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MTCC ACQUITS CPUFA 3 Legal Battle for SACDAG continues by Raniel C. Ponteras Pastor Efren Burgos, Engr. Felix Ojario, and Prof. Patrocinio Pudadera of the CPU Faculty Association (CPUFA) were acquitted by the Municipal Trial Court in the Cities (MTCC) of perjury raps filed against them by former CPU President Dr. Juanito Acanto. Presiding Judge Rosario Abigail M. Dris-Villanueva of the MTCC in Iloilo City ordered the

acquittal of the three CPUFA leaders on July 14 on the grounds that the prosecution failed to “discharge such data” that the three accused were indeed guilty of perjury. When asked of his reaction after the acquittal, Burgos, CPUFA President said, “I almost cried, I was shaking. Being so thankful to the Lord for sparing us.” FROM THE CLASSROOM TO THE COURTROOM The three CPU teachers were

charged with perjury raps after their complaint of estafa/and or falsification against Acanto for alleged misappropriations and deficiencies in the amounts of increase given to the salaries of the full-time faculty was dismissed by The Office of the City Prosecutor. Acanto immediately filed a complaint for perjury on May 14, 2007 against the three for the alleged fibs and untruths they have ave claimed in their complaint turn to page 4 >>

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TFI causes students to gripe

Institutional Development fee and the Php 800 Library fee.”

CPUR OFFICIAL SPOKE ON BEHALF OF THE ADMIN “Proper consultation was made with the students last February with regards to the university’s plan to increase the tuition fee. This is due to the request of the teachers to increase their salary,” stressed Sheila Olid, CPUR Vice President. Despite the announcement, very few students attended the FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT! Students light candles and raise consultation. banners outside the university main gate demanding a justification for the implementation of exorbitant and excessive tuition and ROBLES RESPONDS In an interview, CPU President, miscellaneous fees. Photo by Sharmin Gale Del Socorro Dr. Teodoro Robles answered the queries that the demonstrators by Bryan Eric T. Cerebo and STUDENTS IN BLACK: NO raised against the university. Jo Jan Paul J. Peñol PRICE TAG FOR EDUCATION Robles denied the 276% The students joined the Rallying their right demonstration believing that tuition increase stated in the to a non-commercialized education is a right and likewise a leaflets that were spread, claiming education, a group of social service regardless whether that the rate was a “ridiculous” and students held banners and you study in a public or private an “outright lie.” Furthermore, Robles said that lighted candles in front of school. CPU in opposition to the According to the protest flyers, the demonstration was started recent tuition fee increase, the students in the University are by outside elements and that July 19. “held hostage by exorbitant and Centralians only followed suit. Robles would also like to call The gripe was caused by unjust school fees that include the 11.26% TFI of Php 465 per the Php 363 Sports Development on the students to directly address unit to Php 512 which became Fee, Php 200 Centralian Lifelong their complaints to him since he is effective this first semester of Relationship fee, the Php 300 very willing to listen and help them AY 2011-2012. Energy fee, the Php 500 Academic if they are in need.

CPU co-hosts 12th Int’l Youth Day Centralians shine by Nonito Q. Pasuelo Jr.

Central Philippine University co-hosted the 12th International Youth Day (IYD) Celebration together with the United Nations Association of the Philippines (UNAP), United Nations Youth Association of the Philippines (UNYAP) at Sarabia Manor Hotel, Iloilo City, August 3-7. Nearly 600 student and



youth leaders across the Philippine archipelago and from more than 15 different countries participated in an exchange


of diverse perspectives on contemporary global challenges especially the attainment of the turn to page 5 >>

ALMOST DONE. When finished, this Presidential Mansion will serve as the official residence of the university president. Photo by Airon B. Buenvenida

CPU President’s House: Almost done by Jo Jan Paul P. Peñol After more than a year since its ground-breaking last July 2010, the President’s House is almost done. The construction was approved by the Board of Trustees in September 2009 despite the objection of Pres. Robles in anticipation of the possible criticisms from students,

faculty, staff, and alumni as stated in his letter to the alumni dated Oct. 16. In the same letter, it was explained that the house was built “to provide a permanent residence for the current and future president of the university and to accommodate multi-purpose rooms for meetings, guests and socialization.” Just like Silliman University

in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, which happens to be the sister university of Central Philippine University, the BOT expressed the importance of a permanent residence for the university’s top executive. Since his appointment as university president in November 2008, Robles has stayed at Roselund Hostel #5 together with his wife.

Work students receive 10% pay increase by Reyshimar Arguelles The administration, through the CPU-Republic (CPUR), has agreed to increase the hourly pay of work students in line with the recent tuition fee increase. The increase in their pay amounts to 10%. The Php 25.00 hourly rate is thus increased to Php 27.50 covering all sectors of work. A work student has a standard three-hour daily work load. The increase will raise their daily earnings from Php 75.00 to Php 82.50 per day. CPUR president JD Chris Dofeliz attended the meetings where the Board of Trustees (BOT) and the university president deliberated on the matter. Prior to meeting with the Board of Trustees, turn to page 2 >>

TASTE OF GLORY. (left to right) Peralta, Alocilja, and Dacanay beam with pride after the judges declared them as champion of the 2011 SM Culinary Festival. Photo by CPU-College of Hospitality Management

CHM students win culinary festival by Jo Jan Paul J. Peñol Central Philippine University College of Hospitality Management students won the championship in the SM City Iloilo Culinary Festival held in consonance with the 74th Iloilo City Charter Day Celebrations, August 13-19.

BS Hotel and Restaurant Management students Ghanimel M. Alocilja, James Nicol B. Dacanay and Mikhael C. Peralta proved their culinary skills when they garnered the top spot for the SM Master Chefs Inter-School Cooking Competition. turn to page 3 >>

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GIFT OF A LIFETIME. Centralian Scholars pose with honor and dignity together with the donors and the University President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles after the scholarship awarding ceremony. Photo by Dr. Margen Java

University awards 720 new scholars by Ron Adrian Dionaldo and Joy Galagate Central Philippine University awards scholarships to 720 CPU students during the Scholarship Awarding and Recognition Program held at the Alumni Promenade Concert Park, July 25. The program was organized by the Scholarship Office headed by Dr. Margen A. Java, director, and was attended by the scholars as well as 103 scholarship donors or representatives. Also present were Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, University President, and Dr. Nelson A. Pomado, OIC Vice President for Academic Affairs. The new scholarships given include 218 University Scholarships; 13 government scholarships; 89 scholarships

from private agencies, associations, and individual donors; 29 academic scholarship; 44 Grants-inaid; 12 scholarships for CPU Symphonic Band members, 80 for Varsity athletes, 22 for College of Theology students, 27 for dependents of Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC) pastors and workers, 14 for dependents of Iloilo Mission Hospital employees, 35 for dependents of CPU faculty and staff, 4 for dependents of single and childless faculty and staff ; and, 133 for work students. This year’s total number of new scholars is 63.75% more compared to last year. At present, the University has a total of 2,290 new and continuing scholars.

CPU rose to No. 22 in the ranking of Philippine’s top 200 universities for 2011, breezing from 32nd place last year. Web-based consultancy 4 International Colleges and Universities (4ICU) placed CPU above John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University which landed at 71st, University of San Agustin, which landed on 83rd place, West Visayas State University at 87th, Western Visayas College of Science and Technology which placed 101st, Western Institute of Technology which situated on 105th, and University of Iloilo at 184th, but behind the University of the Philippines in the Visayas which soared 16th. cited, among others, the university’s ranking is based upon an algorithm including three unbiased and independent web metrics extracted from three different search engines: Google Page Rank, Yahoo Inbound Links and Alexa Traffic Rank. Another factor why CPU is recognized mostly because of the University’s consistent topping of national board exams, the declaration of campus as the only “University-based tourist spot” by the Iloilo City Government,

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Enrolment hits 12k, CBA leads by Airon Buenvenida

Despite the 11.26% tuition fee hike, the University still welcomed 12,283 students for the enrolment for this first semester of academic year 2011-2012. An over-all 0.31% increase of enrolment was attained by the University from last year’s 12, 245. Contributing 18.63% to the total population, the College of Business and Accountancy received the most number of

students with 2,288; followed by the College of Nursing with 1,699 (13.59%) students and the High School Department with 1,268 (10.33%). Meanwhile, the College of Hospitality Management accommodated 1,232 students (10.03%), College of Engineering with 1,188 (9.68%), College of Arts and Sciences with 1,067 (8.69%), School of Graduate Studies with 1021 (8.31%), College of Computer Studies with 899 (7.32%),

the Elementary Department with 805 (6.56%), College of Education with 490 (3.99%), Kindergarten Department with 127 (1.03%), College of Law with 119 (.97%), College of Agriculture Resources and Environmental Sciences with 111 (0.9%), College of Medicine with 59 (0.48%), and College of Theology with 54 (0.44%). This enrolment count, as of July 21, was the one reported to CHED for the first semester of AY 2011-2012.

>> Continued from page 1 [Admin: work students to receive 10% pay increase] JD Chris Dofeliz sent a letter to the university president Teodoro Robles, proposing plans for the increase. Dofeliz had asked for a 15% increase but finally settled for 10%. Dofeliz attended the May 7 Board of Trustees meeting along with other ex-officio members of the

said Board, among them are representatives of the staff union, the faculty, and the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches. The increase is said to have been effective since June 1. Confirmation of this was during another BOT meeting held simultaneously with University Day activities

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on September 2. “Since there is an increase in tuition fees, we are aware that the students are most likely to be affected. So we lobbied for an increase in their wages as ex-officio members of the Board of Trustees,” Dofeliz said. The increase is favorable among work students.

and the number of renowned Centralian alumni in various fields. “Rather than to question the methodology of the survey, the University now views the annual ranking as a chance to improve itself,” Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, University President said in an interview by THE CENTRAL ECHO. Luzon-based universities dominated the top spots with the University of the Philippines-Diliman placing first, with the list followed by Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines – Los Baños at 2nd and 3rd respectively. Robles said the survey provided a chance to “review and confirm” the University’s organizational processes, monitor and correct

BIGGEST LIBRARY. The Henry Luce III Library stands firm across the years to be recognized as the biggest library in Western Visayas. The library has the Knowledge for Development Center (KDC) by the World Bank and houses thousands of books and other instructional materials. Photo by Jo Jan Paul J. Peñol possible non-conformance to standards, and develop measurable indicators acceptable not only to the

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Belonio is Yahoo!’s Modern-Day Hero by Gloria Concepcion H. Moralidad Alexis Belonio, Project Director of the Center for Rice Husk Energy Technology (CRHET) based in Central Luzon University, Nueva Ecija, and former associate professor at Central Philippine University, was recognized as a modernday hero by Yahoo! Southeast Asia in Pitong Pinoy Awards held at Global City, August 26. It can be recalled that Engr. Belonio is the first Filipino to receive the Rolex Award for Enterprise in 2008 for his invention of an environmentfriendly, low-cost rice husk stove. It provides air used in the transformation of rice husk into clean energy; an alternative to aiding the less privileged to cook their meals and the need for inexpensive fuel. Engr. Belonio left his invention patent-free for everyone to use. Seeing the difficulty of poor Filipino farmers faced with high fuel prices drove him to create the stove. Project “Pitong Pinoy” would like to inspire the public with an inaugural that recognizes seven modern-day Filipino heroes in line with the commemoration of National Heroes Day. As stated by Yahoo!, “these heroes should embody the Yahoo! values of being human, inventive, relevant, and, of course, fun. These extraordinary individuals should have made a significant and continuing impact on the Philippine society, serving as a local role model to their own communities. They should also be influential—even if their efforts

have not gotten any publicity.” Joining Engr. Belonio are the following that earned a nod for the title as well. Jean Enriquez, head of the Coalition against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific, aims to battle women trafficking, slavery, pornography, rape, and sexual exploitation out of the country. Moreover, she oversees a program that ensures that the women victims recover from their experiences and get another chance at life. Educational camps are also being held for the protection of women’s right. Jay Jaboneta took action when he learned that about 200 kids in Layag-layag Village in Zamboanga had to swim to get to school everyday. With one Facebook status message, Jaboneta raised as much as P70,000 on the first week of his call. A Facebook group named “Zamboanga Funds for Little Kids” was later set up, booming his advocacy. Now, the children of Layag-layag go to school with their yellow boats which are fondly called “New Hope.” Tomas Leonor organized “Step Juan”, a walking expedition where he travels to the provinces and cities of the Philippines without any aid from motor transportation. It is his way of promoting cancer awareness and raising funds for children who are stricken with cancer at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center. According to, Leonor “has walked a total of 1,241.5 kilometers

INNOVATION. Prof. Alexis Belonio works with his heart in a span of several years to invent his Rice Husk Gas Stove which made him known across the globe. Photo from:

and taken 2,887,208 steps in seven islands, ten provinces, 86 municipalities, and 20 cities.” The Philippine National Police donated P1M for his cause. Heidi Mendoza is called an expert in fraud audit investigations in government transactions. She unveiled and testified such illegal activities led by exArmed Forces of the Philippines comptroller Carlos Garcia before Congress on the alleged misuse of military and United Nations (UN) peacekeeping funds. She unraveled discrepancies in the fund amounting to millions of pesos and US Dollars. Currently, Mendoza is the Commission on Audit commissioner. Director of Law of Nature Foundation, Anna Oposa commenced the environmental movement, “Save the Philippine Seas”, to battle a US-based company which imported endangered marine wildlife from Indo-Pacific countries including the Philippines. Her campaign united the country through a national blog day to save the Philippine seas. One long-term goal she is most passionate to see about, is the strengthening of environmental protection laws. Tzarina Saniel is a teacher, a book lover, a collector and a preserver of old Filipino books – she even has original manuscripts from Jose Rizal. Saniel is notable for her admirable cause of safeguarding Filipino Literature. She believes that in the old books, Filipinos – young and old – will be able to know their history and contribute to the progress of the nation.

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>> Continued from page 1 [CHM students win culinary festival] The three young chefs were among the 12 finalists who competed in three categories – appetizer, main course and dessert. During the finals, the organizers tasked them to use batuan as the main ingredient for their recipe. Batuan is a favorite souring ingredient among Ilongos. Their winning recipe was Paté served with galletas, fried Molo wrapper and fried bangus skin for the appetizer; braised pork belly in tuba and batuan served with Cassava starch and stir fry vegetables for the main course; and puto butterscotch served with gata vanilla bean sauce for the dessert. The competing teams were given a week to plan for their desired dish which was cooked in the presence of the judges on the day of the contest. Prior to the finals, Alocilja, Dacanay and Peralta battled against five other schools in the city namely: Colegio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Dominican College of Iloilo, John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University – Molo, St. Paul University – Iloilo and Western Institute of Technology. Their winning recipes for the elimination round were the following: trio barquillos sampler filled with cream cheese chive with pandesal ni Paa, Crostini and fried prawn in Molo wrapper for the appetizer; tamarind muscuvado braised beef ribs served with cassava and stir fried vegetables for the main course; and poached guava in red wine, filled

yema served with red wine reduction for the dessert. “The menu must be healthy, nutritious and economical. It must also be easy to cook and affordable without sacrificing its nutritional content,” said Alocilja. The decision of the judges was based on the following: taste; use of fresh, local ingredients; appearance/ appeal; simplicity/ease in cooking; and originality. Their team was awarded SM Gift Certificates worth Php 5,000.00 and a scholarship from Instituto Culinario in Manila for a degree course in Culinary Arts for one week. Prof. Myrna Luceño and Mr. Ian Jorda served as coaches for the winning team. Meanwhile, in the battle for the best in table setting, the team of Dan Jared D. Samson (BSHRM 3), Ace York P. Evidente (BSHRM 4), and Katrina Marie V. Jucaban (BSHRM 3) bested other teams across the city and the province. The said competition aimed to encourage future restaurant managers to enhance themselves on proper arrangement of dining utensils during events especially formal occasions. “Each utensil has a specified area in the table for easy and convenient use of the diner,” said one judge. The contestants thanked Mr. Ian H. Jorda and Prof. Raymund B. Moreno for the support and supervision they gave as coaches.

GOLDEN PIECES. With kitchen utensils properly arranged, CHM students bagged the championship title of SM’s culinary festival table setting competition. Photo by CPU-College of Hospitality Management




CPUAAI recognizes Outstanding Centralians by Airon B. Buenvenida and Jo Jan Paul J. Peñol

WORDS OF INSPIRATION. University President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles gives his words of gratitude to alumni who continue supporting the university. Photos from: CPU Alumni Association Inc.


Recognizing the significant contributions made by Centralians in their respective fields, Central Philippine University Alumni Association, Inc. awarded six alumni during this year’s Alumni Night at Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City, September 3. The 2010 Outstanding Centralian awardees are Mrs. Ma. Josere CalfoforoDayao (BS Nursing 1977); Engr. Aurora Alerta-Lim (BS Chemical Engineering, Cum Laude, 1964); Ms. Rachel A. Vasquez (BS Chemical Engineering, 1967); and, Dr. Rodolfo D. Gumabong (BS in Commerce, 1955). For 2011, Mr. Rodrigo J. Gonzales, (BS Education, 1970) is the lone recipient of the award. Also, Central Philippine University conferred on Mr. Eliorie D. Jiao (BS Education,

1975), the Presidential Special Achievement Award. The nominees to the 2010/2011 Outstanding Centralian Award were considered based on their (a) professional accomplishments; (b) community advancement of local, national or international communities through civic, religious, charitable, professional, or other means; and, (c) loyalty to the university. Mrs. Ma. Josere CalfoforoDayao has made landmark achievements in the nursing profession for over 33 years. Her incredible efforts are seen to have promoted Filipino nurses into the Canadian mainstream, a magnificent manifestation of the Central Spirit. She spearheaded campaigns for the Scholarship Endowment Fund of the CPU Alumni Association of Greater Toronto Area (CPUAAGTA), the Water Collection Cistern Project, to cite a few of the numerous

fund-raising campaigns for CPU that she has done. Engr. Aurora Alerta-Lim has been president of various professional, civic, and church organizations and has authored no less than twenty researches and publications. Also, she has been the executive producer and anchor of ECOFORUM, a weekly television program of the CPU channel aired over Skycable Channel 8 since June 2005. A cream of the crop in the profession world, she received the “Outstanding Chemical Engineer of 2003” conferred by the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission. A licensed chemical engineer with environmental acumen, Ms. Rachel A. Vasquez served as Supervising Environment and Natural Resources Specialist and Regional Technical Director for Environmental Management and Protected Areas Sector of DENR-Region

International star Lee now a Centralian

ONE-MAN ORCHESTRA. Malaysian Star Aaron Alfred Lee makes good impression to Centralians as he performs several musical pieces during the Alumni Night. Photos from: CPU Alumni Association Inc.

by Raniel C. Ponteras In line with its U-Day 2011 theme of strengthening linkages, CPU proclaimed internationally - acclaimed musician, Aaron Alfred Lee, an honorary alumnus during

Photo from: CPU Alumni Association


the Alumni Homecoming Celebration at Rose Memorial Auditorium (RMA), September 3. Lee dazzled the CPU alumni during their annual homecoming lunch with his own version of Centralian tunes and other

popular songs. After which, he was honored as an alumnus by the CPU Alumni Association, Inc (CPUAAI). The day after, Lee held a free concert at the RMA which was attended by both Centralians and other guests. Aside from being an honorary CPU alumnus, Lee was also declared by the Iloilo local government as an “Honorary Son of Iloilo” during the Iloilo City Charter Day celebration, August 25. Aaron Alfred Lee is a Malaysian- American music sensation who has played gigs around the world. He had a solo recital in Sydney, Australia during the 2000 Olympics. One of his major accomplishments is winning the first Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Young Composer Competition in 1997. Lee’s music is the testimony of his relationship with God. Through his music, he hopes to tell his faith story to his audience. He testifies that he is always looking for opportunities to share his Christian faith.

VII. A compassionate mentor, Ms. Vasquez taught at the CPU College of Engineering for eight years Dr. Rodolfo D. Gumabong joined the Bureau of Census and Statistics, Manila, and eventually became Regional Director of National Statistics Office (NSO) Region VI (Western Visayas). He was also conferred the Doctor of Ministry in Public Administration, honoris causa, by Northridge Multicultural Foursquare Church, California, U.S.A. (2004). A journalist of vast experience, Dr. Gumabong is credited for his over 500 feature articles and columns published in national and local publications. His writings echo his advocacies and beliefs that reflect the Christian Values. Mr. Rodrigo J. Gonzales has been in the thick of alumni activities, church work, and community service as organization financier, fundraiser, lay preacher, advocate of righteousness, general troubleshooter, and back-up man. A dynamic leader, he has chaired several fund-raising events for the CPUAAGTA, including the Souvenir Program for the Association’s Anniversary Ball and Fund-Raising. His passion for community service is characterized by an intense interest in the physical and spiritual welfare and advancement of local, national, and international communities. His daughter received the award on his behalf. Meanwhile, Mr. Eliorie D. Jiao was given the Presidential Award for Special Achievement by CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, for his exemplary accomplishments in various aspects of his life despite his blindness. At present, he is an elementary and high school English teacher and a high school music teacher in the Philippine National School for the Blind. His professional capacities under conditions of extreme adversity makes him worthy of pride and emulation.

US Ambassador visits CPU American Corner by Reyshimar C. Arguelles To maintain Philippine and American relations, Harry K. Thomas, United States ambassador to the Philippines, paid a special visit to the American Corner at the Henry Luce III Library, June 10. Thomas arrived around nine in the morning and was welcomed by CPU President Dr. Teodoro Robles and other members of the university administration, staff and faculty. He proceeded to the third floor of the library where the American Corner is located. Thomas went around the American Corner formerly known as the American Studies Resource Center and looked over the available materials. After

which, he had a brief open forum with selected CPU students, namely: Angel Bernadeth Argel, CPUR representative; Reyshimar Arguelles, the Central Echo feature editor; Amy Grant Castillo, College of Education Student Council governor; Emmanuel de la Rosa, 2009 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program scholar; JD Chris Dofeliz, CPUR president; Albert Jan Matthew Java, Aboitiz scholar; Rotsen Kho Yute, 2010 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program scholar; Yeno Van Lego, Leganes SKMF president; Shiella Olid, CPUR vice-president; and, Jo Jan Paul Peñol, Pavia councilor. Thomas answered questions pertaining to different topics, but the main focus of the

THOMAS: FILIPINOS ARE OUR PARTNERS. (L-R) Lego, Arguelles, Peñol, Argel, US Ambassador Thomas, Kho Yute, Dela Rosa, Olid, Java, Castillo and Dofeliz at the American Corner of the Henry Luce III Libary. Photo by Angel Argel discussion was on American aid efforts to the Philippines. Thomas was on a two-day visit to the province to meet local

businessmen and public officials. Preparations for Thomas’ visit included heightened security and media coverage.

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CAO, CoEd lead Buwan ng Wika by Joy F. Galagate The CPU Cultural Affairs Office and the College of Education fronted this year’s celebration of Buwan ng Wika with the theme: “Ang Filipino ay Wikang Panlahat, Ilaw at Lakas sa Tuwid na Landas.” The highlights of the celebration included the poster-slogan making contest, dula-dulaan contest, and film activities headed by Prof. Nenita T. Mino from the College of Education. Precious Krystelle Paclibar from the College of Business and Accountancy garnered 1st place, followed by Arnel Vincent Mahometano from the College of Education and Rose Ann Paraunda from the College of Engineering as 2nd and 3rd placers respectively in the posterslogan making contest held, August 17. For the dula-dulaan contest held on August 19, groups of accountancy students won the 1st and 2nd place, followed by education and lifestyle management students as 3rd placers. The winners were awarded on August 19 at the Alumni Promenade Concert Park and received recognition as well as cash prizes. Students from different colleges also attended the film showing event held at Rose Memorial Auditorium, August 15. The film shown was Patikul directed by Joel C. Lamangan.

by Reyshimar C. Arguelles

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS. Student engineers with Mr. Felix Ojario pose after rendering cleaning sessions at Dungon creek. Photos from: Chalcedon Sañor

College of Engineering @ 75 Turns more ideas, visions to reality by Airon B. Buenvenida The CPU College of Engineering (CoE) is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee this year. Turning ideas into reality in the last 75 years, CoE students, faculty, staff, and alumni gathered to celebrate this milestone, August 22-27. The one-week commemoration began with a motorcade around Iloilo City. After which the opening program at the University Field was graced by former CoE deans namely, Engr. Walden Rio, Engr. Oseni Maribojo-Millamena, and Engr. Jorge Tamayo, The college hosted the 1st Engineering Design Challenge for High School students. Nine top performing science high

Centralians flock Lamangan’s Deadline by Raniel C. Ponteras Centralians flocked Rose Memorial Auditorium at 10 am and 4 pm on August 17, to watch Joel Lamangan’s indie film, Deadline: The Reign of Impunity. The film revolves around the lives of journalists hunted down by warlords and politicians because of their exposés of the misuse of government funds and abuse of power. In an interview, Mass Communication and English Student organization president, Reyshimar Arguelles stressed

the potency of the film in raising awareness about media killing by people in power. “This movie will hopefully inspire the masses especially the students to remain vigilant and become watchdogs of human rights violations. As a Mass Communication student, I feel obliged to help stop the ongoing killings of media personnel,” Arguelles said. After the film showing, an open forum was held. The film’s assistant director, Arman Reyes, answered questions about the making of the film and other related topics.

schools in Iloilo were invited to compete for the best Bridge Building, Egg Packaging, User Interface, and Circuit Design. To provide a venue for CPU CoE students to exhibit their Engineering skills, a design contest to build and operate a catapult of any design that can propel a raw egg towards a target frying pan placed at a distance of 30 to 60 feet away was also held. The Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) won 1st place in this contest. Thirteen technical seminars were conducted during the Diamond Jubilee Week for CoE students to attend in lieu of their regular classes. Prominent engineers in various fields served as resource speakers. A Centralian Engineers

Outreach day was held. Simultaneous outreach activities like blood-letting, Dungon Creek clean-up drive, and tree planting were done on August 24th. The Grand Alumni Night at Kalantiao Hall, Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center on the 27th culminated the celebration. Musicians Edith McCoy and Aaron Alfred Lee were invited to render a special musical number. Engr. Mildred Maravilla-Majeed, Engr. Vic Golveo, and Engr. Melvin Junsay were given the Distinguished Engineering Centralians awards. The Diamond Jubilee rites officially ended with a thanksgiving worship service at the University Church, August 31.

The film-showing event was jointly sponsored by the Department of Languages, Mass Communication, and Humanities (DLMCH) and the CPU Cultural Affairs Office (CAO) in cooperation with XITI Productions and A.E.I. Movie Productions. The film stars Tirso Cruz III, Luis Alandy, Allen Dizon, TJ Trinidad, Ina Feleo, and Lovi Poe. Joel Lamangan is a multiawarded director having won in national and international film festivals. Among the awards he has won is the Golden Pyramid award during the 1995 Cairo International Film Festival with his film “The Flor Contemplacion Story,” and on 2009, he won as Best Director in the Metro Manila Film Festival for “Mano Po 6: A Mother’s Love.”

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CE editors shine in PIA Journalism Workshop By Alvin K. Tung Editors of the Central Echo received distinctions for their skills in journalism during the Philippine Information Agency Region VI (PIA –VI) and Smart Communications’ joint annual Journalism SeminarWorkshop for college campus writers at Iloilo Grand Hotel, July 27-29 Raniel C. Ponteras stood out as he bagged the most promising feature and the most promising column writer awards.

Besting the other participants, Airon B. Buenvenida, got the most promising editorial writer award. Also, Reyshimar C. Arguelles and Jo Jan Paul J. Peñol were recognized as promising feature and editorial writers, respectively. The three-day workshop offered lectures from freelance journalist, Hazel Villa, who shared her insights on feature writing; Prof. Allen Del Carmen of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod who touched on publication layouts and

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photojournalism; Francis Allan Angelo of The Daily Guardian, who guided the participants in editorial writing; and, Atty. Al Parreño, who shared his expertise on cyber laws and online ethics. The regional journalism seminar-workshop was conducted to prepare young campus writers for their task as campus journalists and also as contenders for higher levels of journalistic writing competitions.

for estafa citing bad faith and malice on Burgos et al’s part. However, Burgos et al cited these documents for their defense. On March 27, 2003, CPU through Acanto filed an application/notice of tuition increase for the School Year 2003-2004 to the Commission on Higher Education. From that application/notice, appended as Annex “E”, CPU and Dr. Acanto promised to utilize 70% of the collected tuition increase for the salary increase of the teaching, non-teaching personnel, and staff of CPU. Second, The CPU Board of Trustees (CPU BOT) signed Resolution No. CPUBT 9/05/038 that seeks to give 100% of the tuition increase to the salaries of the full-time faculty members and staff. Third, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between CPU and the CPUFA states that 76% of the tuition fee increases shall be used to increase the salaries of the faculty and staff. And fourth, Republic Act 6728 requires that 70% of the tuition fee increase shall go to the salaries of the faculty and staff. Considering the aforementioned CPU BOT resolution, CPUFA pointed out that in School Year 20032004, CPU collected a total of Php 8,404,023.33 from the tuition increase. From that amount, only Php 1,700,000.00 and a onetime rice allowance totaling Php 1,411,735.00 were paid to the 587 full-time faculty and staff. For school year 2003-2004, the amount of deficiency

April Anne Balasbas, a third year AB Mass Communication student, won the second runner-up prize in the 9th ABS-CBN Interschool Newscasting Competition held at Robinson’s Place Iloilo, September 3. Balasbas and two others bested representatives from the University of San Agustin, the University of Iloilo-PHINMA, St. Paul University, and the University of the Philippines in the Visayas in delivering news in English, Hiligaynon, and Filipino.

She was joined in the top three positions by the contestants of John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, 1st runner-up, and West Visayas State University, champion. Balasbas was coached by Dr. Herly Fie Cervera, Mass Communication program coordinator of the Department of Languages, Mass Communication and Humanities. “I am happy that, at least, I have given honor to our school. It’s okay if I didn’t get the first place. The important thing is I was in one of the top three finalists,” Balasbas said.

UNA SA BALITA! April Anne Balasbas reports for School Patrol segment of TV Patrol Panay featuring the University Day Debate Competition Finals between the College of Engineering and the High School Department. Video capture from ABS-CBN Iloilo reached Php 5,292,288.33. Citing court documents, there were underpayments of Php 6,704,023.33 each for School Years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006. The total amount of deficiency from 2003-2006 is Php 18,700,334.99. With these documents, Burgos et al raised their defense of good faith and asserted that they filed the complaint on behalf of the CPUFA and not out of personal interests. The prosecution then failed to prove the falsehood of the accused and was unable to give convincing evidence to prove their bad faith and malice. After all the deliberations, the court, in a seven-page decision, ordered the acquittal of the three. ANOTHER BLANK ON THE PAYCHECK In 2003 CPU also implemented the Special Academic & Growth Fee (SACDAG) to answer the faculty’s call for salary increase. The SACDAG fee was collected from the students upon enrollment as a miscellaneous fee that cost Php 500. Half of that (Php 250) would go to the faculty salaries. However, CPUFA claimed that CPU failed to give the faculty the collected SACDAG fees. On April 15, 2011, the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) in Iloilo City ordered CPU to “submit a unified, audited financial statement of the amount of SACDAG collected and how much of the fifty percent (50%) of the complainant was already released/spent, within ten (10) days from the receipt of order.”

A month later, on May 13, CPU requested for additional time of six weeks from May 12 to submit the report. CPU failed to submit the report after six weeks. NLRC was left to adopt the computation presented by the CPUFA in their Comment and Opposition dated May 19, 2011. According to the CPUFA calculation, the amount of the SACDAG fees collected by CPU from 2003-2008 totaled Php 25,420,239.00. Then on June 21, 2011, NLRC issued a writ of execution to CPU to pay the collected SACDAG fees, moral damages, and attorney’s fees, that totaled Php 28,292,262.90 to the CPUFA. Notwithstanding the court order CPU filed a motion of appeal to the NLRC in Cebu to counter the NLRC Iloilo order. CEBU LABOR COURT FAVORS THE ADMIN On October 5, the NLRC in Cebu decided in favor of the CPU Administration’s appeal. “CPU was able to prove to the court that it was able to give out the appropriate amount of increase and benefit to the faculty,” CPU President Teodoro Robles said in an interview. However, Burgos claimed that “there were lots of errors in that decision.” “Imagine reversing the previous decision which was held by the commission twice, just on the doubtful and nonconclusive and un-assuring audit report which itself is not under oath,” Burgos added. As of press time, the CPUFA is still deciding on the next legal step to take after the Cebu court’s reversal.

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NEWS HealthMatters >>

Campaign against dengue continues by Alvin K. Tung ILOILO CITY - Dengue cases drastically dropped by 92.48 percent as a result of the consistent clean-up drives in the city and the province of Iloilo. According to the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU), there were 377 recorded dengue cases with 5 deaths from January 1 to September 3 of this year. During the same months last year, 5012 cases were recorded with 27 deaths.

Due to last year’s dreadful outbreak which filled every hospital of Iloilo City, the provincial government launched a province-wide “People Power Kontra Dengue” campaign, aiming to wipe out nests of mosquitoes causing the outbreak. The collective efforts of the people, the local government units, and non-government organizations in the cleanup drives along with vast information dissemination finally paid off.

While the cure for dengue is not feasible at the moment many resort to using organic and herbal medicine especially the tawa-tawa for its supposed effectiveness to counter the disease. Health officials stressed the need for the continuance of eliminating habitats of mosquitoes, otherwise there may be recurrence of the outbreak. People are advised to clean their houses regularly, remove stagnant water, replace the water in vases and

other containers, trim bushes and plants that can become habitats of mosquitoes, and use insect repellents if necessary. One hundred eighty barangays in Iloilo City have been alerted to monitor and to be cautious of the dengue threat. The towns with rampant dengue cases last year that showed significant decrease this year are Pototan, Passi City, Tigbauan, Guimbal and Cabatuan.

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EMPOWERING THE YOUTH. Central Philippine University President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles gives his remarks during the opening program of the12th International Youth Day. Photo from: Joshua P. Enriquez

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). During the opening ceremony, CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles gave his message of support in behalf of the university as co-host of the said international convention. Aside from co-hosting, CPU also produced students who were awarded for excelling in their respective fields. With the worthy causes, projects, and programs he facilitated in his municipality, Pavia Councilor Jo Jan Paul J. Peñol (ABPP-3) was awarded Outstanding Leader for Politics and Governance by the United Nations Association of the Philippines Meanwhile, two Centralians were elected at-large to the UNYAP-Regional Council namely: CPUR President JD Chris Dofeliz (BSFLM-4) who was re-elected Regional President and CPUR College of Computer Studies (CCS)

Representative Angeli Monique Siladan (BS IT-3) who was elected Regional Vice President for External Affairs. Keia Joy Harder, Vonah Muezzen Gumapas, and Guenn Jimenez from the High School Department won the championship title in the UN Quiz Bowl (High School Category) while Jothamme Enriquez placed 3rd in the Oration Contest (High School Category). CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida and author of the book “12 Little Things a Filipino Can Do To Help His Country,” Alexander Lacson were the key speakers of the convention. The 12th International Youth Day is the first of its kind held outside Manila, the country’s capital and is supported by the Office of the President, the National Youth Commission, and the Philippine Commission on Overseas Workers.

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by Airon B. Buenvenida To promote literacy and love for literature among Centralians, The Central Echo, launched its first “Literary Awards”. With the theme “hero”, the Lit Awards featured writing contests in poetry, tula, short story, maikling kuwento, and essay writing. The contest was open to all bona fide students of CPU. For the short story and maikling kuwento, the entries submitted were guided by the theme “Finding the Hero”. For the poetry and tula, the general theme “Hero” was used. Meanwhile, the essay writing contest which was conducted on-the-spot reflected on the premise, “What would have happened to CPU if Rizal were a Centralian?” The awarding ceremony took place at the Seminar Hall of Henry Luce III on September 30. Atty. Ma. Elena Ballera, former CE editor, served as the keynote speaker. Resurreccion Hidalgo, also one of the judges, spoke on the benefits of writing. The winners in the different contests are the following: Short Story: Ron Dionaldo’s “Brother’s Keeper.” Honorable Mention: Joniemar L. Calderon, Jelly B. Dologmanding, and Krytelle

Felice G. Tumapang. Maikling Kuwento: Kenneth Bryan M. Villagoneza’s Bayan Muna Bago Sarili.” Honorable Mention: Richelle Hyacinth B. Cañedo, Lyra G. Labatorio, and Jelly B. Dologmanding. Poetry: John Eduard G. Cariño’s “Everyone is a Hero.” Honorable Mention: Joniemar

L. Calderon, Katherine M. Draheim and Maps H. Reyes. Tula: “Mukha ng Kadakilaan” by Kristylle Felice G. Tumapang. Honorable Mention: John Eduard G. Cariño and Czarina G. Omero. On-the-Spot Essay Writing: Ron Adrian A. Dionaldo’s “The School of the Great.”

Honorable Mention: Tristan Jonas Robles, Jelly Dologmanding and Kristylle Felice Tumapang. The winning entries will be published in the literary folio of the publication. The Central Echo is looking forward for next year’s Literary Awards.

PASSION FOR SERVICE. CPU Republic President JD Chris Dofeliz delivers his inaugural address in front of his local officials during the joint 113th Independence Day Celebration and inaugural rights. Photo from: Edgar Biñas

CPU Republic leads Independence, inauguration rites by Jo Jan Paul J. Peñol and Cyrus Natividad On a bright Monday morning of June 13, students, faculty and staff, unit heads and administration officials came together in their school uniforms and Filipiniana attires to commemorate the 113th proclamation of Philippine independence and to inaugurate the new set of officials of the Central Philippine University Republic at the University flagpole area. The ceremony started at 8:00 AM with a Doxology by the CPU High School Pagsibol Dance Troup, followed by the singing of the Lupang Hinirang led by Jemima Aranas and accompanied by the CPU Symphonic Band conducted by Micaela Garcia. The Panunumpa sa Watawat and Panatang Makabayan were led by Kim G. Fernandez and Charles Arthel Rey, respectively. The CPU Republic chose to

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ECHOING THE CENTRAL SPIRIT. Aspiring writers listen attentively as Atty. Ma. Elena Ballera, CE Editor-in-Chief 1976, renders lecture forum before the awarding of winners. Photo by Reyshimar C. Arguelles

hold their oath-taking ceremonies during the commemoration of the 113th Philippine independence to make it more significant. CPUR President JD Chris Dofeliz gave his inaugural address stating his plans for school year 2011-2012. “CPUR will always be open to hear the pleas and concerns of the students. We are here to serve you, and it was your decision to vote for us because you believe that we can do more for you. We want you to have faith and to cooperate with us so that we can accomplish much in the future. We will bring to you the sense of knowing that you are one with the government,” says Dofeliz. The Filipiniana theme and the rendition of nationalistic songs like the Pilipinas kong Mahal evoked memories of our heroes who fought hard to gain the freedom for our country.

of Engineering, delivered Christian messages in The University Church between songs and led the hall was filled with audience into prayers. Christian echoes as the When asked about the Bahandi singers celebrated concert, Quimpo said, “The their 33rd anniversary event was wonderful. The with a concert themed, crowd gave us a response “Experiencing God,” on that filled our hearts with September 11. more passion for us to give Bahandi dazzled our all to the performance.” the audience with “This is our advocacy, their musicianship and evangelism: spreading the performance. They alternated word of Jesus through music. songs with reflections to With our songs we have avoid monotony and to reached out to a lot of people emphasize their message of in need of Christ,” he added. evangelism. Moreover, Quimpo invited Joshua Quimpo, the the audience to watch out for group’s director and leader, more Bahandi events, saying conducted the songs with that the Bahandi experience Christian zeal as they voiced is unique from other musical their own rendition of groups. popular praise songs such as, “Aside from the good “On My Knees,” “Speechless,” music, you also meet and many others. wonderful people, and Engr. Vitini Edhard of course, a handsome Idemne of Bahandi, also a conductor,” he concluded professor from the College jokingly. official media portal of central philippine university

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One language for Juan’s tongue


rom a regionalist perspective, it is rather impolite for the Department of Education to name its annual celebration of the Philippine languages held every August as Buwan ng Wika, highlighting the Filipino language with utmost importance. If its main purpose is to celebrate the variety and diversity of Philippine tongues, then it should not concentrate on one language only. Rather, the celebration should also place importance on the other Philippine dialects since they are integral in the shaping of our national identity. Therefore, should not the Buwan ng Wika be changed to Buwan ng “Mga Wika?” There are many reasons why we should recognize the plurality of languages in the Philippines – hence mga wika. One major cause springs from Article XIV Section 6 of the 1987 Constitution which declares that the Filipino language, considered as the national language, should develop from “existing Philippine and other languages.” With this, it can be said that inclusion of the other dialects in the celebration of Buwan ng Wika is constitutional, and conversely, to disregard their significant role in the development the national language is unconstitutional. Another point of discourse is how other dialects serve as pillars in the stabilization of a national language. Since Filipino is to be an aggregate language, it should absorb and grow from the cultures, semantics, and semiotics of the organic languages; in effect, this act of organic assimilation is also to include the grassroots languages into the larger framework of a national language; ergo, lessening the marginalization of minority languages. And on the issue of marginalization: to actually focus all intellectual efforts to enrich Tagalog for it to be legitimately called Filipino isolates the other Philippine languages and deprive them of the opportunity to grow. This in turn adds more fuel to the ongoing national vs. regional debates, placing into the ring Tagalog vis-à-vis other regional dialects. If this continues, the dream of a national language as a unifying apparatus is then shattered. Also, the strained relations among the regions brought about by this national language issue further widen the gulf among the islands and thus widen regional gaps. These spaces are hurting the chances of uniting the archipelago in one common motif. In this linguistic project, it is vital to ameliorate regional disputes by recognizing the importance of the totality, by according each regional language a scholarly appreciation. The diversity of Philippine languages in itself is a heritage worth celebrating. Perhaps, this rich multiplicity of tongues should be seen as a treasure, valuable pieces comprising Filipino, the national language. However, to fully appraise the value of this treasure, all the pieces must be put together. And placing them together is an act that requires collective action. This will eliminate the antagonism among the Filipino people of different regions. Consequently, we will build a stronger national character enrich with the diverse culture of each region. Let us all become builders of this national language.

CE Editorial Board Editor-in-Chief Associate Editor Managing Editor News Editors Feature Editor Literary Editor Layout Artist Photojournalist Advisers

Raniel C. Ponteras Jo Jan Paul J. Peñol Airon B. Buenvenida Bryan Eric T. Cerebo Reyshimar C. Arguelles Alvin K. Tung Gloria Concepcion H. Moralidad Sharmin Gale S. Del Socorro Esther Rose A. Romarate Rea Angelica F. Villeza

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Volume 102, Number 2 >> June - October 2011

Point of Order


We do the WRITE-thing

would like to welcome back my fellow Centralians for flipping another page of our fee increase welcomed us as we for Life.” Upon seeing this, I lives as students of this entered the golden gateways took hold of my “majestic” Christ-centered university. of this institution. For your Registration Form (RF) and Likewise, I would like to information, the proposal for took a glimpse on the “vivid” congratulate the first year the tuition fee increase had names of the fees and their students for choosing Central been presented on February corresponding amounts. Philippine University as your 14-16 through a “student I remembered a friend who second home. You asked me, “Are these THE CENTRAL ECHO is not under the fees really fit for their have chosen well. For the past 106 control of the administration, thus, we can purposes or are they years of its existence, just decorations on our our University has freely express our opinion as journalists. RFs? Other fees seem to become an epitome be redundant and very of academic excellence and consultation” where only a few exorbitant.” professional competence student leaders attended. According to some While I was browsing students, the increase in making waves inside and outside the Philippine through my Facebook News tuition fee is an apparent archipelago. You have made Feed, I saw a post which manifestation of “robbing” the right decision to be here at goes something like this: the students’ pockets. CPU Central because you deserve to. CPU is EXCEL: “Expensive has not increased the said Education tuition in the past three With full honesty, tuition Commercialized

Jo Jan Paul J. Peñol

to five years, but believe me when I tell you that many would agree that CPU imposes excessive and exorbitant miscellaneous fees to completely jive with the “No Tuition Fee Increase” advertisement. One example is the ID Fee amounting to Php 100. We already paid the

Veritaserum pulled them down; then emerged a new champion. Of course, everyone again pulled this new This year’s theme, “Central and Soviets and to Aling Dionisia champion down and so a new Spirit: Bridging Communities and and Sen. Miriam Defensor- one ascended. Can’t we push Strengthening Linkages”, should Santiago. Yes, competition is a someone up next time? have guided the CPU community reality; but gone were the days This U-day, there was one in the celebration of our University that we need to shed blood. contest that made me say to Day. The theme should have been Bringing this to our University myself, at last, muni na siguro the goal and the result of every level, competition should be a ang Central Spirit. This was when contest, match, event and all other room for us to grow and be better everyone was cheering for a activities. If we were to reflect of individuals. certain college vying for the Yes, we’ve improved in terms of first place, but when a different what had actually happened, were we really able to achieve this goal skills, talents, and showmanship. competing group was announced which we had set? Was the Central This was evident on how well- as winner, the glorious prepared and impeccable the momentum was shattered. I Spirit present? Floods of protests, mud- performances of the colleges guess, never will this Central slingings from everywhere, compared to last year; but if we’ll Spirit exist as long as the cloud of tormented posts on Facebook, talk about values, then feel sorry competition is right above us. and unending justifications- all for ourselves. Going back, if the U-day To be unconvinced of the organizers came up with this these became the index of our recently-concluded University results is to be unconvinced theme instead: “…bridges of gap Day. All of us can’t deny and struggling linkages,” this because we all did Is the Central Spirit just mere words? Is it then bravo to us! We have our own bets. We were just carried by our non-existent? Or is it just somewhere deeply made it. The bridges collapsed, the fortresses emotions and alas, our sleeping within all of us? were thickened, and the tongue blasted out. walls were brought to Yes, we are all its height. These are the Filipinos: born in a democratic of the credibility of the judges society; have this close family (who were humans after all). kingdoms of kingdom in CPU. If ties; and have this relentless spirit Venturing on the idea that there the fragments of the Central Spirit to fight. Coalescing all these, we were biased judges; however, scattered all over this kingdoms, ended up having the overflowing being on a Christian university, then never will we see it unite as freedom to fight for our comrades. we must not let our imprudence one. Spontaneous words come out rule over us. Having all the doubts We’re in a Christian university, just to comfort each other. A and unjustified justifications, let’s we should never let ourselves phalanx of tongue shall I say. settle with this: A year of glory But to comfort each other at the takes pails of sweat but credibility be carried in the mainstream of expense of others is childishness. takes a lifetime to establish. After pessimism, consumerism, and Let’s grow! Let’s keep our words all, losing doesn’t mean that we individualism. Let us preserve our gentle and sweet so that when we also lose our talents and skills. values. Lastly, if there would be a need to chew it back, it won’t taste They are still ours! Sorry to say this but I guess, way to determine if one has the that awful. Competition can be traced CPU is a community of crabs. Two potential of embodying this back to the chronicles of mankind- years ago, there was a reigning Central Spirit, do you think you from Cain and Abel to the Allied champion, but then everyone would pass? Ask yourself now.

Central Spirit: sa diin makwa? B. Buenvenida


hen I was in high school, there was a time when our teacher lectured about the fading values of Filipinos. She mentioned the words ‘Central Spirit’ in her discussion. Yes, she is a Centralian and from the way she described those words, I could say that she was very proud of it. Then time came when I have to make some decisions for my tertiary education. Obviously, I chose Central Philippine University, not because I want to search for this so called ‘Central Spirit’; I went here because I believed that this would be the best place for me to turn my dreams and ideas into reality (Engineering!?)… nothing more, nothing less. Right now, I’m on my third year in this University and never did I encounter this Central Spirit. It was with these last two University Days that I came up with a lot of questions in my mind. Is the Central Spirit just mere words? Is it non-existent? Or is it just somewhere deeply sleeping within all of us?

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OPINION ID Fee when we enrolled (look at your RFs to prove it.) However, if our ID was lost or damaged, we are still obligated to pay for another Php 125.00 which makes the cost of our “precious” ID to a total of Php 225.00! Tsk! Tsk! According to Section 5 (2) of the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers In Private Education (GASPE) Law enacted in June 10, 1989, our tuition fees should be allocated with the following fractions: seventy percent (70%) goes to the salary and benefits of the teaching and nonteaching personnel except the administrators who are principal stockholders of the school, and may be used to cover increases as provided for in the collective bargaining agreements; at least twenty percent (20%) shall go to the improvement or modernization of buildings, equipment, libraries, laboratories, gymnasia and similar facilities and to the payment of other costs of operation. For this purpose, the school shall maintain a separate record of accounts for all assistance received from the government, any tuition fee increase, and the detailed disposition and use thereof, which record shall be made available for periodic inspection as may be determined by the State Assistance Council, during business hours, by the faculty, the non-teaching personnel, and students of the school concerned. We may not have heard these misapprehensions and qualms on the part of the

Captain Planet

Bryan Eric T. Cerebo

“Please Like”


e now belong to an era when a l m o s t anything you would think about can be accessed by just a click, where people can be easily tracked by just a browse and information can easily be disseminated in just an instant. This digital saga continues and becomes more potent along with the popularization of Facebookthe most well-known and infectious among social networks. Born in the year 2004, and having 750 million active users at present, this social network was from the idea of Mark Zuckerberg of Harvard University together with some of his classmates when they were Sophomores. Zuckerberg himself was even put into the verge of being expelled in the University after he was accused of hacking protected areas in Harvard’s computer and stealing ID photos of students. Before they gave the innovation a full blown birth, they first call it as “Facemash”. But have you ever experienced an unexplainable

students if the administration has been transparent in presenting information and explanation to the whole Central society. Thinking of this, I asked the Vice President for Finance with regards to the questions made by the concerned students (After reading this column, I invite you to read a related article on page 14 which will “hopefully” answer our questions.) My dear CPU, we sometimes get apprehended by authorities by using some facilities inside the university when in fact, we already paid for the energy fee (plus the EDP!). I understand that we should conserve energy, but you should also need to understand that at some point, students are not satisfied of what is returning to us from the thousands we pay for our tuition and miscellaneous fees! I hope you understand. I hope you will. If CPU really wants to offer Exemplary Christian Education for Life (EXCEL), it should be very transparent and true to its vision of being responsive to the needs of the total person by letting the students, who are also stakeholders, see the “entrance” and “exit” of our money. I am just happy to know that here in CPU, student publications like THE CENTRAL ECHO is not under the control of the administration, thus, we can freely express our opinion as journalists. I just hope that these opinions shall be respected and be turn to page 10 >>

Obla Di Obla Da

Christian, Non-profit, Non-stock? Laughingstock!

Raniel C. Ponteras


visit to CPU’s profile in the popular internet encyclopedia, Wikipedia, will leave every Centralian with a sense of pride and a beaming smile: for the first line of the profile states that CPU is a “non-stock, non-profit Christian institution.” But after the initial sense of pride (which lasted about a millisecond), humor broke out – a damning humor made to agitate, tickle, and think. “Why?” They ask, expectantly. The entry is laughable because it poses CPU as an institution that spends much of its budget to erect fundamental educative structures, launch programs that promote the whole student body, synthesize ideas from all sectors of the university to create a compendium of improvements, and etc.; in short, making CPU look like it spends much of its budget in providing service to the different stakeholders and sectors, hence, “non-stock” and “non-profit”. All these are good to read, yes – but when juxtaposed to reality, that’s where the humor comes out, alongside the laughs and sneers

the area, we were required to pay a whopping Php 400 by the Office of the Vice-President for Administration for the use of the air-con units. I asked the of anger; for we are yet to see the table into a mutant one by lady in charge why we needed any major improvement in attaching a chair to act as its to pay since the air-con units this institution be it physically, fourth leg. Bravo to the student in that area is turned on every socially, politically, and engineers for such creativity! day and is free of charge for the But, did we pay the student students to enjoy. They could culturally. It might be iconoclastic to engineers? No. So, where did not give an answer. But the say such, but if one needs to our money go? Perhaps to contest went through like every be an iconoclast to present the broken chairs, windows, student’s money going through the truth, then I gladly commit ceilings, faulty faucets, and CPU’s treasury: smooth. The institution also owes myself to be one. But the true un-cemented walkways. That’s the faculty its much deserved iconoclast here is the institution development for you. Another parasite in the RF is SACDAG payment. This has for it destroys the positive value of the words and semantics the “Centralian Lifelong Relation” been a battle both in and used in the profile entry: “non- fee that costs Php 200 every time out the courts and has lasted you enrol. What is this? What for years. But still, the ruling stock” and “non-profit”. In the parlance of left lifelong relations must I form? powers of the institution politics, these two ideas are Is this relation really worth this remain mute to the calls of the central in achieving equity and much every enrolment? Like all faculty: the faculty who pump social justice. If that is indeed parasites, it just happens to be blood in the academic veins practiced by this institution, it there in the wrong place and of this institution, the ones means that the students and at the wrong time. Infesting who keep this institution as a laborers get what they deserve us with monetary disease that watershed of new ideas and from what they pay and what sucks us dry and thin (and in advancements. But there is hope, they do to sustain the institution. But, do the But there is hope, for this institution is for this institution is a “Christian” one, so stakeholders really get what they deserve? A a “Christian” one, so it should be Christ- it should be Christquick glance at your centered. Being such, it should be open centered. Being such, it should be open for Registration Form (RF) might serve as a good for dialogue and criticism, for Christ dialogue and criticism, for Christ excelled in basis: excelled in both. both. One can only There is a new hope that no one gets addition to the miscellaneous fees if you have this case, our wallets get sucked crucified. To end, I think if Jesus were examined the RF critically: it is thin). These however, are petty to visit CPU’s Wikipedia page, called “Phys Facilities Devt Fee”, which costs us Php 615. Now, squabbles as compared to he would get terribly angry and by the name itself, it clearly what will proceed: The CE Lit a few tables would be turned denotes the improvement of Awards Essay Writing contest over. For the only time Jesus physical facilities here in our was held in the study area of Christ went furious was when school. Let’s talk about physical the Henry Luce III library. It he saw the temple (analogically, is the most conducive area a place for education) being development then. There is a teacher’s table for writing contests since the turned into a venue for profit. in the Engineering building room is well equipped with I’d tell him then to just visit that only has three legs. So to air-con units and the room is and listen to compensate for the lost one, also well-lighted. As we were Justin Bieber. Now that would the students have “developed” processing our permits to use totally set of his temper!

excitement once you begin about an unsolicited detail of you understand what I mean. (Raniel P. dies dies laughing). typing in the address bar the your day. How about this nosy While we are busy wasting keywords, www.facebook. com longing to see latest Facebookers? This time is a our time with Facebook, this from Massachussets, notifications, messages or different extent of being nosy. guy friend requests or the feeling Like, they will post, “Hey, she is theCEO of Facebook, Inc. earns a lot of money from of being in cloud 9 advertisers. Our every while your fingers Facebook, Inc. earns much from the click is equivalent speedy press the keyboard to leave a advertisers and to our every click every to a certain amount comment or to post time we open it which is equal to a certain of money that goes to the pocket of into your wall or of monetary value. Zuckerberg. someone’s? In the year We, students, both high school and college, pregnant!” How will you react 2009, the book “Accidental Billionaires” acknowledged comprise the thickest core of if that “she”is actually you. Or this kind of vanity being Zukerberg and his colleagues this site. We treat Facebook as a party of friends and loved populary done in facebook for their invention that brought ones or a reunion. This is page: “Congratulations to ME!” unprecedented learning for even becoming a streamline and “Thank you ME”. I hope them. of our social life where we stalk a friend we admire or, in the case of the “desparadas” before you have the chance a kaleidoscope, nonetheless, mixture of mash intended and “desperados”, search for a to reach for a gun. Killing but we are too entranced by for the dastardly agents of potential romantic partners. a black man without giving all the shapes and colors and big business. What becomes This is becoming a status him a fight is enough to raise distortions. They disrupt our of the rest is fertilizer for symbol for some wherein they hell through the manhole senses, hindering us from the nourishment of the Great endlessly try to impress and covers. But it goes beyond seeing the real picture, the Elites. amuse each other with profile A part of the that. The pretext lies in a bigger picture, the portrait tweaks and crafted pictures pessimistic society. Appalling of ugliness. Mesmerized, we disillusionment settles in signifying that they belong to economic conditions, forget to look away and money and the drama to the higher echelon. cultural intolerance, rampant confront the world as it is: a gain much of it; because Posting your photos here unemployment, you name it; rotting piece of fruit for flies money is power. Money is and there with whoever you all of which contributed to to nest in. the mind, and money is the were with and the places London’s recent tumult. Why see it that way? soul of social mechanisms. you have been is called In our country, the best Why not call it a “green Politicians do not feed on VANITY. Vanity is rooted from we could worry dogma anymore; insecurity and leads you to they feed on money. bitterness. If this happens to The sight of young about is the defeat Mesmerized, we forget to look away and And the great you, this disease is malignant. people thrashing up of the Azkals to thereby confront the world as it is: a rotting piece of chase for money, Poor Facebooker, you will end the streets of London Kuwaitis, waste our we call a pursuit up wasted- both your time and transforms the Sex Pistols’ laying fruit for flies to nest in. for life. We do not efforts. “Anarchy in the UK” into a dream of “World Cup One think much about Take for example the Let- prophetic statement. With domination.” M e -Te l l -Yo u - E v e r y - D e t a i l - shop windows bashed to thing to really worry about is pasture” perfect for grazing anything else; all we have of-My-Day Facebooker who pieces and police cruisers a possible domination of the cows and all that? Why in mind is money. It makes It the world go round, as Liza would always post , “I’m set ablaze, the message of Spratlys, but that’s beside not call it a paradise? waking up.”, “I am taking a London’s youth is clear: we the point. The main idea is is because everything we Minelli sang it in the film, us (as youngsters with warm believe in, everything we Cabaret. Yes, it also makes bath at 7AM”, “I’m leaving can’t stand it anymore. home in five minutes.” Who People definitely can’t blood and as a part of a cherish, and everything we the bellies of the vultures of cares, anyway? That is five stand living in an uncaring seemingly boastful nation) call evidences of a beautiful the corporate world rounder seconds of your life that you society; the sort of dystopia and the way we view the world, is decomposing. It than Jupiter. turn to page 10 >> wasted in informing the world that shoots you in the chest world. We view it through has been reduced to a foul


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by Jelly B. Dologmanding

If he were a Centralian, a one peso coin, I guess, would summon a thought about CPU.


lose your eyes, take a deep breath. This is not a relaxation exercise, but rather, a matter of what if. Imagine a very tall monument staring at you the moment you enter main gate of the Central Philippine University. Imagine our CPU in news headlines, in books, in historical writings, in fame. All because of an ordinary man, with an extraordinary pen, who

through his life brought us something that we are enjoying today, “freedom.” Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado Y Alonzo Realonda is his complete name. What if he were a Centralian? What if Central Philippine University were his Alma Mater? I would assume our school would never be the same again, for it shall have been a landmark, a part of history with one outstanding student as its pride, Rizal, the national hero of our country. And

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because of these, I guess many of his works would mention our school. One thing I admire about Rizal is, he never settled for the least, but instead, aspired to be the best. He was a top performer in school, and as such if he were a Centralian, indeed, our school would have produced a legend and, this legend would have inspired more CPU students to pursue excellence. CPU has produced many brilliant graduates and wouldn’t it have been more impressive

if Rizal were one of them? If he were a Centralian, a one peso coin, I guess, would summon a thought about CPU. If he were a Centralian, one of the buildings here at CPU would have been named after him. Like for example, Rizal Building, or R201, as Rizal 201. If he were a Centralian, our Alma Mater song, would have mentioned his name, with lyrics like “Central, my Central, home of the great Rizal”. Looking back, Rizal was

one of the most prominent figures in Philippine history and he left a deep mark in our unique heritage. And I guess, whether or not he is a Centralian, he has touched our lives. Rizal’s life would always be an insignia of success to all of us. An emblem reminding us that we all can be heroes. All of those I have mentioned are just what if’s. Just one last thought about Rizal as a Centralian: each one peso coin would carry the Central Spirit.


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by Raniel C. Ponteras

Conflicts are part of the daily human experience. We, Centralians, face conflicts and problems in almost all corners of the University: from disagreements with our classmates to arguments with our teachers, and even to verbal rows with the security guards. But over all these conflicts, emerges the Central Spirit. The Central Spirit engulfs all Centralians with a fortitude that enables them to resolve differences through cordial, diplomatic, and democratic means. No wonder Centralians are known for their leadership in different fields that demand a strong character. But the best feature of a Centralian is his/her beaming smile. A smile that sends a message! The Central Echo, in cooperation with Generation Peace Youth Network, has launched its “Give Peace a Shot” photo shoot petition for peace. With each pose and curve of the lips, Centralians were able to relate to the world their message: Give peace a chance! Let peace live! Peace will echo in the world! The pictures are testimonies of the Centralian aspiration of living in a world where conflict is put to a minimum, and cooperation to a maximum. The Central Spirit manifests itself in the smiles of the Centralians, smiles that are loud enough to echo peace! May the “peaceful” smiles capture your hearts, and inspire you to live out the messages that are echoed by the Central Spirit. These are the Echoes of Peace. 

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Pop! Goes the Weasel

Sleep Paralysis: One Freaky State of Nature

Gloria Concepcion H. Moralidad


ou’re lying in your bed, but you can’t move. You’re whole body is like being pinned down by someone quite heavy and...sinister. You attempt to shout, but no sound comes out of your mouth. Spooky. Heavily, you ponder if you’re awake or still in Dreamland because your vision seems real though a little bit hazy. Rolling your eyes, you notice that everything is in order – everything is where it should

be. Then, you begin to panic. You struggle hard to free your arms and legs from an unknown entity. Pray. You pray harder. Then you just find yourself... moving. Sleep paralysis is a condition in which one undergoes horrifying seconds or minutes of body immobility. A certain sleeper in this state feels as though s/he is awake, but cannot move nor speak. Moreover, the person may also feel like s/he is being suffocated by “something” and hearing strange noises like murmurs, beholding dark beings and viewing things as what they are when one is unconscious. For example, if you place your hat on the table beside your bed, then you will probably see it in your dreamy-paralysis state as it is. How does Sleep Paralysis happen? According to Hiro

corrupt. It is us who corrupt ourselves, and that is something we must not be given appropriate answers at proud of. We are the ones, the soonest possible time. who corrupt virtues, who By doing so, we can scour cities and fields for say that we are proud of treasures, knowing that we studying at Central Philippine are futile, vulnerable, as prey University and prouder to be to the malevolent specters of called Centralians. the rotting dead, capitalism’s To the administration, rotting dead! What is left please forgive me for airing is to be disposed in the out these thoughts. I am just dustbin of memory! Travesty! a concerned individual who During the recent wishes to enjoy my stay here London riots, people were at CPU by getting the services smashing shop windows and products I already paid. and looted establishments Oops! Before I forget, I hope of electronics and anything you increase the salary of that caught their interest the work students and the for disorder. They simply teachers too! cannot stand anymore Indeed, doing the WRITE- the system of which they thing means a lot! Deal? are living under. Not only them. With the continuing >> Continued from page 7 [Angst] economic troubles that That is how powerful are shaking stock markets, money is; it composes the the Irish, the Italians, the colors of the kaleidoscope; Spaniards, and the Greeks it contorts our minds like are itching irritably, looking the way how LSD contorts towards an uncertain future reality. It makes us believe for them and their children. that life is good (once you Us Filipinos, we could only get hold of a credit card), see the pillars falling one by even though half of its one. But there’s more to do inhabitants is starving and, than to be witnesses of an while the other half gargles imminent global collapse. I do not suggest we Starbucks. Take the farmers in the fields. They are run through the streets pitchforks and bathed in the sweat of the with torches, shouting, chanting sun, tilling land “owned” by “Revolution!” The only thing cigar-smoking, moustached we must do is open our moguls of the rice and sugar eyes to this reality; see industry, who spend their for ourselves the persisting mornings teeing off at the decay of our world. These Santa Barbara golf course, are done by throwing away and their evenings at balls our blindfolds, smashing sponsored by plastic-faced the kaleidoscopes on the politicians. Yet, they do not ground. It is our decision have the balls to till their whether to put them back own land. They do not have on and return to the the balls to go through what comforting embrace of the their laborers go through absurd, or do something to save ourselves from decaying day after day in the fields. with the world. In order to live, you Let the angst loose, and must earn. Thus, the pursuit then we can talk. of money is explained. But The Franco-Algerian writer what will become of life Albert Camus asserted that if exploitation persists? If “with rebellion, awareness corporations continue to is born.” Thus, to depart poison the planet’s face, to from this already dying poison our minds with things world before its complete we don’t actually need, to disintegration is to subject poison our health, our sense the individual to a new and of humanity? If politicians, vast universe of knowledge. who we trust, lead us to This world has become nothing while they munch oppressive. Thus, let us on pork and power? escape this cesspool, and But the vultures of disect the ill self and pull capitalism and politics are from the incision a new not the only ones who being; an immortal being. Volume 102, Number 2 >> June - October 2011

associated with this experience. In Swedish folklore, sleep paralysis is caused by Mare, Takahashi’s article entitled, spirits since I have been a damned woman. She Sleep Paralysis: Awake but still hallucinating them dragging visits the villagers and sits Asleep, “when a person sleeps, me to Hell – plus, it is only on their rib cages while they his brain sends signals to inhibit when I pray that my immobility are asleep, causing them to any muscle contraction. If he starts to wear off. When I experience nightmares. In Fiji, comes into consciousness entered college, I have done the experience is interpreted before the brain sends signals a research on this particular as “kana tevoro”, “being eaten to activate muscle contraction, subject matter and have found or possessed by a demon” he cannot move his body, out that people who are likely the demon can be the spirit and consequently, become to enter in sleep paralysis are of a dead relative who has paralyzed.” Simple explanation. those who are highly stressed, come back for unfinished It gets pretty business, or has come scary because the to communicate some Probably a century from now, Sleep sleeper hallucinates important news to frightening things like Paralysis can finally be explained quite the living. Persons demons, ghosts, and clearly like as to why the sky is blue or where sleeping near the the likes. troubled person say Since elementary, babies come from. “kania, kania” (eat! eat!) I’ve been in an effort to prolong experiencing such state. I used anxious, or depressed; sleeping the possession for a chance to to wonder if it was just me face upwards (supine position); talk with the dead relative. In or if there were other people taking excessive consumption various cities of the southern in the planet going through of alcohol; and lacking a sweet part of the United States, this such terrors. It was only in high night’s sleep. phenomenon is known as a Ah. No wonder. I don’t drink “hag”, and the event is said to school when I found out that I wasn’t alone. A lot of people though. Just scratch the “taking often be a sign of a forthcoming have also been paralyzed in excessive consumption of tragedy. Here in the Philippines, their sleep! I have considered alcohol” thing. sleep paralysis is associated this phenomenon as a work There are a quite number with “bangungot” or sudden being done by malevolent of urban myths, somewhat, unexplained death syndrome.

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by Don Rueben Avinia

Failing once is enough. Failing twice is too much. And so I can’t imagine myself failing thrice.


ever in my whole life did I experience so much pain. Not because I broke my dream, but because I broke the dream of everyone for me. Who would have thought that a great achiever would fail? Someone with a profile that boasts of recognitions, accomplishments, and triumph; a life of a prolific young man, they say. When I was in high school, I was like everyone else. I went to school with a backpack, garbed in my tidy school uniform, and with a smile to greet everyone. In class, I listen well, speak a little, and write much. I don’t have that much confidence in myself. Nevertheless, I still managed to be on top academically. I was happy of it. But never did I think that I could do more. I was a nail back then. I would need someone to pound the hammer on me so that I would do things; but when a few people did, I became a very fine nail. I became an achiever. I won contests and garnered recognitions here and therefrom local to national. I became competent. It is not surprising that I would lose focus on my academics, but who cares? I firmly believe that the best education cannot be solely obtained inside the four-walls of a classroom. That was and will always be my principle as

a student; a principle that was opposed by the people whom I considered my inspiration. I did understand them. That is why I promised to them that I will do good in the next level of my education. Equipped with my precious experiences, I went to college with the thought to prove them wrong. With high hopes and ambitions, I claimed that I will I will be a good lawyer someday. Equity and truth is what I yearn for. I want everything I see and hear to be pleasant- a simple picture to look at but hardly attainable. That is a challenging dream. So how will I do it? I chose the best foundation as a preparation. I did not imagine myself taking this and being that when I graduate, but I have to go through it. Little by little, I tried to embrace it. Then everything followedmy subjects, my schedules, my classmates, my friends. I took them all within my system. Every minute of lectures, every hour of examination, every night of review, I said to myself that I am on the right track. Ironically, I received high grades on my minors and passing on my majors. The subjects were somehow really hard, to others, but not supposedly to me.

I know myself well, and I know that I can really make it. But considering my lifestyle, my happy-go-lucky personality, and my stubborn laziness, I did not. I felt like a big loser that time. Everyone could not believe it. It was a shame. I decided to try again. I do not know what really pushed me to do that. Maybe it was pride or perhaps there was something I want to prove; but one thing is for sure- my family believes in me and expects me to deliver. The year that followed became a rollercoaster ride. Opportunities opened. My passion was awakened. I came to know myself more. I realized what I really want and what I do not, but I remained coward. And so I continued on living with the dream we used to have. All went well. I doubled my effort and I was happy of its results. I was almost victorious on my second battle, but for no reason at all, I went black. My mind could not give anything and so I did not make it. My dream was shattered. It was like my eyes were taken from me. I could not see anything but black. I did not have any sense of direction anymore. But just like the usual plot of some films, a friend came. His words were like an injection. Painful, yet as they reached my veins, I felt

People who have survived the immobility incident have claimed experiencing Sleep Paralysis. Although, the investigation for this phenomena is still incomplete or let’s just say this event is still unexplainable, this condition which are explained in the supernatural context probably might have resulted from brain activities. The brain is a powerful organ of the human body and probably the most complicated one to understand. It serves as an archive of our memories; a repository of our subconsciousness; a lead off to our feelings, emotions and actions; and a projector of our dreams. Scientists even pointed out that events of astral projections are a result of brain activities. Sleep Paralysis maybe is of no exception. Nobody has yet understood or used the full capacity of his/ her brain. Probably a century from now, Sleep Paralysis can finally be explained quite clearly like as to why the sky is blue or where do babies come from.

relieved. There is a reason for everything he said. Then everything seemed clear again. I know what I want and I know myself well. I lacked the courage before but I guess this is the right time. Though a bit too late, but who cares? I want to do something for myself. I want to achieve my dream without dragging with me the things I do not like. I stumbled a few steps back, but with this decision to take what I want, I know that I will sprint forward to my dream. I am confident of that. All I have to do now is gain support from the people who used to be my inspiration. When I spoke to them about my plan, I did not expect that it would be the most painful part. They will not accept it. They were enchanted of the dream we used to have. They were heavily asleep with it and no matter how hard I try to convince them, they refused to wake up. In short, I did not get their support. But I was decided! I really did understand them but I know what is best for me. Even without moral and financial support, I will pursue my dream the way I want it. I finished writing this without any closure, but I never felt this determined in my whole life. And so as the ticking of the clock continues, I know that everything will become fine soon. In life, it is very important to know everything about yourself: who you are; what you can do; what you want; and who you will be. All of us have dreams. Some might not come true and some would not stand up for it. On my part, I almost lost a grip of it, but I believe that Someone up above caught it and gave it back to me. Indeed, He believes in my dream. So hold on to your dreams. Dream like a child. Then wake up as a man.

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Dearest IN THE DUMPS, Ngaa sa Agusan del Sur lang gin pang-dakop ang mga buwaya haw? Diri ‘ya damo man buwaya, wala naga ka-dakpan! -Ang Manok “Bakit matagal na silang humihingi ng liquidation, hanggang ngayon wala pa rin? May karapatan kaming malaman ang ‘entrance’ and ‘exit’ ng pera namin sa council.” -H*RRACE Anti-planking law is one of the stupidest laws ever devised by a country neck deep in poverty and corruption or any country in that matter. Ari pa gid hu: Anti-fart law, Anti-nose picking law, Anti-body odor law, Anti-diarrhea law, Antitooth decay law, Anti-tattoo law, Anti-flirt law… Te?! i-pang lobby ta ang mga ini? Total daw wala man lang pulos ang mga gina-propose nila subong ah! -Christian Lim Is CPU campus already wi-fi’ed? If it’s not then I think it should be. We’re in the techno age and a school like ours should be at par with top schools with access to the information highways. - Josh Misajon DAPAT may wifi ang whole campus! Pirde pa sang JBLFMU ang CPU. Bisan sa gwa sang school nila gaalalawas ang wifi signal. Bastante man kita bala sa miscellaneous fee? Nag tuition fee hike na, pero daw wala progreso ako nga nabatyagan. -Duhwayne Bal-an ko nga kamahal sang mga LCD projector. Pero tani makabakal man sila bag-o nga mga projectors sa kada college, kag tani 2-3 new LCD projectors, kadamo daan teachers nga naga pa-report kag naga require sang LCD projector, dayon kung makahulam ka guid man, indi pa compatible sa laptop. So sad. :( -Ruzzel Jean Bañas Tani puwede ka-check grades online. I-enter lang ang ID number kag tani kada student my account man. Then mabal-an nila if endangered species na sila sa CPU. haha. -Yann Garcia Its is not right for the teacher: 1. to submit grades DURING the enrolment period; 2. to IGNORE students that have questions regarding about their grades; 3. to return ALL the exam papers of the semester DURING the enrolment period; 4. to fail ALMOST HALF the class; 5. to destroy the sem break of students because of not submitting the grades ON TIME; 6. THE TEACHERS IS JUST NOT RIGHT. -Glen Ariel Estenor


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by Reyshimar C. Arguelles

Photo from: Ed Defensor

The origin of a thing is best told through a narrative, and a narrative, to some, is best told through humor. And humor has its ways of coalescing everything into one fine piece of art one can enjoy with every sense of mirth, and admire with every sense of aesthetics. One such fine piece of art is Baloy! a satirical play based on the legend of Antique’s Mt. Baloy. It was performed by Teatro Amakan of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas at Rose Memorial Auditorium, September 17. It harvested one round of chuckles after another, with a stream of anachronisms here, and a slice of Western and Filipino slapstick there. Under the direction of Prof. Ed Defensor who also wrote the script, Baloy! is set in preSpanish era Antique, where bahags are considered mainstream and toplessness is chic. The play begins in the town of Tribu Bulawanon with its inhabitants anticipating the birth of Haring Daguob and Reynang Matam-is’s son, Prinsipe Bagani, heir to the throne. The people of the town then rejoice by holding amusing competitions and, by the village elder’s request (“Mangamuyo kita”), a series of “primitive” prayers coupled with dances that are two thousand years ahead their time. Round this world, Michael Jackson’s Thriller walk and LMFAO’s Shuffles were two of the sacred ways of giving adoration to the ancients, made more effective by human pyramids and high school cheerdance routines. As the whole village celebrates Prinsipe Bagani’s coming into the world, the play runs the course similar to that of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with Bahag, the brother of the king, seeking to overthrow the monarchy. PG Zolouaga and the rest of Tunog Amakan state Bahag’s inferiority complex through a mixture of folk Ilonggo acoustics and the sound of indigenous strings sand drums. Before usurping the throne, Bahag pleads for the assistance of the demonic Baloy and his magical abilities in exchange for forty unmarried women. Upon agreeing, Baloy unleashes his wrath upon the people of Tribu Bulawanon, killing the king and queen in the process. Bagani is able to escape with the aid of the high priest into the woods, where, with his body, his need for vengeance grows. When the time becomes ripe for reclaiming what is rightfully his, Bagani sets off on a quest for a magical binangon. Sinamak, his right-hand man whose bodily odor is tantamount to that of preserved vinegar yet having the capacity to kill forty men all on his own, aids Bahag in the quest. First they confront a perverted duwende. In this world, the


duwende’s name is analogous to Phil Younghusband’s, and possesses knowledge of the binangon’s whereabouts. Taking heed from Phil, the two then made their way towards the lair of seductive diwatas, headed by a woman whose ways and image are uncannily similar to that of Imelda Marcos. They successfully acquire the binangon after surviving the diwata queen’s “Careless Whisper” enchantments. In the end, like Hamlet and his animal counterpart in the Lion King, Bagani vanquishes both Bahag and Baloy, the latter’s body transforming over time into the mountain at the heart of Antique. Bagani then inherits what is rightfully his kingdom. Mr. Defensor belongs to the tradition of slapstick engineers. But cultivating mirth is not all there is in this play. To those who watched Baloy!, they gain a liking towards identity, gaining adoration for the colorful yet wild narratives that grace a part of our local culture, even if it has to withstand the test of time. Part of what Baloy! seeks is to unite two opposites: the traditions of the past and the cultural shifts of the present. It dared its audiences to wonder or laugh at the many ironies of our culture. Scenes depicting traces of foreign influences such as slang and Ilonggish terms point out what is missing within our own narrative;. In other words, the blending of the native with the modern and the foreign is a laughable subject like how The Flintstones fare with its own brand of anachronistic comedy. But different individuals have opinions that vary from one another. Leave the defining to the definer. But all in all, praise should be given to the members of Teatro Amakan, for a very good performance; to Mr. Defensor, for a well-written script; and to Tunog Amakan for serenading the auditorium before and during the presentation. Mr. Aquiles Sansing’s Business Economics 426 class should also receive praise for marketing the tickets with the help of the Cultural Affairs Office. It was successful to say the least. And for Baloy, whether he did transform into a mountain or not, we thank him for having existed. Maybe I could go to Antique and find out for myself if Phil Younghusband is really the “Hari ng mga Kama-kama.”

by Reyshimar C. Arguelles

offee is fuel, and most Ilonggo adults would agree to that. It fuels up a good discussion and sharpens the senses. Like a liter of gasoline, a cup would rev up the faltering spirits of nurses reviewing for board exams, office workers skimming through a mountain range of paperwork, and vendors of fruit stalls seeking refuge from a drowsy afternoon. Volume 102, Number 2 >> June - October 2011

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top the dome of the new Iloilo City Hall building now stands a 20-foot-high bronze statue of a peasant girl. Designed by a prominent Ilonggo multimedia visual artist, Prof. Ed Defensor, this Neo-Classical sculpture symbolizes the rich history and culture, the industry and pride of the Ilonggo people. sea and brackish water, while the back side depicts education, since Iloilo is considered as the educational center of the Visayas and Mindanao. The statue is made of bronze and finished with a golden sheen, unlike the Lady of Freedom of the Washington Capitol which, although made of bronze, is now fully covered with a blue green patina brought about by years of exposure to the elements. Prof. Ed Defensor, the artist of the iconic statue teaches Humanities (Art, Man and Society) in the University of the Philippines Visayas and serves as artistic director of the U.P. Teatro Amakan of the same university. He was founder of the Hubon Madiaas (The Madiaas Group), a Visual Arts Association of Iloilo, Charter Chairman of the Visayas Island Visual Artists Association (VIVAA), once the largest association of visual artists in the country, and was once elected into the National Visual Arts Committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Because of his achievements in the visual arts he was awarded the Distinguished Ilonggo in the Visual Arts Award by the Province of Iloilo in 2008 and the Garbo sa Bisaya Award (Living Legends of the Visayan Visual Arts) by the Visayas Biennale in Cebu City in 2010. According to Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, “this statue will represent honor and respect to women who play a major role in the success of this city.” He also mentioned that the statue was donated by an Ilongga philanthropist who truly loves Iloilo but prefers to remain anonymous. The statue which sits atop the dome of the building—the building which, when fully completed, would be Iloilo City’s seat of power — represents the Ilonggo people, according to the Visayas artist. “When you say Ilonggo, you don’t specify whether he or she is from the province or from the city. A symbol for one may as well be a symbol of both,” Defensor emphasized. The said statue was officially unveiled during the celebration of Iloilo City’s 74th Charter Day on August 25, 2011 by no less than Hon. Jed Patrick Mabilog, Iloilo City Mayor. Lin-ay stands as the tallest statue in the city and province of Iloilo. Seeing this beautiful work of art makes us believe that Iloilo is back on its feet, ready again to face the drastic challenges of this modern society. This sculpture gives us a glimpse back into our history and culture and challenges us to face our future with dignity and pride. This is Lin-ay. This is ILOILO.

carinderia, with plastic tables and chairs; simple yet with a touch of bliss. But to the people that walk-in to sit at tables inside and outside Madge’s, the place is more like a little bungalow family house. The café’s name is taken from Mr. Dela Cruz’ wife, Magdalena. The pair ran the business until they turned it over to their son, Gerardo in 1977. When Gerardo passed away in 2003, his wife, Julieta, and their five children are left to keep the café alive, and with it, the flavor of its coffee. Madge’s coffee is brewed from beans grown in the province. And unlike commercialized cafes which use espresso machines for extracting the liquid, Madge’s prepares each cup of coffee with the use of a net called culador, knitted from flannel by Mrs.

for the 2010 elections in the same morning, a time when it is jam-packed place. But even with this variety of with joggers and Madge loyalists. people, Mrs. Dela Cruz still regard each Much more, the Dela Cruz Family one as family. owes Madge’s success to prayer. “In here, we are all equal. We treat “We are able to survive the years each other equally, whether we’re through the help of the Almighty,” a rich or poor,” Dela Cruz said, referring declaration coupled with the Christian to Madge’s strength over other acoustic songs seeping through the coffeehouses that treat their customers stereos and filling the café with the as customers, lacking the kapwa spirit spiritual that Sunday. inherent in every Filipino. Madge’s Café is no ordinary café. As a sign of gratitude to its loyal It’s a symbol of Iloilo, and it should patrons, their names are printed on be stitched in the very fabric of the special mugs which are poured with province’s history. Everything about the ideal brew of the particular persons Iloilo is in every mug stored in Madge’s owning the ceramics. shelf. Each one bears the name of “We treat each other as family. We different people, with different stories, even let those who are unable to pay different opinions and different for their coffee to have them for free,” experiences; stories that can fuel Dela Cruz said while laughter and the soul, like how coffee can fuel the greetings fill the café on a Sunday senses. official media portal of central philippine university

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Photo from: Ed Defensor

I had dreamed of this before! As early as fifteen years ago, Prof. Defensor already dreamed of a commission that would enable him to mold the symbol of Iloilo in brass or in bronze. As early as that time, the image was already clear and complete in his mind. He dreamt of it in the same scale as it is today, but erected on the ground. Never did he think that it would be standing on top of a dome and make history as the first of its kind in the whole Philippines. Lin-ay is the graceful figure of a beautiful peasant girl standing valiantly and proudly on a harvested field of rice. Defensor envisioned a symbol associated with our rice industry because Iloilo has always been known as the rice granary of the whole Visayas, and several times in our history, of the whole country. The statue depicts a woman wearing the traditional bandana usually worn by farm girls to protect them from the scorching heat of the sun. On her neck she wears an ethnic necklace, symbolic of her ancestry, as she comes from a rich mythical past, from the Maragtas, the Barter of Panay, and the long line of heroic datus that peopled the island of Panay. Her right arm cradles a bunch of harvested rice, symbolic of our prosperity. Her left hand holds another symbol of prosperity, the scythe or garab which has long been the traditional harvesting implement of Western Visayas. “I remember when I was a child in the farms of Mina, Iloilo, whenever I saw a garab, I knew right away it was ‘good times’ for it was harvest time,” says Defensor. She wears an embroidered blouse, which symbolizes the popular traditional arts of this city and province. On its shoulder is a sablay of hablon, the textile which contributed to Iloilo’s becoming the second city of the Philippines, second only to Manila, at the onset of the 19th century. The whole figure of the Lin-ay is highlighted by the patadyong, our native hand-woven wrap-around skirt, which Iloilo is well-known for. Prof. Defensor adds, “Iloilo has the best patadyong in the whole country.” The Lin-ay stands on a pedestal with four sides, each with corresponding symbolisms. Carved in relief on those four sides are the four major assets of Iloilo. Front of the pedestal shows our rice-farming industry. Right of the Lin-ay, the pedestal shows the sugar cane-farming industry. The left side shows the booming fishing industry, both deep

But coffee is not all about keeping the physical senses alive. For Madge’s Café, the bean has kept it bustling with customers and conversations since its establishment by Vicente Dela Cruz in 1951. Thus, the place is well-known for being Iloilo’s oldest kapihan and a favorite meeting place for Ilonggos young and old. Madge’s is far different from commercial coffeehouses around the city. It is not found in a mall alongside stores that sell designer jeans, iPods and gelato. It rests within the Lapaz public market, amongst stalls selling vegetables, rubber slippers, plastic basins, uga (dried fish), shrimp paste, and the sound of the rolling wheels of karitons. Its interior does not offer much sophistication, or air conditioning for that matter. It’s much more of a typical

Julieta Dela Cruz herself. Customers can decide whether they want their coffee black, strong, mild, with or without milk. But in any way, one could feel that relaxing native flavor at a very affordable price. Paired with a plate of puto, ibus, or pan de ciosa, that cupful of the local would do wonders, be it early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Conversation is good with coffee around. So Madge’s is teeming with patrons ranging from young lovebirds exchanging glances at each other, to open-minded elders discussing the troubles over the Spratlys; from Nong Pabling who frequents the café to clear the throat with a cup of hot tea and slices of calamansi on the side, to Iloilo City Vice Mayor Joseph “Joe III” Espinosa who declared his candidacy

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Reyshimar C. Arguelles

Volume 102, Number 2 >> June - October 2011

What the Hell… Reyshimar C. Arguelles

SPORTS Tanan kita nagka-unod kag nakabatyag sang indi mapaathag nga kapagsik. Tanan kita namalhas, nahigkoan, nabagrasan, nagsinunluganay, napikon, naghibi, kag nagkadlaw. Tanan kita nag-agi sa isa ka bahin sang aton kabuhi nga ginatawag ‘pagkabata’. Nakapanulod-nulod bala kamo sa kon diin nga buhobuho para lang makapanago? Nakatilaw bala kamo pilupilo sang strap sang inyo tsinelas para kono abi maigo guid ang lata? Naka obra bala kamo sang gakinalain-lain nga panglita para lang guid makalusot sa gabantay sang linya? Nagkalasumpo man bala inyo nga tiil sang tintin-tintin para lang guid makabalay? O nagbwelo man bala halin sa layo para lang guid malukso ang kono abi baka nga likod sang inyo kahampang? Kon wala ang inyo sabat sa sini nga mga pamangkot… makaluluoy kamo nga bata. Ang mga nasambit nga mga pamangkot sa babaw amo ang mga galaragway sang mga hilitabo sa isa ka hampang; mga hampang nga kon sa diin nangin importante nga bahin sang aton pagdako. Iban sini mapaghangkat. Ang iban mapangahas. Ang iban pisikalan, kag ang iban pangutok. Pero sa bisan ano man nga klase sang hampang, isa lang guid ang sigurado, hampangon ini sang isa ka bata nga may dala nga yuhom. Ins, panaguay, tumba patis, lukso baka, lukso lubid, piko, sikyu, pityaw, kadang-kadang, holen, sungka, kag iban pa; amo ini ang pila sa mga hampang nga nagkompleto sang aton pagkabata. Bata man o tigulang, may ngipon o wala, nakapaligo man o may angsod pa, tanan gagwa guid sa kainiton sang adlaw o sa kasanagon sang bulan para magbuhi sa karsada. Ina nga mga hampang sang pamatan-on, amo ang gakaandan nga ga-usar sang mga nitibo nga materyales kaangay sang sanga sang kahoy,

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kada-isa gapangabuhi. Matuod nga kinahanglan sang isa ka bata nga mageskwela, pero nagapati guid ako nga indi tanan nga butang matun-an sa hulot eskwelahan. Matuod nga gintudloan kita kon paano basahon ang mga pamulong nga thank you kag sorry sa eskwelahan pero kon madusmo kita samtang gadinalaganay kag ginbuligan

kita sang aton kahampang, ano ang ginamitlang naton? Kon may nabungguan kita samtang gadinaguso panago, ano ang ginahambal naton? Sa sikolohikanhon nga aspeto, nagabulig guid ang paghampang sa pagtukod sang kaugalingon sang bata sa tanan nga pamaagi para magdako siya sang normal. Kon inyo nanotaran, ang mga bata nga ginapilit magtuon, kon magdako gapangita guid sang pamaagi para makahampang-para balikan ang mga masadya nga oras nga gindalok sa ila. Ini sila ang ginahambal ko nga mga makaluluoy nga bata. Katahom guid tane makakita sang mga bata nga gadinalaganay nga may kalipay. Ang masubo, gaka amat-amat na dula ang interes sang mga pamatanon sa sini nga mga hampang. Dugangan pa sang moderno nga teknolohiya nga kon sa diin ang tanan, isa na lang ka tum-ok. Sino man abi ang indi magustuhan magpahapos? Kon ikaw ang pamangkuton, sa diin ang mas manami itikal sa imo mga apo sa mga masunod nga mga inadlaw- naka palevel ka sang amo sini kataas nga character o nakataklas ka sang mataas-taas nga puno para lang guid makapanago? Ang malampuwasan mo tanan nga stages sa isa ka computer game o malampuwasan mo tanan nga kahampang mo sa ins nga wala ka ma abot? Ikaw, ano ang itikal mo? Kabahin na sang matahom nga kultura naton nga mga Pinoy ang ini nga mga gakinasari-sari nga hampang. Ang pagtalikod sa sini nga kultura nagakaangay lang sa pagbulag naton halin sa aton mga kaugalingon. Kadungan sang madasig nga mga pagbag-o sang palibot naton, kabay indi naton malimtan bitbiton ini nga mga manggad nga gapamanggaranon sa aton nga kultura. Mag-ululupod kita sa pagbalik sa aton pagkabata para sa mga pamatan-on. Hampang ta!

Celebrations didn’t start and end in Dallas because Cleveland rejoiced as though they also won the title. I do like what Cleveland Caveliers owner twitted after the game that could somehow be referring to

James: “Mavs NEVER stopped & now entire franchise gets rings. Old Lesson for all: There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE.” It’s a lesson that can be taught to James, to the sports fans, and to all the athletes around the world.

by Airon B. Buenvenida

kawayan, bato, paya sang niyog, kag kon ano pa. Bangod sa limitado nga kabtangan sang mga komersyal nga hampangan sa aton nga pungsod, nakakari kita sa pagtukib sini. Ang maabtik kag mabinuhaton nga paghunahuna naton nga mga Pinoy ang nagbuhi sa sini nga mga hampang. Kon aton pagapanumdumon, nalingaw

kita hampang nga wala sang repiri o anuman nga tighukom. Bilang isa ka bata, kita man mismo ang naghimo sang mga layi kag nagtuman man sa sini man nga mga layi. Amo ni ang bata. May disiplina nga ginatawag pero kon indi gani magkasugot, padag-an na lang sa pahibi-hibi kag pamingotmingot. Anhon ta kay bata gani. Nahilbaloan sang tanan

nga ang bata mapagsik, hulagan, mabinuhaton, inosente , kag bukas sa tanan nga butang. Gani mahambal naton nga tama guid ka importante ang tanan nga makita, mabatian, mabatyagan, kag ginabuhat sang isa ka bata. Diri niya maumpisa kilala ang bugos nga kalibutan- kon sin-o, ngaman, kag paano ang ang


Hero Turned Sidekick - and Villain

Alvin K. Tung


reen Lantern is never the leader of the Justice League, nor is Robin the boss of Batman. But in the sports world, there’s one man who can outshine the heroes by being “too unselfish” enough in sharing the spotlight. Sports fans probably know who exactly I’m talking about. It’s no other than the “King” LeBron James; or should we now call him the jester? He played a lot of roles lately - from the hometown (Cleveland) hero to villain (when he broke some of his words), and to a sidekick of Dwayne Wade. The biggest signing of

NBA contracts within a team greener pastures and a lot rather than him following happened in the Miami Heat of Caveliers were surprised their trail marks. If the market after having Dwayne Wade, when their franchise player is too small for them, perhaps LeBron James, and Chris Bosh. left them behind. I at all he could’ve demanded and It was almost like a mimic times didn’t even wonder. I waited for big trades to ensue of Boston’s big three. The enthusiastically waited for the in his old team. only difference is Boston’s slam dunk competition in the Their season began in superstars were acquired from NBA All Stars 2011 after James disappointments after losing honorable trades while that said in the preceding year a lot but they managed to of Miami took some unlikely that he will be part of that bounce back and move to the shortcuts for players NBA Finals where they as good as they are. met their old rival, There are NO SHORTCUTS. When one transfers the Dallas Mavericks. to another team, he Immediately, Cleveland would gain new fans and new event. cheered for whichever team haters. Meanwhile, LeBron Just as he didn’t keep faces off against Miami. James seemed to have had his word to the worldwide From there, the end of more people to boo him telecast, I never expected him the King’s misconduct was rather than to cheer for him to do the same for his team. vague. He mocked Dirk (except when he plays in People will most likely Nowitzki at the finals which Miami, of course). ask, “Is there anything wrong was unfavorable and uncalled How did his journey when a franchise player for. I guess he left some of his towards infamy started? It was moves to another team?” manners in Cleveland. very simple. The answer is none at all – In a game against the First, he made expressions except when that player owns Mavs, he appeared to have that he will stay and play the title of “one of the world’s celebrated too early and it in Cleveland. Well that was best” and is at the prime of ended in a heartbreaking until he had enough in his career. loss. Unfortunately for him, saying goodbye to every The picture would’ve been he had to say goodbye to championship opportunity more colorful for him if he his championship dreams after championship had the two other basketball (again) in game 6 when Dallas opportunity. titans invited to his team as fulfilled their revenge with a He decided to move to he remains the pack leader 105-95 win.








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Iloilo kicks Baguio, 10-3

Iloilo’s Stallion Football Club fired an all out rampage against Baguio United Football Club with a heartless 10-3 victory at Central Philippine University (CPU) football field, August 11. Stallion Football Club team captain and striker Ruben Doctora outscored the opposing team when he dictated the early minutes with three consecutive goals made in the 5th, 11th, and 19th minutes and contributed two late goals in the 45th and 63rd minutes.

Additional points for Iloilo were piled up by CPU’s Korean student Lee Joo Yang (50th minute), Bervic Italia (53rd minute), Francis Gustilo (57th minute), Antonio Albor (79th minute) and Jimmy Vergara (90th minute). Baguio rallied back with Muhaman Farah scoring at the 20th minute, Homer Alinsog at 69th, and Aris Bocalan at 82nd. The muddy field, drenched by the rain, contributed to the game’s thrill and heated up the players’ momentum. Four teams including Iloilo

have to battle it out to qualify as the top two teams to play in the semi-finals. The Stallion FC was trained by CPU International Football Team coach Dr. Eun Hyung Pee. Accurate passes and great teamwork were displayed throughout the entire game. Football fans packed at the CPU big field to witness the game which is part of the elimination round of the Philippine Football Federation Smart National Club Championship.

Photo from: Chalcedon Sañor

by Alvin K. Tung

GLORIOUS FACE OFF. CPU co-hosted the PFF-Smart National Club Championship as NCR squared off against Davao at the opening game.

First Time in U-Day History

Frisbee, Billiards Tourney held by Alvin K. Tung

A by Alvin K. Tung

s the genesis of the new era of football continues to sprout, personalities like the Younghusbands, Neil Etheridge, and Chiffey Caligdong engulf the juvenile minds of the sports enthusiasts. Unknowingly, as Filipinos continue to embrace this mental invasion, an iconic football legend is slowly being erased from history. Unfortunately, while this man’s unequalled greatness in international sports remain undisputable, stories about his life — even his existence are barely even surviving. The long forgotten marvel of football is the world renowned Paulino Alcantara from Barotac Nuevo. Born on October 7, 1896, he was the fruit of a Spanish military officer (father) and an Ilongga (mother). The beginning of his cruise towards making unparalleled records not only in the Philippines but also in Europe started when he was brought to Spain by his parents at a young age. It was where his remarkable talent was discovered. In 1912, he became the first Filipino and Asian to play for a European club specifically the world’s best, the FC Barcelona. In his debut in FC Barcelona

against Catala SC, he became the youngest player to play and score for the club at the age of 15. With his three consecutive goals (a hat trick) in a 9-0 win, Alcantara was gradually hanging his name on the top of the list of the Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, in 1916, his parents decided to take him home to the Philippines though it was against his wish. His career in FC Barcelona had to take a halt. In 1917, he represented the Philippines in the Far Eastern Championship Games in Tokyo. It was the utmost living performance of the country in an international game after they defeated Japan with a 15-2 victory. While he was in the Philippines from 1917-1918 playing for the Bohemian Sporting Club, FC Barcelona, which he left, failed to grab the championship title. By the time Alcantara contracted malaria; he was able to find a means of agreement with his parents. Because of his reckless and unprecedented love for his career, he decided not to take his medicines not until his parents would allow him to play again for Barcelona. As soon as he

regained his health, he found himself back in the roster. Like the grandest players in history, Alcantara was also given a nickname. It was on the 30th April 1922 when he surpassed the average skills of a striker. In Spain’s game against France that day, he slashed and ripped the net off with his unthinkable and powerful goal. From that event arose the famous name of ‘El Romperedes’ which means ‘The Netbreaker’. The young football players aspired for his beastly feet after his incredible performance against France. The FC Barcelona, in his presence, ruled the Copa del Rey and the Chapionat de Catalunya. From 1912-1927, they seized 12 trophies. In his years in Barcelona, he became the title holder of the leading scorer of the club with a staggering 357 goals in 357 games. As most may think he is purely an athlete, he had a punishing course to finish. In fact, he had to retire in July 5, 1927 to finish medical studies to become a doctor. In his short period in the game (15 years), he set records unsurpassed by any Filipino footballer. If Filipinos will prolong disregarding his legacy, it would be disastrous for a world class athlete to be overshadowed by the ordinary.

The Central Philippine University Republic (CPUR) introduced its first ever Frisbee and Billiards Tourney last August as part of the U-day celebration. CPU is the first university in Iloilo City to organize the Frisbee tournament in its U-day. “Even before frisbee became a tournament in CPU, it has already become a hobby of some Centralians and we thought it would be suitable to put up this tourney for the first time. We might be able to select the

best players to compete in the national level someday.” said JD Chris Dofeliz, CPUR president. Nine colleges immediately welcomed the Frisbee Tourney which was championed by the College of Engineering. The College of Hospitality and Management was the first runner-up; and the College of Arts and Sciences finished as the second runner-up. Meanwhile in the Billiards Tourney, eight participating colleges including the department of high school competed.

“In every U-day, tables for billiards have always been vacant. So why not use them instead? After all we have the resources to cater the event. ” said Dofeliz. The College of Hospitality and Management hit the nine ball to become the champion followed by the College of Engineering as the first runnerup, and the Department of High School as the second runner-up. Centralians openly accepted both sports and hope that it will continue each year.

Also branded as eskrima, kali and garrote, and by other diverse names in the Philippine regions, it is exemplified by the use of swinging and twisting movements, accompanied by striking, thrusting and parrying methods for defense and offense. Bare-hand fighting is also fundamental part of the art. Today, most of people learn a martial art for self-defense, according to Arthur Guarnes, Founding Master and President of Panay Bastoneros Association Incorporated. “Arnis promotes a relaxing feeling because through this sport, the improvement of our vascular system is highly focused. With this, I can say that Arnis is a one-of-a-kind sport and recreational activity,” Guarnes said in an interview. Like all martial arts, he says arnis improves fitness and increases self-discipline and confidence. ‘’Personally, I see arnis as a vehicle of nationalism. If we ingrain in the minds of the youth the love for country and the discipline received in martial arts training, then I can see a bright future,’’ added Mr. Art. Guarnes, who teaches Arnis every Saturday at Pavia plaza, traces the history of the

traditional martial art Filipinos call their own. In fact, his entire family joins him in promoting this sport. Paul, his eldest son told THE CENTRAL ECHO that he, “considers Arnis as a God-given gift especially to us Filipinos so that we can protect ourselves, preserve our culture and values, and to engage in a sport that encourages healthy body, strong spirit and camaraderie above all things.” Centuries of intertribal fighting led to the expansion of a scheme of fighting with and without using weapons that eventually evolved into Filipino martial arts. The history of arnis stretches back more than 500 years. “Know your national sport and be a true Filipino,” said the Arnis Master.

ARNIS PHL’s new national sport by Jo Jan Paul J. Peñol

Fresh labors are being prepared to endorse and preserve Arnis, a native stick-fighting martial art that Filipinos developed centuries ago after attacking Spaniards who prohibited the use of bladed weapons.

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act 9850 proclaiming Arnis as the national martial art and sport and mandating that a competition for the said sport be played at the annual national games particularly during the Palarong Pambansa. Making Arnis as the new national sport hopes to reawaken the interest of the Filipinos in Arnis, which sport aficionados call an ‘’indigenous and uniquely Filipino’’ sport. Arnis, obtained from the Spanish word “arnes,” which means armor, is known nationwide and even in other countries. But it often ranks second to the foreign martial arts taekwondo, judo and karate in terms of fame and status. This martial art grips the use of one or a pair of wooden sticks as a weapon and a training tool meant to simulate a knife or a sword.

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