Manila Bulletin

Dif­fer­ent types of ex­ec­u­tives

- JE­SUS P. ESTANISLAO William Welch · Spain · Tony Gonzalez

EX­AM­PLES like John­son’s of mar­ried men, who had been work­ing in their re­spec­tive pro­fes­sions, and who even­tu­ally went into re­tire­ment, can be counted in the hun­dreds. They are ex­am­ples be­cause they were very clear about the mis­sion of their life: to take care of their fam­ily, to try and suc­ceed at work, to reach out to friends, and to stay very close to Je­sus Christ all the time. Within this life-long mis­sion, they en­ter­tained dif­fer­ent “vi­sions” at var­i­ous stages of their life. But to­wards the end of their life, in re­tire­ment, they shared a few com­mon strands in the man­ner they for­mu­lated their fi­nal “vi­sion.”

But be­fore com­ing to those com­mon strands, we should note the dif­fer­ent back­grounds they had as ex­ec­u­tives:

• Nand­ing Gar­cia was an en­gi­neer­ing ex­ec­u­tive, who worked for one of the lead­ing en­gi­neer­ing com­pa­nies of our coun­try. Quiet and thor­ough, he loved stay­ing in the back­ground, where he man­aged to give very ef­fec­tive sup­port to his friends and those in the fore­front of un­der­tak­ings. His chil­dren adored him.

• Fidel Abeleda was a fi­nan­cial ex­ec­u­tive: a man of few words, he doted on his wife and chil­dren. He had a ready smile for ev­ery­one; and de­spite go­ing through many tri­als in life, he kept his com­po­sure and per­sonal dig­nity. He was al­ways an oa­sis of calm, peace, and seren­ity.

• Ric Paloma was a mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive for one of our lo­cal air­lines. With the rank of re­gional VP, he would take very good care of the peo­ple work­ing un­der him in the var­i­ous sta­tions all over the coun­try. He had a spe­cial af­fec­tion for his home city, Iloilo, where he pushed for the reg­u­lar hold­ing of classes of Chris­tian for­ma­tion for pro­fes­sional men.

• Tony Gon­za­lez was a min­ing ex­ec­u­tive who worked for one of the cop­per min­ing com­pa­nies of the coun­try. He knew how to make friends; and by his hon­esty and ded­i­ca­tion, he earned the trust of many in­di­vid­u­als, who would later be­queath to him and his projects a por­tion of their es­tate. He re­tired to Spain, where he con­tin­ued to be the “per­fect fam­ily man.”

These very broad-brush ref­er­ences to four—out of many more—good pro­fes­sion­als, who took their pro­fes­sional work se­ri­ously as a con­se­quence of their tak­ing their friend­ship with Je­sus Christ also se­ri­ously, would fail to give enough jus­tice to each and to all of them. But they do have a few things in com­mon when it comes to the “vi­sion” they pur­sued to­wards the end of their life: to prove true love for their wife by spend­ing a won­der­ful time with her, while mak­ing time for the chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, and all this be­cause it is part of the very deep com­mit­ment they made to Je­sus Christ: to be or­di­nary men in the mid­dle of the world, try­ing to live life ex­traor­di­nar­ily well, up to the very end.

In each case, they re­al­ized their vi­sion; we have the moral cer­tainty that they are all en­joy­ing the fruits of their ded­i­ca­tion and love, up there.

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