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wednesday’s who ~ Arvin “Tado” Jimenez

It is devastating to hear such news. Another accident took the life of Tado and 13 more…

On February 7, 2014, an accident in Benguet Province involving a Florida bus killed 14 of its passengers. One of them was Arvin “Tado” Jimenez.

I remember him best from that talk show Strangebrew aired on UNTV Channel 37. Maybe because that was the very first time I encountered the spontaneous and candid host. He’s with his buddy Erning, who we preferred calling “Tama” (correct) because of her incessant use of the word all throughout the show. It was an interesting show where they get to interview people, real people. Simple people who live simple lives. It is enlightening to watch them discuss the realities of life with hilarity and  honesty.

Tado’s undeniable wits and talents presented him careers as a comedian, an actor and a radio personality but they weren’t limited to making people laugh. They were reflected in his life’s successes not just as a businessman or an activist but as a person who lived his dreams by living his life to the fullest. And beyond that comic host/actor façade, Arvin Jimenez is a man of principle and ideology. I know so little about him, about his wars, about his life, but I know he is a good person who lived his purpose until the end.

Good riddance, Tado. It was a long trip, indeed. You will be missed. Bless your soul…

My Condolences go to the family and all the people who grieved and are still grieving for their losses. To the families of the other 13 anonymous victims of this tragic accident.

What’s really sad about this unfortunate occurrence is the fact that it can be avoided. That if only those concerned people would do their jobs responsibly, take the rules seriously and follow them diligently, this kind of tragedy wouldn’t have happened. And no life would be taken unceremoniously because of other people’s neglect.

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