Kita Kita

Isa. Isang linggo na ang nakalipas mula na ikaw ay magbukas sa sinehan. Isang linggo na rin akong tulirong-tuliro at inggit na inggit dahil pakiramdam ko’y ako na lang hindi pa nakakapanood.

Dalawa. Dalawang oras bago ang sine, may ticket na ako. Dalawang oras akong nagpaikot-ikot sa mall dahil hindi ko inabot ang sked na dapat sana’y nakaupo at nanunood na ako. Single viewing lang daw at dahil late ako, yung susunod na showing na lang ang aking hinintay. 

Tatlo. Tatlo ang nasa menu ko bago ako pumasok sa sinehan. Shake shake Fries, Medium Coke, at Cheeseburger Deluxe na may repolyo (totoo, nakakapagpasaya!). Siniguro kong hindi ako kakain sa loob dahil gusto kong full attention ako sa pinilakang tabing.

Apat. Bagama’t mag-isa akong pumasok sa sinehan, may grupo ng apat na nagtanong kung may katabi daw ba ako. Sabi ko wala. Kaya ayun, feeling ko, may kasama din ako nanood. Sa loob din ng apat na segundo, nagsimula ang kwento ni Lea at Tonyo.

Lima. Lima o higit pa ang volume ng boses ko sa kakatawa sa mga karamihang parte ng pelikula. (Alam ng mga kakilala ko na malakas talaga ako tumawa). Kinailangan kong ikubli ang aking bibig sa aking infinity scarf upang hinaan ang volume.

Anim. Anim na taon ko ring binigay ang puso ko sa isang saging. Sa prinitong saging. Akala ko yun na. Baby lang. Walang dragonfly. Temporary blindness, ika nga. 

Pito. Pito at sobra-sobrang beses ko pang linunok ang aking mga hikbi habang patuloy na sinasalaysay ang kwento. Tama, tago pa rin ng aking infinity scarf. Sadyang iyakin talaga ako. Ngunit, may kirot sa aking dibdib ang bawat linyang binitawan at naantig ang aking buong pagkatao.

Walo. Walong minuto pagkabukas ng ilaw, nakaupo pa rin ako sa aking reclined seat. Nag-iisip, nagtatanong, pino-proseso ang takbo ng istorya ni Tonyo at Lea. Pilit pa ring pinipigil ang mga luha ngunit nahiya na rin dahil maliwanag na ang buong sinehan. Hinintay ko na lamang matapos ang credits. 

Siyam. Siyam na minuto rin ang ginugol ko sa restroom bago tuluyang lumabas ng sinehan. Napa-“Oh, sh*t!” ako ng makita ko ang aking reflection sa salamin: magang-maga, namumula, at lalong naningkit ang aking mga mata. Dinagdagan ko ang aking pulbos at naglagay ulit ng mascara.

Sampu. Sampung taon na nang kami’y magkakilala. Matagal na rin pala. Good memories na lamang ang naiwan at syang nakatatak sa alaala. Oo, nakapag-move on na ako dahil kaya ko na ulit mag-isa. At alam kong darating ang panahon, there will be two less lonely people in the world and it’s gonna be fine 🙂

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Mood: Brighter than Sunshine

My semi-grey afternoon mood:

I never understood before.
I never knew what love was for.
My heart was broke, my head was sore –
What a feeling.

Tied up in ancient history,
I didn’t believe in destiny.
I look up, you’re standing next to me –
What a feeling.

What a feeling in my soul –
Love burns brighter than sunshine,
Brighter than sunshine.
Let the rain fall, I don’t care.
I’m yours, and suddenly you’re mine.
Suddenly, you’re mine;
And it’s brighter than sunshine.

I never saw it happening.
I’d given up and given in.
I just couldn’t take the hurt again –
What a feeling.

I didn’t have the strength to fight.
Suddenly, you seemed so right.
Me and you –
What a feeling.

What a feeling in my soul –
Love burns brighter than sunshine.
It’s brighter than sunshine.
Let the rain fall, I don’t care.
I’m yours, and suddenly you’re mine.
Suddenly, you’re mine.

And it’s brighter than the sun.
It’s brighter than the sun.
It’s brighter than the sun, sunshine.

Love will remain a mystery,
But give me your hand, and you will see.
Your heart is keeping time with me.

What a feeling in my soul –
Love burns brighter than sunshine.
It’s brighter than sunshine.
Let the rain fall, I don’t care.
I’m yours, and suddenly you’re mine.
Suddenly, you’re mine.

I got a feeling in my soul.
Love burns brighter than sunshine,
Brighter than sunshine.
Let the rain fall, I don’t care.
I’m yours, and suddenly you’re mine.
Suddenly, you’re mine.

I got a feeling in my soul.
Love burns brighter than sunshine.
It’s brighter than sunshine.
Let the rain fall, I don’t care.
I’m yours, and suddenly you’re mine.
Suddenly, you’re mine.
And it’s brighter than sunshine.

Caltex to grant up to P100k in project funding for each Bicol high school teachers selected in Fuel Your School program

Aims to raise P3 million to boost public STEM education in Region 5

 

The days of chalk and Manila paper are over as far as teaching Science and Math is concerned for the highest-need public high schools in the Bicol Region. Chevron Philippines, Inc., marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, and Southern Cross Distribution Inc., Caltex branded marketer, launched Caltex Fuel Your School to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning into the 21st century.

Chevron Philippines Inc. Country Chairman Peter Morris said during the launch event of Caltex Fuel Your School at the Caltex station along Diversion Road, Naga City,  “From August 1 to September 30, 2017, for every 1-liter purchase of Caltex with Techron at any Caltex station in Bicol Region, we will donate one peso (PhP 1.00) to support qualified projects in STEM subjects.”

Chevron Philippines Inc. is allocating PhP 3 million for the purchase of learning and teaching equipment for students and teachers in Bicol Region’s 30 highest-need public high schools. “Tomorrow’s engineers are today’s school children. Caltex Fuel Your School is a social investment that doesn’t just help us – it helps the communities where we operate.  The jobs of tomorrow are important not only to the success of our business, but also to a country’s ability to compete in the global marketplace,” stated Morris.

“We are very grateful to find a partner in Southern Cross Distribution, Inc. that reflects Chevron’s values in the way we do business and the way we help communities.  Aside from leveraging their network of 22 Caltex stations across Bicol, Southern Cross Distribution, Inc. is also donating PhP 1.5 million to the project in support of STEM and to challenge other businesses, especially those that rely on STEM workers, to support the same,” added Morris.

The multi-awarded Caltex Fuel Your School is in partnership with the Department of Education, the American Chamber Foundation, and Southern Cross Distribution, Inc. The partners hope to boost the teaching of STEM subjects by equipping less privileged public high schools with quality learning materials.

 

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(L-R) AmCham Foundation Executive Director Jun Salipsip, Department of Education Region 5 Director Ramon Abcede, Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI) Country Chairman Peter Morris, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo, Southern Cross Distribution, Inc. Chairman Jose Mari Delgado, CPI Policy, Gov’t and Public Affairs manager Raissa Bautista during the launch of Caltex Fuel Your School Bicol.

 

The Department of Education Region V office selected the highest-need public high schools in the region to participate in the campaign. The American Chamber Foundation screened the proposed projects with the resulting shortlisted schools’ projects to be posted on the Caltex Fuel Your School Facebook page and website for voting.

The target PhP 3 million will be used to buy interactive multi-media projectors, LED TVs, laptops, tablets, WiFis, lab equipment and other modern teaching aids.

Morris assures that Caltex Fuel Your School is set to fuel up STEM learning in more schools in the country every year. Aside from Bicol, the program has already raised PhP 8 million over the past two years which is helping almost 200,000 high school students in Metro Manila and Davao better learn STEM.

“We are issuing a call-to-action to other businesses to join Chevron in supporting project-based learning methods to increase engagement in STEM and promote engineering design thinking in classrooms. This is not a small challenge, and the business community has to do its part. If we want to truly make a difference, we must all work together to provide educators with resources to interest students and prepare them for STEM related careers,” said Morris in his address.

 

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The 30 teacher-proponents from the public schools who will receive modern teaching equipment through Caltex Fuel Your School.

Chevron Philippines, Inc. is committed to contribute to the development of education in the country through its long-term Energy for Learning initiative under which more and more programs are being created to provide learning and livelihood skills to disadvantaged people.