I’ve been intrigued who Vicente Peralta is. I would hear his name from my
parents. I really wanted to write about him so that fellow Sorsoganons will remember that there were politicians then who really worked for their people. Thus, this article has been sitting on my draft folder for more than 5 months, trying to sort out what content I could add. Plus the fact that there’s very few materials in the net.
For most, Vicente Peralta Sr. is the street that cuts across Rizal Street from Brgy. Talisay going to Burabod Taas. For some, Vicente Peralta was known as an articulate speaker1, compared to the like of the late Sen. Arturo Tolentino2. Those who knew him as a political figure would speak highly of him, while admonishing the current lawmakers.
According to my father, the late Peralta Sr., would sat down in the corner of Velasco (now Jane’s) Restaurant and would talk to ordinary folks, regardless of their social status. My paternal grandmother would nod easily when hearing the name of the late congressman, reflecting good governance during the latter’s political term.
Upon searching from Google, I found a hospital in Castilla, Sorsogon, named after late Vicente Peralta Sr. Along the way, I also found this forum about Sorsogon, which contains an inquiry from one of the daughters of the said late congressman. After sharing this information with the daughter of the late Peralta Sr., she told the me that the late congressman was close to Castilla because he got strong support from the said town. Then, I realized that my late lolo was a one-term mayor in Castilla, around late 40s to early 50s. My mom, after telling her about the this new information, told me that my lolo belonged to the same party as the late congressman and they were close friends back then.
Interesting twist of events. Now I have more content to share to our dear readers.
Watch for the series of articles on the late Congressman Vicente L. Peralta in the coming months.
1Mindanao Blood Bath…, Zambo Times, August 8, 2005
3The portrait is published with the permission of Ernestina Peralta.