It's Back: Students Have Resurrected the #WalangPasok Storm

"Surprise! Bet you thought you'd seen the last of me," said the hashtag, probably.

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(SPOT.ph) People woke up to two different storms brewing today, September 15, with one in the actual skies and another on Twitter. Yup, students have somehow brought back the good ol' #WalangPasok trend on social media! This time, they're calling for suspension of online classes as the stormy skies mess with their Internet connection. They may not be required to physically trudge to class in the instant chaos rain usually brings to Metro Manila streets anymore—as their old argument goes, students are not "water-proof"—but based on today's Twitter storm, the Philippines' Internet connection doesn't fare well in the rain, either.

So, are online classes subject to the same suspension rules as normal ones? Typhoons and power outages seem to be key factors, according to one Department of Education official. "Personally, ang tingin ko dapat walang pasok sa araw ng bagyo o iyong nagre-restore pa [ng kuryente], pero hindi siya kasinghaba nang dati," Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said in an ABS-CBN report

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Suspensions won't last as long as they used to, expects Antonio. The undersecretary pointed out that amid outagees, students can shift their attention to the printed self-learning modules supplied by the department.

Still, it doesn't matter who your Internet service provider is—though it seems being Liza Soberano might help, but we digress—no WiFi in the Philippines is strong enough to battle the elements. The transition to blended learning hasn't been easy and the rainy season has just brought on another slew of fresh obstacles for students and teachers. Which means that students have welcomed back the #WalangPasok with open arms on Twitter; we round up some of the most painfully funny ones we've seen. 

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Looks like all the students did, too.

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Good morning, Internet!

"It's been 84 years."

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Welcome back!

Even the "prayer circles" are back.

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Mood.

Anyone else sing it?

Hello, pixelated classmates and teachers!

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