“I’m into cars, specifically Volkswagens. I’m also into teaching – that one right there is the real deal.”
“I became interested in Volks when I was a teenager. My grandfather had a unit which used to be our service car when I was in the primary grade. He then gave it to my brother. And then my dad bought one, which I used to test-drive.”
How many models do you have now?
“I have 10. But before I started collecting Volks, I started collecting antique beads first – the kind that dates back to the 14th century Ming dynasty.”
Give me one thing about you that not a lot of people really know.
“I’m really a happy person. I laugh a lot. You may see me and think I’m the serious type, but that’s just a façade. (I just have to put on the ‘serious’ mask when I’m teaching. Now my students know it! I wonder if they’ll still listen to me as intently [as they appeared to be] as before.)
As a teacher, when are you happiest?
“I’m happiest when I see my students manifest more than what they have been taught. When they nail the board examination. When they defeat those in other schools during competitions. When they apply for a job and they call you and ask you about what you think. When they tell you, ‘Sir, I’m doing what you taught me.’ It’s profound, and it drives you to give more of yourself.”
What’s your major principle in life?
“Take risks. When things get difficult, don’t walk away – be tougher. Besides, you only live once.”
“And take the challenges one day at a time. And never forget to be humble.”
If you were to travel back in time and do one thing differently, when is that moment and what would you do differently?
“I would go back to my father’s deathbed and tell him I love him. We never said ‘I love you’ to each other. It’s just how things were in the family. When he was in the hospital breathing his last, we were asked to just head home.”
If you were not teaching, what would you be doing?
“I’d be doing accounting work in Australia. My siblings are there, so I might as well have followed them.”
Complete the statement: I wish I…
“I wish I could read people’s minds, so I would know their intentions. Maybe then there would be no lies, no deceit. There’s only honesty. There’s only truth.”
At 21, Sir Rhad Vic started reviewing graduates and students for the CPA board examination. He teaches and reviews international students in Cebu, Bataan, Makati, Ilocos and Dagupan. He is a Certified Management Accountant, or CMA, a designation presented by the Institute of Management Accountants of the United States of America. He is also a Registered Cost Accountant, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Member Instituted Certified Bookkeepers NCIII Bookkeeping-eligible.
Photo by DONALD RENTIQUIANO
Interview & Text by RONA LIN