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Central Philippine University Faculty Association and students united through a Solidarity March and Prayer Rally to show their dismay over the CPU administration’s resistance to raise their salaries, March 15 and 17. Over a hundred teachers and students on the first day and close to a hundred on the second marched around the campus holding banners with Bible verses and slogans on greed, money, and selfishness. The group unfazed by the heavy downpour on the first day eventually gathered on the sidewalk that spanned the CPU main gate for the Prayer Rally. CPU Faculty Association president Engr. Felix Ojario and members of the Board of Directors, Prof. Orpha Vic Faraon and Prof. Ernesto Saquibal, Jr. spoke about the status of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the reason for the assembly. Prof. Saquibal encouraged the faculty to remain firm in their resolve to fight for their demands. Representatives of different colleges took turns praying for the faculty and the administration.

Centralian places third in France Show Katchry Golbin's journey to inspiring the world by Angelika F. Rey and Dazen Dawn P. Lariza

Centralian Katchry Jewel Golbin placed third during the Grand Finals of the French Talent show La France a un Incroyable Talent (France has Incredible Talent) on December 13, 2016.

Province of Iloilo approves Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Congress to push for approval of Nat'l ADB by Dazen Dawn P. Lariza

Bolder and Firmer The CPU FA Manifesto released on February 6 expressed unequivocal rejection of the CPU Administration’s “counter-offer of a ‘one time’ release of 2,500 or 1,500 pesos plus 25 kilos of rice (good for 3 years) in the protracted CBA negotiations.” It further expressed strong support to the FA Executive Board decision to assert the Association’s original proposal of “a 10 % increase in the basic salary (spread in 3 years: 4 percent (2017-18); 3 percent (2018-19) and 3 percent (201920) to be sourced out from the 76 percent tuition fees as mandated by law and 50 percent of the Academic Institutional Development (AID) fee.” The FA appealed to the administration to allocate a part of the savings for the teachers’ MARCH page 2 → salary increase.

According to Golbin, she joined the said competition because it was the best place for her to show herself. “It was the best venue where I could really show, not only my talent, but the person that I am,” she said. Golbin said that music has been her passion since she was a kid and that she considers it as not just a

The Anti-Discrimination Ordinance (ADO) authored by Second District Board Member Liecel Mondejar-Seville was approved by the province of Iloilo in December 2016. According to Bahaghari Vice Chairman for Visayas and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) sector representative Justin Francis Bionat, the bill caters to every Ilonggo’s right against discrimination. “Basically all forms of discrimination whether physical, psychological, etc. are now prohibited by a

legal stature or law,” Bionat said, adding, “these may also include discrimination in the workplace, in the community, in the healthcare system, education, right to profess your religion, etc.” Moreover, the city level of ADO authored by City Councilor Dylee Zulueta is now on its third hearing. “Councilor Dylee Zulueta has high hopes that the city level ADO will be approved,” Bionat said. Bionat believes that the ordinance is beneficial to the LGBT community and that “it is timely and relevant to Iloilo City.” “It’s about time that LGBTs are legally protected against discrimination. It sends a good message that even the government does not tolerate this behavior [discrimination],” he said. According to Bionat, while bullying and cyberbullying have different laws penalizing them, they can also be classified under ADB. DISCRIM page 2 → “If the bullying or cyberbullying is

passion but as the life she lives. “I started when I was in third grade, representing our school for vocal solo classical. That was when I discovered I could also sing classical,” she explained. Golbin chose the song “I Dreamed a Dream” during her audition because the story inspired her a lot. “The story of Les Miserables inspires me a lot and it was created by a French playwright,” she recalled. Furthermore, Golbin is a proud Centralian adding that enrolling in CPU was the KATCHRY best decision that she made. page 5 →

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CPA Board passing rate hits highest in 6 years

CPU students lead assembly vs Marcos’ burial at the LNMB Mother of activists brutally slain during the Marcos regime shares her story to the youth

by Charles Arthel R. Rey

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With the overall passing percentage of 86.67 percent in the October 2016 Certified Public Accountants’ (CPA) Board Examinations, the Accountancy program of the University hits its highest passing rate in the College’s history in the last six years. According to the results released by the Philippine Regulations Commission, 39 among 45 examinees from CPU passed this year with 36 or 92.31 percent of them first timers. CPU’s passing rate is also the highest in Panay, toppling University of the Philippines Visayas which has 74 percent, and University of San Augustin, 38.89 percent. The 2016 CPU Accountancy Magna Cum Laude graduate, Mr. Ferdinand Bañez, Jr., CPA considers it as a product of “motivation and pressure” from their professors. “I've witnessed how everyone in our batch struggled so hard for the board exam," said Bañez We were pressured by the expectations of our teachers since they constantly tell us that the goal is 100 percent [and so] we used it as our motivation during [our] college years and review. ” Bañez said in an interview with the Central Echo. It has become an encouragement for CBA to maintain a very good performance in the board exam next year. Graduating students now feel the “positive pressure” as they take the steps once taken by their alumni. “This milestone boosts the mindset and confidence of any accountancy student at CPU to maintain a high standard or record another achievement. It proves that CPU's effective undergraduate program, headed by [her] teachers are doing their job well, and the students are motivated [to have] better perspective,” the hopeful graduating accountancy student Jose Roy Santos, Jr. said. Only 57.38 percent passed the October 2010 CPA Board Examinations, while 63.93 percent, 73.85 percent, 53.75 percent, 24.66 percent, and 60.26 percent in 2011 to 2015, respectively. The College commits to continue her vision of Exemplary Christian Education for Life or EXCEL, not only with her Accountancy students, but also with students from other undergraduate programs.

Some students from Central Philippine University (CPU) held a peaceful assembly inside the campus last December 16 to protest the Supreme Court’s (SC) ruling in favor of the late tyrant-dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan nga mga Bayani. “I express my profoundest dismay and eager support for the call that the late president is not rightfully and morally fit to be buried in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani. Marcos is not a hero,” said CPU Republic president Jayson Troy Bajar in a statement. Among those invited to speak during the event were Atty. Elias Guillereza, a known Ilonggo Martial Law victim, and former CPU professor Lucy Dela Fuente, the mother of the brothers Edward and John Dela Fuente, young Centralian activists during the Marcos regime who were silenced and killed because of their vigilance against oppression. At the height of Martial Law in 1983, John Herbert Dela Fuente was shot dead at close range while asleep in their house. The local constabulary reported that his killing was a result of an “armed encounter,” but some people know he was really “salvaged,” executed for his activism and support to the fight against the tyranny of a dictator. His brother, Edward Dela Fuente, a former editor-in-chief of the Central Echo, swore to live on and continue his fallen brother’s plight for the freedom of the country. Unbeknownst to Edward, a year later, he would suffer the same fate as his brother. He was abducted by the military, tortured and killed while serving at a remote

and poor community in Aklan. “I thought [ John] died of natural causes when we came to the morgue to find his body,” recounted the 85-year-old Lucy Dela Fuente. “But then I noticed signs of torture: his bloody nails and fingers, bruises and scars, the mark of a boot print on his back, I was shocked and taken aback by the cruelty Marcos’ soldiers had taken upon my son.” “The decision of the Supreme Court reopened the wounds of atrocities committed during the years of Martial Law,” added Bajar. “The SC ruling means the neglect of those who died, were tortured, electrocuted, raped and those who suffered the gravest inhumane punishment in the shadow of false justice.” In a recent online poll by the Central

Prof. Lucy Dela Fuente, mother of John and Edward Dela Fuente, Ilonggo activists brutally slain during the Marcos regime, recounts her harrowing experience and remembers her sons. [PHOTO RHICK LARS VLADIMER ALBAY]

Echo, 60 percent of the Centralian students who responded were disappointed by the SC ruling, while 33 percent were “satisfied” with it, as 7 percent abstained. The Central Echo masthead aired similar sentiments with Bajar saying: “The ruling is a great affront to the victims of Martial Law and aims to bury the atrocities of the tyrant Marcos.” “The late dictator looted billions from the country, imprisoned, and sanctioned the torture of thousands of his critics, and is liable for the prevalence of unlawful deaths under his regime. Bury Marcos elsewhere but not in LNMB. The Libingan ng mga Bayani is no place to bury the truth and the horrendous crimes of Marcos,” ended the statement.

CE bags awards in COPRE 2016 by Charles Arthel R. Rey

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Central Echo editors pose with their awards. [PHOTO ISRAH DAYALO]

preventing a member of the LGBT community to fully live his/her life peacefully or his/her life is at stake or under threat then, yes, they are discriminatory acts and may fall under ADB,” he explained. Meanwhile, the National level of ADO known as the AntiDiscrimination Bill (ADB) filed by Senator Risa Hontiveros is now ready for second ruling. According to a press statement released on June 24, 2016, Hontiveros committed to file the ADB during her first 100 days in the Senate and that she is confident that it will become a law in the future. “The ADB is an expression of the universality of human rights. Everyone, regardless of his or her ethinicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, must have protection from the law against all forms of discrimination,” she said. Hontiveros hopes that the enactment of the bill will put an end to hate crimes. “These crimes are borne out of hate and deep-seated prejudice. If we don’t protect ourselves from discrimination, we don’t protect ourselves from violence,” she said. As of press time, the national level of ADB and the city ADO are still under hearing.

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The Central Echo once again brought home numerous awards in the annual College Press Conference (COPRE) hosted by the Philippine Information Agency Region 6 at Iloilo Grand Hotel last November 28, 2016. CE Filipino Editor Lara Neptali Anam and News Editor Jiselle Yanson won as Champion and Second Place in News Writing Filipino, respectively; while Editorial Assistant Jenimary Montelibano also placed Champion

Moreover, they expressed dismay over the “insensitivity” of the current CPU administration to the University’s Human Resources. The association cited the poor salary and benefits given to the Faculty and Staff in the last three academic years. The Faculty Association reminded CPU administration that as “Christian stewards” and CPU being “a non-profit, non-stock institution” it should put more premium on all MARCH page 1

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in news writing english. Former Associate Editor Jeziel Vargas was also awarded a special citation by the USAID for her article “Save Water,” an eye-opening article about taking care and conserving the limited water resources. “I was surprised to hear my name called as the Champion in News Writing [Filipino] considering that it was my first time to join the COPRE, and it’s an honor to be part of this team,” says Anam when asked about her thoughts after winning. The Central Echo also won Second Place for Best Literary Folio, Best Newsletter, and Best

Editorial Page, Fourth Place for Best Feature Page, and Fifth Place for Best Wall News. When asked about her thoughts for CE on COPRE 2017, Anam says, “We really hope for the best. The publication is really working hard in order to bring home more awards next College Press Conference.” COPRE is an annual campus journalism competition highly sought after by various campus publications in Western Visayas and in Negros Island Region. This year, more than 100 campus media submitted their entries to various output contests and competed in many writing tests.

of its employees, who are, according to them are “at the forefront in fulfilling the University’s promise of quality Christian Education for Life.”

11 and 12 may exceed 150 Million pesos. We are reviewing and updating the financial impact considering that there are a lot of uncertainties; thus, savings is very important.” Dr. Robles also emphasized that the offering of Grade 11 and 12 is very important to the University because it can provide alternative teaching loads for many college teachers who will be laid off due to the continued decrease in college enrolment.

The Stand of the Admin In a report released by the Office of the University President on March 25, the administration stands unmoved in its disposition and retains its conditions. According to the report, which was directed to the Centralian Community, the figure used by the faculty in the negotiation is “misleading because the revenue includes collectibles from students, and expenses do not include payables, 13th month pay, Christmas Bonus, rice allowance, summer bonus or summer pay for faculty and staff.” The CPU President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles added that “the university is making sure that there are savings for capital expenditures and unexpected expenses. Total projected deficits due to the implementation of Grades

High Hopes “We will continue the negotiations until reasonable compromise can be made,” FA president Engr. Felix Ojario said. “I think that the Faculty deserves more as we are at the frontline to achieve CPU’s mission and vision,” he added. While the decision of the administration remains unchanged as of this writing, the Faculty Association continues to negotiate with the Committee on CBA, hoping that both parties can meet halfway.


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top 10 PNLE passers by Lara Neptali E. Anam

↓ (T to B) Salarda, Pateña, Cerbo [PHOTO CPU INFO CENTER]

John Erikson Salarda, Christopher Pateña, and Carmel Marie Cerbo are among the Centralians who passed and managed to be in the top 10 of the Philippine Licensure Exam last November 2016. Salarda got the fifth spot with a rating of 85.60%, while Pateña got the ninth spot with a rating of 84.80%, and Cerbo with 84.60% was on the 10th spot. According to Salarda studying nursing for four years was his preparation in conquering the board exam and the review program was just supplementary. When asked about how he felt after knowing the results, he stated, “The first thing I felt after the results were released was humility. I was amazed by how faithful the Lord is to those who persevere and to those who put him first above all else. If you would ask me if I expected to top the board exam,

I would say no, I never expected. I dreamt, worked hard and believed that God will grant the desires of my heart.” Furthermore, Salarda thanked God, his parents, friends, mentors, and his Alma Matter. “Lastly, I would like to give recognition to my review center and to Atty. Salex E. Alibogha, my number one mentor and role model, for enhancing my potential in the healthcare arena. Thank you for always believing that I am a gem full of worth and brilliance,” he added. Salarda also advised to his fellow Centralians, “Success is never destined, it is willed. Believe, persevere and it will be given. In everything you do, always put God first and never forget to become a blessing to other people.” Central Philippine University was ranked as seventh top performing school in the Philippines with a passing rate of 92.19% in its overall performance.

CPU Mountaineering Society revived by Dazen Dawn P. Lariza

The Central Philippine University Mountaineering Society (CPUMS) has finally been revived after three years of silence. According to CPUMS President Nicole Minsalan, it started when CPUMS alumni Allan Herbolario first approached her to revive the organization. “We are both part of the Iloilo Mountaineering Club and he approached me and asked if I could bring back the CPU Mountaineering Society. That’s where it all started,” she said. Minsalan said that after Herbolario approached her she contacted the other alumni of CPUMS to ask for help to rebuild the said organization.

According to Minsalan there are yet to be active members of the said organization as they are all still applicants. “There aren’t any active members of CPUMS as of now since we are all applicants, including myself, but we are getting near to completing our requirements,” she said. Minsalan said that applicants should undergo basic mountaineering course which is conducted every first semester just before the first climb to provide basic knowledge, skills and climbing ethics, tree planting, and they have the option of going on three minor climbs or two minor climbs and one major climb. “Usually, aside from those requirements, members of the organization base on the attitude of the applicant to know if he or she is worth inducting into CPUMS,” she said.

Moreover, Minsalan said that they are planning for the “Kurukasa” wall climbing activity for CPU Republic day and one major climb which will be on Mount Talinis in Dumnaguete. “As much as possible we are conducting our mountain climbing activities so we can be able to fulfill our requirements as applicants. So far we’ve had our basic mountaineering course conducted here in the campus, we’ve climbed Mount Pinikan Daraga and Mount Linggohob in Tubungan, and we’ve conducted our mangrove planting activity in Taklong Island, Guimaras,” she said. Minsalan said that they have not been able to plan for other activities since CPUMS is still waiting to be recognized by the University as an organization.

DMIA showcases crafts in culminating activity by Onesiforo B. Berina, Jr.

To showcase the works of the Digital Media and Interactive Arts (DMIA) students, a culminating event was held at the Alumni Promenade and Concert Park on March 3031, 2017. “Pixels and Paint: A DMIA Culminating Activity and Exhibit” included film showing, an exhibit and a turning over ceremony of the officers DMIA student organization. “Pixel and paint was a successful event because it did not only showcase the talents of the DMIA, but also showed that it is making its mark in the campus. We may be one of the youngest courses here at CPU but we are able to pull off a good and notable event”

comments lead organizer Nicole Fernan Caminian. The exhibit was not only a mere display of DMIA students’ creative skills, but a way to cultivate awareness and readiness for catastrophic disasters. The artists created prototypes out of computer scraps which will be useful in the near future. Infographics to help spread information regarding environmental issues were also on display. Short films on natural phenomena were shown during the two-day event such “Malaya” and “Can You Not?”. On the last day, the former set of DMIA officers handed over their responsibilities to the newly elected ones in a simple ceremony. "Successful gid sya kay na showcase gid ang talents and skill sang mga students not

↑↗ Some of the outputs featured in the culminating activity include sculptures and paintings. [PHOTO UNIQUE CANONICATO]

only in digital art but also in traditional art kag ginapakita gid nga ga-care gid ang students sa environment. Tuod gid ang artworks, with advocacy" said second year DMIA student Shayne Bayhon, one of the exhibitors in the event. "Pixel and Paint, as the first culminating activity for the BS DMIA wouldn't be successful without the help and cooperation of the DMIA students. We worked as a team and family with no doubts of failing the said event for we are filled with optimism and courage. We exerted our efforts, knowledge, skills and creativity to build up the exhibit. Proper organization of committees and meetings helped us as well." Thea Espiritu, another second year DMIA student, added.

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EducationUSA shares steps to US Education by Angelika F. Rey

EducationUSA Go! Roadshow kicked off at Central Philippine University’s Educational Media Center on Sept. 8, 2016 and capped-off at SM City on Sept. 10, 2016 promoting external affairs, graduate studies, and other educational programs abroad for teachers, administrators, and students alike. Education USA presented five steps for a student to study in the US. The first step in pursuing studies abroad is research. You must try and find a school that best fits your needs and priorities, not the other way around. Remember that you must do this 12 to 18 months before the academic year in which you would like to enroll. The second step involves the planning of your finances. Start and prepare for this as much as possible. The cost of living and studies varies across the US, with suburban and rural areas in the South and Midwest generally having the lowest cost of living. Don’t forget to research for available financial aids or scholarship programs. If you’re lucky enough to find one, it would lighten your financial load. The third part in your list is now to complete your application. This may sound easy, but it usually takes time and effort. Each application is different, and involves writing essays, collecting recommendations, and taking standard examinations. Original secondary and postsecondary transcripts will also be needed in each application – prepare them in advance. You’re getting closer; the fourth step is now getting your student visa. First you must schedule your interview, but only for people who are 14-79 years of age. Wait for your appointment and prepare for your interview, not forgetting to gather documents such as your passport, nonimmigrant visa application, and your photograph. The visa interview itself is short, so do your best to explain why you want to study in the US, how would you finance your studies, and what will you do after you’ve finished your studies. Now, you’ve finally reached the fifth and final step: preparing for departure. EducationUSA Advising Centers provide pre-departure orientations, to prepare you on your journey and stay in the US. Through the RoadShow, many unanswered questions of interested students were addressed.

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to R] Guidance Service Center Director Dr. Raquel L. Polec-eo, CHED Region 6 Director Cesar Medina, US Ambassadors Gina Callahan and Mark Pituch, VP for Finance and Administration Dr. Florence P. Bogacia and Office of International Relations and Cooperations Director Ms. Leilani Fatimah L. Trumpeta [PHOTO VIVIENNE SONGCAYAWON]

CPU holds End Poverty Forum by Onesiforo B. Berina, Jr.

Poverty is not a new problem at all. To alleviate this dilemma, Central Philippine University joined the World Bank in Observance of the International Day to Eradicate Poverty and spearheaded an End Poverty Campaign Forum with the theme: “End Poverty: What more can we do?” held on October 17, 2016 at the Knowledge for Development Center, Henry Luce III Library. The forum provided the participants an opportunity to discuss the issue from different angles and aspects—from the religious, agricultural, non-government and general welfare. Dr. Bernabe Pagara, dean of the College of Theology; Ms. Myra Talabong of the Department of Agriculture; Mrs. Febie S. Ibojos from Sign Post Philippines and Prof. Joel Galicia who is a faculty at the Social Work Department composed the panel which discussed the issue. The speakers made the participants realize the value of unity, perseverance, and an innovative mind to solve the said problem. Participants were also able to discern that simple acts of love can do something to create a change and an impact. Moreover, prizes were awarded to the participants who were able to give much helpful insights on some of the campaign’s contests such as Best Fan Sign and Poverty Hugot Lines contest. The program was attended by the faculty and staff from the different Departments of the University, students and some workers here in Iloilo city.


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Packaging Engineering reaches 10th year, holds Alumni Homecoming, Gala Night by Ariel Lorenz N. Castronuevo

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of Packaging Engineering in the Philippines Dr. Lejo C. Braña cuts the ribbon to officially begin the Open Lab Activity. [PHOTO JESS MARK PEREZ]

Centralian Student Leader joins Nat'l Youth Congress

The Bachelor of Science in Packaging Engineering program of Central Philippine University celebrates its 10th year with a Grand Alumni Homecoming and Gala Night, February 18. The Institute of Packaging Professionals – CPU Student Chapter president Allaine Grace Chan said, “I am both thrilled and nervous… and there’s a lot of work to do plus achieving the goals I have set for my term, but even though the pressure is high, I know that we can nail it all because I am blessed with a wonderful, fantastic, and amazing team that I call my 'Little Wolves.'” A ribbon cutting activity began the celebration on January 6 with Dr. Lejo Braña as guest of honor. Dr. Braña introduced the

Packaging Engineering degree program to the Philippines. “I am having a blast with all the recent activities and really happy to see my pack enjoy, run, and bond with one another,” said Chan. After 10 years since its establishment in 2006, numerous developments have taken place such as the Packaging Technology Resource Center (PTRC) including testing and consulting services for companies within and outside Iloilo, and also various seminars held within the campus. “The developments and improvements in the facilities of the BSPkgE Program like the Packaging Laboratory and the Packaging Technology Resource Center (PTRC) have always been made possible through the joint efforts of the school, the students, the government, and the industry,” said Mr. Ron Adrian Dionaldo, Packaging Engineering

Laboratory coordinator and Packaging Engineering faculty member. “There is indeed a need to educate others about the importance of packaging—that packaging is not just the concrete plastic bag or paper carton you are holding—but it goes deeper,” he added. As Packaging Engineering was preparing for its 10th anniversary, the College of Engineering also celebrated its 80th year in 2016. “Somehow it [Packaging Engineering program] has elevated, and also contributed, in the College of Engineering being recognized as a premier in Engineering education. I think that would be the contribution of the Packaging Engineering to the College of Engineering,” said Engr. Bernie Cangrejo, Packaging Engineering Department head. Central Philippine University is the first and only university to offer BS Packaging Engineering in the Philippines.

CPU brings biodiversity program to 15 Iloilo Schools

by Lara Neptali E. Anam

A student leader of Central Philippine University participated in the Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC) held at Lima Park Hotel, Batangas, February 7-10. Charles Arthel Rey, a fourth year Chemical Engineering student and The Central Echo editor-in-chief, was among the 81 delegates to the prestigious AYLC 2017. According to Rey, he was overwhelmed upon receiving the confirmation letter from Ayala Group of Companies Chief Executive Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala. "It is very overwhelming and unexpected for me, but I guess, God always brings us to places we least expect," he said. Furthermore, Rey said that he felt inspired to do more public service after being chosen for AYLC. “Being one of the 81 AYLC delegates this year, I feel inspired to do better in my chosen facet of public service. This is not just a testament of God's goodness to people who remember the communities, but also His challenge to level up the bar of our service to the country," he said. When asked who were behind his achievement, Rey thanked The Central Echo, Impact Philippines, Inc., Director, Student Development and Programs Marjen Java, his professors in the College of Engineering, and the University -whom he says are “the people who have molded and supported me in my endeavors." “Above all else, I dedicate this blessing to the Sovereign Being, God," he added. Rey is the founder of Impact Philippines, Inc., a youth organization thriving to facilitate youth empowerment, community outreaches, and other advocacies. Among the six students nominated by the University for AYLC, only Rey, former CPUR Senator Jan Christian Española, and Engineering Student Council Representative John Elmer Loretizo qualified for the Panel Interview held at Ayala Tower One, Makati City on December 1, 2016. Over 600 student leaders submitted their online application forms, and 165 were qualified for the final screening process where they were interviewed by Ayala Group of Companies’ executives.

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Central Philippine University through its Community Engagement and Service Learning Center (CESLC) has implemented the Biodiversity on Wheels (BOW) program in 15 schools in Iloilo since July 2016. The HariEco Van, a mobile library equipped with multimedia equipment, served as the centerpiece of the BOW advocacy, a joint project of CPU and Haribon Foundation, which aims to educate students on the importance of preserving the biodiversity in the Philippines. As of March 24, Centralian BOW volunteers have reached 4189 students from 15 different schools namely, CPU Elementary School, Jaro, Iloilo City; Sto. Angel Elementary School San Miguel, Iloilo; Sambag Elementary School Sambag, Iloilo City; Hda. Conchita National High School, San Dionisio, Iloilo; Pili Senior High School, Pili; Ajuy Melchor L. Nava High School, Calaparan, Arevalo, Iloilo City;

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CPU Kindergarten School, Jaro, Iloilo City; Iloilo Montessori School, Brgy. Bolilao, Mandurriao, Iloilo City; Calinog National Comprehensive High School Brgy. Simsiman, Calinog, Iloilo La Paz National High School La Paz, Iloilo City; CPU Junior High School, Jaro, Iloilo City; Ilongbukid National High School, San Rafael, Iloilo, Ilongbukid Elementary School San Rafael, Iloilo; Lemery National High School, Lemery, Iloilo; and, Milan National High School Milan, Lemery, Iloilo, according to the report of CPU-Haribon BOW Documentation Team leader Prof. Esther Rose Romarate. "So far, the schools are very receptive to our activities both in elementary and high school," said CESLC Director Levi de los Santos. Three different activities are conducted for specific age-groups during BOW implementations: storytelling for Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2; coloring,

animal search or origami-making activities for Grades 3 and 4; and interactive learning for Grades 5 &6 and high school students. In the Visayas, particularly in Panay Island, BOW emphasizes the need to protect the Big Five endangered, endemic species of the place namely the Panay Monitor Lizard (Mabitang), the Visayan Warty Pig (Baboy Talunon), the Visayan Spotted Deer (Usa), the Visayan Wrinkled Hornbill (Dulungan) and the Rafflesia. The HariEco van was lent to CPU for a year by the Haribon Foundation as part of the Memorandum of Understanding that the two institutions signed in June 2016. CPU hopes to bring BOW to 50 schools or communities within a year. In order to have an efficient schedule of implementations with regards to target schools, CPU has also coordinated with DepEd Iloilo Division. — with reports from Israh Marie D. Dayalo and Esther Rose A. Romarate

First Inter-school Preaching Contest held

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A preaching contest among theology students from seminaries of the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, Inc. was conducted by the College of Theology, Central Philippine University, November 28, 2016. The first Fiorella Ruiz Inosanto Nabor Sodoy Inter-school Preaching Contest was participated in by four student pastors from Central Philippine University, North Negros Baptist Bible College, Convention Baptist Bible College and South Negros Bible Institute.

Held at the Celis-Ancheta Chapel, the competition was sponsored by Dr. Calixto Sodoy in memory of his wife Fiorella. Dr. Sodoy is an alumnus of the CPU College of Theology. The only lady student pastor, Janine Cabarles of North Negros Baptist Bible College was declared champion. She received the prize of 10,000 PhP and was given the opportunity to deliver her winning piece during the Convention Baptist Ministers Assembly in January 2017.

Centralian student pastor Ben Joseph Libo-on won third place. “We were given two months to prepare, but I was only able to finalize my homily a day before the competition,” said Libo-on. “Even though I had prepared late, I still garnered third place which is a great honor for me. I would like to thank my coach Pastor Joshua Zonita and my friends and family for all their support, I give back all the glory to God,” he added. — with reports from Rusieljs G. Lunasco and Esther Rose A. Romarate


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by Jenimary Irianna O. Montelibano

Central Philippine University celebrated its annual Festival of Lights and Music on December 2, 2016 with students, alumni, faculty and staff, and visitors at the Centennial Walkway and the CPU field. The opening ceremony started at 5:30 in the afternoon and was followed by the releasing of LED balloons. Christmas lights illuminated the university while a spectacular display of fireworks filled the skies. After that, the Battle of the Bands jam-packed the ears of the crowd wandering around admiring the lights. The CPU Alumni Association, Inc. (CPUAAI) organized the Festival of Lights with

the help of the Central Philippine University Republic (CPUR). The theme “Sharing the Centralian Christmas Spirit Beyond Borders”, expressed the aim of the organizers to bring in the Christmas spirit into the campus and beyond the borders. On the day of the event, all classes after four o’clock were cancelled to allow students, faculty and staff to enjoy the said event. The university buildings, classrooms and offices were padlocked for security and safety reasons. It was observed that, food stalls at the Halfmoon Drive were already installed a week before the event while the rides were installed much later. The Festival of Lights and Music was greatly enjoyed by many even though it rained right after the fireworks display.

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CPU celebrates Festival of Lights and Music Centralians and goers alike captured pictures from the said event and posted them on their social media accounts to share the Christmas spirit.

by Onesiforo B. Berina, Jr.

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walkway shines with lights.

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CAS, COED hold fashion show by Celina L. Maloto and Jenimary Irianna O. Montelibano

College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences organized their first ever fashion show with the theme “Effervescence: Fashion through the Decades” last December 13at the Alumni Promenade Concert Park. Headed by Prof. Claire Ann Jardenil, CAS Dean Dr. Anita Illenberger, and COED Dean Merle Junsay, the fashion show showcased the fashion trends from the Roaring 20s, the Flying 40s, the Swinging 60s, the Greedy 80s, and the Mash-Up 2000s. “Through the years, Central Philippine

University has been faithful in her mission of providing Exemplary Christian Education for Life (EXCEL) to students who have passed through her portals. As these students move on to new phases of their lives and into the world, CPU has remained in their hearts. Truly, seasons may change and fashion trends may evolve over time yet some basic and important things shall remain,” said Prof. Head Sharlene Gotico, head of the Department of Languages, Mass Communication and Humanities. According to Prof. Jardenil, some of the models were the students and teachers of CAS and COED and the rest were the kids, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces of the

Christian orgs collab, organize faith debate

faculty and staff from both colleges. The aim of Effervescence 2016 was to develop the selfconfidence of the models who participated in the show. “Effervescence 2016 was successful. Both parents and alumni who watched the show enjoyed it. And who knows? Maybe the show is going to be an annual event,” she said. The event was part of the nightly series of shows during the Festival of Lights and Music at Central themed “Sharing the Centralian Spirit Beyond Borders.” Prof. Gotico wrote in their Souvenir Program that Effervescence, or liveliness, is their battle cry as they remain steadfast and festive this Christmas Season and always.

“They didn’t consider me a burden to be with,” she remarked, adding, “it’s always good to know that you’re [Centralians are] proud of me and my accomplishments.” According to French singer and judge Hélène Ségara, Golbin’s voice drove her to tears when she performed Les Moulins de mon Cœur (The Windmills of Your Mind) during the semi-finals. Ségara promised the songstress a chance to duet Legrand himself. The three male judges – magician Éric Antoine, impresario Gilbert Rozon, and choreographer Kamel Ouali – all commended her vocals and stage presence. Forty-three year old Antonio the Mentalist Magician ended the show as the grand winner, earning a check of €100,000 and an invitation to perform in a Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, Canada.

To broaden students' understanding of the Christian faith, Youth Renewed, one of the Christian groups in our University, organized God’s Not Dead: the Great Debate on December 15, 2016 at the CPU Educational Media Center (EMC). Although it was in a form of a debate, it was still evangelistic in nature for its primary purpose was to share the love, forgiveness and the Good News of salvation found in Jesus Christ alone. Part of its aim was to give answers to queries being raised during the debate and to allow the participants to discuss other ideologies. “For me, the debate helped clarify questions, especially on the existence of God using scientific evidences which was presented by the affirmative side,“ says Paulline Declarador of Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) who was also present in the said affair. The debate became a venue for the students to realize that God is working in their lives and that He has an intended purpose for every human being.” It is a way for them to know that God loves them and He has wonderful plan for each of them as long as they will just surrender their lives to Jesus. Also, through this debate, they could see that God is indeed powerful as they discover those truths presented about Him,” she added. This event which was introduced by a Christian Church from Singapore to the Youth Renewed in 2015. It was brought here to CPU in 2016 and was participated by other Campus Christian organizations such as the CCC and many more.

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Golbin sings to Centralians during her visit at CPU.

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nation Congress suspends SK polls

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by Ariel Lorenz N. Castronuevo

Both the Senate and House of Representatives agreed to postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections to October 23, 2017. This was endorsed by Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, chair of the Local Government committee, saying the suspension will allow time for the SK Reform Act or Republic Act 10742 to be fully implemented. "Inuulit ko po, hindi natin isinasantabi ang karapatang bumoto ng bawat botante. Pansamantala lamang namin itong ipagpapaliban para mas maisaayos at gawing mas makabuluhan ang eleksyon sa bansa," the senator said. Signed by former President Benigno Aquino III on January 2016, RA 10742 seeks to implement various reforms in the barangay youth arm Sangguniang Kabataan, which has long been criticized for inefficiency and corruption, and has caused groups to call for its abolition. S p e a k e r of the House of Representatives Pantaleon Diaz Alvarez said, “The problem with SK is if you will force them to work as SK, they will be discouraged to go to school, then. And if you force them to attend classes, they won’t play their part as the SK. So, they are being paid by the barangay without doing anything,” Included in RA 10742 are increase in age requirement from 15-17 years old to 18-24 years old, requirement of SK Officials to undergo leadership training to learn about good government practices and fiscal transparency, and an anti-political dynasty provision that bars relatives of elected or appointed officials up to the 2nd level of consanguinity from pursuing SK posts. President Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte also supported the agreement, fearing that “drug money” could be used as campaign fund.

Death Penalty Approved in HOR by Moises Segundo D. Alba

The House of Representatives approved the House Bill 4727 also known as the Death Penalty Law, with a 217-54-1 vote last March 7, 2016. The bill seeks to reimpose death penalty after former President Gloria Arroyo abolished capital punishment in 2006 for its failure to deter crime. According to House Speaker Pantaleon Alverez the bill was approved because of the growing crime rates in the country. “The national crime rate has grown to such alarming proportions requiring on all-out offensive against all forms of felonious acts,” he said. On the other hand, Senator Franklin Drilon estimates that at least nine senators including himself are against the reimposition of capital punishment. “We are not convinced [that] the reimposition of the Death Penalty is a deterrent to crime,” Drilon said. President Rodrigo Duterte declared his support for the reimposition of death penalty. Originally, twenty one heinous crimes were included in the bill are qualified piracy, qualified bribery, parricide, murder, infanticide, rape, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons, destructive arson, plunder, carnapping, and criminal activities involving illegal drugs. After several ammendments however, the list was trimmed down leaving drug related crimes as the only crime punishable by death. The execution methods newly approved law will punish death by hanging, firing squad or lethal injection.

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officers pledge to fight corruption. CEO Maria Ressa presents the background of Rappler and how it came up with the anti-corruption campaign.

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Rappler’s anti-corruption campaign reaches Iloilo by Vivienne S. Songcayawon

Rappler’s #NotOnMyWatch campaign held an anti-corruption forum at the University of Iloilo- PHINMA on November 19, 2016. The forum aimed to inform about the #NotOnMyWatch campaign which encourages people to pledge against corruption with the aid of technology. This is to encourage integrity, competence, and transparency in our society, especially in the government. In the panel discussion, JJ Cordova of the Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center ( JASAC) recounted his experiences of minor corruption, including the overpricing of

documentary stamps at the Iloilo City Hall. "These may seem to be minor incidents, but our response... starts from the very small things to the bigger ones," said Cordova. He shared how he countered the act by reporting the incident to a higher authority. "We believe in JASAC that the fight against corruption should begin with people's values. The change should start from the bottom up, so our approach starts from the barangay level up to the higher levels,” said Cordova. Another panellist, JC Alejandro of the Kabataan Partylist highlighted the role of the students and the youth in fighting corruption. "It is us who could participate democratically through social media or through offline activities most importantly, because we are among the loudest voices in

society," Alejandro said. Alejandro said that the youth should speak in behalf of those who cannot speak, referring to the silent victims of corruption. Also present during the forum were students from different schools in Iloilo, officials from the Commission on Audit (COA), Civil Service Commission and representatives from other government agencies. On November 18, prior to the forum, a reporting workshop was conducted to teach the students and government officials on how to gather and substantiate reports of corrupt activities. The #NotOnMyWatch reporting platforms are Facebook Messenger and www. fightcorruption.ph.

Trump becomes 45th US Prexy after Electoral College win by Paul Mackey B. Marfil

Businessman and TV Personality Donald John Trump was elected 45th President of the United States after being formally declared triumphant by the Electoral College on December 19 last year, becoming, some would say, one of the most shocking U.S. election wins in modern political history. Despite the 65,316,724 popular votes amassed by Democratic Party Nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton during the November 8 elections, Trump—which had 62,719,568 popular votes—was able to succeed with 306 electoral votes over Clinton’s 232. The Electoral College (established in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution) is a system wherein selected electors from each state, and not the voters themselves, are the ones who officially elect a president. Each state is assigned with a specific number of electors based on population, totalling to 538 electors in the entire USA. In order to win, a candidate must reach the so-called magic 270 votes, which is halfplus-one of the total electoral votes. Moreover, Trump’s newly named chief of staff and Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman, Reince Priebus, praised the president-elect’s victory in the electoral college, even calling it a “landslide” win. “And look what happened on Tuesday. I mean, it was an electoral landslide and the American people agreed that Donald Trump’s vision for America is what this country has been waiting for,” said the Wisconsinite in ABC’s Good Morning America. The Wisconsin Democratic Party,

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however, countered Priebus’s claim of a landslide victory, saying that “six times since 1952 alone, the winning candidate won substantially more electoral votes than Trump.” Some experts, on the other hand, opined that Trump’s win in the electoral college, despite his loss in the popular elections, was not a landslide victory, but was close to it. Director of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy at Fordham University Costas Panagopoulos considered Trump’s 57 percent win in the Electoral College “pretty close” to a landslide, stating that “60 percent is generally considered to

be a landslide, at least when it comes to the popular vote.” But it’s clear, most would say, that Trump has already won the elections. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans,” Trump said in his victory speech. “For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country,” he added. Donald Trump was formally inaugurated last January 20.


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ASEAN Summit to Ignite Filipinos' Spirit of Bayanihan by Celina L. Maloto

Preparations have already been made for the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related meetings to be held in Metro Manila on April 26 to 29 with the major summit to take place at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on the last day. As the chair of the ASEAN Summit this year, which coincides with the 10-nation bloc’s

50th year anniversary, the Philippines will play host to all the heads of state/government, senior officials, directors-general, and other high ranking from the ten-member states of ASEAN. The Philippine chairmanship of ASEAN this year will have the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.” In accepting the ASEAN chairmanship, President Rodrigo Duterte said, “We will highlight ASEAN as a model of regionalism and a global player, with the interest of the people at its core."

“In this journey, I call on all Filipinos to take an active and constructive part during the Philippine chairmanship of ASEAN. Now more than ever, it is our spirit of our ‘bayanihan’ that helps define us as a responsible leader of our region during this crucial time,” Duterte added. ASEAN holds two leaders’ summits in a year but the meetings of the membercountries’ representatives are done year-long. The Philippines will host the second summit on Nov. 10 to 14 in Clark, Pampanga. The event aims to focus on peoplecentered and people-oriented ASEAN, peace and stability, maritime security and cooperation, inclusive and innovation-led growth, resilient ASEAN and ASEAN as a model of regionalism and a global player.

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A bamboo arch welcomed everyone at the DA Fair [PHOTO ROD GERARD FUENTES]

DA holds 6th

Iloilo Pride Team holds

Reg'l Agri-Fair

first Pride March in Iloilo

by Israh Marie D. Dayalo

by Dazen Dawn P. Lariza

To pave the way for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) community in Iloilo, Iloilo Pride along with Amnesty International – Iloilo Chapter organized the first Pride March in the province last December 2. According to Iloilo Pride founder and Bahaghari National vice-chair Justin Francis Bionat, it was time for Iloilo City to witness the LGBTQIA advocacy come to life. “We see it in social media, in the news, in legislation, and in television whether local or international. But at the end of the day, being LGBT means to fight for your rights, especially the right to equality in all aspects of life and, of course, visibility,” Bionat said. Iloilo Pride co-founder Russel Jude Patina said the Pride March was a way for the LGBTQIA community in Iloilo to show they are not scared to stand up for their rights. “We did it for our community. To show people that we aren’t afraid of standing up for our rights and to encourage those who are yet to come out that they have a community waiting to welcome them anytime,” Patina said. Moreover, Bionat said there were no oppositions with regards to the event contrary to popular belief. “There wasn’t much of an opposition. Even the City Government was very supportive,” he said. He also said that people are more openminded about the LGBTQIA right now adding that the focus right now is for people to be more accepting of the community. “We know that there will always be

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people who will think that we deserve less rights than they should. But we are not here to pick fights or change their minds. We are simply to lobby for equality in venues that will make a difference,” Patina said. According to Bionat, it took Iloilo Pride one month to prepare for the event just in time for the celebration of Human Rights Month. Following the event, the AntiDiscrimination Ordinance of Iloilo Provonce No. 2016-137 by Board Member Hon. Liecel Mondejar-Sevilla where Bionat represented the LGBT sector during the hearing. “It’s time, I believe, that the state recognize the [LGBTQIA] community and its many struggles against discrimination. The congress is on its way to finalize the nationwide anti-discrimination bill so I guess it’s about time our LGU’s start drafting their versions,” said Patina. Pride March was just one of the many activities that Iloilo Pride has planned for the province of Iloilo, according to Bionat and

they are already conceptualizing for another Pride March come June or November. “The Iloilo Pride Team organizes many events. We plan them along the way. Usually, we also partner with other organizations to organize event. Our events range from parties celebrating LGBT rights, to educational discussions and forums and even poetry nights,” Bionat said. According to Bionat and Patina, Iloilo Pride is also planning for the fourth installment of their “Su-GAY-lanon” series of events where they retell stories of the Ilonggo’s LGBTQIA community through social conversations. “We have planned out the first quarter of the year already so expect to see the rainbow flag more often next yearm” Patina said. Iloilo Pride Team is a network of Ilonggos LGBTQIA’s that aim to put attention to LGBTQIA issues through social conversations and telling the communities’ struggles through stories, paving the way for visibility, involvement, empowerment and equality.

Central Philippine University and the Department of Agriculture (DA) through a public-private partnership held the 6th Regional Organic Agri Research Fair and Exhibits at CPU Alumni Promenade Concert last November 22-25, 2016. With the theme, “Massive and Sustainable Food Production for Poverty Alleviation”, the event gathered community leaders, students, educators, and more importantly farmers and Agriculture entrepreneurs in one venue to talk about solutions and new ways for poverty alleviation and sustainability. Also, the event is very timely with the thrust of the current administration towards addressing the problem on poverty; exploring more innovations in doing agriculture especially in organic alternatives. According to Agrifair Chairman Joel Somosierra, the aim of the event was to give awareness and to scale up the implementation of the organic agriculture program not just in every province and region but in the country. Increasing the volume of organic farming production and linking up our organic farmers with wider local and global markets and enhance the knowledge of stakeholders on how to ensure and increase food production. “It has a big importance especially the impact on the farmers, the agriculture entrepreneurs and the horticulturist, also, the urban gardening dwelling on organic vegetable and organic product which is healthy to our body and healthy to the soil. We don’t use pesticides and other synthetic chemicals, that is what we are advocating in this event,” said Somosierra. Somosierra said that so far, this year's event is the biggest in terms of attendance and income turnout. There are groups who are trying for the national scope. He also stated that they have plans for the regional level but because of the unstoppable advancement of technology that dwells on organic agriculture, they can still expand their awareness. The Regional Agri-Fair was first held in 2010, the year of enactment of the Organic Agriculture act. The act aims to empower organic agriculture, reduce pollution and restore farm productivity and promote wellness and health throughout the country.

De Lima arrested, claims innocence on drug charges by Dazen Dawn P. Lariza

Former Justice Secretary and Senator Leila De Lima has been arrested last February 24 after having been charged with drug cases before the Muninlupa City Regional Trial Court. After having spent the night in her Senate office, she surrendered herself to the Philippine National Police- Criminal Investigation and Detection Group headed by Senate Sergeant-at-arms Jose Balajadia. “I have long prepared myself to be the first political prisoner under this regime, because the criminal charges and prosecutions are nothing less than a politically motivated act by the Duterte regime to clamp down on any vocal opposition against its support for a policy of EJK in dealing with suspected criminals,” she

said after charges were filed last February 17. However, De Lima denied these charges, claiming that the Duterte administration has a ‘fixation of revenge’ against her and is innocent of these ‘trumped-up charges’. According to her lawyer Alex Padilla, De Lima would try to insist again that the Office of the Ombudsman and not the Muntinlupa RTC have jurisdiction over her case. “We were asking that these charges be dismissed because there’s no evidence, no drugs, there was no order to protect drug lords. So the complaint was fatal and defective,” Padilla said. De Lima, who is a vocal critic of the Duterte administration’s policy on the war on drugs, was charged for the violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Complrehensive Drugs Act of 2002, specifically the sale and trading of illegal

drugs, criminal liability of government officials and employees. The cases filed against De Lima were based on the complaints filed by the NBI and anti-crime watchdog group Volunteers against Crime and Corruption using testimonies from National Bilibid Prison inmates during a hearing at the House of Representatives alleging that she received money from the dealers inside the said prison. De Lima is also accused of orchestrating a drug trafficking ring and accepting bribes during her tenure as Justice Secretary of the 2010-2015 Benigno Aquino administration. "The truth will come out and I will achieve justice. I am innocent," De Lima said. She is seeking to appeal at the Supreme Court in order to overturn the charges filed against her.

Customers choose from the variety of goods brought by SMEs present in the 6th Regional DA fair. [PHOTO ISRAH MARIE DAYALO]


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Crime for crime? House Bill No. 4727 also known as the Death Penalty Law—the act imposing death penalty on drug related crimes—was approved in the House of Representatives on March 7, 2016 with a vote of 217-54-1. Originally, twenty-one crimes are supposedly punishable by death. Among the crimes listed were treason, murder, qualified piracy, parricide, infanticide, rape, plunder, destructive arson, and possession of dangerous drugs. However, after several amendments, only crimes related to illegal drugs remained as the sole offense punishable by death. Meanwhile, the following will be the three methods of executing the death penalty: by lethal injection, by hanging, or by firing squad. The authors of the bill believe that “the imposition of the death penalty for heinous crimes…are crucial components of an effective dispensation of both reformative and retributive justice”. Moreover, as stated in the bill's explanatory note, they recognize the fact that illegal drugs have penetrated our society and believes that our criminal justice system should therefore do something with penal laws that are less dissuasive. In other words, they want to restore death penalty in the hope of solving the drug-related issues that the current administration is combatting.

This is not the first time that we are confronted by the same issue. After all, our beloved country, the Philippines was the first to abolish Death Penalty through the 1987 Constitution. It was, however, reimposed during President Fidel Ramos’s time in 1993 through Republic Act No. 7659 as a “crime control” measure. It was again abolished in 2006 during the Presidency of Gloria MacapagalArroyo's, and a decade after, we are faced by the same questions.

dead can never be rehabilitated by any means? Besides, according to United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic, there are “no evidences that death penalty deters any crime.” The fact that there are no proofs that this method of punishment is effective should be enough to stop us from wanting its come-back. There is no assurance that the death penalty will address the drug-related criminal acts and the rest of the crimes listed in HB 1. There is no guarantee that the fear of death will stop criminals from being criminals. Instead of reinstating death penalty, the government should focus on fixing other issues that lead to commission of crime, or on education, unemployment, poverty among others. Let us leave this question to our lawmakers and the government: Aren’t we being hypocrites trying to defend the most basic human right, which is the right to life, by taking it away from others? If the passage of HB1 is pursued, does that mean that murder is denounced by committing the very same act? We can’t stop criminals by being criminals ourselves. Crime cannot stop crime. Death Penalty should have no place in a progressive democracy!

Aren’t we being hypocrites trying to defend the most basic human right, which is the right to life, by taking it away from others? We, in the Central Echo deeply believe that death penalty is never the answer. Some sins or criminal acts may be deemed unforgiveable, but who are we to decide on who will live and who will not? As part of a Christian University, we believe in the value of life and that no one, other than our Creator, has the right to take it away from us. If this measure really aims to teach criminals a lesson by setting example, how will these criminals ever learn after being slain? Aren't we aware that the


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Jo Jan Paul J. Peñol

Ybrahim

Charles Arthel R. Rey

End the Cycle We are always taught that the most efficient process always gets the most sought after results. Efficiency always, and always, produces desired and excellent results. On the other hand, inefficiencies cost troubles. Inefficiency is a result of poor leadership; it wastes our time, effort, energy, and even money. And for me, what makes a circumstance more abhorrent is the fact that sometimes, inefficiency—despite the clamor— is being ignored. The Physical Examination (PE) process of the university is one of the things that has brought clamor among the students. Perhaps I am speaking on behalf of the majority of students when I say that the PE process is inefficient. With the number of students posting (or ranting) on IN THE DUMPS about how 'bad' their PE experience is, we can really say that indeed, the process is not well organized. For one, the "losing or misplacing" of somebody's medical records by the PE Clinic is fundamentally unjustifiable. Seriously? A PE clinic would lose a student's record and could not explain why? I mean, the clinic

should have organized these confidential records so as not to cause leakage of personal health information, or at the very least, not cause another expense. What's worse is that when an X-Ray record is lost, the student is required to redo and repay his X-ray. To think that this experience is not new to a number of students every physical examination, the process should have been made efficient long before. Students are affected and hassled by mistakes they did not commit. I have heard first-hand that the implementation of the penalty is inconsistent. There were some students who were allowed to undergo their Physical Exam later than scheduled, without paying the fine, or at least giving a letter to the VPSA, while others paid the 500 pesos penalty, even if the reason may

the patient numbering system—at the very least it provides you the idea whether or not you will be catered for the day. With that, it gives you a sense of security that you are not wasting time. The nurses are also maximizing their time by accommodating other patients as long as time permits. The PE clinic is, I think, one of the most responsive sectors of the University since the strict implementation of the Physical Examination started. Whatever their shortcomings are, we are still hopeful that they would respond positively to the clamor of the student body. We do not demand a perfect system, for we know that there is none. But we ask for a system that commits rational, understandable and, noncyclical mistakes. Probably inefficiencies continue to exist because we failed to give them much attention. Perhaps we have not analyzed how drastic the effects could be. This is a collective voice of the students, a reflection of how we feel based on posts in ITD, experiences, and feedbacks that we receive. As for me and us in the Central Echo, we are not antiadministration, we do not condemn, but as our voices are echoes of the students' voices. We are mandated to amplify the constructive clamor of the student body. The University was not founded yesterday. As a community, we have experienced a lot and our knowledge powerhouse has the capacity to respond to problems. Thus, we trust, and will continue to trust — we are looking forward for efficient systems in the University.

We do not demand for a perfect system, for we know that there is none. But we ask for a system that commits rational, understandable, and nonclyclical mistakes.

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Onesiforo B. Berina Jr.

Sa Halip Makasaysayan ang isinagawang Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya sa Mendiola, Manila noong Oktubre 13, 2016, kung saan nagsanib-pwersa ang halos 3000 na mga katutubo para manawagan na palayain ang lupa at teritoryo ng ating mga ninuno mula sa mapang-alipusta at mapangabusong kamay ng mga dayuhan at militarya ng US. Ngunit sa halip na sila ay pakinggan, sila ay halos ipagtabuyan, kulang na lang pati bunganga nila ay busalan. Tila niyurakan nito ang karapatan ng bawat isa sa atin na marinig lalo na ang ating mga katutubo na nagtiis ng matagal na panahon mula sa pagmamalabis ng mga banyaga. Ikinasasama ito ng aking loob, lalo na tuwing naririnig ko ang mga tanga at mga walang alam nating mga kababayan na kinokondena at sinasabing walang kwenta at pagsasayang lamang daw ng oras ang pagsasagawa ng ganitong uri ng pakikibaka. Kayo kaya ang alilain sa sarili ninyong lupain? Kayo kaya ang ipagtaboy sa lupang ninuno ninyo ang nagsimulang magbungkal para sa inyong kinabukasan? Hindi ba kayo masasaktan? Hindi ba kayo magliliyab sa galit? Hindi niyo ba kasusuklaman ang mga ganid na umalipusta sa inyo? Ubod kayo ng bait kung gayon. Pero naniniwala ako na marapat lamang na ipaglaban at ipagtanggol mo kung ano ang sa iyo – kung ano ang pagaari mo! Saludo ako sa matapang na pagsabuhay ng ating mga katutubo sa tema ng kilos

be justifiable. Pa close-close na lang bala ini sa work student sang PE Clinic? But amidst these shortcomings, we commend the CPU Clinic for trying its best to at least meet the expectations of the students. We cannot deny that there has been a lot of improvements happening. For one, the staff became more approachable and tactful. Gone are the days of maldito and maldita nurses. I say kudos to you! Another is the strict implementation of

protesta na “Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya para sa Sariling Pagpapasya at Makatarungang Kapayapaan”. Hindi tayo magiging malaya at hinding-hindi tayo magkakaroon ng sariling pagpapasya kung hindi matutuldukan ang mala-kolonyal na sistema ng ating bansa. Tama na! Wakasan na natin ang paniniwalang ang mga Amerikano ay ating mga tagapagligtas. Oo, maaring malaki ang ating utang na loob sa kanila simula pa noong dinamayan nila tayo at tinulungan mula sa pananakop ng mga Hapon. Pero kalayaan nga bang maitatawag kung patuloy tayong umaasa sa kanila? Hindi kaya nagmumukha na tayong inutil niyan? Ipakita natin sa kanila na hindi tayo baldado, na hindi tayo habang buhay na umaasa sa kanila, na kaya natin – na kaya nating tumayo sa sarili nating mga paa nang sa gayon ay hindi nila mapagsamantalahan ang ating yaman. Hindi lamang ito laban ng mga Moro, Dumagat, Lumad, Ifugao, Kalinga, Kakanaey, at iba pang katutubong grupo kundi

Mahigit 50 ang nagtamo ng pinsala nang sagasaan ng patrol car ang mga nagprotesta. Isa sa mga napinsala ang ang isang 61- anyos na katutubong nagmula sa Caraga. Hangarin lang naman sana ng kilosprotesta ang mapakinggan sa mapayapang pamamaraan, pero bakit dahas pa rin ang nanaig? Ayon kay PO3 Franklin Kho, selfdefense lang daw ang kayang ginawa dahil nagtangka ang mga rallyista na pataubin ang sinasakyan niyang patrol car. Pero self-defense pa rin bang maituturing ang pananagasa? Pwedeng- pwede naman siyang lumabas at umalis sa sinasakyan para hindi madamay at hayaan na lamang na maitaob ang patrol car. Patrol car lang naman iyan. Hindi pa rin mababayaran ng halaga ng patrol car ang buhay ng sinumang maaring masawi sa ginawa niyang pananagasa. Mabuti na lang at wala talagang naiulat na nasawi sa aksyong kanyang ginawa. Sa depensa naman ng kapulisan, 32 daw sa kanilang panig ang nasaktan, maaring totoo nga ang kanilang tinuran. Ngunit, sinaad naman ni Renato Reyes Jr, Secretary General ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) na paalis na sila pero tumira ng tear gas ang mga pulis. Sa pagkakataong ito ay tila malilito ka kung saan ka papanig, dahil lahat ay may pagkukulang na nagawa -- lahat ay nagkasala aminin man nila o hindi. Nakakalungkot talagang isipin ang damuhong sinapit ng mga nakibaka sa tapat ng US Embassy, pero mas nakakalungkot isipin na mismo mga kapulisan na siya sanang dapat na tagapagtanggol ng kapayapaan ang siya pang naging sanhi ng dahas. Kailangan ba talaga na magkagulo at may masaktan para marinig ang daing ng bawat isa? Masyado nang masakit ang dinanas natin mula sa pahirap, pandudusta at pangaapi ng mga Amerikano, huwag naman natin silang gayahin, sa halip tayo na lamang ay magtulungan para maabot ang hangad na sariling pagpapasya at makatarungang kapayapaan para sa Pilipinas.

Masyado nang masakit ang dinanas natin mula sa pahirap, pandudusta at pang-aapi ng mga Amerikano. laban ito ng sambayanang Pilipino. Ang inilalaban ng mga dumalo sa Lakbayan ay hindi lamang usaping lupa, apektado pati ang ating agrikultura, ekonomiya, pati hustisya at kapayapaan. Buhay na ang nasisira ng DAHAS at pang-aalipin ng mga Amerikano – buhay nang kinikilala nilang ‘ little brown brothers’— buhay nating mga Pilipino. DAHAS? Hindi lang mga militarya ng US ang may alam niyan. Mismo kapwa natin Pilipino! Oktubre 19, 2016 nang mag-rally sa labas ng US Embassy ang ilan sa ating mga katutubo na kasali sa Lakbayan. Sa hindi inaasahang pagkakataon makasaysayan din na pagbuwag sa mga rallyista ang naganap.

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You Can’t Run from Your Shadow You are a government official, thus, you are fully aware of the plans for a construction of a huge mall in your town. Needless to say, the value of the property within the surrounding areas will likely increase once an announcement has been made. Should you buy the property or tell the owner to increase the monetary value of the land? You are a law student and you’ve been struggling to pass the subject and graduate on time. You studied religiously for the final examinations, but still you are not confident. You have a close friend who took the examination earlier during that day and he offered to tell you everything that came out of the exam. Should you let him? Your ex-girlfriend came home from Manila and wants to have dinner and a movie marathon with you. Will you tell your current girlfriend? What would you do if you are the person involved? How long would it take you to finalize a decision? The driving force which will push you to answer the questions above is your integrity. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not someone is watching. To live with integrity is to synchronize what you perceive and what you actually do. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but remember that it takes only a second to lose it. Never allow yourself to do anything that would damage your integrity. Ruining your integrity is synonymous to ruining your future. Integrity also requires basic level of honesty, willingness to look at yourself, question what you think you already know, and continually look for evidence that what you believe to be true is actually true. Not everything you find within yourself and others is pleasing, nor is everything that you believe at any given time true and acceptable. We live in a world where integrity isn’t given enough attention. We live in a world where “the end justifies the means,” has become a valid reason. More often than not, during campaign season, candidates would promise many things but when they assumed office, they tend to underdeliver even the service mandated

Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but remember that it takes only a second to lose it. to them. Job applicants sometimes exaggerate their answers and claim they know everything when asked during interviews because they desperately need the job. Companies under declare their net income so they could pay lower taxes. Customer service representatives cover up mistakes because they are afraid their clients will leave them. Some students declare that they will be “sick” or schedule their “sickness” tomorrow because they haven’t prepared for a long examination. It has been observed that the expectation shows wide disparity with what is actually happening in reality. Lack of integrity happens when a person who committed an act of dishonesty tells himself his reasons are valid albeit having unexplainable excuses. Dishonesty may offer immediate fulfilment but it will never last. There are a lot of people without integrity who become successful and those who win by fraud without ever getting caught. These people create a false perception of the path to success. Remember that success without integrity is failure. Wealth and power are temporary, but the number of people who trust you for your integrity will define how you live your life. The value of the trust others have in you is far beyond anything that can be measured. Living with integrity would be impossible without the possibility of doing something morally wrong, learning from it and taking action to correct it. Committing a mistake is normal but if you commit the same mistake repeatedly, then it can become a real mistake. In practice, this means is that people are watching. What you do in your daily life can have a very positive or negative effect on the people around you. You don't have to be in a position of great power to have a positive impact on others. No matter how small that act is, for as long as it is right and moral, it becomes a positive key to change. When you return that extra change due to a miscalculated bill, when you decided not to cheat, bully, make false accusations, gossip, or intentionally hurt somebody, other people are influenced, and that is very likely to make a real impact. I always advise my employees to do well on their present job because their current performance will determine whether future employers will hire them or not. As you live with greater integrity, you become more truly of yourself. Your integrity is like a shadow, following you wherever you go. You can’t disguise it, you can’t hide from it, and you certainly can’t run from it. It will follow you for life. Earning integrity takes practice. Learning and mastering living with integrity is no different in principle from learning and mastering a musical instrument. You get good at whatever you practice. Remember that everything is difficult before MAXVOL it becomes easy. page 12 →


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#EveryWoman Words by Celina L. Maloto Photos by Israh Marie D. Dayalo, Rod Gerard J. Fuentes and Vivienne S. Songcayawon

What does it mean to be a beautiful woman? Do you have to fall within a certain criteria to be considered as one? Or should you let society define your worth as a woman? The truth is, there is no right or wrong definition of what it means to be beautiful for beauty is merely a matter of subjective or personal appreciation. Women come in different shapes, sizes, races, ages, and skin colors. Everyone has different preferences and because of this, we should keep in mind that what may be beautiful to us may not be beautiful to others. Just like how some people consider the physical attributes of a woman as an important aspect in conceptualizing beauty more than those of the metaphysical ones. Although this may be true to some, we must also take into consideration that other people have a completely different point of view regarding this matter. These people believe that beauty upholds a higher meaning and that is the fact that beauty shouldn’t only be aesthetically appealing to the eyes, but also to the soul and to the heart of the beholder. We all can agree that women are different from each other in so many ways but if there’s something they have in common, it’s the fact that they all have boobs and a vagina. Boobs that, according to an unwritten law enacted by society, should not be flaunted in public unless they want to be sexually assaulted, and a vagina that goes through a monthly cycle which isn’t really a pleasant process to some. All things considered, both are vital parts of the female body. With this in mind, women must not allow anyone to reduce them to their sexual parts for they are far more than that. They are loving mothers who would sacrifice everything in a heartbeat for their children. They are students who stay up late at night studying to make their parents proud of them. They are teachers who empower their students and

make a difference in education. They are laborers who work all throughout the day to provide for their families. They are writers who want to touch the lives of many people by stringing beautiful words together. They are artists who make you see the world in a different light. They are ambitious individuals who want nothing but the best for themselves by filling in that room for self-improvement. Women are many things but a sexual object isn’t one of them. One’s respect towards women should not be contingent upon whether they’re someone’s wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, or any other family role. All women deserve to be respected not because of their sexuality, but because they are human beings. They are human beings who are capable of feeling all sorts of emotions. What does it mean to be beautiful? There is no absolute answer to this question but one thing is for sure. Women of different shapes, sizes, races, ages, and skin colors are equally beautiful in their own unique ways regardless of society’s socalled beauty standards for the diversity of women from all over the world is one of the many things that makes life beautifully colorful. To quote Andre Lorde, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”


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#Mancrimination Words by Paul Mackey B. Marfil • Photos by Rod Gerard J. Fuentes and Israh Marie D. Dayalo

We’ve always dreamt of a world where men and women could run freely without bigots and holier-than-thou racists injecting poisonous hate and intolerance into the veins of humanity. We’ve always dreamt of a world where there is equality and acceptance despite our differences, big or small. We’ve always dreamt about Little Johnny or Pretty Maria growing up in a society where no tongue can chastise them for who they are, for who they want to be, and for what they want to become.

But as the years pass by, can we truly say that we have finally woken up from those dreams to make them a reality? Or are we still dreaming . . . dreaming of a utopia that, until now, is still a work of fiction? Laws have been passed, movements have been carried out, demonstrations have taken place. But we’ve just barely scratched the surface. We’ve attempted to cut the line separating blacks and whites. We’ve attempted to abolish slavery. We’ve attempted to incinerate social stratifications with the flames of truth and justice. But are those things enough so that we can truly say that we are now living in an egalitarian society? And then, there’s this fight for gender equality. For centuries, our civilization has been putting a lot of pressure, especially on women. Well, I’m pretty sure this is the reason behind all those feminism movements and uproars against socalled misogynists. “Let me vote!” she would say. “I’m part of the society, too!” she would say. “I’m human, too!” she would say. And the worst of all.

“Why didn’t you open the door for me? Why didn’t you carry my bag? Why didn’t you give me a seat? Chivalry is dead!” Now, my fellow “men,” I understand the cries of our female counterparts. I know that they’ve been through a crucible of fire, especially during the early days. I know that women deserve our utmost respect. We listened to them, and we tried to help them, and we’ve somewhat allowed feminism to flourish. But it has come to a point that things have already gone a bit too far. The tables have been turned, and it seems like men are now the ones who are being discriminated. Conservatives should destroy the common belief that women are inferior, and so we must always take sides with them. Let's stop looking down on our women as delicate, and thus they are more prone to abuse. Men and women should be looked equally and without bias. She has freebies, and I, a man, don’t. Simple? Yes. But it speaks volumes of what our society has become—a society where men are being labelled as “too” strong, to the extent that we want to say that they don’t always need help. Sometimes we overemphasize being gentlemen, that we forget that men should be treated well too. Help knows no gender. Justice has no gender. Life has no gender. We wanted a world of equality, and not a world where one gender is superior over the other. We have to envision a world where both men and women can have equal rights, may it be in suffrage or in simply just having a seat in public transportation. Yes, women need to be respected, but we must not bring it to a certain level where respect has become tantamount to subservience, which can eventually lead to abuse of power. Chivalry is dead, you might say? Well, because of the many feminazis always bashing on men, we might just say that chivalry has committed suicide. Indeed, the struggle is real. Now, they are planning to have buses, trains, and queues that are for women only. Where is equality in that? Men are not monsters. We’re strong, yes, but sometimes we, ourselves, are the victims, and oftentimes, especially when a woman is involved, we don’t get the sympathy that we need. It is unfair, and it is no close to equality if we would always put the blame on men. Guy or gal, we all have feelings, we all have tendencies, we all have fragile hearts prone to being scathed. The world does not work because of what he did. The world does not work because of what she did. The world works because of what we all did, because of our collective efforts as men and women We need to wake up and turn our dream of a more egalitarian society into a reality. There will come a day when we will all see our planets, not as a world of women, and not as a world of men, but rather a world for everyone, despite their gender, despite their religion, despite their race, despite any difference they have. It’s not about what he says. And it’s not about what she says. It’s all about what we say.


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No Filter

Rhick Lars Vladimer T. Albay

21 Gunshots for a Dictator Entitle the tyrant a 21-gun-salute for a bloody 21-year regime of oppression and corruption. Fire the artillery to drown out the cries of student activist 1 Liliosa Hilao, molested in Camp Crame, her body mangled and littered with cigarette burns, her genitals sawed off, 2 16-yearold Boyet Mijares, misled out of hiding, told his disappeared father was still alive and waiting to meet him, his tortured remains dumped a few days later outside Manila, and 3 Archimedes Trajano, snatched, beaten and thrown out of a high window

The Joker

Vic Alizon P. Morena

Unexplained Files We deserve to know. Have you tried paying certain fees of definite amount as stated in your RF and were asked to pay more than what is stated? Are you curious where it came from and what happened but you were left hanging? Well then, my friend, you are not alone. Massive complaints concerning the unknown and unexplained increase in the payment and fees of students are currently flooding the Central social media. Buzzing questions and disturbing information towards fee increases were lit lately.

A Fragile Kingdom Paul Mackey B. Marfil

The Dreadful Decay of Defiance There has been an awakening. The decade has ushered in a new era, a time when even the tapping of a keyboard could change the world. Through the internet, we have seen this world in a different perspective. Information sent through the realm of the digital have piled up into mounds, and on top we stand, proud of our elevation as a species. The power of the new era has always been there, granting us the ability to build and destroy. Some, however, have chosen to remain asleep, tucked in a deep and dreamless slumber. They enjoy this new era, but they do not want to recognize the power it has given to them. They accept the idea of being empowered by the internet, but they choose not to use it for a benevolent cause, or to weaponize it to battle those who warp the truth to favor only their side of the coin. Perhaps, they just don’t care. Perhaps, they lack the necessary information. Perhaps, they’re just too afraid. I admit, it is very tempting to submit yourself to apathy when you feel as if the world is trying to pull you apart from both sides. You become too afraid to voice out lest someone scourges you just because you do not adhere to the opinion of the majority. To stand up for your own beliefs has become a very

by henchmen for daring to question the authority of a dictator’s daughter. Cry and grieve for a tyrant who died of illness and old age, not for the young struck down in their prime, brutally slaughtered for criticizing Martial Law. Don’t mourn for 4 Juan Escandor a doctor who served at the Philippine General Hospital while organizing protests and movements, his skull emptied and filled with rags and garbage. Hold back your tears for 24-year-old seminarian 5 William Vincent Begg his body found with “seventeen stab wounds, eleven gunshot wounds, a broken rib cage and smashed hands.” Forget the memory of 6 Tonyhill Hillario, forced to dig graves for his slain comrades by the local constabulary then buried alive along with them. Lay your wreaths of pure white, unblemished by the blood of warrior-poet 7 Eman Lacaba, ardent feminist and revolutionary 8 Lorena Barros and vigilant student activists 9 Noel Tierra, !0 Edgar Jopson, and !1 Ditto Sarmiento.

Bury your wax idol while the families of !2 Primitivo Mijares, whistleblower against the “conjugal dictatorship”, and human rights lawyer !3 Hermon Lagman, have waited four decades for them to come home, desaparecidos, without even a body to bury and say farewell to. Let the names of the Dela Fuente brothers fade away. Young Ilonggo activists !4 John Dela Fuente and !5 Edward Dela Fuente slain just a year apart, the former shot dead while sleeping in their home,

In “In the Dumps”, the Facebook group of Central Echo, a post questioning the sudden difference in the payment balances of students was the hot topic. The Registration form states Php 100.00 but later increased to Php 200.00 during the payment. Now, that’s concerning! Where the did the other hundred come from? “Lumus Maxima?” We deserve to know. Such increases in student’s fees should be announced for us to be informed about what’s happening and should not leave us surprised and ignorant. Was there a mistake with regards to their previous computation? Don’t you feel robbed after paying more than what you expected? Worse, you know nothing about it. Wag umasa bes, masasaktan ka lang. Perhaps, the transparency that our university banners is not that transparent at all for they are yet to provide answers to our questions. It may be just a matter of a few pesos, hundreds, or maybe thousands but it’s the student’s money that our dear parents worked their asses off to earn. And

matters concerning the students should be clarified to avoid confusion that will result to toxicity which will disrupt the established order. We deserve to know. We must not be passive about everything that happens within our university, and matters involving our goodwill. We must not be stupid idiots who allow all these unexplained things to happen without taking any action. Precautions must be taken. We deserve an explanation. We deserve an acceptable reason. Yet, our beloved Administration failed to provide answers to this matter voiced out by students. And

daunting task indeed, and perhaps this is why some choose to remain silent. And in that silence thrives an even more dreadful fiend, one that allows the growth of society’s cancer cells. If a disease has reached the point when it is no longer curable, could it be because of the patient’s unwillingness to have it treated in the first place? Should we just stand idly by and wait for that moment when we can no longer change the system? Sure, we could all just sit back and enjoy the impermanence of our happiness and peace, but time is an unforgiving force that only favors those who dare to make a move. And move, we must, before the shadows finish first. It is very common for us to feel indifferent during times of crisis, especially when we are not directly affected. And when something does happen, say an accident in the Barangay, we often come out of our houses for the tsismis, and not to totally show sympathy for the victim. But this country does not need bystanders, nor does it need gossipers who resort to sensationalism. In an age when thousands of information are just an internet connection away, there should be no excuse for ignorance. Of course, because Facebook is not the only thing on the internet (we won’t be discussing the problems of free Facebook here). Truth has become malleable in this new era. If you submit yourself to fake news articles, or just look at headlines without reading the actual articles and doing further research, then there’s a pretty good chance that you can become malleable, too. Add apathy to the equation, and you get yourself a society of gulls and scaremongers. Our country’s history is a lacerated back of a tortured man kept in a dark room somewhere in downtown Manila. And just because he’s not here beside us, doesn’t mean he’s not suffering. Because history does not end with the fall of dominions; it

carries on, and oftentimes it is being written by the victors, and used as leverage by opportunists who toy with the fact that it can be malleable, too. Former Secretary of Education and 13th president of the University of the Philippines System Onofre Corpuz once wrote that one of the weaknesses of Philippine Education can be found in the subject of history. “The lack of a sense of history among Filipinos is fateful,” he said. Our lacking sense of history contributes to the slow decay of nationalism, and thus places us at a confused state where we bleed and not care a thing because we feel so directionless, floating aimlessly on top of those who pillage our houses and our sense of identity while we sleep in uncomfortable comfort. Furthermore, Corpuz also posited that we often choose quantity over quality, that “many seem to

tribal chieftain !7 Macli-ing Dulag, officers opening fire on his hut for leading the indigenous peoples of the Cordilleras in protesting the construction of a dam that threatened to drown their ancestral domain. Rewrite history to erase the bloodshed at !8 Las Navas, where children saw the cruelty of Marcos’ soliders, witnessing helpless the inhumane killing of their parents and families. Remove from the history books the !9 Escalante Massacre when government troopers opened fire on the peaceful protest of 7,000 people in Negros. Wipe the dictator’s slate clean of the @0 3,240 Filipinos killed and @1 the 34,000 tortured while unlawfully detained. Absolve him of the billions their family and cronies looted from the Philippines. Forgive him for his crimes against humanity. Bestow upon his grave the highest of honors and pave the way for his remorseless and unapologetic family’s rise to power. #NeverForget #MarcosNoHero

Cry and grieve for a tyrant who died of illness and old age, not for the young struck down in their prime, brutally slaughtered for criticizing Martial Law. the former tortured and found with “bloody nails and fingers, bruises and scars, the mark of a boot print on his back” as recounted by their mother who outlived them both. Make for naught the sacrifice of !6 Fr. Zacarias Agatep who helped poor farmers’ families in Northern Luzon, shot and killed by military men while defending the lands of his parishioners, and

CPU boasts of transparency and proper information dissemination. It aims to inform students of everything that is happening in our beloved university. But if we keep on paying fees without knowing the the reason of its increase, well that’s not transparency, it is not clear at all. Was there any increase in certain fees? Was there a balance that was added? Was there another fee that we should pay? What? We deserve to know. Actions must be done now. If we all just keep on allowing these to happen, we will be abused. CPU is a Christian university, but with all the lies and controversies, c’mon, we are better than that. Indi man mango ang mga Centralian nga indi nila makita nga may sala. Ini isa ka pamatuod nga mga estudyante sang CPU indi mga ignorante. Enlighten us! “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain neutrality during a moral crisis.”

Perhaps, the transparency that our university banners is not that transparent at all. while this situation is yet to be clarified, well, it just keeps on surprising Centralians. My friend was a victim lately and I became one too. I extend my point of view to those who can enlighten the naïve student about what he/she is paying and what’s happening.

problems—poverty, corruption, the proliferation of illegal drugs, the manipulation being done by those in authority and by the faceless warmongers: problems that need solutions that would help promote the common good, that would favor the country and not just a handful of the population. There should be no room for indifference, for the fight should be fought by all of us. In the Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri wrote that the darkest places in hell are reserved for those who preserve their neutrality during times of moral crisis. We must trudge through fire and brimstone, uphold our rights to question and challenge whatever Inferno we’re going through, and, like in the Divine Comedy, find our way out and into Purgatory, and eventually Paradise. This must be done before the time comes when we are no longer allowed to complain, when we are no longer allowed to speak, when we are no longer allowed to even finish a sentence, when we are no longer allowed to.

If a disease has reached the point when it is no longer curable, could it be because of the patient’s unwillingness to have it treated in the first place? believe that standards of precision and quality are a nuisance.” This has led to the growth in the number of goods and services, and in the decline in quality. Settling for less, for substandard commodities, for wishy-washy services, and for things that could have been improved breed a certain level of complacency in the hearts of Filipinos. And this leaves little to no room to breathe for those who strive to better the system. And complacency and apathy fuel the fire that would engulf us all. The country needs more of those who stand firm in the fight against the oppressors, the faceless warmongers who seek to divide and conquer the people and make them stop questioning and thinking. Silence is consent, yes. And in the silence, one can hear the painful thud of our democracy falling on its knees. This country has been rattled by many

Choose your circle. Inevitably we become more and more like the people we surround ourselves with every day. If we surround ourselves with people who are dishonest and willing to cut corners to get ahead, then we will surely find ourselves following a pattern of first enduring their behavior, then accepting their behavior, and finally adopting their behavior. If you want to build a reputation as a person of integrity, then surround yourself with people of integrity. You and I decide what kind of world we wish to live in and what kind of planet we give to the next generation and the generations yet unborn. Live each of your life with integrity and set an example for others to follow. If you pay attention, I think you’ll be surprised at how much impact your own integrity actually holds. MAXVOL ← page 9


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by Charles Arthel R. Rey

“May thou forever stand Renowned in every land Supreme in heart and hand We love thee best.” These are the lines wholeheartedly sung by every Centralian throughout the years; they resound beyond the walls of this great institution and ignite a sense of pride in every Centralian heart.

PHOTO JOMIL JOHN REGALADO‎

The Central Spirit Beyond Borders We, Centralians, take pride for the 111 years of Exemplary Christian Education for Life – an education that does not only mould us to be well equipped in our chosen disciplines but introduces us to the Almighty, from whom all wisdom flows. Central Spirit is the driving force that shapes the majesty of CPU’s history. It is possessed by every Centralian across the globe. It is lived beyond the borders of this nation. During the tragic World War II, many University properties were destroyed. Infrastructures and facilities were crushed into rubble, but because of Central Spirit, alumni across all nations helped in rebuilding the school.

A Beginner’s Guide to Debating Online ILLUSTRATION UNIQUE CANINICATO

A how-to manual to navigate the downtrodden realm of arguing on Facebook by Rhick Lars Vladimer T. Albay

I PRIDE myself in being a member of our college’s debate team. However, like in every legal team, not everyone can be Annalise Keating or the lead counsel arguing and speaking in court. I eventually found my necessary niche in the team: fallacy checker. I know it doesn’t sound glamorous, but it’s being in charge of rebuttal for your team by noting your opponents’ inaccuracies and logical errors i.e. nitpicking the other squad’s arguments and tearing them apart. I know that the dynamics of arguing on social media is different from Oxford-Oregon debate, but hear me out. Debating a close-minded individual online may sometimes seem futile, but knowing some of the common fallacies – misconceptions, false arguments and misguided reasoning – may lend you the upper hand.

Ad hominem Paano mag-timpla ng Mocha? Take coffee, add milk, add sugar, ad hominem. The most common blunder in online debates, ad hominem means attacking the person, or simply resulting to threats and name-calling when you can’t offer an informed argument. This is what we in debate call throwing a hissy-fit and being a sore loser. Rapidly becoming the main weapon in the arsenal of Mocha Uson and her minions (remember Agot Isidro being labeled baog?), ad hominem is a convenient way to overwhelm any “intellectual superior” in an argument, by insulting them and trying to drag them down to your level – akin to bludgeoning someone with a bat when you don’t get your way.

Today, CPU still stands strong and beautifully in the heart of the country as one of the most prominent universities. It is interesting how Central Spirit compelled alumni around the world to organize CPU Alumni Association Chapters. The CPU AAI is present in Canada, Australia, the United States and many other countries. With the number of new graduates who are working abroad, Central Spirit is continuously manifesting. Today, CPU AAI has more than 100 chapters around the world. The legacy of Central involves the development of an individual not only physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually, but also

spiritually. CPU believes in Christian education as a holistic approach to maximize human potential. This perfects and makes the Central Spirit unique. We are a complete package because we possess the Central Spirit wherever we go. We salute the fathers of this institution, may their vision and mission come to reality, as we continue to strive and live the Central Spirit. Fellow Centralians, let us move forward in confidence and enthusiasm. We are ready to embrace the challenges of this world, for God’s greatest glory! And may we continue living the Central Spirit, even beyond borders!

It’s why anyone who doesn’t agree with Duterte is immediately tagged a “yellowtard”, why all who laud the president’s radical views are stereotypes as “dutertards”, and why everyone who has progressive views is labeled a communist or an NPA. These sweeping statements are why people think those who are rallying and angered by the sneaky burial of the late dictator-tyrant are calling for the ouster of Duterte. It’s why his minions think anyone concerned about the rising number of police violence incidences and “extrajudicial killings” is trying to slander their beloved president. Most fail to acknowledge or are unable to comprehend that these are nuanced issues that are not just a means to target a single person in office.

Hard Duterte Supporter angrily comments in capital letters: “I STAND WITH DUTERTE! BAKIT GUSTO NYU PAALISIN SI PRESIDENTE!?” Unbeknownst to most, there was a Pro-Marcos protest held to oppose the Black Friday Protest in Luneta Park. It was organized by the Duterte Youth. Lo and behold, it was attended by **plays drum roll** seven people, while thousands joined the antiMarcos burial protests. The misguided Duterte Youth are under the assumption the rallyists are going to use the funeral rites of the wax Marcos as grounds to oust the president, instead of seeing it as nationwide outrage over a clear attempt to revise history, clean his slate of blood, and pave the way for the prospect of a Bongbong presidency.

Fallacy of False Authority

Proof by Assertion

Mocha Uson, nuff said.

Red Herring / Ignoratio elenchi

The fallacy of False Dilemma/ False Dichotomy No, I’m not talking about Leila de Lima and her marital woes. False dilemma / dichotomy is asserting that there are only two sides to any issue, when in fact there are an innumerable number of stands and arguments one can make . This is most apparent in the ka-DDS (Duterte Diehard Supporters) or dilawan, este the black and white point of view of most netizens. It’s disappointing how the discussion of Philippine politics has been reduced to just two parties by hardcore fanatics and the deluded. To them it’s Duterte or bust, you are either a Rody ally or a Liberal Party loyalist. To the misguided multitudes, it is unheard of to support most of the president’s advocacies and actions, but disagree with him on a few key issues. You also want an independent foreign policy but hit Duterte for the rampant killings under his watch? Dilawan ka! You are a staunch supporter of the war on drugs but deplore Rody’s misogynistic ways? Bayaran ka!... at baog!

Hasty Generalization / Slippery Slope These two go hand in hand. Hasty Generalization and Slippery Slope both connote jumping to conclusions and unfounded accusations based on little to no evidence.

These two fallacies involve shifting the argument to come up with a flawed judgment. The latter Latin translates to “irrelevant conclusion” while Red Herring is often summarized as “arguing beside the point”. It baffled many protesters how the nationwide Black Friday Protests last Nov. 25 against the burial of the dictator Marcos, was dismissed by Mocha Uson and her followers as a paid publicity stunt by the Liberal Party and the Aquino family. This reasoning can be traced back to how people often view the EDSA Revolution as the triumph of the Aquinos against the adversity of the Marcoses, instead as the show of strength and power of the Filipino people to boot a tyrant out of office. Another common personification of “arguing beside the point” is “Ba’t di nyu sigawan si Enrile?” “Bakit hindi niyo ni rally si Fidel Ramos?” “Ngaa wala nyu gina-protest si Aquino?” – swerving past the real disagreement and failing to take into account the context of why these people are rallying against Marcos. The harm in this line of debating is that it shifts the argument to “Are you Pro-Marcos or ProAquino?” when instead it should be “Why are we burying a reprehensible man at the Libingan ng mga Bayani?”

Straw Man This is committed when a person simply ignores a person's actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that argument. To illustrate: A person posts on social media about how he is in solidarity with those rallying against Marcos’ burial at LNMB. Suddenly, a Die

It was Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, who famously said “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.” This is the essence of Proof by Assertion – it’s force feeding the public misleading information and falsified histories until they eventually come to accept the deception as truth. In the age of social media however, this can be paraphrased to “when fake news gets enough shares, it can be claimed as fact” or “with a prolonged campaign your minions will gradually believe as true, even worship, all the lies you spew”. Bongbong Marcos and his family is guilty of this fallacy, as they seeks to wipe history of their patriarch’s atrocities and bestow upon him the honorific of “hero” – venerating the dictator, deitifying their “Apo”. However, a lie will always be a lie, and a tyrant will always be a tyrant.

Closing Rebuttal I’ll probably expand this list of fallacies in the near future, but for now at least you have an idea of what to expect when trying to engage in “meaningful” debates and discussions online. My humble word of advice though: when a very vocal netizen tries to lambast you, gets a rise out of you, or tries to trap you into a futile shouting match online, offer an unorthodox approach. Comment back: “Hi friend (insert name here), I’d rather not argue on my facebook wall. Maybe we can discuss our differing opinions, in a civil manner, over coffee some time, when are you free?” Then watch them shrink, cower and be reduced to silence. You see, these people get all their power from anonymity and hiding behind a screen, Invite them to a decent dialogue while enjoying macchiatos, and suddenly they’re hesitant and speechless. What’s up with that?


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The Woman Version of Paul This story won the top spot during Panay News' 36th Annivesary Journalism Worskshop "A Face of Many Phases: Understanding and Writing Better Personality Profiles"

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Shar inside the Spiritual Formation Office.

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A Passionate Rose After the Heart of God" is an inspirational book which contains her collection of writings about Christianity and social issues.

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by Onesiforo B. Berina, Jr. and Jiselle L. Yanson

Sharon Rose Joy Ruiz-Duremdes is a woman of faith. She stands firm on whatever she believes in. She has put her life at risk for the sake of truth. She never gets tired serving the Omnipresent One and His people. Reverend Duremdes, or “Ma’am Shar”, is known as a brilliant teacher at the Central Philippine University’s (CPU) College of Theology, a master of religious education, a pastor emeritus at the first Baptist church in the Philippines, and a book author. But if one must know who Duremdes really is, they must look past these worldly achievements and into her views and responses to life’s struggles and tempests. At the peak of martial law under the dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., thousands of Filipinos were killed. The poorest among the poor continued to live in scarcity. Freedoms to speak and express were suppressed. Many mourn silently, but Duremdes fearlessly spoke out, leading to the most dramatic event in her life. “In February 1985, I was picked up and detained for expressing my desire to oppose corruption and expose the bankruptcy of the US-Marcos dictatorship,” she said. Many of us would lose hope when subject to such circumstance, but Duremdes did not let this defeat her. Prison guards barred her from holding her two daughters. And yet she remained still and related to these verses: “Watch out, for there will be men who will arrest you and take you to court and they will whip you with the synagogues. For my sake, you will be brought to trial before rulers and kings and to tell the Good News to them and to the Gentiles.” (Matthew 10:17-18) "Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers." (Matthew 5:11-12 ) Instead of just weeping, Duremdes and her fellow detainees asked themselves why they were there and what must be their response. They talked to each other, shared food. They showed each other that they were different—that they care. Like Paul, the great Christian Apostle, Duremdes considered her capture and detention a test of faith. It did not push her to the point of giving up but turned into a driving force to continue the battle for social transformation. "If the Bible says that Jesus came for us to have abundant life, why is it that people are suffering under that cruel dictatorship?" she asked rhetorically. “If you really wanted to live out your Christian faith, you really have to criticize, to expose and to oppose corruption, exploitation, marginalization of the poor and the insensitivity of the government.”

Persecution, Redemption Later Duremdes was freed, but she was branded by many as a “false prophet.” A seminary where she taught released a pastoral letter warning local churches under the Convention of the Philippine Baptist Churches to stay away from her. She was kicked out of that seminary. Local churches never invited her to speak or give lectures anymore.

Again, this sort of persecution failed to put her down and instead made her more active. "There was something about that imprisonment that gave me more strength and fortitude because I knew that I was standing on my principles—I was standing on the truth." But she changed her ways. Instead of going public at once, she engaged in one-in-one conversations about social issues under Marcos’ exploitative governance. Through her connections with other churches outside the Philippines, she was able to raise funds for a day care center in an urban poor area in Lapuz, Iloilo City and help small fisherfolk in Oton, Iloilo. “The verse in the Bible says, ‘If you do it for the least, you are doing it for your Father in Heaven,’ became a real experience to me.” When Marcos was ousted and Corazon Aquino took over, many opponents of the dictatorship, including Duremdes, were absolved of charges. Years later, church leaders and members of the Baptist Convention realized her caused was right—that she was not a “false prophet” but a living proof that “faith without action is dead.” “The new leaders of the Convention were more open to understanding the other side of the picture,” said Duremdes. “Up to this time, people continue to listen and know where I stand. If they do not like my stand, I do not force it on them.”

There was something about that imprisonment that gave me more strength and fortitude because I knew that I was standing on my principles—I was standing on the truth. 'The World Needs You' Duremdes is a fairly decorated academic. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree major in English, magna cum laude. She was also conferred the Alton Bigelow award, the highest honor given to the most outstanding student in CPU, and hailed as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines in 1967. She specialized in Arts, major in Speech and Communication in Hawaii and took her master’s degree in Religious Education at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in California. She later became the first woman secretary of the National Council of Churches. All these accomplishments enriched the ministry and the people she served. “There is no other place for you to practice your Christianity but in this world characterized by violence, criminality and injustice without giving importance to humanity.” This is what Duremdes is teaching her theology students. Aside from being a pastor emeritus at Jaro Evangelical church, she is also the adviser of the Student Christian Movement in the Philippines at CPU and author of the book “Sharon: A Passionate Rose After the Heart of God,” a collection of her writings. Most great lessons in life are drawn from the darkest moments, not from the honors and accolades. And with all such lessons she brings with her, Duremdes is a woman version of Paul—a brave dreamer and a committed Christian servant.

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by Joriz Lanz L. Cometa

What is the most significant change that you've seen in the world in the last ten years? The answer—climate change. Climate change, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA), “encompasses global warming, but refers to the broader range of changes that include rising sea levels, shrinking mountain glaciers, accelerating ice melt in Greenland, Antarctica and the Arctic, and shifts in flower/plant blooming times.” It has played a great role in the lives of every living form. Some have perished, but some have adapted and eventually survived. The adaptation of diverse organisms to changes has also been challenged by stronger and harsher natural disasters and phenomena. These and other effects are widely known and understood, but what lies under the sleeves of the so called climate change? What significant changes did our climate undergo? For the past ten years, there are changes to Earth’s CO2 level in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a naturally-occurring gas that is present in the

atmosphere and is capable of absorbing infrared radiation, thereby trapping and holding heat in the atmosphere. But due to human activities such as deforestation, burning fossil fuels, as well as natural processes such as respiration and volcanic eruptions, excessive amount of this greenhouse gas has been emitted into the atmosphere, thence trapping more heat. In 2006, the carbon dioxide level in Earth’s atmosphere has reached 381.2 parts per million(ppm) and even reached a whopping 405.25 ppm in 2016. It is believed that the carbon dioxide levels in the air are at their highest in 650,000 years. For the past ten years, significant changes to Earth’s temperature have been recorded. These temperature changes have been directly attributed to global warming and its evidences such as the rise of the sea level, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, extreme natural disasters, and ocean acidification. In 2006, there was an increase of 0.61°C in combined land and ocean annual temperature and recently, in 2016, it rose up to 0.94°C. It is the highest global temperature increase since the year 1880. For the past ten years, a dramatic decrease in Artic sea ice has been recorded. Arctic sea ice keeps the polar regions of the planet cool and helps moderate global temperature. Its bright surface helps reflect 80% of the sunlight that reaches

ILLUSTRATION MICHAEL ANGELO FANDAGANI

Under the Sleeves of Climate Change the earth back into space. But with diminishing Arctic sea ice area, the sunlight that reaches the earth cannot be reflected back, rather, be absorbed by the ocean, thus heating the oceans up. In 2006, the Artic covers the area of 5.91 million square kilometers and dropped to 4.72 million square kilometers in 2016 with lowest satellite record drop in 2012 to 3.62 million square kilometers. Scientists say that there is 13.3% decrease in Arctic sea ice area per decade. For the past ten years, land ice sheets in both Antarctica and Greenland are losing mass, with 134 gigatonnes and 287 gigatonnes loss of ice per year, respectively. Unlike sea ice, the land ice has great impact to rising sea levels for the former is already floating in the ocean with volume added to the total volume of the ocean. It is important to note that the world’s glaciers store the 75% of total fresh water reserve. In Greenland alone, ice loss has doubled between 1996 and 2005. In 2006, 673.9 Gt of ice has been lost from both Antarctica and Greenland, and in 2016, it is estimated that 2,783.9 Gt has melted into water. Such melting is a major factor for sea level rise. The sea level has risen with unprecedented rate for the past ten years. Sea level rise is caused by two factors related to global warming: the added water from melting land ice and expansion of

A Flight over Water Words and Photo by John David O. Maza

Water and planes are an odd pair. But such unlikely couple had me taste their nice blend. Let me tell you how. It was my first plane ride. The first I was conscious about as an adult. I was quite anxious, and a bit nervous too. I secured a pack of chewing gum and a pad of Bonamine inside my bag even though I was clueless on why I’ll need them. I had no experience and didn’t know what to do, how to act, or how things were going to work. But I knew there was something great that’s about to happen. I was excited. It was a conference I was going to attend, and none of my family is coming with me. I remember how my sister advised me about removing even my shoes during the full inspection, how I waved goodbye to my father at the airport, how reluctantly I entered the doors voluntarily making way for my entrance, and how strangely thrilled I was at the sight of the queue where my three co-delegates were standing. It was four o’clock in the morning

and I hadn’t had enough sleep, but I wasn’t sleepy in any way. I was excited. Our flight was called two hours later. I carefully walked through the aisle looking for my seat. It got me even more excited when the plane’s wing was just framed within my window. Just perfect for Instagram. The plane still hasn’t taken off but my camera already had tons of photos. I fastened my seatbelt and chewed gum while eagerly watching the crew show safety procedures. The plane then dashed through the runway. I observed my heartbeat accelerate inside my chest as my excitement was being satisfied. It felt like I was in some dreamy slow motion the very second the plane took off. I was in heaven, both metaphorically and literally. I took photos at the same window with the same angle every minute but every image was different every time. From clouds, mountains, and islands to tight villages and skyscrapers: scenes I’ve never seen before. The flight attendant handed me snacks together with a cup of water which I sparingly sipped. Before we were about to land, they collected our cups, mine still half-full. I hastily gulped the cup and ended up accidentally spilling its contents. We arrived at our destination an hour later, with the pressure snatching my hearing moments

earlier before we landed. The flight just gave me a lesson about the concept of air pressure. The fact that I had just ridden a plane was still sinking as I stood from my seat and walked through the aisle for the second time. We were in front of a conveyor belt patiently waiting for our luggage where I realized that the experience has already ended. The wide smile in my face was still intact. That experience was a first and was something special. It was an oncein-a-lifetime experience considering it was entirely sponsored by USAID Be Secure Project after an article I wrote qualified, and I’ll be forever grateful. With the pictures of my trip captured in my camera, I am confident that I will cherish that short but exciting hour-long trip in my head and in my heart. In the water conference we attended, people from all over the country and the world were gathered in a room to discuss experiences, technologies, and knowledge about water, the industry, and its conservation. Most of the talks were a bit technical, but the entire purpose of such conference was to work hand-in-hand for the salvation of the future of water. I immediately felt ashamed for the irony of spilling my complimentary plane water. I was attending a water conservation conference but wasn't even trying to act like someone who deserves to be there.

sea waters as it warms. With current increase in temperature of 1°C, scientists expect, if humanity continues producing carbon emissions at its current rate, a 4°C rise. This temperature is enough to melt land ice and expand sea water which would later translate to increasing sea level. The increase is also enough to submerge world renowned cities such as Shanghai, Jakarta, Tokyo, New York City, Hong Kong, and Miami to name a few by the end of the 21st century. In 2006, there was a maximum increase of 3.4 millimeters, but in 2016, it reached to a maximum of 88.6 millimeters. The domino effect that started from excessive emission of greenhouse gas to the increase of sea level has brought extreme natural phenomena, such as typhoon, drought, ocean acidification, and, indirectly, species extinction. Even though global warming is naturally a part of the earth cycle, human interventions such as cutting down trees, burning of the fossil fuels, combined with other natural processes, fuel the hastening of the cycle. In the year 2100, scientists foresee a great change to Earth’s climate as extremes are expected if the humanity continues to maintain the trend that is now happening. But in this world going gaga about the bad effects of the climate changes lies under its sleeves the simple fact that it’s not too late.

Water is everywhere[I’ve seen a lot of it during my flight]. So why is there a need for its ‘conservation’? It is a daily need. Chores, hygiene, consumption. As much as we’d like to use such vast amounts of it, we know seawater isn’t just meant for those activities. And we're left with freshwater which constitutes a staggering 2.5% of all Earth’s water. Of all that, only one percent of all three hundred million cubic miles of freshwater can be used by its 7 billion people. Each person uses about a hundred gallons every single day; notwithstanding factories, farming, power generation, leaks, climate change and pollution, etc. Do the math and you’ll realize that our water supply will just gradually fly and disappear before our very own eyes. An amount we can’t count with our fingers doesn’t mean infinity. Most of us here in the Philippines have much water running through our faucets. Yes, it’s the usual thing. We’ve ever since been supplied with ample amounts of water that we couldn’t care less about ‘conservation’. But in other places, like the sub-Saharan Africa, lack of access to clean and safe water is the primary cause of poverty and a supply of good water might just be an extravagance. So what does water and my first plane ride share? How nice did they blend? Perhaps a line from the movie Dorian Gray can help explain it: “Some things are more precious because they don't last.” My first plane trip and water have this thing in common: they’re both precious. I used the first six paragraphs to inflict to you my enthusiasm for such a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a treasured opportunity. Only if we have a thorough understanding that water is scarce and will not last if we continue on with our wasteful habits will we then realize how precious, more valuable than sparkling diamonds, water is. It can cost us our lives if we remain ignorant about the status quo. Imagining the world with all its water run dry would just be impossible as we wouldn’t even exist to imagine. Let us work together to preserve every drop we have left the way the camera captured every moment during the flight. Let us treat every glass of water as a chance to tell the Giver of such an amazing gift on how eternally grateful we are. Let us change the world by beginning the change within ourselves. We need not be Superman nor Iron Man to soar high and become heroes. Saving water is rescuing humanity’s future.


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ILLUSTRATION UNIQUE CANINICATO

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Sa Diin dun ang mga Istorya ka mga Kamal-aman ta? ni Pearl Lorraine R. Cordero

“Indi kaw manilhig kon sirum ukon gab-i hay gaduy daa. Bukon it mayad hay ma gwa ya swerte kag grasya”. “Indi marigos kon may pamulanon kaw hay mauntat dia”. “Indi mag ihaw manok kon may patay hay maka arapas, ga sunod sunod ang patay sa pamilya”. Pira daya sa mga lihi ka mga kamal-aman ta karang una nga panahon, nga waay dun gina sunod kag gina sapak ka mga urihing tubo. Karon sa moderno nga panahon, waay dun nagapati ka dia ang mga bata. Gina kadlawan dulang nanda o gina bais ang mga

mal-am kon mabatian nanda. “Insa ano ang barasehan da ka dia?”, “Uwaw, kaabot dun ya tawo sa bulan, may mga kompyuter dun, moderno dun ya panahon pay”. Muda gid masami da nga hambal. Kon pamatian lang, karayubit kag karadlawan. Pay bintaha gid nga sundon ta ang mga gina hambal ka kamal-aman ta hay nauna sanda kanaton. Man-an nanda ang mayad kag malain. Gapa agto palang kita, gapauli dun tanda. May eksperyensya sanda sa kabuhi nga barasehan ka mga gina tudlo da kanaton. Indi malain ang mag sunod kag mag pati hay ang mga mal-am, amo ang maaram kon ano dapat kag mayad para kanaton. Mga bata, indi sagi ka bais sanday Apoy kag Uwaw ta. Hipos lang kag binagbinaga ang ginapang tudlo nanda. Kon isipon ta gid kag panumdumon it mayad, daw indi man malain kon tumanon ta sanda. Naga amat ka bag-o ang panahon, may mga moderno dun kita nga teknolohiya, pay duro man ungod kanaton nga mga tawo ang gapati sa mga lihi, kapin pa ang mga taga uma. Natanom dun abi dya sa isip ka mga tawo kag amu dya ang namat-an kag gina sulit-sulit ka mga kamal-

Kuha-a anay Mutâ mo! aman ta. Kon kanaton pa, gin panubli ta dun kananda. Bisan ang parte sa aswang gani gina tuohan pa nanda. Kon binagbinagon ta, kabatas bala timo mag kaon ka pareho mo nga tawo, hilaw? Daw karadlawan indi bala? Pay indi gid dia madura sa paminsaron ka iba, kapin pa tulad nga may mga pelikula kita nga parte dyan. Kon kaisa, maka bulig man sa pag disiplina ka mga ginikanan sa anda nga mga kabataan. Pahuga bala, ga tal-as dayun uli. Sa mga siyudad duman, daw nadura dun dyang mga lihi, hay naimpuwensyahan ka teknolohiya. Laban pa hampang da kaysa sa mamati sa gina hambal ka mga mal-am. Budlay pa patihon ang mga urihing tubo. Sabton ka pa nanda ka pinolosopo. Hay kung kis-a, daw tuod man, durupan mo nga pati kag ikabuhi, indi gid mag uswag pangabuhi mo hay puro dulang bawal. Siguro sa pira ka adlaw, madura gid daya sa panumduman ta, kapin pa hay ga amatamat duman dura ang mga kamal-aman ta. Waay dun it masaway kag mamirit kanaton ka anda nga mga naman-an. Sa diin dun ayhan ang mga lihi da? Bugto ko, panumduma it mayad.

Ikalawang Buhay sa Loob ng Internet ni Lara Neptali E. Anam

Sa makabagong mundo kung saan humihinga tayo sa dalawang buhay, ang mga salita ay tila baril na pwede mong ikamatay. Dalawang buhay, oo. Buhay kung saan tayo nakakagalaw, nakakakain, nakakapagusap nang harapan. Ang isa naman ay sa loob ng mga cellphone, kompyuter at kung anu-ano pang gadyets na nakakonekta sa internet. Isang status, isang litrato, isang video, kapag kumalat at nakita ng lahat, sisikat ka. Paano? Sisikat ka kung maraming matutuwa, maaantig, magagalit at mangungutya. Sa loob ng mundo na nakikita ng lahat ang lahat,

mas bukas tayo sa mga salitang tila musika kung magbigay-puri at mga salitang kasing talim ng kutsilyo kung makalait. Salitang nanggaling sa mga pindot ng mga daliri. Mga salitang walang patawad kung manghusga at manglait. Mga salitang punong-puno ng pait at galit mula sa mga taong nakakonekta sa mundo ng internet. Ilang buhay na ba ang nasira ng isang video? Sari-saring iskandalo na ang kumalat sa social media. Babaeng nakunan na sinisigawan ang gwardya, mga teenager na kinunan ang mga sarili na nagtatalik. Madali lang naman tumawa at sabihing “ginawa nila ‘yan eh,” sabay pindot ng kung anu-anong panlalait. Pero paano kung ikaw ang nasa video na ‘yun? Ano kaya ang mararamdaman mo kapag nabasa mo ang mga kumentong: “Akala mo kung sino”, “walang pinag-aralan”, “nakakahiya” , “bobo”, “kadiri”. Naisip mo ba kung paano naaapektuhan ang buhay ng mga taong hinuhusgahan mo dahil lang sa isang video? Siguro nga mali ang ginawa nila, pero sino ba tayo para manghusga? Sa arawaraw na ginawa ng Diyos, ni minsan ba hindi tayo nakagawa ng pagkakamali? Sapat na siguro ang kahihiyang inabot ng mga taong nasa kumakalat na videos. Hindi na natin

kailangan pang dagdagan at gatungan ng mga masasakit na kumento ang mga taong hindi naman natin lubusang kilala. Tunay nga na kay liit na ng mundo, lalo na sa loob ng internet. Mas matapang na ang mga tao sapagkat sino ba naman ang kaharap mo sa tuwing may gusto kang sabihin? Kaharap mo lang ang mga parisukat na gadgets. Pero hindi ba’t malalim din ang sugat na ibinibigay ng mga salita? May mga taong bumaba na ang tingin sa sarili dahil lang sa mga pangungutya na nakukuha sa mga social media. Mayroon naman na hindi na kinaya ang mga panghuhusga sa internet at tuluyan na winakasan ang kanilang buhay. Ilan lang ito sa mga epekto na naidudulot ng mga salitang akala natin ay salita lang, pero ang totoo ay unti-unti nang sumisira ng buhay. Facebook, Twitter at Instagram, ilan lang sa mga mundo ng ating ikalawang buhay. Dito malaya nating naibabahagi ang mga litrato, videos at mga opinyon na gustong ipahayag. Sa mundong ‘to may pangalan tayong pinapangalagaan, may buhay tayo na nakikita ng lahat. Pero tulad ng mundong ginagalawan natin, ang buhay sa loob ng internet ay mapanganib din.

ni Onesiforo B. Berina, Jr.

Damak , gikatolan, biga-on— masakit nga mga tinaga , apang amo ini ang masami ta mabatian halin sa baba sang kadam-an sa aton sosyodad nahanungod sa mga tawo nga may HIV kag iban pa nga mga balati-an nga makuha sa pakighilawas. Sa bilog nga Western Visayas, gapanguna gid ang siyudad sang Iloilo sa may pinakadamo nga kaso sang HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Pinakamataas ini sa mga ga-edad 15-24 anyos. Kun parte man lang sa pagtaas sang HIV infection sa aton pungsod, may mahimo pa kita. Ina pama-agi sa Sex Education. Pero paano ang iban nga naga-antos sini nga balati-an? Pabay-an ta na lang bala sila nga mag-antos? Sang nagkadto ako sa isa ka seminar, may nabatian ako nga sugilanon parte sa isa ka tawo nga may HIV. Ginpatindogan siya sang iya pamilya sang payag nga malayo sa iya kag didto siya gin paistar, ginadulungan lang pagkaon nga daw kaangay sang isa ka preso. Ini ginhimo sang iya ginikanan, bangud sang kahadlok nga malatonan sila. Kag labaw sa tanan, sa kahadlok nga maguba ila ngalan. Tam-an gid kasubo sang sini nga istorya. Kun diin mo pa kinahanglan ang bulig kag pag-amuma sang ginatawag mo nga pamilya, dira ka pa nila ginpapalayo. Sa gihapon ini nagakatabo tungod sa aton pagka-ignorante! “HIV? Yuck..eww..palayo ka sa iya.” “Indi magtapik sa iya kay basi magtapik man sa imo iya balhas, basi magka-HIV ka man.” “Bes, 3 meters away gid kon mag-istorya kay basi agsikan ka ka laway nia.” Tanan ini, permi ta man mabati-an sa iban, pero tanan ini puro sala. Indi matuod nga malatnan ka kun magtapik sa imo ang balhas sang may HIV. Indi man tuod nga kun mag-agsik sa guya mo iya laway positibo ka na. Indi sila mga kriminal nga aton dapat kahadlokan. Parehas man sila sa aton nga gakinahanglan sang pag-intyendi kag paghigugma. Indi ta man sila dapat ikahuya, kundi dapat nga apinan batok sa pangmaltrato sang iban. Mga tawo sila sa gihapon nga may karapatan kag kinamatarong! Kag kun may HIV ka, indi buot singganon nga hasta sa katapusan sang imo ginhawa miserable ka. Pwede gid nga maglawig pa ang kabuhi mo, basta gina padayon mo ang intsakto nga medikasyon. Kun ginakul-baan ka man nga basi positibo ka, indi na magduwa-duwa pa mag pa- check sa gilayon agud imo mabal-an. Importante gid sa tanan, nga untatan ta na ang pagpanghusgar sa ila, kay indi buot singganon nga kun may HIV ka immoral ka dayon. Indi buot singganon nga kun may ara ka sini kaplog ukon gapangkaplog ka dayon. Indi man buot singganon nga gaba ukon silot na ini halin sa Dios tungod makasasala ang isa ka tawo. Bag-o naton sila husgaran tulukon ta anay aton mga kaugalingon kay sa pagpanghusgar pa lang sa ila, nakasala na kita!


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diversion ↑ Waterworld. [PHOTO ILOILO TODAY] ← S&R

Membership Shopping. SM City Iloilo.

← Southpoint,

[PHOTOS ROD GERARD FUENTES]

Why Change is not a Bad Thing Looking at the brighter side of things Words by Celina L. Maloto

“Change is the only constant thing in this world.” The only thing you can count on in life is the fact that change will be constant. Every single day, change comes in many forms. Career paths. Friends. Seasons. Fashion trends. Jobs. Relationships. Choices. And the worst kind of change, change of feelings.

COMICS Pilahay by Bejay P. Songcog

Excuse Me by Bejay P. Songcog

Isturya Kuris-kuris 01 by Rochen S. Tacardon

The associations connected to the word ‘change’ are often negative. Coping with different kinds of changes, no matter how big or small, can be difficult. But when you look at the brighter side of things, that isn’t always the case. Change is permanent and sometimes, it’s for the better. Just like how the Ilonggos are embracing the numerous changes that are taking place in Iloilo City.

Malls in the City Iloilo’s booming economy is like a magnet, attracting many investors and entrepreneurs to establish their businesses in the city with its vast economic potential. Aside from the fact that Iloilo City is the City of Love, it is also one of the Top 5 Most Business Friendly Cities in the country. It’s no wonder S&R Membership Shopping has decided to open its 12th store in the Philippines at San Rafael Mandurriao, Iloilo City last December 16. Because of this, Ilonggos can now experience world class shopping galore anytime they want. As stated in their website snrshopping.com, S&R is a membership-shopping club modeled after the warehouse membership shopping chains introduced in the United States. Moreover, the core concept of S&R is to deliver significant value to member-customers through an effective and efficient system anchored on aggressive buying, low-cost distribution and streamlined operations. In fact, S&R provides an expansive selection of imported and local items in value packed sizes to cater to the personal and business needs of the customers.

The SM New Wing

Signal #4 by Bejay P. Songcog

SM City Southpoint Expansion offers the ultimate entertainment destination in the city. The former parking space in the south portion of the mall was turned into a 25,000-square meter floor area of dining strips and restaurants. If you feel like relaxing in broad daylight may it be alone or with your family, SM City Southpoint also has open spaces covered with greens excellent for spending quality time with your loved ones. If you’re one of those people who love to be alone in a crowded place, summon the inner bookworm in you and enjoy reading a book by the water fountain. What’s even more interesting is the fact that the new building has a bridge that connects to the 3rd level of the SM Cinema floor.

The New Waterworld There comes a point in your life when you realize that no matter how old you get, your inner child will always want to resurface. The more you deny its wishes, the more it amplifies its voice. In order for you to avoid getting yelled at by your 7-year-old self, listen to it. One way for you to do that is by making a trip to the first ever water park in the city, Waterworld Iloilo. For as low as 350PHP, you’ll be able to grant the desires of the heart of your inner child. Located at Eon Centennial Resort Hotel and Waterpark in Alta Tierra Village, Jaro, Iloilo City, Waterworld Iloilo opened last December 16, the same day that S&R Membership Shopping opened its store. It appears as though 2016 has been a year of many changes for the Ilonggos. Yes, change is inevitable and sometimes, it can be scary. But when done right, change could mean growing, evolving and progressing.


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THE CENTRAL ECHO VOL. 108 NO. 2

King Eagle soaring new heights

Dare

Jiselle L. Yanson

Motibasyon, hindi limitasyon

by Lara Neptali E. Anam

A dream will remain a dream until you chase it and turn it into reality. This is what basketball player Kiefer Ravena is trying to prove. You probably know him, who doesn’t? With his high flying moves in the court, it is undeniable that he is indeed the King Eagle. Now, Ateneo’s star player is taking a big shot in his dream-to play in the NBA. The Phenom Ravena plays big in the basketball scene but not known to many, he is actually an Ilonggo. Born on October 27, 1993, Kiefer Isaac Crisologo Ravena is the son of PBA player Bong Ravena and national volleyball player Mozzy Ravena. He started playing basketball at a very young age and was dubbed as “The Phenom” at age 13. Ravena started making fuzz when he was the first high school freshman to make it to Team A of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets leading the team into three consecutive championships in the UAAP juniors division where he also received two consecutive MVP awards. The Phenom made a huge impression that many schools wanted him to play for their seniors basketball team.

Blue Mamba Ravena decided to stay and play for ADMU and won the UAAP Season 74 Rookie of the Year Award making him the fourth Atenean to win the award. During his rookie year, the Ateneo Blue Eagles won its 4th consecutive UAAP championship with

↑ Ravena

fights for the ball with UE Red Warriors' Christopher Javier. [PHOTO JUAN BENJAMIN JANEO]

Ravena breaking records scoring 22 points on the first half which at that time the second highest individual scoring output in a first half of a game. Ravena kept the fire burning in the court as their team won its 5th straight title in the UAAP season 75. And so he earned the moniker “Blue Mamba”. It was after Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s “Black Mamba” moniker -which Kiefer is a huge fan. The Blue Eagles also won as champion on the FilOil Flying V Cup in 2011 where Ravena was also awarded as MVP.

King Eagle In his fourth year in the league, Ravena was named as the new team captain. During this time, the “King Eagle” was born-a title only given to a select few of Atenean basketball players. Ravena’s career in the basketball scene was flourishing, bagging a back-to-back UAAP MVP awards during its 77th and 78th season. Although the Blue Eagles failed to bring back the UAAP title during his last two years, Ravena registered a career-high 38 points in their overtime win against UE Red Warriors. The 38 points that he made became the second highest points made by a single player in the history of UAAP. Ravena also played under Sinag Pilipinas representing the country on the 2011 and 2013 SEA Games taking home gold medals. In 2015, he was named captain of the Gilas Cadets (formerly Sinag Pilipinas) the team

that represented the Philippines on the SEABA Championship and SEA Games of the same year where they also won gold medals. These achievements made Ravena the second Filipino basketball player to win three straight SEA Games gold medals in basketball. In 2016, after his basketball career in college ended, he joined the Mighty Sports Cavaliers. The team played on the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) where Ravena adds another MVP trophy in his collection. This year couldn’t get any better for the King Eagle as he soar new heights after being signed as a “developmental player” of Texas Legends, the minor league affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA D-League. Ravena tried out in the team but opted not to join the 2016 D-League Draft. The 23-year-old aspiring NBA player is not a full time member of the roster but is allowed to train full time with the team. Although he is provided with transportation allowance and free housing, Ravena receives no salary as a developmental player. He also lives alone in the US away from his family, but the athlete understands that these are just the sacrifices he needs to endure in chasing his NBA dream. “The Phenom, Blue Mamba, King Eagle,” what would be his next name? Kiefer Ravena is set to prove himself in a new court. How high could the King Eagle fly? Nobody can tell. But one thing is for sure: his family and fans are all behind his back no matter what.

Hinubog ng laro ni Lara Neptali E. Anam

Patintero, tumbang preso, piko, luksong-tinik, habulan, sikyu, langit-lupa, tagu-taguan, ano ba ang paborito mong laro? Dahil sa mga nabanggit ko, malamang maraming ala-ala na ang pumapasok sa iyong isipan. Sadyang kay sarap balikan ang mga araw na tayo’y nalilibang sa paglalaro at ‘di na alintana ang panahon, pagpawisan man sa tindi ng init ng araw o mabasa ng ulan ay tuloy pa rin. Ilang beses na ba tayong nadapa sa habulan? Nahulog mula sa puno nang dahil sa langit-lupa? Napikon nang hindi makabawi sa pagiging taya? Ilang beses ka na bang pinagtulungan, natalo at nagtampo sa mga kalaro? Lahat ng ito ay mga hindi kanais-nais na mga karanasan sa paglalaro pero mga alaalang pinagtatawanan na lamang makalipas ang ilang taon. Sa pakikipaglaro tayo natutong makipagkapwa-tao, ‘di natin maikakaila na dito tayo unang nakahanap ng mga kaibigan. Ilang beses mang mag-away ay muli’t muling magkakabati rin. Dahil sa pagiging bata, ang ‘di pagkakaintindihan ay parang hangin lang na dumaraan. Sa pakikipaglaro natin

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na ang mga kabataan ngayon sa hawak nilang unang naranasan ang pagkadismaya dahil sa mga gadyets. Ang pakikipagkaibigan ba ay pagkatalo at ang tamis ng tagumpay sa tuwing matututunan ng isang bata sa pagpindot nanalo. Sa pakikipaglaro rin tayo natutong ng isang “friend request” sa Facebook? O umasa. Umasa na kinabukasan, sa susunod sa pakikipagbunuan na laro ay makakabawi ng mga karakter na rin. Higit sa lahat, sa ipinaglalaban-laban sa pakikipaglaro tayo loob ng kompyuter? Sa natutong bumangon, panahong tanging mga ilang beses mang madapa. daliri na lamang ang Saya ang dala ng iginagalaw sa tuwing mga larong ito sa ating naglalaro, hindi lang kabataan. Ang akala nating ang mga tradidisyunal libangan lamang ay may na laro ang unti-unting aral palang hatid na ‘di nawawala, dala na rito lang natin namamalayan. ang mga aral na sana’y Hindi ba’t natuto tayong matutunan ng mga humingi ng tawad sa mga kabataan na siyang kalarong di sinasadyang huhubog sa kanilang masaktan? Magpasalamat pagkatao. sa kalarong tinulungan Sana’y ‘wag nating kang makabangon sa hayaang maging alapagkakadapa. Naging ala na lamang ang pasensyoso sa pigiging mga larong minsan ay taya, natutong tumanggap nagbigay kasiyahan sa ng pagkatalo at naging ↑ Mga kalalakihang naglalaro ng Palosebo, isang ating kabataan. Hayaan mapagkumbaba sa tradisyunal na larong Pilipino, noong nakaraang sana nating bumuo rin panalo. College Day [RETRATO EMMANUEL DEJADA] ang mga kabataan ng Mga larong henerasyong ito ng sarili nilang ala-ala gamit sinusukat ang ating disiplina at pakikitungo sa ang mga larong parte na ng ating kultura iba, tuluyan na nga bang napaglipasan? Tunay bilang mga Pilipino. Mga larong nagbigay ng nga na binago na ng modernong teknolohiya mga aral na tangan natin hanggang ngayon at hindi lang ang mundong ating ginagalawan tumulong sa paghulma ng ating pagkatao. ngunit pati na rin ang pamumuhay ng mga tao. Imbis na maglaro sa labas ay mas nawiwili

Sa taun-taong pagdiriwang natin ng University Week ay naipapamalas sa atin kung paano lumaban ang bawat departamento sa iba’t-ibang palaro at paligsahan. Maging ito man ay sa akademikong kaganapan, literary musical at lalung-lalo na sa isports. Lahat ay gustong manalo. Lahat ay nagsusumikap upang ipakita ang talento at potensyal na taglay ng kanya-kanyang sekyon. Ngunit sa bawat taon din ay may dapat mangibabaw at kitang-kita natin kung sino ang mga iyon, maging ito man ay ang ating kolehiyo o hindi. Hindi kaila sa atin kung paano ipinakita ng CPU High School Department ang kanilang bagsik at galing sa iba’t-ibang larangan sa lumipas na mga taon at maging sa kasalukuyan. Batid natin kung gaano sila mas nangibabaw kaysa sa ibang kolehiyo sa ating unibersidad. Ngunit bakit nga ba sila nakakalamang pagdating ng U-week? Bakit nga ba mas nananalo sila na kung ating titingnang maigi ay dapat mas physically and mentally developed ang mga mag-aaral sa kolehiyo, hindi ba? Kung ating susuriin, marami ang naging factors kung bakit ganito ang nagiging resulta taun-taon. Una na lamang ay ang pagkakaroon nila ng mas mainam na oras upang makapaghanda at makapag-ensayo sa mga palaro. Totoong binibigyan nila ng sapat na panahon ang pagsasanay sa isports, lalo na’t dahil hindi gaanong nagkaka-iba ang iskedyul ng mga manlalaro, hindi tulad sa mga nasa kolehiyo na hindi minsan nagkakatugma ang mga bakanteng oras upang magsanay.

Lahat ay gustong manalo. Lahat ay nagsusumikap upang ipakita ang talento at potensyal na taglay ng kanya-kanyang sekyon. Ngunit sa bawat taon din ay may dapat mangibabaw... Ikalawa na dito ay ang mas pagkakabahala ng mga estudyante sa kolehiyo ukol sa kani-kanilang asignatura kaysa sa mga nasa mataas na paaralan. Hindi nila maaaring pabayaan ang kahit isang klase lalo na kung ito ay major subject nila dahil hindi sa lahat ng panahon ay pinagbibigyan ng kanilang guro ang kanilang dahilan na pagsasanay sa kanilang pagliban. Samantalang sa HS naman, ay iniintindi sila ng kanilang guro at sa katunayan pa nga ay binibigyan pa sila ng karagdagang puntos sa kanilang pagsali. Dagdag pa dito ang kakulangan ng manlalaro sa kolehiyo. Dumarami na ngayon ang mga tinatawag na “octopus athletes” o yung mga atletang mahigit sa isa ang sinasalihang isports dahil kulang ang mga miyembro ng mga koponan. Hirap din silang kumpletuhin ang kanilang line-up kaya minsan, napipilitan na lamang ang kahit hindi naman masyadong marunong sa partikular na isports na sumali, mapunan lang kulang na mga manlalaro. Hindi tulad sa HS na bawat isports ay may nakatalaga nang mga atleta. Sa ibang isports pa nga ay varsity nila mismo ang kanilang nilalaban. Gayunpaman, tayong mga nasa kolehiyo ay hindi natin maaaring limitahan ang ating mga sarili sa pagpapakitang-gilas dahil lang sa pagkakaroon ng mga kalamangan ng ibang departamento. Hindi natin dapat itong gawing dahilan upang ipagsawalang bahala ang paglalaro lalo na sa U-week na inaabangabangan ng bawat mag-aaral kundi, dapat natin itong gawing inspirasyon at matibay na motibasyon upang lalo pang pagbutihan ang kanya-kanyang sinasalihang larangan. Ibilang natin itong isang pagsubok at malusog na kompetensya upang tayo ay mas lumakas at gumaling pa.


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THE CENTRAL ECHO

King Eagle Soaring New Heights

VOL. 107 NO. 11

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Golden Lions Football

↑ ALL FOR THE LORD. CPU Football Team poses with their hands pointed to the sky as they offer their success to God. [PHOTO LUKE TRASPORTO]

Men dominate ILOPRISAA

Golden Lions Football Men dominate ILOPRISAA Centralian spikers face star-studded Team Alyssa Valdez

↓ Valdez. [PHOTO PHILSTAR]

by Rhick Lars Valdimer T. Albay

Alyssa Valdez and her star-studded team defied gravity and showed unparalleled athleticism, treating Ilonggos to a thrilling game on Aug. 27, 2016 at the Central Philippine University Gym, as the home-grown Team Iloilo did their best to put up a brave fight, bowing to a 25-18, 25-13, 25-18 sweep. Challenging Team Valdez were Centralian pride Julieann Robles, Fiola Ceballos, Glaudine Nene Troncoso, Helene Guia Celiz, as well as Ilongga volleybelles Jackie Estoquia, Dhamae Demontano, Roslyn Dusaran, Princess Pido, and Samya Jane Basco Safdar. The City of Love not only got to see Valdez and her all-star crew in action but also had the chance to learn first-hand from Team Alyssa Valdez the skills of the trade, as they coached and trained young athletes during a two-day volleyball skills camp over the weekend at Ateneo de Iloilo. Known not only for her fierce play but also for her kind spirit, Valdez had organized similar youth volleyball clinics this summer, after ADMU’s defeat to long-time rival the De La Salle University Lady Spikers in the UAAP Season 78 volleyball tournament. “We’re hoping na makatulong talaga kami at ma-share namin ang knowledge namin at awareness,” shared Valdez. “Definitely, we want to inspire ang mga bata and makita ang mga talents nila.” “Kami naka-graduate na kami sa UAAP and NCAA, so sila naman hopefully ang susunod na maglalaro. Hopefully makita talaga namin dito sa Iloilo ang mga masusunod na star players,” added Valdez who shared this is her first time in Iloilo. The three-time UAAP MVP was joined by fellow Lady Eagle Jem Ferrer, Lady Spiker Melissa Gohing, with volley stars Janine Marciano, Myleen Paat, Relea Ferina Saet, Myla Pablo, and Joyce Palad. During her final year with the Ateneo Lady Eagles, Valdez managed to clinch the UAAP Season 78’s Most Valuable Player and Athlete of the Year plums. As a member of the PLDT Home Ultera, Valdez also claimed the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 MVP title.

by Ariel Lorenz N. Castronuevo

The Golden Lions Football team won 1st Place during the 2016 Iloilo Private Schools Athletics Association (ILOPRISAA) last December 8, 2016 earning themselves their first championship win in five years. The team scored 2-1 against John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University during the Championship game held at the CPU Football Field. According to football team member Jonas Oren, their winning goal was a sudden turn of events as it happened in the last few minutes of the game with a score of 1-1.

“It was all unexpected. Everything happened so fast especially in the last 2 minutes of the game. In the end, it was all the work of the Lord,” Oren said. The winning goal took place when the ball was accidentally kicked to the goal by one of their competitors during a penalty kick in favor of CPU according to Oren. “After the game, the happiness was overwhelming. It felt like all you could do was raise your hands to God because of too much happiness,” Oren added. “The team is still a work in progress, we still have a lot of work to do, and every day is an opportunity to get better. We just want to give back to GOD all the glory, honor, and praise ‘for apart from HIM we can do nothing’,” said Javellana, quoting John 15:5. The Golden Lions were also Champions in Football at the Elementary and Secondary levels during ILOPRISAA. “Our biggest struggle would be our key players being injured. We had difficulty coping up at first but we thank our good Lord for sustaining us all throughout the tournament,” Javellana added.

CPU athletes

garner awards in 2016 ILOPRISAA by Vivienne S. Songacayawon

The CPU Golden Lions brought home numerous awards during the 2016 Iloilo Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Meet held on November 22 to December 14, 2016.

CHAMPION Badminton(Men) Chess(Women) Sepak Takraw(Men) Table Tennis(Women) Taekwondo(Women) Football(Men) Volleyball(Women) Beach Volleyball(Women)

1ST RUNNER-UP

↑ Men's Elementary Football Team

Badminton(Women) Basketball(Women) Chess(Men) Table Tennis(Men) Taekwondo(Men) Tenniss(Women) Volleyball(Men)

[PHOTOS LUKE TRASPORTO]

2ND RUNNER-UP Athletics(Men) Athletics(Women) Karatedo(Men) Karatedo(Women) Beach Volleyball(Men) ↑ Men's High School Football Team

[PHOTOS LUKE TRASPORTO]

Centralian Taekwondo player receives Mayor’s Citation by Charles Arthel R. Rey

↑ Hormingoso. [PHOTO QUINN HORMIGOSO]

Third year Financial Management student Quinn Pauline Hormigoso received a Mayor's Citation for her excellence in Taekwondo at the New Iloilo City Hall last November 7, 2016. A medal, plaque, and cash award were personally awarded by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog. Hormigoso brought honor to Iloilo City after winning 3rd runner-up during the National Poomsae Championship—an annual taekwondo tournament, held in Cuneta Astrodome, Manila. “I had mixed emotions while receiving the citation given by our beloved mayor. I never really expected that I can bring home any medal since all of my competitiors are very good in this field and almost all

of them are part of the national team,” said Hormigoso after she received the plaque. The award further motivated Hormigoso to train harder in order to bring the gold medal next time. The young athlete also won the Gold in Kyurogi (Sparring) Competition, Individual Poomsae, Mix-Pair Poomsae, and Team Poomsae competitions, during the 2016 Iloilo Schools Sports Association Meet. When asked about her inspiration in playing Taekwondo, she proudly says “God is my strength in every game I have. I

play for Him. My family, My friends and the people who believe in me are my source of inspiration. Taekwondo is my life.” Hormigoso started playing the sport when she entered a taekwondo clinic during her elementary years. Aside from her dream to become a successful businesswoman in the future, Hormigoso’s ultimate goal is represent the Philippines in international competitions such as the Olympic Games. “I am an athlete of God” is Hormigoso’s mantra after every event.

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