[Ateneo Schools Parents Council (ASPAC) President Dr. Alejandro Tan aka DOC ANDY TAN will be celebrating his birthday on February 25, 2017. An unannounced/unscheduled birthday luncheon was haphazardly made out following the February 18, 2017 ASPAC meeting. This, after our female colleagues in ASPAC wooed and incessantly egged our dear Doc Andy to do an advance BLOW-OUT. Thus, the whole caboodle of the ASPAC council,almost perhaps, dined at the ZENSHO Restaurant along Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City.]
Maligayang kaarawan DOC ANDY,
Matikas pa din at tunay na matindi;
Listong kumilos at walang pakiyeme1,
Ang nais nya’y SURE na mangyayare!
Masipag siya’t tunay na masinop,
Di alintana ang pagsakay sa LRT loop;
Basta trabaho hindi nya uurungan,
Lalo na’t kung ASPAC2ang siyang tinutulungan!
Halos araw-araw ay nag-“co-commute” siya,
Kapakanan ng ATENEO students ang angking layon nya;
[Legend: 1 – PAKIYEME would mean PRETENSE; thus “WALANG PAKIYEME” would mean candid and straightforward, sincere and frank.
2 – ASPAC is the acronym for ATENEO SCHOOLS PARENTS’ COUNCIL which is an aggrupation of parents wherein the parents serve on a volunteer-basis in the pursuit of ATENEO’s mandate to provide the studentry with a Jesuit-type of liberal education through the harmonious development of moral and intellectual virtues; as well as of forming persons who, following the teachings and example of Christ, will devote their lives to the service of others and, through the promotion of justice, serve especially those who are most in need of help, the poor and the powerless.
3 – The KUWENTO (i.e. story, in English) which I learned in one of the meetings of the ASPAC Board (conveyed to me by a fellow ASPAC member) was that about a project (i.e. WELCOMING OF OUT-OF-TOWN PARENTS) launched and sponsored by the ASPAC which primarily consisted of accumulating donations; it was Doc Andy Tan who generated the most funds through his solicitation efforts. Also, another PROJECT was about a computer-related symposium which was an ATENEO project where Doc Andy was able to accumulate a lot of donations-solicitations.
4 – ADELANTE is a Spanish word which connotes being always FORWARD, AHEAD and on TOP OF THINGS.
5 – BELEKOY is a native delicacy, actually a sweet pastry which is leathery tough in consistency. And it connotes STINGINESS or being too ungenerous. With Doc Andy at the helm of ASPAC, others have followed suit and have become as GENEROUS as Doc Andy.
6 – Doc Andy would always make it sure that in every party organized by the ASPAC to be capped by a feast, a LECHON SABROSO must invariably be served. LECHON SABROSO is a special type of ROASTED PIG (i.e. LECHON) which is a usual table fare during parties and celebrations and feasting in the Philippine setting.
7 – PREXY is another term for PRESIDENT.
8 – RAUL refers to the current/incumbent Immediate Past President of ASPAC which serves as the FIFTH MEMBER of the ASPAC’s Executive Committee (EXECOM). The other FOUR (4) members of the EXECOM are: Doc Andy as Prexy, Katie Sy as VP, Maria Luisa Concepcion as Secretary and Juliet Remorque as Treasurer.
I am a litigation lawyer in the Philippines and a graduate of the UP College of Law. I also hold an AB Economics degree from the University of the Philippines. While taking up Law at UP Diliman, I was working at the Tondo Foreshore Development Project which eventually became part of the National Housing Authority (NHA), where I started out as a Research Officer and eventually rose as Estate Manager. When the EDSA REVOLUTION happened, I resigned from the NHA in May 1986 and got employed as Legal Officer with Allied Banking Corporation's Legal and Collection Department, which got merged with the Philippine National Bank. In 1998, together with my UP Law classmate, the late Jaime G. Nagrampa, we put up a private law firm which originally was named NAGRAMPA & YOUNG Law Office and now, as THE YOUNG LAW FIRM.
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