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Vol. LXXI No. 1

June - November 2017

The Official School-Community Publication of the Northwestern Visayan Colleges Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

Ipinapakita sa larawan ang itinatayong bagong gusali na tatawaging ASQ Center bilang parangal sa yumaong dating pangulo ng NVC na si Dr. Allen Salas Quimpo. Ipinapakita naman sa inset na larawan ang artist’s perspective ng nasabing gusali kung saan mayroon itong apat na palapag at kapag natapos na ay maglalaman ng 40 na silid aralan, faculty room at silid aklatan. (MASolis Photo)

Itinatayong gusali, parangal kay ASQ NI MARY ANN A. SOLIS

Sinimulan na noong ika-16 ng Oktubre sa Capitol Site Kalibo, Aklan ang pagpapatayo ng pinakabagong gusali ng NVC, ang Allen Salas Quimpo (ASQ) Center. Ayon kay Allan Angelo L. Quimpo, presidente ng NVC, "Every school has a hero,” kung kaya’t ang naturang gusali ay ipinangalan sa alaala ng namayapang presidente ng NVC na si Dr. Allen Salas Quimpo. Dagdag pa niya, ang ASQ Center ang mag-

papagunita sa mga pamanang aral ng kaniyang yumaong ama. Ang itinatayong gusaling ito ay isa lamang sa mga dagdag imprastraktura ng institusyon para sa mga mag-aaral ng NVC. Ito ay upang mas mapaigting pa ang serbisyo sa edukasyon ng mga mag-aaral at magsilbing tugon sa ipinatutupad na programang K-12 ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon. Saad ni Allan Angelo L. Quim-

MassComm, Educ studes top the KBP Accreditation Exam 2017 BY KATHLEEN T. DAROY

NVCians dominated the top three spots during the Accreditation Examination administered by the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP), a broadcast media organization in the Philippines that sets ethical standards for broadcasting. The exam was held last September 30, 2017 at the Tonglen Beach Resort, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan. In the results released last October 30, 2017, Nino Rogien V. Teodosio, from the Mass Communication department, emerged as the topnotcher. Glesi Lyn T. Sinag, also a Mass Communication student and Felmerie J. Sabino, a BSEdEnglish major got the second

and third spots, respectively. “Being on-air is a privilege”, said Prof. Rosa Maria T. Feliciano, KBP Standards Authority Director and one of the speakers during the Accreditation Exam. In her short talk, she also discussed the duties and responsibilities of accredited broadcasters in the nation. Miss Virginia T. Velasco, KBP Secretary and Performance Officer from Manila served as the proctor during the KBP Accreditation Examination 2017. Various examinees not only from Aklan but also from nearby provinces in Panay Island took part in the said event, 21 of which came from the AB Mass Communication and The Forum Staffers ./TF

po, masusing pinag-isipan ang naturang disenyo ng gusali. Idinisenyo ito ng isang NVC high school alumnus na si Architect Ramon Dueña. Inaasahang matatapos ang unang bahagi ng proyekto na binubuo ng una at ikalawang palapag ng gusali sa Mayo ng taong 2018,

bago ang pasukan. Dagdag pa nya, magiging kakaiba ang ikatlo at ikaapat na palapag mula sa una at ikalawang palapag sapagkat dito ilalagay ang ASQ Library at magkakaroon din ito ng courtyard sa loob . "The 3rd floor and the fourth floor will be different

from the 1st floor and 2nd floor because we will have a courtyard inside the building and there will be a library on the third floor and the 4th floor will be all classrooms and we expect to do it and to complete it as soon as we see the need, we project the (Continued on next page)

NVC Prof bags nat’l TESDA recognition BY FELMERIE J. SABINO NVC Professor Neptune T. Tandog Jr. was chosen to be among the top eight (8) of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Tagsanay Award, during its selection process last August 1418, 2017 at the TESDA Central Office in Taguig City. The Tagsanay Award is now on its third year in recognizing trainers from TESDA Technology Institutions and technical and vocational institutions, both private and public. The nominees and awardees were selected for demonstrating competencies beyond expectations and for exceeding the requirements set for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Mr. Tandog is a TESDA trainer in Bookkeeping (NC 3) in NVC and is currently TES-

DA’s Regional Lead Assessor of Bookkeeping for Region 6. With his credentials and skills, Mr. Tandog was able to surpass the weeklong rigid selection amongst 29 other nominees. The elimination process included portfolio assessment, a 50-item test and an essay examination, and individual and group activities - amazing race style. He was able to bag a spot to be among the top eight finalists and was also hailed as the Best Trainer for the Individual and Group Activities. Mr. Tandog believes that trainers like him play a big role in the realization of TESDA’s mission and vision and in the sustainability of TVET. He understands that they are instrumental in nation building by producing skilled workers. He

Dr. Neptune Tandog also wants to empower fellow trainers in the institution. As Mr. Tandog puts it, the recognition will serve as an inspiration in “improving the standard, the way of teaching as well as the quality of TESDA courses in Aklan. It is also for the great image of the school because we have equipped our TESDA courses with highly qualified trainers.”/TF



IN THIS ISSUE BALITA The Forum staffers bag awards in the PIA-VI Journalism Workshop

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Milenyals… Hindi mangmang page 5

From making kotseng tsinelas in the Philippines to making waves in the international scene page 8

Dalawang Linggo’t Isang Araw:

NVCian progress in its many forms

Diary ng Langaw

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NEWS APC, PAPI, holds ASQ Memorial Media Forum

BY: XYRA Z. RODRIGORA The Aklan Press Club 1) Department of Interior and headed by Hon. Odon Ban- Local Government Undersecrediola and the Publishers As- tary John R. Castriciones who sociation of the Philippines discussed about Federalism and (PAPI) organized a tribute for anti-illegal drug campaign in the late NVC president, Allen our country; 2) Department of Salas Quimpo in honor of his Finance Undersecretary Karl works and good deeds. Kendrick T. Chua who disThe Congressman Allen Sa- cussed Dutertenomics, a relas Quimpo Memorial Media cently coined term to describe Forum was launched last June President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s 24, 2017 at the Gov. Corazon economic policies to achieve Legaspi Cabagnot Memorial “the golden age of infrastrucTourism and Training Center, ture.”; 3) Department of Tourism Old Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan Assistant Secretary Frederick M. with a theme “Bringing National Alegre who discussed about the Issues to the Grassroots”. tourism thrust under the Duterte The said event was atAdministration; 4) Department Photo above shows Marketing Editor Nino Rogien V. Teodosio (left) and News Editor - Filipino Mary Ann A. Solis (right) posing with their certificates during the awarding ceremony of PIA-VI Journalism tended by the different media of Environment and Natural associations, the Department Resorces Secretary Roy A. workshop held in Amigo Terrace Hotel, Iloilo City last August 16-18, 2017. (MASolis Photo) of Education-Aklan, the Philip- Cimatu who tackled the DENR pine National Police, political policies, projects and programs; figures and students from dif- and 5) Former Senator Heherson ferent schools and colleges “SONNY” T. Alvarez who disincluding the Northwestern cussed about the topic: “Climate Visayan Colleges. Change Adaptation and MitigaBY JIL B. LACSON The guests of the forum were: tion: The Paris Agreement”./TF The Forum Publication and colleges across Western said Elsa Subong, PIA Trainstaffers won awards in the 43rd Visayas competed in the ing Officer, in her talk during Philippine Information Agency workshop. the seminar. “They should The 3-day seminar/work- have training in competence”. (PIA) Campus Journalism BY GLESI LYN T. SINAG shop was conducted by PIASeminar/Workshop. It is also mandated by NVC’s Chinese Vol- Chinese teacher in Angeles Managing Editor Nino Region VI and at Amigo Ter- law, particularly in Section unteer Teacher Pan Pan Meng Confucius Institute and Fan Rogien V. Teodosio bagged race Hotel, Iloilo City last 2 of the RA. 7079 or the attended a two-day training Rong, Official Chinese teacher the Most Promising Feature August 16-18, 2017. Campus Journalism Act of program held last September from the same institution both PIA-6 recognizes the need 1991, that “the State shall 23-34, 2017 at the Manila gave tips on how to conduct Writer award while News Editor Mary Ann A. Solis for the student writers to be undertake various programs Central Hotel, Binondo, Ma- a very good Chinese class by was hailed as one of the trained properly in the news- and projects aimed at im- nila to share her experiences analyzing the key points and Promising News Writers writing, thus, the carrying out proving the journalistic and to learn more about how difficulty in teaching, and the (Filipino) in the said event. of this yearly activity. skills of students concerned to be effective in teaching examples of teaching preparaSome 449 campus writers “Those who manage the and promoting responsible Chinese language. tions, respectively. from different universities paper should have training,” and free journalism”./TF In the event hosted by the At some point in the trainFederation of Filipino Chinese ing program, Wang Bolin, Chamber of Commerce and representative of Chinese VolIndustry, Chinese volunteer unteer teachers in the Philipteachers from all over the Phil- pines told the audience why ippines convened and listened they love teaching Chinese in BY REGILYN Z. TURNINO as the different authorities in the Philippines. Deans and heads of ment Department; Ms. Angelie lum which will be implemented Chinese language education There was also a group Custodio Coordinator, Mass the different departments in in 2018. In the said curriculum, imparted their expertise. activity where the particiNorthwestern Visayan Col- Communication Department; unnecessary minor subjects will Ayette C. Ferriols, Senior pants disclosed their teaching leges attended the Meeting of and Mr. Joeblas Diaz – Dean, be dissolved. Students will also Commissioner of Philippine skills, after which they sought Deans of Higher Education Computer Science Department. be given the privilege to choose Ministry of Education dis- to solve the questions raised Subject matters discussed the medium of instruction. This cussed the country’s Special by the group. Institutions (HEIs) in Region VI held last September 14, were the updates regarding is to allow students to have Chinese Development program Ms. Pan Pan Meng’s 2017 at Amigo Terrace Hotel, revised Policies, Standards and a more realistic and practical for the year 2017-2018. Dr. El- continuous and intensive parGuidelines of Outcome Based learning experience. Iznart Street, Iloilo City. len H. Palanca, Local Principal ticipation to these trainings The following were present Education (OBE) programs. Some of the NVC delegates of Ateneo Confucius Institute, is the reason why students in the said meeting: Dr. Dennis This is to ensure that the dif- were elected in the council of shared the best practices of of NVC get high quality, Ibutnande - Dean, Criminol- ferent academic program op- deans under their respective the Ateneo Confucius Institute updated, research-based, and ogy Department; Dr. Marianne erations of HEIs in the region discipline clusters: Dr. Dennis and the Philippine Mainstream holistic Chinese language Lao Quimpo - Dean, Teacher are administered in compliance Ibutnande – Consultant; Dr. Mar- Society. Pei Gang, a local education./TF ianne Lao Quimpo - Assistant Education Department; Ms. with CHED regulations. Another topic tackled was Treasurer: and Ms. Kismundo Nolita Kismundo - Coordinator, Hotel and Restaurant Manage- the General Education Curricu- - Public Relations Officer./TF

The Forum staffers bag awards in the PIA-VI Journalism Workshop

Pan Pan Meng attends nat’l training for Chinese volunteer teachers

NVC deans and department heads attend regional Council of Deans

Itinatayong gusali...from page1 number of students. The NVC doesn't want to build unnecessarily. After the ASQ building, we will now build new Criminology building, because it is old, so we will have a new building behind that old building." Magkakaroon din ng dagdag na dalawang palapag ang NVC

Business Center na ikokonekta sa ASQ Center. Sinasabing ito ay magkakaroon ng apat na palapag at itinatayang aabot sa 35-40 ang bilang ng mga bagong silid. Ang disenyo ng gusali ay para sa maayos at komportableng pag-aaral ng mga estudyante. "We expect more students to

come because NVC has been improving a lot. It is now PACUCOA acreddited for College of Education and Criminal Justice Education, maybe the Basic Education, Elementary and High School, will also be accredited, Photo above shows Pan Pan Meng (left) with Li Zhou (right), so NVC has very high quality", aniya deputy Commisioner from Office of Chinese Language Counnang tinanong sa dahilan ng pagpa- cil International during the National Training for Chinese Volpatayo ng bagong gusali./TF unteer Teachers at the Manila Central Hotel.

NEWS Davao’s 1st district Rep. Nograles: “There is justice in Federalism” BY: GLESI LYN T. SINAG “Ang dehado […]ang Visayas,” said Representative Karlo Nograles regarding the percentage of national budget allocated to different island groups. Rep. Nograles of the 1st District of Davao visited the August 19, 2018 episode of Kapihan sa Aklan and talked about how adopting Federalism as the new form of government could pave the way towards fair allocation of budget to all provinces. He shared that Visayas’ income, which mainly comes from tourism industry, is remitted to the national government, but only 16 to 20 percent of national budget is allocated to Visayas, and only 30 percent is given to Mindanao. Half of the national budget is allotted to Luzon. Rep. Nograles lamented that the national government does not distribute the funds equally and cites Mindanao’s budget allocation as an example. “Kulang ang suportang ibinibigay ng national government sa Mindanao”, Nograles said. “We are the food basket of the Philippines. Kami ang nagpapakain sa bansa, pero bakit nananatili pa ring mahirap ang Mindanao?” One of the reasons he cited why some of the provinces remain poor is that “over the years, we are getting small portion on the national budget”. “That is why nakikita natin na for how many years, under the system, walang nakikitang development na nakikita sa countryside. Kasi lagi tayong dependent sa national government, kung magkano lang ibibigay sa atin,” he stressed. He pointed out that there is a call for change in the constitution, specifically to change the form of government to Federalism. Under the Federalism form of government, every province and state will be motivated to make more revenues because there in an incentive that whatever they earn, they get to keep it and spend it within the province or state. “Tapos yung porsyeto, yun ang ireremit sa national government.” Nograles added that adopting federalism will be fair to all provinces. “I think that is more equitable, that is more just. Mas may justice ‘yan para sa atin. Para yun ating mga island groups, ang ating mga probinsiya, ang atin mga estado, talagang magsumikap sila na kumita ng maganda.”

Photo above shows Davao Representative Karlo Nograles (middle) with hosts Hon. Jay E. Tejada (right) and Edwin E. Ramos (left) talking about Federalism during Kapihan sa Aklan. (MASolis Photo) “I think that will help spur and accelerate growth. Pabibilisin talaga ang development ng countryside kasi lahat tayo may incentive na sumulong. At talagang sikapin natin na kumita ng malaki--- sa bawat rehiyon, sa bawat estado, sa bawat probinsya---kasi alam natin na yung kikitain natin, mananatili sa atin,” he added. There is a concern, however, that there are small provinces that do not have the resources or means to earn their own money. How will they sustain their operations? Nograles responded that there is where the Big Brother Small Brother scheme will come into play. In the formation of states, small provinces will be grouped with the bigger or more developed or self- sustaining provinces so that the income of developed provinces will be shared to the lowincome generating provinces. “Para matulungan ng Big Brother yung Small Brothers nila sa pag-angat”, he said. Nograles assured that the national government will ex-

tend help to the small estates. The national government will help in the transition. When asked if President Duterte will be able to achieve this (Federalism) on his term, Rep. Nograles replied that advocates of Federalism hope that they can push through with the constituent assembly by January 2018. “By January, full blast na ang pag-ammend ng constitution through Constituent Assembly,” he said. Nograles added that the appointment of the 25-man commission that will draft the constitution is already underway. “Ang ambisyon namin ay masabay ang ratification ng new constitution sa May 18, 2018 Barangay Elections, as well as the ratification of Bangsamoro Basic Law”. Rep. Nograles stated that the rationale for adopting a new form of government is to fix the system to facilitate development. “We have to fix the system para naman umusad at magdevelop ang ating mga provinces,” he said./TF

PACUCOA consultancy visit spurs MAEd’s positive action BY Almond Keiel John O. Macawili , Kathleen T. DAROY AND NINO ROGIEN TEODOSIO P hilippin e A s s o ciati o n o f Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) conducted a consultancy visit in the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) program, and three (3) undergraduate programs namely: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM), and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS). The said visit happened last September 21-23, 2017.

All four (4) programs passed the consultancy visit and are now ready for formal preliminary visit. The school is also encouraging the other academic programs to pursue for accreditation. This is to ensure that the NVCians are always on the lead. In addition, this will strengthen the legacy of the late NVC president Dr. Allen Salas Quimpo of providing quality education, not only to NVCians but to Aklanon youth./TF theforum


NEWS BRIEF 100% KBP Passing Rate Managing Editor Nino Rogien V. Teodosio topped the 2017 Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Accreditation Exam while Associate Editor Glesi Lyn T. Sinag and Editor-in-Chief Felmerie J. Sabino placed second and third respectively. All the The Forum staffers who took the said exam had passed, namely: Kathleen T. Daroy, Joseph Rowen T. Dela Cruz, Jil B. Lacson, Felmerie J. Sabino, Glesi Lyn T. Sinag, April Joy Z. Sison, Mary Ann A. Solis, Niño Rogien V. Teodosio, and Regilyn Z. Turnino. The KBP Exan was held last September 30, 2017 at Tong Len Resort Boracay, Malay Aklan.

TESDA Accredits NVC as Bookkeeping NC III Competency Assessment Center Northwestern Visayan Colleges was recently accredited as Competency Assessment Center for National Certificate III (NC III) for Bookkeeping last August 29, 2017. Indeed, our institution, in partnership with the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) meets the standard of a competitive and effective learning ground for enhancing and developing skills of every Filipino. For more information, visit NVC Tech. Voc. Office at Pastrana St., Kalibo, Aklan or call 262-3439/268-5153./TF - John Michael Namoco

70th Anniversary Preparation The Northwestern Visayan Colleges will celebrate its 70th year anniversary on January 2018. In line with this, the 70th year anniversary official logo, the NVC official website and the NVC alumni Facebook group page were launched last July 22, 2017 at NVC Carmen Hotel. Some distinguished alumni as well as the deans and heads of every department were invited to witness the said event. As part of the celebration and preparation for the anniversary, every department will conduct different events and activities before the big event. /TF -Stephen Roy Tenorio and Ma. Zybelle Ibutnande

The Forum and ABMC studes attend PIA focus group discussion

Staffers of The Forum publication, together with selected NVC AB Mass Communication students attended a focus group discussion about ASEAN Integration held last September 22, 2017 at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Office, Capitol Site, Kalibo, Aklan. Ms. Venus Villanueva, Information Officer II/OIC Information Manager of the PIA Aklan moderated the discussion which revolved around the degree of awareness of the students regarding ASEAN Integration./TF - Claire Tiad

Launching of NVC Website A new and improved NVC website was launched on July 22, 2017 at 4:00pm at Carmen Hotel. This is in connection with the preparation for the institution’s 70th Anniversary celebration that will happen on January 2018. The goal of the new website is to provide visitors an easier way to learn about the school’s facilities, rules and policies, schedule of activities and events among others. The website also contains social media buttons to link on other social media account of NVC. /TF -Joshua Kyle Manzanares

Rapiz is SSC Prexy The NVC held its yearly Supreme Student Council (SSC) elections last July 18, 2017. Arlyn Joy Rapiz was elected SSC president. During the campaign speech she delivered in front of the departmental representatives right before the elections, she declared that the platform of her government is information dissemination and lesser contribution fees for students. Also elected were: Gemma Faith Sapico - Vice President, Shaina Carnacite - Secretary, Marinel Rapiz - Treasurer, Reymark Oczon - Auditor./TF


Volume 71. No. 1 November 2017 VISION To be the leading campus paper in terms of fair, truthful and objective publication in the spirit of development-oriented campus journalism


MISSION With the commitment of responsible journalism, the THE FORUM shall: • Develop critical thinking & creative writing skills among student- writers; • Provide opportunities for students to write; and • Facilitate fair, balanced and ethical presentation of issues and concerns.

The Official Student Newspaper of the Northwestern Visayan Colleges Kalibo , Aklan, Philippines

The Forum is the official student newspaper of the Northwestern Visayan Colleges. Comments, contributions and suggestions may be sent to the editorial board. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reprodced without by any means without written permission and approval from the The Forum Publications and the respective authors, photographers, and artists. The Forum Publication is a member of College Editors Guild of the Philippines; College Press Conference (COPRE) and Publishers Association of the Philippines (PAPI) Office Address: 3/F, RSQ Bldg, Capitol Site, Kalibo, Aklan Extension Office: Rm. 208, 2/F, NVC Business Center, Capitol Site, Kalibo, Aklan Email Address: ISSUU Account: Facebook page: NVC The Forum Publication Printer: Makinaugalingon Press


NVCian progress in its many forms “Progress has less to do with speed and more to do with direction.” This quote of an unknown author best describes NVC. Some people may not see nor feel it, but progress is where NVC is directed to. The school is proof that some things are better done slowly, but surely. That it’s not always about the pace but the process of how you get to where you want to be, in the first place. For NVC, there is no other direction but to move forward; there is no other way but up. As we celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of our beloved institution, improvement is evident which we can all consider as among the school’s milestones. We now have the newly built Business Center that houses business establishments in the first floor, and student services offices in the second floor. Located in the same building is the new Printing Office that offers printing and other similar services that are student-friendly in price. The construction of the would-

be-state-of-the-art ASQ building has also commenced, and to follow that will be the new Criminology Building. We do have to understand though that progress is not always measured by the number of infrastructures. What we look forward to is the way these new amenities and structures can help optimize the learning acquisition, both in academic and practical aspects, and how all of these can contribute to the holistic development of every NVCian . It is of great pride that NVC continues to raise its standard a notch higher, especially in providing quality education for all. This is still the institution’s topmost priority. From the accreditation of both the College of Education and the College of Criminal Justice Education, with the Hotel and Restaurant Management Department, the Department of Business Administration, and the Computer Science Department next in line; to the accreditation for National Certificate III (NC III) for Bookkeeping as TESDA Competency

Colophon: This newspaper was designed using Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe InDesign CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6. Characters are set in Times New Roman, Gil Sans MT, and Assessment Center; to the im- Chaparral Pro. plementation of the K-12 and Newspaper Design: Glesi Lyn T. Sinag Outcomes Based Education programs, and the redesigning ~ SCAN, READ aND GO GREEN ~ of the curriculum. Add these Scan this code using your mobile deto the endless achievements of a number of NVC faculty vice to read and download digital copies members who have received of The Forum for free. This means that academic accolades and distincyou have a copy of your own to read tions from regional to national anytime, anywhere. level - all of these aim to create We encourage you recycle this puba conducive learning environlication. Let us help the environment. ment for students and mold globally competent graduates. We can all say that these are For the first time ever, the forum publication the continuing legacies of the completed this issue with in-house lay-outing, done by late president. Dr. Allen Salas our very own team of creative artisits and graphic deQuimpo. All of these will also ensigners.The editorial board is proud to declare that this, courage alumni to look back, and though may appear as a big leap, is a sign of progress. want to go back and give back to With the many “firsts” for this term, The Forum the institution they love. As they Publication is taking one step at a time, with each see how NVC has progressed determined step ready to hit the mark. from then to now, they all will not help but be proud to be NVHopefully, in the recent putCians. Just like the pink salmons, ting up of NVC printing ofno matter how far they have mifice, we can gradually start the grated to, and how long they may in-house printing of some of have been away, they will always our publications, find joy, and excitement to come such as the Scribe, home – home to where they were our literary folio. spawned and helped create who they are now./TF

EDITORIAL BOARD A.Y. 2017 - 2018 Felmerie J. Sabino Editor-in-Chief

Kathleen T. Daroy News Editor (English)

Glesi Lyn T. Sinag Associate Editor Science & Technology Editor Editorial Cartoonist

Almond Keiel John O. Macawili Literary Editor (Filipino)

Niño Rogien V. Teodosio Managing Editor Feature Editor (Filipino) Mary Ann A. Solis News Editor (Filipino) Photojournalist

Elsa A. Teñoso Literary Editor (English) Joseph Rowen T. Dela Cruz Sports Editor Xyra Z. Rodrigora April Joy Sison

Regilyn Z. Turnino Joshua kyle manzanares April Mae A. Zaulda Staff Writers Ruthsel T. Cuadernal Noel Dela Luna Bayn Rose Dexter S. Reyes Leah Mae S. Villanueva Correspondents April Joy Sison Leah Mae S. Villanueva Circulation Managers

ANgelie D. CustoDio Jun Ariolo N. Aguirre Advisers John Michael Namoco Claire B. Tiad Ma. Zybelle F. Ibutnande Stephen Roy Tenorio Contributors DR. AMBROSIO R. VILLORENTE Critic ATTY. ANDRO JULIO L. QUIMPO Legal Consultant

OPINIONS theforum

Let us not forget that we can all make a change and that change can happen now!

Where there is river, there is life

Most, if not all of us, claim to be nature lovers. We gasp at the grand Amazon River of South America, we admire the great Niagara Falls of North America, we marvel at the Pink Lagoon of Australia, we fall in love with the romantic scenery of the River Seine in France. At this point, let us have a quick review of history. The very first civilization of Mesopotamia was established along

the great rivers of Tigris and Euphrates. That said, even back in the ancient days, rivers signify life. They were sources of water and food. The rivers also sustained our crops and livestock. They served as channels for transportation and trade. That is why, rivers play a vital role in a community’s day to day survival and progress. Rivers have such great importance that they were being kept clean and

pristine. Others even worship rivers because of its provisions. It is a painful reality however that this no longer holds true to most of the rivers in the country now. Many have been polluted, abused, and exploited. Let us not forget to take a look at our very own majestic Aklan River. The longest in the province and the third longest in Panay, the 71-km Aklan River winds through the municipali-

ties of Libacao, Madalag, Malinao, Lezo, Banga, Numancia and Kalibo. My friends, why don’t we ask ourselves this question - What is the current state of our river? Many of us have experienced the wrath of typhoons Frank and Yolanda a few years ago. Some barangays were covered in mud and submerged in flood for days, when the Aklan River overflowed due to the breach-

Our beloved school is giving us quality education. The ASEAN community is giving us the opportunity to ‘think globally’ and prosper regionally”. The challenge, therefore, for us NVCians is to embody the school’s vision/mission and strive to become globally competitive in our respective fields.

Leveling the playing field

I bet some of you don’t know what ASEAN really is. Don’t be embarrassed. I, too, was once contented to stare blankly in front of the television, not remotely interested as to why world leaders come to the Philippines to talk amongst themselves then smile and shake hands in front of the cameras. There was a time when all I know about ASEAN is that when there are ASEAN summits and conferences, special lanes are allotted to the

delegates, and severe penalties await the violators (Remember the viral video where an actress said: “Hooooo, ASEAN lane! Here I come! like Maria”?). When asked if any good come out of hosting the meetings, my constant answer was: “Well, it’s good that the major streets of Metro Manila gets cleared of street dwellers and peddlers, at least for the duration of the ASEAN Summit…right?” Clearly, I had superficial knowledge when it comes to ASEAN.

All that changed when I, together with some of The Forum Publication staffers, attended a Campus Journalism Seminar/ Workshop organized by the Philippine Information Agency Region VI (PIA-6). In one of the sessions, Leonard T. Pineda I, Information Officer II of PIAIloilo, gave us an overview of ASEAN integration. From that talk, I got the answer to some of the important question: What is ASEAN integration? And what good will it do to us?

First off, ASEAN stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It is a regional association with 10-member states, including Philippines. One of the major projects of ASEAN is the establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community, which aims to integrate Southeast Asia’s diverse economies, a region with more than half a billion people and a combined gross domestic product of more than $2 trillion. Pretty heady stuff, right? Let me share to you, then a much sim-

“Mangmang, walang alam at tamad”, ganito kung ilarawan ng karamihan ang mga kabataan ngayon, lalong lalo na ang mga millennials.

Milenyals… Hindi mangmang

“Mangmang, walang alam at tamad” ganito kung ilarawan ng karamihan ang mga kabataan ngayon, lalong lalo na ang mga millennials. Puro pagpapaganda at pagpapagwapo ang tanging alam. Marami rin ang nagsasabing, “nagbubulag bulagan”, “nagbibingi- bingihan” at “walang pakialam”. Ang mga nabanggit ay ang mga negatibong pananaw ng ilan nating kababayan patungkol sa mga kabataan ngayon. Masakit mang aminin subalit ito ang hubad na katotohanan. Ang mga kaugaliang mi-

nana natin sa ating mga ninuno ay unti-unti nang nakakalimutan. Ang pagiging magalang, ang pagsasabi ng “po at opo”, at ang pagmamano sa mga nakakatanda ay ibinaon na sa baul. Ang pagiging makatao, makakalikasan, at pagiging makabayan ay unti-unti na ring nawawala sa kamalayan ng mga kabataan ngayon. Isa rin sa mga matunog na isyung ipinupukol sa mga kabataan ay ang pagiging iliterado sa flag etiquettes. Kung ating matatandaan noong nakaraang taon, ang isang estudyante mula

sa isang kilalang pamantasan ay umani ng mga pambabatikos dahil sa paggamit niya ng ating pambansang watawat bilang panglampaso sa sahig. Kamakailan lang ay inaresto rin ang isang lalaki matapos umanong hindi tumayo at magbigay respeto habang tumutugtug at kinakanta ang pambansang awit sa isang sinehan. Ito ay malinaw na paglabag sa R.A. 8491 o ang “Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines”. Ayon sa Sec. 50 ng batas na ito, ang sinumang lalabag ay pagmumultahin ng

hindi bababa sa limang libo (5,000) at hindi tataas sa dalawampung libo (Php 20,000) o pagkakakulong ng isang taon (one year imprisonment). Ang ating pambansang watawat ay sagisag ng ating pagiging makabayan at sagisag ng ating kasarinlan. Ito ay simbulo ng ating kultura at tradisyon, at naging saksi sa maraming pagbabago ng ating bansa. Alam naman natin na ang ating pambansang watawat ay dumaan sa maraming pagsubok bago ito naging simbolo ng ating bansa. Ito ay nagdaan sa maraming pagba-


ing of its banks. Add to that the tons of garbage thrown at the river. Nowadays, even without strong typhoons such as the ones I’ve mentioned, we still fear sudden downpours, for even the littlest of rain, result to massive flooding. My dear fellow Aklanons, what have we done to our environment? Is it because of progress? Or simply because of our lack of discipline and lack of love and respect for Mother Nature? As an Indian proverb goes, “Only when the last tree has died, and the last river been poisoned, and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” The good news is, we still have time and means to save our beloved Aklan River, before it is too late. The local government of Aklan, along with other environmental (continued on page 10) pler meaning of ASEAN integration as defined by the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago in her speech during the Commencement Exercises of Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna: “As a rule, every ASEAN country will treat people and products from any country in the whole ASEAN region, as if they are the people and products coming from the country itself. Thus, integration will mean that in ASEAN, among ourselves, we will pay less taxes, less customs duties, and less import taxes”. (Dreams to Live for, April 24, 2014) Listening to the talk of Mr. Pineda, I learned that there are more than a couple reasons why Filipino students, especially NVCians, should take interest in the integration. In ASEAN integration, students will have more opportunity to study abroad. It will be easier to process enrollment in any school (continued on page 10) bago at dumanas ng maraming kalbaryo. Kung kaya’t ang ating watawat ay iwinawagayway bilang simbulo ng pagmamalaki ng ating kalayaan at kasarinlan. Nararapat lang na igalang natin ang ating watawat bilang pagbibigay pugay sa mga bayaning nagsakripisyo at nagbuwis ng buhay para ipaglaban ang ating kalayaan. Isa sa mga paraan upang ipakita ang ating respeto sa watawat ay ang pagsunod sa wastong paghawak dito. At dahil hitik sa kasaysayan ang ating bandila, maraming mga orasyon at ritwal na kailangang isagawa at sundin batay na rin sa okasyon at sitwasyon. Isa na riyan ay ang tamang pagsabit nito. Kapag ito ay ilalahad ng pahiga dapat ay nasa kaliwa ang kulay na bughaw at pula naman ang nasa kanan. Kapag isinasabit ito ng pahalang dapat ay asul na kulay ang nasa taas at pula naman nasa ibaba. Ayon sa Republic Act No. 8491, Sec. 34, ipinagbabawal (Ipinagpatuloy sa pahina 7)


Volume 71. No. 1 November 2017

NEWS NVC Youth Advocates, SHS

promotes responsible sexuality

Photo above shows Jollibee Kalibo Group of Stores’ franchise owners, managers, and crew posing for a photo op with Jollibee and other partners and volunteers during the launching of Bucket for Bakhawan project. (Archie Rapio Photo)

Jollibee visits ASQ Bakhawan Eco-Park, plants mangroves Jollibee, the most famous fast-food chain in the country, with patrons from all walks of life, kept true to its advocacy of partnering with the community. This time, they chose to help the Allen Salas Quimpo Bakhawan Eco-Park through its project “Bucket for Bakhawan” that will run from October 1 to November 30, of this year. In 2014, one of the Jollibee stores in Kalibo once organized a tree planting activity at the ASQ Bakhawan EcoPark, but this time, all Jollibee stores in Kalibo namely, Jollibee Drive-Thru along Mabini St., Jollibee City Mall, Jollibee Gaisano, and Jollibee Pastrana decided to join forces and take the challenge “a notch higher this year by involving our consumers” according to

BY FELMERIE J. SABINO Mr. Jen Orven Ariel Zaragoza, Trade Marketing Officer of the Jollibee Foods Corp. Visayas. The “Bucket for Bakhawan” aims to help in the continuous development of the mangrove habitat in Kalibo. Every bucket of Chicken Joy customers buy from any of the four Jollibee stores in Kalibo, will help purchase mangrove propagules. In this way, customers who cannot go to the ASQ Bakhawan Eco-Park to plant can still be given a chance to be a part of the advocacy. On September 30, 2017, the Bucket for Bakhawan project was officially launched at the ASQ Bakhawan Eco-Park. A tree planting activity of 2017 propagules was organized, headed by Mr. Jun Padilla Jr., franchisee of Jollibee; Mr. Nelson Judaya, Trade Marketing Manager; Mr. Jean Orven

Zaragoza, Trade Marketing Officer, Jollibee Visayas, and the Jollibee Kalibo Group of Stores Management staff and crew. A total of 436 participants attended the launch. Among those who volunteered include Photo below shows a Senior high school student raising a Philippine Red Cross Aklan Chapter, Boy Scouts of the question during the open forum. Maedelyn Gonzales (left) Philippines Aklan Chapter, hosted the event. (FJSabino Photo) Kalibo Save the Mangroves (KASAMA), Brigada News, Kalibo Auxilliary Police, Philippine National Police Aklan, and Barangay New Buswang officials and community. Some schools also joined in the tree-planting activity. Among them were Aguinaldo T. Repiedad Sr. Integrated School, Linayasan National High School, Makato Integrated School, and Ochando Elementary School. The Forum Publication also attended the said event, representing the Northwestern Visayan Colleges./TF

Campus journalists join PIA’s ASEAN multi-sectoral forum BY: MARY ANN A. SOLIS

Information officers and division heads from the Philippine Information Agency Region VI (PIA-6),

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Finance (DOF), and Aklan Police Provincial

BY RUTHSEL T. CUADERNAL “Isip-isip before you and a member of NVC Youth unzip”. Advocates. Those were the opening Sabino tackled the definiwords of Maedelyn Gon- tion of teenage pregnancy, its zales, the host during the causes and effects, as well as seminar organized by the the high rate of teenage pregNorthwestern Visayan Col- nancy in Region VI. leges Youth Advocates in Mr. Raffy Relator, a mempartnership with Senior High ber of Aklan Provincial Population and Gender Office School Department. The seminar, with the Organization shared many theme.”Responsible indi- relevant facts about the Huviduals towards responsible man Immuno deficiency Virus sexuality” was held at the and the Acquired Immuno Northwestern Visayan Col- Deficiency Syndrome. He also leges CSQ Gymnasium last shared the the five (5) things September 26, 2017 with to know about the said topic. Also a Population Program the primary objective of educating teenagers on how Worker at the Aklan Proto be responsible individu- vincial Pipulation and Genals in terms of sexuality. der Office, Mr. Paul Adrian “It’s very frustrating. You Pelayo is the last speaker. know why? Because most of Pelayo explained the factors our young people nowadays and consequences of getting look at sex, na parang laro involved in sexual activities, lang”, said Felmerie “Sab” especially for senior high J. Sabino, the first speaker school students./TF

Office travelled all the way from Manila and Iloilo to talk in a multi-sectoral forum organized by the PIA-Aklan last

October 6, 2017. Topics discussed were Association on Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Integration, Freedom of Information (FOI), Tax Reform, Ambisyon 2040, and Real Numbers. Leonard T. Pineda I, Information Officer II of PIA-Iloilo, gave a short briefing about ASEAN Integration. James S. Cabag, Jr Operations Officer of PIA-6 was assigned on FOI, Photo on the left shows The Forum Publication staffers in a photo op with the speakers from the PIA-Multisectoral Forum: Leonard T. Pineda (fourth from the left, middle row) and James S. Cabag (third from the right, top row) of PIA, Ms. Ira Camarao (fifth from the left, middle row) of DOF, and Marian Therese Mesa-Pamonag (sixth from the left, middle row) of NEDA. (MASolis Photo)

PSINP. Keenan T. Ruiz tackled Real Numbers, Ms. Ira Camarao Intelligence Officer V of DOF explained Tax Reform, and Marian Therese Mesa-Pamonag of NEDA-6 disscused about Ambisyon 2040. Staffers of The Forum Publication together with the Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication students of Northwestern Visayan Colleges (NVC) attended the said forum which was held at the Governor Corazon L. Cabagnot Tourism and Training Center, Old Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan. They also raised several questions during the open forum. Other attendees were students of Regional Science High School for Region VI, teachers from Department of Education (DepEd), and members of Samahan ng mga Kababaihan sa Bayan ng Kalibo (SKBK)./TF

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Guang Ming College brings Prince Siddharta to NVC BY BAYN ROSE DEXTER S. REYES The Guang Ming Institute for the Performing Arts- Cebu in partnership with Northwestern Visayan Colleges and Guang Ming

College held a musical play, entitled Prince Siddhartha: A Musical Journey To Peace at NVC CSQ GYM last September 30,2017. Performers from G u a n g Ming Institute for the Performing Arts Cebu played different characters in the play and were directed by Junrey Alayacyac. The musical play was written to promote the three acts of goodness: to do good deeds, to Photo above shows the poster used to prospeak good mote the musical play titled Siddharta: A words, and Musical Journey to Peace.

Milenyals… mula sa pahina 5

ang paggamit sa watawat bilang mantel, kurtina, bilang banderitas sa harap, gilid o likuran ng anumang sasakyan, paggamit bilang tatak o marka, at paggamit nito sa mga industriyal, komersiyal at agricultural bilang desinyo o marka. Paglalagay ng pambansang watawat sa ilalim ng anumang larawan o pintura. Ang paglalagay ng watawat sa ilalim ng anumang plataporma. Ang paglalagay ng watawat sa mga sayawan, club, casino at iba pang lugar pasugalan. Ilan rin sa mga ipinagbabawal ay ang pagsuot sa watawat bilang parte o buo man ng anumang uri ng uniporme o kasuotan. Ang paglalagay ng anumang salita, pigura, marka, larawan, desinyo, guhit, anunsyo o dibuho sa watawat. Ang pag imprinta, pagpipintura o paglalagay ng representasyon ng watawat sa panyo, kutson at iba pang mga paninda. Kasama rin sa mga ipinagbabawal ay ang paglalagay ng watawat sa harap ng gusali kung saan namamalagi ang hindi Pilipino, pati na rin ang paggamit ng watawat bilang parte ng anumang patalastas o infomercial. Sa nakaraang pagdiriwang ng buwan ng wika, ang mga NVCians ay nakiisa rin sa pambansang pagdiriwang na ito. Ang mga estudyante ay naghanda ng iba’t-ibang palabas

at presentasyon. Pumukaw sa akin ang nasabing palabas, mga eksenang hindi ko inakala. Mga eksenang nagbigay sa akin ng kamulatan at kaliwanagan sa aking mga pag aalinlangan. Isa sa mga kapansin pansin sa naturang programa ay ang presentasyon ng mga estudyante mula sa SHS (Senior High School) Dept. dahil sa pagamit nila ng watawat ng Pilipinas bilang bahagi ng kanilang pagtatanghal. Kanila itong iwinagayway at ibinandera bilang pagpupugay sa ating lahi ngunit may mga pagkakataong ang watawat, hindi man sinasadya, ay sumasayad sa sahig ng entablado. Nagbunga ito ng iba’t-ibang reaksyon at pagkabahala ng mga manonood. Mababakas sa kanilang mga mukha ang matinding pag aalala. Marami ang sumenyas sa nagwawagayway na itaas pa ang pagkakahawak sa watawat. Sa bandang huli ng kanilang palabas ay baliktad ang pagkakaladlad ng watawat: pula ang nasa ibabaw at asul ang nasa ilalim. Alam naman natin na ang ibig kahulugan nito ay giyera o kaguluhan. Kung kaya’t lalong tumindi ang reaksyon ng mga manonood at maraming estudyante ang pumuna sa naturang pangyayari. Dahil sa pagkabahala, may mga estudyante na tumayo at sumen-

to think good thoughts. According to Mrs. Helen Correa, President of the Guang Ming College, it is important to witness the whole musical play in order for the audience to know and understand the untold story of Buddha. Hsing Yun, the venerable Master and Founder of Fo Guang Shan presented the cast to the audience after the curtain call. She shared that the NVC showing was the 108th performance of the group which had already performed in 11 countries including the Philippines. "The musical play was so entertaining because it was presented by the actors with full of effort. I hope to watch them again perform here," said an NVCian audience. The event was attended by the Junior and Senior high school and college students of NVC. Audiences from other schools were present as well. The musical play ran for two (2) hours./TF

yas sa mga nagtatanghal na baliktarin ang watawat. May isang estudyante na naglakas loob na lapitan ang may hawak ng watawat at binulungan ito ngunit hindi naman nagpatinag ang mga nagtatanghal sa kabila ng mga pamumuna. Ika nga ay “The show must go on.” Laking gulat ng mga manonood na iyon pala ay kasama sa kanilang palabas. Biglang binaliktad ang pagkakahawak ng watawat bilang simbulo na Malaya na ang Pilipinas. Ang bawat isa ay nabunutan ng tinik at nawala ang mga pag aalala sa kanilang mga mukha. Nakakatuwang isipin na ang mga kabataan at mga estudyante ng NVC ay alam ang mga alituntunin na dapat sundin sa paghahawak sa ating pambansang watawat. Nakakagalak na masaksihan na ang mga kabataan ngayon ay nakakaalala pa sa kasaysayan at hindi mangmang sa sariling bayan. Ito ay taliwas sa mga sinasabi ng ilan na ang mga kabataan ngayon ay walang alam at walang pakialam. Nagpapatunay lamang ito na ang mga NVCians ay makabansa at makabayan. Pinatunayan lamang ng pangyayaring ito na ang mga kabataan o ang millenials, lalo na ang mga NVCians ay hindi mang mang./TF

Photo above shows several HRM students waiting for their cue to serve the guests during their Culminating Activity. The said activity is their requirement in their Catering and Banquet subject. (FJSabino Photo)

HRM students display skills

in catering and banquet

BY Felmerie “sab” J. sabino A teary-eyed Sir Robel The event was graced Talislis of the HRM Depart- by HRM Faculty and staff, ment delivered his message headed by Ms. Nolita Kisof appreciation to his students mundo, HRM Coordinator. for a successful culminating Among the guests include activity. The said event was NVC Faculty and staff, held last October 17, 2017 at Sangguninang Panlalawigan the HRM Building Skyhall. and NVC Board of Director The culminating event also Hon. Lilian Quimpo Tirol, served as a final exam to all Alumni Affairs Director Ms. HRM students taking Cater- Erlinda Quimpo Wilsoning and Banquet subject. It Hernandez, Vice President was a showcase of their skills for Student Affairs Ms. Rein cooking different dishes, becca T. Barrios and NVC and in organizing a banquet. President Allan Angelo L. In addition, the 2nd Year Quimpo. The HRM students HRM students also set up dedicated the success of the booths to display delicacies culminating activity to their and products of different parents, who were also premunicipalities in Aklan. sent in the event./TF

Educators, itinanghal na Over All Champion sa Palaro 2018 NI NINO ROGIEN TEODOSIO Itinanghal na Over all Champion ang Educators Team sa Palaro 2018 kung saan dinomina ng nasabing koponan ang halos lahat ng Individual/ Group Sports, Night of Songs, at Night of the Dances. Ang kampeyonato sa mga larong Chess (Men and Women) at Volleyball (Men and Women) ay nasungkit ng Educators Team. Samantala, ang basketball (Men) naman ay ipinanalo ng Hoteliers Team at ang Basketball (Women) ay dinomena ng Criminology Team.. Sa larong Sepak Takraw naman, itinanghal na kampeyon ang Criminology Team, at ang unang puwesto sa Long Jump ay nasungkit ng Executives at Educators Team. Sa Night Of Songs, ang mga unang parangal sa kategoryang Vocal Duet, Soloista Classical, ay Show Choir ay iniuwi rin

ng Educators Team samantalang sa kategoryang Doble Kara, itinanghal na panalo ang Hoteliers team. Sa Pop Diva na kategorya, nanalo naman ang Junior High School. Dinomina rin ng Educators Team ang Night of the Dances kung saan ipinanalo nila ang mga kategorya ng Folk Dance ,Contemporary Dance, Hip Hop Dance, Modern Standard Dance, at Latin American Dance. Nasungkit naman ng Hoteliers Team ang unang puwesto sa Ethnic Dance. Ang haylayt ng Palaro 2018 ay ang pagdaraos ng Mr. and Ms. Palaro 2018 kung saan itinanghal si Almond Keiel John Macawili ng Educators Team bilang Mr. Palaro 2018, at si Leonah Mae Nabayra ng parehong koponan bilang Ms. Palaro 2018./TF


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Aklanon to build world’s first large-scale “Jellyfish” A New York-based mechanical engineer from Makato, Aklan aims to build the world’s first commercialscale device that could harvest the third most abundant renewable energy---the ocean wave energy---and then convert it into electricity. Ramuel Taytayon Maramara, founder and CEO of Brimes Energy, Inc. was successful in creating a small-scale version of the device and is now in the process of developing a prototype that could be mass-produced, thus, providing cheaper and more efficient means of generating electricity. Dubbed as The Jellyfish, the device was proven to be efficient in absorbing wave energy and


then turning it into electricity, as shown by tests conducted by Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York. “There is a lot of energy in the waves,” Maramara told NVC The Forum Publication. “For every meter of coastline, that can provide enough energy to light 2000 light bulbs” To have a better grasp on the figures, imagine that you are walking on the beach along the shoreline. For every step you take, the waves within that step have the energy to provide electricity to five (5) to eight (8) homes. “Now, the latest prototype that we build, we can absorb

up to 55% of the waves’ energy, and our wave to electricity ratio is 19%,” he said. “I believe that is the highest in the world for a commercial design.” Maramara’s firm is now in the commercialization phase where they are looking for partners to help them finance the production of a large commercial unit - one that can generate large amount of electricity. The larger version also has to be economically viable so that people can afford it, just like how they can buy solar panels in stores nowadays. His invention is now creating a buzz here and abroad, and several NGOs had

already pledged their support to the project, including First Gen Corporation, a renewable energy firm in the Philippines, and Ocean Pixel, a Singaporean firm. The United States’ Department of Energy, Philippines’ Energy Regulation Commission, Department of Science and Technology, and the University of the Philippines (UP) had likewise offered help. Engr. Maramara, who earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from UP Diliman and ranked number 3 in the Mechanical Engineering Board exam, said that it has been on top of his mind to design the machine

for the Philippines. Maramara also said that the Philippines is a great place to test the Jellyfish because being an archipelago of 7, 107 islands, it is surrounded by countless waves that can be harnessed into power. “Once the financing is done, I want the first unit to be installed in my country, the Philippines. This will happen next year, on 2018, or maybe 2019” Other benefits of The Jellyfish are its ability to reduce wave heights, thus reducing erosion, and its desalinating features which enables the device to turn salt water into freshwater./TF

From making kotseng tsinelas in the Philippines to making waves in the international scene

and the coconut water and the smell of my lola’s house. It is a bit hard to imagine that the very down-to-earth and accommodatOne time, we stayed in my aunt’s house in Baybay (Makato). I love swimming ing Engr. Ramuel “Ram” Taytayon Maramara is leading the global race to in the beach and then taking a bath in the balon. In Numancia, bayan. I learned develop a commercial scale generator that would convert ocean wave energy to drive a tricycle there. I love Aklan and the memories I have there. We stayed into electricity. there every year for a least a month. But then again, Engr. Ram is a walking wonder, not just in the field of When or how did you realize that you have an aptitude and interest in engineering but in entrepreneurship as well. He earned his BS Mechanical inventing things? Engineering degree from UP Diliman in 1998 and subsequently placed third Like other kids, I love building my own toys. It started there. I would "destroy" in the board exam for mechanical engineers. At a young age, he had already my working toys just to get parts for the toys I want to make. The good thing is designed and built hundreds of unique industrial machines. At age 24, he had althat my father allowed me to do that. ready put up several successThe first toy I made did not work. ful engineering companies I wanted to make a fast car and my in the Philippines and in the toy car turned its wheels very fast United States. He is now “The first but when I put it down, it stopped the CEO of Brimes Energy, machine I built turning. and Brimes Industrial, Inc. My parents did not mind me He also won several awards failed miserably. making a mess while I’m building such as Youngest Executive something. I used all materials for Distributor at age 17 and Inmy hobby. I would cut tsinelas into novator of the Year Awards I’m learning. round wheels and turn barbeque in 2015. sticks to a shaft. I sawed plywood The father of six is very Then I built to cut the frame and used endless passionate about science another one, glue and mighty bond. I love it. My and he wants to share to the Photo above shows Engr. Ramuel Maramara guided me. When I’m frusFilipinos the perks of being t h e n a n o t h e r father standing in front of a prototype of The Jellyfish, a detrated with my design, he will assist knowledgeable and skilled one, learning as me, give me hints to make it better. vice that could harness the energy from ocean waves in Science, Technology, Enthen convert it into electricity (Photo retrieved He knows I’m learning so he just gineering and Math (STEM). I go”. from kept on feeding me knowledge and In fact, he wants to test and guiding me. My first working toy, I install his latest project, The made it maybe grade 2 or 3. Jellyfish, in the Philippines. Why did you choose to harness wave energy over other sources of renewThe Forum Publication is very lucky indeed that when requested, Engr. able energy? Ram readily allowed us to pick his brain. Read the interview below to know My father introduced [to] me the idea of having an engineering business. his thoughts - from his fondest childhood memories in Aklan to his desire to Eventually, I started my engineering company and after two (2) projects, it failed. show the world that Filipinos are world-class builders. I failed many times, but I always looked back [to] what I should do next time. As a child, did you spend a lot of time here in the Philippines? If yes, I went to work as a project engineer doing electrical work. I also learned sales. please share with us some stories of your stay here. Then I started again, this time, it grew and grew. My company was making maEvery summer, we used to stay in Aklan. Sometimes we stayed at my lola’s chines for Honda, for Nissan, for semiconductor companies, etc. I never wanted to house in Tina, Makato. We have to walk around 30 minutes through the rice move to the US, but that is another story. I eventually ended in New York. Having fields to get there or we can take the hilly route. [There was] no electricity, tasted how to have an engineering company in the Philippines, I wanted [to] start the CR was outside the house, but my lola’s house was two (2) stories high my engineering business in the US so I started one. I started building machines overlooking the rice fields. I love those times. I love the food. My favorite is for DelMonte, for M&M's chocolate, Unilever etc. the brown suman, almost rubbery, I forgot what it's called, but it has coconut But then, I saw a machine in Europe, a machine for (continued on page 10 ) strips and sweet and you peel away the banana leaf to open it. I love the langka

It’s ok.

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Working students’ stories: then and now By: Jil B. Lacson and Erajoy T. Briones

Life is a blend of both fate and series of coincidences. A perfect mixture of bittersweet memories and a combination of both simple and scruffy ideal But sometimes when circumstances are tough, we tend to give up. When trials and tribulations are somewhat hard to handle, we usually think it’s the end for us, and when things seems too great to endure, we are likely to surrender. In a world full of sufferings, deceit, and perils, there are people who manage to outdo their greatest battles in life. In the darkest time of their lives, they manage to build on to their failures and use it as a stepping stone to reach the summit of their dreams. They are grounded individuals with high hopes and dreams. These are the life stories of three different people, having three different ideals and philosophy in life with three unusual stories to tell.


Rio is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication. He was a former working student and worked for about eight years. He started working when he was in second year high school at the tender age of fifeen. His parents knew he was work ing while studying; actually they were hesitant at first but after they realized that he is capable of supporting himself while he was studying, they supported their son’s decision. Their family is big, composed of his parents and ten siblings with him as the seventh child in the family. “We were really poor back then, I remember sharing one school bag with my brother and using one notebook in every subject”, he recounted. Even though their family lacks financial stability, Mr. Trayco still considered his childhood as one of the happiest part of his life since in this particular stage, he learned about almost everything in life. “I learned to be patient; I also learned to know God in my life.” He added. For most us, being a working student is hard to handle but for some who manage to go through this situation, life is a lot more meaningful to experience such kind of challenges. According to him, there were multiple times where he said to himself that he is tired of being a working student but there’s one question that keeps on making his mind and reminding him to go on in life and that is, “Are you willing to sacrifice a part of your life for a better future?” This question gave him the choice to become positive throughout his life that someday, somehow, and in some way he can get out of the situation. His first work was a house helper. During his work he is responsible for cleaning the house, paying the bills and managing bank transactions. “This is the reason why I know how to organize things like ensuring that I will not miss any due dates. I have my own calendar in my room. I also have checklist on what to do. It helped me to become organized and I’m enjoying the benefit of it in my life now,” he said. Looking back at his experiences, Mr. Trayco was also surprised on how he had managed to overcome all the struggles he have faced when he was still a working student. “Actually I don’t know how did I handle all the tasks but one thing is for sure and that is I know what I’m doing.” Being a working student was never a hindrance in his life. “I never looked at it as a discouragement but an inspiration that someday I can afford to buy the things that I need and want.” Rio recounted that there were times when some people will judge him for being too ambitious. “They put limits and boundaries on what he can do and what we can achieve and they sometimes belittle our accomplishments. Well, if being too ambitious is something that could help me achieve my goals in life, then that’s okay. I just let them say what they want while I’m busy working on what I can possibly achieve because at the end of the day, I will be held accountable of myself and not them.” Mr. Trayco resolved. “Try to imagine this, studying alone causes most students too much stress. Now in my case, I must know how to prioritize what comes first, my study or my household responsibility. [I try to] remember that without my job I cannot afford to study but at the same time I have an obligation to someone who is paying my school fees” Imagine all the work loads and stack of responsibilities he must fulfil in order to finish college. It must be very difficult to deal all those obligations but still he manage to perform his functions. “I learned that being a working student prepared me to be emotionally and mentally ready after graduation because of the struggles that I have been through, I am now confident and courageous in running my race and facing the reality as a member of the work force.” He is currently working as a Customer Service Representative in Manila and hoping to be transferred back to Roxas on the second quarter of next year. His advice to all working students is: “Do your best in your study and learn how to love your work that pays for your tuition fee. Always think that the situation you are in right now is temporary and when you survive this, good days are waiting out there. Consider your present employer as a channel of blessing and someday you will realize that you are so lucky to be given a chance to study even though it’s hard.” He expressed. “Don’t waste your time in doing nothing. The best things in life can be achieved by someone who is prepared. Remember opportunities are always out there but the question is: are you ready to grab it?” Mr. Trayco challenged.

Senior Police Officer 3 (SPO3) Rodel Pelayo Ojano

SPO3 Ojano is a former working student when he was still studying in Northwestern

Visayan Colleges. In his early two years in college, he took up Associate Criminology but soon after, he decided to proceed to Bachelor of Science in Criminology. He was an active working student with numerous job to support his education. He worked as a labourer, a painter’s assistant, a boatman, a porter in the pier, a fish vendor, a waiter in a restaurant, and a security guard in Boracay, as well. SPO3 Ojano is the seventh child among the eight. During his college years, his mother’s occupation was a seamstress while his father was long gone. Due to this reason, his mother could not afford to support all the expenses of their daily living. To help his mother sustain the needs of the family, he worked very hard to support his studies. He desired to help his family rise from the bitterness of poverty. In order to achieve this, he persevered to finish college and find a decent job wherein he can support his family. He also stated that he doesn’t want to pass on to the next generation of their family the poverty he had experienced. His ideals are a clear reflection of a successful person. “My principle in life is to be righteous. Whatever you do, do it in the righteous way. In that case, whatever happens to you, wherever you may go, you go with a clean heart. Don’t mind what others are saying against you. As long as you don’t step on other individual’s character or personality, then go for it” Actually because of his enthusiasm and drive to study, his grades made him a candidate for Cum Laude but unfortu nately, he had failed to comply with one requirement in one of his subjects. For many individuals, graduating college with high recognition is a noble privilege. For some people, however, it is only one thing and there are more into this world. Seeking something better and a lot more meaningful is far better than the honours we receive. After his graduation, September 1997 he became a professional police. He is currently serving the country for 20 with the rank of SPO3. “Although the place was hell because of early days of training yet, it feels like heaven for me,” he said. “My advice to all working students is: Keep it up. You are doing the right thing. Poverty is not the reason to stop dreaming.”

Elmer Dioso Hilario

Mr. Hilario belongs to a regular type of nuclear family. He considered his childhood as one of the happiest part of his life. He remembered playing in Magsaysay Park, having the time of their lives connecting with people even without the use of technology. For him, this simple act of joy makes him see his childhood memories as a blissful one. But life is not all about the sweet and happy memories. There are times where pain and sufferings will go in our ways. During the time where he wanted to pursue college, he decided to become a working student because in that certain time, most of his siblings were also in college. Nobody will help them in their studies but themselves. Due to his strong conviction to finish college, he became a student assistant (SA) in his former school, STI Makati where he studied Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. His family didn’t know that he was working because he didn’t want them to be subjected to his problems since he believed that they too have their own problems that need to be solved. He tried to handle his own problems which were very difficult according to him. For Mr. Hilario giving up was never a choice. He said “if you don’t give up, you will get what you want.” Throughout his working student years, he learned three things: “First, rest is very important. Being a working student is a hectic job. It needs a lot of energy and stamina to perform the entire task excellently. Only by resting the body, can we fulfil the responsibilities we need to accomplish. Second, achieve what is needed to be achieved. Assignments must be done as soon as possible. Don’t waste time doing nothing. Lastly, make sure that everything will be well paid off. At the end of the day, one must decide that all of his hard work and efforts are satisfactorily returned”. “My advice to those who work for their studies, is try to plan to realize little things. Make sure you love or at least like your work, money won’t buy happiness. “It’s not the peak that is the happiest in our life, but it’s the road we take.” One of the words of wisdom Mr. Hilario expressed. “Life is cruel, life would give you a lot of trial, which is one way of putting yourself for who you are now.” He added. Currently, Mr. Elmer Hilario is a professor in Northwestern Visayan Colleges and the adviser of Music Crafters Guild. Most of us, at some point in our lives wish that life would be easy; but the truth is, life will be full of adversities. We can’t control them but we can manage to adjust ourselves to the problems that may arise in our horizon. The path of fulfilment is twisted and evasive but the three of them did not give up to be in their truest, best, and most perfected version of themselves. Like them, we can be successful individuals. Through realizing our dreams and aspirations in life and doing something to achieve it, there’s no doubt that we can see a bigger horizon ahead of us. Just follow your heart and intuition, keep the faith, and keep moving forward! /TF



Volume 71. No. 1 November 2017

Even justice kills by Joseph Rowen T. Dela Cruz

An extra judicial killing is internationally defined as the killing of a person by governmental authorities without the sanction of any judicial proceeding or legal process. These types of killings to us, are unethical, inhumane and simply atrocious due to the fact that these, are as defined, carried by those in authority/government like the armed forces or police as extra-legal fulfillment of their prescribed role. In our country, PNP Chief Ronald “BATO” Dela Rosa has repeatedly denied that the police have a role in these activities since the government, specifically the president, has never sanctioned such killings. They claim that it is either vigilante groups who put justice in their own hands or rival drug dealers and former cohorts who eliminate the competition due to scarcity in drug supply because of the vigorous campaign of the government to rid the nation of this drug infestation. Blood, sweat and tears not blood, death and fear. These are words that most people who are victims of this so called Extra Judicial Killings (EJK) cannot even fathom to speak, but these words are also quite suited to their situation. The Philippines has been plagued with unsolved cases of people getting murdered due to drug abuses, who the police say fired the first shots as they were being arrested in buy-bust operations and the others simply vanish for a few days then wind up dead in a river or a ditch somewhere covered in bullets or stab wounds. While there are people who will applaud these felonious acts, there are also those who abhor it, and those who abhor to it are mostly the families of these victims.

Most recently even minors and teens have entered the picture. A series of murders and abduction involving the likes of Kian Delos Santos, Karl Bryan Cruz and some others have stirred up human rights controversy here and even abroad. Are we really murdering the future our nation? Or did they really fight back and put the law enforcers’ lives in danger? The PNP Chief who, apologized to the grieving family of these victims also stated the fact that they were never that innocent and that he has information about their involvement in illegal transactions. But all in all, most of these victims, minor or not share one common ground - poverty. 6.4B pesos worth of illegal drugs were caught through customs and until now no one has paid the price while a few thousand of our countrymen die every day because of a single sachet of shabu and a marked money of 500 pesos. Fact is, we may never get to know the truth. The incidents have an infinite number of possibilities, to sort out the truth may require time and that is what our country has little of. Have you seen the prices of gas recently? Did the price of commodities go down? It seems not. So does the government focus more on the war on drugs rather that the economy? What happened to the Writ of Amparo which vowed

Leveling the playing field...from page5 in the ASEAN region especially since the Philippines have now adapted the K-12 Education system. In addition, we are now in the process of synchronizing the school calendar with those of other ASEAN schools. It will be much easier for us to undergo exchange student programs, especially since the NVC has international linkages with other educational institutions already. Through the ASEAN’s visafree travel policy, it will be easier for service providers and tourists to cross borders. Air travel will be improved and travelling within the region will be cheaper.

out there know that more investors mean a livelier economy and more job opportunities here and abroad. More exciting is the fact that with the ASEAN integration, there will be free flow of skilled labor. With the ASEAN Agreement on the Movement of Natural Persons, competent NVCian graduates can easily apply for a job abroad. It will be like we are just applying for a job within the Philippines, instead of in another country. So don’t fret, all ye who take other courses such as Mass Communication, Criminology, Computer Science and Education. You are not forgotten. You can still

showcase your professionalism and skills abroad, especially since our National Certificates will be honored anywhere in the ASEAN region. Through the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services, applying for jobs abroad will be easier, thanks to the provision that our professional licenses will be honored in other ASEAN countries as well. ASEAN Integration is good for the Filipinos because the job markets in the region will be opened wider. But we still have to take into consideration that the job market will be tougher. There will be a competition with other qualified South East Asian applicants. Despite that, I am not from page 8 bothered because Filipinos are known to be remarkably adaptyear 2018 or maybe 2019. You built machines since you were 8 able to multicultural workplaces. years old, a daunting task for many people. We are also known to have a What will you say to the students who think good grasp of English language. that they do not have what it takes to delve Our beloved school is giving into science and technology? My toy building turned into a business after college. My interest in machines just grew and grew. I studied mechanical engineering and I groups such as the Aklan was really determined to be the best engineer. Rivers Development CounEngineering is fun and it pays well. We were cil (ARDC) work hand in not rich, but learning SciTech is a sure ticket hand to protect and preserve out of poverty. Don't be afraid to learn new not only the beauty, but also things, in fact never stop learning. My father the bounties of the Aklan guided me to work for a machine shop after River. These environmental graduating from UP. It's an invaluable experi- warriors have invested time, ence. I learned how to make real machines. effort, and resources for the Part of engineering is getting your hands dirty. I got my hands dirty. I learned to weld, conservation of our beloved to saw, to grind, to operate the drill, lathe. river. Clean-up drives are When I was a kid, I have burns from soldering being organized, planting iron. I have cuts from handling blades cutters bamboos along the banks of and pliers. My toys did not always work at Aklan River is encouraged, first. That did not stop me. My parents didn’t as well as the continuous stop me from building things, either. Brains planting of mangroves and and hands are best partners./TF the development of the Al-

Our HRM students will benefit greatly from this because South East Asian tourists will have more mobility and reason to go to Philippines. This will mean more jobs for the Philippines, particularly Aklan, whose main source of income is tourism. The Asean Free Trade Agreement has been expanded to zero tariffs on almost all goods. This means that goods, investments, and capital can be exchanged freely. And because production cost is relatively cheaper in the Philippines, more investors will be attracted. I’m sure that the Business Administration students

From making kotseng tsinelas... harnessing ocean wave energy. There is a race on who can build the most efficient, most cost effective wave energy machine. I saw all their designs and I thought to myself, I can build a better machine than these Europeans. I started Brimes Energy, Inc. and I got investment to build my own research facility. The first machine I build failed miserably. It's ok, I’m learning. Then I built another one, then another one, learning as I go. Now, the latest prototype that we build, we can absorb up to 55% of the waves energy, and our wave to electricity ratio is about 19%.I believe that is the highest in the world for a commercial design. There is a lot of energy in waves. For every meter of coastline, that can provide enough energy to light 2000 light bulbs. We are now in the commercialization phase where we are looking for partners to help us finance building a large commercial unit. We are talking to venture capital here in New York and California. Once the financing is done, I want the first unit to be installed in my country, the Philippines. We have the support of the DOE of the Philippines already. This will happen next

to protect victims of extra judicial killings? But this is more alarming in a sense that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer cliché is now overshadowed by simply.. the rich live, the poor die. The Human Rights Watch(HRW) recently said that our government cannot fool the world in stating the absence of EJK in the Philippines. They also stated that that the Philippine government is limiting its definition of EJK to avoid responsibility for the thousands of deaths linked to the drug war context and that their reasons are quite absurd. Imagine lives lost because of maybe a flaw in definition which means that a few choice words on paper may have given justice to those who have fallen./TF

us quality education. The ASEAN community is giving us the opportunity to ‘think globally’ and prosper regionally”. The challenge, therefore, for us NVCians is to embody the school’s vision/mission and strive to become globally competitive in our respective fields. And so,the next time you’re sitting in front of the TV, tapping your foot in impatience because the news bit about ASEAN integration is taking so long, chill out for a bit. Yes, it is exciting to watch the next episode of your favorite telenovela, but the future in store for you is even more exciting. Open your mind and absorb the information. Because in the real world of employment and entrepreneurship, the playing field had been levelled but in terms of knowing where to go to play, those who have the knowledge have the edge. /TF.

Where there is river... from page 5

len Salas Quimpo Bakhawan Eco-Park. All we have to do is participate! It is about time we do our part, simply by getting our hands a little dirty and extending our help, in any of those activities. Let us not forget that we can all make a change and that change can happen now! Today, I call on every one who can and will be reached by this message. Yes! I call on you, you, you, and you! All of us! Let us all become partners for a safer Aklan environment./TF



outfitting theforum

“There is no substitute really for learning about the world of work and being in the world of work. You can do that through internships. Strive early to get some practical work experience.”- Alexis Herman. On the Job Training (OJT) is a part of every college student’s life where we mold ourselves through experience before we face a new chapter of our lives after graduation.

the students for their

The future frontliners of hotel services industry. They are training to become excellent service providers for hotel patrons. (Marilou Carmona Bernabe, BS Hotel and Restaurant Management)


towards a brighter They equip themselves with skills that will cater to the technological advancement and demands of this modern world. (Keen Joy Ramos and Marienel Rapiz, BS in Computer Science. Photo by Kimberly Ratay)


The people’s safety and security is their top priority. (John Lhord G. Rico, BS Criminology) They are the mother of all professions and the second mother of the younger genarations for they believe that to teach is to touch lives (Angel T. Guardian, Bachelor in Elementary Education)

They devote time to learn how to earn in and for the future. (Nehemiah Condez and Ryan Bautista, BS Business Administration. Photo by Lee Yan Drew) Her voice is her instrument to educate, influence and change the world (Xyra Z. Rodrigora, AB Mass Communication student)



Volume 71. No. 1 November 2017


Matanda na, pero nag-aaral pa

“Akala ko teacher ka namin. ” Ni Felmerie J. Sabino “Syempre alam niya yung sagot, matanda na yan eh.” “Ay, bakit di niya alam yung sagot? Matanda na yan ah!” “Bakit ngayon ka pa lang nag-aaral?” “May mga batang di nag-aaral, may mga batang nag-aaral... tapos yung iba naman, MATANDA NA, PERO NAG-AARAL PA!”

Iilan lamang ito sa mga kadalasang reaksyon, at argumento sa mga sinasabing may-edad na pero hanggang ngayon , ay nag-aaral pa. Sa mata ng iba, nakabibilib ang ganitong eksena, may iilan pa nga na humuhugot ng inspirasyon sa kanilang mga ate, kuya, nanay, at tatay sa loob ng silid-aralan. Bagama’t di rin natin maiwawaksi na may iilang nakikita ang ganitong sitwasyon bilang katatawanan, dahil para sa kanila, ito ay kahinaan. Eh matanda na nga naman, pero bakit nag-aaral pa. Subalit kung inyong mamarapatin, may batayan at karapatan ba ang sino mang husgahan ang mga tinatawag na matatanda na pero nag-aaral pa? Sino nga ba ang tunay na katawa-tawa? At sino ang higit na kaawa-awa? Sila bang kahit na may mga edad na, ay piniling bumalik sa pag-aaral para sa higit pang maayos na kinabukasan, o silang mga mapanglait at mapangmata dahil sa tingin nila ay kapintasan ang pag-aaral ng mga tinatawag nilang matatanda na? Huwag sana nating kalimutan na ang lahat ng bagay ay may dahilan, at ang bawat isa sa atin ay may kwentong iniingatan, at karapatang hindi maaring tapakan ninuman. At isa na sa mga karapatang ito ay nakasaad sa Saligang Batas - ang karapatan sa edukasyon ng kapwa bata o matanda man. Sa puntong ito, kilalanin natin ang ilan sa kanila, at alamin ang kanilang kwento, gayundin ang kanilang pakikipagsapalaran sa mundo ng makabagong henerasyon, at ang bagong pag-asang ibinigay sa kanila ng Northwestern Visayan Colleges, at ang buong pagtanggap ng institusyon, sa mga sinasabing matatanda na, pero nag-aaral pa.

kasalong Aklanon, si Maritess ay da sun ng isa ng a aw gas an ng kap Tubong Mindanao, at na tion. Nakapagtapos na ng kurso ica un mm Co ss Ma AB ng rso ku wang makapaglukuyang nasa ikatlong taon sa alit hindi pinahintulutan ng asa sub e lleg Co rs cto Do ao an a anak. Ang nd Midwifery sa Mi o ang mag-alaga ng kanilang mg o, naisip sm mi ss rite Ma si g on nit sto partment. Dahil dit trabaho dahil mas gu g-aaral sa NVC Elementary De ang kaniyang oras habang na ay ss rite Ma ni ak an ng bunso han m upang mas maging makabulu rin niya piniling mag-aral niyang mag-aral ng MassCom na to Di ng anak. iya kan ng se kla g an os tap panayam kay ma naghihintay na mahusay na edukasyon. Sa aming la sa ibang ng gap ang kat ma na na g-i ma andang salita mu upang sabay silang nakatatanggap siya ng di magag ing agg s lalo itin a niy di hin ss, rite Ma it sa halip na magpaapekto, ma bal Su . ral g-a ma g lin mu g yan a. tao dahil sa kaniyang pas abukasan ng kaniyang pamily kin ang at ili sar ang uti pab g-aral muli, na niyang ginustong higit pang ma may edad na subalit piniling ma sa mga a niy wa kap a mg sa ss rite Ma Ang payo ni . Para naman gatibong sinasabi ng ibang tao huwag magpaapekto sa mga ne ng mag-aral, sana ay hindi nila ito ipagwalang-bahala. Maritess Argao, ABMC-III anak kabataang nabigyan ng pagkakatao at mga Early 40’s, May asawa

yang gpapa-aral ng kani pa sa g on ul m tu aho upang matumilya at piniling ab pa tr ag ng m n na ng ka ya ni pa ka Kinailangan Inuna ang rily. kwento ni Jurily. tid at tiyuhin si Ju g pa an ka o , it , ak in an g gk an an g ir mga pam pamilya. Isang ul ataong ito, mulin ak ng gk an pa ng Sa ila . ga in an ns uunan ng pa inili ang gunan ang pang kursong BSBA. P an niya ang pagtut m ng a na li uh ri uk sa m n, g ku yo Nga in siya kung anon l at kasalukuyang ng ra nu aa ta gg pa an sa N . ly ap ri lamang ad ng pangar bumalik si Ju kwela, ang sagot tuwang sa pagtup es ka g ik al in ag ab m gb g pa lalo an g NVC up una sa kaniyan sasabihin ng iba, g up an m na pu ta ga in al m ya sa a ni ap. niya, hindi masasabi niy -alam.” Para sa ka iyang mga pangar ki n pa ka g sa on a ak iy n a al ndi ad “W niya ay, pag-aaral dahil hi atulong sa pagtup ng ak la ak ni m ka o g it an an in am ih , ay pagbut na at hindi n ya sa mga kabataan ni yon. an m na yo pa Ang karoon ng edukas ag m ng ao at ak gk ng pa lahat ay nabibigyan

Jurily Dela Cruz, BSBA-I Mid 30’s, Binata

g inuuna ang kapaSi Gina ay isang may-bahay, ina, at Army Reservist. Lagi niyan pag lingkod sa bayan kanan ng kaniyang pamilya, gayundin ang pagnanais na maka pagtapos na rin ng kursong sa kaniyang boluntaryong serbisyo sa sandatahang lakas. Naka y subalit naniniwala bokasyunal. Marami na ang kaniyang napatunayan sa buha siyang hindi dito nagtatapos ang kaniyang pangarap. aki na ang kaniyang Mula pagkabata ay nais na niyang maging guro. Ngayong malal siyang pumasok sa NVC mga anak, at ang bunso na lamang ang nag-aaral, nagpasya g tuluyang matupad ang at kumuha ng kursong BSEd. Isa ito sa mga hakbang upan hindi pabor sa kaniyang pangarap na maging guro. Batid niyang may mga taong Subalit hindi niya alintana pasya. Matanda na nga raw siya para sa muling pag-aaral. pangarap na muli niyang ang mga ito at lalo pang pinagbubuti ang pag-aaral para sa kagaya niyang matanda binalikan. Nais niya ring magsilbing inspirasyon para sa mga II dSE B s, do dahil ang edukasyon ay Gina Berna na, gayundin sa mga kabataan na huwag isusuko ang pangarap, ak an ga m at a aw Late 40’s, may as walang pinipiling edad.

Kasama nila, iilan lamang kami sa mga nakarinig ng pasaring, at nakatanggap ng pangungutya dahil matatanda na pero nag-aaral pa. Kaming sa kabila ng panghuhusga ay patuloy na lumalaban para sa aming mga pangarap. Maliban sa aming mga pamilya at kaibigan, isa ang NVC sa tumanggap sa amin, patuloy na humuhubog ng aming mga kakayahan, at naging katuwang sa pag-abot ng aming mga pangarap. Salamat sa NVC, sa pagtanggap sa aming mga matatanda na, pero nag-aaral pa./TF

LATHALAIN theforum


Sinayang noon,


binabalikan ngayon Ni Niño Rogien Teodosio

Maraming bagay ang itinatapon, kagaya ng feelings na kailagan din minsang pakawalan at itapon. Para ang sakit at pait ay di mo na madama pa at upang hindi ka na masaktan at umasa pa. Mga bagay na wala ng halaga at mananatili na lamang na parte ng iyong masasakit na alaala. Ngunit, sa bayan ng Balete, yung akala mong wala ng halaga ay akala mo lang pala. Umasa kang ang mga basurang itatapon mo ay may malaking pakinabang. Sa pag-ibig aasa ka lang sa wala, pero sa Basura Garden dala ang pag asa sa bawat isa. “Kagaya ng kanyang pagiging malikhain sa pang-uuto at pambobola sa iyo.” Isa sa mga kilalang pasyalan sa bayan ng Balete, at sa buong probinsiya ng Aklan, ang Basura Garden. Tanyag ang pasyalang ito dahil sa pagiging malikhain. Sa katunayan, sa loob nito ay punong-puno ng mga obra maestra. Kagaya na lamang ng mga lilok, mga basurang inirecycle at ginawang makukulay na palamuti. Pambungad na atraksiyon ay ang matayog na Christmas Tree na may agaw atensiyong palumuti, dahil sa mga nakasabit na makukulay na plastic bottles. Ito ay nagsisilbing paala-ala sa mga bumibisita na araw-araw ay pasko. “Na sana ganoon din niya pinahalagahan ang mga oras, panahon at atensiyon na iyong ginugol kasama siya. Siya ang tumakaw sa iyong atensiyong natutulog.” Katulad na lamang kung paano, magpapansin at tumakaw ng atensiyon ang mga lilok na hango sa male reproductive organ na nagpapaalala ng population growth control at mga eskulturang nagpapakita ng pagpapahalaga sa inang kalikasan. Tampok rin dito ang mayamang kultura at sining sa bayan ng Balete, kasaysayan at ang makukulay na tradisyon. “Muling balikan ang nakaraan at ang masasayang kahapon. Masakit mang balikan ang mapait na nakaraan ” Sa mga senti at mahilig sa throwback, haylayt sa pasyalang ito ang mga lumang kagamitan, mga artifacts at antiques na hinubog na ng panahon. Dito ang nakaraan ay kayamanan. “Lahat naman kasi tayo napapagod at nasasaktan, kung kaya kailangan mo ng lakas upang harapin ang mahapding katotohanan.” Kung napagod ka at nagutom sa pamamasyal, ‘wag kang mag alala. Sagot ka ng kanilang mini-café na naghahanda ng masasarap at abot- kayang pagkain. Sa pag ibig, ang mga panahon at bagay na sinayang at itinapon mo noon ay mahirap ng balikan ngayon. Dahil pag nasaktan ka,ang isang beses ay tama na. Ngunit sa bayan ng Balete sa lugar na kung tawagin nila ay Basura Garden, ang mga bagay na akala mo hindi na maisasaayos pa, nagkakamali ka sa iyong inaakala, dahil dito lahat ng nasira ay nabibigyan pa ng pangalawang pagkakataon. Hindi katulad sa iyong relasyon na natapos lang ng isang taon. Sana ganon lang yun kadali, Hindi ba? Yung akala mong wala ng halaga, akala mo lang pala. Yung mga sinayang at itinapon mo noon, binabalikan mo ngayon./TF

Filipino ako, Filipino ang wika ko Ni Felmerie J. Sabino

May iba’t ibang batayan ang pagkakakilanlan ng isang bagay, tao, o lugar. Maari itong maging pangalan, ugali, o kulturang kinagisnan. Subalit para sa isang bansa, may mga pangunahing bagay na makapagpapakilala rito. Ilan sa mga halimbawa ang makapagpapatibay nito. Saan ka man mapadpad, hindi maipagkakaila ang iyong pinagmulan sa wikang iyong ginagamit. Sa bawat kataga at salitang bibitawan, kakambal nito ang diwa at kultura ng bansang sinilangan, at sa lahi ay nakaukit. Maaring makilala ka sa iyong pananamit. Gayundin sa pagkaing iyong ihahain sa hapag kapag may panauhin. Subalit ang wika, sa kabila ng iba pang alam na lengguwahe, ay higit na nakapagbibigay ng mas mabigat na halaga at pagkakakilanlan. Iba-iba man ang punto at tono, dahil sa kinalakihang diyalekto, iisa pa rin ang wikang isinasapuso – ang wikang Filipino. May Cebuano, Ilokano, Hiligaynon, at marami pang iba, Tagalog ang batayan ng wikang Filipino. Dahil dito, mas madali ang pagkakaintindihan ng mga mamayan, saang panig man ng bansa ang pinagmulan. Kaya rin nitong lunasan ang pinakamalalim na pangungulila. Gayundin ang di pagkakaunawaan. Kahit saang lupalop man mapadpad, ang wikang Filipino ay nakapag-iisa ng diwa ng bawat mamayan. Nagsisilbi itong tulay para sa pagkaka-isa at pagkakaintindihan Ang wika ang nagsislibing kaluluwa ng pagkakalinlan ng isang tao, ng isang bansa, ng ating pagka-Pilipino. Napagbubuklod nito ang ating mga puso at nananatiling naipananaig ang dugong sa ati'y nananalaytay, ang dugo ng ating lahi. Dugong makatao, maka-Diyos, at makabansa./TF

BUSOE By PO2 Jane C. Vega

Linubong ka sa dinugkae nga eogta Pinaligusan it bueawan nga duga Ginham-eos ka ku paead it kalipay Ag ginsakdag ka nga puno it katawhay BUSOE, ikaw nagtubo ag dayon nga nagbahoe Tanan gakalipay daea ku pis-pis nga gapinanihoe Tu-eos ro kasadya nga indi maputoe-putoe Ikaw nagkatimgas, sa tunga it mga tihoe-tihoe Nagtaliwan ro oras, adlaw, buean ag dag-on Ikaw hay naghapay, pinaandaman nga putu-eon Pagtubo hay nagpundo ag dayon nga nagpugoy Kalipay ag kasadya, nabayluhan it kaeo-uy

Photo above is one of the many displays found in Basura Garden (Photo retrieved from

Napueak ro mga bueak, bunga ag mga dahon Pero ugat, puno ag sanga, nagpabilin nga mapag-on Ikaw uman nabuhi ag tadlong nga bumangon Bangud ikaw tumandok nga dungganon./TF


Volume 71. No. 1 November 2017


METAFORCE Joseph Rowen T. Dela Cruz

If time is money, then we should have time for change Once we done with one story, let’s be ready to flip a page. Tip the cage, no one needs to stay A caged bird sings a sad tune, ‘cause it ain’t happy anyway Freedom is paid, when virtues are laid Nations are paved, once heroes are made Stagnation kills, We’re gonna get slept on like we were taking pills The youth on the downfall like Britney Spears. So stand up, move and improve. Everyone has something to prove An advocacy, or something for personal growth In fact, this needs to be our personal oath Before the world takes what’s ours And we all get owned. Wilson from castaway, We just ballin’ around in an ocean of thoughts Not waving for a ship we all just feel like we’re lost So instead of lookin’ up why not dive deeper As an advantage Sometime an ocean of thoughts may lead to One atlantis Enlightened, like Osiris, you got to shine on your own parable of Jesus, you reap what you sow but with wings that’s inspired be responsible until your done unlike Icaruz when he flew too close to the sun./TF

If I Die

By Dindo Nadua Borromeo

If I die Just bring me a bottle of beer and a plate of peanuts at the top of my coffin. Talk to me and make me laugh Play your guitar and sing my favorite song Show to me my dance steps just like what you always do when we get drunk Sing. Dance. Talk. Smile. If I die Take me home and let me rest. Stop crying Just give me a hug and kiss me in my forehead Never show to me the pain I’m tired of having it all If I die Let me bury in your memory Let me live in your heart Let me... Please... My Journal./TF

Your Ways A Freestyle Poem)

By Bayn Rose Dexter S. Reyes

It all started because of your brown eyes Your sweet smiles that are so conveying And your features that breaks me down I am really mesmerized by your sweet talks Your deviation from others makes me escalate Your beguiling voice that proliferates my heartbeat I love it when you stare at me in a stolen second Beam at me that emblazes me inside And glance like nobody’s watching It’s you who demystified the word love It is because of your perpetual lodestone That unlocks me everytime you enter the maze The way that you ambulate, it keeps me stuck for a moment The way that you giggle, it tickles me inside The way that you dance with those both left feet, it enchants me The way that you wear your red jacket keeps me on fire These are all your ways that makes me a devotee And your ways that serves as a decoy for me./TF

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LITERARY theforum


A Letter to my Killer by Glesi Lyn T. Sinag

To my executioner, It may be hard to believe, but I actually pity you. I am at a better place now, free from physical pain and emotional agony. I’ve escaped all my worldly concerns and the censoring eye of hypocritical society. But whe re are you now? You are left behind to deal with the chaotic aftermath of my untimely demise. You claim that you made the right decision of pulling the plug, but I can feel that deep insid e you is a gnawing doubt. I bet that you are thinking: Did I mak e a move before it was actually needed? Perhaps there was still a chance that he will recover but I didn’t wait. I am afra id that those questions will haunt you for the rest of your life. A few days before my passing, the doctors looke d at my charts. Some clicked their tongue as they read the values of my latest laboratory results. Some shook their heads. All of a sudden, our relatives and family friends came and went in a steady stream. All of you talked in hushed tones. You told me to get well fast because you will take me home. But you know what, you can’t fool me. I may be hard of hearing but I caught the tremor in your voice , just like when you were a child and trying to keep yourself from crying. I may have had hard time breathing on my own, but it was only my lungs and heart that had given up. I was still lucid and my brain could still connect the dots. I knew that the grains on my sand clock are running out. But I still have some fight left on me yet. Not a fight for my own survival, but a fight for my legacy’s survival. Dying would have been horrible if not for the unity and love I saw in your eyes. I only wish I saw that while I was still strong enough to clasp you tightly in my arms. I would have whispered “I love you” if not for the tubes that block my words. Let me assure you, I was not afraid of passing. I lived a long and fruitful life. Besi des, what I had for the last few weeks was not living. It was just a postponing of the inevitable. I was not a burden for too long , and I’m happy with that. As I felt myself slipping away, and the sound of your cries grew fainter and fainter, all I wish ed for was for you to find peace and joy. As soon as possible. To you who made the courageous decision, I love you. Love, Your father

The Moment You Give Up By: Elsa A. Tenoso

I will never forget that day. I have planned for that thing for so long. I was ready, waiting for the perfect time. In my early age, I know that it was not an ideal thing to do just to get their attention but that was what my mind says. I was prepared for that revenge. Every day I feel so empty for my mom and dad seem to not notice me. If you were in my situation, you may also be feeling the same. Imagine, I am their one and only child but yet I cannot feel their love and care for me. I always feel neglected and confused. When I was in high school, I am always boxed in a small room full of isolated adventures. If others say that it was the happiest stage of being a teenager, it was the worst for me. “Dad, I want to attend the birthday party of my best friend, tonight. All of my classmates will be there. My dress is ready in my bedroom. Her mom just arrived from the US, Mrs. Stevens. You do know her, right?” “Oh Yes! My comadre Myrna is coming home! I know her. She was my classmate during my high school. I’m hoping to see her soon. ” “So that means...” I was expecting that I will be given permission to attend the party but it was in vain. My new dress was not even moved from its place. I never understand why. Since then, I never asked anything more from them. I never demanded for some

thing else. I started to focus on my studies. Even when I was a child, my mom and dad had always been busy in their work. My mom is always in a hurry for an emergency in the hospital. She had been a doctor for 15 years. My dad is facing issues in the government and is interviewed over the radio. They don’t even have time for us to eat dinner together. They can’t even sit in the sofa for just 10 seconds. "Darling, whatever happens, we are always here by your side. Papa and Mama love you." I always hear those words from them since I was a kid. I was feeling that those utterances were nothing and senseless. Yes, they were giving me everything I need yet I can’t feel the love. Aren’t they aware that I also need their presence in school during Family Day? Their cheers when I’m on play? Their advices when I am down? I needed them badly but they were so busy... As I become mature, my understanding of things also widens. I realize that I probably won’t have experienced the comfort of living without the sacrifices of my parents. They had been working for me to ensure my future. Those thoughts are just high-schoolish. I am already a college student now so I must have to know why things happen. There is no need for me to attempt that strange idea just like what I have done when I was 10 years old./TF


Volume 71. No. 1 November 2017


Dalawang Linggo’t Isang Araw: Diary ng Langaw ni Almond Keiel John O. Macawili


dalawang linggo at isang araw lang ang pinakamaikling buhay ng isang langaw. Kaya lubos na pinagplanuhan ni Lala Langaw ang kanyang mga gagawin nang matapos ang kanyang proseso at nang maging isang ganap na siyang langaw. Gusto niya ang mga tao, sa kadahilanang mapagmahal ang mga ito sa mga hayop at insekto. Isang araw, pumunta siya sa isang paaralan, saktong recess time na ng mga bata. Nakita nito kung paano natuwa ang mga bata sa paruparo kaya lakas loob rin siyang lumapit sa mga ito. “EWWWWWWW! KADIRI! MAY LANGAW NA DUMAPO SA PAGKAIN KO!” sigaw ng bata. Nalungkot si Lala sa nangyari. “ Bakit sila ganun? Bakit si Pamelang Paruparo gusto nila ako hindi? Nakalilipad rin naman ako gaya niya. May pakpak naman ako di ngalang makulay.” Kaya naisipan niyang kulayan ang mga pakpak niya mula sa mga sarsa ng mga pagkain sa basurahan. Bumalik si Lalas a paaralan kung saan maraming mga bata. Gustong-gusto niya ang mga ito. Siya ay palipad-lipad dahil pakiramdam niya’y kasing ganda na niya si paruparo dahil makulay narin ang kanyang mga munting pakpak. “Napakaganda mo na Lala siguradong magugustuhan ka narin nila.” Buong galak na wika ni Lala sa kanyang sarili. Ngunit, tila kabaliktaran ang nangyari. “OMG! Ewwwwww look what dapo into me! So dumi little langaw! Oh my G! and ano this? OMG it amoy like panis na food! Nakita ni paruparo ang nangyari at pinagtawanan si Lala napakalungkot ni Lala dahil sa mga nangyari. Pakiramdam niya’y di siya gusto ng lahat. Siya ay lumipad palayo at nilinis ang kanyang mga pakpak nang kanyang marinig ang iyak ng isang bata. Gaya niya, ang bata ay pinagkaisahan ng kanyang mga kapwa bata. Binabato, sinasakit at sinasabihan ng msasakit na salita. Pangit, baluga, bobo at kung anu-ano pa. Tumakbo ang bata at sinundan siya ni Lala hanggang makarating na ito sa kanilang tahanan. Sinubukang lumapit ni Lala sa tao sa huling pagkakataon. Gustong patahanin ni Lala ang bata. Kanya itong hinalikan ngunit, tila mas nalungkot ang bata. “Siguro tama sila, pangit nga ako kasi nilalangaw na.” at dali-daling tumakbo ang bata sa loob ng kanyang kwarto. Mula sa bintana sa labas, pinagmasdan ni langaw ang bata. Umiiyak, humihikbi, pulang-pula na ang mga mata dahil sa walang tigil na pag-iyak niya. Kinuha ng bata ang kumot sa kanyang higaan at ito’y tumahan, napangiti si Lala langaw dahil tinali niya ito sa kanyang leeg na para bang nag lalaro nang kakasal-kasalan. Maya-maya’y nabilog ang mata ni Lala nang biglang bumitin ang bata. Ito’y nangisay, tumirik ang mga mata, lumabas ang dila at di na humihinga. Nanigas ang buong katawan ni Lala sa nasaksihan. Ang bata ay nag bigti dahil sa mga bata ring nambubully. Pakiramdam niya’y wala siyang kakampi,walang masasandalan, walang mapupuntahan. Ganun pala ang depresiyon, kahit nariyan ang mga handang tumulong sa’yo at dumamay gaya ni Lala ay di mo mapapansin. Dahil sa pangyayaring iyon, di na nagpaapekto si Lala at buong pusong tinanggap kung ano at sino siya. Di na niya kailangan pang mag panggap na iba para lang magustuhan ng lahat. Mas minahal niya ang sarili niya dahil naniwala siyang pag sarili mo’y di mo magawang mahalin ang sarili mo binibigyan mo nang awtoridad ang ibang taong di ka rin mahalin at duruduruin. Nag wakas ang buhay ni Lala na maraming aral na kinapulutan natapos ang kanyang dalawang linggo’t isang araw nang masaya at walang pinagsisisihan./TF


Sa lubak-lubak at napakahabang daan, Binabagtas bahay na puno ng kaalaman. Sa malakas at malawak na karagatan, Sinisikap marating ang papupuntahan. Bag na luma, at sapatos na nakanganga, Damit na lukot-lukot, baon ni wala, Kumakalam na sikmura, di alintana, Mapunan lang ang nais na sa paaralan makapunta. Sa init ng araw at napakalakas na ulan, Sa bawat umaga at gabing dumaraan, Pilit niyang tinitiis ang husga ng lipunan, "Na siya'y dukha at walang patutunguhan." Ang paaralan ang kanyang naging sandigan, Nagbigay, nagturo at nagsilbing daan, Para makapagtapos at kanyang tulungan, Ang pamilya at iagdong mula sa kahirapan. Matiyaga, pursigido at determinado Sa laro ng buhay kailan man di susuko, Mapagod man ang paa ngunit di ang kanyang puso, Dahil siya'y may pangarap at magandang plano. Dating imahinasyon ngayo'y nagkatotoo, Suot ang toga't medalya, hawak ang mikropono, Sa entablado'y nakaapak at pulang tela'y iwinagayway, Tanda na sa huli siya rin ay nagtagumpay. Edukasyon+sakripisyo=Medalya, Dahil dito kanyang nahagkan ang tika, Binago ang buhay nito at takbo ng istorya, Ang dating dukha ngayon sa labi'y may gintong kutsara/TF.

Naniniwala Ka Ba Sa Forever? by Zhaiko Romera

Naniniwala ka ba sa FOREVER? Minsan may nagtanong sakin ng ganito..Sir naniniwala ka ba sa Forever?Sabi ko depende.. Depende kung ano ang meaning ng Forever mo.. Kasi kung yung Forever mo ay perpekto..yung tipong kayong dalawa lang at walang magbabago..Hindi ako naniniwala doon..Kasi lahat ng bagay nagbabago at ayaw mo man o hindi magbabago kayong dalawa.. Mula mainit, maligamgam papuntang malamig. Mula sa matamis ,matabang , maalat maasim tapos mapait. Mula sa dating sobrang sweet at sobrang init dahan-dahan kayong magbabago.. Manlalamig at magpapait ang dating dating mainit at matamis na chemistry ng buhay nyo at kahit mga mathematician hindi kayang isolve ang problema ng chemical composition nyo.. Pero kung ang meaning ng Forever mo ay pagpili sa piling nya kahit maraming nagbago. Dyan maniniwala ako.. Kasi ang Forever ay ang pagpili sa kanya kahit marami nang nagbago at magbabago pa... Kahit pumuti na ang buhok nya o kumulubot man ang mukha ..Kahit ang dating mapulang labi nya dati ay nagmistulang naubusan na ng dugo dahil wala na ang dating pula nito. Kahit ang dating matipunong katawan ay nagmistulang isang kawayan na kunt-

ing hangin lang ay pwede nang liparin.. Pero alam mo ang maganda doon? Yun ay yung tipong kahit hindi na sya yung nakikita mo dati noong una mo syang nakita at kahit ilang beses na kayong mag-away ay mas pipiliin mong manatili sa tabi nya...Sa piling nya .. At kahit anong anghang ng mga salitang binitawan nya ay mas pipiliin mong maging bingi at tatabihan mo parin sya sa kama at yayakapin dahil masyadong malamig ang gabi... Oo parang imposible ang kahulugan ng Forever .. Hindi ito tulad ng mga kwentong pambata na madalas nating naririnig o nababasa sa mga libro na nagtatapos sa happy ending.. Dahil ang Forever ay walang ending..walang the end at lalong walang wakas... Hangga’t mamahalin mo sya ng wagas ay magsasama kayo hanggang sa kabilang buhay.. Forever is a choice, hindi siya destiny ... Kaya ang paghahanap ng Forever ay isng malaking hamon.. Hamon sa paniniwala mong may isang taong nakalaan para sayo.. Marahil maraming beses ka iibig, maraming beses kang masasaktan , maraming beses kang luluha , maraming beses ka uulit at uulit magmahal... Pero kapag nakita mo na ang FOREVER mo .... Balewala ang maraming beses at ang tanging nasa isip mo lang ay makasama sya sa hirap man o saya , sa lungkot man o ginhawa... Sabi nga nila " GROW OLD WITH YOU "./TF





Ni Ruthsel T. Cuadernal

Kasabay ng pagpatak ng luhang 'di alintana Ay pagsinghal ng lalaking tinuring akong prinsesa. "Ayan kasalanan mo yan ang likot kasi, tapos ngayon iiyak-iyak ka?" Mga katagang sa tuwing nadarapa ako'y paulit-ulit na naririnig mula sa kanya. Lagi iyong pasigaw man kung ipabatid, Ngunit puso'y nalundag, napatalon sa pag-aalala niyang hatid. Ganyan si Papa, ayaw ng may mali, Ganyan si Papa, ayaw kaming masawi. Kasabay ng pag-alingasaw ng iyak ng sanggol na bata, Ay ang galak na dumungaw sa kaniyang puyat na mata. Mula paglabas sa tiyan inaruga, inalagaan Ang pampitong prinsesa ng aming mumunting tahanan Bunso sa pito Kaya marahil ay paborito. Isang batang babaeng carbon copy at hinulma Sa kutis ng balat, talento at Juniora daw ni Ama. Kakargahin, dadalhin kung saan Sasayaw, kakanta mga gawaing ang nagbibigay-buhay ay kami lang. Mga gawaing magsisilbing masayang ala-ala Ala-alang dadalhin ko hanggang ako'y nahinga.

At ngayon isa na akong dalagita, 'di na maaring kargahin ni Papa Ngunit mula sa unang pagkadapa hanggang sa magkaroon ng crush na kaklase, Si Papa? Nariyan parin sa aking tabi. Hindi sapat itong iisang tula upang aking masuklian, Ang lahat ng pagod at pawis sana mapagaan ng daglian Kinaya ni Papa na kami'y alagaan "Magtatrabaho ako ng maayos sa huli" iyan ang aking tinuran./TF

Dr. Marianne Lao Quimpo

Allen Salas Quimpo ni Prof. Erlinda L. Bautista

ni Prof. Erlinda L. Bautista

Buwan ng Disyembre siya biglaang pumanaw Ang butihing pangulo ng aming pamantasan Nagulat, nagimbal, nag-iyakan at namanglaw Nagmamahal ng mga kakilala’t mga kaibigan

Nobyembre 4, 2013 nang ako’y magretiro Mula ASU na pinagsilnihan ko ng taos-puso Sa araw ring ito sa NVC ako ay magtuturo Bagong kapaligiran bantulot at tuliro

Halos mag-iisang taon nang nangungulila Mga kapamilya na hindi makapaniwala Parang kapiling lang siya, hindi nawawala Mga ngiti ng masayahin at dakila

Ano kayang kapalaran sa akin ay naghihintay? Sa kolehiyong ito na tanyag nang tunay Masayang pagsasama at magandang buhay Anuman ang kapalaran tatanggapin ng buong husay.

Sino ba sa inyo si Allen Salas Quimpo? Isang alkalde, kongresista at abogado? O isang butihing ama kina Andro Julio Adrian Joshua, Alma, Aileen at Allan Angelo?

Pagpasok sa opisina ng aming dekana Isang babaing mataas, maputi’t maganda Ang sa akin ay masayang nag-anyaya Maligayang pagdating ang sabi niya.

Pagmamahal sa asawa, siya ay modelo Wala kang maipipintas dahil walang bisyo Di matatawaran dedikasyon sa serbisyo Kaya nga mga Aklanon sa kaniya ay saludo.

Bigla, ang kaba sa dibdib ay napalis Napalitan ng ligayang kanais-nais Ang aming dekana bukod sa kaibig-ibig Magagandang papuri ang bukambibig.

Pagmamahal niya sa kalikasan ang nagtulak Upang ang Bakhawan Eco-Park ay umunlad Ang proyektong ito ang siyang nagsilbing tatak Ng mga Kalibonhong tunay na mapapalad.

Sa NVC napalagay ang kalooban Mga gurong sa pagtuturo ay palaban Mga estudyanteng lagging maaasahan Magagalang at mapagkakatiwalaan. Ang pagtuturo ay di lang obligasyon Ito ay dapat na may dedikasyon Si Madam Anne ang aming inspirasyon Magandang huwaran sa aming propesyon. Totoong tao at walang kapalstikan Marunong magalit, marunong masaktan Mga problema sa aming paaralan Buong tatag at tapang na nilalabanan. Si Sir Allen ang minamahal na sandigan Tagapayo, lahat ay ginagampanan Ang balikat nito ang sinasandalan Nagbibigay lakas upang lumaban. Tulad ng ibang pamilya, dumaan ang unos Sa buhay nila biglaan at kalunos-lunos

Subalit ang pamilya ay nagging metatag Buong pusong tinanggap pagsubok na inilatag. Sa iyong kaarawan nawa’y mapasaiyo Mga mithiin at pangarap na gustong-gusto. Ang kabuhayan lalo pang umasenso Nang ang buhay magmistulang paraiso.

Para sa kaniya mahalaga ang edukasyon Mga estudyante dapat may determinasyon Dapat magpakita ng matinding debosyon Upang makamtan tagumpay sa propesyon

Nawa’s matamo ang kapayapaan Pilit iwaksi ang kalungkutan Harapin ang bukas ng may katatagan Sa piling ng mga apo at mga anak na minamahal.

Bilang Edukador, siya ay maraming nalikha Mga batas sa edukasyon ay mga biyaya CHED, ASU Teacher Ed ilan lang sa mga pinagpala Tunay na isa siyang edukador na dakila. Sir Allen asahan na ang iyong mga ginawa Mananatili sa aming puso at diwa Ang iyong pinaghirapan di mababale-wala Ito’y magsisilbing inspirasyon na ibabandila

Sa Poong Maykapal ang aking dalangin Anumang karamdaman huwag sapitin Malusog na katawan panatilihin Nang mahabang buhay ay iyong maangkin./TF

Sa iyong kaarawan, iyong marapatin Paghanga, paggalang at pagmamahal naming Ang tanging hiling sa Dakilang Poon natin Mapa saiyo ang kapayapaan nais namin./TF


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Volume 71. No. 1 November 2017

Pag-eaum Halin sa Alipungto Sueat ni Elsa Teñoso

“Hay ibriwan!!! May nim is Concordia...” “Ayaw kamo it paeapit sa baris ngaron! Taga bukid!” Sa una paeang nga adlaw it klase bilang first year hig school, raya eon nga pamisaea ro habatian nana halin sa anang bag o nga mga klasmeyt nga naghaealin sa banwa. Si Concordia Magbukid hay isaeang ka daeaga nga naghalin sa alipungto it bukid. Ro anda nga baryo ro pinakamaeayo nga lugar halin sa sentro it banwa. Sanda ra hay waeo nga magmaeanghod. Bilang pang-an om kanda nga magmaeanghod, pursigido gid imaw nga makatapos it pag-eskuyla. Bangud sa kapobrehon, nag ungkat it pagtuon ro anang daywang ka eaki nga mga magueang. “Mas gusto ko lat a magbulig kay tatay sa uma. Nahuya eot ang magbinalikbalik sa eskuylahan. Hambae to ko ang mga klasmeyt sa banwa hay “kagur-ang” eon kuno ako ag mag ineskwela gihapon. “ hadumduman pa nana nga hambae ko anang pangaywang magueang bago pa man raya nagdesisyon nga magpundo. “Sayod mo manong, ayaw eon sanda ron it pagpinansina. Sino gid abi sanda? Bisan 4th year ka gihapon sa edad nga 22 anyos, parehas malang kamo nga may handom sa kabuhi kaya uwa ta sanda sa lugar para hambaean nanda kita it makaruyon.” “Ahay sige, pabay e eang ninyo sanda ron. Basta ayaw eang ninyo it patuli ha!!! Bahala eon kanda ro Dios... Sunda eat ah ninyo ro amon permi nga ginapadumdom kinyo--- Ginatiis namon ro nagabitibiti nga silak sa idaeom it katruadlawon sa pag asikaso it atong uma para kamo maka eskwela, “hambae ko andang ina samtang ro magmaeanghod hay gaestutya sa may hagdan it andang maisot nga baeay.

Bangud sa anang katutom, naggraduate imaw ra nga nagapanguna sa andang klase. Rato hay nagbukas kana it tsansa para makatuon sa kolehiyo nga mas maeayo pa gid halin sa anda, sa lugar kung siin hay abot it sibilisasyon. Naging scholar imaw sa eskuylahan nga anang hasudlan bangud sa manami nana kara nga grado. Eaom nana hay magiging madali eon lang ro tanan pero nagkasaea imaw. Naging malisod para kana ro pag pakikiuyon sa ana nga palibot. “Mam, naalin man ro tilon ngaron mam nga puti? Eh ah, ayos ta..” Permi eang imaw nga ginahinibaygan ko ana nga mga kaklase bangud sa anang kabuki pero una man sanda para ieksplekar kana kung ano ro projector ag microscope. Bangud sa indi man imaw kaantigo mag gamit it computer para sa anang reporting, projects ag mga assignment, nagnaba ro anang mga grado. Rason nga nataktak imaw sa listahan it mga scholars. Masubo man kunta pero kinahangean nana nga batunon. Nag uli lang anay imaw sa anda. Idto, nakita na ro anang 5 pa ka mga maintok nga igmanghod. Nagabueoligan sa mga ueobrahon sa baeay. Nagabangon it pilit sa kaeamigon it aga-aga para magpahaom sa pagbaktas it makapin sa 3 kilometro paadto sa eskuylahan. Uwa gid gareklamo andang kibueon nga mga siki. Ginabitbit eang gid nanda anda nga mga tsinelas hay basi raya mabitas ag maupod. Pag abot eang ugaling sa eskuylahan suksukon. Nakikita nana ana nga kaugalingon kanda tag imaw hay high school pa. Nakabatyag imaw it kaeuoy kanda. Sayod nan nga may mahimo imaw para kanda. Bangud kara, nagdesisiyon imaw nga mag usoy lang anay it trabaho sa Manila. Naisip nana nga mas kinahangean ko anang mga manghod ro anang bulig. Sa edad nga 18 anyos, naging sueoguon imaw sa baeay it manggaranon. Naging matutom ag mahugod imaw sa mga ueobrahon sa sueod it baeay. Ginpataasan ro ana nga sweldo, ag indi eot ah imaw kara ig buhian. Sige eang gid ana nga pagpangeaba, pagpanguskos it bulit kaldero ag pagpanglimpyo it cr para makabulig sa anang mga igmanghod nga gatueuon sa elementary ag high school.

“Kami ni nanay mo hay uwa gid nakatungtong bisan Grade 1. Ginpaasawa eot ah kami nanday lolo ag lola ninyo pag tungtong ni nanay ninyo it 18 anyos. Kaya kamo, ipursige gid ninyo ro inyong pagtuon. Nagapati kami ni nanay nyo nga bisan ruyon eon lang amon nga ipanubli kinyo bangud raya ra hay bueawan nga di kinyo matakaw-takaw. Para sa ulihi, magaasenso kamo. Kaya magtarong Ni Leah Villanueva kamo...” hambae man ko andang tatay nga Highskul life do pinakabongga, kakaabot eang gid halin sa paeayan.

Kabuhi It Hayskul

Uwa gid nagakueang ro anda nga ginikanan sa pageay-gay kanda sa mga mayad nga hieimuon. Pero indi gid malikawan nga raya hay di makapugong sa andang kaugalingon. Bisan grabe ka pa kamapainubuson kung maubos ing pagpasensya, makahimo ka gid it mga bagay para makabaeos. Uwa ro andang ginikanan kasayod nga may ginpatulan ro andang pangaywang unga nga eaki nga anang kaklase sa eskuylahan, sa sang bayo na eang, nalipong gid raya . Napusa gid ro ana nga baba. Di na eon gid matiis ro pagpakahuya kanda sa eskuylahan bangud raya ngani hay bukidnon kuno. Dugang pa ro tuno it andang boses nga baris. Katig gid. "Ayaw eon ninyo pagsugiri sanday tatay ha. Di man nanda masayran dun. Wa ako naila nga makatao pa ako kanda it pagkabaeaka. Talawit man gali imaw ag..." hambae nana kara sa anang 2 ka igmanghod nga nagtuon sa parehas nga eskuylahan. Bangud kato hay ginpatawag it principal ro anda nga ginikanan. Sa anang kahadlok, nagdesisiyon lang raya nga magpundo. Uwa man nakaabot sa andang ginikanan ro natabo. “Mabulig lat ang kinyo nay sa uma. Mayad pa kung idto, indi pa magsakit ang ueo sa minemorays it mga leksyon. Kung iya ta ako, makapahuway eat ang kung gauyon,“ rason nana kara. Uwa gid nagpaperdi si Konkordia sa mga pagpigos kana. Dahil sa anad eon imaw, ginahibayhgan eang gid nana ro mga gapangsunlog kana, bisan pa masakit. Kada adlaw, padayon nga nakikipagbakbakan imaw sa mga pagtilaw sa kabuhi. Nagtutom ag nagtinguha imaw sa ana nga pagtuon. Tag imaw hay sa pang ap-at nga dag on sa high school, di eon imaw makahueat nga maeksperyensyahan man ro kolehiyo. Handom ag dumot gid nana nga makatapos, ag maging madinaeag-on nga maestra.

Dikara ka makakita it classmates nga loka-loka, Kung sa barkada kaeabanan maaeam kara, Itao do tanan agud eang magpasadya, Sa ap- at nga dag- on nga among tinuon, Halo- halo to nagkaeatabo manami man o bukon, Bukon it sagabal ro among kapubrihon, Wa mat gapaeanobra patas man gihapon, Mga barkadang aeabuton man it pagka umang-umang, Wa ga paeamati kaya paswerte eang, Do solusyon karun "huwaran ta lang" Maskin Saea basta may I present eang , Gasaeampitan pa gabakae sa kabarakahan, Pagbalik hay nabantayan eang sa may puetahan, Bue - an it nakaon ag aywan, Wat pakialam kung nagutom ka man Papel nga sangkapad kueang pa kun amat, Sa kaabuon ko gapangayo hay do eon mahuyap, Kun pilang piso eon do nagastos sa pagsabat, Cover lang do habilin wa manlang nagpasaeamat Mga gamit kung gadrawing hay di eon mabalik, Do tag ana pa gausoy kun siin nagkaealhit, Do mga pentel pen di eot a magdueot, Naubos do sueod do gahueam pa naugot

“Hello nang, how are you?” Nalipay imaw nga mabatian ro anang mga igmanghod nga paenglish English pa kung magtawag kana.Pagkatapos it napueong dag on. Ginpasugtan imaw ko ana nga amo nga mag uli sa probinsya. Malipayon imaw nga ging abi-abi ko ana nga mga igmangod. Abu on ro nagbag-o. May kable eon it kuryente nga nakakabit sa andang dingding. Pagsueod na sa andang baeay, aba hay may mga highschool diploma eot a nga nakaplastar. Pagsueod na sa andang kwarto hay may nakahanger eot ta nga uniform it maestra. "Uy! Hara eon gali atong Cardo ho..." hambae it andang kinamanghuran pagsangdo it anang magueang nga eaki. Pagkakita nana sa kahimtangan it anang panilya, nagsueondanan ro mainit nga euha sa anang mga mata. Grabe, di imaw makapati nga ro iseang taga bugid hay makaangkon man it propesyon. “Nang, 30 anyos ka eon. Kaya eon namon ra ni Junjun nga paeskwelahon sanday Toto ngara. E enjoy mo man ing kabuhi. Saeamat gid sa ing pagsakripisyo it imong pagtuon ag pagsueod it pagiging kabulig para mo eang kami mabuligan makatapos.“

Magreporting ngani ag may sangkiri nga saea, Imbis nga suportahan hay hibaygan ka pa, Di pa magpundo kun wa pa natapos, Gagrupong kanami maghinibayag it hipos

“Saeamat ag uwa ninyo ginbali ang pag eaom. Tama kamo, may akon man nga tsansa,”sabat nana sa anang manghod nga maestra nga nagaturo eon sa bag-ong tukod nga eskuylahan sa andang baryo.

Do kat ing matulala kun sanda ing kaibahan, Kaabu-abong clown naila sa barahan, Kun may naugot pag walk out dayon, Agud di man mahalata nga pikon ka eon,

Nagdesisyon imaw nga ipadayon ro ana nga kurso. Nag enrol imaw it uman sa ana man ng dating gin eskwelahan. Sa ana nga unang adlaw sa klase, nakapilit kana ro mata it tanan.

Highschool life do kanamiton balik-balikon, Kung ikaw ro topic ag slow isturyahon, Loading ka pa ngani sanda hay gaeompat eon, Maghinibayag limo di mo pa gets sun,

“Good morning mam!” gin abi abi imaw isaeang ka 1st year college nga estudyante samtang imaw hay gapasangdo sa gate it eskuylahan. Naghaeakhak ro iba nga nakakita.

Daya ro kabuhi sa highschool kun kamon, Abong kaibahan nga litik-litik man o bukon, Kanami hibaygan ag balik- balikan, Kabuhi sa hayskul nga di malipatan./TF

“Bukon man mana it maestra ron! Tan awa man abi ro anang itsura?! Hahah!” Nag hiyom-hiyom lat ah imaw kanda, ag dumiritso sa anang klase./TF

The Forum June to November 2017 Issue Volume 71 Number 1  

The Official School-Community Publication of the Northwestern Visayan Colleges

The Forum June to November 2017 Issue Volume 71 Number 1  

The Official School-Community Publication of the Northwestern Visayan Colleges