Lunch with Sr. Gomez Rivera

A distant relative from the “Diaz” side of the family. Sr. Gomez enjoys fast food topped with historical debates!

Just had a great chat and lunch with  Sr. Gomez Rivera. This living legend’s historical lectures both disturb and amuse me all at the same time.

“Disturb” Because he reveals the ugly lies hidden just beneath the surface of Filipino historiography. His voice speaks the truth of how Filipino history is still being manipulated and used to favor the interest of groups who wants to destroy the “Filipino”, and these people, unfortunately, has partly succeeded as we accepted to manage decadence and a culture of ignorance.

When will we finally lose our culture, our identity as Filipinos?

The Ermitense Leon Ma. Guererro, the prince of Filipino poetry warned us “Filipinos” against joining  these “idiots and dwarves” who have thrown “our” heritage to the dustbin – because of this careless attitude, we continue, willingly to be “degraded into the condition of disenfranchised beggars”.

“Amuse” yes, because he perfectly blends history and humor. Humor that always ends with his hysterical laughter! No-one could tell stories like Gomez: history, literature, politics, arts, writing, books — all rolled up in his interesting accounts of life as Filipino.

It must be his dancing, writing activities and his voracious reading habits that keeps him fit physically and mentally. He’s in better shape than most people my age – what’s shocking is that he eats all kinds of fast food! I remember my friend saying, “he would outlive both of us!”.

I hope he will give us more of his works for many, many years to come. Eres el mejor, Sr!

We owe him a great deal of thanks for the many lessons he shared with us. He has finally agreed to have his books “digitalized”, a project that I had proposed a long time ago. Pepe and I can’t wait to get it started!

11 November 2009

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8 responses to “Lunch with Sr. Gomez Rivera

  • clifford baldivia windham

    If someone could help me with his contact number or email.Im curious if we are related my father is originated from Capiz,Philippines and im living right here in England.Im Fililipino as well. Im curious about the origin of our family name and knowing he got a british descent. (guillermo gomez windham). I wanted to know the name of his uncle granfather’s name who was british consul that time. Im currently researching for windham family tree here in UK.Thank you.

  • clifford baldivia windham

    If someone could help me with his contact number or email.Im curious if we are related my father is originated from Capiz,Philippines and im living right here in England.Im Fililipino as well. Im curious about the origin of our family name and knowing he got a british descent. (guillermo gomez windham). I wanted to know the name of his uncle granfather’s name who was british consul that time. thank you.

  • Pepe

    ¡Estoy aquí! ¡Hasta muy pronto!

  • guillrmo gomez rivera

    Nold: You look great in that picture with me.
    Arnaldo: Estás muy bien en esa foto.

    We have to repeat this activity even if only to laugh again at the madness we are condemend to live with in ignorance of our own selves.
    Tenemos que repetir eta actividad aunque sea por tan solamente reirnos ante la locura en que estamos todos condenados a morir en ignorancia de nosostros mismos.

    And when will the digitalizatio begin? And where is Pepe alas? Y, ¿cuando empezará la digitalización? Y, ¿dónde está Pepe alas?

  • guillermo gómez rivera

    Dear Arnaldo: After eating shakey’s, who zes am anti-American Gringo?
    Next time, we have to eat in a Spanish restaurant so that at least they will say I am pro-Spanish, —although one of my pet peeves is a sinverguenza who plans to be the Filipino ambassador to Madrid without being a native born Filipino. Well he claims to be a Friend of DFA Chief Alberto Rómulo and even Presidente Gloria M. Arroyo ¡Que ironía y qué risa!
    Magkita tayo, Nold, sa lalong madaling panahon. GGR

  • Boy Buboy

    Adamson yan si Senyor!

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