The Baker Hall at night. The facade of the building is flocked with expensive cars and it's hard to pass by in between these little spaces.
The moment of truth. I just love this part. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, the guest of honor for the night, holds the hand of his wife, Audrey while the emcee introduces him on stage. They are such a sweet, young couple. Audrey, I am used to seeing her in front of my tv. She's really pretty and thin.
I can't resist. I need to get a close-up of this moment. Zubiri listens intently at the introduction that I thought he's in a teary-eyed mood. But no, he is simply touched.
I was silly not to know that the young Senator Zubiri is a UPLB alumni. He is a graduate of BS Agribusiness Management (batch '90). Prior to that, I was already impressed of his achievements as a senator being one of the authors of the Biofuels Law and an advocate of the environment that I even voted for him during the recent election. But I just don't feel any proximity towards him. But after his speech, I somewhat found the "affinity" (connection?) I've been wanting to see (or feel). Somewhow, I could relate to what he was saying. And I love his prepared speech. Emotional, to say the least. ;-)
My night practically ended after the speech of the keynote speaker. I could not make Crim grab a coffee with me since she was attending a birthday party that night, so I decided to go home. I enjoyed walking at the campus during the night. I loved the yellow bulbs and its unlighted spots. I have known and memorized practically every corner of this campus that it feels like walking inside your own house (without the lights on). The campus turns into a totally different place. It hides its ugly sides and spares me of its truth. But it felt good walking through such familiarity. When I started working in Quezon City, taking a night jog around UP Diliman campus has become a comfort consolation of my longing for UPLB. It didn’t feel the same though.