How do you even replace the best man? He was the best. He is the best.
To the family, friends, and acquaintances of Nadz, he has touched my life in more ways than one.
Nadz was always there.
Nadz was there when I felt nobody was; one of the very few friends who were there all the way through the best and worst times.
Nadz was there to be my concert buddy: belting our favorite duet “Habang May Buhay.”
Nadz was there to teach me how to become street smarter.
Nadz was there to say the words that other people won’t dare tell me.
Nadz was there to answer the phone call so I can keep myself awake on my way home from a night out.
Nadz was there with unlimited stories of his latest escapades and when he feels ‘kilig’ most of the time.
Nadz was there when I was so scared in a creepy hotel room in Amsterdam — kept me company thru a phone call and only hung up when I fell asleep.
Nadz was there for my family whenever we needed someone to man our business.
Nadz was there to start a chat, as if there was a cosmic connection that alerts him whenever I am not okay.
Nadz was there to fight my battles when I feel so tired and almost gave up fighting them myself.
Nadz was there and made all the effort to meet me even when he was already sick; went too early and waited for me at the office lobby in case I can go out sooner — this despite his mom asking him to stay home because of his condition.
AND from now on, it will be different.
There won’t be a Nadz to cheer up the party.
There won’t be a Nadz to blend voices with in karaoke (How can I even complete singing “Habang May Buhay” now?).
There won’t be a Nadz who obliges to be the wingman.
There won’t be a Nadz to tell me the hard truth when I need to listen.
Also, there won’t be a Nadz present on my wedding day. It will be very difficult: How do you even replace the best man? He was the best. He is the best.
Nadz was always there, and the only way to repay all his effort and kindness is to be there and see him one last time.
The most painful thing is the fact that now, whenever I visit home, there will be no more Nadz.
And that makes all the difference in the world.
This is Xy, broken but still breaking the silence.