‘H’ is a much better letter to start the word summer here in the Philippines. Why? It’s freakin’ HUMID everyday of mid-April! Have you experienced getting up 3 in the morning wet from sweat, then catching the trees’ leaves not swaying a bit? El Niño this year they say. Even a pleasure stroll along Greenbelt does not do the trick to rid me off the summer heat irritation. But don’t get me wrong, I’m still lovin’ this hot hot tropical country. As my former UP professor in the Arts used to say, “We have the flowers blooming all year round. We are still in the best place on earth.”
Other than that, we truly have so much to celebrate this summer 2007. Of course kids are busy enjoying the thought of Boracay, or Puerto Galera, and the endless gimmicks, and mall tours for their summer break. But really, we have so much more this heat season.
Manny Pacquiao’s Winning Match
Once again, the roads of the country gone steer clear of traffic because of the highly-anticipated win of the Pambansang Kamao against Mexican boxer (apparently of zero loss until he met the Philippines’ bet) Jorge Solis. Many speculators thought it wasn’t a grand match, with Manny taking things slow in the first rounds. But given that native trait of ours, to fight more during adversity, Pacman stepped up and released those million dollar power punches when he bled for that accidental head butt. The offense went on until he knocked out Solis in the 8th round. Hot summer entertainment, wasn’t it?
The 16-year old Summa Cum Laude from the country’s premier university
Yep, you read that right! We have a teen-ager, just 16 years of age to graduate on top of the University of the Philippines batch of 2007 graduates. Mikaela Irene D. Fudolig, BS Physics (oh c’mon!), is declared summa cum laude with her weighted average of 1.099. Why she’s only 16 years old yet graduating already from college?
“She was only 11 years old and a sophomore at the Quezon City Science High School when she was granted permission to enroll at UPD as a non-degree student, having volunteered for a prototype Early College Placement Program the UPD College of Education was spearheading. After earning remarkable grades for an academic year, the Department of Education (DepEd) endorsed her admission to UPD, which was approved by the UP Board of Regents on May 30, 2003. “
This country is definitely producing a young (and very young at that) breed of bright and promising citizens. That should give us hope – the hope of having a future that the future generation deserves.
Blogging has really taken a center stage in the country.
Blogging used to be some sort of private journaling practice among surf/online writing hobbyists. But now, we’ve seen the remarkable contribution of the Philippine blog awards, and the iBlog3 in the country. It seems that Pinoy bloggers are coming to be of varied colors under one umbrella. It’s nice to have people, formerly unknown to each other but are now gathered together to promote a goal. I liked what Aileen Apollo noted in her talk/blog,
“I think it is our responsibility to share to the world how beautiful our country is and that it is safe to travel here.”
I guess that’s already a beautiful way of ending this Philippine summer entry. How can you not love the heat in here?