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(Francisco D Manga - Sunrise in Iligan City)
In a few hours we'll bid goodbye to 2011 and hopefully forget its tragedies, particularly the Sendong Experience.
It's time to reflect the goodness of the Lord and to thank His countless blessings.
For the victims, it may take years to recover from the trauma it has brought forth unequaled damage: physically, economically, emotionally etc, yet, I strongly believe that an overwhelming goodness will flow into Iligan, as He always promised.
It was a "storm" sent forth to wash out, cleanse and purge the corruption and greed and the evil that's rooted among us - from our leaders down to its constituents.
It was a wake-up call for us to take care of our environment, a detoxifying agent, a bittersweet pill for the moral and economic recovery/transformation of Iligan and its people; paving way for beautiful things to happen.
I can feel it blossoming in the overwhelming kindness, tinabangay (cooperation) and goodness of our citizens in our country and around the world as shown during the tragedy.
And hopefully, it will awaken our city officials of their main duty to serve the people, especially at these critical times, and, the sprouting abundantly of our talented intellectuals ready to help and lead Iligan in any way they can.
With high hopes, we cheer for a New year, a new life and a new Iligan!!!
~Chita Padilla Evardone, MSU-IIT Iligan City Faculty Member
Source: Facebook, CW-Iligan Forum