Issue of December 31, 2017
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For the better

If memory serves me right, it was the great physicist Albert Einstein, Time Magazine’s Man of the Century, who defined insanity as “doing the same things or actions and expecting different results” or words to that effect.

As the New Year beckons, his definition reminds us to take stock of our lives and see whether what we have been doing in the past has led or is leading us to the accomplishment of our goals and dreams. If not, then obviously changes have to be made for us to achieve or at least get nearer to our goals in 2018 and beyond. As the saying goes, the only constant thing in life is change. If this is true, then we might as well change for the better even if it is so much easier said than done. Happy New Year!

Anyway, this near-sighted Ibaloy writer must either be doing something right or is extremely lucky because my lovely wife Sarah and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary on Dec. 28 among family and friends. Admittedly, I have married way above my station in life and Sarah is obviously too good for me. Thanks my luv, for tolerating an impoverished dreamer like me for the past two decades. Here’s to 50 more!

Good News: The city council passed a resolution congratulating, giving due recognition, and appreciation to all the victors, their coaches, and technical representatives in the 2017 Muay Thai National Championships held from Nov. 8 to 13 at the PhilSports Complex in Pasay City.

The prestigious event aims to continue discovering new talented players from communities and schools to represent the country in future international competitions.

Victors in the novice category in their respective weight and age classes include gold medalists Judith Chadyaas, Christina Tirzo, Xander Apilio, Nelson Bantiyan, Tom Oliver Fortunato, Vincent Maspil, and Elmore Malano.

Silver medalists are Cazzel Gatinao and Craig Danzel Pinasen while Lester Brent Simongo, Daniel Chao-Waten, Jedie Dan Awas, and Moises Manangyao garnered bronze medals.

Winners in the advance category are gold medalists Dahlia Tarapen, Judith Chadyaas, Rosemarie Recto, Ligaya Kagaid, and Felex Dave Cantores. Silver medalists are Evertson Baniaga and Roldan Lingbanan while Islay Erica Bomogao, Hernan Pinasen, Daryl Chulipas, Bryan Aban, and Jefferson Golocan garnered bronze medals.

Coaches are Jerry Valdez, John Cay-ohen, Noriel Acquisio, and Joseph Oloan while technical representatives are Bryan Olod, Ariestotle Estino, and Edzel Ngina.

“This outstanding performance by Baguio athletes and coaches deserves to be commended for the honor and recognition they have brought to the city,” the measure states. Cheers!

FYI: Mayor Mauricio Domogan has ratified a city council resolution requesting the Baguio City Market Authority to submit plans and other documents in relation to the proposed additional hog corral/s at the Slaughterhouse Compound to the local legislature on or before Jan. 15, 2018.

The measure states that various personalities were present during the Dec. 4, city council session as resource persons relative to the invitation of Councilor Arthur Allad-iw.

The invitation is in relation to the installed corral at the livestock market at the Slaughterhouse Compound in Sto. Nino barangay.

Allad-iw chairs the august body’s committee on employment, livelihood, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) and is a member of the committee on market, trade, commerce, and agriculture.

“As manifested during the deliberation, there is a need for the city council to confirm if there are any deviation from the plan prepared by the city buildings and architecture office on proposed additional hog corrals at Slaughterhouse Compound, Baguio city as mandated in the Market Code,” the resolution states.

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Here’s “The Reader” by Wallace Stevens: “All night I sat reading a book,/ Sat reading as if in a book/ Of sombre pages./ It was autumn and falling stars/ Covered the shriveled forms/ Crouched in the moonlight./ No lamp was burning as I read,/ A voice was mumbling, ‘Everything/ Falls back to coldness,/ Even the musky muscadines,/ The melons, the vermilion pears/ Of the leafless garden.’/ The sombre pages bore no print/ Except the trace of burning stars/ In the frosty heaven.”

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

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