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.