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CICM celebrates years
Missionaries of the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae (CICM) Philippine province and their mission partners convened at the Baguio Cathedral on Nov. 30 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the congregation founded by Fr. Theophile Verbist on Nov. 28, 1862 in Belgium. The CICM missionaries currently serve in Africa, America, Europe and Asia working in frontier stations, parishes, institutes, and schools like Saint Mary’s University. (Photo by John Tayaban)
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Vol. LI No. 4 October-December 2012
SMUCS: One of 8 nat’l MBC choral tilt finalists by Jan Mikhael Pating and Ellen Grace Peña The Cultural Ambassadors of Goodwill of Nueva Vizcaya on Dec. 7 made it to the finalists’ notch of this year’s Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) National Choral Competition at the Aliw Theater, Pasay City. Singing “Hagiyo,” an Ifugao song, and “Philippine Geography” for their novelty piece and “Sa Paskong Darating” as their piece in the semi-final round, the SMU Choral Society (SMUCS) was able to qualify to the final round of eight choral groups. Both of their novelty pieces were arranged by Mr. Jophel Saquing, former
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SMUCS adviser while “Sa Paskong Darating” was arranged by Mr. Arnel de Pano, one of the judges for the said competition. The group was able to compete in the semi-finals where they faced more than 80 choral groups in the country after topping the regional level of the said contest in Cauayan, Isabela. During the final round, the group also sang the same piece. Mrs. Kristabelle Geijy Gonzales, adviser and choir master of the group said she
The SMUCS after their final song, Philippine Geography bids the audience smiles during the final round of 8 of the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) National Choral Competition at the Aliw Theater, Dec. 7. (Photo from MBC)
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Two Marians make name in LET top 10 by Rhodora Aquino
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Two graduates from the School of Education (SoE) once again proved Marian competence in the recent licensure examination for teachers (LET) after making it to the top 10 notch of the said exam on Sept. 30. Joemar Subong, BSED-Physics graduate (March 2012) ranked seventh in the secondary
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Lab fee issue
Patience, asks SoEA dean by Hazel Buctayon and Rosselle Sison
Following complaints on the efficiency of the department’s laboratory equipment, the dean of the School of Engineering and Architecture (SoEA), in an interview, urged the students to extend their patience as “the administration has plans [of upgrading the
TESDA grants Care Service Center re-accreditation by Ellaine Marie Laureta
apparatus used in the laboratory].” This was after a source who is a third year electronics engineering (ECE) student recently voiced out his queries regarding the laboratory equipment they are using like
Saint Mary’s University’s Caregiver and Health Care Services Assessment and Training Center was granted reaccreditation on Nov. 6 after an evaluation conducted by a team of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) auditors.
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AT 84, SEAT OF WISDOM UNVEILED. The St. Mary Seat of Wisdom Chapel was inaugurated during the university’s foundation day, Dec. 8. Most Rev. Ramon Villena, DD, bishop of the Diocese of Bayombong, presided over the mass. The launching ceremony was graced by Rev. Fr. Jessie Hechanova, CICM, former SMU president and now president of St. Louis University, Rep. Carlos Padilla, SMU stakeholders and the Marian community. (Photo by John Tayaban)
Two Marian RMs in Region 2 top 10 by Ellaine Marie Laureta
Himmayod Dr. Teresita Reyes (fifth to the right in the bottom row), was selected as one of the five participants from the Philippines to be an assessor to 22 ASEAN region universities. (Contributed photo)
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Saint Mary’s University School of Health Sciences (SHS) shined yet again as two of its board passers qualified as regional topnotchers in the Midwifery Licensure Examination held on Nov. 17-18. Tricia Mateo, RM and Vernice Himmayod, RM, were ranked as the region’s second and third placers respectively. Other new registered midwives (RM) are Wilfredo Baniqued, Ailah Kathrina Corpuz, Jennifer Kareen Dinamling, Ma. Gianne Danguilan, Camille Del Mundo, Raniel Bernie Manalastas, Sheena Omas, Mary Ressan Joy Salgado and Mary Angela Urbano. The school’s passing rate of 84.62 percent or 11 board passers out of 13 examinees surpassed the national passing rate of 49.76 percent. The Marian Health Sciences community will hold a recognition ceremony to honor the new Marian RMs in March 2013. M
by Lea Donna Divina with reports from Engr. Myrna Grospe and Mrs. Biverly Tomas A faculty member of St. Mary’s University was recently selected as one of the 30 participants who became part of the International Assessor Team that conducted site visits to 22 ASEAN universities. Dr. Teresita Reyes, dean, School of Engineering
and Architecture (SoEA) was one among the five selected participants from the Philippines, three of which came from Ateneo De Manila University and one from Assumption University. The selected participants, all of whom were from the fields of engineering, business and economics joined on Oct.
16-19 the ASEAN – Quality Assurance Assessor Training. ASEAN – QA is an initiative by Asian and European institutions in Higher Education aimed at developing capacity in the field of quality assurance in the ASEAN region. The project was organized by the Center for Quality Development in Higher Education of the
University of Potsdam, funded by the German government. Reyes also participated in a PAASCU preliminary survey visit to the Engineering and I.T. programs of the American International University in Bangladesh as chairperson for the area of instruction on Dec. 3-4. Moreover, Reyes also accepted an award for
exemplary service for her contribution to the growth of accreditation in the country. The Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) presented her with the James J. Meany Award for her service as an accreditor in over 25 survey visits and consultancies on Nov. 23 in Manila. M
Dañguilan-Vitug launches book in NV by Angelica Roze Viloria Following the infamous firstever impeachment of the chief magistrate, renowned investigative journalist Marites Dañguilan-Vitug, who hails from Solano, Nueva Vizcaya has again launched another book relative to the issues surrounding the Supreme Court, Nov. 18. Entitled “Hour Before Dawn (The Fall and Uncertain Rise of the Philippine Supreme Court),” the book “takes the readers to what might have been the darkest hour of the Philippine Supreme Court, when its integrity was compromised by the actions of its Chief Justice, who was
subsequently impeached, and by a series of highly irregular reversals of its own rulings.” The book also discusses issues within the SC which, in her words, “reveal a Court seemingly subject to political pressure, disbursing funds for questionable purposes, and abetting plagiarism by one of its own members.” This is a book following another controversial one entitled “Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court” which laid out the premises for the present volume and earned her libel suits. Continued on page 6
Marites Vitug autographs books purchased during her book launch at Mrs. Bakers Restaurant and Pastry Shop in Bayombong. Vitug is a journalist famous for her investigative reports about the Supreme Court. (Photo by Irene Ferrer)
New Marian CPAs post 64% passing rate by Reynaly Mannag
Manaoag image visits SMU by Reynaly Mannag The image of Our Lady of Manaoag was brought to the Marian community on Dec. 4-9 as part of the university week celebration to “promote Marian spirituality through devotion.”
“It [was] here but we also [gave] chance to the people outside the university. We gave them the possibility of doing their devotion to the Mother Mary by lending the statue of Our Lady of Manaoag,” said Rev. Fr. Pedro Dulnuan, CICM, university chaplain.
The image was paraded in the university and around the town on Dec. 5 and stopped over at the St. Dominic Cathedral for three days before it was brought back to the university chapel on Dec. 8. The image was brought back to Pangasinan on Dec. 9.
The term “Manaoag” was derived from the story of a young man who heard a mysterious voice and then afterwards saw the apparition of Mother Mary, thus giving the name “taoag” which means “she calls.” M
Forty-six Accountancy graduates passed the recent certified public accountants (CPAs) examination and posted a 63.89 percent passing rate, exceeding the 47.78 percent national passing rate. The October 2012 passers are Ivy Abella, Cynthia Seguritan Aduca, Gilbert Afalla, Jude Paul Agne, Robert Aguinaldo, Wilson Albitos, Ruben Ampay, Chris Edgar Ancheta, Arvin Chester Andres, Mary Grace Baladad, Venica Joy Balangto, Jovani Batad, Mark John Bautista, Flordeliz Caberos, Clevin Camhit, Azalea Fayeugenia Chimmin, Jinky Diaton, Rochele Dumlao, Lady Diana Jean Gaerlan, Karizza Germae Galo, John Erick Gamboa, Nathaniel Gaon, Emerson Ines, Aubrei Kenept, Krizza Gae Leal, Arnel Liclican, Laarni Lorenzana, Maria Elena Mangalindan, Renzelle Marciano , Shayne Ivy Millare, Sheila Nera, Aileen Nartates, Hazel Joy Oblero, Jenelyn Obtial, Efraim Osingat, Rosiel Keith Padilla, Leslie Pascual, Lorraine Pindug, Flore Jean Prado, Aiza Krizel Robosa, George Sarandi Jr.,
Abelaine Susi, Charmaine Tomas, Joanne Gladys Tovera, Gretchen De Leon-Umaguing and Harold Viernes. A recognition program on Nov. 24 was held at the Fr. Tonus gymnasium to honor the new Marian CPAs and to continue the tradition of sharing inspiring talk, triumphs and frustrations of the honorees to aspiring Accountancy students from all year levels. “Alam ko proud kayo sa amin, pero mas proud akong sabihin na kayo ang teacher namin,” said Albitos, 12th placer in the national level, as he started with the message. Meanwhile, Andres shared his “MAKATI” secret which stands for Magdasal, Aral, Kain, Aliw, Tulog at Inspirasyon. Bautista, now a faculty member of SoA said, “After all of those, it is done and I thank God it is done… I know it isn’t easy but do it anyway. I have been there and I have done that.” The program was spearheaded by the Junior Philippines Institute of Accountants (JPIA) - SMU chapter, accountancy students and faculty. M
‘OSAM’ Race. Limbagan participants woke up early for the Awesome Race that featured obstacles within the school grounds to be solved. Pata-team eventually won the race after being the first to finish all five obstacles.
Almost 60 in 1st Limbagan by Lea Donna Divina Almost 60 participants, a number higher than expected, attended the first Limbagan, an invitational campus journalism seminar of The Marian (TM), on Nov. 1011. “We weren’t really expecting for a large number of participants, considering na first time ng The Marian to hold a seminar like this,” said Joe Allen Mark Esteban, TM editor-in-chief. Despite the unexpected number of participants, Esteban said that he was satisfied with the overall evaluation of the seminar. “I was overwhelmed with the outcome of the very first Limbagan. Madami umattend at mukhang nag-enjoy naman sila. All the struggles, hardships, puyat—all paid off. It was worth it,” he said. Speakers during the twoday seminar who shared their knowledge on the different
fields of journalism were Melvin Gascon, Northern Luzon correspondent for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and part-time instructor of journalism at SMU, who talked about news writing and legal and special issues in campus journalism; Wilhelmina Baliton, reporter for DWRV Radio Veritas and correspondent for the Catholic Media NetworkPilipinas, and Voice of the Sierra Madre writer, discussed sports writing and developmental communication writing; Clara Gonzales, journalism and English instructor at SMU and junior adviser of TM, talked about copyreading and headline writing. Other speakers include Theodore Boehnert, editorin-chief of the Voice of Sierra Madre and correspondent for the Daily Tribune, who discussed editorial/opinion writing and feature writing and Rhuelle Valentin Janer, former TM staff and engineering
assistant at the Provincial Engineering Office, who discussed editorial cartooning and literary graphics illustration and comic strip drawing. Rodelio Gauuan, Filipino instructor at SMU, discussed poetry writing; and Michael Varcas, photojournalist for the Manila Bulletin, discussed photojournalism. Other activities during the seminar included a cultural night where performing groups from SMU entertained the participants and had a chance to socialize with participants from other schools. They also put their endurance to the test in an “Awesome Race” around the school grounds on the morning of the second day. “Gusto ko magkaroon din ng pa-seminar ang TM on campus journ[alism] gaya ng Lambakan ng SLU at Inkblots ng UST. Gusto din naman ng mga staff yung idea so pinursue namin,” Esteban said when asked about the roots of
Limbagan. Participating schools from in and outside the region were SMU, Nueva Vizcaya Bright Child School, Inc., University of Saint Louis – Tuguegarao, Aldersgate College, Ifugao State University and Patria Sable Corpus College. This year’s seminar focused on the theme, “LAYAG: Malayang Pamamahayag Tungo sa Responsableng Pamayanan.” Esteban added that a series of brainstorming sessions among the TM staff gave birth to the title Limbagan. Limbagan is a Filipino term which translates to “publishing house,” a place where various reading materials are printed. When asked about plans for the next Limbagan, Esteban said, “Level up sa speakers, venue, food, activities, sa lahat. Pressure sa mga susunod na TM staff.” M
TESDA grants... The evaluation was composed of two visits on Sept. 28 and Nov. 6. After the first visit, the TESDA evaluators scheduled a return visit, giving SMU time to carry out essential modifications required for the re-accreditation. In less than one month’s time, the center was transferred to Nursing Lab 1, a more convenient location, and was furnished with all the required equipment, materials and amenities including a toilet, bath, lavatory, kitchen area and laundry area. When asked about the significance of the Center’s reaccreditation, Magdalena Juan, the caregiver coordinator of the School of Health Sciences said, “The SMU Caregiver and Health
Fifty-nine participants joined the 1st Limbagan, a campus journalism seminar organized by The MARIAN. Different fields in journalism and campus paper management were discussed in the two-day seminar that featured local journalists as speakers. (Photo by Irene Ferrer)
Librarians’ passing rate higher this year by Roselle Sison and Jeremy Lopez
Marian Library Information Science graduates posted a 52.63 per cent passing rate in the Librarians’ Licensure Examination (LLE) 2012 held in the cities of Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Legazpi and Manila on Nov. 4-5. Saint Mary’s University (SMU) increased its passing rate as compared to the 33.33 percent passing rate it held the year before. Seven of the 10 first time takers (70 percent) passed, while three of nine repeaters also made it to the cut. “The low results (for repeaters) is due to the graduates years back when the number of units in library science was only around 18 to 33 as compared to the 80 plus units we now have and with the new trends in library
science which are integrated to the exams each year,” said Mr. David Cabonero, University Learning and Resource Center director, when asked about the results of the exam this year and the year before. The school, however, offers a free reviewer for past graduates who will be taking the board exam through the university’s Course Management System (CMS) which is part of the e-Learning system of SMU. “We have to keep
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the flame of excellence burning. We do not teach our students that being a librarian is a task based only on competence and skill but it is also a mission,” said Dr. Ma. Cristeta Aduca, dean of the School of Education, when asked about the edge of Marian graduates in their field. SMU performed higher than the national passing rate for this year’s LLE which is 47 percent (379 out of 812). The Board of Librarians who gave the licensure
examination were Corazon Nera, chairman; Arabella Ananoria and Mila Ramos, members. The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is responsible for the administration, implementation and enforcement of regulatory policies on the regulation and licensing of new librarians and other professions and occupations under its jurisdiction. M
Care Services Assessment and Training Center, with support from the university’s administration, is geared to being the best in the province of Nueva Vizcaya.” She added that with the present program of our university and the embedment for Caregiver and Health Care Services National Certificate II and barangay health services for Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, “we are ready for the K-12 program of the Commission on Higher Education.” The university’s Caregiver and Health Care Services Assessment and Training Center has been catering to the needs of students enrolled in health-related courses both inside and outside SMU. M
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level after obtaining a score of 87.80 percent while Sherwin Remorin, BEEd-GEE graduate (March 2012) ranked eighth in the elementary level after scoring 86.80 percent. Subong also topped in the region for the secondary level and with him were Maylene Hombrebueno, BSEd-Math graduate (top 3), Mayrene Hombrebueno, BSEd-Math graduate (top 4), Roel Bose, BSEd- Physics graduate (top 4) and Christine Marie Amansec, BSEd-Social Studies graduate (top 6). On the other hand, Remorin, who is also a cum laude graduate, ranked second in the region. Ingrid Maryjoy Castillo, BEEd-GEE graduate (top 5) and Christine Indopia, BEEd-GEE graduate (top 6) also made it to the region’s top 10 in the elementary level. Remorin said he felt the title to be unreal because he admitted he was pessimistic about the exam and only expected for a “satisfying mediocre result.” “I failed to review months before the test because the tedious work of educating got in the way. After all, I trust hard enough the preparation I had at SMU,” he said. He also advised others who will take the licensure or board examinations that they
should not be too confident of their awards because these would not guarantee them to pass an exam. "Work your hardest because your title will not work for you, it will be you who will stand through the title you hold,” he said. This year’s passing rate of 80.65 per cent for the secondary level and 71.2 percent for the elementary level is higher than last year’s 63.64 per cent and 70.97 percent, respectively. Dr. Ma. Cristeta Aduca, dean, said she is very happy and proud of the result but still looks forward to a 100 per cent passing rate. “I am very happy and satisfied with the remarkable result but I still look forward to a 100 percent passing rate,” she said. She also reminded the new professional teachers to “fulfil their roles and live up the ideals of the Marian education.” “They have to keep in mind that teaching is a mission and therefore, despite the salary they get, they should find fulfilment in their work. They must continue the passion to form holistically the young citizens of the Philippines," she said. M
TM retains no. 1 post in RHEPC by Hazel Buctayon
For the third consecutive year, The Marian (TM), the official student publication of St. Mary’s University, has been proclaimed overall winner on Dec. 8 in the 11th Regional Higher Education Press Conference (RHEPC) held at the Kimikarlai Hotel, Tuguegarao City. Garnering a total of 354 points, TM has tied up with its sister school’s student publication, The Louisian Courier of the University of Saint Louis – Tuguegarao in the overall ranking. In four of its publications produced, TM’s magazine, newsletter and tabloid were adjudged overall winners while the literary folio, Loose Ink, ranked third in the literary content category. Nine of the 12 staffers were also qualified to go to the 12th Luzonwide Higher Education Press Conference (LHEPC) to be held at Legaspi City, Albay on Feb. 10-12 after making it to the top five notch. Hazel Buctayon, AB Journalism 3, was declared third individual highest pointer after winning first place in copyreading and headline writing (English) and editorial writing (Filipino); Marc Oliver Fernandez, BSEd – English 3, came first in comic strip drawing (English) and second in editorial cartooning (Filipino); Joe Allen Mark Esteban, BS Architecture 5, won first place in comic strip drawing (Filipino) and fourth in literary graphics
illustration (Filipino); Willeth Jacinto, BS Architecture 5, was awarded second place in editorial cartooning (English) and sixth in literary graphics illustration (English); Lea Donna Divina, AB English 4, was declared second place both in news writing (English) and copyreading and headline writing (Filipino); Irene Ferrer, BS Architecture 5, won first place in photojournalism (Filipino); Ellaine Marie Laureta, BS Nursing 3, ranked fourth in photojournalism (English); Vanessa de Guzman, BS Accountancy 3, placed second in feature writing (English) and sixth in sports writing (Filipino); and Freniel Mikko Austria, BS Accountancy 5, placed fifth and ninth in poetry writing english and editorial writing english, respectively. Two of the staffers also made it to the top 10 cut. Ryan Pastolero, BSEd – English 3, ranked tenth in sports writing (English) while Reynaly Mannag, BS Accountancy 3, won seventh place in developmental communication writing (English). In all categories both in individual and group
(publication), first place is equal to 12 points, second place to 10 points, third place to eight points, fourth place to six points, fifth place to four points and sixth to tenth places were awarded two points. TM is currently getting ready for the LHEPC with its staff. Qualifiers are reviewing for the said contest. “Sa individual, syempre review, aral and gawin ang best para manalo. Hindi lang dapat mapantayan ang performance last year ng TM sa Luzonwide,
dapat mahigitan pa,” he said. TM’s last year feat in the Luzonwide was regarded a comeback from the past years’ performances; seventeen awards both in the individual and group categories were awarded to the publication in the 11th LHEPC. More than 200 delegates from 24 state universities and private higher education institutions attended this year’s RHEPC. Ma. Theresa Remigio, Regional Higher Education Press Advisers’ Association
president, also encouraged the student-writers to “better the quality and quantity of the publications in the region to be able to compete with other schools in Luzon.” “In the individual [categories], we land. However, the problem is because of [the] group categories. If you try to note in the individual events, we are at par with other regions. But if you’re going to add your individual points plus the group [points], dun na tayo natatalo kasi kokonti ang
group [entries natin],” she said. She also noted that some schools do not even submit a publication during the press conferences. “For us here [in Region 2], may [mga] schools [na] wala pa nga[ng entries] kung minsan eh. ‘Yun ang problem ng Region 2 actually,” Remigio said. However, she said she cannot force the schools to produce publication because “printing is very expensive.” M
ECE, CE surpass nat’l passing rate anew
Reg 02 NSTP implementers train for global preparedness
by Lea Donna Divina
Fourty-one National Service Training Program (NSTP) implementers from Isabela, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya gathered on Oct. 17-19 as the second batch of a training enthemed “Capability Building on Global Preparedness Program.” The training was conducted under the Commission on Higher Education Region 2 in collaboration with Region 02 NSTP Implementers Inc. and is the fourth of such activity. Its first batch was held at Cagayan State University on Sept. 25-27 with 28 participants from Batanes, Cagayan and the first district of Isabela. It aimed to equip every implementer with skills in responding to disaster
Saint Mary’s University’s School of Engineering and Architecture (SoEA) once again surpassed the national passing rates for both Electronics Engineer (ECE) and Civil Engineer (CE) Licensure Examination. Seventeen Marian electronics engineering graduates passed the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) licensure examination for electronics engineers (ECE) administered on Oct. 20-21. The passers were the following: Engr. John Rollen Amarillo; Engr. Jerold Bacting; Engr. Mart Reinier Bagullo; Engr. Denison Jay Cabanesas; Engr. Mark Anthony Cailin; Engr. Cheyczar Paul Castillo; Engr. Dennis Catahina; Engr. Wendyl Mar Daniel; Engr. Carlo Funtillar; Engr. Rudelette Joyce Laitan; Engr. Kenneth John Marzan; Engr. Nathaniel Marzan; Engr. John Christopher Miranda; Engr. James Btyan Rupac; Engr. Princess Sarte; Engr. Engr. Levine Bryan Tan; and Engr. Jesus Valenzuela. SMU’s passing rate of 54.84 percent is higher than
the national passing rate of 51.57 percent. On the other hand, 24 Marian civil engineering graduates passed the PRC licensure examination for civil engineers (CE) administered on Nov. 24-25. They were Engr. Marck Erick Acorda; Engr. Julius Agacid; Engr. Joel Alog, Jr.; Engr. Roger Barnacha; Engr. Roger Basay; Engr. Myrth Vivian Bayag; Engr. Gaerlan Bumanglag; Engr. Abigail Cataina; Engr. Mark Vergel Duque; Engr. Princess Ann Galvan; Engr. Jasmin Ibarra; Engr. Ronald Jallorina; Engr. Cris Lagasca; Engr. Richard Licnachan; Engr. Joem Mendoza; Engr. Jimrey Olan; Engr. Clifford Pasado; Engr. Allan Pigudo; Engr. Genesis Pukya; Engr. Recto Safilo; Engr. Santiago Saguibo, Jr.; Engr. Anthony Sumaling; Engr. Jefferzon Tabuac; and Engr. Juniffen Tacadena. SMU’s passing rate of 51.06 percent is higher than the national passing rate of 41.41 percent. First takers posted a 60 percent passing rate, higher than the repeaters’ 25 percent passing rate. M
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and risk incidents in the community, to prepare and empower all NSTP teachers and facilitators to achieve an effective delivery of the NSTP, to strengthen the capability to implement the program and to deepen the commitment of NSTP Educators and Implementers. In his welcome message, Rev. Fr. Renillo Sta. Ana, CICM, said that he believed that this capability building on global preparedness is truly an effort that we should continue doing to bring into our consciousness and into all our actions how we can be better prepared for disasters. He added that through this training “we can continue to live for one another and make our local actions grow more and more, thus, becoming part of a global mission. And
that truly, there is much to be done but consciousness is very important so that eventually, we can forge open access to bring this global disaster preparedness to the capability of each other.” Dr. John Octavious Palina, vp for administration and Dr. Moises Alexander Asuncion, vp for academic affairs joined the university president in welcoming the participants from the different provinces in the region. The three-day trainingworkshop consisted of the following topics: CPR and AED for the Community and Workplace, First Aid; Disaster Management Plan; START Triage; Mass Casualty Incident; GO Bags and 5 Link Chain of Survival. The Community Health Education
Emergency and Rescue Services (CHEERS) served as the resource speakers/ trainors/facilitators. CHEERS is an American Heart Association (AHA) International Training Center, an Independent American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) authorized Training Center and an Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) Educational Center in the Philippines which conducts CPR and ECC Courses for Healthcare providers and lay rescuers. The CHEERS facilitated the training-workshop through lectures, power point presentation, film showing and demonstrations. “Kailangan nilang i-apply Continued on page 6
Editor’s Note For comments and suggestions, visit The MARIAN office at A220, Fr. Lambrecht Building or e-mail us at email@example.com The MARIAN produces the following types of publication:
Newsletter, Literary Folio, Art Folio, Tabloid, Magazine and Broadsheet
Along with the rise of the St. Mary Seat of Wisdom chapel was the establishment of the St. Pedro Calungsod Center for Christian Formation located at the ground floor of the chapel. The center is composed of a hall mainly for Christian formation purposes which includes recollections, retreats and leadership trainings and an office for the campus ministry workers. University President Rev. Fr. Renillo Sta. Ana, CICM, Most Rev. Bishop Ramon Villena, DD, and other CICM and diocesan priests led the inauguration on Dec. 8. (Photo by John Tayaban)
Int’l photographer holds exhibit in NV Inkblot ’12 goes
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FrancisGum shares how his photos come to be, the stories he aims to convey, the styling and even the models he worked with. The photo he is presenting is that of Kiara, finalist in the college edition of America’s Next Top Model. (Photo by Angelica Roze Viloria)
In a fashion photography exhibit that put on view the talent that is Francis Gumayagay, different photography enthusiasts from the province gathered to witness different images which has earned the lensman his name FrancisGum in the international scene. Entitled “F/Stop,” the exhibit at the Nueva Vizcaya People’s Museum on Dec. 22
is a collection of Gumayagay’s photographs for different international magazines like Vogue Italia and Uptempo. The preparation, according to Gumayagay, was planned and communicated via e-mail with the Tourism Promotion and Development Division of Nueva Vizcaya when he was still in the United States. “All the details were discussed via e-mail including
the exhibit layout, guests and promotion,” he said. He said he was also invited to have his exhibit in Los Angeles, California but he wants to do his exhibit first in Nueva Vizcaya. “I want to give back to the province where I started my photography,” he said. The exhibit consists of collections of fashion editorials and photos featuring his collaborations with some
personalities in the fashion industry. The models in his photos during the exhibit were models from known modelling agencies in the US. Kiara, one of America’s Next Top Model College Edition contestants, was also one of his models. When asked about his projects in the Philippines, he said “I have none at the moment since I am based in Los Angeles. But I would consider any project that will be proposed to me.” M
In what TM associate editor Freniel Mikko Austria called a convention where he was “reminded why [he] chose to become a campus writer,” more than 300 other campus journalists from all over the country gathered in the 14th Inkblots at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) on Oct. 22 – 24. Inkblots, the annual national journalism fellowship organized by The Varsitarian (V), the official student publication of UST was what Austria described an avenue where he was reminded “to espouse democratic ideas and protect the students’ welfare.” “The MARIAN is still a young publication and should strive for its independence. If another imposes a restraint, the students have no press of their own to call at all [if there would be no student publication],” he said. Talking of Eldric Paul Peredo, legal consultant of the V who talked on campus paper management, Reynaly Mannag, developmental communication editor said she was enlightened about free speech and expression in school publications. “I was informed on his lecture about the rights of a campus paper—that powers-that-be cannot
force the editors to submit all manuscripts for editing prior to publication, that staff members cannot be sanctioned for poorly researched articles, that deans cannot prohibit staff members from attending specified school press conferences or training programs and a lot more,” she said. Espoused on the theme “Back to Basics,” this year’s Inkblots emphasized the importance of the fundamental rules of accuracy, fairness and objectivity of basic journalism. This three-day fellowship featured award-winning journalists and writers like Nikolo Baua of ABSCBN, Mariz Umali of GMA, Christian Esguerra of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and sports commentator Joaquin Henson. As features editor Samantha Chedrick Wallis put it, it was “like a peek into the lives of professional journalists” and that “even writers who are not enrolled in journalism courses could relate and could learn from the speakers.” The V’s Inkblots has become an annual event where lectures and workshops on the different genres of journalism are given to potential journalists and campus writers. M
CICM 150th coincide with mission-vocation call by Emmanuel Jose
Atty. Samuel D. Pagdilao Jr., Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director meets up with the NSTP students after he served as the keynote speaker for them during the Safety and Security Seminar and Mass Oath Taking Ceremonies of the Community Investigative Support group at the Fr. Tonus gymnasium, Dec. 1. (Photo by Ardie Macalling)
HealthSci trudges Ambaguio for med mission by Hajie Mariano Helping the less fortunate goes a long way, and sometimes, you have to travel that long way despite any circumstance. Thus, the Health Sciences Community Extension Council (HSCEC) together with some volunteer doctors, students and clinical instructors proved that they were still a “go” despite the heavy downpour as they traversed the steep and lumpy road to Barangay Poblacion, Ambaguio, Nueva Vizcaya on Dec. 4 for the annual medical mission. “Nakakatakot talaga itong daan pero sulit pa rin kasi alam mong may matutulungan ka na naghihintay sa’yo doon,” said Denis Bautista, BSN 4 during
an interview while on travel. “Iba itong experience na ito kasi kahit nasiraan ng jeep ‘yung iba sa pag-akyat, makikita mo pa rin sa mukha nila na wala silang pagsisisi, at ‘yun ang importante, “ he added. Moreover, Don Apostol, HSCEC president said that the experience was worth everything. “Okay lang na nakakatakot ang biyahe dahil ‘nung nakita ko ‘yung smile ng mga tao, solve na ‘ko dahil masaya sila sa simpleng bagay na nagawa namin sa kanila.” Furthermore, Elery Michelle Crisostomo, SHS faculty member and BSN 3 coordinator said the mission was truly a success since it
demonstrated the true spirit of Christmas. “I can say that the Ambaguio medical mission was a success. We were able to see smiles on the faces of our recipients. It was very timely because this month we are celebrating Christmas and helping other people is a good way to start. We thank all those people who have helped us during the said activity,” she said. In the medical mission, hundreds of patients were able to avail of free medical, pediatric and dental services including free medicines and vitamin supplements upon prescription by the doctors. The program prepared for them assured them that while
waiting in line, they would learn. A series of awareness campaigns were spearheaded through health education by the students. In an interview, the local officials of the place and some recipients of the mission conveyed their profound gratitude to all the organizers because despite the remoteness of their barangay, such mission was provided to them. Everyone called for unity and active partnership for peace and development in their community through a prayer vigil. The mission was in line with the 150th anniversary the celebration of the CICM enthemed Mission Beyond Borders. M
CICM’s 150th anniversary highlighted this years celebration of the MissionVocation Week held on Nov. 19-24. According to Mr. Benyamin, one of the organizers for the weeklong celebration, this year’s Mission-Vocation Week was better than last year. This was because of the new lined-up activities like the film viewing, quiz bee and essay writing contest wherein the students from different departments participated. The film viewing, held at AVR-1, showcased the roots and mission of the CICM here in the Philippines and also in other countries. Meanwhile, the School
of Arts and Sciences won in the quiz bee followed by the School of Accountancy and School of Business which landed into the second and third places, respectively. “CICM @ 150: Mission Beyond Borders” was the theme for the essay writing contest wherein the representative from School of Accountancy got the first place. Trailing behind were the School of Engineering and Architecture, second place and School of Education, third place. Mr. Benyamin also added that the weeklong celebration of this year’s Mission-Vocation was a success through the active participation of the whole Marian community. M
Katha ng Kwentista.. Talumpati ng Makata.. Dibuho ng Pintor.. Awit ng Musikero.. Tindig ng Polemista.. Tuklasin ang tapiseriya sa likod ng mga likha..
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KUDOS! HTM stude bids for Ms. Tourism Phil ‘12 to the new Marian Criminologists
by Jeremy Lopez
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A BSHTM 4 student of Saint Mary’s University showcased her grace and beauty as she, along with 29 other candidates battled it out for the muchcoveted Miss Tourism World Philippines 2012 crown at the Metro Walk Tent, Pasig City on Nov. 11. Jessiebel Corpuz was among the 30 chosen who applied for the said search from all over the Philippines as far as Isabela in the north to Davao in the south. “I was very nervous during the screening process because I had to compete with dozens of beautiful ladies from all over the country,” she said. Corpuz who hails from Alicia, Isabela competed with fellow Isabelino Joy Marie Gangan. According to her, a lot of courage pushed her forward throughout the competition. “Joining Ms. Tourism World Philippines pageant
(Criminology Board Examination October 2012)
Arcee Llanan Anthon Wyngard Padduyao Bell Guinobang Bonnie Garcia Danny Mercado Dario Saquing, Jr. Dolphy Ticlaen, Jr. Emil Jan Vincent Devera Francisco Buhulon, Jr. George Atolba Grail Frances Humiwat Guillermo Aggasid, Jr. Jeanette Dumangeng Jose Madlao III Joseph Agustin Kenny Binnang Levi Baptista Maurice Kelly Mamuric Melany Binwag Micheal Panis Paul Badangayon Reynaldo Morales Arnold Agapito Rogelio Baldevino, Jr. Arnel Banatao Leonida Boquing Rudy Rex Cabay Erwin Cajalne Ricardo Caoli Christian Capili Efren Capsula Marjun Collado Christian Jay Coloma Christopher De Jesus Roderick Fernandez Denmark Gacayon Lotus Galindo James Hidchum Reymond Linubhot Joemar Montemayor Juanario Mukay, Jr. Mart Law Ocampo Elvin Pataueg Benjie Recolosado Jerry Tamani Wagner Tagaotao Ronald Trinidad Ellix Prudencio Villar. SMU passing rate:
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Dañguilan-Vitug launches... from page 2 Vitug said she wrote the book because she was driven by the public’s thirst for information regarding the highest court of the land. “For us, the SC is the most mysterious government branch,” she said. According to Vitug, the book title talks about “hope” in the SC. “The darkest hour is before dawn but it also connotes ‘hope,’” said Vitug. She wrote a total of five books in total including her latest book “Hour Before Dawn” which was also included in the top 10 most selling books in Amazon.com. Her book launch was sponsored by the SMU College of Law, Rotary Club of Nueva Vizcaya, Integrated Bar of the Philippines- Nueva Vizcaya Chapter, and Mrs. Baker’s Restaurant and Pastry Shop where the launch was held. M
was indeed a very wonderful experience. I was able to meet different people from various backgrounds,” she said. Meryl Angeline King from Quezon province won the search and was the representative of the Philippines to the Miss Tourism World pageant held in Siam Niramit in Bangkok, Thailand on Dec. 15. In its website, the Miss Tourism World Philippines said that with the new national beauty search, finding the suitable candidate to Miss Tourism World will hopefully end up with a winner who can showcase the beauty and substance of the Filipina while at the same time effectively and vigorously promote the thriving tourism industry of the country (Philippines). The Miss Tourism World pageant aims to promote tourism, culture and the art among Filipinos and foreign countries. M
Over 150 meet for gab on Amianan studies by Hazel Buctayon with reports Dr. Bonifacio Ramos, former Research Center diretor More than 150 scholars, writers, cultural workers and political leaders from the country and global scene gathered on Dec. 5-7 to “pursue scholarly search and intellectual interchange on Ilokano and Amianan studies and cultural education” at the 7th Nakem International Conference in the City of San Fernando, La Union. Enthemed “Panagtagikua: Our Right to Our Languages, Our Right to Emancipatory Education,” the conference placed at center-stage Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE), a current global and Philippine education thrust. Fifty-one research papers and four panels on the MTBMLE, cultural pluralism and emancipator education and culture of people in the country were presented and discussed during the three-day gathering. There were also nine teaching demonstrations on the use of mother tongue in science, mathematics and social science subjects in the elementary school level. In a plenary session on the second day, Dr. Ricardo Ma. Duran Nolasco, president
Ms. Zayda Asuncion and Ms. Marites Querol of the School of Arts and Sciences, present their research during the Nakem International Conference. (Contributed photo)
of the 170+ MLE Talaytayan, talked on the MTB-MLE and latest legislative updates. He foregrounded his talk on the state of Philippine basic education, particularly on what he called as “the dismal academic performance of elementary grades pupils for already many years which is attributed to the earlier national language policy which mandated the use of English as the official medium of instruction (MOI), with
the mother tongue, only an auxiliary MOI.” This has been supported not only by studies in the Philippines but also by similar world-wide studies on the comparative effectiveness and impact of the use of mother tongue—first language or L1 and second language or L2, which in the case of the Philippines, is English. With the MTB-MLE policy now implemented by the DepEd, mother tongue is already
mandated as the MOI from grades 1 to 3. In Iloko- speaking regions in Northern Luzon, Iloko (or Ilokano) is now the MOI from grades 1 to 3, he said. Other researches were also tackled in the duration of the conference. Ms. Zayda Asuncion, head of the languages department of the university (SAS) and Ms. Marites Querol,
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was surprised when the name of the group was announced as one of the qualifiers for the final round because “the other groups were really good.” “Ang sa akin, makapagperform lang kami ng mahusay, malaking bagay na ‘yun. I was surprised nung nakapasok kami. Musicality wise, may laban din naman tayo,” she said. She said she provided the members trainings and workshops to develop their talents and to improve their performances. “During rehearsals, system by system ang pagaaral namin sa piyesa. And then after an hour, drop piece na, wala ng kopya to see if they already know the song. We always see to it na nafa-follow namin ‘yung piece at nabibigyan namin ng justice ‘yung songs by singing them by heart,” Gonzales said. Meanwhile, the 26 members of the group said they were very happy and proud for they again achieved another feat for the school and the region. “We are very thankful na nakapasok kami sa finals together with Coro de Manila [which] happened to be one of the best choirs during the competition. We are very happy because we successfully represented SMU, Nueva Vizcaya and of course ‘yung Region 2 and the fact na first time na may makapasok na Region 2 sa top eight finalists. It was indeed a very memorable experience because we were also given the chance to meet and befriend other people who love music,” Manuel Pasamonte, Jr, SMUCS president said. On the other hand, Gonzales said they are planning a valentine concert together with the Coro Obcento, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines choir, this coming February and they wish to join other competitions in the country and abroad to expose and develop the talent of the group. Next year, the MBC Choral Competition will become an international choir contest which will showcase different choirs in the world. M
R02 NSTP implementers... from page 4
Kudos! Marian Civil Service Examination Passers
SMUCS: One of 8...
SMU contestants Avneet Singh Sunner and Vernyll Jan Asis, both BSIT 4, competed and emerged as second runners up in the 3rd National Debugging Challenge held at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines – College of Computer Management and Information Technology last October 19 with Mr. Adonis Garces as their coach. (Contributed photo)
at kailangan nilang i-immerse yung sarili nila sa community para sila mismo ang maka experience kung ano talaga ang nangyayari sa community especially in times of tragedies [and] in times of calamities,” answered Mr. Sherwin Marciano, SMU’s NSTP coordinator when asked what he hopes to draw out from the participants of the training. Dr. Antonio Pascual, chief educational specialist, and Dr. Rodolfo Amistad, CHEd Regional NSTP coordinator (R02), served as the consultants of the event. M
What made up this year’s univ week? by Lea Donna Divina A new set of activities highlighted Saint Mary’s University’s second university week held on Dec. 4-8. The blessing of the St. Mary Seat of Wisdom Chapel and the St. Pedro Calungsod
Center for Christian Formation marked this year’s celebration. In connection with the festivity, Christmas carols and dances graced the lighting of the Christmas tree, Belen, Christmas lantern and the
launching of sky lanterns. The annual parade around the town featured this year’s five competing teams for the 2012 Intramurals, followed by the formal opening of the University Games. This year’s playground demonstration featured
SMU’s college freshmen students. Other activities include the third installment of the Run for Christ and a procession of the Image of Our Lady of Manaoag around the town. On Dec. 8, the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education celebrated
their 65th founding aniversary. SMU also crowned its new Mr. and Ms. Campus Personality in the pageant held at the Fr. Tonus gymnasium, followed by the awarding ceremonies of the 2012 Intramurals. M
SoEA, SoA take campus personality crowns
by Rosselle Sison Love will lead you to excellence. After both answered “love” is that which will lead one to excellence in the final question and answer portion, accountancy and engineering students clinched this year’s title of Mr. and Ms. Campus Personality on Dec. 8. Answering the question posed by University President Rev. Fr. Renillo Sta. Ana, CICM, ‘What do you think is the most important virtue that will lead you to excellence and why?’ the School of Accountancy retained the title for the Ms. Campus Personality after Sharmaigne Yalung, BS Accountancy 2, answered, “Genuine love. Love is not just love. To love with God is having faith and trust. And with this, excellence is achieved for we
are able to love, live and believe with competence and creativity and be an ambassador of community supportiveness and Christian discipleship.” Also, Mr. Engineering and Architecture Ceferino Florentin V, BS Civil Engineering 4, answered the same virtue as the value that will lead him to success. “The most important virtue for me is love because it is about learning objectively the values of everything and it’s like diving in a pool of water not knowing if it is shallow or deep. If it is shallow, your neck will get hurt and you’ll be paralyzed; if it is deep, you’ll get the feeling of comfort so that’s why the most important virtue for me is love,” he said. Yalung who was also crowned
Ms. Bayombong 2012 braved the odds about her not being included in the Top 4 because she was not able to get any minor award. As such, when she was asked if she’s afraid to lose in the Mr. and Ms. Campus Personality since the title is somehow compared to her being Ms. Bayombong, she said that she was not afraid to lose in the contest since “in every competition, there’s always a winner and a loser.” “Kung natalo man po ako, hindi ako mahihiya at matatanggap ko po’ yun kasi alam ko naman na hindi [ako] laging nananalo. It’s a different thing,” she said. The School of Engineering and Architecture which took the title
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Water, Fire talents stun crowd in cultural tilts by Ryan Pastolero The singing and dancing abilities of the Raging Fire and Unexpendable Water stood out during the Cultural competitions held in connection to the week-long celebration of the 2nd University Week, Dec. 7. In the vocal solo and duet competitions, the Raging Fire reaped two golds after topping both events. The Unexpendable Water ranked second and Invincible Air placed third in solo, respectively, while Incredible Metal and Water ranked second and third in the duet category, respectively. Water reaped eight golds in the remaining contested activities namely, quartet, tula dula, contemporary dance and hip-hop contest.
“We didn’t expect to win but we believed that we could win and we did our very best to win,” said Michael Losaria, Circulo Talento president of the Water team. Losaria said that hardwork, teamwork, dedication and optimism were the keys to their victory. Furthermore, Metal consistently seized the third spots in the said activities. The Raging Fire ranked 2nd in the quartet competition while Invincible Air pocketed the silver spot in Tula Dula. Moreover, Air still snatched the second spot in contemporary dance. The high school dancers outrivaled the college dancers after landing second in the hip-hop competition. M
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itanong mo kaya! di nila magamit na laboratory equipment na minsan pa raw ay ‘di gumagana. May iba pang nagrereklamo na ‘di raw maayos ang kanilang mga laboratory room o di naman kaya’y siksikan sila duon tuwing ginagamit nila ang mga ito. Ipinaliwanag naman ng administrasyon kung saan napupunta ang mga binabayaran ng mga estudyante. Ayon kay Mrs. Venica Acosta, vice president for finance, regular na sinusuri ng Finance office ang kasapatan ng mga laboratory fee na kinokolekta para sa iba’t-ibang subjects. Sinabi rin ng dean ng SoEA na sapat ang kanilang mga kagamitan ngunit ang problema ay kulang ang kanilang departamento ng mga silid upang ilagay ang mga kagamitang kakailanganin ng mga estudyante sa kanilang laboratory. Ani Dr. Teresita Reyes, may plano ang administrasyon ngunit sa ngayon ay nagiipon pa lamang para sa mga kagamitang ito. Habang pinupuri natin ang pagsisikap ng administrasyon
Lamentations A few weeks ago at our lovely headquarters-slashwarehouse, when the magazine was released, our editor-in-chief turned to me and said that there were some folks who whined about the cover, a violent protest I guess. Of course, they wanted to be on the cover. “They say it’s lewd,” he told me with a considerable edge to his voice. Well, I expected something like ‘loud’ because the magazine is now being circulated even outside the country. Thanks to Kuya Francis. Ok, thanks also to the one who said that the cover ruined the contents. I don’t know if he wanted it hardbound so at least he has something to compare with his ‘kapal ng mukha.’ He just slugged the metaphorical phrase, “don’t judge the book by its cover.” Let his bigotry ruin his character to be fair.
I am incapable of making a discreet fuss, so I mumbled “Oh? Judging things doesn’t define them, it defines who you are.” Well, it’s difficult to rationalize why prejudices occupy us to settle on the human notion of righteousness. We ended up discussing Pacmom’s drivel of lashing out “Yung malaswa, yung malaswa!” to Miriam Santiago. When I got home, I asked my mother, who is a conservative woman and looks down on obscenity contemptuously, of what she thought of the cover. “It suggests feminism,” she said and explained the elements of the photo. “It’s a bit pornographic,” I said straightaway implying that I know what she was explaining. “When Jesus died on the cross, you think of his pain and suffering for the salvation of humanity. We don’t disgrace
na lalo pang itaas ang kalidad ng edukasyon sa SMU, di maipagkakailang may mga bagay pa ring kailangang bigyan ng karampatang tugon na minsa’y ‘di maipaparating sa mga nasa taas. Minsan kasi kung anong lala ng mga reklamo sa ibaba, ganong amo at ‘yes ma’am/ yes sir’ naman ‘pag kausap na ang mga nasa administrasyon. Kaya ang labas, ‘di nalalaman ng mga nasa itaas ang tunay na nangyayari sa ibaba. At dito na pumapasok ang tungkuling dapat gampanan ng SCC na itinuturing na kinatawan ng mga estudyante. Sa pagtatapos ng termino ng mga inihalal na mga opisyal, patuloy pa rin ang pagdating ng mga reklamo ng mga estudyante. Ang iba idinidulog sa mga opisyal ng SCC, ang iba sa The MARIAN at ang iba naman ipino-post sa SCC_ TheMarian Voice na ginawa ng nakaraang administrasyon ng SCC. Habang ang The MARIAN ang instrumento ng mga instrumento upang isulat ang mga kaganapang nakakaapekto sa Unibersidad
lalo na sa mga estudyante, ang SCC naman ang siyang responsable sa pakikipagugnayan sa administrasyon para sa karampatang solusyon sa mga problema at isyung kinakaharap ng mga estudyante. Ngunit, inamin ni Erwin Alipio, acting SCC president na ‘di siya “masyadong naglalog in sa facebook” kung kaya’t ‘di niya nasusuri ang SCC_ TheMarian Voice kung saan nagpo-post ng mga hinaing ang ilang mga estudyante ng paaralan. Ang kaso, kung ‘di rin lang naman pala iche-check ang mga hinaing sa facebook page, bakit pa ba pinapanatili ng SCC ang nasabing page? Ang sinasabing kinatawan ng mga estudyante ay marapat lamang gumawa ng aksyon at ‘di lamang mag-antay ng magrereport tungkol sa mga bagaybagay na nangangailangan ng karampatang atensyon at solusyon. Ang mas epektibong pagkalap at pagpapahayag ng mga impormasyon sa pamamagitan ng network
someone who is already humiliated,” she answered. “But this is a man and woman together,” I interrupted before she continue with her sermon. “Do you think two female models will change a dirty mind?” she said icily instead of the usual interrogative tone.
one of the things that would make me consider entering politics, came when a student approached me grumbling about the injustices being experienced by the students. I don’t know if I look that friendly and trustworthy. Hey, I might be one of the undercovers. Now that I’m sharing his story, I have violated confidentiality if he intended it to be our secret. Sure, I’m a part of the campus press. I share the cause and conviction of protecting the student welfare. But I’m hoping that these experiences of students are communicated with the SCC. In fact, it is the responsibility of the SCC to be aware and receptive of the problems of its constituents. We always tell the students to take part in reforms but do they even get the government they deserve? Somehow, this makes me doubt the function of the SCC, of how studentoriented it is. Obviously, it is activity-oriented, and it’s rather sad to note that the officers end up as mere organizers of events. But what’s good in a society if they are not represented well is that the press becomes an avenue for public resolve. But let this
“Well, it’s difficult to rationalize why prejudices occupy us to settle on human notion of righteousness.” I also asked my sister and she only said that she loves the paint. I told her I couldn’t agree more. We laughed. She knows that discussing it was absurd because there is actually ‘About The Cover,’ unless you can’t read, or someone put a wipeout on your copy, or you can’t understand at all. I assume the latter. *** One such time, maybe
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brigade at accessible information desk na ipinangako ng nanalong partido noong nakaraang eleksyon ay isa sa mga masasabing dahilan kung bakit ang STAND-SMU ay umokupa ng halos lahat ng posisyon sa SCC. Ngunit ang platapormang ito’y maipapalagay lamang na walang saysay kung sa salita lamang ito maririnig at ‘di makikita sa gawa. Higit pa rito, ‘di lamang solong responsibilidad ng SCC ang pakikialam sa mga bagay na may kinalaman sa karapatan ng mga estudyante. Dapat ding makialam ang mga estudyante sa mga bagay-bagay na sa tingin nila’y nangangailangan ng atensyon at ‘wag lamang mag-antay ng kung sinuman na maghahatid sa kanila ng impormasyon. Ika nga, one should continually inform him/herself to know how to respond to issues that beset him. Bukod pa rito, ang pakikialam sa mga bagay-bagay na nakakaapekto sa ating ay isang responsibilidad na kaakabay na ng ating pagiging Marian.
Ngunit ang ‘di wastong impormasyon ay mas lalong nagiging dahilan ng kalituhan o kung di nama’y alitan pa sa pagitan ng mga sangkot. Kung kaya nama’y ugaliing magtanong sa mga nakakaalam sa mga isyung nakapalibot sa pagiging buhay-estudyante. Ang two-way communication process ay isa sa mga paraan upang matamo ang kaunlaran. Minsan may ‘di nagkakaunawaan ngunit walang problema ang ‘di nasosolusyonan sa mahinahong usapan. Hindi naman nakakamatay ang pagtatanong. Kung ‘di man gaanong naiintindihan ng mga estudyante ang mga bagaybagay, maaari nilang sadyain ang mga opisina ng kanilang mga dekano o di naman kaya’y ang mga opisinang karapat-dapat na sumagot sa kanilang mga katanungan. Dahil sa huli, wala pa ring mangyayari kung ang tanging makakarinig ng mga himutok mo ay ang sarili mo at ang sarili mo lamang. M
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OPINION Eleksyong No Choice Boboto ka na nga lang, no choice pa (literally). Iisa na nga lang ang kandidato sa posisyong ‘yon, galing pa sa dinastiya. Boboto ka na nga lang, no choice pa. Kung ‘di imbi yung isa, mas tiwali naman ang kabila. Ano ‘yun, choose the lesser evil? Unfortunately, evil silang pareho. Boboto ka na nga lang, no choice talaga. Kung ‘di si mister, si misis. Pero kadalasan, ‘di lang nagsasalitan ng termino, nagpapalitan pa ng pwesto. Kung ‘di pa nakuntento, isinasama si Junior. Gaya nga ng sabi ng isang law student na minsan kong nakausap, my idealism does not exist. Kaya ayun, tinanggap ko na lang kahit medyo masama ang loob ko. Totoo naman ata. Kung ga’no kataas ang tingin ko kay Honorable Epal nung five years old ako, gano’n naman ang disappointment ko nang mamulat ako sa sistema ng pulitika sa bansa.
“Dahil sa Pilipinas... ...it’s more AmFUNtuans.” Mamatayan ka lang ng ina, boom! Presidente ka na ng Pilipinas. Kung ang asawa mo o ang tatay mo ay ang gobernador, malamang bise ka niya o di kaya nama’y nasa Batasan ka. Kung kaapelyido mo si Enrile, mangunguna ka sa senatorial survey. Kung tumanda ka ng papalit-palit ng puwesto—kung di ka congressman, governor ka o di kaya naman, bise ka—sure win ka na. Ilagay mo lang ang dakila mong pangalan sa dump truck ng barangay, ayos ka na naman kay kapitan, boy. Next election, kampanyang kampanya ka sa lugar. Kaya nga ang Philippine politics ay isang mahabang Amazon River, pugad ng mga buwaya. Kung di man ganon ang tingin mo sa sistemang pampulitika ng Pinas, ikumpara mo na lang ito sa mahabang history ng England (o China)—dinastiya. Di naman sa paglalahat ‘no. Pero kasi diba nakakainis yung kukuwestiyunin ang isang kandidatong galing sa political dynasty ng ‘What can you say about the criticisms that you are from a dynasty?’ tapos ang sasabihin niya, ‘It’s not dynasty, it’s legacy.’ Duh, be logical. The subject just evaded the question tapos ngingiti -ngiti ka naman kasi feel mo witty ‘yung sagot. Tsk. Anyway, ‘te, kung isa ka sa mga botante (o boboto pa lang at nagbabalak na gawin ‘to ->) who do not know anything but to sell their votes to the highest bidder, ‘wag kang magreklamo kung bakit hanggang ngayon, ang mabibili ng piso mo ay ‘yung kornik sa kanto at kung bakit ngayon, biglang naging piso isa yung kendi na dati eh piso dalawa. At kuya, kung dahil lang sa dami ng campaign ads o kung dahil lang sa kasama ni Mamang Kandidato si idol mong artista eh iboboto mo na siya, ten years from now, dalawang piso na ang kornik, promise. Kaya maging maingat sa pagpili. Dahil sa Pilipinas, it’s more Aquinos. It’s more Binays. It’s more Estradas. It’s more Pacquiaos (na rin kaya). Pakidagdag mo na rin ang mga kakilala mo sa Isabela at Quirino. And therefore, it’s more AmFUNtuans in the Philippines. Kailangan mo lang kilatisin nang maayos, do some Google-ing on who’s crook and who’s not. Maging responsibleng botante and believe that this country shall be great again. Maniwala sa law of attraction, ika nga ng features editor namin. At tsaka ‘diba, pragmatism—those which we consider common sense right now—is a product of what was once called idealism. Tanong mo kaya kay Pareng Google (ulit). M
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“...All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again…” As kids, we grew up listening to or singing this nursery rhyme. And as grown ups, I assume we can still sing the song even with our eyes closed, with the exact lyrics or not. As a mature person (I think I am), I began to explore the deeper meaning of this rhyme a few years ago. I came across a critical analysis of the nursery rhyme and began interpreting it for myself. How did we ever end up with the assumption that Humpty Dumpty is an egg? And as an egg, for sure, he can never be put back together if he is broken into pieces. Critics are divided as to either accept or contradict this assumption. What would an egg be doing sitting on a wall? So if Humpty Dumpty’s not an egg, what is he then? The rhyme ends up more like a riddle than a typical nursery rhyme meant to be
Matapos makipagbuno sa puting papel na nasa harapan ko na nananatiling puti pa rin matapos ang isang oras ay napagdesisyunan kong tumayo sa kinauupuan ko at layuan ang kapwa ko editor na kanina pa ‘ko kinukulit para i-encourage siya sa bago niyang kolum. Napaisip tuloy ako kung saan humuhugot ng opinion ang mga manunulat ng dyaryo na araw-araw ang paglalathala. Ngunit sa gutom ko, bumaba na ‘ko ng A220 at tuluyang lumabas sa TM office. At dun nga kita nakasalubong, Suti*, na alam kong halos isang semestre ko na ring hindi nakakausap. Oo, alam ko na kasalanan ko naman kung bakit hindi natutuloy ang mga pinagusapan nating paglabas. Ngunit madalas, ang katotohanan ay mas natutupad pa ang mga biglaang plano. Gaya ngayon. Nakasabay tuloy kita, isa sa mga hindi ko inaasahang mangyari sa araw na ‘to. Habang kumakain kina Ate M, kinamusta mo ako sabay tingin sa mga mata ko. Hinalungkat ko ang utak ko para sa posibleng palusot kung bakit ako abala at walang oras sa ‘yo nitong mga
No test permit, no exam. True or false? Like any valid exam question, only one of the two must be the correct answer. This test, however, is not the one we take inside the classroom. It’s a test of our awareness about our rights and responsibilities. Ideally, all students, teachers and administrators alike should know the correct answer to the aforementioned question. But alas it is not a perfect world. And even two years after the CHEd memo regarding test permits has been issued, many are still in the dark. A review seems most appropriate then. So before you fail yourself and hang your head in submission to those who say that you have no right to take the exam because you do not have a test permit, pay very close attention to the following: CHEd Memorandum
Fixing Humpty Dumpty sung and enjoyed. But more than the search for meaning, what does the song imply? Whatever Humpty Dumpty may be, there is a sure fact that he/she/it can never be put back together again, no matter how much we want to piece him/her/it. A lesson that we can directly infer from this is the reality that we can never turn back time, more so change what has already happened in the past. We all know this fact, but for some reason, we often forget that we have to make the most out of the limited time we have. In the end, when all the opportunities have come and passed, and
“As much as we want to go back and undo the bitter memories from the past, we can only move forward.”
MAGKASALUNGAT nakaraang buwan. Maraming ginagawa sa TM office? Pero ayokong idinadahilan ang mga
“Nakatutuwang isipin na nagtuturingan tayong matalik na magkaibigan ngunit magkasalungat ang mga pinaniniwalaan...”
atraso ko sa pahayagan at hindi ko madalas sabihin na taga-dito ako. Full load ako?
Hindi pwede. Masyadong makatotohanan. Maraming prior commitments? Halatadong imbento. “Nagiisip ako para sa artikulo ko,” tuloy ang naamin ko. Tumawa ka lang bilang unang pagsagot at sumunod ay sinabi mong, “Ano, naghahanap ka na naman ng bagong ipantatama sa mga tagapangasiwa?” Hindi ako nakasagot sa ‘yo agad dahil sinusubukan kong alalahanin ang mga nakaraan kong artikulo. Naisip ko lang, hindi ko naman siguro isusulat ang mga ‘yon kung walang ugat na pinanghuhugutan. Hindi sa tinutuligsa ko ang mga may kapangyarihan, sinasabi ko lamang ang purong katotohanan. Nagpalitan tayo ng mga argumento hanggang sa isang oras na tayong nagtatanghalian doon. Nakatutuwang isipin na nagtuturingan tayong matalik na magkaibigan ngunit
we’ve neglected so many things we could have done but didn’t, that’s the only time we realize that we’ve been missing out on so many things. We can never turn back time to right our wrongs, or change even just the minutest detail in our past; we can only act on the present. Making the right decision is sometimes easier said than done. And sometimes, we can only choose between the lesser of two evils, as simple as having no choice at all. Don’t you ever wonder why the best option we have is to right our wrongs and never wrong our rights? It is because humans can only improve so much. As much as we want to go back and undo the bitter memories from the past, we can only move forward. Dwelling in the past is as good as not living life at all. Whatever it is that dragged Humpty Dumpty into that situation, whether it was of his own liking or not, we can never know. But you, you have the choice. M
magkasalungat ang mga pinaniniwalaan natin ukol sa mga may kapangyarihan. Basta ang alam ko, kakampi ka nila habang ako ay tiwala pa rin sa mga opinyon at mga hinaing na sumasaklaw sa espasyo ng kolum ko. Alam ko Suti* na pagkatapos mong mabasa ito ay nakahanda ka na para sa susunod nating pagkikita at sa panibago mong tirada. Habang ako naman ay mananatili sa aking disposisyon at magaabang sa parating nating diskusyon. Sa pagkakaalam ko’y hindi naman ako ganun kapangahas tulad ng iniisip mo. Kumpara sa iba na gumagamit ng tahasang mga salita, iginagalang ko pa rin ang kalayaan na mayroon ako at ang kultura ng unibersidad. Ni hindi ko nga maisipang banggitin ang pangalan ng guro natin noong nakaraang semestre na sa anim na linggo ng first term, dalawang beses lang siya sumipot, ‘yung isa absent pa ako. Alam ko, may pinapangalagaan silang imahe at ‘yon ang ayaw mong masira. Habang ang iba ay binabati ang mga punto ko, nananatili kang taliwas sa mga paniniwala ko. Naisip ko nga, iba pa rin talaga ang isang tunay na kaibigan. M *Hindi tunay na pangalan
was designed to keep students from dropping out of school because they cannot pay their school fees on time.
(NO) Permission Granted Order (CMO) 02 series of 2010 was issued on January 22, 2010 directing Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to be flexible in the implementation of ‘no permit, no exam’ policy. Section 3 (specific guidelines) of the memo states, “As such, HEIs shall allow students with delinquent accounts to take school examinations.” Moreover, our student handbook states that, “students who take major examinations without authorized, valid and authenticated test permit shall
be noted/listed.” Noted or listed, NOT forbidden to take the exam. Non-compliance of the CHEd directive can be reported to authorities. In our school, forms are available at the office of the vice-president for administration. This does not, however, excuse us, students, from the fact that we have to pay our dues to keep the school running. The memorandum was issued in response to the pleas of students and parents who cannot beat the deadline of paying fees due to financial circumstances. It
“Noted or listed, NOT forbidden to take the exam.” Marians, the facts have been reviewed. But whether the culture of passivity and silence will be broken or not, it is up to you. Failure is an option. But you can make the right choice. M
A New year’s Gift? Mahal na daw ang alak at sigarilyo? Nabawasan naman ba ang mga naninigarilyo at naglalasing? Marami ka rin bang tanong? Pwes, dapat lang. Ang alam ko lang dati ay bagong taon ang unang araw ng pagpapatupad ng sin tax law. Regalo daw sa atin ng gobyerno. Wow! Talaga lang ha! Pero wala pa rin ako masyadong pakialam noon sa batas na naglalayong taasan ang presyo ng mga alak at sigarilyo na tinatawag na “sin products.” Siguro dahil sa hindi naman talaga ako mabisyong tao kaya tumaas man o bumaba ang mga presyo ng mga ito ay wala pa rin talaga akong pakialam. Pero mali daw ‘yun! Dapat may pakialam ako. Dapat may pakialam tayo. Kaya naman out of curiosity ay sinubukan kong magtanung-tanong sa mga kakilala kong gumagamit ng “sin products” kung may epekto ba talaga sa kanila ang batas na ipinatupad. Noong mura pa daw ang yosi, kung may magpalibre
“Noon, pa isa-isang kaha pa daw sila kung bumili ng paborito nilang brand ng yosi, eh ngayon? Per piece na nga, titipirin pa nila maghapon.”
sa’yo ay ayus lang. Sa sampung piso kasi, may limang stick ka na. Ngayon, tatlo na lang ang mabibili mo sa sampung
Patience, asks... oscilloscope and multi-meter, which are not functioning well and some instruments which, in his words, “they cannot use.” Dean Teresita Reyes said they are already making ways to address the problem so she requested the students to bear with them. “For the ECE students, konting tiis lang because we cannot reduce the number of slots. That slot is only for one section but we cannot reject students and we are not ready for a laboratory room. The admin [has] plans but nagiipon pa sila,” Reyes said. She also clarified the issue that the school lacks equipment, saying that as per Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) memorandum, they have more than the minimum number of equipment. “Meron kami lahat ng equipment. Ang problema kasi, thickly populated kami (SoEA). Ganito kako, ‘wag ng mag-enroll, 40 lang. Ayaw nila. We cannot afford to buy because millions [ang halaga ng mga equipment]. Pero ngayon, maraming estudyante, gusto na naming bumili kahit na mag-negative muna, kaya lang ayaw nila [admin],” she said. Moreover, she said the laboratory fees of the ECE students should have been higher if it were not that the number of equipment still remains the same. She furthered that if only the number of ECE students in the group will be reduced to five, then the lab fee might also be increased. “It should have been higher, much, much higher that what you are paying because of the high standards of SMU. If we have enough number of sets, then the 10 members per group [would be] reduced to five members each. It (lab fee) should be more than that if the number of students per group will
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decrease to five members,” Reyes said. Norina Camingal, Engineering and Architecture Student Central Council governor, also agreed with the dean that the equipment they are using are expensive and that they are thickly populated which slows down the laboratory works, however saying, that the payment of the laboratory fee does not equal that of the quality of their laboratory equipment because of the number of enrollees. “Mahal talaga [ang] mga equipment eh. Kung nagmamatch ba [ang binabayaran namin sa ginagamit naming equipment]? Parang hindi eh. Kasi yung ibang equipment dun eh outdated na. Tapos yung iba naman eh iisa lang, kokonti. Eh andami namin, mga three to four groups with 10 members each. Kaya antagal matapos ng mga experiment namin. Hindi enough sa number ng mga tinatanggap nilang enrolees nila,” she said. Camingal also pointed out that the size of the laboratory room is not enough to correspond to the needs of students from three courses. “Ang sikip pa ng lab namin! 3-in-1 pa yun—ECECE-EE [ang] gumagamit. Meron ‘yung mga instance na punung-puno talaga as in hanggang sa mga working tables sa labas. Kaya minsan hindi natutuloy experiments ng ibang classes,” she said. To this, Reyes admitted that the school lacks laboratory rooms to place the apparatus. “Gusto sana naming bumili kaya lang wala kaming paglalagyan. Ano ang kulang namin? Laboratory room,” she said. Drawing subjects clarified On the other hand, a civil engineering (CE) student who requested anonymity said that
piso at isang kendi na lang na pampalubag. Noon, game na game manlibre ng alak! Eh ngayon, halos wala na daw ‘yun, kasi nauuso na ang patak-patak. Noon, paisa-isang kaha pa daw sila kung bumili ng paborito nilang brand ng yosi, eh ngayon? Per piece na nga, titipirin pa nila maghapon. At noon, kahit anong size pa ng alak papatusin nila. Long neck o litro? Eh ngayon? Pinakamabili na nga daw ‘yung solo. Nakakatawa man at nakakatuwa ‘yung mga sagot nila sa akin at least may resulta rin pala. Magandang resulta para sa karamihan. Sa iba, sakit sa ulo kasi nga nagmahal. Pero kung susuriin, maganda naman ang mga layunin ng batas na ito. Dahil sa kamahalan, nabawasan ang paggamit ng mga tao kaya nakatulong sa kalusugan. Mas mataas rin na revenues ang makukuha ng gobyerno sa mga sigarilyo at alak na gagamitin naman sa government health programs. At syempre, may dagdag benepisyo rin para sa mga tobacco farmers. Sana pangmatagalang solusyon na ito para sa ating mga Pilipino. Pero baka naman sa simula lang ganito. Baka ‘pag nasanay na sa presyo, balik na rin sa dating pagkonsumo. Sayang ang magandang simula ‘pag nagkataon. Ikaw, ano sa tingin mo? M
they are paying P966 yet they are just using the drawing room without any equipment in their Building Design 1 and 2 subjects. “Wala naman kasi kaming ginagamit dun sa drawing namin, ang ginagamit namin ay yung mga sari-sarili lang namin na materials, ang pagkakaalam ko lang ‘dun sa binabayaran na ming lab fee ay yung paggamit namin sa drawing room, ayun lang ang pagkakaalam ko ah,” he said. Reyes, however, clarified the issue, saying the instructors’ salary for the additional hours in teaching drawing subjects are taken from the laboratory fee of the students. “Building Design 1 and Building Design 2 are just Drawing 1 [subjects]. These subjects are just equivalent to their Engineering Drawing 1 wherein the teachers are paid in specific hours of teaching and facilitating the students. And the teachers should be paid six hours kasi the teachers are paid per hour. The students pay for two units but actually, they are paying six hours for the teacher because the teacher stays there six hours per week. Bale ang naka-reflect lang dun na units, two pero actually that’s four. Kasi ‘yung units na sinasabi natin, ‘di ‘yun contact hours,” she said. She explained that drawing is not a laboratory subject but a skill subject. However, they just put it under the laboratory column which can be seen in the prospectus of the CE students. “Parang sa English niyo, three units ‘yun pero ginawang six contact hours; so, the teacher is paid six hours. Kinukuwestiyon nila ‘yun nun kasi sabi nila i-indicate niyo na lang kaya ‘yun. We cannot do that here kasi nga the CHEd memo says two hours lecture and four hours lab. We are just following the CHEd. Ganun kasi yung sa curriculum namin – two units. And that is a CHEd memorandum order,” she said.
Lamentations... not blur the purpose of why government is created. The MARIAN can voice out your take on issues that affect you as a student but it is the SCC who holds that power to resolve those issues. More often, when students want to assert something, they tell us to go to SCC first. Some are reluctant expecting they’ll receive shrugs of shoulders. The others are left unsolved on the hands of the SCC. But I believe that the SCC officers can do something and we can still pursue for best remedies within the context of this evaluation. The student told me about their experiences, collective and individual, at the patio. He told me that the students are being reprimanded for the use of electric fans and outlets in a humiliating manner. I will no longer emphasize the unabashed display of false authority, you see them every day. If it’s true that the patio is for the students, then they
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can freely and conscientiously use the amenities of the patio. What to rant about? The consumption of electricity? You don’t expect an electric fan to work like a mechanical windmill, and the outlets are not only meant for Christmas lights. Besides, the energy fee being paid by the students increased by half. Not that I’m saying we shouldn’t conserve energy, use it in all conscience. But mind you, I would bring our appliances to compensate for the poorly lighted and ventilated rooms. As William Buckley Jr. puts it, “Would you let ride, forget about it? To expect that someone will take the matter up, when the grievance is collective, in your behalf… that you catch fire and find the reserves of courage and assertiveness to speak up?” He is right when he said that we shouldn’t be afraid that our cause is unjust or that it is ambiguous, or it is too trivial to justify the horrors of a confrontation. We shouldn’t settle for passive compliance,
to a heedless endurance. The next time you experience this, just say “Sir,” wait, you take it back, it sounds sarcastic, “Mr. Employee, may I be rightfully permitted to humbly leave because I’m perturbed with your derogatory, if not begrudging, bent? I say you confer first with those charged with governance. Jam tibi imperio maligne spiritus, ut confestim—“ strike that last sentence. Didn’t I tell you I can cast arcane spells? *** We read in Lamentations 1:16 (NIV), “This is why I am and my eyes overflow with tears.” But no, I will not cry. I’ll let the pages do the weeping. Besides, I feel like vomiting. My system to belch and disgorge all the things they taught me of who we are, what our worth is, what we can do — more of what we can’t do. But I will keep all the bitterness, I might be diabetic anyway. M
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Equipment efficiency questioned The source from ECE department, also questioned the functionality of their equipment saying only few of the oscilloscopes they are using are functioning well. “Wala kaming natutunan kasi hindi naman gumagana ng maayos. Iisa lang kasi ‘yung nagfufunction kaya ‘yon lang yung ginagamit then shineshare na lang nila ‘yung answers, ‘yung output nila then yun na yung isusubmit namin kasi no choice naman na kami, wala kaming oras,” he added. Oscilloscope is a device used to measure electric circuits used by ECE students starting in their Electronic Devices and Circuits subject, which is taken during the first semester of their junior year. However, Mrs. Elizabeth Ramos, laboratory assistant said the functionality of the equipment depends on the students. “Actually, nagfufunction naman lahat yan (equipment), nagmamalfunction pero pagka-ginamit ulit, [okay naman]. Depende lang talaga sa gumagamit,” she said. Camingal also agreed saying that sometimes it is the students who err when using the equipment like the oscilloscopes. “Minsan kasi, I have to say na it depends din sa mga gumagamit. Kasi there are times na human error din, ‘yun bang hindi gano’n kaalam i-operate at i-troubleshoot nung gumagamit. Baka kasi kakastart pa lang gamitin, hindi lang lumabas agad-agad yung required value or -figure, reklamo na agad nang hindi pa talaga tinotroubleshoot yung equipment. It happens din kasi,” she said. Ramos echoed the dean’s earlier statement that they are planning to buy more equipment but they lack the laboratory room. “Actually we were trying to add [equipment] but the
problem is where to place the equipment. Nakahanda na ‘yung budget pero hindi naman biglaan kasi mahal ‘yung gamit. Ang pinakamababang gamit ng ECE costs P40, 000 that’s why the lab fee is expensive,” she said.
the department head of civil engineering and the dean. They [We] will explain to them the CHEd memorandum order (CMO). They [We] are just following what is given in the CMO,” she said. VP Finance speaks
SCC: This is how we do it Erwin Keith Alipio, acting SCC president explained how they act on complaints posed by students. “Kapag may nalalaman akong reklamo, syempre kailangan naming tanungin muna yung details sa side ng mga nagrereklamo. Pag alam na namin yung sa side niya, saka namin tatanungin dun sa authority. Siyempre ‘di naman natin yan pwedeng lampasan ‘diba? Dapat i-consolidate natin yung mga malalaman para ‘pag pwede nating gawan ng paraan, eh di gawan natin ng paraan,” he said. He also admitted he does not log in often to the social networking site, Facebook, where the past SCC administration has created a page called “SCC_TheMarian Voice.” Student grievances are often posted in the said page. He, however, said that it is the Finance office which can act on queries relating to financial records through explaining breakdown of expenses. “Pwede tayong maglabas ng contention pero ang gagawin lang ng accounting office eh maglabas lang ng statement sa kung pa’no to nabrebreakdown, yung lab fee gano’n. Yun lang ang magagawa nila,” he said. Call to students Reyes also called on the engineering and architecture students to come to their office if there are clarifications. “They should see their teachers if they are not sure, if they cannot follow, if they cannot understand the curriculum, they can approach Mrs. Myrna Grospe,
Vice president for finance, Mrs. Venica Acosta, in a statement, said the university “charges very reasonable laboratory fees.” “The Finance office regularly evaluates the adequacy of laboratory fees being charged for the different subjects. The review/evaluation of laboratory is done always in coordination with the deans of the different schools. Any increase is based on the need to maintain, upgrade, modernize, or replace the laboratory facilities, and to cope with the increasing cost of consumables due to inflation,” Acosta said. She also said that schools are authorized to charge miscellaneous fees for facilities needed to complement classroom instruction, and miscellaneous or other fees include laboratory fees. The skeleton breakdown of laboratory fees are charged to cover the following costs: salaries of instructors for the laboratory hours (lecture hours are paid from the tuition fees). For example, a three-unit subject with a total of five contact hours per week including laboratory hours: the student is charged tuition fee of Php 966 (Php 322x3 units) plus laboratory fee of Php644 (Php322x 2 units), plus an additional amount of consumables, electricity and depreciation of apparatus/ equipment and laboratory facilities (building, equipment and apparatus maintenance and upgrade). She has also forwarded other queries to the deans since other students from the different departments have also requested clarification on their laboratory fees. M
“ It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” -Howard Ruff
Building today’s Noah’s Ark by Reynaly Mannag
For 40 days and nights, the heavy downpour of water fell on the earth. The catastrophic flood which lasted for 150 days destroyed every living thing on earth except Noah, his family and the living creatures that God has tasked him to save. Life on earth still continues all because Noah has built his ark before the disastrous event. HE WAS PREPARED. The story of how Noah conquered the tremendous flood in the Bible can be likened to how Filipinos survive every calamity that strikes the country. It is estimated that 70% of all disasters are now related to extreme weather events. Considering its geographical location, the Philippines is vulnerable to almost all types of natural hazards that affect everyone especially the poor, children, women and elderly who manifest the least capability to deal with disasters. In 2011, the Philippines topped the list of countries in the world in terms of the occurrence of natural disasters with a total of 33 calamitous events that caused great loss of life and damage to properties. As the Boy Scouts’ motto says, “Be prepared,” how one anticipates for certain tragedies makes all the difference. Republic Act 10121 otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act of 2010 has given the basis for a paradigm shift from just disaster preparedness and response to disaster risk reduction management (DRRM). It also highlights the need for institutionalizing DRRM policies, structures, coordination mechanisms and programs with continuing budget appropriation on disaster risk reduction from national down to local levels.
How Nueva Vizcaya (NV) is building Noah’s ark Disaster preparedness includes key strategic actions that give importance to activities revolving around community awareness and understanding; contingency planning; conduct of local drills; and the development of a national disaster response plan. In NV, there are a total of 14 rescue teams as of 2011 that caters to the need of Novo Vizcayanos when a disaster strikes. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) with its three-year risk reduction management plan (2011-2013) helps NV towards a zero loss of life and an effective anticipation, response to and recovery from hazardous events and emergency conditions.
It also conducts trainings, drills, seminars and workshops regarding disasters to all municipalities. However, Mr. Gene Basilio, PDRRMO designate said that there is still a need for a bigger rescue team, more volunteers and more equipment for the office. He encourages the municipal government units to be pro-active in disaster preparedness. “We cannot serve all municipalities at the same time. They have [to be] self-reliant when it comes to operations,” he added. NV is enlisted as one of the top landslide-prone provinces as identified by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Also in 2011, NV experienced
two of the worst disasters in its history—typhoons Pedring and Quiel—that recorded a total of six deaths, more than P117 million damage to infrastructures and more than 600 million damage to agriculture*. For 2012, NV did not encounter as much damage as in 2011 although there was moderate flooding in low lying areas.
After the flood... When the flood receded, Noah and the other survivors went out of the ark to see the rainbow that signifies hope and a new beginning. Life continues, after all. Good thing, Noah prepared. Source: PDRRMO
Cheers, Jeers Meet Economic Growth Report by Ellaine Marie Laureta
While government officials crowed over the reported 7.1 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of the Philippines which was unexpectedly experienced during the third quarter of 2012, the Filipino masses anticipate to feel the effects or benefits from the country’s much celebrated economic growth.
Understanding economic growth Economic growth is defined in a number of ways. It can refer to either an increase in the real GDP, the total revenue or profit resulting from all goods and services produced inside a certain country, or an increase in the real GDP per capita, the amount of real output per person in a country, both over a specified time period. It may also be defined as an increase in a country’s capacity to produce goods and services, compared from one time period to another. There is also what economists referred to as “modern economic growth” which is the product of sustained
increases in a country’s real GDP per capital and is marked by persistent and continuous improvements in living standards of the citizens living within the nation such as full employment. A toast for victory Looking back on the economic history of the Philippines, we see that our country was once one of Asia’s richest economies, yet over time, it dropped down to being one of the continent’s poorest and as such, it was dubbed as the "sick man of Asia.” But times are changing as our country’s economy is starting to progress and move towards its former glory. According to Arsenio Balisacan, the Economic Planning Secretary, the
economic growth figure during the third quarter of 2012 surpassed expectations including the 5.4 percent forecast set by the market media. It also enlisted the country as one of the fastest growing economies in Asian countries as forecasted by the World Bank, one of the leading multilateral institutions. This growth is further associated with more jobs and improved income for Filipinos. The other side Although there is a condition to the desired effects of economic growth, this is a very positive result considering that the Philippines, with the current unemployment rate of 6.8 percent, has a history of having the
worst unemployment rate in Southeast Asia which even registered as more than twice the regional average in 2011. Some say that growth is not everything. It is also tagged as a jobless growth. On the other hand, experts are optimistic that the Philippines will sustain high economic growth rates. As a matter of fact, Balisacan estimated that the Philippines would experience a 5.5 to 6.5 growth rate in 2013 and between 6.5 to 7.5 percent growth rate in 2014 while the World Bank estimated that the country could grow as much as 6.2 percent in 2013. But the poor will only agree that there is growth if they can finally feel it. M
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devcom them. Now a third year Education student in SMU, he said that “we need to educate ourselves of social justice and equality, we need to be openminded. We don’t only accept them, but help them in their struggle against discrimination.” Elise Chenier of Simon Fraser University tries to ‘reangage the radical’ that will widen our vision and keep the many vectors of oppression that continue to generate shame and wrote: “To come out is not just to declare oneself as LGBT, it is to simultaneously expose the inherent injustice of modes of thinking and acting that built the various closets we find ourselves living in. Coming out is for more than just gays, and we need movements and scholarship that recognize and support this critical insight.”
Boy Abunda: What should men never do? Kevin Balot: Cheat. Boy Abunda: What should women never do? Kevin Balot: Cheat. Boy Abunda: What should gays never do? Kevin Balot: Give up. Never give up. A Pinoy transgender who was crowned Miss International Queen 2012, Kevin Balot is becoming a major force in the fight for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) rights.
‘In’ to be ‘Out’ “O ikaw bakla? Saan ang pwesto mo sa mundong ito?” This statement will welcome you to the blog of a homophobic Filipino who describes homosexuals as “salot at sumira sa reputasyon ng Pilipinas.” In the late 1960s, Lars Ullerstam coined the term ‘sexual minorities’ which was used in LGBT circles in other countries, popularly in Canada. The language of sexual minorities is indicative of the largely uncontested prevalence of liberal equal rights politics within some LGBT organizations and governmental institutions. An offshoot of liberal rights framework, this explicates why sexualities like LGBT are rendered abnormal or deviant and heteronormativity permeates the society. Simply put, the concept of sexual minorities describes people who, based on their sexual conduct, orientation, or lifestyle, are other than the heterosexual majority, or ‘straight’ as we acknowledge it presently, that eventually brings the question if they, the sexual minorities, should be accepted and to what extent. This, of course, is predominant in the Philippines before the 21st century, where there was a strict concept of acceptable sexuality and lifestyle norms that regard that gender, being man or woman, is distinct and complementary with natural roles in life. But by calling LGBT as sexual minorities only affirms the notion that the majority of the population is unshakably heterosexual, that sexuality should be pathologized as a fixed orientation or identity, and some do not fit the accepted criteria. Thus, most members of LGBT remain in their closets, afraid of the social stigma and being labeled as ‘salot.’ While it is true that LGBTs, particularly gays and lesbians, are not limited to cross-dressers or people who come out as wonderful rainbow unicorn telling ‘I-am-proud-I-am’ because of the sexual minority issue, it is notably uplifting to the LGBT community that some celebrities identify themselves of who they are. The increase in LGBT characters on international primetime television or movies reflects the shift in culture toward greater awareness and understanding of LGBT community. If popular culture is to be viewed, then it is ‘in’ to be ‘out’ as to the rapacious appetite for the glamorous and chic of queer, including gender detour larks of Lady Gaga or the very handsome Niel Patrick Harris from the series How I Met Your Mother. It is hard to miss the visibility in the Emmywinning musical comedy-drama Glee, directed and written by an openly gay Ryan Murphy, which features the ‘out’ character Kurt. American stand-up comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres is openly married to Australian actress Portia de Rossi, both support gay pride movements. In the Philippines, social figures and personalities like Boy Abunda, an openly gay host,
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publicist and talent manager actively support LGBT rights. Vice Ganda, one of the most followed celebrities on Twitter is a proud member of LGBT. Notable celebrities who came out publicly include singersongwriter Aiza Seguerra and transsexual Rustom Padilla now known as BB Gandanghari. But still, there are actors, professional athletes and corporate executives who remain in the closet and want to be recognized as heterosexuals because of fear of shame and humiliation.
People are People While the society is working to eliminate prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, LGBT youth still experience overwhelming adversity, then crack up and no longer recognize hope. We can claim that LGBT people living during the 1960s knew that to live openly— shamelessly— as a queer was a matter of pride and an act of profound courage. Yet, LGBTs today are still cowed into staying home or hiding in the closet. Their public exposure only led to calling them ‘pervert’ and other insults. In one of the accounts of John Rey Candelaria, first year Marian student, he said “Nahuhusgahan pa rin ako sa gender ko. Syempre pag nag-rerecite, medyo pang-girl yung voice ko. Tinatawanan nila ako. Masakit yun.” He shares that being gay is treated as deviant that even the kids in the streets who should have the gift of innocence disrespect LGBTs. Publicity about bullying and
harassment has not left us. We remember the murder of Fernando Mendoza Jr., who was killed by
“it’s more of being aware that if you know more about them, you hear stories about them, about personal experiences nila, or things written about them, you start to understand and accept them as they are.”
thugs after trying to stop them from harassing a gay co-passenger in a jeep who is not even related to him. But this doesn’t mean that his effort
to defend the LGBTs should be wasted. The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch, through their founder and chairperson Marlon Lacsamana, continues to fight the hate and violence against LGBTs together with other LGBT and allied organizations. This includes the the Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Anti-Religious Discrimination Act of 2011, which has been facing rough sailing in Congress until now. LGBTs are being discriminated because of homophobia, a term which only serves for political purpose as same sex relationships and within which prevailing constructions placed within the folds of sin and mental illness but without psychiatric validation as a diagnostic validation. “Ayaw ko sa kanila (LGBTs), lalo na sa bakla. Basta ayaw ko,” said Jims (not his real name), third year Marian student as he was attempting to rationalize his disapproval against LGBT. When asked if it is because of his upbringing and environment, “Basta kumukulo ang dugo ko pag nakakikita sila,” he just answered. He said that he has never been involved against LGBT though sometimes he feels like hitting them so he wants to stay away from them. A previous homophobic, Marc Oliver Fernandez revealed that he dislike LGBTs when he was young because of influence from peers. “Nagkakaroon ng notion kapag kasama mo ang barkada mo, lalo na’t puro lalaki, na hindi dapat makisalamuha sa kanila dahil ‘iba’ sila.” But when he entered high school, he became aware of who they are and started respecting
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic Church views samesex relationship as ‘intrinsically disordered.’ In the Philippines, where society is Catholicdominated, homosexuals are marginally accepted. LGBT students in Saint Mary’s University face varying degree of acceptance among the people. “Knowing more about them (LGBT), but mostly gays and lesbians, I came to understand that it’s more of that they realized na ganun pala sila,” Rev. Fr. Pedro B. Dulnuan, CICM, SMU chaplain shared his personal view on LGBTs. He said of the situation in Africa, where he had been a missionary, that coming-out as a gay or lesbian is difficult because the society there condemns homosexuality and people have a strict idea of masculinity. “May lumapit sa akin ‘dun, he tried to act like a man pero he realized na ganun pala siya. Sa akin, I accept them just the way they are. Kasi ‘yung iba sabi ‘Talagang ginawa ko ang lahat, pero in the end sumuko na ako sa sarili ko. Hindi ko na kayang pilitin ang sarili ko na magpakalalaki.’” According to Fr. Pedro, “People must have the attitude of being open-minded. For me, I’d like to know more about these people (who are against LGBT) by talking to them na hindi kaagad may bias ka. Kumbaga wala ka pang masyadong alam tungkol sa kanila (LGBT), and you are already judging them, saying things against them.” He recalls his college years, “Wala pa akong alam about them. Talagang ‘yung reaction ko din negative. Ang isang expression namin nuon, ‘Mangibabain kayo iti katikorya!’ but after some time, it’s more of being aware that if you know more about them, you hear stories about them, about personal experiences nila, or things written about them, you start to understand and accept them as they are.” Fr. Pedro said that in the university, they are free to comeout. “There will be those who will not accept them, and there will be those who will understand them.” “The way I understand it, they are born that way,” Fr. Pedro answered when asked regarding his stand as a priest and as a spiritual adviser of SMU about LGBTs. We don’t need to be a homosexual or heterosexual, but as a human being, to fight for human rights against violence and discrimination. Humans will continue fighting for social justice and equality without regard to gender, religious or ethnic attachment. As Victor Hugo etched it on words, “There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” And they are here, and they have come strong. M
by Reynaly Mannag
Filipina The fighter
The pressure started from her “almost-there” chance of grabbing the crown as she brought home fourth runner-up in 2010. Maria Venus Raj, an IndianFilipina, grew up in Bato, Camarines Sur where she lived a simple life. The rice field in the Bicol region served as her modelling ground where she practiced the “pilapil walk.” She took up Communication Arts major in Journalism at Bicol University and graduated as Cum Laude. Raj was tagged as the first ever dethroned Binibining Pilipinas winner who fought for identity acceptance and true citizenship and who eventually, retained her crown. She was known for her “major-major” title when she answered American actor William Baldwin’s question about the biggest mistake that she made in her life and what she did to make it right. Raj answered, “You know what, sir, in my 22 years of existence I can say that there’s nothing major major problem that I’ve done in my life because I’m very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me. So thank you so much that I’m here. Thank you, thank you so much!” Raj is now a host of Umagang Kay Ganda, a morning show of ABSCBN.
Nearly, but just as stunning as the crown. Who says that only the snow-white-skinned can make it ‘til the end of the most prestigious pageant in the world? Three ladies have proven that Filipina beauties can capture the eyes and the heart of the world. For three years in a row, the elusive Ms. Universe title has been just a few steps away from them.
Since she was a child, she has been evidently a great achiever, having topped the June 2011 national licensure examination for architects. She graduated from the University of the Philippines-Diliman as Magna Cum Laude. She is fluent in Bisaya and definitely one of the prides of General Santos City. She had only a year left to qualify in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant when her mother urged her to join just for experience. Being a girl who never wears make-up, killer heels and sexy outfits, her wit and her famous “tsunami walk” complemented her beauty and proved not only in the nationwide tilt but also around the world that a Filipina is more than just a pretty face. During the Q&A portion in the worldwide pageant, she was asked by judge Vivica A. Fox if she would change her religion to marry the one she loves. She confidently answered, “If I had to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love because the first person that I love is God who created me and I have my faith and my principles and this is what makes me who I am. And if that person loves me, he should love my God too.” She is Shamcey Gurrea Supsup, Binibining Pilipinas 2011 titleholder and Ms. Universe 2011 third runnerup.
Placing second after Supsup in Binibining Pilipinas 2011, Janine Mari Raymundo Tugonon, a licensed pharmacist who graduated from UST as Cum Laude, was very determined to own the crown. Denied on her first try, Tugonon competed again but this time, she was braver and fiercer. Now, she owns the “cobra walk” that continued the steps Raj and Supsup started. Many believed that Tugonon should be the winner after she answered a question from Twitter, “Do you believe that speaking English should be prerequisite for Ms. Universe 2012?” Tugonon said, “For me, being Ms. Universe is not just about knowing how to speak a specific language. It’s about being able to influence and inspire other people. If you have a heart to serve and a strong mind to show people then you can be Ms. Universe. ” Tugonon belives that winning first runner-up was part of God’s plan and was already a huge accomplishment.
The fierce first runner-up
Ms. Campus 2012 confesses..
pretty Wearing the crown makes me feel ugly. Carrying the title makes me feel ugly. Receiving all the sashes make me feel ugly. Being hailed a beauty queen makes me feel pretty ugly. I know, it’s such a prestige hearing my name being announced for having grabbed the title, hearing my supporters roar with joy, waving my hand towards more than a thousand people who witnessed my victory and smiling at the flashing cameras with all my glittery sashes and a glorious crown on my head. It felt like I was in cloud nine. But with the pageants I have joined and have won, it’s mysterious and ironical how I feel pretty ugly… “Congratulations, Vanessa!” “You deserve it!” “You stunned the crowd!” “You are one of a kind!” “Ang galling mo! Grabeh! P*@$%^&!” And many many more words of congratulations came replaying
in my head. Those words of appreciation from people who admire me were such sweet music of triumph and honor. But this sweet music came to a sudden stop when insecurity found me… again. I’ve always been hiding from it, but insecurity was always good in our hide and seek game and in the end, it would always find me and I would have to find another hiding place. It makes me sick. I feel such a loser. One night, I was watching the video clips of the Miss Universe pageants 2010 and 2011. Witnessing those flaunting curves and those captivating beauties was indeed a magnificent sight. And as I watched those goddess-like ladies take over the stage, I told myself they are so lucky for being almost identical with perfection. I took a look at my trophies and my crown placed over our cabinet. I opened my closet and saw all my sashes hidden there. And then, I stood in front of the mirror and examined myself. Recalling all the perfect features
of the gorgeous candidates which I just watched, I glanced back at the mirror… and I felt belittled. And whenever I realize how meticulous people are towards beauty queens, how critics criticize the face, the legs, the waist, the height, the posture, the everything, I even felt more belittled because I know I don’t pass most of their standards. That’s when I started feeling pretty ugly. Whenever I see posters, I’d tell myself, “I wish I had the face of Miss Venezuela who won the Miss Universe 2008.” Whenever I watch TV commercials, I’d say “I wish I had Venus Raj’s Barbie doll body.” I wish whenever I walk the streets, all eyes would stare at me, all mouths would drool because of me, all girls would be envious of me, all cameras would be magneted towards me. I wish whenever I join pageants, all the other candidates would severely tremble with intimidation that they could no longer walk in their heels and they’d just wish to back
out! Haha! Well…in short… I wish I were… PERFECT. Oh insecurity, you found me again! You win again! I feel pitiful of myself. Self degradation is one of the most severe internal conflicts of one could ever undergo. It’s a self-tormenting hell that you cannot escape because it’s inside you and you have imprisoned yourself in it. I’ve always prayed, “Oh Lord, forgive me for my sin of vanity. I’m sorry for at times, I’m ungrateful of Your blessings and I instead show dissatisfaction. Please give me the strength to overcome this difficult internal conflict.” But on the contrary, I became weaker and more vulnerable to insecurity. I became more of its victim. Until one time I got so tired of hiding from insecurity! Darn! And because I got tired of this hide and seek game with insecurity, I risked facing it. I spoke to insecurity and I told it, “I’ve had enough of this sickening game. It’s time I stop hiding from you. I know you may not vanish, I know
you may not be destroyed, I know it’s impossible to erase you, but the best thing I can do is ignore, so that there will come a time you’ll get tired of me.” With this, I just realized that God had to make me weak so that I’ll get tired of hiding from insecurity in order for me to face it with courage and self-respect. With all the heartwarming appreciation people show me, I became stronger. I am more than thankful to those several people who told me warm words of how much they admire me and look up to me. They made me feel the importance of my existence in this world. And these warm words of appreciation serve as my great armor against insecurity. I know I’m not the only one struggling with insecurity. I know many people out there feel so much is missing in them, many feel they are inferior, many feel they are ugly. And to all those who degrade their selves, let me leave a wonderful quote: “The happiest people in the world don’t have
everything they want. Instead, they learn to appreciate what they have and make the most out of it. Misery starts when a person focuses on the 10 percent missing instead of the 90 percent blessing.” The highest form of beauty we can all achieve is to feel beautiful about our own selves. Because believing in how beautifully God created us enables us to see life in a different perspective and enables us to reach greater heights. Triumphing over insecurity is never an easy thing. I admit there are times I still fall victim to insecurity, but I never hesitate to get up and leave it behind. The battle against insecurity may seem like forever, but I will always make winning the only path I choose to take. I may not be perfect in everyone’s eyes, but this time, whenever I wear the crown, carry the title, and receive the sash, I’ll no longer feel ugly, I’ll instead choose to feel pretty. M
The CICM as Builders:
Renovating and Extending the Philippine Church Roof by Vanessa De Guzman People say that Christian martyrs have long died centuries ago. But if we open our eyes to see the roots and fruits of the seedlings of the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae (CICM), we would be able to realize that our CICM fathers are the present living Christian martyrs who endure the persecution of sacrificing self-security for the sake of perpetuating God’s words. Travelling thousand of miles from their homeland, trekking the farthest ends of different countries, including the Philippines (blessed are we Filipinos for such), the CICM priests have greatly served their missions as prophets through words and deeds. With the multitude of contributions the CICM has brought, let us dig deeper on one aspect – the CICM’s leadership in propagating the Church here in the Philippines. This spreading of the Philippine Church was early exemplified by Bishop Constant Jurgens of Tuguegarao, William Brasseur of Baguio and Albert Van Overbeke of Bayombong and their leadership in various designated dioceses and in the Philippine Church at large. More importantly, the CICM priests went to many places, farflung or well-established, in order to teach and enlighten people towards understanding the Christian faith. The evangelization of the Cordillera peoples serves as one of the greatest CICM glories. In half a century, the CICM was able to accomplish such spreading of faith which earlier missionaries failed to do during the 300 hundred years of Hispanic colonization in the Philippines. Other exemplary CICM missions were the proliferation of faith in long-Christianized areas consisting of Nueva Vizcaya, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Manila. The CICM continued their mission through to few other provinces and cities of Northern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The CICM have also believed in the power of education in strengthening the bond of faith and leadership. They began establishing elementary and secondary schools in their designated
parishes during their early years in the Philippines and after the World War II, they put up tertiary level schools. The most prominent among these are Saint Louis University in Baguio and Saint Mary’s University in Bayombong. In the past, most indigenous places suffered from the lack of educated leaders. This issue was attended to by the CICM because the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera were educated through the CICM mission schools in the Mantanosa. And as fruit of such, the early native leaders of the Cordilleras came from CICM schools. Other significant institutions established by the CICM are the Maryhill School of Theology in Quezon City, the Asian Social Institute in Manila and the Bukal ng Tipan Training Center in Antipolo. The long-term service of Bishop Brasseur in the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Liturgical Commission after Vatican II has greatly flourished the Philippine Church. And at present, native Filipino bishops continue to lead in their own areas within and outside the country as evidenced by our very own Bishop Wenceslao Padilla, a native Filipino, who is the first prelate of Mongolia. These are only some of the pioneering accomplishments of the CICM in evangelization. Indeed, if we were to trace back every noble quest of the CICM, innumerable details would surface. The contributions of the CICM are truly countless but their legacy can be summed up in one mission that continues to live on – to spread the blanket of faith to people longing for its warmth.M Source: Claver, F. (2007). Missionaries as pioneers: CICM leadership in the Philippine church. In carrying on the mission:100 years of CICM in the Philippines (pp. 130-131). Quezon City: CICM Philippines.
Over 150 meet... from page 6 Languages faculty member, presented their research “Foregrounding in Biag ni Lam-ang: An Exploration on the Use of Mother Tongue in College Teaching.” Both were also paper presenters in the 6th Nakem International conference held in Banaue, Ifugao in May 2010. Mr. John Buhay, faculty member of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE) of PLT College, Inc., also presented a research paper entitled “Experimental Forms of Daniw: Exploring their Use for MTB-MLE.” This is an offshoot of his MA in Literature thesis at SMU. The Amianan people refer to the Ilokanos and other different ethnolinguistic groups in the Northern Philippines who, despite their own languages, have come to speak Ilokano as the linguae francae (dialect). To date, Amianan people refer to the Ilokanos and ‘Ilokanized’ people, including the ethnolinguistic
groups in Northern Luzon, who, as a result of diaspora or migration, have established homeland in other parts of the country and the whole world, where there are significantly big communities of Filipinos who speak Ilokano. The Nakem Conferences aim to bring into focus the various critical practices of the Ilokanos and the people of Amianan and abroad, reflect on these critical practices under the prism of the nexus of global cultures, reflect on the urgent need to affirm minority cultural and linguistic rights in the face of the hegemonic positioning of dominant cultures, languages, and critical practices and draw up a dynamic discourse on the need to articulate the silences in the narratives of struggle and survival of the Ilokanos and the people of Amianan. It is behind the country’s intensive efforts to push for the implementation and eventual national institutionalization of MTB-MLE. M
SoEA, SoA take... from page 7 way back in 2004 sealed this year’s crown with Florentin who was also named Mr. Engineering and Architecture during the mini-search for Mr. and Ms. SoEA in August. When asked if he expected to win the title, he said he actually thought of being embarrassed in the question and answer portion. “I did not expect to win. Ang ineexpect ko that time eh mapapahiya ako sa question and answer portion,” he said. He said that he prepared for the tilt through conversations with his friends who asked him random questions for the Q and A portion nights before. “Sa mga part na may Q and A, tanungan ganun, the night before, naki-overnight kami sa isang boarding house tapos magtatanungan tapos eh tatanungin ako ng mga kasama ko. Nadidisappoint nga sila kasi
minsan lang ako sumagot, mga one statement pa ganun,” he said. Florentin also took the awards Mr. Sun Cellular, Best in Formal attire, Best in Uniform Attire and Best in Casual Attire. Other three contenders in the top four-male category were Mark Castillo, Mr. Health Sciences [1st runner-up], Martin Jan Levy Alcantara, Mr. Public Administration and Governance [2nd runner-up] and Neil Kenjie Kawaguchi, Mr. High School [3rd runnerup]. Denise Basilio, Ms. High School [1st runnerup], Rowena Joy Perez, Ms. Engineering and Architecture [2nd runner-up] and Penelope Cadelina, Ms. Azul [3rd runner-up] were the top four candidates for Ms. Campus Personality. M
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Gatilyo Forward you go, Eager for the end Alas, it is nowhere. Yet you forge on, engaged For the truth is that all must come to an end But is not that which counts.
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Alithea by Gerome Bautista
Alithea rose before light peeks from the horizon. Silently, she walked into the living room unable to guess how close she is. One by one, step by step, all she can see is darkness. She leaned to the wall looking for support to guide her as she goes down the stairs of black. Alone, that’s what she is that time. Suddenly, someone was at the door, shadow creeps through the small opening down the wooden door made of narra. Watching the sun rise in the morning sky from dusky gray to orange, holding the porcelain vase filled with water, she slowly opened the door and was surprised, she screamed. “Mom?!” Welcomed with a loud voice, the mother immediately answered, “Hey! How are you doing Ali? Sorry, I wasn’t able to come last night. I really am baby.” Last night was Ali’s 22nd birthday and a celebration of getting her first regular job. “Don’t be sorry mom. It’s okay. I still have a lot of birthdays to come.” “I should be – that was your special day,” Frieda answered. “No. Don’t.” “But…” A crystal drop from her eyes appeared and she said, “It’s fine mom. You don’t have to.” “Why are you crying then?”
With trembling hands and tears falling from her eyes of blue color, she said, “I thought it’s not you who knocked. I was frightened. I am alone here.” They sat down on a sofa with black satin cover. Her mother lit a cigarette. She puffed smoke into the air, blending its odor to the scent of air freshener of floral scent. “Why are you still wearing those earrings?” Frieda asked with her eyes looking steadily at the pair of jewelry given as a gift for her during their wedding anniversary. “What’s the problem? I miss dad very much. This was from him right?” Ali answered back with tears starting to fall again. “I am starting to miss him again. I hope you understand. He is still my father.” The earrings, shining jewels reflecting the peeking rays of the sun, of violet color kept on a box for a long time was freed by Ali for times. “I have told you before, I don’t want you wearing those again. All the pain flashes back when I see that!” “But…” “No more explanations. Take that off.” Dismayed, Ali started to remove the dark violet jewelry from her ears and placed it back to the heart-shaped jewelry box, closing it with a sound which echoed throughout the room. The atmosphere began to change as with Ali’s mood. The temperature is still cool. Birds are chirping outside clinging from a branch to another but inside the house, all you can hear is deafening silence. The caffeine from the coffee they drank didn’t
seem to work out to trigger another conversation. Until one second, “Would you not want to talk to me? I was out the whole night,” her mother started to ask. “You always blame everything to dad. Was all that happened his fault?” in the tone of anger Ali asked. “Yes! And you should know that!” Four years ago, her father left them after successive days of rotating troubles between the partners. The woman started to suspect the man’s daily activities. He always came home late, drunk, until one night, someone saw him with another woman. Piled papers faced the woman in her office, staying late at night. The man supposed his wife didn’t have time for them anymore. He longed for love from his wife. He seemed to be happy at least with his daughter Ali who, at that time, was still studying, busy with school works. They say “behind every man’s happiness is a woman,” and this justifies what the man stands for in their marriage. “He’s a womanizer. That’s all. He doesn’t understand why I work like this. He-” “Stop it mom! That’s what you say every time. I don’t understand your reason. Why did you let dad go away?” “It’s because he isn’t a husband to me anymore!” “But he is my father. And you also have your fault. You had no time for us. I needed a mom but dad filled that emptiness you left me every time you have to go to work, business meetings, etcetera and etcetera.”
I never knew you before now you’re this close, yet this far. I always see you as a star that shines brightly from afar An illusion of yours, makes me want you more. Wish I could flee from reality, and be with you dearly
Vanessa de Guzman Peek-a-boo! It was Pablo’s surprise birthday! Mindanao was his Red Ribbon choco mousse cake The celebration cost millions And some 1800 candles were at stake! The tiny flames of life From each casualty candle he blew After the rapid winds and heavy floods Sang, “Happy birthday to you!”
A gale whispered with haste, that I'll be with you always. As long as our promises will stay, no one will get in our way.
Those who joined his grande feast Both the buried and the undead Have empty plates, no hope, no peace Now that Pablo has fled
But seasons seem to disagree that our love is just for you & me. Our Love is like the wind strong, present, yet never seen.
Dear Juan dela Cruz, You are cordially and desperately invited To the after-party, please bring gifts of charity For the thousands devastated
Will you attend?
Norene Jessica Baguingan Tiktaktiktak, says the old clock, On the wall, a lazy lizard knock Shhhhh… says the bedside teddies who secure Awake might be the lady, we can’t cure!
Just a Fantasy Ara
Windows widely open, curtains swaying Colorful is the blooming sky, stars twinkling Fascinating full moon gives rays of light Air so silent, lovely is the twilight. Body’s outstretched, half covered with blanket Lovely face’s pale, hands cold and weak Heart is numb, prisoner of a magic trick, Clock’s moving so fast, soul might be so late! May someone please stop the sorcery, She’s half dead, mind and core’s in anarchy Tired eyes tightly closed, tears flowing Strength, hope’s fading; breath’s ceasing…..
As the sun started to rise I woke up and look above Until when I stay in forlorn Will I ever live happily? I don’t know where to go Can’t do nothing but cry Have a dwindling eye I’ve to scream and almost say goodbye
Witchery toward victory’s coming near, Sky darkened, filled with roaring thunder Air is shouting, cruel is the lightning Black butterflies; death is approaching! With the dark power’s laughter, breath’s fading, Red roses’ petals continuously falling Around were wings, painted with darkness Dangerous hymn and rhythm their voices… Time’s running says the sleepy head clock Warning! Shouted the lazy lizard who knock Watery eyes, the teddies who secure She can be brought to life, not so sure!
Nobody sees me Asking for sympathy Am like a wind Can be felt but can’t be seen Am used to this Since I felt the warmth on this land Does happiness really exist? Why can’t I feel it even for a minute? What a selfish world to live in? Full of grief and misery Better to be in burial ‘Cause living blissfully is surreal.
Deadline came! Darkness started dancing Their stained hands, forever stealing Pure heart is their hidden desire Killed and burned the soul with endless fire!
Her mother started to cry, “I hate it. I didn’t do anything wrong. All those troubled waters were caused by your dad’s nonsense thinking that I am leaving both of you behind.”
Ali was disturbed when someone opened her room’s door. The metals connecting the door to the wall produced a creaking sound which troubled her sleep. She pretended to be sound asleep.
“Isn’t it right? You were too busy but still, I understand you and I have talked to dad, he always tried to understand you but he came to the point that he is in need and lacking at the same time. My God mom!”
Footsteps got nearer to her bed. And then, she opened her eyes and a bit of anger covered her face, “Mom, what are you doing? Give me back those earrings. Those are precious to me.”
“I am working for both of you. Trust me. It is all for the benefit of all of us here, for our daily living, for your studies before. I’m working like a dog. I also get tired but I continue,” her mother answered back looking at the sky starting to get dark, clouds coming together. It seems that the cotton like clouds got too heavy and wanted to burst all the water it contains. And the roof started to make noise. It was raining very hard. Ali spoke, “Yes, we do trust you. But haven’t you realized that we also need you to be home? To be here beside us, to be the mother and wife we always wanted?” Silence answered Ali. Her mother’s eyes were looking at other things. She seemed to hear nothing because of the noise created by the raindrops. Ali stepped back and slowly walked into her room upstairs. In subtle movements, she touched the earrings and held it tightly. She sat down on her bed of detailed designs of embroidered violets. And then, she fell asleep. All of a sudden, heavy footsteps can be heard around the house. The sound of opening and closing cabinets dominated the silence after the rain stopped. It’s as if someone is looking for something.
“Stop it. Forget about your father. Consider him dead. He will never come back.” With enough force on her hand, Frieda threw the pair of jewelry out of the window and these landed on the silent street in front of their house. “Yes, he is. I just received a call from a hospital awhile back. They said that dad’s already dead. He met an accident while on his way to us.” Ali, trying to be strong, shed tears but she wasn’t able to hold it anymore. Tears continuously fell. Ali immediately went down; quick steps can be heard successively. Door slammed heavily creating a loud noise which can be heard even in her room. She looked for the jewelry in the street. Leaves were scattered after the rain. The ground is still wet. Ali can’t find the pair. She’s already panicking. Those were really precious to her. Those were the memories of love her dad had left them; the precious things she can be with every time she wears those. A loud horn was suddenly heard throughout the whole street. The momentum made an impact of unpleasant music to Frieda’s ears. The rainwater in the street started to turn to crimson. A woman kneeled and looked up and cried, screaming. Days later, Ali’s eyes opened. But, she feels consciously uncon-
Emotional Death Norene Jessica Baguingan
Sun rises; cloud cleared, new day it brings. Sacred hour for extraordinary things Deserving brisk brains; this time to be known Day’s ever waited finale, still unknown… Seated well, dressed with all pure white, Pretty face simply painted, oh so right! Life’s center beats so fast and body’s trembling; Unlike feeling, as if wanted to sing Gain and enhance knowledge this place, to save ignorance in any case. To bid farewell unnoticedly came, fake are their faces; what a shame! Should the day of long happiness, Should be a time of real laughter But people are with their selfishness. They murdered because they’re sinners! That’s the day for everyone to be crowned The place is filled with joyous sound. There’s no happily ever after ending. For crazy mass murderers are existing! That day, sad someone has been killed By human beings with their face shield Some mourned, some didn’t recognize, That someone’s core is cold as ice.
Dahon II Ansherina .. sinalo kita .. inalagaan .. pinagbawal na hagkan at tapakan ..ngunit, .. walang nagawa, bigla ka pa ring nawala.
Green Precipice Ryan Pastolero I saw him lying in his bed, With chest like a desperate snake. Gasping for air, eyes in control, Body that is ill, soul that is sick. I can’t ease his pain. I can’t cease the tears. He stretched his hands to me, But I just stared at him pitifully. I entered a room with dim lights, Saw a picture that is alive. Approaching a green cloth, Giving me the sign of truth.
scious. She thinks there’s no light in the room. “Am I really awake?” she asked. Her mother approached her, hugged her tightly and said, “The doctor said...” “What mother? What did he say?” she again asked. “Your eyes are of no use anymore. I am very sorry baby. I am very very sorry. I shouldn’t have done that,” her mother said with a loud cry. There was no answer but she asked, “Did you find my dearest earrings? Where is it? I want to hold it.” Her mother put the pair to her hand, clinching the fist tightly. “I am very sorry.” “Dad,” holding her tears, “Mom, I would always want to see this pair of earrings.” Ali got up from the hospital bed, holding her mother’s hand with her left hand and the right hand holding those things. She held up her right hand and put it closer to her heart, “This is love.” The afternoon sky lined up the windows. The orange atmosphere started to darken and the sun slowly sets. Temperature is cold again. Her mother’s hand is still warm. M
FREEDOM WALL If you were to schedule a new date for for the apocalypse, when would it be and how would you want it to happen?
Anytime by April, basta Zombie apocalypse! –BB
When my heart stops beating, a catastrophic explosion will occur followed by the spread of a deadly virus wiping life on earth. –Zdrakkardz
The day after I die so that no one would cry for me. I don’t want to see my love cry. – 16 <3
‘Pag nasemento na lahat ng bundok – OP
After I have established my 45 million worth house excluding interior/exterior design :) - Mark111494
Kapag naging puti na ang uwak at uulan ng martilyo – Disciplet :D
I will develop an extremely fatal virus which will become a plague and make an antidote but it will be so expensive no one can pay for it and the whole humanity will die. EVIL LAUGH =) Kapag nagawa mo nang paghiwahiwalayin ang laman ng 3 in 1 coffee –Gic, BS-Pharm ‘Pag libre na lahat sa mundo. - Tala_vere
When I’ll meet him <3 - heart-100 After ng Final Exam ng Accounting para kahit Until everyone cares. hindi na makita yung result ng exam, hindi na - ycrem namin proproblemahin kung papasa kami or hindi. HAHAHA! – Naruto After an apple becomes an orange on the 30th of February, And I want to end it as fast as a shooting star – Lorcarmefene
Kapag ang moon overcrowded na sa tao. - dee 07 BSED
I will be selfish if I say that “I want the end of the world when I am already successful, I am happy with my family and my special someone” so instead I want the world to end when there is no more pain, despair, sorrow, all the negatives be gone, and things should just be all positive, and if it really is the end. It would be very exciting if God personally descends and fetch us to be with Him in heaven. HAHA! Impossibilities. – Demigo120693, BSA2
Saka na… Pag engineer na ang buong BSCE-2 at kapag pumasa na talaga kame sa lahat ng EMECH at EMATH. – Rox, BSCE2
Next end of the world? Dahil delayed yung unang prediction ni Nostradamus at calculation ng mga Mayan sa kanilang calendar gusto ko 1 day after Valentine’s day na lang. Para atleast nakasama at naidate ko muna girlfriend ko bago magunaw ang mundo :) applied din ‘to sa lahat ng couples. – neLmar BEED-GEE3 For me, I don’t want to say any date because I believe there’s a right time for it and I don’t want it to happen soon, because I know many of us are not yet ready for that day, and I am one of them. I want to succeed in life first. The only thing I must do is to pray, just continue my happy life and I will not lose hope and I will always think positive! – Mhervyne, BSED-MAPEH1 Wala, sana din na dumating yung ganung bagay para wala ng pangamba na mararamdaman ang mga tao ngayon at sa future. Okay na yung mga natural calamities instead na as in buong mundo :> - LeiDme, HRM3
‘Pag may date nang 32 sa calendar! *laughs*. – Rjay, BSIT3
Jan 15, 2030. All planets will be swallowed by the sun due to gravity failure. – Michael, BSCOE1 October 31, 3000 – Para kinabukasan non, Noviembre 1 Dia de los Muertos SAKTO! Bwahaha – JoshiShan17
Ako, sa birthday ko! Para memorable. Gusto ko umulan ng asido para cute. Hahaha! Sayang nga eh, hindi natuloy yung dati. Ready pa naman din ako – BFDC_13
Sana sa time na magkahawak kamay kami ng boyfriend ko. HAHAHA. Para habang namamatay sweet :> - Reyna, BSED-MAPEH1
Sa January 1, 3000. Para mejo malayo-layo pa at sakto! 3rd millenium na yun. Tska sana kung magugunaw na ang Hanggang makita ko na ang taong gusto kong makita at mundo, yung biglaan. HAHAHA. Hindi yung magpapanic mamahalin, siguro after three hundred years. :> pa lahat ng tao. Yung isang iglap lang :) - BSN3 - Krinzzle, BSECE4 I’d want the APOCALYPSE to happen ASAP but what I want is for the world not to end but restore itself, that is, it would renew all lost reFebruary 30, 2014 babannga ang earth sa planet sources, no pollution, and no destruction technologies, only green and nemik o wawasakin ni majinboo :) renewable innovations would survive along with people who are con- JayonJoe, BSED2 cerned for the environment. – Than, BSN3 Sa June 2013, sa eleksyon para bago mamatay yung mga corrupt na politicians, papatikman pa sila umupo sa termino ng ilang araw. HAHA November 01, 2013. Pero dapat natural disaster, dapat – Jovelle Gauiran, BSED1 maging zombie ang mga mapupunta dapat sa hell tapos magsu-survive ang mga mapupunta naman sa heaven. Sa May 2013, Gusto ko muna matapos ang anniverGanyan dapat para exciting, Hehe. sary ko at ng GF ko :) Hehehe. Tska matapos yung – Mark Lord, BSECE4 aking Victory Weekend. Kapag pumuti na ang uwak! – Ronasej, BSCOE1 – Bree, BSHTM-HRM2 Pag ako na ang most brilliant accounting expert sa buong mundo, HAHAHA! – Butterfly_16
April 9, 2145. ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. Tapos huli ang pilipinas, sa atin yung huling lugar na aatakehin kaya buong mundo, siksikan sa Pilipinas. CHAR! HAHA. – Rorocel, BSIT 2
Kapag nakatikim na ako ng lahat ng uri ng chocolates sa earth! – Marrie-chan, ECE2
January 3, 2013. The oval will open in half – Kolipoki I want it to happen on an exam day. Yung tipong wala na talaga
akong maisagot tapos biglang magugunaw ang mundo. Hardcore! Safe ako for sure sa tres na grade! *laughs* - NicoPasian, BSED3
Wala pong fixed na date. Depende na rin po sa mga tao kung patuloy nilang gagawin yung nakakasira sa Earth. Pero if you ask me hindi na magtatagal. (200 thousand years) – Phoenix_23 :) ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, para may freedom to kill na, Kill all zombies! Paramihan pa, Parang “LEFT 4 DEAD GAME” pero in real life. Tapos all is free na, No need for money, tapos free guns and other weapons na pang CHUK CHAK or parang ISPLUK sa mga flesh-eating zombies – ROCKSTAR, BSCOE1
Kapag natupad na lahat ng pangarap ko :) – Z_15 Di mangyayari yung apocalypse na yan! Kasi ise-save tayo ng THE AVENGERS! - Anonymous Pag okay na lahat. Pag mahal na ko ng mahal ko at pinaglaban na nya ako. Okay na ‘yun para naman kahit paano naramdaman ko na I am worth fighting for. HAHA! – Kyoti, BSHTM2
These comments were solicited from students through text, Facebook posts and random interviews.
So what exactly is the culprit for these food-borne illnesses? Well, here are a few of the most common causes of these dreaded sicknesses.
by Ellaine Marie Laureta and Hajie Mariano
risp mangoes with alamang. Slightly charred hotdogs, isaw and barbeque. Fishballs and kikiam smothered in a sweet and salty sauce. Tasty cheese sticks and one-day olds. Siomai dipped in peppery soy sauce. Fried noodles and chicken. Refreshing halohalo. Doesn’t mentioning these foods make your mouth water?
As students, we find ourselves munching on these street foods during breaks, study sessions and even at midnight hours to satisfy late night cravings. Not only are they delicious, but they are also very cheap and easily slip into an average student’s allowance. But sometimes as we chow down on these street foods, meals from canteens, carinderias and restaurants
or even home cooked dishes, we fail to give attention to whether or not they are healthful or sanitary. Although we should always keep in mind the nutritious value of the food we eat, let’s focus on how we can keep our food clean and safe to prevent foodborne illnesses. It is an alarming fact that food-borne illnesses are so common that they even
account for an estimated 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths annually. Because food-borne illness is so common, some people treat it as a “normal” occurrence, not realizing how easy it is to avoid suffering from unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever as a result of eating contaminated foods.
Actually, the most noteworthy causes of food-borne illness are errors in food handling and preparation at home, restaurants and other eating places. A major education program for food handlers and consumers is urgently needed, and it is one of the most effective means of reducing this serious public health problem. However, the good news is that by following a few simple rules and guidelines, we can all protect ourselves and our family from these illnesses. The Asian Food Information Centre has developed a list of 10 essential tips to protect you and your family from food-borne illness.
Contamination through handling. During food preparation, hands, utensils and equipment such as cutting boards and cleaning cloths can become contaminated with bacteria from raw food, dirty surfaces and other unclean objects. If hands, utensils and equipment are then used to prepare ready-to-eat or cooked food, without first being thoroughly washed, food can become contaminated.
Water-borne infection. Water used for drinking or preparing food can be a major source of illness if not properly treated. When in doubt, boil water first or drink fluids from sealed bottles or cans, and avoid ice.
1. "Best before" and "use-by" dates should be taken seriously; out-of-date products should not be purchased and should be reported to store managers. If packaged, or if damaged packaging is discovered at home, it should be returned or reported to the retailer or food processor. 2. Adulteration of food involves using inferior, cheaper ingredients to cheat consumers and undercut competition. The sale of misbranded, mislabeled and contaminated food should be reported to relevant authorities. Reporting incidents can help authorities nab and punish delinquent retailers and reduce the recurrence of these incidents.
STORAGE 3. Store raw foods, especially meat, fish and seafood, at the bottom of the refrigerator, and cooked foods at the top. Store foods wrapped or properly covered. 4. Do not put hot food in the refrigerator, as this will cause the temperature to rise. 5. Store cans, packets and bottles in a cool dry place, and protected from insect and rodent pests.
FOOD PREPARATION AND EATING
Cross-contamination between cooked and raw food. Bacteria from raw food can contaminate ready-to-eat food if the latter is not stored properly. Raw food should always be stored in the lowest part of the refrigerator, and readyto-eat food on the shelves above to prevent liquids dripping from the raw food on to the cooked food. All foods should be fully covered and stored in clean non-toxic washable containers.
6. Remember to always wash hands before preparing foods or eating. 7. Equipment used to prepare raw foods must be washed thoroughly after use, and always before being used to prepare foods which are already cooked, or are to be consumed raw. 8. Choose food stalls, restaurants or other eating places carefully. Make sure staff, cutlery and other equipment look clean and tidy. This is a good indicator of the hygiene standards of the eating place, including those "behind-the-scenes." 9. Hot food should be very hot, and cold food should be chilled. Avoid outlets where foods are left at room temperature for more than two hours. Particular care needs to be taken about food prepared in large quantities, in advance or under difficult conditions - at symposia meetings, large social events, outdoor events, and the like. 10. If you have any doubts about raw foods, such as fruit and vegetables, the golden rule is "boil it, cool it, peel it, or forget it."
So there you have it. Whether you choose to nibble on street food, eat a homemade meal or chow down at an eatery elsewhere, take these simple tips to heart and avoid food-borne diseases. M
Maintaining food in the temperature danger zone. Food poisoning bacteria grow best in temperatures ranging from 5ºC to 60ºC. This is called the temperature danger zone. This can happen when food isn’t cooked to the proper temperature needed to kill harmful bacteria, food isn’t stored at an appropriate temperature, a long interval between food preparation and food consumption if not stored at the appropriate temperature that prevent bacterial growth or inadequate heating.
References: Nutrition and Diet Therapy 2008 by McGregor Silvia www.medline.com
nina Angelica Roze Viloria, Ellen Grace Peña at Ellaine Laureta
Malalaglag ang mga gamit ng TM
ng pagiging Marian ay ‘di lang nakikita sa paggamit ng uniporme, o pagbanggit ng pangalan ng eskwelahan. Nakikita rin yan sa gawa sa labas at lalo na sa loob ng paaralan dahil paano ka nga naman magiging modelo ng kapwa kabataan mo sa lipunan kung sa loob nga mismo ng campus, di mo na magampanan ang pagiging Marian mo..Hep hep hep... Bato bato sa langit, tamaan sapul! Bato bato sa langit, tamaan mabukulan nang ikaw ay matauhan... May apat na modus operandi na ginawa ng The Marian (TM) at mismong mga staff ang siyang bumiktima para mas “intense” ang eksena, ‘yung mararamdaman nila ang matulungan at pagkaitan ng tulong ng kapwa nila Marian.
Magpapasama si Ingleserang TM Lokasyon: Gate 1 Nabiktima: Jessel Tacang, BS Psych 2
Unang Lokasyon: Sacred Heart Center Park, Wifi tables Nabiktima: John Lloyd Pido, BSMA2 Karaniwang nararanasan ng mga estudyante ang pagkakahulog ng kanilang mga gamit lalo na kapag sobrang dami nilang dala. Ngunit minsan, kahit gaano karami ang gamit na dala, wala ni isa ang makaisip na tulungan ang estudyanteng nahulugan ng gamit. Ayan na si TM
Eh di lakad-lakad ulit si TM sa may hallway nang biglang kaboom! Nahulog ang gamit nito’t nagkandakalat ang mga lamang papel. Wala pang limang segundo, may tumutulong na kay TM oh! Oha! Huwarang Marian ulit ang eksena.
kasama at sa nambiktimang TM habang nagpupulot ng papel, at take note ngingiti ngiti pa sabay sabi sa kasamang tumutulong na magpulot na, “Oh, kunin mo na iyong number niya ah.” Si Kuya John, huwarang Marian, eh ano naman kayang itatawag natin sa dalawang lalaking kasama niya? Naku kayo na nga ang humusga.
nasaan ang lugar, meron namang kuya na makikitang alam kung nasaan banda pero ayun nagkunwari na lang na di niya alam, may ate ulit na ituturo na sana kay TM kung asan ang tinatanong na lugar pero nang hatakin siya ng kanyang mga kasama nagpatianod na lang ito, kaya dinedma ulit si TM. Pero dahil ayaw pang tumigil ni TM hanggang di natatagpuan ang huwarang Marian sa eksenang ito, subukan ulit hanggang sa makausap niya si Jessel na
ang destinasyon sana ay sa AVR 1 lang , ipinaturo nito kung saan ang lugar, di pa nakuntento kaya nagpasama pa, ang layo din kaya ng Gate 1 sa Apo Pilo building at nakakapagod umakyat hanggang sa 4th floor ng nasabing building, ma-effort! Bagaman malayo layo’t nakakapagod, idagdag mo pa na stranghera ang sasamahan ibinigay pa din ng nasabing biktima ang tulong kay TM hanggang makarating sa pupuntahan.
Pangatlong Lokasyon: Wi-Fi Area
Pangalawang Lokasyon: UB
naglalakad tapos kunwari biglang nahulog ang gamit sa harapan ng tatlong kalalakihan. May tutulong kaya? Ayun oh dudukwang pa lang si TM, may tumulong na agad, si John ang isa sa tatlong kalalakihang nakatambay sa may Wi-Fi area pero iyong dalawang kasama mega tingin lang sa
Paano kapag may nagpapasama sa iyong tao na di mo kilala papunta sa lugar na malayo-layo din sa kinaroroonan mo at mataas pa ang floor na pupuntahan nito, idagdag mo pa na ang gamit na wika ay banyaga, Inglesera ba. Sasamahan mo ba? Pahirapan ang paghingi ng tulong sa eksenang ito. Ilang mga estudyante na rin ang nagdaan na pinaghingan ng tulong kaso parang walang pakialam. Mayroon si ate na di talaga alam kung
Eh di lakad lakad ulit ang eksena ni TM sa may harap ng grupo ng kababaihan nang biglang nahulog muli ang gamit. Tatlumpong segundo na, wala pang tumutulong sa kanya nang biglang magflash ang camera at nakita ito ng isang Marian sa nasabing grupo na tumatambay sa lugar na kani-kanina lang ay tinitingnan lang na nagpupulot si TM. Aba peg ni ate ang magpapicture nang makita niya ang camera. Mega tulong ang lola…Naku ate, ‘di po ito picture taking…
Makikiupo ang isang TM, pagkatapos ng dalawang minuto, iiwan niya at ipapabantay ng halos dalawampung minuto ang mga gamit niya.
Lokasyon: IT Pavillion Nabiktima: Diana Mae Torres, BS MedTech 1
Nakabukas ang zipper ng palda ng TM pagkatapos nitong lumabas sa cubicle ng CR
Unang Lokasyon: CR sa A Building Nabiktima: Kelly Camille Quenery, BSHRM 2 Kung may nakita kang nakabukas na zipper ng kapwa mo Marian lalo na sa mga babae na nakapalda o sinumang tao sa labas ng campus, ano ang kadalasan mong ginagawa? Sinasabi mo ba, dinededma na lang o ang masaklap diyan pinagtatawanan at di pa makuntento, pinagbubulungan niyo ng iyong mga kaibigan? Hayan! Kunwari’y nagsasalamin ang mambibiktimang si TM, hinihintay kung may makapansin sa bukas na zipper ng kanyang palda... isang segundo... dalawang segundo... pumatak ng ikalabinlimang segundo ayon may nakapansin na. Kelly: Ooops! Miss nakabukas ang zipper mo.
Paano pag ikaw ang nabiktima ng eksenang ito: ni hindi mo kilala iyong tao eh FC na agad dahil iniiwan ang gamit niya sa ‘yo at pinapabantayan, nagkataong ilang minuto na lang ay klase mo na at may exam ka pa sa klase mong iyon, papayag ka ba? Mahaba-habang pasensya dapat ang taglay mo para di ka mainis o magalit sa taong nagpabantay ng gamit sa iyo. TM: Pwede makiupo deng? Diana: Sige po. Makalipas ang dalawang minuto.
TM: Ay halla! May naiwan ako. Deng, anong oras klase mo? Diana: Mamaya na po, 1: 30. TM: Pwedeng iwan ko muna sa iyo mga gamit ko? Pakibantay mo saglit may kukunin lang ako. Diana: Anong oras ka po babalik? TM: Before 1: 30, pwede ba ? Diana: Ok lang po ate. Subukan nga natin ang pasensya ni ading first year. Limang minuto. Ipaabot natin ng sampung minuto. Ayon oh! Andun pa siya sa tabi ng mga gamit ng TM, ‘di niya
pinapakialaman ang mga gamit, ‘di niya ito sinaling man lang.. Paabutin pa natin ng labinlimang minuto baka sakaling magsawa na siya lalo pa’t malapit na ang time. Ah oh andoon pa rin siya sinisiguro niyang makabalik muna ang may-ari bago siya pumunta sa klase, dagdagan pa natin ng tatlong minuto...1:28 na pero andoon pa din si ading di natitinag sa paghihintay. Hanggang sa binalikan na siya ng TM. Ganyan ang huwarang Marians maasahan at mapagkakatiwalaan.
Pangalawang Lokasyon: CR ng UB Nabiktima: Torina Inamag, BSA 3 Tulad ng dati kunwari’y galing sa isang cubicle ng CR si mambibiktimang staff tapos diretso sa may salamin, medyo mas matagal ata ang “peg” ng eksena ngayon umabot ng dalawampung segundo o mahigit ... Ayan, ayos ayos muna ng buhok ang TM habang naghihintay ng makakapansin sa kanyang likod ...Nang sa wakas may nakapansin na. Torina: Uy nakabukas ‘yung zipper mo! ( at tinulungan pa si TM para izipper ang palda nito) Ayon oh! Ganyan nga ang mga huwarang Marians, maasahan at di ka nila hahayaang mapahiya sa ibang tao.
Sabihin man nating modus operandi lang ang naganap pero di nga ba’t nangyayari ang mga ito sa totoong buhay sa di inaasahang pagkakataon . Kung ikaw iyong nasa kalagayan ng pinaghihingan ng tulong, tutulong ka ba? Eh kung ikaw na ang nangangailangan ng tulong at walang tumulong sa iyo, anong mararamdaman mo? Ang tulong ay hindi ipinagkakait lalo na sa mga taong nangangailangan talaga nito. Itanim mo sa utak mo na anuman ang ginawa mo sa kapwa mo ay babalik din sa’yo. Kung tumulong ka sa kapwa mo, may mga oras din na iyong tulong na ibinigay mo ay babalik sa iyo ng sampung beses. Huwag mong antayin dahil kusa mo itong matatamo sa takdang panahon at sa pinakatamang pagkakataon... M
TECHNOCRAT Zoom! IN By Ellen Grace Peña
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You can charge it via USB and of course connect it to
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Healthy Midnight by Angelica Roze Viloria
o you ever wake up in the middle of the night craving for a midnight snack? Grabbing your usual high-sugar treats (chocolate, soft drinks, junk food) might be tempting, but it would mean a couple of eyebags come morning. Sometimes, after spending the night with your nose in your books, do you ever find it hard to sleep? Well then, here are seven healthful and easy-to-prepare snacks for a good night’s rest especially after burning the midnight oil.
Can’t sleep? The answer for your problem is milk. Milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps lull you into deep sleep. Tryptophan is known to be responsible for increasing the production of serotonin in the body, which helps you feel sleepy. A cup of milk also contains calcium and vitamin D which can boost the health of your bones.
Want something salty? A whole grain, popcorn is the go-to snack for a midnight of craving something salty. Popcorn is a good source of complex carbs. It is also low in calories (no dousing the kernels in butter, please). You won't wake up feeling bloated or with a tummy ache because it is low in fat. Just go easy on the salt though.
Nuts Nuts are a great nighttime nosh. They are full of fiber, which will help you feel full longer and keep you from waking up before dawn with a tummy rumbling. These nutritious nibbles also help regulate blood sugar and promote serotonin production in the body. As substitutes for a high-sugar snack which can disturb your sleep, reach for a handful of your favorite nuts.
Graham & Peanut Butter Who said sweets are a big “no-no” for a healthy midnight snack? Graham cracker with a tablespoon of peanut butter spread is a YES! Peanut butter provides a good source of protein and helps give you a feeling of fullness. Graham crackers are low in fat and have less sugar than other sweet treats.
Whole Grain Cereal & Milk Cereal is not just for breakfast. It also makes a quick and healthy midnight snack. Stay away from sugary cereals, which add extra calories. Instead, choose something that contains whole grains. Consider using fat free or one percent milk to keep calories even lower. Milk also contains, L-tryptophan, which is an amino acid and can help promote sleep.
Frozen Banana Want to satisfy your sweet tooth with ice cream? Why not try frozen banana as a healthy alternative? Frozen banana contains fewer calories than ice cream and it provides a serving of potassium which can help promote sleep. To add a little extra flavor and calcium, dip the banana in vanilla yogurt prior to putting it in into the freezer.
Scrambled Eggs & Cheese Craving for a hot snack before bed? Scrambled eggs and low-fat cheese is a good choice. You will be getting a dose of protein combined with calcium. Add a slice of whole grain bread to increase the effectiveness of the tryptophan in the cheese. Keep your portions small so you don't feel too full to sleep and time it to about an hour before you want to fall asleep. This healthy mini meal is a good choice if you didn't eat dinner and need a more substantial amount of food before bed, but is low in fat and calories. Midnight snacks can’t be just crackers and cheese curls. Don’t let yourself feast on something that is not totally healthy but, instead, surprise yourself to indulge in something you thought wasn’t a good idea for a midnight snack.
By Marc Oliver H. Fernandez HARDCORE by Rhodora Aquino
aglalaman ito ng libu-libong mga kwento tungkol sa pag-ibig, horror, paranormal at kung anu-ano pa. Haay..masaya, nakakakilig at nakakainspire magbasa ng love stories ng iba, hindi ba? Sa sobrang enjoy mo sa pakikichismis sa buhay ng may buhay, baka naman adik ka na? Bago mo ‘ko awayin dahil hindi ka naniniwalang lulong ka na nga sa Wattpad, basahin mo muna ang mga sumusunod. Baka naman isa ka sa kanila.
Madalas na napapansin mo silang nakatingin sa kawalan at nagiimagine ng kung anu-anong mga nabasa nilang love stories. Siguro, they think na sila yung characters ng story na HHWW with pa sway sway pa. Kitang-kita mo na yung clouds sa ibabaw ng ulo nila eh. ‘Pag tinanong mo sila nito, sine 90 degrees + cosine 90 degrees = LOVE.
Sila yung palaging tinitignan kung may update na nga ba sa kwento. Minsan sisisihin pa yung author kung matagal mag-update. Kulang na lang palitan mo yung pwesto niya eh. Comment dito, like dyan, vote dyan, vote dito. Kung hindi nangyari yung gusto nilang takbo ng kwento ay kasalanan pa ng kawawang nagsulat.
Makikita mo silang laging titig sa cellphone o sa laptop. Kahit saan pumunta may access sila sa ongoing story na binabasa. Motto:”Time is gold.” Walang dapat sayangin na pagkakataon para matapos ang pagkahaba-habang kwento na daig pa ang Walang Hanggan nina Daniel at Katarina.
Mga taong hindi tatantanan ang pagbabasa hanggang sa matapos ang kuwento. Madalas maririnig natin sa kanila ang mga linyang, “Yes! Chapter 70 na ‘ko! 25 chapters to go!” Grabe, ang sipag talaga‘no? Kahit maghapon silang nagbabasa, okay lang basta hindi mabitin at mahuli sa mga pangyayari. Mahirap nga naman ‘di ba?
ART OF Doing Nothing
Maaapektuhan sa bawat eksenang kwento. Relate na relate eh. Minsan hindi mo na namamalayan umiiyak ka na pala dahil akala nung girl, niloko lang siya ni boy then suddenly , bigla bigla ka na lang tatawa at kikiligin dahil sa nareveal na ang totoo at nagkabalikan na ulit yung couple dahil na rin sa effort ng boy with matching romantic surprises pa.
WP Wherever you go
Sa dami ng nabasa nilang mga wattpad stories ay napapaghalu-halo Wattpad na nila ang mga characters at pangyayari sa iba’t ibang kwento. Confusion Masaya kang nagkukwento sa friend mong wattpad addict din then suddenly marerealize mo na iba pala yung kinukwento mo sa nauna pati mga characters na jumbled na. Sariling composition na ba tawag dun? At pati nga titles ay disordered na rin. Merong “She’s Dating the Sadist Lover,” “Campus Cinderella,” at iba pa.
makukulit…. Paganahin ang makulay mong imahinasyon… Ilabas ang angking galing sa pagguhit… at muling mapasama sa isang mahiwagang mundo! Ohhyesssss! Malapit na naman ang panahon ng
Nalalayo sa kabihasnan. Kunwari nagbabasa ng libro, yun pala nakaipit doon ang cellphone at nagbabasa ulit ng new story. Sa sobrang busy hindi na narinig ang teacher na naglelecture at may pinaaassignment na pala. Hindi ka na rin updated sa mga hot issues sa bansa, at sa latest tsismis ng barkada at sa latest trends in fashion. Updated ka nga sa story na binabasa, waley ka namang ma-say sa mga lessons at issues sa paligid.
Pagrereview mo naapektuhan na. Imbes na libro o module ang binabasa, sandamakmak na chapters ang inuuna. Pag exams, “Who is the father of history?” -Kenji delos Reyes. “What is the relationship of lines 1 and 2 in the graph?”- Secretly Married. “What builds up the human brain?”Campus Royalties.
Love Guru Wannabe
Panahon na ulit upang maglitawan ang mga konseptong
Tag-init… Tag-ulan… Tag-kabute na naman!
Ito yung mga taong laging bukambibig ang love at love affairs. Dahil na rin sa over over na pagbababasa ng wattpad stories ay love na lang palagi ang nasa isip nila. Kausap mo sila at yung topic niyo ay tugkol sa lesson o project tapos hindi mo namamalayan na na-divert na pala yung topic sa lovelife at kung makapag-advice ka naman, wagas!
Pinakamalala ang senyales ng pagkaadik sa Wattpad ay yung kahit mag-isa ka lang na naglalakad ay napapa SMS ka at inspired palagi kahit walang lovelife. Bigla - bigla ka na lang tatawa sa kilig at magtataka ang mga kasama mo sa bahay o mga ka-boardmates mo. Akala nila nababaliw ka na. At higit sa lahat habang binabasa mo ito, nakakarelate ka (aminin).
Hindi naman masama ang matuwa sa mga kwento about love lalo na sa Wattpad. Lagi lang nating tandaan na lahat ng sobra ay masama at dapat unahin natin ‘yung mga mas importanteng mga bagay kaysa sa pagka-addict sa Wattpad. Baka sa sobrang subsob mo sa binabasa mo, dumaan na pala sa harap mo si “the right one” for you at hindi mo siya nakita kasi busy ka sa pagbabasa ng storya ng iba. O sya, tatapusin ko pa special updates ng Secretly Married. M
Photos by TM Photojournalists Compiled by Paul Danguilan
editorial IN SPITE OF DIVERGENCE The success of this year’s Intramurals is a history to be treasured. Despite the various changes and big transformations that happened like the formation of the new team - ups, every Marian undeniably showed determination, power and camaraderie in celebrating the spirit of this year’s Intramurals. The essence of using the universal elements as concept was used with genuine meaning. Regardless of the capabilities and prestige that each team showed, the verve of being a real Marian still prevailed. The Valiant Earth, Invincible Air, Unexpendable Water, Incredible Metal and Raging Fire have exemplified the zeal to conquer the sports cup. The Valiant Earth was named champion in the end, but all teams were indeed victors after displaying skills and talents that were not only outstanding but also eager to be shared and showcased. Another year of battle has arrived. We expect for more challenging clashes, more demanding bouts and more productive competitors this 2013. But as long as we continue to fight as one SMU team, we may be able to surpass these obstacles and eventually make the sports arena of our institution more healthy and dynamic. It is not about winning at all. It is about possessing the Marian values of competence, creativity, community-supportiveness and Christian discipleship not withstanding the differences of the team we belong. M
Mag-isip isip ng 1,2,3 Kung lakas, liksi o kakayahan lang naman ang paguusapan, karapat-dapat purihin ang ipinakita ng Valiant Earth, Invincible Air, Unexpendable Water, Incredible Metal at Raging Fire sa nakalipas na Intramurals 2012. Isang nakabibinging palakpakan at nakapanghihingalong hiyawan ang nararapat para sa buong komunidad ng Marians sa isang matagumpay na Intramurals ngayong taon. sa isang pelikula, sa tagumpay ng bida ay isang kontrabida. Tagumpay man nating masasabi ang nasabing paligsahan, may mga silid pa rin na kailangan nating bigyang-pansin para sa ating sariling pag-unlad at mas magandang Intramurals sa mga susunod pang mga taon. Lahat tayo’y nagpakita ng sari-sariling lakas at katatagan. Pero kapatid, saan ka napapabilang sa mga sumusunod na kapangyarihan?
Kaya minsan, mas tamang magpokus sa pagaalaga ng init at lakas ng apoy para magtagumpay sa ginagawa.
Pero sa kabila ng lahat, ‘di natin pwedeng isantabi ang kapuna-punang mga karakter na ipinakita ng lahat. Gaya nga
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is 1>8? Nag-aral ka ba ng Math? Is 1 greater than 8? Does one loss by knockout overshadow the eight world titles which brought pride to all Filipinos worldwide? Does one recent defeat erase the triumphant historical record that exalted and united Filipinos? When our People’s Champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao fell unconsciously face-first in the boxing ring,
did you feel concern or shame? When Juan Manuel Marquez threw his “perfect punch” to Pacman’s face, did you immediately judge Pacquiao as weak and “laos na?” Undeniably, the fourth face-off of Pacquiao and Marquez was a global shock in the boxing arena, when the People’s Champ met his match and was led to his loss on the highly-betted fight. Some of us ungratefully focused more
pwedeng anihin dala ng masikap na pagtatanim. Ngunit sa ibabaw ng lupa ay ang pagiisip na siyang nagpupursiging makapasok sa ilalim na di tinitignan ang mga masisira at maaapektuhan para lamang iangat ang sariling kaligayahan at kagustuhan. Dinala mo ba ang pag-iisip na ‘to? KAPANGYARIHAN NG HANGIN Ang hangin ay may abilidad na magpayuko ng mga bagay-bagay. Kaya nitong umihip ng malakas at maaaring magpatumba ng anuman. Sa lugar naman ng mga tao, may iba’t-ibang hangin na maituturing. May hangin na mabaho, meron namang mabango, may nakaiirita at meron ring nakababastos. Sa huli, anumang klaseng hangin meron ka, gaano man ‘to kalakas, ito ay pwede pa ring sumira ng pagsasamahan at pagtitiwala sa bawat isa. Anong klase ba ng hangin ang ipinakita mo? KAPANGYARIHAN NG TUBIG Napakalakas ng tubig. Kaya ka nitong lunurin o iagos sa rutang di mo inaasahan. Pero sa kalakasang ito, minsan mas marami ang nasasaktan at nagiging bigo. Marami ang nawawalan ng pag-asa at
...did you feel concern or shame? ...did you immediately judge Pacquiao as weak and “laos na?”
nagiging palaban ng wala sa oras. Ang tubig ay kayamanang maituturing sa kadahilanang nagagamit natin ito sa halos lahat ng bagay. Pero sabi nga, ang lakas na di nagagamit ng wasto, sa huli ay siya ring nagiging talo. Ginamit mo ba ng tama ang lakas na ‘to? KAPANGYARIHAN NG METAL Isang katangian meron ang metal ay ang kanyang katigasan. Dahil sa tatag na ito, kaya nitong makabuo ng mga kapaki-pakinabang na bagay gaya ng mga gusali at sasakyan. Pero minsan, ang katigasang ito rin ang nagtutulak sa pagkasira ng isang bagay dahil marahil kulang ang tatag nito. Minsan kasi, mas kanais-nais muna na mauna ang pagtitiwala at pagkakaisa kaysa sa katatagan. Gaano ba katatag ang ipinakita mo? KAPANGYARIHAN NG APOY Lumiliyab, nakasusunog, nakapapaso – yan ang angking kapangyarihan ng apoy. Nakakatakot kung turingin pero marami rin ang nakakatalo. May mga kayang tumapak sa nakakapasong init o di kaya nama’y maglaro ng Continued on page 29
on the tragic defeat of the Pambansang Kamao. And many of us asked a big “Why?” As reported by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, “some said boxing, preaching and legislating are too much for Pacquiao’s plate.” Several say Manny hasn’t prepared well for the fight, consuming only two months for training laxed by overconfidence, compared to Marquez’s rigid four and a half months training powered by eagerness for the hungered-for victory. Other issues cover Mommy Dionisia’s lament over Manny’s change of religion – “abandoning his rosary on the neck and entertaining pastors who often crowd Manny’s mansion, robbing him off his Continued on page 29
Earth smothers... basketeers, however, showed off their blasting speed and aggressive attacks that paved way to conquer the first quarter, 18-14. Startled by the Valiant Earth’s suffocating defense, the Incredible Metal quintet with persistent confidence launched revenge with tricky placings. Spirited by their first taste of win, Valiant Earth team captain Ana Murillo, defended the team with deadly hook shots retaining their territory, 30-24, in the second quarter. Trailing behind by six points at the end of the first half of the third quarter, the Valiant Earth cagers still exemplified their prowess capped by Murillo’s good passing formation and fastbreaking rebounds to oust the peppered Incredible Metal
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shooters with 46-28 at the third quarter. Though the Metal dribblers brought their best, the Earth basketeers with their far score in the second half and series of extraordinary performance clinched the championship, 78-34. “On the first part of the game, the opponent was really aggressive to win and they [the Valiant players] were really nervous but as a coach, I advised them to enjoy, relax and go for the spirit of teamwork. Then, it paid off,” said Mrs. Gina Taniza, coach of the Valiant Earth. Meanwhile, Ms. Lovely Julian, coach of the Incredible Metal, said that “the most important thing is sportsmanship – the real essence of this Intramurals.” M
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HOT PASS. The Water basketeers show their good passing formation to outcast the Fire team during the Intramural championship match held on Dec. 6. Story on page 26 (Photo by John Frederick Guillarte)
Fire, nakamit ang 11 ginto sa soccer nina Ellen Grace Pena at Jan Mikhael Pating
Matapos ang muling pagtutuos sa soccer championship match, muling pinatunayan ng Raging Fire na kanila pa rin ang kampeonato matapos nilang pataubin sa pangalawang round ng final game ang Valiant Earth, 1-0, SMU Oval, Dec. 8. Sa kadahilanang walang talo ang Fire sa lahat ng kanilang laro, naging twice to beat ang sistema kung saan kailangang dalawang magkasunod na beses dapat talunin ng kung sinumang makakaharap na grupo sa final round ang Fire. Natalo man ng Earth ang Fire sa unang set ng final round, di pa rin sumapat ang lakas ng nauna upang pataubin
ang huli sa ikalawang set na naging dahilan upang maiproklamang kampeon ang team ng School of Health Sciences at School of Computing Sciences and Information Technology. Datapwat mabibilis gumalaw at malakas ang depensa ng mga manlalaro ng Valiant Earth hindi pa rin sumapat ang bilis ng galaw at lakas ng depensa ang ipinakita ng mga manlalaro sa koponan ng Fire na naging rason upang hindi makakuha ng iskor ang koponan ng Earth hanggang sa kahulihulihang minuto ng laro. Nakakuha ng 11 na ginto ang Raging Fire sa nasabing laro at tumulong sa kanila ng malaki upang makakuha ng kabuuang 14 na ginto sa lahat ng laro. M
Water basketeers douse Fire five, 100-69 by Razor Jan Mapa In the drizzly weather that heated up the throng of people inside the Fr. Tonus gymnasium, the Unexpendable Water smothered the Raging Fire, 100-69, in the basketball men’s championship match, Dec. 6. Raging Fire’s spectacular assists surprised the crowd during the first quarter of the game. This was, however, opposed by the Water’s steals which ended the quarter with
a deadlock, 16-16. Fire team captain Alvin Catacutan thundered in the second quarter with his impressive three-point plays. Unfortunately, this play was rammed by Water’s Leo Salacup, who nailed a 10-point advantage over Fire via a three-point shot, 44-34. Unexpendable Water led the second quarter, 46-34. Successive turnovers by both teams highlighted the start of the third quarter. Fire,
even at their glory, cannot stop the Water’s continuous barrage of points. Mark Donald Raymundo of Water finished off the quarter, boasting his tight lay-up across the court to give his team an 18-point advantage, 66-48. Gio Dandin and Catacutan of the Fire team started the last quarter, giving everyone in the gym a pleasant surprise as they presented their fiery power plays. However, they were
countered by Mark Rafanan and Michael Callejo’s assist-andshoot strategy, lifting Water’s glory even more. Catacutan, armed with his very own golden hands, also dominated the scene. But despite all these heroics, Fire team failed to overwhelm Water who dominated the game, 100-69. “Pagod na talaga kami, factor ‘yun. Sobrang pagod. Sunud-sunod din kasi mga laro namin since [kaninang] umaga,” Catacutan said. M
Earth, Air zoom in athletic events by Jeremy Lopez and Emmanuel Jose The Valiant Earth and Invincible Air soared in the athletic events during the University Games 2012, Dec. 5-8. Eduardo Cabral Jr. of the Valiant Earth led the 100m and 200m dash while fellow Earth teammate Victor Chumalan shone in the 400m dash, male category. On the other hand, Maridon Tungpalan from the
Invincible Air team showed power in the 100m and 200m dash and teammate Beverly Avecilla topped the 400m dash, female category. Richard Wigan from the Incredible Metal clenched the first spot for the 1,500m run besting two other Earth players. Mary Joy Imulyap avenged Earth by winning the female category. Valiant Earth for the male category
and Invincible Air for the female category continually dominated in the 4x100, 4x400, 800m run and race walking categories in the running events. Meanwhile, in the throwing events (male category), Lorden Gamueda of the Valiant Earth won the shot put category, Karl Chester Sarandi of the Invincible Air for the discus throw and Elvis
Escano of the Incredible Metal won in the javelin throw. Vanessa Rala of the Incredible Air dominated all events in the female category for the throwing events. The two teams continued their rampage in the jumping events as Cabral (male), Christian Bibas (male), Avecilla (female) and Abegail Punghan (female) incessantly conquered the long jump and high jump events, respectively. M
Supilanas pilots Air volleybelles’ victory, 3 – 0 By Razor Jan Mapa
Invincible Air’s Louiselle Supilanas fly to hit a spike to the opponent team during one of the volleyball matches during Intramurals 2012. (Photo by John Tayaban)
Marians lead... from page 32 Rodel Libayo of PLT College and Pable Chuy-awan of Aldersgate College while Jessiely Luz Dupale will be with the women’s team. Mr. Kenneth Maslang will be the team’s coach. “Optimistic ako sa men’s division,” said Maslang who
claims he has strong players especially the male team members. He added that the players just need more exposure to be developed and that the female players have to be mindful of their time during the games. M
A sophomore management accounting student led this year’s champion team in the volleyball-women final game. Invincible Air’s Louieselle Supilanas piloted the team to clinch the crown against the Valiant Earth, 3 – 0, in the championship match-women’s category, held at the mini forest open court, Dec. 7. The first set started as both teams chased scores, but Air giving off their unstoppable spikes, countered Earth’s continuous barrage, ending the
PLTC tinaob ng SMU... mula sa p/32 pagblock ang captain ball ng SMU na si Jun Umila. Nagmistulang barikada na hindi matinag si Umila upang iangat muli ang SMU at tapusin ang set, 25-16. Binuweltahan ng PLTC ang SMU sa pamumuno ni Rodel Waglison sa pagpapakawala ng malalagkit na mga taktika na
nakapagpahina sa opensa ng SMU at nagdala ng deadlock score na 9-9. Naging gitgitan ang sagupaan sa kalagitnaan ng yugtong ito sapagkat kapwa patinikan at pautakan ang naging labanan hanggang sa umabot muli sa isa pang deadlock na 24-24. Nabitawan ng SMU ang
set 25 – 20. Feeling the threat, Earth’s Maricel Cabullos – Sharmane Hoggang team up nailed an early deadlock, 13 – 13, in the second set. The effort was never enough though when Hoggang threw a strong spike that failed Earth, giving the Air a four-point advantage at the end, 25 – 21. Supilanas and Janica Joy Rupac of the Invincible Air started the third set, showering Earth with superb spikes and heroics, nailing another fourpoint advantage, 10 – 6.
Earth, trying to let the spirits and hopes stay until the last moment of the game, gave off their efforts to stop Supilanas’ unending flow of points. Unfortunately, these shots just gave Supilanas the opportunity to construct Air’s way to victory. With a very powerful and swift spike, she ended the set, 25 – 16. “Hindi na namin pinaabot ng fourth set dahil pagod na kasi kami, kaninang umaga pa [kami naglalaro], at determinado talaga kaming magka-gold,” said Supilanas. M
pagkakataon na maipasok ang kanilang serve na nagbigay sa PLTC ng daan upang masungkit ang ikatlong set, 26-24. Pinangunahan agad ng PLTC ang bakbakan sa pagsapit ng ikaapat na set sa pagpapakawala ng mga nagaapoy na spike at malakidlat na mga toss ngunit pinilit ihabol nina Conde at Umila ang iskor sa pamamagitan ng kanilang
mga tira na nagtabla sa kanilang iskor na 8-8. Pero sa patuloy na giyera sa loob ng court, naubusan ng angas ang pananalasa ng PLTC kaya’t nanamantala ang SMU na ipako ang PLTC at wakasan ang laban, 25-19. “It’s teamwork that made us win,” ani Mr. Jun Valtoribio, SMU coach. M
Valiant Earth, nanguna sa table tennis
Metal dominates badminton play by Den Mark Lorenzo and Ansherina Rose Arquero
The Incredible Metal grabbed most of the titles in badminton games, both in the men and women category during the conduct of the 2012 Intramurals at the Fr. Tonus gymnasium on Dec. 1-3. In badminton women (singles), Metal was proclaimed champion after showing defensive and determined attacks in playing the said game. Silver and bronze were given to teams Water and Fire, while teams Air and Earth settled for fourth and fifth place, respectively. Metal also earned two gold after winning the game in women (doubles) while teams Earth and Fire earned the silver and bronze, respectively. Team Water emerged as fourth place and Air as fifth place. In men (singles), metal still conquered the title while Fire and Air got the silver and bronze titles, respectively. Meanwhile, the Invincible Air won gold in the men (doubles) and Water landing as second place; Fire as third place and teams Earth and Metal on fourth and fifth place, respectively. Most of the titles were garnered by the Incredible Metal except for the men (doubles) won most of the titls thus being considereda blockade in the badminton game. M
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sports beat Tricky placing and forceful spikes powered the Unexpendable Water to grab six golds in volleyball, during their championship match against the Incredible Metal, SMU open court, Dec. 8. The gloomy weather did not shake the energy of the Water spikers to continuously deliver a barrage of fast spikes and good serving that stressed the Metal volleyball players. Metal tried their best to level the verve of the Water team but the Water team composed of players who are part of the Volleyball Varsity team of the university managed to guard their territory. M
Water, Metal rule dance sports by Rhodora Aquino The Unexpendable Water and the Incredible Metal ruled the dance sports competition, during the university games, Fr. Tonus gymnasium, Dec. 7. Eric Baclig and Mariah Lyka Ramiterre showed their grace in dancing and won two golds for the Water team in the Latin category, while Jan Henry Sagun and Rosette Galzote bagged gold for the Metal team, standard category. “Extreme happiness ‘yung naramdaman ko upon hearing na kami yung panalo, kahit nasira pa ‘yung heels ko,” said Ramiterre. They also said that they had a lot of difficulties in
budgeting their time because of other involvements. “Determination, optimism, prayer at tiwala sa partner, iyan siguro ang dahilan kung bakit kami nanalo,” said Baclig. Meanwhile, the tandem of Sagun-Galzote also felt “happy and thankful for the support they gained” during the competition though they admitted that they did not really prepare for the competition because of many commitments to the other events they have joined. “Actually, hindi kami masyadong prepared sa dance sports kasi madami kaming sinalihang events like cheer
dance, badminton and we are also a part of the Artist’s Circle na nagrerehearse for the University Week,” said Sagun. Even if there was lack of preparation, the said tandem displayed their confidence and trust for each other as they were already dance partners since high school. “Nanalo kami kasi mahal namin ang ginagawa namin, mahal namin ang pagsasayaw,” Galzote said when asked on what made them win the competition. On the other hand, Lauren Marie Flores, one of the judges in the competition, said that she was not quite impressed with the over-all
Metal sepak team nails gold medal by Jaizybel Tanawe and Caselline Corpuz The Incredible Metal team clinched the sepak takraw crown in the championship game, against the Valiant Earth, 2-1, held on Dec. 7 at the SMU open court. Early in the first set, each regu showed off their acrobatic twists, turns, body swerves and high-kicking action. But with Metal’s strong regu John Ignacio Agoc, team captain, Mark Paulo Lubong and Hydran Ragus, the first set ended favoring their team. Enthused by their first taste of win, the Metal continued to focus and unify their forceful energies to beat the Valiant Earth. However, the powerful joint efforts of the Earth defended their team, eventually gaining control in the second set. This demanded the two rival teams to have a tie breaker.
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The final set proved especially tense, as each teams’ best players repeatedly exchanged their services. Leading early in the last set was team Earth. However, Incredible Metal’s acrobatic skills and agility finally sealed their place as sepak takraw champions. Other players from the Metal team were Froirino Bello, Jefferson Galapon and Lamberto Maralit. Mark Errol Cutaran, team captain of the Valiant Earth said they still went on with the championship round even though they were thinking that the Metals will eventually win. “Nilaban pa din namin hanggang sa huli, kahit alam na naming sure win na ang business,” he said. The Invincible Air copped the bronze in the said event. M
performance of the dancers. “Sa tingin ko, kulang sa preparation ang mga dancers,” said Flores. She compared this year’s competition to that of last year’s which she said was better for her. “Dapat pa nilang matutunan ang proper counting, floor craft at line of dance but with proper training, I think na mas magiging maayos pa ang performance nila,” Flores said. Flores was also given the opportunity to show her expertise in dancing through a dance number with Mr. Dino Reyes, SMU Dance Troupe adviser and choreographer. M
Kumopo ng tatlong ginto ang Valiant Earth sa pangkalahatang resulta ng table tennis (singles-men at doubleswomen) sa nakalipas na championship round ng nasabing laro noong Intramurals Meet sa lobby ng Fr. Tonus gymnasium, Dis. 6. Nakamit nina Kennedy Samaniego (singles-men), Shee Ann Dela Cruz at Joy Gallangi (doubleswomen) ng Valiant Earth ang kampeonato sa nasabing laro habang nasungkit naman ng Invincible Air ang kampeonato sa singleswomen at pinagharian ng Unexpendable Water ang doubles-men. “Para sa akin kasi, lahat ng kasali sa Intrams magagaling pero kailangan isa lang [ang] manalo,” ani Dela Cruz matapos ang kanilang championship game laban sa Invincible Air. Agaw-eksena naman ang manlalaro ng Unexpendable Water na si Andres Manaois matapos halos mabitak ang salamin sa gymnasium lobby sa sobrang lakas ng kanyang mga tira. Ani Manaois, matagal na umano siyang naglalaro kung kaya’t napaghandaan niya ang laban. “Matagal na kasi akong naglalaro tsaka naglalaro ako ‘pag may time. Varsity [player] din kasi ako,”aniya. S a m a n t a l a , pumangalawa naman ang Raging Fire sa singles-men at Incredible Metals sa singleswomen. M
Fire boils... from page 32 to drop her opening serve. However, Medina immediately broke Asuncion’s serve to pull even at 1-1. The players remained in serve to enter the first set of tiebreaker. Medina, made to run in the tiebreaker by Asuncion’s deep groundstrokes, turned in errors to fall behind in the said part. Asuncion double faulted on set point number one before Medina sent a forehand down the line returning a wide serve to fall behind. The Raging Fire raced to a 3-1 second set lead behind steadier play before dropping three games in a row to trail 3-4 after experiencing several games of forehand inconsistencies. Medina broke serve at 5-5 before striking an ace in a row to take the second set 6-5. But Payumo, struggling the game with her steadiness, continued to add an increasing amount of topspin to her groundstrokes in the place of her more frequently seen powerful flat groundstrokes. A short Medina’s forehand netted on breakpoint sent Corpuz ahead in the decisive set. Payumo broke back to reach 3-3 before again falling behind 4-5 after several more errors. A backhand down the line volley winner from Medina saved matchpoint before she held serve to pull even at 5-5. With Asuncion’s serving at 6-5, Medina connected
with several powerful groundstrokes including an inside out backhand down the line winner on breakpoint for a 7-5 lead. In the final game, more consistent play from Medina and Payumo earned their hold of service and ended the match with the score, 8-5. Tie up The Raging Fire and Incredible Metal eventually tied up in the overall standing of gold, 2-2. Raging Fire’s bet Johmel Saquibo got the gold in singles men after putting up fast services in and out of the court against Clifford Abselon of the Unexpendable Water team. Shrugging off the Fire team in doubles-men, Edman Suarez and Angelito Pascua showed how Metals conquered the court with their defenses and quick movements. In the women’s category, Lyn Mae Meneses ran and served from the baseline with the combination of techniques to hit the ball through the whole tennis court dashing off Ashley Vicmudo of the Unexpendable Water team. According to Mrs. Ofelia Macutay, tournament manager, even when it rained hard on the second day of the games and some competitions were suspended, the lawn tennis games scheduled for the said day were finished the day before the bad weather. M
Water, Metal lead chess selection by Ryan Pastolero
Water floats in cheerdance fest by Ryan Pastolero Exuding their clean routine of dance steps and choreography, the Unexpendable Water ruled the dance floor during the cheerdance competition, an opening activity after The Unexpendable Water and Incredible Metal prepared the best wood pushers that ruled the chess competition during the University Games, Dec. 5-8. Water’s male wood pusher led the men’s category while Metal’s bet governed the women’s category. On the other hand, Invincible Air grabbed the silver spots in both categories while Valiant Earth took the bronze places. The competition adopted the Swiss system and the said competition was mainly conducted to select the best players who will represent the school in athletic competitions. The players will be coached by Mr. Kenneth Maslang, coach of the chess varsity. M
Earth rules laro ng lahi ‘12 by Angelica Roze Viloria
Valiant Earth won three out of five games in the Laro ng Lahi events earning points for their team in the over-all ranking during the Intramurals 2012 on Dec. 5-8. One of the games that the said team won was the Inverted Sack Race. Instead of having their feet placed in sacks, the players covered their heads with sacks while they were blind-folded. Each team held their partner’s hands and hopped their way to the finish line. Earth also managed to snatch the gold in dugtungang sipa and in tug-of-war. The Unexpendable Water copped second place while the Incredible Metal, placed third in dugtungang sipa. The Invincible Air placed second while the Incredible Metal ranked third in the inverted sack race. Unexpendable Water managed to place second in the tug-of-war while the Incredible Metal ranked third. For the Tug-of-War, Unexpendable Water managed to get the second place followed by the Valiant Earth and Invincible Air for the second and third place, respectively. The Unexpendable Water was the winner for the siatong while the Unexpendable Metal ranked second and Invincible Air settled for third place. The Incredible Metal placed first in the limbo rock competition, Valiant Earth garnered second and Air, third. Most of the concepts of the games during the said event were solicited from the governors of the different teams. Teachers and students comprised the group from each team. M
the grand parade on the first day of the University Week, SMU Oval, Dec. 5. The said team snatched three golds after their controversial blonde hair that unified them to successfully
execute all moves and stunts flawlessly. The Valiant Earth landed as the second place with their simple but elegant orange shirt costume while the Invincible Air ranked 3rd place after displaying their ‘Last Air
Bender’-inspired theme. “We never think of it as a competition. We just enjoyed what we do and that is to express ourselves in dancing,” said Silverio Magday, BSECE 2, member of the winning team. M
Earth, inilibing ang Metal sa baseball championship, 10-1 ni Reynaldo M. Coloma, Jr.
Tinabunan ng Valiant Earth ang Incredible Metals sa larangan ng baseball sa kanilang championship match, 10-1, sa nakaraang University Games noong Dec. 6. Hindi inalintana ng manlalaro ang ulan at nagpakita ng liksi ang Earth sa Metal upang makapagtala ng tatlong puntos habang ang Metal ay nakapuntos lamang ng isa sa unang inning. Sinubukan namang bumawi ng Metal sa
ikalawang inning ngunit hindi na pinayagan pa ng Earth na makapuntos ang kalaban hanggang sa tuluyan na silang mawalan ng tiyansa. Ipinagpatuloy ng Earth ang kanilang agresibong pagtakbo at gumawa ng paraan para makapuntos pagkatapos nilang sunod-sunod na matamaan ang bola at madagdagan ang kanilang puntos ng apat. Naging malakas pa rin ang depensa ng Earth sa pagsisimula ng ikatlong inning na siyang naging dahilan upang
hindi na muling maka-iskor at tuluyang mapag-iwanan ang Metal. Hindi mahabol ng mga Metal ang bilis ng paghagis ng bola ng Earth sa bawat base. Naamoy ng Earth ang tagumpay sa pagtatapos ng inning, nagtala pa sila ng tatlong puntos, at nauwi sa 10-1 ang buong laro. “Actually, itong mga player interesado itong mga ito, disiplinado sila at lahat ng training inattendan, nadalian sila kasi imbes na five innings
sila, three na lang,” ani Atty. Jonathan Budaden, coach ng nanalong team. Ikinalungkot naman ng coach ng Metal na si Mrs. Evangeline Velasco ang kanilang pagkatalo sa laro. “Before, maganda naman ang performance nila pero siguro dahil sa weather. Madulas kasi ‘yung bola pati na rin yung lupa,”aniya. Samantala, iniuwi ng Air ng siyam na tanso sa nasabing laro. M
CHARGE. Pitcher of the Valiant Earth, Aldrin Lunag, prepares to throw the ball to the batter of the Incredible Metal during their final game at the SMU oval, Dec. 6. Team Earth eventually won after an overwhelming 10-1 score. (Photo by John Tayaban)
SoA repeats feat in softball INTRAMURALS
by Ryan Pastolero After being crowned as the softball champs last 2011 Intramurals, the School of Accountancy with their new team name, Invincible Air, once again recouped their territory after clutching nine gold in softball during this year’s Intramurals, SMU Oval, Dec. 7.
Despite of the unpredictable weather, Invincible Air successfully launched friendly home bases to outcast the Incredible Metal team during their championship match. Metal acquired nine silvers while the Valiant Earth team struggled enough to come down with nine bronzes in the said sports.
“Even if we were not able to get the overall champion, we’re so happy that we retained our record in terms of performance just like in softball. Some say that the Metals should be the winner but I think that it’s our unity that made us win,” said a sophomore Accountancy student. M
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resources and his time for sleep at night- all of which led to the deterioration of his strength. But despite the unbearable gravity of unexpected defeat on his shoulder, Manny Pacquiao hasn’t failed to humble himself. As strongly quoted by Conrado de Quiros, “[Manny] has been charitable in victory and graceful in defeat.” And such grace in him was witnessed during Pacman’s after-fight interview at the ring where he humbly admitted that his mistake were carelessness and overconfidence. For gratefulness’s sake, “utang na loob” as quoted in Tagalog, we Filipinos must remember to look back to the days when Pacman victoriously brought home eight world titles and such waved the Philippine flag over the world’s awed eyes, when the streets where quiet and no tricycle drivers were seen, when the nation’s crime rate incredibly turned zero for a day, when the blood-thirsty war between the Abbu Sayaffs and the Philippine Army came to a much treasured temporary peace just to watch Pacman’s fight. Manny Pacquiao – a man of ardent strength, was seen
soft and crying on TV, not because of his image squashed by shame of defeat, but because of his noble concern for his fellow Filipinos as he said he is sorry for “letting the Filipinos down.” Such selfless weeping evidenced more his great patriotism and unfading character. Pacquiao has absorbed hundreds of punches and blows for the sake of Filipino pride, and it is but fair for us to show him our undying support and love. This time, he is firm in his determination to get back on the ring and vindicate us Filipinos. Whatever his decisions are, may we all hope and pray for his emotional recovery, for his strength to be regained, for his wisdom and faith to be empowered and for his good health to be assured. And when time comes for him to retire from the worldrenowned sport of boxing, we wish him an honorable hanging up of gloves. And so for the moment, may we not forget our basic Math – that this one humbled defeat is nothing compared to his eight world titles and victory shared for all. Because as all elementary pupils know, eight is always greater than one. M
Why won’t you believe me, John? By Razor Jan Mapa
One sunny day, two friends, John and Roy, went to the beach to try their new, shiny surfboards. They arrived at the beach delighted as they saw the sea’s high tides and waves. The two readied their boards as fast as they could and sprang into action. They rode high and low, enjoying every minute of the escapade. It was almost five o’clock in the afternoon when John left Roy in the beach and made his way to their cottage to get himself some food. He sat comfortably on a wooden stool, eating his favorite buko salad. An hour later, Roy arrived at the cottage. “I really enjoyed this day, John. I’m a daredevil while riding those waves, you know,” Roy claimed. “Yeah, this trip was superb! We’re lucky that those huge waves were out there. They give me goosebumps. Thriiiiillliiiing…” John replied, “So what happened to you while I was out?” he said. “The usual. People were running along the sea shore while I rode my board on the waves. Some even made their own sandcastles beside their cottages,” Roy chuckled. “Come on, let’s go outside.” The two walked along the sea shore filled with other folks. When they reached the far end of the beach—the one close to the waterline and rarely visited, Roy suddenly interrupted John’s silence as he pointed something on the ground, “Hey, look, these were the footprints I left after I surfed,” he said, looking amused. John was silent for a minute. Later, he said, “You’re bluffing Roy. Don’t you try to impress me with such lies.” Why was John so certain that the footprints do not belong to Roy? M
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Way Leagues to the
By Razor Jan Mapa
If you love basketball, I hope you may dig some ideas and inspiration after reading the ‘Japeth story’…
I don’t want to have any regrets. I just want to try.
laying in the big leagues, like NBA, is one of his greatest ambitions in life. Even while playing in their barangay or in their school, the idea continued to live in his mind. The prize, money, pride and prestige one can attain in joining those leagues—all of them in one dream! Technically speaking, this ambition is not impossible. PBA player, Japeth Aguilar, received an invitation to work with the National Basketball Association D-League (NBA D-League). And it is noteworthy that he is the very first pure-blooded Filipino to go to the said league!
THE BEGINNING… Aguilar, a native of Pampanga and the son of the former Ginebra PBA player Peter Aguilar, started his basketball career in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) when he became a player for the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles in 2004. Due to his appendicitis, however, he was restricted to play only for some minutes but still managed to fashion moves and strategies for the team. The hindrances from his first session in the UAAP did not stop him for the next one. In his sophomore year, Aguilar rose to action from his disappointing first season as he averaged 5.7 points and 3.2 blocked shots per contest to lift the Blue Eagles to glory in 2005. He was even credited for his multiple blocks in 12 of the Eagle’s 16 games. He then led UAAP as he nailed 48 blocks in 16 games during the said season. Aguilar later transferred to Western Kentucky University where he attended as a forward for the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers in the Division 1 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States in 2007. He, for the fact, is the very first Filipino in NCAA. As a junior of the said university, he strived to post eight points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and two steals in just 32 minutes of action in the Hilltoppers’ first two contests. He was later injured in practice after their victory against Kentucky Wesleyan and he missed the rest of the year. The 6’10” giant also made himself available for the PBA draft in 2009 and was
named overall No. 1 draft pick. He once played for the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters and Smart Gilas, where he stayed until the end of the 2012 London Olympics Asian Qualifier as per his Gilas contract. But due to his busy schedule in preparing for the other leagues in the US, Asian Journal reported that Japeth considers skipping playing in the PBA to solely focus on his training. “Like I said, I’m only 25 years old. Next year, I’ll be 26,” Aguilar said to Asian Journal. “I think I’m still young to play in the PBA. If [the NBA] is not for me, then at least I tried. I don’t want to have any regrets. I just want to try. I think every basketball player given the opportunity, they would take it. Hopefully, the Filipino fans would understand.”
HE GOT THE TICKET… Opinion: The NBA and the D-League is a very easy and entertaining league. Fact: The NBA and the NBA D-League is a very tough league. But still, Japeth Aguilar has to prove that he belongs… This is the second time he tried out for the NBA D-League. The first time was in 2009, after graduating from the Western Kentucky University. Now, he is back, filled with NBA dreams. He decided to try out for the Jam, the development league affiliate for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors. Joining him were more than 80 players – all equipped with unique abilities and capabilities inside the court. These 80 plus ballers were filtered by the different coaches and officials and the top 20 qualifiers were requested to come back for another round. Fortunately, Aguilar was one of those lucky basketeers. On the following round, Japeth did not disappoint his spectators. His performance during the second round stood out as he scored 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting, grabbed four rebounds, blocked five shots and one assist. Most of his scores came from dunks. The throng of people later praised the Filipino’s surprising performance. The former PBA No. 1 pick claims that his experiences from the PBA and his first try-out in the NBA D-League last 2009 re-
ally helped him right now. Playing in those leagues has allowed him to learn how to become a professional. He also learned how to better read plays defensively and make up on the offensive side of the court. The NBA Golden State Warriors’ affiliate, Santa Cruz Warriors, carefully selected the 25-year-old Aguilar on the seventh round of the NBA D-League draft, chosen as 109th overall out of 139 players. “It was nerve-wracking to me. It was crazy,” Aguilar said in a Yahoo Philippines report. “This was just the start. Right now, I’m going to do anything I can to help the team win. My goal now when I get there is to learn as quickly as possible,” Aguilar added. Still, being “drafted” by a certain team does not guarantee a player slot in the roster. Aguilar was waived by the D-League Santa Cruz Warriors last November 22. The Filipino baller was asked to remain as a practice player but he’s not sure whether he will stay or return to PBA to play with his previous team. Despite this news, the basketeer said he has no regrets. If he had been signed, it would be history in the making, being the very first pure-blooded Filipino to play in the D-League. It would be a huge ray of light for other aspiring players who want to enter the NBA. We were so close. But maybe it is not yet the time for Filipino basketball players to showcase their talents in ball handling. Maybe the destined Filipino basketeer is soon to be born. By that time, Filipino’s excitement in basketball will rise since we are greatly engulfed by the said sport. But for the record, at least one man named Japeth Aguilar, tried. M Sources: http://ph.nba.com/news-article/395/ japeth-aguilar-works-out-for-nba-scouts#. um0rkuQ80808 http://ph.news.yahoo.com/japeth-try-out-nba-dleague-074623763-spt.html http://www.asianjournal.com/component/ article/49-asian-journal-blog/17235-former-pba-no-1pick-goes-for-nba-dream.html http://www.rappler.com/sports/16567-japethaguilar-ends-nba-dream http://www.rappler.com/sports/15610-what-snext-for-japeth-aguilar http://hoopedia.nba.com/index.php?title=Japeth_ Aguilar
s a team, they play like brothers; they treat each other like they came from the same mother. Others came from countries like France, Australia and the United Kingdom, but all are alike because of the fact that they all grew up eating the same kind of food, raised under similar Filipino values and traditions which all contribute to the close-knit relationship they share despite playing apart most of the year. They shared experiences and the sense of nationalism that resulted to a tight relationship and helped them perform their best on the field. With their vision to make rugby a recognized and popular sport in the country, the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU), better known as Volcanoes, is making history around the world not because of their six-pack abs, huge muscles and undying strengths in defending their ball but because of lifting the Philippines to the pedestal. The PRFU was founded in 1999, but not until 2009, the PRFU activities were fairly limited as there was only one club — Nomads — playing rugby. At the time of PRFU’s formation, the sport of Rugby Union was being played in the Philippines predominantly by foreign expatriates. Since then, the PRFU has come a long way and is now able to field 100 percent Filipino heritage players in the Philippine National Team. Dubbed as the “Philippine Volcanoes,” the team has competed and won in several internationally recognized and sanctioned competitions.
By Reynaldo Coloma, Jr.
Starting Point… One reason why the Volcanoes became known was the issue on sexy billboards along EDSA-Guadalupe — a controversial outdoor advertising for an underwear line of local clothing brand featuring members of the team — that stirred controversy among motorists. “Ever since that came out, people really noticed rugby. People learned about rugby just because of these billboards,” Kenny Stern, Philippine Volcanoes member, told ABS-CBN News-in action about the billboard ban. He added he is willing to do everything to develop rugby in the country.
Life as an athlete… Daily training is one of the challenging tasks to be able to play rugby. According to team captain Fil- Australian Jake Robregado Letts in an interview with the Philippine Star, most of the members go to the gym on their own, others go to the field and do speed and endurance training and plyometric, an exercise designed to produce fast and powerful movements. Other trainings they also do, according to Stern, are squatting, bench press and power swings. The Volcanoes also consider their health in playing. In an interview, they eat healthy foods because they need to be active all day. They added that sometimes they eat sugary foods like chocolate because eating such foods keep their sugar levels up.
The Confessions… “We all have this weird mentality which is very similar to each other,” explained British-Filipino Henry Morris in an interview. “We can all relate because we all have similar mindsets and that kind of thing, we’re all brothers really.” Australian-Filipino Justin Coveney also said in an interview that he had friends in Australia but there’s no bond closer than what he has right now with his Philippine Volcanoes’ family.
“We all trust in each other on the field and we’re confident in each other’s abilities,” he added. John Odulio was the only full-blooded Filipino member. He admits that at first, it’s intimidating to join the national team composed mostly of players who are based abroad. “Siyempre, lahat may una pero kapag nasanay ka na, magugulat ka. Mas malaki nga ito (referring to another member), pero mas mabilis pa pala ako dito. You feed off from that confidence, you grow from that, and you hone that talent,” he said in an interview by PEP. For Jon Morales, “Rugby is a kind of sport [he] settled on because there’s something about the physicality of the sports that creates closer bond among
We’re brothers living in different countries
their teammates and everyone around [him].” “A lot of things that you need in 7s [rugby] like, agility, speed and hand-eye coordination as well that they can get from basketball. It’s really good,” Mark Chatting told PEP. Head coach Matt Cullen said that people in the Philippines will get to know the Volcanoes not only for billboards but because they can play rugby and to win all over Asia. Today, the Volcanoes qualified for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow after defeating South Korea last November 3, 2012. Thumbs up to this great team of steel! M Sources: www.philstar.com, www.prfu.com, www.rappler.com, www.pep.ph
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Vol. L No. 4 October-December 2012
Valiant Earth team proudly raises the championship trophy after being proclaimed as over-all champion of the 2012 Intramurals, Dec. 8. (Photo by Irene Ferrer)
Valiant Earth grabs overall cup by Ryan Pastolero Three schools comprising the Valiant Earth team clutched this year’s overall title during the 84th Founding Anniversary and University Games on Dec. 5-8. Team Earth composed of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), School of Education (SoE) and the School of Public Administration and
Governance (SPAG), hauled 43 gold, 43 silver and 32 bronze medals in the different events to take home this year’s title. Earth showed a record-breaking performance in athletics harvesting a total of 22 golds in baseball and 14 golds in basketball-women. “God saw how determined and dedicated we were
to win and how Valiant Earth imbibed the verve of teamwork and sportsmanship so He just granted what the team deserved,” said Nerieca Monsanto, Education Central Board of Students governor. The eight schools of the university were grouped into five competing teams namely: Incredible Metal (School
of Business), Invincible Air (School of Accountancy), Unexpendable Water (School of Engineering and Architecture), Raging Fire (School of Health Sciences and School of Computing Sciences and Information Technology) and Valiant Earth. The contending teams battled to accumulate gold in
the different academic, cultural and sports competitions. Just like the previous Intramurals, the ranking was based on a gold system. The Invincible Air showed determination to win after earning 40 gold, 21 silver and 56 bronze eventually landing first runner-up. Unexpendable Water was
adjudged as second runner-up after garnering 36 gold, 27 silver and 25 bronze. With the unity of SoEA’s talents, the team brought home eight gold in the cultural competitions. Third runner up was the Incredible Metal which gathered seven gold in badminton and tennis games to gain a total of 20 gold, 43 silver and 21 bronze. M
Marians lead prov’l chess tourney by Samantha Chedrick Wallis Six woodpushers from SMU will complete the chess team of nine for the Regional Private School’s Athletic Association (PRISAA) on Jan. 10-12 at Tuguegarao City. This was after a round robin match during the provincial PRISAA on Nov. 29-30 at the school grounds. Gerald Pumihic, Kevin James Chuy-awan and Marlon Dumangeng will play for the men’s division while Marianne Tuguinay, Samantha Chedrick Wallis and Irene Jane Wais were chosen for the women’s division. Competing with the male Marian players will be
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PLTC tinaob ng SMU sa PRISAA volleyball meet, 3-1
Metal’s jumper leaps beyond the mark to rule the high jump event during the University Intramurals. Story on page 26. (Photo by John Tayaban)
nina Milvin Manitchala at Razor Jan Mapa Sa pananalasa ng kanilang mga matitinik na mga spike at malapader na mga block, unti-unting nilamon ng Saint Mary’s University (SMU) ang hangarin ng Purisimo Luis Tiam College Inc. (PLTCI) na pagharian ang volleyballmen PRISAA selection game, 3-1, sa SMU mini forest open court noong Nobyembre 29. Kaalinsunod ng kalmadong panahon, mahinahong sinimulan ng SMU team ang unang set ng laro sa pangunguna ni George Conde na nagpakawala ng kanyang mga spike na siya namang pinilit pigilan ng PLTC ngunit ang huli ay bigo. Nagtapos ang unang set, 25-17. Sa kasagsagan ng pangalawang set, nagpakita ng kakaibang taktika sa
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Earth smothers Metal in basketball women, 78-34 by Dan Reuel Viado Valiant Earth basketeers rode on a murderous second half to devastate Incredible Metal dribblers, 78-34, and wrested the basketball women championship crown during the University Games at the Fr. Tonus gymnasium,
Dec. 7. With extreme tactics and twisting lay-ups, Metal dribblers put up a gallant stand at the start of the game led by team captain, Jamielyn Aduca. Pressure-packed Earth
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Fire boils hot game with Water in lawn tennis by Hajie Mariano and Rosselle Sison Angelique Medina and Sasha Payumo of the Raging Fire overcame a match point deficit and an early lukewarm performance to keep the team final on track as they defeated Leslie Asuncion and Zushmita Corpuz of Unexpendable Water, 8-5,
in the lawn tennis (female doubles) finals game during the SMU Intramurals, Dec. 7. Medina committed several unforced errors to begin the match, hitting a backhand crosscourt wide on breakpoint
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inside Water, Metal rule dance sports See story on page 27
Supilanas pilots Air volleybelles’ victory, 3 – 0 See story on page 26
The draft pick:
Aguilar’s way to the leagues See story on page 30
the team of steel
See story on page 31
Why won’t you believe me, John? See page 29
Metal sepak team nails gold medal See story on page 27