BSBA students Bea Ibarra & Sofie Sazon, do a faculty feature on an Enderun’s power couple – business teachers Rey Estrada and Marivic Ignacio. They are loved by many of their students in the many subjects they teach; Mr. Estrada teaches Strategic Management & Leadership, Business Opportunities 2, Principles of Marketing, Business Plan 2 & Entrepreneurship Integration, while Ms. Ignacio handles Principles of Accounting 1 & 2, Management Accounting, Cost Accounting and Accounting for Hospitality and Culinary Students.
Through the course of our lives, we eventually find ourselves completely consumed by love, in loving another person that we think to ourselves, “This is it, this is the person I’ll be with for the rest of my life, my happily ever after.” However, more often than not, reality eventually kicks in and comes knocking on our door, altering what we thought was real and true love. You see, some people are really just meant to fall in love, but not meant to be together. Oftentimes, Cupid would miscalculate, shooting arrows at those who might’ve just been in the way.
The same cannot be said for Ms. Marivic and Sir Rey. This couple is one of the lucky few whom Cupid has gotten right, and whom Cupid has shot a bull’s-eye. To those who have forever been curious about the relationship of Ms. Marivic and Sir Rey, spare the cat its nine lives, because here it is. The way their relationship started was the same way your usual relationship would start. “It just happened,” is what Ms. Marivic said. They met in college; they were batch mates and eventually, their barkadas merged into one. Then that was where it all started. From a series of stolen glances, to becoming drinking buddies, to husband and wife. We happened to have asked Sir Ray what got him attracted to Ms. Marivic. He replied with, “She was one of the guys. She was easy to be with.” From then on, they have actually been inseparable, and no, not because they couldn’t help being separated, but because they coincidentally had the same paths in life.
Same college, same grad school, same line of work, to which Ms. Marivic remarked, “With all the years we’ve been together, 26 years of marriage would seem like 52!” She added that it was a lot of work, but one of the contributing factors to their relationship was actually just great timing. Timing, something we all want to rightly establish in our lives. The rarity of having great timing in a relationship all the more gives us the idea of how fate was kind enough to give them each other. Despite how perfect their relationship is perceived to be, they still had to go through those moments when they needed some time apart, but in the end, seeing them as they are now, the good was able to outweigh the bad, and they would always find their way back. With that, you might say that what really made their relationship work out, was the mere fact that they were always together. Wrong. Their relationship is way beyond just being together all the time.
They happened to have shared with us their very secret. In life, there are people you like and there are people you love. The secret is that, your significant other should be both. It is possible to love a person without liking them. There comes a point when you would eventually stop liking a person, but at the same time still love them, similar to the way your parents love you come what may, sort of like an obliged kind of love. It is actually at that point, when everything would start to crumble and whatever it is you had would lose its very foundation. From the words of Sir Rey, the key point is to never forget that you are, first and foremost, friends, as if he/she is you yourself, that you always find time to listen and understand and just be there. That would be something of the ideal and at the same time a beautiful way to see how real love should be, because if that’s not love, then what is?