Fariñas’ burial Saturday-A A +A
By Ramon Dacawi
Friday, May 9, 2014
BAGUIO Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas will exit the session hall of the City Council for the last time Saturday, May 10, ending 23 years of public service as city councilor and vice mayor that, together with his life-time work as teacher, had endeared him to thousands who came for the six-night vigil.
To the lyrics and melody of Secret Garden’s “You Raise Me Up” from the city hall choir, city councilors with whom Farinas worked for years will bear the white casket down the stairs of the city’s main edifice, into the hearse fronting the national colors ordered by city mayor on half-mast since Monday morning.
Mayor Domogan announced at the Monday flag ceremony the passing on of his colleague in public service early Sundaymorning due to illness.
Fariñas served as city councilor and vice mayor for 23 years, teacher for over 40 years and lawyer for many years, aside from volunteer work in the Boy Scouts Council, the Rotary and in drug abuse prevention and control, especially for the protection of the youth.
From the city hall grounds, the hearse, together with other vehicles bearing the vice-mayor’s close kin, will pass by his family home at Chrome St., Quezon Hill following a route plan prepared by the Baguio City Police Office.
City Councilor Peter Fianza, who was tasked to lead in the city’s final preparations, said barangay captains whose jurisdictions will be covered by the route have offered to assist in traffic management.
Others attending the funeral services are advised to go directly to the St. Vincent Parish for the church rites set at 8:00 a.m. Representatives of various organizations Fariñas served and led will carry the casket for the church blessings.
After the mass, members of the family will raise the casket back to the hearse for the Baguio Memorial Park below the city public cemetery for the final rites and interment.
City officials led by Mayor Domogan capped the series of tributes offered during the six-night wake by numerous sectors of the Baguio community and beyond with a program late yesterday afternoon.
“The unending flow of people from all over coming to pay tribute during the six-day wake at the Baguio City Hall provides a powerful and undeniable evidence of a life well-lived, as a family pillar, teacher, lawyer, public and community servant,” the city noted in its message of condolence.
“So do the long rows of floral offerings lining up the halls of the city’s main edifice and the countless expressions of condolence, be they muted, murmured, sang or prayed, personally or collectively, during the spiritual services offered by various faiths, countless sectors and corners of his city and beyond,” it added. “They came to mourn, condole and celebrate a life, the memory of which has been etched in the hearts of the legion of lives his sense of community had touched.”
Fariñas is survived by his wife Lilia, the barangay chief of Upper Quezon Hill, their children Cherry Lou, Cherry Dane, Cherry Lea and Chester Daniel, and grandchildren Kurt Russell, Shelly Dale Kiara Dorothy, Danica Gabriella, Kelly Denise and Paul Chester.
As noted in the city resolution, Fariñas was an advocate for continuing education, of which he served as a yardstick for success to many a youth. He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Arts in Education and Doctor of Education from the University of Baguio and his law degree from the Baguio Colleges Foundation.
“He served his city with the humility, distinction, competence and sense of fair play that are the marks of the Baguio boy that he was – and is and will be,” the city resolution said.
Fariñas served as city councilor from 1988 to 1992, city vice mayor from 1992 to 2001, city councilor again from 2004 to 2007, and again as city vice-mayor from 2007 to his passing May 4.
“To many, Vice Mayor Farinas was simply a friend – a helpful, generous and true kind whose nature it was to reach out for others in need, even on those times that reality limited him to trying, but which was comforting,” the city message said. “His down-to-earth nature, happy disposition, with and eloquence and simplicity endeared him to people from all walks of life.”
Similar expressions of condolence also came from other local government units, among them Barlig, Baguio’s sister-town in Mt. Province, and collectively with its neighboring towns through a resolution from the Vice Mayor’s league led by Tadian Vice Mayor Lawrence Atipen, sister-town Bani in Pangasinan, Benguet Province and its towns.
Last Thursday evening, Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. led in paying tribute by citing Farinas as “the best vice-mayor we ever had” during an ecumenical service the congressman’s office sponsored.
“Forty four years of his life has been spent at the University of Baguio, as dean, legal counsel and teacher,” recalled former university president Reinaldo Bautista Sr. “I feel that UB has lost a very dear friend and outstanding alumnus. (UB) is proud to have been part of Danny.”
“He was a true blooded-Rotarian before he became a Rotarian,” noted Dr. Virgilio Bautista, charter president of the Rotary Summer Capital.
As cited by club president, Dr. Edward Dogui-is, Farinas, notwithstanding his numerous tasks, was cited for having a perfect attendance for a year in the club.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 10, 2014.