The 64th Fil-Am and Tacloban

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By Jonathan Llanes

The Maryknoller

Thursday, December 5, 2013


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.

Some may say, "Why play golf when our countrymen are in grief?" But hey, should we not celebrate the birth of Christ on the 24th of this month? Should we not celebrate the country’s Independence Day? And what about mother’s and father’s day?

One thing good about the 64th Fil-Am invitational is that all the players and organizers also chose to do their social obligation to our countrymen who are presently in need.

As of this writing, Fil-Am co-chairman Sean Paul Chan have assured some P500,000 earmarked by the foundation for our countrymen in the typhoon-stricken Vizayas area.

For their part, the players have agreed to raise additional fund to be given to the foundation and for it to be added to what they are to donate through the local Red Cross.

Other private enterprises and government agencies have pledged to donate their Christmas expenses for our countrymen instead of holding lavish parties and many others are following their lead.

Celebrating the birth of Christ is a symbol of our Christianity. It represents our continuous hope for a better future. It represents our inclination and belief that despite the continuous trials and tribulations, we will move forward.

As it is, other countries have taken notice of the resiliency of the Filipinos. They have saluted the volunteerism of the Filipinos in this time of need. They have been convinced of the immediate need for the Filipinos to recuperate after a catastrophic event in our country.

And as such, congratulations to Vizayan countrymen for being resilient.

Hats off to the various countries, local and international organizations for their outstanding voluntary contribution for the relief of our countrymen. High regards to the different volunteers who have shown support in their own little ways. And a "Super-Kali-Fragelistic" salute to the organizers and players of this year’s Fil-Am invitational for extending support to our typhoon Yolanda victims.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 06, 2013.

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