Marking the birthday of my best boss ever: My Facebook greeting for Sen. Kiko Pangilinan

(Note: This was originally posted as my status on Facebook. I joined Senator Kiko Pangilinan’s team in 2009–one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my entire professional life.)


I know that the nation is still mourning the loss of a great man, but I’d like to take time to thank and pay tribute to another great man on the occasion of his birthday.

To Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, may the Lord bless you today and every day of your life and may He continue to grant you the strength, the courage, the wisdom, and the grace to be the leader and public servant that you already are.

From you, I learned that one can truly lead and serve without selling his soul; from you, I learned that one can aspire to greatness while staying ever-humble and while keeping his feet firmly on the ground. From you, I learned that great leaders need not beat their own breasts or trumpet their achievements because real achievements will always speak for themselves. From you, I learned that a leader must always question even his own motivations and actions because it is always tempting to indulge in vanity and the whims of the ego. From you, I learned that a leader must never sow despair, but must always, ALWAYS strive to bring hope and inspiration.

Most importantly, I learned from your example that nothing truly matters most than being there for your children and your family. There is no greater job than shaping and inspiring lives, and if we are to set examples for the next generation, then we must always start leading and inspiring at home. You have taught me much about being a public servant and a private person, and for this, I will be eternally grateful. May the Lord grant you more years ahead so that both your family and the nation can be gifted with your presence.

Maligayang bati po, Sir, at mabuhay kayo.

Proud to be part of Team Kiko
Proud to be part of Team Kiko

Author: Niña Terol

Niña Terol describes herself as a "communicator, connector, idea curator, and changemaker." A writer at heart whose 16-year career has spanned the public and private sectors, including roles in marketing, non-profit consulting, creative enterprise, publishing and media, politics, and corporate communications, she now heads corporate affairs for the Manila office of one of the world's largest and most trusted names in integrated marketing communications. Niña has written for a long list of magazines, dailies, and websites, including CNN Travel, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia,, and She has also written and edited a number of books published by such institutions as the World Bank-Manila Office, the Asian Development Bank, the National Youth Commission, and a few others. Also a public speaker and trainer at heart, Niña has spoken at prestigious events such as TEDxManila (2010), Pecha Kucha Manila (2010), Ignite Manila (2010), the Social Good Summjit (2012), and the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) Summit (2013). She has also taught live lectures and webinars, and been a panelist and thesis adviser, under the Certified Digital Marketer (CDM) program of the International Institute for Digital Marketing (IIDM). Niña graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree, minor in Hispanic Studies, from the Ateneo de Manila University, and obtained certificates in Internet Marketing and Professional Blogging (under scholarship) at the Asian Institute of Management and the European Journalism Institute (under scholarship) from Charles University, Prague, the Czech Republic and The Fund for American Studies, Washington D.C. When she's not working, writing, or speaking, Niña is running, practicing yoga, promoting sustainability and mindful living, trying out all sorts of dark chocolate, and planning her next plane ride. She blogs at and Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @ninaterol.

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