Surfer dude Wil Reyes, who traces his roots from Sagada (you should look out for his next post about his trip to Baguio), tagged me to tell you ten things I would never do. I am a “never say never” kind of guy but I have to come up with something. It would be fun to look at this list a year from now and see whether I’ve been true to myself. So here are the Ten Things I Would Never Do:
- I will never buy a copy of the Philippine Daily Inquirer again.*
- I will never buy a new cellphone model so I can show it off to people.
- I will never live a lifestyle I cannot afford nor aspire to a lifestyle that goes against my values.
- I will never be jealous of the success of others.
- I will never watch a movie where one of the characters drops into a village and shouts, “Do anyone of you speak English.”
- I will never tolerate intolerance.
- I will never be late for meetings/appointments.
- I will never forget that I am an Igorot.
- I will never support war and violence.
- I will never fail to thank God for his blessings.
*EXPLANATION re the Inquirer: I used to buy a copy everyday but the paper has gone trashy with pages and pages and pages of ads and lifestyle stories and ads and lifestyle stories. But I will occasionally visit PDI’s online version for Conrad de Quiros’ columns and for reports about the Cordilleras. PDI should thank God for its very good regional correspondents.
So that’s it. I am tagging the following:
- Kalanguya blogger Ironheart (who wrote very perceptive posts about our “No sorry, no thank you culture” and the importance of Minority Language Education);
- iTabuk but now U.S.-based Kayni (who meditates on being both an American and a Filipino/Ilocano/Igorot in her post here);
- Chico River who has an interesting piece on the “Igorot Salad“;
- Alvin who has an inspiring story about how a group of Sadanga students made a positive influence in their community. If I’m not mistaken, Alvin also administers the Social Focus Blog, where you can read about the DSWD’s work in the Cordilleras;
- Imnas, whose creative photographs, make ordinary things look special. See pictures of Camp John Hay here and here.
- and Langfia Ayeona who has very good pictures of the Cordilleras (in her blog and here).
Its your turn folks! You CANNOT say, “Pass” 🙂
PHOTO CREDIT: Chanrobles for the Erap poster.