August 2009

perseidIf the weather will permit, we will have a spectacular viewing of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower; which is expected in the wee hours of August 12, but late Tuesday and Thursday nights may also be fruitful.

August is the month for meteor showers, although Perseid is known to be already around since July 17. The Perseid is debris that came from Swift Tuttle comet as it orbits around the sun and laid bits of its outer crust on several locations. We always get a great show of these sand-like sparklings on a dark night every August since it is the month when Earth passes the same orbit Swift Tuttle leave behind.

About 200 meteors per hour are expected to burst of up to 15 minutes tonight; but the problem will be the great moonlight shine, which will surely keep us all from getting a good glimpse of the show. Somebody told me that positioning oneself where the moon will be behind a tree will help make the show visible. Well, let’s see if that will be a good tip for tonight’s grand Perseid meteor shower!


The President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared August 5, ex-President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino’s interment, a National non- working holiday. In a separate declaration, August 1 to 10 of the same year will be the National mourning for the passing away of the Republic’s first lady-President. These declarations have been issued while PGMA is in her state visit to the United States of America. The President is also expected to cut her visit short and pay visit to the wake of Ms. Aquino at the Manila Cathedral.

As a former president of the Republic, the Aquino family was offered to hold the wake in an appropriate place in the palace. They have declined the offer because the bereaved family holds grudge against the current president. The issue they haven’t put to rest is something about a bodyguard the current president has ordered to be take off from its duty. The family believed that this happening has something to do with their late mother’s transparency in opposing the new president’s governance. In fact, she was one of the leaders in some of the movements against the new government.

For whatever it is worth, let us just be all happy with the way PGMA is carrying all the issues against her. Her plans of visiting the wake of the former President should not even be sensationalized. It is something that any person can do in respect to the dead and the bereaved family. Besides, they have been friends and confidants in the past. Let her pay her respect to the former president and friend.