April 23, 2024

Some readers of this near-sighted Ibaloy writer’s column, in this paper and social media, are asking my opinion on the negative reports and bashing being received by organizers of the ongoing South East Asian Games in our beloved country on traditional (print, radio, and television) and social media. Being a staunch believer in freedom of expression and the press as long as these do not infringe on the rights of others, then write, broadcast, or post on to your heart’s content. We live in a democracy, after all, no matter how crazy it is at times.
May I humbly suggest, however, that we hold off the negative comments while the prestigious competitions are underway and focus on supporting our athletes who are giving their “blood, sweat, and tears” in bringing honor to our beloved Philippines that we Pinoys, fortunately or unfortunately, belong to. After the games, then we can pour all our grievances, negative thoughts, and criticisms (with many cowards using fake accounts) to those concerned whether these critiques come from a place of patriotism or just being infected by crabmentality. Again, just a suggestion. Peace.
Anyway, Baguio Central School under Principal Esther Litilit was awarded as the Best Brigada Eskwela Implementing School-national level in the elementary mega-category, elevating it to the Hall of Fame having garnered the prestigious award for the third straight year.
During flag-raising rites at City Hall, Ma-yor Benjamin Magalong and Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan led local officials in honoring the school for being awarded as the 2019 Regional Search for Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing School by the Department of Education-Cordillera.
Brigada Eskwela is the DepEd’s National Schools Maintenance Week program that aims to bring together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort, and resources to prepare public school facilities for the opening of the school year in June.
Master Teacher I Carina Walsiyen said it is the third straight year that the school was given the plaque of recognition elevating it to the regional Hall of Fame. It is also a Hall of Famer in the division level.
Located just a stone’s throw away from City Hall, Baguio Central School is the country’s oldest public elementary school and is one of the largest in the Cordillera region with around 3,000 learners enrolled at present. Mabuhay!

Here’s “Requiem” by Robert Louis Stevenson: “Under the wide and starry sky/ Dig the grave and let me lie./ Glad did I live and gladly die,/ And I laid me down with a will./ This be the verse you grave for me;/ “Here he lies where he longed to be,/ Home is the sailor, home from sea,/ And the hunter home from the hill.”

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