Hindi raw sa salita kundi sa gawa ipinakita ni Teejay Cruz ang kanyang pagiging mabuting tao, ayon kay Gary Valenciano.
Sa memorial service para kay Teejay nitong Huwebes ng gabi, November 22, sa Manila Memorial Park, Sucat, Parañaque, ikinuwento ni Mr. Pure Energy ang kanyang magagandang alaala tungkol kay Teejay.
Si Teejay ang panganay nina Tirso Cruz III at Lynn Ynchausti.
Pumanaw siya noong November 21, Miyerkules, dahil sa cancer. Siya ay 37 years old.
Sa kanyang speech, inalala ni Gary, 54, kung paano sila nagkakilala ni Teejay.
Lahad niya, “The first time I met him was in the hospital.
"Actually, that’s when I really got to know him as to who he was—being the son of Tirso [or] Pip and Lynn.
“He was taking care of me.
“I was going to have an executive check-up… it was Holy Week.
“And the day I checked out, he was the one with me all the time.
“And it was from the hospital that I went to the beach to join my family.”
Si Teejay ay nagtrabaho sa administration's office ng St. Luke's Medical Center Global City.
Muli raw nakita ni Gary si Teejay noong nagkasakit ang ama ng singer na si Vicente Valenciano.
“The next time that I was with him, he was taking care of my dad for about a week before my dad passed away because of pancreatic cancer.”
Pumanaw ang ama ni Gary noong May 2013.
“Then last year, my best friend, Manolet Santos—who himself got me into mountain biking, got me into the kind of music that I do today—he also suffered from pancreatic cancer.
"And the man who took care of him was Teejay," sabi ni Gary.
Si Manolet o DJ Papi ay kilalang DJ at dancer.
Tinukoy ni Gary kung bakit bilib siya sa panganay na anak ni Tirso.
“So for me, it’s amazing how... though we’ve never really spoken in ways that would be something that I would be able to share to people, it was just in the way that he was, through his actions, that showed me that Pip, Lynn, you both did an incredible job with this young man.
“He may not have spoken a word about the Lord, but he certainly showed it in his steps, in his walk, in his humility.”
OVERWHELMING LOVE AND SUPPORT
Samantala, dumagsa ang mga bisita sa burol ni Teejay kagabi upang makiramay kina Tirso, Lynn, at sa mga anak nilang sina Bodie at Djanin.
Bukod kay Gary at asawang si Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, namataan din sina Christopher de Leon, Sandy Andolong, at anak nilang si Mariel de Leon; Lorna Tolentino at mga anak na sina Ralph at Renz Fernandez; Amy Austria; Laurice Guillen at anak na si Ina Feleo; Gina Alajar; Ricky Davao; Rez Cortez, Maritoni Fernandez; Pauleen Luna; Ryan Eigenmann; Rodjun Cruz at Dianne Medina; Maricar de Mesa; at Al Tantay.
Taus-pusong nakikiramay ang PEP.ph sa mga naiwan ni Teejay Cruz.