This article has been put on hold for quite sometime. I had to look for my notes regarding this issue. My source for this article was non other than Aramis Lim Sr. We judged together for a Cavite Kennel Club Show in December 2002 where I was able to ask him about the Judges Development and Licensing Committee.

When PCCI was formed in 1964, the priority of the club was to organize shows and to register pure bred dogs in that order. The formation of judges would follow after the first two objectives were established. I have written about the history of the registration department of PCCI, so this time it will be about the JDLC.

Having achieved the first two objectives, the ball started rolling for the formation of judges. The moving force behind this objective/project was the husband and wife tandem of Aramis Lim Sr. and Norma Lim. Having owned and handled several breeds from different groups, their exposure and familiarity with the most number of breeds made them the best candidates to head this endeavor.  Mr. Lim initially had some doubts about judging but was eventually prodded by Australian judging stalwart and author Graham Head. Aramises license was grandfathered at the time. Eventually however his PCCI license would be validated when he would pass the Kennel Control of Australia exam to judge All-Breeds, 4 years later his spouse Norma would pass the same exam. In 1967, Aramis would be invited to judge the GSD in Melbourne and as the cliche goes the rest is history.  The couple started racking-up foreign and local assignments to fill up an exhaustive and extensive resume and climb the learning curve to authority.

The couple would later become the pillars of the Judges Development Licensing Committee. The couple would serve as a team with Norma providing the didactic end of the process and Aramis the all important practical end. Most of the recent past Chairpersons of the committee have been students of the Lims-Mario Magsaysay, Bobby Tesoro, the late Jimmy Trillo (my mentor for my initial breed license, additional license and first group license). The Lims were a very hands on committee as they would at times go out of their way to teach those who they believed had an “eye”.

Late last year 2010, at a show I was judging, I was told that Aramis was at the ICU. It was sad news for me, but his accomplishments for PCCI and that of the Judges Development and Licensing Committee will be one hell of a legacy.

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