PAMPANGA

Limlingan: More on museums

The Advocate



WHENEVER I go to other provinces for some leisure trips, one of the places that I get excited to visit are local museums. In places in the Visayas and Mindanao, there are some of these museums which showcase their local culture, their origin, their ancestral places, their traditions and even their local dresses.

Visiting these places makes one understand the locals, how they had live in the past and how their people and their communities became as they are now. Museums are exciting places that we may visit aside from the resorts, beaches and other places of interests when visiting some tourist destinations.

In Pampanga, the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) formally opened the Macapagal Museum recently at the ground floor of the university's library. It ís a repository of memorabilia of the two former Philippine presidents: Diosdado Macapagal and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

It is just proper and fitting that the father and daughter Presidents have their museums not only to remember their leadership but to act somehow as tribute for their accomplishments and for the fact that they became the highest leader of the land. The mere fact that they are father and daughter who became Presidents is no simple feat.

I am one with those who are fond of museums who are happy to have a collection of personal effects of two distinguished Kapampangans who made it to the top housed in a placed we can visit. Their memories will linger and be remembered by the present and coming generations. In addition, people from other places can view these array of memorabilia of two presidents in a conveniently located museum.

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Ang Probinsiyano PartyList Representative Alfred delos Santos must have lost his mind and memory that he is now a congressman when he punched a waiter at a restaurant in Legaspi City, Albay. His act was captured on CCTV and spread like wildfire in social media and earned the ire of netizens who even demanded for the resignation of the newly-elected lawmaker.

According to the lowly waiter, he was punched by Delos Santos because he was accused of allegedly making sharp stares against the neophyte legislator. In the video, there seems no provocation on the part of the waiter. He was simply punched for no reason at all, except perhaps for the machismo and the fact that Delos Santos is now a congressman that made the latter do the deplorable act.

Delos Santos has lost his memory that he is a congressman, one who is expected to be righteous, law-abiding and has the heart for lowly people like the waiter. He should have set a good example and not the otherwise. His act has been made widespread on the news and in the internet.

Party-lists congressmen are to represent the marginalized sector in the country. As literal representatives of the poor, they should protect the poor, fight for their rights and provide for their welfare. The waiter, without measuring his status in life, belongs to the marginalized sector.

As a result of the incident, the waiter earned praises while the "puncher", some hate and bashes. The former must have been physically and emotionally hurt. The latter may result into the loss of his position as a lawmaker.

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