Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Tatay's Training In Japan

Posted By: Efren ES Ricalde @ 7:25 PM
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Thirty fours years ago, my father was sent to Japan by the Insurance Commission on scholarship for a training on insurance business. He should been sent to Switzerland but politics intervened - the slot was given to an "anointed" one.

It was one summer morning when I accompanied Tatay to the airport to catch a JAL flight to Tokyo, Japan.

As soon as he got out of the taxi, he handed to me all his loose coins and went straight to UP Diliman to attend my summer class.

He came back after three months with "pasalubong" - an ELSI MATE 6 EL-121 calculator and a red t-shirt "pasalubong". Plus of course his never ending stories of modern Japan as well as the honest, hardworking, sincere and disciplined Japanese people.

In some engineering calculations, the ELSI replaced my slide rule. I was still wearing the red-shirt in February 14, 1981 while conducting a COBOL AND RPG class.

The ELSI pictures were freshly taken by Glaizza, a GSI staff.

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Efren, President/CEO of GSI, is an experienced public speaker and an avid tennis player, photographer, a beginner classical guitarist. He was the former Chairman of Philippine Geomatics Association (PhilGeo) and is an active member of other IT associations. He has a diploma in Strategic Business Economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific, units in MS Remote Sensing in UP Diliman, BS Geodetic Engineering at UP Diliman and an alumni of Manila Science High School.






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