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June-October 2009

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FEU Grads among Top 10
By Joanna Sanchez

1626 Tams hurdle NLE

A.Y. 2009-2010 No.1

The Official Student Publication of the Far Eastern University - Institute of Nursing

With the country’s nursing schools competing for glory and recognition, Far Eastern University (FEU) finished with 1,626 of its graduates passing the June 2009 Nursing Licensure Examinations (NLE), registering a 79% passing rate. First-time takers achieved an 84% passing rate (1,559 of 1,845 examinees), while re-takers obtained a 32% passing rate (67 of 212 examinees). Tamaraw nurses Vanessarose Delavin Lim and Robert Joe Isip Sagum both made it to 10th Place by obtaining a rating of 84.60%. Evaluating the “3-5-90” goal Class 2009’s 84% passing rate is 6% short from the 90% target, but the faculty looks at the figures in a positive light. “I am very satisfied with the June 2009 NLE [results]”, said Mr. Taha Jejin Nonog, one of the coordinators of the Nursing Audit. “It’s the highest so far since the year 1998,” he added. Looking at the school performance for the past 5 years, Institute of Nursing (IN) registered an 80% passing rate in 2005, 56% in 2006, 63% in 2007 and 79% in 2008. The performance of the school as to the percentage of passers is monitored under the RA 8981 otherwise known as the PRC Modernization Act 2000. The categories include schools with a less than 30 examinees, with a 30-99 examinees, and with 100 and more examinees. “If there was only a category of 500 and up takers, I believe FEU will be number 1,” said Mr. Nonog. Advantages of Tamaraw Graduates Several reasons were noted behind the success of the batch. Mr. Nonog cited the following factors: 1) the Nursing Audit program; 2) the dedication of the students to achieve the goal 3-5-90 goal, and 3) the support on the part of the faculty members, lower batches, student council, and the administration. The Nursing Audit The curricular integration of the Nursing Audit program was continued on p. 17

Two Tams, (Left) Robert Joe Sagum and (Right) Vanessarose Delavin Lim, top recent NLE both with 84.60% mark. Pledge for a lifetime profession: IN sees 84% of its board takers at the recent Oath Taking Ceremony.

By Macy Rose Flores and Prince Marc Yagin Far Eastern University Central Student Organization (FEUCSO), headed by its president, Mr. Ramon Victor Roxas, opened this year’s first semester with a project called TamHunt with the theme, “Youth mobilization through Collaboration, Services and Openness”. As what Mr. Roxas said, this aims to showcase the different organizations in the university, all the while giving the students a chance to see and pick an organization of their choice. The project also aims to involve students in organizations to make them more competent and equipped to contribute in our nation building, since the organizations cater to different interests; from physical, mental up to spiritual aspects of the Tamaraws. The event started from June 29 up to July 01, 2009, and was held at the Pavilion 1 of FEU. continued on p. 19

IN joins TamHunt

INSC confirms disapproval of Acquaintance Party
By Macy Rose Flores Institute of Nursing Student Council (INSC) President Jan Marie De Leon spoke about the cancellation of their first project for this year – the Acquaintance Party. According to De Leon, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Mr. Miguel Carpio rejected the project proposal. She said that the Administration reasoned out that due to the global financial crisis, they now prefer projects that are simple yet encourage student values. Other than acquainting new students to the Institute, the Acquaintance Party according to De Leon would have served as an opportunity to showcase the projects of INSC. The project would have also aided in their aim of uniting the Institute and with her vision of “One IN family”, since first year and second year students are now part of the IN community. When asked about how she felt after the disapproval, De Leon revealed, “Naiyak ako, parang, bakit ganon? Almost yearly kasi may ganon tayong event, then sa time ko nawala.” She then stated that since the reason for the cancellation was explained to her, she understands the Administration’s side and looks forward to INSC’s future ventures. “Don’t get disappointed with what happened. God has a plan. Everything happens for a reason,” she stated. The fund that was allotted for the Acquaintance Party will now be used in other projects, something that De Leon and the whole INSC is looking forward to. She also added that since it was cancelled, INSC will do its best in IN’s week instead.

Party’s over

EDC launches her first book
By Joshua Jorvina and Cathlyn Orgen also attended the launching. The event was hosted by Mr. Ray Aldus Alejandre of FEU-IN Class 1996. Program Proper The event, which was organized by the friends and former students of Ma’am EDC, started with a prayer, then an introduction followed by remarks from Dr. Borromeo. Ma’am EDC gave a speech in which she told the hustles and bustles of writing the book, how thankful she is to everyone for organizing such event and of course the pride of being a faculty of FEU-IN. The printing of the first 1,000 copies was sponsored by Ma’am EDC’s closest friends and former students. The biggest contributor for the financing of the book was a former student from Class 1993. He said that he supported the launching of the book because of the aphorism “Kapag may ipinunla, may itatanim; kapag may itinanim, may aanihin.” He added that being one continued on p. 19

Professor Elisea de la Cruz signs one of the first copies of her book

Former Institute of Nursing (IN) faculty, Ms. Elisea dela Cruz, known in the IN community as Ma’am EDC, had her first book launching last April 02, 2009 at Tramway Buffet Garden, Timog Avenue, Quezon City. The book entitled “Empowering Communities: The Community Organization Method” was the fruit of her efforts, as verbalized by former IN Dean Anabelle Borromeo on her remarks during the program. Faculty members, the LAMP staffers with former adviser Mr. Randelle Sasa and current adviser Mrs. Eloisa Santiago, Institute of Nursing Stu- dent Council (INSC) officers, and the alumni of batches 1991-2006

By Earl Jareau Alfonso and Janine Aguila Bearing the theme “Hearing and at the same time propose soluthe Voices of Tamaraw Nurses”, the tions to these problems. It’s a gatherInstitute of Nursing Student Council ing of student leaders who represent (INSC) thru the Student Development every single student in the institute Committee (SDC), organized the 1st so every voice is heard.” Dimayacyac Institute of Nursing Student Congress also mentioned that the raised resoluheld last September 12-13, 2009 at tions in the congress could only result the Institute of Law Pre-bar Review in two things. “Amended and approved Room. resolutions could either way be feaThe event, organized by the sible for sending to the administration SDC under its president Mr. Jairus C. for its inclusion to the constitution and Ableza, aimed to address the issues bylaws or possibly be pushed to the and concerns of the students of the FEUCSO Congress for consideration Institute of Nursing (IN). Mr. Romeo of its applicability to the whole univerAlexis Dimayacyac, INSC-Far Eastern sity,” he said. University Central Student Organization (FEUCSO) representative and A Favorable Start officer-in-charge (OIC) of SDC said, “It On the first-day session of the was a dream come true for the INSC. event, a total of 31 delegates (comThrough this, the student body can prising of class mayors, student leadvoice out problems within the institute ers as well as representatives from

SDC debuts Student Congress
the different flagships and standing committees of the institute) were gathered and divided into five commissions with one resolution to formulate each. And to provide the delegates with the needed information to follow the flow of the activity, motion procedures required by the law, steps on how to write resolutions and basic parliamentary procedures were highlighted by the speaker, Mr. Josh Ariel Almoite, FEU alumnus who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Major in General Science, fourth-time Outstanding Delegate in the YMCA National Student Congress, and last school year’s president of the College Youth Club (CYC). Almoite stressed in his lecture that the mere continued on p. 19
A First:

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Inside:

Her Heart of [Yellow] Gold
at page 4

Korean Pop: A hit in a snap

at page 5

The Love of Morayta
at page 14

FEU elects IN student as FEUCSO President

at page 9

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By Riza Rosarito Pulpulaan and Klaudine Palma “There is nothing to worry about A(H1N1) for now,” Far Eastern University (FEU) Medical Director Dr. Blanca Destura said Despite the globally increasing number of accumulated cases and deaths of A(H1N1), which sums up to over 209, 438 cases and at least 2,185 deaths as of August 23, 2009 update of the World Health Organization (WHO), FEU is able to contain the influenza incident after the noted 100 cases of students who developed flu-like symptoms even before the start of classes. Cases screened and resolved After the confirmation of three cases tested positive for A (H1N1) in early June 2009 of the FEU-East Asia College (EAC), preventive measures were immediately carried out by the university management. The opening of classes was moved from June 8 to June 17 so that the management could undertake efforts in the prevention of the A(H1N1). FEU Medical Director Dr. Destura said that the 10-day postponement of classes helped a lot in controlling the situation. “Because of the rescheduled opening of classes, we were able to clear and disinfect every facility and room within the campus and implement precautionary measures against the spread of A (H1N1) virus.” The precautionary measures done against A(H1N1) also include putting up of posters within the campus and posting health advisories on the FEU website , monitoring of those who traveled abroad, thermo-scanning of students at the entrances of the university, and referral to University Health Service (UHS) of those who were observed to have symptoms of influenza-like illness (ILI). Dr. Destura stressed that most of the subjects in the previously registered cases were only suspected for having A (H1N1) and that ruling out the disease still requires undergoing a diagnostic testing such as the throat swab. She described that the usual symptoms manifested in the cases she came across with were cough, colds, itchy or sore throat, and fever. She said that symptoms are not all the same and that sometimes, fever does not develop right away. However, the disease is only mild and can easily be treated through confinement, flu vaccine, and boosting up the immune system. According to the WHO, it is expected that by September, a vaccine specifically intended for H1N1 will be made available for use. Presently, there are no serious cases in the university except for the small and mild cases of upper respiratory tract infection (URI) and fever which are among the “There is nothing to worry about A(H1N1) for now,” FEU Medical Director Dr. Destura said. Despite the globally increasing number of accumulated cases and deaths of A (H1N1), which sums up to over 209, 438 cases and at least 2,185 deaths as of August 23, 2009 update of the WHO, FEU is able to contain the influenza incidents after the noted 100 cases of students who developed flu-like symptoms even before the start of classes. “I think we have contained the influenza incidents as we are not getting any more cases. There is nothing to worry about A (H1N1) for now. In fact, A (H1N1) is only very mild when compared to dengue and one can get well after contracting the disease even without treatment,” concluded Dr. Destura. continued on p.19

FEU is H1N1-free

News Inception of Nursing Career:
June-October 2009

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54th Candle Lighting Ceremony
By Nikolai Tayco

A Prologue: Third year students light their candles as the ceremony comes to an end which marks the start of their journey

With the theme “Continuing the Legacy: Making our Own History”, the 54th Candle Lighting Ceremony of the FEU third year nursing students was held last July 4, 2009. A total of 2280 candidates along with their loved ones packed Crossroad 77 where the event was held.
Due to the number of the candidates and the capacity of the area, the ceremony was divided into two sessions. The morning batch, which was from 7AM to 12PM, was composed of sections BSN101 to BSN122; and the afternoon batch, which started at 1PM and ended at 6PM, was composed of the remaining sections BSN123 to BSN144 The ceremony started with the entrance of the attendees, the level III students, the Batch Government of 2011, and the Institute of Nursing Student Council (INSC). It was then followed by the entrance of the members of the faculty and administrators of the FEU-IN. To end the processionals the mayor of each class had a small presentation to signal the start of the program proper. After the candidates were seated, the Entrance of Colors began followed by the invocation and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem led by the Institute of Nursing Music Ministry (INMM). Then, Mr. Ray Aldus Alejandre and Ms. Joycelyn Filoteo, the emcees of the ceremony, introduced Dr. Glenda Arquiza for the opening remarks. IN Dean Glenda Arquiza spoke about how today’s FEU nursing students are built on a strong legacy of excellence. And as future graduates the attendees must be part of this vision of excellence and help define the Institute of Nursing’s future; and become nurses who will offer themselves for the good of others, and will make a difference wherever they will go, and whatever they will do. After the opening remarks, Pastor Noel Orejo , the first guest speaker to share a spiritual message, was introduced. He shared how nurses should be like the Good Samaritan; and how nurses should not just be bound by their duties, their schedules, their shifts, but the attitude of care should go beyond the four corners of the medical institution that you are serving; that it should be a flow of your heart where ever you will go. His final message was that none of us can do anything great on our own, but we can all do a small thing with great love. Then, Ms. Elizabeth Hacinas introduced the next guest speaker, former FEU-IN Faculty Mrs. Benedicta Medrina. She talked about how the attendees should leave a legacy that even their alma mater can be proud of; and how nurses, wherever they will go, should never lose sight of the true meaning of nursing. And for her final words; the hands of a nurse are no ordinary hands; they are their caring hands, which restore the body and mind of a fellow human being; and touch people’s lives, creating a meaningful existence. Dean Arquiza then led the awarding of

Prevention is better than cure: FEU students queue for the thermoscanning operation due to the AH1N1 scare.

plaques of appreciation to the guest speakers. This was followed by the main highlight of the event-the presentation of the candidates. Students fell in line and were pinned or capped by groups in the stage by their clinical instructors. This was then followed by the Extolling of Nightingale by Dr. Amelia Sta. Maria. Florence Nightingale represented by Ms. Catherine Jocano, an alumnus of FEU-IN, lighted the Unity candle which marks the beginning of the Lighting Ceremony. After all the candles were lit, a slide show of pictures of the experiences of the attendees in their three years of stay in the IN was presented. To end the ceremony, Dr. Ma. Belinda Buenafe, Associate Dean of IN, gave her closing remarks. To finish the program the candidates and the INMM sung their batch song “Win” followed by the singing of the FEU Hymn.
Photo by Ralph Lauren Custodio

“Being an active member and being merely a member are two different fields. Being an active member is being a volunteer,” stressed by Ms. Anna Karessa Quinto, the Vice President for External Affairs of Far Eastern University-Institute of Nursing Red Cross Youth Collegiate Council (FEU-IN RCYCC), during the Scuffle’s Sword: Humanitarian Law Symposium. The seminar conducted by one of the committees under the FEU-IN RCYCC, the Special Oper-

ations, headed by Ms. Aireen Kristine G. Villaruz was held last August 29, 2009 at the Institute of Arts and Sciences (IAS) Conference Room. Two sessions of the symposium occurred from 8 to 12 in the morning and 1 to 5 in the afternoon and was attended by 74 participants from the FEU-IN RCYCC. “The reason why we had this seminar, aside from it is International Humanitarian Law (IHL) month, is because this would be an eye-opener to the Red Cross members on what IHL is. “Kelangan natin malaman kung ano ang

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mako-contribute nito sa atin, not only in times of war,” Ms. Villaruz said. Mr. Angelito T. Francisco, a Service Representative from the Red CrossManila Chapter, was chosen as the speaker for the said event. His discussion centered on the IHL, its importance to individuals, and the role of Red Cross Volunteers during armed conflicts. Furthermore, the program also tackled the history and overview of the Red Cross, an interactive case study incorporating the methods of action of the Red Cross volun-

teers in different situations, and a video presentation comprising the training, forums, accomplishments, and legislations of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) “Red Cross Nurse Volunteers are responsible to disseminate information and be aware of the IHL because you are Health Providers. In times of conflicts such as war, kayo ang manggagamot… kayo ang papagitna.”, Mr. Francisco said when asked why the IHL seminar is essential to Institute of Nursing Red Cross Volunteers.

Call of duty: Red Cross representative Angelito Francisco delves in on the concept of the IHL.

Photo by Lawrence Gregorio

News FEU takes First Place at the Madugong Paligsahan
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By Elaine Luz Viloria and Judith Patague over, information dissemination plays a huge role in increasing blood donors, avoiding common misconceptions and also alleviating fear as she announced.

Volunteers from Far East University Korea At about the same time the seminar was being held, some of the RCYCC members together with Mr. Angelo Francisco, from PNRC Manila Chapter gave a warm welcome to the volunteers from Far East University, Korea. Aside from showing them the usual setting of blood donation at the Pavilion 1, the Koreans were toured around A Bloody scene: Students from the various FEU Institutes participate in the Madugong Paligsahan held at campus. the Pavilion 1 last July 29. The Koreans in their A bag that saves four bags shall determine the stand- an awareness program through month-long stay in the country has been touring Manila for their lives - Far Eastern Univer- ing of every university and col- a pep talk and a seminar. The morning pep talk research on Youth Volunteersity (FEU) takes pride in win- lege who partake in the event . dealt about the qualifications, ism, of which the FEU-RCYCC ning the first inter-university mass blood donation, the Not the Usual Blood Mara- the dos and the don’ts, and the has been a chosen subject for. thon benefits of donating blood. Madugong Paligsahan. Last July 29, 2009, the On the other hand, 127 Blood Bags on our Competitors in the very first Red Cross Blood Marathon FEU-Red Cross Youth Colle- awareness through seminar Sleeve “Mine will save lives for a included colleges and universi- giate Council (RCYCC) held its was conducted to instill motities in Manila who wish to join the scheduled date for the blood- vation to students, to meet the while, but His without a doubt said competition. Spearheaded letting competition at the FEU, blood demand and to sustain saves ours forever,” Ms. Nuque blood supply as well. “Kailan- said during the seminar. by the Philippine National Red Manila Pavilion 1. The total count of the For the past years since gan talaga ng proper informaCross (PNRC) Manila Chapter, schools like Southeast Asian 2006, blood lettings held in the tion dissemination para maging blood bags determined the College Institute (SACI), Lyce- university were done annually aware mga tao lalo na ang one standing of the universities and um of the Philippines University in the month of January under bag ng blood ay makakasave colleges against the other con(LPU), Techonological Univer- the Pledge 25. But this time, na ng apat na buhay,” Ms. Li- tenders. And indeed, the FEUsity of the Philippines (TUP), after being invited for the first wanag Nuque, the Red Cross RCYCC was able to prove their University of the Philippines- inter-university mass blood do- Manila Chapter representative eagerness to help when they Manila (UP-Manila), and FEU nation competition, the FEU- who conducted the seminar, bagged the major awards during the Awarding Ceremony at vied to aim for the most number RCYCC with the bleeding team quipped. She also stated that the the PNRC Manila Chapter in of blood donations in just a day, from the Valenzuela Chapter worked hand-in-hand in mere reason of Red Cross Intramuros last August 7, 2009. hence the title. The said participating achieving their way to the top. Blood Marathon is to cater to FEU emerged as winner of two the blood demand here in the said awards for garnering the schools had scheduled their own dates for the one-day Blood Awareness Pep Talk Philippines since PNRC and highest number of blood donaDepartment of Health (DOH) tions and for having the utmost mass blood donation in each and Seminar Apart from the blood do- are the only agencies that are number of blood bags with the of their university and college premises from July 13 to 30, nation marathon, Madugong authorized to conduct and fa- blood type for the universal re2009. The total count of blood Paligsahan had incorporated cilitate blood donations. More- cipient (Type AB).

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IN kicks off ‘09-’10 with new Joshua Jorvina advisers By
Four personas took the challenge of being the adviser of the Institute of Nursing Student Council (INSC), Far Eastern University- Red Cross Youth Chapter (FEU-RCYC) and The LAMP, the official student publication of Institute of Nursing (IN). Institute of Nursing Student Council Mrs. Rachel Dignadice Laxamana, RN, MAN and Mr. Jonathan S. Cañares, RN, MAN are the new advisers of the INSC. Both are FEU-IN graduates of batches 1989 and 1993 respectively. They were referred by other coordinators and were asked by Dean Glenda Arquiza to handle the INSC. Both agreed and for Mrs. Laxamana, she looked at it as a privilege to reach out and be connected to students. Mr. Cañares expects the INSC to continue what the previous councils have started. He elaborated, “They have this objective which is to unite and break all the barriers from Levels I to IV so as to become one family. Another objective is to thrust or boost projects that would bank oneness in all levels.” Ms. Laxamana stated likewise that they were planning to have one goal, that all committees under the INSC would meet one objective applicable to all levels. Furthermore she explained, “Fortitude, Excellence and Uprightness – driving force of the INSC and its projects, which intends the students to be assertive, not to giveup, be motivated.” Ms. Laxamana wishes its current officers to direct the hearts of the nursing students to the right path and help them realize the true meaning of nursing: a calling and a passion. FEU- Red Cross Youth Collegiate Council Mr. Kurtz A. Rasos, RN, MAN was chosen to be the new RCYC adviser. He was recommended by Mr. Cañares prior to approval by Dean Glenda S. Arquiza. He was a graduate of Mary Chiles College during 2002. When asked for any expectations, he verbalized, “I want to represent FEU-IN in the Red Cross Community and to uphold the spirit of volunteerism. Mr. Rasos is also a full time lecturer for Level I and Level II. The LAMP Mrs. Loisa Santiago, RN, MAN, a Batch 1993 FEU IN Alumnus, replaced Mr. Randelle Sasa as the newspaper adviser of The LAMP. Ms. Santiago was a Lamp staffer during her days in FEU. She joined The LAMP when she was just a sophomore and eventually became the features editor along with IN Faculty Mr. Mike Jimenez. She was a member from 1991 to 1993. When asked for any expectations, she verbalized, “I hope The LAMP will continue to magnify and uphold the values of the IN students. This newspaper symbolizes us. It’s one of the emblems of the Institute, a hallmark of IN.” Mrs. Santiago is a clinical instructor and lecturer for the former AHSE and now for Levels I and II IN students. She was also a previous adviser of The Lamp during 2005-2006 and she is also the current adviser of the Spiritual Committee.
Photo by Lawrence Gregorio Empowering Faith: NLE takers brace themselves for the examination through a motivational program.

IN holds 55th Candle Lighting Ceremony
By Joanna Sanchez and Riza Rosarito Pulpulaan

1,198 nursing students from Batch 2012 attended the Candle Lighting Ceremony (CLC). Parents, guardians, and relatives of the students were also present to witness the said event. The program hosted by Mr. Jonathan Cañares, a level II adviser, started at exactly 1:02pm and began with a processional entrance of the candidates for the CLC, the members and

officers of the Batch Government 2012 and Institute of Nursing Student Council (INSC), the members of the faculty, the administrators, and the guest speaker Architect and Environmental Planner Mr. Miguel Carpio, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Vice-President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). Fr. Armer Zaragosa led the Holy Mass and the blessing of the candles, lamps and nurses’

Keep the flame burning: Dean Arquiza lights the candle of a 2nd year nursing student.

caps. In his homily, he reminded the nursing students to “be a good shepherd like Jesus who leads His sheep to green pastures. He added: “Tayo ay mga tupa at pastol din para sa kapwa tao.” The homily was followed by the offertory of the lamp, candle, and nurses’ cap which are the symbols of nursing. The lamp and candle symbolize care, devotion, and compassion, a difference that a nurse can make in others’ lives whereas the nurses’ cap symbolizes duty, commitment, and morality. The program proceeded with the singing of the Philippine National Anthem led by the Institute of Nursing Music Ministry (INMM) and opening remarks by Dean Glenda S. Arquiza, Dean of the Institute of Nursing. Dean Arquiza said in her remarks, “prepare to be caring and competent nurses, and to commit yourselves in the nursing profession so to provide safe quality and humane care.” On her speech based from the Holy Scripture, she stated: “Without God you can not do anything of real value. Walk with the Lord and He will make your studies prosper.” Mr. Carpio stressed on the following theme: Filipino

Nurses: Compassionate Keepers of Nightingale’s Light. Therein he mentioned the full responsibilities and the big difference that Filipino nurses can make not only in terms of health care but also in the community. Afterwards, Ms. Rachel Laxamana, (one of the) Level II Coordinators of the Institute of Nursing (IN), went on to introduce procession of Florence Nightingale who was played by the character of a faculty member, Ms. Joyce Lisa Jonson, accompanied then by Dean Arquiza together with Dr. Ma. Belinda Buenafe, Associate Dean of the Institute of Nursing (IN). Ms. Josefina Florendo, (another) Level II Coordinator of the IN, presented the candidates to formally honor the students who successfully completed the requirements and achieved competence expected in their level. Dean Arquiza and Associate Dean Buenafe lighted the candles and hence, marked the start of the clinical exposure of the candidates. Associate Dean Buenafe delivered the closing remarks and the whole program ended with the singing of the batch song and FEU hymn.

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Features
[Yellow] Gold
By Janine F. Aguila

June-October 2009

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Her Heart of

n the year 1986, about 23 years ago, amidst the guns and tanks, the Filipinos fought against the autocratic regime through peace and prayer. Behind it all was a pious and silently strong widow of moral conviction, courage, prayers, and sacrifices who was unwavering in her commitment to the Filipino people. During those dark, fateful days, when the dictatorship was at its height and it seemed there was no hope, a woman by the name of Corazon Aquino emerged, deposing Ferdinand Marcos and dismantling the long dictatorship that nearly crippled our nation. On the same day, she assumed the presidency making her an icon of democracy around

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“I’d rather have a meaningful death than live a meaningless life.”
-Corazon C. Aquino, 1933-2009
The populace of today from all parts of the globe, even youngsters, recognizes her as more than just the first female head of state in Asia, an ex-president, a hero’s widow, a celebrity’s mom, a famous grandmother, and basically more than just what is written in History textbooks. It is just so impossible to ignore her and her life’s impact to the Filipinos, let alone not to know a lot about her as yellow ribbons adorn cars and poles, people of all ages flashing the “Laban” sign, and hundreds of thousands breaking free and sharing that spark of hope to perpetuate our democracy and to strive for a better Philippines. The death of President Cory, like that of Ninoy, serves as a turning point. The outpouring sympathy and condolences by thousands of Filipinos who braved the pouring rain and endured the nine-hour farewell march and millions more across the globe and in cyberspace are no ordinary “pakikiramay”. It was also an awakening to protest against the current political situation and the current crop of politicians. It could be the start of the realization of her golden dream of electing government officials who deserve to be elected. People have grown to be matured and assertive enough to guard the very core of our being a nation. All people whose lives are more or less affected by her undying love for the country are now on their feet trying to bring back what seems to be long gone from it. The youth have started raising their voices for they know that things cannot remain this insolvent and stagnant because in their hands lie the future of their children and grandchildren. Supporting her and standing with her in the fight for bringing back the power to the people, was the best investment we made as citizens of this beloved country. And yet, thanking and honoring her for emancipating us from the iron claws of dictatorship and evils of corruption seem hollow once applied to her. The Filipino owes President Cory a debt that can never be paid, only rejuvenated as we carry on, as we solider on, building our nation. With the death of our moral compass and servant leader, we feel orphaned, but we are not alone. We have to rise and pick up the pieces, to water the seed of democracy that she has once

the world and “People Power” became a model for the non-violent “color” demonstrations that ended communism in Eastern Europe. From then on, her skeptics kept rising in numbers and there were policy errors and lapses which were detrimental to the economy, but these were forgivable, honest mistakes of an inexperienced housewife thrust into the presidency. Not everyone may have agreed with her point of view on the issues, but no one could question her personal integrity or her commitment to democracy. During the past months, the whole world was in shock for the death of the strongest yet silent female figure this country has seen. Everyone is grieving for the loss of our country’s matriarch and in that time, much has been written and said about the late President Corazon Aquino and up to this point, much is still to be written and told. The country and the whole world saw a lot of tributes for her in every bit that she deserves. Gone are the days when the people who know her and whose lives are greatly touched by her are only those who witnessed the 1986 EDSA revolution.

planted for us. Once she had said, “I am burning the candle of my life in the dark, with no one to benefit from the light. The candle slowly melts away. Soon its wick will burn out, and the light is gone. If only someone will gather the melted wax, reshape it, give it a new wick. For another fleeting moment, my candle can once again light the dark, be of service one more time, and then, goodbye.” The fire in the hearts of Filipinos is still there and just waiting to be rekindled. Now that there’s already a lit path because of her, all the challenge is

on us, a challenge to be the wick of her remolded candle, ignite anew, and share the light for others who are still in the dark. No Philippine president has the same integrity, sincerity, and faith in a country shrouded with corruption. She always had the interest for the Filipinos at heart, her heart so pure and genuine for the people. She believes in the Filipinos and the Filipinos believed in her in return. Her husband, Ninoy Aquino, is the best Philippine President we never had but she is one. With the challenge clasp

on our hands, the Filipino must continue the crusade; the yellow ribbons are just physical but the “L” sign will constantly remind us that our freedom is only ours as long as long as we fight for it. Let it all be a reminder to do our part in helping create a better Philippines regardless of our social status or level in the society, our age, our degree, or our outlooks in life. In due time, eventually, the Filipino will be able to echo the belief of President Cory’s martyred husband – that the Filipino is worth dying for.

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Awareness of INSC Projects
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wareness mobilizes individuals to be involved. With a conscious mind, we become informed of situations which could be of benefit to us. Action is the displaced because knowledge has been imparted. Taking an example, a patient who has a knowledge deficit could not maintain wellness because he is unaware of wellness itself. And to give solution to this problem, we inform and educate. Similarly, Institute of Nursing (IN) students who acquire greater information on the activities or programs in the Institute are those who are likely to participate. These people are the ones gaining more experiences and thus opening new boundaries for their improvement. Considerably, the lack of awareness may also be derived from the ineffective means of communication. Important facts may not have been relayed efficiently to the receiver, IN students, resulting to confusion and misinterpretation. This is common in the Institute. Participation is often hindered because of the insufficiency in knowledge brought about by the modes of communication.

IN Students Surveyed Four events, randomly selected from the Plan of Activities for the first semester, were incorporated in the questionnaires. Students were also asked regarding the state of information dissemination in the IN. Moreover, survey forms were evenly distributed making sure that a maximum of four questionnaires were given to students with similar sections.

Number of Persons Aware of the Events (25 students per year level) PROGRAMS LEVEL I LEVEL II LEVEL III LEVEL IV Event A Event B Event C Event D AVERAGE 14 0 6 0 20% 5 1 5 1 12% 15 8 13 6 42% 20 11 19 10 60%

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June-October 2009

Features
By Elaine Luz Viloria

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Sure enough, Korean fad is no stranger to Filipinos anymore, hence making its widespread surge inescapable in no time. Be it with food preferences, the latest trends in fashion, television shows (that already outshined Mexican dramas and are almost equating to that of ours), and not to mention the songs that are currently being favored by the most. Hit in a snap, indeed. You name it. It’s an axiom. It’s Korean everywhere, everywhere is Korean. It’s Korean invasion. Contagious as it implies, yet enticing as it played in one’s mind over and over. K-pop (Korean pop) is unstoppable in dominating music hit charts and radio stations with its easy dance beat and catchy lines which everyone tries to imitate. Wonder girls, 2NE1, Se7en, Kim Boom, Ashily and Rain are only few among the prominent groups and artists who made themselves be recognized internationally. Their ‘K icons’ are already being sold in the market, too. In fact, websites are into selling kgoodies as well (http:// kgoodies.multiply.com) and are even visible in the world of piracy; the curbs of Divisoria, Quiapo, Avenida and any akin place for that matter. It’s almost everywhere! But talk about the newest and hottest indication of their existence would definitely fall under choice of music, categorically, K-pop. However, who are these Korean artists and groups that are listed in the spotlight? How did their emergence occur? And what in particular do their songs have (edge) that enables them to tie and even stand out Americ a n pop

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music and the many others? Here are some insights of nursing students about the ever-expanding girth of Korean pop music: “Yung Se7en, Wonder girls at 2NE1. Hit sila dahil sa fashion statement nila na maganda talaga. ‘Yung quality ng music videos nila may story din. Sa songs naman nila creative tapos catchy pa,” said Angel L. Boluso, third year student from BSN109. “And wholesome ang Korean hindi katulad sa Western na ang liberated. Yung Jpop [ Japanese pop] naman medyo maingay sila. ‘Pag sa Filipino pop naman mas gusto ko na ang Kpop, rock music lang gusto ko sa Filipino music eh,” she remarked. “Korean artists? Kilala ko yung Wonder girls at 2NE1. Patok sila sa atin kasi nakakarelate tayo,” stated Yden R. Lonngno, first year student from BSN306. She insisted that Kpop is mostly preferred among teenagers. “Yung American pop masyado serious pero yung Kpop pang teenagers. Mas madali pang i-memorize yung kanta at moves ng songs nila lalo na pagsasabayan yung videos nila.” “Dahil sa Koreanovela kaya sikat sila. Gusto ko sila Kim Boom, Wonder girls, 2NE1 at Ashily. Yung exposure ni Sandara, part na lang yun ng pagsikat ng Kpop dito. Maganda yung songs nila kasi 95% na about sa love tapos sa American iba iba,” Kevin Thurston Crispino, second year from BSN222 asserted. “Yung Filipino pop masyado gaya gaya tulad na lang ng mga Tagalog version ng ibang songs ng American at Japanese artist,” he and his friends inserted. “2NE1, Wonder girls, Rain and yung iba pang artist na hindi ko na maalala. Kasama na din yung kumanta ng theme songs sa Boys Over Flower. Through media exposure kaya sila sumikat. Kasi sa atin more on American culture tayo tapos hindi naman natin agad maaadapt yung Korean lalo pa hindi naman natin sila naiintindihan. Kaya malaki talaga ung role ng Media at saka yung balitaan na din sa friends kung anung bago. Compare naman sa American pop, iba yung beat nila at magaling sila magdala,” Aireen Kristine G. Villaruz, 4th yr from BSN043 expressed. “Naghahanap din ng bagong taste ang Filipino kaya inaadapt nila yung ibang culture,” She then added. Portal of entry Nonetheless, data gathered regarding the people’s perception about the recent mores dictates that the sole reason for the bang they’ve created has actually started long before the Korean drama, “Boys Over Flowers”— the remake of the Taiwanese “Meteor Garden”—has taken

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popular with older Koreans; and the often amateur acoustic guitar place. It’s singer-songwriters, who became popular in apparent that the Koreans had embarked a stat- the 1960s and sang in a simple vocal style.” ure that most likely had the same fame as that Its impact to Philippine Music Industry of Taiwanese. Likewise, theme songs in the said In spite of the positive comments and imKorean drama has paved the way in making itself pression the Kpop earned, it’s undeniable of the renowned thus, making people’s inclination turn negative impact it did to our very own music ininto addiction. dustry. Philippine music industry has been ebbIn line with that, Korean has set the trend ing down since other countries intruded and colin fashion, too; their cute clothing style that ev- onized us subconsciously. They made Filipinos erybody’s trying to mimic, their fancy accessories like and even patronize theirs, leaving the people that is inevitably ubiquitous and their one-of-a- loathing their very own. Really frustrating! kind hairdo that has truly set its trademark. It’s true that Filipinos are craving for a Much less, Sandara, now called as Dara, change, something exceptional. It’s a nature of us broke her tranquility into making herself a celeb- to look for something more, though we still need rity once more—though this time in her very own to keep track of our limitations—limitations not country—has reached her pros and cons here to go beyond. What had happened and might hapin the Philippines ergo, making her bloom here pen to our industry in general really depends on again. In the article (The Evolution of Sandara us. If the clasping of other cultures still continues, Park), Gino De La Paz, writer of The Philippine it could maim our industry and eventually slay it. Star, said, “Filipinos have been getting bug-eyed It’s just saddening that the country that we could at her current incarnation because the Pinoy San- have and should have loved more above all else, is dara was baduy; Korean Sandara is Teen Vogue. being snubbed and taken for granted by the maShe is showing local critics that success is totally jority when in fact, it is us who should embrace the best revenge. In many ways, this marks a full our own and help it be known and propagate in circle moment. As a naïve newbie, Sandara Park time. Yet, I still believe that Kpop and any other loved the Philippines. It’s only right that Filipinos colonization is only a fleeting shine, that Filipilove her right back. Again.” And regardless of that, nos are only looking for something new but they Sandara played only a part in making Kpop to be wouldn’t quite take to abolished theirs. the talk of the town as told by the people surveyed. It’s not a sin to like other cultures, it only K-pop against all odds is when someone starts nurturing the like to exKorean pop as compared to Filipino, tremes. So, are you one of Kpop lovers or any American, and Japanese pop differs in countless countries per se? To what extent w i l l ways; from their music repertoire to their unique you let yourself be indulged in style, videos and the music totality that is a stark it? Wouldn’t it be noble of you anew itself. In contrast with the others, Kpop vid- to love your own eos portray stories of ‘better halves’ love for one first and just like another while the others don’t concentrate on the others with that topic, varying indisputably. Also, their music precautions? It has different twists shaping and making theirs be isn’t too late in line internationally. According to Wikipedia, yet. Love “The South Korean pop music scene soon had your own. several genres: Westernized boy or girl bands H e l p whose appeal lay mostly in their appearance; y o u r a technically difficult, older g e n r e country that had its roots in the rise upon colonial period and its many w a s downfall and criticism scarred. You decide.

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The Level II has the lowest percentage of students aware with only 12% of the 25 students surveyed. This was followed by Level I with 20%, Level III with 42%, and Level IV with 60%. Considering the Opinions Ann and Bin, third and fourth year students respectively, are both convinced that information dissemination in the Institute is doing well so far. DCF from the Level II implied that bulletin boards are perfect but inaccessible since she has to go all the way to the 7th floor to check for announcements. Krizia, also a second year, thinks that relaying of information is good and always on time. On the other hand, Nikkie from the Level I stated, “I don’t know what’s happening in our Institute. They should inform us, 1st years, of the events in IN.” Sentiments were further raised regarding the condition of information dissemination in the Institute. “Sometimes, because of the lack of info-dissemination, I do not get to join some activities I want to participate in,” Geraldine from the Level IV said. Adding to this is Jelizsa

from the Level I. She stated that she misses enjoyable programs and that all class mayors should be informed so they (classmates) are informed as well. On the contrary, Lilan from the Level III quoted, “Publicity Committee is doing a good job especially in announcing holidays and cancellation of classes during typhoons…tsaka yung ibang events.” Hearing the thoughts of the fellow IN students, it is remarkably evident that many are contented while most have been direct with their oppositions. To those contented, awareness has been bestowed properly and effectively. We could say that these are the ones privileged of experiencing the events since they have the insights of the latest in the IN community. On the other hand, students who stress I-don’t-know statements are those who do not profit. Considering the organization fee and the learning they acquire in line with these activities, their stay in the Institute is misused—limited to theories and hospital duties. Information dissemination may have a limited coverage as the survey indicated. It may have not reached the

outmost corner of the IN Community, but it is also our obligation to go for what we want. Congruently, a person who desires to serve and be a volunteer should have the urge to join a committee having a goal like his. An artistically inclined IN student should have the drive to apply in an organization that will nourish his capabilities and potentials. This is just a matter of wanting or not, being involved or inactive. More often, information comes to those who seek. Thus, awareness functions hand in hand with our own efforts.

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Opinion
Mercy is to Excellence.

June-October 2009

The Lamp

Editorial is to Water. Oil

For the past years, Far Eastern University Institute of Nursing (FEU-IN) has been producing large numbers of board exam passers and significant increases in Nursing Licensure Examination passing rate. IN’s 84% rating this year is a breakthrough for the Institute since it’s been a while since we’ve been at the forefront of the competition. To regain the “glory” our Institute is aspiring to reclaim, it must be more stringent when it comes to its principles and standards. Submission to our principles would be of great help, but nonconformity to the standards could defeat the Institute’s aspiration. Currently, there are third year students taking up two (2) Nursing Care Management (NCM) at the same time. These students failed to pass NCM101 so they were required to retake it again together with NCM102. Before, when students failed the prerequisite subject, especially if it is a major one, students are only left with two options : shifting into another course so as to stay in the University; or transferring to another school to pursue the BS Nursing Degree. But for this Academic Year, they allowed them to stay in the halls of IN, taking NCM102 together with the prerequisite NCM101. How come they call it a ‘prerequisite’? This is contradictory to the standards being upheld by the Insitute, being recognized as the most competency-oriented Institute in the University. If the Institute would not set an exemplary standard, then setting a high expectation for the overall students’ performance is then tactless. As the saying goes, “a small leak can sink a great ship.” On the lighter side, the coordinators claimed that these students, having just entered the Level III, had difficulties with the transition from AHSE to IN, thus giving the reconsideration to them. They are also seen as potential assets of the school as reflected in their performance in the previous semesters and satisfactory remarks in the Nursing Aptitude Test (NAT). The only way to achieve excellence is to adhere to the standards on which it is founded and directed. Doing otherwise for the sake of consideration betrays its purpose and exposes the Institute to gradual deterioration. Institute of Nursing, in the eyes of the people within it, is nothing short of a sturdy symbol of the values that FEU had held for more than 80 years. Fortitude. Excellence. Uprightness. Yet, how can an Institute embody the values of a whole University if it compromises its own standards for the sake of, eh, compassion and mercy?

Alien’s Diary Part 94

Jan’s Swing

Jan Albert G. Suing

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Of floating seats and suspended beds, Of mosquitoes and rabid dogs, Of shields and barriers to protect thy self From a never-ending war of human differences. Until Ragnarok devours this tragic land Of folly, laziness, and disrespect. Can’t you see that ancient ways While South Korea is too busy conquering the heights of of thinking are not applicable anymore technological advancement, the with the dynamic world you are living Philippines is busy making the longest in? You want progress. You whine like a hungry pig waiting for your longganisa in the land. Philippines, in terms of natural master to serve you food. But how resources and biodiversity, is leading do you achieve progress if you are the world. It is one of this planet’s afraid the step out of the box? How do great repositories of biodiversity you become independent if you keep and endemism. In fact, we have relying on a god who may or may not more than mountainous Japan. exist? Why does the Government If that’s the case, what stops us always have to consult to the Church? from advancing and reclaiming the When will they become two different glory that was the Philippines of the entities as they are supposed to be? Recently, in one of Lea ‘50s and ‘60s? The answer is quite simple. The Filipinos choose not to. Salonga’s posts over microblogging website Twitter, I read that the Religion destroyed the Roman Reproductive Health (RH) bill – a bill that infuriates the Church because Empire Religion is good. Religion is the it is said to go against its principles opium of the people, says Marx. But on procreation – is getting killed, and as all of us are aware, drug abuse the chances of it getting pass the is detrimental to the body and to Congress is getting slim. First and foremost, what is the soul.

Teacher ≠ Professor

IN Demand
For more than 3 years of stay in the Institute of Nursing, I can say that the IN is depicting a very promising performance -- an encouraging recuperation which will bring us to the top spot in no time. With its stateof-the art facilities and even greater curriculum, definitely the Institute is starving to provide a quality and excellent approach in learning and instruction for its students. But still, there are a lot of things to consider, a lot of standards to improve and a lot more of barriers to confront. And one aspect which the administration should look into is the competency of our professors. The fact that the Institute harbours a large fraction of the population in the University makes it imperative for the administration to employ a great number of faculty members. Now the question is: are all of these people fit for the challenges of the profession? Being a senior made me aware of the most unsightly things every nursing student does not want to experience and I don’t want to include in the list the teachers who’ve

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been the core of students’ jokes and headlines of daily tsismis because of their “wrong gramming” and their remarkable English-torturing lines: “give ice chips, chewing gum and sips of water to salivate the saliva”, “form a straight circle” and a lot more of punchlines which will give you an introductory experience of all the pains of hell. Uninterested, boring, inconsiderate, and indifferent – a teacher whom students would swear over and over (unless, he is the teacher recognized for generously throwing out the uno grades for no concrete reason). A worse case scenario is to have a teacher who doesn’t know what he/she is talking about. There are teachers who memorize the book word-by-word then have it recited to the students without giving their own insights of the subject matter, some who include questions on their exams but do no know the reason behind the correctness of a certain answer, and some even commit mistakes during the lecture but refuse for corrections and suggestions. This made me ask myself: Does the “R.N., M.A.N.” title

the coverage of the RH bill? (1) Information and access to natural and modern family planning; (2) Maternal, infant and child health and nutrition; (3) Promotion of breast feeding; (4) Prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications; (5) Adolescent and youth health Prevention and Management of reproductive tract infections, HIV/AIDS and STDs; (7) Elimination of violence against women; (8) Counseling on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health (9) Treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers; (10) Male involvement and participation in RH; (11) Prevention and treatment of infertility and (12) RH education for the youth. Currently, the Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world with a density of 306.6/km2. And our population is continuously growing. With the current situation our country is facing, do you think we can provide all the needs of every child being thrust into our harsh world every minute? Can’t you see the benefits if this bill becomes a law? I guess not. Because you are a Christian and you are pro-life. Well, I may not be a Christian and you may think I sound immoral but this is what I know: I’d rather see sperm cells get accumulated in a rubber and be thrown away in a waste can than see a poor little child be abandoned in a street or thrown in a trash can just because his parents aren’t responsible and continued on p. 8 guarantee a teacher’s effectivity in teaching? For some bizarre reasons, students tend to remain silent and aloof about this predicament, which should not be. Not to put down those teachers but we have the right to demand for excellence. “We are paying so much for incompetence,” one student commented. And I hardly believe on that because it is us, students who can tell if a teacher is worth listening to or not. I hope the administration is taking into consideration the faculty evaluation they are imposing. Our Institute is recognized in the University for the level of IN’s competency orientation, but setting an exemplary goal is an inch away from disappointment if competency of teachers will not be “strictly” considered. I have already encountered a lot of teachers whom I can really consider as “Masters of the Profession”. Overwhelming proficiency of the subject matter, motivating teaching strategies, very comprehensive discussion – attributes of effective and efficient teachers, I must say. I admire them for they made us feel their eagerness to teach, not by mere wit, but with the whole of their hearts. Definitely, these are the teachers which will toss us in the global market of our aspired profession. Our dedication to our studies is the fuel which sets our minds ablaze, but it is our professors, the sentries which protect the glow of our burning knowledge from dying.

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