Welcoming 2014 with high hopes
January 1 marks the beginning of a brand-new year as the world witnesses its unfolding. It is the time of the year when nations around the world celebrate the New Year’s Day. We Filipinos celebrate New Year’s Eve (Bisperas ng Bagong Taon), the night before New Year’s Day, with families and loved ones. Traditionally, most households hold a midnight feast called the Media Noche, with the customary habit of wearing clothes with circular patterns like polka dots which signify the belief that circles attract money and fortune. The serving of circularly shaped fruits, shaking of coins inside a metal casserole while walking around the house, jumping high which is believed to cause an increase in physical height, and making loud noises to ward off any negative spirits are traditions that Filipinos commonly practice, too. At the stroke of midnight, we greet the New Year with a big bang by igniting firecrackers of all sorts.
The New Year symbolizes the renewal of life and hope. It is the time to make resolutions. But before we list down the things that need to be done in the new year, let us not forget to reflect on the events that took place in the year 2013 and let the lessons that we learned from what we have encountered in the previous year be our guide in our life’s journey.
Looking back, alongside the triumphs and accomplishments of many of us are also tough challenges that we had to face in 2013. As a nation, the Philippines has quite an achievement locally and internationally in economy, tourism, entertainment, among others, that made us known to the rest of the world. We may have a fair share of hardships but let this not deter our aspirations for a better life ahead. The good thing is that we Filipinos are resilient enough to withstand any form of challenge that confronts us.
Let us indeed celebrate for God has given us another year to start anew and another chance to get it right and do better. Let us welcome it with high hopes for the coming 12 months. And let us not dwell on the past, let us move on and look for potentials instead.
The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman of the Board Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban, Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, Officers and Employees, wish their Readers, Advertisers, Dealers, Friends, and Supporters a Blessed and Prosperous New Year. Manigong Bagong Taon Sa Inyong Lahat!