Mother’s Day Has A Deep Dark History Haunting Till Date

Mother’s Day Has A Deep Dark History Haunting Till Date

Presently, Mother’s Day is a special day for the mothers as they are poured with love, gifts, brunches, cards, and other few heart-melting appreciations. The national holiday has deeper somber roots attached to it. It was the day women mourned for fallen soldiers and peace at work. The time the day commercialized its leader Anna Jarvis gave in everything for the struggle and rest in peace broken and penniless in a hospital. In West Virginia, Ann Reeves Jarvis, a women’s organizer and Anna’s mother, had started Mother’s Day work clubs for improving the sanitary conditions and reducing the infant mortality due to diseases and milk contamination. The group attended all wounded soldiers of the U.S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865 equally.

During the postwar years, the group held picnics and other events to unite ex-foes. A Composer Julia Ward of The Battle Hymn of the Republic declared a broadly read Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870 so as to encourage women to take an active role in encouraging peace. Ann at that time had started a Mother’s Friendship Day for Union and Confederate loyalists in Grafton. However, her daughter Anna was the one who fought her entire life for the day we call Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Has A Deep Dark History Haunting Till Date

As Anna never had a child of her own she could connect to the bond a child and mother shares and hence determined to honor her mother who passed in 1905 on second Sunday of May 1908 as Mother’s Day in her honor. Currently, the church Jarvis visited is named the International Mother’s Day Shrine and there are other cities that have chosen the church name as well. Former US President Woodrow Wilson then officially declared second Sunday in May in 1914 as a holiday. Though Jarvis wanted it to be an intimate fare of honoring one’s mother, it soon turned into a gold digging celebration wherein flowers, cards, candies, and more gifts were purchased. She tried to put up a fight against the commercial profitability and letting the day be glued to its reverent roots.

She fought confectioners, lawsuits so as to gain control over the day and help charities instead. She attacked in 1923 and 1925 against American War Mothers that used Mother’s Day for fund-raising and sold carnations every year. She fought till 1940 until in 1948 at the age of 84 she died in a hospital penniless and dealing with dementia. She chose to not profit from the day and rather help the weak.

Look: Tarlac Grade 2 Student Harold Labutong Uses His Slipper as Eraser

Meet Harold Labutong, the Grade 2 student who was seen using his slipper as eraser. The poor student is studying at Engracio M. Castaneda Central Elementary School in Bgy. San Roque, La Paz, Tarlac. Incidentally, the barangay was once represented by former Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, the uncle of outgoing President Benigno Aquino III.

Lapus served as Congressman of 3rd District of Tarlac from 1998 to 2006, and was succeeded by his brother, Jeci Lapuz until 2013. He served as Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Undersecretary during the administration of late President Corazon C. Aquino, and established the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) Fund.

In 2006. then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed him as Secretary of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), which is now the Department of Education (DepEd.). On the other hand, PNoy was elected as Congressman of 2nd District of Tarlac from 1998 to 2007, before he won as senator, and later president.

So how is Harold Labutong related to PNoy and the former Secretary of Education? Well, we strongly believe that he is not related to them. Otherwise, he probably won’t be studying in that school. And for sure, he will have all the school supplies he needs and he won’t be using his slipper as eraser. But yes, Harold is a ‘kababayan’ of PNoy and Lapuz.

To be fair with the outgoing administration, millions of households have already benefited from 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program). This conditional cash transfer program under the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) aims to help poor families in terms of health and education, particularly to kids under 14.

But why are we still seeing poor kids like Harold? How sure are we that all the allocated funds really reach the poor, and not being stolen by corrupt officials? With President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s strong advocacy against drugs and corruption, Filipinos are expecting a safer Philippines and a better future for the children and deserving students.

Note: We don’t have any other information about Harold Labutong. So if you have extra money and would want to donate for his school needs, please visit Thinking Pinoy Facebook page where we found his photo. They are now searching on how help can reach him.

Open Letter to Duterte Haters on Davao Bombing: I Pray for Your Safety as I Pray for Davao

As the world now already knows, a huge explosion at Roxas night market in Davao City this Friday night, September 2 killed 14 people and injured 67 others. But while many Filipinos are praying for Davao, some Duterte haters ask this insulting question, ”Akala ko ba, safe sa Davao?” (I thought it is safe in Davao?). Well, here is my response to them.

First of all, you forgot the 9/11 terror attack in America on September 11, 2001 that killed nearly 3,000 people and injuring more than 6,000 others. But if you were still being breastfed that time, you are most likely aware of the recent series terror attacks in France. And yes, terrorists are highly-trained, and ready to kill and die for their stupid ideology.

So in case your shallow mind don’t realize, no government in the entire universe can say that their country is totally safe from terrorists. But sad to say, some Filipinos are even worst than the mastermind of the Davao bombing, and put the blame on President Duterte. To give you an idea as who these beasts are, read their heartless comments below.

Let me also remind you that no place in the Philippines is safe in terms of terror attacks. While you may have been lucky that you and your loved ones are not among the victims of the bombing in Davao, the tightened security of the police and military and the country now being placed under “state of lawless violence” is not a guarantee of total safety.

Now, what if the bombing happened in your area and loved ones are among the victims, and your presidential candidate won instead of Duterte? Would you see him kissing the dead bodies, or even canceling a trip abroad to visit the area and personally comfort the survivors and the families of the casualties, and closely monitor the investigation as well?

So instead of questioning the Duterte administration and wondering if it is really safe in Davao, why not ask yourselves, “What can I do to help the government to protect me and my family?”. So to Mey Sebastian, Chris Chug and other Duterte bashers, I will also pray for your safety as I pray for Davao. After all, I am not sure if you still know how to pray.

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Disclaimer:

The above open letter was sent to us by one of our avid followers who only want to be identified as Julio N. Nevertheless, we at Taho News sympathize with all the victims of the Davao bombing. We hope and pray that the culprits be immediately identified, and justice be served as soon as possible. We also wish unity in times like this. Let’s stop the hate.