Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

He is a du­ti­ful son to his par­ents. He idol­ized his fa­ther. He loved his mother. But in the af­fairs of the heart, he was stub­born. He mar­ried the lady of his dreams.

He makes a dif­fer­ence. As in­cum­bent Pres­i­dent of Ro­tary Club of San Fer­nando (Pam­panga), he has lined up no­table projects. He en­vi­sions the San Fer­nando River as the hub of clean­li­ness and leisure. He projects a park where Fer­nandi­nos can breathe clean air. He wants trees to be planted along the banks of the river. “I want to leave a legacy to show to the next gen­er­a­tion that we left no stone un­turned to­wards a green city,” he en­thused.

He is a fam­ily man thru and thru. He is proud of a lawyer-son; an­other son is about to be a cer­ti­fied doc­tor of medicine. His daugh­ters are do­ing very well in their re­spec­tive pro­fes­sions. His beau­ti­ful wife Fe, is the prin­ci­pal of the ven­er­ated Pam­panga High School.

He has sev­eral “sec­ond fam­i­lies” to whom he is hailed a bless­ing. He is one of pil­lars of Talete King Panyu­lung. Talete is a group which has helped sev­eral fam­i­lies in need of loans and shel­ter. Talete is the ve­hi­cle that dis­cov­ered the lead­er­ship of the hon­est for­mer gover­nor, Ed Panlilio.

He is one of the pil­lars to­wards the es­tab­lish­ment of a City Mu­seum. Pam­panga is rich in cul­ture, lan­guage and his­tory. We have no mu­seum to show­case the heroics of Pan­day Pira. Who is Macario Arnedo? Do you know that Cu­liat (An­ge­les) used to be a part of San Fer­nando? Do you know that Masan­tol and Mi­nalin used to be parts of Ma­cabebe? Is An­dres Boni­fa­cio a Masan­toleno? Who is Tibur­cio Hi­lario? Who were the gover­nors of Pam­panga be­fore Nanay? Who are the May­ors or the City of San Fer­nando be­fore EdSa?

We can claim the writ­ings of Ba­color poets as ours. Aure­lio To­lentino is rec­og­nized as the fa­ther of play­wrights of the Philip­pines. Juan Crisos­tomo Soto did not only write Along Dios but also some 50 plays, 20 zarzue­las and were then 100 po­ems in Pam­pango. This is a rich cove which we can dis­play in a mu­seum. These works of art are price­less. There is no build­ing to house them. This is one of the dreams of the peo­ple be­hind the San Fer­nando her­itage com­mit­tee to which he be­longs. This is one of his sev­eral “sec­ond fam­i­lies”.

He is one of the proud mem­bers of the St. Jude Mag­nif­i­cent Seven. Here is one group whose mem­bers shine in the pedestal of lead­er­ship. For one, Oca was once the 3rd District Con­gress­man and City Mayor of San Fer­nando. The in­cum­bent City Mayor Edwin D. San­ti­ago started his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer in the group.

The bond among the mem­bers was the witty and benev­o­lent late Fis­cal Romy Ra­zon. Jesse Caguiat is the strong willed lawyer who back stopped for Bren Z. Guiao and Gen. Romy David. This colum­nist be­came a Pres­i­dent of the Most Out­stand­ing Chap­ter of the In­te­grated Bar. Do San­tos re­mains the re­li­able Barangay Cap­tain of San Agustin. The sev­enth is our sub­ject. He is the only one who can re­unite the once jolly St. Jude clan, one of his “sec­ond fam­i­lies”.

He has served his coun­try and serves it well. He had a dis­tin­guished ca­reer as the Provin­cial Di­rec­tor of the De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI). He served as the trou­ble shooter-ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Oca Ad­min­is­tra­tion of the City. Now, he is the Chair­man of the Lo­cal Wa­ter Util­i­ties Ad­min­is­tra­tion (LWUA) for ve­hi­cles he has ini­ti­ated mean­ing­ful re­forms.

At 60, when al­most all his peers are plan­ning re­tire­ment, Fer­di­nand Z. Cay­lao has the adrenalin of a mil­len­nial.

The dragon born KFC Cay­lao leads and soars like a true Ma­pua Car­di­nal.

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