AS IT STANDS | Roman Floresca
We are at the last hole of our game and he was his usual self brimming with self confidence as he lined up his ball on his tee.
“I bet you my ball can get past that tree on the right” referring to a small tree standing at the right side of the fairway somewhere 220 to 230 feet from the tee box. We managed quite a bit of a shrug on our shoulders as if to say “we don’t believe you.”
Swisssh, Delfin Perez went on to drive his ball which landed 20 ft before the tree. Nice drive, we said although it was nowhere near the objective of landing close to the tree.
And Delfin wiggled his head in disapproval of his strength in driving. Mr. Delfin Perez used to be a strong contender in the fight for longest drive but age has taken its toll. But not anymore.
But no matter what, Delfin always kept a happy mood. Even after he had an operation Delfin texted me and our good friend Ric Pinca saying he would soon be ready for a round of golf. But none of them came true.
I first met Delfin when he was still a writer at the Land Bank of the Philippines back in the late 80s. We were both very young at that age and had little interest in common.
It was some years later that I met him again. He was then the assistant editor of the Business section of Manila Bulletin. First we shared the same visions for the National Press Club so we ran together, me as president and him as vice president. Unfortunately, we both lost the election.
Our next trip was to China as guests of the Chinese government. It was during that year that the finishing touches to the world’s longest bridge were being completed. What a wonderful thing it was when our guide asked us where we wanted to go. Without batting an eyelash I said the longest bridge in the world. It took a while to get all the approvals before we could travel the road but it was all worth it.
Some ten years ago, he asked me if I wanted to accompany him in a radio program and I said yes. We were having a wonderful time. He asked me if I wanted to move over to a government and I said I wouldn’t mind. So we moved over to a government station for a good one year or so.
It was during this time that we learned how to play golf. A game he really liked. So to say goodbye to Delfin, I say fore.