Editorial: Keeping it simple

APPRECIATING the simple things in life may be one of the realizations made by many during the community quarantine amid the pandemic. We have made realizations that we can have a meaningful and happy simple life.

Between October to December, it is common to see a variety of parties happening around the city. However, with the pandemic, the city government of Davao has issued an advisory on the prohibition of trick-or-treat events and Christmas parties.

The prohibition covers government and private offices, restaurants, business establishments, home associations, community organizations, barakdahan, tropa, churches, and all other groups, associations, and organizations.

“Christmas parties and other holiday get-togethers are also potential spreaders of the killer Covid-19,” the city said.

The Department of Health in Davao Region has stated earlier that the sudden increase in Covid-19 cases in the region was due to gatherings.

With the current pandemic, it is just right that we keep things simple this year and avoid large gatherings. What is important this year is that we will be able to survive this pandemic and everyone that we love are safe.

Therefore, let’s keep our celebrations small this year. Celebrate it intimately with our families. Let us value our relationships over material things and grand celebrations.

What we could also do this year is supporting our small businesses. If you have extra, order food from your local restaurants or food online shops. For your gifts, opt for those that are locally made by our small entrepreneurs. Your support to them will also allow them and their employees to enjoy a nice meal during noche buena.

“This year, celebrations will only be truly special and meaningful if you, your family, and everyone in our communities are healthy and safe. It would be a good idea to give grocery items for ‘noche buena’ to a family in need rather than spending money for a party and risk contracting the virus,” the city government said.


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