I didn’t realize that today is the much-vaunted eight day of the eight month of the eight year [supposedly] of the new millennium. Apparently, the 888 combination is quite lucky, which belief comes from the Chinese reliance on the number 8 as the most lucky number. And then again, according to reports, this may not be a lucky day after all [according to the Chinese, again]. This is because the Chinese seventh month, usually August, is the most ill-fated time of the year. It is called Ghost Month, the most inauspicious time, during which important decisions and activities such as travel, weddings, moving to a new house and even swimming are suspended. Whatever. Here’s lucky guy no. 8, Sherwin Mark Cortez, 18 years old, 5’8″-tall and a student in an exclusive school in Metro Manila. Tee-hee.