I grew up with Abby. Back when I was still young enough to be forced into neighborhood activities like summer volleyball tournaments and cheerleading (I kid you not), I used to see her around, and quite often. It was expected, considering that she lived just a block away. We were never particularly close. The next time I saw her, years later, was in Ateneo, and we'd acknowledge one another each time we'd cross paths with an occasional nod. There was a time when she joined a BlueREP workshop though, which had her stay in school 'til around 8:30. She asked for a ride home and I obliged, but at the last minute she said that she would be hitching with a friend.
Out of sheer boredom I logged onto YM just a few minutes ago. As is often the case, a couple of offline messages popped up. "Please pray for the..." -- it read like usual stupid message people pass around on YM so I was about to close the first window, but when I saw the name "Abigael Parong," I read the message entirely. Apparently, Abby died yesterday morning in a car accident along C5. And just like that, my problems don't seem as significant anymore.
I didn't take the chance to know you then, but I always knew (and felt) you were a good person; someone I wouldn't mind hanging out with. Judging from the many entries that have been written for you, you were well loved, and will be dearly missed.
Rest in peace, Abby.