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  • Dad we Love: Anthony “Ka Tunying” Taberna

    We turned the tables and put radio and TV newsman Anthony “Ka Tunying” Taberna on the spotlight this time.
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
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    Anthony TabernaA Social Conscience
    He says he never imagined that he would get to where he is now, since it all began just as a means to survival. “Kaya lang ako nag-apply sa radio station ay para makapag-aral ako. Pero habang tumatagal ka sa trabaho, una maliit lang yung nakikita mo, tapos lumalaki nang lumalaki. Pupunta ka sa pinaka-depressed na community. Makikita mo yung social problems natin. Sabi ko, dapat may gawin tayo dito, hindi pwedeng wala.” Almost twenty years since he began his broadcasting career, he still loves his job with a passion, and believes with conviction that media can do something good for the society.

    “Pero naaalala ko, bata pa lang ako, mahilig na akong pumuna. Bago kasi ako makarating sa school namin, I had to travel 4 to 6 kilometers, at yung isang parte nung daan, sira-sira. Yun yung unang isinulat ko sa school organ namin, high school pa lang ako. Siguro hindi ko lang napansin nun, pero baka ang talagang papel ko sa buhay is to criticize, pero constructively naman.” 

    Raising kids
    Uncompromising as he may be at work, Ka Tunying is a self-confessed softie when it comes to his daughters. “Lumaki ako sa pamalo, pinalo ako ng nanay at tatay ko. Pero ako, hindi ko pala kayang paluin ang anak ko, lalo na parehong babae.”

    He and Rossel share with us the lessons they want their kids to learn:

    1. To be grateful. “Maturuan ko lang silang magpasalamat sa mga bagay na tinatanggap nila, lalo na sa pasasalamat sa Diyos, palagay ko malaking bagay na yun.” He tells us an incident when Zoey woke them up at 3 in the morning urging them to pray with her. Asked why, she answers, “Kasi sick ako e.” Ka Tunying was so touched. “Parang gusto kong umiyak nun. May naituro pala ako sa bata. Hindi ko man siguro sinadya, pero natutunan ko silang magtiwala sa magagawa ng Diyos sa aming lahat. Sabi ko, magandang umpisa ito para sa magiging katauhan nya hanggang sa paglaki nya.”

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    2. To live simply. Ka Tunying is proud of his roots. Born and raised in Nueva Ecija by a father who worked as a bus driver and a mother who stays at home, he knows how to value what he has. According to Rossel, “marami akong natutunan (kay Anthony), tulad ng, pag kumain ka, ubusin mo yung pagkain mo. Na lahat ng bagay papahalagahan mo, wala dapat nasasayang. Very practical kami, wala kaming kino-collect na mamahaling paintings, hindi kami mahilig sa branded, simple lang talaga.” Anthony sums it up by saying, “Mula sa maliit, naging malaki tayo, wag naman sanang lumiit ulit dahil lang sa pagiging bulagsak sa paggamit ng kung anuman yung meron tayo.”

    3. To treat people equally. “Tinuturuan naming sila na wag maging mapangmata ng kapwa. May isang insidente na may pinuntahan kami, sabi nung panganay, “It smells bad here, saka dirty.” Pinagsabihan ni Rossel. Dapat malaman nila na hindi lahat ng dadatnan nila palaging nandun yung comfort.”

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