(We recall this piece, written five years back, for whatever relevance it may have to present-day forms or substance of clearing the air, be it local, national or international. – RD.)
WHAT can P10 million do? It can - as it did - buy a modern gadget to measure, quite accurately and in technical terms, the air quality within a portion of our city any time of the day or night.
ONCE upon a time goes an ancient nabaloi story One of many an ancient nabaloi story There was only day and no night Sun and moon shone alternately and just as brightly,
And yet another ancient nabaloi story Tells of a far away time and of then How some people had to teach others To sleep and make night hours,
I RECENTLY gifted a friend who lost her adult son to cancer, a book entitled “We Shall See God”. It is a classic 40 day devotional book expounding on Charles Spurgeon’s thoughts on Heaven. The book is written by Randy Alcorn.
Browsing through the table of contents, and seeing the title of Day 1, “Dying is but going home”, I thought of my friend right away and when had the opportunity, gave the book to her.
YES, dear readers and beloved patients, Baguio City has the first heart catheterization laboratory in Northern Luzon. Its establishment is an interesting journey, the story of which is worth sharing with all of you.
THE Blessed Association of Retired Persons Foundation Inc. will honor the city’s 12 most outstanding senior citizens for their exemplary leadership and meritorious community services in their chosen profession or vocation.
The awardees will be conferred the prestigious Gintong Tala Luminary Award during the BARP Golden Year 2014 Octoberbest festival to be staged at SM City Baguio on October 12.
A FOOTBALL tournament hosted by the local football club of Bontoc led most of Baguio's booters for Mountain Province and played in the Bontoc Cup.
My daughter took part together with her team from City High. It was held at the Mt. Province General and Comprehensive High School. The oval grounds for the boys and the multi-purpose court for the girls.
I RECEIVED a text message asking me how come I have been covering the sports beat lately.
To clarify matters, I am not invading the territory of Mark Pasagoy, our sports reporter, and Roderick Osis, of course, our managing editor.
EXPERIENCE an afternoon of silent but powerful meditative encounter and personal reflections on September 21 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Baguio Convention Center as the city joins the thousands of people in 135 countries around the world for the link of love: “The Love of ONE”, The Global Finale.
Organized by the Brahma Kumaris-Baguio Center lead by Coordinator Sr. Salud Idio the Sundayevent which also coincides with the observance of UN International Day of Peace is free and open to everyone who would like to experience the transformative power of The Love of One.
IN TERMS of mineral resources, the Philippines is one of the richest in the world! Once in the past, mining was the top earner of our nation boosting and leading our economy to bullish levels. Living for most Filipinos then was easy if not much easier than today.
Reality shows that our country’s economic development depends significantly on the mining industry. Exporting minerals contributes to our country's large foreign-exchange earnings and provides government revenues through fees and taxes.
THE “gratitude attitude” continues.
Last couch chat session I shared with you some of the awesome everyday things inspired by “The Book of Awesome” (Neil Pasricha, 2010). This time I would like to share with you my posts for The Gratitude Challenge, a viral “game” on Facebook where one gets tagged and hence “challenged” to post three things he/ she is grateful for each day for five days. Here’s mine:
EQUALITY will not be fully realized as long as there are those who are not functionally literate. Leaving them behind is tantamount to giving up on the vision of a truly dynamic community. A dynamic community is a literate community where everyone can meaningfully participate socially and politically.
IMAGINE singing the song "Good old days" in a field away from the crowd of current habitations, and it gets you imagining so many living things we lost in a landscape that we have changed.
Imagine seeing the days of September unfolding into the cold days of December. Let your mind travel onwards, speedily into the summer months until May to get a perspective of the season.
TODAY, we salute and honor a man revered, and loved by many.
Today, we mourn the passing of an era, and the loss of the “Father of Panagbenga”, Atty. Damaso E. Bangaoet Jr or “Sir Damy”, as he is fondly called.
NO INTAY sukimaten dagiti paspasamak iti naglabas nga aldaw…pinnormaan-pulitika ti bida. Inayonmo pay dagiti krimen a dagiti otoridad ti suspetsa. Kasla nalipatantayon ti isyu panggep iti natakaw wenno nakurakot a buistayo nga umili gapu kadagiti nangangato a turayen ti pagilian. Idi, taulda la a taul kontra kadagiti opisyales a nairaman ti naganda iti PDAF nangruna kadagiti nakikutsaba kenni Napoles. Kutak dita ken ditoy ti inaramid dagiti NALILINIS KANO. Kurang laengen nga inda ibaddebaddek dagiti naakusaran nga uray dipay napaneknekan a nagbasolda. Dinusadan dagitoy. Ngem idi rimmuar dagiti adu pay a listaan dagiti nakikammet iti pagbaknangan kadagita a peke nga NGO…nangin-inut a nabosalanda. Didan makataol ken makakutak. Ngamin, uray isuda ket karaman met gayam iti kabangsitan. Kellaat a limmamiis ti balitaktakan panggep iti DAP ken PDAF.
(THIRD and last of a tribute series in memory of Emmett Brown Asuncion, a great teacher and administrator of the University of Baguio Science High School, originally written after he saw angels descend on his hospital bed early evening of Sept. 2, 2009, a day after Baguio’s centennial. To the students who passed through him, Emmett truly lived the city’s centennial theme: “Fostering A Culture of Caring”.)
BEING a very busy man, Mike has been asking me to write back up articles for his column, for times when he can’t meet his deadline. While I am usually not at all busy like him, I wish it were that easy to oblige. I am not really a prolific writer. I often get to write when hard pressed to do so.
More often than not, my article is a photo finish article, submitted almost at deadline.
DR. CHRISTIAN Barnard shocked, mesmerized and awed not only the medical world but the entire world when on December 3, 1967, he performed the first successful human-to-human heart transplant at the Groot Schuur Hospital in Capetown.
With a team of ten specialists, which included his brother Manus, the South African surgeon transferred the healthy heart of a brain-dead young woman to a 53-year-old man with a failing heart - an event that took nine hours to be capped by a heartwarming beating of the transplanted heart thereafter.
A HUNDRED and more islands Palawan was.
An invitation was given to me for a chance to go to one of its islands, a private island at that.
IN EARLY July of this year, an official from the Department of National Defense assured us that there were no Filipinos who had joined the jihadist group called the Islamic State of the Iraq and Syria, otherwise known as ISIS.
The next month, senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon pledged allegiance to ISIS.
MY THIRST wakes me up.
3 a.m. Good luck on getting back to sleep at this time.
THE Rotary Club of Metro Baguio continues to strengthen its service projects for the community with a strong partnership with the Rotaract, the Rotary Club of the youth.
RCMB Youth Service Chair and Past President Thomas “Tom” Morado said their solid collaboration with the Rotaract through the years have resulted to successful implementation of numerous projects that made an impact to the lives of the community they serve.
LAST September 4, Fr. Georges De Busschere celebrated his 60th year as a priest and his 65th year as a member of the CICM (Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae), a congregation of the religious so popularly known in Baguio as the ones who built the historical Baguio Cathedral, and the same ones who started Catholic mission schools in the Montañosa, one of which is the present St. Louis University.
THE City Council Monday, thru a joint and collective motion by the members, passed a resolution originally introduced by City councilors Elmer Datuin and Richard Cariño supporting the quest of Vigan City to become one of the New Seven Wonder Cities of the World and urging Baguio residents to vote online for the said city at www.new7wonders.com/en/cities.
MAYSA manen a pakasaritaan iti sangalubongan ti nakaitampukan iti tured ken kired-pangeddeng dagiti Pinoy iti sabali a pagilian. Daytoy ket babaen iti inaramid dagiti Pinoy Peacekeepers sadiay Golan Heights itay nabiit. Babaen kadagiti reports…nakubkob dagiti Syrian rebels dagiti Pinoy peacekeepers iti ayanda nga estasyon iti nagbaetan ti Syria ken Israel. Namandaran dagitoy a sumuko. Ngem timmubngar dagitoy babaen iti dadaulluenda a ni Col. Enriquez, UNDOF Chief of Staff.
THE Future beckons on the horizon.
The next wave of professionals in hospitality, culinary and tourism sector who will eventually take their place and carve their own niche in the industry, are in our midst. At the helm of our evolving industry are pools of young untapped talent, beaming with potential just waiting to be unleashed.
IN THE Cordillera highlands, ancient concepts remain as fresh as the morning dew – hardly outmoded.
Take the case of the School on Air (SoA), for instance, which was borne more than 60 years ago in Iloilo.
IN the course of my almost three years as a media practitioner and chronicler of events, I have witnessed some of the recent developmentds in the Cordillera and its people’s clamor for self governance and autonomy.
THERE used to be a time when higher degree holders and white collared workers did not give a second thought to our technical-vocational graduates.
There used to be a time when private companies and even government agencies did not give these graduates their chance to progress themselves in their chosen career.
WE HAD been asked several times on the property acquisitions of former natural born Filipinos. Let me reiterate the relevant laws regarding these property acquisitions. As a rule, only Filipinos can acquire land in the Philippines. Thus, as a general law, former natural born Filipinos who have acquired foreign citizenship are disqualified to own and acquire lands in the Philippines.
IF IT’S any consolation, Baguio and La Trinidad are not alone in their garbage woes.
Bontoc, which is celebrating its founding anniversary this month, is still facing the Writ of Kalikasan filed by Kalinga for allegedly dumping garbage along the Chico River.