In celebration of Father’s Day, the Senior Citizens paid tribute to all the fathers in their organization by honoring them with songs, dances and exchanges of beautiful messages. They prepared a program for the fathers to enjoy and be recognized for the important role they play as head of their families.
The highlight of the program was the first-ever awarding of the Fathers of the Year – one from the community and the other from among their ranks. According to Ma’am Lucy Eroa, they conducted a survey asking for who they think is the total embodiment of a perfect father who deserve to be called Father of the Year.
In the first category, Mayor Erwin is the unanimous choice of the respondents. To paraphrase, “si Mayor ay matalino, mabait, tapat sa kanyang tungkulin, madaling lapitan, matulungin, mapagmahal sa pamilya at sa taumbayan, matibay ang paniniwala sa ating Panginoon.” These are but among the few I can remember said about our Mayor. Even Tatay Virgilio Florido, the other Father of the Year awardee, in his acceptance speech, recalled the time when Mayor Erwin and his wife Mayora Jo gave their all-out support to them when several years back, they participated and emerged winners in a street dancing competition.
Unfortunately, the Mayor was not around to personally accept his award because of an equally important meeting with Governor Suarez and all the other Mayors of Quezon Province. Vice Mayor Elchor, on the hand, is attending a 3-day Vice Mayor’s League convention. That makes the Municipal Administrator – yours truly – the only choice left to receive the much-coveted award. And he did it with aplomb stealing the show from the real recipient as if the award was meant to be his. He gave a heartfelt message about the influence of their father – the late Mayor Rodolfo Caralian to his children and how his life as a public servant shaped the destinies of both Mayor and Vice Mayor to also aspire and strive to be the best that they can be in the service of their fellow Gumaqueños. At some point getting a bit emotional reminiscing and wondering what could have happened had Tatay Dolfo lived longer. And being in the same family, the Municipal Administrator also shared how both his siblings in their own respective ways express love, care and affection especially to their children.