LOVE, the most powerful feeling a human
being can encounter and perceive tailored with happiness, acceptance and
communication is what we've imagined LOVE can be even though a lot of
stories are based on destiny and fate. As we read through a cyberspace
love story that has been destined by fate, how can we say that it is not
We are aware of the fact that single man and woman have yearned for the
right love that could be found in various ways like friendships,
families, employment and even the newest and powerful technology
nowadays, the Internet. Can you imagine how love can spark between two
persons that were born in a wonderful city in the Philippines, lived at
the opposite ends of the world and fall in love through the Internet?
Baguio City, considered the Summer Capital of the Philippines and the
birthplace of Sonny and Louisse, has touched our lives as it has been
the bridge of how love triumphs between this two people. The Internet
has been a very special mode of communication globally and as a source,
has linked its waves to one of the most inspirational love story that
started in cyberspace.
It started in 1998 when Louisse, a Public Relations Executive working in
Bahrain, got homesick and started surfing the web, trying to search for
websites that may link back to her birthplace and hometown. One of the
sites she stumbled upon was Juny's website of Baguio City (http://www.baguioweb.com).
She started writing him about how she discovered his website which made
reminisce her past experiences of the city. After various
correspondences from Juny, he invited her to join his "Baguioweb" email
list. With her homesickness cured, Louisse became actively involved with
the group by greeting new comers, sharing her experiences, and
corresponding with the other members.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, Sonny was managing the I.T.
Department of a private college in Hayward, California. Little did he
know that his bachelor status was about to change. He had also stumbled
upon Juny's website back in 1995 and has been part of Juny's first email
list, "Friends of the Hawaiian Webmaster", which finally evolved to the
"Baguioweb" email list on Onelist.com.
Impressed with Louisse's independence, maturity and friendliness, Sonny
decided to get to know her more. They exchanged emails on the list and
also privately, sharing their experiences and exchanging thoughts of
their families, life, love and commitments. Distance was not a hindrance
to them as they enjoyed sharing their special experiences about the city
they were born in.
Finally one day came when Louisse posted a message on the list about how
upset she was about not being granted a vacation to go home to the
Philippines on the month she expected because of some work related
issues. She was disappointed because she had already made plans and was
looking forward to seeing her family again. She started receiving
letters from other members of "Baguioweb" which comforted her with notes
of encouragement, support and prayers. Sonny also wrote long comforting
letters that made her feel relaxed and ease about the situation.
Their relationship slowly grew as they started communicating through the
phone. They spent hours of conversations getting to know each other
while the feeling of warmth and affection started through the simplest
means of communication. However, the "wings of love" was having a hard
time taking off since Louisse was not ready for a relationship and Sonny
was still enjoying his bachelor life. But the "Baguioweb" group knew
that Sonny liked Louisse the moment he started writing her. Seeing her
picture posted in the web just sealed his fate. They started encouraging
him to go on with the courtship and pursue the girl that he has dreamed
of to make his heart complete. And finally, he did.
In the meantime, Louisse's relationship with Sonny grew deeper and
deeper. One day she woke up realizing that she has fallen in love to the
man she never expected could be her partner. She always asked for signs
from God, not realizing that He has been showing her all while. And
there was LOVE.
Louisse was finally granted her vacation in July of 1999. As she left
for the Philippines that day, she was inspired of the love she found in
Sonny and the care and support she received from the group. They were
all there for her and she never felt anything like this, especially not
from a people whom she hasn't even seen physically.
While vacationing in the Philippines, Sonny called her constantly. They
built the foundation of their true love in spite the distance between
them and having not seen each other physically. Then in August, Sonny
decided to surprise her with a visit. Well, he did a good job until the
week before the trip. He caved in and told her that he was coming. It
still ended up as a surprise since Louisse didn't really have time to
prepare. Meeting finally face to face at the airport terminal, they felt
LOVE, true love. Before that day ended, Sonny proposed to Louisse to
marry him and for them to spend the rest of their lives together,
A gathering of "Baguioweb" members took place at Sizzling Plate in
Baguio City on August 14, 1999. At the same time, Sonny and Louisse
announced their engagement to the group. It was a blessing since they
were not celebrating only a gathering but also an engagement which made
it more memorable to those who attended.
After a few months, Sonny finally persuaded Louisse to join him in
America. They just got married last March 2000 in a simple wedding with
plans to have another "bigger" one next year. And now, they live happily
"Baguioweb" has been the second family for both Sonny & Louisse. They've
shared a lot of joy, laughter, and even sorrow with the members of the
group. It has been part of their daily lives to open incoming mails from
this listing and correspond to some of them too. They have considered
this mails very special to them since its like coming from a family
member from a distance. Members have a special bond with each other.
They organize gatherings in places where most of the members reside and
be more acquainted with each other.
One interesting side note, although it would seem that the only thing
Louisse and Sonny shared was having Baguio as a birthplace. Later on,
they found out that Sonny's aunt and Louisse's dad worked together at
the same School for a long time. The two families had known of each
other already before then. Now, isn't that a small world?