Dr. Orlando Sanchez Mercado (born June 26, 1946), also known as Orly Mercado, is a politician from the Philippines. Mercado was a senator for three terms (1987–1992, 1992–1995 and 1995–1998) and the head and anchor the popular radio program Radyo Patrol of ABS-CBN from 1969 to 1971. Since 1975, he has been the producer and host of GMA Network’s Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko the pioneer television program in public service in the Philippines. In 1998, he was appointed Secretary of National Defense by President Joseph Estrada. In 2009 he was appointed as the first permanent representative of the Philippines to ASEAN. He is currently the Secretary-General of the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA), an organization of states, groups and individuals in the general area of Asia and the Pacific. He is a professor of public administration at the University of the Philippines where he also obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science.
I’m so glad that I had a (very) short dialogue with him, and he gave me some lifestyle tips:
=> At work & everything else: know the difference between what is urgent & what is important. Just because something is stamped urgent does not mean it is the most important thing to attend to at once. In other words: PRIORITIZE.
=> Don’t stick around people who give you negative vibes. You are as happy as the company you keep.
=> Find quiet time for yourself. Not all can meditate, but even a few minutes of silence can relieve stress.
=> Stop looking for a perfect lover. Stay in love to stay happy.
He loves to watch boxing, the reason he told me that it is a sport that follows the biblical teaching: “it is more blessed to give than to receive”. LOL……