How Fr. Jett Villarin, S.J. buried “El Nino”, the aborted fetus

Fr. Jett Villarin visited my office today together with Nino Uy.   I was glad to see him.

“How is the hermit doing?” he asked.  “I heard you are redesigning the building.”

I smiled.

We talked about the lightning strikes that circled around the building before, the Kyushu University’s new FMCW radar which I am managing, and the renovation of the building that I am preparing to transform it into the Kyushu University’s SERC (Space Environment Resesarch Center) subcenter.

On their way out, Fr. Jett looked at the mango trees across the fields.

“I see many fruits.  It was not like that before.”

“Yes, Father.” Nino said. “There are many mangoes this year.”

“Is Nino still there?” Fr. Jett asked.

I thought its a joke, because Nino is beside us.

“Yes, Father.” Nino said.

“Who is Nino?” I asked.

And Fr. Jett narrated his tale:

“We found an aborted fetus there years ago.  It was wrapped in swaddling clothes.  The mother tried to burn the child to remove all traces.  When the guards saw the smoke, they rushed here.  The mother was gone.  The fetus was half-burnt.  The fetus was large, about a foot long.  We can already see his genitalia.  Kawawa talaga (a pity).  We buried him and nicknamed him ‘El Nino’.”

Fr. Jett and Nino said goodbye.  They went straight to the Climate Studies Division building.

Fr. Jett is Manila Observatory’s authority in climate change.  I heard he once led the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  This is the reason why he is interested in La Nina and El Nino.  This is where he got the name for the aborted fetus.

About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

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