After the results of the recent University Student Government (USG) General Elections (GE) were released, one animal took center stage. As witnesses and photographic evidence proved, a male cat had predicted Independent USG presidential candidate Migi Moreno’s victory, as early as the campaign period.
According to witnesses, the cat, more commonly referred to as St. La Salle Hall cat (“LS cat”), has been observing the candidates for an unusually long time as they made their way through their campaign routines.
Noticing the cat’s behavior, a student and her friend, on the last day of the campaign period, decided to test the cat’s inquisitive – and possibly psychic – nature. Through their observation of the feline, the pair remembered Paul the Octopus, an octopus that could allegedly predict the results of Germany’s Euro 2008 matches and the country’s seven 2010 World Cup matches. They figured that a cat may be able to predict the results of a considerably smaller-scale system, such as the University’s GE.
Just as Paul’s keeper Oliver Walenciak had done, students Michelle Bautista (II, AE-FIN) and her friend, who often go to the Amphitheatre to feed the cat, placed three piles of canned wet cat feed on the ground. Michelle’s friend held magazines that came from political parties Santugon sa Tawag ng Panahon (Santugon) and Alyansang Tapat sa Lasallista (Tapat) along with a calling card they received from one of Moreno’s supporters above each respective pile.
The cat immediately chose the food below Moreno’s card.
Bautista and her friend were eventually surprised to find out that Moreno had indeed won the presidential seat, following rumors and the official announcement of the DLSU Commission on Elections (COMELEC) last April 4. She reported the incident to her biology professor, who asked not to be named.
After gathering photographic evidence taken on the day Bautista ran the experiment on the cat, the professor emailed the Austrian Institute of Parapsychological Research, a non-profit organization that studies animals and humans with supposed psychic capabilities, which forwarded the case to the Zoological Centre in Oberhausen, Germany.
The biology professor explains, “Initially, I doubted that the students were telling the truth. I myself have never seen anything like it, but after further research, I discovered that the cat did have an unexplainable ability, which must be explored by further research.”
The aforementioned institutions concluded that the cat may have so-called psychic abilities, but due to the Philippines’ lack of research specializing in Noetic sciences – a branch of metaphysical philosophy that studies how the mind and the intellect affects the physical world – the cat may be transferred to a zoological center in Germany or Austria.
Next “Paul the Octopus”?
Several organizations, including non-scientific organizations, have expressed interest in adopting the cat. More notably, a Euro Cup team has offered the University a 100 million euro endowment in exchange for the cat.
While no official statements have been released, the University may be considering holding the tuition fee increase. The endowment would be enough to cover the additional expenses to be incurred building a new grade school and high school structure at the Science and Technology Complex (STC).
Ever since a psychic
While many scientific institutions continue to criticize Bautista’s methodology and the available proof of the cat’s ability, several janitors and guards who asked not to be named have affirmed the cat’s uncanny way of foreseeing the weather and lottery results.
A janitress explains that she once tried her luck with the cat. She left a tray with the numbers 1 to 45 and placed a small piece of fish on each number. The cat consumed four numbers, which she used in the next 6/45 Philippine Lotto draw. She won Php 600 the day after.
Another student affirms the cat’s abilities. She explains, “I was sitting at the Amphitheatre, confused because I could not find my wallet. I had given up when the cat came to me. Naturally, I tried to console myself by playing with the cat, but the cat seemed different. He sniffed my bag, as if something was in it. When I opened my bag to check, I found my wallet. I know it was my mistake, but how did he know it was there?”
The cat’s transfer is currently on hold as the University negotiates the conditions under which the cat would live abroad, as well as funding in the form of endowments that would come from the adopting institutions.