June 20, 2024

Let’s start with a Christmas prayer: “Dear Lord, don’t let us miss You this Christmas season. Help us to simplify our activities and traditions so we can focus our celebration on Your birth. Thank You for being the Prince of Peace, and I ask You for that supernatural peace to reign in our hearts. Thank You for the simple but life-changing message of Your love for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” (Melanie Chitwood)

This near-sighted Ibaloy writer is elated to learn that Filipino ingenuity and self-reliance is alive and kicking despite the Covid-19 pandemic and the even deadlier continued rule of political dynasties.
A recent newspaper article revealed that marginalized communities across the country are relying on their own creativity to survive the health crisis that started in Wuhan, China.
The report disclosed that some of these communities have established farm markets, pooled their own relief funds, or organized a group of weavers of cloth masks and bags. Makes you proud of being a Filipino, doesn’t it? Even if just for a fleeting moment.
“These grassroots approaches have not only strengthened community bonds but also filled-in crucial gaps left behind by the government’s inadequate aid,” the article stated.
Many of our honorable national and local leaders have often reminded ordinary folk not to rely on government for everything. This is sound and common sense advice for the teeming masses, of course. Especially in a country dominated by greedy political dynasties. Merry Christmas!

FYI: Taxpayers for the 2021 real property tax payment will enjoy 20 percent discount when they settle their payments at the city hall business one-stop shop until Dec. 31.

Here’s “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “I heard the bells on Christmas Day/ Their old, familiar carols play,/ And wild and sweet/ The words repeat/ Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

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