“Fray Lyd” joined the Dominican Apostolic School in 1969, then housed at the former Lizares Mansion and now Angelicum School of Iloilo, right after completing a one-year special Latin course at the regional St. Joseph Junior Seminary in Greenfields, Jaro, Iloilo City. He donned the habit of the Order of Preachers in 1970 as a novice at the Sto. Domingo Convent in Quezon City. He finished the three-year Bachelor of Philosophy course and a year of Sacred Theology at the UST Faculty of Ecclesiastical Studies in Manila. In April 1975, before his solemn profession as a full-fledged Dominican religious, Lyd took his ‘flight to freedom’ and bade adieu to his cloistered days. Ex clausura, he went home to Iloilo and graduated A.B. Pre-Law, major in Social Science, from the West Visayas State College and Master of Public Administration from the University of San Agustin. He also completed the Leadership and Management Development Program from the Ateneo Center of Continuing Education. Career-wise, he worked in the government civil service for 27 solid years in various capacities as farmer organizer, community development worker, public information/relations officer and eventually bank manager. In 2006, he availed himself of an early retirement incentive program from the Land Bank of the Philippines, where he last served as head of the regional Cooperative Development Assistance Center. After LBP, he had a streak of engagements with 7 private banks, hopscotching from department manager to AVP, VP and at one-time President/CEO positions. Presently, Lyd is a freelance consultant and part-time professor-trainer on a wide array of fields such as banking, financial management, marketing and sales, corporate social responsibility and good governance, community relations, and cooperative development. He is happily married to his “ex-girlfriend”, the former Miss Annie Villeta y Cabrera.
The Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has wrought sweeping, horrible havoc all over the globe. No nation on the face of the earth remains unscathed by it physically, socially, economically, religiously, and, if I may add, spiritually. Nobody stays free from the hardship, fear, and uncertainty which the flagrant virus brings in its wake. […]
Dear Rene, We surely miss you this summer. We miss the lovely concertos that you alone among us could play on the piano. Here at BALULAN we have instead the murmur of the surf, the off-key tune of the birds, the rhapsody of coconut leaves… Your absence, Rene, spells for us a world of awakenings. […]
“Ex abundantia cordis emanent EPISTOLIORUM.” From the abundance of the heart emanate the “Letters of the Sons” of St. Dominic. From the bottom of our hearts, we the Filii of Iloilo welcome the maiden bow of EPISTOLIORUM. We congratulate the Editorial Staff for hatching one brilliant idea, matching it with a fitting title via a […]