Pink is the Color

ALLEZ - Jose Vicente ‘JV’ Araneta (The Freeman) - May 13, 2019 - 12:00am

Changing the government is not easy in a democracy. The majority has to speak to get the type of government they want. But, if you think about it, your vote is just one of the many millions who’ll decide where our future is headed. And then you might say, it’s just a waste of time because it’s just a single drop of vote in an ocean of votes.

If you want a faster change in our government, and you think that elections are just too slow, think again. Can you imagine a few deciding the future of the many? It’ll feel good if you are a part of the few but what if in the next few years you’ll be on the opposite side?

Philippine elections are just dirty and you know about it. And I’m not here to write about the its ills. What I am asking you is that the best way for you to change the government is by casting your vote. I don’t care who the people you are going to vote, just go out and vote. Voting is the best weapon we have for a change. Yes, it’s slow and there are a lot of hurdles along the way but again, think of the alternative. Are your really ready for that?

Today, you hold the power.-“Haring Lungsoranon”. Exercise that power, even for today.

Pink and red are different but closely similar colors. The difference in spelling in English is clear but if you write both colors in Italian, the sound and the spelling are so similar. Rosa and Rossi. Pink and Red.

Like most bicycle races that started a long before or just after the 19th century, they were sponsored by sports newspapers trying to sell more papers. The Tour de France’s yellow jersey was taken from the color of the newspaper L’Auto that sponsored it at that time. The Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, unarguably two of the greatest one day races on professional cycling, was started by a sporting paper Sportwereld and L’Auto, respectively. Another popular one day race, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a race in Belgium, is sponsored by, guess who- Het Niewsblad!

What about pink? Pink is the strangest color for a sporting event and a lot of macho athletes and sports enthusiast hate the color. But in cycling, it is a revered color since its represents the Giro d’Italia, the second best stage race after the Tour the France (I’m sure the tiflis will beg to disagree). It’s not a surprise that the Giro was started by folks, again, who wanted to sell newpapers and whose paper color was and still is pink- La Gazzetta hello Sport.

For the next three weeks, the color of professional cycling will be “rosa” and the roads will be filled with fans in pink shirts and pink everything.

Next week, I will give you folks a recap and try to figure out who will be wearing the final Maglia Rosa in Milan.

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