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Open-house sales today in Barangay eMedia


(BY: REV. BERLIE G. YAP) Partners and friends, we would like to invite you to visit tonight, from 6-10PM, Barangay eMedia to shop for a cause and experience a one-of-a-kind tour to personally see the newest TV and Radio station in town.

Barangay eMedia wishes if you possibly can support some of our under-privileged citizens who will display their products for sale, in reasonable prices, here tonight. One can’t tell if you can be the help or the answer these friends prayed for, for long. Christmas is about to come, they too have desires that through your help, these same desires can be fulfilled.

Barangay eMedia in partnership with the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center (ZCRC), the San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm (SRPPF), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development IX will serve the public in an open-house sale at the station’s property tonight, beginning at 6-10PM.

Some of the products to be displayed are the handcrafted “parols” of the inmates in ZCRC and SRPPF, and the homemade food products of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), by the siege of last year, through the mentorship of the DSWD. Just at the mention of this line, right away it could already pull your emotions and empathy to more than just stroll Barangay eMedia or simply buy those tantalizing said products.

It ain’t easy to be deprived. Thus, when we have the freedom or at least little privileges that others do not have, they are already enough reasons to be grateful every day. A grade school daughter one morning whined and yelled onto her mother because her viand for lunch in her pack was again a fried chicken! The young girl must understand that there many in Zamboanga today who do not have anything to eat—not just a single meal lunch but the whole three meals of the day.

Inmates, of both penitentiaries, who contributed for tonight’s open-house sale, have their own stories to tell. They are now in incarcerations because of the crimes they consciously committed before. But they are also human beings that do still have the fundamental rights, as anyone else has—the right to live, the right of fulfilment, the right to be creative and etc, which must be acknowledged, too.

It doesn’t mean though, that because they are behind bars, that society will condemn them already. So, in four-hour time they will have the chance to show to Zamboanga and the world their creativity and worth. The finery of their works is stunning. When you buy their items you can do two things—you helped them and you bought unique products that can’t just be bought in usual shops downtown.

According to the officers in-charged to these penitentiary institutions, the proceeds of these items will go to the common funds of the inmates to provide better their physical needs in prison, literally like coffee, soaps, toothpaste and etc. A percentage of it will also be given to them personally which they can use to send to their individual families as their presents for Christmas.

The other side of the story of their imprisonment, is the humane aspect that one, probably, can’t withstand to oppose because they also are human beings who, too, deserve the same dignity that we relish every day, though outside from those walls. One can’t tell, indeed, how some of them already regretted or repented, while inside the prison, to their offenses they committed.

The IDP’s, who are helped by the DWSD to be able to stand on their own feet than just to wait all day in dole-outs, will also be there to participate in the said open-house sales. They underwent different livelihood trainings to enhance their abilities or skills that can be a capital for their rise from the ordeals they went through during the siege last year. Their transitions were not that easy, too. Counting the traumas they had to go through every night before they could sleep were enough nightmares, though while they are yet awake, which needs to be healed.

The efforts of our government, through the DSWD, at least helped gradually cure their psychological or emotional wounds as they, without choice, must continue to live and face the world, but this time, even better because they are now equipped.

Please, let’s help and support them by buying their products. As the Chinese adage says “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Friends, it is more worthwhile to teach someone to do something than to do it for them!

Along with open-house merchandize is everyone’s chance to personally see and enjoy the facility of Barangay eMedia. One can see up-close to how technologically TV and radio programming are done. Have also the privilege to meet some personalities in the kind of partners GIL Climaco, Rey Bayona Bayoging, Miss Gay Lozada Baylosis, Sir Jack Edward Enriquez, Pai Chu, Negra, Uncle Monis and the rest.

Barangay eMedia will also provide a photo booth for guests to be able to take pictures as keepsake souvenirs. Again, COME ONE! COME ALL! To our OPEN-HOUSE SALES tonight at 6-10PM.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” I John 4:7-8

Partners! For more news and their details please check us out in e105.9 FM band or watch us in channels 37 local, 54 in Sky Cable and 98 in Mindanao Cable. You as well can access our tele-broadcast online via ustream through the link We go on-air beginning 3 AM to 10 PM. You also can text through these numbers 0906-286-1074 and 0999-626-8244, for your comments and suggestions.

Barangay eMedia is located in RBB Bldg., Villa Sta. Theresa Village, MCLL Highway, Divisoria, Zamboanga City. We are serving local, broadcasting global. “Hende lang este radio, TV este! eMedia Mo!” Follow us back again tomorrow in this column page.

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