Senator Kiko Pangilinan's 2010 Christmas message

2010 was a year of change for our country. President Noynoy Aquino’s victory in the elections was the catalyst our nation, aspiring for something better, needed most. Several months hence, we saw and felt these changes happening around us, albeit in a pace that would leave a lot of people wanting. Through sheer determination, we all fought against corruption, even if it meant just starting with not using wang-wangs and respecting traffic laws. With steely resolve, we were able to expose corruption in several government corporations and were able to institute much needed reforms to curb such practices.

But with every victory, there were setbacks. This yuletide season, my wish is we all use this break to gather our wits, reinvigorate our spirits, and realize that we as a nation must all come together in the New Year if we are to realize our dreams for our country.

Real changes are forthcoming, but each and everyone of us must be a part of instituting these reforms. PNoy’s victory in the elections is a great example of how we as a nation can turn the tide and become one in influencing how our future should be played out. The election is just the start. Let us all continue to work together with audacity to the day when we can indulge in the benefits of genuine reform and change.

Have a merry Christmas everyone!

Toni Alvarez

Toni Alvarez is web geek who can’t seem to keep her hands and eyes off her netbook and Blackberry. Having been bitten by the travel bug, exploring the world has been an obsession to her. She sees to it that not a year will pass by without her satisfying her wanderlust. Toni is always on the lookout for promo fares just to be able to see the 7,107 islands of the Philippines and writing online itineraries after every travel has been automatic to her. Dishing out the best way to enjoy one's trip without spending too much is her passion. An ounce of social media, a dash of travel and a pinch of politics makes up Toni.