Wish upon a ‘meteor day’

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Sunday, June 29, 2014


MANY people may have heard about or have seen the hit telenovela Meteor Garden after it was aired again recently on the Philippine television, making it a national trending topic in the social media.

It is a classic love story between two different people with different social status and characteristics who eventually managed to surpass all obstacles. They did it with the belief that nothing is impossible because they are under the same stars.

In one of the scenes, the lead actor, Dao Ming Zhi, wished upon a star. His wish to be with the one he truly loves was impossible to happen. But through perseverance, determination and his undying love for Shan Chai, he conquered all the hindrances of their love.

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Have you ever wished upon a star? If you did, had your wish ever came true?

Jia Christie Recamadas, 19, said: “Yes. I wished for my mother to live but unfortunately it didn’t come true.”

Another respondent, Mctevenz Noynay, 20, said: “Yes. Di ko mosaba kay di unya matinuod.”

“Wishing upon a star” may be something some people will do today, June 30, which is marked as Meteor Day.

Some people may wonder where and when this practice of “wishing upon a star” began.

According to random researches in Google, wishing upon a star is believed to have originated in Greece. Around 127-151 A.D., a Greek astronomer named Ptolemy wrote that the gods are occasionally peering down at the Earth from between spheres out of curiosity.

When this happens, stars sometimes slip through the gap becoming visible as shooting stars. This event was thought to be the rare and perfect chance to make a wish because during this time the gods would listen to people’s desires.

On the other hand, science says that a “shooting star” or a “falling star” is actually not a star but a meteor or streaks of light that cross the night sky and can only be seen for one or two seconds.

Meteorites vary in sizes—it can be as small as a pebble or as big as our fist. But regardless of the size, the impact of a meteorite hitting the earth may be the equivalent of hundreds of nuclear weapons.

This alone means that while you are busy wishing upon a falling star, danger awaits some areas because the possibility of a huge meteor falling could result in great destruction upon Earth. You don’t want to be hit by a meteorite while wishing upon a star, do you?

Without a doubt wishing upon a star has long been part of man’s beliefs. But it must be remembered no one can rely merely upon a wish because a wish will never come true without man fighting and striving hard to achieve his wish.

At the end of the day, it is not the wish that matters. It is the effort and strength to endure the troubles that come as man fulfills his dream.

Wishing is not something good or bad and it can come true or it may not, because no one really prove the effectiveness of wishing upon a star. But wishing upon a star teaches something priceless. It is to have a dream and to have a goal. It gives man hope to someday achieve his dreams through work.

The ability to wish serves as an inspiration because by wishing, man opens his mind to possibilities and ignores the impossible—just like how the love of Dao Ming Zhi and Shan Chai survived against all odds. (Applemae H. Miego, USJ-R Mass Comm Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 30, 2014.

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