I SO welcome the Year of the Pig – this year to start on Tuesday – February 5, 2019!

While others would now celebrate with more “lechon” (Philippine roasted pig), it would be the opposite for me!

This year – starting on the New Year (January 1st 2019) – I am not eating pork...

Well until the next January 1st (2020) – and beyond to the next Oriental New Year – or hopefully even beyond!

I am sparing their lives – lucky bovines!

And sparing me some additional layers of fat – and forced moments of “stomach in!”

Earlier in 2017 – the Year of the Rooster – I also spared the lives of chicken (and roosters which I believe they cook for “pinikpikan”)...

Welcome meet-up with the City Camp Proper “Lupon” & District 5 Population Officers!

2019 January 31 (Thursday): I had a welcome morning meet-up with the “Lupon” – “Lupong Tagapamayapa” – in my home barangay of City Camp Proper – CCP for short...

Two of my siblings serve in local public positions at CCP – with our brother Regino Alambra as First Kagawad, and our elder sister Evelyn Verceles Alambra – Morla as a Member of the “Lupon.”

The Lupong Tagapamayapa literally means a group that pacifies...

“In order to reduce the load of the lower courts, local committees of citizens called Pacification Committees (Lupon Tagapamayapa) have been organized to effect extrajudicial settlement of minor cases between barangay residents.

“In each lupon (committee) there is a Conciliation Body (Pangkat Tagapagkasundo), the main function of which is to bring opposing parties together and effect amicable settlement of differences.

“The committee cannot impose punishment, but otherwise its decisions are binding.” [Britannica]

Wikipedia: “On the other hand, Katarungang Pambarangay, or the Barangay Justice System is a local justice system in the Philippines... The barangay captain sits on the Lupon Tagapamayapa along with other barangay residents, which is the committee that decides disputes and other matters.”

Welcomed at Induction of Officers of District Population Education Team

2019 January 31 (Thursday): Also meeting up at the City Camp Proper Barangay Hall were officers of the Population Education Team of District 5 that covers eight barangays.

Glad to be welcomed – even as I was just passing through after my light snack with the CCP Lupon.

Glad to note as well that it was Baguio City Councilor Peter Fianza who was on program to be the Inducting Officer of the District Population Education Team (DPET) Officers.

The DPET officers took an oath to “support the vision, mission and goals of the DPET.”

“I will bear true faith and comply with all the Rules and Regulations as may be directed by the Population Commission through the City Health Services Offices and the City Government of Baguio,” vowed the DPET of District 5.

Welcome charity work by the “We Care...We Sing Charity”!

2019 January 28 (Monday): Happy to catch the afternoon mass celebrated by our Parish Priest – Rev. Fr. Mario Tambic – on the occasion of his 22nd Sacerdotal or Priesthood Anniversary!

The mass, canao and dinner celebration was held at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish west of Burnham Park – the Central Park of Baguio City!

At the celebration, we learned that Fr. Mario Tambic is the Executive Director of the “We Care...We Sing Charity, Inc.” whose programs count “Protection of Environment and Educational and Medical Assistance.”

The charity called for kindness “to support our aim of helping the needy, especially the poor and sick people.”

“Many individuals/patients are coming to our office to seek medical/financial assistance but we could not accommodate them all due to very limited resources.”

“Your support will hlp sustain our charitable work to the people whom we serve,” stressed the caring charity.

The “We Care...We Sing Charity, Inc.” is a humanitarian organization of the Igorot Singing Priests of the Diocese of Baguio and Benguet.”

Aside from Fr. Mario Tambic as Executive Director, the other charity officers are Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Panayo as President; and Rev. Fr. Juvelarde Cabading as Vice President.

For Pledge Forms, please go to the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish!

Warm welcome at Brooks Point – Aurora Hill!

2019 January 25 (Friday): We were warmly welcomed on a visit to Brooks Point at the Busol Watershed periphery of Aurora Hill!

There we met with women, men, youth and leaders of Barangay Brooks Point led by Punong Barangay Douglas Sial.

Games for the residents and children were gamely led by game master Sangguniang Kabataan Chairperson Van Paulo C. Sanchez.

We went with Team Baguio / Tatak Baguio leaders – former Baguio City Councilor & Vice Mayor Antonio “Tony Boy” Tabora Jr. and former Baguio City Councilor Fred Bagbagen.