Hon. Oscar B. Glovasa was a man of exemplary character. He was a loving husband to his wife, a beloved patriarch to his sons and grandchildren, a well-respected teacher, and a principled lawyer/ legislator who lived up to his motto to maintain what is right and do what is just.
He was a man who struggled to make his dreams a reality, but he never forgot where he came from. A man who values honest hardwork more than prestige and a man who believes in prayer more than luck.
Tatay Oscar, as he was fondly called by the Sangguniang Panlungsod employees, was born in Bitaugan, Antequera, Bohol on January 8, 1944. He is the seventh child of 11 siblings. He has 4 sisters and 6 brothers. His sisters, Dominga G. Echavia, Celedonia G. Salvani (+), Regina G. Brunidor, and Nenita G. Batuhinay are all retired public school teachers. Among his brothers, Amadeo decided to follow the profession of their father as a blacksmith. Francisco is a Geodetic Engineer having a private practice. Jaime is a retired Provincial Government employee. Arturo retired as a Civil Aeronautics Administration employee. Gil is a Civil Engineer connected with the City Engineer’s Office. The youngest, Raul, finished BSMT and is a businessman. His parents are Lope Porlares Glovasa of Antequera and Sabina Busano Butron of Pamacsalan, Pilar. His parents decided to establish their shop in their home in Cogon District, Tagbilaran City in 1946.
He was married to Dulce Chatto-Glovasa of Balilihan, a daughter of former Governor Lino Chatto. A Bachelor of Science in Home Economics graduate of Centro Escolar University and BS-Commerce at Divine Word College, she is a retired PNB employee and a former Executive Assistant to the Provincial Governor.
Oscar and Dulce are blessed with five sons. Philip Martin, who worked as a Law Clerk, is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation. Oscar II finished AB, major in Political Science and was a former Legislative Staff Assistant at Tagbilaran City Sangguniang Panlungsod. Both co-manage Glovasa Purified Water. His third son, Oliver, is also an AB-Political Science and a Law graduate. He is an Officer II of COMELEC assigned in the Municipality of Clarin. Odysseus took up Hotel and Restaurant Management, and is the incumbent Barangay Captain of Poblacion III. The youngest, Lope Lino finished Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and is now in Canada with his family.
In one of his interviews with Mr. Loy Palapos, he shared, “I worked very hard and ‘burning’ as a blacksmith in my father’s shop when I was 12 years old, until I graduated the Law course. Early in the morning each school day, and with the help of a brother, we made at least 4 bolos out of a leaf spring from motor vehicles before going to school, aside from feeding the pigs. Weekends were not for basketball or games, but for improving our skills in the shop”.
Atty. Oscar B. Glovasa, a Boholano Bar Topnotcher, worked his way from elementary school to college, unmindful of the travails, and making every laborious day a step up the ladder of success. Like many other Boholanos in remote municipalities, his parents did not even finish high school. His father was only up to second year, and his mother the primary grades. But their consuming ambition was for their children to be adequately educated, for “it was their only gift to us that no one could take away, since they have no material wealth to be inherited by us”.
The young Oscar and his sibling reciprocated their parents’ ambition by striving harder to finish their education. In fact, as early as 5 years old, Oscar had enrolled in first grade at the Cogon primary School. He finished elementary studies when he was 11 and at age 15 he graduated from the Bohol National High School. He obtained his degree in Bachelor of Science in Education at Rafael Palma College when he was 20. In 1968, at the age of 24, he finished his Bachelor of Law degree at Divine Word College as Magna Cum Laude.
He passed the 1965 Civil Service Secondary Teachers Test, and the UP Public Administration Test in 1975. He stunned the whole country, when he was hailed as the first among the 347 who passed the bar. He was not only the first Boholano to top the exam, but also the first Law graduate outside Metro Manila law schools to be Number One.
His achievements did not end there, rather it was just the beginning of his outstanding career. Right after he passed the Bar Exam, he continued to serve as a teacher, as a lawyer and until his demise in the early morning of Ocotber 25, 2014, he continued to serve the public as an honored councilor of the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod.
His 9-year law making responsibility at the Tagbilaran City Sangguniang Panlungsod were fruitful years, for the City He loves. Even when he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, he still ran as city councilor and even garnered the second highest number of votes last 2013 elections. His devotion for a good cause and his commitment to serve the citizens of Tagbilaran never faltered. He was a manifestation of the spirit stronger than the flesh for his spirit was indeed what drove him to continue serving the public and share his capabilities in the law-making process. It is in sharing his knowledge and expertise that he finds fulfilment in life…
To our Tatay Oscar,
Though your smile is gone forever,
And your hand we cannot touch
Still we have so many memories
Of the one we loved so much.
Your memory is our keepsake
With which we will never part
God has you in his keeping
We have you in our hearts.
It is sad to walk the road alone,
Instead of side by side.
But to all there comes a moment
When the ways of life divide.
You gave us years of happiness
Then came sorrow and tears,
But you left us beautiful memories,
We will treasure through the years.
—From your SP Family—
Note: Some Excerpts were taken from Bohol’s Choice Cuts by Loy M. Palapos December 9, 2012. http://www.loypalapos.com/boholschoicecuts