Baguio Con­nec­tions 43

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LAST week, we left off at chang­ing water to wine. This mat­ter is ad­dressed like­wise in afore­men­tioned doc­u­men­tary "Water," which also treats of how Je­sus man­aged such a feat at Cana.

What is a dis­cus­sion of Je­sus and his re­port­edly first mir­a­cle do­ing in a dis­cus­sion that speaks of water's molec­u­lar struc­ture and prop­er­ties? I.e., isn't this sup­posed to be a sci­en­tific dis­cus­sion?

In­fin­itely wiser per­son­ages have long posited that Sci­ence and Re­li­gion are one, just that our age's priests/shamans and sci­en­tists have yet to agree. I might add, and agree on and in a com­mon lan­guage. Like molec­u­lar struc­ture and in­tent.

At any rate, the said doc­u­men­tary presents both holy men and sci­en­tists alike, a num­ber among the lat­ter even stat­ing that prayer is a thing by it­self. Not an ab­stract, but a thing. Thus phys­i­cal, I imag­ine. Said doc­u­men­tary has to be watched in full to be ap­pre­ci­ated and learned from.

An­other doc­u­men­tary about Water, "Water Mem­ory," is just as fas­ci­nat­ing. In it, No­bel Lau­re­ate Luc Mon­tag­nier demon­strates sci­en­tif­i­cally that Water has mem­ory, and even presents a rev­o­lu­tion­ary ap­proach to the cur­ing of the dreaded HIV and other dis­eases. An­other film about Water that needs watch­ing.

Which, in truth, takes us to the wa­ters of Bo­ra­cay.

Bo­ra­cay was first dis­cov­ered by tourists in maybe the 1970s, per­haps ear­lier. But be­gan to be heav­ily vis­ited by tourists in the 1980s.

From then, into the 1990s, into the new mil­len­nium, and into the present decade, Bo­ra­cay turned into this rather tacky "party place" that at­tracted all man­ner of tourists, caus­ing too an over­build­ing of re­sorts, from the high end to the low, and all stuff in be­tween. And caus­ing great pol­lu­tion, espe­cially of Bo­ra­cay's fa­mous beaches and wa­ters. Not to men­tion of the is­land it­self.

The once pris­tine par­adise turned into what Pres­i­dent Duterte called "a cesspool."

For­tu­nately, he didn't stop at call­ing the once pris­tine par­adise a cesspool. He ordered it closed down for a year, took no ar­gu­ments, and ordered a rehabilitation. His peo­ple man­aged to take that year down to six months, and here we are, wit­nesses to a Bo­ra­cay re­open­ing.

Tele­vi­sion footage shows us once again white sand beaches and clear blue and green wa­ters and some peo­ple. Night footage shows us empty beaches. Is it just me, or isn't that ex­actly how it's sup­posed to be? I bet that Bo­ra­cay's Water agrees, or even re­mem­bers no peo­ple at all around, and prefers that.

I am not alone in send­ing Bo­ra­cay love and prayers, and the spe­cial one that the is­land is never again a vic­tim of the poi­son­ing it had to en­dure for decades.

And yes, next week, how a Baguio shut­down could like­wise help us all.


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