ALEXANDER HERRERA LIM
(April 2, 1951- October 31, 2014)
A MAVERICK CRUSADER FOR A CAUSE
There is no way of dismissing a real talent with a snap of a finger, when the public has given it its recognition; nor is there a means of muffling a voice when the clamor is for transparency. His is the wisdom of a Phoenix that resurrects itself from the ashes of prejudice.
Set-backs can befuddle the most adroit of men, but for a personality that has been purged through intense volcanic heat and the freezing iciness of human frailty, survival is a walk in the park. Even ill-health and venomous diatribes spewed by self-proclaimed critics could not deter him from his odyssey for a cause. If public service means dedicating oneself for the good of all, then he has found his calling as a maverick, a battering ram to buckle down edifices of sham and shamelessness.
Fondly called Aleckoy by his close friends and associates, he was born in Loay, Bohol on April 2, 1951 to parents Jose “Osoy” Lim and Lourdes Herrera. Both inculcated in the mind of the young boy the values of hard work and perseverance as instruments to reach one’s goals, in a value-system that is still his sworn mantra.
Atty. Alexander H. Lim is married to Veronica Elisa Anub-Trabajo, daughter of retired Provincial Fiscal Aureliano C. Trabajo and Eutiquia O. Anub, both of Carmen, Bohol. Mrs. Lim used to work with the First Consolidated Bank of Bohol, until she resigned to concentrate on her growing up children and family business.They are blessed with three children. Aleck Francis is a graduate of Master in Business Management at the University of Asia and the Pacific (June 10, 2000). He took up law at the College of Law, Ateneo de Manila University and passed the Bar in 2004. Alissa Ann is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific (June 17, 2000). She also finished Law at the Ateneo de Manila University and passed the Bar in 2006. Alexis Franz finished his high school at Grace Christian School and finished an Entrepreneurial Management course at the Entrepreneur School of Asia (formerly Thames International) in Quezon City. With three lawyers and 2 business entrepreneurs in the family, Atty. and Mrs. Alexander Lim have done an extraordinary job. The apparent level-headedness of the siblings speaks well of the upbringing they got from their parents.
Atty. Lim finished his elementary and secondary education at the Divine Word College in 1963 and 1967 respectively. After graduation from high school, he opted for a new environment as a means for more personal development. He enrolled for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at the University of Santo Tomas and finished the course handily in 1971. His main ambition was to become a lawyer. He was accepted at the premier law school at the country, the Ateneo de Manila University, and graduated in 1975. That same year he took and passed the Bar. Atty. Lim must have himself felt that he was accorded the best law training, for which reason his children followed his footsteps. The father, son and daughter are members of the Aquila Legis Fraternity, a great institution in jurisprudence.
From his grandfather, who was involved in copra, rice and corn milling business, he learned the value of industry family solidarity. This was also the same tenet he learned from his parents. Although most of his brothers and sisters are now based abroad, the ties are still there. Licinia Lim Coe is a Doctor of Medicine graduated at the UST with lucrative practice in USA, until a car accident in 1976. Clarencio Lim is a businessman-CPA who finished his Commerce degree from Divine Word College. Mario Warlito is a Chemical Engineering graduate at UST (now in San Francisco, California), was a computer analyst. Semi-retired, he is presently a consultant of different companies here and abroad after his retirement from ARAMCO. Evangeline Lim-Recio finished Banking and Finance, and is now working in a hospital in San Francisco. Caridad Lim-Betahar is a Medical Technologist from Centro Escolar University and is also now based in San Francisco. Linda Lim-Inting is a Nurse from Bohol Provincial Hospital School of Nursing. She also practices her profession in San Francisco. Lourdes Lim-Tabel finished Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at the college of the Holy Spirit, Manila and is also based in San Francisco, California.
That orientation he had from his elders about entrepreneurship has been his guide in toiling for betterment in life. Even during his childhood, he helped his grandfather by going to different towns on market days for rice and corn business. He also learned the value of frugality by saving his allowance, and started a poultry farm of his own when he was still in his teens. But his burning ambition had always been to be a good lawyer, so he practiced law with burning passion and has no fear in defending his clientele, he being dedicated to service, especially for the poor.
Undebatably, he was one of the best Lawyers in Bohol. As a lawyer, he served as Senior and Managing Partner of the Trabajo-Lim Law Office, a firm established in 1977 and recognized and accredited by the U.S. Embassy. He is also a Trustee of the Bohol Wisdom School, Board Member of the Aries Quality Services Incorporated, President of Vismin Realty, and a Legal Consultant to various Corporations.
Even in his busy schedule as a lawyer and public servant, it cannot still surpass his sincerity in preserving the sanctity of being a family man. Their bonding in the family is extremely down-to-earth and harmonious. As a husband, he keeps his responsibilities tight, as he maintains serenity in the family. He was a loving and responsible partner, and had always time for his wife. He was even present during the times when Elsie delivered their children, because he knew his importance on those momentous events. As a father, he is all-out for the welfare of his children, and yet, he never used his hands in reprimanding any of them whenever they have done wrong; he just vocally reproached them. Although he spared the rod, his children are not spoiled brats.
Atty. Alexander Lim had his taste as a Legislator during the incumbency of Governor Constantino Torralba. It was during this time that the public witnessed the performance of Provincial Board Member Lim in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. He knew how to serve his constituents and his voice was resonant in the session hall.
He noticed in his younger days that there were only few scions of Filipino-Chinese descent who went into the law profession, as most preferred the more lucrative business world, a motivating factor why he had practiced law with zeal and took every client’s cause to heart. Nor did he keep distance from public issues which he now takes as a personal crusade no matter what the costs.
In the May 2013 election, Atty. Lim was encouraged to run as Councilor of Tagbilaran City. He took it as an opportunity to be more of service to the public, now that his three children are well-off on their own. His winning was expected; but his performance at the Sangguniang Panlungsod was not. At an age when most take as days of ease and comfort after several achievements, Aleckoy Lim was an epitome of rekindled vigor, more potent in his crusade for good governance.
He usually dominated most sessions, in an august hall where only a few voices are heard. He may have partially lost that steely resonance of CPG, but his zeal and passion still shine through the lines he essays. He has not lost the maverick torch of a Lawmaker in his crusade for reforms.
In the last session he attended, he never showed any signs of weakness, in fact, he still delivered a brave speech voicing out his opinions and his strong beliefs. Many were curious why he was absent in the next sessions. Many more were surprised that he had been admitted to the hospital this October for a triple coronary artery bypass surgery. Like the fighter that he was, he survived the procedure, but only to find out that his colons were infected by cancer. All those times that he was in the hospital, he still gave updates on his status to his close friends and never wanted them to have any cause for worry. His family was always there with him and were witnesses to the bravery of Sir Aleckoy even as he struggled for his life. He finally succumbed into the hands of the Lord last October 31, 2014.
There will be no more Sir Aleckoy who will bravely voice out his opinions and fight for what is right and just but…
He will forever be remembered by the people for his strong personality, his fighting spirit and for his strong principles.
He will always be remembered by his colleagues for his dedication to work and his no nonsense attitude.
His friends will miss him for his sound advices and the true and long-lasting friendship he shared with them.
And his family will never forget the love that he showered them, but the memories will always stay and he will always forever live in their hearts.