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Bittersweet Ending

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Christmas is just around the corner. It’s that month of the year again where people exchange gifts, set out the tree, decorate Christmas ornaments, adorn pretty lights, and celebrate with their families. Soon we will be welcoming another year and leaving this controversial year behind. Others yearn for a new year to dawn while others wish the year would not end for fear of what more evil can happen.

2016 was a year filled with controversy and headline national and international issues. Who can forget the year when former President Marcos was finally buried or the year when businessman Donald Trump was elected the president of the Land of the Free? Who can forget the year when death penalty was revived and the age of criminal liability was lowered? Aside from political and social issues, the natural disasters and extrajudicial killings that left our fellow countrymen in grief also marked 2016.

Even though the current situation in our country is shaky and complicated, let us not forget to maintain a semblance of normalcy in our somewhat abnormal world. Let us not just focus all our attention to problems but instead, have this time to spread love and share our blessings to everyone. The year was not all about problems as there were also happenings that are cause for us to rejoice and celebrate.

In the end, love overpowers hate and will triumph against any evil. After all, the essence of Christmas is that Love put on flesh in order for people to be reconciled to God. We at the Weekly Sillimanian wish our readers a Merry Christmas. May the holiday season bring you closer to the ones you love and fill you all with joy, peace, and harmony that endures even in the darkest of times. Let us remember the birth of the Via, Veritas, Vita and take the time to thank God for all His blessings this year.

Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon!

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