A PUBLIC SERVANT, NOT A POLITICIAN
He may not have a political bloodline; but Victor Pring shares how his struggles in life led him to what he is
today–a true public servant.
BY MARIDOL RANOA-BISMARK
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROMEO PERALTA, JR.
Events have a way of happening at lightning speed for Victor Pring. At three years old, he lost his
father, Manila homicide police officer Joe Pring, to lawless elements. Victor, the youngest, had to step up early. He had to be there for his mother, his grandmother, and only sister—Princess Joyce who is in
“I became the head of the family, its backbone at a young age,” Victor smiles. There’s no trace of bitterness in his voice. In fact, you can sense a touch of pride and joy.
The candidate for Quezon City’s 2nd district councilor didn’t mind studying at Tondo’s T. Paez Elementary School, a public school from grades one to three. Pring’s maternal grandmother instilled traditional values in him while his mother taught him to welcome hard work as she herself became the family’s breadwinner.
“I would sometimes sleep on an empty stomach,” he admits. “My grandmother even pawned valuables to pay for my miscellaneous fees in the public school.”