By Peya Cid, BCBP Pasay
For our BCBP Pasay members who always attend our 3rd Friday assemblies, you might have seen and heard Bro. Diophy usually wrapping up the sharing of our brothers, as he calls himself ‘the wrapper’. Soft-spoken as he may seem, Bro. Diophy usually drops a line or two of funny jokes and anecdotes. He is happily married to Sis. Susan whom he claims to be the real funny one with a very joyful disposition.
Bro. Diophy gladly accepted my request for him to be our “In Focus” for this issue (of the Pasay Chapter Newsletter, Vol 2, Issue 2) and even treated me out for a sumptuous merienda at Market Market. Needless to say, it was a very good and yummy start.
Is there a story behind the name Bro. Diophy? Named after his father, his real name is Diomedes Resurreccion, Jr. Diophy is a nickname, and I was surprised that it is a combination of his parents’ name, Dio from Diomedes and Phy from his mom, Sophia. He is the eldest and the privileged to earn a combined name of his parents. I asked him about the often misspelled last name, any story behind it? Nothing in particular, maybe just as far as trying to make it spelled like a French word.
How would you describe your father? He was a good provider, he gave us good food to eat and a comfortable home to live in, and he was also a disciplinarian.
You have an only son, Jojo. How are you as a dad to him? I guess pretty much like my father, but maybe I am stricter and much more of a disciplinarian. I am quite bossy with him especially when he was younger. I guess it comes from being the eldest in the family. And I am not too affectionate, probably because I wanted him to grow up to be a strong person, tipong ‘I am the man’. But I think he has grown up to be a very fine young man, unique, a non-conformist. His career now is like a Japanese interpreter since he pursued a quite unusual degree in Foreign Studies and even took advanced studies in Japanese language.
You have always wanted to be a lawyer, like your dad, a practicing lawyer. Was he your idol? Hindi e… though he was a very respectable and was always in a formal suit. But I guess my dream of becoming a lawyer came from my being analytical and argumentative. I also have this notion that lawyers pave the way to faster progress. I simply loved reading cases and always brought with me a copy of the revised penal code in Saudi Arabia. I like mandates and politics.
Do you still have aspirations of becoming a lawyer and joining politics now? Naku, puro na ako memory gap. I am already very satisfied with my good working knowledge of the law. And I have come to enjoy my career as an accountant. Exciting and very interesting pa nga ngayon, that I work with computerization of accounting procedures. It was a struggle for me at first using the computer, but I strived hard and now I appreciate how computers make accounting very smooth and seemingly easy.
At an early age while in Banga, Aklan, how did you get to know God? Well, we lived just a few steps from the church. My mother would bring us on Sundays and my father would force us to go kung aayaw kami. I was an acolyte then and have known God to have answered my ‘hiling’ prayers. Nung bata ako ang baon ko 10 centavos for the week. Kaso mo, Monday pa lang ubos ko na. So I would pray and on several occasions, may napupulot akong 10 centavos! Once on my way home walking from school, and another time when I climbed a tree!
Being in the BCBP, how do you know God now? Being in the BCBP for 18 years now, I have come to believe that faith is not only enthusiasm. Sometimes, I may be very enthusiastic being in the BCBP and sometimes I may not. Like a natural wave. Hindi siya puro sarap. But I guess the key is finding joy in the community and that there is no lone Christian. You can’t start and end with yourself alone, there should be service and reaching out to others. Action groups are the binders, and where we garner the ‘one for all, all for one’ disposition.
You served a long time in the Music Ministry before? Yes, our action group in Alabang before was always assigned as the music ministry, that’s why our action group stayed together longer than the others. It was an enjoyable time, playing music as our prayer. So with the Pasay chapter, I hope we can build our very own percussion band. Yes!!
Anything that you would like to share with our readers? When the Lord calls you for service, welcome it, welcome Him, and remove all hesitations. When you serve, be glad that you have been called to serve. Service is an experience that makes your relationship with the Lord grow.
[Source: August 2009 issue of EMMAUS, Quarterly newsletter of BCBP Pasay Chapter]