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Dad We Love: Adel Tamano

Atty. Adel Tamano grants Smart Parenting Online an exclusive interview and tells us how his family is celebrating life with an autistic child.

Adel TamanoEach person has a public image and a private persona known only to his family. Before we met Atty. Adel Tamano in person, we only knew him as Vicki Belo’s lawyer, a candidate for senator in the 2010 elections, and to Manilans, the former President of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. What we found out during this exclusive interview was that he is also a devoted family man – so much so that he does not have any hobbies - and a father to 2 boys, one of them autistic.

On television, Atty. Tamano’s towering height, his demeanor and the social circle he mingles with can be very intimidating. His credentials seem a lot for someone who’s only turning 41 this October: former Spokesperson of the United Opposition, newly-appointed Dean of the College of Law of Liceo de Cagayan University in Cagayan de Oro, columnist for the Philippine Star, and former president of the Pamanatasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. Very soon, he will also have his own public service show on ANC. To top it all, he still has his own private practice under the Kapunan Javier Tamano Law Office, and one would wonder, how does he do all that?

“I expect much from myself and from other people. I’m always learning new skills because I want to be productive. I don’t like mediocrity,” he tells us matter-of-fact-ly, then adds, “Plus, I have a strong support system at home. I have a good helper – my wife – and she allows me to do all these things.” A lover of Vampire novels, he humors us by confessing that there are only two people he fears: “God and my wife.”

One would think that with all the buzz he has created for himself, he is probably a social butterfly just like his famous clients. He begs to disagree. “I don’t really have a social life because when I got married and we had our first child, I focused on my family.” He does not feel deprived though, because it was his choice. And part of that choice is having an autistic child.

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  • me Aug 11 2011 @ 10:51pm
    Just a suggestion: it is better to refrain from using the word "autistic" since it has a negative connotation and is a form of labeling. (In the field of medicine, we use the term "child with autism" or "child with learning disability" rather than labeling them as "autistic" or "learning-disabled".)
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