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Towards a Progressive Cam P us Press | vol. l XXXi i No. 8 | WEDNESDAY, 12 AUGUST 2009

years 106 Towards a Progressive Cam P us Press | vol. l XXXi i No. 8

LABAN. Prof. Francisco Ablong and his 3 year old grandson Shem Samuel Ablong, were all in yellow during Cory Aquino’s memorial service at SU Church last August 5.

COMELEC to conduct registration in SU

By Emaleen Franz C. Maputi

tO encOUrage StUDentS tO regiSter

and participate in the May 2010 local and national elections, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will hold a two-day campus registration in Silli- man University (SU) on the third week of September. Dean of Students Dr. Edna Calinga- cion said that this campus caravan by COMELEC will push first-time vot- ers to also vote wisely in the upcoming elections. “Last June, SU Student Government (SUSG) President Zapphire Zamudio asked if COMELEC could come to SU and do the registration, but the re- sponse was negative. I think they got the idea from us,” Calingacion said. However, Calingacion explained that students who will register in SU will have to vote only in Dumaguete City.

“If students have already registered in

their provinces, they should not reg- ister here because that is a criminal offense. We should raise the level of awareness [on this matter],” Calinga- cion added. A briefing and orientation on the registration of the first-time voters was also held last August 6 at the Mar- ian Hall, Cathedral Church Compound. The event was spearheaded by the Diocesan Electoral Board, Parish Pas- toral Council for Responsible Voting, National Movement for Free Elections, COMELEC and Philippine Informa- tion Agency and was participated in by schools in Negros Oriental. On the other hand, Zamudio said that SUSG will also recruit volun- teers for the registration. During the national elections, she “will also en- courage organizations to volunteer as watchdogs.”

SU holds Campaign Finance Monitoring discussion

By April Rose A. Abines

tO enable the cOmmUnity, eSpecially the yOUth, tO relate tO the preSent

political scenario, a group of prominent speakers from Manila graced the Silliman University Hall in a joint public discussion called the “Campaign Finance Monitoring” conducted last August 4. These plenary resource speakers were the president of the Association of Schools of Public Administration in the Philippines (ASPAP) Dr. Grace Gorospe-Jamon, Executive Director of the Lawyers League Liberty (LIB- ERTAS) Attorney Luie Tito Guia, and Executive Director of the Institute of Political and Electoral Reform (IPER) Mr. Ramon Casiple. “There is an urgent need for us to address and break the vicious cycle where poli- ticians engage in irresolute political campaigns beyond their means,” said Casiple. Now that the government decided to have an automated election view for the 2010, Guia said that new rules and processes of looking at where to buy more votes among politicians will become rampant.

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SU gears up for Hibalag

By April Joyce MdR. Aquino and Jeahan Virda B. De Barras

DeSpite the OngOing ecOnOmic re-

cession and concerns on organiza- tions’ expenses, this year’s Hibalag Booth Festival will continue, said Dr. Nichol Elman, Founders Day Com- mittee Vice-Chairperson and Security Officer-in-Charge. One of the university administra- tors’ concerns was the cost of Hiba- lag activities. “Organizations spend too much for activities. An average organization would need at least Php 10,000, excluding the registration fee and the expenses for the booth operation,” said Jose Mari Jonathan Antonio, former Student Organiza- tions and Activities Division Head. However, Elman said that students can still enjoy a quality Founders Week experience without spending a large sum of money and that “what we have to do is just cope with the

situation and work together.” He add- ed that Silliman’s traditions should

not diminish just because of financial difficulty. This year’s Hibalag will also be ex-

tended to eight days compared to last year’s seven, as it will open on August 21 and end on the 28th. Booth con- structions will start on August 13.

New activities According to Hibalag programs chairperson Alvin Roy Gaudan, the campus organizations collaborated with one another to come up with in- teresting activites for every night of the Founders Week celebration. Among this year’s activities are the Mr. Silliman pageant, Love Beats Dat- ing Game, Environmental Fashion Wars, and Motorcycle Turtle Race. In addition, the committee encour- ages students to make the most of the Hibalag Booth Festival. “We want to erase the connotation of the Hiba- lag being boring. How will you en-

joy if you go home during Founders Week?” Gaudan said.

No security changes

Elman said that the three-level se- curity implemented last year will still be followed. Some guards will be as- signed at the entrance gates, while some will control the flow of people at the circular fence encircling the Hi- balag booths and inspect the premises of the inner rings. The security personnel will also check bags upon entering the festi- val area to make sure that no liquor or dangerous objects are brought in. They will also check the compart- ments of cars and motorbikes upon entering the campus. Assistance from the local police will also be asked in securing the campus during the festival. “We need the cooperation of the people and the support of the student government. We want them to be on

the watch,” Elman said.

SU Marine Lab to be named after Alcala

By Karla Krystle W. Lezama

by naming certain university facilities

in hOnOr Of fOrmer UniverSity preSi-

dent and world-renowned scientist Dr. Angel C. Alcala, the Silliman Univer- sity (SU) Marine Laboratory will be renamed as Dr. Angel C. Alcala Envi- ronment and Marine Science Labora- tories in a ceremony to be held during the Founders Week celebration. “Renaming certain facilities is part of our larger efforts to develop a culture of gratitude not only to our donors, alumni and friends, but also to those among our personnel who have given extraordinary services to the univer- sity,” said SU President Dr. Ben Malay- ang III. According to Malayang, there are two ways to honor people who have given due recognition to the university. First is by inscribing their names in the Heritage Builder’s Wall and second,

in their honor based on the follow- ing criteria: accumulated prestige and recognition in academic performance, initiated new programs within the uni- versity that have expanded the value of the university to its students, and out- standing performance as faculty, staff or alumni. “In the case of Dr. Alcala, it is clear that he immediately meets most of the criteria. For this reason, we find it ap- propriate to make the marine lab a per- manent landmark of Dr. Alcala so that all those who go there will always be reminded of his excellence….,” Malay- ang said. Alcala is the first Filipino to com- pile the most comprehensive studies on Philippine amphibians and reptiles, with minor contributions to birds and mammals. His fieldwork resulted to the addition of 50 new species of amphibi-

ans and reptiles. Alcala also established the country’s first marine sanctuary in Sumilon Island. Since then he has es- tablished and helped establish dozens more in the Philippines and neighbor- ing countries. Alcala also received numerous awards including the 1992 Magsaysay Award for Public Service, and the Bio- diversity Award from Field Museum, Chicago. He was also awarded as one of the Philippines’ “50 Great Men and Women of Science” in 2008. He served as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the administra- tion of Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos. Alcala established the SU Marine Laboratory in 1974 and is the Direc- tor of the SU-Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Manage- ment.

Cleope represents RP in int’l conference

By Kathyrine E. Mercado

Silliman UniverSity (SU) Of-

fice of Instruction Head Dr. Earl Jude Paul Cleope was the lone Filipino representative to the 16 th Overseas Association for College Admission Coun- seling (OACAC) Conference last July 16 to 18 at Chapman University, California. Cleope gave a report on the Philippine educational system during the forum on South- east Asian education in the said conference. He answered questions concerning the Phil- ippines’ accreditation system, number of school years, and culture. He also gave tips on the dos and don’ts when trav- eling in the Philippines. Around 700 participants from American universities and high schools in 74 coun- tries worldwide attended the conference.

OACAC’s mission is to

facilitate global interaction among school and indepen- dent counselors, and institu- tions in support of students in their transition from sec- ondary to higher education. Cleope, also one of the ed- ucational advisers of Educa- tionUSA, was one of the 12 delegates from around the world whose participation in the conference was fund- ed by the Bureau of Educa- tional and Cultural Affairs of the United States Depart- ment of State (BECAUSDS) in cooperation with the Col- lege Board of US. EducationUSA is a global network of more than 450 advising centers, eight of which are in the Philippines, supported by BECAUSDS. The SU Philippine-Amer- ican Educational Founda- tion (PAEF) office at the

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MOTORCYCLE MAN. Manong Jose Sarsuelo licensed by Silliman earns a living by arranging motorcycles in front of the Katipunan Hall/College of Business Administration gate.

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more fun, less cost

W hen the spotlight was suddenly put on the financial crisis,

the whole world panicked. News about the sudden closure of

businesses and of families moving out of their houses caused

everyone to put a tighter grip on their pockets, lest they face

the same consequences. As Silliman University (SU) turns 108 years old, the celebrations will still con- tinue despite the university’s efforts to cut costs. For many years now, the Hiba- lag Booth Festival has raised questions on its practicality. Organizations spend an average of Php18, 000 for the construction of a booth, including the booth registration and materials. They then hire at least five carpenters and pay them an average of Php280 for working within eight to nine hours. Plus there are other expenses to worry about like activities that keep the booth alive during the eight- day Founders Day celebration. All in all, each organization gets to spend around

Php20, 000 or more. That’s a little expensive even for the well-funded orgs in the campus, don’t you think?

There’s nothing wrong with keeping the tradition. In fact, the Founders Day


celebration is the most awaited event of the school year as it’s a time for everyone to enjoy and unwind after a week of killer midterm exams. And of course, it provides us with an opportunity to rem- inisce and look back to the history of SU. But does it have to be this expensive? We’re not saying that this tradition should be stopped in light of the present economic crisis. We’re just acknowledging the challenge that is in front of us.

How can we enjoy a quality Founders’ Week without burning a large hole in our pockets? How can we make this year’s celebration a memorable one? Way back in 1980, the building of booths was discouraged due to the ris- ing costs and the administration was also concerned with the financial burden it would cause to students. Despite everything, the students still stood by the tradition. The organizations made a stand that they’d be given the privilege to build booths which has always been done in the past. They somehow made a way. In years past, the students themselves were the ones who built their own booths. Not only were they able to cut on costs, they were also able to build camaraderie among themselves as they worked together. Based on previous Hibalag Festivals celebrated in the university, it is not impossible. Hibalag means ‘to chance upon or to find unexpectedly’. As Sillimanians, our challenge this year is to work together and find that we can still have a memo- rable and enjoyable celebration despite budget constraints. After all, that’s what Hibalag is all about. It’s the little things that we unexpectedly find around the corner that make things worthwhile.

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Compiled by Marc Joseph C. Cabreros

“Do you think the Mr. Silliman pageant will effectively forward gender equality?”

“let us draw away from the cliché that pageants are only for women. Both genders are equally competent to show themselves through this event.” Aimel Rose L. Abelgas BSN-III

“No. i don’t think that the Mr. Silliman pageant will effectively forward gender equality because as i can see, what the participants are after are points which their respective organizations may gain.” Sheila Mae C. Tabiling, BSME IV

“it might; it might not. No one, at this point, can be so sure about it. let’s hope for the best and see what happens.” Josie Lou Palad, BS Math III

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Of Kens and Barbies

When a frienD firSt inviteD me tO

help facilitate a workshop on gender equality last July, I did not think twice before saying yes. For one, I saw it as a perfect opportunity to learn more about gender constructs from the per- spectives of participants, co-facilitators and experts. Another factor was that I wanted to be part and witness of peo- ple’s (mine, included) re-evaluation of stands on gender issues. But the workshop has been moved to sometime in September, and even as I find myself excited for that day to near, I’m also worried that every waiting day brings me situations which challenge my convictions and advocacy. It’s already the month of August, after all. Every school year, the Ms. Silliman pageant is bombarded with questions and comments pertaining to women empow- erment, exploitation, practicality, and sig- nificance to the community. Every school year, a group of men and women on cam- pus airs out points suggesting the discon- tinuance of the longest-running campus pageant’s “legacy.” And every school year, this group of people receives the same in- different attitude from Ms. Silliman orga- nizers. I would know. This year, though, is flowing with cre- ativity and inspiration. I say this because for some cosmic reason, we’ve all found ourselves looking forward to the perfect solution to this entire Ms. Silliman feud:

a counterpart pageant for the male popu-

lace! wait! it’s conveniently called “Mr. Sil- liman,” too! Some would argue that this is the miss- ing piece in solving the issues facing Ms. Silliman. I beg to disagree. If the solution was as simple as pairing up Ken with Bar-

dubbed ideal but is aware of his/her own human frailties. Tell me, which part of all these do we see real addressing of real gender issues like patriarchy and different forms of abuses done to both men and women?

Definitely not in the formal wear/evening

staying away from Cigarettes

Mariekhan S. Edding

gown competition.
It is especially troubling (and amusing) for me that Mr. Silliman offers points as reinforcement for candidates’ participa-

tion in the pageant. All that trouble of

changing outfits in between intermis- sions, practicing for the perfect song and dance number, and making sure to hakot all the screams from the male and female audience just to earn points? It is quite disheartening that the Silliman man’s worth is only roughly 10,000 points— and mind you, that can’t even pay for the Php25 ticket to Ms. Silliman’s live broad- cast feed at the gym. I guess what I’m trying to drive at here

is that we should learn to go beyond the easy way out. Issues faced by Ms. Silliman won’t die down just because we have come up with a counterpart pageant for men. As a matter of fact, by introducing Mr. Sil- liman, the university now faces another avenue for nurturing insecurities and dis- comfort—this time, in the male populace. We say we are all for gender equality.

  • I hope this doesn’t mean that we let Ken go upstage just so Barbie would feel less

lonely in the limelight of ideals we’ve put her in.

bie, I would’ve just posted a sticky note on the organizers’ door instead of getting educated and writing this article. What most people don’t understand— even if we’re told about this time and again—is that this sort of pageants re- quires candidates to compete for the title of the ideal man or woman. Never mind that they have to parade around in heavy make-up while wearing not-everyday out- fits, struggling to speak in perfect Eng- lish, being conscious of their walks and postures, and convincing everyone that they’re more worthy to be called Mr. or Ms. This and That than the next person. People also tend to overlook the fact that the one who wins the crown (or points, in the case of Mr. Silliman) is pressured to live up to the image s/he projected on stage, while breeding insecurities in the less ideal, less perfect runners-up and non-pageant people. And often, the same insecurities also stem up from s/he who is

Dear Mom and Dad

i’ve been racking my brain fOr the per-

fect column article. While Cory may be

the safest subject matter, I refuse to be labeled as the columnist who kept writing about deceased icons. (Last time, it was Michael Jackson. See a trend? People die when it’s my turn to publish something.) Then I thought of bashing marriage as an institution, and how it no longer accommo- dates modern values; however my mother expressed her outright aversion towards a daughter becoming increasingly radical, so

  • I changed my mind. And then there’s love, evidently every-

one’s favorite topic. Gah. But I can’t really relate as much, being exposed to only ‘un- usual’ kinds of love (don’t ask), and surely

  • I would only end up disappointing people

who may have been looking forward to anything substantial I can impart in that department. To be honest, every part of me is ear- nestly hoping that this worthless babbling would result into a witty, couldn’t-care- less column ala Patricia Evangelista. But clearly, it’s not going in that direction. So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to use this column as a platform to fight for my rights – and I guess, the rights of all the students out there who are continually being victimized by their stingy, borderline cheap, parents. We

know how much you earn, Mom and Dad. We know you can afford a hundred pesos more per week, even in the midst of a global recession, which Gloria says we aren’t even affected by (see, even the little tyrant is on our side!) Five hundred pesos, simply put, is not enough to last us a week (and this goes to you, Dad), what with all the school requirements, the pho- tocopies and the class amot. How do you expect us to pay for that overdue econom-

all the way to school every morning. You have money now, right? And there are

pedicabs we can ride, why walk? Now that

  • I think about it, it’s actually your fault for

enrolling us in Silliman– a school full of rich kids who get whatever they want. It is then your automatic responsibility to make sure we aren’t treated as outcasts. You see, it’s all about image. Economic status equals social status. Gossip Girl (the only show on Earth that matters) is all the

evidence I need to prove this. Don’t be hurt, there are more important things than your feelings, like the dress I saw at Bayo, per- fect for my best friend’s debut. Or the silver

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ics book from the library? For the cups of coffee we just had to order so we don’t get embarrassed while having a study session at Café Antonio? And it’s more than that. You don’t know how it feels to be in a society which is becom- ing more and more materialistic by the generation. You don’t understand how we can’t possibly sport an ugly no-brand pair of slippers, when we’re constantly be- ing bombarded by Havaianas of all shapes and colors. And don’t start giving us that lecture on how money doesn’t grow on trees and that during your time, you had to walk

  • gladiator sandals I’ve been asking from you for months. So in conclusion, this column promotes my rights, to be free to shop and spend and social climb all I want. Because after all, college is not about the overrated diploma (call centers are perfect fallbacks, which pay a lot), it’s about working your way to penetrate the social strata. And when we do graduate, what matters more than any- thing are the friends we made, the parties we went to, the boyfriends and girlfriends we collected, and ultimately, the elitist reputation we built which we wish could resonate even long after we’ve left the halls of Silliman. So who’s with me? [BITAW, insert sarcasm here.]

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Down-to-Earth Women

Heralding the Green Advocacy By Gilbert Augustin J. Ganir, Stephanie Denise H. Martin, and Mary Grace
Heralding the Green Advocacy
By Gilbert Augustin J. Ganir, Stephanie Denise H. Martin,
and Mary Grace M. Nidoy; PHOTOS BY Victor Ang
T his year’s Ms. Silliman pageant promises to be a unique occasion in that
its theme, “Heralding the Green Advocacy” responds to one of the most
pressing global problems today. In emphasizing this, the pageant comes
ever closer in finding the middle ground between the ideals of what a Sil-
limanian woman is and how she ought to relate to the society around her. And despite
the felt absence of the colleges who have opted not to join, there are six able ladies who
will vie for the crown and herald the green advocacy.
Katrina Marie Saga
Age is not a hindrance for this girl, who is the
youngest among the candidates. A musically-inclined
lass from the School of Basic Education, she knows
how to play the violin and the piano. But aside from
that, she also enjoys English and Math.
Despite being only 15 years-old, she already is
very much concerned with the environment. Glenna
says that the pageant’s theme is very suitable to the
current situation of our country and that Silliman
women could help tell people what should be done to
protect our environment, and at the same time pro-
mote women empowerment and equality. She says,
“There are still some instances right now [where]
boys are given more priorities than women and I re-
ally want to change that.”
Glenna says that initially, she was reluctant to join
the pageant because she is “shy and not really used to
all the glamour.” Nevertheless, she took the chance
to prove that even a high school student can do great
things. She says, “I’m giving all my very best here
and I’m doing this not just for myself, but also for my
school because I want to prove to them that the high
school can really excel….”
“I’m not just an in-
termission number.”
This was what Bachelor
in Music major in Voice
senior from the College of
Performing Arts (COPA)
had to say. This songbird is
already well-known in the
campus after her many mu-
sical involvements in the
university, but, of course, that might become
a non-issue come pageant night. She sees the
Ms. Silliman pageant as a venue to prove that
COPA students are not mere performing acts
for campus productions.
In relating her chosen course with the pag-
eant’s green theme, she says that she would
compose or sing songs that would inspire peo-
ple to protect the environment. She said: “I was
happy to know that the theme [coincides] with
my personal advocacy. I think it is our obvious
responsibility to take care of the world because
we live in it.”
Aside from her prodigious talent in singing,
which she says is her way of expressing thank-
fulness to God for the life He gave her, she
is in the hobby of a special method of wood-
carving with her father, going to the gym, and
Djerica Marie Mate
Glenna Christina Duch
Fondly called “Rogie” by her friends, this ad-
venturous girl is never ashamed to speak in her
native vernacular. She likes to go to the cin-
ema, window shop and dance. And being the
only candidate who is not from Negros Orien-
tal, this 18-year-old Computer Science junior
believes that she could better exude the image
of Silliman University in her hometown of Bu-
tuan if she wins the pageant.
She also said that she is greatly honored to
be given the chance to represent the College of
Computer Studies. And as a budding computer
programmer, she hopes to contribute to the green
advocacy by designing blogs and websites that
could increase awareness about the problems that
endanger the environment today.
She believes that a true Silliman woman is a
holistic woman. She says: “Ms. Silliman is not
only about beauty. It is also about brains and
This 20-year old Mass Communication senior is
definitely in the course she belongs granted that one
of her favorite hobbies is speaking. Whether among
friends, acquaintances or strangers, this MassComm
student could speak to her heart’s content. Aside from
speaking, Djerica also holds a passion for writing.
She explained that the theme is a good idea since
it is related to the advocacies of many student orga-
nizations. She said that it still remains unnoticed and
this is where Ms. Silliman comes in as a great way to
implement and emphasize the green advocacy.
She is also a strong advocate of gender equality,
which she says should also be recognized among ho-
mosexuals in believing that they should be respected
just as much as one would respect heterosexuals.
Despite her confident exterior, this young woman
also has her share of insecurities. “I tend to dwell on
what other people think about me,” she says. In this,
she believes that Ms. Silliman is her way of proving to
herself and to others, that she really is beautiful inside
and out.
Rozellini Rose Batocael
Joahnna Carla Saad
This 17-year-old Computer Engineering student from the College of Engineering and Design says that the theme
This 17-year-old Computer Engineering
student from the College of Engineering and
Design says that the theme for this year’s Ms.
Silliman “is the need of the society and the com-
munity.” Aside from the environment, however,
she wants to advocate for jobs for unemployed
people. She says that even if she’s still a stu-
dent, she can provide opportunities and ideas
to the ones who do not have jobs.
Even if she’s busy with all the activities in Ms. Silli-
man, she still finds time to do internet surfing and to
play badminton. Her idea of fun is “going beyond limits
but knowing where to stop.” She also loves computers
and programming.
In a college dominated by men, it is surpris-
ing that this lady never had a hard time being
with a lot of lads. In fact, she says that men in
their college really take care and treasure the
women in their college. That’s why she feels
really appreciated.

Maisie Kirstine Isobelle Cahambing

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Despite this girl’s beauty and intelligence, Maisie remains humble and unassuming. Now in her third year as a BS Chemistry student, this 19-year old lady never thought that she would ever take part in an event such as Ms. Silliman. Don’t let her slim figure fool you; this girl is defi- nitely not on a diet. When asked about her hobbies, the first word out of her mouth was “eating!” Aside from that, Maisie is also keen about music and some- times, she would rather just sit back, relax and do ab- solutely nothing. And that may be a shocker coming from a high school salutatorian and college honor. She commends this year’s theme by saying that through it, Silliman University is doing a very good task in demonstrating how strong an advocate the university is of environmental sustainability. Above all, Maisie says that she will develop her confidence in hoping to inspire others by being a good example to them. And although very con- scious about her studies, she would also like to be regarded as someone who loves to have fun and socialize.



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Techno-travel asia. Some Asian countries boast of some of the most advanced technology when it comes to bringing people from point A to point B. Here is the run-down on some amazing facts

about Asian technological ingenuity. (compiled by: Gilbert Agustin J. Ganir) source: Asian Geographic Passport, January-March 2009

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thousand US dollars is the cost of the world’s cheapest brand new car, the Tata Nano, which was designed for the masses of India.

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million is the average number of daily users of Tokyo’s Shinjuku station, the world’s busiest train station.

K-Pop: In or Out?

By Louise D. Suamen BS Psych IV

“I want nobody, nobody but you…” WhO

hasn’t heard this? Who haven’t bopped their heads and danced along with this song? I myself have been trying to learn the song and the dance moves for months now, but I still can’t get it right. Excuse me for having two left feet. Goo Jun Pyo. Geum Jandi. Do you know them? I know there are lots of you who are nodding your heads. Of course, you know them. They’re from the hit Korean drama series Boys Over Flowers. These are just a few slices of the sweet big cake that is Korean Pop culture. It all started with the booming of the South Korean presence on television, movies and music. And now, there is an ongoing appreciation for everything Korean here in the Philippines. This phenomenon is termed hallyu, or Korean wave, that has been taking place, not just in our country, but all across Asia. You can see it. You see many Koreans wandering about. You have Korean class- mates in most of your classes. You know a Korean or two, and maybe are friends with them, too. You’re not surprised by the trendy Korean outfits displayed on the racks in Lee Plaza or in some bou- tiques downtown. You like Korean fash- ion. You’re glued to your TV during six in the evening to watch Boys Over Flowers. Or you’re not, because you already did a movie marathon. You can hear it. You walk on the hall- ways and pass by a crowd of Korean stu- dents, chatting in Korean. The tone and sound of their voices suddenly seem not that foreign anymore. You wish you have taken up Korean 11. You want to speak Korean. It’s in music. Sandara Park (now known as Dara) is back and firing up, to- gether with her girl group, 2NE1. Their hit single, Fire, is played several times on MYX, and you have it in your playlist. You

know the Super Junior. You have listened

to the Korean version of Craig David’s In-

somnia. And you’ve long been hooked to Rain, who has been the ultimate pop icon that grazed the pages of Time and People magazines. You can touch it. It’s tangible. It’s real. You’re wearing a Korean get-up for school. You’re spending time with your Korean friends or colleagues. I would literally fall off my chair now if you still don’t know what “annyong haseyo” means. You can taste it. You go to Evada and devour a sumptuous Korean dish. You like how the spiciness of gim chi lingers in your mouth. You like Korean food. Korean wave is here. You see it, hear it, touch it, smell it, taste it, and feel it. It’s almost overwhelming. It has not yet tak- en a full hold on you, though. Let alone, the Philippines. No, not yet. But slowly, it seems to be getting there. It’s coming in bit by bit, like the way the first grad- ers march up in line to their rooms after flag ceremony. They’re getting there. The door is wide open. Now, it just seems all funny to me how we Filipinos are known worldwide for our hospitality. That explains why it’s no wonder we’ve been all welcoming towards foreign culture. We’ve been too accepting. And we have been doing that for so long. Take for example, American culture which had long been fastened on us—on our lifestyle. Being flexible and easy to adjust, it’s not hard for us to accept foreign culture into our country. Besides, how can it be that hard, when it all just seemed so appealing, so irresistible? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we should shut the door on K-Pop. It has its perks and it can do us good. I like it personally. It sure is okay to let it in, but we just have to be careful not to let it hog over us. We don’t have to lose ourselves in it. It’s all right to appreciate others, it’s just that, at the end of the day, you know your own skin. And you stick to it.

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TABO. Students enrolled in Filipino classes sold native Filipino food at the AH grounds with the purpose of keeping patriotism alive, last August .


-In last week’s caption on the photo on the Ms. Silliman candidates,

Ms. Djerica Marie S. Mate is a representative of the College of Mass Communication (CMC) and not Bachelor of Mass Communication (BMC). -In last last week’s story “SU implements new CSO rules,” Angel Rose Valdivia is CSO co-chair and not CSO vice-chair. -In last week’s story “SUCN to hold global symposium,” the fifth paragraph

should have read “

failure of achieving the goal include lack of


implementation of


instead of “


of implementation


Also WHO is one of the organizers of the symposium.

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kilometers is the height of the Qinzang railway in Tibet. Because of the high altitude, each passenger is provided with oxygen supply.

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minutes and twenty seconds is what the Shanghai Maglev train needs to travel 30km from Shanghai to the Pudong International Airport.

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kilometers per second is the speed at which the world’s fastest elevators can bring passengers across levels of the Taipei 101 building in Taiwan.

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Nueva vizcaya welcomes edith Tiempo’s return

A grand homecoming tribute, “The Re- turn: A Tribute to the National Artist for literature Dr. Edith lopez-Tiempo,” await- ed Dr. Edith Tiempo, Silliman University (SU) alumna, when she returned to her hometown Bayombong, Nueva vizcaya last August 10. The homecoming tribute that was held at the Nueva vizcaya State University (NvSU)-Bayombong Campus started with a lecture-forum, “Discovering/ Uncover- ing/ Recovering the Charmers’s Box: A Conference on the National Artist Edith l. Tiempo,” that also featured literary scholars from renowned universities in the country. Poetry readings and dance renditions of her works performed by the NvSU voices and Cultural Federation followed. A theatrical production, directed by a faculty of the Philippine Science High School Cagayan valley Campus, featured selected out-of-school youth and students of the province. Members of the academic circles of Nueva vizcaya and other state colleges and universities in Cagayan valley were invited to attend the tribute. on the same day, the Municipality of Bayombong declared her birthday, April 22, a local holiday. The tribute was initiated by the Nation- al Commission on Culture and the Arts and the University of the Philippines (UP) institute of Creative Writing. it was carried out in coordination with NvSU. Tiempo graduated magna cumlaude in Silliman University (SU) with the degree BS Education major in English in 1947 af- ter her pre-law at the University of the UP

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“People overspend for campaigns. They take on activities like using ex- pensive equipment in media, expendi- ture in cash and in kind… we’d enable you to see that the election winner would attempt to recover substantial political investments when he is al-

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first floor of the main library is one of its advising centers in the Philippines. “PAEF promotes EducationUSA and at the same time administers the Ful- bright Scholarship Program. It helps Filipinos who intend to pursue post sec- ondary education in US,” Cleope said. Cleope served as the official represen- tative of SU and PAEF in the OACAC Conference. “[My participation in the conference] will promote SU not only

locally but


it will also

pave the way for networking with inter-

national agencies,” he said.

ery Monday at 7:30 AM at DYSR-Silliman Radio last July 6. “The legal clinic serves a dual purpose. it helps the community and it sharpens the legal skills and knowledge of the law students,” said SClD Director Atty. Mikhail lee Maxino in a press release. According to program co-coordinator Ma. Zusabel Digaum, the legal clinic start- ed in 2006 and was aired at DYEM-Energy Fm until 2008. Anchors of the program used the vernacular as medium of com- munication because most of the listeners were the masses. This school year, Silliman University (SU) President Dr. Ben Malayang iii of- fered DYSR to the Salonga Center as the host station of its radio program.
2008. “SU College of law (SU law) students who volunteered as anchors and resource speakers discuss legal matters and cur- rent issues related to laws that are useful and interesting to the listeners,” Digaum said. The one-hour program uses the forum format discussion. The anchors entertain questions from the listeners through text messaging and phone calls. “Since the laws are written in legal par- lance, we try to use layman’s terms in the discussion so that the people will under- stand them more,” Digaum added. Moreover, Digaum said that they pres- ent how the Supreme Court interprets the laws that correspond to different cases. The anchors then express their own opin- ions on certain problems and loopholes of the laws. Through phone patch, volunteer law- yers of SClD further explain things that are not thoroughly discussed by the students. Currently, six teams from SU law participate in the program. They are headed by Salonga scholars who are required to take part in it. (By Princess Dianne Kris S. Decierdo)

Diliman. She obtained her Master’s de- gree in the University of iowa, USA in 1949 and her Doctor’s degree in the University of Denver, Colorado in 1958. (By Deil Jos- saine C. Galenzoga, With reports from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 10)

su offers thanksgiving mass for Cory

visitors and members of the Silliman community gathered at the Silliman University (SU) Church last August 5 for

a thanksgiving mass for the life of the late former Philippine President Corazon Aquino. President Aquino died August 1 after being diagnosed with cancer in March

Rev. Jeremias M. lagahit, associate pastor for Youth and Campus Ministries, said that the mass was a way for the com- munity to rekindle in remembrance the life of Pres. Aquino. “The mass was also to honor and reminisce the legacy of Cora- zon Aquino and what she did [for] our country,” lagahit said. The speakers in the said service were University Pastor Rev. Noel villalba, Dr. Joseph Raymond of the History-Political Science Department, and Prof. Carlos Magtolis, Jr., who also delivered a brief summation of the life of Pres. Aquino.

Aside from the speeches, meditations and prayers were also offered by all who participated in the service. Pres. Aquino’s burial was held the same day. (By Emaleen Franz C. Maputi)

salonga Center resumes on-air legal clinic

To promote public awareness of the law and accessible justice, the Salonga Cen- ter for law and Development (SClD) re- sumed its on-air legal clinic scheduled ev-

ready in office,” said Guia. When asked as to the importance and reason for monitoring the offi- cials, Casiple answered that it is the basis to ensure transparency and accountability of political parties, condition and candidates. It also pre- vents illegal money from entering

the electoral system, the stem cor- ruption, and restricting expensive expenditures. Some students also signed as vol- unteer s and trainees for the “cam- paign monitoring” which will be hosted by ASPAP.

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