Filipinos are known for having the longest holiday season and I agree since right after All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days you can already see the sprouting of streets with colorful lights and unique decor.
We take time off to visit our beloved dead and we flock to the cemeteries to visit their tomb or vaults (for those who have been cremated). I was watching the news on television yesterday and most of it showed the tons of garbage left by those who visited the Manila North Cemetery. Why are we like this?
But are we indeed recycling starting with our water and trash at home. It is indeed easy to just throw water that we use to wash our clothes rather than use it again to wash the garage, the cars or what other not so delicate items in our midst.
Times have indeed changed. And fast. With social media such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, YouTube, SnapChat, and others, we in the newspaper industry are catching up. Is there a cause of worry? There will always be people who prefer to read the hard copy. Call it convenience or force of habit of just their choice of lifestyle.
As I write this column, Friday afternoon, we are prepared for the coming Ompong typhoon. It is not anymore a super typhoon, as per news reports. But the winds are quite strong and what we are preparing for are the floods and storm surges in the coastal areas.