As I will compose this piece, I was surprised and distressed to speak with our continuous Ateneo alumni group president Jojo Buñag that a person of our own– Delfin ‘Ding’ Wenceslao, Jr.– simply handed down minutes previously. Cardiac arrest, we were informed. Let me take this chance to provide my sincerest acknowledgement to his bereaved other half, Sylvia (Tap), their kids and grandchildren and all those who have actually very much enjoyed him.
Among the Ateneo GS ’56- HS ’60- Coll ’64 group, Ding Wenceslao stuck out. When he originated in land recovery in the Philippines more than 4 years earlier, Delfin J. Wenceslao, Jr. (additionally Ding or DingW or DJW for brief) imagined assisting develop the nucleus of a modern-day town hall simply off Manila Bay.
The dream is now a truth. D.M. Wenceslao and Associates, Inc. (DMWAI)– a business established by his daddy Delfin, Sr. (Tatang)– has actually assisted federal government in the recovery of a minimum of 2 million square meters from the sea. On these recovered lands now stands DMWAI’s flagship, Aseana City, that includes familiar landmarks like Solaire, Resorts World’s West Side City and City of Dreams.
Up to the eleventh hour, Ding had actually revealed no indication of decreasing. He has actually given up the CEO position to his youngest kid, Delfin Angelo or Buds, Ding was still extremely much on top of setting tactical instructions for the business.
A couple of years back, DMWAI went public. Of the funds raised throughout the IPO, the business raked back P11 to P12 billion to money different property advancement jobs, (both industrial and property) within and outside Aseana City.
Ding’s business boasts an excellent record. As one of the extremely choose AAAA basic specialists in the nation, DMWAI has actually currently finished over a 100 building and facilities tasks throughout the nation.
But Ding likewise had numerous more products in his “dream list” aside from the business’s core organization.
More instant was the conclusion of a church within Aseana City, devoted to the memory of St. John Paul II. The enforcing building was finished in 2019 and the members of Ding’s class invested a number of conferences selecting what to add to decorate the church. The class lastly picked a mural portraying Mama Mary, St. Ignatius (Ateneo’s tutelary saint), the Church of the Gesu and 3 generations of Ateneans in numerous postures of prayer and using their duration uniforms. According to the household, the Church of St. John Paul II was a satisfaction of Ding’s guarantee in thankfulness for responded to prayers. Ding, nevertheless, was mum about the information.
In college, Ding and I served together as officers in the Ateneo Air Force ROTC. We even went through summer season cadre training together at the Philippine Air Force head office in Nichols (now Villamor) Air Base. Another proposed job on Ding’s plate, had absolutely nothing to do at all with the air force. Rather, it was for the navy.
Ding had blue prints for a marine system which might be embraced not just for seaside defense however likewise for catastrophe relief. The system includes a flagship (‘ Nanay’) which might bring numerous high speed and extremely maneuverable boats (‘ kumpit”). “Nanay” would run similar to a warship other than that it will be bring little hi-speed boats rather. The marine system can be produced right here in Cavite, Ding stated. If he had actually not yet done so, possibly Ding’s tocayo, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana might want to have a look at the blue prints.
An individual advocacy to make lots of Filipinos feel “less bad” had actually triggered Ding to partner with similar buddies to release the Ninong task. Ninong ran under the auspices of Katipunan ng mga Mamamayan ng Bagong Pilipinas Foundation Inc. (KMBPFI), a service NGO properly certified by the DSWD.
Very easy, inexpensive and quickly duplicable, Ninong includes raising of contributions (comparable to the rate of one kilo of rice) and dispersing the rice to chosen “poorest of the bad” households. Rice circulation was done every Saturday in Baclaran, Don Galo, La Huerta, San Dionisio, Sto. Nino, Tambo, Vitalez (all in Parañaque) and in Bulacan, Bulacan.
Farewell, dear schoolmate and good friend. Rest well in the welcome of our Lord.
COVID-19 as a political concern
The current California recall election has actually become a type of referendum on pandemic management strategies. Political experts were basically consentaneous that “it ended up being an option in between a guv who follows the science and prefers tight limitations,” and one who would “loosen up procedures that indicated to avoid transmission and deaths.” The incumbent guv, Gavin Newson, quickly trounced his anti-vax challenger.
But across the country, President Joe Biden still has his hands complete targeting more than 100 million Americans, who regardless of the accessibility of vaccines and a number of rewards, have actually declined to be immunized. Just Recently, President Joe Biden bought sweeping brand-new federal vaccine requirements in a full-blown effort to suppress the rising COVID-19 delta version.
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