Rotary Club of Tagbilaran
November 19, 2014
A Man for All Reasons
A glimpse of the history of the United Kingdom is not complete without knowing “A Man for All Seasons,” depicted in Robert Bolt’ play in 1954, about Sir Thomas More, a Chancellor of England in the 16 century, who refused to endorse King Henry VIII’s wish to divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon (who can’t bear him his son) so he could marry Anne Bolyne, a sister of his former mistress. His refusal caused him his life. He is remembered by the modern world as a man of principles, who remained true to himself and to his beliefs despite external pressure or influence.
There is such a man in the very active service-oriented Rotary Club of Tagbilaran. It is not only his independent-mindedness that singles him out from most of his peers; his is an aura of innate sociability, unstudied and enticing in his insouciance, sans any tint of flamboyance and braggadocio. The river that runs silent running deep.
And when he expresses himself in the King’s language, not a single word is wasted. And all the time he says what he means and he means what he says. This was what I observed the first time I saw him as a Wednesday emcee. It was partial admiration at first sight, which ripened to total respect with the passing of months. There is no plasticity in him …what you see is what you get. Replete with a sense of vulnerability that could be a strength.
He can be gregarious at times, but like the Socrates and Aristotle during the golden age of Greece, his serious dignified demeanor shines out sans any effort. He exudes that kind of confidence of a man who always does things for a reason, not the sporadic scatter-brain who strikes everywhere without hitting anything.
If he is admired and respected, it is because he deserves it. Not an ordinary proletariat plucked from obscurity, but a real gem that had long withstood the test of time and the vagaries of life. His jet-setting has added more charismatic dimension to his lifestyle. Now you see him, now you don’t. Although you can be very sure that wherever he sets his feet of clay it is always for a good reason.
Any problem identifying this human dynamo? Erudite in his moves, and dexterous in his manner of handling even the most obtuse situation, ineptitude is not his way of life. Fair-skinned, chinky-eyed, and …of course… handsome. I can only wonder how the girls years ago could have ogled and swooned over him when he was still unattached. For until today he still has enjoys a magnetic field that defies the rational chasm, and gravitates one too many hearts to his focal direction. The saving grace is, he is A Man for All Reasons.
When Jesus Christ said, “Upon this rock I will build my church,” He must have known that Peter was a solid granite to realize His wish. He must also have known that today Peter Chua, Jr. is a Civil Engineer who is a formidable pillar in the Rotary movement. Wherever he is.