Man of the hour: Rudy Fariñas

I just watched 127 Hours, and I was so moved by the gripping story of Aron Ralston’s inspiring unflinching spirit — from Aron’s carefree ways that lead him to an abyss of self-instrospection to a second shot at life. I can’t help, but think of the man of the hour, Congressman Rudy Fariñas, who has bravely and painfully survived his huge rock. Both men may have lost something somewhere, but not the will to live more meaningful lives.

A few things I know about Rudy Fariñas:

  • He loves his family to death. He’ll do anything to protect his children.
  • He has an incredible memory.
  • He loves nature and has climbed Mt. Pulag with his children.
  • He can’t stand ineptness.
  • He can be stern, but he can make you feel special, as well.
  • He has the charisma of a celebrity and enough scandals attached to him. I don’t know if he is aware of it, depending on one’s perception of him, “actor” is his other name in Laoag.
  • He loves to eat out with his family.
  • He can be a very loyal friend.
  • He loves joking around.
  • He is a neat dresser. I remember seeing him in a boy’s suit (coat with shorts) to a formal occasion.
  • He used to sport a Steven Seagal look. (Glad he got over that phase!)
  • He is a voracious reader.
  • Unlike most politicians, he lives a modest lifestyle.
  • His former staff at the City Hall and the Capitol adore him.
  • He doesn’t hold grudges.
  • He hasn’t been seen dating a woman after Maria left.
  • He values old customs and traditions.
  • He makes mistakes, but is man enough to own them.
  • He stands on his own.
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8 thoughts on “Man of the hour: Rudy Fariñas

  1. thank you for the nice words about our dad. i can vouch for that, and more. my seven siblings and i could not ask for more. we truly do have the greatest father.
    Thank you, again… :)

  2. If I remember right, we were in high school at HSAL when then Gov. Rudy Fariñas sported a Steven Seagal look. Camille and Ria were good in school. They got awards and honors but Sir Rudy was not the type to brag their achievements. Sir Rudy was happy in the background, happy with his children’s achievements. He raised and nurtured them well. Yes, he loves them to death.

    Our country needs more persons like Cong. Fariñas, and other humble and family-oriented beings, to inspire others.

    The true measure of a man is how he treats those who have less than he. In this regard, I am absolutely certain that Cong. Fariñas stands taller than any member of the House I know.

  3. wow! Cong Farinas must really have made an impact with his stand against the Ombudsman…just last week I read a very interesting article written by Glenda Gloria. I think you missed out something VERY IMPORTANT! Cong Farinas is religious…I used to see him every afternoon either attending the Holy Mass or simply visiting St. William’s…and in the article by Glenda, she mentioned that Cong Farinas prays the Holy Rosary everyday…for a man of his stature, others may find it a sign of weakness admitting to turning to God…much more praying the Holy Rosary, as we all know that is not acceptable to everybody…

    I think with a prayerful Congressman like Cong Farinas, GREAT things are instore for Ilocos Norte…May Mama Mary’s Mantle of Love, Grace & Mercy protect the whole province…. God bless!

  4. Thanks, Alma, for reading, and sharing your thoughts. I don’t attend Holy Mass that’s why I can’t talk about that side of the congressman. I wish only the best for him and his children. Truly happy for the family!

  5. for my entire life i never knew cong. farinas except when i saw him in impeachment court which i tend to participate and make comment about what will be best for our country i become interested and search anything about cong. farinas after his speech in the impeachment court……i was so moved of his life story and make me a believer and proud to say in his speech as an ilokano is my proudest moment…i never know that were still have a politician from the north that i could be proud off and can persuade a common people to make a stand. for apo cong. farinas my family my clan will support you all the way if you might consider running higher position more power and god bless you and your family…..

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