Editorial: Be part of history

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

FOR over a decade now, firecrackers and other pyrotechnics have been banned in Davao City for numerous reasons, among them being the health hazards that these can cause to the people, including possibly lossing of a body part for those who've misproperly used them and getting vulnerable to respiratory infections.

Over a decade since, Dabawenyos welcome New Year safely, rustling up among things that can be of use, from the noise empty cans and metallic pots make, to vehicle horn, or simply with "torotots." All these are what we have been using in order to make noise, and thus drive out evil spirits as we welcome New Year.

It's also good to note that there have been efforts to come up with an activity that not only give the people of Davao new things to do for New Year but also place Davao City in the limelight again.

Organizers of the "Torotot Festival" call on Dabawenyos to take part in the first-ever gathering of party blowers in the Philippines, hoping to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records. The title is currently being held by Japan with roughly 6,900 party blowers.

It's more like hitting not just two but three birds with only one stone when you join the event. First will be your participation in the historical event; second, you do something different for the New Year; third, you welcome New Year safely, with your body parts complete.

"If wala tayong gagawin for New Year... bakit hindi kaya tayo magsama-sama lahat ng taga-Davao? Pumunta sa isang lugar at sabay-sabay natin salubungin ang New Year," said Arnold Dellosa, Smart Communications sales manager for South Mindanao, one of the organizers of the festival.
With this, there's no reason to go out of the city to welcome New Year.

The event will run from 1 p.m. of December 31, 2013 until 1 a.m. of January 1, 2014, along Roxas Avenue. But, the setting of record will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. of December 31.

Instead of saying that Christmas and New Year revelries are getting less festive as year passes by, why not make something different this time? Maybe, it's the same set of things that you do over and over again that make those celebrations boring.

Perhaps, joining in this historical activity will forever change your views about the Holidays, which is something to look forward to every year.

And instead of shutting ourselves out from the world, let's go out of our homes and be part of the history!

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 27, 2013.


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