Community Whispers by Ray Junia
Community Whispers

Stories of triumph and despair during the pandemic

Mar 8, 2021, 10:00 PM
Ray L. Junia

Ray L. Junia


In the period of pandemic, success has changed colors and shades, if ever it comes, as news in media had more sad stories than happy news.

I can better understand this from stories of friends. One friend whose business was picking up and was getting good credit ratings from banks, lost everything because of the pandemic. He was in the event management business. Parties and gatherings got banned.

Another friend could only thank the stay at home order. His first baby was born last month, he says a product of quarantine. He describes his first baby his most important success having waited for the stork to visit for a decade.

I had always wondered how to define success, although I am guided by this practical gem, a successful man is one who earns more than his wife can spend. The successful woman is one who can find that man.


The Warays are just about to lose that claim of having the longest bridge in the country.

Construction of a bridge connecting Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental has resumed. The Panguil Bay Bridge, dubbed as the “Bridge of Peace and Unity”, will cut down travel time between Tubod and Tangub City to 7 minutes from the current two and a half hours.

The Warays had always bask on the glory of that “Bridge of Love”, a gift by the former dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, to the former first lady, Imelda Romualdez Marcos.


Stories of married couples and their coping with married life, are good source of fun if not intrigue.

One story says, a man was complaining, “I cannot understand my wife. When I come home early she suspects I am after something.When I come home late, she suspects I have had it.”

Stories of marital spats are as common as the bad news in our media today. At the height of quarrel, the wife told her husband, I was a fool to have married you. The husband answered, yes love, I was too much in love, I did not notice it.


The talk in our town is about that advertisement in FB by a beautiful lady, “Wanted Husband”. She got 75 answers, 50 were women offering to the lady their husbands.


Yesterday, I saw on FB a “Wanted Wife” ad.The interested party was identified in the ad as a 72-year- old multi-millionaire.

He got over a thousand applicants, some very young. Intrigued, he picked 12, had them investigated. Three worked in pubs he frequented. Four were relatively young widows, their husbands having died from old age. But the standout was the one who said, she was addicted to sweets and looking for a sugar daddy.


There are also happy stories on relationships. Take this, a perfect match. He snores and she is deaf.


How about this man who tells his friends his wife adores him too much. Asked why, he said wife always offers burnt offering on the breakfast table.

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