GIL JR. AND HIS WALK FOR PEO­PLE

Palawan Daily News - - Feature - By Kia Jo­hanna Lamo

Hid­den un­der his eye­glasses, his braces as well as his iconic dainty shirt and col­lar, this guy is known by many in the com­mu­nity be­cause of his ser­vice for the Palaweños at his young age. The guy whom I am re­fer­ring to is Atty. Gil A. Acosta, Jr.. Yes, you read it right, Gil, the Ju­nior. He is the son of a re­spected politi­cian in the prov­ince, Cong. Gil Acosta, Sr., Third District of Palawan at the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Most peo­ple know Gil Jr. as the Provin­cial In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer or PIO of the Provin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Palawan. But in their home, he grew up be­ing called “Doy” or “Dodoy”.

One would no­tice that when you are in Palawan, an in­di­ca­tion that you are a true-blooded Palaweño is when you are be­ing called ‘Doy’ or ‘Dodoy’ by your Cuyunon fam­ily and rel­a­tives. And in­deed, At­tor­ney Gil Jr. is fondly called “Dodoy” in their fam­ily.

As you read this ar­ti­cle, Palawan Daily News will bring you up close and per­sonal to Atty. Gil Acosta’s life.

GIL AS A SON

The young Gil could eas­ily be rec­og­nized by many be­cause he is the ju­nior of his dad. He ad­mit­ted that it was dif­fi­cult be­ing a shadow of his fa­ther. In his grow­ing up years, he felt some pres­sure to fol­low his dad’s foot­steps while some build higher ex­pec­ta­tions on him. How­ever, he just tried to be at his best each day and live a nor­mal life just like any child has dreamed of de­spite of hav­ing a po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment from within.

As he share his life, he said, “Akala kasi ng tao ka­pag anak ka ng puli­tiko… maya­man, ma­g­a­nda ang buhay, maram­ing perks. Di nila alam mahi­rap. Kasi one thing I could re­mem­ber as a child, yung tatay ko ka­pag pasko, wala sa ba­hay,”.

He added, “Akala nila ka­pag anak ng puli­tiko, sa pri­vate school nag-aaral. Eh, kami sa pub­lic school lang eh”. Atty. Gil fin­ished his ele­men­tary in Pilot Ele­men­tary School and high school in Palawan State Univer­sity Lab­o­ra­tory High School (PSULHS).

As the son of a politi­cian, Atty Gil re­lated that his life was never a bed of roses and it was not a lux­ury for him. He even re­called how his Mom worked hard for their small eatery or “carinde­ria” just to sur­vive.

How­ever, the young Gil em­pha­sized that the wis­dom he got from his Dad is see­ing him be­ing self­less es­pe­cially to the mar­ginal sec­tor as well as his dad’s abil­ity to so­cial­ize with ev­ery­one and to blend in and get along with ev­ery­one around him.

“Syem­pre natu­tu­nan ko talaga kay Tatay ay yung pakik­isala­muha sa tao,” he said. And de­spite their sim­ple way of liv­ing, his dad worked hard to pro­vide the ba­sic needs of the fam­ily; a good ed­u­ca­tion as well as a good name and rep­u­ta­tion. #dad­sle­gacy #good­e­d­u­ca­tion

GIL AS A STU­DENT

Gil, now a Fresh­man stu­dent, spent his First Year col­lege at Sil­li­man Univer­sity. When the fam­ily was fi­nan­cially chal­lenged at that time, he trans­ferred to Palawan State Univer­sity and took up Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Psy­chol­ogy. Af­ter his grad­u­a­tion, he planned to pur­sue a Mas­ter’s de­gree. How­ever, it was agreed by the fam­ily es­pe­cially his mother to en­roll him at a Law School. Be­ing at a Law School is not an easy one not to men­tion spend­ing sleep­less nights read­ing and thor­oughly study­ing the les­sons to be able to catch up with the pro­fes­sor’s top­ics and as­sign­ments.

Now that he has sur­passed the col­lege days with fly­ing col­ors, here are some of the ‘tips’ that might also be ef­fec­tive to the col­lege stu­dents. That is, to prac­tice “pac­ing” in study­ing. As he con­tin­ues to share his stu­dent life, he nar­rated, “Min­san may mga time na basa ako nang basa ta­pos wala ka na­man maalala, so ang tech­nique pala dyan ay pac­ing. Well, may iba-iba na­mang method kada tao”. He added, one of his tips for stu­dents is to take study­ing slowly, do not put your­self into much pres­sure. Breathe and re­lax. “Wag masyadong gigil sa pag-aaral”. He re­calls that he was just a “typ­i­cal teenager or stu­dent” back then, he even de­scribed him­self as “pa­s­away” when he was a teenager. “Dati, naalala ko pag may gimik ang barkada, sasama ako sa kanila ta­pos ako yung driver nila... Si Atty. Gil nung araw ay pa­s­away din,” said Atty. Acosta while laugh­ing. #Gil says: Wag gigil sa pag-aaral

GIL AS A FA­THER AND A HUS­BAND

“A happy wife means a happy life,” said Atty. Gil. As they say, be­hind the man’s suc­cess is a woman. Atty

Gil is so blessed to have a wife very sup­port­ive of him in so many ways.

His ad­vice to hus­bands and all men out there, the best way to em­power your wife is by giv­ing in­de­pen­dence. #GilSays: A happy wife means a happy life.

Gil, as a fam­ily man has two sons and made sure that he spends qual­ity time with them no mat­ter how hec­tic his sched­ule. He would al­ways look for­ward to play­ing with his sons be­cause that is his new fa­vorite sports and most es­pe­cially that what makes him happy. “Ako? Gi­na­gawa ko pag wala sa work, wala, nakikipaglaro sa mga anak ko.” He said with a smile in his heart.

GIL AS A PUB­LIC SER­VANT

Lo­cal me­dia and his col­leagues nor­mally call him ‘PIO’ be­ing the Provin­cial In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer of the Provin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Palawan. Be­fore be­com­ing the PIO of the Capi­tol, he was one of the lawyers at the Provin­cial Le­gal Of­fice and as a gov­ern­ment lawyer, he han­dled cases with­out fi­nan­cial re­in­force­ment. He said that the joy of han­dling cases for free es­pe­cially to peo­ple who needed it most is an im­mea­sur­able joy. It ful­fills a cer­tain part of his heart.

“Yung makat­u­long ka sa tao na kailan­gan talaga yun, so­brang saya. Mas lalo pa kung ma­panalo mo yung kaso,” he stated. He added that be­ing a lawyer is not an easy job be­cause you al­ways have to think of your client’s main con­cern. He cited that the Pub­lic At­tor­neys and Fis­cals are one of the most con­crete ex­am­ples of be­ing great lawyers.

“...yung prob­lema ng kliyente mo poprob­lemahin mo. Kaya yung mga PAO, yung mga fis­cal, idol namin yan. Kasi kami, dalawang kaso lang sa isang araw. Sila, sa 367 days sa isang taon, ang min­i­mum ata nila sampu,” he ex­plained.

His PIO days has be­come his mi­cro­scope to see the won­ders of Palawan. As PIO Gil Jr. con­tin­ues that with his work as the In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer, he came to wit­ness hid­den beau­ties of Palawan.

“Alam mo, sa work ko, ang dami kong narat­ing, Coron, Culion, es­pe­cially sa south­ern part, I en­joyed it, na makita na marami pa nga ta­la­gang pwe­deng tourism spots dito sa lalaw­igan ng Palawan,” he added.

Re­cently, Atty Gil Acosta, Jr. de­cided to run as 3rd District of Palawan Rep­re­sen­ta­tive car­ry­ing his ad­vo­cacy for agri­cul­ture, tourism and em­pow­er­ment of the mil­len­ni­als.

Palawan Daily News asked Atty. Gil, “Did you imag­ine your­self a politi­cian back then?” he smiled then laughed and said “taga tim­pla lang ako ng gaw­gaw pandikit ng poster ng tatay ko dati.” and laughed again.

The younger Gil is a con­crete ex­am­ple that pol­i­tics is as easy as walk­ing on a park, a ju­r­ra­sic park and even though strug­gles might come at him as a son, as a dad, as a pub­lic ser­vant, Atty. Gil A. Acosta, Jr. would al­ways say that his life is a pair of shoes, “Sa­p­atos. Sa­p­atos na kailan­gan lumakad para sa taong bayan araw-araw.”

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