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Pangan: Let's not dampen the Christmas spirit

At Close Range

IN THE light of the tremendous losses inflicted on us by the coronavirus, many people are satisfied with just letting a day pass by uneventful and un-celebrated.

Skeptics go further into predicting more painful scenarios await us in the days to come: cemeteries and memorial parks are ordered closed during the November 1 and 2 visits to our dearly departed, and even Christmas celebrations for which are to be canceled.

No wonder several people are under stress, if not depressed, due to suppression of several liberties of movement and pleasure. Is there ever a relief in sight for this morbid scenario?

One Kapampangan businessman even added a sour note on the occasion of Christmas, a long-revered tradition of Filipinos. Now tell me, is there a plausible reason to stop Christmas?

On the other hand, let us find out how we can overcome the negative effects of this pandemic by finding ways to counter foil the unspeakable gloom brought about by the global disease.

Let us be happy, at least with our family and close friends. Let us be merry without overstepping the stringent requirements of health protocols. In sum, let us not dampen the spirit of Christmas and let people observe it in their own manner and way, period.

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So many sad tales and things have come our way, including the stringent distribution of relief goods and monetary assistance.

This far, it seems the government claims that it is running out of funds to address Covid-19-related problems. No less than the President of the Philippines soulfully admitted that the funds are fast depleting and he had to resort to contemplating selling government properties, including those in Japan, just to sustain the aid and support to the victims of the pandemic.

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The president was visibly irked by the squabbles besetting Congress regarding House leadership that he had to warn its top leaders not to go on with the bickerings; otherwise, he had to settle the issue himself, by hook or by crook. Shame on the Congress leaders!

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Meanwhile, over at Fiesta Communities Tabun, the Christmas spirit is alive and palpable. In a meeting on October 10, the Board of Directors (BOD) then present, including previous BOD Jackie Salvador, an architect, came up with plans to put up Christmas decor in keeping with the tradition. BOD Auditor Rod Monis led the clamor.


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