WE are poised to have one of our simplest Christmases in recent times, coming from the devastations wrought by a string of weather disturbances. But to a lot of kapamilyas, these disasters also make Christmas more meaningful. Being crisis-tested makes us remember what we may have overlooked or have forgotten in previous Christmases.
First, Christmas is about family. Tragedies make us appreciate life, and after being put in threatening predicaments, we value the presence of our loved ones more than ever before. Second, Christmas is about helping and giving. The typhoons taught us how to be selfless and to look beyond ourselves. They reminded us how satisfying it is to extend a hand and share, to lift people up and to bring those in the dark into the light. And, not to be forgotten, Christmas is about our Creator. Every time we celebrate this holiday, we rejoice in the birth of the Savior.
For those who have followed the highly rated, multiawarded ABS-CBN teleserye “May Bukas Pa,
” God was nicknamed “Bro,” to whom the main character— precocious boy Santino—prays to for help when confronted with critical issues and dangerous situations. And in our Christmas station ID this year “Bro” carried the message of love, hope and salvation amidst all the trials and tribulations. As many of us believe, no material gift could ever match what “Bro” can give us. Truly, “Bro” is the “Star ng Pasko.”
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, kapamilya. May we all enjoy the true essence of Christmas!
EUGENIO L. LOPEZ III
Chairman, ABS-CBN Corporation