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All In Good Time
Friday, October 4, 2013
MANY a time I have played host. At a young age I grew up seeing my dad hosting visitors every time. We were also taught at that time how to behave when visitors were at our home. We either ate earlier if it was a school night or ate elsewhere other than where our guests were. Food also was always a plenty as my dad never scrimped on food. We made sure every Juan was happy and satisfied.
We always celebrated for something. My mother even had a logbook that these guests would sign after. An address and contact number was also required. My parents always knew that guests they have hosted would also reciprocate once my parents also visited them.
People from around the globe and from all walks of life were always at home. I can recall famous orchestra conductors, sopranos to politicians and most especially those in the academe as my dad was once the university president and various national positions in the education community (president of Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities), artists, too, as my mom was one of them (International Delphic Council president). Oh at one time we hosted the world renowned UP Concert Chorus!
That’s my mom and dad.
As father of this beautiful city I also had my own fair share of hostings. I learned well. I believed that visitors and guests must always be given preferential treatment. Always! Any guest of the city I recall was accorded all the benefits for choosing to come to our city. I travelled the world and the whole country asking them to visit Baguio.
I sometimes wish today that the city officials would continue to do the same. Our Tourism Council seems to show some frustration and disgust as there is no credible program for the city to once more receive visitors. There seems to be some complacency, always assuming that "they will come". I will even recall going to great lengths, according some special treatment to national conventions that have chosen Baguio as their venue.
A suspension in coding; a cultural dance to welcome VIPs in the airport; banging of our gongs; and donating eggs to Pink Sisters Convent to prevent the rains from coming.
I also would guarantee that I do the welcome in behalf of the cityand not ever send a representative. Oh and in many occasions would pull-out from my own pocket a sum and not from the city's coffers. That was how I did it.
If you will recall I won the bid to host the Advertising Congress in Baguio and I went through it with great length and lots of sacrifices. Grabe talaga. I will share what I went through, all in good time. I also brought in the Business Processing industry to the city (Sitel, Conergys, etc). Even for Ayala Technohub, I had to extend certain courtesies.
I travelled to our sister cities abroad (with my own funds) just to return the favor of being hosted generously in their own place. The Asian countries were always the best at hosting (China, Korea and Japan). I did get the chance to do a hosting for all of them all at once during the centenary celebrations in 2009. In the end we won. The city and its people win.
Recently in my private capacity I helped host the JCI Areacon and will host the 1st Boy Scout Golf Adventure in Baguio Country Club. I am now being asked to bid to host the JCI Senate National Convention in 2014. While I am now an officer of the ABAP I'm also asked to host the Luzon Island Qualifying Tournament for amateur boxers. I'm game!
Today the BBEAL is being hosted by the University of the Cordilleras.
Unfortunately they lost the titles for basketball men and women Thursdayboth in 3 games. I earlier extended my congratulatory message to the hosts. At first maybe they wondered if I was adding insult to injury for winning the men's title (23 titles), but what I was trying to tell the Commissioner was that it was very difficult to play hosts and also win.
As hosts I told Architect Aloysius if it is any consolation you may have the best excuse for losing...as you can tell every Juan that you gave all others a chance to win. It would not have been very nice as hosts to also win it all.
Anyway I extend my congratulations to UC as hosts and to my UB Cardinals for getting back the championship.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 05, 2013.