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Fiestas as thanksgiving to God


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything…” (Ecclesiastes 10:19, the Holy Bible).

REMEMBERING A WWII VETERAN: If there is one World War II veteran that I remember quite well, it is the late David C. Borje. And it is not just because he was a survivor of the Death March and the Japanese Concentration Camp in Capas, Tarlac, or a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star medals from the United States War Office, or was one of those who valiantly fought in Bataan.

I remember the guy, who was known as Mang Dave among his colleagues in media in the late 1970s and early 1980s, because after serving his country with valor as a soldier who nearly got killed, he managed to transform himself as a topnotch reporter at the defunct Daily Express until it closed in 1987. On April 19, 2006, I wrote my recollection about him after Dario, one of his sons, notified me that Mang Dave had died.

Here was what I wrote: “Mang Dave was a G.I., or a genuine Ilocano, and he should be about 92 years old when he breathed his last. He was the long-time Senate reporter of the Daily Express before he was transferred to the Malacanang beat, and he was like an old brother to me when I became the president of the Daily Express employees' union… 

A VETERAN’S QUEST FOR THE TRUTH: “He kept on giving me advice and encouragement to do my job well, especially when the newspaper was closed, out of revenge if I may say so, by the newly-installed Aquino government sometime in 1987. What amazed me most, though, was Mang Dave's ability and prolificness in dishing out several stories in one day, all headline materials. 
“The Daily Express, during those days, would not be complete and would not be printed by its editors without a story bylined under Mang Dave's name. We parted ways when the Express was finally closed in 1987, but we met again when old Express boys led by Inquirer columnist Neal H. Cruz organized and started running the Daily Globe, a daily broadsheet owned by the Ramoses of the National Book Store…

“Long before his death, Mang Dave had already left his mark as a non-nonsense and serious journalist who always minded his stories well, so that only the truth shall get printed…”

HAPPY BARANGAY FIESTA IN RAMOS, TARLAC:My kid brother Ariel, now the barangay captain of Poblacion Center, Ramos, Tarlac, wishes to thank all his constituents and each and every donor who made their annual barangay fiesta last April 12 and 13, 2014---the first under his term---an affair to remember. Ariel said he was amazed at the cooperation and assistance given to him by a lot of people, making Poblacion Center’s 2014 fiesta a very happy event. Well, congratulations!!!

SEXY MOVIE STARS STILL HAVE “IT”:Ariel is also thanking movie stars Katya Santos, Maui Taylor, and JC Parker, of the group “Viva Hot Babes”, who gave a totally entertaining one-hour performance during the fiesta’s Barangay Night last Saturday, April 12, courtesy of Caloocan City Barangay Chairman Jerrboy Mauricio, a nephew. Katya, Maui, and JC sure still have the “it” which can make people laugh, be enthralled, and, yes, be titillated with their gyrating nubile and sexy bodies!  

FIESTA AS A THANKSGIVING TO GOD: Many may view town---and barangay---fiestas in the Philippines as a mere waste of time, money and resources, and they maybe correct. But, as Poblacion Center’s barangay fiesta under Ariel showed, it can be used to express gratitude for God’s blessings, to confirm the bond that unites local government units with their constituents, and as a platform towards more meaningful thrusts for success and development in the future!!!

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