Issue of September 17, 2017
Mt. Province

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Unlike in most industrialized nations like the United States where the individual is the basic unit of society, in developing countries like our beautiful archipelago, it is the family and maybe even extended family or families.

Spending joyful activities with family somehow makes these even more special. Being with loved ones also bring comfort in times of sorrow. As the English poet John Donne once wrote, “Man is not an island unto himself.” Since we can’t be with our family all the time and forever, the occasions we are with them should be cherished and not taken for granted.

Anyway, Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog led local officials in launching the city’s 2017 Family Month celebration with the theme, “Pamilya ang pundasyon ng sambayanang Pilipino.”

Councilor Lilia Fariñas, chair of the committee on social services, women and urban poor, said the event is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 60 issued on Sept. 28, 1992, that aims to increase awareness on various family issues and enhance effectiveness of national and local efforts in carrying out specific programs, generating new activities and strengthening new ones.

The measure also promotes collaboration among national and local non-government organizations in support of multi-sectoral activities.

She added the family is indeed the foundation of the Filipino nation and should be celebrated for its spirit and substance.

For his part, Domogan said the celebration reminds us that the family is the basic unit of our society and emphasizes the important role parents play as the primary teachers in molding their children’s character.

He stressed the importance of walking the talk in promoting good values since young people usually follow what their parents do and not what they say.

“This is why, as parents, we should lead by example and not engage in vices like smoking, drinking and gambling that will serve as bad influence to our children,” the mayor said.

Among the activities included in the month-long celebration is the mass wedding on Sept. 22 at Baguio Convention Center spearheaded by the City Social Welfare and Development Office under Betty Fangasan.

FYI: For more information about the Smoke Free Baguio Ordinance, contact the Health Services Office at 442-4542; Sanitation Division at 444-9217/300-3895; or HEPO at 300-3953.

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

Here’s “The Great Figure” by William Carlos Williams: “Among the rain/ and lights/ I saw the figure 5/ in gold/ on a red/ fire truck/ moving/ tense/ unheeded/ to gong clangs/ siren howls/ and wheels rumbling/ through the dark city.”

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

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