The Balubad Example-A A +A
My Palm Notes
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
IT'S been known as one the cleanest and greenest barangays.
Not just in Pampanga or Central Luzon but also in the whole country. That's Balubad, Porac, which is three kilometers southwest from the Porac-Sta. Rita road.
One may call it a remote barangay, geographically at that. But its achievements are close to the hearts of many unlike what a huge barangay could probably have.
It's small in size yet big in so many things.
This barangay of about 1,300 voters has shown once again how to conduct itself.
Last Friday or three days before election day, this not-so-often noticed village showed how it is for its aspiring leaders to commit to development. Win or lose.
Candidates from two opposing groups conducted what they called as "Walk of Unity" where they peaceably marched the streets. And they just did not march. They walked the streets with each of the members of each group in tandem with the candidates from the other group while holding a cartolina-sized tarpaulin on both ends.
They were not joined by any of their supporters or their followers. At the head of the march was a firetruck, which blared its siren in order to arouse the populace. They entered all but about six puroks where they were greeted by people whose faces were elated at that lovely sight.
It was unprecedented. In my coverage of political exercises, that was the first time I saw candidates gamely campaigned with opponents. It was also the first time where candidates did not only promised to a peaceful conduct of elections but that they also committed to support whoever wins.
I was assigned in Cabanatuan City in the early 1990s where the fiercest and probably the most violent election period in Central Luzon was ever held. It was at a time when Nueva Ecija's Joson clan was at utmost adversity with Cabanatuan Mayor Honorato Perez and his leaders. We all know that the enmity led to Perez’ assassination as well as deaths on both camps.
If only the Balubad example will be replicated, this country will be avoiding those kind of unwarranted deaths, clan wars, tribal furies. We could be preventing the likes of Maguindanao massacre which we all know was triggered by heated politics.
The Balubad example was made possible through the efforts of the Garcia family whose residences and multi-billion peso investments in Mekeni Foods Corporation are located in that humble village.
While it may have taken the initiative of Tatang Felix Garcia and son-president Pruds to do the walk, the candidates did not think twice into doing that when they were contacted by the young Garcia few days before the election.
The Garcias successfully made the candidates literally walk the talk. Something that manifested not only the respect for the family but also the adherence of the people of Balubad to orderliness, peace, harmony, and unity.
Now, if something like this could happen in Balubad, why can’t it take place in the whole of Porac and the rest of Pampanga’s 22 towns and cities? I believe it is possible and it would take just an effort like that of the Garcias to start it going.
With that walk of unity, the folks at Balubad showed how it is really to be cleanest and greenest where their upkeep of their environment transcends to their very personal fibers by also being clean in their deeds and motives for not just a beautiful village but also for a peaceful and united one.
It will be a great two days of fun for everyone.
More fun-filled and family-oriented activities are slated from Nov. 16 and 17 for the much-awaited Grand Clark Festival to be held at the Clark Parade Grounds.
On the first day, festival goers will be greeted by a fun run early in the morning to be followed by a parade and skydiving exhibition from the Philippine Air Force.
Cooking demos and cultural presentations from Nayong Pilipino and Paradise Ranch are also expected to add to the festive atmosphere of the two-day celebration here.
For music lovers, cap the evening with melodic concerts from the Korean Orchestra Performance and the St. Paul American School Musicale.
Relax and unwind with a fireworks display and live band performances at the stage area.
On the second day, a fun bike followed by the celebration of the Holy Mass will jumpstart the day’s activities.
This will be followed by an animal show by Zoocobia and a dog show organized by the Clark Development Corporation together with PET BERO.
This is one celebration that is solidly backed by Clark Investors and Locators Association and a lot of firms from in and out of Clark.
For more details, interested parties that wish to join the Grand Clark Festival may call the CDC Tourism Promotions Office at (045) 599-9000 and look for Noemi or Ellen.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 30, 2013.