Lizares patriarch celebrates 93rd birthday-A A +A
By Luci Lizares
Thursday, September 4, 2014
AMELO Treyes Lizares is the patriarch of our family. With 12 siblings, he is the only surviving male child of our grandfather Simplicio Lizares Sr., who was one of the delegates representing Negros Occidental in the 1st Philippine Constitutional Convention.
Our immediate family is a big one, plus being married to “Tita Teresing” (Teresita M. Valderrama) another big cluster with 17 siblings, it is one big rejoicing whenever Tito Meling celebrates his birthday.
He is also Nong Meling to the Valderrama clan being the eldest male among the Valderrama clan as well.
To start the day with gratitude for another year of the gift of life, Tito Meling and his family celebrated Mass at the Cathedral after which, the members of the Valderrama office surprised him with a breakfast treat.
As patriarch, Tito Meling carries his responsibility with much love and dedication. He tries his best to give guidance and counsel with caring and concern. Despite the age, Tito Meling has never lost his wit and humor. He is engaging and endearing to talk with, and even with his impaired hearing, he is a joy to be with. Even his friends count his birthday as a red-letter day and never forget to come and greet him a great one.
The home of Tito Meling and Tita Teresing is always open to friends and family more so on this day. What started as a small celebration ended up with a big party with more than a 150 guests coming to partake in the feast.
Tito Meling is not only a patriarch of our family. Honored with the name of Father of Talisay, who worked on the cityhood of the City of Talisay, where he was mayor for many years, government officials and many friends came to honor him as well.
Vice Mayor Neil Lizares III came together with his wife, Rowena Lopez Lizares, and his parents Boy Nilo and Nan Lizares. With Neil came also Cong. Albee Benitez and Cong. Stephen Paduano, and Talisay Councilors Marissa Lizares, CB Lacson, Councilors Xenia Astorga, Renel Garcia and Junjun Treyes came likewise to greet the Patriarch of the City. Vice Mayor Mark Golez, a good friend of the family, never misses this occasion.
Tito Meling’s wit never escaped him when seeing Cong Albee. With the many approaching him for felicitations, he failed to recognize Cong. Albee instantly. However, quick to regain the memory loss he says that the good congressman looked so much younger and more guapo.
Tito Meling always has the gift of making people welcome. That night the table shared by long-time good friend, former Gov. Bitay Lacson was a fun one.
It was a grace-filled night of bonding—family, as well as political friends. 2016 elections may be a long way off but it is never too early to seek an endorsement or to be endorsed by the patriarch no less!
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 04, 2014.