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CHINA CONSTRUCTS | Louise Nichole Logarta

For this column, I’m going to trade in writing about politics or the pandemic to writing about, simply put, life. And although these past two years, the pandemic is an inextricable part of life, I don’t know, but I think the joy of the Christmas season is getting to me. After all, it’s 15 days away (as of this writing).


On December 9, my fiancé celebrated his 27th birthday and in the tradition of their family, celebrated through “salubong”, or celebrating and waiting until midnight to welcome one’s birthday. The following day, the actual day of his birthday, we spent a leisurely day at the mall, with him going shopping with the money gift he received and me buying him a present.


On the same day, my best friend gave birth to her second child, a daughter, and the perfect complement to her first child, a boy. It was a particularly tricky pregnancy, as she had placenta previa (which somewhat resolved on its own) and had to have an emergency C-section. Thankfully, the baby is born and all is well.


She sent me a short video of the baby sometime late that night and I just knew that December babies are so blessed. While Jesus might not have actually been born on the 25th, that has been the Church’s tradition. In any case, the miracle of life occurring in the same month – and to people I care about – is cause for celebration.


Not to mention, my wedding is a month and a half away, and I can’t help but smile when I think about the new life my fiancé and I are about to begin.


The pandemic and the newest Omicron variant make life so difficult. In the Philippine context, it throws a wrench in the homecoming plans of overseas Filipinos. In all honesty, I don’t really have a new opinion about this, nor do I have any original suggestion about how to remedy it. What I do know is how it feels to have loved ones and friends you would have wanted to come home.


Because of that, I realized, with the very recent happy events, that sometimes the only way to cope with hard times such as these is to focus on the good things and realize that we are fortunate enough to have those things.


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