Be kind

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By Peter Rey Bautista

All In Good Time

Saturday, January 12, 2013


COUNT your blessings. I have been fortunate, yesterday we have begun a new adventure with Joy. Many years past we have always contemplated about what venture would best suit us.

While I may have graduated in Banking and Finance and took up Business Management for my post graduate education, I have barely taken part in such field of work.

While the family has been involved in Rural Banking for some time now, my role has been that of an advisory level only, plainly said usisero. After a USA stint I decided to come back to Baguio and continue that search for what I would really like to do.

I end up applying for a teaching position in the University of Baguio (yes in UB) I applied and just like any other applicant, I took a battery of tests. Normally applicants can take these exams (8 various tests) in two or three days but I did mine in a day, it probably took me 16 hours as I recall. The initial results have shown that, while I can be a good teacher, my personality show too much signs of kindness; as the counselor interpreted my answers from the tests given. To some this was a weakness and a negative point. In 1993 a new college was established in the University and I was fortunate to be part of it. This was the Hotel and Restaurant Management. While I may not have a degree or experience in the hospitality industry I took on the challenge. My interest in cooking must have been the catalyst!

I eventually became the most outstanding teacher at one time. After a few years in teaching I decided to take on another challenge; and this was to run for public office. Despite being gargantuan in task, I took on the challenge, lo and behold, I made it. My campaign strategy was to use my perceived weakness of being kind to work in my favor. Others find kindness as a weakness because some may take advantage of such act.

God is kind so I couldn't see how an act of kindness can be bad. I continue the same path in public service; even doing better the second time around and after some reflection with family in Europe sometime 2003, decided to take it a step further. I always hold the philosophy that if I lose then it simply says that I'm not cut out for public service. But it wasn't to be. If you may notice the drama in Cebu right now it brings back memories of a similar situation about a suspended official not wanting to step down while the other in waiting. Well that happened also here in Baguio and the latter was me, being kind... so I waited. In most cases a "takeover" or "power grab" is what we all would witness. Funny for me because I was literally "kicked out" of the City Council because legally I was declared as the Acting Mayor already but unfortunately I was not recognized by the suspended Mayor. In fact I was asked to hold office in the Flagpole area of the City Hall. Will kindness still work? Eventually my kindness was rewarded as I was given the oath as the Acting Mayor and the use of the Office of the City Mayor; finally after almost a year without an office and literally in public, that being the flagpole. Hehe.

Again I was blessed, the Lord may have set something up for me and was given the highest possible position as father of the Highest City in the Philippines, as I say the City closest to the Heavens and to God! I may have lost in the pursuit of a higher public office but to me it was already a call for moving on towards a new and different direction. I always dreamt of moving upwards in the University of Baguio; however never got as far. Today I may have that chance as we begin this new venture. A kindergarten school, a dream we both share with my wife. Who knows?

This might be the mission that was set for me. I continue to count all these as BLESSINGS. Most success stories would have countered my style, theirs being dictatorial or show of authority and assertiveness but mine will always be simple...BE KIND.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 12, 2013.

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