Horsing around

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Sunday, February 2, 2014


THE onset of the Chinese lunar year has triggered a flurry of activities in keeping with the symbolic horse.

People keep moving around, very few want to keep still. High priests of the Catholic church, including Pajero bishops and former Presidents, travelled to visit a former president in detention.

Like horsemen of ancient times, riding in tandem killers continue to ride roughshod in urban and rural areas. The motorized terrorists are sowing chaos and death in impunity.

It’s the year of the horse, patron figure of those similarly profiled like a boy-girl named Petrang Kabayo. It’s the year of Vice Ganda who jokes about being horse-looking good.

It’s definitely the year of most Saudi macho men who are horrendously endowed, whose King had pardoned a Filipino death convict, and to whom we seek his help to save a cabalen from decapitation.

Today local residents continue to flock to the Malls as if entranced by an Indian love call. Like the equestrian creature of the zodiac, our restless cabalen ride to the Sy’s SM City for a spending spree.

Take the case of the indefatigable Angeles City Mayor Pamintuan, for instance. He has buckled down to work in furious fashion. Even before the first bang of the super lolo and bin laden usher the new lunar year, he has done a lot of moving around.

His major concerns include the perennial garbage disposal problem, the widening and rehab of the Pandan-Magalang road, stability in peace and order, and improved traffic management.

The mayor seems to be obsessive-compulsive in matters of public sanitation and clean environment. He himself is always neat and dandy. Residents often see their mayor, in immaculate barong, picking up litters where he finds it during his regular tours of city streets.

He is losing a number of friends while personally leading law enforcement campaign against obstructions and illegal parking on sidewalks in the principal streets. His clean up drive spares no one.

No local executive, however, can beat Governor Pineda in industriousness and energy on a daily basis. She is the equivalent of a human perpetual machine in a political office.

After she visited a four-machine dialysis unit of the Mexico Community Hospital, she surveyed public health programs of nearby municipalities. She is here and there and never tires of her work.

The governor, however, has been visibly elated by the recent achievements of City Mayor Boking Morales. Mabalacat City, representing Pampanga, was declared top performer among stellar festival entries to the Malolos (Bulacan) observance of the first Philippine Constitution. (Insiders said Boking was trying to impress the governor of his ability to produce, whatever).

Mabalact street dancers, led by June Magbalot, held the Bulacan audience spell bound by their performances. Dance master Peter de Vera and musical artist Andy Alviz found a match in the much acclaimed June M’s talent.

Morales’s cultural Caragan festival in the city fiesta is expected to draw both domestic and foreign tourists, according to city spokesman Deng Pangilinan.

Mayor Boking has been aligning his various projects to those of, and in support to, the Governor. Nanay Baby is reportedly impressed by the mayor’s success in mobilizing new support to her administration.

Having learned that his 20l6 mayoralty rival is gaining headway with the governor, Board Member Cris Garbo has been reported to wake up early. He would rush to the Capitol for the Monday flag ceremonies, the first BM to greet the governor. He would be seen beside or up close to Nanay Baby in photo ops (competing with crew cut colleague Ric Yabut) as if to prove his clout and friendship with the governor, according to a friend of Board Member Cherry Blossoms.

Not to be outdone Mayor Boking (with his Gabby Concepcion profile) sat much closer than Derek Ramsey-looking Gardo did with his recent meeting with the Nanay. And with a wider smile, too. (See photo release).

Leading his own posse, Clark Airport chief Chichos Luciano lassoed positive revenues totaling P563 million, the highest in the l9-year history of the CIAC. The revenue performance more than justifies the controversial bonuses granted executives of GOCCs, this case the CIAC, reported Rendy Isip.

To Xiamen, China last Friday trotted the San Fernando lantern group led by City Mayor Edwin Santiago. The parol promoters will display an iconic lantern which is expected to enthral visitors to the Lantern Festival. The parol would be left to the Chinese organizers who would probably have it deconstructed, then certainly duplicated and improved upon. If in the future China will export a better and cheaper lantern than our own, you know who to blame. That has been done with our world renowned furniture products. Santiago should make a report on his group’s participation on the Xiamen event, especially the disposition by sale or donation of the parol.

Without lashing this workhorse, Antonio dela Rosa, a quarry permitee at Sacobia river, is hopeful that by being creative enough Penro Art Punzalan can speed up and increase quarry revenue collections up from the average P23 million to P30 million monthly. Rep. Yeng Guiao gained admirers after challenging the President to come up with specific policies and plans for Clark. He has brought up long pestering issues which are a glaring embarrassment to Mr. Aquino. By the time CIA had become an international gateway, Cong. Yeng has grown grey hairs, probably in his rocking chair watching PBA games in replay.

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A smile to mark the day’s beginning,
a prayer to bless your way,
a song to lighten your heart,
a cheer to praise God’s presence.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 03, 2014.

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