“But seek, through that which Allah (swt) has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters." – Al-Qasas 28:77

TRASH talks nowadays are often heard in video gaming circles. It is very offensive and dehumanizing and if you have no guts to stand, you may be consumed whole to the extent of being a victim of cyber-bullying.

Trash talks, even before the era of interactive video games, existed in several sporting events may it be legal or illegal. It encourages the players to man up or try to shame the opponents over one’s advantage to the game.

It is called trash talks because the words are basically trash, and like trash, it is foul.

But trash talks do not necessarily be heard on video game tournaments or whatever sports competition there is, because with politicians touring around the country and visiting schools and other events, it is more likely you will hear garbage especially when it is too good to be true and not reflective of the politician’s body of works.

Some politicians’ words are foul or offensive, and no wonder why they call politics a dirty game.

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Trash talks can be literal, like people talking about trash: human garbage and/or wastes. In Cagayan de Oro, it remains a problem. Why not? If you still see garbage on streets on a daylight and it becomes normal to the daily view of the city then we have a serious problem.

The new administration could not move on implementing advanced solid waste management because allegedly (for the sake of being innocent until proven guilty) the budget was curtailed due to bureaucratic impediments between the local executive and local legislative branches. In short, politics.

Meanwhile, people seem not to care if there are garbage not properly disposed of, so why bother improve the solid waste management if the culture of this city is just throw anything in the environment?

Apparently, people are aware of what segregation is all about but remains alien in terms of application. That is why trash talks in the city is as good as trash -we have politics in policy or projects implementation, and we have people who are calloused as pigs.

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But this is not trash: the 2nd Puerto Layag Film Festival has survived from the birth pains of its first year, giving importance and recognition to Kagay-anon filmmakers (who has in association in Barangay Puerto).

The first Himugso Film Exhibit during the city’s charter day was also a success despite rough beginnings. Again, politics aside, there needs to be a visible film movement in the city that reflects not just the aesthetics but also the voices of social realities.

Congratulations to the winners and organizers.

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