By Bert Eljera
LAS VEGAS – It was a good thing that Germany captured the World Cup in Brazil, beating Argentina, 1-0 in a soccer classic that will be talked about for years.
The Germans were the best team in Rio de Janiero and Mario Goetze’s one-touch, fluid volley from atop the penalty box was worthy of winning a World Cup.
Germany’s 4-0 dismantling of Portugal, one of the favorites early in the tournament and its 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the semifinals set up the finals date with Argentina and anticipated clash with Lionel Messi, judged the best player in the World Cup.
More importantly, the German victory encouraged our Boronganon friends based in Germany to be on giving mode – all for the benefit of the Bert Eljera Kidney Transplant Fund.
With Johannes Durr, son of Luz Bernas, serving as PayPal conduit, the European Group of Bernas, Luci Cidro Preiss, and Nora Mendoza sent a total of 350 euros to the fund.
Perla Cayago Huber and Luz Alegre-Rist contributed 120 euros and encouraging words as I battle through this tough medical challenge.
From London, John and Yolanda Baquilod-Webb donated $100 while Paz Chadutaud, a cousin of Christie’s, sent another $100 from Paris, France.
Prayers from that part of the world, and even Holy Water from Lourdes were sent to us to lift our spirits.
Germans are a disciplined people, but the Filpino touch of compassion and caring make the Filipino-German or Europeans of Filipino descent an even greater people.
Too bad that Christie may not make it to the planned Harampang 2014 of Young Seniors of Borongan in Germany in September because of the challenges we’re facing, but the ties fostered through the online contacts and conversations are sure to last.