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Monday, April 19, 2010

The time of sunflowers.

The sunflowers along University Avenue are finally blooming. It is graduation time again - the time of sunflowers. It is one of my favorite times of the year in UP. 

With emotions running high among the graduating class, the sight of sunflowers bring cheer and hope and a feeling of great accomplishment. Even if it is the hottest time of the year, the flowers stand tall and proud and gleaming under the flaming summer sun. They embody the UP spirit, especially those of the graduates who have gone through very trying obstacles before finally emerging triumphant - tall and proud mini oblations now deserving to wear the Sablay. 

All of it would not have been possible of course without some help from the "sunflower gardeners" which in this case, are the UP faculty and the graduates' parents and friends. Without nourishment, plants do wilt and die. Without support, especially in UP, students do not graduate, and some in desperation, even die or at least attempt to. So the time of sunflowers in UP is really something to celebrate about, especially when one is a member of the graduating class. It is a time of achievement. The gardeners have finally made the sunflowers bloom in time for the commencement exercises. The teachers and the parents are finallys seeing the years of toil and guidance bear fruit in the form of their beaming UP graduate. The nation finally has a new batch of educated young people who are, hopefully, committed to do their very best to help better the lives of Filipinos in whatever way they can. 

In spite and despite of hardships as fierce as an El Nino summer, it is my dearest hope that UP graduates, in the sevice of the country, will continue to stand as tall, as proud, and as vibrant as the sunflowers. As products of the faith and hard work of the Filipino people, I hope they will remain as positive and be resilient, even when the last of the sunflowers have wilted under the summer sun.  
kaigachi is a conjugation of the Japanese term "kigaicha" or crazy. It roughly translates as "crazy about something."

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious." - C.Jung

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