SIR VARES: THE GENTLE GIANT BEHIND A TOUGH TASK
“It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.”
This famous line of J.R.R. Tolkien has been the guiding principle of the Ricardo Dalisay of San Pablo City. Just as Dalisay fights for good and justice in FPJ’s Ang Probinsiyano, the city has someone who braces himself to lead the division as it hosts this year’s Regional Schools Competitions.
Chairing the RSC, he has been busy for months prior the event, and much more now that it has commenced, making him seem second to Superman. The level of his business can’t even be compared to that of the busiest or even the angriest bird and busiest bee in the world. Realistically, not everyone would want to be in his shoes right now, but many of us are awed at his resilience.
Man of many faces
His leadership is comparable to that of an actor who is playing multiple roles in order to prepare the city for the event, with DepEd spearheading the preparation, contingency planning and execution of the RSC.
Months before, he was like Harry Potter’s headmaster Albus Dumbledore in giving a crash course on revisiting the guidelines and policies.
He even transforms into Julia Wicket, Mr. Bean’s landlady, personally checking every billeting school of its condition, needs and priorities.
Making sure that the peace and order is maintained 24/7 in all the billeting schools and playing venues, he seems to be like San Pablo City’s own Ricardo Dalisay.
Killing and slaying, but tender inside.
“Kill with courage, slay it with trust in oneself.” Exemplifying being bold and daring, he believes that the capacity of being courageous is innate in all of us. He is ready to battle criticism and disappointments with a humane and peaceful disposition.
Sir Vares is not the leader who terrorizes and throws his weight around. Approaching him is never a difficult task, for he is understanding and open to be a listening board. He is one who is always approachable and smiling, he had his hands open wide always ready to reach the hands of those who are in need and those who are in pain. His aura and personality are contagious.
Arturo Fernandez, who has known Sir Vares for more than a decade, describes him as a remarkable, giving person. “You’d never want a better friend than Vares,” he says.
With that, the RSC is indeed not just in good hands but in good heart as well for his secret in successfully leading events such as these was his style – LEADING BY HEART. (Text by: Romel S. Ladislao, San Pablo City Senior High School-Stand Alone; Photo by Elaine D. Medina, San Diego ES, Division of San Pablo City)
Source: Calabarzon: The Heroes ( The Official Publication of the 2018 Regional Sports Competitions)