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    It don’t matter to the sun. If you go or if you stay. Though the sun is gonna rise. Shine down on another day. There will be a tomorrow. Even if you choose to leave. It don’t matter to the sun. But it matters to me. It ain’t gonna stop the world. If you walk out that door.   ‘Cause the world will just keep spinnin’ round. Like it did the day before. ‘Cause to them it makes no difference. It just keeps on keeping time.   It ain’t gonna stop the world. But it’ll be the end of mine. So what can I say, What can I do. I’m still in love. Why aren’t you? It don’t matter to the moon. If you’re not in my life. Though the moon will just keep hangin’ ‘round. Like it’s just another night. It’ll find another place to shine. On some other lovers’ dreams. It don’t matter to the moon. It matters to me. It don’t matter to the moon. But it matters to me.   It don’t matter to the sun. If you go or if you stay. Though the sun is gonna rise. Shine down on another day. There will be a tomorrow. Even if you choose to leave. It don’t matter to the sun. But it matters to me. It ain’t gonna stop the world. If you walk out that door. ‘Cause the world will just keep spinnin’ round. Like it did the day before.   ‘Cause to them it makes no difference. It just keeps on keeping time. It ain’t gonna stop the world. But it’ll be the end of mine. So what can I say, What can I do. I’m still in love. Why aren’t you? It don’t matter to the moon. If you’re not in my life. Though the moon will just keep hangin’ ‘round. Like it’s just another night. It’ll find another place to shine. On some other lovers’ dreams.   It don’t matter to the moon. It matters to me.   It don’t matter to the moon. But it matters to me.

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sun is gonna rise. Shine down on another day. There will be a tomorrow. Even if you choose to leave. It don’t matter to the sun. But it matters to me. It ain’t gonna stop the world. If you walk out that door. ‘Cause the world will just keep spinnin’ round. Like it did the day before. ‘Cause to them it makes no difference. It just keeps on keeping time. It ain’t gonna stop the world. But it’ll be the end of mine.

  So what can I say, What can I do. I’m still in love. Why aren’t you? It don’t matter to the moon. If you’re not in my life. Though the moon will just keep hangin’ ‘round. Like it’s just another night. It’ll find another place to shine. On some other lovers’ dreams. It don’t matter to the moon. It matters to me. It don’t matter to the moon. But it matters to me.   It don’t matter to the sun. If you go or if you stay. Though the sun is gonna rise. Shine down on another day. There will be a tomorrow. Even if you choose to leave. It don’t matter to the sun. But it matters to me. It ain’t gonna stop the world. If you walk out that door. ‘Cause the world will just keep spinnin’ round. Like it did the day before. ‘Cause to them it makes no difference. It just keeps on keeping time. It ain’t gonna stop the world. But it’ll be the end of mine. So what can I say, What can I do. I’m still in love. Why aren’t you? It don’t matter to the moon. If you’re not in my life. Though the moon will just keep hangin’ ‘round. Like it’s just another night. It’ll find another place to shine. On some other lovers’ dreams. It don’t matter to the moon. It matters to me. It don’t matter to the moon. But it matters to me.   It don’t matter to the sun. If you go or if you stay. Though the sun is gonna rise. Shine down on another day. There will be a tomorrow. Even if you choose to leave. It don’t matter to the sun. But it matters to me. It ain’t gonna stop the world. If you walk out that door.   ‘Cause the world will just keep stop the world. But it’ll be the end of mine.


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teel bars, tattoos and brawls. The images we have of prisons and inmates are negative, even depressing. Baliklaya Week by Ateneo Lex sought to redefine the prisoner at present and show what it really is like inside the New Bilibid Prisons.   Baliklaya Week, which ran from December 2-5, 2008, was the first time LEX brought Baliklaya to the Loyola Schools cotmmunity. It featured an exhibit of prisoner profiles, fun trivia, myth-breakers, and a freedom wall. Crafts made by inmates like wax candles, figurines and ships made of resin or carved from wood were also on display and for sale. The culminating activity began with a symbolic release of balloons highlighted by a fashion show featuring couture designed by inmates and modeled by LEX members.   Baliklaya is a year-long program under the Social Concerns and Involvement department aimed at advocating the rights of the prisoners deprived of social justice and raising awareness of prisoner rights. There are different projects under Baliklaya: monthly exposure trips for members, business tours and seminars/

workshops for inmates with English, management and acting classes. This year’s focus is on business development since inmates produce scented candles, wooden figurines and other crafts, thus encouraging social enterprise in prison.   LEX President Paul Mayuyu, IV-BS ME, says the most touching personal experience he had within the prison was during his second exposure trip when inmates sang an original composition, Bilangguang Walang Rehas, with a very touching theme. He quotes the song, “All of us have our own prisons. Ours may be ones of steel, but there are also prisons of materialism and greed and sorrow.” He goes on to explain, “these men, when they get out of prison, find themselves the victims of discrimination and bias.” Baliklaya offers to Ateneans a view of these people’s humanity.   The idea of nation building through prison visits and fashion shows seems at first very remote and yet Paul explains it very well. He points out that by focusing on disadvantaged sectors, changing erroneous perspectives on prisoners and giving these prisoners an opportunity at a second life, only then can society achieve real progress.

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By Mylene Ladan and Almira Uy even out of ten Ateneans in the Loyola Schools are part of the Council of Organizations of the Ateneo (COA). Daunting? Yes. Not for Oscar "Koi" C. Mejia III (V-BS ChMSE), COA President who says he's got the personality, the skills, the experience and the heart for the job.

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  Even in grade school and high school, Koi was already active in leadership positions. However, he says his most formative years were in Ateneo Chemical Society (ACHES). In his junior year he was Vice President for Publication and Documentations, and President in senior year. As an officer he met a lot of people who inspired him and who in turn, were inspired by him. Much of what drives him and what leads in his current position as president of COA is the fulfillment he gets from being able to have an impact on a lot of people. He says, "May mga members dati na hindi masyadong active, but when you provide this certain project or program, nakikita mo nagiging active sila. They learn a lot from their experiences and for me that's a big thing."   Mejia also shares how his line of work changed after being elected as the president of COA. For him, COA is a passion, a responsibility and a family. For people to be passionate about what they are doing, according to Mejia, they have to love what they are doing and see it as something that comes naturally. “Sa sobrang love mo, napapanaginipan mo na nga,” shares Mejia.   Aside from being passionate, COA is

also a responsibility to be taken care of. Handling 72% of the community’s population, Mejia holds himself, along with the rest of the Council, accountable for all the concerns of the entire Loyola Schools. Moreover, Mejia considers COA as a family. Beyond work, COA members reach out to one another with regards to their personal lives. And from there springs stronger and more intimate relationships within the Council.   As the curtains of college years are about to close, Mejia wishes to leave behind a mark or a legacy for more Ateneans to remember and to grow inspiration from. Identity – COA is branded for its visibility and its passion for nation building. Furthermore, Mejia emphasizes that all the hard work everyone gives for their respective organizations is simply not for their organizations’ or their personal benefits. Little by little, COA has been trying to develop and discover the leadership potentials among its members. Of these future leaders, Mejia hopes, will rise individuals who will continue COA’s goal of contributing to nation building.


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Pearl Ganzon (IV AB Comm) relates how the four different organizations, namely Ateneo College Glee Club (ACGC), Blue Repertory (BlueRep), Company of Ateneo Dancers (CADS) and Tanghalang Ateneo (TA) work together as one cluster in driving towards their passion for the arts. From Galian to what is now known as the Performing Arts Cluster (PAC), the organizations under this cluster come together for three common purposes: devotion, perfection and communication. Ganzon says that all the organizations in the Ateneo are

push themselves further to achieve. Studying during the morning or during breaks and rehearsing during the night may seem overwhelming for most students, but Ganzon shares that as long as one sees art not as a work, but as an avenue to share who one truly is, one realizes that “this is for me”. Moreover, artists are seen as perfectionists of their own fields. Performance does not end with actors seen on stage, but more importantly performance is perfected by the writers, the backstage managers, and light directors. Ganzon also says that artists in the organizations hold the ability as effective “communicators”. Known for their public speaking skills and high confidence, artists under PAC prove to be very social and expressive in everything they do, even beyond their time as performers. Nonetheless, Ganzon also imparts on the concerns of the constrained artists. She believes that visibility for young artists like them is not strong in the university, as compared


to other schools and organizations. Students watch their plays only because they are required to do so; if only, Ganzon says, Ateneans can perceive the arts as something they would willingly devote to and adhere to, then reception and visibility would not be much of a problem. Moreover, the PAC head relates that the four orgs lack avenues, both in the literal and figurative sense, to act, to sing and to dance. Rehearsals become a problem when venues cannot be easily provided for them. As the University approaches its sesquicentennial celebration, Ganzon promises that the PAC organizations are one with the Ateneo in welcoming this event. They are all preparing a major play to be shown during the 150th year celebration. Apart from this, the next year will be a year full of improvement and growth for the four organizations. “We are artists working in our organizations. And as part of an organization, it gives us room for improvement and flourishing.�


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e do good business.” This is the motto of the Business Cluster (BC) composed of seven organizations each equipped with their unique core competencies. According to Cluster Head Rani Roque (IV BS CTM), the BC seeks to form quality business leaders with a heart. “We want to make the lives of Filipinos better through business,” Roque said. A project of the cluster which focuses on nation-building is Kaakibat, a business plan writing competition. Participating groups will be assigned to a specific Filipino community, which they will help build and sustain through their written proposal. The organizations under the Business Cluster also have their own projects that provide individuals with quality business knowledge. In addition, each org provide them with the skills to start and manage their own enterprises.

The A t e n e o Junior Marketing Association (AJMA), for instance, teaches fourth year public high school students the basics of marketing through the Marketing Camp, as well as professors and teachers from around the Philippines through the Marketing Symposium. The Ateneo Management Association(AMA) assists communities by giving them a sustainable form of livelihood with their KapitkAMAy project. Balik-Laya Prison Service is a year-long project of the Ateneo Lex that helps inmates from the New Bilibid Prisons with their needs in business, education, recreation, and legal issues. While the Management Economics Organization (MEcO) and the Management Engineering Association (MEA) both focus on imparting corporate social responsibility to their members


through Midas and the Corporate Social Responsibility Program (CSRP), respectively. Through these socially-oriented projects, the cluster shows that business is not just a way of making money, but also an opportunity to help others. The BC’s advocacies are proof that good business isn’t only about making a living but also how many lives one has touched along the way.


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assion for service and immersion in area. This is what binds seven different organizations that make up the Sector-Based Cluster (SBC):Ateneo Special Education Society (SPEED), Ateneo Student Trainers (STRAINS), Gabay, Kaingin, KytheAteneo (KYTHE), Musmos, and Tugon. Formerly known as the Socially-Oriented organizations of the Ateneo (SOA), the name was changed to SBC during the re-clustering and reorganization of the Council of Organizations of the Ateneo (COA), in an effort to break the stereotype that only SOA orgs were service-oriented and had a hand in nation building. Lorenz Bago

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The change from SOA to SBC also defines more clearly what these organizations primarily do: cater to special children, Ateneo organizations, Atenean scholars, the urban poor, children sick of cancer, child survivors of sexual abuse and abandonment. SBC also works towards the sustainable development of these sectors through active advocacy and direct involvement.

SBC Head Lorenz Bagohin, IV-BS CS, and SBC Sec-Treas Tim Ong, V-BS Ch-MSE, explained how through their projects, SBC orgs bring awareness of issues that are urgent but are frequently overlooked and not talked about. Through this they hope to encourage Ateneans to help and be of service to others. SBC forms future leaders who are more reflective, informed, passionate and ready to take on the challenges of nation-building by bringing service to where it is needed the most.


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ast January 15, Youth For Christ Ateneo (YFC-A) held “Bridging the Gap: Interfaith Dialogue” at the Escaler Hall as it celebrated YFC-A Week. The event aimed to put Christianity and Islam into perspective, showing Ateneans that the two religions are fundamentally alike, despite clashes between its followers. YFC-A Interfaith Project Head Gideon Sarreal (IV BS CTM) started the program by providing the welcoming remarks. He said the objective of the dialogue was to promote unity and harmony, as well asto foster nation building especially during this period of dissension in the country. The panelists for the dialogue were: Fr. Rene Oliveros, S.J., an Islamic Studies professor at the Loyola School of Theology (LST); Prof. Punduma Sami, Sultan of Guimba, Marawi and founding member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF); and Atty. Saga Mabanig, former Director of the Department of Education (DepEd) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Catholic Point of View Oliveros spoke first about Christianity in the perspective of a person acquainted with the two religions, having been born to a Muslim mother and a Catholic father. According to him, inherited prejudice from the Spanish colonizers and were the main reasons for the hostility of Catholics towards Muslims. “Spirituality is not only contained in religions and rituals,” he said. Oliveros stated that religion should not be viewed as mere institutions but as a way to break borders.


Muslim Perspective “Islam is a misunderstood religion,” Mabanig said. He clarified that peace and love are the two main teachings of Islam and while terrorism is completely denounced Muslims only engage in jihad or “holy war” as a means of defense from aggression and oppression. Sami, the third panelist, expounded on how Christianity and Islam share the same beliefs by citing passages from both the Koran and the New Testament of the Bible which have the same context. Sura, a chapter in the religious text of Islam, also contains 45 verses narrating the story of Mary and Jesus. The sultan also discussed the present situation in Mindanao as a founding member of the MNLF. He said the group believes fighting will not give them anything, and that they are simply working on the welfare of Muslims and Christians by advocating peace and love throughout the country and Asia.

Beyond the Walls of Escaler Hall A question and answer portion followed, where the panelists were asked of their opinion on the Christian-Muslim conflict in Mindanao, religious stereotypes and the separation of church and state in the Philippines. Students also asked the Muslim panelists to clarify the concept of jihad and their reaction to the violence in Gaza. At the end of the event, the audience was challenged to take what they learned beyond Escaler Hall and use it to change the present situation in the Philippines for the betterment of both Christians and Muslims.


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fter being regrouped as part of the Sector Based Cluster (SBC) under the Council of Organizations in Ateneo (COA), Strains (Ateneo Student Trainers) reintroduces itself as an organization dealing with more than just leadership trainings, but focusing more on organizational development directed towards nation building in its simplest sense. Headed by Miguel Zaballero (IV AB SoS), the organization offers its services to the organizations in need both inside and outside the Ateneo. Known for their undying energy, creativity and critical minds, the Strainers, as they are usually called, excel in more than just leadership. Zaballero relates the long and tedious process of becoming an official member of the family of Strainers: From an initial number of 100 applicants, they are narrowed down to roughly 25. ClichÊ as it may sound, but Strains value quality over quantity, as seen in their membership roster. The qualities that the organization looks for and sees in its members include fellowship, leadership, commitment and language proficiency. Zaballero says that companionship among the members proves to be an effective tool in any organization; hence they encourage their applicants and members alike to hang out in the org room to get to know each other and build ties with the older Strainers. Similarly, a background in leadership catalyzes and improves a member’s capacity to serve.


Ample leadership skills are needed in order to lead the organization in the different tasks, according to Zaballero. Nevertheless, he states that leadership alone is not enough nor is it the main quality that a Strainer ought to instill. After all, leadership without commitment leads an individual to believe in his capacity alone without considering the help of his colleagues. Commitment, therefore, is necessary for any member of an organization to consign himself to the service or duties of the org. Apart from this, Strains yearns for its family to develop the confidence to relate to all kinds of people they cater to within and amongst the organization. They allow their members to venture out of their comfort zones and test their public relation skills in dealing with their clients’ organizational issues. Along with their knack for PR, Strainers practice their critical thinking skills especially when troubleshooting problems and weaknesses of their clients. Coupled with their ability for thinking outside the box is a Strainer’s proficiency for communication skills, as one of their main tasks is to facilitate lectures and talks. To keep the audience focused Strainers have to come up with ways to keep them attentive. Part of Strains’ goals for this year is to do away with the common misconception that they are all about leadership. Zaballlero stresses ”OD (Organizational Development) in its broadest sense is a systematic way of helping the organization, along with its members, develop by taking concrete actions.”


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ancing is an expression. It’s so easy to use it as a tool to show people that each individual have their own purpose.” – Joyce Villanueva (V ECE)

Spotlights flickering on the stage, the crowd roaring in applause, the music beginning to play in the background and the performers starting to dance to the beat. This is not new to CADster Joyce Villanueva. For Joyce, the president of CADs (Company of Ateneo Dancers), dancing is more than just an art. She first joined CADs in her freshman year because she loves dancing and she was inspired by the performance of CADs during her OrSem. Since then, Joyce has been an active member in CADs, being the Internal Vice President two years ago and now President. Joyce says she ran for President because she wants to bring change to the organization. CADs’ motto is “Groove, Glory, God”. I asked Joyce how this came to be, “We always dance for a purpose. We started dancing for a purpose when members from a church (CCF) joined CADs and they started organizing Bible studies and get togethers. From there, other members realized that ‘okay, we shouldn’t be dancing for nothing.’ There should always be an ‘end point’. It’s not only dancing for God, it’s also about finding your purpose as an individual,” she said. Along with this, members of CADs are very close—“united” would be a good word to describe them because of their regular workouts. They build relationships; consider themselves “family” and take care of each other. They even have ‘mommies’ and ‘daddies’ to look after their ‘children’. But just like everything else in Ateneo, there is more to Joyce and CADs than meets the eye. CADs is an organization that is contributes to nation building in unique ways, as well as being men and women for others.

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description here, blah blah blah. description here, blah Joyce laughed when I asked her what she has done to promote nation building. “As a student, we’re being taught Ignatian values, being men and women for others and service. Ever since, I’ve been joining workshops to go to areas, and these workshops inspired me to have tie-ups in different areas. That’s also why we’re having a benefit concert.” In addition to this, CADs has been redefining arts in the country. “Art is no longer as acknowledged as before but through dancing—performing in concerts, participating in competitions—CADs uplifts dancing as an art. We show other people what CADs can do and how good we can express emotions through dancing.” This year, Joyce has brought new things for CADs, like the NSTP, benefit concert, leadership training seminars. She relates their talent, dancing, to nation building. “One of our objectives this year was to have more beneficiaries, tie ups with areas, and the likes. With those, we can use our talent of dancing to share, help others and be an inspiration to the needy.” Joyce is a role model for a lot of people—humble, yet bold; Strong, but loving. She’s an org president, but first and foremost a student. She’s only one person, but she’s reaching out to the community to help out, one dance move at a time. She manages her time well and she has learned to trust people to delegate. She has learned how to become more professional and how to open up to people. “During my stay in Ateneo, I’ve learned a lot, like Iganatian values, and being able to take responsibilities. Most especially the values that I’ve learned from CADs—to share, to give, to be a person for others. I learned how to not waste any time, any moment, any skill, and myself to attain my purpose.” When asked what she has to say for all of those who look up to her, she answered with a simple, “Be inspired!” I nod my head in agreement as she continued on to say that “Once you’re inspired to do something, you will be able to do it. Even though there will be obstacles in your way, you’ll still push through with it. You have a greater purpose, a greater end. Trust people, trust in yourself, and never look down on others.” So imagine the spotlights flickering on the stage, the crowd roaring in applause, the music beginning to play in the background and the performers starting to dance to the beat. Can you see it? Can you feel it? Be inspired!


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