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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 21, 2012

A Simple Gesture Of Gratitude From Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos

BATANGAS GOV. VILMA SANTOS got the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award from Pres. Noynoy in Malacanang last Wednesday. She is “cited for daring to fight the toughest battles of the Province of Batangas, addressed the persistent overcrowding in Taal Lake to improve water quality and prevent fish kills.” She came with husband Sen. Ralph Recto, and sons Luis and Ryan Christian.

Before that day, we got a personal call from Gov. Vi saying that when she was informed about the award, she remembered our late wife, Victoria, who was her mentor on local governance at the UP College of Public Administration before she became mayor of Lipa. “I just want to tell you na gusto ko lang i-share ito kay Ate Vicky,” says Gov. Vi. “Hinding-hindi ko siya malilimutan and everything na itinuro niya sa akin.”

It’s a simple gesture. But of course, we were so touched. When my wife passed, Gov. Vi came to her wake and delivered a beautiful eulogy. My wife was really following Gov. Vi’s career then and she’d feel jubilant everytime then Mayor Vi would get an award for her services in Lipa. We’re sure she’s now also very happy for Gov. Vi.