– Some recollections by Jose F. Rafols and from daughter Beverly David of Toronto, Canada
Vicente F. David came to Sibale Island, Province of Romblon, located in the Central part of the Philippines, when he was single. In Sibale he worked with the municipal government to start up the telecommunication system. During those days the only means of communication to Romblon and Manila is through radio. Vic started and maintained this system until 1969.
It is always a tradition in Sibale that single men and women that are assigned to this place never return back to their roots. Here they find their love and it happened to Vic. She met Ophelia Fallarme, a school teacher at the Central Concepcion Elementary School and soon their love blossomed and get married.
Sometime in 1969 Vic’s family relocated to Manila, Philippines where he worked with for the Ministry of Public Works and Highways. Vic retired in 1992 as a Supervising Management and Audit Analyst after 20 years of service.
The couple has six children, Cherrie David Yamat who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, Beverly David who lives in Toronto, Canada, and works with the Ontario College of Teachers, and Jessica David who also resides in Toronto, Canada. The three sons Roger David, Romeo David and Elias David are still in the Philippines. He also has 13 grandchildren and a great granddaughter.
Vic was recently awarded “One of the Best Poet of 2004″ for his entry of his copyrighted poem, “Sibale the Beautiful“, by the International of Poetry based in Maryland, USA. Vic is listed in “Sibale’s First” in the field of Literary and Poetry Writers. Vic is still busy writing poetry.