EDITOR'S NOTE ALYSSA SOBERE
PHOTO BY ALYSSA SOBERE
I used to think beginnings are these enchanted and liminal hint-of-an idea moments—the ones you get when you look at sunsets or when you listen to the couple sitting right next to you at this coffee shop when you're not really supposed to. They
This is our new beginning. What's yours?
were these points in time when you felt like something is forming from nothing. Well, I
The beauty of a beginning is found in our
turned out to be wrong. I skipped the real
conviction that everything is going to be
beginning of a beginning—when you have a
worth it in the end. The fulfillment of having
blueprint but no manpower, a thought but
grown something, be it ourselves or the
no tongue to have it speak for itself. The
projects we set in motion. The fulfillment of
immense effort to expand and extend, to
finding what we have grown to be of service
build and organize your idea can feel like
in the community. The reason why we
you're about to lose your mind, like maybe
began in the first place.
you're alone in this journey. You're at this point of bearing it all—uncertain if it would
That's what this newsletter is here for: it's a
even be a success. Beginnings are messy
tender look at what this organization is up
and terrifying. They make us face the reality
to, what we have accomplished, and what
that our passions can often feel like work
keeps us going. It is in seeing our vision
and a burden, but there is another essential
actualized that we can know our beginning
truth in the dialogue of beginnings.
(albeit, topsy-turvy) was worth it.
YOU CONTENTS #ATINANG2018
Executive Committee 2017 - 2018
DEFEND PRESS FREEDOM
In this pressing time, we shall always be on our guards
ANONG SAY NI PLARIDEL?
A round-up of opinions from students in the UP College of Mass Communication on the FSRC Manual PUTTING THE YOUTH IN THE PICTURE
See what this convention has in store for you and for the youth
COMMITTEE FEATURE: WHAT ISA MEMORY DO YOU REPLAY THE MOST IN YOUR MIND?
DENISE SANTOS, PRESIDENT My go-to memory in this organization keeps changing. Maybe because every single day – no matter how difficult it can get – is the universe’s way of reminding me why I started this journey in the first place. Nothing beats seeing the kids grow beautifully in this organization. It makes every damn thing worth it.
DAVE PAHILA, SECRETARY-GENERAL
ARJAY TORNO, VICE PRESIDENT FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS Sleepless nights of trainings and discussions to defend ISA have always been my go-to memory when I cannot continue standing for the org, for myself. It has been three years when I joined ISA but the pleasure to defend this org is still as bright as the candles that we protected during my induction.
ACEE RUBINAS, VICE PRESIDENT FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS The ISA Memory that I love replaying in my mind was our huddle after last year’s hot off. After going through so much self doubt in front of the hostile crowd, it felt so validating to see the people around us passionately route for us and what we believed in.
EXECUTIVE BOARD WHAT ISA MEMORY DO YOU REPLAY THE MOST IN YOUR MIND?
ELISE SUNGA, VICE PRESIDENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS It's got to be the post-dinner GAs and heart-to-hearts while laying on the floor of the CMC Lobby. Getting to know more about the beautiful people in ISA is what makes me fall in love with the organization over and over (and over and over....) again.
KIM MUANA, VICE PRESIDENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS I was not a member then, but ISA believed in me. This trust motivated me to defend the organization and its principles during the campaign season. And until now, this trust propels me to move forward and serve the studentry and the people.
MICHIKO PALARAN, VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE Selling fans and ballers during UPCAT because it allows you to bond with other ISA members and practice your social skills.
SAMANTHA ALCALA, VICE PRESIDENT FOR PUBLICITY I guess I'll always remember that first training day of Slate 11 because even if I wasn't the one running for a position, it was good to see my app batchmates stepping up to the responsibility and representing our org to the student body of CMC.
MIDYANG MALAYA AT MAPAGPALAYA In Rodrigo Duterte's presidency, the media is all the more faced with distrust, shutdowns, cyber attacks, and legal threatsâ€”as if the Martial Law of 1972 is back for another round. The blatant various forms of media repression in the country to secure his power and silence protest from the marginalized and critics only proves his abusive policies and autocrat nature. The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) has threatened to revoke the license of prominent media outlet, Rappler.com. This, along with the countless extrajudicial killings, the forced resignation of CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan, the ongoing impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Sereno, and many other issues within our current political landscape, fueled the fascist becoming of our government, as led by the President.
UP CMC ISA STRONGLY CONDEMNS ALL THE MEASURES TAKEN BY THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION TOWARDS THE OPPRESSION OF PRESS FREEDOM. Media plays an indispensable role in the country's democratic disposition to hold accountable public officials and to ensure that the current administration is serving the needs of the country. As mass communication students, we dare remain to perform our role to be the watchdog of the government. We continue to be critical and vigilant, to be on our guards to protect the freedom of the Filipino people. We will not allow our voices to be muffled and mute. We will not be silenced. PHOTOS FROM UP CMC ISA
ANONG SAY NI PLARIDEL? FACULTY-STUDENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE (FSRC) MANUAL
Anong Say ni Plaridel? is a web series that tackle the critical issues transpiring in the college and community. The project aims to give students in the UP College of Mass Communication an avenue for free speech, affiliated with a political color or not. Determined to increase the awareness and engagement of the said issue, this is the voice of the people, the voice of Plaridel.
UP CMC ISA stands with the voice and campaign of media students in the college to condemn attacks that slowly kill the democracy and the students' right to organize in the form of anti-student policies and documents endorsed in the Faculty-Students Relations Committee (FSRC) Manual. With the withdrawal of college-based organizations to adhere to its controlled and repressive nature, the administration countered their noncompliance with excessive rental fees in the college, displacement of organizational spaces, and the inefficient and unproductive communication between the two parties up until today.
TO SHOW HOW RESOLUTE THE COLLEGE OF MASS COMMUNICATION IS IN BEING CRITICAL AND VIGILANT, DIFFERENT ALAGAD NG MEDIA VOICED OUT THEIR CONCERNS AND DEMANDS IN THE VIDEO SERIES.
PUTTING THE YOUTH IN THE PICTURE AN INITIATIVE OF THE POLITICAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
METRO MANILA YOUTH CONVENTION 2018
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Selfies, Instagrams, and Snapchats. The whole world today is obsessed with the
photo taking culture. Almost everything is documented through pictures, from special events like child's first birthday party, to the most mundane like daily sunsets. The beauty
CAPTURE MMYC will help the youth capture a snapshot of the world we live in, all the good and bad
of pictures is that they give us an idea of the
happening within it, through a series of forums
different scenarios people face. In the world
on the different kinds of pressing issues of our
today, we somewhat have an idea of what everything looks like, whether or not we get to experience these scenarios for ourselves.
WHAT IS MMYC?
time. The forum series will include talks on policy making and governance, education, health, and environment. FILTER After raising the discourse on the different strands of issues, we allow the youth to set the filters. Empower them to edit out the barriers of
The Metro Manila Youth Convention is a one day leadership conference on the 10th of March
growth in our society today. MMYC will provide delegates with opportunities to bring up the
inside the UP Diliman campus pioneered by UP
highlights and bring down the shadows in our
College of Mass Communication Interdependent
society through project and policy making
Student Centered Activism (UP CMC ISA). On its
workshops, and chances to volunteer for multiple
groundbreaking year, the Metro Manila Youth
Convention aims to put the youth in the picture of the Philippine society. Thanks to technology, the
youth now, more than ever, have the capability to
What is the point of filtering when you don't
capture, filter, share, and connect with the images
share the beauty of the new picture? Not only
and realities of the world around us.
will delegates get the opportunity to propose their very own projects and policies, but they will
Through building connections and enhancing the
be encouraged to present these to their peers
knowledge of the youth on the current societal
and experts as well. This can serve as their first
issues within the country, the Metro Manila Youth
step in creating change for the country.
Convention aims to empower young leaders to take action in creating positive societal change. Its mission is to strengthen youth participation in
CONNECT The culmination of the Metro Manila Youth
crafting solutions for problems faced by the
Convention will mark the launch of the Metro
Manila Youth Association, a network of young Filipino leaders envisioned to build bridges for
In its first year, MMYC has a goal to convene 200 students from private and public junior and senior high schools around Metro Manila to raise their
the youth to engage with each other in forwarding their personal advocacies for the benefit of the country.
awareness on various social issues and to build them an organization where they can apply their learnings and which they can utilize in mobilizing other members of the youth sector.
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DEAR ISA on beginnings Playlist by Den Santos
Lost it to Trying - Son Lux Hard Times - Paramore Until We Can't (Let's Go) - Passion Pit Let Go - RAC, Kele, MNDR Keeping Your Head Up - Birdy Slow and Steady - Of Monsters and Men Until We Get There - Lucius Last Hope - Paramore I'm Ready to Move On / Wild Heart Reprise - Bleachers, Yoko Ono Morning - Francis and the Lights
UP COLLEGE OF MASS COMMUNICATION INTERDEPENDENT STUDENT-CENTERED ACTIVISM
January 2017 Issue: Start Anew Second Semester