July 22, 2024

Dear Manang,
I suddenly valued life after I almost died a few weeks ago in an accident. I have never considered myself as weak. To my mind, my physical strength and well-being have always been my priority in life. But when I fell and lost consciousness for more than three hours and they informed me that my CT scan was alarming when I woke up, I realized that could have been a goodbye. Still unsure of my wellness, I am warned that I am not clear yet of my head injury. I just want to share this near-death experience and thank God for a chance to be better.
Sasha of Marcoville, Baguio City

Dear Sasha,
Indeed, we take life for granted and squander our health, wealth, and gratitude. We believe that we are powerful and strong until we get our first heart attack, our first serious pneumonia, or even urinary tract infection. I hope that you can inspire others out there to take better care of themselves because accident is always near us. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. He gives you more missions to complete.
Be thankful always,

Dear Manang,
I am angry at my son’s school because they are being required to do face-to-face classes without regard for the students’ exposure to Covid-19 or the new variants. I don’t think risking their health for the physical classes is needed at this time, perhaps next semester or they should initiate the vaccination of the enrollees before they do anything like that. I wonder if the Commission on Higher Education is aware of those decisions. I am very concerned.
Wenley of Naguilian Road, Baguio City

Dear Wenley,
Sometimes, there is a reason for that decision of the school. You should have asked for their reason in writing and then if you are not satisfied, go to the CHED. Although, I agree with you that you should not allow your son to do classroom work yet and I agree that they must get their vaccinations first. I also think that there must be a reason, particularly if they are graduating and there is something required in a course. Go to the proper authorities for this issue.