THE 64th Fil-Am Invitational has started its second week with regular division players coming from various countries, including our local talents, showing their wares.
And weeks after typhoon Yolanda hit the Vizayas area, particularly Tacloban City, playing golf while our countrymen are experiencing lack of relief may be seen as untimely and perhaps even insensitive.
IN A few days, we have to bow our heads and say a prayer in respect and memory of people who perished on December 8, 1941 from the air attacks of the Japanese during World War II. Baguio was the first place in our country to be struck and the last one to be left by the Japanese. It was liberated by the Americans only on April 26 of 1945. December 8 of this year is the 72nd anniversary of Baguio's unfortunate assault.
THE Kindasan Lions Club joined in the nationwide celebration of Bonifacio Day by empowering women in Baguio City through a worthy livelihood training program.
It was a day to remember for the twelve women chosen as beneficiaries for the training as they brought home not just fun memories of meeting and baking with the Lions but also new learning that will help them earn extra income this yuletide season.
I HAVE just gotten back from a four-day vacation, and it was an experience I will never forget. Up until three years ago, I have never succumbed to the travel bug, as I would usually just travel out of necessity, be it job-related, or for family gatherings I simply could not get out of. When my Mama died, however, it seems she had passed on to me her passion for travel and the good life, for which I am really so thankful. It has officially made me a “wanderluster” – as much as possible taking good opportunities to travel more often, to appreciate and experience the rest of the world.
LAST Sunday, me and my sister, Kikay, experienced human trafficking.
IN BAGUIO City, we often observe December 1 with a program wearing red ribbon that symbolizes the fight and continuing advocacy against the spread of the dreaded human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). I remember being actively involved with the Baguio AIDS Watch Council (AWAC) led by its founding President Dr. Charles Cheng who effortlessly devoted time and resources to let people understand the importance of prevention and early diagnosis once detected. With his recent demise leaving stalwart advocates like Dra. Celia Brillantes and Dra.
IN A move aimed at protecting the remaining old and rare sites in the city of Baguio, City Councilors Elmer Datuin and Richard Cariño recently filed a proposed resolution urging the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Heritage Conservation Society (HCS) to maintain the preservation of Teachers Camp as a Heritage site.
PMA Class 2013 graduate and now 2nd Lieutenant Prolen Bonacua, a young Filipino I admire shares his story on the contemporary battlefield in his piece: "Paghilom at Pagsulong: Ang Pakikidigma kay Yolanda." Prolen is one of this year's Ten Outstanding Students of the Cordillera Administrative Region.
November 7: Ang Langit at Lupa ni Yolanda
I APOLOGIZE to my readers for I have been busy the past weeks. We recently opened our new BCC Manila Office at Bonifacio Global City, Units 705-711, 7th Floor Infinity Towers, BGC, Taguig City. BCC also recently had its Proprietary Members’ Meeting and Luncheon. We scaled our annual feast in the hopes of using those savings and donate them to the typhoon victims of Yolanda through the Philippine Red Cross.
LAST Wednesday, a core of officers from the National Correspondents Club of Baguio had a courtesy call on Vice Admiral Edgar Abogado.
OVER 45 years ago at the Shibuya subway exit in Tokyo, a young karate teacher (sensei) spotted one of his students, a foreigner, hungry and begging for alms.
The sensei ordered the student to get up and follow him to a nearby restaurant where the teacher ordered food for both of them.
ONE of the greatest fears of people with diabetes is to lose a foot or leg to amputation in the near future. Of course, this is a very valid concern.
However, at present only diabetics in developed countries where health awareness is high is this concern of premium value. In Third world countries where the concern of most people is to have three square meals a day, a stable roof above their heads and clothing to keep them warm during the cold months, diabetes takes a backseat, with foot care much less of an issue.
BAGUIO is a particularly distinct spot on the Philippine landscape for numerous reasons. Most well-recognized is that it is the coolest place in the country, and its summer capital. Baguio also possesses a most non-mainstream history, and takes pride in it. And like other singular places on the planet, it has eccentricities which characterize its life ways.
Not the least among these eccentricities are found in or about the Baguio City market, itself an urban feature the like of which is found nowhere else in the country. How so? Let us count the ways.
I HAVE difficulty expressing several of my opinions over social networking sites, particularly on Facebook.
I would rather have friends than enemies, I say.
OVERWHELMING is the word to describe the generosity that nations around the world have manifested towards our country. God's hand must be with all of them for their hearts overflow with kindness and fill the Filipinos' heart with joy in their giving. I hope and wish that this reaching out will continue not only for our country but also for other nations in the same difficult situation as the Philippines.
AN INTERNATIONAL volunteer group intends to introduce programs and projects that will help improve the City of Baguio and provide more opportunities for the people.
Manna Community President Francis Baltazar, a proud Baguio born and currently based in California said that the Summer Capital of the Philippines has the potential of becoming a model city in the entire country. His group can help on this aspect by helping advocate the concept of a "community" by slowly removing the "city" image and system of Baguio.
READING to a group of receptive students in Grade 7 in Baguio City National High School was an incredibly gratifying experience. Not only did I share my time with them but also I imparted values which they may never forget.
I’m absolutely certain this is how other volunteer parents felt after sharing their time with the respective sections they were assigned in.
I STILL vividly remember the euphoria, that indescribable joy when I learned, on the evening of my birthday no less, that I passed the 2000 Bar Examinations. Little did I know that that joy and victory was only the beginning, nothing compared to the rest of the surprises and learning experiences I will have as time goes by.
BENGUET has once more exhibited the unity and cooperation of the i-Benguets with the holding of the provincial feast, Adivay. An i-Benguet would not only refer to the the Kan-kanaeys, Ibalois, Kalanguyas and other natives of the province. I often hear provincial leaders saying that i-Benguet would also include anyone who lives and loves Benguet.
PERHAPS feeling the pressure to do more for those affected by super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas region, the national government thru the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and its Secretary Florencio Abad has issued DBM Memorandum Circular 2013-03 last November 21, 2013 granting a one-time payment of Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) or calendar year 2013 to both national and local government employees.
THERE are always many sides to an issue. In the case of climate change, two dominant views prevail.
The proponents of climate have presented overwhelming evidence of its reality in our time. These include leaders in the fields of science and government.
NO TYPHOON or disaster can ever break the Filipino spirit. With the onslaught of Haiyan / Yolanda leaving many of our countrymen homeless albeit suffering unprecedented loss of lives and properties, we are reminded of how our humanity, how vulnerable life can be at a time like this and we are also reminded of our civic duty to our fellow man and to our country, and how we can respond to the call of service to others. While the disaster-stricken areas are slowly paving the road to complete recovery, the holidays are looming in the chilly air of Baguio.
I WAS thinking of where to go that Sunday after a meeting in Manila. My impulsive decision was to go to the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan. Our bubbly friend Cherrie Atilano, a brilliant agriculturist, watches over the place. Another friend Andel Reyes, the GoNegosyo whiz kid, volunteered to accompany me. Fresh from his hospital duty, Dr. Jason Abello picked us up in Quezon City and drove us to Barangay Encanto in Angat. I haven't seen Jason for years and it was great to see him again. He frequents the GK Farm and ministers to the kids in the village during his free time.
THE cold blasts of the northern winds and the sudden drop of the temperature in the highlands comes with memories of cuddling at the foot of Lola's rattan chair, a bowl of steaming milled corn, curling my toes under her wide shawl, as we start with the habitual evening storytelling. She was and will always be the best storyteller for me as she had this uncanny talent of captivating me with heroes and heroines that spring to vivid life in her versions of numerous tales and local lore.
NO UMAY kano ni grasya... awatem no talaga a para kenka. Ngem no umay ni malas... uray kano lisiam, SUMABAT LATTA. Dayta ti napagteng iti deppaar ti Kabisayaan. Kadagiti immuna nga aldaw... rinnupak idiay Zamboanga. Dipay nagnadnad... ginggineg manen idiay Bohol. Dipay laeng bimmaaw... bimmasnot met ni bagyo a Yolanda. Awan dumana iti malasmo no makasarunoka iti trak a napno iti LUGIT TI MANOK... Dika malaslasan ta nakipet ti dalan. Ti imasna, nadadaelan pay ti trak. Ditamon a kumsen iti angot ken sakit ti nakem. Malaksid no agbuweltakan ta magnaka iti sabali a dalan. Kasta ti biag, kunada.
ON ONE visit to California years ago, I made it a point to swing by Sacramento, where Uncle Pax -- as he lately spelled it -- lived. I got there on a cold, clear, beautiful night in November -- much like one of Baguio’s own December nights – landing in a smallish airport where – what else – Uncle Pax fetched me.
WHILE I’m no stranger to Samaritans’ reaching out to the needy, the eyes still well each time I remember Elena Solis’ selfless gesture four Christmases past. Not because the then 47-year old laundrywoman came to express her family’s gratitude to people out there who had helped save her then 21-year-old daughter’s life.
It was because she went beyond expressing her gratitude. She showed it by passing on the kindness of strangers who had come to her daughter’s rescue.
THE newspaper picture of a “Yolanda” victim, praying devoutly during Holy Mass, in a roofless and heavily damaged church, touched my heart.
How can anyone who might have lost a loved one, or an entire family, and most probably have lost her house, and possibly all worldly belongings, still have faith in God, or much more, still give thanks and praise God?
OVER time, diabetes may affect the circulation of blood and a little later, the immune system of the body. Because of this, the sensory nerves in your hands and feet may become less sensitive and you may be less able to feel a blister or a cut on your foot. If these small, otherwise minor injuries are unnoticed and left untreated, they may become infected and cause serious complications. A daily foot care regimen is a good way to prevent such complications.
TOMORROW, Sunday, the launching tites to commemorate the 40th anniversary Celebration of Silahis ng Pasko sa Baguio will be held at the Shrine of the Brown Madona along km. 7, Asin Road. The spiritual religious affair starts at 8:30 in the morning with a floral and candle light ceremony. The ceremonial entourage will be led by sponsors of the annual Christmas Season Presentation from the national Correspondent Club of Baguio and the City Social Welfare and Development Office.