Two Thousand and Nine had been such a multihued year for many of us.
Through the entire year we have seen how sundry of shades enshroud us. Most of them were so vivid that we can hardly put them into oblivion. Others seem to muddle up with the vicious nightmare we’d never dare to scoff at [unless we’re wacky enough to find the good in the not-so-bad episode of our lives].
2009 has brought us, indeed, with a lot of reasons to celebrate life no matter how tough the year has become.
Some stories portrayed a dull picture of black and blue to our lives. Topping the very long list are the nonsense overspending of PGMA’s party in New York for a one-time meal amounting to $ 20,000 [the same amount can at least alleviate the starving of thousands of impoverished Filipinos], the scandals our celebrities have made [who can overlook the media mileage a hot actress turned women’s right advocate and an aesthetic (former) doctor turned underground movie producer/director/actor received as the latter tried to promote voyeurism], the shocking death toll plus the P 11Billion worth of damages typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng have caused… and worst of all, the exceedingly atrocious Ampatuan Carnage [which brought permanent stain to our country’s democratic identity].
Locally, we are not spared from the same plight. On May 2, 2009, Typhoon Dante, perhaps the most stationary tropical depression that visited the region, claimed 18 lives of our fellow Magalleños in Barangay Hubo.
Other stories become fountain source of hope and joy, inspiring us to believe that life is a multicolored wonder!
Success was never elusive to some [if not to many] of us. Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao bagged seven major world titles. International singing sensation Charice Pempengco opened opportunities for Filipino talents abroad. The natural underground river in Palawan bested other world best tourist spot… The passing of former President Corazon Aquino restrengthened Filipino spirit amidst the loss. The altruistic street mentor, Efren Peñaflorida was honored as the 2009 CNN Hero – recognizing the ingenuity of Filipinos in combating illiteracy.
Most of all… amidst loss and tragedy, we are moved by countless stories of heroism and volunteerism shown by many of our kababayans in times of mishaps.
Life is not solely highlighted with hues of black and blue… Sometimes when we least expect it, an array of dazzling colors comes to light to fill us with bliss and optimism.
TwentyTen is but a few sleeps away. Whatever colors this new year may give us, I wish you all a happier, healthier and more colorful life…
Vive bene, spesso l’amore, di risata molto. – Live well, love much, laugh often! God bless us all.