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The Bacolaodiat spirit

Ninfa Leonardia Congratulations to the members of the Filipino-Chinese community in Bacolod for their “Never say die” spirit in pushing through with the now famous “Bacolaodiat Festival” that closes today on a very bright note. For a while, Bacoleños were appalled at the thought that what obviously were blockages that had political nuances may affect the celebration. But thanks to the determination of the organizers, the show went on, promising a more improved and more successful celebration, now what it has marked its tenth year.

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So, despite the lack, or delay, of any help from the city government that had been traditionally given to enhance the festival, the organizers went on their own, soliciting assistance from community members with the expectation that, eventually, the expected aid will come. Kudos are due to those who worked for its success, like festival chairman Jennifer Ong, Fred Barcelona, an original initiator of the Bacolaodiat with then Mayor Bing Leonardia, and staunch supporters like William Ong, Leonito Lopue, Andres Valencia, Dr. Lilly and Emily Go, and so many others who gave their heartfelt support to the undertaking. Congratulations also to the Chinese schools in the city who contributed a lot to the celebration, and the Tsinoy as a whole.

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Now that the Bacolaodiat is ending on a very inspiring note today, our next pre-occupations will be on the coming elections and the expectations of candidates for national offices swarming into our city and province to court our votes. Aside from this opportunity to see them, size them up, and decide which ones are deserving of our votes, we will also be treated to a lot of entertainment in the way they will try to downgrade each other. Of course that is also expected of local contenders, who are just as good in the entertainment area.

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I noticed that even the staid Mar Roxas, has now perked up and has become faster on the draw that most people had thought. When another candidate, Rodrigo Duterte, bashed him and called him “gay”, he promptly riposted, that Digong seems to be his fan, and added, “Paciencia na, Digong, hindi kita type”. Wasn't that cute? I haven't heard of the comeback from Duterte yet, though.

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“I wuz cheated”. That, in effect, was what American presidential candidate Donald Trump whined when he rated lower than his opponent Ted Cruz. That must have been a shocker for Trump, who thought the affair in Iowa, the result of which are said to be harbingers of success in the U.S. polls, went against him. But analysts have commented that it was his own fault. By snubbing the debate being held for the Republican bets, for the reason that he did not like one of the hosts, a lot of people lost interest in him.

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Now he is all complaints about the Iowa survey, accusing Cruz of cheating, still not believing it could happen to him. But the triumphant Cruz, rejoicing in what seems to be a very good sign for him, had a ready riposte. He called the reaction a “Trumper Tantrum” and that caught on with the media. On the other side, Hillary Clinton is also struggling to keep her lead against Bernie Sanders, her closest rival. Hillary did lead, but not by much in Iowa, so it's still anybody's game between them. I am glad we don't have such a complicated process for picking our presidential candidates. But that is also why get so many who are classified as “nuisances” later.

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I can't help trying to decipher former Senate President and still Senator, albeit an accused person on bail, Juan Ponce Enrile. He seems to be mad at the world nowadays, and keeps hitting people he must feel had done him wrong. Probably because some Manila columnists had commented on his apparent good physical condition, even though he had been granted bail for his supposed failing health, he is now underscoring his failing eyesight and hearing, his loss of balance, cramps, and other ailments.

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But what seems to be very active is his anger, or hatred towards a lot of people. Lately he has complained that people have forgotten the “pivotal role” he played in the EDSA revolution. Oh? As far as I can remember, it was his survival that he was fighting for when he called on then General Fidel Ramos to help because he knew that then Martial Law president Ferdinand Marcos was angry at him, and did not wish him well. Maybe Marcos had forgotten that Enrile had to stage a fake ambush to justify Martial Law? But now Enrile says he is thanking those who love him as well as those who hate him. In which category has he placed his wife?*

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