This month the Dubway crew lost someone dear to us. On Friday September 10 our beloved friend Juan Paulo Mendiola suffered a fatal heart attack. This tragedy happened while he was at Siam Square. Even though the ambulance and medical team arrived in time they still couldn’t save his life. He was announced D.O.A upon arrival at the hospital.
For the Dubway crew Juan Paulo Mendiola or DJ Daddy P-lo was not only a talented DJ but also someone who helped immensely by giving inspiration and moral support to everyone. Paulo was also one of the few people who agreed unconditionally to help us promote and spread the Dubway vibe to the Thai masses. He also helped the crew by warming up the decks at our events and when he had time he would be our official photographer. Most recently Paulo helped to organize the line up at our student workshops in Hua Hin – As a matter of fact Thai reggae Legend Gap T-bone agreed to be a guest at our workshop because Paulo told him about our crew.
Besides helping with work Paulo was a good friend to everyone. He always gave the best insight and advice when times were bad. Paulo was also the kind of guy that would talk nonstop and make jokes about everything. In contrast to his wit and humor, at times Paulo seemed a bit shy; sometimes he would sit and say nothing for the longest time. Either way since his passing I have realized how blessed I am to have been his friend. I wish I made more effort to show my appreciation towards him and all the things he did for me when he was alive. Dubway will never be the same without him!
I still can’t believe what has happened and in some way I think that it’s just one of Paulo’s practical jokes. It’s hard for me to smile or to try to put myself in a more positive mood. I do feel a bit better when I look back and remember all the times that we spent together. Like when Paulo and the crew were in Hua Hin celebrating my birthday and we all got drunk and jumped in the pool or just last week when we were partying at Cosmic Cafe. These are the fondest memories I have of him and I will remember those good times forever.
A few days ago I was overcome with grief and sadness but now I feel a bit at ease because in my heart I know that wherever he is right now Paulo is all right…. I just know it! And if you knew him personally you would also feel the same way too.
All our thoughts and prayers go’s out to Paulo and his family. I ‘m also sorry to say that because of this tragedy Dubway will be canceled this month. We just want to give everyone time to mourn Paulo’s passing away. We’ll be back again in October.
Check out our homeboy’s last blog post here: