"This Christmas, in the midst of the pandemic, I will cease to make the world to be different. Rather, I will center down. I will sing. I will pray. And when my heart is still, I will reach out all the tendrils of my love so that I can invisibly move my compassion into action to hear the unheard, see the unseen, validate their presence, and proclaim that our lives matter in each other’s hands. I will quietly promise to every soul waiting in this sacred fermata that we are in this together in sickness and health so long as we shall all live."
- Arlie Tagayuna, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology
"I am on call that week, so I might have to see inpatient consults if paged. I work in a hospital and clinic at least 5 days a week, and never know if I could be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19, so I will try to stay home and skype or zoom with family and friends in and out of state. Merry Christmas to all! We shall overcome COVID-19, Just be smart!"
- Dr. Bertie Santos-Ocampo
"Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe, help to make the season bright...", lyrics to a quintessential Christmas song heard all over the world every December. A turkey and some mistletoe made me wonder what's that all about in my younger years as the song blared on the radios starting September. Christmas couldn't come soon enough in the Philippines.
Now that I have experienced turkey and some mistletoe for 38 years, Christmas 2020 will have a turkey sans mistletoe. As if cooked frozen turkey from Thanksgiving will give way precious real state location in my freezer. Traditions do not go out the window for this person, difficult for the retired folks like me.
I'll miss my children and my grandchildren spending the holiday season with us this year. Thankful for the new fangled technologies for gifts and presents come right on time. Zoom, Skype, Duo, FaceTime, etc., replace the physical aspect of togetherness on this pandemic era, that would be sufficient enough for now.
Peace on Earth and Goodwill to man, and Merry Christmas to all."
- Lena Duck
"We plan to stay at home, do online mass. Hopefully we can have Zoom meetings with family all over: mainland, HongKong and Philippines."
UP Los Baños
BS Biology ‘79
"12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
With the restrictions of the pandemic we are planning to celebrate Christmas more on the spiritual side…not by foods or gifts or gatherings. As it is, every Tuesday and Friday at 10am Hawaii time we stream our Bible Study classes on Facebook Live at Waipio Community Baptist Church. So for twelve days (just like the song) beginning on Sunday December 13 until Thursday Christmas eve we will study the real meaning of Christmas as the Bible records prophecies and fulfillments emphasizing the fact that Jesus is the reason for the season and only by receiving God’s gift can we truly have a merry CHRISTmas."
- Pastor Jerry Saludes
BS Agriculture 78
"Merry Christmas! Because of pandemic we will stay at home only. But in spite of this situation, we can get in touch with each other because of high technology. I will attend the mass through the Internet and get in touch with friends and family thru Zoom meetings to have a good time on Christmas."
- Paula S. Davide
BS Chemistry ‘54
"My son is coming for a visit from Austin, TX. I am busy preparing. He arrives on December 2. It will be a belated Thanksgiving and early Christmas. I am excited. I haven’t seen him since he was 23 years old. He is now 32! We will have family outings like going to Ala Moana, Waikiki, etc. Church service is something I look forward to on Christmas eve. No choir singing, but there is a worship team to lead the singing. Other than that, Christmas will be simple as years past. No parties to attend."
- Mina Trullinger