The following is an excerpt from the Deseret News article ‘What fathers know best: Notable personalities on what they learned from their dads,’ by Lois M. Collins on June 6, 2014.
The full article can be read in its original location here
Utah attorney general Sean Reyes on Norberto Antonio “Buddy” Reyes: “My dad was born in the Philippines into a political family, and his uncle, Ramon Magsaysay, became a beloved president during the golden years of the country. After Magsaysay’s death, my dad saw his homeland transform from a strong and flourishing republic to a corrupt dictatorship that resulted in tyranny and financial ruin for the nation. Despite being an internationally acclaimed artist and successful entertainer, my dad was outspoken against such corruption.
“Later, my father taught his children to tirelessly serve family, neighborhood, state and nation to help repay this country for accepting him when he fled political persecution and threats on his life in the Philippines. His proudest day, next to marrying Mom, was becoming an America citizen, and he has always warned my siblings and me to be vigilant or our liberties and freedoms in America could be taken from us as well. He is a perfectionist who constantly repeated a phrase from his grandfather: ‘If you have a job to do, do it well or not at all.’ Whether it was school, sports, service or even washing a window, we would do it again and again until it met his high standards. But he did it with so much love and encouragement that we had a lot of fun and felt like we could accomplish anything.”