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Gaby Keith
4-13-2014


Real life heroes
Superheroes, the comic book variety, are in vogue what with all the blockbuster movies featuring their make-believe lives and exploits. This near-sighted Ibaloi writer happens to be a huge Batman fan so I understand fully well this fascination with fictional characters. We all need to escape the harshness of reality once in a while. However, we should not forget that real life heroes are living among us even if they can’t jump over tall buildings in a single bound, fly or have X-ray vision. What they lack in brute strength, our real life heroes have in heart, bravery, integrity, and selfless love.

Some of these extraordinary individuals happen to be our World War II veterans whose number is dwindling every year. Last Wednesday, the city celebrated Araw ng Kagitingan with the theme, “Ang beterano: Sigla at inspirasyon ng kabataan tungo sa tuwid na daan,” honoring these brave men and women whose heroism is the reason why we are now living in a free country.

This beautiful archipelago of delicious coconuts and smiling carabaos holds celebrations like these on a regular basis reminding us of the blood, sweat, and tears paid by veterans to gain our freedom. Their heroism deserves to be honored not only during commemorations but on a daily basis through the respect we show them. They deserve nothing less. To my late grandfather, Brig. Gen. Pedro Baban of PMA Class 1940, a member of the mighty 66th Infantry and the country’s first Igorot general, thanks, lolo!

As of this writing, the search for the missing Malaysian airline is still going on after several weeks of prowling the high seas with high-tech gadgets. Many hope for a miracle and to attain a positive outcome. With God, nothing is impossible.

A silver lining in this sad affair is the coming together of various nations to do the search. An international bayanihan spirit exists and is alive and well. In so many instances, we have witnessed this cooperation among countries in helping one another especially during times of need. So many nations came to the Philippines’ aid when Super Typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in the Visayas. And for this, the Filipino people are grateful.

May there be an age when everyone gets together not only during instances of tragedies but in every situation. Peace, I believe, is achieved this way when all are united not only some of the time but all of the time. We can still dream, can’t we? Despite differences in the color of our skin, nationalities, beliefs and politics, we all belong to one race.

Greetings to the latest batch of City Tourism Office trainees from ABE International Business College, Urdaneta, Pangasinan: Joe Marie Vargas, Shielamae Marquez, Christine Jhoy Dulay, Renalyn Halog, Camille Juanitez, Billy Joe Vigilia, Lara Mae Puzon, and Remellen Abriam. From Panpacific University North Philippines, Pangasinan: Ginina Barnachea and Rachelle Galapate.

A magandang Baguio! Welcome to all visitors and tourists of the City of Pines. Let us continue to keep Bag-iw clean and green, strictly observe its anti-littering, smoking, smoke belching and anti-graffiti campaigns and other rules and regulations. Baguio is our home. Baguio is in the heart.

We’re on radio Tuesdays, 11 a.m., at RPN-DZBS for Tourism Hour, Wednesdays 8 a.m. at DZEQ and on TV, Fridays, 10 a.m., over Skycable Channel 12 for Usapang turismo. Visit the Tourism and Special Events Division, Baguio Convention Center or call 442-1007 for assistance or information.

Here’s “Indifferent” by Johlina Kimo: “You fell hard like a shooting star/ With your winding force./ You handed me your throbbing heart/ But my world quivered not./ You dug like an excavator/ Reaching into my heart/ But with solid arrogance/ I buried my weaknesses deeper./ Like a warrior in a crucial war/ You endeavored to shoot me/ But with towering dreams, I built armor/ And broke your faithful arrows./ Like fire you tried to melt me down/ But your heat faded out for I am winter/ All I can say is a cold sorry/ You don’t deserve an indifferent me.”(Saleng Vol. X, Literary Folio of the Baguio City National High School Special Program in the Arts)

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


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