Exclusive by Raïssa Robles
A Valentine’s Day greeting is etched on the rooftop of the Social Security System (SSS) building for everyone to see all the days of the year.
I wonder if a lovesick carpenter drew it while making repairs.
Or perhaps it’s pieces of furniture arranged into this drawing? I don’t know. All I know is that it was captured by Google.
I wonder if SSS officials know that they work inside a building adorned with two hearts speared by Cupid’s arrow.
And so yesterday, I phoned the Public Information Office (PIO) of SSS to inquire. The people there were as mystified as I was why two hearts were drawn there. I could not reach Ms. Marissu Bugante, vice-president for public affairs of of SSS since she was out of town.
Maybe its’ a sign meant for aliens to see – with their more sophisticated telescopes trained on the earth light years away in the farthest section of the galaxy. I wonder what they would make of the sign. Would it be ominous, meaningful or welcoming to them? Because the arrow could look like a crude drawing of a missile, too. Would that mean – aim your weapon here?
For earthlings who are aware of this western symbol, this sign of everlasting love is almost universal, thanks to Hallmark greeting cards and Hollywood.
It was my hubby Alan who accidentally saw the drawing while googling another building in the area of SSS.
Here, he said generously. Why don’t you write about it?
And so I am. While I’m not big about observing Valentine’s Day – which I believe should be celebrated everyday – I will make an exception this year and greet everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day.
I hope it’s still there.
Now that SSS knows it’s there, I hope it doesn’t erase the sign. Instead, they could celebrate it and include it in their promotional ads.
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