Starting the year right
And so 2017 is here. What a way to start it by citing some significant developments in the community. Here are some of them.
The PBA held an official game in Angeles City last Saturday. It was a game between sister teams NLEX Road Warriors and TNT Tropang Texters. The Road Warriors, in a precarious 1-5 standing, won and they survived another day.
While that was indeed counted as a win, the game’s beneficiaries emerged victorious too – the scholars. Yes, Asia’s leading pay-for-play professional basketball league turned over a donation of P100,000 for the scholars of Angeles University Foundation where they held the game.
At halftime, PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa, MNTC President Rod Franco, MNTC SVP Atty. Romy Quimbo handed a check to AUF President Joseph Angeles at centercourt. That donation made these guys looked not just pogi but beautiful indeed with that noble objective of helping needy students get through college. The amount may never be enough but it is still worth something for precious education of some students of AUF.
I must congratulate AUF for bringing not just the games to Angeles City but also a lot of cheers in this part of Central Luzon region. The PBA game, although not the first time at AUF’s new Sports and Cultural Center, is bringing back Pampanga back to professional basketball map.
There are no other venues in the whole of this province that produced Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva and many others that meet PBA standards but AUF’s. While it is not that huge, the venue boasts of even NBA standard playing court, backboard and stands, among others.
+++++ The Medical City in Clark also knows noble objectives. Aside from opening its own vital facilities (for cancer, heart transplant, women’s health, hybrid operating room, etc), it is also reaching out to key players in the society – members of media.
TMC will be signing a Memorandum of Agreement with Pampanga Press Club, the country’s grandest press organization with its 67 years of existence (older than the National Press Cl ub) .
This is one program that no less than TMC top honcho Dr. Cenon Alfonso himself has offered in one recent PPC’s kapihan dubbed Talk Widus towards the close of 2016. Under the agreement, PPC members and dependents could enjoy discounts on some of TMC’s medical services.
PPC, headed once again by Deng Pangilinan, has welcomed the offer and gesture of executives of the country’s top medical hospital.
++++ For the very first time at Clark Development Corporation, its new president and chief executive officer has ascended from the ranks. Noel Flores Manankil, homegrown and local boy from Angeles City has gotten his appointment papers from Malacanang before the close of 2016.
“NFM” to many CDC employees, the new man at the helm first started with Corporate Planning Department where this writer was also briefly assigned in the late 1990s. It was there where our collaboration was harnessed.
As a finance man, he was very good at numbers while I was good with letters as a communications practitioner. We (together with other analysts, specialists, writers) had that outstanding team work, coming up with various studies and feasibilities. Of course, little did we know that he would one day assume CDC leadershi p.
From Corplan, we were both moved as officers in charge of key units under the office of CDC president. He was sent to CDC Internal Audit Department while I was deployed to External Affairs Department. He became a legit manager of IAD while myself was “returned to sender” as observers would say in a jest.
From there, he became vice president, a position he held under many past CDC Presidents.
Not a license But the controversy may be resolved more on the question of need, less on propriety. If the baby needs the food, it must be given just as the mother takes spiritual nourishment. Priests have suffered wailing children who think their stint in church is a playground romp. Can feeding babies be more distracting?
In repeating his approval on breast-feeding in church, which he first publicly expressed in 2013, the pope has become a poster-boy of sorts for better child care.
That, without saying that a baby’s three demands — “warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breast and security in the knowledgeof her presence”— are met when she suckles her child. And without commenting on some American Catholics’ quip that Jesus was not breast-fed.
Local parishes may set up rules on how papal intent may be enforced without breaking solemnity in church ritual. They may provide a nursery area or assign the back pews as feeding site. Papal OK, to be sure, is not a license to strip.