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By Rox Peña


Thursday, February 6, 2014

THERE is a belief that whoever is born in February is called "kulang-kulang." This is because February is the only month in the calendar with 28 days (29 during leap year). When people find Febrarians unreasonable (read: weird) or fall short of their expectations, they would say “kulang ka kasi!”

Why does February have only 28 days? I searched the internet and found theories, myths and legends. I found this explanation to be the most believable: “January and February both date from about the time of Rome’s founding. They were added to a calendar that had been divided into ten month-like periods whose lengths varied from 20 to 35 or more days. A winter season was not included, so those period lengths are believed to have been intended to reflect growth stages of crops and cattle.

When introduced, January was given 29 days and put at the beginning of the calendar year. February was given 23 days and put at the end. Then, for an undetermined period shortly after Rome’s founding, months were said to have begun when a new moon was first sighted. At some later time, month lengths were separated from lunations and again became fixed. At that time, February’s original length was extended by five days which gave it a total of 28.” (Source: http://www.webexhibits.org/calendars/year-history.html#anchor-february )


So, hindi lang pala kulang-kulang ang February, singit pa!

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It’s not true that those born in February are ‘kulang’. In fact, there are many famous people who were born in February. Here are a few: U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan (February 6), Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington ( February 22); Russian President Boris Yeltsin (February 1) and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (February 26); NBA Superstar Michael Jordan (February 17); Actor John Travolta ( February 18); Scientists Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19) and Galileo Galilei (February 15); Famous singer Josh Groban (February 27).

In the Philippines we have singer Martin Nievera (February 5), fashion Czar Pitoy Moreno (February 25), Broadway stage actress Lea Salonga (February 19), singer Rico J. Puno (February 14) and President Noynoy Aquino (February 8).

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This Valentine’s Day, brace yourselves for sky-high prices of flowers. Flowers growers in Benguet are reportedly having a smaller yield due to the cold weather. At Dangwa in Dimasalang, a dozen of roses costing P150 before are now priced at P600 to P650 and will further increase to P 1,000 on Valentine’s day. The current price per stem is P180 and will increase to P250 on Valentine’s day.

Rosas na lang sa paso. Di pa malalanta.

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Today I turn 49. I assure you that I am not ‘kulang’. Ha ha. I thank the Lord for the 48 wonderful years that He has given me and I look forward to a grace-filled year ahead. I give Him back all honor and glory. Happy birthday to my co-celebrants DJ Alex of DWRW and my former teacher Dr. Lou Tanhueco-Nepomuceno of AUF Confucius Institute.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 07, 2014.


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