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Better call Saulo

Ever since he was a young boy, whenever we would have any family picnic or excursion, I would notice that Saulo would already be talking to the local police guarding the venue, offering whatever food for the drivers…it’s this civic consciousness that hurled this now young man into searching his place in public service. Steadily and relentlessly, he is being groomed now to one day take over the political dynasty of the Lizares clan in Talisay. It’s nice to know that someone young, well educated, and with an optimistic view on politics could already plan ahead for his political future. I just wish he would be polished to set his eyes on Bacolod instead. After all, I believe their family home is here in the city.

Garcia cousins: Saulo Lizares and Giles Garcia*
DBF’s (l-r) Scott Albayda, Saulo Lizares, Juancho Palanca, and Gabby Suatengco*

Turning 18 last month, this second born son of Paul Lizares and the late dancer Mayen Gomez, born a day after the feast of the national patron saint of the Philippines, Señor Santo Niño, has proved to all his extraordinarily saintly ways, as witnessed by his father. He makes sure friends and family are taken care of, through floods, earthquakes and what have you with the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in Talisay City where he has been a volunteer for the past 5 years. Together with my brother Philip’s son, Giles Garcia, they’re the youngest members of the Thunderbugs (one of the biggest motorcycle clubs in the country) where he takes care of logistics in preparing the next road trip of the club.

Jasper Graf, Vincenzo Cajili, Gerard Trabasas, Issey Henares, Giles Garcia, Jadon Kilayko, Deric Santiago, Yuan Zayco Magno, Paul Matthew Rojas, Nicholas Espacio, Paul Necessario, Iñigo Henares, Cholo Grijaldo, Emman Salgado, John Limco, Deni Dula, Saulo Lizares, Ximone Bernardo, Herlyn Gatilao, and Justine Dator*

For this milestone birthday celebration, he started the day hosting lunch for the Thunderbugs making sure that several men in uniform were invited and given honor for their frontline work. But being the young man that he is, he couldn’t wait to break bread and mark this special occasion with his senior high school gang for an early dinner. Making sure that the event was limited to a very strict bubble due to this awful Kung Flu, the young and the happily restless were exactly 20 at the dining table. There was a lady DJ ButtaB providing some music as the food rolled in. Shy glances were exchanged between the young gents and the budding ladies and a lot of teasing was going on, making everyone laugh nervously as dusk turned into night.

Thunderbugs Motorcycle Club birthday lunch (counter clockwise) P/Maj. Robbie Mariano – HPG, Attorney Rafael Ocampo, Jekjek Mombay, Saulo Lizares, Giles Garcia, Thunderbugs president PJ Ginete, Juny Lizares, John Ong, Roy Visitacion, Job Yee, and Ryan Cerveza – HPG*
(Counterclockwise) Saulo Lizares, Issey Henares, Vincenzo Cajili (birthday celebrator, too) Deric Santiago, Justine Dator, Deni Dula, Yuan Zayco Magno, Jardon Kilayko, Paul Matthew Rojas, Jasper Graf, and Gerard Trabasas*

It could have stretched on into the early dawn, but with our civic leader doing his utmost best, Saulo made sure that everyone was safely home before the start of curfew. Dependable, amiable, a perfect gentleman — ahhhh, how can I not wish that this future politician would set his sights on Bacolod! Do you hear my call, Saulo?!!

My prayer: So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Galatians 3:26-27, NIV*

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