To Kimay: In Memoriam

January 8, 2010 at 1:05 pm 28 comments


Kemberly Jul Luna (1988-2009)

it’s winter in the park
skies are gray
brown leaves have fallen
far and wide

i think of someone gone
and remember when these leaves were green
strong, full of life
mocking the wind

now the trees are bare
their wet branches showing the hidden pain
alone on the bench
i’ve grown older watching the rain

Kimay was a Iskolar ng Bayan, student activist, and freedom fighter. She died for her beliefs with a bullet piercing her breast during an encounter with the military in Bukidnon last month.

She was no Gabriela Silang. She was no Teresa Magbanua. She was no Lorena Barros. She was no Maria Theresa Dayrit. But she was equal to any one, in her heart, in her spirit, and in her love for the poor and the oppressed.

The League of Filipino Students will give her a tribute in Iligan City today. For information about this event, please click here.

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  • 1. J.Kulisap  |  January 8, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    To early to bid goodbye
    How about her personal dream?
    How about her own future?
    Or I might say, her personal dream and future
    is seeing her country in bloom and green.

    I thank you my little princess for being brave.

    Your patriotism and love is one of a kind.

    My words cannot bring you back, but let my words accompany you to your haven. Rest well my little princess.

    I am so proud of you.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  January 9, 2010 at 10:31 am

      j.kulisap:

      nice tribute. unless we allow trapos to run the government and prostitute its institutions, many more will follow the path she took. it’s time to clean house. we can start by not voting for gma and all incumbents running for reelection in the may 2010 elections. it’s a tall order i know, but we should give it our best shot.

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      • 3. J.Kulisap  |  January 15, 2010 at 12:27 am

        I am for Noynoy. That is final and now I am formally declaring him as my president.

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        • 4. plaridel  |  January 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm

          j.kulisap:

          pano kung may failure of elections? ayaw na yatang umalis sa puesto ang kasalukuyang nakaupo.

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          • 5. J.Kulisap  |  January 21, 2010 at 1:47 am

            Ako na mismo ang magpapaalis sa langaw..hahahaha. ‘Yon lamang ang kaya kong paalisin.

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            • 6. plaridel  |  January 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm

              j.kulisap:

              don’t worry, makakarma din sila. 🙂

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  • 7. AC  |  January 8, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    ahhhh… too young….

    a true blue iskolar ng bayan! may you rest in peace, iska. 🙂

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    • 8. plaridel  |  January 9, 2010 at 10:34 am

      ac:

      she was too young to die, indeed. in the process, it caused her to die twice. to paraphrase u.s. president ronald reagan, she lost the life she was living now and the life she would have lived. how sad.

      Reply
  • 9. emilayskie  |  January 10, 2010 at 7:29 am

    This is so sad to hear. Sometimes I thank our heads for giving us a toxic curriculum that didn’t allow me to become an activist but I kinda see myself in them.

    Too young to die in deed but maybe it was her time. May her soul rest in peace.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  January 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm

      emilayskie:

      it didn’t matter to the ancient greeks how long a person lived. they would only ask if he or she had passion. as far as kimay was concerned, the answer was a resounding yes. she lived her life with passion.

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  • 11. shiang  |  January 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    thank you so much TO ALL who pay tributes to our beloved KEMBERLY JUL LL. LUNA…..from Family and relatives

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    • 12. plaridel  |  January 12, 2010 at 1:22 pm

      shiang:

      i know how it feels to lose someone. my thoughts are with you.

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  • 13. Ruchi  |  January 12, 2010 at 4:28 am

    It is very frustrating when the wrong people are subjected to such cruel fate. And even in case if she does ever receive, it still wont be enough.

    My respect and salutations to her!

    And I thank you Plaridel, for featuring Irom Sharmila on your blog. Your contribution is much appreciated and needed.

    Regards,
    Ruchi

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    • 14. plaridel  |  January 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

      ruchi:

      as long as the government remains corrupt and deaf to the needs of the less fortunate in society, many more will follow her path.

      irom sharmila took a different route, but it should be as effective. i salute her for her courage and determination in the pursuit of her goal.

      Reply
  • 15. fortuitous faery  |  January 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    oh so young. let’s pray that her death will not be in vain.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  January 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm

      fortuitous faery:

      although she died young, she had accomplished more than many of us could do in our lifetime.

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  • 17. yanilea  |  January 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    We’ll miss you kem 😦

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    • 18. plaridel  |  January 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm

      yanilea:

      may she find peace wherever she is.

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    • 19. J.Kulisap  |  January 15, 2010 at 12:30 am

      I just hope that our youth today will inspire Kem’s beyond compare sacrifice and love to her country.

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  • 20. joyce lopez  |  January 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    the heavens are applauding for this woman’s courage, bravery and purity. she is someone we should look up to…a very beautiful young lady who unleashed, left everything for the sake of our dying nation. i wish i have her attitudes in fulfilling my dreams to protect the oppressed and jail the “bad spirits” of our government. i’ve seen or shall i say i am seeing the corruption of our government right now, how many houses they got esp those who work in DPWH claiming they won in the lottery, inculcating the minds of the “sleeping” brains that they were lucky to be winners of such but people around seems to be playing “blind” and observing that they are coming to them eating their shit playing like puppies and following their commands for money speaks no matter where it came from. How wicked people are! and the worse thing, they wanna be kings and queens of their vicinity. Why i strongly admire this precious woman because she unveiled herself from the comforts of life and veiled a new and meaningful purpose. You are such a great pride of our nation. I know you are with Him now….definitely. RIP.

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    • 21. plaridel  |  January 17, 2010 at 11:08 pm

      joyce:

      she tried to make a difference. i hope she did.

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  • 22. strawhut  |  January 21, 2010 at 5:41 am

    there`s no greater love in this world, than to give your self to others even if its cost you your life……….. farewell kem…
    im from surigao also.

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  • 23. strawhut  |  January 21, 2010 at 5:48 am

    sana nakilala kita in personal…….. how i wish………… farewell

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    • 24. plaridel  |  January 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm

      strawhut:

      thanks for your visit and comments. kem was really one of a kind.

      Reply
  • 25. luvina mae  |  January 25, 2010 at 7:18 am

    i admired her so called braveness and being able to speak her own mind and ideas. she have shown her love for people but sad to say she died at an early age. i’m kinda curious in her. i remember her personality in my late uncle.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  January 28, 2010 at 10:22 am

      luvina mae:

      she paid the ultimate price for her beliefs. let’s just hope she didn’t die in vain.

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  • 27. Mars  |  May 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I remember Kimay, she was one of my earlier subjects when I started working. I remember writing several articles about her, I was a fresh college grad back then and I really admired her–she was young, brave, intelligent and pour out all her heart for the cause she was fighting for.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  May 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      mars:

      she was special. she lived and died for her beliefs. dod you have a chance to meet her in person?

      Reply

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