by Dolly Punsalan Castillo

May the traditional Christmas greeting of the title be rendered in our Filipino or Tagalog heritage language as “ Kapayapaan ay mangibabaw sa mundo at mabuting kalooban sa sangkatauhan”. What a wonderful message express the essence of the season. The evolution of ideas and values is scary at times. Basic homegrown values respecting human decency veer toward self interest and self aggrandizement and selfish me first justification.  It’s an observation which I’m sure we all experience and try to modify. 

In the spirit of the Christmas season, it is best to look back to what our elders taught and instilled in us. The simple basics of true and gratifying happiness and gratitude for our individual circumstances in life is a big blessing. Contentment in earning the fruits of one’s labor in honesty and hard work is another great blessing. Working towards keeping harmony and peace in the milieu of each one’s home and work environment count as a true blessing. In all of this, if complete and perfect satisfaction don’t quite meet the expectations, reasonable contentment is the key. There are trade offs between good and bad. A sense of balance and equity helps to accept the big picture perspectives and priorities.

We had a good year with wins and losses. We hope you enjoy a great time with family and friends – making a better world with your individual presence and sharing.


Ang biyaya ng hiwaga at ganda ng Kapaskuhan ay sumainyong lahat.  

Nawa’y manatili sa ating mga puso at diwa ang malasakit di lamang sa ating mga sarili kundi gayun din sa ating kapuwa manlalakbay sa mundo.

Palakasin at pagtibayin ang pag -asa natin sa kabutihan ng Poong Maykapal at ng kapwa tao na tayo’y aruga sa pagmamahal at respeto.

Maligayang Pasko sa lahat at nawa’y Manigo ang ating Bagong Taon!