The Dreamer

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Nothing seemed impossible to a young man who never stopped dreaming. Life was never easy for him, but with little hope he held on to, life became facile.

Luis and Sotera Lameyra were blessed with seven children, one lovely girl, six brawny boys, and fifth of which was the dreamer. Their family lived a very simple life—traditional bahay kubo around a farm in the province of Laguna. Diligent parents worked at the farm, and earned just as much for their family’s everyday living.

Luis, being a frustrated lawyer, dreamed of having a child who, in the future, would become a lawyer himself. So he, together with his hardworking wife, sent their children to school. All of them graduated secondary school at Famy Community High School (now Famy National High School), but not all of them were fortunate enough to finish until college. Most of them had their own personal reasons why they no longer continued their studies, but one of them did not stop his life there.

Among his other siblings, Florencio, or more commonly known as Pweng, had the most unique luck. Being able to enroll in college was not like a snap and it is there. It took him great courage and strong faith to attain what he has been dreaming of—attend and finish his studies.

“I would always remember how it felt to have my request rejected,” he reluctantly said. Coming from a big family, Pweng knew he could not make it to college for his parents did not have sufficient money to send him to school anymore. But that fact did not discourage him, he tried to find a way instead.

Remembering when he was 10 years of age, at that time he was recruited by the parish priest as a knight of the altar at the Parish of San Sebastian, he gained an idea. He then asked Father Marshall, who was known to sponsor scholars, if he could grant Pweng financial assistance because of his strong desire to achieve his dream, but lacking necessities to reach it.

Father Marshall wrote him a return letter apologizing that he could not afford to support Pweng for certain grounds. But that hurtful truth did not hinder him from climbing the top.

He was nearly hopeless. He would often recall that his siblings were always at the top of the class, and that they always received awards and honors, while he did not. But just in time with the priest’s dismissal, Philippine Coconut Producers Federation or COCOFED offered scholarship to students in Famy Community High School who wished to acquire college courses. And Pweng did not miss this chance. He took the qualifying examination, and luckily passed the test.

It was not too long when he had a brighter view of his dream, and not too soon when he has achieved it at last. Since COCOFED sent him to Luzonian University Foundation (now Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation), he did not only become an industrious student, but also an influential leader. He was elected as the President of Junior Class Organization of the Agriculture course. While he earnestly studied hard, he also voluntarily worked as a student assistant of the University’s Post Office until he completed his four-year course.

“Once you achieve your dream, you don’t stop there. You should have another dream until you achieve something again,” Pweng remarked. He immediately worked after graduation as a clerk in UP Los Baños. After two months, he was transferred from the Registrar’s Office to the Farming System Resources Research, and employed as a research associate.

Thinking that he already earned enough money to support his family and himself, Pweng decided to resign from his work. Looking back to his parents’ efforts and questioning if he has returned the great favor, he remembered his father’s unfulfilled dream. Since he knew that amongst his keen siblings, he was the only one who had the most capability, he opted to at least try to fulfill his father’s ambition.

He enrolled himself at San Pablo Colleges, and took law studies there for two years. He then transferred to another school because he wanted to expand his knowledge and have a wider community. He was admitted to Manuel Luis Quezon University or MLQU, and there he continued learning and received his degree in College of Law.

While his other former classmates were very serious in reviewing for the upcoming bar examinations, Pweng rested for a while as he recovered from typhoid fever. Uncertain of his preparedness, he nonetheless took the bar exams forthwith after he graduated from law school in 1988.

The names of the passers were released six months after the test took place. Nervous as everyone could have felt, he anxiously looked up to his name on the roll, and thankfully saw Florencio C. Lameyra out of the long list posted on the bulletin board. A month after, he became a full-fledged lawyer.

Two weeks after he resigned from the position of legal investigator in Human Resources, he therefrom engaged in private practice. He was hired as trial lawyer at the law office of Atty. Tomas Llamas, who was introduced to Pweng by a friend. And it did not take too long; he built his own law office, where he had a handful of clients, one of which is the stunning Ma. Revelyn “Vin” del Rosario, who became his wife the following year. The couple was soon blessed with two beautiful children.

Many things changed in Pweng’s life since he met Vin—his nickname was changed to Florence, his living became more comfortable, and the like. Yet his life still did not end there. He worked as a part-time law professor at MLQU in 1998. His daughters were growing up and thought he needed more time to be with them, so he resigned after five years.

And today, Florence goes on with living happily with his family. For more than fifty years, he already had a lot of successes. Again, his life does not end there. He continues to live and dream until he pronounced, “I was able to prove that I could.”