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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, August 18, 2016
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with Benjamin Calderon

Olympics of life

Benjamin CalderonThe whole world is having another experience of an Olympiad more commonly known as Rio 2016. This major international multi-sport event involves more than 11,000 athletes from 207 national Olympic committees in 28 sporting events with 206 sets of medals.

The on-going Olympic games have produced successful athletes that have made them famous. We have our very own Hidilyn Diaz winning a silver medal for weightlifting in the women's 53 kilogram category. The medal is significant for this ends our country's 20-year Olympic medal drought. Against this background, was the message delivered to the congregation that reminded us that life has an element of being an athlete.

We were reminded that our faith needs to be regularly exercised to become stronger, we have to become disciplined to train ourselves to run our chosen race to win in living meaningful lives that helps bring heaven down to earth. Indeed, as we appreciate the current competition being held in Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil let us be reminded by our very own personal Olympics of life. As we running to win our chosen race?

Our national political landscape is seeing the influence of our President reading a list of persons allegedly linked to illegal drugs. A national daily yesterday announced in its headline that another list is to be released to the public in the “name-and-shame” approach in the war against illegal drugs. Of course we support the effort of our national leadership in delivering a significant win against illegal drugs within the first six months of this administration. The Supreme Court has also made public the on-going efforts toward cleaning up the judiciary of officers linked to illegal drugs with an investigation to be conducted by a retired associate justice.

An interesting development is the accusations being hurled by the President against a newly elected Senator “juicily” linking her driver with illegal drug money. It is well known that the relationship between the two protagonist has been strained since the President was a Mayor and the Senator was Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights. We hope that this conflict does good toward having a better country as it may also bring us down.

Let us end with an anecdote that reminds us to enjoy our olympics in life with humor. (with apologies to the Irish). A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman want to get into the Olympics but they haven't got tickets. The Scotsman picks up a manhole-cover, tucks it under his arm and walks to the gate. "McTavish, Scotland" he says, "Discus", and in he walks. The Englishman picks up a length of scaffolding and slings it over his shoulder. "Waddington-Smythe, England," he says, "Pole vault," and in he walks. The Irishman looks around, picks up a roll of barbed wire and tucks it under his arm. "O'Malley, Ireland," he says, "Fencing."*


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