Christmas Wishes

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Max Sangil
For the Record

AS LONG as we live, we always wish for something. Sometimes I am tempted to guess what my friends, colleagues and other people wish for themselves.

I remember my conversation with the grand old man Henry Sy of the SM Mall chain when he graced the opening of his SM City Pampanga in the City of San Fernando at the time when Senator Manuel "Lito" Lapid was the governor.

Lapid requested me to handle the conversation with the old man. So I did. Among the questions I asked Mr Sy and still remember clearly till today was if he still wished something for himself, despite all the prominence and affluence he achieved from his humble start as owner of a small shoe store in Carriedo Street in Quiapo, Manila many years ago.

I smiled and nodded in agreement on his answer.

He had a good answer. Sorry, I won't reveal what it is. Take a guess.


I may be wrong but I will take the risk of being wrong by guessing what these people wish for themselves this Christmas. Let us exclude money as one of their wishes, for it is the wish of almost everybody to have more money. (Love of money is a bottomless pit).

The well-loved Apu Ceto is wishing that more young people enter priesthood and less priests get involved in violating their vow of celibacy.

Both my friends, Levi Laus and Rene Romero are wishing that they can create more jobs, while Clark Development Corporation President Arthur Tugade is wishing that integrity in public service will remain as the dominant culture among the workers of the state-owned corporation.


Governor Lilia 'Nanay Baby' Pineda is wishing that she can build more hospitals for the sick, while Fourth District Congressman Rimpy Bondoc is wishing that in his comebacking stint in Congress he will see the realization of the 3rd River project, while at the same time wishing that he will see his ward, Board Member Nestor 'Bay' Tolentino, become mayor of Apalit town.

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is wishing for a week-long of freedom from her confinement at the hospital room of the Veterans Memorial Hospital to be with her family in their La Vista residence, opening Christmas presents with her grandchildren, beimg with Mikey, Dato, Luli and most of all Atty. Mike.


Ace photographer Chris Navarro is wishing that he will have a BMW or a Mercedes so he can travel in style, while Jun Sula and Ria de Fiesta of this daily are wishing that they can have more pages, larger circulation and more reporters to cover the beats.

My cumpare Ram Mercado is wishing nothing but better health, particularly strong legs that he can still do the round house kick ala Bruce Lee style, while another friend Benjie Pangan is wishing that an explorer will discover now the fountain of youth. Perry Pangan of DWRW and Sonia Soto of CLTV 36 are wishing more awards from national award-giving bodies for their efforts.


Congressman Oscar Rodriguez is wishing that after finishing his stint in Congress, he will be back at his modest office at the Heroes Hall building, and wishing that he will remain forever a friend and supporter of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago.

The former Candaba Mayor is wishing that Vicky Belo can really discover a cream that by just one application he will really look like John Lloyd.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and may all your wishes come true.


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