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STRONG AND GENTLE. Miss Silliman 2013 “Stronger than light, gentler than rain” introduces to the public in a press launch on August 5 at the Amphitheater the 12 candidates vying for the crown: (L-R) Law, Arts and Sciences, School of Public Affairs and Governance, Rehabilitative Sciences, Business Administration, Performing and Visual Arts, Education, Engineering, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, Mass Communication, and Medicine. PHOTO BY Dylzaree Recentes

SU Admin clears univ changes, issues By Michiko Je Bito-on and Katrin Anne Arcala

SHEDDING LIGHT. Silliman University President Ben S. Malayang III explains the changes within the university and addresses concerns of students expressed by representatives from the SUSG and other organizations. SU Administration is considering holding regular meetings to create better communication between them and different sectors of the SU community. PHOTO BY Dylzaree Recentes

Advocates tackles automated election fraud

By Nova Veraley V. Grafe

TO PROMOTE AN awareness on the manipulations and anomalies during the May 2013 automated election, advocates for a clean and honest election conducted a forum at Silliman University last August 8. The government changed the election process from manual to automated in order to improve the accuracy of the counting of votes and tabulation of results; to eliminate cheating; to make the process more transparent to the public; and to speed up the process. However, Augusto “Gus” C. Lagman, former Comelec commissioner said that May 13, 2013, was “the worst election we’ve ever had.” “No mock election conducted by Smartmatic has produced an accuracy rate of 99.995% (one error per 20,000 marks) or better.” Lagman said. Lagman added that reports have shown Smartmatic’s system is very vulnerable to internal tampering— it could be stolen, hi-jacked, and manipulated. The reports in Cagayan de Oro in 2010, where CF cards were found in the garbage dump, prove the ease by which cards could be stolen; the 60 PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) machines found in the house of

a Smartmatic technician in Antipolo right after the elections prove that even the machines themselves could be hi-jacked; and the PCOS could be manipulated. Lagman also stressed that transparency was lost when precinct counting was automated. “Voters didn’t see how their votes were counted; there was no source code review as mandated by law; and the incomplete data in Comelec’s public website made it next to impossible to check the accuracy of canvassing.” said Lagman. The Fraud Lagman stressed that Comelec had to budget almost P9 billion in additional expenses (P11.3 billion in 2010). Atty. Glenn Chong, a former representative of Biliran, Leyte and another speaker of the forum, said the disabling of security features of PCOS—the ultraviolet lamp; the voter verification-paper trail audit; the absence of digital signature of the BEI (board of electoral inspectors); the absence of mandatory source code review; and the incomplete mandatory Comelec website results—was intended for cheat during the 2013 election. Chong also said that there is evidence of electoral fraud. In Pasay, Chong said that there were continued on page 6 22 clustered

THE SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY Administration clarified existing issues in the university through a roundtable meeting and dialogue with the representatives of the Student Government (SUSG), college councils and other student leaders last Aug.5. The said meeting was an effort to answer students’ concerns on new policies in the university, including the 5-day scheme, the revised enrolment process and policies on out-of-town activities, among others. Speaking on behalf of the students, SUSG Vice-President Jeff Nicolo Palad said that the undertaking, which requires a guardian or parent’s signature, is inconvenient for many students who come from far-flung provinces. The “5-Day Week Scheme” has also created class scheduling problems for a large population of students, he added. “The students were taken aback

because they were not given prior information. Palad explained. Silliman University President Ben Malayang III admits that the administration should ideally do consultations with affected sectors despite being a private university. “The deficiency was that we did not wait for the semester to begin and then do the consultations. But then as we promised to everybody, the faculty and staff, we are going to do a continuing evaluation and monitoring of the scheme,” he added. The administration is considering to establish an online system to facilitate the completion of the undertaking valid for the entire period with which the student is enrolled. The following were considered in the implementation of the “5Day Week Scheme”: consideration of the welfare of a large population of students-commuters, increased number of student activities, interruption of classes due to typhoons or holidays and minimization of the university’s expenses. Mondays are

“flexible days” for students to have makeup classes or attend university or student organization activities. The new school day system is still in its trial stage and is subject to evaluation by the administration, faculty and staff, and student leaders. The implementation may be cancelled in the next semester if findings suggest more harm than good on students. With regards to other council and college ac t i v i t i e s , Malayang s a i d t h a t t h e university does not w a n t to control t h e c on c e r n e d g ro u p’s plans, so long as it promotes learning and ensures the safety of the students.~

SU buys new bus, improves website By Jelanie Rose T. Elvinia

FILIPINO AT TEKNOLOHIYA. Carren Joy Lacay wins 1st place during the 17th Talumpati ng Taon 2013 “Kabataan at Teknolohiya: Tagapagtaguyod ng wika sa makabagong panahon” at 8 p.m. on August 14 at the Claire Isabel McGil Luce Auditorium, Silliman University. PHOTO BY Dylzaree Recentes

SU builds ramps for PWDs

By Kristine Felva P. Licup

WHILE EVERYONE IS busy for the upcoming Founders Week celebration, the Buildings and Grounds Department is busy building ramps in different areas of the university. The construction of ramps in the new Mass Communication building and Oriental Hall is now ongoing in compliance with the building code of the Philippines. This is also in accordance to the Accessibility

Law of Batasang Pambansa to provide easier access for persons with disabilities (PWDs). PWD-friendly institution Office of Information and Publications (OIP) Director Mark Raygan Garcia said that the university is doing its best to cater to the needs of students, especially the PWDs. “We want all our buildings to be PWD-friendly,” said Garcia. Aside from building ramps, Garcia added that the continued on page 6

TO BE CONSISTENT with recent developments and with its plans to bolster international marketing, Silliman University has acquired a new bus and a new look to the university website to be launched before Founders celebration. Mark Raygan Garcia, director of the Office of the Information, said that the university bought a new bus to provide a better and bigger mode of transportation to the growing number of students. Garcia added that having the bus is a good way to ensure the safety of the students and the faculty while traveling as it is managed and maintained by Silliman. On the other hand, SU website ( will have its new look this month. Garcia said that it will be simpler and more directive in terms of the flow of pictures and information. He said that the website will have minor tweaks such as having “real time weather update” in Dumaguete City, drag and drop puzzle and a continued on page 6 video blog.

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Haywire Drastic changes in the university like the “Five-Day Week Scheme” and the enrollment undertaking have been misunderstood since the beginning of this semester. Many students see both as hindrances to the excellent quality Christian education they wish to attain in Silliman; some, because of the shock delivered by their implementation, still cannot fully grasp their individual objectives while others simply remain doubtful of the purposes of the abrupt changes. The Weekly Sillimanian commends the Silliman University Administration for acting nobly in conducting a general assembly with university student leaders in order to address questions regarding the changes within the university and issues concerning students’ welfare. Various concerns ranging from the proper budgeting of expenses for the upcoming Founders Day, elaboration of student rights with regards to teachers’ performance and the clarification of the university’s policies were just some of the topics discussed during the meeting. In addition, student representatives were also tasked to listen to the administration’s aspirations for this school year. Discussions like this enable different university sectors to express their concerns regarding matters that directly affect them. However, the Weekly Sillimanian believes that the administration has committed a procedural lapse in implementing the changes within the university. Although it is true that the SU Administration is not obliged to ask a consensus from parents and students about the implementation of the new school day system and of the undertaking, the university’s constituents deserve to receive prior information about the changes for them to sufficiently prepare for it. This is crucial especially when changes involve important documents for enrolment and those that would affect the academic performance of students. Consultations are also important as they aid in formulating policies that would not leave any party shortchanged. For future projects and major overhauls in the university, the Weekly Sillimanian sees it fitting for the SU Administration to have a dialogue with parents, students and faculty and staff before any move for implementation. Though not written under law, this should be done in the spirit of democracy and in accordance to Christian values that this university upholds. Moreover, open communication dispels confusion and anxiety on the part of parents and students and relieves the administration of the burden of having to answer every complaint and inquiry thrown by people who were not properly informed in the first place. The SU Administration can exhaust different methods such as online polls or meet with representatives and experts to scrutinize the feasibility of policies. This way, gauging the reaction of the affected population is more convenient and more efficient. The need for open dialogues between the administration and the university’s constituents can never be stressed enough. We must first resolve the haywire communication system that we’ve been having for us to truly find effective solutions to the problems we currently have.~


sillimaniansspeak Compiled by Nectarina Catada

“What can you say about organizations having to spend less money on booth-building this coming founders week?” “It’s great. The money can go to other activities that could help the community. You can have a great Founders without an expensive booth.” Steven Credo, AB Pol Sci III “It’s better as long as the quality is good. More cash spent doesn’t entirely mean good output. Cutting cost on booth budget can mean more budget for org activities on Founders Week.” Deniel Magaso, BMC III “If they will spend less, it would be okay as long as they get resourceful and creative so their booths will get noticed. It’s not about making the most expensive booth.It’s all about having the best strategy in managing the booth.” Renerio Yuan Jr., BsCE III “There is no need for a budget limit because if we want to spend more money for our booth, we will. As for our org, we want to spend more money for it because we want to showcase our organization at is best by putting our pride in our booth because it is representing us.” Raina Inez Baldado, Architecture II ** Next issue's question:

“What can you say about this year’s Founders Week Celebration?” For your answers, just text the Circulation Manager (09279878522). Indicate your full name (with middle initial), course and year.

Editor-in-chief Michiko Je M. Bito-on Associate Editor Royanni Miel M. Hontucan News Editor Keren Ann V. Bernadas Features Editor Danica Grace B. Gumahad Business Manager Justin Val R. Virtudazo Senior Writer Samantha L. Colinco News Writers Katrin Anne A. Arcala, Jelanie Rose T. Elvinia, Kristine Ann M. Fernandez, Kristine Felva P. Licup, Princess T. Abellon, Nova Veraley V. Grafe Feature Writers Roberto Klemente R. Timonera, Maya Angelique B. Jajalla, Michael Aaron C. Gomez Photojournalists Dylzaree D. Recentes, Nelly May S. Dableo, Yuys Fatima L. Escoreal Cartoonist Nicky F. Maypa Circulation Manager Nectarina M. Catada Office Manager Honey Grace A. Suello, John Lee D. Limbaga Web Manager David Mupe Layout Artist Jae Jireh P. Nejudne Adviser Warlito Caturay Jr.

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Test of time

“Remember there’s a reason God limits a man’s days.” Somewhere in my past, I used to ask the One above why my memories are made in grief. For two long years, I’ve been asking that question. And for the same length of time, I’ve been trying to consider all these as a challenge to become a better person after losing two very important people in my life. I have a brother but I still long for another man’s existence in my life. When I was three years old, I lost my father to a disease. When I started uttering “I love you” to everyone, I could no longer say it to him. The first time I celebrated Father’s Day, I could no longer have one. When I was eight, I wished that my dad could have had a few more moments on earth with us so I can experience how it feels to be hugged, loved, cared, supported and kissed by a father. I wish I had more time with him also so I can express how thankful I am for being his daughter. Mitch Albom, in his book Time Keeper didn’t fail to capture my being as he wrote about the importance of time. It tells about the convergence of three different people with three stories, each having a request all in the name of time. One who wished to stop it, one who spoke to it, “Go slower” and the other one, “Go faster.” Dor was a child who did nothing but pile sticks, stones and sand for one reasonto measure time. Living in exile, he and his wife, Alli, stayed in the high plains. On the

fifth notch of the third stone, as the sun prepared to set, Alli was sick to death. Dor spoke to her, “I will stop your suffering. I will stop everything.” Sarah was the smart, insecure girl who asked for more time. After being rejected by her first love, she almost killed herself as she let poison suffocate her. She wanted more time to be with the guy she first fell in love with. Victor, the last character, was an eightyyear-old businessman who suffered from kidney disease. He knew that there was

“What do I wear today” can be any Sillimanian’s dilemma before going to school. We subconsciously ask ourselves this question because we want to pose an image of a well-dressed college student in front of our peers, teachers, school administrators, and of course, those who “inspire” us to go to Religion class. Unless your closet is a never ending spiral of Forever 21’s, Folded and Hung’s, Penshoppe’s, Artwork’s, and ukay-ukay’s, you will most definitely need some tips to make it through the school year with just a definite set of clothes while still maintaining the façade that was mentioned earlier. Here’s a few cheats to make it out of the school year alive: MIX AND MATCH. Let’s say you have outfit Set A, Set B, and Set C to for the next two weeks. You can go ahead and pair Shirt A with Pants B and Shoes C. You can also play with Shirt B, Shorts C, and Shoes A. It looks complex, but it’s really simple. Just go ahead and mix it up! No one will notice you wore Shirt A last week because you paired it up with a whole new look. The point of Mix-andmatch is to never wear the same set, from head to toe, twice. GET ORG SHIRTS. This is where your membership in organizations will do you good. If it seems that you have exhausted the skill of mixing and matching, grab your regional org’s shirt and pair it with some pants or a skirt or anything under the sun! Plus, you can wear it over and over again simply because it’s an org shirt – no rules broken.

POP SOME TAGS. If you only have a limited set of clothes and a limited budget to get new ones, thrift shops (or the localized term ukay-ukay; also coined as UK) are your best friend. The price of one shirt in a branded clothing store in Lee Plaza is worth 3 equally branded shirts in UK. And I give emphasis to “equally branded” because what you get in UK are the well-kept Abercrombie & Fitch tops. You just have to know how to dig deep. WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR? Arbor clothes from them. ‘Nuff said. FOLLOW THE TTH-

She’s the Dreamer Keren Ann Bernadas

little time for him to live. Cryonics is a technology only rich men can afford and since was wealthy, he wanted be frozen for centuries, leaving Grace, his wife, his only family. I feel very sad of God’s will for me. Having no father takes away my happiness in life. But at least, I am with my brother and my mother—a family that picked up broken times and did everything to keep ourselves whole. However, my mother, after fighting cancer for two years, died. I felt no reason to be happy. Perhaps, there is no time for me to experience something good on earth. Sometimes, I think heaven never

granted enough time for me to be with my parents. Why wasn’t I blessed with enough time with them? Dor, for trying to measure time, was punished by God. He was banished to a cave for centuries. To be able to save himself, he has to save Sarah and Victor. So in between lives, Dor turned the only hourglass in hand. Time stopped. Ashamed and guilty, Sarah learned that love fits perfectly under heaven’s time while Victor in spite of his riches, admitted that it was not his choice to delay his death. In real life, there is no stopping time; every bit of sand in the hourglass never stops falling. There is no turning back. As much as I want to sacrifice anything just to have my parents back, I would rather continue life. Yes, everything that happened wasn’t easy. It is painful to know that before I reach all my dreams in life, I wouldn’t see two proud parents alive. Dor said, “There is still time for you. There are more things for you to do in life….” And as the hands of the clock point at 0:00, I am ready to accept my fate; not to start all over again but to continue this journey. I got one answer: To make life precious, God, the Father Time, limited my parents’ days for me to appreciate mine. They died so that I can use my life better- take care of it, live it, explore and then enjoy as long as the ticking never stops, as long as there is time for me.~


Wanderlust Val Amiel Vestil

PRINCIPLE. Never heard of it? Good, because this was never meant to be put into writing. The TTH-Principle is actually an unspoken law among fellow fashionistas (and fashionistos). It simply goes: Kung unsa imong nasuot sa TTH, ayaw na i-suot sa TTH usob, sa WF nalang. Now you know the deepest secrets of the everyday Sillimanian. *wink-wink* NEVER WEAR SOMETHING FLASHY TWICE. And to add to that, never waste money on flashy clothes unless it’s for a debut or a themed party. The first time you wear your leopardprinted leotards, people will stare at you

and compliment you. But when they notice you wear the same loud leotards again, it’s game over. Point is, when you wear something that turns heads, never wear it again. DOUBLE-CHECK. Check out your wardrobe again. You might miss out a few nice garbs that you haven’t worn before that have made it back to the fashion charts. Somewhere in there, a forgotten plaid, long-sleeved polo is screaming, “Please, wear me.” TELL YOUR MOM. If all else fails confess to your mom that you have nothing to wear anymore. And this works 91.99% of the time. It wouldn’t hurt to inform the woman who raised you that you’re out of stuff. Chances are, she’ll even bring you to Robinson’s and let you choose at least a new shirt or two new shorts or even new shoes! However, you have to take note that it’s all about perfect timing. (You don’t ask your mom for something new when the electricity bill just arrived. ) PEOPLE DON’T CARE. And in the irony of it all, at the end of the day, is that people won’t really care. You always have to remember that you’re in Silliman University, and here, no one really cares what you wear. Ever since its inception in 1901, it has always been about wearing what you feel comfortable in and loving the way you look. Sure, people will notice you’ve worn that shirt thrice in one week, but it will be the least of their problems to even give a hoot. ~

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Five Little Indian Boys

children learned numbers by counting their own fingers, Roger have two hands. Heads turned. The harnessed his mental capacities. He left and the right. Mischievous memorized figures. He mastered the smiles stared at Roger. Hold them multiplication table instead of relying up high, so clean and bright. Giggles started to burst in the class. Clap them softly, one, two, three… Sharp, teasing eyes met his. Clean little hands are good to see. The kindergarten class erupted in laughter. This is pretty much the clichéd childhood of a bullied kid like Roger Hernandez Jr. – a boy with a cleft lip, difficulty in speaking, and only one arm (with three of its fingers attached to each other). More important than his struggle to be viewed as “normal” in a society of fixed standards, his greatest battle was to feel a sense of completeness within himself. With only one arm and only two well-developed fingers, how does one learn to count his blessings? The battle with Goliath Roger didn’t grow up with a father and a mother. His parents separated when he was still a baby. He only met his father twice in high school while his mother married an Arab and lived with him in a foreign country. Roger grew up in Larena, Siquijor with his grandparents, cousins and aunts. He had no sibling. He found it hard to make friends. Kids always made fun on the “finger-matching technique”. of him. He fought back. He became What his hands couldn’t reach, his the bad guy instead. mind made up for it. “Nobody catches the one who He also chose not to be exempted starts the fight. So when I fight from “sweepers”. He wanted to back, people see me as the bad guy. work like “normal” kids worked. He Somehow, I became the ‘bullied wanted to have the same load that bully’,” Roger said. people with two arms had. He was called bungi and pungkol by But Roger will never forget what most of the kids in Larena. He often happened in 2nd grade. He was came home crying. “It was hard not to playing with his classmates when be affected when you’re still a kid. Of suddenly, another classmate made course I was hurt. I don’t think others fun of him. Roger was so insulted should say what’s already obvious.” that he picked a stone and threw it to However, while the other

the boy’s head. Blood spilled from the boy’s ahead. Roger got scared. So he ran. He ran to their classroom. Roger was crying when his teacher found him. “I’ll never forget that day. It made me realize that I focused so much and spent a lot of time trying to rebut my bullies. Looking back, it was totally not worth it,” Roger added. In the book of Samuel, a young shepherd named David used his slingshot to cast stones on Goliath, a giant who challenged him in a fight. Little David defeated the giant. He triumphed in that fight. Twelve years ago, Roger threw a stone on the head of his classmate. He injured the enemy. He defeated the bully. But he failed to defeat his giant. Sometimes, giants appear as small thoughts of anger and specks of hatreds in our minds. And all along, Roger’s Goliath was not the boys who made fun of him. The giant was inside him – the same way our own tricky giants reside within us. The Steadfast Tin Soldier Roger was a bright young lad. He graduated Salutatorian in a public elementary school in Larena. Rumor has it that he was supposed to be the Valedictorian of the batch. But

because the top student of the class was supposed to deliver a speech, the spot was given to someone else who can articulate well. “That rumor spread in our town. I still hadn’t had my [lip] operation that time. So my words were not as clear as I talk right now. It somehow discouraged me. But I just think about it this way: if it was really for me, then it should have been mine. It was not given to me, so maybe it wasn’t really meant for me,” Roger said. When Roger reached high school, he began to divert his mind away from self-pity. He started exploring his potentials. He became a badminton player and a dancer. And yes, he serves the shuttlecock using a single arm only. He eventually played basketball. And like any other dreamer, he wanted to have a good education. Roger wanted to go to college. In Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”, the soldier who only stood with one leg dared to dream of winning the ballerina’s heart. The goblin warned him not to pursue his heart’s desires. The 24 other soldiers who stood with two legs told him that he wouldn’t succeed anyway. People told Roger many things that the tin soldier heard. College was his ballerina. Roger fixed his eyes on the ballerina. He was determined. And because he banked on the right things, Roger was able to ace the screening test and attain a slot in the prestigious Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Scholarship Program. The DOST scholarship was a dance towards his ballerina. Roger wanted to prove to his goblins and the rest of the soldiers who stood with two legs that when it comes to

dreams, a steadfast heart and tons of determination is more important that a complete set of arms. Complete Roger is now a fourth year BS Information Technology student in Silliman. He was the president of Doltz Hall last school year, and the current president of Woodward Hall. He has been representing his college in the track and field category during intramurals. He has been representing his dorm in the dormitory dance-off since boys began becoming part of the competition. People still look at him in a weird way. “But Sillimanians are ‘civilized’. They’re not the little kids who teased me. And teachers here are good, too. Whenever someone insults me, my dormitory brothers defend me. The world became beautiful. Maybe it’s because I already learned to search for the beauty in this situation first,” Roger added. Roger stops at five when he sings “Ten Little Indian Boys”. But he doesn’t let this stop him from getting his ballerina. “My goal is to be educated. I want to get a diploma and work. I want others to believe in me because I believe in myself now. I want others to realize that they can live their dreams, too. I can do it with one arm. I’m sure they can with two.” Sitting on a wooden chair at the Woodward Hall sala, Roger collected his thoughts before answering a question. “Yes, I feel complete,” he said. “I mean, it would have been better if my father was around when I was growing up. But because of the people who love me, and the God who loves me unconditionally, why shouldn’t I feel complete?” And that is how one man counts his blessings with only one arm and only two well-developed fingers. ~

conference for his book. They again walk through the city (Jesse still has a plane to catch) but this time they are more mature, jaded individuals who have had to give up on their notions of romantic love. In these movies, where the plot is fairly simple, it is the characters that take center stage. They are fully real human beings who leave an indelible mark in our hearts. Though they come from two different cultures—Jesse is American while Celine is French— it is precisely these differences that make them so interesting to watch onscreen. Before Midnight happens another nine years afterward. Jesse sends off his son Hank (Seamus DaveyFitzpatrick) at the airport so he can go back to his mother—Jesse’s exwife—in Chicago. He then joins Celine in the family van outside. Though not married, the two now live together in Paris, blessed with beautiful twin girls and thriving careers. It’s the last day of their vacation in Greece. As they drive towards a sending-off dinner at their host’s house, Jesse expresses a desire to be a more consistent presence in his son’s life, which would entail relocating the family

to Chicago. Celine, of course, is unwilling, as she has just been given a hefty job offer and she does not want their whole lives to change just so—in her words—they can babysit for Jesse’s ex-wife. This is the tension

was made an actual nine years after Before Sunset. Aside from visibly aging, Hawke and Delpy have had plenty of time to really know their roles. Around each other they exude a familiarity unique to couples who

that persists throughout the movie, and it is evident even as they have dinner at their friend’s seaside home, walk around Greece, and spend the night in a hotel room as a parting gift. It certainly helped that the film

have lived together for a long time. The dialogue that was the driving force of the first two movies remains the singular charm of Before Midnight. And rightly so, as it was their engaging conversations that endeared

Jesse and Celine to us in Before Sunrise. For the second and third installments, Hawke and Delpy cowrote the screenplay with Linklater, making for a more intimate portrayal of the two characters. Here in Before Midnight, though, the conversation is laden less with philosophical musings than with practical concerns. Yet these arguments about family matters—to move to Chicago or not, how much time they have for themselves— aren’t all they’re fighting about. There lurks the more pressing question of whether the couple can stay together after all these years. As always, the lines are delivered with such effortlessness that at times we forget there is a script at all. Midnight brings a satisfying close to the ‘Before’ trilogy. It isn’t always easy to watch—the tension can get especially intense in some scenes—yet it gives keen insight into the nature of longterm relationships, and a sense of wonder at how lovers, despite being separate people with separate lives that are not without their share of friction, manage to remain a single, beautiful entity. ~

by Maya Angelique B. Jajalla


On Before Midnight

by Roberto Klemente R. Timonera


efore Midnight, the third—and hopefully final—installment in Richard Linklater’s acclaimed film series, takes on a much darker tone than its two predecessors. After all, this isn’t a film about youthful romanticism. There are no chance encounters with beautiful strangers here; what we have is a painful portrait of what love demands, when the euphoria has gone and certain matters have crept into the cracks of this decadesold relationship: children, personal ambitions, and past lives, among other things. A bit of flashback: in Before Sunrise, Jesse (played by Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) are two twentysomethings who meet on a train. They form an instant connection and spend the rest of the day walking around Vienna, talking about life and love with a dreaminess only the young are capable of. Jesse has a flight to catch the next morning, and they part ways. Before Sunset takes place nine years later, this time in Paris; Jesse has written a successful novel based on that night in Vienna. He runs into Celine while holding a press

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The 67th Miss Silliman: “In time passing, stronger than light, gentler than rain”

by Roberto Klemente R. Timonera, “evolution of a woman’s life—with Maya Angelique B. Jajalla, Danica the challenges [she faced]—she Grace Gumahad became tough.” She describes herself as a normal ixty six ladies who embodied teenager who values her family more the ideals of a Silliman woman than anything else. Living her life as have worn the glorious red-and- simple as possible, Hana Isobel C. gold crown in the past years through Ferrer, from the College of Nursing, Asia’s oldest pageant. The theme for believes that the integral part of the this year is “In time passing: stronger society is the mothers who should be than light, gentler than rain,” taken given much attention during their from a poem by Elsa Martinez pregnancy. As a nursing student, she Coscolluela, Palanca Awards Hall advocates that there should be health of Famer and Miss Silliman of 1964. teachings “for mothers to learn to Who among these ladies will be the take care of themselves and their 67th Miss Silliman? children.” She is a woman with inner Representing the College of struggle but still moving and fighting Medicine is Stephanie Dawn V. with grace and poise for whatever Barluado, currently in her third year challenges that may come her way. of medical study. This elegant young She says, “We are strong, but we can woman has been painting since she be gentle as well.” was five, having an eye for flowers, Driven by her compassionate forests, and oceans. She lobbies heart, Laura L. Coosemans from against violence towards women. the Institute of Clinical Laboratory “I’ve been to the community,” she Sciences is a lady who values the says, “I’ve encountered women who are abused, taken advantage of.” She welfare of others rather than herself. takes this year’s Miss Silliman theme As a Medical Technology student, as an affirmation of how, through she will promote Public Health if the years, women have kept an ever crowned to be this year’s queen. important place in society. When not This will “give opportunities for busy painting or studying, she enjoys the less fortunate a chance to have playing basketball with her friends. medical services.” So far, her journey towards the crown is “challenging but She sings a fine soprano. A certified pageant-goer, very memorable.” She will continue Greenette Gael M. Tuazon, to be a role model to others and be represents the College of Mass able to inspire them by being a true Communication. Of all the beauty Sillimanian. College of Education representative competitions that she joined, she believes that Miss Silliman is unique Natalie Dale A. Portugaleza, in a way that it doesn’t only show the Nadelle to her friends, embodies beauty and brains of a woman but grace in all its forms. A third year it enables them to do worthwhile BSEd-MAPEH major, she was part activities through their advocacies. of the Silliman University Kahayag She says, “You can do more with Dance Company for most of her the crown.” With the theme this college life. To her, dance “is not year, she is certain that through the just an abstraction or a translation


of life—it is life itself.” As such, she dreams of spreading the wonders of Philippine arts and culture, especially to the less privileged members of the community. Of this year’s Miss Silliman theme, she says experience, hardships, and trials make a woman stronger. She is, in her words, a person who lives strong by her beliefs, grounded on character, competence, and faith. From the Tuna Capital of the Philippines (General Santos City), Ivy Cabading, from the College of Performing and Visual Arts, is ready to offer herself to the benefit of others. She says, “We are educated by Silliman University not just for ourselves but also to share to other people.” She was not a risk taker but on her 19th birthday, she promised to herself that she will grab opportunities coming her way. One of which is being part of this year’s Miss Silliman. She wants to compete not with the candidates but to herself—to who she was yesterday— and try to become a better person. The challenge for her now is “keeping the heart” and believing that God is enough to conquer all. Hailing from the College of Business Administration, Lalaine K. Iligan is no stranger to matters of beauty and wit—she did modeling jobs in her late teens (even participating in the Make Me a Supermodel contest in 2010) and has been part of Silliman’s chess varsity team since third year high school. She advocates the promotion of sports in campus as she believes change starts from within, and that if she could help discipline people, they can help make a change in society. Regarding this year’s Miss Silliman theme, she

says women have put themselves on equal footing with men yet have not lost their feminine warmth. She is currently a third year economics student. The group’s chinita mestiza, Stephanie Jane C. Abila, is the Institute of Rehabilitative Science’s bet for the red-and-gold crown. This 19 year-old lass was an exchange student to Finland last 2011-2012 through the AFS Intercultural Program. Because of her exposure to other kinds of cultures, Stephanie was able to develop her passion for travelling. In fact, her advocacy for this year’s pageant is to encourage today’s youth to travel. “I want people to know that there’s a world out there waiting to be explored,” she said. However, Stephanie still emphasizes patriotism. With her bubbly and spontaneous personality, will Stephanie come home with a crown? They say that chocolates are a girl’s best friend. But Krizza Mae Batulan from the School of Public Affairs and Governance is an exception. This 18 year-old junior is also a self-confessed foodie. If she were to recommend a food to the tourists here in Dumaguete, she would tell them to eat pork barbeque. However, Krizza turns extra serious when talking about her advocacy. “I want to spearhead the Key Project. It’s an initiative wherein we go to different elementary schools, spend time with children, give them snacks, teach them, play with them,” Krizza said. Her first target area would be Barangay Looc in Dumaguete. “Some children there are working when they’re still supposed to be learning. I want to help them,” she added. Krizza indeed is a living

proof that a good cause is a Silliman woman’s best friend. Part Filipina and part Turkish, Maria Fatima Saudia D. Alsowyed is a second year AB Literature major representing the College of Arts and Sciences. She was crowned Miss Bais in 2011. She enjoys the pageant experience because it allows her to be a positive influence: “You get the chance to make a change,” she says, “using your beauty to create something.” She aims to bring Silliman education to the poor. In fact, she has already started a collaboration with some departments (such as the DSWD, the DepED, and the SU English Department) to help enforce her advocacy. A devout Christian, she enjoys reading the Bible and lives by the motto “Lift all the glory to God.” After two years of being in a pageant hiatus, the College of Law finally sent a representative for this year’s Miss Silliman pageant. May Rachel J. Uy or “Mimi” joined Miss Silliman later than the other contestants, which caused an internal stir in the pageant committee. However, despite the issues involving her, Mimi chooses to focus more on her strengths. Her advocacy revolves around education and career assessment among youth. “I don’t want today’s children to reach college regretting their courses. I want them to know what they want... it only takes one person to listen to them,” she said. Mimi has been described by friends as an excellent speaker. Mimi was the host of Miss Silliman 2010 and 2012. Let’s watch out for her as she returns to the pageant stage. This time, as one of the bets for the coveted title. ~

Mr. Hibalag 2013:

“Elapsing the flame, bearing the torch, eluminating the world” By Roberto Klemente R. Timonera, Maya Angelique B. Jajalla, Danica Grace Gumahad


t started with a joke. It all started as a joke - an activity that was just intended to give audience a hearty laugh in a Hibalag night. And then it evolved into something meaningful… until it became an advocacy-driven pageant. Who will continue the legacy? Let’s get to know the candidates of this year’s Mr. Hibalag. A sophomore at the Institute of Rehabilitative Sciences, Toby Jasper Enriquez represents the Silliman University Physical Therapy Students Association (SUPTSA). He joined Mr. Hibalag as he finds it “an effective means…to influence [his] fellow youth to initiate action for the benefit of the community.” He plans to use his knowledge of physical therapy to help persons with disabilities (PWDs). Originally from Zamboanga City, he enjoys reading Reader’s Digest and playing basketball. His motto is: “Winners never quit, quitters never win.” Alexander Vidal II is a junior Physical Therapy student who represents the Silingan Zanorte Sillimanites. He auditioned last year but unfortunately wasn’t part of the top ten. This year, he is

confident that it is his time to shine. He considers himself as a bubbly talkative person which usually gets him a lot of friends. He “studies smartly and not hard-ly” and strives to become a college honor this year. He says, “We should change the world with our God-given abilities and of course sharing these abilities with the people.” He was once an active member of Pilipinas Natin but laid low this year because he values his academics more. From Los Angeles, Charles Deans from the Silliman University College of Nursing Association, came to the Philippines to embrace our culture. Being part of this competition gave him the chance to meet new friends. His ever supportive college is inspiring him to bring home the crown. He desires to uplift integrity within all of us. “I like to make a change for the better, for the world, for this university”, he says. Representing the West Visayan Circle (WVC), Syd Yves Gasataya is a sophomore civil engineering student from Bacolod City. He advocates the forming of a home-away-from-home community within Silliman, especially for students from the Visayas. “We interact in school, find ways to give our time and try to catch up with their schedules so they won’t feel lonely,” he says, having experienced homesickness

himself during his freshman year. He enjoys hanging out with his fellow Mr. Hibalag candidates and his friends from the College of Engineering and the WVC. Friendship and camaraderie are two things he values immensely as he says, “Being a friend is priceless.” Daring as he is, Bryan Anthony Gamboa from the Philippine Institute of Computer Engineering, entered this competition out of curiosity, boredom and fun. He is from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental and now in his freshmen year. He is not really an outgoing person. He plays the guitar in his free time. He believes that there should be responsible usage of computers. He says, “We should initiate, we should carry the ideals, be the model” so that other people may follow. Originally from Jakarta, Indonesia Reyhan Rahman has lived in Dumaguete since his high school days. He represents Barons, a Greek fraternity that focuses on friendship and community service. Alarmed by the dwindling number of trees in Negros Oriental, he pushes for a green environment for a green future, which he plans to effect through citywide cleaning programs. He likes jazz and alternative punk music and does drums and backing vocals for the band Moonlit Drive. He is currently a junior at the

College of Mass Communication. He is was a former host of Mr. Hibalag, and now, Khalil Fedmar Maranda from the Amihang Mindanao Sillimanians,wants to experience what it feels like being in the pageant. “I want to experience how it feels like to be played by the host.” Regarding the theme, he is certain that we should have the right thinking and we should be openminded on the things that can benefit others well. He wants to be the catalyst of the Silliman University values and for change. Hailing from Surigao del Sur, Jason Urquia Salibay of the Silliman University Medical Students Association (SUMSA) pushes for first aid training for students. He believes students should be able to help in emergencies. As such, he plans to enlist the aid of various medical groups in campus so students and faculty will be better equipped to give first aid. Aside from reading the Bible and playing soccer, he has taken a liking to books on morality, philosophy, and theology. He is set to finish his medical studies in 2015. Hanz Villahermosa of the College of Education Student Organization (CESO) is one busy dude. He’s the current governor of the CoE and was active in a number of student productions, such as Kabsi and Silliman

Idol. A third year BSEd-English major, he wishes to bring education to street children, which he plans to do through outreach programs with his offcampus org, the Gabaan Youth League (so named to help change the idea of “gaba”). When in Dumaguete, he likes hanging out with his friends; when in his hometown of Amlan, he enjoys watching TV shows like Glee and Got to Dance. Freshman BBA-Management student Richyrd Dean Gaviola or “RD” says that he’s shy. But he tries to look straight at you in the eye when he makes a point. He may just be still 16 years old, but he is definitely beyond his years when it comes to vision. “I want to empower [persons with disabilities] through sports,” he said. RD believes that this advocacy is his way of living up to the theme of this year’s pageant. “Bearing the torch means holding what you learn...spreading what you learn,” he added. He plans to do just that through Mr. Hibalag and with the help of the organization that he represents, ZamboSur Sillimanites. In this pageant, RD also strives to overcome his shy nature. Will this year’s winner be a shy guy?.~

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Dumaguete Shorts 2 starts local film history

By Kristine Ann M. Fernandez

AFTER A YEAR of absence, Silliman University Cultural Affairs Committee (SUCAC) brought back film festival “Dumaguete Shorts” which showcased short films from students and filmmakers in Dumaguete City to strengthen local cinema, Monday at the Audio Visual Theater 1. “Dumaguete Shorts 2,” the second edition of the city’s film festival, gathered school film festival winners from Foundation University (FU), Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) and Silliman University (SU). Works from filmmakers like Ramon del Prado, Theodore Boborol and Razceljan Salvarita who have made it to the national scene were also featured in the said film fest. Highlights of “Dumaguete Shorts 2” included the first screening of Star Cinema produced “Ang Asawa Kong Si Nikulet” by Boborol, an alumnus of SU High School and director of ABS-CBN primetime drama “Annaliza”, outside Luzon and sneak peak of del Prado’s newest animated project “Katalina” which revolves around the folklore of Dumaguete City. Organizer Ian Rosales Casocot said: “Teddy Co, the spirit behind Cinema Rehiyon—the annual

SU Masscom alumna to lead Walk Live Aug. 23 by Camille Uy

THE KAPUNUNGAN SA mga Mass Communicators, in partnership with the SU Mass Communication Alumni Association, is organizing the “5th Walk Live! with Cathy Carballo” fitness activity on Friday, Aug. 23at 7 a.m. at the SU East Quadrangle fronting the University House. Walk Live! is a three-mile (4.8 kilometers) multi-muscle indoor walking program that is performed with a 32-beats per minute music. The workout starts with a slow pace warm up segment, gradually increasing until it peaks in the second mile mark, and then slowly transitions to the cool down segment, bringing the heart rate back to its pre-exercise levels. “This three-mile Walk Live! indoor walking program is an aerobic exercise which works all muscles of the body, keeping the heart rate up therefore,

strengthening the heart,” said Catherine Leonardo-Carballo (BMC ‘99), a certified Walk Leader trained in Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. The Walk Live! program follows the American Heart Association guidelines for cardio respiratory fitness of both intensity and time to determine the total calorie cost of an exercise session. President of the SU Masscom Alumni Association Ruben Bokingo said that the Walk Live! program during Founders Week celebration is expected to encourage living a healthy lifestyle among the Silliman academic community, alumni and friends, said. Walk Live on Aug. 23 is free and open to the public. Walkers are advised to come in comfortable workout clothes and rubber shoes, and to bring their own hydration.~

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festival films made from the regions and not from Manila, asked me during the Cinemalaya congress in 2008 ‘Are there any films being produced in Dumaguete?’ And my answer was ‘No, not really.’ There was no such thing as grassroots efforts in filmmaking in Dumaguete which is why we are here to answer that question once more with a resounding yes!” “That’s what we are doing here—encouraging local efforts of filmmaking just to make a start. It is always better to start with something than with nothing and soon enough we will have filmmakers who are more daring in their themes and brilliant in their uses of their language of cinema.” Del Prado’s animated film “I am Superhero” and Salvarita’s “Confession” were also among the eight short films that were screened in the said film fest. ‘Dumaguete Shorts 2’ is a great opportunity for filmmakers to share their works to the public. It shows that Dumaguete, being the university town, is home to a lot of talents in filmmaking,” said Melissa Pal, a graduate of SU College of Mass Communication (SUCMC) who won Best Director for her short film “Jeepney” in SU’s 61 Film Festival last February. ~

GETTING READY. In preparation for the founders week celebration, building of booths are ongoing at the Ravello Ball field. Booths are expected to be done before August 21. PHOTO BY Yuys Fatima Escoreal

UEM Gen. Secretary talks on religion and dev’t. by Keren Anne V. Bernadas

This collection of political essays is scheduled for a book launch on August 26, 2013, 8:30 a.m. at the SU library. Get a copy and marvel how Filipinos wrestle with colossal matters in society.

THE REV. DR. Fidon R. Mwombeki, general secretary of United Evangelical MissionCommunion of Churches in three Continents (Africa, Asia and Europe) lectured on achieving development through religion at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium last August 5. The lecture revolved around the theme, “Religion: A Missing link in the Development Theory.” “Nothing captures minds and informs the formation of development as religion,” Dr. Mwombeki said. According to the Rev. Dr. Mwombeki, religion can be “destructive”. He stated that it might not be the exact answer to problems of the world but it can be “a very good guide to address it.” On the other

hand, he also stressed that religion is “constructive” the way it shapes all goals in life where development so much lies in. Individuals, according to the lecturer, are also a major part of success in development. He said that through hard work and fair condition, “all ignited with religion” will make development achievable. He added that ethics and morality among leaders contribute to the foundation of development. “Therefore, development, in whatever form, always starts with the individual’s values and attitudes. Ethical values, compassion and knowledge are only found religiously,” he said. The Rev. Dr. Mwombeki is a visiting professor at the Divinity School and his lecture is part of Silliman University General Integrative Series.~

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In the Philippines, August is considered to be the Buwan ng Wika: a month dedicated to celebrating the national language, Filipino. To give the festivities a bit of local color and to pique every Sillimanian’s linguistic curiosity, here are some interesting bits about the Negros Oriental variety of Cebuano: Compiled by Michael Aaron C. Gomez

This term, understood everywhere in the province to mean ‘could/would you please’ (as in ‘could you please pass me the soy sauce?’), is said everywhere in everyday speech, but actually, no other locale in the Bisaya-sphere uses it—not in Bohol, Davao, and not even in Cebu. What everybody else uses in lieu of ‘alayon’ is the more widely accepted term ‘palihug.’

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In terms of the video blog, Garcia encourages students to make videos about anything “under the sun” (tips on how to lose weight, experiences in the university, etc.) and post it in the timeline of SU Facebook page. The administration will get to choose among the videos being posted and embed the chosen ones’ to the blog. He said that the university needs to make the website more appealing, innovative and interactive because it captures the attention of the students or market. “We’re developing SU builds ramps ..

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university considers bending policies for the welfare of PWDs: “When PWDs need to be transported on a pedicab into the campus, we allow it. We relax certain policies at the university in favor particularly of persons with disabilities or senior citizens.” Silliman also offers free access to the university golf carts and other vehicles to PWDs and senior citizens as short-distance transportation. All they have to do is coordinate with the admin. “[PWDs and senior citizens] can just go to the Public Assistance and Safety Office (PASO) or the Information Booth. Those offices can put them in touch with the concerned offices and we’ll do our best to ensure that they’re able to access the campus,” said Garcia. Old project Garcia also said this is not a new


Contrary to ‘alayon’, this word is used by a vast majority of Bisaya speakers: except in this word’s case, the meanings can be entirely different. For example, ‘dagway’ in Cebu generally means ‘appearance’ or ‘countenance’ or simply ‘face’ (not to be confused with ‘hulagway’, which means ‘photograph’)—but in Negros Oriental, ‘dagway’ approximately means ‘maybe’ (as in ‘muulan dagway karon’: ‘maybe it will rain today.’)

Tongue Tied something that is attuned to their needs and preferences,” he said. Garcia said that developments are important: “They show progress and dynamism of a university. And they also show the intent to which the university invests its resources towards development - to better its programs and services.” The university is planning to buy a bigger bus soon. Its two old busses will be restored. The university is looking for a possibility of air-conditioning them while still maintaining their historical design. ~ project of the university. In fact, the university has been doing this since Dr. Ben Malayang III took over the presidency. “Gradually, we’d like all our buildings that have been on campus for many years, for decades already to be provided with access via ramp,” said Garcia. He added that they make sure buildings that don’t have direct access via ramps are connected to others with ramps through bridges. Garcia added that the university is prioritizing buildings that are “high in terms of concentration of activities” and those that are usually used as venues for events like lectures, conferences and symposia. Under maintenance review Garcia also clarified that the elevator found in Auseho Hall had been shut as it is still under maintenance review: “Years ago, the elevator was functional. Although the elevator was exclusive to PWDs

and senior citizens and then, students had access to it. They vandalized the elevator; they toyed with the control system. (…) Our colleagues at the Buildings and Grounds are assessing whether it is something that it is needed, whether it is something that is practical, in terms of restoring it and whether it’s something that can still be used.” Alongside other construction work While the building of ramps is ongoing, the university doesn’t stop its construction of other facilities. The construction of additional classrooms in the elementary department in anticipation of enrollment influx due to the K-12 reform is also ongoing. Garcia said that there is already a plan to concretize the road in front of Vernon Hall “for the convenience of our dormers” and “to provide better access to the new medical building”. ~

healing is a very important tool in peace-building. “I think trauma healing is a very good tool for everyone to learn, especially for those people that are at the forefront of offering these kinds of services,” she said. Waddington added that the event was scheduled to cater to the availability of the facilitator, Dr. Al Fuertes. ”We’re doing it this week because [Dr. Fuertes] is an expert on the field, and since he is not based in the Philippines, we had to have it arranged according to his availability.”

Fuertes is an assistant professor at New Century College, George Mason University in the United States who holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Waddington said that since the target of this course are students and professionals, class starts from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is to ensure that it does not disturb the participants’ office hours. A registration fee of P2,000 includes course materials, snacks and a certificate for course completion.~

SU offers trauma healing course by Kristine Felva P. Licup

THE RELIGION AND Peace Studies Department of Silliman University opened its doors to the public for a five-day course on trauma healing and resiliency which started last August 6. Dr. Myra Waddington, program coordinator of the Religion and Peace Studies Department, said that although it’s part of the Master in Peace Studies program of the university, anyone can avail and participate. This is in acknowledgment that trauma


This word should not be mixed up with its Tagalog namesake, as they are completely different. But this is another term that is endemic to Negros Oriental, although it is different from the other two in that it can be understood everywhere in the Bisaya-sphere—‘lamang’, however, holds a vaguer meaning compared to its more common equivalents ‘ra’ or ‘lang’, used in Cebu: the most common usage of the Oriental Negrense word being, ‘Dugay kaayo ka, niuli na lamang ko’, (this means ‘You were so late, so I just went home’).


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precincts with a total of 7, 547 voters; however, the election result showed that there were 9, 045 votes for the Pasay City mayor. “Over 1, 498 votes were added.” Chong said. Based on the report, the Comelec had purchased P687.7 million for 1,815,000 ballot secrecy folders. This means, each folder cost P380.

Lagman said that with all these anomalies the Comelec “should shift to its contingency plan, which I hope includes: the transparent manual precinct counting; electronic transmission; and automated canvassing.” “No matter if we go to jail, we will still continue our advocacy, join us if you want.” Margarita “Tingting” de los Reyes Conjuangco said. ~

TRANSPARENCY. Atty. Glenn Hang Chong, former representative of Biliran, speaks about anomalies on automated elections during the Forum on Automated Election together with cospeakers: Mr. Agusto ‘’Gus’’ Lagman, Mr. Worthy Acosta, Dr. Millard Mamhot, and Dr. Margarita ‘’ting-ting’’ Cojuangco last Aug 8 at Silliman Hall. The forum aims to enlighten voters on issues regarding automated elections. PHOTO BY Nelly May Dableo

THE “BRING ME” RIDDLE! Last week’s answer: ONE PESO

MECHANICS: Every week, the Weekly Sillimanian publishes a riddle about things found within the university campus. Participants must be students enrolled in the current semester of SY 2013-2014. Participants must literally bring their answers to the Weekly Sillimanian office on Monday at 12 PM – 3 PM following the release of the Weekly Sillimanian paper. Winners will receive awesome prizes from the staff. Here’s our riddle of the week:

A giant whittled down to a dwarf, Is our most favorite dessert. Bring me to the TWS Office and claim your prize!

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