The Legacy of Rick Paloma
…or Tatang for the PAL Family
By Apolinario Villalobos
To say goodbye to a beloved
Is hard enough, how much more
If that beloved has impressed
In our heart everything
That he can impart
Just so, in this world, we can later
Be at our best
As we do our part.
He tried his best right from the start
Earning his keeps by honest toil
Firm determination and bold foresight
To be where he would be someday
And he did not fail
As all of us can now say.
He will always be a part of our memory –
An inspiration that shall guide us
For what he has left for us to keep
Is a legacy that shall guide us along
While we tread the road towards our destiny.
Let us thank him, this man Ric or Ricky to some
But Tatang to most of us who have known him
As a big brother and a doting father;
He whom we see as the perfectionist
He who wants nothing but the best
Making us realize later
That what he really wanted was for us to learn
Though the hard way,
… and that, friends, is his legacy.