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               NAIIA LAJOIE

               To say that 2020 has been a trying time would be a gross understatement.  All of us – extending well beyond
               Manila Up!, the Fil-Am community, Southern California, the state, the country, and the world – have
               undergone, and are still fighting through, a collective trauma. From the very real health threat of Covid-19,
               to the shuttering of storefronts and businesses both small & large, to the rise of a Civil Movement repeated
               far too often in history. We find ourselves asking, “How do we continue on in this ever-changing world? This
               new normal?”.

               If there is anything that this moment in history has taught us, it is that the human race is resilient, and its
               spirit – unbreakable. The stories that have risen out of the year’s hardships have been as inspiring as they have
               been tear-jerking, and we want to bring you those stories. We at Manila Up! promise to rise to the occasion.
               We vow to provide you, our dedicated readers, with the accurate reporting that you crave and news coverage
               that you deserve. Everything from how the hard-hitting facts are affecting our surroundings, to the light-
               hearted distraction we also desperately yearn for from time to time. We guarantee that our 5th year will still
               be one to reckon with.

               As we eagerly anticipate providing journalism worthy of additional recognition, we want to first and foremost
               check-in on you. Thank you. Know that we care about you. Appreciate you. And from the bottom of our
               hearts, hope that you and your loved ones are well. The year is not lost. We are, and always have been, in this
               together. And so shall we continue on.

               Stay safe, healthy, and united,

                                                              “Sometimes in our lives we all have pain, we all
                                                              have sorrow. But if we are wise, we know that
                                                              there’s always tomorrow.”
                                                                                            -Bill Withers
                                                                                            1938 – 2020

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