Mendoza: Doming D has a life after 45 years at PAL

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


TO EVERY participant in the PAL Interclub Golf, the name Doming Duerme immediately rings a bell. If not, the guy that doesn’t remember Doming must have been somewhere during the duration of the PAL Interclub Golf—contrary to what he had told his wife after planting a goodbye kiss to the missus’s cheek.

Aha, mister! Did you, or did you not, play in the PAL Interclub?

For, if you did, you would surely have known Doming D was all over the PAL Interclub during the two-week event that you were right smack in the center of golfing battle. The first week of the PAL Interclub is, of course, the Seniors tournament and the second the Men’s Regular.

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I should know. I have practically covered all the PAL Golf Interclub events the past 20 years of its editions rotating in the cities of Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and current host Bacolod—not to mention the other stagings in Cebu’s now-defaced Club Filipino de Cebu in the ’70s. Ah, how time flies.

And in those past 20 PAL Interclubs or so, Doming D was the chairman of the organizing committee (after Doming Javellana’s stint at the helm), which means Doming D was on top of everything for 20 or so straight years in the PAL Interclub, the country’s premiere golf team championship.

And what a PAL Interclub Golf chairman Doming D was. Never was there a single major mishap—not even a minor kink, I tell you—that marred the tournament under his watch.

What a spotless record, indeed, for the diminutive Doming, who stands barely 5-feet but whose stature as an exceedingly upright person towers sky-high.

Doming D retired last year as PAL’s regional vice president covering the Visayas and Mindanao. With that, it meant he also bade farewell as PAL Interclub’s organizing committee chairman.

A lawyer, Doming D is the most loyal employee I have ever met thus far. He worked 45 years at PAL.

I saw him Sunday at Bacolod’s Planta Hotel lobby and, replying to a query, Doming D said, “Oh, I am back as a farmer in my native Cotabato, tending to my fields of rice, a few rubber trees and coffee. In my life, I couldn’t ask for more.”
What a guy, this Doming D. One of a kind.

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 25, 2014.

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