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By Nef Luczon
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
TODAY, I will be riding a bus going back to Cagayan de Oro and expected to be back late night, after a four-day escape from the urban civilization to focus on checking student papers and academic discourses as a graduate student myself.
I heard that the Fiesta celebration in the city was wonderful, and ?wonderful? can be an understatement as I saw some feedbacks and photographs via social media that showed how festive and colorful it is for this year.
I could have joined the fun, actually, but it was a voluntary decision as always to keep away from the crowd (with the exception of going out to participate in social action that calls for the abolition of pork barrel and the like) in joyous moments like the Feast of St. Augustine and perhaps in any festival in the country.
If I am not inside the house, I go out to places that are uncommon for people to go, and feel the pleasure of serenity as it passes by the day. The last time I remember I went out to be part of the curious crowd was when it was because it?s work-related and when I was dating with a significant other (ah, those times), and those were years ago.
But even if it?s not fiesta based in celebration of a patron saint, but an event organized for all people to have fun sometimes, let us be reminded that this is the time to show support and appreciation to those who made it possible, especially those on the ground or on field to make it meaningful.
This is the time to give thanks to the street sweepers who cleaned our mess after the whole day of happiness without full regard to garbage bins. We could have lessen the number of garbage on the streets if we are conscious not to throw them anywhere, I know there are limited number of bins around the city but it would not hurt if we carry it for a period of time and dispose it properly once we saw garbage bins.
This is also the time to give thanks to the volunteers in every activities that they were present and extended their expertise. The sweat they gave against the heat of the sun that is unbearable at times, were surely not an easy one, but they did.
Let?s not forget some law-abiding vendors for observing the policies on how to properly sell their products without interfering the flow of the traffic of people and of the vehicles.
This also goes to some law-abiding drivers, both private and public, who showed patience while a number of people keep on crossing the streets at the height of the festivities and chose to keep cool with their heads instead of showing off of frustrated F1 racing capabilities.
And most of all, the military and police personnel with their K9 units to keep the peace and order as well as security threats. Like I said on my previous column, never make bomb jokes or ignite false alarms or else you will end up in jail.
Lastly, to everyone who made the festivities peaceful and orderly, you made the fiesta celebration a success.
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 28, 2013.