Merry Christmas, one and all

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

I PROMISED to be kind today. I told myself no talks of politics.

It is, however, worthy to note Mayor Mauricio Domogan is standing his ground against the selling of firecrackers. This despite the repeated pleadings of the Pailaw vendors. And this despite the vendors approaching the City Council to ask them to change the mind of the chief executive. And this despite several councilors taking their sides. And this despite Councilor Bobby Ortega approaching the mayor to ‘enlighten’ him on the plight of the vendors.

So, kudos, Mayor! You have yourself a merry Christmas.
Moving on.

I am hardly ever superstitious. While others believed 2013 to be an unfortunate year, 2013 proved to be okay for me. I may not be jumping up and down about it, since it was filled with challenges as well, but I welcomed those challenges.

We all must. Challenges help us grow and help us get to know ourselves better. Challenges also reveal who our true friends are and even before the year is over, I am already crossing out some people in the list of who to be “good” with.

I’ve been blessed immensely as well this past year.

The circumstances may not have been pleasant (Kuya Sam’s resignation really hit us hard), but someone had to step up to the plate. I did. And lucky for me, so did Roderick Osis, our managing editor.

Rodz was our dedicated sports writer and the most senior among the reporters. When asked if he was willing to vacate his post and if he was ready to take on greater responsibilities, he said “yes”. Without batting an eyelash.

As editor-in-chief, I always feel secure leaving the paper knowing I have Rodz to rely on.

More changes are expected for SunStar Baguio next year.

Our chief for Editorial Services, Anton Java, has been constantly in touch with me, bouncing ideas off the wall, approving some, disapproving others.

I remember him texting me shortly after we met, “I hope you don’t have a problem answering to a younger guy.” He is younger by a year or two. I had to laugh at that and made a quick comeback, “I don’t have a problem with authority, Mr. Java.”

Cool guy, that one. Based in Cebu and hardly speaks Tagalog. It’s Bisaya or English. And we’re cooking up something for 2014 that is sure to whet the creative juices of my staff and will, hopefully, instill a deeper sense of community of Baguio residents.

So that’s something to watch out for.

But this year will end with all of us grieving, one way or the other, for our losses. Our prayers still go out to victims of the earthquake and Yolanda, both which hit Visayas.

Others see it as a cruel joke, how the bigger disasters happen right around before Christmas. I may not be religious as well but I believe God, in his infinite and divine wisdom, does not make cruel jokes.
But yes, sometimes, we do have a difficult time understanding these events. I pray then, not for understanding, but rather faith and courage to face whatever lies ahead.

May you all have a blessed and safe Christmas.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 20, 2013.


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