Friends, Students, Colleagues Give Tributes to Rev. Dr. Edwin I. Lariza
DZ, wife of Rev. Lariza, shared her recollection of their conversation the day after his confinement to the hospital in late February.
TRANSLATION: Mamsing (or Mama), let’s make a stand on what we talked about that I will rest now… let’s be firm on it Mamsing.. I assured him that we will stand together. We were gripping each other”s hand tightly by his hospital bed a day after he was admitted. I told him ok Popsing (or Papa) sleep for now – you always tell me – Rest if you must but don’t quit…We will stand pa and I wont quit FOR YOU..our battle cry – PADAYON (Continue)… We embraced each other…He told me to never leave the ministry -NETS (he conceptualized the ministry and gave the name) and the MSPM, should be continued. I thought it was just because he will have a vacation with me in Negros…Papa your visions will never die… I COMMIT TO PURSUE IT..
Meanwhile, Prof. Lariza’s former students posted these on FB:
More to come…
I thought I would see you next month in Iloilo. I thought you would hang on until we finished the book that you, Nestor and I have started. I thought we would hang out for lunch as promised the next time we see each other.
The last time we saw each other was at the CPU TV studio during my interview with Francis Neil Jalando-on. You waited for us and oh, how we all enjoyed lunch!
I never expected that today I have to bid you farewell without even saying hello one more time.
I am sorry I was not able to say goodbye to you my dear trusted friend, comrade and kindred soul. But is there a goodbye for people like you and I who shared visions of a better world and lived the meaning of protracted struggle?
Life goes on and so will the spirit of compassion and service to the people continue in many different forms even after you and I are gone.
Of course, I am crying my heart out. These tears are for those memories of political discussions over ginamus and pinamalhan punctuated by laughter; the kapit-bisig in protest rallies; and our own ways of looking after each other.
How could I forget those long walks to Fort San Pedro with Nestor Distor Bunda and Ella because wala kita inog-plete?
We bought food for two and then divided by four so we all could have equal shares kay kulang budget ta. Pirme lang kita wala kwarta kay gina-donate naton sweldo ta sa “the poor and the oppressed” pero kasadya gid sa aton nga “gang of four”.
We were young then and so full of dreams for an equitable, just and free society. And so my tears are also for those lost dreams and failed visions as well as for the enduring hope that made us continue our journey of faith and of love for justice.
You were a gentle soul. You tempered my impatience with calm words challenging me to empathy. When I am stubborn, you humbly showed me your vulnerability thus reminding me to be more compassionate than fierce.
Ang English ko, gina-hiligaynon mo. Mas nami gali pamati-an.
I shed tears of longing for our productive, healthy and respectful teamwork with Nestor and Ella in serving the people through various NGOs and community involvement. We believed that leadership is servanthood.
If only one is more committed to serving their respective communities as you and worked out their differences the way we did, all things are possible.
Because we were such a kindred spirit, we found ourselves advocating the same causes and sharing the same vision of empowering communities. This shared vision created a strong bond of friendship and comradeship that is as irreplaceable as our vision for a better world.
Yes, my friend, you rest in peace because you had offered your gift in full to the people you served. Your gift is for them to keep and cherish.
Rest in peace, my friend, for your loving memory and generous service would last beyond your lifetime and mine and our friends.
Rev. Edwin Lariza, writer, editor, adviser (Catalyzer, Central Echo, Centralite), BSSW and BTh graduate, outstanding social worker of the Philippines, professor, outreach director, pastor, president and president emeritus of Convention of Baptist Ministers Association, leader, organizer, supporter, blogger… finally rested early morning of 8 March 2015.
Those who know him had been praying and keeping in touch with his family. Expressions of sympathy and tribute began flooding the social media since his wife, DZ announced his passing.
We have posted some of them below:
Posted on Positively Centralian FB Page
SEE THE POSITIVELY CENTRALIANS FB PAGE FOR MORE POSTS…
Posted on Kun Ako Presidente sang CPU FB Page
SEE THE KUN AKO PRESIDENTE SANG CPU FB PAGE FOR MORE POSTS…
Other FB Walls
Rev. Lariza, the man who wore many feathered-hats had been known to us as a writer/editor since his Catalyzer and Central Echo days in late 80s. The legacy you left behind will speak and write for you now that you have parked your earthly pen.
GOODBYE FOR NOW, EDZIL A. RIZAL!