I always get this lecture around this time of year, from my own mother: we are celebrating the wrong mother’s day. This article by Narda Camacho explains why. The traditional Filipino mother’s day from 1921 to 1986 was on the first Monday of December (that’s when I have to remember to greet my mother a happy mother’s day).
I once asked my mother why the shift was made and she said, department store sales are at their lowest in early May. And also, she said, remember that at the time, the greeting card companies still had economic clout. I don’t know if she was being serious or was joking -or or was joking to make a serious point.
Saturday was spent in a blitz in Camarines Sur, to express support for the candidacies of Jess Robredo, Cholo Roco, and Abang Mabulo. We spent most of the day with Sabas “Abang” Mabulo. He is the kind of candidate we need more of in this country. I got to talk to him during the hours we spent, first for a press conference in Naga City with Mayor Jess Robredo and congressional candidate Cholo Roco, and the over lunch, and after Abang’s miting de avance and during a 5-hour caravan that wound its way (getting longer and longer) through the first district of the province. The day ended a few hours later with a radio program in which we helped him make his final appeal to the voters. This is a man who proves a candidate doesn’t have to spend a fortune to seek (and win) office, who can serve without terrorizing his constituents or appealing to their worst instincts, and who has mobilized others to serve their communities.