Tuesday, October 24, 2006

From the Province to the Big City

So, for those of you who are wondering out there, I'm still here. It's not that I haven't thought a zillion times a day about leaving, but I'm still here. It's been two months since my last posting and I must confess that it's been a rough too months.

Just when you think you've adjusted, things start happening. I was forced to leave my nipa hut after my host uncle was accused of a crime. He wasn't punished for the unmentionable crime, but Peace Corps moved me temporarily to a local resort for safe keeping. While there, I got to bond with Ate Sylvia Amor and her wonderful family, including the sweetest little Yuri, 3, at the Amor Beach Resort. I lived in Cottage A for several weeks, ate delicious food and tried to weather the gossip and myriad of questions back in Punta, my old neighborhood.

As the neighborhood continued to fight over the alleged crimes of my host uncle, I hid out at Amor. While there, I braved one of the biggest typhoons to hit the Philippines in years. Typhoon Milenyo was strong. Talagang malakas! I ended up huddled alone under an umbrella while the walls shook and rain poured inside my hut. The hut and I survived to tell the story many times over. Thank God I'd remembered to buy a bottle of red wine the week before in Legaspi, the nearest city.

During my stay at Amor, I learned that Peace Corps was transferring me altogether to Legaspi, about an hour away from Donsol. I am now assigned as an English teacher at a local college and will begin classes in early November. While I did not have a choice in the transfer, it will offer some new opportunities in my last few months in the Philippines. My regrets are that I leave behind a really great project -- the marine ecology center -- and good friends and counterparts I've made in Donsol. It wasn't easy to say good-bye -- there were a few tears shed -- but maybe it will be all that easier to say those good-byes when I really leave for good next June. And I am leaving, knowing that Linell, the librarian at my school, will carry on the library project. And that Tess, my counterpart at the eco center, will do the same. They are both so capable, they hardly needed me in the first place.

Last week, I left for good and moved to Legaspi. Actually, I am living in a small studio apartment in Old Albay in a quiet, clean neighborhood. I rent from a very sweet lola (grandmother) who worries about me. She giggles when I speak to her in Tagalog because she thinks it's so amusing. I can already tell city life will be different. For one thing, there are new volunteers nearby, including Page, a volunteer in Legaspi. I will have access to Internet, malls and the movies! Who could ask for more? It's almost like being home in the good old USA. Sort of. One thing for sure is that I can get wine and cheese (real cheese!) and that will make me happy for a little while.

I am working now on planning to teach the college students at a small Catholic college within walking distance to my apartment. I will be teaching research and writing, speech, American and British literature, job skills, journalism as well as doing some training in English for the professors. So, it's a new challenge and will definitely keep me busy for the next seven months. Seven months!

It's hard to believe that I have only a seven months to go. It's been a rough road and I am hoping to finish but I would be lying if I did not say that everyday is a struggle. I miss home and my old life. I miss being there for the things that happen in the lives of people I care about. But seven months is just seven months, diba? Time will hopefully fly quickly.

To get me through the last hurdle, I hope to spend a week in Hawaii for my 40th birthday. Yes, magfoforty ako! Yikes, where as the all the time gone? How did I get to be this old and why do I still feel like I'm 20?! A big thanks those of you who have stood by me all these years. I love you all! :)

I'm signing off for now and hope to update you all a little more frequently.



Blogger Dunc said...

Wow, Julia what a whirlwind last two months; I'm happy you're back! And safe too!! -- Dunc

9:00 PM  
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8:12 AM  
Blogger MisterEd said...

Hey Julia,

Just read your article in CNN. That was pretty good and I'm glad you're okay. Please take care of yourself and hope you keep posting!

6:44 PM  
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11:01 PM  
Blogger boeboe said...

i would love join the peace corps one of these days. i keep thinking that one day it's going to be too late for me to go. and i'm always torn between establishing whatever career i decide to stick to (at 30 i'm still in the deciding process! can you believe it?!) or pursuing travel. i wish i were as bold as you. good luck. inggat palagi :)

9:08 PM  
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11:19 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Bless you Julia I hope the news is incorrect.

11:37 AM  
Blogger jackie said...

To the family of Julia my condolences, From deep in my heart. She is an angel and is rejoycing in heaven. Just remember the good times and how bless every one was to know her. She made people happy and made a diference in every one that new her personaly or by reading everything she wrote. God bless you and may the Lord give you the strength to endure the days to come.JB

12:07 PM  
Blogger davenport/dave/david said...


I love to read other peoples live, and i'm sort of of crying now. Well I really don't know you

I just have a glance of your name on the newspaper...and search for your blog on the net..

Thanks for staying in my country..i feel so sorry though.


Dreams are not the stars in the sky that fall every now and then
Or the traces on palms of your hands
Dreams are not advices sold on the street or the words one freely solicits
It is in the beat of your own heart
The truth sent to every creation

Despite the imperfection of this world
Dreams belong to the secrets of life, not presented in those small or large packages
Dreams do not claim miracles and holiness
For it’s designed to keep humble to maintain its beauty

It has the patience that keeps it mystery
It knows labor and wisdom
It searches for significance instead of success
It brings completion rather than accumulation

Dreams are like flower, its ephemeral
Enjoy its loveliness; harness its power before it fades
But let scent lingers like sunshine and rain fields
Let its memory stays and be one of your amazing grace
For there are no broken or fallen dreams only life lessons in different shade

And here what makes our dreams truly important
It is when we realize it also brings
The same lesson
The same completion and the same significance
To other people who truly believes in the beauty of their own dreams.
A time when it touch other people lives.

(I have dedicated this poem to a friend i never met who is sick. i'm also dedicating this to you.)
its not copyrighted.

Take care.

10:01 PM  
Blogger rheynajhen said...

My sincere condolences to the family of Ms. Julia Campbell...Maraming Salamat for helping the Filipino people in their tragedy...it is so rare to see a foreigner help underprivilage and to watch Ms. Julia to speak the Tagalog language and learn the simple ways of living and the cultures of a Filipino...God Bless and Mabuhay Ka..

1:57 AM  
Blogger naks said...

i hope that your happy sa kabilang buhay im sad that your dead......
malaking kawalan din yun bihira lang kasi ang dayuhan na concern sa philippines sana matahimik ka at di magmulto.sana malaman na kung ano ang kinamatay mo....TY

-Job David

3:41 AM  
Blogger phoenixjoy said...

Condolence to the family of Ms. Julia. I may not know her but thru the news she is discribe as a loving person. May your soul rest in peace Ms.julia. The Philippines LOVES YOU!


3:56 AM  
Blogger Fire Dragon said...

My prayers for you and thank you for your good works in the Philippines. Our condolences to the family of Ms Julia Campbell.
You are indeed an angel sent from heaven....
Welcome back to Paradise...

4:00 AM  
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4:44 AM  
Blogger Juck Jones said...

I'm sorry for what happened to you. I don't know you very much but it seemed that you trusted the Pinoys so much that you took to travel by your lonesome. Right now, I feel so very ashamed of what the Pinoys did to you in spite of all the goodness you've done. God bless you, Julia.

Vaya con Dios!

4:58 AM  
Blogger ellaine said...

i feel the need to say sorry to julia and her family and friends. its so rare for foreigners to have that genuine concern for our country. julia has been such a blessing... a hero for those people whose lives she has touched. as a filipino, its such a shame that you have suffered such untimely death in the hands of our countryman. thank you for the love and care you've shown to our people in the darkest times of their lives... wherever you are, just know that you have left such a great mark among the filipino people... rest in peace...

5:22 AM  
Blogger terez said...

Julia maraming salamat, goodbye and farewell, my you rest in peace in the kingdom of God. To Campbell family my condolences.

5:49 AM  
Blogger arnel said...

yes as a Filipino, like what others said, we owe an apology to you, to your family and all the people that love you, you don't deserve to leave this world that way, may you rest in peace

5:54 AM  
Blogger jun said...

To Julia: Maraming Salamat. You will surely be missed. You and people like you make this world a better place. Our condolences to the Campbell family for their loss.

6:26 AM  
Blogger ince29 said...

Thank You so much from the bottom of our hearts. I saw the interview of julia in the news and I really felt her big heart to all filipino, ur one of the best person in this world.

7:00 AM  
Blogger emma said...

i know you are in good hands now.. when i heard that you where missing.. i try to write a letter from you here hoping you will answer and tell me that its not you..that you are fine..but i dont know what happened.. my computer acted wierd and the keyboard wont type a letter.. after that my computer restarted.. that time.. i knew you something bad happened to you.

i know we didnt spend alot of time together but i ejoyed and treasured it so much..

remember the laugther we had when we where watching 40 year old virgin and showing me the picture of your new inaanak..

i pray for you julia..i know you in heaven now.

we will miss you..

7:38 AM  
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9:53 AM  
Blogger Billie said...

People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive.

My deepest condolence to your loved ones.

I may not know you but you touched many Filipino hearts. Don't worry, you'll be in God's side from now on until eternity.


9:54 AM  
Blogger Manny said...

Hi Julia,

I didnt know you until I heard the news overseas. I am a Filipino working in the middle east.I was shocked hearing the sad news about you.

Today I find myself in front of my computer browsing your blog and reading some of your wonderful thoughts and believe me.. I fell in love with you!

Wherever you are, I want you to know that you will remain in my thoughts and I will keep reading and visiting your blog to get to know more of your kind heart.

People you've been with will surely miss you and I will be praying for your sweet journey to another life.

God Bless You,

10:12 AM  
Blogger mary jane guarino said...

julia im so proud of you.nagawa mong tulungan ang mga kaba2yan q ng walang pag-aalinlangan sayong puso.but so sad dahil humantong sa karumal-dumal na pangya2ri ang sinapit ng buhay mo.alam kong mabuti k khit d p man din kita nki2ta.napanood ko sa tv ang ngyari.kya ito ang masa2bi q.
>hindi kagustuhan ni julia ang mngyari sa kanya ang ganun.
>bkit ngawa nu p syang si2hin ala xang ibang hinangad kundi ang makatulong satin.mahal nya ang ginagawa niya kya nmn sarili nyang pamilya ay ngawa nyang iwanan pra sa isang misyon n dpat ay ginagawa ng mga nkaluk2 sa ting pamahalaan.
>pr skin di makatarungan n umaasa n lmang tau sa tulong ng iba?
>ilang buahy pa ang dapat mawala pr mgising tau sa kato2hyanan?
>mga kapwa q pinoy"ano n b ang ngawa ntin pra sating sariling bansa?
>huwag nitng hayaan n mgpatuloy ang ganito.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Erika abesamis said...

Aril 19, 2007

Me and my family sincerely condolences to the family of Miss Julia Campbell,
We do not know Julia until we heard the news in the filipino channel and we felt so sad what happened to her !
We thanked her for having a big heart to the filipino people (my countryman).
We will pray for her ! and may she rest in peace!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Chuwar said...

My and my family's deepest sorrow to what has happened to Ms. Julia. I would like to extend our heartflet condolences to her family and friends.

I can not imagine how this dastardly act was done to a sweet, loving and compassionate Ms. Campbell. I got information of Julia only from media and I learned of her dedication as a Peace Corps volunteer. The superb lady is worth emulating!!! I will surely tell my twin daughters about Julia's life.

My fellow Ifugaos, especially IBANNAWORs (as people from Banaue are fondly called), are surely enraged by the acts committed to Julia. I took upon myself to express their apologies and deepest sympathies to Julia's family and friends as the web is very scarce back in my hometown of Banaue.

8:01 PM  
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8:25 PM  
Blogger mjomesa said...

i dedicate this poem to Ms. Julia. I hope in this poem I can express my deep condolence.


Death will not be the end
but life beyond's the prize
sorrow will not be thy consolation
but God's embrace will suffice

thy peace bestowed upon our lands
foreign race you may in one's sight
but a native friend in our heart
though blood spilled from thy body
but unblemished soul you'll be.

your peace offered to us all
may be the seed planted in our poor souls...

8:29 PM  
Blogger Eurick said...

Just like Jose Mari Chan's song says...

"We're all merely passing through,
doing what we can do for a lifetime,
we have more than one adventure to take,
more than one dream to make in our lifetime.."

Where ever you are now I wish there is a way for me to thank you for doing a great job in what you did, for the work that you did and I'm pretty sure the angels in heaven are welcoming you with open arms.

My condolence to your family, friends and colleages in the US and in the Philippines.

Maraming salamat Julia!

From Rico

9:18 PM  
Blogger emitz said...

Again, such a bastardly act by one of our countryman put another black mark on the face of every filipino. Though it would not diminish the anguish of Ms. Julia Campbell's family, i wish to extend our condolences..

There seems to be so much news about the Philippines: a cheating and lying president, the most corrupt country in Asia, the abu sayaff, the killings, the politician-turned-comedians and comedians-turned-politicians to boxer-turned-politician, etc. All these news should have given Julia enough informations on the Phils and yet she comes here to volunteer and help our fellow countrymen.

Browsing through her blog, i saw in her the beauty and purity of her heart... She may have died that way, but I am sure this one would go unnoticed, as she had already secured a very beautiful place in heaven, far more beautiful than she could have ever imagined.. Rest in peace Julia, rest in peace..

If you have some spare time in heaven, please pray for your second home, despite what it did to you.. we need it..

To Ms. Campbell's family, you have raised your daughter well, she is an angel sent from heaven..
we really are truly sorry...

9:32 PM  
Blogger Deliles said...

You will always be remembered for your selfless devotion in serving the US, and most especially Philippines. We will never forget you.

10:11 PM  
Blogger ronnie said...

my deepest condolences to the family and friends of miss julia. surely you will be missed by countless filipinos whose lives you touched and changed by your love and kindness. maraming salamat sa iyo sa pagtulong mo sa mga kababayan ko.


11:20 PM  
Blogger nave said...

"man may not be known as he is still alive. his deeds may not be recognized and appreciated. but all of his works may be valued 'til he disappears. 'coz people only value things when such man is gone and learned that small deeds cause big things."
to ms. julia, i may not know you, but yours deeds tell us who you are. may your soul be in peace and i know you're in your real world now, an everlasting life.

please pray for ms. julia Campbell

11:42 PM  
Blogger George Rayala said...

George Rayala

it so hard to believe tha a person like you is helping us was killed we are really sorry for what had happnd to you in our country. thank you verry much and good bless you!!!!!!!!! kagaya ng sabi mo

wala na a kung masasabi pa sa tulong na ginawa mo sa amin at sa mga taong tinulongan mo..

for us filipino you are a real hero

12:41 AM  
Blogger George Rayala said...

it so hard to believe tha a person like you is helping us was killed we are really sorry for what had happend to u here in our country we are in grief for what had happend thank you verry much and good bless you kagaya ng sabi mo

wala na a kung masasabi pa sa tulong na ginawa mo sa amin at sa mga taong tinulongan mo

Condolence You are a real hero


12:44 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

you are a perfect example of the goodness that has been rare and so uncommon these days.

you give us hope to live life to the fullest, and to love to the greatest.

thank you for your unconditional love to the Philippines. though, we do not know each other personally, i am certain that you'd always be considered as a hero, and truly an inspiration to the rest of us.

long live, julia campbell-- so much more, in our hearts forever!

3:51 AM  
Blogger red said...

Condolence to the family and to those who loves Julia..
Julia,you`re a real hero for every Filipino specially to those who have been close to your heart.It`s a big shame for us Filipinos that you've died in our country in spite of your willingness to help our fellowmen.
May you rest in peace.

4:09 AM  
Blogger Delio said...

To the bereaved family of Julia Campbell,

My condolences. I feel the pain in your hearts much as the Filipinos do in losing someone like Julia.

I don't know her when she was still alive. Neither do I know of a group named PEACE CORPS.

Quite ironic, coz I come to learn all of these because of the death of Julia.

Even in her death, she still made us Filipinos realized that we need to unite in order to help our country, not just ourselves.

She made two things most of us failed to do.


It saddened me to realize how someone like Julia, who could have had a beautiful life in your country, decided to work voluntarily here in the Philippines to provide help to those in need. Julia's work here should have been ours.

It saddened me to even imagine how someone whose life was dedicated in helping people was taken by someone who, i believe (and forgive me for the next few words), doesn't even have the right to live in this world. IF ONLY I COULD, i'll kick you right straight to HELL! where you belong!!! (whoever you are)

But on the other side, I am thankful of Julia for doing us Filipinos a favor.

I'm very sure you're proud of Julia. Just like I do. Just like we Filipinos do.

Thank you Julia. You have done your mission. Full circle. You haven't left anything undone.

4:11 AM  
Blogger Astrea Ley Melegrito said...

Ms. Julia,

"Julia Campbell", the first time i heard your name in the television nasabi ko sa sarili ko, "foreigner again!, ang dami talagang nagmamahal sa Pilipinas!" I felt very happy that time. But when I heard the consecutives news about you I felt very sad. Maybe God has the reason for all the things happening to us.... Maybe your mission in your life is already done.

I amazed you! you're an enormous one! hindi ko naisip na may isang katulad mo na magaalaga sa mga batang Pilipino na nangangailangan...

sayang at hindi mo na pwedend ipagpatuloy ang iyong nasimulan...
sna may isang tulad mo tutularan ko.. i'll try my best to follow your step! I LOVE YOU, even though i dont really know you that much.... take care there! and i offered my whole rosary prayer for you and your family...
by the way,, my name is Astrea Ley Melegrito, 14 yrs old female from Quezon city, Philippines....

bbye! take care!

condolence to your family....

5:08 AM  
Blogger Sydrick said...

Miss julia.

I know that you could not read this words anymore but I would like to say that you are truly inspirational... eventhough that I did not Know you, didnt See you..

~salamat po at sana maging masaya ka kung nasaan kaman po naun..

6:18 AM  
Blogger jhenputik said...

hayy,bakit ang isang taong may mabuting puso pa ang pinatay..
kahit di kita kilala,alam ko na mabuti ka..maraming salamat sa pagbibigay mo ng inspirasyon sa amin..

7:22 AM  
Blogger dantes said...

we feel sorry for Ms.Julia's tragic death.We pray that the CULPRIT will suffer the consequences of what he/they did. Thank you JULIA for all your help.We were truly touch with your kindness and effort. We pray for your Soul. Condolences to your Family.....They should be proud of you.

9:39 AM  
Blogger ritchie said...

justice for julia campbell!
katarungan para kay julia campbell!

10:26 AM  
Blogger alakdan.net said...

I don't know julie but did read her blogs after she is missing...strong lady...
A lost of live in just unimaginable! My heart goes out to the family of the victim, both alive and deceased, who will have to deal with the emotions caused by this tragic occurrence including her co-Virginians(VT) who died without reason.

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10:31 AM  
Blogger Les said...

My heartfelt condolence to the Campbell family. Julia gave up life of comfort for Philippines, helping the unfortunate in my country. Her tragic demise is a loss not only for her family but for every filipinos whose lives she had touched in her own way.

Julia left a better world than the one she have found. She left her footprints in the hearts of every filipinos. She have made a difference in this ever changing world of ours, a world full of violence; Julia gave hope to the hopeless - she became a beacon of light, of hope.

Rest in peace Julia, you'll never be forgotten by the filipino people. Thank you very much for your service to our country. To the Campbell family, thank you very much for bringing Julia into this world. The filipino people join you in mourning her loss.

11:58 AM  
Blogger anthony25 said...

julia lam nmin maraming kp gus2 gawin para s mga tao gus2 mo tulongan at sana kung san k man ngaun nroon lam nmin msaya ka..at sana mabigyan katarungan ang nanyari sayo...tnx for help in phil

3:29 PM  
Blogger anthony25 said...

sana kung cno ka man my gumawa nun mkarma ka..ndi mo lam kng gnun krami tao ang naghi2ntay kay julia pero ano gnwa mo.wala kng puso bakit sa tao tulad pa ni julia

3:35 PM  
Blogger Kyle Winn said...

nakikiramay ako sa pagkamatay mo at sana mamatay na ang walang pusong gumawa sayo nyan sana mapayapa ka.

7:14 PM  
Blogger adrian said...

my name is adrian i don't know personally miss julia but as i heard the news i feel sad about it. for the family she left i wanna said my deepest condolence for what happenend to julia hope for justice to caught the persons who do that to her...., God bless,,,,, i'm adrian 14 yrs old from cavite.

8:46 PM  
Blogger adrian said...

nakikiramay ako sa pagkamatay ng isang mabait na babae na piniling magsilbi sa bansang ito...., mahuli sana ang mga walang pusong gumawa ng bagay na un.... ako si adrian 14 yrs old cavite, philippines

8:49 PM  
Blogger mickey said...

julia for me your a saint!!!! condolence to your family thanx for helping to my country

8:49 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Julia, we salute you for all you have done to our fellow countrymen eventhough it is just your adopted country in which you become more than a Filipino and the love you have shared to my fellow countrymen who are less fortunate. We love you always and you will remain in every heart of all filipinos. God be with you always and you are always with our prayers.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Raymond_Wilbur said...

Why do bad things, happen to good people? It was very unfortunate that Ms. Julia Campbell was one of them(sigh). I wouldnt be surprise if Raul Gonzales would be next. SiRaul Gonzales was totally careless and irresponsible in his words. He has the face of a furrow, inutile, & deceitful govt. official. This is not the kind of example that the young generation wants to adapt. Expressing harsh and unacceptable comments to the Lady who bestowed comfort and unconditional love to your countrymen. Do you you think you can do, what she did? HELL NO!!! not even a piece of junk.

Ms. Julia Campbell, reminds me of Mother Theresa, abondoned the luxury of life, and decided to served the less fortunate. Your one in a million, a MODERN HERO! You may be gone, but you will remain alive in our hearts. I extend my deepest condolence to the family & friends left behind.

Requiescat en Pace JULIA...

9:53 PM  
Blogger Eric and Florence Kriner said...

God bless your soul.
Thank you for your selfless acts. You have done so much that have benefitted more people than you realize and have earned much respect from a nation who needs people like you.
My most humble condolances and prayers go out to your family.
Utmost Respectfully,
Eric J. and Florence T. Kriner
Banaue, Ph; Pine Bluff Arkansas, USA.

11:40 PM  
Blogger fr. Ronnie said...

Thank you Julia for your love and care for the Filippino people. Your unselfish love is always an inspiration for all chrsitian. Thanks for the family of Julia for giving us your daugther. Youhave a saint in heaven. Julia continue to help the filippinos through your prayers.

12:27 AM  
Blogger junvalera said...

Julia you shall be missed by the Filipino people especially those whose lives you have touched. Words cannot express how we feel on your passing. You are truly a friend. I and my family would like to extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Ms. Julia.

1:53 AM  
Blogger charlie said...

Whoever did this does not deserve any symphaty. For me a rapist is much worse than a cockroach on top of your favorite meal.

4:18 AM  
Blogger Alesana said...

I really dont know you,but where ever you are,I hope you're happy somewhere there.I prayed so hard hoping that the news were just rumors but,oh well..happy trails!!!

*and to whoever you are,you soul-less being, I would like you to meet satan,welcome to hell,

*I would really love to know more about you...

4:31 AM  
Blogger Marion and Terry OBrien said...

We never met Julia, but we knew her. We knew her not only from her writings, but also from her close friendship with our daughter, Kelly.
Kelly and Julia met as rookie Peace Corps Volunteers in the "Pines," as the kids call it. Kelly's relationship with Julia was one of the most meaningful and positive of Kelly's life. We believe that Julia was a major factor in helping Kelly stick it out in the Pines. We loved Julia, not just because Kelly did, but because she was there as a friend when Kelly needed one, which was all the time. Kelly admired and respected Julia, and we did too.
Her fascinating writings reveal a caring woman who was willing to go the extra mile to help people in need. We learned a lot about Kelly's experience by reading Julia's blog.
Our loss cannot begin to compare with Julia's family's, yet we feel it deeply. It is a bitter and tragic irony that such an exemplary ambassador of peace would be struck down by an act of senseless violence. We feel cheated that such a despicable act robbed us of the chance to meet the interesting and lovely Julia Campbell, PCV.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Julia, I have read your chronicles of your daily life in your blog. It is amazing how you write in minute details the life that I once lived. Thanks for your life. You have that windy smile and seashell eyes that I see in your pictures. It seems that you have become so personal to all of us who have followed the news.

I know that your life has inspired those whom you have touched and those of us millions of Filipinos who have come to know you because of this tragedy.

Although you were taken away, you are still alive. God's purposes ends with always the good for those whom He loves. It is so evident now for you. Because you see, Ms Julia Campbell,,,, you are one of kind. Thank you for your service to the Filipinos and to humanity...

9:12 PM  
Blogger marijo said...

from Joy Carreon - i learned of this blog from my daughter and she was right to say, that just going through her writings and the messages after her death, brings yourself in unity with the grief of the others not personally known to Julia. I am deeply saddened with her passing away - so much she gave to the cause of the underprivileged Filipino and still so much more of her desire to make a difference. I grieve with her family and loved ones like she was my own. I apologize for the ruthless act upon her, and moreso for how the Phil's Secretary of Justice Raul Gonzales can so uncaringly blame Julia for her own death - as if she asked for it because "naging pabaya siya." And the arrogance to not even apologize for such a statement. Mr. Gonzalez, you're old and in power but have you affected the Filipinos as much as Julia Campbell did? Have you been able to improve people's lives with the authority that you have? Or are you just sitting there saving for your retirement at the expense of the taxes that the Filipinos pay? I pray that God forgive you for desecrating Julia Campbell's death. Where Julia is, sadly, you won't be.

4:08 AM  
Blogger FamousLastWords said...

I cannot really say much about Julia coz I don't really know her or whatever her intentions of being in the Philippines and even tried to learn the local language. She might wan't to migrate and will run for office bcoz with all her "good deeds" she can really win!

I strongly believe that the reason of her death was not robbery bcoz I don't really think she wears a lot of jewelry or carry a lot of money while hiking or hiding Philippine South Sea Pearls on her backpack. The reason is probably that during the "Subic Rape Case Controversy". When the accused rapists was moved to the US emabassy. A lot of people here and abroad where very angry. It only proves that "american arrogance" is still prevalent. Americans has no respect whatsoever about international jurisdiction. Off course we cannot only blame the american president but all of them. Look what they have done to Iraq? Afghanistan and everywhere even in Puerto Rico. American wants to conquer the world but ends up destroying it! I don't support american products. I don't watch their movies and if ever I did. It would be pirated cd's.

If americans can change their character and arrogance and dominating attitude then the world will never change. It will just get worst. They cannot stop Korea from making nuclear weapons. they themselves are making a lots of it. One bad thing an american does will create a circle and it will just continue.

5:41 AM  
Blogger FamousLastWords said...

If americans CAN'T change their character and arrogance and dominating attitude then the world will never change. It will just get worst. They cannot stop Korea from making nuclear weapons. they themselves are making a lots of it. One bad thing an american does will create a circle and it will just continue.

5:43 AM  
Blogger Rainier said...

nakikiramay po ako sa pamilya ni Ms. Julia Campbell. -tamayo,rainier ng pampanga

6:17 AM  
Blogger greo said...

The filipino people especially those that have known her much, lost a dear friend who is always willing to pursue a pro humane projects.

7:41 AM  
Blogger isCikedelic said...

Rest in Peace Julia!

1:07 PM  
Blogger ren said...

Father God, I pray for the family of Julia, that You would provide them peace and comfort. I want to thank You Lord for sending Julia to Philippines, and using her to bless the people of Bicol, and now the whole country. Thank you for reminding us, thru Julia, that we each have our obligation to our fellow countrymen, that we have to care, as much as Julia cared, as much as your son Jesus cared. Our human heart and mind will not be able to understand why Julia, of all people, had to be taken so soon. But Lord we are also reminded that this life is just a temporary place, that what we should really be looking forward to is the eternal life with you in Heaven. And so though the people that she has left behind, her family and the Filipinos are in grief for her lost, I know that she is happy now that she is with You and the other people that went before us. And so Lord I ask You to grant us wisdom, that her family and the Filipinos would be able to show grace to the person responsible for taking away Julia's life, the same way that You showed grace to us by sending Jesus to die for our sins. May the Campbells feel our sympathy, and may Your peace be always with them. In Christ name I pray, Amen.

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Third Reich said...

Thank You for the love and care that you have shared to my country men. It is a shame that it takes a foreigner to help the Filipinos. I grief for your loss, and i believe that you have fulfilled your duties in this world and that God has taken you to his place. Mabuhay Ka and Maraming salamat.

7:07 PM  
Blogger geoffrey said...

We do not know each other but my heart, for one, bleeds because of your "untimely" demise. The whole world and probably even the heavens mourn for you. Your life was worth more than just that cheap act of treachery. You have out prayers for a blessed journey to Our Father's House. Our heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to your bereaved family, relatives and friends.
- - geoff sison & family of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines

9:43 PM  
Blogger geoffrey said...

We do not know each other but my heart, for one, bleeds because of your "untimely" demise. The whole world and probably even the heavens mourn for you. Your life was worth more than just that cheap act of treachery. You have our prayers for a blessed journey to Our Father's House. Our heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to your bereaved family, relatives and friends. God bless us all!
- - geoff sison & family of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines

9:46 PM  
Blogger Brownsaint said...

Absence of Fear

She immersed herself
in the mud we all feared.
She went to places
we never even dared.

She loved our fellowmen,
many among us have forgotten and denied.
She was a shoulder to cry on,
for them whose sufferings lingered on.

She walked in danger yes,
but danger we created and allowed to flourish.
She lived the life we hated
from which many among us escaped.

I see you bravely facing the winds
we chose to avoid ever since.
I see you smiling
despite the pain and suffering.

The absence of fear
with which you appear.
I pray we can emmulate
to taste freedom that doesnt abate.

Yours is a simple love
for things that really matter.
A forgiving heart
where peace always start.

Your thoughts and dreams
will never be forgotten.
For when hope is down as it seems,
you always give rest to the down throdden.

How lucky you are
to rest in HIS bossom.
Thank you for being one of us.
Thank you for loving us.

April 21, 2007

10:12 PM  
Blogger jossette said...

In a world full of hate... you have prevailed.
armed with love and determination...
you have succeed.

Julia, your memory will live in the hearts of all Filipinos that you touched.

You will be remembered in our hearts and through your example... we are truly inspired by your humble spirit.

in behalf of all Filipinos around the world... God bless your soul and you did not die in vain.

12:10 PM  
Blogger jossette said...

armed with love and determination... you have succeed.

your humility and love for those you have served... will be remembered.

Julia, your memory will live in our hearts and you did not die in vain.

In behalf of all Filipinos all over the world... THANK YOU...

May through your example... we will summon the courage to continue what you have started.

God bless you and your family.

12:14 PM  
Blogger arielg said...

I and my entire family wishes to convey our condolences to the family and friens of Ms. julia campbell.

Sa maliit na panahon mong ibinahagi sa amin ay naiparamdam mo ang iyong pagmamahal sa aking mga kababayan.

Maraming-maraming salamat.

2:08 AM  
Blogger shawie said...

dear julia,
your prayers will surely reach the heart of God for you are now resting and at peace in His love.
may you continue to watch us from above.


1:16 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Hi Julia,

We have seen through your blog how passionate you were in helping our less privileged brothers and sisters and all those sacrifices you have gone through to bring comfort to the deprived. We are very fortunate to have had you. And we know that you did not die in vain, for you have touched so many lives and had brought hope to the weary souls. All those memories you have left will always be remembered.

Your story will be told and continue to live as an inspiration to many lives. We know that you are in God’s side now in Paradise.

Surely you will be missed.

Ingat ka and maraming salamat sayo.

To your family,

We would like to express our deepest condolences. Thank you very much for sharing Julia with us.

We pray to the Heavenly Father to give peace in to your hearts and may justice be served.

3:33 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Hi Julia,

We have seen through your blog how passionate you were in helping our less privileged brothers and sisters and all those sacrifices you have gone through to bring comfort to the deprived. We are very fortunate to have had you. And we know that you did not die in vain, for you have touched so many lives and had brought hope to the weary souls. All those memories you have left will always be remembered.

Your story will be told and continue to live as an inspiration to many lives. We know that you are in God’s side now in Paradise.

Surely you’ll be missed.

Ingat ka and maraming salamat sayo.

To your family,

We would like to express our deepest condolences. Thank you very much for sharing Julia with us.

We pray to the Heavenly Father to give peace in to your hearts and may justice be served.

3:35 AM  
Blogger tito said...

Sleep well Julia. You've lived a full life. A pity that I've only gotten to know your charitable works through your blog and the local news after your death. Thank you for the selfless acts you did to help my countrymen and you will always be remembered for it. You've become even bigger after death and continue to touch us in inspiring ways through this blog and stories about your charitable acts.

May your undying spirit strenthen us to do good and your illuminating light guide our country out of the darkness from heaven where you now roam in the company of angels.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Sieg said...

Eeven if i did'nt see you in personal, I know you are a good person. I was sad that you died. I hope that you are happy and contented that you are now with God.

Condolence to the Family Campbell

11:51 PM  
Blogger Nandi said...

I would like to extend my sincerest sympathies and condolences to the family of Ms. Julia Campbell, a well-loved Peace Corps volunteer.

The Ifugaos are as extremely upset as any peace-loving FIlipino is on Ms. Campbell's untimely demise.

It is out of the ordinary for the Ifugao man to fight and physically harm a woman, much less an unarmed tourist who wants to partake and experience the grandeur of the rice terraces.

If the perpetrator is really a native of the place, his fellow-Ifugaos hope that he is caught and brought to face the consequences of his dastardly act. He has broken the long standing tradition of mutual respect and trust nurtured by the Batad people and its visitors since the day the first tourist set foot on the terraces.

We earnestly hope that the culprit is caught or voluntarily surrenders to alleviate the unsavory burden which he has cast on the innocent, honest and hardworking people of Batad, Banaue, Ifugao.

If you are reading this post and you are what the papers say is the in-law (inapu) of the Ifugao family now subject of media and police scrutiny, SHAME ON YOU for bringing this mess to our revered soil. May God have mercy on you.

Nandi Ayahao
Kiangan, Ifugao.

12:47 AM  
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9:49 PM  
Blogger precy said...

Kind people really die early...maybe it's because God is so eager to meet them in heaven.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Flongkoy said...

I made a tribute for julia


ps. thank God the killer was arrested

5:16 AM  
Blogger George said...

Julia will live forever...

11:10 AM  
Blogger joy said...

To the Family of Julia Campbell,
The news of Julia's disappearance caught my eye on the comcast news and having a daughter and son in law serving in the Peace Corp, it dramatically caught my attention. For days following I prayed for Julia to be found safe. It was only today that I discovered the very sad news. I offer my sincerest sympathy to each and every family member, and especially her mother who must just be so devastated that her daughter's life ended in such a tragic way. She evidently was a woman that had a heart for people and how wonderful that your daughter used her life in a way that meant something. Now, may others come to know of her, to know of what her mission was and may each person decide to live their lives a little differently because of something she did or said. It appears that already many have been changed because they knew her. That is what you call a powerful life! I continue to pray for your family in the days ahead.

1:34 PM  
Blogger jennyfer Pantaleon said...

jenny said...
From the bootom of my heart, my condolences for the family of Julia Campbell. Life must go on because i,m very sure that she's with our Almighty Father in heaven. And in behalf of the person who did this to our beloved Julia, I want to say sorry for this shameful act he did to her.. May she rest in peace

7:25 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

To the Campbell Family,

My sincerest and deepest condolences to you. Please know that your wonderful and loving daughter, Julia, will eternally remain in the hearts and minds of the Filipino people. The unfortunate news of her untimely death brought much sadness, grief, sorrow and pain to our country and to the Filipinos living worldwide. I’m most certain that her passing will be most felt by those whose lives she touched personally. Like an angel sent from heaven above, Julia brought inspiration, kindness, encouragement, compassion, benevolence, generosity, gentleness, kindheartedness, thoughtfulness, selflessness, humanity and love to the less fortunate people of my beloved country. She made people realize that in every hardship, there are invaluable lessons to be learned. In other words, she encouraged people to never lose hope because their future belongs in the beauty of their dreams.

I wanted you to know that it was fortuitous of me to encounter Julia’s blog. It happened about two months ago. Reading her adventures and experiences in the Philippines made a lasting impression on me because of how she embraced our culture and its people and how she found humor and laughter in the daily challenges she faced.

In behalf of the Filipino people, I would like to give a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for sharing with us your beloved daughter. Words will fall short of how much we share our grief with you. There’s a saying that a teacher will never know how far his teachings will go. As for Julia, what she taught us and the memories she left behind will reach more people than she could possibly had imagined. There are reasons behind every tear we shed for Julia. It is not so much that she will be missed immensely, but rather for all the words left unsaid and for the deeds left undone. The spirit of Julia will be carried on by those who loved her and believed in her.

Many thanks Julia for everything and for simply being the wonderful person that you are.

We, the Filipino people, love you!

12:11 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

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12:11 PM  
Blogger azider said...

hi juLia..whever you are now..i hope for you're forgiveness and happiness!i realy dont know you that much but you realy touch my heart!i realy feel sorry for what happend to you!for such a person like you that have a big heart, we know that you dont deserved that kind of death. but we have nothing to do if God allowed that. We're just pray for your peace!we love you so much and we thank you so much!for the love and care you give us!may you rest in peace ate julia!

10:30 PM  
Blogger josephPH said...

To Julia's parents, relatives and friends, my sincerest condolences. I am somehow so ashamed to type this coming from the same country as where Julia passed away. I have a child of my own so I can feel for her father and mother especially. It's so strange that every night since I have learned about her passing I find myself close to tears for a perfect stranger. Everytime I reread her blog I learn something about the selfishness in me and what this selfless soul had to give to people she did not even know. I have included all of you in my nightly prayers.

11:55 AM  
Blogger MJ said...

Julia, may you be blessed, happy, and liberated. You touched the lives of the Filipino people. We thank you for your selflessness. May your rebirth be peaceful.

10:19 PM  
Blogger roland said...


I have not known you nor met you in person but thank you very much for touching many lives here in the Philippines. To her family, my deepest condolensce. Visit me in one of my dreams. Can we talk?

Photographer, PHILIPPINES

6:31 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

me and my family in the phillipines was ashamed to happened to you julia , a kind and unselfish person , who's willing to help others. May god bless you and your family, you are always in our hearts.

6:48 PM  
Blogger yanzel8 said...

To our Dear Julia,

When i hear the news about u i pray that they can find u safe and okey, but not all prayers are been answered By God. My prayers are useless. It almost a month since u pass away but still i cry a lot coz such nice person with a big big heart for everyone, has ended into a tragic way. Sometimes a certain point we ask why this happening to a nice person. And a certain point we blame someone, like i do. I cry for a friend that i never met b4. When i remember those tragic day i start crying again and asking God why?.. who really knows what the reason behind. To our beloved Julia wherever u are those goodness and sweet memories u shared will not forgotten specially u. Thank u very very much we miss u and we love u..God will lead u home.

This is Dedicated to a Friend that i never met.

Why at some point i can hide my sadness. But those tears are not.
Why i feel sad coz i miss a chance to have a friend like her.
Why i feel lonely coz i can't see her. Why i feel guilty coz i don't have a chance to save her.
Why iam crying coz i love and miss her...



9:02 AM  
Blogger Aurelie said...

This message is for Julia and all her loved ones...

Julia you are admired for your work, courage and above all, your beautiful luminous presence in the Philippines...

I feel we are somehow connected...even now that we cannot see your smile physically on this earth...

I work for a humanitarian agency. Like you, I love yoga... so we commune already on that level...

I went to the Philippines a very short while ago where unexpectedly i faced a humanitarian crisis which i had to immediately deal with... i took action to help the victims of the crisis

shortly afterwards, I received threats from powerful people..., because of the humanitarian work i was doing, and I literally had to flee the country

i realized my association's humanitarian action was annoying certain people because of the political and economic stakes of the geographical location of the crisis....

I am now back in Europe, safe, alive

I will be writing about my recent experience...and I will be writing with Julia in my heart...

we don't know if there were any political motives behind Julia's death... was it a random crime, perhaps...?

in any case, even if it were a random crime, the loss of Julia is irreparable....

Except that she lives on in the memories of so many people whose lives she has touched directly or indirectly

However, what is not questionable, what is a fact in the Philippines is that women are the most vulnerable population and the victims of all sorts of abuse and suffering...

My book will be in hommage to all those women who struggle to survive with dignity from day to day...

My book will be in hommage to Julia who came to the Philippines to work as a Peace Corps volunteer to share her skills, her culture, her person, in order to make a real beautiful difference to people's lives...

You achieved that...

You are cherished Julia...always...

Aurelie (pseudonym)

9:47 PM  
Blogger Genesis said...

I arrived in Manila the day before Milenyo hit. It makes me wish that I had a chance to meet you Ate Julia. I hope this blog will always remain. It's something that will remind folks that there are warm, friendly and selfless people like you around.
Ate, I hope you are in a better place.
I pray for your family.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

My dear Julia! I know, you are in heaven now. And you are taking care of us here in the philippines. I know that you can never die.
I never met you neither in Baguio nor in Banawe. But I'm here around. I'm a Bethlehem Missionary in Pangasinan, Philippines. I was in Baguio when people were searching for you. I was in Bontoc, when they found you - dead - in Banawe. I was close to you during that time: praying! Now I'm thinking of you because you give all of us strength! You are encouraging us to work for the poor and needy! You are a good example for us to do the work you did. You are with us with your prayer from heaven - I feel it!
Thank you so much to be with us! You'll never die! You are in our hearts!

4:30 AM  
Blogger JIMMY said...

I am at a loss for words. My father died in the Phillipines in 1984, while in th Peace Corps.
I am fianlly looking for others who have share the same loss. Twenty three years later...but, never too late, I figure.
It's People like Julia that make me want to do the same.

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1:33 PM  
Blogger Venkat S A said...

Julia, Know you must be in Heaven now. Great but simple human beings like you keep the suffering of human life as minimum as possible on this earth. May you rest in peace and my heart felt condolences to Campbell's family

4:37 AM  
Blogger melk said...

Hallo Julia,

how are you in Heaven?

You are always remembered.


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Blogger melk said...

Guten Tag, Julia!

How are you in Heaven? Remembering you today as I continue my charity work in Legazpi, where you also have been. Helping until it hurts, and yes, sometimes, giving all just to help someone in need.

Whenever my inspiration candle stops burning, I remember you and here I am - inspired again.

You will remain in my heart and mind. See you in Heaven!

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5:06 AM  
Blogger melk said...

Hallo Julia!!

Have some minutes blogging and of course, you are always remembered!

Just want to send some greetings to you in Heaven! Be happy there!



8:59 PM  
Blogger Dana b. Williams said...

Dear Julia:

I am currently a US graduate student at Harvard University doing Anthropological research collecting Peace corps Stories from volunteers from 1970's to the present. Would you be willing to compile your wonderful blog to be incuded in my short novel and collection of essays. I've collected 8 essays thus far and your essay is by far one of the best ones I have read thus far. Please e-mail me at danawmed@hotmail.com. The essays I have so far have been 12 pages in length double spaced. I know that you have a great deal of good information in your blog already. Please let me know what you'd like to include.

Thank you,
Dana Michele

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Blogger Borogol said...

with all the things happening in Philippines, all we can do is hope that our country's economy gets better.

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Blogger jenavil said...

hi miss julia, kahit hindi kita nakilala i know you are a very good person,matulungin sa mga pilipino.Alam ko kung nasaan ka man ngayon i Know masaya ka dahil napakabuti mo.
godbless you miss julia and take care!


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Blogger mel said...

You are always remembered, Julia! What you have done to my country is deeply appreciated!

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