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Schadenfrude

Watching the comedy show “Champoy” way back was always fun what with the antics of Subas Herrera, Noel Trinidad, Mitch Valdez and of course Ramon Zamora who while in complete Adolf Hitler Swastika uniform would talk make-believe German. He would invariably utter his German line “sprakenahaksen” which, as everybody knows, is only an invented word, but still tickles the bones and ends in laughter.

Then comes along “schadenfreude,” a German word adopted in the English language because there is no other word to describe what it denotes – “the malicious enjoyment of the misfortunes of others.” While it is German, it is a practice of Filipinos, the culture of King Nero laughing and singing while Rome was burning down. Most often than not, when one hears of someone suffering a misfortune like getting ill or even death, fired from a job or sued in court, people would invariably say “buti nga sa kanya” or in the vernacular “gungunana!” without batting an eyelash or even knowing the reasons or circumstance that led to the tragedy. The reverse is just true. Good deeds or fortune of people makes others, albeit a small majority bitter. “Apal nga dakes” crab mentality or simply “malubha na ang inggit” is the simple Pinoy explanation. This kind of attitude reflects a degraded moral interiority, expressive of the pleasure, which men feel at the calamities of others. Schadenfreude is an ignoble feeling.

Now for a bit of good news. The 16th edition of the EMA Cup Golf Tournament, a one-day fun tournament successfully teed off yesterday, July 8, at the Baguio Country Club. Almost 150 local par busters dominated the list of players who supported the golf-for-a-cause as announced by tournament director Dr. Willy Occidental.

Joseph Rimando, incoming president of the beneficiary Rotary Club of Downtown Session, assured the golfers and sponsors that the activity would augment the funding of their medical missions, feeding programs, the scholarship program and other worthy projects which his board will decide on. Likewise, the proceeds shall also fund the maintenance and upkeep of the Emergency Medical Assistance ambu-transport, which has been made available for Baguio patients as transportation.

The past EMA Cup series of tournaments raised almost P5 million – a large chunk of which were turned over to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center for dialysis patients, while the rest went to outreach projects of the club. EMA Cup started in 1995 when then president Fidel V. Ramos led the ceremonial tee-off at the old Camp John Hay Golf Course. It was for the benefit of the PFVR Youth and Action Center Inc. From then on, the series went on finding its new home at the luscious greens of the Baguio Country Club.

During the awarding ceremony at the club, yours truly and Rimando thanked the sponsors for their unselfish support to the golf tourney. The major sponsors are: Citic Realty Corp. – Chi Jian Li, Beneco, Home Credit Finance Phils. Inc., Megapines Realty & Development Corp., Metrobank, Moldex Realty Inc. and TiongSan Harrison. The minor sponsors include: Baguio Country Club, Kultura Splash Wave Resort, Lafaayette Resort, Mario’s Restaurant, RCC Global Entertainment Inc. Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.

The hole sponsors are: Aboitiz-Hedcor, Advance Foundation Construction System, Baguio Apaches, Baguio Midland Courier, Baguio Water District, Baguio’s Finest Security Agency, Ballesteros Optical, Belinda’s Farm, Benguet Memorial Services, BZA Home Style Crafts, Rep. Mark Go, former congressman Bernardo Vergara and Jonathan Vergara, former congressman Nicasio Aliping Jr., Councilor Michael L. Lawana, Cordillera Integrated Medical Services Inc., Danum Care, Davies Paint, Dr. Neil Ambasing, E.M. Avila Law Office and Atty. John Ray Libiran, First La Union Gaming Corp., First Pacific Insurance, Garden Diner, Goldrich Construction and Trading, Honda Cars Pangasinan, Hotel 45, Khatib Construction, Legarda IT Center-DM Capital Venture Corp., Metro Pacific Water, Mika’s Water Delivery, Milo Garcia, Musar Music Corp., National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, Newtown Plaza Hotel and Gerry’s Grill, North Haven Spa, Pan Pacific Hardware, Panville Unique Distributor Corp., Peacock Financing Corp.-proprietor Gandhi Singh, Philex Mining Corporation, Pines Estate Gaming Corp., Pioneer Insurance and Surety Corp., Play and Say Therapy Center-Lua Limbo, Police Cordillera Director C/Supt. Francis Elmo O. Sarona, City Police Director S/Supt. Ramil Saculles, Pugad Adventure, R&R Sanitary and Management Services, Raju Kumar Sohal and Family, Rotary District 3790 Gov. Buboy Valles, Rtn. Dir. Mike Tank and family, Rotary Club Downtown Dagupanpresident Ashok Vasansdani, Rotary Club assistant governor Gigi Maranan, Rotary Club of Dagupan East, Rotary Club of South Triangle, Rural Bank of Itogon, SKD Academy, Solibao Restaurant, Tabora Sports Complex, Venus Parkview Hotel, Zi Spa, Zoneville Condominiums and Zymed.

The patrons are: Amare, Giligans Restaurant, Globe Telecom, Kubong Sawali and Zio’s Pizzeria, Le Monet Hotel, Liquipure Water Delivery Service, Standard Insurance, RCDS past president Vashi Pursnani and Victor Keswani-Rajat Electronics.

Our media partners: Baguio Midland Courier, Z-Radio, Usapang Legal, Amianan Balitaand ABS-CBN Northern Luzon.

During the awarding ceremonies Rotary Dagupan president Vasandani turned-over for disposition to yours truly, 10 additional wheel chairs and nebulizers and pledged continued support of the projects. Likewise, Chi Jian Li reiterated his donation of eight classrooms. Two rooms have just been finished at the Elpidio Quirino Elementary School while construction started at the Quezon Hill ES.

I am overwhelmed by the gracious and unselfish support and will carry the memory in the land of milk and honey for the next three weeks. Sigh!

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