June 4, 2023

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…everywhere you go…,” sings Michael Buble, and Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas songs are playing again. It’s that time of the year again. It’s the time to share and care.
Parts of family treats are visits to the Christmas Village, the Manor and the Botanical Garden. The Saint Louis University Christmas lantern parade and the lighting of the giant Christmas tree at the top of Session Road just finished and the Nutcracker is next on the must see things.
Its parties galore everywhere.
Have you thought of your Christmas list already? Let us put the sadness brought about by the pandemic behind.
Baguio’s visitor arrivals are increasing during weekends. It’s good for businesses. But not everyone is happy with the traffic.
Christmas came early to 200 students and 100 plus parents of the Baguio Country Club Elementary School with the “Maagang alay sa gintong Pasko” project. Santa Claus representatives came from the Baguio General Hospital Advisory Board, SM City Baguio and the Baguio Museum. Kind hearted souls are everywhere.
Our gratitude to SM City Baguio headed by Rona Correa and Assistant Mall Manager Jason Pena, BGHAB emeritus Chandru Bhudrani, Chair Ram Sharma, and to all the member volunteers of the Advisory Board who made many hearts happy. Jesus is pleased. Nakakataba ng puso‘di ba?
Many organizations are sharing their time and resources to children and the less privileged, and their employees. If there is one thing I appreciate about the SM City Baguio, is their care for senior citizens, pregnant mothers and mothers with toddlers and PWDs. It’s the only place where seniors are given the privilege to wait for taxis at their special lane and with chairs to sit on. So much respect for the people who thought of this. I think it’s the only place in Baguio doing this. And though senior citizens and PWDs are given special discounts, to wait for taxis at an age when your knees and stamina are waning is indeed a privilege. Thank you, SM Baguio.
Families are starting to plan their vacations and holiday trips.
For many service oriented businesses, it’s the time to remind your employees to put on a smile for your clients. To give a smile is priceless.
For those who are sick, it would be nice to see how we can help financially or spiritually. A visit will be okay if the family allows it. But most of all, let us pray for everyone to have the spirit of Christmas in their hearts.
Have a happy December everyone. Spread joy and laughter and thank the Lord Almighty for his protection, bounty, and care.

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