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When ‘Ish’ Meets ‘Weh’
Thursday, January 24, 2013
LAST week, two lady students from the University of the Philippines-Baguio came here to Sun.Star Baguio asking to interview me and the rest of the editorial staff regarding web based news sites.
I saw the letter first before I saw the ladies bearing it. Imagine how horror-struck I was when one of them was dressed (or underdressed) in really short shorts that her pockets were showing, a tank top and she had a cap on backwards.
My, my, our neighboring mechanics surely feasted on these two and I don’t mean that in a good way.
I faced her and yet she did not bother to remove the cap, which as our elders have taught us, is disrespectful. I surveyed her and handed back her letter.
I told them (I believe her companion was dressed similarly) to come back the following day. “And don’t wear those shorts when you do so,” I told her in a chilling voice. Judging by her reaction, I don’t think she’s used to getting that reaction regarding her “style.”
I will not, for the life of me, allow students to come here in the same get up and interview our reporters or me for that matter when we are dressed appropriately and always respectably.
I posted my thoughts on Facebook and got a lot of reactions, mostly agreeing with me. My close friend, Rima Opiña (of Baguio Midland Courier) related she saw a UP student going to school in her pajamas.
That’s alright. They could dress whichever way they wish when they are in their campus.
But when you come here to Sun.Star Baguio, you will at all times respect this office and everyone working in it by dressing in a manner that conveys “adult”, “responsible” and “credible.”
The day you see our amiable and pretty marketing assistant, Michelle, in reception dressed in pekpek shorts that will be the day rules in this office have changed. But don’t hold your breath. Go risk contracting pneumonia somewhere else.
Moving on, I was also shocked to see images of the Burnham Park Lake dredging while I was in the US. It’s about time the lake got a facelift, I said. I have yet to visit the site but certainly the lake, at this state, hardly qualifies as the show window to the city.
I only wish for the project to be finished before the expected influx of tourists for the annual Panagbenga. And that quality will not be sacrificed.
Same goes for the asphalt laying along Session Road. As I have yet to read the report of JM Agreda regarding the instapave technology used for the project, I do not have an opinion on the matter. But I’ve heard differing opinions.
Kuya Sam said it’s good. My cousin said it’s not. Again I could only wish for the project to be finished soon but with quality as the utmost priority.
Form and substance together. It’s not impossible, you know.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 25, 2013.