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Albay VG Lagman shares life lessons about his ‘quarantine’

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Albay Vice Governor Edcel Grex Lagman has shared a thing or two about quarantines to all the millennials out there.

Lagman recalled the time where his father Rep. Edcel Lagman sent him to US where he practically lived under a “quarantine.”

The Vice Governor noted that he learned so much and have grown into a better person after the experience.

“Papa practically saved my life when he decided to ship me out of this country to find myself. I was 21 then. At kung grades lang ang pagbabasehan, mine were lousier than lousy. In short, isang pasaway na bata,” Lagman shared.

“So, one fine day in late October ‘93, nakasakay na ako sa eroplano para simulan sa Amerika yung “quarantine” ko. Sa loob loob ko: “oh, shet!” Haha
Doon, natuto ako maglaba, magplantsa at magluto. Got my first job. Opened my first bank account (oo wala akong savings account sa ‘Pinas; walang ipon kase). Natuto din ako mag-save. Learned the joy (truly) of reading books. Natuto mabuhay nang mag-isa, sa isang lugar na di ko bansa,” added Lagman.

The younger Lagman said that the experience taught him the importance of family, self-discipline, faith in a higher power as well as getting outside his comfort zone.

“Eventually, i was the one who decided the terms of my “quarantine”. Sinunod ko ang batas (kahit nahuli ako dun for speeding at umani ng maraming parking tickets); Sinunod ko ang tamang proceso sa pagkuha ng driver’s license sa Maryland (kase sa Pilipinas at age 15 “talahib” yung “Made in San Pablo, Laguna” na propesyunal drayber’s license ko ; Tinupad ko mga deadlines. Nirespeto ko ang mga awtoridad. Natutong makisama sa ka-trabaho,” he said.

After 7 months or on May of 1994, Lagman when back home feeling liberated with tons of learnings.

“So, sa mga millennials ngayon, ‘di nyo na kelangan pang masipa sa bansa natin para matutunan ang “life-under-quarantine”. Do it in the comfort of your homes. Oo, alam ko not all homes are created equal. Mas grabe at challenging sa urban poor environments. Pero, for all it’s worth: Sumunod kayo. Lahat kayo. As in. Oo, siyempre pwede pa rin sitahin ang gobyerno—-pero mag-ambag naman kayo ng inputs. Be constructive in your criticisms,” he said.

“And, yes, kontrolado natin (kahit papaano) kung gaano tatagal pa ang quarantine sa Pinas.”