For his family and friends, his body will perish, but the legacy of good governance initiated by former Cebu Gov. Vicente Ramon Jose Maria "Tingting" de la Serna will continue.
De la Serna was laid to rest on Sunday morning 2 September, only one day after he had died of lung cancer on Saturday afternoon after midnight.
He died only 12 days before he turned 67 on September 13.
The former governor known as the "Champion of the Masses" was buried on top of his parents' grave in the mausoleum of the family in the Cebu Memorial Park at Barangay Banilad, Cebu City.
Salesian priest, Fr. Jhun Paradiang, who presided over the requiem Mass for the funeral De la Serna, encouraged his family to surrender the pain in prayers.
"I pray for his eternal rest and for his family because it is always difficult for the family who has lost a loved one, in fact the anchor of the family," said Paradiang.
"As I know him, it was very topical from the Responsorial Psalm, which says:" The righteous man will depart in the presence of the Lord. "We know that Tingting is a good man and at the end of the day He (God) will be the one who judges us, "added the priest.
Paradiang also encouraged those in public service to match the De La Serna examples in the process of their administration.
"Kanang maayo niyang hiyas, mao man after iyang legacy gyod Ang tawo mamatay man, the good deeds will be their legacy," said Paradiang.
The funeral rites were intimate and were only attended by family members and good friends of the family.
Among the personalities present were Cebu vice-governor Agnes Magpale, Cebu city councilor Joel Garganera and former mayor of Cebu, Michael Rama.
Rama was the one who carried the coffin of De la Serna to place his mortal remains in the grave.
"I lost a real political advisor and lost a real friend," Rama said.
Rama said he had known the former governor for a long time and reminded that they were spending time in the shadow of a tamarind tree in the school campus.
He said that Tingting was a Velezian and one of the Sambag Boys, and that he was the only one who was driving a Mustang motorcycle at the time.
Rama said he prayed for more public service people like De la Serna.
"Yes .. Definitively The 93-1 (land swap) deal, the father was Tingting The concept of land to landless was that of Tingting," said Rama.
De la Serna was also one of the prominent Cebuano activists and street MPs who had opposed the dictator, then President Ferdinand Marcos, in the 1980s.
De la Serna was appointed acting vice-mayor of Mandaue City after the People Power Revolution that overthrew the Marcos regime in 1986.
He later served as a congressman of the sixth district of the Cebu before he was appointed governor of Cebu in 1992.
Some colleagues remember him as a simple man who personally drove his motorcycle from his home in Mandaue City to return to the provincial Capitol of Cebu and back.
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