The father of Talisay City turns 91-A A +A
By Luci Lizares
Saturday, September 8, 2012
WHEN the City of Talisay became a charter city, it was during the term of Mayor Amelo T. Lizares. Thus he became known as the Father of Talisay.
Talisay will be celebrating its 13th Minuluan Festival in honor of its patron saint San Nicolas de Tolentino this Monday, September 10, and it’s a good time likewise to honor its patriarch.
Annually there is a dinner hosted at Tito Meling’s residence for his birthday. Usually there is a big crowd that comes to greet him. This year was like no other. However, the difference was that the evening was light and the atmosphere most cheerful.
All near and dear to him were there - from young nephews and nieces to friends who have journeyed with him through the years. Politicians were aplenty but there was not much politicking.
The food was superb from grilled baka to many lechons to the most tender of misono steaks to a variety of other dishes and desserts - some donated by friends, others prepared by the family who have appreciated his friendship and the wisdom of his guidance which he is always most gracious to share.
At 91, Tito Meling’s humor and wit is still his charm. He loves people, which is one of his endearing qualities. His life has been one of mentoring to his family, to the people he has worked with in business and in politics.
Now totally orphaned and together with my cousins who are likewise in the same status, he stands as our father who is there with his gift of presence for advice or even just to be there in silence.
I am a believer that we should affirm people for all the good deeds they have done to and for us. This short tribute is my affirmation of Tito Meling: a caring uncle, a concerned substitute father, a wise patriarch and a most humorous friend!
I said it last year and I will say it again: “Thank you, Lord, for giving us Tito Meling and please shower him with more years to come!!!”
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 09, 2012.