[THIS ODE (PRESENTED IN A SERIES OF INSTALLMENTS) IS A SUMMARIZED VERSION OF DADDY MAX’S BIOGRAPHICAL BOOK ENTITLED FOREVER YOUNG: A WALK THROUGH THE LIFE OF MAXIMO PURISIMA YOUNG; IN CELEBRATION AND THANKSGIVING FOR HIS ELECTION THIS YEAR AS PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE TO KOREA VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION INC. (“PVAI”), A POSITION IN THE PVAI WHICH HAS BEEN TRADITIONALLY RESERVED (SINCE PVAI’S INCEPTION) TO PHILIPPINE MILITARY ACADEMY GRADUATES. DADDY MAX IS RECIPIENT OF THE SILVER STAR MEDAL CONFERRED ON HIM BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT BY REASON OF HIS HEROIC FEATS IN WORLD WAR 2. HE WAS ALSO CONFERRED THE GOLD CROSS MEDAL BY THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AS HE EMERGED AS HERO AT THE BATTLE OF MIUDONG, THE FIRST BATTLE ENGAGED BY FILIPINO SOLDIERS IN FOREIGN SOIL DURING THE KOREAN WAR. ON JULY 27, 2016 THE SOUTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT CONFERRED UPON HIM THE HIGHEST ORDER OF THE TAEGEUK MERIT MEDAL IN RECOGNITION OF HIS HEROIC FEATS DURING THE KOREAN WAR IN BOTH THE BATTLES OF MIUDONG AND YULDONG. ]
When Dad Max first met in NEGROS ISLE the THOMASES,
As they were left by their Papa whom the Japs SEIZED;
They felt secured to be seen with a town HERO,
As earlier said, Dad Max slew the rapist-villain with a BOLO!
But it was CARRIE, the youngest whom Dad Max truly LOVED,
But the Thomases’ Mom was sort of thinking like KEBAB;
She wanted to reserve the most tender meat for LAST,
Being BLOOD SISTERS, the eldest Daisy was made as Dad Max’s MATCH!
Dad Max said Daisy was somewhat a COQUETTE,
Daisy was much in love with Dad who had an exciting VIGNETTE…
‘Twas even Daisy who proposed the ELOPEMENT,
But indeed, it was not a very good DEVELOPMENT!
After they got married in martial STYLE,
They stayed for a while in the hills, so far, more than a MILE…
And Daisy’s mom ordered Daisy to be back in their ARMS,
Did not want Daisy to bear any FIREARMS!
And when the Japs were ultimately DEFEATED,
US servicemen abundantly & copiously CELEBRATED;
Drinking bars became the trend in Negros PROVINCE,
The Thomas family thought of earning much more CENTS!
And the Thomases put up a bar of their OWN;
Lots of GI Joes started coming in like a BATTALION…
The daughters including Daisy were made to become HOSTESSES,
That’s the edict of their Mama, to jack up customers to its MOSTEST!
And those GI Joes came drinking, cavorting & COURTING…
Daisy was not spared as that life-style was then TRENDING;
Daddy Max was still doing intelligence OPERATION,
Far away from the bar, as it was a superior’s COMMISSION!
Word of this trending-courting reached Dad Max’s EARS,
And Dad Max did send a bunch of his PEERS;
At the bar they espied those jolly GI JOES,
Indeed the Thomases’ sisters have become those GI Joes’ JOS!
One morning at the dreary town PLAZA,
Two US servicemen laid dead like PIZZA;
Flat still on the ground with blood OOZING,
A lot of rumors went then A-BUZZING!
One of the dead US servicemen was Daisy’s LOVER,
And the suspicion rose up as high as a TOWER;
But Dad Max was not in that very PLACE,
Col. Ernesto Mata, Dad’s chief, vouched for his far-off assignment, as he FIRMLY ordered: “STOP THE CHASE”!