Bishop calls for ban on ‘wet, wild’ parties

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Friday, June 27, 2014


BISHOP Vicente Navarra of the Diocese of Bacolod has joined calls to ban the holding of “wet and wild” parties in Bacolod City.

Navarra, together with Fr. Ernie Larida, director of the Diocese Social Action Center, sent a letter to Mayor Monico Puentevella, urging the local chief executive to take necessary steps to protect the youth from engaging in “wet and wild” parties.

“These parties do not promote growth but rather encourage decadent behavior,|” the religious leaders said, adding that “(t)he Church supports an ordinance being lobbied at the City Council banning these activities.”

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The ordinance being proposed by Councilors Caesar Distrito and Em Ang with co-proponents Councilors Jose Carlos Lopez and Ana Marie Palermo, however, doesn’t call for the ban of such parties, rather it seeks to regulate the holding of “wet and wild” parties and similar events.

Distrito and Ang are holding public hearings on the proposed ordinance until today.

Navarra and Larida said “the recent deluge of videos and news regarding ‘wet and wild’ parties that our youth have prominently figured is disturbing to say the least.”

The “Wild Water Weekend: Summer Pool Experience” was held at Hi Residences last June 7 while the Summer Smash was staged at the vacant lot of the SM City Bacolod last May 24.

Puentevella announced last Monday that a bigger “wet and wild” party will also be held in the city during the MassKara Festival in October.

"We cannot just leave the molding of the youth in the hands of their parents and teachers. All of us including the Church and the government must have a hand in the formation of the young. We cannot rule ourselves out from this great responsibility," the letter of the Church leaders said.

It added: “The Church does not prohibit the youth from having fun. But it should be clean fun that would promote their growth as persons with integrity and not compromise their morals and denigrate true Christian values in their persons.”

Moreover, they noted that minors have been found to frequent the bars at night.

“There should be an ordinance for these night spots to prevent minors from entering their establishments. The city should enforce the strict implementation of such ordinance,” they said.

Also, Larida said the Bacolod public plaza has “become the background for the rendezvous of young couples who brazenly display appalling behavior in public at night time.”

“It is also the host to blatant prostitution activities with minors who are the usual victims of this trade,” he pointed out, adding that “security forces should strictly monitor the activities” in the area.

The letter added, “The Church leaders would pray that the City Mayor will look into these concerns with urgency.”

They also assured Puentevella of their “full cooperation to help him in his programs that would guide and help the youth reach their potentials to be good leaders and citizens.”

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 27, 2014.

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