Today is Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Confirming Beauty

by: J. Michael P. Elbinias

I was looking outside from the YMCA Building in busy Julio Pacana St., Cagayan de Oro City. Vehicles from tricycles to cargo trucks would conjure clouds of dust in that thoroughfare. I wondered how Presiding Justice Ruben T. Reyes could have said, upon my appointment as a Justice, that Cagayan de Oro was so beautiful a place that I could even have a second honeymoon there.

This city was where Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, along with the PJ, went to last March 29 and March 30. Their visit included the Mindanao Station of our Court. As expected, the court personnel welcomed them excitedly.

Earlier, I discovered that there was such a thing as a free lunch. It was the Chief Justice, and not the locals, who treated judges and justices for lunch in order to interact with us. But more remarkable was his distribution of Bibles with our names printed on the first page, which we learned, was his mission wherever he would travel. Aside from searing in newly appointed judges, he also addressed the national IBP Convention held this year in Cagayan de Oro.

Evidently, the Mindanao station does not run out of its share of judges and lawyers. The volume and nature of cases are the same as those in Manila. The similarity disappears though, when office supplies and equipment run out, at which time, the reason would always simply be: funds from Manila.

The simple living that Cagayan de Oro is known for, is coupled with the beauty of nature everywhere. There are white-sand islands and beaches, mountains, rapids, caves, and others. This, therefore, means a world of adventure, such as trekking, rappelling, white water rafting, scuba diving, etc. I have even crossed a creaky wooden bridge 150 ft. high a la Indiana Jones, and hooked myself to a string to “zip” back over the same abyss.

Perhaps, it was with a sigh then, that the PJ was talking to me about Cagayan de Oro. Whatever it was, I know now what he had meant.

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