Filipinos are a bit anxious about what to do this Christmas. This is the time for merry-making with families and friends based on the country’s culture. However, it’s a little sacrifice to limit the number of people to 10 for parties and follow the health protocols of wearing masks and social distancing. Many of our countrymen suffered the loss of their loved ones due to Covid-19, said Marcos. The medical staff is also overwhelmed. So, it is best to still be very careful this Christmas.
Rumored Christmas Lockdown
Other countries like in America and the UK, some states already declare a Christmas lockdown. This is after the number of Coronavirus infection peaks up again. It was relaxed for a while but now, the ICUs in vulnerable places are again nearing their full capacity. This is why a rumored lockdown in the Philippines follows suit.
We are Filipinos
Filipinos are resilient especially during hard times. This is a very notable trait of the country. People can still be happy with whatever they have. One can always find ways to give love during Christmas especially on Facebook or other social media devices. The most important thing is to be kind, according to Marcos.
It is not surprising that this Christmas, Bongbong Marcos prioritizes their medical missions, particularly in Ermita and Tondo. His mother is a champion in providing health facilities for Filipinos during his father’s regime. As these happen, Miss Philippines, Catriona Gray becomes Miss Universe. Marcos justifies this by saying that Filipino women are indeed the most beautiful, intelligent, and the best character-wise in the universe. He, however, urges public servants to pay a lot more attention to the plight of the unfortunate children.
Marcos explains: I spent an early Christmas with children in Manila this week. Amidst all the fun, I couldn’t help but realize that there’s still so much more we can do to improve the lives of these less fortunate children. Next year, let’s work on giving them more than just a party. He said this after realizing that most of these children do not have a house that they can call their home. No one takes care of them and gives them Christmas gifts.
Catriona Gray’s Silver Lining Advocacy
Gray visits the Young Focus Foundation Child Care Center in Balut, Tondo. and holds a feeding program for the children. It is a non-government organization that operates since 2008, starting with the children in Smokey Mountain. Believing that education is the most powerful tool to overcome poverty, the foundation had set up several pre-schools in Tondo. The beauty queen even joins in the classes. Her favorite is story time where she sits in with the children. She also works to help renovate the pre-school so that it could take in more children from the surrounding communities.
Gray refers to the kids in this Foundation in Tondo when she was asked of the most important lesson she has learned in life during the recent Miss Universe pageant. “I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is poor and it’s very sad. And I have always taught myself to look for the beauty in it; to look for beauty in the faces of the children and to be grateful,” she answered. “And I will bring this aspect as a Miss Universe, to see situations with a silver lining. And to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something like a spokesperson. And if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an amazing world where negativity cannot grow and prosper, and children will have smiles on their faces.”
Smile on the Children’s Faces
Like Gray, Marcos also believes in gift giving. It is essential to make them feel the spirit of Christmas through these gifts given during a Christmas Party. The smile of the children and the warmth they felt during these occasions after a little act of kindness is indeed the real joy.
He can do More
Marcos vows to do more than just the projects he has been doing already to make this sector of society happier next year. He made no mention of the VP electoral protest that gets really quiet during the holidays. He can only insinuate that when he is in the position, he can do more to alleviate poverty. Perhaps a government effort that can directly give a decent life to the indigents. Just like his mother’s housing projects.
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