Yesterday, I brought our COMELEC EID information-kiosk shtick to the ‘Kick Con-Ass’ street party in Makati. It was a novel concept that combined the Filipino penchant for bazaars and free concerts with the more serious business of intellectual engagement of the youth. Several worthies were in attendance and I’m sure I didn’t see – much less meet – half of them. Those I saw up close and talked with (however briefly): Serge Osmena, Neric Acosta, Leah Navarro (!) and Dinky Soliman; from a distance: Noynoy Aquino, Tito Guingona, RC Constantino, Conrad de Quiros, Jojo Binay, Pen Medina, and Bibeth Orteza; from an even greater distance: Chiz Escudero.
The youth I met there were obviously sharp – probably not an exaggeration to call them the best of their bunch – and their response to the information I delivered was gratifying, i.e., they paid attention and asked intelligent questions. Days like these, it’s really easy to believe that maybe, as a nation, we’re not really such a basket case after all.