“Rambulan” -Engineered Bayanihan
Words by Joshua M. Romero and Nikka V. Salandanan
Rumbles we see on TV always end with one bringing the belt home, but the rumble engineers are in today will sure end with everyone winning, proving that while the white flag remains unraised, there is hope.
Community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic had us trying all possible leisure just to take the boredom away, hence, even the unconventional ones. But the hottest of which comes from the red-hot social media challenges, and even what we see now as an online “rambulan”.
No, not just the exchanges of opinions stemming from different socio-political stances. There are also rumbling words, trash-talks, and endless sarcasm on a Facebook group against each member’s field, anchored by a common denominator — engineering.
Posts of tirades against chosen engineering fields have gone widespread but it sure does not end there.
The group “Engineering Rambulan” on Facebook started off as a place where 136,400 throngs of engineering students, professionals, graduates, and other more affiliated with the field gather and rumble (in the lightest term possible) each other purely for fun.
It was just like that until a post from Bryant Ularte, a Civil Engineer and a proud Peninsulares, sparked something really helpful in this trying times.
In an attempt to befriend one of the members, though he was straight up rejected, Ularte gained the sympathy of everyone in the group and gave him instant recognition. The popularity was used for a cause, as with other member’s initiative and ideas, they endorsed a fund-raising activity dedicated to the frontliners of the current pandemic.
Now the said group, headed by Renz Paolo Parungao has raised over P1.2-million dedicated mostly for the frontliners’ needs such as Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) in their target hospitals nationwide. Not only that, the group also focuses on the affected families brought by the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, and just recently, its extension.
The drive kicked off on April Fool’s Day but there’s no fooling around for the group as up until this time, the drive still bridges borders.
To make things organized, a line-up of leaders and members was named consisting of 48 people from around the Philippine islands. The line-up was divided into six committees namely finance, hospital coordinators, public relations, logistics, purchasing, and multimedia — all going towards one agenda: success.
Ularte heads the public relations, while fellow Bataeño Michael Paguio of Bataan Heroes Memorial College completes the cast of hospital coordinators.
Engineering Rambulan only proves that beyond different perspectives of things, a thin line where everyone unites exists, and in the case of this online rumble, that is bayanihan.
Artwork and layout by Jeanuel Roger Rendell A. Paje
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