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Break the Curse evolves into Break the Fence?


Three views on the Community Development Program at Area 17, Brgy. UP Village





Who was the lucky couple, what happened, and the unexpected twist.

Stepping Up.

The president talks about her decision to take the helm I didn’t want to be president at first, but once upon a time I did. I seriously considered it. I talked to a close friend and member about it. I pondered on it for days. I started dreaming big. I weighed the consequences. Then, I let it go. Just like that. That was about two years ago, I think. I wasn’t in the “eligible members” list. So much for wishful thinking, eh? The following year I finally made it to that eligible list thanks to my form 5, I no longer had any interest to run for an office. I had other plans that still PULSE is: but included the org, but being an officer just wasn’t in my to-do list for the year. Some people tried to reason with me. One tried to sweet talk me into running. Sue Quirante Kiteng Cabling Another attempted to move me with his eloquence (I exaggerate, of course.). Didi Parlade Stuff like that happen come election time, I guess. Well, I listened to them. Then Dope CObarrubia I shut out their voices and listened to myself. ELlaine Lopez Jana Carpina

Wala nang iba kept echoing in my head. I wanted to hear more than just that. Did i want it? 70-30 with yes in the lead. Pakipot pa diba? Did I have a strong COntributors: support group? Yes. I had great friends. Was I able? Very. Was I willing to put kash engada off some of my plans on hold if I ever got elected? A hundred percent yes. hannah villanueva kei cristobal Lorie sibolboro

Pictures are from kash engada, steve santos, yana feliciano, sue quirante, kei cristobal, cy benedicto cover concept by DIDI Parlade Printing and reproduction by kiteng cabling

Man, I love this org. You all know what happened next. I got elected and “the rest is history.” My term will have ended by the time of this issue’s release. - Aivane Gomez

UPRCY participates in H.A.P.I. Day

by Kiteng Cabling

Last February 24, the University of the Philippines Red Cross Youth (UPRCY) hosted and organized the bloodrelated side of the activity entitled Health, Advocacy, Promotion & Instruction Day (H.A.P.I. Day) at the Benitez Hall lobby. The event was a collaboration with the UP College of Education Health Education Department. Themed “Attaining Quality of Life through Healthy Lifestyle,” the event served as the UPRCY’s bloodletting activity with the Quezon City Red Cross Blood Bank as the beneficiary. At the same time, it also served to educate the future health teachers in the College of Education about the effects of blood donation through a blood seminar. This was followed by a Basic Life Support demo by a team from the Quezon City Red Cross Disaster Management Center. Although there were slight difficulties with the publicity, the event itself went smoothly. The event started thirty minutes late because the QCRC Blood Bank was delayed. The Blood Bank also did not bring any food or tokens for the nineteen successful blood donors. For the lecture scheduled at one o’ clock in the afternoon, the guest speaker failed to arrive, thus prompting the blood bank physician to deliver an impromptu lecture to education majors, UPRCY members, and some other stragglers.

Aside from the bloodletting, the College of Education Student Council organized the health information displays and health services, and sold healthy food. The members of the student council went around during the event, offering a choice of free toothbrush, toothpaste, or dental check up.


Hungry for news? Follow the tracks and find out what the members have been doing this semester, where they were spotted, and when they were sighted: Rock the OSR [12 Dec 08] Rocking in Peace. UP RCY manned a first aid station during the Defend the OSR Concert, an event organized by the Office of the Student Regent to encourage the student populace to participate in the 2009 Student Regent Referendum.

Part(y)ing the Red C [17 Dec 08] Keeping true to the spirit of the holidays, UP RCY went biblical for its Christmas Party held at Carinderia Sefali, owned by alumna, Ms. Rhea. Members trooped to the favorite org haunt in Krus na Ligas dressed up as characters of biblical times after the annual UP Lantern Parade. The event was hosted by Tina Cruz and Hannah Villanueva.

Yuletide Induction. Former applicants [L-R] Didi, Tina, and Hannah were also inducted into the org as full-fledged members after passing their removals. The “Young” Ones. Not to shy away from the prospect of fun, many alumni came by and joined the party turned mini-reunion.

White Elephant Madness. Alumni and members exchanged gifts dubbed “white elephants” the UP RCY way, which involves odd-even numbered dice throws and steals. Armed with luck, and competitive streaks members went after items of their choice. In the end, the most wicked dice throwers went home with the night’s most coveted items.

Clay Day [22 Jan 09] On a regular class day, RMO reconnected members with their creativity through the simple yet wonderful magic of clay. The Tambayan buzzed with activity as members and alumni dropped by to mold their masterpieces. Some are showcased here.

Skunk, Go, Grow, and Glow

Anti Art Toilet

Clay Om Nom Nom

Sperms Approaching Vaginal Canal

Poop, Jorbie, Penguin on a Burger, and Ivy’s Roses

Finger Painting [3 Feb 09] PasaFest [10 Jan 2009]

UP RCY welcomed its members back to university and org life at the start of 2009 with the Pasalubong Festival (PasaFest) held at the Quzeon City Memorial Circle, walking distance from the UP Diliman Campus.

UP Fair

[9 Feb – 14 Feb 09]

Fresh Blood Take First Dibs. New members get a taste of first aid in action as documentation officers and first respondents with the aid of experienced members right behind them. The UP RCY manned the UP Fair first aid station for the week-long event as it has done for the past few years.

A Windy Tuesday. found some members and continuing applicants at the Sunken Garden, channeling their creativity through painting. Unavailability of finger paints led to use of acrylic, paintbrushes and popsicle sticks.

Rummage Sale [23 Feb 09]

Boy Meets Girl. A QC Red Cross Chapter volunteer pairs up with a UP RCY member as a roving first aid team. It looks like the pair up went well.

Bringing in the Org Fuel. The Finance Department organized a rummage sale with the help of UP RCY members as manpower at Brgy. Sto. Cristo, near SM North EDSA, to cash in on old but reusable items donated by members such as articles of clothing and appliances. Kashmir Engada, the outgoing Fundraising Manager shares that the rummage sale... palms for free. Kash who wishes to thank the members for their cooperation also requests to “please, do not give us items that are disposable and unusable. It’s a rummage sale, not a disposable sale (laughs).”

Last December 18, 2008, Dr. Aldous de Leon invited the Crooners to serenade the patients and the board members of the National Kidney Institute. The visit was very successful. Our performance was great, despite the fact that we rarely practiced as a complete group due to conflicting schedules. (In fact, I think the only time we were able to practice as a complete group was a few hours before the event itself!) And it wasn’t only the folks at NKI who were entertained: we got toured around the hospital, and one of the Crooners even received a complementary eye test.



The UP Red Cross Crooners uphold their long-standing tradition of bringing Christmas cheer through song. compiled by Didi Parlade

Being a first time Crooner, I didn’t know what to expect – let’s just say that singing ability wasn’t exactly one of the requirements of getting into the organization. But I was immediately set straight: the Crooners were pretty good for a non-professional singing group. We hit the notes, we had good blending, and the group definitely had chemistry. (With two of the members having a liiiiittle bit more chemistry with each other than the rest – oh, my. :) )

The UP Red Crooners have been raising funds for the organization for the past several years. It is a tradition that hopefully will be continued in the future. The UP Red Crooners ’08 are: Johnny Aguirre, Kevin dela Cruz, Ellaine Lopez, Kash Engada, Patrick Caraig, Tin del Prado, MJ Rebultan, and Didi Parlade. 

A Better LoOK

seeing Area 17 through three perspectives by Ellaine Lopez and Sue Quirante

Around three years ago when I was still fresh blood, the office of the Community Development

Programs (CDP) was the last place I wanted to find myself assigned, especially when I learned about what CDP really was—a dead end committee expected to serve ad hoc functions like organizing feeding programs or relief donation drives that had nothing to do with community development. It was the least illustrious of UP RCY committees. Members active only in paper got thrown there. I admit when Aileen approached me to become CDP Director during her term as VP for Projects and Operations, I thought to myself, Okay, they need a sacrificial lamb. Someone to hold the Sue Q., position. During those Ex-CDP Director AY2007- tentative months where 2008, AY 2008-2009 Sem1 communication with my elusive members meant leaving notes and letters at the tambayan, not a few times did it cross my mind that CDP might as well be dissolved.


Yet something had to be done. Aileen and Ace had started the gesture towards a true community development program during their terms when I was still applicant and newly inducted member. They had sowed the idea through seminars and community walk throughs, and it was that idea that licked at my consciousness like a persistent flame. Sustainable development. The burden had fallen on my shoulders to keep the ball rolling. We had to stop giving away fish and start teaching Angler Essentials 101. I turned to the old files and unearthed the beginnings of Ryan’s development project in Zuzwarige. From the meager list of contacts I culled from those files, and the support and priceless assistance of Lorie and MJ, CDP followed a barely discernible path that has now led to a full blown trail towards sustainable community development. This same path has led us to what was once an obscure community in the periphery of the university, Area 17 of Barangay UP Campus. But the story is not mine to tell as I have passed on the torchlight to others with more competent hands. The CDP has reinstated its advocacy as a worthy cause of the UP RCY. Today, in its pursuit of promoting sustainable development in communities, it has chosen to embark on this project in partnership 

with the youth of Area 17. But who are the youth of Area 17? With this question in represented by Elaine Lopez trooped to the area now familiar to many UP RCY search of a feisty young resident who has become one of the most active participants ties hosted by the organization.

mind, Pulse, members in in the activi-

Nicole acts like the typical fifteen-year-old—talkative and opinionated about the world. She is most memorable for her attempts at bringing community level issues to a wider perspective be it national or global. While this may be viewed as ka-artehan as when Nicole and friends, The School Cats, role-played their typical weekend spent shopping in Paris, a keener observation will reveal the underlying attempt to reconcile her personal and individual circumstances with that of the world outside her, even as it entails projecting herself and her friends to Paris, or relating community clean up drives to flooding and reforestation. We met Nicole in Area 17 as a regular participant of the FGDs and seminars hosted by the org through the CDP. This resident who has spent half her life (seven years) growing up in Area 17 describes her home as a happy place. “Maraming tao [at] kapag may occasion, naghahanda sila para magkaroon ng communication yung lahat.” But Nicole is not blind to the community’s problems. She admits that “Anu sa amin, panget e. Kasi imbes na makakatulong kami dito kami pa yung tinutulungan.” She also worries about the peace and quiet at Area 17, and reveals that many strangers now frequent the community and loiter there. She suggests that the community should unite in the effort to maintain the community’s safety and security.


Nicole, Resident at Area 17

Nicole also has this to say about the organization’s involvement in Area 17: P: Anu naman yung masasabi niyo sa ginagawa namin, yung CDP activity? Anu yung pagkakaintindi [niyo] sa ginagawa natin? N: Ano, siguro okay lang din sa kanila. Kasi para sa kanila din naman. Saka may gagawin din sila. Para maano kaming kabataan tungkol sa mga dapat gawin at di dapat gawin. P: E yung unang impresyon mo samin? N: Ano kasi, ganun naman parati e, may mga nagpupunta din mga taga-UP. P: So ung tingin nyo samin parang mga UP students lang. Anu naman yung pagtanggap niyo sa ginawa namin noong simula pa lang, sa pagpasok namin? N: Akala ko nga rin una lang e (isang araw lang) tapos may mga susunod pala. 

On the other hand, when asked about what the youth of Area 17 could do for their community Nicole expresses her belief in the Area 17 youth as capable of many things, but the problems do not fall short: N: Oo, madami, pero, kaso yung iba kasi, parang di namin sila close. Parang nakatira lang sila dito. Pero meron din kami (magagawa) kung lahat kami may communication. P: E ikaw mismo, (personally) anu yung gusto mong gawin niyong mga kabataan? N: Ano, matulungan din yung mga matatanda dito na (ang) ginagawa nila dati, kaya rin naming gawin… Perhaps the best way to illustrate the spirit of the youth of Area 17 divided as they are into groups who call themselves the TBS and the School Cats, is through their views that they themselves articulated in the very first focused group discussion (FGD) with them.

TBS: Kailangan naming magkaisa. Gusto namin ng respeto. School Cats: Kailangan naming magsikap. Gusto naming mabuo ang dating samahan. In one of the first evaluations of the org’s activities with the youth of Area 17, MJ once assessed that pinag-iisipan talaga [ng mga kabataan] yung input. Dinudugtong nila sa nationwide na issues. Marami silang masasabi. (The youth really think about their input. They relate it with national issues. They have a lot to say.) Now it’s time to turn our attention to the members who make things happen. Pulse interviewed the current director of CDP, Patrick John Caraig for his insights on what the CDP has been doing this academic year.


community development programs office

“UPRCY’s Community Development Programs Office (CDPO) has been working hard to start a community’s development project with Area 17, the organization’s target community within the UP area. The committee has identified the youth in particular as project partners. In order to fully equip the youth with the necessary skills to tackle the projects they will undertake, two team-building parents of the community in order to identify and recognize existing problems.

All wasn’t smooth sailing, though, as a few related events have been canceled due to lack of participants. However, one must remember that this is fairly normal in the course of building a partnership with 

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a photojournal of Medical-Dental mission 09

A wise man once said, “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and you’ll feed him for life.” We all now know that long term solutions are more powerful than short term ones. But we can’t deny it -- there is a need right now, a call for help at this very moment, and as volunteers, it’s up to us to answer this call. Think of it as a jump-start. Something to set off the sparks. After all, it isn’t going to be easy learning how to fish if you haven’t eaten for days, right? This is why responding to immediate relief is also an important aspect advocacy in meeting our organization’s goal of alleviating human suffering. Responding to immediate health care needs was the aim of our Medical-Dental Mission last March 1 and March 8 at Area 17, Brgy. UP Campus. To give you a pretty good idea of how it went, here’s a blow-by-blow, photographic account:

The sanitation team made sure all the dentist’s equipment were clean and safe!

The Dentists in action!

Their tasks done, volunteer dentists from the Quezon City Dental Society, Inc. beam with accomplishment.

At the end of the day, UP RCY members and dentists from QCDSI pose for the camera to wrap up the day.

DENTAL Part; Sunday, March 1, 2009

The day started early. 7am sharp, the team met at the location for setup

Medical Part; Sunday, March 8, 2009

The patients were met by the lovely ladies on reg duty.

Even after hours of working at the Pharmacy, Steve still manages to flash us a winning smile

The waiting area was filled with mothers and fathers towing along their children. The noonday heat was thankfully made bearable by the shade of this tree.

Djhoanna Aguirre-Pedro, M.D, our very own member Johnny’s sister checks one of the patient’s leg.

At the BP and assessment table are [L-R] alumni Kuya El Carbonell, Kash, Kam, and Sir Les. Kuya El dubbed the org’s god father provided food for our volunteers. Thank you, Coffeetherapy!

This brave kid has just agreed to let Doc listen to his heart.

Right: Medical Mission OIC Kevin Dela Cruz makes sure everything goes smoothly.


Rock and Roll! (literal)

t’wing rumaragasa ang mga jumping Jologs ni Dope Cobarrubia

Byernes ng gabi sa taunang tugtugan sa sunken Sa haba ng pila, talo pa ang metro tren Mga tao’y dumadagsa, konsyerto’y dinudumog Estudyante, tambay, gurang at tigang lumusob Lumalim ang gabi, kasiyaha’y lalong umiinit Subalit ang iba, pumapasok pa rin ng pilit Pinahihintulutan dahil puno na ang espasyo Pinagbabawalan dahil umaapaw ng todo. Malas nyo naman nagkaubusan na din ng ticket Mukhang kami dito sa loob iikot pati pwet Sa sobrang tindi ng rakrakan, Kahit masikip tuloy lang! Silang mga nasa labas ay inggit na malamang. Ayan di makapagpigil, gusto nilang sumali Pwersahang pagpasok kanilang iginigiit. Sabay sabay na tadyak at bangga sa harang yero Siguradong wasak makailang ulit ng ganito. ano naman ito? May mga lumilipad na bato!? Lintik, madaming tinatamaan sa ulo Lumayo na tayo dito sa gilid na may gulo. Kahit pulis, di pinatawad ng mga tarantado Pukpok, suntok, bato at palo ang inabot nito. Kinalauna’y buhay pala ang sakripisyo Maitaboy at mapigilan lang ang mga gago Di na nakapag enjoy mismong estudyante dito! Mga jologs, rakista, emo at bampira Na kasali sa eksena, bato’y itae nyo sana Walang tigil, walang humpay pagagos ng dugo Hanggang katawan nyo’y mangayayat at matuyo Teka sandali ano ba tong mga naiisip ko Sa isang taon ay magkita kita ulit tayo! RakenRol! 11

First Aider at the ER: Remembering Friday the 13th at the UP Fair By Hannah Villanueva Note: Hannah Villanueva, newly inducted member of the UPRCY this semester, was part of the team that manned the First Aid station at the UP Fair on the eventful night of Friday the 13th where a crowd of jumping jologs forced their way into the concert area by dismantling a portion of the corrugated fence surrounding the fairgrounds.

When the clock struck twelve, the star filled night sky lit up with the different colors and sparkles of glowing fireworks. Then boom, Bamboo came out on stage singing his hit song in front of the crowd. The song triggered the wildness of the men in black, the jumping jologs who remained outside the concert area. Euphoria among the jologs crowd made them pick up stones to throw at the crowd inside the fair grounds. They did radical things to get themselves inside the UP fairgrounds. A lot of people were rushed to the First Aid booth due to injuries caused by the jumping jologs. From a slow pace of normalcy, the Red Cross team was jolted to fast paced action. The wide and spacious area of the first aid booth became crowded and packed with injured people. Nervous at first, I was able to eventually get the hang of it. As the tension in the crowd escalated, the first aiders were in a state of uneasiness though we tried to maintain our calm and alertness. Love of service, love of man was the thought which came to my mind as I watched the UPRCY and QCRC team helping and giving aid to injured persons at the UP Fair. I was assigned to be part of the Emergency Response Team (ERT). We accompanied victims to the UP Health Service or when necessary, to the nearest hospital. When I was tasked to guide the ambulance to the UP Health Service (UPHS) I thought to myself “What the crap am I doing leading the ambulance, knowing the fact that I have no sense of direction!” I was unsure of myself. The only roads I knew that could easily lead 12

to the UPHS were either one way streets or open only for pedestrians. As we boarded the ambulance I felt a surge of action pass through my veins. I felt as though I were in a movie rushing bloody people to the hospital, complete with all the action and suspense. But then again I was not in a movie. It turned out that because we were using an emergency vehicle we could pass through one way streets. As we picked up and brought victims from the first aid station to the hospital, the situation in the UP fairgrounds got more tense. The last victim was hit by a brick on the head. He was rushed to the government hospital where I was asked to stay behind with him. As I sat there in the hospital, thoughts came again into my mind: “Why am I staying in this hospital? Where is this place? How am I gonna get back?” While I thought many other things the most important thing was that incident opened my eyes to the good people that exist in this world. They are here to help other people. There are people who do things not because of their profession nor because of their obligation but because of their love for other people, the love that they give from their hearts not thinking of the things that will benefit them for helping. As we returned to UP I saw the dispersed crowd dismayed by what happened. The UPRCY and QCRC volunteers were tired from what had taken place. Yet, everyone was fulfilled by what they had done, and the new experiences and lessons that they had learned. As for me, I was able to learn new things. I will never forget that night for it has made an impact in my life.

! P U

ne i t n r i le a a v P Y C

R a UP

110 votes on their side. Finishing second were Mel Quintos and Vince Dimatera with 65 votes. Johnny Aguirre and MJ Rebultan was a distant third with 20 votes.

UP Fair Season falls on the month of February, the month of pink heart-shaped balloons, red roses, and sickly sweet couples who can’t get enough of each other. It’s the season of lurve. And by some cruel mechanism, singles are pushed to a corner, supposedly to wallow in the misery of the solitary life. That is, unless one embraces the quest to find “the one,” and well, UPRCY being an org of many beautiful but otherwise unattached people, the Recruitments and Motivations Office didn’t hesitate to organize an event for the singles to get a chance at lurve, or at least, a few hearty laughs. Thus, Fair Pair was revived with the tongue-in-cheek theme: There’s a hole in my heart that can only be filled by you. The event consisted of three phases. During the first phase members nominated their favorite pair ups. There were absolutely no limitations whatsoever so even male-male or female-female pair ups were deemed acceptable. A total of 18 pairings were formed.


The second phase was a competition for highest garnered votes. At 5:30 in the afternoon on the 26th of February, the casting of votes ended with Johnny Aguirre and Mike Gulapa in the lead with

Much to everyone’s surprise, a twist was introduced on the day of the dinner itself which members were invited to witness at the Sunken Garden. To involve more members in the affairs of romance, a dating game was introduced. Johnny Aguirre was the searcher for the night. Three teams vied for Johnny’s lurve. These teams were Vince Dimatera and Via Go of Team Black; Les Regio and Dawn Feliciano of Team White; and, Mike Gulapa/Tin del Prado and Kristine Cabling for Team Green. Here’s a transcript of the Q&A: Round 1 (1point each) 1. Kung reregaluhan mo si Johnny ng hayop, ano ito at bakit? White: Ahas, para may pumulupot sa’yo. Black: Scorpion, para mauna ka. Green: Flying squirrel, para magaan. Searcher likes Green’s answer. He likes the squirrel thing. 2. Kung ikaw ay isang pickup line at gusto mo maakit si Johnny, ano ang sasabihin mo? White: Johnny, can you see me? Are you blind? Black: Gusto mo ng flying squirrel? It’s furry. Green: Gusto mo maghubad? Init na e. Searcher likes Black’s answer. He really likes the squirrel. 3. Kung ikaw ay gamit pampaligo, ano ikaw at ano

ang magagawa mo kay Johnny? White: Ako ay iyong twalya, I’ll always keep you dry. Black: Ako ay batong panghilod, I touch your body at tatanggalin ko ang iyong libag. Green: Ako ay tabo, para mabasa kita. Searcher likes White’s answer. He wants to be dry. How dry? 4. Kung haharanahin mo si Johnny, anong kanta ihaharana mo sa kanya? White: “Heto ang pinakahihintay natin…” (with matching touch on his back) Black: “I finally found someone who knocks me off my feet…” (whispered in his ears) Green: “Di kita malilimutan…” (in a semi-drunk voice) Searcher likes Black’s answer. He wants the singing-in-the-ears-thing. 5. Kung ipapamper mo si Johnny, paano mo sya ipapamper? White: Dadalhin kita sa isang resort at buong araw, imamasahe kita. Black: Nasa bahay mo ako, tatanggalin ang sapatos, bibigyan ng slippers, ipagluluto ng sinigang at papainumin ng 7-up. Green: One week get-away sa Palawan, sightseeing (sex scenes), maghahanap ng tamaraw at tarsier. Searcher likes Green’s answer. He must love animals, furry. Scoreboard: White I Black II Green II Round 2 (3points each) 6. Kung gigisingin mo si Johnny, paano? White: Kikilitiin kita hanggang magising kita at ikikiss kita. Black: Breakfast in bed: coffee, tea, or me? Green: Bubuhusan kita ng tubig, para direcho ligo. Searcher likes Black’s answer. He likes choices. 14

7. Kung bibigyan ka ng chance na lumaki ang Aguirre family, ilang Johnny juniors ang ibibigay mo sa kanya? White: Johnny, dahil naniniwala tayo sa Bible, Let’s go forth and multiply—infinity! Black: 300, para madaming JJ at magtatalunan sila sa Sunken. Green: 300, para Sparta at maraming sasagot ng “Awoo, awoo!” Searcher likes Green’s answer. He is a Spartan! 8. Kung laruan ka ni Johnny, ano ka at bakit? White: I’m a Barbie girl, in your Barbie world. Black: Lego, bubuoin ko ang mundo mo. Green: Clay, Kasi masarap pisilin. Searcher likes White’s answer. He must be gay. Oops. Scoreboard Update: White III Black III Green III Tie-Breaker 9. Kung ikaw ay isang gamit ni Johnny na hindi pwedeng wala sa kanya, ano ka at bakit? White: Boxers, para mas mahigpit ang kapit. Black: Salawal, dahil mukha syang tanga without me. Green: Toothbrush, kasi how do you brush your teeth? Searcher likes Black’s answer. He doesn’t like to look tanga. Final Scoreboard: White IIII Black IIIII-III Green IIIII In the end, Team Black with Via Go and Vince Dimatera at the helm emerged most desired by searcher Johnny. The three had a hearty dinner and were later joined by Mike Gulapa, the other half of the original winning pair. The event was hosted by Tina Cruz, and documented by Kam Ignacio and Hannah Villanueva. The dinner set was arranged by Steve Santos, and food was prepared by Doll Chou.

A Place To Belong A As an applicant, finding the RCY tambayan was a challenge. As a member, leaving it was an impossibility. [make this text stand out like gray scale tapos cursive tapos italicized or something like that]

I remember facing the difficulty of locating the RCY tambayan at the Libe Walk when a certain “Jhang” encouraged me to apply even though the application process had already begun long before. It was pretty hard to discern the tambayan amidst all the org tambayans cramped at the Main Library’s South Wing. The answer came clothed in a white org shirt and jeans – ate Jhang welcomed me with her signature smile and the “Huwag kang mahiya” spiel. I was nahihiya, alright, but a big part of me was extremely afraid. Three years in college without an org, I certainly belonged to the lazily antisocial category (note: code for loser). My UP world was my department and the two buildings I was always in. Having an org would officially end my loser state, but getting past the first part of my org quest was a hurdle. When I learned that I had to finish 60 tambay hours for my application, my first thought was, “Di ko ‘to magagawa.” Yet, I ended up completing the hours and enjoying every moment of it. There was just something about the tambayan that made me look forward to seeing it everyday. Almost each of my free periods were spent there, not to mention my weekday evenings. I just loved being there that making time for tambay became my daily priority, rain or shine. I remember losing in countless rounds of tongits, pusoy, pekwa, and poker and seeing other people do the same. Some RCYers are avid fans of “consequences” with their brilliant minds brimming with ideas for losing players, from dancing like Marimar to acting like a fish out of water. The tambayan was no place for bleakness. It was always fun, happy, and inspiring. 15



I f there was one thing to bring to the tambayan that RCYers would be happy about, it’s food. Pancit canton, polvoron, pastillas, Kam’s cookies, and homemade cakes are very much appreciated they’re usually gone in a few minutes. However, most of my tambay memories are of conversations, discussions, and arguments that often lead to unplanned sleepovers or a trip to Maginhawa Street, Marikina Riverbanks, Daranak Falls, and even to Tagaytay. People were no longer surprised to receive a text invitation to one of the said destinations, saying things like “Riverbanks tayo, now na!” Forget classes and papers, let’s go. Yet, I can say that being at the RCY tambayan has taught me a lot and has helped me in a lot of ways. There was always a statement to be inspired by, a conversation to ponder on. Thanks to the logbook, it was possible for these thoughts to be shared. Had it been turned into a book, it would have been a bestseller.

-Lorie Sibolboro

rummage sale 101:

Steps and Tips FOR Rummage Sale Success!

Comic by Ellaine Lopez

Article by Kash Engada

A rummage sale can be a very profitable venture. A small sale in a residential area is estimated to earn P2500 in one or two days. If you’re wondering how to set up one, here’s how:


Plan the venue. The venue should be a place where a lot of people come and go. If possible, coordinate with the barangay where you’re holding the rummage sale. Barangay officials can be very helpful. Tanods, for example, can inform people before the sale, and help announce the sale on the day itself. Plan ahead for emergency situations. Survey the area. make sure that all things are in tip-top shape since it’s very difficult to have problems in an area you are not familiar with.

2 Be organized!

It’s hard to organize and tag if you have a lot of stuff to sell. Having a system helps save time. (Cont’d on page 17)



Have a lot of manpower. There should be “guards” around the area to avoid unnecessary incidents. Things also have to be constantly arranged according to the designated locations (men’s wear, shorts, etc.) .


Design a system to track the incoming money. For example, all the money goes to Johnny. Haha!

Other Tips: Other


- Survey all the remaining it ems that were not sold - Ensure that all items are clean before putting them on sale as we may spread disease or cause harm which is totally against the objectives of First Aid.

cont’d from page 10 communities. We tried to remedy the problem by distributing fliers and speaking to influential people in the community. Perhaps in time, the community will become more motivated in attending the organization’s activities.” However, without his dedicated members, Patrick would not be able to maintain CDP’s spunk. Pulse espied one of Patrick’s supporting ladies, the fresh blood, Miss Via Go, inducted first semester of this year. According to Via “being in CDP is great. Although it is a little exhausting since there are so many things to be done for the community development project, I feel fulfilled each time an activity ends and we’re a step closer to achieving our greatest goal. Not only do we help in the development of a community, I also learn a lot from my Sunday immersions with the youth of Area 17. On the other hand one does get disappointed when activities have to be postponed due to some uncontrollable factors (especially the lack of participants for the activities). I hope that we can finish this project with flying colors.” 17


Christine Joanne Cole del Prado Interview by Jana Carpina Roughly

six months have passed since the batch CONTAGION was welcomed and became a part of the URCY family. But how are these new members faring now that they proudly claim themselves to be true-blue RCYERs? What better way to find out than to hear it straight from one of the newbies. Christine Joanne Cole del Prado is a BA Anthropology major in her junior year. Tin, as she is also called, is Contagion’s sweet hazel brown-eyed gal. She is currently assigned in the Training and Development Office. I had the opportunity to chat with her and find out how she dealt with the ups and well, ups of being a UPRCYer. Below is a snippet of the interview I was lucky to have with her. Jana: It’s been a few months since your induction as a member, how are you doing in the organization? Tin: The short answer would be, I think I’m doing okay. The long answer would be, I actually feel like I have a lot to learn (and I definitely want to learn those things) but, unfortunately, time just isn’t on my side right now. J: What were the hardships, if there were any that you experienced in integrating yourself into the organization as well as in getting along with the members? T: First, it was to realize that I wasn’t an applicant anymore. I had the tendency to hero worship some members which was something I had to get over with because I am working with them already. Di na sapat na maglaway sa tabi nila [Idling and doing nothing wasn’t 18

the way to interact with co-members]. Then, I also had to realize that I could now actively partake in the development of the organization. It was really important for me to overcome the feeling of still being an applicant. I guess, I just had to realize that this is how the applicant-to-member transition goes. J: Tell us about the events held by the UPRCY that you have participated in, and the assignments and duties you were tasked as a member of the organization.

organization has given you? T: It’s a bit telling that I am terribly fond of evaluations. Not because I don’t think they’re important. I just often have very little of value to say. I treat them as learning experiences. Eh hindi ako usually satisfied sa quality ng output [And I’m one who is usually unsatisfied with the quality of my output], so I look forward to the next assignment so I can make up for the last one. Malaki ang tulong na nabibigay ng gabay nina Kam at Jean[Kam and jean’s guidance or assistance was a really big help]. J: Can you now say that you have found your place in the organization?

Tin is from batch Contagion, the newest addition to the UPRCY family

T: Being the person in-charge of processing requests for First Aid booths and lectures, I have handled requests for booths during the KAPPalakasan 08 (CSSP sportsfest). I have also managed the requests for first aid seminar for fieldbound Geology majors as well as requests for first aid seminar for community members of Sitio I Malanim, Antipolo. As a member, I’ve participated in some CDP activities, and of course, TDO activities, I was also part of the inner-child developing activities of the RMO, and the Crooners as well. I also participated in the UP Fair. I helped out at our Rummage Sale at Brgy. Sto. Cristo, at H.A.P.I. day, and the Dental Mission at Area17; and I was also present at the Fair Pair dinner. Currently, I am a back-up dancer for our performance in the I-Sing event. J: How did you find these assignments that the 19

T: Anthropology [major] kasi ako so rine-reject ko ang metaphor ng niche. [Being an anthro major, I reject the metaphor of niche]. What I do feel is something I shall now refer to, hesitantly, as ‘belonging.’ I am just not comfortable labeling my feelings when I must communicate these names, but there it is. If belonging would mean that I now proudly carry the name and constantly worry about being deserving to be called as such, then that’s it. If my thoughts now revolve around the members of the organization, then that’s it. J: Being in your 3rd year, what are you looking forward to in the next year, that you’ll be a part of the organization? T: I’m looking forward to having buddies. Sana desperado silang magmahal ng organization [I hope they are desperate to find an organization they will love]. J: What do you envision for the organization? T: The best. J: Do you have any message for your fellow members? T: Fellow members, tulungan nyo ako [help me].

Adviser’s Corner

He’s The Man:

John Leslie Rementina Regio, UP Red Cross Youth’s current faculty adviser, shares his stories as he also reminisces his college life! Interview by Dope Cobarrubia. Kuya Les, as he is called by members, especially among the new faces of the org, was from the UPRCY batch I 2000. (yes, there was a batch II 2000!) Right after he graduated, he decided to teach. This 18 + 10 year old chap (physically 28 but mentally 18, according to himself) is at present a faculty member of the Institute of Civil Engineering at the UP College of Engineering. How many years have you been the adviser? Four to five, di ko matandaan...nung first year ko magturo. Hehe. What are the perks of being the org adviser? Hmm… Meron ba? I get to see the evolution of the org through the years. Hands-off din naman ang patakaran ko at ok naman dahil wala pang masamang nangyayari. I also got to know a lot of people. Siguro more than 8 batches na sa org ang dumaan. Pakiramdam ko, ako yung pinakamaraming kilala, people from my batch plus yung sumunod na generations at syempre yung ngayon. At since maraming kilala, marami din akong cliques! Inuman dyan, party dun. Nakakapunta din ako sa Matabungkay ng libre! Ayun. Tell us about who/what Kuya Les was during his residency days. 20

Isa ako sa pinakapasaway na aplikante nun. Half day lang ako sa indoctri nun. Sa First Aid trainings, nagremovals pa nga ako dun e. Di ko pa iniisip na magiging part ako ng org kaya parang di pa ako nag-iinvest. Pero nung mem na ako, I was so involved with the org. Active ako sa apps handling at TDO ako nun. A year after ko ma induct, naging assistant TDO ako pero napagkakamalang TDO. Ako din ang nag introduce ng logical chart, bilang engineering, hehe. Ayun nga, sa time ko nagsimula ang BLS flowchart. Strikto din ako pagdating sa trabaho. Nung president ako, madalas ako magsermon. O.C. ako pagdating sa schedules pero pag party, party. Got any girlfriend/s at that time? I had one girlfriend, si Carla Morante. Officer din sya nung time ko, di ko lang maalala kung ano. Syempre pag usapang org, org mode. Pag personal, private na un! Haha. What are the challenges you face as the adviser? Meron ba?! Maghakot ng mga tao sa Matabung-

kay! Haha. Kasama sa OSA rules na dapat sumama sa mga resident members pag may out of the school activities which is minsan conflict sa sched. Pero yun nga, I trust you na you can do it kase alam ko naman at pinagdaanan ko na din dati yan. Pag may mga nangyayaring masama like yung sa fair. Wala pa namang mem na nabuntis, wala pa namang na aaksidente, nalululong sa droga, kaya I’m good! Haha. Salamat sa mga mems dahil di ko naexpereince yung mga yun. You’re teaching ES subjects at the College of

Oo! Babalik naman ako ng UP. This might be the last time as adviser to work in the field but I’ll be back. IF you want. I’ll be the adviser again pagbalik. I’ll be internet active though. Gusto ko talaga magturo. The only problem is the money. Hehe. Kelangan mag-ipon. Who do you think might be the next org adviser? Check out Butch Ong kung nagtuturo pa siya sa Bio or sa Chem. You can also ask Butch about a certain alumnae teaching at the College of Education. There is also this Eloida… di ko maalala, sa Physics. Yun nga lang di ko alam kung pano nila ihahandle yung org. Sana maka attend sila sa mga activities. What are your plans for the org? Kailangan, meron sariling kwento. Grand plans? First, gusto ko maging part tayo ng ERT ng UP Diliman – first people, front line, to arrive at the incident. Dati ginagawa to pero di na napapractice. Wala din naman major incident recently. Saka kahit di recognized ng chapter, as long as competent ok na. Second, the tambayan! Gusto ko magkaroon ng sariling kwarto ang org.

Engineering. How would you handle a fellow RCYer as your student? ES 10. Suki mga RCYers sakin. My first RCYer student is nung second year ng ES 10 at projects are judged. I was always part of the jury but nung time na may mga RCYer students na ako, I modified the process of judging para walang bias. The students themselves judge. Parang naghugas kamay lang. Hahaha. Sa lecture naman di ko na napapansin kung sinong RCYer. The only time na iniisip ko is that when I modified the judging process. Hindi rin naman sila sipsip at pasaway so hindi nila nakukuha ang attention ko. Di rin ako strict sa attendance, though may attendance sheet, no grade bearing naman, for all.


Do you still see yourself as the adviser 5 years from now? 10 years from now?

Third, Formalize the Alumni Association. So far, we have the internet and other social sites, so dun nagsastrat yun. Kasama na din dyan ang hikayatin ang alumni for the financial support. Dapat at least, may reserve cash ang org. Napapansin ko, pababa ang funds. There was a time na more than 100k ang funds, gusto ko mabalik yun. So far eto muna. Do you have a message for the resident members? Sana balikan nyo yung org pagkagraduate ng UP. Sana rin, maganda ang experience nyo dito bago kayo umalis. Love the org! Be passionate! Pero wag naman gawing BS RCY (parang ako dati). Mag-aral muna.

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na lang at aalis na ang sinasakyan ko. Tulad ko, malayo din ang pupuntahan ng mga taong aking kasabay. Nakakainis nga, dahil sa kanila, kailangan ko pa tuloy magmadali umakyat kahit na sa totoo ay masakit na ang pwet ko kakaupo sa mahabang byahe na aming tinatahak. Kahit na patuloy ang tawag sakin ng mga nasa sasakyan, hindi ko parin magawang umalis na lang basta sa lugar kung saan nagistap-ober ang behikulo. Naalala ko pa, ilang panahon na ang nagdaan nang naisin kong huminto sa lugar na ito. Magulo pa ang isip ko noon dahil hindi ako nakukuntento sa ibang lugar na hinihintuan. Mabuti na lang at sumama sa aking pagbaba itong si Incess. Parang kapatid ko na sya, kaya nama’y nagpaubaya na syang sumama sakin kahit na sa unang tagpo namin sa istap-ober e halos maiwanan ko na sya. Sobrang hospitable ng mga tao dito, para bang paghinto mo, hindi ka na talaga nila pasasakayin muli. Doon, nakilala ko ang ilang mga taong naging prominente sa aking buhay. Nariyan ang brat na si Byang; ang mga hotness na sila Aileen, Mikki at Annma; yung magjowa na laging naglalambingan, Peter at Loida ang pangalan; iniwan kami ni Carlo, pero ok lang naman. Naging inspirasyon ko rin si Lalen at Nad, habang ang taga-hawak ng mapa ng byahe ay si Louane. At ang pinaka-nangingibabaw sa kanilang lahat, ang taong lubos kong minahal dahil sa pinakita nyang pag-aalala at pagmamahal sa akin, si Lemuel.

Sa istapober ko natagpuan ang mga paslit na itinuring kong mga anak. Sila ang nagturo sa akin ng tunay na halaga ng pagiging nanay, hindi lang sa pag-aalaga kundi pati na rin sa pag-intindi ng damdamin ng bawat isa. Naging mas responsable ako at ininda ang hindi ko parin mga pangangailangan nila higit sa aking sarili. Pinahalagahan ko ang mga kakayanan ng mga taong nasa paligid ko at kung magawang umalis ano ang kaya nilang itulong habang naroon pa ako.


na lang basta.�

Nakakalungkot nga lang na sa pagkakataong sana’y masaya naming pinagsasaluhan ni Incess, ay nuon pa parang nagsanga ang aming landas. Pero alam ko, hindi pa huli ang lahat para ibalik namin ang tamis ng pagkakaibigan, kung kaya naman bago pa ako sumakay uli at magbyahe, hindi ko kakalimutang itabi sya muli sa akin at pareho kaming tatanaw sa bintana sa istapober naming naging makasaysayan.


Sa pagtanaw na ito, hinding-hindi ko makakalimutan ang mga masasayang sandali kung saan naramdaman ko ang halaga ko bilang tao. Bukod sa pagkatuto ng mga bagay na esensyal sa pamumuhay, nagawa ko rin ibahagi ang aking nalalaman sa ibang tao. Masarap rin palang maging superhero kahit na ilang tao lang ang nakakakilala sa iyo. Naging daan ang pare-pareho naming pananaw sa buhay upang patibayin ang mala-Justice League naming samahan. Salamat talaga at naging tagpuan ang istapober ng mga bayaning nagmula pa sa iba’t-ibang lugar upang magtulong-tulong sa kanilang mga misyon. Siguro, mas mabuti kung hindi ako bumaba para nakapag-pokus ako sa aking byahe. Pero masasabi kong sa istap-ober na to ako naging better person. Hindi mapapalitan ng kahit na anong karanasan ang nangyari rito. Umiiyak man ako ngayon, iyon ay dahil hindi na ako maaaring magtagal sa istapober, kailangan ko nang umalis dahil umaandar na ang sasakyan ng buhay patungo sa aking kinabukasan. Lagi kong lilingapin sa bintana ang UP RED CROSS YOUTH, ang pinakamasayang istap-ober sa aming byahe.

Kei Cristobal (July 7, 2008)



Lover’s c a r r y


The staff apologizes for not indicating the authorship of the fiction piece of last semester’s Pulse issue. The flash fiction Shades of Gray was written by Princess Carra Allarey.


The UP Red Cross Youth The University of the Philippines Red Cross Youth, or the UP-

RCY, is a non-profit, student-led university-based organization duly affiliated with the Philippine National Red Cross Quezon City Chapter. The organization is geared towards promoting the spirit of humanitarianism and voluntary service among the youth through different socio-civic activities. It was established in September 2, 1992 sharing close ties with the UP ROTC. For several years, membership to the organization was invitational. However, due to the need to promulgate the first aid and basic life support know-how, the UPRCY was opened for application. As a microcosm of the Philippine National Red Cross, the UP Red Cross Youth forwards various advocacies that address the many needs of humanity. To address the need for better health care and the protection of human physiological well being the organization involves its members in first aid and basic life support trainings, and initiates projects such as blood lettings, blood awareness seminars, relief operations and medical missions. However, due to needs that involve not only individuals but communities as a whole, the UP Red Cross Youth has also involved itself in the pursuit of sustainable community development to address long term needs and effect lasting change. The organization is maintained by three core departments that enable it to deliver its socio-civic services to individuals and communities. These departments are the Human Resource and Development Department (HRDD) concerned with passing on the passion for service and volunteerism to UP RCY members, the Finance Department (Fin) which keeps


the organization afloat through marketing and creative fund raising activities, and the Projects and Operations Department (PAO) which consists of the Medical Missions Office, the Blood Programs Office, and the Community Development Programs Office concerned with both immediate relief and sustainable development. Aside from its services, the UP RCY also ensures the holistic development of its members through training and development activities that seek to hone their leadership potentials and individual talents. Members interested in music and singing find an outlet for honing their talents in the organization’s official choral group, the UP Red Cross Crooners. Meanwhile, members with a penchant for writing, drawing, and graphics design may channel their abilities through contributions to Pulse, the organization’s official publication. UP RCY also provides other development activities such as jogging, ice skating, speech and communication seminars, marketing seminars, clay molding, and finger painting among many others. The organization also takes pride in the just and humane treatment of all its applicants and members, and its practice of democratic proceedings and emphasis on critical thinking and reasoning as guided by the seven principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, and Universality with which the UP Red Cross Youth will continue its legacy of empowered volunteerism for years to come.

--------------------------------------------------------The above text was based on the organizational profile lifted from 15 Years of Empowered Volunteerism and The UPRCY Organization Profile written by Stevens S. Santos for Pulse 2nd Sem AY 07-08 and Pulse 1st Sem AY 08-09.

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