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Albay Vice Gov. Grex Lagman remembers late grandpa on his 111th bday

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Albay Vice Gov. Grex Lagman paid tribute to his late grandfather Abelardo Burce as he marked the latter’s 111th birthday.

In a Facebook post, Lagman said his lolo had been an excellent lawyer and public servant in Albay, where he served as provincial prosecutor.

His grandfather graduated from the University of the Philippines’ College of Law and used to regale him with stories about his law school days.

His lolo was also very happy for Lagman when he passed the bar.

He died before the start of the 2004 campaign, when Lagman first ran for public office.

Lagman believes his grandfather helped him top the elections for Quezon City councilor and made history as the first neophyte candidate for that position to do so.

“Happy 111th birthday, grandpa, in heaven!

My lolo on my mother’s side, Abelardo B. Burce (October 18, 1911-March 22, 2004), was an excellent lawyer and a public servant for many decades in Albay serving as Provincial Prosecutor. He was a graduate of the UP College of Law when it was still located in Padre Faura. When i was a law student, he would always tell me stories about his law school days. I miss you, grandpa!

He was one of the happiest people i know when i passed the Bar exams 22 years ago. He passed away three days before the start of the campaign period in the 2004 National and Local elections. It was the elections where i first ran for public office. Maybe grandpa’s help from “up above” was one of the reasons why i topped the elections for councilors in QC and made history as the first neophyte candidate for said position to do so,” Lagman posted.

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