LIFE is all about stories.
Every person you meet has a story to tell. And as a writer, I have been fortunate enough to share my tale and of others. For me, life is one big interwoven storybook filled with characters from different walks of life.
It is amazing that at one point, your story may interweave with someone you’ve never even met. Obviously, I can be quite romantic in hearing stories about real, triumphant love. Sometimes, a dreary world is one of my absolute favorite things in the world.
Such is the story of Ana Amigo and William Antonio. Having known them for over 10 years, their story is deeply personal and that I am happy to share.
Ana Amigo, is known a pretty face in both fashion and television. Spearheading several businesses under her belt, she also does modeling and TV hosting. Besides her looks, Ana captivates people for her positive aura that simply radiates.
Meanwhile, William is a former basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for teams like Pop Cola Panthers, Coca Cola Tigers, and the Powerade Tigers. Their love story began when a common friend and former basketball player, Ali Peek, introduced them.
“William and I don’t really have a romantic story except for the coincidental way we met. William was having dinner with Ali and he mentioned how he was tired of the dating scene here in Manila,” Anna recalled.
“He wanted to meet someone who he can settle down with and after he described the person he wanted to meet, Ali said, ‘you need to meet Ana.’ Would you believe that as Ali and William were talking, I was just walking outside the restaurant?” she enthused.
The cute meet story, along with William’s persistence to win Ana over, led to a beautiful 15-year marriage that is blessed with two equally gorgeous children—Raine and Cyrus. Their marriage, though solid, was not without challenges and in the past year alone having survived their biggest challenges thus far.
Once vibrant, healthy, and full of vigor for life, Ana became seriously ill. She came to a point where she lived one day at a time, praying every night that she would be given another day.
“I went from a seemingly painless life to a very painful one. From a life where I was having happy journeys here and everywhere to a life bound to a hospital bed and not even able to walk on my own,” she recalled.
Although her sickness challenged their union, it also made it stronger. She explained, “As in any marriage that goes through life’s biggest challenges, ours have evolved. We were not prepared for this game changer. It hit us blindly and we really had to dig deep within our love for each other and for our children.”
While Ana admits of her struggle with guilt of being a burden, both her and William decided to fight together. “We decided to continue to live as if everything was normal because we knew this was the new normal. You can’t stop life from going on as long. So we accepted our fate.”
Despite all, Ana, has remained positive and refused to give up. Instead she looked for the treasures in her trials.
“I quickly learned that everything has a reason. I learned that through the darkest tunnels, we discover the brightest of lights. I learned the world is full of angels, some even in disguise. I learned to sort out what and who is most important—what are the real in life. Importantly, it is persistence and prayers that if asked with earnest and faith in God’s time, He will answer,” she enthused.
With all these, Ana’s prayers were answered, now on her way back to pristine health. Her husband William also found a new passion in painting, after retiring from playing basketball professionally.
With all the dealings in life that we encounter on a daily basis, we sometimes forget to be grateful for the joy in simply waking up each morning. Ana and William’s tale is a reminder to look beyond life’s little annoyances and believe in the good that life and people can offer.
It also made me believe that despite life’s biggest and most treacherous storms, miracles can still happen everyday. Sometimes all it takes is a little change in perspective.