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Mark Conrad C. Salvador “Mark, traveler and road tripper of UP CMC”


on’t let the glasses fool you. Mark may look bookish but he’s a bomb of fun waiting to explode. He’s game for anything, and is adventurous to boot. Photography talent happens to be Mark’s middle name. Not only is he great with taking photographs at the spur of the moment, he also

excels at combining them with words to make truly wonderful narratives that can transport the viewer into that scene in history. Looking for a friend like Mark is like shooting with a film camera: it’s difficult to get a good shot, but once you’ve clicked, then you’ve got a keeper of a picture and a friend.


“… at gayong nananabik na magmahal ay wala kayong makitang karapatdapat sa inyo, nariyan ang Inang Bayan. Mahalin ninyo siya.” -Dr. Jose Rizal

Kiersnerr Gerwin B. Tacadena “UJP’s Papi”


ompliment his hair or the way he folds his pants, but share with him your insane thoughts, joys and woes and gain an extraordinary friend for a lifetime. His contagious smile will unexplainably annoy and rub off on you. At times, he will prank you and put you in lots of embarrassing situations. Oftentimes, he finds a way to say rude things in a perfectly polite manner. But to be in the receiving end of his mischief is proof of his deep friendship with you. He is not all jokes though, because when he talks about life you see it in a perspective free of judgment and full of passion. We might know Gerv as the funny one, the bubbly friend, the glue of the friendship, but he’s perfectly capable of a lot more. If you look past his playful pranks and that ever-present smile, you will see someone working hard to be

his best; someone who can be serious when he needs to be. When he does things, he aims for the best. Okay almost never crosses his mind and he influences us to do the same. He never backs down on what he believes is right. His strength, compassion and will combine perfectly to show a person who can stand up for you and will stand up with you. Yes, he may have a lot of faces, but he can be that one person you can always run to whenever you just need someone to talk to and cry on, or even to simply hang out with and laugh endlessly. Gerv is the best kind of everything journalist, student, leader, brother, friend. He made all of us proud.


“Ang una mong bagsak na exam ang binyag mo sa UP.� -senior roommate to freshie roommate

Juan Miguel A. Tolentino “Ako Yung Laging Late”


ear Jam/Yuan/Banong, A few hours ago I got this message on facebook from one of your former teachers in the minor seminary: “Jam is one of our best seminarians, lagi ko syang example sa mga brothers namin sa seminaryo mula po noon hanggang ngayon.” Your former teachers and priest formators also have at one time or another told me similar heart-warming expressions of admiration for you. I know you are not comfortable hearing (or reading) praises in public. But as I often tell you, I can claim my “bragging rights” as a mother anytime. Walang makakapigil kay Nanay. So here it goes. You are a constant source of pride and joy. In elementary and high school, you have earned good grades and have won awards in contests and competitions. What continues to amaze me is that you were chosen to represent your school in varied areas, such as Essay Writing in English and Filipino, Feature

Writing, Mathematics, Statistics, Bible Quiz, even Poster Making. For the last four years or so, you have been spreading your wings and have tried music (playing instruments, singing and composing), photography, and poetry. More importantly, you have always been a very good son and a very nice person. You were never ashamed of what we can afford. Always considerate, you never asked for unnecessary things. You never fail to say “thank you” for even the simplest of things or favors I give you. You also know how to say sorry whenever you have to. Saying “I love you.” more often will complete the three “magic words”, but I am not in a hurry. Sinong nanay ang hindi magiging proud kung ikaw ang anak? Nanay


“It takes more than words to hurt me... unless they happen to be particularly truthful words strung together in exceptionally observant sentences.�

Celso Roberto Z. Vaflor III “Celso, Son of Celso, Son of Celso, heir to the throne of Gondor”


GE class was where I met Robby. This was three long years ago. I have to admit that I didn’t give much thought about him at that time for he seemed quite reserved and talked only with his group of friends. The only conversation I remember I had with him during that class was me thanking him for busting out this Weezer song while we waited for the professor. Even then he did not say much. What a freakin’ snob, I thought. But since he was very active on the interweb, and was always posting stuff on the class FB group, I discovered how he was (and still is) much into “obscure” music and film and other whatnots. Because of this, in my mind, I called him “the hipster guy from English class”. But hey, that’s not a bad thing at all. Our not-really-talking-nor-seeing-eachother-much phase carried on for quite some time. In spite of this, he would always find time

to ask how I was holding up in the jungle that is UP. I got to know him very slowly only through these occasional chats. He’s very thoughtful that way, and I admire him a lot for that. If it were any other person, we would’ve lost touch already, but not Robby. Recently, as we’ve been talking and seeing each other a little more often, I consider myself lucky to have found another person who is in the same niche as I am. I also appreciate how he can keep a (relatively) cool head when certain things go wrong, and how he goes out his way to help a friend in need. That’s Robby from my perspective, a pretty interesting laid-back person who is seriously worth the time (even if it takes you three years) to get to know.


“The waste you throw in the water today will be gone tomorrow.” – Ela’s younger sister who wrote this for an environmental poster -making contest in grade school

Stela Marie L. Vicher “S’ya ‘Yon?”


friend once asked Ela in jest: “Kung ikaw ay Vicher, sino ang Vichest?” Despite the fierce last name, Ela is anything but the fancy prima donna that her surname suggests. She is a girl who loves the simple and her goal is achieving a minimalist, pragmatic lifestyle with a no-nonsense approach to things. A steadfast kuripot, she mulls things a hundred times over before spending. When she does spend (hallelujah!), she makes sure to keep track of each and every peso. Good thing she does not need much—all she needs on top of the basic necessities are her books, cats, and loved ones. The socially awkward penguin personified, she would rather shy away from the spotlight and do things on her own, incognito. It takes time for her to open up and when she does,

she gives sound advice that she gets from being a great listener. She also dishes out unexpected witty remarks every now and then, proof that she can never hide her silly side. These she does with a small and soft voice, making everything about her look so fragile and naïve. However, the more you know Ela, the more you realize there is no need to treat her delicately. An emotional girl, she has learned to toughen up especially with the challenges she encountered. Despite her past mistakes, she is just thankful for all the chances and opportunities given to her. She may have yet to unleash her fierce Vicher side, but for now, she is starting to find her own light as a star, which is written in her name, Stela.


Student Organizations

College of Mass Communication

Student Council


The UP College of Mass Communication Student Council (CMC-SC) is the highest governing student body of the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Mass Communication (UPD CMC). Mandated to foster unity within the college and integrate it to the university and other sectors of the nation, CMC-SC aims to promote the free exchange of ideas through the use of mass media and communication. To do so, it strives to have a body of students that are critical participants and are socially involved.

Since its re-establishment after the martial law, the CMC student council not only represents its constituents within the college, but also sees and considers the problems of the university and the people as its direct concern.

Aside from bridging the gaps between the administration and faculty to the students and bringing basic services, it has also been actively participating in various causes and campaigns of local, national and international scale such as the assertion for sufficient state subsidy for education and other social services, the Maguindanao massacre and press freedom – among many others. The council will constantly uphold students’ rights and welfare amid the changing times and will continue to use its primary tool, the media, to communicate the state of the society to forward genuine social change.


Himig Maskom is the official singing group of the College of Mass Communication. It started in 2009 when students from different departments of the college joined together to form one beautiful symphony of voices. Since then, the group has represented CMC in the annual inter-college Christmas choir competition in UP Diliman--Karolfest. Himig Maskom won first runner-up in two consecutive years (2009-2010) and placed as second runner-up in the said competition in 2014. The group also performs in different events within the college. It also holds singing workshops to train and hone the talents of students, members and non-members alike. To date, Himig Maskom has continued to hone and serve as a home for talented students who have passion and love for music and singing. 302

CMC Wildcats is the official varsity team of UP CMC. The team sends players for the basketball and volleyball events of the university like the Diliman Games. Since its formation, Wildcats continues to provide a venue for CMC students who excel and have inclination to sports. It is one of the components in fostering a holistic development for students. Moreover, it helps in building strong relationship and camaraderie with other colleges by representing the college in University Sports events.


“Kung gayon, baka naman maaari nating tingnan ang mga marurungis na mukha ng mga etsapuwera. Baka naman mainam na pakinggan natin ang nakaririnding tinig nilang mga walang tinig. Baka naman maiging kilatisin natin ang porma ng mga katawan o pigura ng mga ‘di sikat at ‘di maningning.


Sa ganitong paraan, baka mabatid natin ang dahilan kung bakit may mga etsapuwera at pilit na iniitsapuwera.” Ang Anakbayan Media Collective ay isang organisasyong nabuo mula sa inisyatibong gamitin ang ating medium – ang media, bilang armas sa pagsulong ng panlipunang pagbabago. Naniniwala ang AB Media Collective na mayroong pangangailangan na palaganapin ang radikal na diskurso taliwas sa namamayaning kaisipan na pinapalaganap ng mainstream media. Sa pagkilos bilang kolektibo, makakapag-ambag ito sa rebolusyon sa kultura at pagtaas ng kamalayan ng mamamayan. Ang bawat produskyon ay nakalapat sa panlipunang realidad: mula sa masa at tungo sa masa.






College Collision is DZUP Radio Circle’s flagship event. It is an annual intercollegiate battle of promising bands from different parts of the Metro. College Collision started eight years ago with the main objective of promoting Original Pinoy Music (OPM). Since 2007, College Collision has only grown to reach a wider and more diverse audience. Now on its eighth year, College Collision aims to further boost the listenership of OPM and provide musicians with another avenue to master their craft. College Collision is now even bigger and better as DZUP Radio Circle partners with the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA) and the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA) to declare College Collision the official music competition of the University of the Philippines Diliman.


FGUP aims to promote film as a universal language by engaging UP students across different fields in the art of filmmaking. It all start in 2011 when two students in their freshman year decided to make a difference, and—with the help of their friends—began “changing the world at twenty-four frames per second.” On August 23, 2012, the FGUP became university-recognized, and on August 30 of the following year, the organization was finally given college recognition.


The organization’s works have been chosen as official selections to film festivals such as Student Film Festical Univeristy of the Philippines in 2013, the Sacramento International Film Festival, and for Sining Del Pilar. To this day, FGUP continues to aspire in affecting change as through the art and language of film through its projects such as film-screenings and through their various productions such as Silhouette, Mortem and more.



STAND UP CMC It is STAND UP CMC’s belief that the student body should be united with the broad sectors of masses because individual struggles are not separate from collective struggles that our society faces.


We are the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP College of Mass Communication (STAND UP CMC), an alliance of organizations based in the College of Mass Communication committed to advancing its core principle that education is a right. Founded in 1996 as the local chapter of STAND UP, it is part of the university’s broadest alliance of students, organizations, fraternities and sororities. Its member organizations include the Union of Journalists of the Philippines – UP (UJP – UP) and the Anakbayan Media Collective (AB MC). Throughout the years, STAND UP CMC has continuously proven its dedication to furthering students’ rights and welfare by asserting its stand against the worsening commercialization and privatization of UP education brought about by the state’s abandonment of education. The alliance believes in a nationalist, scientific and mass-oriented education to replace the current colonial, commercialized and fascist system. On its 18th year, STAND UP CMC, together with UJP – UP, conducted the annual Break Free campaign against impunity in all its forms. The alliance linked the state’s abandonment of education, Hacienda Luisita Massacre and Typhoon Yolanda to the Maguindanao Massacre and other media-related killings.


Tinig ng Plaridel (TNP), the official student publication of UP CMC, started in 1978 at the height of Martial Law. Student journalists of the then-Institute of Mass Communication promoted freedom of expression through writing and publishing their own sentiments in print.

Tinig ng Plaridel

Years reduced the publication to near-dormancy as less issues came out. Financial setbacks and the lack of writers accounted for TNP’s irregular release of issues. Despite these problems, TNP struggled to remain the media arm of the college by adapting to the times. It briefly put out a magazine format in the late 1980s and went online in the late 1990s. In an attempt to release the newspaper despite financial constraints, TNP resorted to a “wall news” revolution in 2005. The issues were posted in the college and even in UP dormitories. In the same year, TNP was also given airtime by DZUP 1602 to broadcast 30-minute commentaries on pertinent issues affecting the college.

TNP as it is more commonly known, now prides itself for trailblazing paths in campus journalism.


CMC 2015 Yearbook P13  
CMC 2015 Yearbook P13