JUST A THOUGHT: ‘A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.’ —Chinese proverb
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MORE STORIES FOR ‘ANG PROBINSYANO’: At the rate news about illegal drugs floating on our seas and other horrifying stories on criminality and corruption are carried daily on various media, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” will never run out of material to dramatize.
Part of the long-running show’s appeal lies on its timely coverage of real-life issues that affect ordinary people. It mirrors current Philippine society, warts and all.
The other day, there was news about a factory manufacturing fake vinegar whose owners kept their workers hostage. They wouldn’t allow them to go out. I thought it was an excellent side-story for Coco Martin as Cardo Dalisay to pursue.
The producers and creatives of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” have only to scan the day’s headlines in developing their running script. It looks like they’ll never run out of stories to dramatize, and audiences will never hear the end of “Ang Probinsyano.”
Heard that Amy Austria, playing a former woman president, is the new addition to the four-year-old series after Lorna Tolentino.
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TO OUR YOUNG MAYORS: We hail the new, young leaders of a few cities in Metro Manila, and wish them well in their endeavors.
Showbiz son, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, is commendable for some of his initial statements. He said he wants to clean up the city, thank you.
Mayor Isko has also made it clear he will not allow an old plan to convert part of the 2.2 hectare Arroceros Forest Park at the foot of Quezon Bridge into a sports complex. He also said he has no plans of selling Manila Zoo.
Manilans need these two public parks where they can breathe.
We are also upbeat with some very positive pronouncements coming from newly elected Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto. He says a good leader doesn’t overstay in his position. His plans for Pasig are geared towards development and people’s comfort.
New Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and his young vice-mayor, Gian Sotto, also bear watching. Young blood has taken over leadership of our cities, and we wish them well.
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PLANT FLOWERING TREES: Let me now make an appeal to our young leaders. This is something very simple, very basic. It’s about plants.
On many occasions, I have suggested to our city mayors and other town officials the planting of flowering shrubs like bougainvillea on our streets, such as on those center islands. I wonder if they listen.
Imagine how much beauty they can bring to our daily life as they bloom and burst into reds and yellows and purples every summer and beyond? Imagine our highways dotted with bougainvillea on both sides of the road.
What a pretty sight they will make! And because of their thorny nature, these bonggas can prevent jaywalkers from crossing just about everywhere.
Our suggestion isn’t limited to planting bougainvillea. Other colorful, flowering plants as Fire Tree (caballero), Golden Shower, Narra, and many other plants indigenous to the country can add up to the beauty of our communities.
In time, we can hold our own Flowering Tree Festival that’s even better, more colorful, than Japan’s Cherry Blossom.
Dear young mayors, please hear this simple, practical and inexpensive plea.