THE country has an aging agriculture sector with 57 years old as the average age of the Filipino farmer. As farmers and fishers get old, less and less young people join the sector. The complex and profound dilemma is who will replace our aging farmers and fishers? This is coupled with the urgent concern of what will happen to the country's food security if this dramatic decline is not arrested?
"YOU have a problem. Not a real problem – very pleasant as problems go, but still a sort of problem. You can’t stop yourself from buying books, even if there’s a stack of at least ten books on your bedside table that you haven’t started reading and another stack you haven’t finished reading, and you know full well that this new book you’re itching to buy is going to end up on those stacks. You have an entire catalogue of rationalizations to justify buying another book that you don’t have time to read.
TIME flies and here we are yet again with MOVEmber marking the launching of the Panagbenga 2015 last November 17 at the Baguio City Hall Grounds, followed by the renowned 65th Fil-Am Golf invitational Tournament which kicked off last November 19, open to all amateur golf players under the Seniors and Regular division set to play at the golf courses of Baguio Country Club and Camp John Hay from November 19 to December 6, 2014.
FOLLOWING the footsteps of the national government in trying to implement safeguards against the unwanted entry of the Ebola virus disease in the country, the city council has approved on first reading a legislative measure introduced by Honorable Vice Mayor Edison Bilog appropriating the amount of 1 million pesos to be taken from the 2015 budget of the city for the establishment of isolation rooms at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) for patients with contagious diseases to include those possibly infected with the Ebola virus.
NOTHING has happened to the old Baguio Post Office that is worth mentioning and our clamor to save the edifice as a heritage site seems to have fallen on deaf ears. No matter what, I am not about to lose hope and give up the idea of encouraging citizens to post hand written mails and keep the postal service intact and going but meanwhile, let us consider one more idea generated out of mishaps and public criticisms.
PEOPLE pick fights with phrases. That is understandable. In government official documents, policy and rhetoric relative to the pursuit of development and progress, we want as much as possible, to be inclusive, not exclusive.
DO YOU own real properties? Then, by law, you are required to pay your realty (real property) tax.
SINALBAG a damag! Kunami la no manok laeng ti mari-rape. Pati gayam nuang ken kalding... delikadon kadagiti rapists! Napasamak ti pang Guiness Book a kababainan idiay Pili, Naga, Camarines Sur. Nainaganan ti rapist a ni Jerry Barro, 38, a taga barangay Palestina. Nabartek kano daytoy idi nalabasanna ti maysa a nuang. Baka nalapsat a balasang ti panagkitana iti piman a nuang... isu a linamutnan. Dikam ammo no inagkanna pay nga immuna ti nuang sakbay a rinamesna. Gapu ta saan siguro a napnek (amangan ta saanen a virgin ti nuang)... impapasna ti sakit ti pus-ongna iti maysa a kalding. Piman manen diay animal iti ima ni rapist. Ditay naammuan no virgin pay diay kalding. Kalpasan ti pananglamutna kadagita nga animal... simrek iti maysa a balay ket ditana a rinames ti agkabsat a diyes ken dose anyos nga ubbing. Iti tulong dagiti bumarangay, naaresto ti suspect idinto ta addan iti ikut ti DSWD dagiti agkabsat. Awan iti report no nagdarum met dagiti biktima a nuang ken kalding. No koma ta makapagsao dagitoy nga animal... mabalin nga agprotestada para iti hustisya iti pannakaidadanes iti dayawda. Adal: annadan amin a klase ti abut. Adda ngamin grasya dita ket napalikmutantayo kadagiti sairo ti kagimongan. (mangtedkamto iti update no nagsikog ti nuang ken kalding).
WOULD you like a big slice of cake? How about the biggest wrapped gift under the Christmas tree? Would a bigger paycheck make you happy? Who wouldn’t like to own the biggest and best house in town, or the biggest prize in the raffle draw?
It is typical for man to want to have the biggest, if not the best in life. But, it is not always true that the biggest, the best or what is beyond imagination will make us completely happy.
MORE and more of every Juan from the lowlands, particularly those from warmer parts of the country, are trooping to the city. While traffic in the Metro has become worse, Juan now wants to plan a trip up here. Cooler temperatures make also for cooler heads and emotions. The coolest people, I guess come from this area, and it must be the climate we have. It is climate change that has now also changed the way Juan plans for his next trip.
Recently, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio and the Baguio City Visitors Bureau hosted a Tourism Summit at the Country Club.
(An invitation by the Photojournalists Center of the Philippines for us to share views on cultural sensitivity in press coverage in a forum next week triggered a recall of previous personal articles on the issue. The review took us back to a piece about a mass incarceration before winter inside Alcatraz, the island prison we visited in autumn of 2008, courtesy of expat Cordillera couple Conrad and Pilar Marzan. – RD).
(A joint editorial of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club and NUJP Baguio Benguet)
AS I rest my eyes and mind from the rigors of being at a computer, I sometimes look for paintings in the window panes. Angling my head an eyes this way and that, trying to find a good frame and a good picture. Having done so, I position myself so that my sightline immediately falls upon a painting.
I am looking at stalks of sunflowers all gloriously swaying in the wind. Like they were ladies out for walk, uncaring of where they go, unaware that they are so beautiful. Just there to sway. And serve as focal foreground of a pretty picture framed by one window pane.
ONCE again the country’s Summer Capital play host to the 65th edition of what the Guinness Book of World Records affirmed as the biggest and longest running international amateur golf tournament or the Fil-Am.
But how did Baguio became the venue of such a prestigious event? Well it all started during the summer of 1949 when the country’s then matinee idol and former ambassador Rogelio Dela Rosa played golf with his LVN film crew and an American Major stationed at Camp John Hay one filming break.
WORLD news continuously shouts the increase of violence against women all over the globe and also underscores the crimes committed against the youth.
Remember the 200 Nigerian students kidnapped by Boko Haram’s terrorist group? Up to now, the girls have not been found and their parents are still frantic about their own lives. Recently, Mexico had its own part with 40 young students kidnapped, some of whom were found burned and dumped into a river. All the protests and rallies against this morbid act proved futile.
ANOTHER 50 out of school youth in the City of Baguio are expected to finish high school soon and will have the opportunity to advance to the tertiary level through the Alternative Learning System or ALS, a modular and non-formal education program.
On November 17, the students underwent an enhancement training-workshop for ALS Accreditation and Equivalency Learners for Secondary Level in Mathematics and Language with the faculty from the University of the Cordilleras College of Arts and Sciences extending its service to the students.
THUNDER and Lightning is the twelfth and final studio album of Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy and was released in 1983, 3 years before Phil Lynott, band co-founder and lead vocalist, died.
This is usually my first playlist on deck upon arriving here in the office since Iron Maiden plays pretty much all the time at home. It gets me pumped, in the mood and ready for the grind.
WITH an average of 600 young girls giving birth everyday based on reports of the Philippine Statistics Authority, the country is in a tough situation when it comes to teen pregnancy. The Philippines' teen birth rate of at least 12% merits the top spot in rate of increase in the whole Southeast Asia. The country may not have the highest incidence in the region but our nation holds the gold medal when it comes to the fastest increase of teen mothers.
THERE is a radio station with a tagline that goes: "Remember someone today…", and then plays some song from the '70s, '80s, or '90s guaranteed to make listeners either smile, or cringe, in recollection.
I think it is a brilliant idea for a station that plays really good songs from the past.
MOST Filipinos nowadays are on the treadmill, running, briskly walking, and on the race to find ways to reduce and maintain a well balanced weight.
Such commendable activity may also mean high-end level structured exercises, which benefit only those who can afford tremendous membership fees specified by their chosen fitness gyms.
ON NOVEMBER 18-19, the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resources Management Project (CHARMP2) will conduct its 3rd Knowledge and Learning Market-Policy Engagement (KLM-PE) cum 6th CHARMP2 Anniversary.
THE words passion and commitment won’t suffice to completely describe what happened last Sunday along the streets and walkways of Baguio. Also, the words determination and perseverance is tantamount to pain and agony especially for someone who needs an alternate because his health requires rest. Despite having three dialysis in a week, the very person who initiated numerous civic and environmental programs for the city of Baguio is still nurturing his baby while I was trailing behind with my daughter Tam and grandson Juaquin or Akiboy.
THE thought comes each time news on the inevitable comes along or shows up on the cellphone text screen. Last Thursday morning, the message was from fellow Baguio newsman March Fianza, March seems to always get the news first, making you feel he still lives in that magical past, when Baguio and Benguet were still one neighborhood, not divided into over two hundred, barangays, 128 in the city and 140 in the province.
"YOU do not get to choose how you are going to die, or when; you can only decide how you are going to live.” These were the words of Joan Baez, a great composer and singer.
How true are her words, except for those who may have chosen to take their own lives, as one “right to die” activist had recently done, in her fight for euthanasia. God bless her soul.
FIRST and foremost, psoriasis is NOT a contagious disease. This strong statement hopefully, will remove, once and for all, the prevailing notion that psoriasis is a communicable and contagious disease, a misconception which has directly and indirectly put patients or if you may, sufferers of the disease, into pitiful situations like not being allowed to board a plane or eat in a high-end restaurant or even just being a seatmate in a classroom.
THIS weekend, three shows are on my radar.
First, there is the UP Baguio College of Arts and Communication’s Talastasan Lecture Series offering for this semester, “Shifting Paradigms, A Prescription for English Language Learning and Teaching.” a lecture by Jonathan C, Malicsi, Ph.D. The lecture is on from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the UPB’s Sarmiento Hall. Given the vibrancy of the English language and its seeming necessity internationally, Malicsi’s lecture enriches our educational perspectives of teaching and learning English.
IN KEEPING with its four-decade Yuletide Season tradition in the city, the colorful children-parents Christmas mardigras will usher in the month-long series of religious, fraternal, educational, sports and tourism activities of Silahis ng Pasko sa Baguio this December.
The celebration marks the 41st year edition of the caring and sharing program. The special event set on December 1 will showcase the talent, skills and teamwork of CSWDO Day Care Center pupils and their parents, together with their teachers, particularly in portraying Christmas costumes.
I HOPE Sun.Star Baguio columnist and Baguio Country Club general manager and Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio president Anthony de Leon won’t mind me borrowing his column name for my title today.
But to be clear, WTF, according to ADL, stands for “what tourism fosters”.
MANY use these words a lot and considering the state of our people’s mindsets, we think that they are one and the same. No they’re not but they are so much related that most of us interchange them unknowingly. Author Stephen Covey expounds on honesty as truthfulness, or telling the truth, that is, what one says, conforms to reality, or a fact, or simply said, what one says actually exists.
So, if VP Binay says he doesn’t own the controversial Batangas property covering 350 hectares, then it must be owned by someone else. The VP should be able to prove the truth of his word.
YOUNG members of media in Baguio linked up with the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of the Cordilleras for the conduct of the Part II Series of Journalism Seminar/Workshop attended by almost 50 students from the Evelio Javier Memorial National High School in Camp 6 Tuba, Benguet.
In just a single text 9TV journalist JM Agreda and SunStar Baguio reporter Mark Victor Pasagoy immediately responded to the invitation of their alma mater to be partners for the said undertaking for free.