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Friday, February 4, 2011

A tribute: Our Smiles at Naga


In a test of power and wit, comes ignorance and deceit.

Basing from information at http://www.filipiniana.net/publication/the-humming-bird-and-the-carabao/12791881647663, the book is entitled, 'The humming-bird and the carabao" by Eusebio Lopez. I also learn of different story interpretations from net users at http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080206194318AAkwP7r. But what's enthralling is my nephew's innocent post of the two characters face to face conveying something entirely different. All i know is it's good.

I may have to relate this carabao-bird thing with today's signs of the times. Under City
Mayor John Bongat's State of the City Address, we are formally introduced to the city logo.
Designed as a combination logo, 'Naga SMILES to the World' statement complements its symbolization. Although this city may be focused towards a new age of trends, the agricultural aspect of the logo is more pronounced. What hopeful relief for our fellow farmers and agriculturists because this sounds like a big support coming their way! Cheers!

'PALAY'

In the said SEE-MEET-INVEST-LIVE-EXPERIENCE-STUDY integration, we experience an improving lifestyle, healthier in a way that we now keep at pace with other developing cities in terms of tourism, healthcare, infrastructure and commerce. Seek affordable consultation in one of those clinics which has chic interiors and state-of-the-art facilities, not to mention accommodating nurses or attendants. Take a hike along Almeda Highway or Del Rosario to view nice housing communities, or visit about 4 malls in a row if you start either in Peñafrancia Avenue or Panganiban Drive.

At SM Dep't Store's Toy section

Even in socio-cultural aspect, now it is less 'visually-criminal' to wear clothes that speak our personality because of media and other advertising projections of an urbanite. It is easier to find a niche in the city with regards to interests just by gratifying ourselves in a coffee shop like my favorite Coffee Co. with Alfredo pasta or a Mango Strawberry Milk Shake (an option for non-coffee drinkers) and hooking up with free WIFI internet service while chilling out with a group of friends that seem to grow in a rather more solid company, if not bigger more diverse crowd, as each week passes by. Local businesses are sprouting about as we are assured by PNP's drive for public order and our city government's campaign towards economic stability. Play billiards, go clubbing, experience bar-hopping, dine in style, sing with an audience, and even visit nearby historical churches where our devotion to INA and/or other patrons and saints magnifies our faith in God. Three (3) varying cemeteries accdg. to structure can also be visited where our loving departed are laid to rest. All these fun and solemn activities are found in accessible Magsaysay Avenue tagged by some as Naga's Little Malate.

About to enjoy my Mango Strawberry Milk Shake at Coffee Co. located behind DMG Building along Peñafrancia Ave. the coffee shop stands beside Mudbugs (not in photo)


Magsaysay: Little Malate. Chilling out with a bottle of beer at Molino Grill in fusion with an ice-blended coffee from Beanbag Coffee and free WiFi Internet service around the business compound delights all.

As a Nagueña myself, I should be proud of Mayor Bongat's modified political moves in support to earlier goals and achievements of Ex-Mayor Robredo, now DILG Secretary. To add, our 'cute' Mayor must have the Atenean spirit of being a 'man for others' so another Cheers to that! What can an educated man do to us, citizens? What can he do for the minorities and even for those seeking justice in our judicial system? I leave these challenging questions up to him with hope of a better future for all of us. This is not any typical home assignment or temporary indulgence that is why we, civilians, Profit & Non-Profit Organizations (PGOs/NPOs), and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) alike, need to remain nationalistic in our individualistic selves and lead frugal lives in response to atrocities such as crime, disease, disaster and poverty. I think a moral fiber plus a Christian background is one good formula alongside other virtues needed to withstand any sad reality we inevitably witness today.

Looks like 2011 opts to welcome another batch. A good sign, ey? =P

I believe we are also called not only to celebrate but to keep praying. We need to continue envisioning Naga City as a happy and progressive community living in harmony to make possible the vision that this new government upholds. As I would always tell myself, 'Goodluck' with a sounding 'smile' on our faces.

So then, the world will listen. = )

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