TIMESMAN| Christmas tragedies

WHEN someone in the family dies due to aging or disease, the feeling of sadness among those who are left behind is sometimes bearable because they know the coming loss ofa relative.

But when death caused by an accident comes at a time when we least expect it, the trauma that strikes the   family members is unbearable and maybe too hard to be forgotten.

The tragedy that happened a day before Christmas Eve when everybody was on a festive mood preparing for the upcoming celebration was unexpected when some 37 call center agents at NCCC Mall perished in a fire that gutted the whole establishment last Saturday morning.

While I, too, have lost my parents, brothers, sister, and lastly, my wife few years back, I mourned but accepted the fact that their deaths were all caused by their being sick and aging and not due to accident.

When deaths came one after another in the family, I didn’t lose hope and continued my life. I only thought then that God may have given me a mission to stay behind and finish whatever my parents, brothers, sister, and my wife had not completely accomplished while they were still around.

Of course, we join the families of the 37 innocent victims in this time of their bereavement for the loss of their loved ones. And as I said, life must go on for them. It is not yet the end of the world.

President Duterte assured the families of the victims of the financial support of the government and see to it that justice will be done for those who died, know the truth on what really caused of the fire and lessen the burden of the grieving families.

The NBI is now investigating the case.

And for the victims of the tragedy and their families, we offer this prayer that no less Jesus Christ uttered by himself:

“Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”


Despite of the NCCC tragedy, the destructions brought about by Typhoon Urduja and Typhoon Vinta that hit Davao City and its environs days before Christmas, the cancellation of the Pasko Piyesta, and lately, the resignation of Vice Mayor Polong Duterte – although as of today the vice mayor is only considered in an indefinite leave subject to the action of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and President Duterte on the resignation paper – the city has remained peaceful while business establishments have registered robust sales for the approaching New Year.

This may not be an easy time but we urge everybody not to be affected by what’s happening around. Lilipas din ito and we will survive.


Would you believe that a medium size lechon was the only one (and rice of course) on the table as Jin Lorenz and I had our Noche Buena that started as early as 9 a.m. last Dec. 24?

Of course this was not our original plan but because of some miscommunication with the caterer that received our order of five additional menus two weeks earlier, the owner was not able to prepare the food and we went home minus the order.

I didn’t curse the caterer anymore for its failure to deliver the food knowing that it’s Christmas time when everybody seemed to be in a friendly mood. Ewan ko lang kung sa iba ito nangyari. Papayag ba kayo?

Anyway, it’s still a blessing in disguise for having only a big lechon for the two of us. At least, there will be less stock of leftover in the ref.

Luckily, my son Jojo and his family came later in the afternoon and joined us feasting on the poor but crunchy thing on the table.

At 9 in the evening I was already on my bed while the neighborhood was also quiet as if it was just an ordinary time of the year.

I am afraid that soon December 25 in the calendar will no longer be a special occasion for the Christian world!

Happy New Year!

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