It’s Christmas

SO it’s Christmas, and what have we got?

A new president who vows to work even during the holidays.  A new set of traditional politicians who took power after the country’s first automated elections. Rising prices of basic commodities, continuing human rights violation, a promise of peace, freedom for some detainees, and a lot of expectations from the people.

There was a lot of promise of change – from all sectors – this year. Nothing, however, seemed to have happened. Many said they know that change cannot be expected from above – like freedom, as cliche would have it – but nobody seems serious in actually doing something to improve their lives.

There will be litanies of woes and expectations in the coming days from everyone as the year ends. We will get it from the media as newspaper pages and the airwaves are filled with yearend reports to media people the chance to fill the dead air and the blank pages during the no-news days.

What can we do? It’s Christmas and people are not in the mood for serious work, except maybe for the president who said the media can visit him in Malacanang even on Christmas day for stories – and maybe a slice of ham or a Christmas aguinaldo wrapped in a Malacanang gift wrapper if there is such a thing.

It’s Christmas and the signing of the proposed budget next year will top the news next week. Of course there will be reports about the president’s new love interest. Every time critics would hit at the Aquino administration some spin masters would release a PNoy love story. Our friends in Malacanang seem to be doing their job these days.

So it’s Christmas, and we received a basket of goodies from Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa whose staff seemed to have scanned the staff boxes of Manila dailies. Great job guys, and to your credit, it’s the only Christmas present I received this holiday season. Now I’m assured of a noche buena of nata de coco, raisins, pineapple tidbits, prunes and cheese!

It’s Christmas and the telephone companies will be earning millions of pesos as text addicts send each other greetings during the holidays.

We wonder why these companies cannot just offer free text messages and calls on Christmas and New Year’s Day for a change. It would make millions of Pinoys happy this holiday season.

And so it’s Christmas and we will be spending our hard-earned cash to pretend that we wish people a happy cheer this season and a wish of a good year to come even as we resume the rat race the day after the new year starts. It’s Christmas and we will start counting once more how many days are left until the next Christmas when we pretend once again that everything is all right.

So it  is Christmas, and what have we got? A wish that something better will come out of our lives in this land of opportunities people fail to grab. Happy holidays, everyone! Joe Torres

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