black mapuan valentine
The Black Propaganda was highly successful (I've donned my ragged Che Guevarra shirt for a communistic air). Almost every single soul (including the school employees and faculty members) has worn black yesterday (I’m getting confused using that, why do I always end up doing this after 12 midnight?). And even those who apparently didn’t have any black clothes (to my disbelief), showed their support and cooperation by wearing something dark that actually looked black from afar.
I came in the afternoon and I wasn’t really able to join the campaign, and according to stories, there had been a some sort of a rally in the morning where the students sang the ‘Alma Mater Song’ in front of Don Tomas Mapua’s monument. It was funny when my storyteller told me that many didn’t even know the lyrics of the song and just went on with the others singing only the part that goes: “… and the M and the I and the T..” I can only wish I was there, I know that song by heart!
When I arrived, Carmelita Valdez from ABS-CBN was doing some interviews with the students and the people were still in front of the monument, cheering (for the first time, not jeering) whoever was talking in front. Some of the NAMA (National Association of Mapua Alumni) Officers were also there, despite the fact that some of them weren’t allowed to enter by the guards because they didn’t have enough sense not to wear black as they passed the gate like those who were allowed to enter, who changed after they did.
The classrooms and the halls at the North and West Buildings were completely deserted, almost everyone was out there doing their part. It was actually very moving how different professors from different schools (i.e., departments) lamented on the issue and I particularly liked one Mrs. Faustino from the School of IE who gave out a single but meaningful line almost in tears, which went: “Tinanggal na nga nila High School ko, pati ba naman college ko papatayin nila?”
It was applauded with cheers from the audience which hopefully could get to Engineer Vea’s ears, who I presumed was in his elegant and posh office at the second floor of the Administration Building adjacent to where we were.
The only bad effect of the whole thing is that I had nowhere to go earlier tonight because the classes were canceled and I am not that used to going home very early so I went with Ryan at the back of the school, did some videoke and taken in some booze til almost 10 pm before I went to see Mench and took her home.