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An official publication of the University of Asia and the Pacific

August 2011


Editorial CAMPAIGN FOR PURITY You must have noticed UNIVERSITAS has gone svelte and extra special. That’s for a reason. Before we resume publishing our regular 56-page issue in October, we wish to contribute to the ongoing national debate on the reproductive health (RH) bill in a special way. This UNIVERSITAS issue hopes to reaffirm UA&P’s fight for the person’s right to life from conception to natural death, with chastity as an expression of the real love that each person deserves. Below is an excerpt of an article by UA&P co-founder Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas which sets the keynote to this special pro-life issue.

Whether or not the RH bill is passed, we can be sure that there will be an aggressive campaign to distribute contraceptives by family planning NGOs from the Western world in cooperation with some of the executive departments of the government that have reasons to believe wrongly that contraceptives can solve the problem of mass poverty, reduce maternal mortality, eliminate illegal abortions, or diminish unwanted pregnancies. How do we counteract the nefarious influences of such an aggressive campaign? I know of no other way but for practicing Catholics and other people of good will to show by the example of their lives that the virtue of holy purity can be lived even in today’s sexually permissive environment by married couples, single people, priests and nuns, and others who have embraced the state of apostolic celibacy. No amount of argumentation can convince people that chastity is possible except through their witnessing personal examples of this virtue. One of the most important preachers about the virtue of holy purity in modern times was St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei. He was a precursor of [Blessed] John Paul II in proclaiming to the whole world that chastity in the middle of the world is possible through human effort and the grace of God. He had his own “theology of the body” before Pope John Paul II treated of this very important topic in numerous lectures in his Wednesday audiences in Rome. Our giving more importance to holy purity in our lives can just be the antidote needed to combat the feverish campaign of the contraceptive pushers to have the RH bill passed. After all, sacrifice after prayer is the most potent force to obtain favors from God. Manila Bulletin, 18 November 2010

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Women scholars

graduate from business course The essence of empowerment is education, and on Women’s Day, 47 underserved women graduated from an intensive training on business and management under the 10,000 Women project of Goldman Sachs, the UA&P and IESE Business School in Spain. Top financial firm Goldman Sachs founded 10,000 Women in 2008 as a project that supports partnerships with universities and development organizations to instruct 10,000 women in developing countries in entrepreneurship and management. UA&P partnered in 2009 with IESE, one of the top business schools in the world, in training the Philippine beneficiaries through a 150-hour modular course that focuses on helping the scholars grow their existing businesses. The scholars from the Philippines hail from different parts of the country and from varied backgrounds, each with her own unique enterprise in which the project’s officials saw tremendous potential. The course, co-developed by UA&P and IESE, taught these women how to refine their existing business plans or concepts, improve their business set-up and operations through a deeper understanding of the basics of financial management, managing business operations, hiring and managing their employees to marketing their products and services while achieving work-life balance. Through 10,000 Women, these selected entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to network with industry experts coming from the most diverse sectors of the economy, gaining new business insights and access to markets.

Besides the classroom training, the graduates received 50 hours of mentoring from established local entrepreneurs and from the staff of Goldman Sachs, as well as on-site visits of their enterprises throughout the duration of the program. Throughout the program, the women were able to learn not only from the country’s best, but also from internationally renowned experts such as IESE Professors Lluis Renart and Dr. Julia Prats.

Goldman Sachs, a leading investment banking, securities and investment management firm, believes that tapping the exponential power of women as entrepreneurs and managers in developing economies is one of the most important, yet too often neglected, means of increasing economic opportunity. The program is expected to help future generations of female entrepreneurs and managers worldwide by strengthening the underlying quality and capacity of business education through teacher training and the development of innovative curricula and locally relevant case studies. Mr. Carlo Cabrera  Corporate Communications Office

CLASS OF 2011. (Clockwise from top left) 10,000 Women Program Director Ellen Soriano, School of Management Dean Stan Padojinog, and Goldman Sachs Securities Executive Director Johnny Escaler award certificates to the program’s 47 new graduates. Patricia Bolaños of Trillor Corp. and Katrina Aniag of C&K Handicrafts. Mylene Santana of Organics Asia. Lucia Catanes of Ebais Restaurant.

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UNIVERSAL. ASIAN. (Clockwise) Students present their business case solutions; Dr. Jesus Estanislao gives the keynote address; A winner receives his award

Filipinos, Indonesians join UNIV Asia confab at UA&P

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dvocating correct use of freedom, the UNIV Asia 2011 conference gathered more than 70 Asian students at UA&P for an ‘academic day’ in late January. The forum carried the theme “Living Freedom Decisively.” Conference delegates came from major universities in Metro Manila and the Visayas. Two Indonesian students from Surabaya also attended the event.

In his keynote address, UA&P co-founder Dr. Jesus Estanislao discussed freedom and effective governance, saying leaders have to develop necessary personal values in order to govern effectively. Dr. Estanislao is the current chairman of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia and the Institute of Corporate Directors. Acclaimed playwright and historian Dr. Paul Dumol later talked about self-giving and commented on Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate.

Competitions

The student delegates also vied for prizes in the research paper, short film, social initiative, and business case competitions of the conference. The UA&P team won best research paper for their study entitled “Are UA&P Students Ready to Be Formed in Freedom?” Having conducted a survey on moral attitudes among almost 300 UA&P students from all year levels, the research team concluded that the majority of UA&P students receive well and agree to the formation offered them by the University. The researchers also recommended exploring the possibilities of the University’s mentoring program and curriculum of formation. Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines-Diliman team grabbed the top prize in the business case competition.

The UA&P team won best research paper for their study entitled “Are UA&P Students Ready to Be Formed in Freedom?” A group of students during the business case competition

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Using a case that involved shifting to international outsourcing at the expense of present labor force, the contest highlighted the need for ethical practices in the business sector. The video “Influencing Others’ Freedom” by a group from De La Salle University won the short video contest, while “Environmental Literacy for Children” and “Ati Man May Paninindigan Din”—projects by two groups from Iloilo—shared the championship in the social initiatives competition.

Roads leading to Rome

Organized by the UNIV Asia Committee and the UA&P Office of Alumni Affairs, the conference was the Asian version of the annual UNIV International Congress in Rome. The worldwide UNIV was started in 1968 through the inspiration of Opus Dei founder St. Josemaría Escrivá. It aims to gather university students in a common endeavor to appreciate academic pursuits and the universality of sound values. This year’s UNIV International Congress was held on April 16-24.


Bravo

7 BIG ideas to combat poverty Seven finalists have been chosen to vie for the Breakthrough Innovation Grant (BIG) of The Fisherman Foundation, SEVEN Fund, and the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P). BIG awards up to US$20,000 as seed money to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the “most innovative business ideas that will have an impact on poverty alleviation in the Philippines.” Out of 94 entries, seven were selected to the final level of the competition: 1. “Bottle School Project: Grassroots Contractors” by Illac Diaz 2. “Coco-fish Composite Business Plan” by Taufan Arhammar, Fajri Nugroho, Sabila Haqi, and Fanny Purwati 3. “GKonomics: The Business of Nation Building” by GKonomics International, Inc. 4. “Hodapen, an Environmentally friendly Substitute for Wood” by Hossein Davani, Anthony Davani, Morgan Munter,

and Aryan Davani 5. “Let the Last be First: The Poor as Vanguard of Solar Energy” by Crescente de los Reyes 6. “Messy Bessy Cleaners: Helping Ourselves through Sustainable Enterprises” by Messy Bessy Cleaners, Inc. 7. “PEERnet Venture, a YouthLEAP Initiative” by Kabataang Gabay sa Positibong Pamumuhay (Peers for Positive Living) The initial selection was based on the following criteria: (1) effect on the quality of life and poverty alleviation in Metro Manila, (2) promotional reach and community participation, and (3) feasibility of implementation. The winner of the contest will be announced soon. For more information, visit www.breakthroughinnovationgrant.com. Mr. Daryl Zamora  Corporate Communications Office

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PolEco student tops nat’l essay competition

School of Communication students bag awards in Kraft’s iTaste program SWEET VICTORY. (3rd to 7th from left) Ryl Beltran, Pam Francia, Chris Docot, Jermae Santos, and Li de Torres receive their award from Kraft Foods Philippines

A group of students from the UA&P School of Communication took the 1st runner-up honors in the iTaste Leadership Development Program of Kraft Foods Philippines last year. Meanwhile, Team UA&P members Li de Torres and Pam Francia also bagged the top two individual prizes in the program. iTaste (I Take A Step Towards Excellence) is an annual event that gathers 60 graduating students with related courses from different schools in a two-day business-intensive experience. Participants are introduced to the latest business schemes and leadership development strategies as they address realworld scenarios, acting as brand managers for a Kraft brand. Gab Asuncion  Aside from getting the honors and cash prize, the winners also received graduate trainee positions with Kraft Foods. College of Arts and Sciences 3rd Year

Oil chain giant Shell awarded the top prize to a student from UA&P in the New Energy Future essay writing competition last October. Abraham Guiyab of the UA&P Master of Arts in Political Economy program claimed first place for his piece on the theme “The Role of the Youth in Tackling the Challenges of the New Energy Future.” He competed with candidates from 17 higher educational institutions around the country. Besides bringing home the Php 50,000 cash prize, Guiyab was appointed Youth Delegate to the Leadership Training in Energy to be held in London this year.

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Sociologist rethinks civics ed in teachers’ congress

University of the Philippines sociology professor Randy David mused on the role of teachers in forming civics-oriented citizens during the 3rd National Tri-Level Conference of Teachers and Educators at UA&P. Organized by the Network of Outstanding Teachers and Educators, the event took place last October 7. According to Prof. David, teachers have to mold their students into individuals who can think on their own—critical thinking being the main virtue in promoting good citizenship. “We sometimes forget that the function of the school is to educate free citizens,” he said. The professor also called for intellectual humility among educators, saying that “the business of teachers is to form creative minds” and not to treat their students as mere “receptacles” of things they have learned. Prof. David warned his audience— composed mostly of past recipients of the Metrobank Outstanding Teacher Award—that they “should not be seen as too partisan,” as it is not the specific function of teachers to be the movers in the political arena. Rather, they should inspire such movements, he said. When asked why he did not pursue his bid for a congressional seat in the last elections, Prof. David replied, “I decided I was a teacher, not a politician.” The audience burst

“We sometimes forget that the function of the school is to educate free citizens.” ////////////////////// in applause. The professor had announced in 2009 that he would compete with then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should she run for Congress after her term as president. Ms Arroyo, whose administration was riddled with controversies, indeed ran (and won) as Pampanga representative last May. Prof. David is also an award-winning columnist and was a popular host of public affairs TV programs. His books, Reflections on Philippine Sociology and Philippine Society and Nation, Self, and Citizenship: An Invitation to Philippine Sociology, won the National Book Award in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Also present during the conference were Secretary of Education Armin Luistro and Commission on Higher Education Head Patricia Licuanan. They graced the opening of the conference attended by scores of outstanding teachers nationwide. Mr. Daryl Zamora  Corporate Communications Office

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BOOKS

Visions of true development The book Selected Papers on Caritas in Veritate: The Philippine Experience bears on the country’s steps to human and social progress

It has been only been two years since Pope Benedict XVI released the encyclical Caritas in Veritate that expounds on the Church’s social teaching by reflecting on the effects of globalization and uninspired economic advancements in recent years. Yet, its influence has not waned. The circular letter was indeed “timely” as commentators have observed, but it is also being made timeless by ongoing responses and discourses referring to its content. Perhaps a worthy example

of these is a book published by UA&P’s own Center for Research and Communication late last year and edited by God and Country Conference chair and associate professor Dr. Avic Caparas. The publication Selected Papers on Caritas in Veritate: The Philippine Experience compiles research papers from the interdisciplinary conference last June and also provides scholarly accounts on its propositions. Though inspired by a Vatican document, the authors have

applied Caritas in Veritate’s teaching to their respective fields, resulting in relevant research and commentaries from scientific and philosophical fields that can aid policy and practice. Instead of using the groundwork laid by the Pope in his encyclical only as a starting point, love in truth becomes the very fabric of the book’s proposals. And this method, for IESE Business School professor Antonio Argandoña, is precisely the way it should be.

“When it comes to the scientific study of man, if you are wrong about his nature, his origin, what is really good for him, how can you do good economics, sociology or psychology?” Argandoña wrote in its foreword. The Spanish economist explained that while the authors of the book are aware of the Pope’s role as a minister, they used their expertise in the social sciences to “close the gap” between temporal-scientific approaches and transcendent truths about man and society in ways that are complementary rather than opposing. “The authors have set themselves in earnest to the task of laying the foundations for ‘another’ economy, ‘another’ political science, and ‘another’ science of management,” Argadoña continued. The two main parts of the book classify studies and essays. Reflections on integral human development include Dr. Corazon Toralba’s commentary on the philosophical roots of the encyclical, Dr. Jesus Estanislao’s view on development as a “vocation” each individual has to take on, Dr. Caparas and Dr. Veronica Quilingin’s examination of technological progress, and an analysis of the origins of consumerism by Dr. Bernardo Villegas, Dr. Lloyd Bautista, and Mr. Guillermo Dionisio. Studies on the applications of charity in truth make up the latter part of the book, with three papers that propose measures to address poverty and two others that present cases applying concepts of charity while weak in truth. Ms. Camille Diola  Corporate Communications Office

SIX UA&P ALUMNI PASS BAR EXAMS Young new lawyers who learned the art of industry in going through the toils of their undergraduate years while still in UA&P expressed their appreciation for the education they received from their alma mater. Philip Francis Uy remembers UA&P for conveying the importance of work while taking up his Humanities degree with a professional certificate in Political Economy in 2004. “Hard work will

have its dividends in the end,” the young attorney shares. Batch 2006 graduate Marinelli Martinez, who was a Humanities major with a Professional Certificate in Communication, also shared something similar. “During my undergraduate years, I learned how to balance my studies with the sport I play. That kind of discipline is instilled in me,” she says via SMS. Atty. Martinez, who has joined Del

Rosario and Del Rosario Law Offices, also learned that the virtue of discipline is for a higher purpose altogether. “UA&P taught me to lift everything that I am doing to the Almighty, so that in all circumstances, I am able to serve Him,” she adds. Giancarlo Yuson fondly recalled his undergraduate load of “25 to 30 units per semester” that trained him for hard work. He graduated with a degree in Hu-

manities and a professional certificate in Industrial Economics in 2006. “The University has helped me in my values formation,” Atty. Yuson says. “Values like discipline and hard waork have been my tools in law school.” Camille Alison Dy, however, believes that no one can “truly feel ready for the rigors of Ateneo law” though she remains grateful for her undergraduate years in UA&P,

which “significantly” prepared her for law school. “My course, particularly Political Economy, also instilled in me the discipline and maturity that is indispensable in law school. It is also in this University that I learned to aim high and understood that everything is possible if you strive, endure and follow through,” Atty. Dy, who is now part of Salvador and Associates, says. Two other UA&P

alumni passed this year’s bar examinations. Kathy Buenaventura graduated with a Bachelor of Arts major in Humanities with a professional certificate in Political Economy in 2005, while Maria Rowena Hernandez obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree major in Humanities with a professional certificate in Industrial Economy in 2002.

Ms. Camille Diola Corporate Communications Office 

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ADORO TE DEVOTE. UA&P students and employees adore the Blessed Sacrament during the Eucharistic Procession

SOLEMN AND SACRED

The 2010 Eucharistic Procession Saint Thomas Aquinas’ famous Adoro te Devote hymn and other liturgical pieces rendered in andante echoed around the halls of the University during the Eucharistic Procession last November 26. Led by Honorary Vice Grand Chancellor Fr. Carlos Estrada, a ceremonial entourage of priests, acolytes, and female students leaving trails of petals walked behind Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The UA&P Chorale and Amberjive! also led the chanting of some Latin hymns to accompany the proceedings. Thick crowds of students, faculty members, staff, alumni, and guests from various professional fields and diplomatic corps also gathered to witness the annual ceremony. The procession opened in the Stella Orientis Oratory with a message by Fr. Estrada on the value of the devotion to the Holy Eucharist while crowds began to assemble around the three stations with altars temporarily set at the basketball court, Study Hall A, and Dizon Auditorium. Colorful floral carpets depicting different facets of university life decorated walkways and halls.

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The procession culminated with a Holy Mass by noontime, followed by a vigil for nascent life.

Adorning the path

The day before the ceremony, floral carpet patterns of dragons, sails, waves, and words drawn on manila paper were laid out on the paths where our Lord in the Holy Eucharist would be carried. By late afternoon on the same day, student volunteers and staff members had managed to carefully cover them with colorful arrangements of petals and wood shavings. Some volunteers—Catholics and non-Catholics alike in true unitas fashion—even stayed on campus until late night to complete the carpets for the next day’s proceedings. Paths emblazoned with flowers finally lined the route of the Blessed Sacrament around campus after days of preparation and hard work by UA&P community. Ms. Camille Diola  Corporate Communications Office

Some volunteers—Catholics and non-Catholics alike in true unitas fashion—even stayed on campus until late night to complete the carpets for the next day’s proceedings.

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Student Life

New mascot, web portal launched

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n bold red and yellow, the ‘Asianized’ look of Uappy the Dragon finally became official as UA&P President Jose Maria Mariano and then CAS Student Executive Board President Jolo Valdez unrolled the tarp that bore the mascot’s new look. Created by senior IT student Juan Paulo S. Valenton, the winning anime-style dragon bested 13 other entries in the REHATCHED Uappy redesign contest. Valenton’s design was part of the competition’s top five entries chosen by a panel of judges. The panel included Valdez, Dr. Mariano, UA&P co-founder Dr. Bernardo Villegas, Student Affairs Director Rene Ledesma, Alumni Affairs Head Carla Estanislao, and Corporate Communications Director Chi-Chi Robles. The top five entries were then voted upon by UA&P students, employees, and alumni. Valenton’s entry garnered 62 percent of the total votes.

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Why change?

According to Leo Lee, former SEB finance officer and REHATCHED organizer, the move to change Uappy’s appearance from Western to Eastern was due to the former’s traditional affinity to “bad luck.” The Chinese or Eastern dragon, on the other hand, “represents wisdom, luck, and majesty,” said Lee. “Also, this change is in line with the [new] Strategic Plan of the University,” he added. Lee was referring to the 2010-2018 Vision revealed by Dr. Mariano in June last year. The Plan stresses the University’s mission “to contribute to the integral human development of the peoples of the Asia-Pacific region.”

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uap.asia

Along with the unveiling of the mascot’s new look was the launching of UA&P’s web portal, www.uap.asia. The portal includes information pertaining to admissions, academic programs, and library services. It contains the University’s official events calendar, news website, social media portal, and a soon-to-be-completed comprehensive faculty directory. The portal also has direct access to the UA&P WebCampus, a Google-powered information and communications platform. Among the Google technologies incorporated in the platform are Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Sites, and Groups. Added to it are non-Google applications such as Manymoon (for project management) and Aviary (for media editing). WebCampus team members, led by senior IT planner Joel Mendoza, introduced UA&P’s new online home. IT students Meg Ariola and Meg Tanael gave the audience a ‘tour’ of the WebCampus experience using a PowerPoint presentation.

Hosted by Kelly Lati and Jade Sison, the event saw a lion dance by Lenz Dragon Dance. Student dance group I-SA capped the occasion with a modern dance, receiving their schoolmates’ wild applause.

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Kids from adopted barangay star in Christmas production

JINGLE BELLS. Children from Brgy. San Joaquin sing Christmas carols and act in a Nativity play

Civics Desk-BIGGKAS and UA&P student organizations brought the holiday spirit early with their Christmas variety show featuring over 80 fourth-grade public school students last December 16. Celebrating the Filipino Christmas traditions through UA&P’s cultural legacy of community service and solidarity, the performance served as an outreach activity for the grade school students of the University’s adopted community Barangay San Joaquin, Pasig City. Trained by student leaders from UA&P clubs and organizations, namely I-Mic, SABIO, I-SA, ITech, Dulaang ROC, Viare and Squadra, young students showcased their theatrical flair as they performed song-and-dance renditions of Ryan Cayabyab’s holiday compositions such as “Kumukutikutitap,” “Anong Gagawin Mo Ngayong Pasko,” and “Sino Si Santa Klaus.” To express the theme “Isang Paskong Pinoy,” the play entitled “Bata, Nahanap Mo Na Ba Ang Pasko?” looked into different typical Filipino family Christmas traditions and practices through the eyes of the young. “Hindi dahil sa akin (Santa Klaus), sa makukulay na palamuti, sa ganda ng dekorasyon, sa kasarapan ng pagkain, o sa dami

ng kapamilya mo matatagpuan ang Pasko. Ito ay pagsasabuhay ng pagmamahal na galing kay Jesus. [Christmas is not about Santa Claus, the sparkle and beauty of decorations, the sumptuous food, nor the number of family members you celebrate with during the occasion. It’s about living the love of Christ],” one of the characters in the play said on stage. Civics Desk student assistant Lorelie Yap found herself gladly helping not only in the production, but also in a “fulfilling experience” of reaching out to the kids.

“Seeing how happy they are playing their part is really rewarding. The joy they give back when you help is what makes it priceless.”

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“Seeing how happy they are playing their part is really rewarding. The joy they give back when you help is what makes it priceless,” Lorelie said. BIGGKAS, which stands for Basa Isip Gawa Galing Katekismo Arte Sports, is a socio-civic university-wide program of UA&P spearheaded by the Civics Desk of the Center for Student Affairs. The program intends to educate public grade school students on these areas of culture through

workshops and tutorial sessions. The Christmas event also served as a thanksgiving program for the parents, student-volunteers, and event sponsors—Jollibee Foods Corporation, Granny Goose Tortillos, San Miguel Corporation, and Emperador Distillers, Inc. Jireh Pihoc College of Arts and Sciences 2nd Year 

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Student Life What’s in a name?

Conscious of those high goals, students behind the publication initially came up with the name “The Blaze” as its official title, in keeping with the UA&P tag line “Blaze a trail.” Associate editor Kai Jimenez said the editors realized, however, that the paper’s name could be more symbolic of its role in the community as a link between the students and the academic members of the University. Former student publication project head Lean Santos of the CAS-Student Executive Board explained their decision to name the new paper after a seemingly petty ship officer, a boatswain. “A boatswain...does not take control over the crew or go against the will of the captain. Instead, he helps in leading them through a peaceful voyage,” said Santos, who is also the layout artist of the paper. The paper’s name, according to Santos, was inspired by the advice of their moderator, Mr. Philip Peckson of the Humanities department: “We are part of the galleon ship, and the galleon ship is UA&P. We’re not trying to sink this ship because we are part of it.”

Part of a growing crew

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Bosun’s first voyage A galleon cannot set sail smoothly and explore the seas unless there is harmony among the crew as well as between the crew and the captain. This harmonious relationship is a primary lookout of the middlerank ship officer called the boatswain, or bosun. In UA&P The Bosun is a student-run campus publication that similarly aspires to help ease a journey—that of the students as they course their days in UA&P. It does this by facilitating communication among the members of the

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UA&P community and sparking awareness of events inside and outside the University. The first issue of The Bosun recently came out. Literary editor Jose Romano Mira said their aim is not only to create awareness among the students and readers but also to spread ideas and ideals in the community. “Bosun is a showcase of writing as an art, and we use it as a means of changing the world...and in touching... people’s minds,” Mira said.

Editor-in-chief Tet Rivera wanted The Bosun, with its unusual name, to defy norms in its own way. “(This) student publication...does not aim to complain about the ‘faults of the institution’ as the stereotype goes,” Rivera said. Jimenez said that, instead, the editorial board decided “to celebrate the UA&P culture, because we’re proud of it.” In the first issue, The Bosun sought to enlighten its readers further about things in the uni-

AHOY MATEY! The Bosun’s crew

versity they may be familiar with already, such as the UA&P planner and the dress code. In writing about these things, the editors wanted the readers to have a clear notion of the UA&P culture so that they themselves would learn to acclaim it. The editors want as well to air the opinions of the students and the other members of the community in order to initiate a more active discourse on important topics.

“There are important things that people aren’t aware of, and I think those are the things we have to make known.”

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Literary editor Gilleane Altuna explained in Filipino: “There are important things that people aren’t aware of, and I think those are the things we have to make known.” Altuna gave as an example the misconception about UA&P students as “rich kids who spend their time and money sipping coffee at Starbucks.” Mistaken ideas such as this have to be set right. “We want to correct this wrong impression and convince others that UA&P students have the passion and dedication for learning,” Altuna said. Also, by tackling controversial topics like the RH Bill, the editors wanted to steer the UA&P community toward a discerning mindset aligned to the truth. For the editors of the The Bosun, the paper is a way to collaborate with the UA&P community in activities and events and to help build and spread the spirit of Unitas in the campus and beyond it. Text by Rosemary Sia  Interview by Jireh Pihoc  College of Arts and Sciences 2nd Year


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As believers that computers and fun can co-exist, the Information Technology Executive Council (ITEC) of the Department of Information Sciences and Technology Studies of the School of Sciences and Engineering (SSE) conducted the Information Technology (IT) Week 2010. This was a five-day event composed of activities which showcased how IT permeates such fields as entrepreneurship, recreation, and the performing arts. Seeking to inspire the next Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, the highlight of the week was the IT-enabled Business Venture Expo (ITBVE). The expo featured several pseudo “start-up companies” from the senior IT students who were up for the challenge. A few came close to being the next Google and Wikipedia—a shoe customization company, an online pizza cafeteria, and an accessory customization establishment. The IT-BVE wove Software Engineering, User Interface Design, Online Marketing, Accounting, Business Presentation and Risk Management into a harmonious enterprise. Aside from integrating all the IT knowledge the students have gained since

freshman year, this exercise made them realize that a holistic formation helps one to have fun and make a living at the same time. Wanting to bring to life “Mafia Wars,” one of Facebook’s infamous games, the “Amazing Race: Mafia Edition” was launched towards the end of the week. True, most of the IT students enjoy playing multiplayer role playing games during their free time and this activity put what they learned to good use. This activity strengthened the students’ teamwork and solidarity through the inter-batch competitions. The problem solving skills they acquired in their programming classes equipped them to maneuver across the different obstacles laid ahead of them.

These activities just show that IT is not isolated from other entities or undertakings. Rather, it imbues everything around us...

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The IT Week 2010 ended with a bang as the SSE students showed off their talents in the performing arts by staging the “IT Unplugged,” a collection of acoustic performances. Going beyond the confines of Photoshop, PowerPoint and the digital visual arts, the students of SSE proved that they also have talents in singing and dancing. These activities just show that IT is not isolated from other entities or undertakings. Rather, it imbues everything around us, be it entrepreneurship, recreation, or performing arts. Indeed, IT is everywhere. Ace Bonita ’11  School of Sciences and Engineering Alumnus

STUFF. IT students show their wares at the IT expo

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What is my role in nation building as a child of an Expat Pinoy?

Entrepreneurial Management alumna Erilyn Marie Dagan ‘11 won the Ibang Klaseng Entrepreneur Award in BPI’s “Search for the Ten Outstanding Expat Pinoy Children 2010.” Launched in 2007, the annual search honors children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are excelling in both the academic and non-academic fields. It aims to promote the value of education, patriotism, and a culture of excellence in the OFW community. Below is the full text of Erilyn’s winning essay. Since I was born, my parents have been working abroad. In fact, they met in Japan as Overseas Filipino Workers. My siblings and I have been raised by our grandmother. Our parents come home every year and stay for a month. Being an Expat Pinoy child calls for independence and maturity at an early age. Our parents try their best to guide us along the way even though we’re miles apart, and we appreciate and feel their love. However, it’s still different to grow up without them. During family day celebrations in school, I don’t get to attend with them like other children do. At times, they can’t come home and go up on stage with me in recognition rites and other awarding ceremonies. They can’t be with me during the

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special days of my life. I can communicate with them but not all the time. Therefore, there are times when I have a problem but have to face it myself. There are decisions which have to be made quickly on my own, so I can’t call them overseas and ask for advice. These are the times I miss them and want to be with them, but I must bear and accept the situation. The fact that my parents work abroad continues to make me tough and mature as I face different circumstances and obstacles in my life. At the age of reason, I had to fully understand why my parents have to work abroad and can’t be with us always. As the eldest child, I also have to show my siblings that we can be good even without our parents closely looking after us. I am faced with these tough realities even though I haven’t even graduated from school and experienced working. I have known from childhood that it’s not easy to make a living, as I witness my parents work very hard for our future and learn that they can’t go home even if they want to be with us. As a result, they became my inspiration and motivation to do my best in everything I do. I would like to give them the strength to endure the loneliness of being away from us and to express my gratitude for their efforts by letting them see that I’m doing well. I would like to make them feel fulfilled because their hard work has resulted in a responsible daughter.


Feature Nation building in daily life

As an Expat Pinoy child, I give my best in all my endeavors, given my inner capabilities and external opportunities, to thank my hardworking parents and make them happy. I developed a strong moral character, and I strive to have good work ethics. Because of this, I fulfill my role in nation building. Because I make the most of who I am by doing my work well, I am able to help other people around me by influencing them to do the same. They will be able to see that I am contented with what I have and I can do many things given my situation. Even though I can’t always be with my parents whom I love, I can still do many things and I can make a difference. In fact, my parents’ physical absence makes me stronger and inspires me to be good and responsible. As a student, my endeavors include academics, business and other activities. Giving one’s best in something is a matter of attitude. I’ve learned to love what I’m doing and to appreciate life. The way I relate to other people affects them more than I’ll ever know. If I learn how to love myself and my lifestyle, I will project a positive outlook on life. Consequently, I will influence other people’s mood. One can set his mind on making his work as his hobby or interest. Dragging one’s self to do his obligations is tiring. Treating them with passion makes life peaceful and fulfilling. In school, I just enjoy the company of my classmates, professors, mentors and the rest of the community, as I tackle the loads of school works. Come to think of it, I have a couple of years more till I leave the university; then, I will work for the rest of my life. So it’s best to enjoy the school environment and take happily the stress and fun it gives. Education is also my foundation and preparation for work and it’s a bad idea not to take it seriously and to do things sloppily. Education molds me to become a good citizen. It’s also self-fulfilling to learn that you can finish tasks efficiently and quickly. Besides, it doesn’t feel good to be delayed and see your classmates graduate before you. Above all, parents work hard to send their children to school. Messing around makes them feel that their efforts don’t bear fruit. I didn’t think that I could influence other people with my principles. I just thought about doing my own thing. However, a classmate opened up to me that I inspired her to do her best too. She said that it’s more satisfying to bond with friends after a hard day’s work than to party all day and flunk at the end. I taught her that doing well in academics is a short-term sacrifice with longterm results. Doing my work well also inspires other members of the school community to do their job better. Some professors consider themselves as a failure when their students flunk in their exam; they think that they haven’t taught well enough. On the other hand, the school administration is proud to see their students do well and fulfill their dreams; they get a confirmation that their courses and programs are successful. Mentors are also happy to see their mentees follow their advice and are on the right track; they are more inspired to help others, as they feel that they’re indeed needed. Simple smiles, greetings and thanks affirm the janitors and security personnel. Doing my best to take care in using the school facilities and follow school regulations, such as wearing my ID, makes their job easy and not very tiring. This makes them more passionate in doing their job, because they feel that we also care for them and appreciate what they do.

Inspired by my father

As an Entrepreneurial Management (EM) student, I am required to make a business plan for a business enterprise, present it to the panelists for approval, start it, and make it profitable. EM students should accomplish these so we can graduate. Before my teenage years, my father sold prepaid text and call cards in Japan. After years of hard work and determination, he was able to save enough capital to put up his own business in the same industry. From being a card agent and distributor,

he became the manager of the system operations of the prepaid cards under his company and he became the first Filipino resident in Japan to own a telephone company. These cards cater to his fellow Overseas Filipino Workers in Japan, so they are able to text their loved ones in the Philippines at an affordable cost. Because of this, my father inspired me not only to do well in school but also to become an entrepreneur. My proposed business plan in school is an “order regalo” or gift-delivery service for the loved ones of OFWs in Japan. It was approved by the panelists, and the business is now successfully operating. I used my father’s customers as my captive market. If my business grows, I will expand it to also serve OFWs in

To be able to give our best in all our endeavors, we should fully accept ourselves and our situation. We can’t control the external factors around us. What we can control is ourselves or our reaction to these factors. We should strive to be proactive.

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other countries. Through my business, I am able to bridge the gap between the OFWs in Japan and their loved ones in the Philippines. Moreover, I am able to help the families of those who work in my company. Working honestly with people outside the business such as suppliers exposes them to a healthy corporate culture. Paying taxes diligently also helps the government in implementing new projects for the betterment of the nation. Putting up a business is also for the welfare of society. I’m honored to serve the Overseas Filipino Workers in Japan, because my father himself is an OFW in Japan. OFWs are close to my heart. That’s why when I learned of the BPI Search for the Ten Outstanding Expat Pinoy Children, I wanted to share how OFWs create an impact in society not only through themselves but also through their children. I wanted to share how my parents made me a better person and how they can be rightfully called the heroes of our country. When it comes to other activities, I find time to take part in charitable events in our university clubs and to join my father in his annual visit to Boystown Foundation in Marikina City where he used to stay when he was a child. He never failed to share his blessings with them. The said foundation is the home of the orphaned children and the aged. Every week, I also allot time to attend catechism classes and share what I learn with other children. I also see it to it that I am updated with what is happening in our country so I can fulfill my role well as a Filipino citizen. Participating in nation building starts not only with doing one’s work well, but also seeing to it that in our own way we try to reach out to other people. To be able to give our best in all our endeavors, we should fully accept ourselves and our situation. We can’t control the external factors around us. What we can control is ourselves or our reaction to these factors. We should strive to be proactive. A nation cannot be built by one person alone. However, if a part of the nation performs his work poorly, the nation will suffer. Each part has the ability to influence other people and thus help in making the nation achieve success. Our thoughts, words and actions greatly affect and influence other people more than we know. Our joint efforts can transcend the boundaries in building our nation.

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Cover Story Chastity is possible

According to Mr. Evert, chastity is “real love,” which entails sexual abstinence until marriage. Describing the conjugal act as the “sacred” consummation of the love and selfgiving between married couples, he contrasted chastity to the “selfishness” of premarital sexual relationships. The American speaker also pointed out that chastity is possible today, even as media portray it to be otherwise. To prove his point, Mr. Evert told the story of a certain Lia who joined America’s Next Top Model, a reality show that seeks its namesake. Not too long since she entered the show, Lia was asked to pose for the cameras in skimpy clothes because she was “beautiful.” She did so. But as she basked in the camera flashes, she realized her mistake and became stunned at having reduced herself to a mere object of prurient desires.

“Is that the solution to poverty, getting rid of innocent, poor children? I say the solution to poverty is to get rid of corrupt, rich politicians.”

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Crying, Lia left the studio and her $16,000 talent fee. She changed her outlook on sex and beauty. Now she speaks in Mr. Evert’s pro-chastity campaigns. “Chastity is going on,” said Mr. Evert. “Modesty is doing a comeback!” Indeed, young celebrities in the entertainment industry also took part in a talk and variety show with Mr. Evert at the UP Theater a few days before the SMX event. The show was organized by UA&P’s Student Executive Board and UP’s Klub Tala. Singer Miguel Escueta, who shot to fame in a reality show a few years back, performed with his band Team ME. The up-and-coming Lamar Brothers also joined Escueta in singing pieces that advocate purity and real love. The talk show, on the other hand, includ-

ed singers Abby Asistio and Julianne Tarroja, model-philanthropist Audrey Zubiri, newlywed Franco Ferrer of True Love Waits, and medical student Aine Biaco of GUTSY Fashion Group.

Versus RH bill

Back at the SMX, Mr. Evert also gave his two cents on the contentious reproductive health (RH) bill pending in Congress. Referring to RH advocates, Mr. Evert said: “And they tell you, ‘Oh, we need to offer women more reproductive health choices, and it will help with poverty.’” Mr. Evert retorted: “Really? How much does a birth control pill fill up your stomach? Is that really a good meal?” Another: “‘Poverty will be [alleviated] because there will be smaller families.’ Oh, really? Is that the solution to poverty, getting rid of innocent, poor children? I say the solution to poverty is to get rid of corrupt, rich politicians. That’s the solution to poverty.” The remark was met by loud applause. Mr. Evert urged his audience to fight the RH bill and all its expected permutations. “You have to understand that this is going to erode the very foundation of your culture,” he said. “And, God willing, through prayer and fasting and responsible activism, we can push this thing away. But I promise you it’s coming back.” The RH bill, opposed by various pro-life groups including the Catholic Church, is being discussed in Congress.

Avoiding STDs

Mr. Evert’s talk also touched on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), particularly HIV. He stressed the fact that the Philippines has a relatively low rate of HIV infection. Holding an issue of The Economist, which reported the Philippines’ less deplorable situation, he said: “The low rate of HIV in the Philippines is a puzzle to the West; scientists in America can’t understand why. They ask, ‘They [Filipinos] hardly use the condom, how can they not have a bunch of AIDS?’”

ON LOVE AND LAUGHTER. Associate Professor Antonio Torralba facilitates the open forum at Jason Evert’s talk at the UP Theater

CATALYST volunteers help entertain the audience at the SMX conference

Mr. Evert answered: “Well they have this little thing called...morality? And that really helps.”

Revolution comes to life

Mr. Evert has apparently increased his fan base in the Philippines after his talks. On his Facebook page (co-owned by his wife Crystalina), young fans raved. Jo-i Villas: “Sir, You’re an inspiration! You’re my IDOL! too bad [I]wasn’t able to get a picture taken with you a while ago. However, it can’t replace the things you imparted to us! Thanks!” Bianca Soledad: “Thank you for inspiring us to lead a chaste life and for giving us hope that it is never too late.” Jay David Ramos: “Awesome talk as always, Jason! The message never gets old!” And, noting a mistake in his own comment, he added: “‘Awesome’ is an understatement.” Yolanda Joab: “Mr. Evert I just came home from this talk...and I will honestly never be the same...THANK YOU.”

More of Jason

During his Philippine tour, Mr. Evert gave other talks to more specific audiences— young professionals, educators, parents— in Metro Manila and Iloilo City. The talks were organized by UA&P’s CAS-SEB and student group CATALYST, character education program I Am STRONG - I Keep Love Real, Bannister Academy, Youth for the Family, EDUCHILD, and the CFC-FFL. Mr. Evert earned a master’s degree in theology and bachelor’s degrees in counseling and theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has written 10 books, including If You Really Loved Me, Pure Love, and Theology of the Body for Teens. Recently he launched Finding Your Soulmate, co-authored with his wife, Crystalina. Mr. Evert has also set up chastity.com, which promotes chaste living using a Catholic perspective, and chastity.org, which looks at pure love through a completely secular lens.

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Love, Life, and Everything in Between At the start of the February forum “Love, Life, and Everything in Between,” renowned pure-love advocate Jason Evert stole the audience by carrying a volunteer upside-down...while speaking through the mic. “So, should I go farther?” he said, inching toward the edge of the stage, with his “hostage” hanging on his shoulder. Mr. Evert was demonstrating the silliness of some teenagers falling in love and daring themselves “how far” they should go with their romantic relationships. His point: to have real love is to have chaste relationships. Certainly, boy-girl differences are so stark that they’ve been likened to dogs and cats and Mars and Venus. But Mr. Evert effortlessly coupled authority, authenticity, and wit as he spoke of his own and others’ experiences to illustrate differences between boys and girls that are apparent in society today.

Of eyes and nays

For guys, Mr. Evert focused on the issue of pornography. Men get seduced through their eyes, he said. He added that pornography emasculates a man. “Emasculate” means to take away man’s ability to deny himself so he can do what’s best for his future wife. When a man is addicted to pornography, he becomes a slave to his passions, thereby replacing the reality of an authentic love with a fantasy that will never be satisfied. Pornography trains a man to value a woman only for what she gives him rather than for the person she is. This distorted way of looking at women is the perfect way to shoot one’s marriage in the head, because it reduces man’s image of a woman to nothing more than her body. Surprisingly, Mr. Evert mentioned that throwing away porn isn’t the lone answer to the issue of pornography. Its main solution is the transformation of the man’s heart and how he looks at women.

‘Behold, womanhood!’

Media further highlights this ill-portrayal of women not just to men but even to women themselves. Mr. Evert illustrated this when he flung his “Prostitute Barbie” doll in the air and showed how she was wearing next to nothing. The doll sported a “tissue shirt” and fish-net stockings. Mr. Evert said that women, ever since we were in diapers, have been assaulted by the bad Barbie with the message: “BEHOLD, WOMANHOOD! Once your bodies look like this, you will have love!” Mr. Evert said that if a woman dresses immodestly, she’s doing injustice not only to herself, but to men as well. (That sounds like a bold statement for those who believe that wearing anything we want is a right

Sadly, modesty, with its understated quality, is ignored for the perceived burden of considering the opposite sex in one’s manner of dressing, words, and actions. This downgraded perception is unfortunate because modesty is that one virtue that fortifies a person’s conviction for real love.

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because “it shouldn’t matter what other people think.”) But just think about this for a moment: some of us, women, usually wear less clothing because we think we feel good and look attractive that way. That feeling stems from all the stares or even hoots of acknowledgement we get from men as we sport a mini outfit. “Hey, they think I’m beautiful—oh yeah!” would be the initial thought. Really? What exactly do these men think of? They certainly won’t think of the great personality exposed by skin. Other times they won’t even be looking at our faces! And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what they’re thinking of. Besides, we can’t totally blame them either for having such weak wills, when we make it hard enough for them not to think of us in that way. In reality, the beauty of the woman resides in her modesty. When a woman is modest, she’s both cute and classy in her man-

ner of dressing, speaking, and acting. When she enters the room, her presence alerts men that she’s worth waiting to see! “You will not lift the veil over my body until you lift the veil over my face.” Then Mr. Evert returned to the masculine perspective as he continued: “It is so easy to respect a girl who has that much respect for herself. I promise you girls: you have the Godgiven talent to turn guys’ heads. But you also have the power to change a guy’s heart with that power. You’ll never convince a boy of your dignity until you are able to convince yourself.” “Modesty” has always had a reputation for being a virtue exclusive to women and is only associated to dressing up like an ultra-conservative. Because of the stereotype linked to this word, it is hardly uttered. Actually, modesty can be applied to both sexes. When a man or woman dresses not only for himself or herself and thinks of what the opposite sex might be thinking when he or she wears a certain article of clothing, that’s modesty. When one excludes from one’s manner of speaking and topics for conversation anything that would degrade the opposite sex, that’s modesty. Sadly, modesty, with its understated quality, is ignored for the perceived burden of considering the opposite sex in one’s manner of dressing, words, and actions. This downgraded perception is unfortunate because modesty is that one virtue that fortifies a person’s conviction for real love. After talking about the struggles of both boys and girls that must be dealt with on their own—including the virtue of modesty—Mr. Evert made it clear that real love between these complementary creatures is possible, that is, an authentic human love founded on purity of thoughts and actions as well as the virtue of chastity. Blessed Pope John Paul II synthesizes this beautifully: “The purpose of chastity is to free a couple from a selfish attitude of wanting to use each other, thus, making us capable of attaining authentic human love.”

Beyond chastity

Isha de Vera  College of Arts and Sciences 4th Year

Jericho Pascual  College of Arts and Sciences 3rd Year

Romance Without Regret, Jason Evert’s series of talks on the virtue of chastity, was for me more than just “talks” on the subject: they were examples as well. I’m not saying that while he was onstage I was getting the impression of “Wow, I can see his chastity!” No. What I’m saying is that his talking onstage on such a subject was a showcase of something more. I call it selflessness—traveling to a distant and warm country such as ours. I call it daring— committing himself to speaking of chastity, when most people find doing so difficult or lame. I call it excellence—backing up his claims with facts and figures. I call it genius—presenting chastity in a new and entertaining light, far from a set of “don’ts”. I call it integrity— attending to those who personally approach him without any prejudice. I call it faith and humility— starting, ending, and offering up all of his efforts to God. And, most important, I call all that charity. We have heard from people or read from books that chastity is not the most important virtue. Common sense tells us that charity is the most important virtue. But Jason Evert, given his profound understanding and knowledge of the importance of chastity, shows that chastity is actually one of the foundations of charity, and many other good traits (some of which I have enumerated above). We can see in him that practicing the virtue of chastity in the end teaches us how to really love.

“Real love that is chastity leads one to true love that is charity.”

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Going through the various things he shared with us in his talks during the Real Love Revolution tour, one can come up with many nutshell phrases to use as personal adages. My own phrase summarizing the importance of chastity goes like this: “Real love that is chastity leads one to true love that is charity.” Blessed John Paul II put it better: “It is purity of heart which is the necessary condition for charity and true freedom.”

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Lawmaker reveals defects of RH bill

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arañaque Representative Roilo Golez questioned the premises and promises of the contentious reproductive health (RH) bill in a recent forum at UA&P. The five-term congressman said that RH advocates are fixated on absolute population figures, which are insufficient to describe a country’s population condition. He urged his audience to look at the number of people per square area (population density) instead. He cited Hong Kong as an example. “[It] has 20 times our population density. Who’s richer, Hong Kong or the Philippines?” Rep. Golez argued that people— even a growing number of them—are not the cause of poverty. He said they are in fact a country’s assets, being both its workforce and consumers. This, he said, is the situation in Singapore, Monaco, Taiwan, South Korea, and Bahrain—countries with very high population density that remain powerful economies.

Change of focus

According to Rep. Golez, the state should focus on other progressrelated issues, instead of the supposed overpopulation in the Philippines.

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UNVEILING THE RH BILL. Rep. Roilo Golez addresses UA&P students, faculty, and staff

“[RH bill supporters] think the RH bill is the final solution [to poverty],” he said. “[But the bill] is not like a magic wand that—with a [population] growth rate of zero—lo and behold, we have become a progressive country.” He said education, proper health care, and employment are among the real factors of development. Thus he lamented government’s alleged lack of attention on the country’s education system.

“[RH bill supporters] think the RH bill is the final solution [to poverty],” he said. “[But the bill] is not like a magic wand that— with a [population] growth rate of zero—lo and behold, we have become a progressive country.”

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“How can you justify [allocating] 880 million pesos [for contraceptives], when the budget of [the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority] is only 700 million?” An MBA holder, Rep. Golez also questioned the RH bill’s moves to “prevent the birth of 200,000 babies in one year, when we can train 200,000 workers who can be used very productively in the Philippines and in the global market.” He also criticized RH bill advocates who “say pregnancy is the cause of maternal death rate.”

“The cause of maternal death rate, as shown by statistics...from the Department of Health, is the nonpresence of a doctor, nurse, or midwife at the time of delivery,” he said.

‘Have you read the RH bill?’

Rep. Golez also found the results of a recent Pulse Asia survey deceptive. The survey said that 69 percent of Filipinos favor the RH bill. “Look at the question in the survey: ‘Narinig mo ba, nabasa mo ba ang RH bill?’ Syempre ang sagot [ng respondent] kapag narinig niya, ‘yes’... Kahit hindi niya nabasa, ‘yes’ pa rin ang sagot niya. Then they proceeded with the question, ‘Are you in favor...?’” [“Look at the question in the survey: ‘Have you heard, have you read the RH bill?’ Of course the respondent’s answer if he hears it is ‘yes’... Even if he wasn’t able to read the bill, his answer would still be ‘yes’. Then they proceed with the question, ‘Are you in favor...?”] He said that people who have not read and understood the entirety of the RH bill (particularly House Bill 96) are not informed enough to judge the bill’s soundness. “Have you read the RH bill?” Golez asked his audience, after revealing that only some journalists who report on the RH debate have actually read the bill.

Mr. Daryl Zamora  Corporate Communications Office


RH bets not gender nor party-based –study Legislators’ decisions to express or refuse support for the Senate and Congress versions of the reproductive health (RH) bill do not depend on their gender or political parties, according to a preliminary study presented in a press conference last March. UA&P history instructor Danica Elaine Ang, whose paper explored the vote choice, patterns, and interests of Philippine lawmakers on the RH issue, said that the majority of both male and female legislators remain neutral about the passage of the controversial bill. Only 29 percent of the male legislators have been identified to be supportive of the bill, while 36 percent of female solons endorse it, said Ang, who was recently honored by Time magazine for her essay on human capital development. The study also indicates that party affiliations of House representatives and senators do not necessarily determine their stand on the RH issue, contrary to the notion that individuals belonging to the same political groups tend to adopt similar and consistent ideologies. In tracing the history of the Reproductive Health agenda in Congress since 1999, Ang and her student researchers found that external interests may have influenced legislators’ RH commitments. Among such motives Ang identified are foreign-led agenda such as the United Nations’ Declaration on Population signed by President Marcos in 1967, the Millennium Development Goals to be reached by 2015, and bilateral relations between the country and the United States. Significant foreign aid that the Philippines receives from the US, a promoter of global population control, may also be a motive to pass a definitive demographic management policy such as the RH Bill, the study postulates. Ang, however, clarified that the study is exploratory and is due to be further developed.

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Lay experts ponder on RH bill

Experts in demography, economics, law, and health— as well as a married couple— addressed more than 300 UA&P students in a symposium on the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill on November 24 at the Li Seng Giap Auditorium. Prominent economist and UA&P founder Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas cited international and award-winning economists in debunking claims of population growth as a cause of poverty. Dubbed as the “Prophet of Boom” for his optimistic economic forecasts, he sees the Philippines’ large population as the factor that will keep Philippine economy afloat even amid global financial downturns, such as what happened during the recent global recession. The Philippines has enough internal market to sustain itself, he said. Dr. Villegas, a PhD holder from Harvard University, formed part of the Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Philippine Constitution and one of those who articulated the right of the unborn and the duty of the State to protect the sanctity of the family. Mr. Raymond Ganar, a nurse and national trainer for the World Organization of the

Ovulation Method by Billings (WOOMB) International Philippines, also spoke, addressing questions about the plight of poor communities regarding maternal health issues. Ganar revealed that some of the people he had helped through WOOMB were denied maternal health care by some social workers, after they were identified as non-users of artificial contraceptives. A demography lecturer, Dr. George von Winternitz then described the so-called “demographic winter” now happening in some European countries. He stressed that, after they implemented birth control policies for decades, some of those states are now legalizing euthanasia. He said that those countries already have more old people than younger ones who could support them. Von Winternitz also cited China’s population control policies as a cause of the country’s future “crash” due to its aging population. “You will see China crash in your lifetime,” he said. Atty. Eugenio Villareal, meanwhile, called for a serene and humane discussion on the RH bill. After taking his young

audience to a brief review of the Philippine legislative system, he discussed some of the more salient and contentious provisions of the RH bill, including the proposed mandatory sex education in elementary and high schools. Atty. Villareal also stressed the need to “maintain a healthy respect” between the two sides. He encouraged his audience to “provide alternatives,” should they disagree with the bill. Lastly, he urged them to “befriend the pro-RH people” instead of maligning them. That is how pro-life advocates can win over the pro-RH supporters, he said. The last tandem to join the forum were pro-life couple Ms. Lora Tan-Garcia and Mr. Greg Garcia. Both are active in youth character education advocacy groups. The “Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011”—commonly known as the RH bill—is being challenged by pro-life groups, including the Catholic Church, primarily for provisions promoting artificial contraception and legislating mandatory sex education. Mr. Daryl Zamora  Corporate Communications Office

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Cover Story A STATEMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ASIA AND THE PACIFIC PROMPTED BY THE CURRENT DEBATE ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILLS AND AN APPEAL TO THE MEMBERS OF OUR LEGISLATURE IN LIGHT OF OUR UNIVERSITY CREDO, we in the University of Asia and the Pacific reaffirm our mission to contribute to the integral development of human persons that alone can lead to strong families and strong societies. We therefore uphold the following principles: 1. That every man is entitled to the dignity of a person, equal in every human being and inherent in all human life; that human rights are grounded on the dignity of the human person, and are to be defended, not selectively, but universally and integrally; and that the right to life is the first of all human rights, without which no other right can be exercised. We maintain that the right to life must be respected and protected from conception to natural death. We adhere to the scientific conclusion that the human person’s life begins at the union of male and female reproductive cells. We maintain that every person born into this world is not a mere census datum, another mouth to feed, a threat to others’ life of ease, but someone whose worth goes beyond any human calculation and who, therefore, from the first instant of his or her existence, deserves our respect and protection. We therefore strongly reject any attempt at legislation that promotes the use of abortifacients, including those disguised as contraceptive procedures or pharmacological agents that in fact kill the newly conceived human person by preventing its being implanted in the womb, and can moreover lead to the physical and psychological harm of the mother. 2. That the dignity of the human person manifests itself in the cultivation of moral freedom; that male and female, of equal dignity, have differences that are enriching for human life in society and are the indispensable foundation of the human family; and that upholding the moral dignity of human sexuality is essential for strong families as the bedrock of a strong society. We maintain that the genuine love of husband and wife is expressed through the honorable use of their sexual faculties in an exclusive and lasting relationship that is open to life, and that the gift of a new life is the crowning point of their mutual self-giving. We maintain that responsible parenthood, to be true to its name, cannot mean negating parenthood by fostering contraceptive practices, or negating responsibility by fostering sexual activity without selfmastery and discipline. We uphold the right of parents to decide their family size, guided by their morally upright consciences. We further uphold the primary and inalienable right of parents to educate their children on the values of human sexuality and the practice of chastity in all states of life. We are therefore not in favor of legislation that removes the teaching of sexuality from the intimacy of family relationships and reverence for human life.

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We also reject any attempt at legislation that, while proposing to improve the condition of children, women and families, actually fosters short-term enjoyment of free choice without corresponding long-term commitments, thereby eroding the family institution where persons have to grow and mature and, in consequence, generating social conditions that are more oppressive for women and children. 3. That a just social order can become a reality only when moral freedom is directed towards the authentic common good, which puts a premium on the human person and the human family; and that the State pursues the common good by addressing the integral development of all persons in the community and not just of the majority, observing at the same time the principle of subsidiarity. We believe that it is by sound economic policy, especially investments in rural infrastructure and quality education for all, coupled with good governance, including morality and honesty in the private lives of government officials, that Government contributes to poverty alleviation, not by encroaching on the choices and duties married couples can and should take up on their own. We are therefore not in favor of any legislation that proposes to spend public funds to regulate births, or allows Government to take upon itself education in human sexuality, without regard for morality and the constitutional protection of the unborn. We are also not in favor of any legislation that obscures the truth that the best investment we can make is on human capital. We are not in favor of legislation that ignores the prospect of economies stagnating under the burden of fewer young people caring for and supporting a larger pool of the elderly. 4. That the State should protect the freedom of consciences and may not make legal pressure bear on practices contrary to the explicit religious or moral convictions of any of its citizens. We loyally adhere to the social teachings of the Catholic Church. We recognize its moral positions on the human person, family and State not as religious impositions but as enlightened clarifications about the natural law and the universal values by which all men of goodwill can attain to happiness and the good life. We maintain that, like other legitimate enterprises and especially because we are an educational institution, we in UA&P have the freedom to adhere to our corporate credo, and our moral and religious values, as long as they do not prejudice the authentic common good. We are therefore not in favor of any discriminatory legislation that tramples on the right of conscientious objection to practices or programs that in essence promote an anti-life lifestyle, and redefines freedom, the concept

of human rights and morality, and the role of Government, in ways and by means that are contrary to our stated principles. We add our statement to the appeal of many leaders in Government, the private sector, citizens’ groups and the general public, that wisdom, discernment, faith and sobriety prevail and guide our legislators, when they decide for our society, to aim for the good of the human person and the Filipino people.


STUDENTS CALL OUT:

Stand up for life!

We, the undersigned students of the University of Asia and the Pacific, in our pursuit of wisdom and in support of sound and time-tested human and social values, recognize the truth that human life begins with fertilization, acknowledge that maternal and natal health are vital concerns, believe that individuals must be educated properly about human sexuality, and assert that poverty is a problem in our society that must be addressed. Therefore, we are taking a stand for the recognition and protection of the dignity of individual human life and for the respect and empowerment of families. In light of proposed legislations like the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, we, belonging to the generation who will not only live through, but also pass on to our children what such propositions will leave as a legacy to us, state our position against any law that: 1. Disregards the dignity of the human person at the onset of life We uphold that conception is fertilization. Scientific research and interdisciplinary dialogue have concluded that the result of fertilization, the fertilized ovum, is a whole, separate, unique, living, human being: the unborn child. Thus, contraceptive methods that harm the fertilized ovum such as those that prevent implantation are abortifacients. We also uphold that a contraceptive mentality facilitates the kind of relationships, attitudes, and moral character that lead to abortion. Former abortionists have acknowledged and current population studies on countries that have encouraged contraception through public policy have found evidences that, contrary to what is expected or claimed, provision of contraception leads to higher abortion rates. We oppose any bill that does not protect and sustain life from conception to natural death. We also oppose any form of legislation, which does not give due regard to the dignity of the human person by turning to contraceptive methods as solutions to problems in society. 2. Puts the welfare of women at stake by providing options that harm them We agree that the situation of maternal health in the Philippines is a pressing concern that begs to be addressed and we believe that this can be done by the provision of proper health care, health systems, and health facilities. We oppose any form of legislation, which endangers the health and welfare of women by promoting hormonal and chemical contraceptives that destroy natural balances and cycles in the woman’s body. 3. Instills a distorted idea of human sexuality and violates the rights of parents We believe that a child’s education in human sexuality is primarily the right and duty of the parents who are by nature the first educators of their children. We believe that relegating sex education to and mandating it in the classroom threaten the family by undermining this natural right of parents. Any law that endangers this right and duty of parents violates not only their dignity but of the child as well. We likewise believe that a utilitarian and impersonal education in human sexuality such as the one being offered now by the government, which merely considers the biological aspects of sex and is unmindful of the whole person, creates a mindset that trivializes the dignity of sex and the human being. 4. Looks at the poor as the problem and not at poverty itself. While we acknowledge that poverty is a multi-faceted and pervasive problem, we believe that there is no reason to directly relate population with incidence of poverty. It is not difficult to see the role that corruption, poor health and education services, and lack of infrastructure and opportunities play in increasing the incidence of poverty. We believe that population control programs that especially target the poor, do not address the problem of poverty. Controlling the population does not attack the problem; instead it attacks and offends the victims of the problem. We oppose any bill that attacks the poor instead of attacking poverty. We believe that the right approach to reversing poverty incidence is to find measures to eradicate corruption and establish long-term and sustainable human development. We are aware that some good principles and sincere intentions underpin the RH Bill. However, while it seeks legitimate and even noble ends, it proposes unacceptable means. The RH Bill, as it is written, appears unmindful of the real worth of the human person and the right values from which genuine social stability arise. Even if the RH Bill aims to address real issues, its eventual effect is to establish a culture of lost values, mistaken attitudes, and misled lifestyles wherein one lives for oneself instead of the others. In other words, the RH Bill promotes a culture of death. For these reasons, we oppose the RH bill.

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Cover Story Jesus P. Estanislao, Ph.D. UA&P Founding President

Why I am against the

RH BILL

Over these past several months, I have often been asked for the reasons behind my stance regarding the proposed Reproductive Health (RH) bill. Many have long known I am against the bill in its present “consolidated” form. They guess that since the Bishops are unanimously against it, then I must also be against the RH bill. When it comes to matters of faith and morals, Bishops provide guidance; they have spoken clearly and authoritatively in accord with their Pastoral responsibilities. Nonetheless, as an ordinary person, while I listen to the moral guidance of our Bishops, I also put forward my own reasons, based on my professional background, for my stance on the RH bill. As I [clarify here], being against the RH bill in its “consolidated” form is being for: transparency; the value of human life; enjoyment of freedom with corresponding responsibility; a balanced approach to development; the dignity of every person, including each person’s sexuality; putting proper limits on the role of government; respect for the primary right of parents to educate and bring up their children in an atmosphere that respects and promotes high moral standards; respect for the right of conscientious objection; and securing

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the foundations of our long-term, sustained progress as a people. 1. The bill, in its present “consolidated form”, dissimulates. It is far from transparent: it purports to be for reproductive health. In fact, it is dangerous not only to the health, but even the life, of unborn babies. It can also be dangerous to the health—both physical and psychological—of women. 2. The bill aims at fewer babies being born in our land, under the premise that the fewer they are, the better off the Philippines would be: fewer mouths to feed, fewer children to educate, fewer people to care for. This premise looks at children—indeed at people—as mere liabilities. It turns a blind eye on the other side, that they can be— indeed often are—great net assets. 3. The bill claims to make the road to development much easier: the fewer babies we have to provide for, the more resources we free up for investments, particularly for infrastructure. It forgets that the best investment we can make is on people, on a big natural base of human resources. 4. The bill ignores one of the most pressing development issues now confronting Japan and a few other countries as well, including many European countries and soon also South Korea and China. Ageing of the population, arising

from too few babies being born, is bringing about a demographic winter, which considerably darkens the long-term prospects of the economies concerned. 5. The bill is simplistic in its view of development: one shaped and determined mainly by lowering birth rates and population growth rates. It fails to give due importance to the key determinants of development, which include the following top five factors: “good governance; openness to knowledge; stable finances; allocation of goods and services principally by markets; high rates of savings and investments” (Michael Spence). 6. The bill expands the role of government considerably, expanding it into areas that are best left to individual choices and responsible decisions of married couples. It violates the key governance principle of leaving to individuals, institutions, and other lower bodies those decisions and duties that they can and should take up on their own. It disregards the maxim that governments govern best by refraining from over-reach. 7. The bill proposes to spend tax money on population control programs, featuring artificial methods of family planning, which many citizens find offensive to their conscience and objectionable on the basis of the constitutional protection of the unborn. Indeed, many citizens are asking: what business does the government have dispensing contraceptives and condoms and spending public funds on items that are supposed to be a matter of individual “choice”? 8. The bill is not only intrusive; it is also coercive. It tramples upon the right of conscientious objection on the part of individuals and institutions by threatening jail and other punishments to those who refuse to promote and observe its anti-life orientation and propagation of artificial methods of birth prevention. 9. The bill offends the basic dignity of human sexuality so essential for strong families as the foundation of a strong society. While proposing to improve the condition of families, it can easily lead to a fools’ paradise, characterized by “more premarital sex, more fatherless children, less domesticated men, more crimes, more social pathology, more single mothers, and therefore more poverty”, as has actually occurred in some countries that have taken the path the bill proposes (George Akerlof). 10. The bill promotes a mind-set that weakens the ethical fiber of our people. It devalues human life. It fosters short-term enjoyment of “freedom” without instilling a deep sense of duty to take on its corresponding long-term responsibilities. It views personal relationships and social processes from a narrowly pragmatic, materialistic perspective without giving due consideration to ethical and spiritual values, the bedrock foundations for the genuine development of our people. Dr. Estanislao is a co-founder of the Center for Research and Communication, the forerunner of UA&P. He was Secretary of Finance during the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino. Holding a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, he is the current chairman of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia and the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Arts ABOUT A FAMILY. Philip Oñate (in white), Joyce Centeno, Jay-ar Mira, and Lio Cana (in blue) form the lead cast of Dulaang ROC’s Playfest production, Zero Factorial

A 1.0 for Zero Factorial UA&P students Aris Acoba and Jay-ar Mira, respectively, directed and wrote Zero Factorial, a captivating play about a poor family that opposes the decision of the eldest son—their only hope out of poverty—to become a priest. Mira plays the levelheaded John who contends with the various characters in the family: Tatay Mar (Philip Oñate), a tricycle driver, tries to make ends meet for the family; Nanay Adelle (Joyce Centeno) shows understanding and patience despite trials; daughter Angel (Alyana Dalisay) constantly dreams of the future; and an epileptic youngest child Bibo (Lio Cana in an outstanding performance) poses to be both the family’s struggle and gift. The play starts lightly with humorous exchanges and teasings when the family receives news of John’s breakup with his girlfriend. An upsurge of emotions kicks in as John announces his plans of entering the priesthood. According to Mira, these sudden shifts in mood—from playful to emotionally taut—are characteristic of Filipino families who always end up intact and happy despite problems. “I did not intend the play to be seen just by the UA&P community. And I want to show the

audience, whoever they may be, that their family would always be there for them,” Mira said.

An unlikely setting

Mira makes use of a Filipino home as setting—an unlikely choice for a young, neophyte playwright who would typically opt to be different and to set the play apart from others held in the university. “A friend told me before I wrote the play that the home as a setting may not work because it is, as he said, gasgas na (passé) …. But after writing the play, I realized that (although) it had a very un-UA&P setting, its ideals are very UA&P,” Mira said.

Conversion

The drama explores a complicated relationship between John and his father Mar, and in turn, Mar’s relationship with God. Fearful of his son’s possibly wasted future, Mar violently disapproves of John’s plan to enter the seminary and blames God for their misfortune. He appeals to his son to put his love for his family first. While condemning his son’s decision, events unfold that lead him to reexamine his traumatic past and his inner self, as well as

to reflect on his adamant stance against his son’s decision to follow his vocational call. Two types of charity, which Mira intended to tackle, are unveiled as the story homes in on a hardworking but spiritually weak character: “Charity towards God and charity towards persons,” Mira said. “My original plan was to show and explain the nature of love using Pope John Paul’s definition of love—and that is to give oneself,” the student-writer added, explaining that as Mar overcomes the difficulty to respect his son’s choice, he also came to love God.

More than a math equation

Zero factorial or 0! in mathematical representation is defined as equal to one. Inspired

P H OTO S: R O S E M A R Y S I A

by this concept, Mira explained how John’s act of zeroing out by giving himself to God makes him one. The writer said that such self-giving does not exactly make an individual empty, but ironically makes him whole and complete. “It is one because in the end there is only one being responsible for everything and keeps on loving us, and that is God,” he said. Mira added that although John’s family appears to be victims of life’s hardships, their giving up of their chance to live a more comfortable life makes them examples of love. Such true love that entails sacrifice is in effect the story’s focal theme and it deserves a grade of 1.0. Jireh Pihoc  College of Arts and Sciences 2nd Year

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Arts Wooed and won: that’s how UA&P was to Dulaang ROC and TALINHAGA Theatre Collaborative’s sarsuwela version of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac. Cyrano: Isang Sarsuwela was about a young man’s bravery, love for country, unflinching virtues, and the power of love. Set in 1940s Philippines, the play employs Filipino themes, conditions, and history. From an era of innocence, it traverses the turbulent years of war to a time of change and forgotten memories. Direction, Adaptation and Book by Pat Valera Original Songs by William Elvin Manzano Musical Arrangement by Happy Days Ahead and Choreography by Squadra Dance Varsity Starring: Nicco Manalo Draco Moreno Martha Sta. Barbara Ina Gonda Soleil Taguines Dino Placino Krisan Jacomina Aris Acoba and the Dulaang ROC Ensemble

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Text adapted from the Cyrano Multiply page. Photos by Aaron Articulo, Caloy Creencia, and Dae Lee.

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Sports HARDY BOYS. They accomplished what no other Division 1 Pres Cup team has done before: they won without defeats

2011 PRESIDENT’S CUP:

Hardy Boys rewrite history After being foiled by the youthful STC squad in 2010, the Hardy Boys made sure there would be no upsets this year. Fueled by a renewed quest to be UA&P’s best, the 2011 edition of the team left no stone unturned in capturing their third title in four years—this time at the expense of the reinvigorated Alumni All Stars. They accomplished what no other Division 1 Pres Cup team has done before: they won without defeats, seemingly steam-rolling over every opposition throughout the three-month tournament. David Castillo fired 29 points in leading the champs over the All Stars, 80-69. His efforts once again netted him this year’s MVP award, which was presented by ACCEL. He was ably supported by his co-Mythical Five members, Martin Cuna and Waffy Fabie, who tallied 13 and 20 points, respectively. The All Stars ended the 11th season with their best-ever finish in recent years. The Mythical Five combo of Chiqui Reyes and Chicoy

Alvarez each chipped in 23 markers. For finishing in the top 2 of Division 1, both the Hardy Boys and Alumni All Stars also qualified as Wildcard Quarterfinalists of the 1st Conference of the Hoops Challenge at the Club650 Sports Center. In Division 2 action, powerhouse Team Baland demolished all pretenders standing in their way, as they cruised to the crown. Varsity mainstay Jolo Valdez led the star-studded group with 17 points. He was also named the 2011 Division 2 ACCEL Finals MVP.

2011 President’s Cup Results (April 2 Finals): Hardy Boys (80) All Stars (69) Division I (HARDY BOYS) Castillo-29, Fabie-20, Cuna-13, Chua-9, Del Rosario-4, Egonia-3, Ang-2 (ALL STARS) Reyes-23, Alvarez-23, Plaza-7, Chualao-6, Quimio-5, Villanueva-2, Inigo-2, Concepcion-1, Lu-0

Team Baland grabs the Division 2 Cup

Baland (86) EM 2011 (46) Division II (BALAND) Valdez-17, Pamintuan-13, Uy-12, Del Prado-10, Ramos-6, Poblador-6, Sy-2, Ong-2 (EM 2011) Murphy-14,

Tanpinco-13, Dy-10, Bercenio-4, Lamorena-3, Santos-2, Mendoza-0, Abalos-0 Mr. Tyrone Emmanuel I. Limon ‘98 College of Arts and Sciences alumnus 

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to the UA&P Tambuli Awards 2011 Winners!

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An official publication of the University of Asia and the Pacific. Covering December 2010 to February 2010

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