Engels started playing with Linux® in 1991 and obtained his Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), Red Hat Certified Instructor (RHCI), and Red Hat Certified Examiner (RHCX) certifications in 2002. He is in charge of Bluepoint's Total Linux®, Linux Kernel Internals®, Perl & Python Programming, and Extreme PHP curriculum and instruction development.
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Richard Keech, RHCE, RHCX conducted my RHCE, RHCI, and RHCX training & certification in his capacity as Red Hat Asia-Pacific's Chief Instructor. Before we parted ways, he congratulated me for becoming the first Filipino RHCX. I told him that I was trained by the best.
In loving memory of CPT Mario B. Mortega Sr., USAFFE, VET (1920-2004)
Fr. Eli's Goodbye
Friday, Aug 1, 2008, 4:20 AM
Dear EPC of DBTC,

Someone said that “the road of life can only reveal itself as it is traveled; each turn in the road reveals a surprise.” After six years as rector, I was given another three years by our superiors in Rome to serve you. It doesn’t normally happen that way. And so I was very grateful and gratifies for that extension.

But a week before opening of classes a surprise came, a new assignment that shocked and shook me. Don Bosco’s successor in Rome called me one evening and gave me the news that I was being appointed provincial superior. I had several sleepless nights since then. It was a sinking feeling because my world has become much wider and the load much greater.

But I’ve always challenged you to embrace a world that is wider than your own, for a purpose greater than yours. I have to live up to that very challenge. And so I say: Goodbye, Don Bosco Mandaluyong, and thank you so much. You were the fertile ground on which I bore so much fruits, but these fruits must become a gift to other grounds as well.

And so, I must go. But I am not dismayed. I know that no distance of place can lessen your connection with me because I am persuaded thoroughly of your worth in my life.

In the movie “Muppets Take Manhattan,” Piggy sings at the train station: “Saying goodbye/going away/ Seems like goodbye is such a hard thing to say.” Scooter joins on a country road: “Saying goodbye, why is it sad? / Makes us remember the good times we’ve had / Much more to say, foolish to try / It’s time to say goodbye.”

I guess the song pretty sums up my sentiments as I leave you. It is hard. There’s the sadness at the memory of the good times. There’s the sadness, too, of having so much more to say and yet I know it’s just foolish to try. The reason fort he sadness of separation, for me, is simple. It is because our souls are connected together as one family in a home called don Bosco-Mandaluyong. Thank you, Don Bosco-Mandaluyong, for opening your hearts to me, for making me so much at home.

The cartoon creator of Snoopy and Charlie Brown once asked: “Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together?” But that doesn’t work. Life is a constant change. Someone always leaves.

Please increase your quota of prayers for me. I am convinced that where God finds his will, there he gives himself. In the last leadership camp I had this summer with some of our student leaders, I said that Bosconian leadership is a call from God, and that when God originates, he also orchestrates. I believe in that. And that is where I draw my strength for the long and hard road that lies ahead.

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand, until we meet again!

Fr. Eli Cruz, SDB