Abolishing ‘pork’ this fiesta season

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By Nef Luczon

Pencalibur

Sunday, August 24, 2014


DESPITE of its rebranded name “Higalaay Kagay-an,” people in Cagayan de Oro, especially those who grew old with the city, still call it, and even celebrate it as San Agustin Fiesta.

After all, it’s the celebration of the city’s patron saint, Augustine, that’s supposedly the highlight, and thanks to majority of the Roman Catholic Kagay-anons who keep it as part of the vibrant and diverse Filipino traditions.

This week, we will see the evolution of that Catholic celebration to have expanded that it also invites other diverse cultures and beliefs that every Kagay-anon will enjoy.

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The anticipation of the forthcoming events are quite fuming with expectations especially this year because the organizers have been successful enough to establish the hype even before August has started, for one is the black Higala-ay shirts in which doing “selfies” by wearing and posting them to social media platforms similar to that ice cream label free publicity stunt two years ago.

We can only hope the events slated for this year will be successful especially so in keeping the peace and safety of the public.

And while everyone is in the mood for celebration, why not make the week more meaningful by participating in a sign-up drive by the Peoples’ Initiative against all kinds of “Pork barrel” schemes such as the Presidential Development Acceleration Fund and Disbursement Acceleration Program?

This will be a nationwide call to sign the petition to mark the first anniversary of the million people march against pork barrel, where some residents in Cagayan de Oro staged their own program last year wearing white shirts.

The sign-up begins at 3 p.m. today (Monday) at the heart of Divisoria (Neri and Abejuela Streets). Your signature counts as a simple way of showing some concerns of letting our leaders know that our voices matter and we want full transparency of where our taxes go.

When a colleague informed me that last Saturday’s event in SM City Mall was very successful because “thousands, not hundreds but thousands” got stranded for a ride back home just to see Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo “personally” (even if they were too small to be seen from afar), I wish that those people’s eagerness and enthusiasm who attended there will be the same when it comes to social and political involvement, not to the point of becoming clueless and gullible sheep but empowered and vigilant people who really know their rights, voices and true power to reprimand and demand justice against those who abuse in government positions.

The fiesta week will sure give us a long break and moments to relax and enjoy the positive things possible, may this also serve as an opportunity on seeing things in a different perspective and let us not forget that despite our differences we deserve to have fun and a very transparent government as well.

[Email: nefluczon@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 25, 2014.

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