He was the COOLEST GUY around.
My best recollections of him and his bosom buddy Willy Villareal were afternoons at the shop of Boy Villegas at the LaO’ Center. There, he was presented with the best and the rarest of Filipino artifacts, all of which he purchased — not for scholarly acquisition, not for the prestige it conferred — but merely for the sheer enjoyment of it all.
He liked to call me “Cousin!” with affection and amusement, even if we were not [ his being the maternal half-brother of my Gonzalez second cousin Ging did not make us cousins 😛 ]. He had the highest regard for his stepfather, Tito Gonzalo.
Bye, Bu. You were a lot of fun!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂