HE AIN'T heavy, he's my brother so chimes my younger brother, Perry, whenever I go to his house or see him elsewhere.
Perry, of course, is the acknowledged dean of broadcasters in Central Luzon since he has been at this trade for over 20 years and in his work, he has come in contact with and interviewed several luminaries in different fields and is also in contact with distinguished political personalities.
Having established himself as a credible broadcaster, he has occupied top position in similarly credible and reputable organizations such as Pampanga Press Club and Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas-Pampanga Chapter.
Presently, the General Manager of DWRW (Radio World) 95.1 FM, he has gained prominence for himself and colleagues Boy Santiago and Albert Lacanlale as well as the Laus Group, the mother unit of DWRW, a company which has backed him up until this time as a result of the confidence and trust reposed on him by the late businessman and patriarch Liberato "Levy" Laus and his family.
Now observing his 66th birthday on July 17, 2020, he seems not inclined to retire yet as he has other plans aside from retiring: like his farm in Bamban, Tarlac and another in Floridablanca.
As the top honcho of RW, he is sometimes reserved, calm and calculated and a man for others for he shares whatever he has in excess to whoever comes to him in earnest. His kindness endears him to his colleagues, subordinates, family and siblings. He gives, he says, till it hurts and even though his giving hurts him, I know, he does not show his feelings.
Coming fourth in our family of eight children, he acted as mediator, comforter and adviser, all roles rolled into one, especially when both our parents passed away. Since then, Perry helped steer our family affairs with precision and enjoyment, making each attendee well-fed, well-entertained with extra money to bring home.
This is my good gesture for his ebullient existence and I wish him steady income and good health always.
When I broached the idea to Perry that I am writing a minor tribute, he mildly balked at the idea and, in a familiar low-profile stance, he said he doesn't merit yet a tribute as it would up his "selling" price, ha ha.
Just the same, he implored me to include him and his bedridden wife, as well as his grown up, still single youngest Konkon in my habitual prayers for their good health and fortune. Not a very hard task to fulfill for a brother who remained very supportive and caring for his siblings who are not heavy to bear!