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By Ram Mercado
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
NEXT to Barangay San Pedro Cutud, site of the Crucifixion rites, no other San Fernando village has created people’s interest as Barangay Dolores.
This village has been developed by fiat, location, or by natural growth as a business-leisure preserve of the city. Within Dolores are located the city’s bank branches and financial institutions, finest eateries, the first modern housing enclave (the Homesite), a modern hospital and new skyscrapers.
Dolores is now held in public focus as a woman candidate, Mrs. Vilma Caluag, has launched her bid for Kapitana of the landmark village. Her primary plan is to make Dolores a cultural and tourism district of the city.
Vilma is in fact Mrs. Melchor Caluag, wife to the present barangay chairman. A man with his own unique legend, Melchor’s life story is a rags-to-riches tale, chiefly as a former kingpin in the local numbers’ game. He nearly paid with his life for his enterprise.
As a businessman today, Kapitan Melchor is not only a model prototype of San Fernando’s noveau riche. He has also made a magical transformation of his obscure low profile wife into a lovely, articulate, and highly intelligent lady of grace and manners.
“Melchor is my adviser, tutor, and supporter,” she told an interview with Mau and Rey of “Personalan”, a top rated talk show.
“Her candidacy has generated wide expectation and interest among Dolores residents,” said businessman Victor Garcia of Villa Corazon.
Garcia leads a core of businessmen and residents who are supporting Vilma’s election. “The future Kapitana is expected to bring feminine dynamism and a fresh leadership climate conducive to the growth of Dolores as the city’s financial district,” Garcia added.
A plain housewife who was developed into a business leader, civic worker, and now a politician, Vilma admits it was her husband who made these possible.
Always good-natured Vilma easily captures her audience when she jokes about her dark probinsiyana complexion that was put on reverse by science. Aside from numerous civic-social work, she runs the St. Nicholas College where she supports 200 family IT scholars to school.
She has been thrust to the corporate world, being the President-CEO of the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Medical Center. Her aggressive and bold management style has made her hospital one of the best medical institutions in the region.
Now five months in the making, a top of the line costly machine for Tomo Theraphy (used in cancer treatment) will be inaugurated in February 20l4 coinciding with the hospital’s founding anniversary.
Vilma envisions the construction of multi-purpose centers in each sitio of the barangay. She has set a new pace for local women in village governance. Dolores residents believed that with their Kapitana, all aspects of peace and order will be secured.
“Barangay tanods will feel secure that in any accident or untoward incident, there’s always the Caluag-owned hospital that can provide assistance to their medical needs,” Vic Garcia said.
When special people touch our lives,
We see how beautiful and wonderful our world can be.
Blessed are those who give us love, joy, and faith.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 11, 2013.