Aquino extols values of ‘belen’



BEST ‘BELEN’ Moncada town’s “belen” again won in the grand municipal category in the sixth Belenisimo in Tarlac at the Tarlac College of Agriculture Gymnasium in Camiling town. President Aquino, who was awards guest, described the Nativity diorama as a symbol of a united family, human compassion and faith in God. EV ESPIRITU / INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

CAMILING, Tarlac—President Aquino greeted the first day of the Christmas season by extolling the values that the “belen” (crèche) symbolized as he graced the awards night of the 6th Belenismo sa Tarlac on Saturday.

The President  said  his administration aspired to be the “ray of hope” for Filipinos in the same way that the belen inspired people to be good and to do what was right.

No matter in what shape or color the belen comes and regardless of the influence of modern technology, it remains the symbol of “family unity, compassion and strong faith in Jesus Christ,” he said.

Jesus Christ, he said, exemplified the simple life, genuine kindheartedness and hope. “He exemplified simple living and extreme humility, and served as an example of providing genuine service to give his fellowmen hope.”

The President said it was in this same light that his administration wanted to bring hope to Filipinos as he cited efforts by his administration to exact accountability from erring officials and to bring good men into government service.

He cited a host of development initiatives that the government was doing to provide what he described as the only “aguinaldo” (gift) he could give Filipinos.

This gift, he said, was “patas, masagana at maunlad na bukas para sa Pilipino (fair, bountiful and prosperous life for the Filipino).”

Mr. Aquino said time was running too fast for him to be able to do all that was needed to be done, but he added that this was compensated by dedication to public service and by remaining steadfast in doing what was right.

“We fight for what is right every day. Let us not abandon each other. We should not be led into temptation. Let us not stray from the straight path to change,” he said.

Martial law Christmas

In his speech, Mr. Aquino also shared personal insights during the martial law years. He said he would often ask during Christmas then, “Kailan kaya magkakaroong liwanag (When will we see the light)?”

His father, the late former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., was jailed during martial law and the Aquino family spent many of their Christmases in prison to be with him.

The President said that when the Aquino family was already in the United States, where his father sought medical treatment for a heart ailment, the question that reverberated in his mind was, “Bakit hindi kami makauwi sa aming bayan (Why can’t we return to our country)?”

He asked Filipinos to remember all families who for one reason or another cannot be together this Christmas, and hope that they will be reunited soon in their homeland.

Belen capital

For the second year in a row, Mr. Aquino honored his province mates by handing out prizes to the winners in the Belenismo, an annual Belen-making contest.

The contest, organized by Tarlac Heritage Foundation, brought in 128 entries spread across six categories.

The Tarlac City police-Camp Crame entry won in the grand nonmunicipal category. The other winners were Moncada (grand-municipal); Ves Food Resort and Villas (monumental-commercial); St. Francis of Assisi Church in Tarlac City (church); Albert Dancel (personal); and Dapdap High School in Bamban town and Bilad High School in Camiling town (high school).

The President acknowledged that his province had become the belen capital of the country, owing to the creativity and cooperation of Tarlaqueños as they create belen from materials that would otherwise be thrown away.

This ingenuity, he said, was a trademark of Filipinos. “The Filipino skill and brand are unique. We put our talent and industry into whatever we have so we could reap progress,” he said.

New Minstrels, Circus

During the awarding, Mr. Aquino was treated to a night of revival music by members of the New Minstrels and the Circus Band, led by Jacqui Magno and Eugene Villaluz.

He said  he was in first year high school when the two bands were at the peak of their popularity and that he would save money from his school allowance to watch their shows.

They were, he said, the rival bands in their time but their talent showed even more with their combined performance for the Belenismo awards night.

Mr. Aquino said this was what could be accomplished if people worked together.

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  • joerizal

    Value? mahal siguro, yan ang value.

  • aga

    Why only one picture?

  • Night

    isabuhay mo yan Pwenoy!!!! mag pakabait ka na!!!

    kalabanin mo na ang mga aswang at aso dito sa Lipunan natin… kaya ka nanalo dahil diyan sa pangako na yan… pero mukang si Gloria lang ang gusto mo ikalaboso…. wala na bang iba??? DAMI DIYAN SA TABI MO!!!!

  • disqusted0fu

    Aquino wants to be a cardinal now? he just rides the trend train. no plans whatsoever, just goes for whatever is trending.

    his comparison of his administration to the ray of hope for Filipinos is absurd! i would agree if he said that they are the ray of keeping the hopes of the Filipinos up. promises after promises but it just gets broken every time. 

    • Malik62

       Wrong! BS Aquino X3 wants to become Pope… of his own religion.

      • disqusted0fu

        he is sort of starting it now with his kkk. but to me, BS Aquino will always be just full of BS!

  • bongarroyo

    Iba talaga ang magaling at mabait na presidente di kagaya ni gma puro pagnanakaw lang ang alam…

    • Ciano

      anong pinagsasabi mo na mabait at magaling?bakit? nasa likod ka ba nya araw-araw?  tanga! uto-uto! idiot!hoy! gising!!! nyahahaha!!!

  • Peter

    Good reflection coming from the heart.. unlike the Leftist -Communist always hatred & disatisfaction you could hear from them always for they don’t believe in divine existence.

    • Jomex

      unlike the priests who molests children and get away with it because they happen to believe in god

  • Jose

    Lokohan at bola-bola…mga salita lamang dahilan sa katamaran…
    Madaling magkasakit kung dapuan ng diplomatic pressure…walang karanasan at alam…sa nabi-baby kasi ng magulang…pinamana huwad na kabayanihan…para mga pamilyang negosyo’t interes ay maprotecktahan…
    BOLA-BOLA kay Juan…pati Belen ay pinapatus na lamang…

  • Jose

    A lazy, ill equipped (with good experience) mediocre man would use every religious image to give that smoke & mirrors effect on “Tuwad Na Daan” cult-like leadership. 
    Proof of the tendencies-to-be-brainwashed Pinoys are the mushrooming Quibloy (of Davao) fans (that begets excessive wealth), Eddie Villanueva’s fans and the like.  What is the difference between Noynoy and the rest of them?  Hindi namuhunan ng sipag at tiyaga…salat sa katalinuhan (at tamang takbo ng kaisipan)….kaya puro na lang “malinis ako, dahil hero at malinis ang nanay at tatay ko” campaign ang isinakatuparan.  Hallelujah sa dakilang tamad…

    • Malik62

      BS has become a ceremonial president.  This is what he does best—deliver hollow speeches.

  • kilabot

     the belen symbolizes everything that is the opposite of noykapon. that’s why he can easily relate.

  • Pitbulldog

    Will you enumerate what values of Belen have inspired you the most, P-noy?  Young, lush, pinkish, fresh, sweet….  Ehem, sino nga ba si Belen?

    • Malik62

       His speech is pure platitudes and hypocrisy!

  • Jomex

     Tarlac Heritage Foundation, a provincial government initiative, using local government money to fund Catholic religious practices? I invite our Protestant, INC and Muslim brothers and sisters and even non believers in Tarlac to petition the provincial government to allow their religious practices in Tarlac as well.

    • joshmale2004

      Read again the news. The materials used for the Belen are donated by people out of scrap materials for throwing to the garbage.

  • Malik62

    How can BS Aquino X3 extol the values of Belen when he is a non-believer of God?

    • joshmale2004

      Dis you hear him say that? Di ba mas kasalanan yang ginagawa mo na magbintang na ang isang tao ay hindi maka Diyos. Sa tingin mo gusto nang Diyos ang bintang mo sa kapwa mo tao?

  • Malik62

    “Mr. Aquino said time was running too fast for him to be able to do all that was needed to be done, but he added that this was compensated by dedication to public service and by remaining steadfast in doing what was right.”

    As if he is doing something! HAHAHAHA!!!

    • joshmale2004

      thanking you for stating the fisrt paragraph.

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