Flor Pineda - A life worth em­u­lat­ing

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINIONOPINION -

In 1975, I was twenty six year s old. I fre­quented hospi t al s as I was a de­tail­man. This is how I met a re­mark­able per­son. Florentino Pineda was the sup­ply of­fi­cer of the Cen­tral Lu­zon Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal (CLGH).

He was in his late thir­ties. He rose from the ranks. To say that he was a model civil ser­vant is an un­der - state­ment. He was hon­est and de­voted to his work.

I di scov­ered that he fin­ished law and was rar - ing to take the bar. At that time, I re­sumed my law course at the lo­cal col­lege. So we re­viewed to­gether for the 1977 bar ex­am­i­na­tions. I was a wit­ness to the sacr ifices that his fam­ily went thru when we at­tended re­view classes.

I saw how his wife and four chil­dren sup­por ted him morally and even fi­nan­cially in

.* his de­sire to be a lawyer. They had to scr imp on their needs in­clud­ing food just so they could help. He stud­ied long and hard but life is un­fair.

The re­sults of the bar were re­leased but his name was not among those who passed. This fail­ure could have shat­tered the fam­ily spirit. And worse, the wife was di­ag­nosed to be se­ri­ousl y si ck and she di ed there­after. The father and the four or­phaned chil­dren faced more tri­als and tribu­la­tions.

Fast for­ward to to­day – Nancy, t he el dest chi l d grad­u­ated from col­lege and be­came an ex­ec­u­tive of a tetra pack com­pany. She is hap­pily mar­ried to a pho­to­jour­nal­ist.

Sonny, the sec­ond child be­came a suc­cess­ful sales­man of a gas com­pany. He still is.

Jun, the third child is a pro­fes­sor in a lead­ing univer­sity.

The bunso, who is named af­ter her father (Florence) grad­u­ated from Medicine. She spe­cial­ized in Pe­di­atrics and she is now one of the lead­ing prac­ti­tion­ers of the City. She has le­gions of pa­tients, queu­ing up every­day in her clinic.

Hap­pily, Florentino Pineda saw the lives of his chil­dren trans­formed from noth­ing to some­thing. He guided them with core val­ues of love and hon­esty. He is now con­tent in play­ing with his grand­chil­dren in the twi­light of his life. You can never put a good man down!

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