What’s going on around
By Joel B. Belinan
Covid- 19 and vaccines for it are perhaps the most popular bywords in the global village. It is the most common subject matter in all forms of media (print, TV, radio, and social media). Everyone has something to say, from the powers-that-be in every country to the most unknown man or woman on the street or on the farm. They have their Covid-19 stories too.
Now that vaccines are being produced by the hundreds of millions every day, the race now is shifted to which country will be the first to complete its own roll-out. From the latest data, it shows that the world’s giant economies are leading in the race. US, China, UK and other big economies, but some small countries are also in the front line to complete their vaccine programs, like Israel and Singapore. Well, these two are small but definitely very prosperous countries.
Covid- 19 vaccines may even replace the gold as the most precious commodities with the way these are being valued now. We just don’t how long such value would stay. But what is sure is that by the time we go back to our way of life as we knew it before March, 2020, there will be a few people in the world who would have gained un-imaginable wealth.
As they say, when it rains it pours. I keep on hearing a comment about us that goes like this: Dakayo ay iBesao, nu waday matey kendakayo dakayu et men e-ennunod. (You people from Besao whenever someone dies among you, several will follow.) This might be true to some extent as in the past two to three weeks I saw several people who traced their roots to Besao who died in succession. This can be seen on the posts in our favorite social media platform and the non-stop vigil at the Cathedral of the Resurrection Chapel. Unfortunately, some of those were my relatives while others were my friends.
Climate change is really now in our midst. It’s already towards the end of February but our temperature keeps on playing between 10 to 13 degrees centigrade, sometimes its lower than 10. This is not to mention the rains we had around two weeks ago. I really don’t like this cold spell as it discourages people from getting up early. The past one and a half months saw our Burnham Fitness participants dwindle to just very few due to the cold temp in the mornings. If you don’t believe me try going for a walk at the park early in the morning. So I say that those who still entertain the notion that climate change is a hoax are idiots.
I am the President of the Ang katipunan ng mga Samahang Maharlika, a confederation of 9 regional movements spread out in the entire country and aimed at establishing a society based on the Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT) and Neo-Humanist Ideology. Last Saturday, February 13, 2021, I presided over a zoom meeting purposely for the formal creation of a political party for our would be candidates this coming National and Local Elections in 2022. (We do have high ambitions that we want to contribute in the future of our country, thus this organization we are in, but that would be a topic in the future.)
On that meeting a total of 24 people attended from the expected more or less 60 people. The purpose of the meeting have been met. We agreed to register the “Partido ng Masang Maharlika” with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) the soonest possible. But the reasons why more than half of the expected participants were not able to attend the meeting was to poor internet signal or no signal at all in their respective places. (The good thing is that the moment they were able to communicate with us, they affirmed their commitment to receive duties for the organization). This only shows that indeed in this country of ours, we have a long way to go in the attainment of an acceptable internet speed. Slow is the term that describes Filipinos, not only with respect to our Internet signal but even on how our leaders address problems and concerns of this country. We are very slow to learn from our mistakes and instead keep on repeating such. But we are also fast, fast when it comes to negativity and anything that is bad like corruption, circumventing the rules, blaming others, etc.
If only we fast (not eating as we do in our organization), like we really don’t take solid and liquid food for 36 hours, we may be able to reflect on what is wrong with our society aside from the numerous health benefits that we get from fasting. But alas, people nowadays cannot even forego a meal, how can they fast for 36 hours? **