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Words matter

Since March is Women’s Month and this near-sighted Ibaloy writer is a proud mama’s boy, let me express my love to the wonderful women in my life: wife Sarah, daughter Samantha, mother Emma, and sister Ianna. Life would not be worth living without these lovely ladies. Hooray for women everywhere especially in this beautiful archipelago of delicious coconuts, smiling carabaos, blushing strawberries, and aromatic durians.

Whoever coined the phrase, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me,” is either a robot or a person devoid of any feelings. Words do matter because careless words (or whispers) do hurt and cause lovers to break-up, family to feud, careers lost, and friendships severed or “un-friended.” Hurtful, insulting, and threatening words, whether spoken or written, may even instigate unwanted tensions among countries or worse, war.

Much blood and tears have been shed due to misunderstandings caused by words carelessly expressed. Words can raise people up or bring them down. They can bring smiles to our faces or tears to our eyes. Words can engender love for one another or make us hate each other. It may be easier said than done but let’s be careful with the words we say, write, text, or post. Words do matter.

In this regard, we support the proposed measure authored by Councilor Lilia Farinas instituting an “Anti-Profanity Ordinance” in all schools, computer shops, and other business establishments frequented by young people in the city. As long as this measure does not violate one’s Constitutional right to freedom of speech or expression, then we believe it is a move in the right direction.

Good News: Commissioner Celia Kiram of the Philippine Sports Commission presented a check worth P250,000 to Mayor Mauricio Domogan as the Baguio delegation’s prize for winning the over-all championship in the Batang Pinoy competitions during the flag-raising ceremonies at city hall.

The annual sporting event was held in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte, from Nov. 25 to Dec. 2, 2016.

She is the lone female commissioner of the PSC.

Domogan commended the athletes and coaches for their achievement that “has brought honor not only to themselves and their families but to the whole city as well.”

City Sports Coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales said Baguio’s delegation won a total of 137 medals (55 gold, 41 silver, and 41 bronze) during the Batang Pinoy competitions participated in by more than 10,000 athletes from 256 local government units.

The delegations from the cities of Cebu, Davao, Zamboanga, and Quezon came in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places, respectively.

Gonzales said the amount will be used to purchase various sports equipment that will be used by local athletes for training and competition purposes. Cheers!

Regards to Imelda Marcos barangay kagawad Jaime Martin. A senior citizen, he is usually seen doing voluntary traffic assistance along Marcos Highway with a smile. May your tribe increase, sir!

We’re on TV, every other Tuesday, 4 p.m., over SkyCable 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 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 “She loved him all her life” by Lynne Alvarez: “She loved him all her life/ and when she thought he might die/ she tied her wrist to his at night/ so that his pulse would not flutter/ away from her suddenly/ and leave her stranded”

Until next week and may Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.

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