Hidden jewel of San Fabian’s hills
By Jun Velasco
“Observe your enemies, for they first find your faults,” Antisthenes
OVER the weekend, Democratic Party’s Barack Obama edged out who Gonzalo Duque analyzed was the leading presidential contender, Republican bet Gov. Mitt Romney. How come? Because America’s most charismatic politician ever, Bill Clinton, has come out most passionately for Obama.
Of course, we all know Bill’s skills in people; he was able to escape conviction from an obviously losing case involving his mistress Monica Lewinsky.
In fairness to many Pinoys out there in Yankee country, they root for whoever would get them out of the rut. That’s natural. But if they make a little reflection, they’d be able to chew what the devastating charmer Bill is telling them. It’s dangerous to change horses when Camelot is almost within reach. Romney, Bill says, is a shot in the dark and perilous for the greatest country that’s fast losing ground to Asian bully, China.
Of course, since we were not born yesterday, we understand Bill’s passion: Hilary for 20l6, right?
At press time, we sent this text to a US-based friend “We told you Obama will remain in the White House.” We were carried away by Bill Clinton’s stirring endorsement. But our friend’s reply was a revelation, “I’m for Romney but Obama will win because of Clinton.”
We smell the personal element is too obvious to be ignored because Secretary of State Hillary is his wife.
And in fairness, we Filipinos who should be sympathetic to the colored folk there who couldn’t go the other way. We, who’ve been locked in the Third World struggle, couldn’t turn our back on the ugly tag of the US as “the constable of the world,” which rings of the Republicans’ world dominion mindset.
The democrats have more in common with brownie Pinoys, than the Republicans have for us.
We recall sometime in l992 our personal encounter with a black woman-typist of Atty. Greg de Guzman at his Broadway, New York office when we pretended to be for George Bush. The Black woman suddenly stood up and gave us tongue-lashing and asked Greg why he had allowed a pro-Republican visitor to use his office’s facility! When we told Greg we were just joking, the Dagupeno lawyer admonished us from thumbing down Democratic politicians.
“The Blacks are very emotional backers of the Democratic Party,” he said.
Did you know that the political strength of the Blacks and the colored people in America has increased tremendously? And in all angles they are more aggressive than the Whites!
This, Kuya Leony, is why we predict an Obama reelection in November. And with the stirring Clinton endorsement, nothing can be further from the truth.
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In the local scene, there’s a tourism gold mine and spiritual hub in San Fabian’s remote mountain Barangay Colisao hemmed in by Barangays Palapag and Binday.
You won’t have any idea of it until you make a quick visit of it – a 23-hectare wellness/ rejuvenation center in Colisao and a Roman Catholic seminary in Palapag.
The emerging problem is the likelihood that vehicles going to and coming from the resort would figure in collision. This is why deferring to the “momentum of growth” under the aegis of the De Venecias’ leadership plus the Libunao couple’s full backing of the De Venecia powerhouse machine, the barangay officials have appealed to outstanding solon Gina de Venecia to use the power of her office to upgrade the infrastructure thereat.
It’s an immeasurably great idea. Kapitan Anastacio Tibunsay of Colisao and Kapitan Rey Monses of Binday have rallied their officials in a joint resolution urging Gina to appropriate enough funds to upgrade, widen and pave the barangay roads leading to the world-class resort in the making.
Being a Bible scholar, the Robin Navarro resort has put up Old and New Testament scenes such as a giant Ten Commandments tablet, temples, spring, pools, and other amenities that awe tourists and visitors.
It’s about time the road to San Fabian’s Jerusalem were paved and widened.