The year 2020 was supposed to be a period of sustained recovery for the island of Boracay. After a painful but necessary shutdown in 2018 to restore its pristine beauty, many locals and businesses in the island looked forward to a more robust tourism. Sadly, even with its gradual reopening, life was never the same for many – some of whom had to suffer from loss of livelihood due to necessary restrictions. When 2020 came, the odds grew worse against their favor.

Department of Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino is, without a doubt, destined for service. A nephew of two Jesuit priests, the former Smokey Mountain singer can scarcely remember a life experience that didn’t involve or revolve around being of service to others in some way. Throughout his life and career, he repeatedly found himself in positions where, as he puts it, “the world could make most use of me,” and for these he is forever grateful.