(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Byline: Al S. Mendoza
THE RAINS have come, indeed. Almost anywhere you go this time of the year when you are in Luzon, the skies are either overcast or dark. The sun comes out now in erratic fashion. 'Tis the rainy season once again.
The farmers are rejoicing. To them, the rainy season is the reason for their existence.
Without the rains, they couldn't till the fields.
Without the rains, they couldn't start planting rice.
Without the rains, they couldn't resume the cycle of life.
In short, our farmers live because of the rain.
In the barrios these days, our youngsters can't play basketball as much as they …