During a job interview, I was asked if the applicant before my turn is my sibling. I was sure none of my brothers were around up for the same job.

I saw the guy the interviewer was referring to when I stepped in for the interview. The interviewer checked the log book and the guy’s resume to double check her facts.

I had no idea about the guy and it was in front of my eyes that we share the same surname. I told the interviewer that I come from a big family so it is possible that the guy is a relative of mine.

Anyway, we proceeded with the interview and I gave honest and witty responses.

When I reached home, I logged on to Facebook immediately and made my ninja moves to know more about the guy.

I did not dare ask my siblings or any relative to inquire about him.

Since I had his complete name, I used Facebook Search to look for any account that is probably his. And in just clicks, I came across a nominee profile- oh no, his profile!

The first thing I did was to check if we are “friends” on the social networking site. 

Fortunately we’re not. I mean, we are not YET friends.

I checked on his profile to extract some info about him, but the profile was very dry. I clicked on his photo albums, but none of the people appearing in his photos are either my cousins or even acquaintances.

Of course, there were eight mutual friends. And most of them are my cousins- a sign, a sign!

It was getting boring so I just logged off to prepare for the next step to get the job I and this guy wanted.

When I returned for the exam, the guy was there. I did not intend to talk to him to inform him that we share the same surname.

I finished the exam and left.

When I learned about the results of the exam, I was happy to go back for another round of screening tests. I reached the venue and noticed he was not there- either he did not make it or he did not want to push through with his application.

That was the last time I saw him.

Last night, I was just reminded of him when I received a message from a batch mate asking if I know someone with the name XXXXXXXXXX.

The same procedure I did; I used Facebook to help my wondering mind. When I encountered the person’s account and checked on his photos, I was 100% sure of what to say.

“Pinsan ko,” I replied.