TURNING 25 was a meaningful year for Adrian Williams, a second-generation Filipino in London who cofounded Philippine Generations, a not-for-profit voluntary organization that promotes Philippine culture in the United Kingdom. His group has grown big and now provides educational, inspirational, as well as empowering, services to members of the Filipino community. The aim: Strengthen Filipino cultural identity in that part of the world.
IN 1969, when the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman was a roiling caldron of student activism as they rally against an overstaying strongman in Malacañang, a promising 25-year-old student of the UP College of Law had just placed third in the Bar Examinations. Senate President Franklin M. Drilon was that man, who said he pursued the practice of law because he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps.
THE eldest of eight children of a tenant-farmer in a remote barangay in Nueva Ecija, Donnies T. Alas made a difficult choice at a young age when he decided to come to Manila to fulfill a dream for a better life. Armed with just “a prayer for strength, courage, direction and protection,” Alas got his prayers answered. He realized his dream by the grace of God, and, after 25 years, his perseverance paid a handsome dividend: He was able to establish his own company—the Alas Oplas & Co., CPAs.
By Teodoro L. Locsin Jr.
At 25, I was jobless. It was a Thursday night; it was late, going on midnight. I always worked late, and only after a hot date. That is how I wrote. No other condition would get the juices flowing. I sat at my father’s desk, pounding away on an Underwood typewriter circa 1930s that, if dropped from one story up, will kill him a horse. Soldiers suddenly came into the building and an officer presented himself to me.
‘I wish I was like them when I was 25 years old. These people have their whole world in front of them,” said BPI President and CEO Cezar P. Consing.Consing, now 56 years old, was referring to the young social entrepreneurs who joined the first-ever BPI Sinag on Tuesday. “I envy them,” he said.