These are moments I totally regret not bringing my camera. Photos from the iPhone.
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We talked about politics, the spratlys, and about recent events. But I felt like I didn't say anything close to intelligent because I was too starstruck. Haha. We also talked about his art and his work as a Canon Lawyer. I asked him how his interest in politics started. He asked me about my photography. We talked like we were old friends.
The Bishop was certainly one of the most intelligent people I've ever spoken with. Quite funny, too. Or maybe, I was just surprised seeing him smiling and laughing because he always looked serious on TV.
One topic stuck to me -- his hobby. He told me: "I have a hobby that has now become a vice." We both laughed. He asked me to guess and after
"I collect coins," his eyes sparkled behind his thick eyeglasses. So we spent a few more minutes talking about his coins and his plans for them. He talked about the history of our coins and how precious our old 1906 one peso coin is. "If you know someone who has it, give him a big kiss and then get the coin!" We laughed out loud.
He wants to own one, I thought. So I told him, "When I find one, I'll give it to you." He laughed. "Thank you. But that coin is very rare. It's impossible to find one," he said. "I believe that there's no such thing as impossible." I countered. "Me, too. Except that." Another laughter broke. And then he said: "Contact me when you find one although I know it is really impossible. I give you all my prayers and blessings and luck."
I told him again, with much conviction: "There is no such thing as impossible."
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PS 1. Now, I'm on a mission to find a genuine 1906 one peso coin. Operative word: genuine. There are many counterfeits out there.
PS 2. Before he left, I shook his hand. And then I was told I should've kissed his ring. Oh well. :P