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Be on Guard: A Quick Guide to be Safe at Night

Merell Lystra Recta

Silliman is about to celebrate one of its anticipated annual events, the founders’ week celebration—most notably, the Hibalag Booth Festival. Naturally, there will be various activities from day to night. Even though it is intended to be a week of fun, one must take into consideration one’s safety especially since there may be activities that will last until midnight. Here are some safety tips to remember during the Hibalag season:

Always be alert
As much as possible, be vigilant of your surroundings. Be aware of your personal belongings. It would be better if you only bring an ample amount of money, and constantly check on the whereabouts of your phone.  Have fun, but do keep in mind to stay alert.

Avoid unlit and quiet places
If you prefer walking to reach your destination and there are no streetlights ahead, think twice—especially if you are alone. There might be someone lurking around the corner. Also, one must avoid staying in places far from the majority of the people. In case anything bad happens, it is much easier to ask for help when you are in a not so isolated place.

Keep company
It is advisable to have at least one companion with you. Walking the streets alone poses more danger than being with a friend. However, that doesn’t mean that both of you are safe from harm. Make sure that that companion of yours is also a trusted friend. And in the event that you really have no choice but to go home without someone by you, it is much advisable to ride on pedicabs than walking alone.

Update your family
Especially for minors, text your parents or any family member or guardian of the time you will be returning home. Keep them updated as much as you update your social media accounts.

Be responsible of yourself
Since you are the one who chose to participate during these night activities, you must be responsible of yourself. Although you have the freedom to choose your own clothes, make sure that you look decent and at the same time, comfortable. Follow the curfew set by the organizers, particular for minors. Avoid conflicts, and refrain from being the cause of trouble. If you plan on drinking, make sure that you won’t be driving.

It is that time of year again where there will be a lot of fun and unforgettable moments to treasure. After all, Hibalag is a time to unwind from the stresses of school. Since it is a celebration open to the public, one must be awake, alert, and alive before, during, and after the event. It is not called paranoia but rather, being on guard.

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