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Requiem for the Beetle

Ninfa Leonardia

It is unbelievable the way some women take risks for the sake of beauty, or, to tamper with the way God has created them. Today’s news tells about a 43-year-old women from our province who died of complications after undergoing the procedure called liposuction that, I understand, involves the suctioning off from one’s body fats or, I believe, even flesh in order to improve their figures.

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I suspect this victim had read the recent article in one of the national dailies about a movie actress who was flaunting her “sculpted” figure after undergoing the process. Unfortunately for our kababayan, she may have gone to an operator who is not very experienced, and may not even be a licensed one. And she had not even informed her family of her plans to undergo the procedure. Maybe she wanted to surprise them when she came home with her new figure, never imagining that they would never get to appreciate it because she would come home in a box.

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Several years ago, a woman from Bacolod whose family I knew personally, also died in a similar case. This young woman, only in her early 30’s, was living in Manila with her husband, who was even the one who drove her to the clinic where she was to undergo a breast implantation, or whatever it is called. Ironically, her husband was supposed to pick her up later and what a shock it must have to him when he returned to learn that she had been taken to a hospital. He rushed there, to find out that she had died after suffering a heart attack during the procedure.

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So, ladies, and even young girls, think a thousand times before tampering with the body God has given you. It could be a different matter if you were born with a harelip, or some defect that could endanger your life. When I was working in Makati I had a friend who had wrinkly hands even though she was still very young, and had a very pretty face. A doctor in our neighborhood assured her that he could improve it by injecting silicone into her hands and she agreed. She even asked me to accompany her when she went through it, but later she suffered several weeks of sleepless nights because of the pain. I met her again last year, and her hands were again wrinkly. But I decided not to talk about it anymore.

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I was saddened by the news that the Volkswagen company has decided to stop manufacturing their famous “beetles”, the model that was so popular and hardy that I am sure it is one, or maybe the only one model that was so much loved and appreciated by its owners. My first car was a beetle bought second-hand from the daughter of a friend of my father and although it was already three years old when I got it, it served me for more than 10 years when I passed it on to my brother, Dan, who used it for almost same number of years.

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When I was assigned by the DBP, where I was then working, to its head office in Makati, I brought it along with me, and everytime I took a long vacation, it sailed back with me. My then boss in Makati called it “Ang maleta ni Ninfa”, because I would load all my things inside it, so I wouldn’t have to pay a “cargador” when we landed. It also landed me on TV because once, my aunt with whom I was staying called me excitedly, saying, “I saw you on TV!” Seems an advertisement about the South Supermarket in Makati was being filmed and my beetle and I had been included in the shoot. And that ad was shown over and over and several people told me about it.

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What should the head office of the Philippine National Police do about the case of policemen’s wives complaining about non support from their husbands? The complaint seemed to increase with the announcement of an increase in the salaries of the cops. If the complaints are true, how can the national office help the poor wives? Will you be surprised if an investigations turns up a report that a lot of those cops have two, or even three other families to sustain? But I will not be surprised if the complaining ones refuse to put their grudges in writing, or file them with the authorities. They might end up losing their family heads altogether.

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Should they write to the President, or even form a group to approach him with their woes? Me, I am afraid he might make fun of them, at least, initially. But I will also not be surprised if one or more of the brave ones who may do this end up with black eyes. But really, the top echelons of the Police organization should address this problem which gives a black eye to the police, to say nothing of their committing adultery and other crimes and sins, with their acts.*

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