Serene. 8am today casual runners stand still as #UPDiliman Carillon plays Natl Anthem: Lodi!
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android-shot at 8:00 am today at the academic oval… Casual runners and promenaders at the academic oval slowly stopped on their tracks — there was a slow pealing of the bells, they were playing our song. The Carillon — that’s the iconic belfry of the University — played the National Anthem at 8:00 on a sunny morning today — the way it does every morning — in melancholy adagio beat (they’re ancient bells, they cannot play it in the original martial tempo of Julian Felipé), with flats here and there because they lacked notes … still : in all its awkward, slow chiming, towards the second bar, somehow, people recognized the melody and, without any physical or legal compulsion, enforcement, requirement or order, stood solemnly: The lithe runner in neon shirt stretching his hamstring put down his leg to stand properly, two senior citizens placed their palms on the left-hand side of their chest, the tahó (sweet soy curd) vendor took a break from hawking, a mother and her children stopped taking pictures of the floating woman statue.
Lodi! (idol!). Heartwarming. Maybe there’s hope for this country.
(i faced east, arbitrarily : somewhere eastward, there’s probably a flag fluttering.)