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It’s Mother’s Day today and we join the universe in expressing our deepest appreciation and love to all mothers who have devoted themselves into serving their sons and daughters. I pay tribute to my own, Consuelo or Mely to friends, who two years ago passed on to the happy grounds of the heavens after almost four years of four times a week dialysis. She was a public school teacher at Lucban Elementary School where, as a young pupil, I witnessed her industry, toil, and dedication as a grade 2 teacher. It must have been hard for her emotionally to bear a child who would at birth be physically handicapped, but nevertheless she never gave up on me and reared us, brother and sister, the best she can. A happy Mother’s Day and thanking you for the love.

Prophet Kahlil Gibran says it all: “The most beautiful word on the lips of mankind is the word ‘mother,’ and the most beautiful call is the call of ‘my mother.’” It is a word full of hope and love, a sweet and kind word coming from the depths of the heart. The mother is everything – she is our consolation in sorrow, our hope in misery, and our strength in weakness. She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness. Everything in nature bespeaks the mother. The sun is the mother of earth and gives it its nourishment of heart; it never leaves the universe at night until it has put the earth to sleep to the song of the sea and the hymn of birds and brooks. And this earth is the mother of trees and flowers. It produces them, nurses them, and weans them. The trees and flowers become kind mothers of their great fruits and seeds. And the mother, the prototype of all existence, is the eternal spirit, full of beauty and love.”

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On Monday, the 14th, we install our barangay officials via the ballot box. Let us pray and trust that our people will choose the right candidates for their barangays, the forefront of service. Choose the good leaders of your community whose main concern would be to help, protect and serve. As General Colin Powell said, “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

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Our annual fun golf tournament “EMA Cup” will tee off its 17th stage on July 7 at the Camp John Hay golf course, where it was actually launched with former president Fidel V. Ramos doing the ceremonial tee-off. From then on, the tourney became a vehicle to raise funds for worthy projects of groups or individuals. Action Inc., a communication group was a beneficiary in terms of a tow-truck and an ambulance for its use. Rotary Club of Downtown Session’s (RCDS) medical and dental missions, water projects, medical kits, and multivitamin distribution sourced part of its cost from the cup.

One of its glory years was when it was able to raise almost P5 million, majority of which solicited from and by former Sen. Bong Revilla to assist dialysis patients at the Baguio General Hospital where we turned over the amounts. The names in the list that I keep of those who were helped is a reminder on the frailties of humans and of my own integrity as it never occurred to me to include the name of my own mother as a beneficiary when men of lesser stuff would have done so.

This year’s EMA Cup edition would be for the benefit of the RCDS, this time led by its incoming President Jen Herbolario for its continuing projects and maintenance of our ambulance. It will also help the St. Teresa Foundation as we launch for this semester two tuition scholarships for poor but deserving students at any of our Baguio universities, preferably in a B.S. Education course, to teach and mold the youth, like mama.

Tournament director emeritus of course is hotel mogul Dr. William Occidental, who will be supported by the A-team of Karl Gabaen, Mike Limbo, Mike Tank, Kelwyn Tan, John Palaroan, Orlie Tadeo, and the RCDS family. We will again knock on the doors of our institutional sponsors, friends, and supporters who believe in service from the heart. Sigh!

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