now residing in Australia while Chalen, their younger sister is now Mrs Cloos resides in the USA. It's great to know and I am deeply touched... you still remember us. When you visit in again in the Philippines this coming Chinese New Year, let's meet. I look forward to continuing close communication with you. Please extend my warm personal wishes to your loved ones. -Kuya Gil