Baguio’s bright flames

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By Evangeline Murillo

Tea For Two

Thursday, August 21, 2014


WHEN you're from Baguio, the narratives you can tell about this city are endless, be they personal or for general consumption, tales of woe or stories of fun. Baguio ‘s long time residents and involved citizens will never run out of legends, parables, fairy tales or simple conversations about this beloved city of the north.

Baguio grown Bishop Carlito Cenzon, was a dynamo in a fiery talk to thousands of students who started classes this month. He spoke with such inspiration and fire, everyone listening to him might have been contaminated by that special exuberance coming from the Baguio born and grown man of God! It was the Mass of the Holy Spirit, a celebration of SLU’s kick off for a new academic school year, dedicated to all its students and employees for a bountiful intellectual harvest and excellent service. The Bishop implored God’s presence and guidance for the community, eliciting a quiet but uplifting sensitivity of the heart. Bishop Carlito was most enthusiastic when he quoted a passage from the bible, "...I will pour out my Spirit upon the flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams." (Joel 2:28)

Excitedly, the Bishop declared that he could hardly wait to see the old and the young united together in vision and ministry. He was eagerly waiting for the young to speak the word of God, to lead, guided by the Holy Spirit. His exhortations must have been overwhelming for the students, that after the Mass, a long line waited to get his blessings.

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SLU President Fr. Jessie Hechanova on the other hand, gave a handful of wisdom in his message on the care of our City, urging the students to have discipline and to see to it that Baguio is always clean, no garbage carelessly scattered, and no graffiti on its city structures.

With the latest tally of student population at 35,000, SLU’s educational hub can be considered a city by itself. He urged the students to consider Baguio their own City and to care for it. The impressive management of Fr. Jess expanded the university grounds into different satellite campuses from the main one along Bonifacio St., to Bakakeng for the business school, then the Navy Base campus for the high school and Teacher Education, and now part of Humanities; the refurbishing and construction of edifices like the Bishop William Brasseur Building and the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Heritage Bldg within the SLU Laboratory Elementary School Compound. Aside from these, the new Centennial Village in Sablan, beautiful as it is with streets named after the founding Belgian Fathers, houses employees and stands out like a tourist spot.

While private leaders stretch their muscles to make Baguio clean and green, and teach the young knowledge, discipline and responsible concern , our city or national government on the other hand, has to meet the efforts of these people with vision. Can it not make our roads better, especially the Naguilian Rd. the traditional path of travelers to the north? The area along Irisan, the biggest barangay of the city seems not to have improved any after so many years. The roads are dug and excavated, but the holes created are seldom covered and properly sealed. Poor vehicles, they get destroyed before their time. If we love our city, we must pool together our efforts and strength to make it truly clean, unpolluted and healthily liveable! Baguio, mahal kita, Mabuhay!

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 22, 2014.

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