Briones: A time to rejoice

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Today is a special day.

For Christians worldwide, it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. For the religious, it marks the end of the 40 days of fasting, prayers and penance. For lapsed Catholics, though, it’s just another Sunday. No big whoop.

And before I continue, yes, it is I. I haven’t been replaced by seeds from a plantlike pod from space. And no, I don’t have some religious zealot pointing a gun to my head to delve into religion, a topic as foreign to me as irony.

But living in Cebu, where majority of the population are Catholics—the practicing kind, too–it’s hard not to be affected.

Mind you, this year has been different. Less reverence, if I may say so.

You see, people in this part of the archipelago have had to contend with incessant downpours that caused landslides and heavy flooding, killing scores of people, in the last two weeks. That’s less than four months after super typhoon Odette devastated the same areas.

And it’s hard to tune out of all the political talk, especially with the national and local elections less than a month away. It’s on social media and on legitimate news outfits. I mean, everybody is talking about it. Well, almost everybody, that is.

I am not touching that subject with a 10-foot pole even though, by the looks of it, there are only three major contenders for the highest post in the land at this point: a down-to-earth, hardworking-mother-of-three vice president; the son of an ousted dictator; and a former matinee idol-turned mayor.

At any rate, I shouldn’t since I am not registered. Although if you are voting for mayor of Cebu City, I’d recommend the incumbent. Or if you are a constituent of Argao, you can vote for the former regional director of the labor department who is running for councilor.

Don’t get into a hissy fit. These are merely my suggestions. As I said in the beginning, this column is about today being a special day.

Come to think of it, I wonder if contestants of Pinoy Big Brother know the significance of Easter? Although if they don’t, the public shouldn’t be too harsh on them. It’s not their fault if they associate the day with egg hunts and cute bunnies.

Let’s face it. They’re just kids. What do they know of history? There are adults out there who lived through martial law and yet don’t remember what happened.

But enough of that divisive chatter. This is a day to rejoice. And while you’re at it, support local businesses that are trying to recoup their losses. They need all the help they can get.

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