The news spread like wildfire over the internet last night. I was in total disbelief. Probably like many people, I couldn't grasp the idea that a man who seemed to be in a perfect physical form and someone living a life most of us could only dream of, could be gone too soon.
But your online profile confirmed the unthinkable. The ocean is now forever yours, Ezra.
|One of Ezra's last posts (Photo Credit: Ezra Efondo)|
I remember one of our conversations during the BookSail event in Palumbanes Island, you shared how you left the corporate world and chose to go back to our home province. I remember how your eyes lit while you talked about Jack Johnson, sunsets, and surfing in Puraran.
Your story is quite an inspiration. You turned your back to a promising career in the metro and traded it to the rural life in Catanduanes. Not only did you embrace your simple beachfront life, you shared it to everyone through your stunning photos.
I admit I have yet to meet someone as passionate as you were when it comes to promoting tourism in Catanduanes. With your clout and charm in social media, you were successful in making people talk about surfing in Puraran.
You placed this small quiet town of Baras in the map of the surfing world. And you did not stop there, you still searched for other beach breaks and possible dive spots around our province. And just weeks ago, who would have thought that the first ever surf and music festival would be held in Catanduanes? It was, as it turned out, your final project, a special treat for everyone.
You did not just dream about all these, you actually made things possible. You pushed Catanduanes tourism to the next level. And unlike many of us who left our island in search for greener pastures elsewhere, you chose to stay and to help the local community there. Much respect to you, Ezra.
|Selfie with the kids in Palumbanes Island (Photo Credit: Ezra Efondo)|
In behalf of all the BookSail volunteers, we thank you for your selfless dedication to our literacy campaign. Your legacy will live on forever through the books you helped distribute in Palumbanes Island. You were a big help last year, and your presence this year will be sorely missed. But I'm pretty sure you'll smile down at us if you'll know where our team is heading to... a place you call a #happyisland.
30 years of a well-lived, well-served life. Rest well now, Ezra.
You are home. Surf's up.
|Just another day at the office (Photo Credit: Ezra Efondo)|
Ezra Efondo | January 12, 1984 - May 28, 2014