Salen-ga, a Filipino, discovered the electron is positive.The mysterious Salen-ga has been the object of discussion between my classmates and I. Who is this man? And has he in fact discovered that the electron is indeed positive? And if so, what is the significance of this discovery? Does that mean science has gotten it wrong? Whoever he is, the media seems to have ignored this discovery completely. We started to doubt that he even existed. He was soon forgotten. Even his graffiti started disappearing as hordes of Metro Aides whitewashed his words from public property. He comes up every now and then, but my friends and I have concluded that he was nothing more than an urban myth.
Then came the February 29 interfaith rally. A smallish man with glasses was holding up a two-sided sign made of yellow cartolina protected with plastic wrapping, saying something I couldnt quite comprehend. Then I caught fragments of what he was saying. He said something about 'positive electron' and I did a double take and looked at his sign more carefully. The bold black letters said, in all-caps:
MEDIA CENSORED NEWS. D STREETS OF D GLOBALLY ROUND EARTH IS LOCALLY FLAT!!!
And in the sign, I caught a name: Salen-ga! It was him! In the flesh! He was saying, "Pagmalaki n'yo ang Pilipino. Natuklasan ko flat ang mundo! Ayaw ilagay sa dyaryo!"
Salen-ga, proud Pinoy
Amid the chants of GMA's ouster, and the presentations onstage, he was yelling pride in the Filipino, and his scientific discoveries that are way ahead of his time or being suppressed by the media. According to him, that is. I thought of approaching him and chatting with him about his discoveries but thought the better of it. My experience with his type of genius is that once you open the floodgates of his knowledge, you can't shut him up. I just didnt have the time. Besides, Zorro showed up and stole the show.
Zorro, ready to do battle with corruption