Issue of September 16, 2018
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This near-sighted Ibaloy writer believes that sports is the one activity that brings people together regardless of nationality, religion, creed, skin color, nose rings, or even sexual orientation. Just look at the World Cup, the Summer and Winter Olympics, Asian Games, and other huge sporting events and see how these magically unite people of all races through the spectacle of athletic prowess.

Of course, smaller sporting activities like the Palarong Pambansa and those conducted in the regional, provincial, city, municipal, and even barangay level have the same uniting effect. Sports bring people together, that’s a fact.

In this regard, we extend a warm Baguio welcome to all the participants of the Batang Pinoy national finals that the great province of Benguet and our beloved city of vanishing sidewalks and Ibaloys is hosting from Sept. 15 to 21. Whether or not they garner any medals, all the young athletes are winners in our book as long as they display fairness, camaraderie, and sportsmanship and give their best. May we be united as a people not only inside but also outside the sporting arena.

FYI: The city council passed on first reading a proposed ordinance creating the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) office in the Summer Capital and for other purposes.

Authored by Councilor Edgar Avila, the measure states that the city government recognizes the importance of LGBT members in the city’s development and shall promote their total development as individuals and members of the community.

Should the ordinance be finally approved, the LGBT office shall be composed of a head assisted by a staff, majority of whom shall be LGBT persons and provided further that they shall possess all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications for a government position.

The city mayor shall appoint them for a fixed term of five years without re-appointment from among a list of three nominees submitted by accredited and recognized LGBT organizations.

In general, the LGBT office shall implement the city’s programs, projects, and activities related to the LGBT community among other objectives.

The august body also approved on first reading a proposed ordinance authorizing barangays to extend P500 as honorarium to Sanggunina Kabataan (SK) members (secretary, treasurer, and kagawads) every month.

Co-authored by Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and Councilor Levy Lloyd Orcales, the measure cites Republic Act 10742 that expresses the State’s recognition of the vital role of the youth in nation-building and promotes and protects their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being; inculcates in them patriotism, nationalism and other desirable values; and encourages their involvement in public and civic affairs. Cheers!

We are on air Wednesdays, 8 a.m., over K-Lite 96.7 FM, with Hillary Johnson and every last Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. for City Hall Hour over SkyCable, DZEQ Radyo Pilipinas, and Big FM. In this nation of delicious coconuts and smiling carabaos, it’s more fun and cooler in Baguio!

Here’s “Creation” by Gabriel Baban Keith: “To scratch this urge/ of making/ something/ out of/ nothing./ This addiction/ of filling silences/ meant to stay/ silent./ Gaps patched-up/ inundated/ with fabricated/ gods./ The search ends/ when my veins / are drained of/ blood/ and embalming fluid/ is pumped/ in.”

May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.

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