First and foremost, thank you for dropping by. I appreciate you for your time and effort. I hope you have a good day and my best regards to you.
As I start blogging, I belive it is important that my readers should have or atleast know a little bit about me. It will be brief but hopefully helpful and enough,haha.
I come from a political clan from Victorias City, a descendant of Alejandro Acuña Yap Quiña – a Philanthropist of Chinese ancestry who donated his landholdings to the then Municipality of Victorias, now known as the City of Victorias. It is approximately 34 kilometers north of Bacolod, a 45 minute drive, more or less. Victorias City belongs to the 3rd Congressional district of the Province of Negros Occidental. It has a total of 26 barangays – 9 of which are in the poblacion, 9 are in the Victorias Milling Company (VMC) area and 8 are rural barangays.
My family came from a simple household, with less needs. My parents were mere employees and did not have much to bequeath to us but education. My siblings and I, grew up making turns in doing household chores. Mother would make good meals and gather us in the table. Father would always talk about politics and issues concerning government and people. This childhood experience is enough for me to say, I had such a very good and perfect family to have grown up with.
Aside from my parents, there is another person that I consider a mother. She took care of me like her own son. Lola Aling (Miss Rosalina Jaranilla Hautea) is not related to me by blood. A native of La Paz, Iloilo, she came to Victorias in 1950 to teach. She lived and spent the whole of her abling adult life with my Dad’s relatives, the Junsay-Hipolito’s of Victorias. Never married, she assumed me after my Dad’s Aunt Lola Oring (Mrs. Leonor Junsay-Hipolito) who took care of me died when I was 7 in 1983.
At the age of 16, in 1992, I started my political life, when I was elected Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairman of my Village (Barangay V), and eventually as Federation President of the then Municipality of Victorias. As such, I became ex officio member of the Sangguniang Bayan (Town Council), while at the same time serving as the Provincial Federation Vice President, for the province.
My term of office ended in 1996 and I was re-elected from the Barangay, to the Municipal and this time to the Provincial level as President of the SK Federation. As such I became an ex officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board Member), of the province of Negros Occidental. In the same term, I was elected National Assistant Auditor of the SK National Federation, thus making me a member of the SK National Executive Board which drafted the present SK Constitution and By-laws. During my incumbency, to name afew, I was member of the National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL), Philippine Councilors League (PCL), and the Provincial Board Members League (PBML). Im proud to say, aside from our youth projects, in my varoius capacities as a member of Sangguniang Barangay, Sangguniang Bayan and Sangguniang Panlalawigan, most if not all, of the government infrastructures and laws in my city and province, during my term (1992-2002),that we see now, including the cityhoods of Sipalay, Himamaylan, except Escalante (of which I voted “Nay”), my votes were part of it.
From 2005 up to the present (on leave status), Im serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Victorias City Water District, a GOCC.
I am also a member of the Rotary Club of Victorias, and chairs its committee on Youth Development (on leave status).
On my educational status, I have two Bachelor’s Degrees, namely Bachelor of Arts, major in Community Development Economics at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod (1999), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of West Negros-Bacolod (2007). My other technical courses include, Certified Nursing Assistant Course at the Omega Health Care Technical School in Chicago, USA (2003), Computer office User Specialist at Learnet Academy in Los Angeles, California (2009) and Intensive English as a Second Language Course at California Coast Language Academy, San Luis Obispo, California (2010).
Currently, at 34 years old, I live in Pismo Beach, California, with a wonderful elderly couple as their personal assistant and confidant. They are like a family to me, and they showed me the way how to live a life, beside politics. But public service always remains my passion.