May 27, 2024

This near-sighted Ibaloy writer was pleasantly surprised and exceedingly glad to hear incoming president Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., in a press forum, has requested the Filipino people to pray that he will do well as our beloved nation’s chief executive because if he does, that means the country and its long-suffering people will also do well.
Indeed, Marcos Jr. should be given the benefit of the doubt and the chance to show that he really means well for the nation and prove his critics wrong. This is the democratic, fair, and Christian way.
Let’s give our incoming leader, who won by a very wide margin, a chance to govern and not prejudge him because of his ancestors as he himself appealed. Who knows? Marcos Jr. might surprise us and be a truly a uniting and inspiring president whose words and actions are truly for the good of the entire Filipino people and not just for members of political dynasties. Let’s hope and pray that this is so for all our sakes. Mabuhay!

The City Veterinary and Agricultural Office in collaboration with the Department of Tourism-Cordillera launched farm tourism circuit, May 21, at Happy Hallow as part of the city’s celebration of Urban Farmers Month.
The activity aims to promote and support farms and farmers in the city and provide experiential education to visitors and residents on their best agricultural practices. Included in the circuit are permaculture, hydroponic farms and edible garden landscapes in Happy Hallow; strawberry farms at Sto. Tomas; rose gardens at Camp 7; farms in Irisan that have received good agricultural practice certifications.
The program will become an integral part of the DOT’s agri-tourism campaign that provides farming-related experiences to be enjoyed on a farm or other agricultural setting for entertainment or educational purposes.
The farm tourism circuit is also in line with the city’s 16-point agenda that includes responsible tourism, strengthened livelihood and entrepreneurial services, and others.
Councilor PhilianWeygan-Allan, chair of the city council’s committee on market, trade, commerce and agriculture; DOT-CAR Dir. JovyGanongan; CVAO head Silardo Bested and Happy Hallow barangay officials led other guests during the launching.
Those interested to experience the farm tourism circuit can coordinate with the CVAO at Slaughterhouse Compound or call 443-5332, Monday to Friday, 8a.m. to 5p.m. Cheers!

Here’s ‘My life has been the poem I would have writ’ by Henry David Thoreau: “My life has been the poem I would have writ/ But I could not both live and utter it.”

Let’s end with a prayer: “Father God, my heart is filled with chaos and confusion. I feel as if I am drowning in my circumstances and my heart is filled with fear and confusion. I really need the strength and peace that only You can give. Right now, I choose to rest in You. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.