Issue of January 15, 2017
     
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Trusted partners

There is nothing more valuable than to have a friend or partner who is with you through thick or thin, in good times or bad, come hell or high water. Walang iwanan, in other words.

Unfortunately, many of those you encounter seem to be of the “fair-weather” variety who are present only in good times and vanish when times get tough. This Ibaloy writer could be wrong, of course.

In Monday’s launching program at City Hall of this year’s Spring Festival or Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration ushering in the Year of the Fire Rooster, Mayor Mauricio Domogan thanked and commended the Baguio Filipino-Chinese community for being a loyal, dependable and trusted partner of the city government in serving the public especially during times of trials and calamities.

The mayor hailed the Filipino-Chinese community for playing a vital role in the city’s history and development and continues to be a “true friend and partner” through thick and thin, in good times and bad, come hell or high water, in working for the good of the entire community.

For his part, Baguio Rep. Mark Go said the celebration emphasizes the importance of having love in our lives and why we should show this love to our families, to others, in our work, and in whatever we do to achieve a more caring and peaceful place to live in. Regards to Peter and Jeff Ng, Roland Wong, Dennis Sy and Pepito Avena.

Good news: If reports are accurate, there was a significant decrease of firecracker-related injuries in Baguio and the Cordillera last year. This is a welcome development, as we should all usher in the New Year safely without losing our fingers or even lives in the process.

In this regard, we fully support the mayor’s call for the city council to immediately pass the much awaited and dare we say, needed ordinance imposing a firecracker ban in the city for the succeeding Yuletide festivities.

We do hope that officials of other municipalities and provinces in the Cordillera will follow suit, if they haven’t yet done so, to finally put an end to firecracker-related injuries or deaths. “Safety first” should be the guiding mantra of this beautiful archipelago of delicious coconuts, smiling carabaos, blushing strawberries and aromatic durians.

We’re on TV, Tuesdays, 4 p.m., over Sky Cable with Vladimir Cayabas, on radio, Wednesdays, 8 a.m., over DZEQ Radyo ng Bayan and K-Lite 96.7 FM with Lady Hillary, Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m., and report over other local radio stations when needed. Visit the Public Information Office at City Hall for assistance or call 442-2502. It’s more fun and cooler in Baguio!

Here’s “Pastoral” by William Carlos Williams: “When I was younger/ it was plain to m e/ I must make something of myself. / Older now / I walk back streets / admiring the houses/ of the very poor:/ roof out of line with sides / the yards cluttered/ with old chicken wire, ashes, / furniture gone wrong; / the fences and outhouses/ built of barrel-staves/ and parts of boxes, all, / if I am fortunate, / smeared a bluish green / that properly weathered / pleases me best/ of all colors. / No one/ will believe this/ of vast import to the nation.”

Until next week and may our lord and savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.

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