In my father’s footsteps

Published June 18, 2017, 12:05 AM


By Deedee M. Siytangco




“Thou Art a Priest Forever

To live in the midst of the world with no desire for its pleasures, to be a member of every family yet belonging to no one…

To share all sufferings, to penetrate all secrets, to heal all wounds…

To daily go from men to God,  to offer Him their petitions…

To return from God to men, to offer them His hope…

To have a heart for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity, to bless and be blest forever.

O God what a life, and it is yours.

O Priest of Jesus Christ!”

Fr. Henri Lacordaire, OP

A ROOM AT THE CONRAD Conrad Manila’s general manager Harald Feurstein and SM Prime Holdings' Hans Sy at the just-unveiled Presidential Suite
A ROOM AT THE CONRAD Conrad Manila’s general manager Harald Feurstein and SM Prime Holdings’ Hans Sy at the just-unveiled Presidential Suite

It’s Fathers’ Day, and we honor, not only husbands and unattached males who have sired children, but also our spiritual fathers, priests, and ministers of the Lord who have consecrated their lives to serving Him. Invite a friend-priest to lunch or dinner today! Show them you care.

My dad was my idol, my mentor, and cheerleader. He understood his third daughter, who was not as pretty as his first two older daughters were, but he would tolerate me as I indulged in sports and climbed trees and never shook his head at my tomboyish ways. He had secretly hoped that I would be a journalist as his good friend Joe Lansang was (yes, that Lansang), and he knew studying literature in Maryknoll would be a good start. He was a dedicated “publisher” and came out with several publications like The Malacanang Star, Congress Newsette, and Fore! Golf Magazine.

If there is one thing he always inspired me with, it was his wise advice—“You can walk with kings, queens, and highway men, but you do not have to be like them. Be yourself,” and “You can disagree, but you don’t have to be disagreeable.”

When I had my first and only boyfriend, my dear Sonny, he had the qualities of my first Prince Charming—handsome, always a gentleman, respectful, affectionate, and so loving. I am lucky that my three sons and one son-in-law all followed Sonny’s footsteps. Happy Fathers’ Day to all those deserving of being called “fathers,” biologically or spiritually. I salute you all!

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Attention, students! The doors leading to a master’s degree in hospitality are being opened to qualified students and professionals from all over the world, including the Philippines, by Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) at Torrens University in Sydney, Australia.

The complete information on the educational program will be unveiled by Raffael Stangl, Blue Mountains representative, at a session to be hosted by International Education Specialists (Inter-ed) on June 15, 2 p.m., at the  second floor of Trafalgar Plaza, la Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Considered as The Land Down Under’s leading school for hospitality education, Blue Mountains offers a wide variety of hospitality and business management courses at its two campuses in Leura and Sydney. Its undergraduate degrees in international hotel and resort management, international event management, and international restaurant and catering management are all widely recognized in the global hotel, restaurant, catering, and event management industries.

The school offers a 10 percent discount to students who are hotel owners or operators. Foreign students who are enrolled for a two-year course in higher education in Australia can also have the privilege of staying for two more years after graduation to explore employment opportunities and gain actual experience.

Inter-Ed is now accepting inquiries from students and professionals who wish to enter Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. They have until June 30 to avail themselves of consultation services without any placement or service fees.  For inquiries, call Inter-Ed at 02 819 1001 or 63 918 904 1282; or email [email protected], or visit [email protected]

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Conrad Manila marked its first anniversary last week by unveiling their new 1,000 sqm Presidential Suite at the top-most floor of the hotel, with an awesome view of the beautiful Manila Bay. Just in time for some special heads of state, or fathers of industry, or ordinary fathers with generous wallets to check in!

General Manager Harald Feurstein was understandably bursting with pride as he toured guests around the two bedroom suite with amenities to please the most jaded traveler. The furnishings are sleek and stylish, as the premier suite should be, and they are proudly made in Cebu! Entertaining in the suite, designed by Michele Fiebrich, is “inspiring” for both host and guests, and they can enjoy the services of de luxe Conrad.

Commissioned artworks by Philippine artists bring a local touch to the modern interiors inspired by the beautiful Manila Bay sunset. The Presidential Suite provides the ideal setting for intimate parties and private functions, allowing guests to entertain in style or host elite meetings.  A personal butler will be on hand to take care of all guests’ needs, with a kitchenette as work area.

All for less than P350, 000! Happy Father’s Day!