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Playing with Fire

Dagupan flood worsened by 1990 earthquake?

By Gonzalo Duque

 

A GREAT fact of life showed up during the calamitous floods — People after all care for one another.

The little and big things that we did for our fellow men in distress made God smile. Praise Him!

We felt great our doter Pebbles, in coordination with super Malacañang Assistant Bong Go, came to our city mates and fellow Pangasinenses in their hour of distress to distribute relief items.

She, like Bong Go, gave meaning to Christ’s teaching to love the poor.

What? May mahilig mag-batikos kahit rumaragasa ang baha, deep in their blame game?

Naman! Kailan kayo magpapalit ng ugali, local parishes? Kwidaw kayo sa ayaw ng Panginoon!

Advice natin dyan, topak yo ray tinapay. That’s the Christian act.

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At the wake of Mayor Al, yes, we were able to make it amid the flood, civic leader Benjun Tan and wife Norma told us about the Netherlands strategy to beat floods.

            We are happy that 8 out of 10 have great ideas to solve our problems. Sana magawa yong Netherlands strategy sa atin.

            As we dig deeper into the Dagupan floods, let’s not forget that the city was greatly damaged by the 1990 earthquake! Malaking bagay yon sa paganalisa ng character ng ating ciudad.

            We could not forget the sturdy Dagupeños who worked as one man in the name of saving the city, sina Mayor Al, our brod Dr. Ado, Dr. Viven, Benjie, Speaker JDV, and everyone tutok na tutok sa rescue and rebuilding efforts. Sana that other-centered spirit stay forever.

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We received the following text message: Sir Gonz, tama po kayo sa pag-push kay Bong Go, Sara Duterte at Harry Roque para sa senado. Type ko rin sila.

If you won’t mind isama nyo na rin si Sec. Greco Belgica, a new leader for masa and spiritual uplift!

Sumasainyo, Ramon C.

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Manalangalang so Barangay Bonuan Gueset anggan aralem lay labi, kway Ex-Kap Angel Gumarang, “dahil bukas na ang bagong CSI!”

            Sabi ni Kuya Jun who lives nearby at the Blue Beach Subd “that’s a Belen, Noel one-two combination!”

            Ano kaya meaning nun? Ah, initiative ng Mayora at ang bayaw niyang bagong Kapitan Noel Bumanglag.

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We received this text message just now from Engr. Vic T. Saldivar – “Let’s pray for the new DPWH team who are picking up the pieces squandered by irresponsible elements.

No blame pointing… more forward without let up.

Good luck.

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AS of this writing, nagdadalamhati pa ang kalooblooban ng mga Dagupeños dahil sa pagpanaw ng well-loved former na ama na baley Al Fernandez.

Nasa City Museum na ang labi niya, kaya medyo accessible na sa lahat ang pagbisita

Bukas — Augut 18 — din ang interment sa Eternal Garden.

All our love and prayers to you, kuya Al.

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Make sure you are not living a life so caught up and imprisoned in this world’s measures and standards. If you get involved in the rat race, you end up living like a rat filled with so many insecurities and exhausted in a useless, vain and empty race. And stop “keeping up with the Joneses”. Be your best self. According to God’s standards, and you will have a peaceful life.

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