The Summer of Bene Gesserritt

In the summer of 2007 my dear friend Bene Gesseritt experienced true love. A newly-boarded physician, she dashed to Boracay to work as an island doctoress and met all sorts of patients– gonorrheic Germans, kinky Koreans, alliterative Alabanians and all, but fell in love when she sutured a diving instructor from QC. She had great fun, and we all bore witness to such deep love. Moriarty was a diving instructor by day and a DJ by night, so you can imagine all the girls and boys flinging themselves at him, but Bene would bare her fangs and scalpel at any whiff of a threat. When it was our turn to be Bora doctors I texted Bene if she had already referred this particular patient to a psychiatrist, and she did not reply. Under the searing heat of summer came a guy biking fast– drenched, delirious, and with poor skin turgor. It was Moriarty. He handed us a letter (liham) and said, “Sorry wala daw syang load (*pant*, *pant*, *gasp*, *gasp*)”.

The letter, indeed, read, “Sorry Will wala akong load. Yes, narefer ko na sya sa psychiatrist. You can follow up on this number…” The extra-saccharine act was too overwhelming that Abe, Len-Len, Tin, and I all fainted.

So they broke up after 2 months but so what. Bene is presently working as a doctor to street kids, and once went back to Bora… to seek closure.

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On a totally unrelated note, it just occurred to me that Bene rhymes with pene. In the 70s explicit pinoy porn movies were called “penekula”. I haven’t watched any penekula, to the disappointment of those who look up to me as a porn connoiseur, and I’ve always wondered how the rather corny term penekula came about. A pop radio station DJ then explained that penekula is referred to as such because it has, of course, penetration. The king of penekulas in the 70s is George Estregan Sr. When I was 8 years old I saw an afternoon movie in IBC 13. I can’t remember anything about it, except a scene with George Estregan Sr. on top of a mountain laughing, dressed as a vampire, fangs and all, people running away screaming from him. It scared the crap out of me.

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