Thousands attend final rites of Don Floirendo-A A +A
Saturday, July 7, 2012
DAVAO CITY - Thousands of people joined on Friday the funeral rites for Don Antonio O. Floirendo, the father of the banana industry, in Marapangi, Toril, this city.
The hearse was met by hundreds of school children who lined up the streets and hundreds of employees from various firms under Antonio Floirendo Corporation (Anflocor).
Marapangi is the site of a stud farm and race track. Quite aptly the funeral march was led by Don Floirendo’s favorite breed of horses, with his grandchildren riding them. As the requiem is sounded, rose petals rained on the burial site. White balloons were finally released as the thumping of a horse's hooves faded into silence.
Antonio "Tonyboy" Floirendo Jr. who now assumes a bigger role and responsibility over the vast Anflocor conglomerate, expressed his appreciation for all those who condoled with their family.
Earlier, his uncle, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, who once helped Don Floirendo run his business, acknowledged the preparedness and capability of the younger Floirendo to steer the firm to greater heights.
In his own message of commitment to his departed father, Tonyboy said:
"To you dear father, as we lay you to rest, I must say 'thank you'. Above all, I must say I am sorry from the bottom of my heart. I am sorry for all my frailties, transgressions and indiscretions which, many know, are not quite few. For these like a prodigal son I seek your forgiveness.
I seek your forgiveness likewise, dear father, for you left shoes too large for any one's feet to fill in. I take consolation only in the realization that no ordinary mortal like me can single - handedly fill the void you left. But together with the people whose lives you touched, together with the people you loved and who love you in return, with our joint efforts, dedication, loyalty and gratitude, I vow: you can rest well in peace in God’s embrace, dear father. Your legacy shall not be wasted, it shall prosper more. It shall live on forever." (Serafin Ledesma Jr.)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 08, 2012.