MassKara, politics, the rosary and oil prices?

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By Carlos Legaspi Jr.

Questions that Matter

Thursday, October 4, 2012


THE season of merrymaking and atheism is at hand. The scepter of darkness and fantasy is spreading over the land. However, looking at the brighter side, the month of October is dedicated to the Blessed Mother as Our Lady of the Rosary. This month also will be the launching of the "Year of Faith."

October 1 is the opening of the MassKara festival in the City of Smiles. Every Bacolodnon and Negrense had been looking forward to this festival. It is this time where the Bacolod Public Plaza will be turned into the biggest beer garden and restroom in the city and perhaps in the world.

People who are environment conscious should do something about the pollution that MassKara will be bringing to our beloved city of Bacolod.

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My comical and small mind pesters me with the question whether the group of Mayor Leonardia will support the festival or will it be left to the foundation once more? This question cropped up because I guess the Leonardia group will stick to their principle that the Charter of Bacolod is June 18 and not October 19. Will we still hide the reality under the mask? Will we continue to fool ourselves of celebrating a wrong festival? My comical mind even tells me that Masskara brings more of suffering than of merrymaking.

The month opened also with the squabble in the political climate of the country as the first week will be the filing of the Certificates of Candidacy of the different politicians of the country. In the local scene, the week will put an end to all the fortune telling of our brethren on who and what will run in the coming 2013 elections. We will know by Friday or perhaps on October 3, the real score on who will be vying for the steering wheel of the province and the city. As the saying goes, this is only in the Philippines.

These two activities have really covered our religious celebrations. October 14 will be the launching of the "Year of Faith" of the Roman Catholic Church. The significance of this celebration is that for one year, the faithful will be reminded of the articles of the Catholic faith. These principles have been founded on strong grounds but it has not deeply rooted upon the hearts of the faithful. Many do not understand the mysteries of our Faith. In fact, many have been so intellectual and academic in their faith, that they thought that their faith is something to be proven or debated upon. The "Year of Faith" will now give us a glimpse of the essence and meaning of what we believe in.

The month is also dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Queen of the Holy Rosary. Every faithful is called to pray the beautiful prayer of the Blessed Mother. The month reminds us of the beautiful stories of the apparitions and the secrets revealed by the Blessed Mother. This is the time to really reflect on our very existence. Who are we for? What are we for? Why are we here? Why do we have to pray? These are some questions that pester me.

October is also a very critical month for it will spell the wave of the oil prices in the country. Rise and fall shall be recorded. The world market will be the reason of government for the oil price hikes. They will make us believe that we blame no one but the world price of oil.

So let us all watch and observe as the economy of the country dances with the rise and fall of the oil prices.

Congratulations to the Blue and Gold Alumni Association, Inc. on the success of the General Alumni Homecoming last September 29 at the L' Fisher Hotel.

Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Jorge Peligro,OAR; Rev. Fr. Bernard Amparado,OAR and Rev. Fr. Joseph Granada,OAR on their silver Jubilee as Religious Priests of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. Fr. Peligro is presently the VP-Academics and Dean of Recoletos de Bacolod Graduate School. Fr. Amparado is Prior of Recoletos Formation Center and had been the President of UNO-R while Fr. Granada is now assigned in the Recollect Parish of Tondo and had been the House Prior of Recoletos de Bacolod Convent.

St. Ezekiel Moreno, St. Lorenzo Ruiz, Blessed Pedro Calungsod and John Paul II, and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 04, 2012.

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