Issue of December 3, 2017

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Human nature

If one bases his or her worldview on what the media brings out, then that worldview would probably be negative since majority of the news is on violence, tragedies, corruption and other “bad” news. Add social media into the mix where some netizens criticize others to their hearts content without looking at themselves first, and you will indeed get a bleak and dark picture of the world. Maybe it’s human nature to notice more the bad than the good in others or situations. After all, to do nothing but unfairly criticize is so easy to do. I could be wrong.

This near-sighted Ibaloy writer believes, however, that there’s a lot of “good” news happening around and a lot of positive things are going on, whether we are aware of these or not. Most people, believe it or not, are generally fair and good natured and not mythical one-eyed monsters. At least, I hope so.

That’s the beauty of democracy, I guess, where we have freedom of expression and a free press. These are blessings our beautiful archipelago enjoy that many other nations don’t have. It’s better to be informed about what’s going on than to be left out in the dark. Information is power that must be used in a responsible manner.

Anyway, the Onjon ni Ivadoy officers led by president Errol Tagle would like to thank all those who, in one way or another, made the first Ibaloy Music Festival held recently at the Ibaloy Heritage Garden, Burnham Park, a success. Proceeds of the event will go to the rehabilitation of the avung (house) located in the area. Cheers!

FYI: Proclamation 1172 s. 2006 calls for an 18-day campaign to end violence against women to be observed annually from Nov. 25 to Dec. 12 aimed at raising awareness among all stakeholders that VAW is a public issue of national concern.

The campaign supports the Philippine government’s goal to protect the rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of violence against them.

Also, Republic Act 10398 declares Nov. 25 of every year as National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children.

City officials led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Rep. Mark Go, and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog have expressed their full support for this nationwide campaign.

Regards to avid Midland readers Joseph Dacaimat of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and John Gerald Pagui-en, Jonathan Rabina, and Clayton John Anipew of the Baguio City Emergency Medical Service with telephone numbers 442-1911 or 426-8619 and mobile numbers 0905-555-1911 or 0925-493-4851.

We are on air Wednesdays, 8 a.m., over K-Lite 96.7 FM, with Hillary Johnson. It’s more fun and cooler in Baguio!

Here’s “Meditation on Statistical Method” by J.V. Cunningham: “Plato, despair!/ We prove by norms/ How numbers bear/ Empiric forms,/ How random wrong/ Will average right/ If time be long/ And error slight,/ But in our hearts/ Hyperbole/ Curves and departs/ To infinity./ Error is boundless./ Nor hope nor doubt,/ Though both be groundless,/ Will average out.”

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

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