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The hanging of greens


(BY: REV. BERLIE G. YAP) It’s December 1 now! Days are so fast, indeed faster than we could know or realize! Anyways, it’s more safe now to say, Merry Christmas everyone, that from the bottom our hearts, this is Barangay eMedia.

The Department of Education today is busy, in their every classroom—from the elementary to the secondary, decorating their Christmas items. This tradition is called by our mentors since as the hanging of the greens.

There are schools even that would make a special program, where they officially perform, in the public, the start of their decoration. Indeed, Zamboangueños love dearly the Christmas holiday. Here in Zamboanga, Christmas ain’t just any special holiday, it is instead a big day where everything changes from the usual to a once-in-a-year celebration.

Barangay eMedia did also already start our celebration marathon since last November 20. Different schools perform their individual exhibitions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (MWF) from 6:30-8:00 in the morning. Hosts, partners GIL Climaco and Rey Bayona Bayoging, of the primetime Emedia Mo incorporate the kids’ performances in their presentations.

Pupils, students, teachers and parents find the said performance to be delightsome. Many of these good and friendly locals did visit Barangay eMedia yet for the first time, and much, to see up-close to how a TV and a Radio station is run. With this exceptional visit, these same friends would be given the chance to take pictures or video inside and outside the building of Barangay eMedia for a keepsake.

You’d know that it is now yuletide in the City because you can find all the shops and malls downtown are covered with the different emblems of the season. The City Hall hoisted a number of giant Christmas Trees in some crowd-attracting spots like the Plaza Pershing and the Paseo del Mar.

In Barangay eMedia, we also have our version of the season’s tree. It is donated by our private sector partner the Ciudad Medial Hospital. Its management decorated the tree with donated used bras! A number of motorists, upon passing, Barangay eMedia would grin or indeed laugh upon knowing those accessories.

Ciudad Medical explained that they did so to express their strong advocacy against breast cancer, as one of the most killer disease to our women in the 21st century. In fairness, it looks cute and it does because it’s a one-of-a kind Christmas tree.

Every Zamboangueño do hope that somehow our Christmas this time will be again the usual celebration of festivities, joy, family focus and peace as we take note of how last year’s yuletide was affected of the siege. It wasn’t just the commercial aspect in Zamboanga that somehow was distorted then, but the very essence of every home.

Except for the abolition of the pyro-techniques, it was unfair for our City to be deprived for the good celebration, yet this year we cannot allow a same scenario. Isn’t it? We thank God for our relative peace this year. We also commend our police for playing the key role for such achievement.

It’s a call City Police Director Col. Casimiro would have to maintain at all cost. Besides, our experience last year taught everyone the big lesson to be constantly sober and alert.

But above all let love, forgiveness and reconciliation reign in our hearts this season. “Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matt. 6:11-12

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