Remembering Ka Cef Baniqued

by Pat Gonzales

Looking from afar, he appeared to be very strict and have a way with words that will surely make one cringe. However, working with Ka Cef as a PPS Board Member made me see a person who was persevering and dedicated. When it comes to matters pertaining to the Society, he was always there to lend a helping hand, very hands on in fact, to ensure that everything was done as planned.

You have to be on your toes when you're working with him. As a friend, he was "totoo" and "walang kaplastikan". He was caring and can be outrageously funny too – the other side of him that only a few of us had seen. Even on the verge of death, he expressed his appreciation of our friendship – "sayang" according to him because it had to end sooner than expected.
But this is not so... true friendship knows no bounds and to me, how can one forget a Ka Cef who has been "the icon" of PPS.