Cabaero: Christmas in March

Nini Cabaero

A LIGHT at the end of the tunnel is what it means to bring out your Christmas lantern and display it in March, in this time of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

A family in Dipolog City decided to do just that last week. Armand Bengua Frasco, in a message to SunStar Cebu, said his family took out the Christmas lantern from storage and hang it by a window.

“It is a symbol of light at the end of the tunnel and a reminder that, with massive effort, modern medicine and prayers, the coming holidays will turn out to be bright,” Frasco said. It is a message of hope during this public health emergency.

Frasco said his family saw an article on the House Beautiful website that called on those on quarantine in their homes to hang their blinking colored lights again, three months after Christmas.

The report quoted the article author, Nathalie Kirby, as saying: “So if you're home with nothing to do, I have a suggestion. Hang up your Christmas lights again (or just switch them on if, like me, you still haven't taken them down yet) and hopefully, you'll inspire your neighbors to do the same.”

Frasco said the Christmas lantern in March signifies “hope in a world enveloped by fright and darkness.”

What’s next? Maybe radio stations will start playing Christmas songs of Jose Mari Chan and others.

The country recorded 32 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 262 as of noon Saturday, March 21, 2020. The Department of Health tally showed that 18 people died in the country while eight have recovered from the disease.

In Cebu, there is only one confirmed Covid-19 case and the patient recovered and got discharged from the hospital.

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