There’s nothing much relevant and new that happened to me this week. Except for the very fact that sometime this week I had the opportunity to meet with this person who has been familiar, either by name or by face, to us Boholanos, well, at least, to those people who are engaged to local politics or even to those who merely have an interest on it.
Last Wednesday afternoon, in a coffee shop in one of the hotels in Quezon City, I had an appointment with this Lobocanon. We basically had a little chat on local politics until it broadened up to the national level. The person I am referring to is no other than Mr. Angelo Balili himself. It has been significant for me because I have learned a lot from the discussion we had.
First. After we introduced each other, I was astonished by the fact that the discussion went on spontaneously. It seemed that when a certain topic is raised, new topics are already waiting to be opened and tackled. We basically talked on the situation of the local politics in Bohol. It had become interesting each minute because I learned those crazy facts about politics in our local setting. There had been stories he shared which I previously thought was just a political myth until I realized it might be possible on the other end. Such stories had something to do with political dynasties, making politics as a source of family income and allowing politics to be the channel for fame, power and wealth.
Second. He is no political figure because technically he hadn’t run for any local or national position in the government. But in his blood runs the essence of leadership. He has become known because of the fact that he believes in ideal, dedicated and true leadership. He supported a number of people in their candidacies because he believed in the capacity of these leaders to render service to its constituents. He debunked the traditional politics and joined the people in their quest for genuine leadership. In other words, he has made his contribution to the local politics – how people admired him, how others despise him – for both sides of the coin.
Third. He had broke the notion that rich and really rich people are out of reach, no time to talk to ordinary people, all devoted to business related activities. Considering his valuable time, he still spent a little time to sit and chat with people like me who wants to know his secret behind his success. He’s a businessman and he’s achieved tremendously in his field especially in the busy world of Makati but based on that meeting, he has proven to me that the Boholano character in him, the unexplained kind of connection we extend to our fellow Boholanos whether we know that Boholano or not, is very explicit. He has his own world out here in the Metropolitan but his heart remained true to his constituents.