There is a rare portrait of Justiniano R. Borja, considered the best mayor the city of Cagayan de Oro ever had. The said portrait was recently showed at Limketkai Mall during an exhibit as shown above.

Right beside his face is written:

I realize that life is a gift

and what a strange gift it is!

I have learned that

the more you give of yourself

the more you have of the gift of life

that he who forgets self

and gives all that he is entirely

and devotedly to something or somebody;

and he who lives for justice and truth

without caring for consequences,

receives a thousand times more

than  what he gives

I have learned that the only immortality

the enduring and permanent things

in a transient world,

and bravery, truth, honor,

decency and courage,

and those who build their lives

upon these intangibles of the spirit,

build upon foundations

that can never be shaken

by any force on earth.

photo by mm17

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