Snippets from Cedric Maca*


Cedric: Putang ina, oo! Malay mo she just thinks you’re being friendly. You need to let her know because otherwise, she’ll just think you’re a good driver, errand boy, fuck buddy (FUBU), etc. Once I was just being friendly to a girl, then suddenly she said, “Yes, sinasagot na kita.” Hindi ko masabi na hindi ko siya nililigawan. But what the fuck, wala naman ako girlfriend that time, okay naman siya. Sige na nga!

~ Episode 1: Courtship


Cedric: When we were having family problems because of my dad’s infidelity, I realized that I wanted to have my own family. It felt right that time. I was so down and I knew that my epicurean princess would understand and make me feel better. We had been together for almost 5 years. I thought it was the perfect time to pop the question. I fetched her from her lola’s house and dropped her at La Salle.

We were in my car when I asked her, “Nana, can we get married na? I only have this much money. I can only give you a simple wedding, not the grand wedding that you dreamed of.” I don’t exactly remember how it went but this is the line that struck me the most, “I still want to finish my Masters. Sorry, hindi mo maibibigay yung luho ko.”

I was stunned, something inside me snapped and I was silent. I was thinking, “Five long years meant nothing?” I practically gave her my life, my money, and most importantly my time. All wasted.

~ Special Episode: Heartbreaks


*Name has been changed.


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About Cedric

Cedric Maca (pen name) is happily married with a son. Before the marital bliss, he looked for love in all the wrong places. In the process, he got hurt in so many ways.

It made him the man he is today: a better, wiser version of “Sid” for his mini “Sid.”


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Edits: Jacquie Bamba S. Zamora

Before I Do Anthology

Philippine Copyright © 2016 by Katherine C. Eustaquio-Derla

Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla is a journalism graduate from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She wrote Bedroom Blog by Veronica, a relationship blog for Cosmopolitan Philippines from 2009 to 2011, which covers most of her single dating life. In 2015, she published her first book Before I Do. She’s passionate about coffee, red wine, books and Mad Men. She stopped collecting hearts when she got married in 2013 and went back to collecting Archie Comics ever since. Send the author a tweet @kceustaquio.

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