110 years Towards A Progressive Campus Press | vol. LXXXV No. 12 | wednesday, 27 november 2013
Next Generation Artists. The Elements, National Music Songwriting Camp, attended by various participants from different cities around the Philippines, facilitated by among many music artists like Jay of Kamikazee, Rey Vallera, Jim Paredes and the camp’s artistic director, Ryan Cayabyab, gather for a photo opp last Nov. 21 at the Luce Auditorium. PHOTO by Nelly Dableo
CCTV fails to record another theft By Nova Veraley V. Grafe
On Nov. 5, a P2,000 bike was stolen inside the Silliman University campus. With no eyewitnesses except a CCTV camera installed a few meters from where he parked his bike, sophomore accountancy student, Emilio Tecson, went to the Public Assistance and Security Office (PASO) to check the video recording. But to his surprise, there was no video recording to check. He found out the camera was not even functioning during the incident. This was not the firstCCTV
camera malfunction that failed to record a theft. Last year, on Nov. 19, a P90,000 bike parked at one of the racks inside the campus was also stolen. Like Tecson, law student, Earl Magbanua,did not get to check any footage due to a camera breakdown. Eventually, however, Magbanua’sbike was returned to himwithout CCTV help, while PASO said it would improve its security services. PASO explains Seven CCTV cameras were purchased from Ace Logic last June 2012.
SU suspends fees, gives grants to disaster victims By DM Lorena V. Narciso
S i l l i m a n University is postponing fee payments and is providing scholarships for students who were victims of recent calamities, a member of the administration said. Mark Raygan Garcia, director of the Office of Information and Publication (OIP), said the fee suspension gives students a grace period to allow them more time to pay their tuition, dorm and fixed board fees with no surcharges. “It is not something that we really impose on them.
If these students, by the end of the semester, say they cannot pay, then the university will have to asses and check from where we can secure some funds to address the concern,” Garcia said. For the suspension of payments process, students can go directly to the university treasurer. Aside from the fee suspension, the SU administration has also decided to provide scholarships as a form of financial help to the students. “This has been created continued on page 4
They are located at the School of Basic Education—one each at the elementary and high school buildings, Early Childhood area, Langheim Road, Laguna gate and the cafeteria gate. Dr. Nichol Elman, PASO chief, said he cannot explain the reason for the malfunction. “On the technical terms, we really don’t know about it. However, the incident that happened is under investigation and we already submitted incidental report about it.” he said. Elman added that CCTV cameras are checked “from time to time.” Cooperation needed
While other teams are peacefully resting due to typhoon Zoraida, College of Education’s volleyball teams did not waste time to tune-up for the Intramurals 2013 this coming December 2-7 PHOTO by YUYS FATIMA ESCOREAL
SU to build ‘relaxing’ student lounges By Jelanie Rose T. Elvinia
This semester, the Silliman University administration is considering creating lounges across the campus where students can stay during breaks, take naps or freshen up while waiting for their classes. Carlos Magtolis Jr., dean of student services, said this plan came up because of the “pitiful situation” of some students and staff who sit, eat and sleep wherever they could while waiting for an afternoon class. “Our purpose here is to determine who among our students commute during noontime. We want to make Silliman more pleasant by giving them a relaxing place to stay,” he
said. He added that if, in their survey, they reach a reasonable number of students who go home every noontime and back in the afternoon for class, they will build student lounges in some buildings of the university. According to Magtolis, the lounges will be utilized during noon breaks (10:30am – 1:30pm) by students and staff who are not residents of Dumaguete City, specifically those from nearby towns such as Zamboanguita, Dauin, Bacong, Valencia and Bais. He also said equipment and facilities will be provided. They plan to put up a mini food
store and cubicles for quick showers, complete with towel rentals at a minimal fee. Hannah Faye Anqui, a junior accountancy student from Valencia,said she likes the idea of a student lounge because it means she can save money and effort by not going home at noon. “I think it’s a good idea because it can also help us to freshen up and relax while waiting for the next class,” Argui said. The Office of Student Services is currently conducting a survey to determine the viability of the plan. Students who want to take the survey may get forms available at the second floor of Oriental Hall. ~
“We don’t have a perfect system. But we will try our best to provide the best assistance and security to the university.” Elman said. He also asked the students to be responsible with their personal belongings. “We are just human beings and we cannot do this on our own.” he said. Rooms for improvement To enhance the security system in the university, Elman said he is planning to raise concerns such as the bike theft to the administration for policy reconsideration. “Maybe it’s high time that the university should have a
new rule, wherein all bikes, just like motorcycles, should also be registered to the student personnel.” Elman said. As for Tecson, he suggested that the university should make sure that the CCTV is working always as well as inform students on what they can do, especially in theft cases. “Let the CCTV be studentfriendly. As soon as someone loses something, students should be able to review recordings and there should be proper procedures on what they can do so they are guided,” he said. ~
By Kristine Felva P. Licup
cannot flow,” Ygnalaga said. He added that another contributing factor to the water overflow was the intensity of the rain itself. “The rate of the rainfall was too much for the capacity of the canal drainage,” he said. Ygnalaga also said the university drainage system is “okay” but in case of flooding incidents in the future, students and teachers must report them directly to BG for immediate action. “If they find the office too far, the guardhouses at the Cafeteria and Langheim [near the College of Business Administration] are equipped with telephones. They can just call us,” he added. Ygnalaga also stressed the importance of knowing the university department’s local telephone numbers. “It’s better if you know the numbers of the departments, especially social services like the Buildings and Grounds so you can immediately call us,” he said. He moreover encouraged faculty and students to report to them any problem they thinkcan be potentially dangerous.
BG clears flooding issue Sudden downpour brought aboutby tropical storm Zoraida last Nov. 12 caused floods in some parts of the Silliman University campus, rendering roads to classrooms impassable. Dina Wong-Remoto, a teacher at the College of Business Administration, was at the Ausejo Hall (AH) when the rain started pouring. She was about to go to her next class at the Mary Marquis Smith Hall when she discovered that the water at the back of the AH building was above ankle level. She had no choice but to wade through the flood. “If it’s always like that during heavy rains, there’s a possibility that students, even teachers, cannot attend their classes,” she said. She added that the university “has to do something about this.” But Buildings and Grounds (BG) Department Superintendent Engr. Edgar Ygnalaga said what happened was “not what we call a flood.” “It is a natural occurrence that there is water buildupinside canals because unless there is build-up, the water
BG’s local number is 400. ~
the weekly sillimanian 27 november 2013
the weekly sillimanian 27 november 2013
Five Levels, Five Questions
Same old, same old
It was exactly a year ago when a thieving incident took place in SU campus. The only witness was a CCTV camera installed near where the bike was parked. Unfortunately, the security device had malfunctioned and therefore, failed to aid in catching the culprit. By some positive turn of events, the bike was eventually returned to the owner while the Public Assistance and Security Office (PASO) said it would improve its facilities to prevent this from happening again. Just when all the security measures within the campus were expected to be working, another thieving episode recently took place. There were similar elements between the former and the latter thieving incidents: a bike, its owner and a CCTV camera that didn’t serve its purpose. The first time the CCTV cameras didn’t operate was bad enough yet somewhat forgivable. They were an innovation in the university’s security system and therefore, could be afforded some room for improvement. But this time around, it seems there is something perpetually wrong about the devices. Were they not maintained properly? Are they permanently becoming liabilities instead of assets to students? PASO has evidently committed a blunder in providing proper maintenance for the functioning of CCTV cameras in the same way many of the students remain careless in keeping their possessions safe. Without a clear explanation of their malfunction, the surveillance cameras may as well be deemed defunct for good. We can’t just rely on them to keep us and our belongings safe knowing that they could flunk anytime. Our best line of defense is being more vigilant in watching over our things. To say that we need to keep watch of our belongings is old advice, yet it is also something that many of us don’t keep in mind very often. Now that the CCTV cameras are unreliable, it would the perfect time to do so. This should be coupled with the PASO heightening security in terms of the entrance of individuals and their activities especially at night within the campus. The Weekly Sillimanian believes that PASO should pursue its plan of raising this concern to the SU Administration to revise existing policies. If there should be some sort of bicycle registration, it should give the best possible protection and assure owners of justifiable compensation under reasonable grounds. Everyone’s growing tired of this same old problem. Let’s do something to resolve it for good. ~
Compiled by Nectarina Catada
“With the series of calamities which hit the country, what lessons have you learned?” “I’ve learned that we should stop killing our planet and help restore it instead.We can still change everything because there is still hope.” Mira Kristell O.Khu, BEED SPED-II “I’ve learned that blessings can come through disasters and calamities.It reminded us that nothing in this world is permanent. Acceptance and trust in God will help us overcome.” Erika Jean Quiñones, BS Psych I “When told to evacuate due to a typhoon that would be hitting soon. we should follow right away to avoid loss of a loved on. As a future engineer, I’ve learned from the earthquake and typhoon that hit us, that we should follow the NSCP thoroughly and check yearly if evacuation buildings, historical landmark and other structures don’t have cracks and are strong enough to handle calamities.” Javi Dawn Generoso, BSCE IV “The true spirit of bayanihan is abound. I’ve learned that it’s best to help and give without expecting in return..” Nova Danica Torres, BS Accountancy IV ** Next issue's question:
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It only takes four pesos to taste Bossing’s story…
By Miel Royanni M. Hontucan
A True Victor
In the aftermath of a knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December, issues on Manny Pacquaio’s career and ability as a fighter lingered. Some said he should probably retire. Others urged him to move forward and reclaim his ranks. Although he is not the same fighter compared to his yesteryears, he proved at Macau last Sunday that at 34, he is still a champion. Manny moved swiftly around Brandon Rios as fans celebrated, hit after hit, of his performance. After twelve rounds of easy scoring, Pacquiao won via unanimous decision. He stepped up the ring with minimal bruises and a little less of controversy. But what happened in the ring was just one side of the coin. What happened in Macau did not just happen there; it was watched by Filipinos and foreigners alike from all corners of the world. Pacquiao’s win did not just happen there; it happened everywhere. As I was trying to reach home as fast as I could last Nov. 24, I couldn’t help but notice the houses and establishments along the highway filled with Dumagueteños from all walks of life: pedicab drivers,
college students, business owners and a lot more. All eyes on the screen, all hearts on the match. In fact, social media feeds were filled with photos of families, coworkers and barkadas gathered in a couch or in a gymnasium to witness a match important not only to
Flashback four years ago when you first cleared out your closet and arranged neatly into the box your shirts and hooded jackets, CD collections, old books and a few more tiny things, half of which misused and broken in their own ways. Isn’t it crazy how your lifetime of 16 years can easily fit into a few cardboard boxes piled in the backseat of a minivan and waiting to be shipped to some dormitory two or three cities away? All 16 years of sunrise that flooded the porch with floating dusts along the blinding rays. Sixteen years of watching crappy telly with the family right after dinner, a bowl of nuts and chips on the center table. Sixteen years of lazy Sundays and busy Monday mornings, of holidays spent with relatives and annoying cousins you wished you weren’t related to. You thought it would take a world, a universe even, to contain your lifetime’s worth of deeply beautiful, complex, lifesculpting experiences, but,surprisingly, a few damp cardboard boxes pretty much housed it all. Flashback to when you stood in the middle of your empty room --- the very room where you sulked when you got a
beating, where you cried yourself to sleep because your favorite fictional character got killed in a fictional war, where the little black markings and halfway-ripped plastic tapes on the wall, the glow-in-thedark solar system on the ceiling, and the white patches of hot milk spilt over the floorboards all have watched you grow. And in every corner of the living room you saw yourself, five or six again, with a coconut haircut for which you had been known, desperately struggling to get away from your sister who liked playing the boogeyman. In the dining room was
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Pacquiao but to the entire world of boxing and the whole Philippines. In hard hit areas of super typhoon Yolanda, such as Leyte and Samar, evacuees gathered in roofless multipurpose centers, lying on the floor, seemingly forgetting their loss of homes and loved ones. And after Michael Buffer’s announcement of the obvious victory, the nation rejoiced. The whole country won. But what was more heartwarming was the sportsmanship displayed by both parties. How Pacquiao and Rios gave each other a smile after the bell of the 12th round. How Pacquiao honoured Rios’ talent as
an opponent and how Rios returned the same remark to Pacquiao. How they both went out the ring and off to their respective quarters, one with the WBO international welterweight belt, the other without, yet equally earning the respect of those who witnessed their bout. This is victory displayed at its best. In a few days from now, Silliman University will be commencing its Intramurals 2013. Defending champions work hard to keep their titles. First timers and challengers double time to make sure they keep up with the pace. But in a week of focusing on the court as one of the five C’s of Silliman education, only a few shall step on the platform with the painted numbers one, two and three. Only a few shall own a medal or a trophy. Only a few shall earn the points to contribute to their college’s over-all standing. But if we pour our heart and skills in the court, the track, the field or even the pool, we shall earn respect. We shall be called victors. Kudos to Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios! May Sillimanians display the same sportsmanship as that of the two boxers. ~
YOU’RE 20. PAINT
time traveling super sleuth Camille Ibarra
the round table with its chipped varnish coating over which you told your parents that “I want to be a painter, the greatest painter, when I grow up” and your daddy said “Well, honey, you better make up your mind. See, you can’t be both at once” and your mommy placed another batch of broccoli onto your plate. Flashback eight years ago when your so-called best friend threw your
friendship bracelet into the river because “It’s just getting too tight and rusty, you know what I’m sayin’” and went on to get herself a new clique of Barbie dolls with micro-micro-miniskirts that just about reflected the extent of their vocabulary, and apparently that was “cool”. Everything was a simple twoand-two-make-four back then, wasn’t it? When you could still afford to say things like “One day I’m gonna travel the world” and you got cheered on instead of laughed at, when you logged into your online accounts with a dreadfully tacky username like HeartlessPrincess143, when your horrible phases in general now make you want to sit your old self down for a heart-to-heart talk. Back then, it was easy to believe anything. So you really believed, didn’t you? That one day you are going to prove everybody wrong. You are going to ignite a revolution. You are going to make a difference. That one day, without any doubt at all, you are definitely, definitely going to be somebody important. Ah, to be that age again. ~
anison A. Tabio or known to us as Bossing is the father of the best Dumaguete tempura and the creator of the legendary ‘five level-type’ sauce. Let’s taste his story with five levels, five questions. Level One: Bossing, nganung tempura man and imung gi negosyo ug gi-unsa ni pag-sugod? (Bossing, why did you take on the tempura business and how did this start?) A:“Tuig 2000 man to katung naa ko’y sari-sari store, kalas kayo ug pliti sa pedicab kung mangompra ko. Ang akong silingan kay nagbaligya ug sikadsikad dayon akong gipalit para makatigom ug kwarta.Pagkakita nako sa sikad nga nahatud sa balay kay kumpleto pa ang lutuanan ug tempura, paying pud ug tanang kinahanglanun sa pagbaligya ug tempura. Naa pud tung akong mga suki nga mga batan-on ngagi–suhulan nga mupalit ug coke ug pan sa tindahan nga sigeng pangimbitar nga kuyugan silang magbaligya ug tempura. Nikuyog ko nila kaisa pero naulaw ko sa una. Pagka-sunod kay nisulay ko dayon naka-kwarta ko ug otsenta. Lipay kayo ko ug akong
giundangan akong pagka-janitor sa Medical Center.” (That was year 2000 when I had a sari-sari store then the pedicab fare was so expensive whenever I shop for goods for my store. I learned that one of my neighbors was selling a sikad-sikad [food cart] so I bought it to save money. When it was brought home, I saw that the stove for cooking tempura, umbrella and the rest of the materials are still complete. That was also the time when teenagers bought coke and bread from my store and asked me to accompany them in selling tempura. I was shy to sell at first when I was with them. The second time, I earned eighty pesos and became so happy. I then quit my janitor job at Medical Center.) Level Two: Unsa ang mga kalisod nga imuhang nabati sa pag-negosyo?(What were the hardships that you encountered in the business?) A:Ang pag-atubang gyud sa mga tawo ang pinakalisod nga imuhang bation. Tagadire baya ko, kaila nako ning mga tawo. Na’ay kahitaboan nga na-ulawkaayo ko nga nangutana tong akong mga classmates sa Foundation sauna nga mga professional na kung
nganong na-ingon-ato ko dayun mutubag ra ko nga wala nata’y mahimu.(Facing people is the hardest thing I experienced. I’m from here so people know me. There was a time when I was so ashamed when some of my former classmates in Foundation University who are now professionals asked me why I ended up like this and I answered that there was nothing anyone could do.) Level Three: Unsa ang sinugdanan sa mga levels sa sauce para sa imung tempura? (How did the level-type sauce for your tempura start?) A:Katong mga karaang Sillimanian nga mga gikan sa kursong pag-negosyo kay na suki nako sauna. Ingnan ko nila nga dapat naa ko’y himuon para malahi ko sa mga tig-baligya ug mga tempura. Nakahuna-huna ko ug level-level para malahi ko. (The Sillimanians before who became my regular customers and were business students told me to think of ways for my tempura to sell. I then thought of the level-type sauce to make my stall different from other tempura stores.) Level Four: Naka bati mi nga naa naka’y mga franchise sa imung negosyo karon sa Cang’s.
franchise. He said he would take care of everything. All I have to do is to provide the sauce.) Level Five: Unsa ang mga kabag-uhan sa imuhang kinabuhi tungod kay naka-negosyo na ka? (What were the changes in your life that was brought by your business?) A:Daghan kaayo man. Sauna kay dili ko kakaon ug Jollibee pero karon kay maka-kaon na. Ako nang napa-eskwela akong mga anak. Duha kay college sa Silliman ug St. Paul dayon ang kamanghuran kay high school pud sa Silliman. Nakapalit pud ko ug mga yuta para sa akong mga anak. Daghan pud kong nangailhan tungod sa akong negosyo. (It brought so many changes. Before, I couldn’t eat at Jollibee but I can now. I was also able to send my children to school. Two of them are in college at Silliman and at St. Paul’s then the youngest is at Silliman High School. I was able to buy pieces of land for my children too. I also met a lot of people because of my business.) Bossing, you’re truly a one of a kind businessman that every Sillimanian knows. ~
YOU, THE NEW BACKPACKER
already visited two to three cities. By every city, those weird sensations: now you know that one of the most from funny smells of flowers to dark Backpacking was one of those important things is to always know scary thingamajigs, and everything things I never really thought of doing since life has always been full for me. I’ve always seen the world as too big and startling. But there was this one day when school was toxic and everything was just wearing me out that I decided to raise my hand at the oncoming yellow bus. This was how it all started – hopping on Ceres buses. The first thing was to just really do it. Good old Bilbo Baggins did this, too, in his bright clothes and naturally thick leathery soles. But unlike Bilbo who wasn’t able to remember how he found himself outside, without a hat or any money, it is certainly wrong and silly to do the same because we aren’t living in an outlandish place where Gandalf saves and the mighty Thorin Oakenshield rescues. So here are those practical things to note: Start lightly.Travel alone by going to places you’ve heard of. Start with those places that are a bus or boat ride away. Google everything about it or meet a friend who can take you to where to get a hotel. Our country that you’ve yet to discover in our places, but leave room for your own is overwhelmed by tourists, which people and culture is just magical. wanders. Take a stroll in the city and means there’s always a cheap inn. Going to higher places, somewhere ride two public transportations to get If you can’t check in right away and where the city is in full view and to a famous tourist destination alone. you’re fidgeting to know the city, you where the night sky is everything or By this, you’ll learn how to follow can always leave your things in the in wide places where farmers drown directions (For women, studies show mall. Know where police stations, in the sea of their joyful common that we have poor navigation skills, hospitals and schools are or spot toil, hold you.These places would help disprove it). Yes, it will be hard, but unusual looking buildings. These you discover homemade stuff that your friend can always get you if ever are perfect landmarks. So where do locals are making or selling to eat. I you’re lost. Haha. But our country you go aside from tourist spots? For tell you,these things are world class. has the most welcoming people. I’m me, I’d go to markets. The idea of I remember tasting this ordinary sure you’ll find your way. buying the cheapest, most delicious looking bread somewhere in the Know places. So let’s just say you’ve and strangest food that is unique in outskirts of Pagadian City. It was like By Janelle Reserva
Unsa ang mga pama-agi para makafranchise ka didto ug pila imuhang franchise sa syudad? (We learned that you already have a franchise of your business at Cang’s [Incorporated]. What were the requirements and how many franchises do you currently have?) A:Unom kabu-uk akong mga franchise. Isa sa Silliman, dayon sa Krosscat, ikatulo kay dapit sa ukay-ukay sa Villa Amada, ikaupat sa crossing sa St. Pauls, ikalima sa Foundation dayun ang bag-o kay sa Cang’s. Ang mga karaang Sillimanians man ang gakuha ug franchise nako. Wala man ko nakahuna-huna ana. Gi-anhi gyud ko ni Neil Cang ug gastorya mi nga ganahan siya mu-franchise sa akong negosyo. Siya ra daw bahala sa tanang himuon. Akoa na lang himuon kay maghatag ug sauce. (I have six franchises. One is at Silliman, the second is at KrossCat, the third one is near the ukay-ukay at Villa Amada, the fourth one is at crossing at St. Paul’s, the fifth one is at Foundation and the new one is at Cang’s. The alumni of Silliman wanted to franchise. Neil Cang (son of Roy Cang, owner of Cang’s Incorporated) came to me and talked about wanting to
nothing I’ve ever tasted. A friend and travel junkie, Sesi Quilao, says he rents a bike to go off beaten paths, river banks or parks to look at people and things. What a remarkable way to save transportation expenses! Also, just in case, let someone know where you are. But if you won’t and you get lost, well, there’s always excitement and experience, right? Haha. Pack wisely. Invest in a durable backpack. You can’t travel happy when you travel heavy. Don’t forget that you can always buy clothes. For women, choose clothes that don’t wrinkle and dark clothes that dry quickly. I bring a slightly thick cardigan, shorts, and thin clothing for sleeping. Packing light saves you from paying porters and enables you to take public transportations. You can even walk and you’re less likely to lose something. Buy those smart organizer pouches where you can place your toiletries and underclothing in one place. Remove those cards and various scraps that have been in your wallet for decades. I carry those rubbermade waterproof foldable wallets that you can find in malls. Pack an identification card, a pen, a small booklet for addresses, contacts, etc. and a journal (I place my ATM card and ID inside my journal); a digital camera that takes excellent photos (I don’t recommend bringing DSLR cameras); wristwatch; earplugs; a phone that has enough memory to store all the songs you’d like to listen for the entire trip; medicine (bring at least three of the following: anti-
diarrhea, paracetamol, cough and colds medication, andantihistamines ); and sachets of soaps, sunscreen, insect repellant, shampoo, etc. Lastly, bring extra money. Converse and Love.Our country is magnificent. Every country is. Don’t miss that opportunity. Each time you get to meet people, talk and ask a lot. I remember talking to this wellversed woman who teaches despite her old age. She was one of those UP students who fled the country during Martial Law. She had to cross the boarders of different Southeast Asian countries and even reached China because many of those brilliant young people, her batchmates, during that revolution were tortured and killed. Talking about crossing boarders during 1980s was crazy! These are one of those things that make backpacking captivating. Don’t spend too much time checking social media or reading a book. Spend time knowing how to love a culture. You might be thinking that it’s hard to ask or talk to somebody, but during the course of your travel, you’ll get over it. Choose to love the greatness, the diversity that God has placed before you. Savor moments in places where you might never set foot again. Take unforgettable photos of events. Travelling is one of the best things that can happen to you. It is an experience worth sharing. You will be surprised how paths, noises, and lonely lights give you the happiest memories. So, get that backpack and get out!~
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Hope in the storm. One of the most powerful typhoons in recorded histories, Typhoon Yolanda laid waste to Eastern Visayas and affected thousands of families in Tacloban alone. Aside from the large-scale heroism this triggered worldwide, there have been some individuals who put their lives on the line right in the thick of the storm for the sake of others. Here are a few of them: Compiled by Val Amiel Vestil
GERMANY: Pillows are “Passive Weapons” Who would have realized that the very comfortable fluffy sack that helps us rest is considered as weapon? In Germany, pillows are considered as “Passive Weapons” and hitting someone with one can lead to charges of assault unless used for defense..
Swaziland: Women are forbidden to wear pants. In an attempt to re-establish traditional values, Swaziland’s dictator King Mswati III, has forbidden women to wear any clothing that resembles menswear. If one is caught in public displaying pants, they are subject to having them forcibly ripped off of them and publicly humiliated.
roundup SU suspends..
California: Animals should not publicly mate That’s right, animals are prohibited from publicly mating with each other within 1,500 feet of any tavern, school, or church. Now the question that remains is how regulators and officers would be responsible for taking a look at this illegal act.
Philippines: Strict on plate numbers The law states that cars with license plates ending with a 1 or 2 are not allowed on the road on Mondays, 3 or 4 on Tuesdays, 5 or 6 on Wednesdays, 7 or 8 on Thursdays, and 9 or 0 on Fridays. It’s logic has something to do with some kind of status and identification procedure, but the law has becoming subtle and irrelevant.
THE HUNGER GAMES
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in a way that will benefit not only students that were affected now but students that will be affected in the future,” Garcia said. However, Garcia added that the scholarship fund is “not yet available” as of the moment. “In terms of application for the scholarship, they can go to the Office of Student Services [at the Oriental Hall]. They can talk to the dean of students, but in terms of the availability of the fund, that is yet to be created,” he said. The administration is still looking for scholarship funding from alumni and is creating a set of criteria that will assess the applicants. In the past months, the Philippines has experienced several calamities – the siege in Zamboanga, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol and typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas.
As a form of financial help, the University of the Philippines is giving free tuition and a stipend of P10,000 to their students who were victims of Yolanda. Phoebe G. Dexacada, an SU student taking up Master’s in Divinity, lost her home after typhoon Yolanda hit Tacloban City. “I was hoping that the administration will also provide food allowances,” Dexacada said. Junior mass communication student, Jae Nejudne, also a Yolanda victim from Tacloban City, said she too hoped for more help from the university. “We would like to have free tuition just like U.P or some form of discount,” Nejudne said. According to the registrar’s office a total of 51 students from Leyte and Samar are currently enrolled in SU. ~
Because of its growing popularity in Dumaguete City, biking is now offered as a new Physical Education course in Silliman University. Biking classes are taught by PE Chairperson Dionesio Piñero III and College of Education Dean Dr. Earl Jude Cleope every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Piñero said the class time and date was catered to the schedule of sophomore nursing students. According to him, he and Cleope were inspired to offer the
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backgrounds, but many of them have ties with Silliman University. Professor Leonor Briones, MCC’s president and chair of the Silliman University Board of Trustees, completed her degree in Business Administration at SU. She was accepted in the choir at the age of 21, singing as second alto at first but later trained to sing the highest range which is first soprano. “Silliman is very lucky because it has the Luce Auditorium which has been around since my childhood, 50 years ago and until now it is still maintained and used by many amazing performers, so I encourage everyone to keep attending the cultural events,” Briones said. The father of choir conductor, Pizaña, is also a Silliman alumnus. “The audience was very lively and very receptive and I think this just goes to show how you people here are very well exposed to music and culture, and of course I’ve always known that
Silliman is very musical,” Pizaña said. The choir paid tribute to beloved revolutionary icon Andres Bonifacio reprising songs from a famous Andres Bonifacio musical of the 1980s. They also incorporated theatrical aspects to the production, including dance and drama, which they had not done before. SU President Ben S. Malayang III requested MCC to sing “Ang Bayan Ko.” The choir obliged and encouraged the audience to sing along. During the final part of the show, Briones shared interesting facts with the audience. “I was busy with the Pork Barrel, so I was not able to memorize all the songs, that was why I was holding a copy throughout the show,” said the former national treasurer and currently lead convenor of Social Watch Philippines. Briones also made a request to the audience, “The Manila Concert Choir has a Facebook page, like pod mo.”~
SU promotes biking via new PE class By Kristine Ann Fernandez
Manila-based choir sings for countr y In celebration of their 62nd anniversary and Andres Bonifacio’s 150th birth anniversary, the Manila Concert Choir (MCC) performed Saturday an original production entitled “Sabihin Mong Ikaw Ay Pilipino” at the Luce Auditorium. MCC is one of the most active choirs in the country today, with over 24 concerts in 2012 alone. “I think the reason why it continues to go on is because for the love of music and of course for the Lord. If the Lord has given you the challenge to sing then you do it as long as you’re alive,” said Dr. Romulo Pizana, the choir’s conductor. Since its foundation in 1951 by Dr. Lois Florendo Bello, MCC has performed for a myriad of audiences and venues around the country and abroad. The members of the choral group come from very diverse
THE “BRING ME” RIDDLE! 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 from Monday toWednesday at 12 PM – 3 PM followingthereleaseoftheWeeklySillimanianpaper.Winners will receive awesome prizes from the staff. Here’s our riddle of the week: I come in white, I live on green, most times hard, at one time tall. I’m used and abused to my death, but that’s why I’m here after all. Bring me to the TWS Office and claim your prize!
course because of international triathlete, Lendy Salve, who is also a professor at the College of Nursing. Piñero added that anyone can enroll in the class, even those who do not know how to bike. “At the end of this course, students are expected to mount their bikes, and they will really learn how to ride on their own. This class is student-centered. They will be helping each other,” he said. Among the various exercises that Piñero plans to do is to have students bike from the SU campus to Camp Lookout in Valencia. A total of 78 students are enrolled
in the class. Each of them is required to provide for his or her own bike. Piñero said if the students cannot buy one, they are encouraged to borrow or rent a bike. Queenie Guibao, a mass communication sophomore who is currently enrolled in this PE course, said biking is great for both the biker and the environment. “This is a great way to make more versatile people out of our students and, hopefully, to start a brand-new community of young Sillimanian biking enthusiasts,” she said. ~
Manila Concert Choir sing a revolutionary song, “Kayumangging Malaya”, during their Sabihin mong Ikaw ay Pilipino concert last Nov. 23 at the Claire Isabel McGil Luce Auditorium. PHOTO BY: Dylzaree D. Recentes
3 SU studs pass Ayala summit screen
By Kriztja Marae G. Labrador
Three Silliman student- leaders qualified for the final screening phase of the 16th Ayala Young Leaders Congress (AYLC 2014). They are Mikle Vito Abing, a junior political science student and President of the Luce Auditorium Corps of Ushers and Usherettes; Jeff Nicolo Palad, a junior medical technology student and vicepresident of the Silliman University Student Government; and Michiko Je Bito-on, a junior mass communication student and editorin-chief of the Weekly Sillimanian. AYLC, an annual youth leader summit sponsored by the Ayala Group of Companies, aims to “develop the skills of student leaders in order for them to be the initiators of positive change in the community.”
The screening was held last Nov. 19-21 at the Ayala Corporation Headquarters in Tower One, Makati City. The final part of the selection was the panel interview composed of top executives from the Ayala Group of Companies and alumni of AYLC. One of the participants, Bitoon said she was honored to be ableto “interact with students who are truly concerned with socially relevant issues and who do their best to make the lives of people better through their own advocacy.” “The greatest realization I had was that no matter what position of power you hold--student government, student publication or community organization-- you develop the initiative to work hard and sacrifice for others and thereby, improve your personal qualities in the long run,” she added.
Palad said he learned to humble himself with the experience through the support of the panelists. His favorite part of the AYLC event was the orientation prior to the interview because it reminded participantsto be “their real selves.” Bito-on, on the other hand, said she liked the “nerve-wracking” interview itself because she got to share her thoughts with people who have “great visions.” “Being in one room with the panelists seemed like a glimpse of what it means to be a studentjournalist-leader and what it means to have a culture and set of values that are centered on social consciousness and integrity of character,” she said. Out of the 165 interviewees only 81 student leaders will be chosen as delegates of the congress which will be on Feb.1114, 2014, at Alfonso, Cavite. ~