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Sacha Guitry once said, "You can pretend to be serious, but you can't pretend to be witty." Oh yes, I'm the great pretender.
(pilot episode: 20 January 2004)

Friday, September 09, 2011


Ariel James Matela (September 10, 1982 - September 8, 2011)

He was one of the pioneering Filipino bloggers, a fellow Fabcaster and a dear friend. After a long and hard battle, AJ now can finally find rest and peace. He died on Mama Mary’s birthday, and two days before he was to turn 29.

The sky tonight shines a little brighter with his star adding glitter to the heavens. AJ, you’re off to your next and greatest adventure. Bon voyage, teh.

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A call for help, from AJ's older sister Jinggay:

The prospect of AJ joining our creator is a happy occasion no matter how painful it would be for the family. 
One obstacle that the family needs to hurdle now are the hospital bills. The family of AJ implores the help of 1,000 volunteers to donate Php500.00 each to help defray the cost of hospitalization expenses. We hope you can be one of them. 
You may contact our mom thru her mobile 0908 570 1555/0927 984 8142 or deposit it at BPI (Kidapawan) SA#8669-0851-93 of Eric John Matela. 
Thanks so much.

Dear readers and fans of the Fabcasters, I hope you find it in your hearts to help out AJ's family in their time of need.

(Photo by Teresa Barrozo)


MkSurf8 said...

i would have never known you nor have met a lot of great friends if not through AJ (specifically thru his blog).

His was the first gay blog i've read and followed. I think i must have initially heard your fabcasts too through his site. In a way, he was instrumental in my coming out to this multi-hued universe.

thank you, AJ. may you rest in peace.

rudeboy said...

I never knew him, but my heart goes out to his friends and loved ones, just the same.

My deepest condolences, Joel, on the loss of your friend.

imsonotconio said...

ive never had the pleasure to meet this blogger, i should have when i had the chance, rest in peace, u r on my prayers!

he will always be an inspiration, i feel sad even though we are both complete strangers to each other, its like i lost my chance in meeting a good friend.

my deepest condolences to his family.

where is the wake?

Fickle Cattle said...

:-( RIP AJ.

Marty said...

soar high, AJ.

Ms. Chuniverse said...

Like A Rainbow
Fading In The Twinkling Of An Eye
Gone Too Soon...

palma tayona said...

Rest In Peace...

fried-neurons said...

I'm sorry for your loss. My condolences to his family and friends.

Thad said...

This is sad news.. may he rest in peace. Condolences to his bereaved family.

zeke said...

May he rest in peace..

Dats said...

Rest In Peace Aj...

Mac Callister said...

may he find condolences to his family and friends