I woke up today to a sad news that part of the UPD Institute of Chemistry (IC) is now turned to ashes. A lot of things immediately flashed on my mind: the people who could be doing labwork during the fire, the equipments, the glasswares, the possibility of an explosion to due to a gas leak, cancellation of classes, and so on and so forth. This is definitely a big loss to the science community of UP Diliman.
I won’t deny that there was a time in my college life when I considered the possibility of IC being on fire with all the dangerous reagents stocked there. I even joked about bombing IC when I was experiencing so much difficulty in finishing my thesis. But WOAH. I never thought that IC will be indeed on fire.
Call me sentimental but right now I just feel that part of my life has also been erased. IC is one of the two buildings I can call home in UP Diliman, the other one is Molave Residence Hall. Because I had no organization when I was in college, these were the two places that served as my refuge. I always enjoy going back to IC (though I rarely do it) because I know that when I go there, one or two smiling faces will welcome me. It’s sad to think I won’t be able to see the corners where our batch used to discuss FR’s, exams, etc. It’s disheartening that the corridors I walked in the wee hours of the morning trying to juggle two ice boxes containing my samples are now blackened. Above every thing else, it’s sad that the a part of the institution that nurtured my once non-existent love for Chemistry is now turned into nothing but ashes.
So long Pav II. You have served us well.