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By Carlos Legaspi Jr.

Questions that Matter

Thursday, April 10, 2014

IT'S just last week, when all roads led to Barangay Mansilingan. It was the celebration of all festivals in Negros Occidental – Panaad. In a blink of an eye, the busy streets of Alijis and Mansilingan are now back to its usual traffic-free lanes.

Panaad 2014 is now over and we now have to face the reality of where we are. But before we go back to reality, let us have a short review of what really happened in that magical place called Panaad.

First, it destroyed the serenity of the two subdivisions around it. We had brownouts and the subdivision streets were busy even in the wee hours of the morning. Regent Pearl became the exit and entry route of private and public vehicles. For almost 15 years, every Panaad, the subdivision has been made a public route for all vehicles going to and from Panaad.


Our subdivision officers had no word for this? I do not understand why are they allowing this. I thought the subdivision is a private one.

Second, we never learn from the past. Good, this year, there were less who came to watch the evening shows although news from around the corner says that the Panaad was always jampacked the whole week. The problem of people traffic again came in last weekend.

I do not understand why the police have to only give a small entrance and exit way. For security reasons? The traffic of people was unimaginable but it was similar to last year. People in the entrance and exit are facing each other and move like snails while the police force is implementing inspection at the entrance. When can we have a very good plan at the entrance of Panaad? A single shout or terror will cause a stampede. Thank God there was none.

Third, a portion of the park once again became a haven of teenagers who could go out of the standards of morality and go with all the vices that one could think of. Beer, cigarettes and hard drinks abound in that part of the park. I see minors holding beer bottles and cans in their hands.

Others are holding a shot of hard alcohol while some young girls are smoking their lungs out. These are not children of the masses but these are children of the middle class. I saw a group even, I suspect, having pot session at the back of one of the beer gardens in the park.

Congratulations to Lin-ay sang Bacolod for winning the crown of Lin-ay sang Negros. This brings me to my third point. Politicians flocked Panaad during the pageant. We see them like Roman senators in the arena. They were very excited at the pageant but in the other contests, some were observed going home early.

I cannot understand why are we so much so interested with the exploitation of women? The least politicians could do was to stay at the park the whole week and welcome their constituents. Anyway, this is the Philippines.

My last observation is that this year’s Panaad is not so interesting for there were lull moments. But in general, I guess it got the attention of all and it realized its objectives as the festival of all festivals. Congratulations to the organizers. Job well done.

Birthday greetings to Rev. Fr. Walthrode Conde, OAR of UNO-Recoletos. He celebrated his 79th birthday yesterday.

St. Ezekiel Moreno, St. Lorenzo Ruiz, Blessed Pedro Calungsod, Blessed John Paul II, Msgr. John Liu and John Su and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 10, 2014.


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