10 March 2011

Green Day


Sabi naman kasi, wear green… Anyway, considering how short-notice this affair was, I really thought we all did reasonably well, all things considered.

As early as when I was walking to the college gate this morning from the street corner, I already caught sight of a college student who was in barong. Who knows; perhaps he had not read any of the announcements made on the daily bulletins and even on Facebook. For all I know, he has never been to Facebook and is still on Friendster, poor lad! Oh by the way, did I say that he was walking away from school?


Because something of this sort will happen again when I am no longer able to blog – like, in another hundred years – I thought it wise to make the rounds and snap away at those who knew that the color of the day was green.



Before I even took my first picture, I came across another college student who was wearing – of all colors – blue. I nearly had an epileptic attack; and I am not even epileptic. Later at the Office of Student Affairs, I complained that anyone in blue ought to be suspended. Before anyone takes this a bit too seriously, let me clarify that I was kidding.

NSTP daw, they told me. What they meant was that the coed was probably wearing the blue NSTP uniform for a community NSTP outing. Not that the explanation would ever hold water. P’wede naman kasing mag-NSTP in green once in 100 years… For the record, the Nursing students, normally in white, were very much in green!

I had the most fun going the rounds of the pre-elementary and elementary buildings. What is it about children that their faces will instantaneously light up at the sight of a camera?



In one classroom, the teacher was gracious enough to tell her class, “Children, say good morning to the visitor!” And so everyone gamely recited in the sing-song style so typical of young children, “Good morning…” Notice the three dots; not a period nor an exclamation point. I just wanted to accentuate the fact that the tone of the kids was going up as though something was left hanging in the air.

It was as though the youngsters wanted to say “Good morning Mr. Torrecampo!” Except that nobody knew who I was…

In another classroom, one of the kids, after I took a picture of the entire class, ran after me as I was about to leave. At the corridor, he called, “Kuya! Kuya! Solo!” And then he struck a pose…

Aba ngâ naman!!! Kuya ang tawag sa akin!!! The kid probably thought I was with the official photographers.



I did the rounds of the college buildings as well. Albeit, I thought it was strange that many of the students could have used a few tips from the elementary kids about how to behave when in front of a camera. A few were extremely shy; and if I was not insistent, would have walked away altogether. Hindî naman pangit…

Of course, the best reception I had was at the Science class of the college’s self-declared chanteuse. I even managed to get her students to surround her in a pose. “Aba,” she proudly told me, “kainaman na ang ipinagmura ko sa mga hindî naka-green…”



I made the rounds of the offices as well. Like I said, all things considered, it was a reasonably good green day. The weather did not help, of course. It was unseasonably cold – particularly in the morning – so while on the inside many students across the school wore green, outside it was anything but.

Then, of course, there were the various shades of green – from grey green to blue green to stripes of green and whatever. ‘Yae na! Aarî na rin!

To those who did not know, today we were encouraged to commemorate the arrival of three of the first nine Christian Brothers ever sent to set up a school in the Philippines way back in 1911. The remaining six arrived in May of the same year.




Hence, today was Green Day.

Just to set the record straight, schools of the Brothers all over the world use all sorts of colors in their crests. Yes, even blue. In the Philippines, to my knowledge this was because a few of the pioneering Brothers pined for the comforts of the home – the Emerald Isles, Ireland – and went for green and white.

For those who need to read more about the history of the Brothers in the country, here is a web site conveniently set up for you to read: http://100years.lasallian.ph/.





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