EDITORIAL : Welcome 2015!

January 4, 2015 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

December 31 is always worth looking forward to. At 11:50 in the evening of the last day of the year, people start the countdown, watching the seconds tick in their time pieces and at 12:00 midnight the revelry of welcoming the new year is full of life and fun. The sounds of firecrackers reverberate in the air coupled with fireworks displays that look like kaleidoscope in the atmosphere.
In welcoming 2015, almost all activities have been done in previous years. There’s the “media noche” where families got together and partook of the sumptuous food prepared while the old year 2014 faded away and the new year ushers in. Noises were all over in the neighborhood- sounds from “torotot”, clattering of utensils, empty cans dragged by motorcycle-riding teenagers, banging of doors, etc. All we heard  were sounds to drive away evil spirits and welcome good vibes for the incoming year.
The novelty of traditional activities in welcoming of new year has somehow subsided. There was already the ban on the use of firecrackers as they have caused many accidents in the past new year celebrations. “Iwas paputok” was launched by the Department of Health (DOH), at least to minimize accidents associated with firecrackers. A week before the new year’s celebration, firearms of policemen were taped to refrain them from firing the guns.
Amid all these warnings for a safer welcoming of new year, people are  hardheaded. While there was a decrease in firecracker-related accidents,  there were still those that were spared from man’s foolishness in using them. Victims of stray bullets were recorded all over the country. Pangasinan has three cases of stray bullet victims in the towns of Calasiao, Tayug and Asingan.
How safe are we in the comforts of our homes while revelers out there are enjoying the new year? The publisher of this paper Yolanda Sotelo was not spared from the freak entry of a “baby rocket” inside her bedroom, a place where it is supposed to be safe and comfortable. Good enough, that “baby rocket” or “kwitis” in local dialect did not explode otherwise there was another story to tell. (Actually it exploded – editor)

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During new year’s celebrations, the government is always giving information on how to minimize accidents but still these fell on the deaf ears. And how about stray bullets? Where did they come from? Maybe they came from loose firearms or perhaps licensed guns but irresponsible owners.
There are many stories associated with the welcoming of 2015. Some stories are disheartening like the victims of landslide in Samar while others are inspiring with the birth of new babies in hospitals. Whatever happened during the new year celebration, what comes to our mind is the rebirth of hope and faith. There is always hope for a better life ahead. The faith has also been strengthened that with all the bad times the old year has done in our lives, New Year will be the time to reflect and renew our faith with the Supreme Being.

In our province Pangasinan, we always hope that people’s lives will be better with the passing of each day of the year. Let’s pray for a better Pangasinan -its economy, development of its dormant potentials, stable peace and order and political stability.
Indeed, let’s welcome 2015 with a big BANG!

Entry filed under: News.

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