Love in the time of …

CupidCupidIt’s only the first week of February but many have already contracted the love bug virus. In our mail inbox today is a very sweet quote written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, famous writer from Colombia and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, who recently retired from public life for health reasons. As a farewell note to all his friends, he wrote:

“To all men, I would say how mistaken they are, when they think that they stop falling in love when they grow old, without knowing that they grow old, when they stop falling in love.”

Garcia Marquez is the author of “Love in the time of cholera”, a great love story about unrequited love, a theme that the IV-1 peps are no strangers to. With this post, we would like to relive our kilig moments of the past by recalling the loveteams our class has produced.

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Love according to the peps

LoveAs promised, here’s a compilation of the peps’ definitions of love. These are the thoughts of 16-year-olds trying to describe that wonderful and – judging from the way they put it – inexplicable feeling they were experiencing for the first time.

By the way, ever wondered why no one was using classic Pilipino quotes on love? For example, this one by Francisco Balagtas: “Ang pag-ibig ‘pag pumasok sa puso ninuman, hahamakin ang lahat masunod ka lamang.” But that’s another story. Enjoy our own quotable quotes first …

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What is love?

We are still waiting for Remy’s compilation of our definitions of love, which we wrote in her slumbook. Meantime, we found a similar collection that contains views of grade schoolers (4 to 8 year-olds, but we don’t know from which country) who were posed the question, “What does love mean?” Reading their replies will make one realize that children’s “unadulterated” take on life, which we (adults) often dismiss as mere child’s talk, can give us really profound lessons.

We are reprinting this dahil magpapasko na naman. Time to remind us to give love on Christmas day. And for the present crop of high school students, you might want to take inspiration from this list next time you sign a slumbook. Ibaon na sa lupa ang “Love is like a rosary that is full of mysteries.”

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