A very strange thing happened today.
I had just reached town, intent on doing my errands and groceries, walking up the pedestrian overpass, only to hear some kind of political rally going on.
And I thought to myself, I'd love to hear Ret. Gen. Benjie B. Magalong speak, for I truly never heard him speak before, plus I wanted to know about his platform. The general was running for mayor's office in Baguio City, a place where I grew up in.
As is often the case in this writer's life, things get cosmic.
I often seem to be in the right place, at the right time.
Soon as I reached the bottom of the stairs, knowing I will have to maneuver my way through the thick crowd, I heard the host announcing that the next speaker was the mayoralty candidate, General Magalong.
Of course, it was all so perfect for me.
I did request his wife, Mrs. Arlene Magalong, to inform me of any future talks he'll be having and there he was, the next speaker.
It was too awesome that I shucked all other errands for the moment and started taking photos among the crowd.
I took a photo of the general and the other candidates but it was not an excellent photo as I had to raise my phone high above the crowd. It was going to be a hit-and-miss photo. Nevertheless, here it is:
The photo doesn't show the TV crew on both sides, the layers of people in front of me, and the huge crowd behind, but it shows the general at the center giving his talk, and to his right are his fellow candidates.
I'm glad I got the general "live" and "fresh".
He spoke of transparency and accountability and his voice sounded clear, strong, calm, and confident, exhibiting a solid sense of self sans the ego.
Of course, I wish he could have spoken longer but it seemed all the candidates were only given a three or five-minute chance to talk.
Fortunately, I have the general's flyer and this is his program on "Core-Ideas for Good Governance":
-- Speeding up government action.
-- Revitalizing the environment.
-- Innovating peace and order condition.
-- Aggressive traffic management.
-- Responsive education program.
-- Empowering the youth.
-- Expanding health and social services.
-- Responsible tourism.
-- Enlivened culture, arts, crafts, and heritage.
-- Market modernization.
Reading his flyer, he also wrote:
"My public life has been with the Philippine National Police, where I humbly ascended the ladder of command responsibility. The last three assignments I served are: Regional Director -- Cordillera Police Office; Director-General of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group; and Deputy Chief for Operations until my retirement in December 2016. As a private citizen, I served Steel Asia, Inc. as Senior Vice President for Operations up until November 1, 2018 for a possible re-entry into public life."
I had written a previous article about my first encounter with the general's wife through this link.
This other link reveals more of the general's life as a soldier.
Another beautiful quote from his flyer speaks of the form of leadership he wishes to offer Baguio City:
"I offer a listening leadership with great and healthy respect for everyone. Rest assured your voices will be heard."
It's like a jackpot for me today.
Here I was wanting to hear the general so much and there he was, right on my path.
His wife's visit up our driveway on 4 April 2019 was also a cosmic event and I went out to meet her, something I very rarely do with most anyone, but something told me to meet her and write about her and the general at that exact moment.
Guidance from Spirit is always precise, at least in my own experience, and I'm a very good listener.
If you believe in Divine Right Timing, these two instances of meeting the General's wife and being there just AS the General was about to speak, truly spoke volumes. I document such "synchronicities" and they populate my life for sure.
The general spoke briefly at the introduction of mayoralty candidates today and I thank God I had a chance to have heard him. I could not help taking a photo of the crowd as I left.
(All photos by author.)