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was all giddy about it. Of course, I was. Discovering that I have so much passion for campus journalism was like opening Pandora’s box, ang daming pasabog. Boom! Magkukwento sana ako ng konting introduction kung paanong ang isang tulad ko ay naging Editor-in-Chief, tapos ‘pag nasabi ko na yung best part susunod kong sasabihin, “and the rest is history,” pero ayoko. As I did have the passion to work for The MARIAN (TM), I was expecting a lot of others who would have the same dedication. Indeed there were a lot who signed up, qualified and gave their word. But that was just the beginning. As the going got tough, only the tough remained going. And so to those who chose to remain, to those who put up with all the pressures, bickering and nagging from the editors and I, CHEERS! Marami tayong narating at napatunayan, mula sa madaming awards ng mga outputs at ng mga staff sa mga presscons hanggang sa kung anuanung pakulo at history-breaking activities gaya ng awessoommee Limbagan. And finally itong art and design magazine ang huling handog (naks) ng TM para sa school year na ‘to. Ito ang huling katas ng mga utak naming nagrerebolusyon at produkto ng tiyang nag-aalboroto. This magazine aims to bring the spotlight on you and YOUR PASSION. Going back to the past issues, those who usually make it to the pages of the TM mag are mostly those who brought honor to the university. Pero ngayon, sa lathalang ito, higit sa pagbabandera ng mga natamong tagumpay, sinikap naming isulat din dito ang mga bagay na patungkol sa ating mga karaniwang estudyante na may hindi pangkaraniwang passion at dedication sa kanilang mga ginagawa. Mga trivial things na sumasalamin sa ating pagkatao at buhay kolehiyo. Sana may mapulot kayong aral sa mga susunod na mga pahina. Nawa’y di lang inyong mga mata ang mabusog kundi ang inyong diwa at puso. (bow)
is the official student publication of St. Mary’s University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.
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What to do with the monsters under the bed? How about asking help from an imaginary friend? Ah, the imagination has taken over again. But that which seems absurd, actually keeps one’s sanity. The maverick mind brings out the beauty of reality. And so, armed with creativity, he plays hero, turning the mundane into the interesting. And he’s not the only one who does. Live for your passion. Utilize your imagination. And keep the world in artful motion. M
ang magsimula ang kasalukuyang editorial board ng TM, pinangarap naming malagpasan ang dami at kalidad ng mga issue ng nakaraang taon. Pero sobra pa sa inasam namin ang aming naabot. Makalipas ang dalawang semestre, ang walang hanggang paghabol sa mga taong may utang na articles, at matapos makaabot sa tuktok ng bintana ang tumutubong singkamas sa opisina ng TM, handa na kaming ipakilala sa inyo ang natatanging mga talento ng SMU. Laman nitong huling isyu ang patunay na hindi lang sa pagsagot ng eksam nasusukat ang galing ng mga Marians. Hindi lahat ng magagaling magdrawing nasa Fine Arts. Hindi kailangan nakaenroll sa business para mag-isip magtayo ng sariling negosyo (pero mainam siguro kung mag-aral na rin) at hindi lahat ng artista nasa T.V. Nais din naming ibahagi sa inyo ang ilang personalidad at mga grupo sa Pilipinas na kasama sa dahilan kung bakit maliit man ang ating bansa’y dumadagundong ang ating pangalan sa buong mundo. Salamat sa lahat ng nagbahagi ng kanilang mga istorya. Kapag sikat na kayo, huwag niyo kaming kalimutan. Sa TM pipol, Rakenrol! Kayo na ang Owsam! Nalagas man tayo, na-issue (as usual), napressure ng bonggang-bongga, heto naman tayo, shining bright like a diamond (tumagal man at hindi na kayo LSS kay Rihanna, relevant pa rin ang linya niya). Patuloy kayong managinip at mangarap ng wagas. Sa aming mga magulang, maraming salamat sa pag-iintindi sa pag-uwi namin lagpas ng hapunan at sa pagbalik-balik namin sa school kahit bakasyon na. Sa SMU, salamat sa iyo, natuto kaming iparating ang hindi masabi-sabi ng iba, na manatiling matatag sa kabila ng nakakabaluktot na kahirapan, at na hindi masama ang humingi ng tulong, lalo na sa Kanya. Panginoon, maraming salamat sa pagmamahal Mo sa amin. Lahat ng ito’y para sa iyo.
Samantha Chedrick P. Wallis Features Editor
January- March 2013
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Art Revolution by two wickedly imaginative rebels
36 Art Tech
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44 A peek? Sure! Professional photojournalist Michael Varcas relates how simple words of encouragement has taken him to new heights while photo savvys Joann Serquiña and Van Joseph De Guzman spill their secrets on how to take amazing shots.
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Jerome Cabanag, an Information Technology (IT) graduate, has left the square-faced-Einsteinclone-slash-computer to savor culinary life at a world-class kitchen.
SMU Mr. and Ms. Campus Personality 2013
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Behind the Viewfinder 50
Music: For my Ears 51 ROCK enROLLED 52 Local Voices, Global Resonance 58 Dude you know? (Music) 60 Theater Arts
What’s your true color? 32
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Sa Likod ng Pinilakang Tabing 61 Mascara sa Harap ng Kamera 62 The Sides of Acting 64 Watch, U! 65
Da Heroes and da Moves 76 Wrestling 101 78 Lady Spikers’ Artistic Power 79
Sweet Teach: A fit’s “cheats” sweet treats 67 Cutie Cupcakes 68
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the TALENT’S view:
INDIE life direk of
MES by Samantha Wallis and Hazel Buctayon
e takes a sip from the glass of mango juice. He stirs it—the chime-like sound filling the almost empty room. It was almost 11 in the morning. The busy streets—the buzzing and clanking noise from the trucks passing by the road—seemed to get busier as lunch neared. He still has to pack his things for the shooting with ‘The Superstar’ the next day. But he seems engrossed at talking about his director. Si direk? ‘Di naman siya ‘yung tipong masungit, ganun. Director din. Mabait eh. Kasi lagi kaming magkasama, magka-vibes. Strikto siya on cam. Di naman ganong strikto. Parang 50 percent strikto, he shares chuckling. He returns the glass on the table and resumes relating how the director manages his actors. Sasabihin niya sa’yo, ‘JP, o ikaw na bahala. Impromptu na ‘yung
ibang dialogue dyan.’ So, tuwangtuwa ako. ‘Sige direk. Ako’ng bahala.’ Halos everyday kaming magkasama. Parang magkaibigan kami. Mabait siya. Wala akong masabi. Mabait. Super duper, he continues, his jovial smile never fading. John Paul ‘Japo’ Escobedo, an indie film actor from Bambang, has already appeared in four movies,the next one a film shot
with Nora Aunor, “Ang Kwento ni Mabuti.” Now, about the person behind Japo’s entry into the film industry. He is a multi-awarded director and script writer. The most overwhelming information of all? He is from Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya. Yes, you read that right. He’s from the land of onions...and talents.
*** Ramon ‘Mes’ De Guzman is best known around town for ‘Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong,’ with its famous line ‘sayote manen!’ But around the planet he has become one of the most talked about indie film makers for his knack of creating something interesting about the most normal events in everyday life. Direk Mes has won four Palanca awards for his screenplays, the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. He has also earned himself a Golden Star Award during the 2002 Marrakech International Film Festival, Ishmael Bernal Award for Young Cinema and Lino Brocka Award (2011 Cinemanila International Film Festival), NETPAC Award and A Balanghai Trophy (Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival), two Gawad Urian Awards (2002 and 2006), and he was also hailed as Best New Director during the 2006 San Sebastián International Film Festival. Batang Trapo/Rags (2001), Chiffons (2002), Midnight Sale (2004), Diliman/Darkening (2005), Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong/The Road to Kalimugtong (2005), Imahe Nasyon (2006), Balikbayan Box (2007), Ang Mundo sa Panahon ng Yelo / Ice is the Earth (2010), Ang Mundo sa Panahon ng Bato/Stone Is the Earth (2010), Sa Kanto ng Ulap at Lupa (2011), Diablo (2012), Ang Mundo sa Panahon ng Bakal/Steel Is the Earth (2012) are among his award-winning films which garnered local and international recognitions. He has worked with multi-awarded actress Ama Quiambao, who played the lead role as Nana Lusing in ‘Diablo’, indie veterans like Sue Prado, Arnold Reyes, and Mara Lopez, and is keeping an eye for fresh talents in the country.
The Superstar, Nora Aunor, in the set of Direk Mes’s recent indie film project Ang Kwento ni Mabuti.
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Though De Guzman graduated in creative writing at UP Diliman, he seems to be more inclined in taking what’s written out into actual actions. But don’t get us wrong, for he also writes novels. Actually, his first novel, Rancho Dyanggo, received the NCCA Grand Prize in 2004. The young director has a way of chilling the soul even without complex visual effects we usually see in horror movies, as ‘Diablo’ would prove. And reaching into the hearts of audiences simply by showing them the reality they fail to look at. This he proved with ‘Ang Daan Patungong Kalimugtong.’ This simple probinsyano continues to push the limits of creativity with his film company, Cinelarga Productions, which he co-owns with his wife Rhea. So far, most of his films are shot here in Nueva Vizcaya, where he grew up and currently resides in, along with his wife and son Reemo.
*** During shooting, he treats the crew as crew. ‘Pag nasa labas, masaya. ‘Pag okay yung shoot, ‘Okay yung shoot. Galing!’ ganun siya, Japo says as he stirs the fruit juice. For this next film nga, kailangan kong magpahaba ng balbas para fit sa role na gagawin ko, he laughingly shares. He takes the last sip from the glass of juice and apologizes. He has to leave for the shooting of Ang Kwento ni Mabuti in Aritao. Pasensiya na. Mag-eempake na ‘ko. Kailangan kasi andun na kami by tomorrow, he says, the smile in his eyes never fading. He bids us goodbye, puts on his cap and trudges his way out of the cozy cafeteria into the sweltering heat of the summer sun. M
1. Direk Mes vigilantly supervises his crew members during the shooting of his latest project. “Ang Kwento ni Mabuti.” 2. From the comfort of his director’s chair, Direk Mes instructs the cast and crew of “Ang Kwento ni Mabuti” to bring his vision to life. 3. Japo Escobedo, indie film actor, and a few of his child co-star pose on the set of “Ang Kwento ni Mabuti” in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya. 4. At times when taping of the film deviates from his vision, Direk Mes steps in and personal assists his actors and actresses. (Photos courtesy of Escobedo)
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Hats off: Kudos to the Marian graduates Four or five years ago, thousands of aspiring Marians entered the gates of Saint Mary’s University, hopeful that in the duration of their stay here, they would be provided the quality education assured to them during the career guidance campaign. Four or five years later, a great number of these hopefuls were cut from the line of soon-to-be-graduates. Yet thousands still managed to hold on to the anticipation of one day trudging the aisle of Fr. Tonus gymnasium. And on March 26, hundreds of Marians accomplished this undertaking. And it is with great pride that these graduates have, in one way or another, pursued their college education amid impediments which have littered their way. We congratulate those who have shown excellence in whatever endeavor they have undertaken. We congratulate those who have truly imbued in themselves the Marian values and have shared in the realization of the brand that they are competent, creative and community-supportive Christian disciples. We congratulate those who have obtained their college diploma even though financial problems battered them most of the time. You deserve all the hands to applaud you. Our salute to those who have, even in their small actions, lived up to the identity of a Marian—the CHSF program implemented and the values we were taught, not only in class but also in our daily living. We commend those who have given voice to the voiceless, or even to those who refuse to speak out; the leaders who have served selflessly even if their service was not rewarded with monetary compensation. Most of all, our kudos to those who have left not in vain but have inspired instead the younger batches to continue the tradition of excellence SMU is known for. As you continue to venture into the world beyond the walls of SMU, bear in mind and live out the very distinctiveness that Marian education has taught you, that Marians are more than just names which conjure images of professionals earning huge sums of money, but are Christian disciples who have genuine hearts for service to build God’s kingdom wherever you go. Go ‘til the last mile and enjoy it. M
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CATHARSIS Lea Donna Divina
CES’T LA VIE Hazel Buctayon
So ayun nga, patapos na’t lahat lahat ang SY 2012-2013, wala pa rin akong shoulder blade sa nameplate ko sa taas oh. Naks, kinitam, ana? Anyway, since halos lahat ng mga kasama kong editors ay ending, beginning at thank you ang topic, mag-iiba naman daw ako. Sa pagtatapos ng taon, hayaan niyo naman akong magpakabitter kasi nga last na ‘to. Babala: Ang susunod na mga talata ay rated SPG. Magsama ng doctor if you are like those mentioned below and if you have a weak heart at the same time. Matamaan ka kung sapul ka. Kaya kung ayaw mo nang ipagpatuloy pang basahin ang column kong pinaglaanan ko ng dugo at pawis (yuck!) at pagkamakabayan, pinapalaya na kita. Ilipat ang mata sa kabilang column at ipagpatuloy ang pag-scan sa The MARIAN magazine at mamangha sa mga kagagawan ng TM staff. Ngunit siyempre, isinasakripisyo mo ang pagkakataong matauhan kung ‘di mo babasahin ang mga pangyayaring maaring kinasangkutan niyo at gusto mo ng magbago. At kung hawak pa kita sa
Bad bacteria? (Kung tingin mo ikaw ‘yun, jump ka to the next subhead). ANG BABAE[na nanggaling] SA SEPTIC TANK Gaya na lang ni ateng nakasalubong ng aming tropa sa tabi ng mga shed nung first year pa lang kami (endangered accountant - Endaccs)! Naalala niyo pa? Haha. Sorry, nagshift na’ko). Anyway, so gano’n nga, nakasalubong namin si ate na ewan ko kung kaninong indolent character pinaglihi. Bigla ba namang itinapon ‘yung pinagkainan sa daan. Pinagsabihan naman siya ng kasama niya na pulutin daw ‘yung tinapon niya. Tapos, akalain mo, “Hayaan mo, may binabayaran naman tayong maglinis ah!” kunana boy. Ay, ingudgud ku kuman ‘jay rupa na ijay basurana k’t. Buti na lang, pinulot ng kasama namin ‘yung plastic na itinapon ni ateng di ko alam kung saang wasteland
Ang susunod na mga talata ay rated SPG... Matamaan ka kung sapul ka. pangungusap na ito, siguraduhin mo lang na matibay ka at kaya mong tapusin ang kakornihan ko at ang penitensya’t kasalimuutan ng pagbasa ng bitter column ko. Eto na. Una sa listahan ay ang ewan ko kung anong tawag sa kanila. Germs? Virus?
at dumpsite nanggaling. ‘Di ata siya na-orient sa CHSF program ng SMU. Pity you and your kind, filthy creature. PS: Kasali na rin dito ‘yung
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There are many simple things we take for granted in our search for the best things life has to offer. For me, it now makes sense how important a phone call, a text message, or an email is. One of the three is enough to change my life; the same is true with all the college graduates this year. It’s funny how eager we are to finish our college education even when the school days for our first year in school have only started. It’s even funnier that days before graduation, you and the different people with varied personalities with whom you spent most of your time with, just wish that everything would just slow down, take its time. Why? Out of some strange fear of what lies beyond the comforts of the academe? Well,
maybe that’s one reason. But the strangest of all is one’s inability to depart from those people who, in the last four or five years, were simply nothing but strangers. But now, the familiarity has overwhelmed us too much that saying goodbye seems to be the most difficult thing, next to any Math subject we flunk every once in a while.
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DEFINE HAPPINESS DOMINO EFFECT Reynaly Mannag
For genuine happiness is seen not with the eyes but with the heart. Rarely do people come to realize that there’s more than the looks that the naked eyes can see and there’s more than the tangible things that the bare hands can hold. I’ve seen people build big houses but have broken homes and achieve careers but lose humility. The problem isn’t with what we want to attain but with the good things that would be left in us in the process. In the end, are we happy? After everything that has been done, are we going to draw life with a smiley face? Antoine de Saint-Exupery once stated that, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Like him, I also believe that happiness, in order to be real, must not be seen with the eyes but must be felt with the heart. Some people risk their whole lifetime seeking for the things that will make them happy. Some keep possessions in order to be happy. But happiness is not hidden. It can’t be substituted with material things. It is meant to be realized. The definition of happiness might vary for all of us. What one considers delightful may not be for the other. But happiness that is genuine and for long-term comes from within. The heart can see more than the naked eyes. M
a murder. Last time, I watched a Taiwanese film which ended with the protagonist’s soliloquy of e.e. Cummings’ sonnet before he committed suicide:
SOLITARY SARCASMS Freniel Mikko Austria
“Adieu! Adieu!” And the image of American poet Vachel Lindsay drinking a disinfectant he took from his kitchen cupboard to kill himself comes rushing to my stream of consciousness like electric eels (It’s horrible that a germ killer killed him, maybe he’s 99.99 percent germs).
No wonder, I have a romantic spirit and in some way a libertarian because my political and social ideologies were influenced by Jean Jacques Rosseau Well, when I think of farewell, goodbyes or parting of ways, I always come up with ideas of death or drifting
to a realm of madness or a surrealist’s attempt to elude from the density of existence. Even saying “bye fats and cellulites” is
WHEN THE END IS JUST THE BEGINNING INSCRIBED CANVASS Willeth Jacinto
To those who will be leaving this institution in a few weeks’ time, your four or more years of struggles are finally coming to an end. Your parents are now proud and happy since they need not worry for your allowance and tuition fees anymore. By now, some people especially your friends are cheering for you to throw a party with overflowing food and drinks on that day. Yet you’re there, trying to hide yourself from these people. Hiding from the new world you are about to enter because you are afraid that you are not yet the person they think you already are: a responsible and competent graduate of your course. But why are you afraid? Your name isn’t on the list of graduating students for no reason at all. It is there because
you have given much effort and hardship to pass all your subjects and finish all your requirements as a student. Not to mention the
“Somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond any experience, your eyes have their silence: in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which I cannot touch because they are too near… …or if your wish be to close me, I and my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly…” If you ask me if I already experienced this ‘farewell’ moment, I almost gave my mother a suicide note saying “I’ll just be hanging out” (literally). But death is not just the end of all vital functions in our body. Death can be a wonderful journey. When I am jaded by stigma and despair, I create my own world away from reality. Drowned out by having too much hope and faith perhaps? No wonder, I have a romantic spirit and in some way a libertarian because my political and social ideologies were influenced by Jean Jacques Rousseau who had announced “I felt before I thought.” Yes, I have always been a dreamer trying to grasp what’s beyond the contours
times you spent your cold nights drinking three cups of coffee just to keep yourself awake to prepare for your major exams. Be reminded by the days you skipped your meals in order for you to do your assignments and reports, rushed every morning just to attend your 7:30 classes and felt bad because you missed one or more celebrations of your friends and relatives because you need to practice and do group projects for your minor subjects. And finally, you spent your last ten months in college finishing your almost impossible-ambitious-stressful research or thesis. As “soon-to-be graduates” of this institution, we should be wise enough to apply our
of life. And here it is again, the feeling of ‘there will be a time to go.’ But this time it’s different, a squelch of reality to whelm every bone in me. Not to part ways with my being but with the things which have been closed to me. They say in real life, these goodbyes could be fun as when you say ‘kbyepotato’ to your friends at the end of the day thinking you’ll meet them again tomorrow or when you say goodbye to your teacher thinking you’ll not meet them tomorrow or the whole week. While there is a persistent urge to explore larger horizons and possibilities, leaving SMU breaks my heart. There’s a feeling of burning to ashes on a pyre over and over like a phoenix. Besides, this is my last column, it kills me, man! Maybe, graduation is a form of death because there will always be a part of me that I will leave behind. The sound of my heavy footsteps at the A Bldg corridor, my laughter and outbursts at H Bldg, my ideas that will soon change the world (as our recollection convinced us), my solitary sarcasms that gave me an entry pass to the
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We can still learn more and yearn for more even after we graduate.
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parang ‘chismis’ ang synonym. Eh artificial insemination naman dapat. Sa math daw, wala sa choices iyong tamang sagot. Nagpa-eksam pa sila kung puro letter E naman pala ang sagot. Naghirap-hirap pa kaming mag-
HULING PANGARAL NI TITSER SONOROUS SUBTLETIES Samantha Chedrick Wallis
May pilosopong nakapagsabi na “Education is the great equalizer.” Weh ‘di nga. Sige, sabihin na nating nakapag-aral ang isang Pilipino, 17 taon ang pinakamababa dahil sa K-12. Oh, tapos? Paanong magiging pantaypantay ang estado natin kung may preparasyon nga, wala namang patutunguhan. Habang nasa eskwelahan, inaalagaan, pagkatapos nun, bahala ka na sa buhay mo. Katulad na lang nitong nakaraang linggo. Nasubukan naming magkakaklase kung paano nga ba ibigay ang board exam. Iyong tipong ituturo sa iyo sa klase tapos hindi naman pala sinusunod ng mga propesyonal. Nasaan ang kredibilidad nila? Ang turo sa amin, dapat ang mga eksam, may face validity, kaaya-aya sa paningin. Naiintindihan. Pero yung isang tanong, TURE or FALSE. Bago
na ba ang ispeling ng TRUE? Pasensya, baka hindi ako updated. At kelan naman aber, saang mundo naman papangalanan ng kanyang magulang ang kanyang anak ng CLEARANCE??? Mr. Clearance, kindly get your clearance for the administration to sign before you get your TOR, mga ganung eksena. Ang gulo ata mamuhay ng ganun. Clarence ang una kong pagkabasa. Sabi kasi ng siyensya, gagawa ang utak ng lohikal kalabasan sa isang kumpol ng mga letra basta nakita mo na dati iyong salitang iyon, ibaiba man ang pagkalagay ng mga letra pwera yung una at huli. Pero alangan namang nagdedepende dun iyong mga gumawa ng exam. ‘Sige, okay na iyan, basta may exam.’ Kahit yung choices A at D pareho. O ‘di kaya ang arrangement ng choices A,C,B,D. Tsaka paanong nagkaroon ng artificial dissemination sa science? ‘Artificial dissemination,’
CLOSING VOICE ABYSS PANORAMA Ryan Pastolero “…And the voice keeps saying, this is where I’m meant to be…” This is my favorite line in Michael Bolton’s song “I Can Go the Distance” which really crosses my mind and heart whenever I get wind of it. For this last column I have to make as the sports editor, I want you to hold on to your voice. For those frustrated singers like me, do not worry because we will not sing or even put together lyrics. This is more of the “inner voice” and all you need to do is to let it drive and allow it to dwell in you freely.
The world, specifically the sports arena, is a colloquium of different voices. There is an aggressive voice that yells for victory. There is a voice that seems to be weary from vibrating. And there is even a voice that calls for change. But what “voice” does Bolton mean with his line above? Find the answer as you go on with the remaining paragraphs. Saint Mary’s University walked triumphantly in the sports’ pedestal this year. The
Wala akong balak maging katulad ng mga bulok at baluktot na gumawa ng exam na kinuha namin. aral eh bara-bara din pala ang paggawa ng pagsusulit. Kung sa eskwelahan iyon, medyo katanggap-tanggap pa siguro ang mga typo at malimaling choices. Eh at least andun ‘yung guro mo na mag-aayos nung mga pagkakamali niya. Eh ang national examinations, ganun talaga? Kinukuha iyon ng libu-libong estudyante mula sa
university wrote down histories that made every Marian proud. Starting with the productive implementation of the sports development program down to the successful conduct of the intramurals, it is safe to say that SMU has come a long magnificent way in sports this academic year. Even if there are still things lacking for us to make a name in the PRISAA bout, our qualified Marian athletes are still manifestations of how determined we are in giving love and concern to sports. This is just an indicator of how we used our voices sensibly. Even if the voice of A is far from the voice of B, we still formulated the best blend of these voices and made it meet in order to gain the pride as one community. That is really the spirit of a Marian voice. I would like to extend my warmest gratitude to all of you for building our sports world
ibat-ibang parte ng bansa tapos ganun? Parang walang pakialam ang regulating commission kung may kalidad nga ba ang exam o hindi. Pangarap ko din ang isang Pilipinas na nangunguna sa edukasyon. Iyong dinadayo ng ibang bansa para magbenchmark. Iyong pinupuntahan ng mga taga-ibang bansa hindi dahil mura kundi dahil dekalidad. Hindi ako naniniwalang nararapat sa ating mapabilang sa grupo ng mga hindi edukadong bansa. Kung anu-ano na ngang research ang nabili ng mga tagakanluran mula sa atin. Oo, nabili. Kasi walang suporta ng gobyerno. Nakalulungkot ngunit totoo. Wala akong balak maging katulad ng mga bulok at baluktot na gumawa ng exam na kinuha namin. Pero sabagay, sabi nga ni Justin Beiber, ‘never say never.’ Ah, pwede rin naman palang layasan ko na lang ang Pilipinas. Layasan ang mga taong uubos ng babayaran kong tax at walang pakialam kung naaalagaan nga ba ako bilang mamamayan. Sa susunod na eleksyon, hindi ko nga alam kung may kwenta pang mamili eh wala naman atang pinagkaiba noon at ngayon. O ako lang ba ang nag-iisip niyan? M
healthy and meaningful for this academic school year. A bunch of thanks to Ms. Ronda Navalta, sports coordinator of the university, for her unconditional support to me especially in letting the nose of sports news in the university be revealed. To the administrators and sportsminded faculty and staff, for patiently conspiring activities that uphold Marian sports. And to all Marian students, for playing a great part in the realization of a dignified and strong Marian sports. Gracias señoritos, señoritas! This is my voice. And thank you for making me take hold of the fact that this is the place where I am destined to be. This is my passion and I love what I’m doing. Let us then continue empowering our voice because this is the place where we can discover our real selves. Adios. M
LIVE AND LEARN
SCC ONLINE Erwin Keith Alipio
We live a life that is difficult, where what we want is something that we find hard to achieve, and that is the truth that we must live by. Life is not easy, and nobody said that it would be, however, we may find ways to make it comfortable for us; these “ways” are the things we learn from experience and not just from reading books or searching the web. As a Marian student who has lived in this educational institution for many years, let me give you a piece of my mind on what I learned through those years. Playtime is not an option. There are times when we (students) are so stressed in our academic life that we don’t know which to prioritize. Thesis ba? OJT ba? Project ba? Exams ba? Among those four, which do you think would be the one you would prioritize given that they are all due on the same week on the same day? I think when anyone is asked this question, he/she would look directly in your eyes and say “bahala na.” And I don’t blame anyone who does. If you are faced with such a dilemma, take
enter into something, make sure that you do not have second thoughts about it, or else you, or even others would suffer (or have a hard time). Responsibility is something that is taken seriously and is not something that you would use to entertain you for a while and if you are no longer entertained, you would leave it to someone else. Let us all remember that a captain never abandons a ship in the middle of a voyage and that he/she always goes with the ship; that is responsibility. It has always been better
If someone brings you down, kill him... with love. a deep breath, sleep for a while (just please don’t oversleep or else you would lose one summer or even semester of your life and I think you know what I mean) or do something that relaxes you or something you enjoy like playing computer games (this one works for me), reading or watching TV. Playing or relaxing for a bit is not a crime and it would help you sort out your thoughts and can even help you reflect. Relax, chill and don’t forget that a worked-up mind does not function well under pressure. There are 24 hours in a day and I think you can afford at least an hour to have a little R&R. Responsibility is not a recreation activity. When you
to learn from others’ mistakes. Don’t get me wrong, but I think most would agree with me on this. Making a mistake is something, and we are assured that we would learn from it, but when others make a mistake and we see it or hear about it, we do not hide the fact that we learn from it and we also think “buti na lang at hindi ako yun.” Optimism helps. If you feel stressed, smile. If you are pressured, laugh. If someone brings you down, kill him… with love. It is good to be optimistic at times when you are troubled.
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boardroom. But that doesn’t mean I’m less of my being because at the very core of this, from a distance the heart feels closer to those it loves so well. A.A. Milne captured this succinctly when he wrote, “I’ll never forget you because if I thought I would you’d never leave.” Then the present slips into past, to be part of yesterday and eventually part of my memory. I remember when I transferred to SMU, I asked the employee at the Registrar’s office in English about some of the admission policies and enrolment procedures (speaking in English was an ‘everyday’ for me before because my friend in Manila was a national from Papua New Guinea). He gawked at me like I was smaller than a cat’s forehead. “Nakaraman ti bassit kutsara a Inglis,” he uttered to his officemates. I almost replied, “Do you want me to serve you a fork of the language for you to scoff and feed on?” Remembering this makes me smile because I’d once been a quibbler (until now). I also remember the evolution of the male school uniform that from white polo shirt and jeans that looked like a salesman was changed to a Public Utility Vehicle conductor and driver uniform, and now changed again to a Public Utility Vehicle conductor and driver uniform with identity crisis. The uniform for the female is consistent, similar with those MMDA workers (the ladies can save the uniform allowance if they apply at their agency). I won’t forget the wifi connection whose speed years ago was the same with a dial-up connection (shared by students). But when I tried to connect lately (woah, one of my few successful attempts), it seems to worsen. I can go to Solano, look for a computer shop and check the net, and return, and the time to do all those things is the same as I click the refresh button (which just takes less than a second) and for the page to load using the wifi of SMU. Yet, far more significant than these things is the waning drive to practice CHSF. Students before had a high sense of responsibility to properly dispose their trash.
Now, the number of dim-witted hicks who think that SMU is a skid row is disturbing and gross (this includes students who are very stupid not to know what bin to put their trash). The nostalgia keeps rushing to my mind: the changing of school policies that resembles a metamorphosis (of a cockroach), the old ID system to smart ID (but the monitors are as old as the famous know-who-is-stalkingyou-social-network Friendster), the lights and fans now already broken and out of use, and more. Too much of harking back to the past, I almost forgot to express my love to everyone (this is a disorganized graduation speech). To my Mama Ligaya and Papa Efren, the way you nitpick my mistakes made me criticize (heavily) others, too. Thank you for my allowances (I used it to buy things I don’t need in school). You encouraged me to fight for my ideas (though I always lose to you) and take stand to my principles. I love you so much. To my Ate Freia and Ate Frenia, I don’t know if I can repay what you’ve shared me from your own income but I expect to receive more these following weeks. You are both beautiful. To Alma, Apel, Jowel and Kelvin, we will triumph. Being with you is a surrealistic poetry. It brings me to a wonderful world that liberates me, bereft of orthodox expectations, somewhere I’m free. I love you sibs. To my college friends, keep calm and don’t forget to be great. To my teachers who made the phrase “go to hell” an experience, thank you for the wisdom and patience. To my dear friends and readers, thank you for sharing and listening. You are the reason I write. I challenge you to demand a system that will expand your intellectual capabilities instead of directing it. Stand up, ask questions, be critical, and create your own perspective. And to my dekan knight, I will be your elf forever. Finally, I can say “I’m ready to go.” You must be annoyed that I already said goodbye in different languages, but auf Weidersehen for now SMU. M
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mga nag-iiwan ng basura sa patio at iniaasa na lang sa mga working students ang paglilinis ng mga table and chairs, mga mutant na taong ang basurahan ay di mo matukoy kung saan at mga germsslash-barbarians-slash-literal translation and personification of the subhead “ANG BABAE[na nanggaling] SA SEPTIC TANK” na ang tanging kasiyahan ay ang pagvavandal sa CR. What a progressive Philippines shall this country be with thy kind as inhabitants! IKAW BA ‘YUN? OO ATA At dahil etchoserang chismosa ako, kung anu-anong nakakarating sa akin mula sa isyung pulitikal sa provincial government hanggang sa petty quarrels between and among colleges and universities sa lalawigan.
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Laugh with the person who laughs at you and I am sure he will stop laughing first and you will be the last one laughing. As people say, think positive and good things will come your way no matter what path you take. Smiling and laughing clears your mind and gives you energy to think more, and they say that it also extends your life for some minutes or so. Good, isn’t it? People are often misled by what they see or hear. This is something sad, but also true. Sometimes we hear something and then we, all of sudden, believe it without further understanding the facts or the situation. Some say that the Bible states “Thou shall not kill”; therefore the death penalty or capital punishment should not be imposed, however such statement was taken “out of context.” This verse was said to condemn capital punishment but I beg to disagree because the old testament of the Roman Catholic Bible supports capital punishment. It even states that if a woman is not a virgin upon marriage, she must be killed (to be honest, I do not know the exact book, verse and chapter but it does exist, because I have read it). Such is just
Pero bukod pa dun, ‘di ko ma-take (alam kong pati ikaw din) ay ang mga taong andiyan ka na nga sa tabi, pag-uusapan ka pa na parang wala ka. They are those we call rumormongers-slash-the doom of this country. Gaya nga ng sabi ng isa sa mga Magdalo soldiers nung Manila Peninsula stand-off (hope you still remember your history), “Kayo ang dahilan kung bakit hindi umuunlad ang Pilipinas!” Kung ano naman kasi ang pwede mong sabihin diretsahan, say it to the person directly. And a cliché: Walang alitan ang di nareresolba sa maayos na usapan. That’s sooooo elementary lest you forget. Tama na nga. Baka atakihin pa ako dito. Uh, oo nga pala, baka diabetic din daw si Kuya Mikko kaya quits quits lang. Sabi nga ng isang speaker sa
an example; I too would be honest enough to say that I get ahead of myself when hearing rumors about something, especially about someone. We forget that there are details clouding the story and that there are also details that give light to it. Let me tell you something about the SCC (as an answer to the question of where we have been for this school year), The SCC has always been there for the students, the problem is that we (officers) are not approached personally (not necessarily personally, maybe through notes, text messages or any other form of communication). Maybe there were times when our office was closed, but then again, may we give this as a reminder that we are also students who have academic obligations to fulfill, and not only that, if someone really needs our help, our cellphone numbers have always been made available. We can and are willing to help, but the problem is, who do we help? For our dear fellow Marians who need help in any way, we are open for you. Just approach us and we will give you our 100 percent attention. A council of eight members (seven actually for this school year) cannot, in any
Lambakan, do no harm. Pero sabi ko nga, bitter muna ako ngayon. Tsaka depende naman yun sa’yo di ba if you’re gonna take it negatively at ipabugbog mo ‘ko isang gabing pauwi ako from The MARIAN office. At bago mo pa ako ipasalvage, gawin ko munang mukhang back page ng Loose Ink ‘to at magte-thank you din ako sa mga taong naging parte ng third year ko sa Ismoo—sa mga avid readers ng column ko (me, myself and I—another cliché), sa mga ka-journ ko (mag-oOJT na tayo. Haha), sa TM staff (Hehe. Peace), sa staff ng White & Blue, SLU, Baguio (Salamat sa pag-aalaga at pag-aalala. Haha), kina mama at papa (We’ll get over these), kay JM na tulog nang tulog at nagagalit pag ginigising ko (sleepyhead :P) at sa’yo, congrats tinapos mo ‘tong artikulo ko. Mabuti’t di ka pa rin inaatake sa puso. O baka naman may balak ka nang patambangan ako. M
way possible, monitor one-byone the members of the Marian community of six thousand students. However, if anyone still thinks we are wrong and that we are useless in some ways, then with our utmost humility we apologize for our lapses. (Well at the very least I hope you read it until this part). These are only few of the things I have learned not only as a student but also as a person. These things may already be known to you but it does not hurt reminding you about it (when I say you, I mean the person reading this, not only to my fellowstudents). I would also like to take this as an opportunity to thank the whole Marian community for the support to the SCC, you have been a part of our (SCC officers) learning and growing experience. It was an honor serving you all. (This part may not have been related at all, but what the heck). Learning is a part of being human that is why I am really grateful for the things I have learned for this current school year. Knowledge is power; that is why, as a last reminder to everyone, never stop learning and never stop growing. Life is difficult, but no one said we can’t live comfortably with it. M
When end... from page 9 acquired knowledge and skills in our chosen careers. We can say that some of our instructors did not teach us well in our lessons back then that’s why we are doubtful and unsure of our capabilities. If that’s the case, we should have exerted extra effort to learn more. Besides, learning resources are all over the place. They are just waiting for us to explore them. So if we feel that there is really something lacking in us, keep in mind that learning is a continuous process. We can still learn more and yearn for more even after we graduate. So don’t just hide there and be frightened. Nonetheless, we should believe in ourselves and keep moving. We should now only be worrying on how we are going to look fabulous on that special day. Then live and savor every moment of it for that is only the beginning of a more challenging world as degree holders. M
Pensive... from page 8 More than being students, we are also friends, classmates, club officers, team leaders, varsitarians, performers and many more. Soon, we’ll have to simply accept that these words no longer apply to us; that we are now the ‘real’ people battling with the ‘real’ world. It’s a doggy-dog (dog-eatdog) world out there, that in our effort to prepare ourselves for that, we are branded as rulebreakers, ill-mannered, so full of ourselves and even narcissistic. But in the end, we are the only ones who can define ourselves. Well, that’s just my thought, though. M
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ULRC to use SMS in giving notices by Rhodora Aquino
The University Learning Resource Center (ULRC) is now advancing the library system through the use of text messaging in giving overdue notices to faculty and students. Mr. David Cabonero, ULRC director, said that cellphone numbers as the main source of transmitting overdue notices is a more efficient way of reminding borrowers of their overdue fines than the long process of manual issuing of notices. “Giving overdue notices entails a lot of linking such as knowing the schedule of the students, making letters and delivering them to the borrowers and now that the number of library working scholars is decreasing, manual process is really hard to accomplish,” Cabonero said. He also said that through the use of short messaging service in giving overdue notices, fines caused by forgotten due dates, unreturned books and failure of drop outs to return books are miminized. ULRC accounts that are exclusively for students and faculty could be accessed on the library website through the use of their ID number as username and borrower’s surname in caps lock as a temporary password. The account includes the borrower’s records, list of books borrowed, due date of books, corresponding fines for overdue books and availability of books on shelves. Borrowers are asked to update their ULRC account at the library or visit their website ulrc.smu.edu.ph specifically their cellular phone numbers or e-mail address which will be kept confidential and would be used only for sending overdue notices and reminders. M
SHS named Phl’s top 10 by Hajie Mariano For the past few years, Saint Mary’s University’s School of Health Sciences (SMU-SHS) has consistently been among the top performing schools in the Philippines, and just recently, SMU-SHS made it again into the national top post. SMU was hailed as the top 10 performing school in the Philippines after posting an overall passing rate of 88.15 percent (186/211) with the first takers passing rate of 95.74 percent (180/188) surpassing the national passing rate of 34.46 percent (16,908/49,066). “Your achievement is so inspiring. We, in the university, your former administrators, former faculty and staff are not only inspired, we are not only doubly inspired to do better for the next batch of graduates or the younger students, we are triple inspired to do much
Nilo better, because of this triple achievement,” said Dr. Moises Alexander Asuncion during the recognition program for the new Marian nurses and midwives on Feb. 7 at the Sacred Heart Center. Moreover, he said the administration is very grateful of the recent event since two
Garingo BSN graduates made it to the top ranks in the national ranking, which did not happen in our sister universities. “Of course, their sourgraping was for their better national ranking as performing
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BSA studes conquer reg’l debate cup by Hazel Buctayon
ATHENIANS. Accountancy students Vanessa De Guzman and Leo Tugab (third and fourth from left) proved Marian competence in the regional Athena Intervarsity Debate Cup when they lorded over the said competition, Jan. 18-19 at Cagayan State University -Andrews Campus. Teamed with them during the final round of the Cup were debaters from sister school, University of Saint Louis-Tuguegarao. (Photo by Jam April Furigay, TLC-USLT)
Two accountancy students lorded over this year’s Athena Intervarsity Debate Cup, an annual regional debating competition after besting other schools at Cagayan State University – Andrews campus on
Jan. 18-19. Francis Leo Tugab and Vanessa De Guzman who were members of the opposition in the final round took home the best debating team and the best
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For the second consecutive year, The MARIAN garnered multiple awards in the group and individual contests in the Luzonwide Higher Education Press Conference held at The Oriental Hotel, Legazpi City, Albay, Feb.10-12. Overall, TM went home with 19 group awards and six individual awards.
TM grabs 25 awards in Luzonwide presscon by Angelica Roze Viloria
The MARIAN (TM) bagged a total of 25 awards during the 12th Luzonwide Higher Education Press conference (LHEPC) at The Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City, Albay on Feb. 10 -12. A total of 820 delegates from 156 colleges and universities participated in this annual contest. After taking a total of 17 awards – 11 group and six individual awards in last year’s LHEPC at Balanga City, Bataan, TM went beyond the benchmark set last year as it went home with 25 awards - 19 group awards and six individual
awards. TM broadsheet was ranked as the third best broadsheet. It was named second place in the news page, third place in the page layout, fourth place in the opinion/editorial page, fifth place in the sports page, sixth for the literary and features page and seventh for the devcom page. The TM tabloid was ranked as the fourth best tabloid after being awarded third place in the literary and features page, third in page layout, third in sports page, fourth in devcom page, fifth in opinion/editorial page
and eighth place in the news page. The TM magazine was proclaimed as the tenth best magazine. It garnered the following awards: second place in news page, second in devcom page, fifth in features page and tenth in page layout. For the individual awards, Joe Allen Mark Esteban, BSAr 5, landed first place in literary graphics illustration (Filipino) while Ellaine Marie Laureta, BSN 3, ranked second in photojournalism (English); Marc Oliver Fernandez, BSEd Eng 3, placed third in editorial
cartooning (Filipino) and fourth in comic strip drawing (English); Hazel Buctayon, AB Journ 3, was named eighth in copyreading and headline writing (English); and Freniel Mikko Austria, BSA 5, ranked tenth in poetry writing (English). For two consecutive years, TM has been bagging awards in the said event. Hazel Buctayon, managing editor, said the staff has to do its best for the next school year in order to maintain or even exceed the achievements they attained for the past two consecutive years. M
Balassu named valedictorian in GRA camp by Jan Mikhael Pating
A junior education student proved Marian competence and creativity when he was awarded camp valedictorian of the Gerry Roxas awardees’ camp experience dubbed The Amazing GRACE at El Dorado, San Mateo, Rizal on Feb. 24-25. Raychard Viner Balassu, newly elected SCC president outshone 24 other student leaders including those who came from prestigious universities in the country including delegates from the University of the Philippines-Diliman and Polytechnic University of the Philippines who ranked second and third, respectively. This convention brings together the previous awardees of the Gerry Roxas leadership award granted to outstanding high school students all over the
country. According to Balassu, he was surprised when he was conferred the award since all campers are to choose who the top three leaders in the camp was and the highest scorer will be named camp valedictorian. “Kailangan sa buong camp, nasa iyo ‘yung leadership na pinanghahawakan ng lahat. Dapat din makuha mo ‘yung trust nila. Surprise award ‘yun para sa lahat. Lahat ng campers continue to page 23
THE FORMER AND THE FUTURE. Former SCC president Helen Angelica Vallejos and incoming executive officer Raychard Viner Balassu were part of the three delegates who attended the Gerry Roxas awardees’ camp held at San Mateo, Rizal, Feb. 24-25. (Contributed photo)
Marian leaders join “youth hours” by Hajie Mariano
With the aim to empower the nation’s youth by enhancing their capacity through a clearer awareness of one’s self, a deeper appreciation of one’s calling and commitment to serving others, and stronger ties with fellow student leaders, delegates of Saint Mary’s University attended the first Youth Hours 2013 in Region 02 at University of La Salette, Santiago City, Feb. 16. The delegates were Gerome Rogel, Helen Angelica Vallejos, Rhoel Hermosura, Zyphren
Rea Pitpit, Armie Gutierrez, Ellaine Marie Laureta, Rubie Tolentino, Hajie Mariano and Romiel Mariñas. They were accompanied by Dr. Marilyn Perolina, dean of Student Affairs and Services. Enthemed “Youth Hours 2013: Elevating Every Day Great Examples to Nationbuilding (EDGE),” the event is an annual youth forum for Filipino student-leaders from different higher educational
institutions, providing a venue for them to exchange ideas and discuss issues affecting the youth. Participants to the one-day program were divided into three pillars of excellence and to cater to the various ways the youth can contribute to nation building: leadership, academic excellence and social responsibility. School administrators were also gathered to exchange views, share best practices and foster a support group among them to
reinforce one another’s efforts and collectively achieve common goals. “The event was really an eye opener. It made us reflect on what we did, what we are doing and what we will do. It was the time when we re-evaluated ourselves as student leaders in taking part in nation-building,” said Vallejos when asked about her reaction regarding the forum.
SMU hosts reg’l AME
International lensman shares talent
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by Vanessa De Guzman
by Jeremy Lopez
The Association of Marketing Educators of the Philippines, Inc. (AME) in partnership with Saint Mary’s University (SMU) hosted the 18th AME Regional Marketing Management Education (ARMMED) convention with the theme “Marketing Hawk: Conquering Career Opportunities At Its Peak” at the Fr. Tonus gymnasium, Jan. 26. The event was graced by two main speakers namely Dr. Nilo Francisco, dean, College of Management and Technology, Centro Escolar University, Bulacan and Ms. Lutgarda Calupaz, budget analyst IV, USA Commercial Service, United States of America Embassy – Manila. Francisco discussed the walls facing college students with his talk entitled “Balancing Career Change: Breaking Through the Great Wall” which tackled the fears, level of preparedness, competiteveness, unemployment rate and job mismatch among college graduates. continue to page 21
LIMELIGHT. International photographer FrancisGum and aspiring lensmen take photos of model Madeline Perez, a tourism student, during the workshop of the Vision: Fashion Photography Seminar and Workshop at the Provincial Museum, Jan. 12. The seminar-workshop was organized by The MARIAN in cooperation with FotoMedia and Provincial Tourism Office of Nueva Vizcaya. (Photo by Julius Gulayan Jr.)
International photographer Francis “FrancisGum” Gumayagay shared his talent in photography to Marians and photo enthusiasts in the province through the Vision: Fashion Photography SeminarWorkshop held at the Provincial Museum, Jan. 12, 2013. In the one-day workshop, he discussed the technicalities of camera and intricacies of modeling and fashion
photography. An actual photo shoot inside the museum was also done after the lecture. The said event aimed to draw out the artistic side of Marians, unite photo enthusiasts of the province, upgrade their skills, and encourage them to pursue their talent. FrancisGum is a photographer from Nueva
Vizcaya who now works for international magazines such as Vogue Italia and Uptempo Magazine. He was also featured in a magazine issue of The MARIAN. The event was organized by Fotomedia, Provincial Tourism Department of Nueva Vizcaya, and The MARIAN, the official student publication of SMU. M
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Chairman of the Regional Annual Tactical inspecting team, Col. Marlon Sabug, OS (GSC) PA, instructs ROTC corps commander Charmaine Kay Manuel, as the SMU-ROTC unit begins the tactical inspection on Feb. 23. The university’s ROTC group eventually placed 3rd runner up in the overall ranking. (Photo by Hazel Buctayon)
SMU-ROTC scores 98.005 by Rochelle Gumih-o and Hazel Buctayon
The SMU-Reserve Officers Training Corps (SMU-ROTC) attained a 98.005 score in this year’s Regional Annual Administrative and Tactical Inspection (RAATI) on Feb. 23, going almost two points higher than last year’s 96.15. The SMU-ROTC scored 24.73 in the administrative aspect and 73.275 in the tactical aspect. Tactical aspect includes the ceremonial parade where they scored 13.773 out of 14, inspection in ranks (4.819/5), company drill (7.84/8), written examination (7.6/8), OPORD writing for 1CL cadets (4.783/5), method of instruction for 2CL cadets (4.95/5), military courtesy and discipline (2.9/3), field stripping of M16 rifle— basic (2.98/3), field stripping of cal .45 pistol—2CL (2.99/3), map reading for basic cadets (4.96/5), small unit tactics (7.71/8) and DRRO (7.97/8). It can be recalled that last year’s SMU-ROTC unit ranked first in the RAATI, their first victory in 55 years since its establishment. “We are very motivated in leveling up (our performance) because the (SMU)
administration is really very supportive,” said NSTP director Mr. Sherwin Marciano. According to Marciano, the ROTC unit is “very lucky because the SMU administration is very supportive.” “Malaking factor kasi ang pagiging supportive ng administration. Kasi even if you have the skills if there’s no support, then that would be nothing. Sinasabi rin namin ‘to sa mga evaluators. Kaya ‘yung mga evaluators, nagugulat sila kasi in other universities, walang pakialam ‘yung admin nila sa ROTC. For them, it’s only a part of the NSTP,” he said. He said that part of the administration’s support to them include the following: forming of the drum and lyre corps, approval of the purchase of laptop, renovation and repainting of their office, continue to page 19
Research fora highlights Likha at Lingkod Week by Reynaly Mannag
Through the working force of the University Research Center (URC), the Community Extension Services Center (CESC) and the Indigenous Knowledge and Tradition Center (IKAT), the 12th Linggo ng Likha at Lingkod held on Feb. 18-23 offered something new this year by “asking the faculty members to compete with each other in the field of research.” With the theme “Exemplifying Excellence Through Creativity and Service,” the week highlighted the research forum with two categories: pure sciences and behavioral science. In the pure science category, Dr. Melfei Bungihan, director of the Center for Natural Sciences was awarded the best oral presenter and best poster
awards with her study entitled “Biological Activities of Enthomopathogenic fungi from Lower Magat, Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya.” Meanwhile, for the behavioral science category, Ms. Marites Querol and Ms. Zayda Asuncion were awarded the best poster with their study entitled “Foregrounding in ‘Biag ni Lam-Ang’ : An Exploration of the Use of Mother Tongue in Literary Analysis.” Querol was also awarded as best oral presenter. Extending her message to all those who are doing research and thesis, Dr. Fe Yolanda del Rosario, director, URC said, “Take in the challenge of doing research. Work on something that can eventually boil down to the adaptability of the community.” The winners were awarded certificates and cash prizes. M
Two Marians on to TOSP regionals by Dan Reuel Viado and Rochelle Gumih-o
Two Marians were chosen as the school’s representatives in the Search for Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) regional level after besting 12 other nominees in the school wide search for The Outstanding Students of SMU (TOSSMU) on Feb. 22. Ephifania Camson, BS Accountancy 5 and Karole Joy Serapon, BSEd-English 4 won the award after scoring highest in the following criteria: academic and professional excellence (40 percent), leadership performance (30 percent) and social responsibility shown through their involvement in community extension services (30 percent). Meanwhile, Zyphren Rea Pitpit, BSPsych/AB Guidance and Counseling 4 and John Paulo Laguerta, BS Accountancy 5 were also awarded as one of the top four and were qualified in the regional level search for TOSP; however, they weren’t able to push through because the selection was per field and not per course. Purposely conducted to determine the representatives of SMU in the regional level of the search for Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP), the TOSSMU used the same criteria in the TOSP.
Dr. Marilyn Perolina, dean of Student Affairs and Services and organizer of the search process, said that another reason why the search for TOSSMU is conducted is for recognition. “It is important to conduct this search so that the graduating students with laudable academic achievement, exemplary leadership and dedicated service will also be recognized,” she said. The TOSSMU awardees did not receive cash rewards but Perolina said that their benefits include honor and prestige. “I know that there are a lot of equally deserving student leaders for the award and I feel overwhelmed to represent the school. I will do every possible thing to bring pride to the university. I also dedicate this to every Marian who thinks that he/she cannot be an outstanding student, never look down on yourself because every Marian is outstanding , you just have to believe in yourself and show
it by leaving foot steps towards the right path which others will follow,” said Serapon. Camson said she feels really blessed and the award was unexpected. “Noong awarding, I just smiled because I was speechless. So for those aspiring Marians, just trust God in all things you do. Every opportunity that comes on your way is God’s blessing,” said Camson. Other awardees were Vernyll Jan Asis, BSIT 4; Eric Baclig, BSCE5; Krisha Dyane Hoggang, BS PolSci 4; Hajie
Mariano, BSN 4; Melissa Marzo, BSA 5; John David Pagaduan, BSBA-MM 4; Rubie Tolentino, BS PolSci 4; and Helen Angelica Vallejos, BSEd-Math 4. The screening process was conducted by the Committee on Scholarships, Grants and Awards headed by Dr. Moises Alexander Asuncion, vice president for academics. Perolina furthermore stressed that beginning this year, the Search for TOSSMU will be conducted annually as part of the celebration of the Linggo ng Likha at Lingkod. M
OUTSTANDING. Exhibiting distinction in academic and professional excellence, leadership performance and social responsibility, thirteen graduating students vied to be the top outstanding students of SMU. This is the first year that SMU conducted its university-wide selection of representatives to the regional TOSP. (Photo by Irene Ferrer)
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LANDSLIDE. Members of the ISMYL party occupied all positions in next year’s set of SCC officers after a massive win against Cryosphinx. Three of the candidates from ISMYL, including the top two positions were unopposed. (Photo by Marc Ryan Brosas)
Lone ‘complete’ party takes over SCC by Hazel Buctayon
Amid setbacks that haunted this year’s Student Central Council (SCC) election, including the problem of promoting the popular balloting and drawing in interested candidates, the lone party which has completed its slate won by landslide, taking over all seats for next school year’s set of SCC officers. The Iisa’t Sama-samang Marian Young Leaders (ISMYL) Party headed by junior education student, Raychard Viner Balassu, has overwhelmingly taken over all positions of the SCC against Cryosphinx which fielded four candidates in the second universitywide election on Feb. 27-28. Balassu, who was the lone candidate for president, earned a total of 1,809 votes while Gerome Rogel, BS Accountancy 5, another lone candidate for vice president gained 1,801 votes. Jeremy Mosquito (ISMYL),
a junior civil engineering student won as secretary against Aileen Belle Galapon (Cryosphinx), a junior political science student after earning 1,142 votes against the latter’s 814. Pearl Desiree Viernes, a junior business administration student was the lone candidate for treasurer. She gained 1,802 votes. For auditor, Everard Domingo (ISMYL), freshman political science garnered 1,073 votes, defeating junior accountancy student, Romiel Mariñas’ (Cryosphinx) 879 votes. Cheriz Anne Bimmulog, third year IT student, also from the ISMYL party won against Rey Mark Castillano (Cryosphinx), sophomore electronics engineering when she garnered 1,326 votes versus the latter’s 592. The two candidates of ISMYL for business managers
as well lorded over the said position after freshmen Emmanuel Jose, AB Journalism 1 and Elijah Robleza, BS
Pharmacy 1 gained 1,391 and 1,258 votes respectively against Cryosphinx’s Ronald Ramos, BS Nursing 1 who got 834 votes. M
Marian students cast their votes during the two-day election of SCC officers at the Fr. Tonus gymnasium, Feb. 27-28. This is the second time that SMU conducted a university-wide election. (Photo by JAM)
PPCRV holds voters forum by Reynaly Mannag
Promoting clean, honest, accurate, meaningful and peaceful (CHAMP) elections, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) oriented the Marian community on how to vote carefully in a voters’ forum held at the Fr. Tonus gymnasium, Feb. 19. Miss Higinia de Villa, an advocate of responsible voting and a co-director on voters’ education, lectured about the goals of PPCRV towards responsible leadership and responsible governance. De Villa coined the term “Pili-Pinas, Inc.” and explained that what it needs are leaders who have three K: Karakter, Kakayahan and Katapatan. “Manalangin. Magmasid. Ikaw ang Big Boss ng Pilipinas, Inc.,” she said. She also talked about their drive in stopping vote buying and promoting wise voting of candidates through forming the
term “Pili-Pinas.” “Voting is your human right. It is a social equalizer. Walang mas matimbang. Each carries the same value. It is your responsibility and your contribution to nation-building,” she said. She explained that the act of voting doesn’t end in shading the ballot because it begins there. Ending her lecture, she challenged all Marian students and faculty present in the forum that, “Your big vote must champion christ.” Mary Janine Maureen Martin, BSA 3, a first-time voter said she believes in what de Villa
stated that voting is a human right. “As responsible citizens of this country, we must go out on election day and exercise our right. I am very much thankful that this forum was conducted. I was enlightened about the kind of leaders that our country needs -- fair, just and honest,” she said. The organizers of the forum also taught the first-time voters on how to use the poll machine. PPCRV, organized in 1991, is a non-partisan organization selected as the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) citizens arm. M
A representative from the Commission on Elections orients members of the community including new Marian voters on how to use the PCOS machine during the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) forum at the Fr. Tonus gymnasium, Feb. 19. (Photo by Ellaine Marie Laureta)
Cinemaria film fest confers 16 movie awards by Ryan Pastolero
Nineteen movies of different stories and genres highlighted the third year celebration of the Cinemaria Film Festival on Feb. 18-20. “This film festival reflects the imagination of people and features different lives, identities, culture and others,” said Mr. Dino Reyes, Cultural Affairs director, in his opening remarks during
the Cinemaria culminating activity at the Sacred Heart Center on Feb. 18 where twelve group awards and four individual awards were given. For the three special citation awards, the movie The Script was given the Inang Maria Award for Gender Sensitivity. The Pedro Calungsod Award for Christian Discipleship was given to the
Sirena Chronicles while the San Lorenzo Award for Community Supportiveness was awarded to the Metamorphosis movie. Two films produced by sections 2A and 2D of the School of Accountancy (SoA) were conferred with three group awards each. The movie Retreat continue to page 22
ROTC scores... from page 16 purchase of sala set and steel filing cabinet for their office and acquisition of two doubledeck bed with foam still for their office. He furthered that these things are not merely for display but are really being utilized by the ROTC. The SMU-ROTC have ranked third runner up in the overall standing. Marciano explained that they really had doubts if their score could ensure champing the RAATI again because of the new RAATI rule formulated this year which says that every ROTC unit should be granted a score of at least 90 percent regardless of their performance. “Kung noon tayo nagkagrade ng ganito kataas, sure win na ‘yon. Parang last year, 96, sure na talaga ‘yun. Pero ngayon hindi na kasi pwedeng mag-grade ng below 90, unlike noon na meron pang mga units na nagkakagrade ng 40,” he said. Marciano also added that other schools are more prepared this year than last year because they were surprised with the previous year’s result of the said event. “All the schools this year kasi are very competitive, because they were really shocked with the results last year, especially that SMU which has never been a champion was declared as the champion. Kaya ngayon, some units were really preparing. Others have in fact begun practicing since the first semester,” Marciano explained. RAATI is participated by 17 ROTC units from other colleges and universities in Cagayan Valley and in four provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region. It is a yearly activity implemented by the Second Regional Community Defense Group Army Reserve Command that aims to evaluate the degree of training attained by ROTC corps and cadets. M January-March 2013 The MARIAN
As part of the celebration of the International Women’s Day and the SMU Integral Growth and Lifestyle Advocacy (SIGLA) program, male faculty members and staff serenaded the Marian ladies on March 8 at the Sacred Heart Center. The proceeds of the Harana shall go to the purchase of an acoustic guitar. (Photo by Joe Allen Mark Esteban)
BSA studes... were faced against Saint Paul University of the Philippines (SPUP) and Lyceum of the Philippines – Aparri. Employing the British Parliamentary Procedure throughout the duration of the contest, the final round which revolved around the motion ‘This House will ban political dynasty’ was composed of Tugab and De Guzman as the closing opposition while USLT’s contestants were the opening opposition. Refuting the arguments of the government that corruption
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is rampant in dynasties, that there is inequality in the right to run for office especially in places where political dynasty is practiced and that it is beneficial because banning political dynasties would curb corruption, the opposition answered that there is no abuse since election entails democratic rights of the people—their freedom to vote who they want whether s/he is from a political dynasty or not. The opposition also answered it is hasty generalization that political dynasty equals
corruption and that banning political dynasty is not the answer to curbing corruption since there are already existing solutions like the anti-graft and corrupt practices law, the existence of the Commission on Audit and the impeachment process in which former CJ Renato Corona was removed from office. Joining the SMU team were Cheriz Anne Bimmulog, BSIT 3, and Jan Vincent Ruben Tayaban, BSEE 4, who were a separate team. Tayaban was awarded the best speaker during the elimination round while Tugab was awarded best debater in the
elimination and final rounds; De Guzman was named best debater and best speaker during the elimination rounds. During the eliminations, both teams from SMU were faced against each other but the TugabDe Guzman team eventually proceeded to the final round. The Athena Intervarsity Debate Cup was organized by the Ateneo de Manila University in coordination with Cagayan State University – Andrews campus. The contestants were accompanied by advisers Mrs. Lysel Haloc and Mr. Kristiannell Mamuyac, both from the languages department. M
RUN FOR HIS LIFE. Accountancy and Business students gathered at the SMU oval, Feb. 20 to run for a cause, on for the medical operation of a management accounting student, Jaime Andres Jr., who was paralyzed from his waist down. Finally, on March 26 he, along with hundreds of Marian graduates treaded the Fr. Tonus gymnasium to receive his diploma. (Photo by Joe Allen Mark Esteban)
Marian ranks 4th in reg’l quiz bee by Vanessa De Guzman
Out of 51 contenders from 26 schools, a Marian student landed fourth place in the regional elimination for the 33rd National Super Quiz Bee held at the Sacred Heart Center, Saint Mary’s University, March 6. Romiel Mariñas, a BSAccountancy third year student, was declared fourth place overall after the tie-breaker round wherein he was initially tied at third place with the representatives from Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) – Bayombong, and Northeastern College (NC). The champion
came from Saint Ferdinand College, followed by Cagayan State University in the second place. The champion was qualified for the national quiz bee which was aired nationwide through ABS-CBN’s Studio 23 Channel, and was held on March 15-17 at the Development Academy of the
Philippines (DAP) Conference Center & Hotel, East Sungay, Tagaytay City. The grand finals was open to the public conducted on March 16 at the Philamlife Auditorium in the UN Avenue, Manila. Finalists competed in their traditional regional attire. Mr. Phillip Joseph Addauan served as SMU coach. M
Fifty-one contenders from the different schools in Region 2 gathered at the Sacred Heart Center for the regional elimination of the 33rd National Super Quiz Bee, March 6. The contestant from Saint Ferdinand College eventually emerged champion. SMU representative Romiel Mariñas, BSA 3, won fourth place. (Photo by Irene Ferrer)
Campus bell now rings twice by Vanessa De Guzman
Once is not enough. Twice is better. This second semester, the ringing of the campus bell has become twice: the first one rings five minutes before the time for the next class, followed by the actual time of ringing of the bell for the next class. Several Marian students are in favor of the new bell system because of the convenience it brings. “Pag five minutes before the time eh nag-bell, nabibigyan
ng time yung teachers na i-summarize yung topic for the day para mas maayos ang matutunan ng students,” said Melvin Aliangan, a third year accountancy student. Dr. Marilyn Perolina, dean of Student Affairs and Services (DSAS), said the main purpose of the new bell system is for the first bell to serve as an alarm to facilitate movement of teachers and students between distant buildings in order to promote
punctuality. This new bell system was approved through a meeting by the Extended Advisory Board (EAB) consisting of the university president, the three vice presidents, the DSAS, the academic deans, the university chaplain, and representative from the Quality Assurance, Maintenance and Evaluation Office (QuAMEO) and the Physical Plant, Properties Development and Maintenance Office (PPPDMO). M
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Ms. Calupaz meanwhile, discussed opportunities for students with her talk entitled “Self-Marketing: I, Market, Me” which featured the Equal Opportunity Act and aspects graduating students should have in the industry namely competence, personality, character and courage. Prof. Daniel Hebron, AME vice president for internal affairs and faculty member, College of Business Education of the New Era University, Manila also graced the event and discussed “Successful Educators: Born, Made or Responsive to the Situations” to the educators during the faculty development seminar. The event was participated and attended by different institutions in the region: Aldersgate College, Cagayan State University-Andrews Campus, Ifugao State University, La Salette of Roxas, Nueva Vizcaya State University-Bayombong Campus, PLT College Inc., Saint Ferdinand College, Ilagan, Isabela, Saint Paul University, Tuguegarao, University of La Salette, Santiago City, University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao and Saint Mary’s University. The AME is an association primarily tasked to bridge the gap between marketing practitioners and those teaching marketing; to provide the much needed linkages between practitioners and those in the academe; and help improve the quality of marketing education available in the Philippines and thus provide a good match between theory and practice. M January-March 2013 The MARIAN
FINAL DESTINATION ’13. More than 600 Marian graduates in their brand new togas finally marched along the aisle of Fr. Tonus gymnasium on March 26. The graduates in their respective school listings are as follows: School of Accountancy (SoA)-120; School of Arts and Sciences (SoAS)-41; School of Business (SoB)-156; School of Computing Sciences and Information Technology (SCSIT)-55; School of Education (SoE)-68; School of Engineering and Architecture (SoEA)-85; School of Health Sciences (SHS)-72; School of Public Administration and Governance (SPAG)-20; College of Law (CoL)-14; and Graduate School (GS)-24. (Photo by Joe Allen Mark Esteban)
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NOT ANOTHER AWARD. Cast and crew of “Not Another Love Story” took home most of the awards in the recent Cinemaria film festival. They were awarded the best story, best editing, best visual effects, best actress and best actor awards. This is the third year that SMU conducted a university-wide film fest. The movies are part of the requirements of students enrolled in Humanities for the second semester. (Photo by Joe Allen Mark Esteban)
by section 2A got the Best Poster, Best Musical Score and the Best Director awards while the latter’s movie, Not Another Love Story, took the Best Story, Best Editing and the Best Visual Effects awards. The MARIAN
In addition, the film Preciosa Vengeanza by section 2C of the same school also seized two group awards Best Special Effects and Best Picture. On the other hand, the Swan Song movie was given the Best Screenplay
award. For the individual awards, the two main characters of Not Another Love Story grabbed the Best Actor and Best Actress awards. Cyrus Villaflores who portrayed Jed Emmanuel Sanford
III in the movie was named Best Actor while Hannah Ranjo who played the character of Alexandria Macadangdang was given the Best Actress award. Also, Alfie Francisco of the Stolen Chance was awarded the Best Supporting Actor award while the actress from the Sirena Chronicles was given the Best Supporting Actress award. “Through this festival, we were able to improve ourselves. We learned how to accept feedback positively in order to improve our performances. And the most important thing is that we enjoyed every moment even if we were already tired of shooting every scene,” said Maria Epiphany Daggao, BSA 2, one of the actresses in Preciosa Vengeanza. The said festival was spearheaded by the Social Sciences and Philosophy Department. M
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pipili kung sino ang top three,” he said. Balassu, along with Maria Deborah Anne Hernaez, tourism management junior and Helen Angelica Vallejos, senior education student, also received the early bird award after being the first delegate to arrive at the camp. “This was the first time na may delegates from SMU. The fact na napakaraming magagaling and deserving na young leaders na dumalo, nagulat ako na I was awarded as camp valedictorian,” he said. He also added that the main reason they attended the event is to encourage other recipients of the Gerry Roxas leadership award (GRLA) to join the activity, especially those who are from Nueva Vizcaya. The two-day camp experience aims to broaden the GRLA recipients’ knowledge on leadership and introduce to them “the man on the medal” who is former senator Gerry Roxas, founder of the said foundation and award giving body. The Forum that Went Before Meanwhile, before the camp, Balassu and Vallejos also attended the leaders’ forum at Gateway Suites, Araneta Center
on Feb. 17. The forum which aimed to “inform and enlighten the recipients of the GRLA from all over the country about leadership and encourage the youth to continue to shape and live the visions they have for their communities” was also attended by His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle who served as the guest of honor and speaker. According to Vallejos, the forum was a “rare opportunity for her which helped her become a Christian leader who is committed, passionate and has a vision for herself and for others.” The Gerry Roxas Foundation which boasts over 50, 000 awardees from different participating schools marked its 50 years of creating a nation of leaders in 2008. The said award is given to graduating high school students who showed exemplary leadership and dynamic spirit in both academics and extra-curricular activities. Comelec Commissioner and former Isabela Governor Grace Padaca who was also a recipient of the award was also present during the forum. Other distinguished awardees of GRLA include Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, singers Garry Granada and Sitti Navarro, worldrenowned scientist Dr. Josette Biyo, Cardinal Tagle and Party Pilipinas and Indio Director Dennis Marasigan. M
Fr. Pedro Dulnuan, CICM, university chaplain, formally opened the University Bible Week celebration on Jan. 25 at Patio Alois. The celebration enthemed “Proclaim the Word! Profess the Faith!,” aimed at deepening the awareness and appreciation of the Bible as well as strenghtening the faith of the Marian community. (Contributed photo)
Youth hours... On the other hand, Rogel said that the forum was very extensive. “Full-packaged forum. Nakatulong talaga ito para malaman kung ano talaga ang ibig sabihin ng outstanding student. It made us realize that as student-leaders, we must first fulfill our duties and responsibilities as a student. Leadership only comes second,” he said. Youth Hours 2013 also launched the 2013 Search for the Ten Outstanding Students
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of the Philippines, the country’s premier awards program that recognizes student-leaders who have demonstrated great ability in all three areas of student excellence: leadership, academic excellence and social responsibility. Colleges and universities around the region were invited to participate in the search. Colleges can send a maximum of two participants who are graduating on the current semester while universities can send a maximum of three. M
i-MEET. More than 900 students and professionals in the field of information technology met on Jan. 25 for the 2nd Northern Luzon Faculty and Students Congress in IT Education (FSCITE), their annual regional congress to update themselves of the latest trends and applications in IT education. This one-day conference, themed “leveraging knowledge for advancement through information technology,” featured discussions on web designing, android game programming, recent updates in IT Education and presentation of Windows 8, among others. (Photo by Freniel Mikko Austria)
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SHS named... schools, three and five notches higher than us. But in our sweetlemoning in contrast to their sour-graping, we remarked that with your size as a contingent, which was almost four times their numbers of examinees, your collective performance is more inspiring and hence, is more worthy of admiration,” he said. “It is really with pride and honor that we are still on the map of the top performing schools in the country. The overall passing rate was overwhelming,” said Hazel Valmores, OIC dean, SHS. When asked of the reason why the school’s rank this year was lower compared to last year, she disclosed that the performance was still consistent. “When we try to compare the passing rate last year with this year, we can see that it’s only a point difference. The first products of CHEd memorandum order (CMO)- 14 or the first takers posted an overwhelming 95.74 percentage,” she said. Moreover, Valmores added that the performance was greatly affected by the second takers wherein six only passed out 23 takers. As to the reason why the school has been consistently on top, she said, “The mere reason why we’re always on top is because we have created a strong and good foundation among our students. Also, our strict implementation of the retention policy and our extensive review program contributed a lot to this success.” SMU posts two topnotchers in the Nursing Board While most nursing graduates aspire only to pass the professional exam, these two Marian nursing graduates even topped the board in the recently concluded December 2012 Licensure Exam after the Professional Regulation Commision released the results on Jan. 30, 2013. Among the 49,066 examinees who took the exam, only 16,908 passed and included in the list are the school’s new graduates Alfa Cresia Nilo and Kaitleen Garingo who landed
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on the second and tenth places, respectively. Nilo, who was a cum laude of her batch, got an average of 85.40 percent in a triple tie with examinees from Mountain View College and New Era University while Garingo posted an average of 83.80 percent. As students, they said they always strove to be the best but struggled to find their niche. Acing the board exam was an affirmation that they were in the right profession, they added. Nilo looks back on her roller coaster life Teary eyed, Nilo shared the greatest trial she experienced which created a significant impact on her life. “While I was in second year, my father was diagnosed with lung cancer. This made a great impact to us not only emotionally, but also financially since the treatment regimen for cancer is very costly,” she exclaimed. Moreover, she said that she was even supposed to stop from her studies during her second year in college due to financial difficulties. “I was supposed to temporarily stop from my studies because my parents’ income was not sufficient. However, my father disagreed. But God is really good since my aunts who are working in Canada assisted me in my studies,” she said. Despite this situation, Nilo didn’t let this weaken her, but rather she stressed that this experience motivated her to strive more in her studies. “I really wanted my parents especially my father to be proud of me, so I really did my best. I promised myself that my father would see me graduate, and he would taste the fruits of his sacrifices as I start to earn as a nurse.” Nilo added that despite the fragile condition of her father, he was still able to attend her graduation, however during her review for the December 2012 Licensure Exam, her father died. “My father died last August while our review was ongoing. I was not given the chance to fulfill
my promise to him since even before I got my license, his illness took him away,” she said. Nilo pointed out that even before her father died, he asked her a request. “One of the requests he asked me is that if I can make it to the top, then I should make it to the top,” she said. Her father’s request made her even stronger and inspired her to do well on the board exam. “Because of this [the
request], I did not have the right to be weak. I could not mourn for a long time because if I wanted to fulfill his wish, then I’d have to be strong,” she added. Thus, Nilo really fulfilled her father’s wish as she landed top 2 in the December 2012 Nursing Licensure Exam. “Papa, nasaan ka man ngayon, natupad ko na po ‘yung wish mo. Sana masaya ka at proud ka sa akin,” she ended while she was crying. M
KUDOS! to the REGIONAL TOPNOTCHERS of the December 2012 Nursing Licensure Examintaion Alfa Cresia Nilo, RN 1st place
Kaitleen Garingo, RN 4th place
Phoebe Kaye Acojido, RN Hazel Velasco, RN 5th place
Geraldine Mores, RN Kristelle Jasmine Caslangen, RN 6th place
Kenneth Mark Codamon, RN 7th place
Kenneth Joy Afan, RN Van Jasper Bautista, RN 8th place
Maricris Antonio, RN Kathleen Jane Malab, RN 9th place
John Henry Torres, RN 10th place
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The Excess and the Lack of It
e as the consumers are at the end of all business activities. The Philippines has long longed for a chance to prove itself once again to the international arena as a self-sufficient country that is capable of providing one of the basic needs of human existence – food. Despite this need to be self-sufficient, the Philippines has yet to achieve a stable level of production with its agricultural products being a country rampaged by at least 22 typhoons a year with damages and losses amounting to millions annually. With this, the Department of Agriculture (DA), being the government agency tasked to handle agricultural concerns, has steadfastly continued its goal in making the Philippines a self-sufficient country and with the possibility of exports at the end of it all. The Provincial Agriculturists Office (PAO) of Nueva Vizcaya, a support agency in the provincial level
by Jeremy Lopez and Emmanuel Jose is an office that helps realize the goals of the DA through development programs aimed at farmers and private institutions to help maximize production and help the country achieve its goals in the future. IDENTITY JEOPARDY Nueva Vizcaya has long been known as “the citrus capital of the Philippines” yet despite this title, the production of citrus fruits has declined through the years giving way to investments in other fruits such as lanzones and rambutans within the province. A virus, the citrus tristeza, is also to blame for the province’s decrease in the citrus production, having plagued the province last year and destroyed good quality citrus fruits. Despite the decline in the volume being harvested within the province, the harvesters enjoy good technologies in processing such citrus products.
province, Nueva Vizcaya has no access to nearby shores to provide a conducive environment for fish production thereby having limited resources in terms of aquaculture. The privately-owned fisheries which supply fish in the province only provide 14 percent of the province’s over-all demand with 90 percent of the total production being tilapia (St. Peter’s fish). This prompts fish vendors to buy and sell fish from other neighboring provinces such as Isabela and Quirino. The PAO – NV though having a ready supply of fingerlings continues to have problems in distributing the fishes due to only a small number of business groups engaged in the industry. This provides a threat to the increasing population of the province as well as unstable production of fishes with threats of fish kills during the peak summer seasons.
“The real cause of hunger is the powerlessness of the poor to gain access to the resources they need to feed themselves.” -Frances Moore Lappé
THE RISE OF RICE
FEW FISH-ebilities Over the last five years, Being a landlocked
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Folks honored in Lolo’s and Lola’s Day by Den Mark Lorenzo and Reynaly Mannag
March 6 marked the lolo’s and lola’s day in Saint Mary’s University (SMU) as 43 grandparents from Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya aged 65 and above participated in the third “Adopt Lolo and Lola” program held at the Fr. Tonus gymnasium.
old grandmother from Salvacion, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya was hailed as the “Oldest Lola 2013” and the “Lola of the Day.” She said that despite her old age, she is still active in joining groups for the elderly such as the Senior Citizens Club and the Lallakay ken Babbaket Laeng (LBL). The senior citizens’ state in the Philippines Approximately 6.4 million senior citizens aged 60 and above were recorded by the National Statistics Office (NSO) in 2010. This accounts for 6.1 percent of the nation’s population that requires social protection and health care needs. In the consultation among Filipino citizens conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), it was revealed that some senior citizens felt being ignored and disrespected in the society. UNFPA also reported that by 2050, the proportion of the country’s population aged 60 and above is estimated to grow to 24 million. With this greater number of the older generation, programs to improve the health and the over-all state of the senior citizens in the country are indispensable. M
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“Maganda ‘tong programa. Masaya. Okay naman para makita ko ‘yung iba kong kakilala at para naman makapaglibang ako. Gusto ko kahit sandali lang makalimutan ko ‘yung mga problema ko sa bahay,” said Nenita Bulaya, 66 years old. To let them reminisce their younger years, the adopted grandparents were serenaded by their adoptive grandchildren – the Management students under the classes of Mrs. Evangeline Marata and Mrs. Evangeline Velasco who were also the organizers of the event. Gifts, flowers, cash prize for winners of games and sash awards were also given by the adoptive grandchildren to their adoptive grandparents. Mr. Jaime Pablo, 92 years old, was awarded the titles, the “Oldest Lolo” and the “Lolo of the Day.” “Masaya ako kasi nabigyan ako ng oportunidad na matulungan sa pamamagitan ng mga groceries na ibinigay nila. Sana next year makapunta ulit ako dito para mapasaya [na] naman ang damdamin ko sa kabila ng katandaan ko,” he said. Meanwhile, Mrs. Magdalen Alipio, a 92-year
PRODUCTION: The Excess..
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Nueva Vizcaya has had a surplus on average of about more than 100,000 metric tons (MT) per year and annual production contributing to 9.16 percent of the region’s over-all production over the period January – June 2012 and a contribution of 1.46 percent in the national production. This means that the province has met the needs of its consumers and has contributed to the selfsufficiency of rice in the country by providing other provinces that are still insufficient in terms of rice production. The PAO – NV is expected to receive on March 15 a “rice achievers award” for its continuing efforts and contribution in increasing the national rice harvest. END IN MIND Post-harvest development programs have been employed to decrease production losses which had started during the 90’s curbing losses from 35 percent down to 15 percent. Continued endorsements of mechanization of harvesting have come from PAO – NV such as those advertised by PhilRice in Nueva Ecija in easing the harvesting of rice grains. PAO – NV administrators and agriculturists are now devising the development plan for 2014 – 2017 on increasing production levels in all ranges of agricultural production to meet consumer needs and national demands leading towards self-sufficiency in the near future and possible exportation of agricultural products to nearby Asian countries. M
Student lounge opens by Reynaly Mannag
Put up to serve as “a place where students can entertain their visitors who come from other schools and as a hang-out place for students where they can have a tête-à-tête, meetings and others ,” the new Student Lounge located at the 2nd floor of A Building officially opened on Jan. 15 mainly for students’ use. The lounge is composed of a newly acquired sala set, electric fans, light, outlets, cabinets and reading materials such as the The MARIAN issues. “They have to come to the office to inform us about the use of the lounge and get the key. Dapat din mag-sign sa logbook,” said Dr. Marilyn Perolina, dean of student affairs and services, when asked on how can the students use the place.
Privatization issues Questions on why is there a need to ask for the key first before using the lounge and why was the lounge’s door closed were raised by Marians who were randomly interviwed. “Sana lang ‘wag nila i-close kasi nahihiya ‘yung mga students na pumasok kapag kailangan pa ng permission to open the place. Parang naka-private. Sana naka-open parati tapos may magfa-facilitate na lang” said Celine dela Cruz, BSA-1.
Meanwhile, Mark Jiro Guevarra, BS Bio-1 said that the space of the lounge is limited only for a few number of visitors. “‘Pag marami, hindi kasya. Tapos ‘yung location, hindi napapansin. Hindi masyadong nadadaanan ng mga students,” he said. The administration is currently setting up the lounge’s scheduled time of use. Having been named as the “Student Lounge,” the students have the greater right to get hold of its purpose. M
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FLORENTIN V SMU Mr. Campus Personality 2013-2014
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. So goes Mr. Shakespeare’s poem. Well, disregard the rose and all those sweet, girly stuff. ‘Coz behind the seemingly aristocratic name of this year’s Mr. Campus Personality is a guy who remains cool and carefree, let alone the pressure and demands of being one. Take a minute to be acquainted with this senior civil engineering student. TM: Cef, magmula nang maging Mr. Campus Personality ka, ano ang nagbago sa iyo?
Cef: Uh, wala (laughs). Wala naman. Pareho lang naman noon tsaka ngayon. Mas inaasar nga lang ako ngayon, Mr. Campus na raw ako. Proud din ako kasi matagal na rin since ‘yung last na engineering [student] ang nanalong Mr. Campus. Masaya ako. Tsaka sobrang nagpapasalamat ako sa mga sumoporta lalo ‘yung mga taga School of Engineering and Architecture. TM: Para sa iyo, sino si Mr. Campus Personality? Cef: Nirerepresent niya ang mga Marians. TM: Sa tingin mo, may silbi pa rin ba si Mr. Campus Personality sa eskwelahan natin?
Cef: Oo naman. Siya ang model nila eh. TM: Ano ba ang mga preparasyong ginawa mo bago nung pageant? Cef: Kapag kasama ko yung mga kaibigan ko, tapos nakapaikot kami, magtatanong sila isa-isa tapos sasagutin ko. Pero naaasar sila kasi puro kalokohan ‘yung mga sagot ko (laughs). Mas seryoso pa sila sa akin. TM: Mr. Campus 2013, pa’nu ka naiba sa mga Mr. Campus Personality ng nakaraan?
Cef: Hindi ko alam (laughs). Basta magpapakatotoo lang ako. Yung mga dapat kong gawin, gagawin ko. Kasi ‘di ba nga model ka dapat para sa ibang estudyante. Kaya dapat i-try mo na iimprove ‘yung sarili mo. TM: ‘Dun naman sa gustong sumunod sa mga yapak mo, anong masasabi mo? Cef: Dapat may paninindigan siya. Kasi hindi naman basta-basta maging Mr. Campus. Kaya dapat ready ka, prepared ka sa mga dapat mangyari.
YALUNG SMU Ms. Campus Personality 2013-2014
Amid storming dissents when she was named Ms. Campus Personality 2013, Sharmaigne Yalung proved to be stronger despite divergences and disparities among the spectators in the jam-packed Fr. Tonus gymnasium on the day she was crowned. Take a sneak peek at who is the Sharmaigne wearing the crown. TM: Sino ba para sa iyo si Ms. Campus Personality?
Sha: Representative siya ng mga Marians. TM: Sa tingin mo, may silbi pa rin ba si Ms. Campus Personality sa eskwelahan natin?
Sha: Sa tingin ko oo. Dahil nasa iyo ‘yung korona, ‘yung mga mata ng tao, hindi mo na mapipigilang mapunta sa iyo. Kaya nga nakakaconscious din. Pero ayun nga, dapat maganda ang ipakita mo sa iba. At dahil ikaw ang tinitignan, iyon din ang tutularan nila. TM: Ano naman ang mga nagbago sa iyo magmula ng makuha mo ang korona? Sha: Sa ‘kin? Parang wala naman. Ganun pa din naman ako. Sabi nga nila dapat daw mas mag ayus-ayos na ako. Eh kasi naman hindi ako ganun. T-shirt, jeans, sneakers, okay na ‘ko. Pa’no kasi, sa CHIRO ganun lang lagi ang get-up namin. Siyempre naglalaro kami, tatalon-talon, kung anu-ano. Kaya nasanay akong ganun lang magdamit. Sabi din ni mama kahit lipstick lang daw maglagay naman ako (laughs). Kaya ‘yun naglalagay na rin ako. TM: Sa mga gustong magmana ng korona mo, ano ang sasabihin mo?
Sha: Dapat gusto talaga nila. Dapat alam nila kung ano ang pinanapasukan nila. Kasi si Ms. Campus, hindi lang siya mukha. Kailangan mapanindigan din nila yung korona, at hindi ‘yun madali. Kay dapat, gusto talaga nila. TM: Alam naman nating hindi lahat pabor na ikaw ang kinoronahan. Ano namang masasabi mo sa mga ilang may ayaw sa resulta ng search? Sha: Salamat pa rin sa kanila. Kasi ‘dun ko nalaman na sobrang dami palang taong nagmamahal sa akin. Alam ko naman na ‘we cannot please everybody.’ Pero nagpapasalamat pa rin ako kasi mas tumatag ako dahil sa kanila. TM: Sino ang pinakamagandang babae sa mundo? Sha: My mom. Kasi nasa kanya na lahat eh. ‘Yung, hindi lang siya maganda outside, pati rin inside. Noon, isinasali din siya sa pageants. Matulungin din siya, minsan ‘pag may mga bata siyang nakikita na humihingi, pinapatuloy niya sa bahay tapos pinapakain niya. Siya ang inspiration ko.
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And I know you’ve been waiting for this—to know which part of your brain is dominant! But hey, if you already have an idea which dominates which, you still wanna read this anyway.
LEFT by Hazel Buctayon
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ar t&design You might have been told by some friends that if you’re left-handed, you’re probably right-brain dominant, and viceversa. Whether that one’s true to you or not, well at least it applies to me and to some people I know. So before you get too excited to know whether you’re left- or right-brain dominant, first, ask yourself these: Do you get bored when teachers lecture too much? Do you feel like you can size up people easily by watching them? Are you very organized? Do you believe that there is a right way and a wrong way to do everything? Grace Fleming says that if you’re emotional, you get lost or are unpredictable, you may be right-brain dominant. But if you’re organized, logical and orderly, you may be left-brain dominant. And she lists the following tips and characteristics fit for right and left brain dominant students. Take some time to read, think over the results and harness your full potentials.
Characteristics of Right-Brain Dominant Students
Characteristics of Left-Brain Dominant Students
•You take notes but lose them. You may have a hard time keeping track of your research •You might have a hard time making up your mind •You are good with people •You don't fall for practical jokes as easily as some •You seem dreamy, but you're really deep in thought •People may have told you you're psychic •You like to write fiction, draw, or play music •You might be athletic •You like mystery stories •You take time to ponder and you
•You probably work with a to-do list •You like to be the critic in class •You’re good at math or science •You are rational and logical •Your research is precise and welldocumented •You set goals for yourself •You can interpret information well •Your room is orderly •You can answer questions spontaneously
think there are two sides to every story •You may lose track of time •You are spontaneous •You’re fun and witty •You may find it hard to follow verbal directions •You are unpredictable •You get lost •You are emotional •You don't like reading directions •You may listen to music while studying •You read lying down •You may be interested in “the unexplained” •You are philosophical
Your Classes •In history class, you enjoy the social aspects most. You like to explore the effects of things that happened in history. You like the essays, too. •You can do well in math class if you apply yourself, but you get bored doing long problems. •Science? Boring. •You do well in English class, especially when it comes to reading literature and writing essays about books. You also do well in creative writing assignments.
Advice for Right-Brain Dominant Students •Choose to do personal essays •Watch your daydreaming—keep it under control •Let your imagination work for you in the arts •Let your intuition work for you in social situations •Let your deep thinking work for you during essay tests—but don’t ponder too long •Use images and charts when you study •Write down directions •Don’t be overly suspicious of others •Make outlines to organize your thoughts •Choose fiction in reading assignments •You tell stories well, so write some! •Put information into categories for better understanding •Avoid getting bogged down by thinking of all possibilities when answering questions •Finish things! You have so much talent, but you don’t always complete things And hey, know what? You have great instincts and survival skills. If you study hard, you might be a finalist on Survivor one day! Believe me!
•You follow directions and you do read directions (unlike some people) •You aren’t touchy-feely •You can listen to a long lecture without losing patience •You don’t let feelings get in your way •You like action movies •You read sitting up •Your words are precise
Your Classes •In history class, you are able to remember dates and processes. •In math class, you enjoy going through a long calculation. •You like the order of science. •In English class, you have a good understanding of grammar and sentence structure.
Advice for Left-Brain Dominant Students •Study in a quiet room •You can do math but get impatient trying to explain it to someone who struggles—so don’t volunteer to be a tutor unless you know you have the patience •You like to lead in a study group, so go ahead and volunteer •Join a debate team or academic competition •Try to excel at the science fair. You can be a winner •Take advantage of your skills in math and science •Choose non-fiction reading •You prefer factual questions and assignments, as opposed to openended questions •You can organize your notes well, so you should •Keep your room organized •Don’t argue with the teacher too much •Choose to do analytical essays •Work alone when you have a choice. You get frustrated with others who “clown around” •Avoid “free thinking” teachers if they confuse you •Take more risks. Don’t be afraid to be creative You might be a finalist on Jeopardy some day! See you on cam then!
And after reading this, you all right? Or you all left? Or either then? M January-March 2013 The MARIAN
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TRUE color Compiled by Marc Ryan Brosas Art by Marc Oliver Fernandez
These comments were solicited from students through Facebook and random interviews.
White. It signifies holiness and purity… <3 <3 <3 <3 - @Elron22
Gray. It reflects humility and simplicity which Marians should posses. - Pia
For me true color is showing your real personality, and it is where your utmost strength and talent are. -Joshi17Shan
Rainbow. It gives us the true color of what we are and what we are showing to others. These colors show us the true significance of our lives and the meaning of all things. - Jhera Black. It’s a complex color. It can represent both negative and positive--evil, death, mystery, power, elegance, formality, authority, etc. It balances everything. - Ryan Jay Leal Aquino
For me true color is not about the literal color but it’s about your personality, showing what you can do that will make you stand out. - Erika
White. It symbolizes cleanliness and purity. -Kwekwek
Blue, red and green makes up any color. Blue and red makes up magenta. Red and green makes up yellow. Green and blue makes up cyan. With magenta and yellow, it results to white. White symbolizes goals. And the other colors symbolizes friends and efforts. - Zyril Karl Arcaina
Black. It represents the dark side of me you wouldn't want to see, the secrets you don't want to know and the hell you wouldn't want to experience. - Christian
Blue and green kasi ‘yan ang mostly na kulay ng nature where you can find peace, truth and youthness. Tsaka cool siya... nakakarefresh! - Mark Lord Colobong
All colors. The world is full of colors and each color gives beauty to nature. – Laarni
Blue represents the sky, harmony, peace, freedom; represents a state without contradiction nor flaws in which the balance of the whole is maintained. :)) - King Xopao Navarro II
The Worldless book says true colors are black, red and white. Black symbolizes sin. Sin which easily besets us. Sin that makes us fall short of the glory of God making us bound to hell when we die. Black also symbolizes eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23, the wages of sin is death... Rev. 21:8, ...Lake of fire second death... Then red symbolizes the blood of Jesus Christ which was shed at Calvary for our salvation so that we would go to heaven. John 3:16... Then white symbolizes heaven or eternal life. Thus, we must admit that we are sinners and can't save ourselves from hell. Only the Lord Jesus can save us. We must receive and believe the Lord Jesus as our savior to be sure of heaven. Receive Him now! - Jt Manaois
Blue. It signifies heaven and the skies. I love it so much and everytime I see it, I feel like I’m with God. - Jhesa <3 22 January-March 2013 The MARIAN
by Razor Jan Mapa
f all the canvasses an artist can use in his wondrous paintings, who would think that a tiny cigarette box is the one he favors? Imagine a small cardboard, containing an amazing harmony of vivid colors and some eye-catching concepts. Isn’t that cool? One mentor from SMU High School, Danillo Badua, exemplified this peculiar style in his early childhood days. Since he was a little boy, Sir Dani, as he is fondly called by his drawing students, already had an eye for painting. He used to draw whatever he sees in front of their store in Lactawan, Solano. Farmers, carabaos, children. Anything. He often used cigarette cardboard boxes as his canvass, and later puts it in the wall of his room. Unfortunately, his parents never appreciated this kind of art and as they moved on to another house, he left all of the said canvasses.
At age 21, he already started formal painting. His works were inspired by the works of Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. He took their signature styles (cubism and expressionism) and combined them to make his own, signature style. At present, Sir Dani has already produced over 400 paintings. Some of them were sold to different customers. Would you believe that he even sold an 8 x 4 feet painting for Php 50,000.00? Wow, now that’s cool! In an interview, he admitted that he also encounters “mental blocks” in his artistic mind. “Kapag abstract o surrealism, nabablock ako lalo sa harmony. Sometimes, I even destroy my paintings,” Sir Dani said. He is now blessed with four kids, but only the youngest shows the same interest in painting. “Ayaw ko naman ipilit sa kanila kasi depende ‘yun sa line of interest nila,” he added. M
Artworks by Badua
Photo by Jay Aromin
Guerrero’s self portrait with his mother.
by Angelica Roze Viloria
“Hindi ako iyon, ‘pag hindi ako nagdradrawing.” Ganyan ipinahiwatig ni Ireneo Guerrero, BS Architecture 3, kilala bilang Neo, ang kanyang hilig sa pagguguhit. Simula pa lamang nang siya’y nasa unang baitang (Grade 1), hilig na niya talaga ang pagguhit at pagpinta. Halos labindalawang taon na niyang gawain ito. At mukhang hindi talaga siya nagsasawa.
“Ang Diyos ang inspirasyon ko sa aking mga obra. Lahat ng ideya ko ay hinuhugot ko sa Maykapal,” ani Neo. Ayon sa kanya, ito lamang ang alam niyang paraan upang magpasalamat sa Diyos sa lahat ng biyayang ibinibigay Nito sa kanya. Naranasan na rin ni Guerrero na makipagkumpitensiya sa iba’t-ibang lugar dahil sa talento niya sa pagguhit.
Ayon sa kanya, isa sa mga hindi niya makalimutang patimpalak na sinalihan niya ay sa Isabela, kung saan hindi niya inaasahan na mananalo siya pero pangalan niya ang tinawag nang hihirangin na ang kampeon. Kilala sila bilang pamilya ng mga artists. Mula sa mga magulang niya hanggang sa bunsong kapatid niya, ay hilig ang pagguguhit. Guerrero’s artworks January-March 2013 The MARIAN
SURREALLY REAL Madly brilliant art rebels Tokwa and Soleil reveal their surreal weapons as frontliners of today’s art revolution by Hazel Buctayon
TOKWA PEÑAFLORIDA Illustrations over photos. Flowers. Nudity is an art. Bloomarts. Watercolor. Innocent girls. Character Design. Bizarre octopus tentacles besieging a bathing lady. And he “really [doesn’t] know the kind of art he is into”??? Bah, words are truly not all-encompassing. So a guy—an awesome artist (It’s actually more than awesome)— swung to painting his words instead than to verbally communicate his mind. Tokwa. Not that thing you mix with baboy to create that yummy tokwa’t baboy. He’s the
brain behind the illustrations of the children’s books Ang Bonggang bonggang Batang Beki, and Goldilocks by Adarna House and a lot more extra awesome artworks most of us haven’t seen before. Tokwa Peñaflorida, a fine arts major in visual communication graduate of UP Diliman is a freelance artist whose inspirations and concepts, most of the time, are based on existing literature. “A line from a song, poetry, love letters, a short story, a word. I just really like pretty words,” he said.
He’s fond of drawing “little critters” on his illustrations and even photos. And in a question posted on his blog on what inspired him to draw those monsters, he said it was “perhaps him missing to draw in children’s books (CB) illustration style.” “Since I always feel like I should draw more in CB style when I’m working on non CB’s, and more non-CB’s when I’m drawing in children’s book style, I just came up with a simple solution of why not marry the two ideas/styles,” he said.
And hey, here’s one tip from him for those who think their instructors aren’t teaching them the right style. If you think that they are not teaching you what you would like to learn, then research on your own. You can’t really depend on your classes to get better or anything, they are following a curriculum and it’s academic. It’s important to know the rules first before you break them. Study and do what they are asking you to do, but still do your own thing in your own time. Practice. I have friends who never went to any art-school or classes but are really great artists now, way better than I am.
Information were gathered from both the subjects’ Tumblr accounts - tokwap.tumblr.com and choleil.tumblr.com Photos from the internet
SOLEIL IGNACIO You could be her. Well, she likes drawing girls as you might have loved doing when you were seven years old, just that “her girls” are mesmerizing, mysterious innocent-faced ones. Her subjects, spellbindingly innocent-faced girls who with their liquid eyes and flowing hair are at once pictured as both seductive and demure. Her use of muted colors and a raw, unfinished style balances out the intensity of her figures' gazes. A critic says that Soleil Ignacio’s illustrations are both mysterious and alluring. Her fondness for drawing sketches of girls with big, flowy hair came from her interest with mermaids when she was still young. This visual communications graduate from the College of Fine Arts in UP Diliman is said to have hidden
her persona in her illustrations. Currently, she continues to strive and explore the realm of fashion illustration and hopes to work and collaborate with different fashion and beauty icons in the industry. Some of her published works include those from Mega Magazine (December 2010 and October 2011), STATUS Magazine (May 2011 and June 2012), Fashion + Food Book (December 2011), NYLON Magazine (May 2012) and Metro Magazine (July 2012). She has also exhibited her works in a two-man show with Tokwa Peñaflorida entitled Hello Sailor in April 2012 and in a group show dubbed Iconopop in June 2012.
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Marc Anthony Facun, BS Architecture
PRISM(art)IC: ART STYLES
by Razor Jan Mapa
’m pretty sure you know the legends in the world of painting: Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo, Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Georges Braque and well.. you know the list. They have those artistic hands, creative minds, and an imagination that defies the laws of science. They exhibit their different styles and techniques in a way that’s distinct from other painters. But how? There are a few factors that affect the artist’s mode of making his masterpiece/s. It may be his inspiration in doing the art, type of medium, type
of canvass, etc. Technique or style is also significant (read: VERY IMPORTANT), since it will reflect the artist’s mood emotions. As for the viewer, he may easily know who the painter is. Based on the style used in the painting. In here, three popular styles used by famous painters are presented, namely cubism, expressionism, and surrealism. I know these are not new to you, my dear reader. I also know that this topic was presented to you since high school. But before you flip the page, read and find some wondrous facts about the said techniques. Go on…
CUBISM No, not because the root word of this style is “cube,” it is associated with engineers and architects. Don’t excite yourself. As the first abstract style of modern art, cubism paintings depict real people, places and objects, but not from a fixed viewpoint. These paintings show many parts of the subject at a time. From different angles, it is reconstructed into composition of planes, forms and colors. Amazing, isn’t it? Developed by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques around
1907, cubistic paintings are abstract in form, but it also attempts to let the viewer see in a more realistic way. Hence, early cubist painters examined the way we see. It is also the art of creating abstract shapes of three dimensional objects (subject) on a two dimensional surface (canvass). The artist uses little cubes to depict the subject from different views. There are two types of this art style: analytical and synthetic. Analytic cubist painters analyze and break up natural forms into little geometric shapes.
ar t&design Monochromatic color scheme was used for these paintings. Picasso and Braque, both used this style. On the other hand, Synthetic Cubism is all about
creating compositions with minimum shading as compared to the first one. It is the art of creating compositions that focus on objects together.
Vincent Van Gogh, 1888
Pablo Picasso, 1915
Express, v.t. – to express one’s thoughts, give expression to one’s feelings, imagination, etc., especially in a creative or artistic activity. – (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary) Expressionists like Vincent Van Gogh and El Greco are very emotional. It is the truth! Why? Expressionism is a painting style that denotes the use of distortion and exaggeration for emotional effect. It is an artistic technique wherein the artist attempts to depict not objective reality but the subjective emotions and responses of events which affect him. He shows vivid, jarring, violent and dynamic application of formal elements. If you know the story of Van Gogh, you can easily relate the properties stated above to him. Van Gogh had his breakdown that resulted in his hospitalization in Arles. It was in September 1888, when he painted one of his most famous paintings, entitled “Starry Night.” (Do you know the song ‘Vincent’?). “…it does me good to do what’s difficult. That doesn’t stop me having a tremendous need for, shall I say the word – religion – so I go outside at night to paint the stars…” Van Gogh wrote. This art describes the artist’ internal thoughts, what he feels towards the world. Now, can you relate it already to the definition stated above by Webster?
Salvador Dali is an icon of surrealist art. Surrealist art drew elements from cubism and expressionism, and used some of the same techniques from the Dada movement. Changing the object’s scale, transparency, levitation and repetition are used to create the typical “surrealist” look. Juxtaposition is also applied in this art, wherein it can be used as a metaphor to convey a certain message. Artists also paint very realistically, but some of the subjects are displaced.
Because of this, the painting changes entirely. Another characteristic of this art is the fact that many pieces have very obvious titles stating the subject matter simply. Masterpieces of different artists contain these characteristics, thus it would not be correct if we call Surrealism as “typical”. The summary? Surrealism emphasizes dreamlike reality full of mysteries and meaning. Aha! Now you know!
The Temptation of St. Anthony Salvador Dali
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VANDAL OR NATURAL ART?
by Reynaldo Coloma Jr.
he best way for people to express themselves.” Some artists cannot express their work with just a pencil and a piece of paper. That’s why many handy crafters are actualizing their work in a different way. One kind of art which is fast growing nowadays is Street Art, where a work of art is made on a wall and even on the floor, developed in public spaces. Street art has not always been considered an art by many and has instead been considered
vandalism and property disfigurement. Today,. through street art has developed into a legalized form of expression in our world to the point where it is exhibited in museums. But through this kind of art is growing and being known in the whole world, some would still say that this is vandalism and not an art. The effects of those images can be observed and can be reached depending on the images’ function within a public environment. Thoughtful and attractive
street art, has been suggested to have regenerative effects on streets. According to New York City’s Queens Museum of Art Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl from a site Metro Jacksonville, “art [street art] gets dialogue going. That’s very good.” He, however, agrees that graffiti (a street painting with banners) is not a kind of art, “I can’t condone vandalism… It’s really upsetting to me that people would need to write their name over and over again in public space. It’s this culture of fame. I really think it’s regrettable that they think that’s the only way to become famous.” According to an article from independentaustralia. net, “unsolicited painting is automatically designated as vandalism and so permission acts as a transformative switch between art and its antithesis.” Though some also think
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this is an illegal act, traditional painted street art is technically considered public art. Without permission, painters of public and private property are committing vandalism and are considered as criminals. Street art often features images, shapes, and a formative use of color. Vandalism has no features. Kinds of street art include graffiti, stencil work, stickers, wheatpasted poster art, projections, guerrilla art, flash mobbing and street installations. Even if some people don’t recognize this kind of art, still it has its own beauty and identity. M http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2009-jun-what-isstreet-art-why-is-it-around-jax-street-art http://www.independentaustralia.net/2012/australianidentity/victoria/street-artists-arent-vandals/http:// voices.yahoo.com/graffiti-difference-between-street-artand-10896599.html
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AND LEARN THE PYSCHOLOGY BEHIND THE USE OF HUES
magine a world without color. We wouldn’t sing about how roses are red and violets are blue. Parents would be spared from embarrassment since they would no longer be at a loss for words when their children ask them why the sky is blue. But without vibrant hues coloring our
by Ellaine Marie Laureta and Hajie Mariano surroundings, we would live life as if we were in a vintage black and white film. Surely life would be dull and boring to say the least. Colors that give life to our surroundings do more than serve aesthetic purposes.They have the ability to affect our moods and behavior and evoke feelings. This is known as color psychology.
Color psychology describes the mental and physical effects of different colors on people. Generally red, orange and yelloware considered as stimulating and active “warm colors” which may make people feel feelings of warmth, comfort, anger and aggression. On the other hand, “cool colors” namely green, blue and purple may cause feelings of relax-
ation, calmness, unhappiness and coldness. Despite this widely held belief on the effects of colors, each color has its specific effect. Now let’s go through the spectrum of colors and see the associated emotions of each color, what its effects are on us human beings and how we can use them to our advantage.
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red ASSOCIATIONS: Love, sexuality, vitality, energy, passion, ambition.masculinity, power, aggression, anger, danger MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS: Acts as a stimulant. It stimulates the senses, increases energy, pulse rate and blood pressure; increases enthusiasm; encourages action and confidence; sense of protection from fears and anxiety; irritability, draws attention TIPS ON THE USE OF RED: 1. Using red as an accent color can focus attention on that particular element. 2. Avoid wearing the color red during an interview or presentation as it may not work in your favor since it may unintentionally irritate your interviewer or panelists. 3. If you are shy or lack will power, try wearing red since it can boost your confidence. 4. Driving a red car may make you a more aggressive driver.
ASSOCIATIONS: Optimism, hope, enlightenment, happiness, energy, hunger, intellectual thinking: discernment, memory, clear thinking, decision-making and good judgment MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS: Acts as a mental stimulant- stimulates the nervous system, increases creativity, alertness, decisiveness, and memory; encourages communication; makes muscles more energetic, can help organization and understanding of different perspectives; builds self-confidence and selfesteem; encourages optimism and hope; helps to focus attention TIPS ON THE USE OF YELLOW: 1. Beware, yellow can make people more talkative. 2. If you are in a bad mood, try uplifting your feelings by surrounding yourself in yellow stuff. 3. If you are going through many life changes and have troubling adjusting, yellow may make you feel more stressed.
ASSOCIATIONS: Trust, peace, conservatism, frigidity, responsibility, tranquility MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS: Blue seeks peace and tranquility above everything else, promoting both physical and mental relaxation; it reduces stress, creating a sense of calmness, relaxation and order; it
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS: Natural green Soothing, calming and refreshing; alleviates depression, nervousness and anxiety; offers a sense of renewal, self-control and harmony; comfort; laziness, relaxation The MARIAN
TIPS ON THE USE OF ORANGE: 1. People generally have a strong positive or negative association to orange, you either love it or hate it. 2. Be aware that orange stimulates appetite especially if you are trying to lose or maintain your current weight. You may eat more food especially if the restaurant you are dining at uses the color orange in its inferior design. 3. Orange may make you more talkative since it encourages two-way conversation.
enhances contemplation and prayer. TIPS ON THE USE OF BLUE: 1. Blue is nostalgic. It is a color that lives in the past, relating everything in the present and the future to experiences in the past. It is a good color for meditation 2. When leading a group, avoid wearing something because
it suggests being rigid or autocratic
ASSOCIATIONS: Imagination, creativity, immaturity, inspiration
TIPS ON THE USE OF VIOLET: 1. Too much of the color purple can promote or aggravate depression in some. It is one color that should be used extremely carefully and in small amounts by those who are vulnerable to these depressed states. So if you feel like you need to move on, try not to stay in an environment clouded with color violet, â€˜cause youâ€™ll get depressed even more.
Darker and greyer greens (e.g olive green) Negativity, illness, decay, death
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS: Acts as a stimulant - stimulates activity and appetite; encourages socialization; relieves feelings of self-pity, lack of self-worth and unwillingness to forgive; opens emotions
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS: Promotes harmony of the mind and the emotions, contributing to mental balance and stability, peace of mind, a link between the spiritual and the physical worlds, between thought and activity.
ASSOCIATIONS: Natural Green Peace, nature/ecology, growth, vitality, abundance, fertility, good health, good luck, jealousy, renewal
ASSOCIATIONS: Fun, flamboyancy, social communication, adventure, energy, warmth, happiness, excitement, enthusiasm
Darker and grayer greens Opposite effects, negative effects on physical and emotional health TIPS ON THE USE OF GREEN: 1. Green is an ideal backdrop in interior design. 2. If you are stressed, surrounding yourself in the color green (e.g. being outdoors) can be relaxing and restore a sense of well being.
ASSOCIATIONS: Unselfish love, romance, gentleness, nurture, femininity, physical weakness MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS: Soothing and calming; sense of protection, warmth and nurture; decreases irritation and aggression; muscle relaxation TIPS ON THE USE OF PINK: 1. Some pink-colored candy may be hard to resist since pink is an attractive and powerful color. 2. Constantly wearing pink clothing may be an unconscious cry for acceptance, support and unconditional love.
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ASSOCIATIONS: Simplicity, purity, perfection, wholeness, innocence MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS: White isnâ€™t stimulating to the senses, however it opens the way for the creation of anything the mind can conceive; white represents a clean slate, helping us through times of stress, and allowing us to put the past behind us and preparing us to move on; white is cleanliness personified, the ultimate in purity. This is why it is traditionally worn by western brides, and the reason why doctors and nurses wear white jackets. TIPS ON THE USE OF WHITE: 1. Too much white can cause feelings of isolation and emptiness; it can be too pristine and immaculate, making you feel as though you canâ€™t make a move for fear of upsetting it or creating a mess. 2. White is clean and clinical, giving an impression of efficiency and organization. So it is the most recommended color when leading a group, or when wanting to accomplish a certain task successfully.
ASSOCIATIONS: Unemotional, detached, neutral, impartial, indecisive, conservative, boring, maturity, responsibility
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS: Gray can stifle and depress energy but it is also the stable base from which the new and positive can come; the color gray is subdued, quiet and reserved. It does not stimulate, energize, rejuvenate or excite; it is a color of maturity and responsibility, associated with the gray hair of old age. It will never be the centre of attention. TIPS ON THE USE OF GRAY: 1. Too much gray creates sadness and depression and a tendency to loneliness and isolation. Add some color to change this.
ASSOCIATIONS: Hidden self, secretive, power, control, mystery
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS: Black hides, while white brings to light. What black covers, white uncovers. We all use black at various times to hide from the world around us in one way or another. Some of us use it to hide our weight; others among us use it to hide our feelings, our fears or our insecurities; black means power and control, hanging on to information and things rather than giving out to others; teenagers often have a psychological need to wear black during the stage of transition from the innocence of childhood to the sophistication of adulthood. It signifies the ending of one part of their life and the beginning of another, allowing them to hide from the world while they discover their own unique identity.
TIPS ON THE USE OF BLACK: 1. Black is intimidating, unfriendly and unapproachable because of the power it exudes. It can prevent two-way communication because of its intimidation. The salesman wearing all black will make a lot of sales, but no friends! It radiates authority, but creates fear in the process. So if you want to earn friends, never use black! 2. Black absorbs negative energy. It is useful to carry something black with you to protect you from harm and negativity when traveling or when going about your usual daily activities outside your home.
So there you have it. Each color has many aspects to it but you can easily learn the language of color by understanding the few simple concepts which we have presented. Once you delve into the magical world of color you will become as excited as we are about how it can affect your whole life. In fact you will never look at color the same way again! Now, brace yourselves and discover the benefits of the conscious use of color in your lives. Take a move and take the color plunge and delve into the world of colors. References: http://www.squidoo.com/colorexpert http://www.feng-shui-and-beyond.com/color-psychology.html http://library.thinkquest.org/27066/psychology/nlcolorpsych.html http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/
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LEONARDO DA VINCI •
He was a lefthanded dyslexic and procrastinating perfectionist who left many paintings unfinished and destroyed most of his work. He spent at least 10 years painting the Mona Lisa’s lips. One of the quirks of Leonardo was that he wrote many of his notes using mirror writing. Some believe this was to keep his thoughts secret. He enjoyed purchasing caged birds so that he could set them free.
MICHELANGELO • • • •
His full name is Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. He has more or less 300 poetic works still in existence. He was often dissatisfied with himself and his work. He was appointed as an architect for the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. In 2007, the sketch of this work was found. It took him four years painting the 1720 square meter ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with 343 figures from the Bible and classical times.
VINCENT VAN GOGH • • •
He made approximately 900 paintings in ten years. He just sold one painting in his entire life, the Red Vineyard at Arles. His well-documented mental instability and other similar cases among artists were believed to be profoundly responsible for the creation and enduring popularity of expressionism. He shot himself but didn’t die until two days later. He died at the age of 37.
PABLO PICASSO •
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So you know these artists.. or do you? Better keep your eyes busy ‘cause the rock stars of art weren’t just autographs on canvasses you know.
He was named Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. He was named after various saints and relatives. The “Picasso” is actually from his mother, Maria Picasso y Lopez. His father is named Jose Ruiz Blasco. He completed his first painting: Le Picador, a man riding a horse in a bullfight at the early age of nine.
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sure! Professional photojournalist Michael Varcas relates how simple words of encouragement has taken him to new heights while photo enthusiast Joann Serqui単a and Van Joseph De Guzman spill their secrets on why even amateur photographers can take amazing shots.
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Published photos of Mike Varcas (photos courtesy of Varcas)
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ou won’t know where a simple appreciation of someone else’s work could bring that person. Consider Michael Varcas. Name sounds familiar? Well, it is if you are one of them who reads the national broadsheet Manila Bulletin (MB). You might have come across this lensman’s photos. And you askin’ why him? He’s an alumnus of SMU, bro. And who would’ve thought that mystification of the camera would lead the 2009 journalism graduate to the arena where national and experienced photojournalists are battling for space in the national newspapers? Mike, as he is fondly called, was also once a photojournalist of The MARIAN. As he recalls, he was pleased whenever people appreciate his work. “Nung nasa The MARIAN pa ako, natutuwa ako ‘pag natutuwa sila (students) sa mga kuha ko. ‘Di ko lang masabi sa kanila na kuha ko ‘yun. Ako ‘yung Michael Varcas na yun,” said the photojournalist who was hired by the MB when he was 24. Photojournalism, according to him is not only about shooting news photos and then sending them to their office. It is a highly competitive arena and he also advises those who plan to pursue photojournalism to think of it a hundred times. “Photojournalists should bear in mind that a picture is a universal form of communication except for those who cannot see. Anyone should understand that a photo you shoot can be understood even by those people from the other side of the world. You are shooting to communicate your verbs and tenses in a photograph,” he said. Because the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is true to photography and is defined by photojournalism. M - Hazel Buctayon and Roselle Sison
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VANJO de guzman BS Accountancy 4, photo enthusiast
Photo by Joe Allen Mark Esteban
Photo featured Manila Bulletin’s Picture Perfect section January 12, 2012 issue
I got jealous of my cousins when they purchased dSLR cameras of their own and told my parents about it. Of course, I told them that it was only a want not a need so I could just wait for it until the right time comes. I did not expect that after six months I would finally lay my hands on a Nikon D90. I started doing photography in 2010 when I was a college sophomore. I have never attended a seminar-workshop before except the one held by Francis Gumayagay, US-based fashion photographer, and The MARIAN. I am a ‘hobbyist’ but I also like to see myself as an artist by will. I take photos of basically anything that conforms to my every heartbeat. I take photos of random objects in our house, picturesque scenes of nature, people who may have stories to tell behind their portraits and portraits of fashion and beauty. One of my photos was featured in the “Picture Perfect” section of the Manila Bulletin. I have never joined contests on photography except the one organized by the School of Accountancy during the 2012 Accountancy Week. I find it funny because I won by default since I was the only one who joined the competition (laughs). I am not affiliated to any photography organization as of now. However, I did get an invitation to join a group. I
just need time to process my affiliation and of course, make myself worthy of joining such group by practicing some more. I have encountered a lot of problems with photography. For instance, when shooting outdoors, I have to keep my camera, especially the lens away from moisture because contact with such may cause molds to grow inside the lens and destroy it. Another is that I have difficulty getting good shots when there’s no enough light. I really don’t know what sets me apart from other photographers/photo enthusiasts. But everyone is unique from one another, especially with regards to creative outlets. I think my personality sets my work apart from others inasmuch as it sets myself apart from other people. Each photo I take and publish contains a part of me – fragments of my personality. Being life proof means being ready to capture and preserve each worthy moment life has to offer. Collect then select. Keep shooting then select what you think is the best for the particular set. Reward yourself by appreciating your own work of art. You spend time, money and energy to get that shot so it’s worth at least of your own appreciation. “Love your gear, don’t overuse; I love my camera more than my car.’’ M - Interview by Julius Gulayan Jr.
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JOANN serquiña BS Accountancy 4, photo enthusiast
I started dreaming of having my own camera to take photos of things that please me. It has already become my obsession. I tend to buy differernt cameras almost every year. From film to digital, name it, I have it. It was this collection that made me realize my passion for photography. In learning the basics of photography, I had with me YouTube clips and magazines. Then when I had my dSLR camera, Makai Dinamling, a Marian journalism student, mentored me for a while. My sessions with him made me learn how to be a keen observer with the things happening around me. Mas natuto ako nung actual niyang nacricriticize yung bawat picture na ipinapakita ko. Depicting the images of reality and stories behind the photos were yet new to me. Before, like any amateur photographer, I started taking photos of nature such as flowers, leaves, insects, etc.—until reality bit.
I don’t want to compete again after the time I joined the regional year-end convention of Accountancy students. Ayaw kong maiba ‘yung tingin ko sa photography at ayoko ring ma-compare sa iba. Gusto ko lang mag-shoot at kung ano ‘yung gusto kong makunan, yun na ‘yon. The only editing technique I do with my photos is cropping. My technique and style in taking photos are influenced by my mentor but most of these styles depend on the subject I am trying to shoot. To shoot an intense reality—‘yung actual na giyera (laughs)—that is my dream. Click to impress or click to express, basta kung ano ‘yung gusto nilang gawin, go lang. Kasi nagiging genuine lang ‘yung photo kung galing sa puso ng photographer yung pagkuha. Tsaka sabi nga ng mentor ko sa’kin, ‘Dapat walang hiya ka.’ M
Serquiñas’ sample photos
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BEHIND THE VIEWFINDER
TM’s operations manager Ellaine Marie Laureta lends us the lens to look into her journey from being her dad’s little photography apprentice to being a Luzonwide winner in photojournalism.
’ve always been comfortable viewing the world through a camera. Ever since photography was introduced to me by my dad in elementary school, I became my father’s ever present apprentice taking photos at different church and community events, parades, parties and even a wedding. In short, it just feels so natural for me to look at the world through the viewfinder, compose a shot and press the shutter. But after all these years, I never knew that this hobby of mine could help me achieve something more than just capturing fleeting moments of time and preserving them for the future. It was in October or November 2012 when I was asked to join the English category of devcom writing and photojournalism for the 11th Regional Higher Education Press Conference (RHEPC). Honestly, I thought my editors were going crazy since I didn’t know anything what so ever about photojournalism but the slot was open, I could take decent photos and I could write well, so go figure. Determined to do the best I possibly could, I worked hard and really reviewed. I felt like a fresh graduate reviewing for a board exam! I lost track of the number of newspapers I skimmed, articles and blogs, I read and I watched tutorials. I kept learning about photojournalism and practicing my skills until the RHEPC came in early December. At the press conference, the two contests I was supposed to compete in were scheduled at the exact same time and unfortunately, I had to sacrifice my devcom writing contest. But I guess I made the right decision because during the award ceremony, I was named the fourth placer. I was in total astonishment when I went to get my award since by landing in the top five, I won myself a ticket to Legazpi City, Albay for the 12th Luzonwide Higher Education Press Conference (LHEPC) which was scheduled in February 2013. But two days before our flight to Legazpi, disaster struck. My dSLR, which I was supposed to use for my contest, malfunctioned while I was covering an event. So I didn’t have a camera for a contest where I was supposed to take photos… I was doomed to say the least! At least I was able to borrow another camera from Sir John Tayaban but I only had a few hours to learn about the technical aspects on how to operate the camera and practice shooting photos. Once in Albay, I realized that I was the only first timer from The MARIAN competing. In the hours that led to my contest, I got more and more intimidated especially whenever I crossed paths with other participants who had cameras slung across their
shoulders or around their neck. I felt like a complete underdog since the photojournalists from the eight regions in attendance must have spent years learning about photojournalism and competing in contests when I had just three months of experience and a single contest under my belt. I started to condition myself for the worst. I just told myself to enjoy the experience since it’s rare to have a mini vacation in a beautiful city free of charge. I didn’t dare get my hopes up about placing since most of the people I’d be competing against were photojournalism veterans. Although the odds were against me, I still had a tiny sliver of hope that I could place in the top ten. Going out to shoot photos for the contest is an amazing experience. You can feel the adrenaline rushing as you survey the area trying to spot subjects that would bring stories to your photos. When we went out to take photos at the city’s so called “Hepa Lane,” an area lined with stalls selling street foods, hearing yells from the vendors scolding photojournalists for not asking permission to take their photos and repetitive questions if the photos were for the sanitary committee were common. It was surely a challenge to get the three best shots possible yet I found it more of a test to interview the people in my photos using my broken Tagalog. After going out to shoot our photos and interview our subjects for the first part of the contest, the microscopic bit of hope I had vanished. Perhaps I just had beginners’ luck. With feelings of defeat seeping into my mind, I decided not to go down without a fight. I tried to make up for the mediocrity of my photos by writing excellent captions but still I doubted that was enough to launch me onto the winners’ podium. Deep inside, I really hoped my advisers and the other The MARIAN staffers wouldn’t be too disappointed during the awarding ceremony since I had a strong feeling that I would be going home empty-handed. At the award ceremony I had already accepted my defeat. As the winners were called for my contest, I just sat in firmly planted in my seat applauding them. The announcer called out the name of the fifth placer, the fourth placer, the third placer and then, to everyone’s surprise, my name! Our table erupted into joyful celebration. I was still in a state of shock when I approached the stage and stepped onto the second highest podium. As I was receiving my medal and certificates, I had an overwhelming feeling of amazement and gratefulness to God and the people who helped and supported me. I guess this is a testimony of how hard work really pays off. It just goes to show that no matter how great the odds may seem against us, we shouldn’t count ourselves out of the race while we are still in the running since God may have other plans. M
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here’s no denying that music is a big part of our daily lives. For some of us, earphones seem to have been permanently glued to our ears. This being said, it’s not surprising that on average, teenagers spend 2.5 hours listening to music daily. But some individuals are not content with merely listening to music. They have to actually make music by singing or strumming strings, pressing keys and beating out rhythms with their own hands and feet. In fact, we have many of these musically inclined people in our university. I sat down with two certified Marian musicians from the SMU Band, Mark Anthony ‘Mak’ Marzan, a BSECE 4 student and a guitarist with six years of experience under his belt, and John Patrick ‘Jepoi’ Araneta, a BSN 2 student and a guitarist of four years, to explore the life of a musician.
MAK MARZAN The MARIAN (TM): How did you become involved in the type of music you play? Mak: Actually, my brother used to bring home cassette tapes and everything was punk back then. So when I was in grade school, I was pure punk but when I went to high school, metal [rock] playing was introduced to me.
TM: So let me get this straight, your genre is metal and punk? Mak: Ummm, nawala na yung pagkapunk ko in terms sa guitar playing. ‘Pag gitara, I’m more on metal and progressive rock. TM: I see. So metal and rock... What draws you to this type
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of music? Mak: Sa metal, ‘yung Pantera na band. Sa progressive rock eh, Dream Theater. TM: Musicians have different motives for playing music. In your opinion, which is better, to play music to express yourself or to play music to entertain other people and make them feel good? Mak: When I play, I express myself, parang unintentionally I make others feel good too. So either way,
they are both good. TM: Each musician has his or her distinct identity. When you perform, how do you put twists on the songs you play to make them your own? Mak: I don’t play exactly like the original song, we guitarists have our own tone and our own tunes. ‘Yun siguro. Actually when I play solos, I just do ad libs, hindi ikinukuha yung mismong tune, parang wala lang nag-eenjoy lang ako.
TM: As a musician myself, I know how hard it is when one makes a mistake when performing. How do you handle these unwanted slip ups during a performance? Mak: Go with the flow na lang, past is past. Kung kinakailangan, gumawa ka ng eksena o pambawi para hindi mahalata yung mistake. TM: Now that you’ve been playing music for years, what advice would you give to
beginners trying to make their mark in music? Mak: For those who are about to rock, we salute you! TM: Being a student, how do you balance your music with other obligations? After going to school, doing house chores and other activities of daily living, how do you find time to devote to guitar practice? Mak: Nung high school kasi
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ar t&design TM: So you’ve been involved in music for quite some time now, do you have any weird, amusing, unexpected stories or experiences which fueled your passion for music? Mak: Meron talaga yung mga times na matetest talaga kung gaano ka nagpractice. Yung tipong kahit wasted ka na, alam mo pa rin kung anong chords ung ginigitara mo on stage. Tapos ayun, meron kasi noon, nagperform ako tapos nung solo part ko na, my ‘wasted friend’ went up on the stage.Tapos ayun, habang nagsosolo ako, tinatanggal niya damit ko, pati pants ko. Tapos ginigitara din niya yung gitara ko (laughs). So ayun, ‘di ko naman siya mapigilan kasi nagsosolo ako. Tapos naganahan ulit ako maggitara nung may malupit na musician dito sa Vizcaya na lumapit sa ‘kin after ng performance namin. Lumapit siya tapos sabi niya, “Mak nag-improve ka na ah.” Ayun, tuwang tuwa naman ako (laughs). Tapos ayun nga, nung baguhan pa lang ako sa paggigitara, kapag wala akong improvement within a week, sasabihan ako ng mentor ko na hindi niya sinasayang oras niya para hindi ako magimprove, so ayun. Gusto ko magkwento kaso marami masyado eh (laughs). TM: So besides playing the guitar, do you have any other music related hobbies? Mak: Yup, I make instrumentals (laughs). Parang pinapakanta ko na lang yung gitara kasi di ako marunong e. Baka masira pa araw niyo pag narinig niyo boses ko (laughs).
kahit habang kumakain ata ako nagpapractice ako eh, (laughs). So nung nagcollege na, medyo naging busy pero siyempre [it’s] passion. Parang considered 3 units na din ang guitar playing ko (laughs). Mahirap naman ‘pag ‘di nagpapractice, mangangalawang ‘pag ganun. TM: Who or what has been your strong influence to continue performing? How do you plan to continue your passion for music? Mak: Nakakaadik kasing tumugtog eh (laughs). Ayun, gagawa din siguro ako ng sariling album tapos ibebenta. Tapos walang bibili tapos malulugi na ako. Tapos makikita niyo na lang ako sa Gate 1, naggigitara na nakashades katabi nung kuya na nagmamani (laughs). TM: If you could collaborate and perform
with anyone in the world, dead, alive, or broken-up, which musicians or bands would make up your top three? Mak: Si Dimebag of Pantera kasi siya talaga yung naginspire sa akin na ituloy-tuloy yung paggigitara. So kung may bubuhayin man at pwede ko makajamming, siya na yun. Kahit sa panaginip lang, ok lang sa ‘kin. Napakagrateful ko na kung sakali [nagjamming kami] o siguro kahit kung mayakap ko lang [siya]. Tapos si Steve Vai and Paul Gilbert. TM: If you had only five minutes on earth to perform a single song that would leave a great impact on the world today, what song would it be? Mak: Ang hirap ah, one song lang eh! Siguro, “I’ll be Watching You” ng December Avenue kasi last song ng mundo ko yun (laughs).
JEPOI ARANETA TM: How did you become involved in the type of music you play? Jepoi: First [genre of] music ko ay hiphop and rap kasi yung daddy ko mahilig ‘dun. When I was in sixth grade, punk music was introduced to me by my friends. Tapos nung high school, many [types of] music were introduced to me. My favorite was hard rock music. But I’m more on rock and smooth jazz now. TM: Who inspired you to be a musician?
ar t&design Jepoi: ‘Yung mga bands na pinapakinggan ko tapos pati ‘yung mga high school close friends ko. We accidentally formed a band then kaya ‘dun din nagstart. TM: Musicians have different motives for playing music. In your opinion, which is better, to play music to express yourself or to play music to entertain other people and make them feel good? Jepoi: I’d like to express myself and to make others feel good. Pero may mga judgmental na mga tao then I hear feedbacks like, “pa-cute lang” o “pa-pogi lang” when playing and I don’t like that. I just want people who can appreciate the music I make. TM: “Pa-cute lang” o “pa-pogi lang.” What’s your reaction when you hear people say these negative comments? Jepoi: Ahhh, wala akong pakialam sa sinasabi nila, pero nakakaasar, pero enjoy lang ako. TM: Each musician has his or her distinct identity. When you perform, how do you put twists on the songs you play to make them your own? Jepoi: When I play the guitar, I enjoy lang. When I play solo, blues rock and then may halong jazz yung style na ginagamit ko. Para sa akin, you don’t need to follow the song, the exact chords, exact arrangement ganun basta kung ano yung na fefeel mo sundan mo lang.
ko meron din kaming sarili kanta bago kami maggraduate. Si kuya Mak ang nagsabi na gawa daw kami ng kanta pero ako pa lang yung gumagawa. Kung ano yung mga nangyayari sa akin, nagagawan ko din ng mga songs. ‘Pag super inspired, nagagawa ko ng two to three days yung song, ‘pag tinatamad inaabot ng weeks (laughs). TM: Interesting... So what exactly are your songs about? Jepoi: About love, friends, enemies. Depende sa mood. TM: Well, will we be able to hear your songs any time soon? Jepoi: Oo, wala lang kaming matinong record. May copy kami pero sira. TM: Speaking of songs, what song or songs would you perform over and over again? Jepoi: “Mr. Clay” by Bamboo kasi punong puno ng power yung lyrics at song tapos “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses kasi it makes me wild (laughs).
TM: If you could collaborate and perform with anyone in the world, dead, alive, or broken-up, which musicians or bands would make up your top three? Jepoi: Marami. Siguro si Slash of Guns N’ Roses, favorite band ko. Nainspire ako sa playing ni Slash. For me he’s not that good in playing the guitar compared to other icons pero when he plays it, his playing is full of emotion. I like how he plays, parang he’s showing his skills through his feelings kahit hindi mabilis, basta with feelings. Tapos si Ira Cruz of Bamboo kasi he inspired me through his jazz style and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine kasi unique yung mga sounds na ginagawa niya. TM: If you had only five minutes on earth to perform a single song that would leave a great impact on the world today, what song would it be? Jepoi: “Forevermore” by A1 kasi hindi ko alam magiging impact ng last song ko sa mundo. At least yun may impact sa isang tao. M
TM: As a musician myself, I know how hard it is when one makes a mistake when performing. How do you handle these unwanted slip ups during a performance? Jepoi: Lagi naman ako nagkakamali. ‘Pag nagkakamali ako noon, hindi ko nahahandle pero habang tumatagal naisaisip ko mag-enjoy na lang. So when I make mistakes, parang never mind na lang, enjoy lang, parang ‘yun ‘yung nasa isip ko lagi ngayon. TM: Now that you’ve been playing music for years, what advice would you give to beginners trying to make their mark in music? Jepoi: If you have passion playing the guitar, just play. Don’t try to show off na parang pormaporma lang, just be yourself and enjoy music. TM: What are your musical goals a few years down the road? Jepoi: To improve my skills and write more songs, ‘cause that’s the band’s goal and tribute to the SMU Band, pero ako lang nagsusulat (laughs). TM: So besides playing the guitar, you write songs as well? Could you tell me more about that? Jepoi: Nagsusulat lang ako ng songs kasi gusto January-March 2013 The MARIAN
Music is life. Dream ko talaga ang pagtugtog. Dumating yung time na sinabi sa akin ng nanay ko, ‘O, anung pipiliin mo, yung pagpasok mo sa seminaryo o yang pagtugtog?’ Eh, sabi ko, ‘yang pagtugtog pwedeng balikan yan. Kaya nag-aral muna ako. My favorite instrument is the bass. I also play the guitar, drums, and piano. Pero ‘yung bass kasi yung foundation ng tugtog. Rock talaga [ang genre ko], siyempre high school ‘yun. Pero as time passed, nahilig na rin ako sa bossa nova, reggae. RnB yung latest genre na nagustuhan ko. Na-try ko rin maging adviser ng banda (SMU Band). Dun ko nakilala yung mga talented na estudyante. Nagsimula ako sa mga gig nung may mga nakilala akong talented students. Ayun, sabi ko i-try naming tumugtog together. Bakit ako nagtagal [sa pagbabanda]? Dahil sa pamilya, mga kasama (band mates), tsaka siyempre yung audience. Sa totoo lang nakakasawa din. Biruin mo, araw-araw halos pare-pareho [ang tinutugtog niyo], pero yung mga tao paiba-iba. Madami kang nakikilala. Parang ‘yun ‘yung nakakainspire sa akin na magtuloy pa rin. Paano ko namamanage [ang pagtuturo at pagtugtog]? Hindi ko nga rin alam eh (laughs). Anung sasabihin ko [sa mga batang torn between music and studies]? Bahala ka sa buhay mo (laughs). Joke lang. Siyempre dapat alam niya kung ano yung priority niya.
MUSI(R) Sir Bryan Olarte and sir-to-be Karl Ordoñez share their stories on choosing between passion or profession.
KARL JOHN ORDOÑEZ teacher-to-be/singer
)KERO Interview and photos by Samantha Chedrick Wallis
Nagsimula ako sa pagtugtog ng gitara. Si Papa nagturo sa akin nun. Grade 4 ako nun eh. Tapos naisip ko, bakit puro tugtog lang, parang alam mo ‘yun, parang walang sense [para sa akin]. Kaya ayun, sinabayan ko ng kanta. Bata pa ako, nagpeperform na ako. Oo, hawak ko yung gitara. Mula pa elementary, ayun tumutugtog na ako sa stage. RNB talaga ang genre ko. Pero kapag nasa banda ka kasi, hindi pwedeng yun lang. Siyempre magrerequest yung mga customer. Tsaka para maiba naman, para hindi boring. Minsan iniiba namin yung [tempo/style ng] kanta. Ginagawa naming bossa nova, reggae ganun. Favorite song? Wala eh. Ay, meron noon, ‘yung itinuro ni Papa. Hindi ko na maalala. Sa dami kasi ng mga kantang inaral ko, madami akong nagustuhan, kaya hindi lang isa paborito ko. Ay, ayun naalala ko na. ‘I love you’ ang title. Si Papa ang gumawa. Hindi naman gaanong, ah, bongga. Pero gustong gusto ko lang talaga. Bakit ako nagtagal? Kelangan eh (laughs). Pamilya din. Ayun na nga, gusto kong tulungan ‘yung mga magulang ko [sa pagpapa-aral sa amin] kaya kumakanta ako. Kasi ‘di ba, ang laki-laki mo na, dapat alam mong tumayo sa sarili mong [mga] paa. Feel ko ako yung nagpauso ng pagdadamit ng T-shirt tsaka maong lang kapag nagpe-perform ‘dun sa kinakantahan namin. Eh kasi yung iba semi-formal yung mga dinadamit. Polo ganun. Eh hindi kasi ako komportable sa ganun. Pansin ko, simula nung kumakanta ako na casual lang suot ko, pati sila na rin. Pero feel ko lang yun. Malay, baka nag-iba yung panahon, uminit, tapos akala ko gumagaya sila, ‘di pala. Baka nainitan lang (laughs). Iyong pinaka [crazy] na ginawa namin sa isang kanta? ‘Yun ‘yung merong nag-request ng Pusong Bato. Yun na nga, sawang-sawa na rin kami sa kanta. Pero request yun ng customer. Kaya ginawa naming kung anu-ano, bossa, reggae. Ginawan na lang naming ng paraan para yung ayaw namin maging gusto namin, ‘di ba? Para enjoy. Tingin kasi nila kapag nasa banda, bad boy. Pero hindi naman (defensive). Eh siyempre hindi naman nila kami kilala. Kilalanin na lang nila kami nang malaman nila kung anu ba talaga. Malay nila totoo nga yung iniisip nila (laughs). M
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LOCAL VOICES GLOBAL RESONANCE by Jan Mikhael Pating
o, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti,
Dooooooooooo!!!!!” This really sounds familiar. Even a one- year old kid could easily memorize and sing it well. I remember when I was still a third grader, my teacher in music always asked us one by one to sing this before formally (consuming the whole period of the class hour) starting our class. Yes. Some of us find it boring but mind you, I think this could be one of the reasons why I learned how to use my God- given voice and joined singing competitions, elementary and high school choirs and of course the Saint Mary’s University Choral Society (SMUCS), Nueva
Vizcaya’s Cultural Ambassadors of Goodwill, which helped me appreciate and value music, specifically choral singing. SMUCS, after winning various choral competitions inside and outside the province, could now be considered as one of the university or church choirs who really strive hard, singing and belting their voices out in such a harmonious and truly synchronized fashion to give quality performances. Recently, the group qualified in the top 8 finalists of the Manila Broadcasting Company National Choral Competition, besting 80 other choir groups in the Philippines and giving honor and pride not only in the university but also in the whole Region 2. This time, I will help you stay away from the common notion that choral music is confined to Church repertoire and, therefore, perceived as
boring. And hopefully, this would teach you to appreciate and value choral singing. Singing here in the Philippines is a way of life. Filipinos, like Charice Pempengco became popular because of their extra ordinary vocals. While it is true that our country is known to be lagging behind Olympic Games, it also became popular because our Filipino choirs bested other small and big countries in the Choir Olympiad. Here are two of the well- known world class choral groups here in the country that have already created big names in the choir competitions internationally.
The Philippine Madringal Singers Also known as the “MADZ,” they are one of the world’s most awarded, having consistently won all the top prizes in most of
the world’s prestigious choral competitions. This chorale group was organized in 1963 by National Artist Professor Andrea O. Veneracion and is now under the direction of Mr. Mark Anthony Carpio. The ensemble which is composed of students, faculty and alumni from the different colleges of the University of the Philippines (UP) is one of the world’s most awarded choir group, having consistently won most of the world’s prestigious choral competitions: Arezzo and Gorizia in Italy, Marktoberdorf in Germany, Spittal in Austria, Neuchatel in Switzerland, Tours in France, Varna in Bulgaria, Debrecen in Hungary, Cantonigros, Tolosa and Torrevieja in Spain. They hold the distinction of being the first choir in the world to win the European Grand Prix
ar t&design for Choral Singing twice (1997 and 2007). Madz have also organized “Madz Et Al,” a network of choirs who gather regularly for festivals and workshops. To date, the network has a membership of almost 60 choirs from all over the country. This contributes to the now very active choral life in the Philippines. With an average of two overseas concert tours a year, the UP Madrigal Singers is the country’s most active ambassadors of goodwill and perhaps, also one of the world’s most-traveled choirs. The group was recognized in 2009
by the UNESCO as Artists for Peace for “putting fame and influence at the service of UNESCO’s ideals and efforts to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace.” Then in 2010, the Concorso Polifonico Guido d’ Arezzo Foundation honored the group with the Guidoneum Award by for “their artistic and choral promotion activity”. Meanwhile, in July 2012, the group became the first choir in the world to receive The Brand Laureate Premier Award from the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation, in recognition for its “significant contribution
to the world of choral music, producing new compositions and choral settings for Philippine, Asian and International songs, spreading the beauty of this genre and giving a good musical experience to the audience.” This coming 2013, the Philippine Madrigal Singers have been invited to perform during the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention in Dallas, Texas and during the America Cantat in Bogota, Colombia. All these coincide with the group’s celebration of its 50th year.
In 1998, the UST Singers garnered two first prizes and the Prix du Public at the 27th Florilege Vocal de Tours in Tours, France and the 1998 Gran Premio “Citta di Gorizia” together with four first prizes at the 37th Concorso Internazionale di Canto Corale “C.A. Seghizzi” held in Gorizia, Italy. The choir bested 21 international entries which entitled the UST Singers to represent Gorizia to the 11th European Grand Prix for Choral Singing held at Varna, Bulgaria in May 1999. In their 2001 Pacific Concert Tour, which covered Hawaii, California and Mexico, the UST Singers once again proved their world-class excellence as they were chosen the “BEST CHOIR” at the World Choral Festival 2001 in Puebla, Mexico which was participated by choirs from Argentina, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Venezuela, Mexico, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
In 2010, the University of Sto. Tomas Singers set another record when it clinched the prestigious Choir of the World-Pavarotti Trophy in the 2010 Llangollen International Music Eistedfodd in North Wales. It was the first time in the competition’s 63-year history for a choir to win the title twice.
The number of impressive wins of the Choir groups gives honor to the country. This, therefore, proves that choir singing should not be perceived as boring and is not only for church purposes. So whenever we hear them sing, think of the honor and pride which they bring to the nation and the great feeling which they provide us because of their performances. M
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Sources: http://www.philippinemadrigalsingers.com/index.html, http://imarkee.multiply.com/links/item/156
The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Singers, founded in 1992, is the University’s premiere mixed choral ensemble composed of a select group of students and alumni representing the different colleges and faculties of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas – the oldest university in Asia, under the baton of Prof. Fidel G. Calalang Jr. Since 1993, the group has earned more than 45 top prizes. In 1995, the UST Singers triumphed at the 49th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, United Kingdom and won four first prizes including the CHOIR OF THE WORLD GRAND PRIZE. This event was undeniably a landmark in the history of the Eisteddfod, the oldest international choral competition in the world, as the UST Singers is the first and only Asian choir, to date, to attain such prestigious honor.
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The University of Santo Tomas Singers
Dude you know? Compiled by Vanessa De Guzman
Taylor Swift used to keep practicing her guitar until her fingers bled.
Miley Cyrus wakes up at 5 a.m. every day and reads her Bible, then falls back to sleep. She calls it “her time.”
Bruno Mars, whose real name is Peter Gene Bayot Hernandez, is of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent. He says his favorite food is chicken adobo.
At the age of eight, Sarah Geronimo sang for Pope John Paul II when he visited the Philippines in 2005.
Christian Bautista is the first and the only Filipino artist to guest in the Indonesian Idol, Indonesia's version of “American Idol.”
Erik Santos recorded an album with songs of Martin Nievera and Ariel Rivera when he was about 13 or 14 years old.
Rihanna amazingly doesn’t smoke.
Photos from the internet; Sources: http://factspage.blogspot.com, http://radioalice.cbslocal.com, https://sites.google.com/site/triopopculture/opm-influences/interesting-facts
They now shine bright like a diamond. They are some of the famous young local and international singers/songwriters. You are fanatics. You know the long list of their song records and their awards. You think you know everything about them. But dude you know that…
Nagsimula siya sa simpleng “intermission numbers” sa mga Tupperware parties na pinagtatrabahuan ng kanyang ina bilang seller nu’ng siya’y bata pa. Madalas din siyang mahuli ng kanyang ama na nakaharap sa salamin at tila umeeksena ng madramang kabaliwan. Tinuloy niya ang kanyang kagustuhan sa drama nung siya’y matutong magsulat ng iskrip ng Maalaala Mo Kaya. Sa murang edad, isa siya sa mga mahusay na tagasubaybay ng nasabing palabas at tila director na nakatuon sa bawat anggulo ng istorya para lamang muling isulat ang iskrip nito. EXTRA MAKE-UP ARTIST Kahit balakid sa kanyang kagustuhan ang desisyon ng ama, matapang pa rin niyang hinamon ang kanyang buhay kolehiyo sa Maynila. Naging mapanuri siya sa bawat pagkakataon para ipakita ang kanyang talento hanggang siya’y makapasok sa mga class productions sa Far Eastern University (FEU). Inisip niyang ito’y sapat na kaya’t hindi siya naglakas loob na magpakitang gilas sa FEU Theater’s Guild at umeksena lamang bilang isang makeup artist. Pero kinakitaan pa rin siya ng galing kaya’t sinubukan siyang pinagawa ng isang palabas na naging daan upang tuluyan nga siyang maging miyembro ng isa sa mga kinikilalang club sa nasabing unibersidad. INA SA LIKOD NG KAMERA Maliban sa kanyang mabigat na responsibildad bilang tagasanay ng AC, pinanghahawakan din niya ang tungkulin bilang ilaw ng tahanan at ina sa paaralan. Sa positibong aspeto, sinabi niyang ang pagiging drama queen niya ay nakatutulong sa
nina Ryan Pastolero at Ellen Grace Peña Kimkim sa kanyang maamong mukha ang tatlong mahahalagang papel. Hindi lang ito ang madamdaming iskrip na kanyang ginagawa para sa mga hari’t reyna ng SMU Artists’ Circle (AC) na kanyang ginagabayan kundi mga papel na siya ring bumubuo sa kanyang masayang buhay. Singkit na mga mata, ngiti na nagpapasaya—‘yan kung turingin si Ma’am Zemaia Sen Paulino, isa sa mga tagasanay at guro ng AC. Isang aktres, director at ina ng pinilakang-tabing. Pero paano nga ba siya nagsimula? Paano nga ba ang buhay niya sa likod ng entablado’t suot na maskara?
kanyang mga anak. Tinuturuan niya ang mga anak sa akting kaya naman kung siya’y nagkakaroon ng drama workshops, handang tumulong ang kanyang mga anak sa pagtuturo. Pero malimit pa rin na naghahanap ng atensyon ang kanyang mga anak lalo’t ang buhay niya minsan ay nasa paaralan lamang para sa mga AC rehearsal o di kaya nama’y subsob sa pagtuturo sa mga drama workshops. Bilang guro, malaki rin ang naidudulot ng kanyang
talento. Ginagamit niya ang drama techniques sa klase hindi lamang upang aliwin ang mga estudyante kundi upang hubugin din ang kanilang mga kakayahan. Sa kabilang banda, minsan ay naiiwan niya ang klase para pumunta sa mga produksyon na nangangailangan din ng kanyang suporta. Pero gaano man kahirap ang mga responsibilidad na ito, dito ang kanyang mundo at masaya siya sa kanyang ginagawa.
HAMON NG PAGKAKATAON Maraming pagkakataon ang sumubok sa kanyang katatagan at kahusayan sa pag-arte. Pagkagradweyt niya sa kolehiyo sa edad na dalawampu’t isa, agadagad siyang sinubok ni Dr. Rustica Carpio, ang gumanap bilang lola ni Ella Cruz sa Aryana, na bumuo ng isang produksyon. Sa kagustuhang mapatunayan ang sarili, halos isang taon niyang binuo ang “Anastacia” na naipalabas sa 76th founding anniversary ng FEU. Maliban sa pagiging isang stage manager, naging workshop coordinator din siya sa CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) at nakapasok sa isang directing workshop na kung saan nakasama niya ang ilan sa mga iniidolo niyang imahe sa mundo ng pag-arte. Dumating din siya sa puntong nagugulat siya sa mga taong kanyang nakakaharap. Pero pinanatili pa rin niya ang tatag at pangarap sa kanyang puso. Nasubukan rin niyang bumuo ng sariling workshop nang walang bayad kasama ang iisang tao na dumalo. Kinaya rin niyang gumawa ng workshop na mas malaki pa ang babayaran sa nirentahang lugar kesa sa perang kikitain. Pero taos-puso pa rin niyang ipinagpatuloy ang nasimulan at hinulma niyang talento sa mga pagkakataon na dumarating sa kanya. There are no small roles, only small actors, sambit ni Ma’am Zemaia sa mga nangangarap na tulad niya. Dagdag niya’y ang entablado raw ay para sa lahat at ang mahalaga ay hindi lang kung paano mo ibato ang isang linya kundi kung paano ito magmarka sa isang tao. Gumawa ka ng ibang maskara sa likod ng kamera. Huwag gawing limitasyon ang mga balakid sa pangarap bagkus samahan ito ng disiplina para makamit ang ninanais. M
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DRAMA QUEEN SA SALAMIN
January-March 2013 Photos by Joe Allen Mark Esteban
SA HARAP NG
insan, sa panonood ng pelikula o palabas sa teatro, sadyang ‘di tayo nakapokus sa mismong pelikula kundi sa mga artistang gumaganap. Kapag ang idolo ay gwapo, maganda o sikat, papanoorin mo agad ngunit kapag ‘di kilala sa
by Ryan Pastolero and Ellen Grace Pena
lipunan, magdadalawang isip ka pa bago mo panoorin, ‘di ba? Ang artista ang nagdadala ng emosyon sa isang pelikula para maramdaman mismo ng mga manonood ang gusto nilang ipahiwatig. Hindi magiging epektibo ang pelikula o palabas sa teatro kung hindi rin epektibo
ROMYBEN GERVACIO, 19 BS Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management 4 Artists’ Circle (AC) President (2012 - 2013)
Theater Actor “Ang pag-arte ang siyang nagpapaikot sa mundo ko at dahil diyan, kaya kong isakripisyo maski ang buhay ko para magawa ang bagay na pinakagusto kong gawin sa mundo – ang pag-arte.” BUHAY AKTOR Bata pa lang siya nang madiskubre niya ang talent niya sa pag-arte sa tulong mismo ng mga magulang niya at kamaganak. Siya ang ginagawa nilang taga-aliw, ginagawa siyang babae, pinagmomodel at iba pa. Maraming mga bagay na kaya niyang gawin sa larangan ng pagarte subali’t isa sa mga pinakagusto niyang gawin ay ang gumaya ng boses ng ibang tao. Inamin niyang may mga oras na nalilimitahan siyang gawin ang isang bagay dahil natatakot siya sa sasabihin ng ibang taong makakapanood sa kanya tulad ng pag-arte na kabilang sa “third sex.” May mga tao raw kasi na makitid ang utak at mag-iisip na ang ipinapakita niyang karakter sa entablado ay sumisimbolo ng kanyang pagkatao. Gayun pa man, ‘di ito naging sagwil sa kanya para
maging epektibong aktor. Mas lalo pa niyang binigyang pansin ang pagtitiwala niya sa kanyang sarili at ang pagiging positibo sa lahat ng bagay. PAMILYA Dahil sa talento niya, natagpuan din niya ang grupo na matatawag niyang isa pang pamilya na malaki ang naitutulong para siya’y maging masaya at huwag dibdibin ang mga problema. INSPIRASYON Masasabi mang may mga problema siyang nararanasan bilang presidente ng AC, aktor, estudyante at SK chairman, hindi ito naging hadlang sa kanya para mahalin at hubugin niya lalo ang talento niya sa pag-arte. Bagkus ginagawa niyang inspirasyon ang talento niya para magtagumpay sa buhay. MAGING POSITIBO LAGI “Sa mga aspiring actors at actresses, think positive palagi. Huwag niyong hayaang pangunahan kayo ng takot, kaya niyong gawin ang isang bagay basta’t pursigido kayong gawin ito,” wika ni Romyben.
o magagaling ang mga artistang gumaganap dito. Madalas sa mga artista tayo nagsa-side comments kapag epektibo ang pagbato nito ng mga linya at nakukuha nila ang atensyon ng mga tao. Madalas natin silang naaalala pati ang palabas pero kapag palpak naman ito, palaging namumutawi sa ating mga
bibig ang mga salitang “Hmp! Di naman siya magaling,” “ang OA niya,” “ang korni niya.” Ngunit naisip ba natin ang buhay ng mga artistang nagsisigaganap sa likod ng kamera o entablado? Kung ano ang mga pinagdadaanan nila para lang maunawaan, matawa, madala, maiyak o matakot tayo sa kanilang palabas?
RONALD CARANZA, 20 BS Public Administration 1
Indie Film Actor/Theater Actor “Masaya ang daigdig ng pag-arte, tagumpay ang dulot nito sa iyo kung alam mong pangalagaan ang talento mo. Kung may maaabot ka man, dapat ang tingin mo pa rin sa sarili mo ay nagsisimula pa lamang.” BUHAY AKTOR Hayskul siya nang simulan niyang sumali sa mga pagtatanghal sa simbahan. Hanggang sa nakita niya kung ano ang kaya niyang gawin sa larangan ng pag-arte. Ninais niyang mas pagtuunan pa ng pansin ang talento niya kaya naisipan niyang mag-audition noon bilang aktor sa isang indie film na pinamagatang “Sa Kanto ng Ulap at Lupa” na kabilang sa Cinema 1 Originals. Ayon sa kanya, maganda na mahirap, malungkot na masaya ang pagiging buhay
aktor dahil may mga bagay na kailangang isakripisyo minsan para dito tulad ng oras at ang hilig sa pagsasayaw. Ganun pa man, ‘di siya nagsisisi na pinasok niya ang daigdig ng pag-arte dahil sa pamamagitan nito, mas lalo siyang nagtiwala sa kakayahan niya at dahil dito, nakahalubilo niya ang ilang mga artista sa telebisyon tulad nina Carlo Aquino, Arnold Reyes, Althea Vega at iba pa. PROYEKTO Tatlong indie films na ang kinabibilangan niya tulad ng “Kanto ng Langit at Lupa” at “Ang Mundo sa Panahon ng Bato” at “Diablo.” Ngayong taon, tinawag ulit siyang maging aktor para sa isang role sa “Ang Kwento ni Mabuti,” isang indie film sa direksyon ni Direk Mez De Guzman at kinabibilangan ni Nora Aunor. M January-March 2013 The MARIAN
THE FACES OF ACTING by Ansherina Rose Arquero
Acting is referred to as a performing art where an actor portrays a specific character in a creative manner. This is putting oneself in a particular situation directed by the script or the part he is performing which is different from his real life. Acting has also its genres which are basically the foundation of movies that we are watching. Let us review some of these genres.
DRAMA Crying lady and brooding man are the typical descriptions for a drama. But as time went by, these have changed. Realistic scenes are more appealing to the audience now. How to bring out the best and appropriate emotion for a particular event in a drama is a hitch of an actor. An imaginative mind is really a requirement to achieve the goal of acting drama, which is to bring enjoyment to the audiences and to relate some experiences with them. M
Model: Ellen Grace PeĂąa, SMU Artistsâ€™ Circle member
Comedy is usually done for merrymaking purposes. The actor involved is using his creative skill to deliver his part in a persuasive way. There is a need to bring out his creativity toward a particular subject in order for him to achieve what is needed to be achieved. An artistic deliberation of every word in a script is also done by a comedian. The way he connects to the audience as he stands before them is another unique talent he possesses. Imagination plus the skill is needed by the actor to receive the sweetest response from the audience, their cackles, their smiles and their laughs. From the unique making of the script up to the final interpretation is another proof that acting in comedy is an artinfluenced one.
Photos by Joe Allen Mark Esteban
The sound effect, the shocking factor, the scream, the theme, the story, the casts, the actions, the footage --- all of these need a skillful mind and a creative imagination. Why? A producer will never produce a horror film which is not appealing. A writer writes a script by using his wide range of imagination regarding the creatures which are not seen by an ordinary person. A director uses his ability to assure the right flow of the story including the proper action and timing of every actor involved. An actor involved in the scene needs to create an instant image of a monster or a ghost to have more realistic reaction to be played on-screen. A graphic artist who is responsible for the insertion of the creature must apply his talent in creating the best picture he can contrive by using his instinct. A makeup artist has a unique skill that is needed to make every character and event in the scene a realistic one. Thus, art is greatly implemented in the making of a horror film.
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by Freniel Mikko Austria, Vanessa De Guzman, Angelica Raoze Viloria and Samanatha Wallis
This year’s Humanities students has tried their shot on indie film making and so, we are giving you the reviews from Cinemaria 2013. Go on then, feel free to pick out which one’s you’d include in your next movie marathon.
Not another love story Sometimes, friction produces spark. And when the friction between two contrary people occurs, a spark of love may enflame. Alexandria, also known as Lexa, is a journalist who picks Jed as her subject for an article about the “popular kids” in campus. Lexa has a secret agenda to investigate if Jed has his hidden evil in him and to expose it through her article. But later on, the principle of “opposites attract” takes place. And as unexpected, they become closer. But the discovery of one’s secret may break the precious trust and love built.
Reserans Quatour Elementa Dreams, of course everybody has them. But when six students dream of the very same dream with the very same ghostly prophetic woman, that is something supernatural. The six students have crossed into each other’s paths and were faced with one common mission: to save the world from the dreaded apocalypse. And as they discover a mysterious book with several blank pages, it’s up to them to fill it, with either a story of triumph or tragedy of mankind.
Calexssey When twins love the same man, envy takes place. In this story, where Cassey and Lexy are identical twin sisters, Cassey is to get married with Ian, but Lexy kept silent about her feelings towards the same man. But before the wedding, tragedy played with the twin’s fate. Cassey died, and Lexy took her identity in order to marry the man she secretly loved. But would this secret remain buried underneath?
Signos What will happen if a good boy, cool guy, rich girl, a nerdie girl, religious lady, Japanese hottie, a kenkoy and a girl –wannabe are put together in a different era? How can they work together if their personalities collide against each other? Will they put aside their differences in order to go back to their proper time? Or put on their pride and never return to their right time.
Omega End of the world - the most feared by the living, the message given by the prophecies. And to prevent it depends upon the humbled hands of one simple college boy. Two people from different times and dimensions come to his help in search for the keys needed to stop the apocalypse. But could this boy, troubled by his own personal sentiments and problems, be able to face a bigger problem entailing the life of the entire human race? And could he answer the call of the future and the present?
It’s acrazy world Chander’s parents wants him to enter the seminary. But his heart is clearly not into it. And so he planned an escape….having a girlfriend. Then again, he couldn’t seem to come across the ‘right one’. Get caught up in his whirlwind romances involving falling leaves on pretty girls, a mom who looks like his dad and his dad looking like a mom, kidnapping scenes in boarding houses, and one guy who just can’t seem to find what he’s looking for. You might also get a glimpse of squirrels narrating the scenes once in a while. Oh well, it’s a crazy world. January-March 2013 The MARIAN
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Love begins with hate. Whether that makes sense or not is up to you. But when partners up with the cool and ‘suplado’ Carlo Alejandro for a literary piece, everything goes just as UNplanned. Find out how love can change a cold heart and how two people who seems to hate each other end up together. But of course this love story won’t be complete without an alluring villain and the puppy-eyed bestfriend. Who’s chance will be stolen? Better watch and find out.
The Plea of Maita
A bloodied girl in white dress haunts the comfort rooms, class rooms, even boarding houses. But why is she everywhere? Well not actually everywhere. Just around this particular group of teens. Not long after her death, one of them sees her and a few minutes after, stabs to death another of their friends, herself being run over by a car after running away from her gory crime. Dare find out why this mischievous ghost is casting a bloody revenge.
Preciosa Venganza (Lovely Revenge) A memoir written during spanish era narrates a story of romance and death to a group of teenagers. But one of them, andrei, mysteriously traveled back time at the ancestral house where they found the memoir. Events lead to the interweaved worlds of the past and present as Andrei becomes the cause of the murder in the memoir. When Andrei returns to the present day, an incensed ghost takes revenge against him and starts to haunt everyone else.
Someday I’ll be good enough Bruno Mars sings in Granade of all he’ll do for love, but will he do everything for a person in a photo? Well, faye survived college taking inspiration from photo of a guy she never met. One time, they finally meet and become friends. As faye unfolds her longtime feelings with him, he tells her he only wanted for them to be friends. But someday, faye hopes she’ll be good enough to take on her star-crossed romantic tale.
Retreat A group of college students join a school retreat that is supposed to be an inner journey of reconnecting to their spiritual slef, one of prayer and contemplation. But when the night turns from devotion to grimace, a horrifying story of a murdered story appears to be more then an urban legend. As friendships are challenged and trust is tested, the students have to deal with surviving the following nights more than their own teenage angst and personal relationships.
Scenes from the movies Retreat, Not Another Love Story and Memento
A new transferee to the academy, Maita proves to be a student to watch for. She’s beautfiul, diligent, hardworking and smart. Yet, her classmates find her socially indept never knowing what she has gone through. Maita struggles with her past as her memories of being brutally gang-ranged by two of her classmates haunt her in her dreams. She wrestles with her courage to tell her story and the fear of stigma and humiliation.
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A FIT'S “CHEATS”
by Jeremy Lopez
e all have a sweet tooth in us and no amount or degree of diet could forever prevent you from savoring sweets especially from those mouth-watering and devilishly calorie-crammed treats fit-conscious people call “cheats.” One professor from the School of Accountancy is known for her treats which have been known in places such as the Veterans Regional Hospital, Pisay, SMU Grade School and High School departments and in the provincial capitol but not only in the province is she known for her creations. It has reached as far as Tuguegarao City in the north and as south and mainstream as Manila. She is known for her cakes and cupcakes especially those chocolate cakes with sultry chocolate fillings inside you’re sure to crave for once you’ve tasted them. And you’re so huli sa balita if you still do not know that I am referring to Mrs. Ma. Concepcion “Joan” Jalijali.
AT THE TOP Her creations if not in ordinary state are topped off with butter cream icing, marshmallow icing, or fondant plus the usual candy flowers, sprinkles, mini-marshmallows and other toppings you can imagine.
what’s inside depending on the order. If not the ordinary cupcake without fillings, then her fillings would be very sweet and delightful. You know you’d want more as her fillings aren’t just made of mediocre ingredients. The feeling of delight, the texture and taste of her creations speak for themselves.
FEELING THE FILLING Did you know that most of the people who’ve tasted her treats say that if it is not sweet, then it’s moist and luscious? Her creations vary on
TOUGH DOUGH If you want to eat something she’d make, she’d have a blast making it, too. Order from her a fondant cake. Though hard to make, she finds
FIT OR TREAT? Those who are on a strict diet disregard that diet once they see the sweet treats Ma’am Joan brings. From chocolate cakes, cheesecakes, vanilla cakes, carrot cakes, banana cakes or fondant cakes to chocolate cupcakes and red velvet cupcakes, she makes ‘em!
the challenge a joy and though it’s expensive especially because of aesthetic appeal, you’ll know the ingredients used won’t be mediocre either. If you want to see something Ma’am Joan can do that none of the fancy bakeries and restaurants here in the province have yet done, try ordering a stainedglass design from Mrs. Jalijali. With a unique and stunning design, you’d think it came from a fancy restaurant or a well-known bakery. PAK! NA FACT! Ma’am Joan never enrolled in any formal training course
about pastries and baking denying the usual presumption that she graduated an HRM course if you don’t know her. In fact, she graduated with a B.S. Commerce degree – Major in Accounting. So how did she learn? From helping her mother, she learned how to bake in the kitchen and started baking by herself and learning new recipes while she was in college. From then on, she taught herself new recipes and continues to lengthen her long list of recipes for her different cakes and treats to go. She plans of being a full-time baker soon so watch out for that and don’t be surprised if in five years time, you’ll see her as a full-time businesswoman if not in the province, then expect her to have a business somewhere in the bustling streets of Manila. M January-March 2013 The MARIAN
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CUTIE CUPCAKES by Angelica Roze Viloria
SCRAP TO CRAFT by Angelica Roze Viloria Ever since she was still a little girl, Glory Gay Alayu , BS Accountancy 5, already had an eye for fashion. That’s why she pursued her dream through making her own hair accessories. She never intended to sell her products but since there are people who saw her work and became interested in them, she started to sell them and made it as her own business. All of her products are handmade. She started her first merchandise using only scrap
to icing these cuties. They make cupcakes for a variety of occasions like birthdays, monthsaries and even anniversaries. Customers can even choose what design they want for their cupcakes. They can even have it personalized. Most of their customers are teachers and students from SMU, but they also have customers from other schools. Since they began, they never
experienced a week without orders. They have at least one order every week. According to some of their avid customers, their cupcakes are different from other cupcakes because they are affordable for students and at the same time the taste and quality of the cupcakes are worth the price. M
materials such as fabrics and beads. When she noticed that the public liked her products, she started continuously produce the said items and sell them. Most of her customers are students from SMU, but there are also outsiders who purchase her products. Her handmade broaches and hair accessories are now being distributed to some bridal shops in Bambang, and also boutiques in Bayombong and Solano. The accessories are customized but the customers can have it personalize. They can choose what color, design or beads they want to use for their hair dress or broaches, whatever their hearts content is. The said items are good as a gift or even giveaways for special occasions such as debut or weddings. But they must order ahead of time because she personally makes each item. M
Models: Maricris Antonio and Tamara Shahani Bando
lang na magbebenta kami pero tinotoo na namin,” said Ivy. They were successful with their first try and from then on they decided to continue with what they have started. They are also starting to experiment with different flavors and designs on their cupcakes. The accountants-to-be/ pastry chefs in the making are hands on from baking
Photo by Rebekah Muñoz
Cupcakes! Everyone can’t seem to have enough of it. So, Donita Rose Solis, Ivy Rolyne Pudiquet and Lovely Joy Bosque, BSA-3 students, thought of making these devilishly delicious delights. Last December, they decided to start their business when they saw pictures of colorfully decorated cupcakes in the internet. “Akala ko joke
WORD by Freniel Mikko Austria
From gastronomic creations to feisty gourmet, and everything in between “To bring out the soul of the food, which will then bring back memories to people or even create new experiences for some,” Jerome Cabanag shares, “is the essence of art in cooking.” An Information Technology (IT) graduate, this lad has left the square-faced-Einsteinclone-slash-computer to savor culinary life at a world-class kitchen.
One of the Magsaysay Awardees Being an active student leader and volunteer during his college years in Saint Mary’s University, Jerome was a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay leadership award. He served as the president of the Information Technology General Council and business manager of the Student Central Council. He was an exchange student to Japan through the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) program and a former United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) youth ambassador. But his graduation rite was not the last time he would be linked with Magsaysay. At present, he is pursuing Culinary Arts at Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA). As part of his in-house training, he was a commis chef at Princess Cruises.
He is presently applying for his external training in professional cooking. However, it’s not just the name—there is a “need to be a committed team player and to establish positive interpersonal relationships”— Jerome gets to know that leadership quality is important in every nook and cranny of culinary. “Whether you’ll be paired with celebrities like Carmina Villaroel or me, you need to be a leader, which means to be a follower in my case (albeit in a cheery tone of voice).”
Accidentally on Purpose While choosing another fork in the road was a drastic career move, Jerome finds happiness and joy with his decision. “My cooking is not just a matter of continuously supplied inspiration; it’s actually more of endless passion,” he says. Indeed, cooking is not a newfound love for him; the ‘chef ’ has already been there since. “When I was a kid, my parents January-March 2013 The MARIAN
would leave me with my sister. We needed to cook because we didn’t have a maid that time. And I enjoyed [cooking], from pancit canton, adobo, sinigang to entirely my own recipe.” “My years in IT education will not be wasted. I can use my knowledge on web ordering, product transactions or managing database of the commissary,” he says to those who raise their eyebrows why didn’t he just go for an IT-related job. The guy’s got an insightful grasp of what he wants to be. He plans to get more certifications in commercial cooking. He recalls when his mother asked him if he likes to take up culinary arts, “I was about to pursue postgraduate studies (Masters in IT), when my Mama asked me [if I like to enroll in a culinary school]. Of course, I want it.” He considers that “being able to translate my passion for cooking into a superb dish that would make others’ day more wonderful” will give his
life meaning and purpose. Well, we need to jump over the fence to know if we are on the right place, the place that will make us happy.
Le Connoisseur (A la mode) “Cooking is not cooking without art just like life is not life without beauty. Art is, therefore, an integral part of this profession,” he said. That’s the idiosyncratic quality of Jerome: passionate and creative. “Everything from washing of the ingredients to the garnishing of the dish cannot be completed without art. To bring out the perfection from the finest creation is the chef ’s job,” he shares. But culinary arts is not solely based on one’s pleasure or freedom of choice. “You can always put your own spin to every dish you make, but there will always be basics and guidelines to consider.” Like in
baking, it is “very intricate and tricky because you can’t estimate or assume the amount of the ingredients you need to put.” There should be precision and accuracy— “it’s scruffy when you use flour, shortening or powders. Sometimes, the cooking will also depend on the type of oven you’ll use.” Being creative doesn’t mean “you’re on your own.” There is a need to “read books, magazines and recipes.” These, according to him are things you can get inspirations from. Definitely the perfect taste cannot come out just from the tossing and mixing of various ingredients. You need to have your own style, that’s when the vision and creativity to infuse art in cooking comes in. “You should know the ways how to obtain the flavors from the ingredient you’ll use. The way you sauté, the way you sweat or sear it, it should be perfect. Sometimes, [ingredients] don’t have that definite tang on the palate if
you went wrong with your techniques,” he says. While most of the time he studies the different types of cuisines, he gets excited to discover, and eventually create, new flavors from experimenting with various ingredients. “I think I’ll be creating more soups and sauces. It may look simple but it’s really challenging that even the cast iron stomachs will critic them… and, yes, desserts. I love sweets.” M
Chocolate Wonton From Jerome Cabanag
Place a wonton wrapper on a work surface. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of chocolate chips into the center of the wrapper. Top with a piece of strawberry. Dip your finger in water, and moisten 2 adjacent inside edges of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper into a triangle; squeeze out as much air as possible from the contents, and make sure the wrapper is very well sealed by pressing the edges with your fingers. Set the filled wrappers on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Fry the wonton triangles, a few at a time, until golden brown, about 45 seconds on the first side. Flip them in the oil, and fry an additional 30 seconds on the second side. Drain the fried wontons on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve warm.
Photos and recipe courtesy of Cabanag
1 (12 ounce) package wonton wrappers, 1 cup milk, chocolate chips, 10 strawberries, quartered, 3 cups vegetable oil for frying, 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting
Some dance grooves are just outrageously stupid but some are still doing these moves on dance floors. How would we ever know that those sassy steps would make a storm and turn out to be funky dance crazes? Let’s take a sneek peek at different dance crazes from all over the world or just around the corner which made Filipinos shake their bon-bons.
Less than two months into 2013, and the year has its first ridiculous internet craze: the “Harlem Shake” dance. Unlike “Gangnam Style,” which came to take over the US out of nowhere, the Harlem shake actually started as the name of a dance created in Harlem, New York in 1981. It’s been referenced in plenty of songs over the years, but the new dance craze uses producer Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” track, notes ABC News.
The song ‘Gangnam style’ by South Korean singer Psy has sparked an international dancing craze. The song’s music video, featuring Psy’s distinctive “horsy dance” has reached over a billion views on Youtube, making it the most popular video in Youtube history. Why, even pop princess Britney Spears and popular American host Ellen DeGeneres
“Harlem Shake” videos now start with a single person hipthrusting and wearing a crazy mask. When the bass kicks in, everyone else starts dancing in no particular way. It’s been done everywhere now, including underwater. Even the Army likes it, YouTube Trends manager Kevin Allocca wrote that the craze has exploded. There are now over 12,000 videos, which have all been watched for nearly millions of times
SASSY STEPS: Pivoting the shoulder out while popping the other shoulder out at the same time.
SASSY STEPS: Open your legs and bend your knees slightly. Step down in the order right foot-left foot-right foot-right foot. With each step, pick up the foot and set it down again in a skipping motion.Now do the same motion in the order left foot-right foot-left foot-left foot.
to side, chances are, they’ve been bitten by the “Dougie” craze.
Before “Gangnam Style” hit the airwaves, everybody danced the “dougie.” This song, released in April 2010, is an ode of sorts to the dougie dance that originated from Texas. “Teach Me How To Dougie” peaked at the 28th spot
SASSY STEPS: Sway to one side, and pause for a beat while putting your weight on the foot on the side you’re leaning (You can do it to the beat, or double-time every third beat. Put your own rhythm into it so it feels comfortable) your arm should
of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the shimmy style moves seen in its video were imitated by the young and old alike. If you’ve seen folks looking like they’re dusting off dandruff from their shoulders, or bending their arms from side
are amused with the “horse dance step” that go with the song as both ladies learned to do it right from Psy himself on the TV host’s show . “Gangnam Style” is a term pertaining to the lavish lifestyle of the Gangnam district of South Korea as depicted in the music video for the song which sees Psy horse-dancing in various locations.
Sources: http://www.spot.ph/art-theater-dance/46029/top-10-dance-crazes-in-the-philippines-/5; http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/2013/02/harlem-shake-latest-dance-craze-take-over-internet-video.
by Dan Reuel Viado
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LOCO MOTION for
be by your side (continue doing the side-to-side movement). Bring it up towards you in a fist, in a counterclockwise circle motion, until your arm is bent with your elbow facing down and your first up by your head. Do this move with the sway of the same side, and then again with the opposite arm. It may sound complicated, but it’s not. M January-March 2013 The MARIAN
MARRIEN JAVIER Grade 2 ako nung matuto akong sumayaw. Sa totoo lang hindi naman talaga ako dancer noon. Transferee ako, tapos biglang kinuha na lang ako nung teacher namin. ‘Dun ko na rin natutunan sumayaw. Contemporary ang pinakapaborito kong genre sa lahat pero gusto ko rin ang dance sports, ballroom at pop. Sa contemporary [dance] kasi, hindi lang nasa pag-execute ng movement kundi pati feelings mo, naipapakita mo rin. Iyong maipaparamdam mo sa iba kung ano ‘yung nararamdaman mo. May story kasi siya. ‘Dun naeemphasize ‘yung essence ng dance. Natutunan ko sa dancing na kahit ‘di ka magaling, basta pursigido kang matuto, iyong masaya ka sa ginagawa mo, malayo ang mararating mo. Best teacher ko ng dance? Si Sir Dino. Natutunan ko kasi sa kanya na kung ayaw mo ang isang bagay, pangit talaga ang kalalabasan at kung gusto mo ‘yung ginagawa mo tsaka magwowork ka para ‘dun, may magandang patutunguhan. Ang sikreto kasi sa pagsasayaw, kung gusto mo ‘yun, hindi ka magsasawa. Dedicated ka dapat. Tsaka hahanap-hanapin din ng katawan mo eh. Goal ko ang maging magaling na dancer siyempre. Gusto ko din sumali sa mga ‘Got to dance’ ganun (laughs). Dati kasi gusto ko maging ballerina, pero nung nakita ko yung G-force, parang gusto kong matulad sa kanila. Ang galing eh. Achievement para sa akin ‘yung natapos ko ‘yung practice teaching ko kahit sumasayaw ako. Sobrang hirap pero kinaya ko. ‘Yung tipong practice hanggang gabi, tapos pag-uwi, shower lang tapos gawa na ng lesson plan. Ang hirap talaga pero okay lang, kinaya naman. Highest achievement ko siguro so far ‘yung umabot kami nun ng partner ko sa top 6 ng national PRISAA, sa dance sports. Kasi sobrang nakakapagod. Mga 22 pairs kami noon, tapos ang daming rounds. ‘Yung stamina namin ng partner ko, endurance (laughs_. Grabe ewan kung paanong hindi naubos. Kaya sobrang masaya ako na umabot kami dun. Favorite place kong napasyalan dahil sa pagsasayaw yung Muslim church sa Zamboanga City. Dun sa loob, may ibat-ibang kulay ng kandila depende sa kung ano ang ipagdadasal mo. Kaya lang after na ng competition. Sana before (laughs). Gusto ko din maging professional naman. Hindi naman habang buhay makakapagsayaw ako ‘di ba. Kaya inisip ko, dapat may matapos din ako. Sa grupo naman, dapat tulungan. Hintayin mo ‘yung time mo na mag-shine. Hindi naman pwedeng ikaw na lang lagi yung nasa harap ‘di ba. Suportahan niyo ang isat-isa, ganun dapat. Kung mahal mo talaga ang pagsasayaw. Gawin mo lagi yung best mo. Hindi mo naman mararating yung gusto mo kung hindi ka mageeffort. M Interview by Samantha Wallis
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by Dan Reuel Viado, Caselline Corpuz, Milvin Manitchala and Lea Donna Divina Language isn’t just for the lips, as Lemuel, Frank and Berna would prove. Let their rythm run through your veins, and see how the’ve put their passion in motion
RN, former Dance Troupe member
An Overture The passion for dancing began in his childhood years. Burning with so much love and enthusiasm for dancing, he considers dancing as a venue to express his identity as well as his feelings. He says that whenever he dances, he always conveys the emotions he never thought he could personally show to people by just maneuvering his body. With that, he is able achieve happiness and selffulfillment. A Chameleon Unlike other dancers who enhanced their talents through formal trainings, he did not try to undergo such; instead he improved his skills by exposing himself to different genres throughout the years. That way, he got to understand the varied forms and interpretations of each dance. And then, he began to discover a channel that would allow him to create movements by pulling out an inspiration from personal, environmental, social and spiritual issues. Humble Beginnings He started to earn a living out of his passion by teaching others how to dance. They are the people who believed on what he can do as a dancer. They invited him to teach them and from then, his career as a choreographer has been established.
Photo courtesy of Juan
One Big Step As a choreographer, he considers his three-year feat in the Ammungan Festival as his greatest achievement so far. He was the person behind the success of Alfonso Castaneda National High School streetdancing team which placed first runner-up in 2010, champion in 2011 and first runner up last 2012. Though every sweat turned out to be rewarding, he also went through the tough times that really pushed him to his limit. He had to train a lot of students with different levels of skills—these include students who have “parehong kaliwang paa.” The pressure got more intense with just a week utmost to prepare the whole routine ready for Ammungan Grand Showdown. With that, he said, “My patience was not just tested but it was literally stretched to its limit and I almost reached the ridge of insanity (laughs).” A Dancer’s Gratitude “As I have said, I haven't had any formal dance training but I must pay due recognition to my former mentor and choreographer when I was still a member of the Marian Dance Troupe, Mr. Dino Reyes, for giving me the opportunity to improve my skills and abilities as a dancer. He helped me become the dancer I am today because of the training he initiated in the group and for the countless opportunities he has given me not only as a performer but as a competitor as well. I also give credit to everyone who believed in me, my family and friends who inspired me through all these achievements I gained from my dancing career.”
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BS Nursing 4
Dancing as a passion... When he was in elementary, he was always encouraged to join every time there are performances. At first, he didn’t think it’s a passion for him but eventually, he realized that dancing is indeed his passion. He said that he is comfortable dancing because he
is able to express emotions like happiness and loneliness.
have the will and determination to learn.”
Dance genre... “In the SMU Dance Troupe, it’s not enough that you know only one genre, you need to learn them all. And in my long stay in DT, I almost learned all of them. Above all of those is the contemporary format,” he said.
Words of encouragement... “When there is passion, there is dedication. You really should have to love what you are doing. Just follow your dreams and know where you are going. Just do your best, be confident and don’t worry about failure. You will soon realize your real talent and will use it for earning. It feels good when you know you work really hard for it. It pays off.”
Greatest achievement... “It’s when I was qualified to join the dancesports competition in the nationals. I’ve made this far maybe because of dedication. It’s when you don’t know how to dance that pushes your limits to
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BS Hotel and Tourism Management 4
Where it all began... Her passion for dancing started since she was in grade school. But that time he was not so dedicated to it. Influence labeled... Dancing has always been a part of her interests. A big part of this interest was due to the influence of Vhong Navarro. He was able to move her and make her define what she wanted to do and that is dancing. Dance genre... Before, hip-hop was the
only type of dancing she was inclined to. But when she became a member of the Marian Dance Troup, she learned to appreciate other kinds of dances like jazz, contemporary and ballroom. Fulfillment in passion... She was once asked by her mother to teach the dance craze Gangnam Style to her group for a Christmas party presentation. Though she did not earn that much, she earned a feeling of fulfillment. With that, she intends to continue teaching for as long as there are people who believe in her talent just like her mom.
A blessing... Having been a part of the CICM roadshow to Tuguegarao City, Baguio City, San Fernando City and Mandaue City, Cebu gave her the chance to travel and share her talent. She considers it as her greatest achievement so far. Patience, sacrifice and passion made her take a stand on where she is right now. She believes that she won’t be able to make it that far if she was not determined and if she does not like what she is doing. Words of encouragement... “If you really love dancing, live it, grab it then share it and
never give up on something you really want. Just keep it rolling.” Dance is a form of communication. Every simple movement of the body and every complicated stunt have messages to convey. It enables someone to connect, to express and to influence people. Dancers have their own reasons of dancing, but whatever these reasons may be, nothing would underscore their passion and expression of oneself. When a dancer moves an arm, he conveys his mind. When he extends a leg, he reaches out his heart. And when his whole body moves with the rhythm, he speaks his soul. M January-March 2013 The MARIAN
DA HEROES and DA MOVES by Razor Jan Mapa
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Jackie Chan. Jet Li. Bruce Lee I know. Don’t mention it. You know ‘em, yes? Names usually associated with fantastic punches, amazing kicks and jaw-dropping offenses. No doubt, they are famous all around the world, especially in the movie industry.
And in the back of our minds, we copy their moves (secretly, though) and pretend to be one of them. We try to look professionals in terms of fighting. Now stop daydreaming and agree with me that combining movies and martial arts equals AWESOME! We’ve seen actors fly here and kick there while bad guys chase them. Seems impossible, yes? But here we go, take a sneak peek at some of the fighting styles and techniques used in some of the most anticipated movies of the previous years. BARTITSU The gentlemen’s art of fighting (Sherlock Holmes)
Sherlock Holmes, the well-known (or should we say legendary?) fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was made to life by actor Robert Downey, Jr. (who also played Iron Man in the Iron Man series by Marvel) in the past two movies. In the movie, Holmes was seen fighting, showing his wits and muscular body. This is not new, but are you puzzled by the martial arts he demonstrated in the show? Sherlock Holmes is practicing Bartitsu, a mixed martial arts created by Edward
William Barton-Wright, an English railroad engineer some time 1899. This fighting style makes use of elements from boxing, jujitsu, cane fighting and French kick boxing. Bartitsu is also a self-defense system that could be used by some discerning gentlemen on the mean streets of Edwardian London. Bartitsu is quite unique compared to the other styles. It makes use of cloaks, hats, canes and other things a common gentleman must have in order to execute either offensive and defensive maneuvers. Kewl!
KEYSI FIGHTING METHOD The realistic street self defense system (Batman Begins)
We all know that Batman mastered almost every kind of martial arts in the entire planet. He looks so masculine in that
black suit, elegant with that black cape and stunningly good in using his utility belt. He’s got the girl, the car, the mansion and
all things imaginable! But hey, know what style the dark knight is demonstrating in one of his latest flicks? It’s called Keysi, anyway. Unlike Bartitsu, Keysi Fighting Method (KFM) originated in Spain and is instinctually defensive, offensive and dirty. It teaches an individual how to handle scenarios such as being attacked outside, lying down, sitting down, standing, several attackers, shielding, blading and stuff. Keysi is a translation of violence into training format. It also teaches how to use a block as a powerful offensive move to counter an attack. This is considered as one of the fastest methods to stop a threat from a very close rage. In short, KFM is a combination of street fighting and military Special Forces experience. No doubt Bruce Wayne used this technique while wearing his bat suit. What is so nice about this fighting style? Well, believe me, it is all in the head. The fighter is focused as if he is fighting in 3D. Just like in the videogames, the fighter tries to view the whole action scene in real depth. He also thinks this way: “Okay, we are surrounded by a group. Let’s see how we can survive.” This
kind of thinking provides a set of great tools and drills for the fighter. I told you, it’s all inside the head. Maybe that’s why the makers of DC comics provided the Dark Knight some incredible intellect. Hmm. WING CHUN Kung Fu’s close contact combat (Ip Man) You know Bruce Lee, no doubt. Well, he was taught by a Wing Chun expert, the late Ip Man. Ip Man already starred in two movies, both named after him (isn’t it obvious?). These flicks showed his Wing Chun practice, and how he takes down bad guys by this furious technique. Wing Chun is a branch of Kung Fu centered on close combat, quick punches and kicks in tight defense that is coordinated through agile stances and footwork. The student of this technique must learn how to deliver the correct amount of energy, while staying relaxed when possible. Continued on page 77
Marian batters, umarangkada sa nat’l PRISAA Nagpakitang gilas ang dalawang Marian baseball batters matapos makuha ng kanilang grupo ang ikatlong pwesto sa nakaraang National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) na ginanap noong Pebrero 10-16. Nagkamit sina Mark Anthony Tumapalan, BSMA-4, at Ryan Nesperos, ABPhilo-4, ng tansong medalya nang mapabilang sila sa mga manlalarong kumatawan sa ikalawang rehiyon para sa larong baseball. Iginawad naman sa mga
manlalaro ng lawn tennis at sa kanilang tagapagsanay na si Mrs. Ofelia Macutay ang ikatlong pwesto. Bukod pa dito, ipinagkaloob din sa assistant coach na si Dr. Mary Grace Bulatao at sa mga manlalaro ng athletics ang ikalawang pwesto sa nasabing laro. Samantala, nakuha naman ng ikalawang rehiyon ang ikalabingisang pwesto sa pangkalahatan, mas mababa kumpara sa ikasiyam na pwestong nakamit noong nakaraang taon. Sa kabilang dako, sinungkit ng Rehiyon 7
ang unang pwesto, Rehiyon 4a sa ikalawa, Rehiyon 6 sa ikatatlo, Rehiyon 11 sa ikaapat, CAR sa ikalima, rehiyon 1 sa ikaanim, Rehiyon 12 sa ikapito, Rehiyon 5 sa ikawalo, Rehiyon 8 sa ikasiyam, Rehiyon 3 sa ikasampu, Rehiyon 2 sa ikalabing-isa, Rehiyon 10 sa ikalabing-dalawa, Rehiyon 9 sa ikalabing-tatlo, CARAGA sa ikalabing-apat, Rehiyon 4b sa ikalabing-limang, at sa huling pwesto ang NCR. Pumangalawa naman ang Nueva Vizcaya PRISAA team sa nakaraang Regional PRISAA. M
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DA HEROES... from page 76 A teacher of Wing Chun is called “Sifu.” A Sifu must teach the student how to position himself in battle, and use kicks, sweeps, palm strikes, punches, and trapping techniques as part of its fighting arsenal. This way, the student will be able to fight like a pro in no time! What’s so cool about Wing Chun, you ask? Continue reading. •Wing Chun practices simultaneous offense and defense, which means with every block, there is a simultaneous strike. Newton’s third law, perhaps.
•It is also centered on defensive blocking and trapping. They serve to trap the opponent’s limbs in order to create an opening. •Jamming and grabbing the opponent while in battle plays a big part.
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•There is a technique in Wing Chun called “Chain Punch/Roll Punch,” a combination of at least three straight punches that moves in quick succession and works like a machine gun. Ip Man used this lot of times in the movies. Signature move? Yes. •Some call Wing Chun, “Winning from Losing.” It is so because a Wing Chun fighter relies on the vulnerable spot his opponent makes each time the opponent attacks.
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Just like Bartitsu and KFM, Wing Chun is way too awesome for any Hollywood actor. M
Sources: http://www.kwokwingchun.com/; http://www.functionalselfdefense.org/wing-chun/; http://www.garylamwingchun.com/articles/34-articles/78-the-butterfly-hands-of-wing-chun--by-gregory-e-leblanc; http://artofmanliness.com/2009/01/05/bartitsu-gentlemen/; http://ejmas.com/jmanly/articles/2006/jmanlyart wolf 0506.html; http://observer.com/2012/08/defendyourself-like-a-sir-bartitsu-an-adaptable-martial-art-for -the-modern-gentleman/; http://theselfdefenceexpert.com/a-review-of-the-keysi-fighting-method-known -as-kfm/; http://www.kravmagasidekicks.com/Keysi-Fight-Method.html; http://www.cavemansman.com/2011/12/07/keysi-fighting-method-kfm-first-impression-review/
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January-March 2013 The MARIAN
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101 by Ryan Pastolero
To show power and to show strength can be its major rule. But killing is never its purpose. We always watch this sport with frazzling eyes aiming that “The Rock” will prevail the bloody court again, or “Big Show” will once again create a deep banging sound inside the court. But have you ever pondered the background of this sport? They say that to wrestle is to fight with all your might. But wrestling is not just about an energy-giving sport but it is also an art. It has its own rule, its own style and own story to divulge. Come on, and let us chronicle its history…
WRESTLED HISTORY Other than being one of the oldest forms of combat, wrestling was a big part of ancient Greek literature and legend. There are cave drawings in France that are over 15,000 years old showing how magnificent its history is. Back then, wrestling was the number one sport in Greece and also one of the most brutal. The ancient Romans adopted the
sport with much enthusiasm but modified the rules to eliminate most of the brutality. Always popular in ancient Greece, wrestling later held a prominent place in the Olympic Games. During the Middle Ages, wrestling became more popular, including in royal houses in France, Japan, and England. Much later, American settlers brought
WRESTLED DISCIPLINE Modern Wrestling Modern wrestling standards and regulations were developed by International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), an organization that recognizes two categories of wrestling disciplines: international and folk. The category of international wrestling includes eight distinctive disciplines:
Greco-Roman, Freestyle Wrestling, Grappling, Martial Arts (MMA) and Combat Grappling, Beach Wrestling, Oil Wrestling (Turkish), Sambo (Soviet Union) and Pankration. The category of folk wrestling is defined as a traditional form of wrestling unique to a culture or geographic region. Folk wrestling is not regulated by FILA nor
wresting traditions with them from England and discovered wrestling to be popular among the Native American tribes. During the early years of America’s development, amateur wresting was very popular, making appearances at county fairs, carnivals, holiday celebrations, and military exercises. Of the many styles practiced during that time, however, only the catchas-catch-can survived, evolving into the style used today at the collegiate level.
are its various disciplines recognized by FILA as styles of international wrestling. Examples include: Backhold Wrestling (Europe), Cumberland Wrestling (England), Catch-asCatch-Can (England), Kurash (Uzbekistan), Gushteengiri (Tajikistan), Khuresh (Siberia), LottaCampidanese (Italy), Pahlavani (Iran), Pehlwani (India), Penjang Gulat (Indonesia), Schwingen (Switzerland), Shuai Jiao (China), Ssireum (Korea).
WRESTLED FAST FACTS
The first modern Olympic Games held in Athens in 1896, included GrecoRoman Wrestling and there were no categories based on weig ht. The sport then made an Olympic comeback in 1904 but Greco-Roman was not re-included until 1908.
The national governing body of amateur wrestling in the United States is “USA Wrestling,” formed in 1983 and situated in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It conducts age level competitions all across the country.
by Ryan Pastolero
t is not the clash of the Titans or the rattle of the aliens. It is not even the family of dogs or the race of the cats that makes the noise. It is a blast coming from the booming power of the Lady Spikers of De la Salle University and the determined force of the Ateneo de Manila’s Lady Eagles. Who could give the best and exact words to describe the well-attended UAAP Season 75 women's volleyball championship at the Mall of Asia arena? These teams just brewed an early summer spirit after their fiery bout to grab this year’s title. But only one ruled, only one team conquered the court, only one art prevailed to get the victory – only DLSU!
THE REIGN “It’s either we live to fight for another day or we lose another.” Those were the words of head coach Roger Gorayeb to the Ateneo Women’s Volleyball Team before the much-awaited Game 2 of the UAAP Season 75 Volleyball Finals last March 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Unfortunately, the championship dream for the Ateneo Lady Eagles, was cut short in a 3-0 set run, 25-23, 25-20, 25-16,as the DLSU Lady Spikers won their coveted three-peat win in the said game. "This is sweet because this is the fruit of the labor of the girls, they worked hard for this," said triumphant coach Ramil de Jesus, who notched his 190th win in the league, achieved his second three-peat (Seasons 66-69) and raised his trophy collection to eight overall. THE ART
In 2004, Women’s Wrestling became a part of the Olympic Games. Some say that wrestling is a bloody game of superiority. It even causes desperate failure among the losers. As one of its rule, the players grip each other using special holds, each trying to force the other's shoulders onto a mat and be proclaimed as the winner. But the laying of hands on the mat is more than the proclamation of victory because it also symbolizes blessing – a blessing that we are bequeathed by strength and power to be used in the realization of one’s success. And that is the real art of wrestling. M
The three years of ruling the court is a major profile in the history of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). It is like a foundation of a new building where everyone is tempted to view the panorama not just because it is magnificent but also because it is full of inspiration. We are not even familiar with the players or even the coaches. We are just accustomed to their names. Who would not know team captain Abi Marano, or Michelle Gumabao? Or who would not be familiar with Mika Reyes’s towering
spikes? They are the Green Archers in name or better known as La Sallistas. And their conquest is not all about their banner of having the three-peat but it is to show us the real art in sports – the art of unity, the art of determination and the art of loving their sport which is also their life. The unified moves of the Lady Spikers are the real performers of the game. Their determination is also their real inspiration. And their love for their talent is eventually their greatest coach in order to play great in every battle of the career they are following.
The Green Archers might linger their peat for the next years to come. And it is just a matter of making us believe that in every game, in every battle of life, art is always in our lives. It is just a matter of using unity, possessing determination and sharing love in order to be held victorious in the end. M January-March 2013 The MARIAN
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The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, FILA, was founded in 1912, in Antwerp, Belgium.
New York City hosted the first national organized wrestling tournament in 1888 and the modern Olympic Games sanctioned the first wrestling matches at the St Louis games in 1904.
LADY SPIKERS’ ARTISTIC POWER
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GOD BLESS AFGHANISTAN by Domabelle Soriano, RN used to give my 1 point when the question of “Who are in favor of long distance relationships?” is being raised. I thought the thrill would gratify my curiosity. I thought it would disprove me the world’s famous notion that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I used to hate seeing couples together on malls. I used to find it so mushy when a girl accompanies his man to have his hair cut. But everything changed when he decided to fly to a God forsaken, post conflict land in Afghanistan.
I remember browsing the internet how Kandahar Afghanistan looks like, a barren vast of land, as dry as bone, thirsty of God’s grace. Suicide bombs are to explode anytime, the Talibans are to attack and nobody knows how and when. That gives me the reason not to complain of how intricate it is to be left back here, worried. Because I know it is twice dreadful for him to be there. When he calls, It was initially alarming for me hearing choppers’ blade whirring as if they were surrounding the whole village where he stays and signaling that there’s something wrong going on. Until I become accustomed to the sound. Maybe that’s what explains why he sleeps with the TV on. I’ll do the same if I were on his shoe. I’d rather watch CNN no matter how bad the news are rather than let my paranoia grow upon hearing the choppers on the roof. Friday’s are supposed to be a TGIF (Thank God it’s Friday) for him, but it remains a regular working day, doing reports, answering emails. If his chair were to talk, it’ll probably say “hey dude, stand up and catch some rays of the sun.” During our serene conversation I asked, him how much he would need to finally leave Afghanistan. I don’t know what prompted me to pop the question. All I know was I want him home for good. When he said he would need some millions, I wish I would win the lottery that very night. But answers to our prayers doesn’t come that easy.
I go nuts when a day passes without a single message from him. It’s not actually necessary that we exchange text messages every now and then (it’s a teenage thing). I know he understands that I only want to know if he’s fine and safe throughout the day. I seldom miss to visit the web and more often than not, I read on current issues dealing with Afghanistan. There were even bizarre moments when I wish an email comes the next day offering me an Afghanistan job and I’ll take it without second thoughts. And we’d survive the bombs and attacksof-all-kinds, together. Now I had a brand new perspective. Now I find it so lovely seeing couples on the mall, it’s even lovelier when you can drag him to Time Zone/ Game Zone/Quantum, and it’s the loveliest when he sings with you on the videoke without coercion. I realized it’s a sweet thing when you offer him a company to have his hair get trimmed, but its sweeter when after the hair cut he asks “how does it look?” with a wink, and I feel like a hot fudge melting in a sundae. And the sweetest of all is when he
takes time to ask me which shirt would he wear, I feel so privileged that my preference matters and it’s a cute thing that he trusts my choices. And speaking of cute things? I miss those Saturday, XFactor nights when he’d sit and watch with me despite his desire to shift channels. I miss him when he reminds me to buckle up, and even without asking me, he knows what pizza to order. I love the expression from his eyes when I first introduced Magnum to him, he loves it but he loves me
more. I love it when he laughs. I love looking at him when he can’t obviously resist a caramel cupcake. With all these memories he carved on my heart, now I am taking back my 1 point. I hate the reality that its money which makes the world go round, and people apart. I know that someday, the glass facade at NAIA Terminal 1 will not have to see us broken apart again. But until then, I will just have to trust Terminal 1 as a place where a promise of return is made. M
MY GREEK FANTASY by Brent Jericko Narciso I’m a mighty warrior who travelled afar Vanquished numerous monsters that gnarled Gorgons, dragons, minotaurs, and hydras Oh! The threat to the flesh of humanity Venturing, I stumbled upon a mysterious river Where its cool breeze made me shiver Filthy I was, I plunged into the water The light of Helios made me shimmer Rawwwr! The water echoed a roaring sound Armed, I drew my sword beckoning thy enemy Praying the god Ares for skills and valour And thy Athena’s wisdom and tactics Alas! Out emerged an enormous shell So bright and colourful not much like hell Curious I was plunged and striked it open Cut in half out sprung a fair maiden Lying in the middle of the thing’s mouth Unconsciously bold and naked I gaped in amazement at her magnificence Hoping she would be of a gift from the God’s Oh! Aphrodite, goddess of beauty, forgive me For I betrayed your beauty with thee A goddess, a nymph, a mortal she maybe Oh thy winsomeness possessed by she Waking up she wrapped her arms around me Feels like thanking me for setting her free Confirmed that she is a gift from above I clothed her and brought her home as my wife.
Princess Escape by Rocel Morales Garbo Snugly fit the crown and the laces of her gown, Tiptoed the aisle, the eager pair begun, They met the light tearing amidst the dark, The horizon’s lining of silvery white. It shone the tides, big curls but weak, Slapping the boulders underneath, She the witness to die she acclaim! The spell on highness not broken nor attained. Or is it that high, the prowess of a tower, Or merely a mirror of ashes of the castle, Confused tears fights thy truth under.., Running down the chain, of a wanted murder.
Penna by frenielovich mikov The long and lanky that pierce the soul The short and shaven of spasmodic movements The stark and swelling, like blushing Hano Oh, this is God’s greatest design!
January-March 2013 The MARIAN
Awkward Moments III The MARIAN
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Compiled by Marc Ryan Brosas Illustrations by Marc Oliver Fernandez Everything seems perfect— not! And when they say nobody’s perfect, it’s because of you and your silly moments of course. Forgive me, but I’m not trying to be cruel. Read back and you’ll understand I’m being kind. C’mon, you just made a new slang of awkward.
Ready, Set, Takbo! Hajie, Circulations & Communications Manager
January this year, habang naglalakad ako pauwi sa Ponce Street, bigla na lang may sumigaw na babae sa likod ko tapos minumura-mura ako. Hinabol niya ako kaya takbo naman ako ng mabilis na mabilis. Takbo talaga, tapos pinagtitinginan ako ng mga tao dahil ang bilis talaga ng takbo ko tapos mga 20 meters na natakbo ko eh, may sumasalubong na lalake, tapos nagmumura din. ‘Yun pala, away yun ng magasawa kaya pasimple na lang akong huminto. LOL!
POLBO, SUPOT, KAYO JAN! Ryan, Sports Editor
Regional Presscon noon. Syempre, kaba moments ang nararamdaman ng bawat isa. Five minutes to Kimikarlai Hotel nung ako’y nagising. Retouch retouch ang fellow journalists ko dahil super lapit na kami sa venue. Nainggit ako at ako’y happy na humiram ng alcohol to sanitize my gorgeous hands. Ginaya ko na din sila habang sila’y nagpapowder ng kanilang mga angelic faces. Tapos may nag-abot ng supot sa amin, ewan ko kung bakit, para ata sa basura. Ako ang kumuha. Tapos kunwari nasusuka ako kaya binuksan ko yung supot saba’y buka ng bibig. And to my shameful surprise, lumabas lahat ng kinain ko. Welcome suka party!
Excessive Vomitting Awkward? Ako pa nga lang, awkward na. Kamusta naman ‘pag translated na ‘yun to experience. Nasa SLU-Baguio kaming mga staffers ng The MARIAN for Lambakan. Kasi nga ako ang pinaka-senior dun at ako dapat ang acting guardian nila. Eh kamusta naman te, second day nagkasakit ako nang dahil sa di ko alam—yung heels ko ata. Eh siyempre, pilit-pilit naman ako sumama nung gabi kase cultural night. O di yun, nasa covered court na kami, start na ang cultural night, nagsasalita na yung adviser ng White & Blue (official student pub ng SLU) tapos bigla-bigla, I wanted to vomit, so tayo ako, cover ng bunganga tapos takbo sa labas. Wala pa’ko sa garbage bag nagsusuka na’ko pero siyempre hawak ko bibig ko nun.
Haaa haaa haaa! Jan Mikhael, Senior Staff Writer Bago magrehearse o kumanta, kelangan naming mag-warm-up sa SMUCS at ang pinakapaborito ko ay ang “dog panting.” Para maisagawa ito nang maayos, habang nakatayo, kailangan mo iyuko ang kalahating katawan, hayaang nakalaylay ang mga kamay at magsimulang mag “haa haa haa” (hangin lang at walang tunog) na parang hinihingal na aso. Makalipas ang ilang sandali, sa kasarapan ng pag “haa haa haa” habang nakayuko, di ko namalayan ang mabilis na pagtulo ng laway ko. Tumawa lahat ng choirmates ko at napatigil sa warm up.
Hazel, Managing Editor
One Step Closer
Ellen, Senior Staff Writer
Pupuntahan ko ate ko sa Bambang ‘nun. Pagbaba ko sa may NOVO, dalidali akong tumawid sa kalsada nang ‘di tumitingin sa kaliwa’t kanan. Biglang nakarinig ako ng malakas at sunod-sunod na busina, paglingon ko sa kaliwa, napakalaking trak na dealer ng mga gulay. Sa sobrang gulat ko, imbes na umatras ako, pinatong ko na lang ang isang kamay ko sa dibdib ko. Ilang segundong parang naka-pause ang mundo ko. Hiyawan ang mga tao sa paligid, matatalim na mata ng drayber din ang sumalubong sa akin. Pinaatras ako ng mga tricy drivers na nakapila sa TODA. Lahat ng dinadaanan ko nakatingin. Yung iba sinasabing, “Ingat ka deng, muntik ka na kanina.” Nang papasok na ako sa barbequehan na kinaroroonan ng ate ko, usapan din ng mga tindera yung babaeng muntik nang nabangga, sinabi ni ate na “Hindi namin nakita ni Eunice yun ah te, ang engot naman nung babae.” Araray!
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