Running is a great way to get a feel of the vibe of a place. With two feet on the ground, a runner gets up close and sometimes personal to the surroundings.
Such was the case when the Bicolano Penguin got to run for 3 hours inside the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines one Saturday morning this November. Son Marcel was engaged with his Ateneo team mates in a full day of debating as part of the activities of the Econ Leadership Summit at the School of Economics.
The Penguin is no creature of torpescence. Rather than be idle, off the penguin went on waddling thru the tree-lined asphalt roads. A tint of exploration on the penguin’s eyes. And items of interest were the tarpaulins and posters displayed by the various colleges of the premier state university. These items give out a sense of what the students and teachers are busy at, both in and outside their classrooms. And what I saw I like as they exude a healthy mix of community awareness and artistic enrichment.
Here are a sample of the tarps and posters:
The empiricism delight did not end in the morning as lunchtime brought the Penguin to a tiangge near the landmark chapel of UP that is the Church of the Holy Sacrifice. In that flea of a market, the Penguin got to be astonished by the low prices of the lunch meals. Php 30 for 1 pc BBQ w/ rice and Php 60 for inihaw liempo with rice. Parking rates in Ayala Malls are far more expensive than this.
After the gastronomic delight, the Penguin continued with his exploration of the flea market. Delightfully surprised to discover that there were 4 book stalls among the tiangge enterprises. How nobly fitting that a commercial endeavor inside a school campus would have books (old and new) on sale.
Twas a beautiful Saturday of discovery for the penguin. “Of mice & men.” How about – “Of tarps and tiangges”.