Ronald Gadayan…Gem of Honesty

I composed and posted the poem the day after I read about his honesty. Politicians grabbed the limelight by making “promises” as usual, and which not a single one materialized…



Ronald  Gadayan

…Gem of Honesty

By Apolinario B. Villalobos


For someone in need of money,

To earn by dint of hard work

Should be the chosen way,

But those who find it not easy

To be diligent in all they do,

Find it hard to firmly say “no”.


In the world we have today,

Seldom can there be found

Those with heart that still beat

With love, good morals and ethics,

But not a certain Ronald Gadayan –

Many times proven – an honest man !


Labored to earn since age seventeen,

All that Ronald wanted, then

Was help his mother honestly earn,

For he saw her sacrifice for all their sake,

From morn till night – a sight

That until now, he can’t forget.


Waking up, to God, he fervently prays

To give him strength and he, be safe

Also his wife, his kids, the three of them

Be well, healthy and from danger spared,

Simple prayer from Ronald’s heart –

With all sincerity, and humbly said.


(Ronald Gadayan is an employee of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), assigned at the Terminal 2 as building attendant. He found a bag containing Php600,000, cash, an expensive watch, cellphone and jewelries on September 5, 2012 at the south wing departure area which he turned over to his superiors. Despite his meager earning that gives him less than Php10,000 a month, he was not tempted to keep what he found. He has three kids, ages nine, six and two years. The two elder children both go to school. His wife is jobless. At 28, he espouses honest living deeply embedded in his heart by his mother who brought him and his siblings, alone as a single parent.)

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