In memory of Dean and Vice Mayor Danny T. Fariñas

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By Benny Balweg

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Friday, May 9, 2014


LAST Tuesday, May 6, 2014, officers and members of the BARP organization consisting of the BARP Foundation, Inc. (BFI) and the BARP Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BARP-MPC or BMPC) proceeded to the Baguio City Hall, particularly to the Session Hall of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. BARP President/CEO Prof. Federico A. Balanag with BFI Chairman Engr. Ben Andam and BMPC Chairman Victor Afalla leading their respective subgroups, led the BARP representative group. They went there but not as they were wont to do, that was, to attend a session of the Sanggunian Panglungsod. They went there this time to hold a religious memorial service of their own to the very head of the Sanggunian, the demised Vice Mayor of Baguio City, Daniel T. Fariñas. The ceremony lasted some forty minutes to accommodate prayers, readings from the Holy Bible, community and tribute messages.

Casual visitors who also came to pay their respects heartily joined in the community singing and prayers directed by yours truly, and emceed by Madame Cristeta Antonio, respectively.

Before Leah Fariñas gave her response, where she profusely thanked BARP and its officers and its whole membership, President Balanag presented and read to the Fariñas family a Certificate of Appreciation to BARP friend, Atty. Daniel T. Fariñas.

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If I declined to give a verbal tribute to Danny when motioned by the emcee, it was because I preferred to preserve what I would have said in permanent print. In truth, the Vice Mayor and I were not that close personal friends but organizational friend? Yes, and close at that, because we were bound by the same goal: volunteered service to the community. I can right away mention specific or concern areas. These are: cooperativism, elderly persons/retirees, student assistantship, farmers' welfare, educative planning in its various forms for highland territories, environmental enhancement through the arts, to name only a few.

Emphasis on his valuing music as an effective means of caring for the environment was observed two years ago when he joined in heartily singing the Rose Garden Pledge at Burnham Park. I can still vividly imagine how his countenance brightened when the throng entoned the lyrics: "For this Rose Garden That You gave to our care, We raise our hands, Lord, In pledge to do our share, This is our covenant, Our God, it's only fair That we your stewards here will keep e'er clean the air... This is our legacy To keep it all aglow With roses beautiful Created long ago." He was transformed to a singing advocate for the revival of pristine Kafagway (Baguio City) that was full of exotic fauna and decorative plants.

Other memorabilia left by then Baguio Elder and now ancestral spirit Danny Fariñas can be deduced from the words of fellow BARPers in their own words.

1. Vice Mayor Fariñas, He was one of the best Vice Mayor that we had in the City. His accomplishment for the city is a legacy for the people of Baguio. He is a close friend of the people of Baguio City. He helped them in the building of infrastructures, improvement of barangay halls and protection of the Buyog Shade. - Monroe G. Taclawan. Former Barangay Captain of Pinget.

2. We deeply condole with the family of the late Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas who suddenly left this world. We, in the BARP Foundation and BARP Multi-Purpose Cooperative grieved for our good friend who has been very supportive to the programs of the Foundation. We shall always treasure his close friendship to us retirees and seniors of the Blessed Association of Retired Persons Foundation. What has began and left as very active existence shall always be remembered. God bless. - Prof. Federico A. Balanag, President/CEO, BARP Foundation, Inc.

3. Profile of Sir Knight Daniel Tesaluna Fariñas, First Degree exemplified in the Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent Ferrer Council No. 6287 - September 1, 1987; Re-entry - September 8, 2009; Second Degree on November 14, 2009; Third Degree; Fourth Degree - Baguio City Assembly ACN No. 1435. Active in supporting our Council. Programs: Church, Council, Community, Family, Youth, Culture of Life, all service programs of the Council. - Grand Knight Victorio J. Afalla, St. Vincent Ferrer Council No. 6287.

4. First Dean, College of Law, UB. He taught at the high school department, UB. During his vacant time, he drives his jeep. He enrolled in the College of Law, Baguio Colleges Foundation now University of the Cordilleras. He also finished his Doctoral degree at UB. After passing the Bar exams, he became the Legal Adviser of the jeepney drivers and then run for City Councilor and won. He served as City Councilor for many years as well as Vice Mayor for more than two terms. - Dr. Placido B. Abuan, UB Retiree; Chairman, BARP-MPC; Executive Vice President, BARP Foundation, Inc.

In the name of all BARPers, bon voyage, Great Cordilleran by choice!

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 10, 2014.

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