A FATHER is one who is always willing to give up his comforts in favor of his family.
My father was a simple man with simple dreams. All he wanted in his lifetime was to have work, wife, and a good life dedicated to helping others. He started his young life in the central market of Silay City and studied in a public school. He spent his college years at the University of Negros Occidental (UNO). He took up commerce and realized his passion of becoming a military man by joining the Reserve Officers' Training Corps of UNO. He was conferred First Lieutenant of the Philippine Constabulary Reserved Force. Soon, he was promoted to Captain of the Philippine Army Reserved Force. My father soon met Carmen Infante of La Carlota City who was teaching at UNO-Recoletos. He pursued her and won her over. My mother used to share that among all her suitors, my father was the simplest, but had the solutions to complicated problems.
He worked in government and was appointed by then Governor Alfredo Montelibano Jr. as assistant warden of Negros Occidental Provincial Jail, a position he held for quite a long time. He used his position to help the prisoners get justice for their cases. One pardoned prisoner told me that he was in prison for more than 20 years and it was only my father who helped him receive pardon for a petty crime.
He was a person for others. He would often come home late after helping a friend. He was not like other professional fathers who would spoil their children. He was a person who respected the rights and privacy of others. In fact, he did not get anything from the properties of my mother. He was not like other fathers, but his simple thoughts inspired us. Of course, we always had misunderstandings and conflict of ideas. He was loyal to the government but I would always dispute his opinions. But in the end, we had healthy arguments and we learned a lot from one another.
My father taught me to live life to the fullest. He would often tell me that life is not a bed of roses, but most of the time it will be a bed of thorns. The thorns will be there to remind you where you are. It will put your feet on the ground. This was his philosophy. He went through the best of life.
In 2008, he passed away. On the occasion of the celebration of the recent Fathers’ Day, all I could do is to reflect on the discussions and arguments we had when he was still around.
I salute you Captain Eduardo Legaspi, a simple and principled man who loved to serve his country and his fellowmen. A man often misunderstood for his passion for making life easier and simple.
Eternal rest grants unto daddy, O Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
Congratulations to Lawyer Franklin J. Demonteverde for being chosen as Ang Banwahanon awardee of the City of Bacolod.
St. Ezekiel Moreno, Sts. Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, Pope St. John Paul II, Fr. John Liu and Su, Fr. Cornelio Moral, OAR and Fr. Loreto Dacanay, OAR, Manoy Bill and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on June 22, 2017.
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