Mendoza: SMC taps one for precious Baguio water

NOW look at this, fellers: Not only about golf but about environment as well. That’s your 65th San Miguel Fil-Am Golf Invitational this year in the Summer Capital that is Baguio.

While more than 1,000 golfers were enjoying every minute of their stint in the tournament—on and off the courses of Baguio Country Club and Camp John Hay—little did they know that their hosts, gracious to the hilt, of course, were also busy finalizing a CSR (corporate social responsibility) shindig that would benefit beloved Baguio for generations and generations to come.

We all know that because Baguio in Benguet province is almost sky-high, water in the city is sourced eternally beneath rocks and granite, making this basic necessity as precious as food, if not oxygen. Through decades of the city’s existence since its construction in the 1900s, water here is God-like and anyone trying to mess up with this lifeblood is courting the wrath of folk and folks alike.

If oil is considered black gold, water here—and elsewhere I believe—is considered lifeline. We can’t live without oil as oil guns up engines of manufacturing. We can’t live without water or we die in unspeakable pain, as in a drought-death in waterless desert.

Thus, recognizing water’s crucial role in making Baguio livable till the end of time, this year’s Fil-Am Golf that started on Nov. 21 is pitching in a love-laden amount symbolic of the lifetime care water gives to humanity.

And so tonight during the Awarding Ceremonies after an epic, 18-day golf competition, the Fil-Am Golf Foundation will donate to the City P5 million in support to the fencing of the city’s various watersheds—the amount generously coming from San Miguel Corp. as a major tournament backer for the second straight year together with Toyota.

“I give credit to Mr. Ramon Ang of SMC for making this humanitarian act possible,” said Atty. Louie Sison of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees that also include BCC’s president Rico Agcaoili, general manager Anthony de Leon and Ely Lagman, and CJH’s Bob Sobrepena, Shean Bedi, Jason Uy, Tim Allen and Freddie Mendoza.

Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan is set to receive the much-cherished check at BCC in fitting ceremonies tonight.

Hat’s off to you, guys.

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

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