To Heaven, I offer. Just as he was able to found the Society of Jesus against all odds, the statue of St. Ignatius continues to inspire Magis despite the sudden flooding of Lucas-Campion-Xavier Halls’ Square.
XU celebrates Feast of St. Ignatius By Princess E. Tolentino
uly 30, 2011—With the theme “Bringing the richness of Asian culture to the living of the Gospel”, the Xavier University community gathered in advance commemoration of the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Classes were suspended for the University holiday that was a celebration of two parts: the wreath-laying ceremony at the grounds of the Lucas Hall, and the special Eucharistic Celebration at the Immaculate Concepcion Chapel. The wreath-laying ceremony, which started at eight in the morning, was a symbolic offering of respects to the Society of Jesus founder. To provide a solemn and prayerful atmosphere, the Prayer for Generosity, the
prayer composed by St. Ignatius himself, was rendered by the Xavier University Glee Club as the opening invocation. It was followed by the wreath-laying proper by University staff accompanied by the ROTC Marching Band. Fr. Calvin Poulin, the University Chaplain, led the blessing of the statue of St. Ignatius. This was followed by the symbolic placing of the sword on the hands of St. Ignatius, performed for the first time by the new University President, Fr. Roberto C. Yap. A gun salute was then rendered by the ROTC. In the special Mass, Fr. Rodolfo Fernandez’s homily presented a brief history of the celebration. He also talked about the strong symbolism of the act of placing
the sword in the hands of the statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He said it represents the stand he holds “No mas” which he meant no more wars. Fr. Fernandez mentioned his experience as a missionary in Japan for more than 40 years taught him the truth in the Ignatian principle that “peace is stronger than war; [that] love is stronger than death.” In the same homily, Fr. Fernandez added that the hands of the statue of St. Ignatius were positioned such that it embodies the idea of offering one’s life to God. After the Mass, a small buffet was prepared in the Covered Courts. For the students who could not make it on the Saturday commemoration, an earlier Mass was held at the Covered Courts on the afternoon of July 29. Similar Masses were
also being held at the other XU campuses for the Xavier University Grade School and High School levels. The Feast of St. Ignatius was celebrated in advance due to the actual date, July 31, having fallen on a Sunday. Ignacio López de Loyola was a former soldier of Spain before a wounded leg forced him to stop. While recovering from his injuries, he was drawn closer to the Lord to whom he then offered his sword in an act of surrender. Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus and was its first Father-General. Years after his death in Rome on July 31, 1556, he was canonized and became the patron saint of soldiers and of the Society.C
CSG, councils take off with GA By Joule Artemson D. Visabella and Jacqueline P. Uy
uly 20, 2011 was more than just your ordinary Wednesday in Xavier University. Over 3000 students flocked to XU’s gymnasium to witness the 27th University Wide General Assembly, dubbed “Take Off: 27th Flight to Excellence”. XU students showed their generosity as they brought school supplies for admission. The gathered supplies, which amounted to two boxes, were donated to Baluarte Elementary School. For those of you who were on another flight somewhere, here is the lowdown on the happenings: In-flight delight Entertainment began as early as 4PM when performances from the bands of XU Soundtable filled the whole gym with music to delight the growing crowd. Video
presentations from various organizations played on the huge screen afterwards. Living up to its theme, the program proper began with a voice-over for flight departure which amused the audience. The Xavier University Cultural Dance Troupe (XUCDT), Dulaang Atenista and Glee Club wowed the audience with their talents as they led the invocation, skit and song presentations, respectively. Later on, the emcees made the usual rollcall of the colleges, eliciting loud cheers from the crowd. The much-awaited opening remarks of University President Fr. Roberto “Bobby” C. Yap, SJ, garnered much attention from the students. In his message, he thanked the whole university for the warm welcome he received since he stepped foot in the university and how that warmth lingers until now, after almost two months. He also
Icons on air. College representatives behold their costumes during the University General Assembly. (C.SALCEDO)
encouraged everyone to strive for excellence in every aspect of their lives. Besides welcoming the university’s new president, the entry of the newly-established College of Computer Studies (CCS) and Computer Studies Student Council was also
recognized, with a dance number in their honor. College representatives strutted the airplane-designed stage as they did the Pilot
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Bangsamoro agenda revealed at peace forum By Angela Bernice C. Cabildo
n July 11, 2011, Xavier University’s Office of Research and Social Outreach (RSO) hosted ‘Mindanao and the Bangsamoro: Prospects for Peace’, a peace forum with Prof. Amina Rasul, president of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy. The forum illustrated the Bangsamoro struggle from the Muslims’ point of view. Topics covered in the forum were: the history of the Bangsamoro; the elements of their struggle; the involvement of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the peace process; an overview of the peace situation in Mindanao; and the desires of the Muslim communities from the Aquino administration. According to Rasul, the decades-long conflict between the government forces and the armed groups left the Muslims with damaged infrastructure within their lands and a feeling of hopelessness, with some considering an exodus to more peaceful areas. MNLF and MILF members, she shares, are driven by the urge to restore the
By Ressan Nash N. Alonto
T Peace despite Differences. XU-RSO with Ms. Rasul smile confidently despite differences in faith.
land and sovereignty that rightfully belongs to the Muslims. “I may not [always] be right, but I’m never in doubt,” says Rasul, quoting a declaration on her sister’s pin. The statement, she said, sums up what usually happens in discussions regarding the Mindanao peace situation; opinions are based on hearsay and on biased media accounts.
However, she reported the success of a meeting held in Kuala Lumpur last June 2728. Rasul stated that past peace talks have yielded zero dividends, but she maintained her optimism. The talks concluded with a politically negotiated agreement between the MILF and the Philippine government, which, as the State of the Nation Address clarified, was on the synchronization of ARMM and national elections.C
Students to trek for CdeO’s ecology By Dharyl Jean A. Indino
SCC swears in CSG ’11, councils he Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC), through its Chief Justice Jun Rangie Obispo, administered the oathtaking of the Central Student Government (CSG) and college council officers on July 16. Among the officers sworn in were CSG President Mario Tero II; vice president Dean Cris Acabo; executive secretary Nathaniel Adam Cruz; and the presidents of the college councils. Representatives from the Association of the College of Engineering Students (ACES), the Center for Integrated Technologies Student Council (CITSC), and the Council of Nursing Students (CONUS) were not able attend the ceremony due to academic matters and conflicts in schedule. After the oath taking, Cruz presented the proposed budget of the CSG for the academic year 2011-2012, as well as the General Plan of Activities (GPOA). Cruz introduced two new committees: the Events Committee, which handles the traditional events headed by the CSG such as the university-wide general assembly, the Red Mass, the OrgTrip, and other events; and the Communication Services Committee, which handles the documenting of all CSG activities and the new CSG website XUDyante.com, which is still in construction as of press time. After presenting the budget and GPOA, Cruz further explained, “In our efforts to be transparent to the students, we will present this GPOA to the general membership hopefully soon, and this is in line with our commitment [in] making the CSG ‘Your Voice, Your Government’.” Tero affirmed this commitment in his speech, when he explained the CSG’s goal of becoming a policy-making “Student First” body instead of being merely an event organizer. “It’s about representation for students and service for students,” he stated.C
agay-anons, to be led by the Nature Crusaders of the Philippines Foundation (NCPF) and National Union to Restore the Environment (NATURE, Inc.) will crusade for nature through the 1st Kagay-an Eco Trail run. The run is divided into two categories: the 3.5K Fun Run for beginners and the 21K Trail Run for trekking enthusiasts. Both sets will start in Malasag Highway and end in the Gardens of Malasag EcoTourism Village. The 21K trail run, the event’s highlight,
will include trekking in rocky, steep and slippery terrain, going through both narrow and obstructed pathways, and ascending and descending hundreds of feet along rivers, mountains, hills, valleys and forests. The event will also involve planting of trees as another way of showing support for the crusade against climate change. According to Dhonna Mae Domingo, NCPF president, the event aims to promote the protection of nature and to endorse Cagayan de Oro as a center for outdoor adventures. “The trail run also
CSG launches Amplify hotline
Karatekas open training to enthusiasts
By Ressan Nash N. Alonto
he Office of Communications of the Central Student Government launched the Amplify hotline during the University General Assembly on June 20, 2011. Aside from the Office of Communications Facebook page, posters, information booth, the upcoming CSG website XUDyante.com, and the Amplify staff, the Amplify hotline is launched in response to student enquiries and concerns. “The launching of the hotline was a success. This is because we let the student body during the general assembly aware that a hotline such as Amplify Hotline,” said Astrid Camat, CSG Secretary of Communications. “After launching it, there were a few texters who sent in their messages and asked us questions and also gave comments about how the GA was run.” However, there were also some problems. As Camat noted, “[…] we need to disseminate the information more through word of mouth and creating a buzz online since we weren’t able to cater the whole student body of XU. The launching was only limited to the number of people present during the GA.” “Now, the Amplify Hotline’s main objective is to be able to cater to the everyday concerns of the students. The Hotline serves as a tool to gather information from the students and be able to give them immediate response.” The Amplify hotline is at 09426366595 for Sun subscribers and 09351431115 for Globe and TM.C
aims to encourage trail running for physical fitness,” she adds. The trail run and tree-planting, open for participants 18 years old and above, will take place on August 14, 2011. The run is organized by the NATURE, Inc. in collaboration with NCPF with the former acting as the trail marshal. NATURE Inc. is a non-government organization composed of alumni from the Xavier University NCPF, one of the recognized organizations in the campus.C
By Dharyl Jean A. Indino f you hear thumps and groans from the SS top floor, don’t cower away in fear. Earlier this July, the XU chapter of the Japan Karate Association (JKA) opened its tri-weekly training to all Karate enthusiasts in the University, and interested participants have begun showing up. Held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Social Science building’s 6th floor, the training integrates the teaching of the Shotokan Karate, the Japan-founded Karate style embraced by the organization. The Shotokan Karate exercises aims to form physically fit individuals with discipline, respect for self and for others,
self-control and faith to oneself. It also intends to train persons who will not only be the masters of their crafts but who will also use their skills for the benefit of others. While the training includes sparring, JKA president Adeva Jane Esparrago asserts the organization’s opposition to violence and consensus of respect. “JKA is a peaceloving, harmonious organization. We use Karate only for self-defense; we do not initiate the first strike,” Esparrago adds. Out-campus trainings are also conducted every third week of the month, in collaboration with other JKA organizations from other institutions allowing members
to interact with each other, and build friendship and camaraderie. Aside from the in-campus and outcampus trainings, JKA also visits barangays in the city to train kids for free through its outreach program. Furthermore, the group plans to conduct another outreach program to Barangays Balulang and Macasandig for this academic year. JKA is a worldwide organization founded by Funakushi Gichin using the Shotokan Karate style which is mainly focused on long stances, punches, kicks, throws, blocks and strikes.C
UMAKSYON stages protest against budget cuts By Leasusana C. Ty & John Kenneth E. Ching
MAKSYON (Ugnayan ng Mamamayan para sa Karapatan sa Edukasyon) along with other activists in the city, staged a protest on June 19, 2011 to call for a better funding for the state universities and colleges (SUC) in the Philippines. The protest, which was part of a nationwide movement, started at STI College at Mortola St. The protesters then marched to the regional CHED office. Afterwards, they proceeded to Magsaysay Park for a rally. In a press conference, the coalition
expressed their sentiments on the Aquino administration’s slashing of the funding for the SUC’s. “Kung gi-set ng present administration na hatagan ug priority ang Education, makasulti mi ug wrong step ang [ilang] first step sa pagsulbad sa kini nga crisis,” said Vanessa Entia, spokesperson of UMAKSYON. Entia added, “Kay kung muadto sa mga eskwelahan, naa’y millions ng teachers ang kulang, milyon sa shortage sa classrooms. Asa man? Sa facilities, [ug] sa mga banko. So kana ang ginasulti nato na kung pwede unta, rechanneling ng budget.”
She connected this problem to the private colleges and universities, citing concerns in tuition fee increase through the miscellaneous fees. “Naay mga schools na wala na nagasulti na kining ‘Wala mi naga-increase ug tuition.’ Pero dadto na naga-bawi sa miscellaneous and other fees. Usually kini tong naa’y mga exorbitant [and] dubious na mga fees katong matingala na lang ta, ‘Ngano man mi gabayad mi?’” C
Crusader | NEWS
XCCA: Culture is the Way O
By Nadine Hendrikka E. Legaspi
n the 29th of July this year, the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) opened its 4th Cultural Season with a launching showcase entitled “Kultura Ating Daan”, held at the XU Covered Courts. The showcase was opened by the Xavier University Glee Club (XUGC) with the song “Forever Motown” and a Michael Jackson medley. This was followed by renditions of Abba songs by soloists Pauline Empeynado, Kisha Manla, Mary Kris Gebe, and faculty members Agnes Cabizon and Maria Veronica Ortega. The program was then officially opened by hosts Roderick Ocangas, Maria Hearty Barte and Paolo Jesus Zulueta with remarks that the people of XU are blessed with talents and excellence in the arts, and that that night’s program was filled with performances by the magaling at maganda. Indeed, their words proved true. The Xavier University Cultural Dance Troupe (XUCDT) wowed the audience with an earthy interpretive dance that portrayed the conflict between Nature and Man, where Man takes advantage of and eventually destroys Nature, thus provoking Nature to fight back. The essence of the dance was further emphasized by the superb light and sound direction that kept the audience at the edge of their seats as Mother Nature unleashed her wrath upon Man. In contrast with the cultural dance was the lively and modern performance of favorites from The Beatles by Banda ni Papet, featuring singers Daryl Bacolcol, Lex Guiritan and Daryl Obelidon. After, representatives from the XUGC, XUCDT, Dulaang Atenista (DA) and Xavier Stage Company invited students to join their respective organizations to further develop
their artistic talents. The XCCA profile video was then shown, followed by a hip performance by Hotmales and Class Act. With just a table, a chair and an air that exudes artistry, Hobart Savior, director of XCCA and creative director of the showcase, astounded everyone with his simple yet deeply meaningful solo dance performance. He later explained that the message was that, in the dance, kindness and generosity were taken away from him to his disadvantage, Curtain call. XCCA members gather on stage as Pauline Empeynado and Marc Adame and the performance sing (H.MAGTRAYO) Mr. Savior’s original composition, “Kultura Ating Daan”. was to take a deeper look at himself— to eyes of a person are windows to his soul, ear-tingling, heartstring-tugging, powerful love himself, after all the love he has given to to see the “soul” of a university, one must final note delivered superbly by the singers. other people. see the beauty of its culture and arts. This Asked about what he envisions for the Following Mr. Savior’s performance challenged the XCCA to perform not only season, Savior replied, “A lot… We want to was a video presentation of the Research internally, but to reveal the “soul” of Xavier actually use the theme on food, environment, and Social Outreach (RSO) cluster, which University to the community; to show what peace… And most of the [parts] of the showed scenes of XCCA reaching out to is good, true and beautiful and to elevate the program [will be] aligned to this, hopefully. help the community. quality of cultural life through the talents We have a lot of performances, as the The band Irie then took center stage of XU and present these to the people of challenge goes from the president…. We are with its rendition of Rico Blanco’s “Yugto” Cagayan de Oro. also into the greater societal engagement.” and many others. Next was a graceful For the finale, the original song “Kultura In a society such as ours today, we have and pleasantly somnolent lullaby ballet Ating Daan”, composed by Savior, was become less and less connected with our performance made lively and childlike performed by Soundmist with Empeynado culture and heritage. It would be interesting by Grace and Pointes, with such precise and Marc Adame. All of the night’s to see how XCCA can spread the love of stretches, splits and footwork. performers came upstage and sang and culture and art in service to the community; In his message, University President Fr. swayed along to the music with the mentioned to show them the way to what really is good, Roberto Yap, SJ, expressed that just as the singers leading. The program ended with the true and beautiful.C
Contests flavor up Eng’g GA By Leasusana C. Ty
uly 13, 2011 – The College of Engineering held its tribal-themed General Assembly (GA) at the Engineering and CIT Open Area with the theme MatinEng’g Gabi Natin!, “MatinEng’g Gabi Natin, or Our Intense Night, means that it’s an evening filled with intense performances and intense representation of Philippine Tribal Groups.”, explained GA Project Head Eric Seballos. “We entitled it in Filipino since the highlight of the GA is the pageant of [the] Filipino Machete. Aside from that, we also want to uphold the notion that [the] Engineering [students] are Warriors, ‘Pinoy Warriors’.” A number of competitions were held that night. The Eng’g Gals Dance showdown was first, which was won by girls from the 3rd year level.
Next was the multimedia presentation with the Eng’g Original Jingle Contest, won by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers – Xavier University Student Chapter (PICEXUSC) Badjao Warriors. The Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers (IIEE) won the Student Org Dance Presentation. The main event, the Search for Engineering Machete Pageant Night, was won by Maico Jovi Abao of the Junior Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (JPSME) Kalagan Warriors. A rainy night did not stop the GA from pushing through. Instead, the organizers and the audience welcomed the downpour with cheers. Seballos noted, “The intensity of the night was clearly proven by the rain and exemplary performances of the Warrior performers and the undisputed yelling and screaming of the crowd.”C
Historian questions Mindanao nationalism in forum By Ruth Anne B. Suson
indanao historian Rudy Buhay Rodil served as the keynote speaker in “Banwa Ko, Mindanao: A forum in nationalism through Mindanao Culture” on July 30, 2011 at the Xavier University Little Theatre. Rodil defined nationalism as the unity in a nation with a shared history and united religion, and showed how this description does not apply to Mindanao, which he called as Mindanao-Sulu. “[…] sa akong pagsabot, moingon gani kita ug nationalism, naa kitay assumption nga usa [ta] ka nation. Ug kini nga nation, base sa de libro nga definition, naay shared ethnicity, common history, shared political heritage. Pwede pa dugangan ug common religion. Naa bay ingon ani ang Mindanao-Sulu?” He also shared his view on Mindanao nationalism, “Para kanako, mas maayo nga tan-
awon nato kini as nation building, work in progress.” A retired professor of History in Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, Rodil has actively worked to promote peace and uphold the rights of the Muslim minority in Mindanao. Other speakers in the forum, a joint project of the Xavier Center for the Culture and the Arts (XCCA) and the History/ International Studies/Political Science Departments, are Nell Obach from the History Department and Hobart Savior, Director of XCCA. The forum, attended by about 50 students and faculty from both XU and other schools, was held for the purpose of molding nationalism for the youth in today’s generation, specifically in Mindanao.C
XU-URO holds 2011 general assembly Erratum By Ressan Nash N. Alonto
he Xavier University – United Religious Organizations (XU-URO) held their 2011 general assembly at Palma Verde Beach Resort on July 18. The general assembly, with this year’s theme “Rise up: Be Seen and Heard”, was attended by 10 of XU-URO’s 11 memberorganizations. The Ateneo Catechetical Instruction League (ACIL) did not send a member to the assembly. According to an invitation letter sent to
each of the member organizations, the theme speaks of the challenges that XU-URO opts to take. It is taking on the challenge by choice to pursue its goal of providing the students with balanced spirituality manifested by and through their involvement with the different charisms, that each of the organization engages to. XU-URO is the umbrella organization of all the religious-based student organizations in the University. C
In the July 2011 tabloid issue of TheCrusader, some facts were erroneously written. In the article “Fr. Bobby presides Red Mass ‘11”, the singers of VeniSancteSpiritus (Come Holy Spirit) are from the XU-United Religious Organizations, not from the Glee club as reported. In a separate article, “Three Jesuits celebrate 50th year of priesthood”, the surnames of Fr. James O’Donnell and Fr. Thomas Steinbugler were misspelled as “O’Donell” and “Steinburg” respectively. Additionally, Fr. William Klintworth was only noted as an American when in fact, he also holds a Filipino citizenship. TheCrusader sincerely apologizes for these errors. Rest assured, the publication will continue to strive in upholding accuracy and factuality in its reports. To a new age of campus journalism!C
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n front of the watchful eyes of the Filipino nation, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino delivered a 57-minute speech that can be best summarized in one word. Wang-wang. This object is as loud as PNoy’s stand against corruption in the government. His drive for the abolishment of malpractices prevalent during the past regime that carried on until his rise to office has always been the focal point of his platform. It is that drive for truth that led him to announce the surprise appointment of former Supreme Court Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales as Ombudsman. Judging by the initial reactions from the crowd, the hiring is well-placed. It is that same drive for truth that led him to expose the Php 1 billion “coffee budget” of PAGCOR employees for August 2001 – June 2010, punctuated by the statement, “Hanapin nga po natin sila, at matanong: nakakatulog pa po kayo?” It is that drive that enabled his determination to expose every administrative and financial irregularity – electoral or not – he can find as he digs through the remnants of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration. PNoy’s crusade against wang-wang, his symbolization of corrupt and opportunistic persons who use power and prestige for fulfillment of self-interest, composed the main theme of his speech. While it is admirable that the President is taking the fight against government corruption personally, let us not lose sight of the other matters clouding
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his administration. Take into consideration his net satisfaction rating that plunged to +45 in June from a high of +62 in September 2010. While that earned him a “good” ranking, it might have meant that the public didn’t feel the progress he bragged about. On the bright side, the +45 rating is the highest for an administration since 1989, and that he earned positive marks in other issues. Speaking of ratings, the major blemish in that Social Weather Service report is the minus-16 his administration garnered in its handling of the Maguindanao Massacre case. Adding insult to injury, he did not include this issue (or any development of it) in his SONA, which irritated the families of the victims. One of the highlights in President Aquino’s speech is the decrease in the unemployment rate, from 8.0% in April 2010 to 7.2% a year later according to the National Statistics Office (NSO). That’s supposed to be a good thing, but it masks the fact that during the period, NSO has recorded the increased number of the underemployed from 17.8% to 19.4%. Though the administration managed to create more jobs, it did little on having the right people work in them. It seems that P-Noy, in his determination to walk “the straight and righteous path”, has sidestepped many issues that might detract him from it. Take for example the no-show of the RH Bill in his speech, despite the
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heat that continually engulfs this issue. There are those who may argue, “It is still the first year of his term. Why be cynical already?” Why? For as early as now, his approach to various issues in his term appears to be inconsistent at best. There also seems to be no clear and concrete road map as to where PNoy intends to take the country within his tenure, save for his all-out push for the eradication of corrupt practices. More importantly, he comes off as passive in times when the country needs a firm leader, like what he displayed in the Quirino Grandstand hostage crisis. Whether that’s his style or not, chinks in his leadership come into view. The Filipino people, as a whole, are not exactly the most patient of nationalities around. Any development should be done swiftly and effectively if he wants to retain the trust (and the positive rating) until the end of his tenure. It is disappointing that Aquino had to use his drive against corruption to cover his shortcomings in other areas. Like how a homeowner covers the windows with curtains to enclose the mess inside, PNoy masterfully packaged his speech through bragging his administration’s accomplishments and progresses that it conceals the lack of definite, practical solutions present. This is something to raise our sirens about.C
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Not a hindrance
No kidding, Sherlock. Lyle Justin A. Egay
“My family is really poor.” This is turning into some sort of mantra for people of all ages appearing on variety shows that are being broadcast on national television, just to earn money. Try watching one of those noontime (or primetime) game shows. Hell, watch any reality or talent-based programs with money at stake, and you’ll hear the same thing most of the time. It might sound monotonous, but it appears that it is very effective on the viewers and even the judges who decide whether or not these contestants should stay on the show. For instance, in this particularly popular talent game show where contestants were taken from all parts of the country, one applicant only had to say that he didn’t bring any fare for the trip home to get the judges to vote for him. Whether or not this intentionally done to earn sympathy cannot be proven, but organizers’ approval of these appeals to pity is highly uncalled for, for lack of a better term. I know that most of them are sincere
and perhaps want to be actors/actresses just to alleviate their social standings, but it appears that they are already being too “showbiz” before their acting careers have begun. But this does not apply only to people appearing on TV. It applies to everyone trying to use their lack of privileges, true or not, just to worm their way out of any hard work. Here is another concrete example that is close to home: A student is currently failing a class because of his poor performance and tries to sweet-talk the teacher to change his grade. The teacher refuses, forcing him to beg the teacher to let him pass the subject because he had paid a lot for his tuition, and his family is poor. I am not saying that people in need should not appeal to others for help. Of course, one prerequisite for one to gain access to certain aids and grants is that they do not earn a lot, and need the support for their welfare. My point is that the attitude, personality and ability of the appealing
party should also be taken into account. Anyone with a background of basic Philosophy would know that trying to earn pity just to get things their way are presenting a fallacious statement: ad misericordiam, most would call it. And it is called fallacious for a reason: it matters not if you come from a low (or high, for that matter) social status, what matters is who you are, what you can do, what you think, what you believe in. Poverty is not a hindrance to success. But using it to gain the upper hand by acting all piteous is another story. Believe it or not, it doesn’t matter if people are eating dirt and toiling day and night just to get you to where you are right now: What matters most is that you are worth their effort, and you’re giving back what they deserve.C *For comments, suggestions and/or reactions, please email the columnist at email@example.com
Crusader | OPINION
The mind is empty Glenn Paolo A. Goopio
f everything works as planned, sometime in the near future, Filipinos will look back at July 24, 2011 as the most important day in its sports history. To a cynical few, this day saw the Azkals’ bid its World Cup dream goodbye while an NBA selection dunked, blocked, and ‘planked’ their way around the Philippine National Basketball team. However, it also saw a basketball team that battled gallantly and did not drown itself in awe playing against a much taller, heavily favored NBA All-Star cast. This and more importantly, Philippine football’s first ever appearance in the second round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers made this day unlike any other – for Filipino sports aficionados, at least. Behind the recent success Philippine sports has been experiencing is a rich bachelor by the name of Manuel V. Pangilinan, fittingly christened “MVP” by the media. Pangilinan, 65, graduated cum laude with a degree in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila. At present, he owns the TV5 Network, Smart Communications, and Cignal Digital TV to name a few. He has long been known as an avid sports enthusiast. He backs both the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the San Beda Red Lions in college cages. He also owns two teams in the Philippine Basketball Association. As a birthday treat to both himself and the whole basketball-crazed country, he made possible probably the greatest
“Kagahapon nagtambay ko sa Park Cafe, unya nakit-an to nako tong bata nga nag-kiss sa akoa [the other day]. Basta ako gyu’ng feeling kay mura ko’g kanang na-rape unya nakit-an nako akong rapist bitaw... Dapat na gyud na sila pahawaon diha kay gapang-harass sila [ug] mga XU students labi na mga babae. [...] Ang security ba nimo lugar as a student... dapat ila [the responsible authorities] gyud nang i-address. Dabi lugar maabot sa panahon nga... ma-high na kaayo sila unya dili na lang kiss [ra] sa kamot ilang buhaton? Naay uban nga gapanguot [na] gani...” reveals Hannah, a 4th year Development Communications student. There are about 140,000 street children in Mindanao without a childhood or a care for what is right or wrong. In their eyes, everyone is an egoist they would have to overcome to survive. Overall, they make up a 1.5 million of our population. Our youth, as it seems, is not really the future. The drama of street children has become such cliché it’s no longer even spiffy to add it to the list of possible topics for a video documentation or an investigative feature. They don’t sell anymore. Society will be more likely to shrug it off than pay
attention. Street children, thus far, are the truest of social classes for they are rejected even in concept. “Sharo pud kaayo uy, dugay na baya na nga problema. Dayon kung mo-ingon sila nga naa sila’y ginabuhat dili na man siguro na makita ang mga bata diha. [...] Sige ra sila’g ingon na ‘ah, gi-ano naman namo na sa una, amo naman na gi-house sa una unya ni-ikyas’. Tungud siguro niikyas ang bata kay dili siguro pud maayo ilang pag-take care mao [nang] dili ganahan ang [mga] bata sa ilaha,” opines Roma, a fourth-year XU student, referring to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Correct. The government WILL always take the political blame regardless of the situation. But that much is expected given that they serve the mob. It’s a fact of life true even with chimpanzees and their social order; when there is famine due to drought, for example, the alpha male will ‘have it’ regardless if he would have been able to change the situation or not. Fortunately though, the non-chimpanzee Filipino is not as primeval. Our excellent common-sense analysis of the problem also helps such that we now understand what is obvious: if one takes the authority, one really has to
exercise it. Everything else is an excellent excuse. So, unless our comprehension of the responsibilities that come with authority is less than that of a chimp’s, we ought not to forgive negligence, for although government agencies are destined for public execution anyhow that is not to say either that they can settle for less. Service, for the information of the many, is unfairly not meant to be mediocre – or for the people who are not willing to sacrifice, for that matter. A study by Johann le Roux and Cheryl Sylvia Smith reveals the importance of guidance for street children: “Society’s negative opinion of these children, the low expectations of them, and the closing of legitimate avenues’ of opportunity may push them into delinquency, resulting in a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Meaning: if these children continue to live in the streets they are more likely than not to become what people say of them. If prevention is the best cure, housing them now is the perfect time.C
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The real MVP sporting spectacle ever to take place in Philippine soil since Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s Thrilla in Manila in 1975. A deal was made to bring eight NBA stars in the Philippines – Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul among them—to play against our own national team. Early this year, he launched the MVP Sports Foundation, Inc. also dubbed GOAL! Pilipinas, a program that will provide monetary support to local sports programs namely basketball, boxing, cycling, taekwondo, badminton, tennis, running and football. In his words, the program is “a perfect vehicle, to further help Philippine sports, while at the same time encourage everyone to live like a winner by leading a more active and healthier lifestyle.” Football being one of the first beneficiaries of the said foundation received an initial budget of 80 million pesos while the national basketball team, Smart Gilas, is reported to have been receiving at least 10 million pesos every month. Although promising, the program is not expected to realize success instantly. Little by little, though, we have seen concrete and notable improvement in some of our sports teams, not to mention resurgence in interest and support from local fans. Ranked a lowly 195th in the world last September of 2006, Philippine football has since stepped up as high as 159th before dropping down to 162nd after its most recent loss to Kuwait in the World
Cup qualifiers. Basketball has been looking steady as of late, now enjoying the services of a legitimate 7-footer in the person of naturalized American, Marcus Douthit. Iranian Coach Rajko Toroman expressed his confidence on the team and vowed a successful outing come the FIBA-Asia tournament this September. The team is currently ranked 53rd worldwide. Boxing, on the other hand, remains to be the team most locals project to have the best chance to bag a gold in London for the 2012 Olympics. Aside from the direct support Pangilinan has been providing our national teams, he has also been instrumental in the ongoing renovation of the most famous arena in the country, now known as the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. He has also visited the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod, breeding ground of the best football players in the country, and expressed interest in taking part in its possible expansion. Take it from Kobe Bryant when he said the Philippines has a “talented team” and the image of Fil-German Stephan Schrock striking a long goal past a 95th ranked Kuwaiti team. Yes, Philippine sports is well on its way back to respectable status in the international scene. Hopefully, we don’t get too full of ourselves. As MVP himself puts it, it will always take a “national effort.”C
The 6th man Jose Alfonso P. Sendaydiego
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SBMSC, faculty hold college-wide forum with students By Caroline Joy R. Go
chool of Business and Management (SBM) students aired out their concerns to the School of Business and Management Student Council (SBMSC) and SBM departments during the first-ever Speak Up Forum on July 6, 2011 at the Nursing Amphitheater. SBM dean Dr. Virginia Lourdes C. Yacapin was the forum speaker, responding to the questions and suggestions raised by the students. Issues discussed in the forum included the tardiness of teachers, efficiency of
teaching with regards to old age, teachers asking students to do reports, enrolment process, not-so-approachable evaluators, and the Php 270,000 Intramurals budget. Also heavily debated on was the new resolution passed by the Xavier University Confederated Parents and Faculty Association (XUCPFA) - SBM requiring the wearing of business attire of SBM juniors and seniors, which according to Dean Yacapin, will take effect sometime this school year. Speakers before the forum proper
included SBMSC president Iraquel Gala, who presented the council‘s budget plan for the academic year, and Xavier University Confederated Parents and Faculty Association (XUCPFA) - SBM president Mr. Jessie Co. Aside from Dean Yacapin, other personalities in attendance were Business Management Department Chairperson Dr. Ruth Love Russell and Mr. Beneff Salinas from the Accountancy Department. Dean Yacapin expressed her approval of the council’s initiative. She commented,
“[I] liked it because the students were polite, they were not confrontational. So there was a very healthy exchange of ideas.” With regards to the turnout, which was less than 50 students, Dan, a 2nd year Accountancy student, commented, “Galihok ang SBMSC. Daghan sila ginabuhat, pero ang students wala silay paki... walay involvement.” Val, another Accountancy student, added, “Pero dapat baya gyud ta involved kai para ra baya pud [ni] sa atoa.”C
XU JPIA grabs championship in city-wide tilt By John Kenneth E. Ching and Ma. Rosetti G. Villamor
avier University Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (XU JPIA) earned the overall championship in the city-wide Accountancy Week Culminating Program ’11 held at Liceo de Cagayan University Civic Center on July 23. XU ended Liceo de Cagayan University’s reign in the annual JPIA tilt, which also featured Cagayan de Oro College – PHINMA, Pilgrim Christian College, and Lourdes College. “Payts kayo karon kay last year man gud, ang Liceo [JPIA] daog. Pero karun... kita (XU JPIA) napud,” stated Joy*, BSAC-2. In an amazing show of consistency, XU JPIA placed in the top three in all competitions during the Accountancy Week Celebration. Xavier managed to snag gold in the Catwalk competition and in SupahDance. XU finished second in the Show Choir Competition, General Knowledge Quiz Bowl, and T-Shirt Design; and got bronze in the Amazing Race.
The main event of the evening was the crowning of seniors Ray Josef Ramos and Jeanifer Tano, both representatives of XU, as Mr. and Ms. JPIA respectively. This marks XU’s third consecutive win in the citywide Accountancy pageant. Best of the Best. Three Ateneans secured a spot in the city’s top 10 Most Outstanding Further more, Accountancy Students ‘11 during the Accountancy Week Culminating Program. three Accountancy seniors placed among the top 10 in the Search Pedro Bacadon, former Accountancy for the Most Outstanding Accountancy Department faculty member, was the only Student. Glen Dareen Santos bagged the top teacher in attendance. “Maypa si Sir Bacadon spot; with Kent John Sabejon completing kay siya ra gud ang naa na teacher,” said Carol*, XU’s 1-2 sweep. Shola Mae Rose Zamayla BSAC-3. “Love kaayo mi niya.” rounded out the XU contingent with a 10th XU JPIA has high hopes in achieving its place finish. third straight overall championship in the
...take off with GA
and Stewardess Walk, gaining shrieks and cheers from their colleges. The fun did not end there, though. Various colleges showcased their creativity by taking part in the college creative advocacy presentations which consisted of skits, song and dance numbers, and the like. Advocacy presentations from CSG’s executive, legislative and judicial brands and SACDEV programs followed shortly after. The Central Student Government (CSG) and student councils also proved that they do not only lead in but also in a unity dance as well. The officers led the whole student body
into get into the groove and enjoy the school spirit through their dance moves. Talent segments from various student groups also performed on stage.
Gaining altitude After the lively presentations, everyone‘s attention was called on to the huge screen for Xavier University’s “Greater Heights” video. The audience was treated to a look behind the creation and development of the new infrastructure within the campus, the new administration, colleges and academic rankings.
10th NFJPIA - X and CARAGA Regional Midyear Convention to be held in Iligan City on September 18-20.C * Names have been changed at the request of the interviewees.
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The crowd livened up when the hosts announced the winners of this year’s College Creative Advocacy Presentations. The College of Arts and Sciences garnered first place, the School of Education came in second, and third place was awarded to the School of Business and Management. Arrival at destination Hours after the GA, CSG President Mario L. Tero II summed up the event via a Facebook status, stating with pride that there were “Two boxes full of school supplies, 3,000+ students attending an event
on a Wednesday and a day before faculty and staff retreat, councils making the effort to be competitive in the contest and a variety of performances highlighting the talents of XU in one night where 8 colleges gathered as one.” Mixed reactions were heard from the various students, some positive, others negative. While many were impressed, others felt that the program could have run shorter and less dragging. Either way, the University GA has kicked off the dust on what is hopefully a flight to excellence.C
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
The truth doesn’t hurt, ignorance does By the Xavier University Debate Circle
his is a response to a previous article in the June issue of TheCrusader concerning the Spratly Islands dispute. The author basically claimed that the Philippines’s presence in the Spratlys constitute nothing more than an illegal land grab that undermines the sovereignty of other claimants. The author further stressed the necessity of this country “dropping” the Spratlys claim in favor of more credible and “more pressing” territorial claims in Sabah. The said claims are based on the following assertions which I will categorically discuss: 1. The assertion that the Philippines has the weakest territorial claim. The author simplistically stated that the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Seas) cannot supersede rival historical and geopolitical claims, and thus the Philippine claim, which is in large part based on UNCLOS, is the weakest. While it is conceded that the UNCLOS cannot be used to settle territorial disputes, it still represents a widely used standard to determine the extent of maritime boundaries based on reasonable and internationally accepted concepts of internal waters, archipelagic doctrines, continental shelf and exclusive economic zones (EEZ). In contrast, the Philippine claim based
on the UNCLOS is the most reasonable among all arguments based on the same convention. Our claim is only limited to the Kalayaan group and adjacent features that are located within our EEZ and our rightful continental shelf starting from Palawan’s coast. In fact, due to our close proximity (125 miles from Palawan vs. 2200 miles from the undisputed Chinese territory of Hainan Island), the Philippines, when claiming the Kalayaan group, is the party most capable of substantiating continental shelf control and EEZ claims to the International Maritime Organization.
interests lay with the area’s abundance in fuel resources. This assertion flies in the face of a 1994 US geological survey, estimating that recoverable crude oil resources in the area amounted 105 billion barrels. A more recent survey conducted by PNOC and Shell Philippines has appraised that Sampaguita Gas Field alone contains more than 4 trillion ft3 of natural gas reserves. Our nation’s dream of economic prosperity spearheaded by developing selfsufficiency in fuel production clearly has a stake in maintaining our sovereign control of our EEZ and continental shelf.
2. The assertion that the Philippines does not have an interest in forwarding its claims. Our business in the part of the Spratlys beyond principles of ownership covers two things: security and economics. On the issue of security, our continued presence is essential in forwarding the concept of external defense. It doesn’t take a lot of thinking to realize that Chinese military facilities so close to us will constitute in making Manila, and even Cagayan de Oro, within striking range of the Chinese Heavy Bomber Aircraft -something which our own defenses have minimal capability against. On the issue of economic need, our
3. The assertion that the Philippines has more legitimate claim to Sabah and therefore should assert territorial rights in the area as opposed to the Spratlys. The problem with this analysis is that it neglects the fact that Malaysia clearly has the better claim unlike in the Spratlys. First, the Sultanate of Sulu is an extinct political entity which the Philippine government cannot assert historical continuity. Second, there clearly was no reassignment of territorial rights in favor of the Philippine government made by the Sultanate of Sulu prior to its dissolution. Third, neither the Malaysian, Philippine or any existing state recognize the existence of Sulu as
a sovereign political entity capable of making its own territorial reassignments independent of other powers. Fourth, in terms of geographical claim, Sabah forms a land mass directly contiguous with Malaysian state of Sarawak, something which we have no equal claim. Lastly is that, unlike the Spratlys, Sabah has a people capable of exercising the right to self-determination. Arguably, the will of the population of the disputed territory outweighs other claims, as the right of the people to determine their own future is universal and inalienable. In terms of determining the will of the people of Sabah, a referendum asking them which country they want to belong to overwhelmingly resulted in Malaysia’s favor. Contrary to what the author of the previous article concluded, our resolve to maintain our Kalayaan territories is not “misplaced nationalism”. In fact, compared to the blatant Chinese show of force and diplomatic pressure, our nationalistic tendencies have been extremely limited to avoid direct confrontation with the much more powerful China. Note: In the interest of space, this letter to the editor was cut down to a shorter version. To read the full text, please visit thecrusaderpub.com.
Crusader | SPORTS
Athletics reports on varsity, Intrams By Saharah Iman M. Alonto & Robert A. Villaluz, Jr.
ith the heightening anticipation for the upcoming varsity teams’ competitions and University The Intramurals, Crusader conducted an interview with Athletics Department director Mr. Eliodoro Ferenal on these said developments. According to Mr. Ferenal, the Athletics department initiated its varsity recruitment for AY 2011-2012 last June. At present, the University has an estimated 130 varsity players and 16 coaches for the 11 major sports events. Around 20 of these players are freshman
recruits who are granted the privileges of full tuition scholarship as well as free board and lodging. Currently, our varsity teams have not competed yet, although they still will be undergoing intensive training in preparation for the UNIGAMES this October in Capiz City, Visayas. Even at their preliminary stage of preparations, Mr. Ferenal rated this school year’s varsity teams’ performance with a seven. “We have a problem [with] those who failed in their subjects,” he admitted. “We did not allow them to join the varsity [anymore].”
With the suspension of a number of varsity players, the director emphasized that the players still had to mind their academic performances, or risk being cut from varsity status. On the other hand, when asked to rate last year’s Intramurals, Mr. Ferenal proudly answered, “So far… last year was the best.” It had the least number of unnecessary complaints and ran smoothly. As for this year’s Intrams, to be held on September 12 to 17, he is hopeful that they can go beyond last year’s rating.
In addition to the Athletics Department’s primary task to provide funds for the Intramurals, they are also extensively engaged in the planning process. Presently, the department is conducting meetings with college councils, faculty and staff, and participating athletes. The success of the Intramurals, according to the Athletics director, depends on the collaboration of the people involved in it, particularly the students. “Just cooperate [and] we will also cooperate”, vowed Mr. Ferenal.C
a r o C : a d i b a r t n o C LAMPOON
y a d i r F ” o p i o “Ip are leaks in the Aggies bridges, and there’s your typical crowd congestion at the school gates (at least, more than usual). Of course, because getting wet can totally kill you, a lot of people were stranded in various odd places, and crankier than Scrooge with a sad bout of diarrhea on Christmas Day. Students and parents lining up at the Finance Office huddled together with their shoes wet under the Great Canvass of Protection, that later collapsed to the ground like this year’s chances of the Azkals making it to the World Cup. On top of that, the electricity died, rendering people’s priority numbers pretty much useless. On the other side of the city, winds were strong enough to get people worrying about what locals term an “ipo-ipo”, which occured mostly in Balulang, and ironically enough, Iponan. Street litter, loose house parts, and my dog flew around like a Quidditch match minus the brooms. And oh, there’s a huge piece of sheet metal in my backyard, if anyone out there is missing a roof. Just, you know, if you happen to have noticed. On Facebook and Twitter, posts ranged from “Hahaha. Rainy day” to “OMG, it’s the end of the world” to “My socks are squishy. Wurd”. And while all this was going on, sure, we turn to technology as the almighty safety blanket under which we can hide. Makes you wonder how many children around the city actually put down their Wiis and laptops and Blackberries and danced around in the rain. Or at the very least, Tweeting that they wish they could. After all, when you think about it, #it’sjustwater.C
Illustration by Rico M. Magallona
t was a bright sunny day in Cagyan de Oro when God decided to—what the hey—give the city a good cleaning. And boy, what a wash we got last 31st of July. It was almost enough to take our minds off the whole Azkals versus Kuwait debacle, but not quite. It’s funny how our idea of rain changes as we grow older. As kids, we jumped at the chance to run around in every downpour we got (not knowing throwing us out in the rain was our parents’ way of scrimping on the water bill without having to compromise bathing us). And then a few years later, we whipped out our brand new umbrellas and raincoats at the slightest drizzle to show off to our classmates at school. Much, much later, here we are, old folks who more than likely grumble about the inconvenience that the rain causes us, and because bringing around umbrellas in our teeny tiny bags is not a feasible option, we shuffle through muddy streets, Tweeting angrily on our phones about how Paris Hilton never has to walk in the rain. Or how we’re not remotely emo enough for this. We’ve grown up. It’s not fun anymore. Rain is bad. Rain is the kiss of death. Rain is going to ruin my epic awesome hairdo. However, last Friday’s storm was nothing like a sentimental walk through the park with My Chemical Romance blaring through your earphones. If anything, it was a crazymad downpour that descended on us faster than you can say “Ipo-ipo”. Zero warning whatsoever, and poof, the StC is once again offering a rainy day bathroom special, there
AQUARIUS Palitan kag cellphone karon sa imo mama, kanang buy one take one diha sa ororama...
PISCES At last di naka mag problema sa imohang grades, kay ang imong F grades nahimo nang AF, ka igates!!
SCORPIO Dili najud ka ma loner miga, migo kay ubanan naka sa imong anino..
CANCER Ayaw atang ug jeep sa gym, kay night cafe migo, naay re-routing.
CAPRICORN Likayi ang pagduol sa nagbantay kay nalimtan nimo imong kwarta, hala. 1..2..3..Dagan!!
August 18, 2011
Kick-off program Magis Roof Deck *Literary and Art galleries *Chalk Art *Release of Veritas: A literary and art folio
ARIES Likayi ang pagtambay-tambay sa mall, kay ilang uniform ug imong polo, matching color.
August 25, 2011
Tapigi imong nabilin na kwarta, aron managhan, murag amoeba.
To Express is to be Ageless: LAF Closing Program *Talent Exposition *CruTV Premiere *PopCorn Nights launching
TAURUS Makakita kag 1,000 pesos karon, kanang play money, naay pataban nga sip-on.
VIRGO Makadawat kag 500 nga load, ayahay! Sa pagtext nimo, gi snatch! Aguy, babye!
LEO Tagaan kag puppy sa imong amahan. Donâ€™t be excited kay kana siya inyong pulutan.
LIBRA Pagdala ug libro sa imong pag-uli, kay mao na imong pananghid sa imong laag, aron dili ka matsugi!
GEMINI Ipagawas nana imong hidden talent, naay rally, hala syaget!