Culture & Religion
1. Our waiting sheds now look beautiful with ethnic belts painted around their posts, just like this one:
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2. There's this shop housing cultural artifacts, many of which were made by the shop owner, Mr. Pablo Bawer, one of the Province's cultural masters. I have just come to know about it although it has been there a long time already, just a block away from our house...
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All his products are "treated" and seasoned. Each of his shields take a year to make (including seasoning period).
3. Christmas carols are something we can't do away with. The musical instruments for caroling shown below which are made of recycled materials may not be new to many of my townmates, but they surely are new to me:
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4. The St. William's Cathedral has become more beautiful. Friends say the construction of the new Catholic church building was begun during the stint of Fr. Carlito Cenzon, now the Bishop of Baguio. The Church has a new assistant priest, a long-time friend, Froilan Pangda. I was also informed by manong Fred Pangsiw, an Anglican priest and cultural master, that the Cathedral is home to Kalinga's "School of Living Traditions" where young and old alike get to learn more about their own culture.
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There are newly established Christian churches, many of which are of the Pentecostal/Charismatic tradition. Islam has also gained a foothold in the area, as this minaret now piercing the sky of Dagupan, the government seat of the City, shows.
There are several new faces in the city and provincial governments. And there are also new luxury cars for some of our local officials, thanks to the city's bigger share of the IRA (Internal Revenue Allotment). If only they used the people's money to buy more garbage trucks instead, or to build MRFs (Materials Recovery Facilities)...
For three decades, I had never seen the street fronting our house cemented, only filled with gravel and sand year in and year out. Now, it's concreted -- well, except the section across the main gate of the mayor's residence hehe... Ain't sure though when the rest of the streets two more blocks from our house would be cemented; if it will take one political administration to do it, it would be a miracle! :
And oh, by the way, our neighbor has found a new hobby -- golfing. He seems engrossed with it so much, proof of which are my two sisters' collection of more than a dozen golf balls that have whizzed over from his side of our wall for these past few past months. No broken glasses and contusions reported at home yet... so far.