March 20, 2023

Once in a while, I come across people or friends who direly need help.
Jericho delos Santos Casigas, a 20-year-old who is barely in his prime and from Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet, is one of them.
He had been working hard on menial jobs to raise funds for his schooling and to help his mother, Wanda Casigas, a former aide of tita Leonie San Agustin.
His dream is to finish his studies as soon as he had saved enough funds. His mother does odd jobs to help augment their family income. At the time of Jericho’s accident, he was carrying a sack of fertilizer on his back when he slipped and fell backwards.
He was brought to a local hospital for first aid and brought to the Baguio General Hospital. The diagnosis on his clinical abstract is spinal cord injury CS Asia A S/P chest tube thoracostomy, S/P halo traction, S/P tracheostomy, S/P suprapubic catheter insertion.
Quite an unfortunate incident for a young man who is just starting his life. He had loss sensation and motor strength on both his upper and lower extremities. Jericho has been bedridden for the last three months since his accident on Nov. 2, 2022.
His parents, friends, and relatives are requesting for your prayers for the healing of Jericho. Together with them, may I appeal for any assistance to help sustain Jericho’s medical and financial needs, when he gets discharged for home care. He will need continuous medication and assistance either in kind or financially.
According to his mother, they are still looking for an oxygen concentrator for his home use. If you happen to read this and have an extra concentrator in your home, may I knock on your kind and generous heart.
His friends are doing their utmost to help by sponsoring a concert called “Memati AK 99” on Feb. 9. I believe they will distribute tickets. It will feature RB’s Kansyon Ko, Tulong Mo, live on Facebook at Nurho Studio initiated by Raul Beray.
For generous hearts who would want more information, please get in touch with his mother Wanda Casigas at mobile 0907-861-6090.
Maraming salamat po.

It had been almost three years since the pandemic. The Baguio Museum and the Baguio City National High School launched the BCNHS “Ed-eddoy: Art Blessings toward Resiliency” exhibit on Feb. 2 with Kidlat Tahimik as guest of honor.
The works of Special Performing and Non-performing Arts students featured literary pieces, installations, sketches, and media arts.
BCNHS, now headed by OIC Principal Editha Laop, had been the museum’s partner for a couple of years now. The students had been asked to perform for Ambassadors and dignitaries visiting the museum.
This year’s exhibit is under the tutelage of Francis Lumiwes, SPA head teacher and coordinator. It will run until the end of February to allow the public to view the works of the talented high school students.
The exhibit is also a collaborative effort between the BCNHS and the Baguio Museum showcasing the students’ artistic talents in celebration of National Arts Month 2023 this February and as our contribution to the celebration of Panagbenga 2023.
The mentors who guided the implementation of the exhibit are Ben Ebanio, Jr. and Jocel Naniong for visual arts; Darry Biag Bosaing and Cherrie Malucay for literary arts-English; Aisa Calabes for literary arts-Filipino; and Estelito Mendoza and Patrick Ulep for media arts.
The event last Friday also showed the sterling performances of the SPA Choir under mentor Doris Rullan, the SPA Rondalla under mentor Ellen Ruth Sagsagap, and SPA Dance under mentor Mary Ann dela Cruz.
This partnership on the promotion of arts and culture is intended to last for a long time.