FOUR human beings pervade my consciousness these days, and they happen to be all mothers.
First is Tina Tan, whose recent appointment as Tourism Officer of Ilocos Norte made me so happy, I almost had permanent cramps on my facial muscles due to oversmiling. Thanks to Manang Imee for getting only the best and the brightest to work in the bureaucracy.
I can name many a reason why Tina is best fit for the job, but I will limit my list to only three due to lack of space.
First, she loves Nature, being highly involved in ecotourism and environmental protection groups. And she goes beyond lip service. My students she led in a mangrove cleanup in Pasuquin would attest.
Secondly, I think Tina has reached a point in her life when acquiring material possessions is no longer the order of the day, as she and her husband are a highly accomplished business team. I am not saying the rich don’t steal–the case of Manny “Dagat ng Basura” Villar belies this–but I think Tina is so accomplished in her life (finances, family, romance) that she really just wants to contribute something good to the community. I can vouch for Tina’s integrity. I dare predict she will not be corrupt. Her son Eugene, a very unassuming and respectful boy, is my student at MMSU. Eugene shows how successful Tina is in her most important role–as mother.
Third, and most importantly, Tina Tan is most fit for to be tourism officer of this beautiful province because she is a woman who knows how to celebrate life in ways big and small. From food served in A-restaurants to dirty ice cream and ice scramble sold in the streets, from high fashion to indigenous stuff in the mountains of Adams, from Kings and princes to paupers like me—Tina Tan finds something interesting she is generous and vivacious and childlike enough to share to the world.
How do I know a lot about her? I am a fan of her Blauearth blog which I have previously featured in this space, and this forces me to name a fourth reason, although I only promised three. Tina Tan sends the message across clear and perky enough to attract men and women from everywhere to go pack their bags and explore Ilocoslovakia.
Way to go, Tina!