I got tired watching Pinoy News Channel on the internet, puro balitang corruption, nakawan, panloloko, pati mga balitang showbiz na di naman makakatulong sa pagunlad ng bansa. I was looking for something inspirational when I came across an article about Rudy Quimbo. I read a news about him when I was in College. One of those dreamful guys playing basketball then waking up the next day paralyzed from the waist down. He never walked again.
Habang nasa ospital ay nalaman niya na nakapasa siya sa UPCAT, so frustrated was he of knowing na walang paliwanag sa kanyang kalagayan, naisip niya na what is the use of studying. Pero kinausap siya ng kanyang ama at nag-aral siya sa UP, naging student leader, naging President ng Law Student Government.
Today, Quimbo is the the executive director of the Philippine Senate’s Blue Ribbon Committee. Prior to that, he was, for 12 years, chief-of-staff of the late and great senator Juan Flavier.
What’s striking with this guy is the perseverance and the will to surpass challenges though he himself is physically challenged. Ang isa pang kahanga hanga ay ang kanyang uri ng paglilingkod sa bayan – walang pagiimbot, walang bahid ng korupsyon. Pure service.
Which brings me back sa sinasabi sa Filipos 4:8 “Bilang pagtatapos, mga kapatid, dapat maging laman ng inyong isip ang mga bagay na karapat-dapat at kapuri-puri: mga bagay na totoo, marangal, matuwid, malinis, kaibig-ibig, at kagalang-galang.” It exhorts us to develop a Christian thought life.. and that is the essential way to happiness and contentment. Iyon bang nakapaglingkod ka ng buong katapatan at naibahagi mo ang iyong kakayahan. Naibahagi mo na rin ang mga magagandang gawa ng Diyos.
“Go on and try to tear me down. I will be rising from the ground”. – Demi Lovato