Rod

 

“I’ve just been given the Dedicated Service award by the University of Baguio. Well there’s that little sadness now that I’m leaving, but there’s so much more to discover out there. And I want to continue exploring – I want to explore the world, see new places, meet new people and learn from them. There’s just so much to learn in life.”

 

“I’ve worked with machines for a very long time. I’ve seen their evolution, and I’m amazed at what they can do. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from them, it would be this: No matter how much control you have over something, there’s no guarantee everything will turn out perfectly fine along the way. Destiny will always play its role, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. I’m a believer in that.”

 

“Machines have always fascinated me, yet I have always believed that they will always have limits. Silicons can’t read our senses, and I believe they never can. I guess it’s to remind us that man still runs the world and that we have the ultimate control over anything that’s developed or created.”

 

Can you make a quick comparison between things from your day and today?

“Back in my day, children behaved. There’s just too much freedom today. The concept of individuality has gone a little too far.”

 

 

Sir Rod, as he is called by his students and colleagues, penned the following himself, which he wishes to be included in his story:

“Life is a one-way journey, so choose your destination wisely. If you can’t be the early bird that gets the worm, then try to be the second mouse that gets the cheese… Feed your mind. Keep on learning anytime, anywhere and with anyone. Offer all praises to the Divine Creator for He is the Greatest Master.”

 

“I would like to thank UB for the opportunity and trust in me. Sharing my knowledge and skills for the past 15 years was a privilege. UB was not only a workplace for me; it has also been my second home.”

 

 

Photo by DONALD RENTIQUIANO

 Interview & Text by RONA LIN

 

 

 

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