FAREWELL, MY BROTHER, RENATO
By Nonoy Perdon
SYDNEY, Australia -- Filipino Australian historian, book author and journalist Renato Perdon 73, died in his sleep aboard a Qantas flight to Manila approximately an hour or so before touch
down at Ninoy Aquino Airport International Airport in Manila last Wednesday evening on September 6, 2017.
He was on a planned homecoming to spend his retirement in Caramoan township in Camarines Sur in Bicol region in the Philippines .
Abiding by his wish, his family had his remains cremated two days later at Manila Memorial Homes in Sucat, Paranaque . This author is the last surviving direct relative out of four brothers who all hailed from the township of Sipocot town, also in Camarines Sur and a much older brother from the town of Caramoan, Camarines Sur.
Renato, single, is also survived by 15 nephews and grandchildren by some of his nephews and and nieces in the tradition of extended Filipino clan, from the township of Nabua, also in Camarines Sur.
Speaking during the memorial service held in his honour were his cousin and “Inside Bicol” broadcaster Alfredo Perdon from Naga City, former Philippine Consul General to Sydney Anne Jalando-on Louis, retired Assistant Executive Director Amelita Almozara of the Philippine National Commission on Culture, and two Renato’s nephews.
Only this year Renato was one of 19 individuals and two organisations honoured as 70th Philippine-Australia Diplomatic Relations Anniversary awardees at the Philippine Embassy in Canberra, ACT, Australia.
In 2016, he was Multicultural Media Advocacy awardee of the Commission on Overseas Filipinos, held in Malacanang, Manila.
Book author, historical and former Colombo scholar, Renato was for 27 years a devoted professional in historical studies and cultural preservation, mainly during his work with the Philippine National Historical Institute.
Bicol broadcaster and first cousin Alfredo Perdon who was formerly Commissioner of Overseas Filipinos said Renato was a role model for the extended Perdon clan and was helpful and nurturing to relatives and co-employees in the public service. He said Renato lent great assistance in re-establishing the local historical body and memorialising important historical figures in Naga City.
"THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE PERDON FAMILY"
Renato Perdon authored the defining 300 pages book “The Life and Times of the Perdon Family” which traced the roots and heritage of the Perdon family of Nabua town in Camarines Sur, complete with family trees and pictures of relatives.
For her part, former Philippine Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis was appreciative of the contribution of Renato and his writings in Filipino community publication in bridging the role and goals of the Philippine Consulate in Sydney and the Philippine community. Renato was co-founder with this author, of the 19-year old Bayanihan News publication in Sydney.