After the first three periods, we had the interdisciplinary contest. As usual, my class didn’t do well at the beginning, ending at the 15th spot out of 15 sections, after the easy round. But admirable as we are (are we?), we were able to lift our reputation as a semi-honors class and ended up 5th. That’s okay.
After that contest was more than an hour of break time. The next event was paskong pinoy when we were supposed to decorate the halls of our classroom like a two-dimensional parol.
As usual, the first ten minutes of the allotted time was spent on useless nothings. Most of the people in class stayed in the room, and waited to be called by our more “diligent” classmates. What’s annoying is, once some of my classmates have done some little contribution, they immediately went back in the room and did nothing else to help. More annoying is, when our moderator arrived two hours later, everybody just went out of the classroom and contributed to the mayhem that was outside (probably just to show that they were participating). Even more annoying than that, once everything was done and all we had to do was to clean up, they just went back in and avoided the job. Haha!
Tada… This is the finished product. I highly doubt our class will place though. It’s impressive when looked at the right context. Otherwise, it looks like slipshod work.
Just before Physics class at the IR2. Wyson, a classmate, saw their group’s long test score and announced it to the class. A couple of people approached the desk beside my seat, where our Physics teacher left those long tests (Wyson and I seat beside each other), hence created a commotion. Our Physics teacher entered the room and bursted in curses screams. As in, hard curses. He accused us of meddling with his things! He shouted at everyone in the classroom at that time and ordered us to get out (lucky for those who were late — which was half the class).
How irrational! In the first place, a lot of the people he sent out weren’t looking at the test papers and were just unlucky to have entered the classroom early, together with those who really looked at the papers. I looked at the papers too but that was because they were beside my seat! And after all, no one even touched those papers, walang nakialam! As a result, we spent the entire period in our classroom. (At least we had free time). As long as our Physics teacher doesn’t sanction us for this, I’m content with keeping this resentment not do anything about it. I couldn’t care less, as long as I know none of us did anything wrong, or even anything he accused us of doing. He seriously needs to attend some anger management course. I’m upset. I’ve NEVER BEEN sent out of a room my entire life.
So, Former DTI Sec. Mar Roxas is running for senator, as announced. See? All the long while his “Mr. Palengke” commercial aired was a very obvious indication of his plans. How else can a consumer welfare month last from the beginning of October to the end of November (that’s two months). The central idea of the public service message was not even on the bogus consumer welfare month and was instead on how pogi Secretary Roxas is. He said he opted to resign to prevent any accusations of campaigning using public funds. Goodness, he did just that the whole two months this public service message aired! Sec. Manuel Roxas III graduated from the Ateneo de Manila High School. Just like a lot of our current politicians and government officials.
(My article in the second issue of Hilites Magazine is about Atenean politicians, read it).
On another note, Sec. Joey Lina has announced that he won’t be running for senator anymore as previously planned. Aw, too bad. All those public service messages promoting his crime-busting actions have gone to waste. Poor taxpayers.
I want to play the role of the freeloader next time. You know how annoying it is for me when some classmates of mine feel and act so complacent and relaxed every single time they get grouped with me? Like, I would take care of everything, everything’s considered handled. It’s been like this since the beginning! Now that I’ve grown weary and tired towards the plight for class unity, I can’t tolerate this as I’ve always done before.
My parents are soon going to turn into rabbits with their carrot juice diet. Hehe. Carrots don’t smell bad for most people, but for me their scent is nauseating, especially when they are being processed. I don’t know why.
The next day, November 30, 2003. We all went to San Fabian and spent the first half of the day basking under the sun frolicking in the light-brown colored sand of the beach. The sand was fine, but maybe people just got too used to white sand, that some of us didn’t appreciate the beach at all. Of course, the kid in me took over, and I spent the entire time, digging canals, moats and a castle on the sand. Some of my classmates were also building castles. Some were just walking around, some were burrying Raf under the sand, some just stayed under the umbrella and didn’t move an inch.
Even later that afternoon, I, together with some few classmates and Toff, had a conversation with her mom, Mrs. Gina de Venecia over champorado and some sort of stringy dried fish reputably, according to Mr. de Venecia, one of the most expensive kinds of fishes in the market costing at about 1,000 pesos per kilo.
Anyway, after our light discussions, Mrs. de Venecia invited her husband to join the table and asked our other classmates to gather around too, this time over halo-halo and a huge bilao of pansit palabok with bits of talaba. The dialogue was mostly about politics, politics and more politics. Mr. de Venecia practically talked to us as if we were press people in a press conference. He kept talking about parliament and consistency in government that’s why we should re-elect Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo as president. Of course, many of my classmates are apathetic and among those who aren’t, Mrs. Arroyo is not that popular. We also had our say.
Mr. and Mrs. de Venecia had some rebuttals. They asked us why we are in favor of the other candidates for president. In the end, it’s still the same. I mean, they express depression over the fact that people base their votes on candidates’ personalities and little on accomplishments but the thing is, they also defended Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo by attacking the personality of her political rivals Roco, Lacson and Poe.
It’s sad, the discussions were about the elections and the candidates’ personalities, not the issues. Sometimes, it’s hard to grasp Mr. de Venecia’s rationale especially when he talked about why we should change to parliamentary form of government. He sounds really intelligent though. The discussion ended with Mrs. de Venecia asking us what we think would help Mrs. Arroyo improve her image and win the elections.