Dec 4, 2008
And then a car passes, the rumble of its engine breaking the tranquility. And the moment passes, with yet another memory ingrained in my memory. And time once again passes, like it has for all of eternity. And that tree - that place - and I - will come to pass too, as all are fated to. But the hope which that space etched onto my soul will never pass - no, will never fade, nor weaken - so as long as the memory and essence of that little piece of my universe remains.
Dec 3, 2008
Jul 8, 2008
I've decided to temporarily stop my studies in La Salle. Taken by my friends a a wholly unexpected move on my part, it's the only thing that I can see which could help resolve the financial burden on my and my sister's part. I'm still filing my leave of absence as of writing, and I hopefully can fix my employment requirements by the end of the week. While waiting, I've decided to take on a consultancy for an NGO requiring a new computer network, as well as a research assistant position with Angel B. Ironic... a chemist cum education working on a psychology paper. Rawls.
Anyway, only time will tell what things will happen in the near future. I only hope that those changes will lead to better things for everyone. Hope's a scarce resource for me these days... now to make do with what's left of it...
Jun 17, 2008
I'd personally like to thank Mr. Azrael Coladilla for graciously allowing us to cover the event once more, making this the second time that Anime Alliance Philippines has provided live content in addition to that provided by the organizers. I'd also like to thank Mr. Ronald Guanzon for granting AAP an exclusive short interview spot with Ms. Gosengfiao and dancing the caramelldansen along with us. Thanks also go to Mr. Hideo V. (I'll update this when I remember his name) for bringing in one of the first figurines (import edition!) of Solid Snake from MGS4 *drools* and demonstrating to us the power of video blogging.
And my thanks also go to the faithful members of Anime Alliance Philippines, without which there would be no AAP. It's your belief in the power of a few that we keep sucking up our pride (and our finances) in order to provide great coverage of every single event that comes out. Thanks!
Edgar Ilaga, Co-Admin - Public Relations
Mar 25, 2008
Saludo ako, mga Lasalyanong mamamahayag! Ipagpatuloy ninyo ang laban para sa makabuluhang eleksyon sa La Salle! Ipagpatuloy ninyo ang laban para sa makabuluhang pagbabago sa bansa! Mabuhay kayong lahat!
Mar 23, 2008
When we acknowledge the role that farmers play in providing the staple of the Filipino diet - rice - and give them the corresponding respect and dignity that they deserve, there can be no stopping us from being the change we want to see, and making others see the country that we can be.
At this point, there are many things I'd like to be thankful for;
For the Sumilao farmers and their companions, for fighting ceaselessly for a cause found on justice and basic human dignity;
For the innumerable youth who supported Lakaw Sumilao day-in and day-out by knowing, presenting and acting on the issues behind the case;
For the institutions who continued to support the Sumilao farmers by providing logistic and material support to both the farmers in the metropolis and their families in the provinces (special thanks to COSCA and the DLSU Student Council who have tirelessly thrown their weight to support the Sumilao farmers);
And most of all, the undefinable force that some call GOD and which I refuse to identify, for constantly fueling the hopes and dreams of everyone on the side of JUSTICE.
MABUHAY ANG MGA MAGSASAKANG SUMILAO!
MABUHAY ANG MGA MAGSASAKANG PILIPINO!
Complete story from Inquirer.net: SMC agrees to return Sumilao land to farmers -- lawyer
Mar 20, 2008
UPDATE: This piece, originally posted onto INQURER.net's Vox Populi section did not pass moderation, for one reason or another. Talk about the voice of the people not being heard! Then again, it's pretty useless now except as a memoir to the facts that led to the VICTORY of the Sumilao farmers over injustice. Hey, see above article for the details. We've won!
UPDATE 2: This piece DID pass moderation! For some reason or another, the moderation took several DAYS! Haha... fine with me. XD
Mr. De los Reyes, I do not mean to insult your intelligence when I say that you should check your facts before stating things against the Sumilao (not Somilao) farmers. Do remember that the 144 hectares of land the “original owner” (Norberto Quisumbing) was recognized under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law of 1988 (R.A. 6657) as Ancestral in nature (historically, the 144 hectares of land in question was part of a larger parcel about 244 hectares in size which was illegally seized by the Angeles clan in the 40’s from the Higaonons there) and whose tenants - the 137 MAPALAD farmers and now the SALFA farmers who are the children of the MAPALAD farmers - were the descendants of the original residents of the land, thus entitling them to ownership of the land via the issuance of a Certificate of Land Ownership. Next, regarding your argument that the conversion of the 144 hectares of land to agro-industrial nullified the ownership of the land by the farmers: this could simply not be possible because the application for land conversion was ILLEGAL in nature, primarily because the request for land conversion (N.B. city councils can only reclassify lands, not convert them) was passed at the town council level of Sumilao and affirmed at the provincial council of Bukidnon with the knowledge that such a request can only be received at the Department of Land Reform and that the “conversion order” passed by the Bukidnon provincial council was moot and void, and secondly because the 144 hectares of land was evaluated by 3 government offices as prime agricultural land, exempting it from conversion acc. to DAR Administrative Order 20, series of 1992. Finally, regarding the sale of the land to SMFI: Quisumbing could not have sold the land to SMFI in good faith or legally given that the development plans contained in SMFI’s development plans were radically different from Quisumbing’s plans in the application for land conversion that he had submitted to the provincial council (which by the way, was never even completed in the first place). If the law is to be followed, the non-compliance with the “1 year to begin, 5 years to complete” rule was enough to nullify the “conversion order”; however, SMFI brazenly defied DAR A.O. 1, series of 2002 which included sections on the obligation of future landowners to stick with the original development plans of the land conversion applicant, lest the land return to the original CARP grantees (which in this case, I believe, is a good thing). By proposing to build a piggery on the land, they violated the order by leaps and bounds.
Last time I heard, SMC (yes Mr. De los Reyes, the case is now being pursued not just by SMFI but also by the bigwigs in San Miguel Corporation) was indeed offering another, larger land to the Sumilao farmers. In fact, that’s old news since that was the talk of the town during the farmers’ stay in DLSU a few months back. However, the question that begs to be asked is this: given that SMC already knew of the presence of this land in Bukidnon, why did they still insist on using land that was smaller in nature and whose ownership was doubtful? Besides, during the “negotiations”, SMC did not fully disclose the ownership of the land leading us to suspect that there was some foul play involved - might it be that SMC was taking the land of another group of farmers, that it was part of a “divide and conquer” plot the powers above were hatching?
Mr. de los Reyes, I, my colleagues in DLSU , and the many other youth groups who have expressed support for the Sumilao Farmers firmly believe that the facts point to justice being denied to the farmers. This is not simply a case of farmers wanting their land back - this is a case of farmers wanting justice for the atrocities done to them and thousands of farmers around the country who have had their land stolen from them by the rich and powerful. The Sumilao issue might just be the test case that those who are still looking for their dignity as people - and the appreciation of the people as the beings responsible for putting food on our tables - are looking for.
Besides dear sir, can you stomach the fact that priority is being given to providing air-conditioning to pigs over the livelihood and life of human beings just like you? I think you know the answer to that.
Mar 16, 2008
President: Nicole Villarojo
VP Acads: Aimee Chua
VP OPEC: Gretch Santos
VP Activities: Inah Garcia
Secretary: Chichi Tullao
Treasurer: Greggy Chua
I sincerely hope and pray that you will all truly be the change that both the University and the Philippines needs at this time. Show us that you truly deserved our votes, and did not simply say to us what we truly wanted to hear from you. Fulfill your promises, or we, the Lasallian Achievers for God and Country will ensure that you will be cleanly and promptly be given an exit party that you will never forget.
We'll be watching you.
My 2 cents. I hope that somehow, Janina will indeed be, the last laugh.
So, what's your opinion on this? P.S. I deliberately eliminated any and all discussions on English being the primary medium of discussion. IMO, that is one issue best left sa diskarte ng mga teacher... geographical education being my bias.
Beauty queen's English proof of sliding RP education--solon
By TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:03:00 03/15/2008
MANILA, Philippines -- If she were another Asian or European, beauty titlist Janina San Miguel could have gotten away with her English gaffe. But the trouble is, she's a Filipino, Cebu Representative Eduardo Gullas said Saturday.
"The truth is, if Ms San Miguel had been Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, or French, nobody would have cared about her awkward English. People would have totally ignored it. They would have excused her right away,'' Gullas said.
"But she is Filipino, and English is our highly favored second language. So people expected more from her,'' he added in a statement.
San Miguel, 17, has caused a stir with her awkward answer to a question in English during last week's Bb. Pilipinas Beauty Pageant, but still won the title of Bb. Pilipinas to represent the Philippines in the Miss World pageant.
Her gaffe has become the butt of jokes, and been featured on YouTube.
Gullas, principal author of a bill seeking to boost the Filipinos' English skills by reinstating English as the medium of instruction in all school levels, said he found the video "tormenting,'' but said the beauty titlist's gaffe was proof of the youth's declining proficiency in English.
Her sensational failure to answer a simple question in straight English "betrays the fading competence of a growing number of young Filipinos in the world's lingua franca,'' he said.
Citing India's experience, Gullas urged young Filipinos to master English, or risk getting left behind in the competition for high-paying jobs.
"Those who fail to acquire adequate English skills will be marginalized in the lucrative job markets of the future. If we look closely at India's recent economic boom, the Indians benefiting the most in terms of improved standards of living are mainly those with English skills. This is because they are the ones cornering the good-paying jobs," Gullas said.
"The Indians without English skills are the ones getting left behind economically. Without access to gainful employment, they remain mired in poverty, amid the economic boom there," he added.
Gullas's bill has been endorsed by 207 of 240 members of the House of Representatives.
The congressman, however, voiced confidence that San Miguel would improve her English before the Miss World pageant in November.
"She will recover quickly, no doubt about that. We wish her good luck," he said.
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority has offered a free crash course on English to future beauty pageant candidates.
Mar 10, 2008
This sort of behavior should stop now. SHAME ON YOU, CANDIDATES. You should know better than that! Where is your maturity, your discernment of what is moral and immoral, your sense of responsibility and your sincere desire for genuine change? Is this your idea of "Lasallian Achievers for God and Country"?
Yes, I am angry. This is indeed a case of righteous indignation at what is happening today. I am angry at the fact that a number Lasallians have not learned the basics of good governance - that truth, accountability and responsibility go hand-in-hand. I am angered at the fact that we have REFUSED to learn the lessons taught to us by decades of history, that nothing goes well when we allow our sympathies cloud our judgment, especially when it comes to the elections. I am angered by the realization that we have time and time again, voiced out our desire for change to happen in the nation, WITHOUT US REMEMBERING THAT CHANGE BEGINS IN OURSELVES. But worst of all, I am angry at myself for not speaking out earlier against this sort of hypocrisy. I've protected the integrity of the national and local elections as a VFORCE Volunteer, been on the streets insisting that the truth on election fraud come out, and campaigning in-campus for students to vote based on principles and platform. However, I've remained silent on the blatant insult of Lasallians' sensibilities, on our ability to condemn the evils done on the country while remaining blind of the things done in the university, believing it to be some sort of sanctuary... without knowing that one day, the tolerance of such a mindset would lead to us doing the very same things that we loath of now. I wonder how it feels like to one day be the savior, only to be the villain on the next?
Candidates, and maybe even the incumbents, focus on your platforms. Live out the politics of service, not the politics of hate. Gain the trust of us voters, instead of trying to destroy the trust we have of others. We want vote based on who we think can serve us the best, NOT based on who is the "lesser evil". Spend less time and money campaigning and more time listening to your constituents. I mean LISTEN; don't insist that we need one thing or another just because you think so! Then ACT! You are the voice of the student body; a mute and deaf student council is as good as not having a student council at all. We might as well all be anarchists in that case. Convince us that you are needed, not that you need us... appeal to our intellect, not to our emotions.
Voters, carefully weigh the value of what each candidate says. As mature and educated Lasallians, I trust that we have the ability to appraise a person on his/her values, principles, track record and history, not based on a few words, a single statement, or a PR campaign. As voting constituents, we are directly affected by the programs and policies the student council decides to implement and/or fight for. Should we make the wrong choice, we share the blame for making the SC as it is. Almost as a consolation, we are given the assurance that we have the power to ensure that only the right people come into power. Wield the ballot as a shield and the pen as a sword. A legion of educated voters against traditional politics can do much to make a La Salle we would live for and be proud of for all time - one that molds the LEADERS of tomorrow that we so badly need today, not the TRAPOS of today that we hope are gone tomorrow.
In the end though, it is all a matter of choice. Whether we decide to take the difficult and correct choices is something that will determine where we will be in the future. ANIMO LASALLE!
-Edgar John Ilaga
Mar 9, 2008
Whoever you all are, you know who you are.
As I ask for your forgiveness, I forgive you.