The rainy season translates to fun times for kids in the Philippines. It means a suspension of classes, giving them an extra day to finish their homework. Or staying at home to watch TV all day. Or creating a fortress out of pillows and blankets. Or playing with the dripping water from the ceiling.
But most importantly, it means playing in the rain, and to round out the experience, having a paper boat race in the stream of water that runs down the street.
When I was a kid, I used to play in the rain with my friends, with or without my parents’ permission. Despite their warnings, I would sneak out with my folded paper boat at the ready, eager to compete in a boat race with my friends. What’s more, the heavier the rain, the better.
Heavy rains can cause flooding, especially in flood-prone areas in the country. In some instances, it causes mini-pools outside houses, which children enjoy playing in. Many would do cartwheels and dog paddle in it.
Filipino children can find happiness in the simplest things—a trait we Filipinos take pride in. As we get older, we are taught to appreciate the little things in life.
Liezel is a senior writer at Xillium, holding a degree in literature. Prior to joining the company, she spent six years mentoring foreign Asian students to improve their English communication skills in a web-based education. Her academic involvement included developing and revising instructional materials and content. Liezel's career in distance learning has honed her skills in communication, management, research, and technology.