Ang buhay mo kahit batid naming hiram
Maagang pagbawi’y labis na dinamdam;
Hangarin na aming inaasam-asam,
Naglaho ng dahil sa sakit mong taglay!
Nainip sa lunas na hangad ng lubos,
Anyo ay kandilang luhaang naupos;
Ang kalalagayan mo matapos matarok,
Buhay na masigla’y pinawi ng lungkot!
Matapos ang tibok ng puso’y taningan,
Ano mang panahon ay mamamaalam;
Naroroon kami, hindi ka iniwan,
Hanggang huling pintig ng iwi mong buhay!
Nasa piling ka man ng Haring Dakila,
Hindi rin mapigil ang aming pagluha!
Paquito Rey Pacheco or Kaka as he is fondly called was born in Balagtas (Bigaa), Bulacan. He has a BSc in Accounting and Economics from the Far Eastern University (FEU) with a minor in Political Science. He spent 21 years in Philippine radio broadcasting taking on the roles of news writer, reporter, producer and commentator. He also held the position of PRO for Radio in the Office of the Secretary of Philippine National Defense. He was a Charter Member and Chairman of the Rural Broadcasters Council of the Philippines. As a journalist, he was a reporter for Bagong Buhay newspaper handling the congress beat. In Winnipeg, he was a member of the Good Morning Philippines team for almost 13 years with Emmie Joaquin and Joe Sulit on CKJS Radio 810 AM, serving as the show’s News Director and as a comentator on the Manila Sound afternoon program. Kaka is a Tagalog poet and writer, he now writes a regular column, Pilantik for the Pilipino Express News Magazine