Pelayo: Remember those who help incognito
IN THESE difficult times, a good soul discovers the innate ability to become a philanthropist. It doesn’t matter if a person helps feed a small family or an entire community, what matters is that they give sincerely, feel the pain of others, and care enough about their needs.
No, these are not traditional politicians posing for the cameras for a photoshoot in the hopes of seeing their faces on the papers the next day. A tradpol gives because he wants to be recognized. And more often than not, it’s not really about giving, as some items have already been donated by private donations and much of what these positional alligators should actually serve their constituents has already been diverted to a location. where the audience couldn’t notice it. These political fangs are not worthy of being compared to people who truly express philanthropy. An American journalist Gamaliel Bailey once wrote that “never respect men simply for their wealth, but rather for their philanthropy; we don’t appreciate the sun for its height, but for its use.
While it is a little more important for some to post or broadcast what they give, others tend to help anonymously … and those few who give or serve in silence are the kind of heroes. modern ones that should not be forgotten.
Various community pantries were featured on the prime-time news, which has become an accepted way to help hungry people. The regular well-known service organizations like the Rotary Club and the Jaycees have been consistent and reliable during this difficult situation. Some fraternal organizations like the Knights of Columbus, the Order of the Knights of Rizal and Freemasonry also organize regular charitable activities with their target communities. The Philippine-Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Angeles, despite the economic effects of the pandemic, never thought of helping its hometown.
Notable personalities have also come out to help without the need to shine in public. Angeles City tycoon Dennis Anthony Uy has been consistent in his advocacy to provide connectivity to the poor community, including remote areas of the country. Aside from his long-term goal of providing access to his reliable fiber technology to those less fortunate, Dennis Uy of Converge has always helped our frontline health workers and various communities all over the Philippines without all the fuss. The Fil-Chi community in Angeles knows how to give back. Special mention to Eddie Tan, Mariano Chua, Allan Uy and the late Freddie So.
This next person is also of Chinese origin but very Kapampangan with the local adjective of mamaltuk. These are Marc Cruz of MS and BP Cruz Builders who at the start of the pandemic, especially during the improved community quarantine days, was almost automatic to help and he personally delivered relief items and not only medicine. to his compatriots Angeleños but also to many other different communities in various provinces. Cruz feels the pain and suffering of the people and he knows what to do. He’s the kind of person who deserves a seat on city council or in the public service.
Another silent philanthropist is this educator who is also a proud Kapampangan – Ma. Felisa “Leigh” Jocson. The vice-president of Jocson College never stops looking for opportunities for her students to have a bright future. Leigh also cares about preserving Kapampangan heritage and culture and she has a loving heart for single parents.
And speaking of single parents, the people of Angeles City should never forget the father of the Single Parents Ordinance, the tireless Councilor Amos Rivera whose efforts and ideas have created great impacts that have endured. polarized not only in his city but also in other LGUs across the country. He has championed the rights of people to housing, the rights of jeepney and trike drivers, and he helps empower single parents. Rivera may not be a Nepomuceno, a Pamintuan, or a Lazatin, but he’s holding on. He continues to transcend as an elected official despite being an opposition and having been removed from its committees by the administration in place. Its campaign to wear and distribute free face masks is already on lot 22 and still ongoing. Its tireless distribution of vegetable seedlings has created not only food security aid but also public awareness of the importance of urban gardening. A truly remarkable chosen one who could be destined for something even bigger and more difficult in the future.
These soulmates and many others who prefer to serve in silence should be properly recognized. May they inspire more people.
Kuya J Pelayo IV is a broadcast journalist from Kapampangan. For comments and suggestions, send an email to [email protected]