By Alfredo Gabriel M. Aldaba
“Never look a gift horse in the mouth” is a common proverb that I have, throughout my life, utterly failed to live by. Whether that has been for good or for ill is still very much up for debate. What is not up for debate, however, is how it has directed my actions and defined me thus far.
The country has a great deal to worry about when P1.6 million is given as a Christmas cash gift to each of 18 senators and another P250,000 each to four other senators while millions of Filipinos are starving and thousands of displaced typhoon victims are in dire need of food, shelter and clothing assistance from the government.
Some years back, a child named Virginia asked, “Is there a Santa Claus?” An editorial responded, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He lives in the hearts of children.”
By Rina Jimenez-David
It’s still the season for giving thanks, for acknowledging people who, in the year about to pass and way before now, have been “giving” us gifts—not just material items, but gifts of time and understanding, gifts of courage and steadfastness, gifts of sympathy and common cause, gifts of sharing and championing our advocacies.
By Natts Jadaone
I can’t remember the last time I wrote to you. But what I do remember is that you never wrote me back. And that I never got that SpiceCam Polaroid. But I know you’re a busy man and you have your reasons. I’m writing to you now because I don’t really know who to ask. They always say, “No one knows the exact day or hour the world will end.” And since you’re Father Christmas, and you prepare for it whole year round, perhaps you have a clue?