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Straight from Carolinas
Saturday, October 5, 2013
FOR an expatriate to excel in a foreign land is something worth promoting. More so if he or she is a Filipino. For sheer courage and indomitable spirit, Filipinos are indeed a breed apart.
In the course of my “Filipinizing” here in North Carolina I have come across young Pinoys who have excelled in their chosen fields.
I introduce to you one such Pinoy, a new friend who came from Cagayan de Oro like me.
John Andrew Rayu Acebu is a US Army paratrooper and medic assigned at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
A 25-year-old strapping fellow, Acebu came here at NC a year ago after living with his brother in California.
When not getting paid jumping from planes, he plays badminton here in the Charlotte area.
He became the champion in the men’s doubles in last year's NC Badminton Open and the Charlotte Open.
The young Kagay-anon competed in Washington DC open. He came here to the US armed with impressive academic qualifications having graduated from Xavier University with a BA in economics degree and Masters of Business Administration units.
His learning as an Ignatian from Xavier University also included values that he keeps even now that he is here in US.
His favorite priest was the school principal Father Esguerra. “I learned a lot from him,” John said of Fr. Esguerra.
A former Palarong Pambansa player representing Northern Mindanao or Region 10, Acebu was a member of the XU varsity team. He's still single and is taking time to enjoy life.
The son of former City Central School dentist Amelia Acebu and Michael Acebu, John is now preparing his next game in Nov. 2.
By chance I also happened to talk with the event organizer, a Filipina named Aleth Florido Cababa who introduced me to John.
She told Straight from the Carolinas that she has a dynamic Filipino team consisting of Adam Yabes, marketing director and co-chair, Anne Maturan as treasurer, Glen Tiamzon as auditor and Gino Perez and Aloy Palteng as badminton experts in charge of bracketing, rules and umpiring.
A badminton clinic is held every Sunday. Glen Tiamzon is into recruitment of participants. The tournament will be on Saturday, November 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with check in at 7:30 a.m. and matches starting at 8 a.m.
Speaking of which, The Hawthorne is also the home of the Charlotte Badminton Open. This event will be similar to Pinoy-style tournaments and we have invited vendors to sell Filipino refreshments like halo halo, sago't gulaman, and snacks.
The Aleth team is thinking about holding a mini-sports fest in the near future, which is something to look forward to.
I am proud of you John as well as for all the hardworking Pinoys who are far from home but making their own home in another land.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 05, 2013.