AMONG the many versions of fruitcake history, I prefer the one that relates to European harvests of the long ago. It is said that after a harvest, fruits and nuts were mixed and made into a fruitcake made dense with them so that there could be fruit eaten in the winter that followed, when nothing grew, except perhaps the Christmas evergreen. The cake was heavy also with alcohol, which preserved the cake as it aged. Not to mention that the alcohol disinfected everything else, haha.
A YULETIDE reunion with my son’s family five Decembers back led me back to the elementary grades. Back to when, after the New Year, our teacher would have us develop “How I Spent My Christmas Vacation” in our theme writing class.
THE quest for the Baguio lucky Christmas baby is the special event of the 41st year anniversary celebration of Silahis ng Pasko sa Baguio on December 25.
Like in previous years, the special event will be held at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. The quest starts 12AM of December 24 down to Christmas Day. The baby boy or girl born closest to the designated time will be declared as the lucky one.
IT TOOK 19 hours for the delegation to reach the City of Naga from Baguio.
Being second-class they were relegated to ride along in the Philippine Military Academy bus, which left a day after everyone left.
“HAPPY Holidays!” instead of “Merry Christmas!”?
Why? To be “generic”? To be “politically correct?” To “please” everyone, of any religious belief?
SA KALAKHANG Maynila, sa malalaking lungsod at maging dito sa atin, partikular sa Lungsod Angeles, pag malapit ng sumapit ang kapaskuhan mapapansin na natin ang maraming mga batang namamalimos sa kakarsadaan.
Kumakatok sa bintana ng mga sasakyan, sumasabit sa estribo ng mga jeepneys. Madalas tanggihan, di pinapansin, dinudusta at kapag minsan pinapagalitan pa, imbes na kaawaan. Sa ganitong sitwasyon ano ba ang magiging damdamin ng isang Kristiano?
PERHAPS all of us in our early years have been fascinated on how we equate Christmas with the nostalgic lantern, star, and in our country, the parol.
But from a Filipino stand point, what does the star or parol represents? Indeed almost every Filipino household can be seen with hanging lanterns in their homes. For Filipinos, it is an expression of shared faith and hope, aside from a symbolism of the triumph of light over darkness and Filipinos’ goodwill during Christmas season.
NO, IT’S not only Santa who s identified with this season nor the Holy Babe born in Bethlehem. These two realities are forever etched in the consciousness of most persons; but beyond and below them are real people we can identify as Christmas icons too. Santa gives out the material things, those that we can hold, touch and feel; while the Holy babe gives out in abundance, the peace and the joy that stir the soul, that make the spirit soar, and that allow the mind to find peace and quiet.
THERE is a new home for artists where they can showcase their art works in Baguio.
The University of the Cordilleras opened its doors as venue for art exhibition by hosting the Portrait of Heroes Photography Exhibit, which started on December 17 at the Student Lounge Area as its first project.
"WE are not quitters, our athletes are determined to fight to what is left in the battle” this are the words of City Sports Coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales following the delay of the ship that will bring the Baguio delegation to Bacolod City for the 2014 National Batang Pinoy.
DECEMBER is a month of many celebrations. Other than the most-anticipated Christmas season, December is also host to two important occasions that make this month not just more special but also more meaningful for the youth.
EVERY year, I have this plan to start my Christmas shopping as early as January by listing all the names of the people to whom I will give gifts come the Yuletide season. The plan is perfect in my mind: I will choose several from the list every month (ideally, a fixed number monthly) and get them gifts that I would keep and just wrap by December. Never happened.
THE Ad Hoc Committee on Barangay Administrative Cases (Division 1) of the City Council, chaired by City Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, successfully concluded a barangay administrative through an amicable settlement and dismissing charges against a Punong Barangay in the city of Baguio.
LIKE the four Magi of old, four groups in the Baguio-Benguet area held their respective program during the pre-Christmas season that, for me, strongly depicted in its own way the event of events that we call the Christmas story.
WHEN was the last time you visited someone in a hospital or even in their home when they were in distress? Besides the flowers and fruits you might bring to cheer that person, have you thought about what good thoughts you might also bring?
How can you think differently in order to help an individual who is in distress?
SPREAD good cheer and harmony in this most wonderful time of the year. What better way is there to spend the holidays than to be with your family, colleagues, friends and relatives.
The family will always be the focal point and major highlight during this holiday of celebrations, merriment and cheer.
THEORIES abound about the beginnings of mountain men, who populated the ruggedness of Northern Luzon’s interior. Their offspring remain today as citizens of the fastness of the Gran Cordillera mountain ranges.
Let me yet add another assumption to those theories.
BY EARLY next year, Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Philippines and many devotees and religious Catholics are already looking forward to another momentous event that is going to happen in the country.
Last Sunday’s mass homily focused on one of the Pope’s advocacy and fight against human trafficking which is not a remote occurrence hereabouts. According to the priest officiating the mass, human trafficking is among the serious issues that baffled the pontiff because it is a modern day slavery and threat to people’s dignity.
KUNADA... natangken kano ti bato. Mapalukneng, kuna met ti dadduma. Kasano? BATWOH! Diosmiyo garapata! Sabagay, puidi..kuna met dagiti mahilig iti natangken! Ngem ti katangkenan... tay saan a mapalukneng! He he..adda ammo ni lolok dita. Kunana: dika kano agpalukneng iti karne ti babae a baboy wenno baka nga adda laokna a KUA ti lalaki nga animal. Dinto kano lumukneng gapu ta aggubalda. Kasta kadi met ti kinatangken ni PNP Chief Alan Purisima? Sinuspendin ti Ombudsman ngem dina kayat ti umulog. Mismo a taga-DILG ti napan iti opisinana. Dida inawat ti mandamiyento ti suspensiyon.
LAST November 24-26, the Philippine Press Institute conducted a training on civic journalism for new reporters and journalism students.
The training, which included lectures, writing workshops and critiquing sessions after, could be deemed successful.
A NEW academic journal featuring original researches in the field of natural sciences, language and communication, and social sciences that were conducted in Baguio City, Cordillera, and Region I is published.
Entitled ‘Enquerre’ (an old French word that means to ask or to inquire), this research journal of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of the Cordilleras is a multidisciplinary periodical of the professors and students.
THERE is a global pandemic and no nation is safe. From 16 early in the year, 18 Filipinos now test positive for HIV every day. The Philippines is one of the only nine countries in the world where the rate of infection is more than 25 percent.
SERENDIPITY. (n.), finding something good without looking for it.
Been engaging in these couch chats for six years now, and I’m trying to recall what other names I thought up for this column before I settled for “Serendipity Couch”. My memory fails me, but one thing is for sure: I could not have thought of a better column ID.
THE City Council on Monday deferred for its next regular session the proposed ordinance to create and establish the Baguio City Sports Promotion and Development Council in order to consider the inclusion of an additional member to the said body.
AS I ponder my thoughts on the effects of climate change, the nation is in a state of calamity as a huge part of the archipelago is being battered by super typhoon Ruby as seen from satellite and broadcast by media. I can only wish that those living in the stricken areas be spared from harm and damages and pray that those in extreme danger be extricated and brought to safety. We have suffered from many natural disturbances from earthquakes, storm surges, tsunami and heavy rains that become typhoons.
MY LOLA is turning 100 years old next year. She’s ‘no read no write’. Her knowledge of the English vocabulary is so sparse you could count them on your fingers. But among her English phrases that I keep on repeating with a tinge of mischief is ‘pis taim’. ‘Pis taim’ is her personalized pronunciation of peace time—the era fondly recalled by most folks her age when peace, harmony and the ultimate guarantee of security and safety were felt amongst the town folks of Sagada. I guess lola recalls this period with such attachment for obvious reasons.
ITI pannakaisursurat daytoy nga espasyo... matagtagiuray pay laeng manipud PAGASA ti pinal a report no agland-fall wenno saan ni bagyo a ni Ruby. Dua ngamin kano ti senaryo ti mabalin a mapasamak. No saan nga agdisso iti daga... mabalin nga agpangato ket dumeretso kano idiay Japan. Basbassit ti didigra nga ibatina. Ngem no agdisso iti daga, sadino man iti Kabisayaan... dakdakkel a didigra ti ibungana. Kararag laengen ti kamangtayo. Sapay koma ta agdisso man wenno saan... di koman mapagteng dagiti nagpasaran ti pagilian gapu ken ni Yolanda.
THE Cooperative Union of Baguio City (CUBC) successfully held the Records Management cum Succession Planning Seminar-Workshop it had scheduled for December 4-5 (Thursday - Friday), 2014, with venue at Dad’s Place, Buhagan (Bokawkan) Road, Baguio City.
According to BOD Chairperson Engr. Susan Angaga, the seminar-workshop is in line with the requirements of Republic Act 9520, its Implementing Rules and Regulations and CDA Memo Circular 2011-14.
WHAT do you write?
A journalism student asked me this when he dropped by one Wednesday afternoon .Why ask me, I asked. He said he saw this corner of this paper and decided to visit. He said the interview was in fulfillment of an assignment in his writing class.
MANY people think that if only they had more money they would be happy!
Have you heard of Howard Hughes? At age 45, he was one of the world’s richest men. At age 65, with all his money, he was probably among the world’s most miserable men. He became a recluse. He was dirty! He grew his beard up to his waist. His hair reached his back and his fingernails were long and dirty. The former “lady’s man” was an ugly sight to behold! He had lost his zest for life!