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Class ‘11 marks 41st grad
By Ira JacoB with reports from reynard Magtoto
FIELD OF BLUE. Clad in blue commencement gowns, BU Class 2011 filled up the usually green university grounds. PHOTO BY BOYBI LICUP
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the forecasts of impending rains and the unfinished reconstruction of the commencement stage, a total of 3,211 students from the nine college units of Bicol University (BU) and Graduate school claimed their baccalaureate and masters degrees during the university’s 41st commencement exercises last March 30. The university pushed through with its second year of conducting the mass graduation at the open BU commencement grounds for students taking up their courses in the Main and Daraga campuses. The satellite campuses held their respective graduation rites on their own college units. Described as the most special class by BU President fay Lea Patria Lauraya because during her first
year as BU President they were then freshmen, class 2011 became the first set of graduates to pass the newly constructed four pillars in the university’s façade after recently gaining its International organization for standards (Iso) certification. Their diplomas will bear the Iso certification giving them the credit of hailing from an institution that upholds excellence in the provision of education, particularly on quality management. “Their diplomas and the name of the Bicol University with Iso certification is now recognized in 169 countries all over the world so I just hope that they will have the confidence to walk side by side with anyone. What is most important is that they have a heart for the four pillars of the Bicol University (scholarship, leadership, character and service) and that is the value that they will carry where ever
they may go.” Lauraya said in an interview. she depicted class 2011 as the pioneer graduates of an internationally recognized state university and college (sUc), the first in the country as such. representative Juan edgardo angara of the lone District of aurora and a member of the BU Board of regents, served as the commencement speaker centering on the theme ‘educating for Peace and International Understanding’. angara emphasized the importance of higher education. he mentioned that out of 100 students who enter the public school system, only 23 percent goes to college and only 12 percent manages to graduate because most of them quit from studying due to poverty. “I don’t want you to say na taga-probinsya lang ako
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Lauraya reappointed as president
rEappOIntMEnt OF BU president Fay Lea patria Lauraya is now sealed with finality as the temporary restraining order (trO) filed against the Board of regents (BOr) by a BU professor had been denied by the regional trial Court (rtC) on March 7, the same day when Lauraya took her oath of rededication. During the thanksgiving and rededication to Service held at the albay Cathedral that day, Lauraya expressed her commendation to the BU community and the BU BOr for entrusting her with a new mandate to continue leading the university for the next four years. the event, according to her was the first in the academic tradition of the university. after the holy sacrament, a grandiose dinner was served at the Casa Blanca Hotel as continuation of the celebration. Petition to hold reappointment On February 23, professor ricardo Belgica of the College of Business, Economics, and Management (CBEM), filed a civil case in which he claimed that the BOr did not follow the due process of reappointing Lauraya. On the order released by the rtC Branch 10, it was stated that the petitioner alleged that respondent, BOr, in their resolution no. 48, Series of 2010 decided to forego with the requirement of constituting a search committee that will screen nominees for the position of a university president. Meanwhile, the case is set for hearing for the issuance of preliminary injunction on april 12. Belgica pointed out that the ‘law is very clear’ and the BOr had violated Section
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6 of republic act 8292, also called as the Higher Education Modernization act of 1997, as it is ‘mandatory to assemble a search committee’. However, the Board, according to him, disregarded to create one. He also said that the BOr’s using of CHED’s memorandum Circular no. 4, Series of 1997 was displaced as Implementing rules and regulations (Irr), such as that, cannot amend or superimpose a republic act. In a two-page court ruling, presiding Judge Maria theresa Loquillano ruled that the court cannot determine, as of press time, as to how Belgica be prejudiced if Lauraya be allowed to take her oath as the BU president. In spite of this, Belgica said it didn’t dampen him a bit. In an interview, he stated that it was only a part of the legal dispute brewing between him and the Board. the alleged grave abuse of discretion of the BOr was his grounds for filing the civil case, he said. although he admitted that he cannot be prejudiced or damaged in any way if Lauraya continued and finish her term, he said that it was purely based on the issue that the governing board abused its powers of discretion that he chose to act. He also made it clear that he does not hold hold personal resentment against Lauraya. according to him, what he did was only a ‘respectful reminder to the Board not to toy with the law.’ In a letter addressed to Chairperson patricia Licuanan, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) with a copy furnished to the Office of the president, he wrote the BOr Chairperson, nenalyn Defensor that
HOLY VOW. rev. Florante afavle blesses pres. Lauraya as the latter swears for a second term. PHOTO BY EARL EPSON RICAMUNDA
First in the country
S U r p a S S I n g S t r I n g E n t accreditations and audits, Bicol University now boasts as the first state university and college (SUC) in the country to be conferred as International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Certified. Effective January this year, ISO, the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards, granted the university an ISO Certification in Quality Management thus making BU an internationally-recognized academic institution in 169 countries. this means that all 13 college units of the university, including its research and auditing facilities met the standards of the organization in
BU now ISO certified
By SHeena Ferrer with reports from JoVIc yee
terms of improved, safe and well-managed systems, machines, devices and products. according to Joseph Bartolata, planning and Management Officer (pMO), this is president Fay Lauraya’s strategy to concretize her vision of bringing the university at par with other international organizations. “this certification will be of great help to our students for they will graduate from a university which is ISO certified and have given them a satisfaction that only a premier university can give,” Bartolata said. Bartolata further elaborated that the ISO certification will confer a continuous process in which an improved system will be observed in accordance with
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at mahirap lang ako. You are a product of your opportunities and you must use these opportunities.” angara said. he challenged the graduates to become the generation that will help the Bicol University, the Bicol region and the Philippines. Meanwhile, angara said he was pleased with BU’s commencement rites which made use of the Gabaldon Building as stage background plus the four symbolic pillars at the new façade. he added that it was the best so far in the nine others that he had attended. Mervin Bueno, a graduate of Bachelor of science in education, Major in Mathematics and Maria Daisy Lleno, a graduate of Bachelor of science in Information technology and is the outgoing university student council (Usc) chairperson were this year’s recipients of the University outstanding Graduate and Presidential Leadership awards respectively. Unfavorable setting having an open space such as the BU commencement Grounds as the venue for the graduation ceremonies posted discomfort to the attendees when it occasionally rained throughout the program. according to the graduates, they were instructed not to bring and use their umbrellas even if it rained. eleanny Jaron, a graduate of Bachelor of science in Nursing, acclaimed the idea of holding the graduation rites in the commencement Grounds but she wished there was a better location and that the area was covered. eric Marmol, a graduate of Master in Physics, pointed out that the occasional downpour did cause some inconvenience though he added that the ceremony was serene. some students also reacted on the policy that only the parents of those graduates with honors were given the privilege to accompany their child on the stage. “It’s unfair. This is a special day for us and our parents and without our parents, we’re nothing. With or without honors, our parents must be with us,” cris Magayanes, a graduate of Bachelor of communication arts Major in speech and Theatre arts commented. Dante Maravillas, a broadcaster of DZGB and father to a food technology graduate complained that after all of their sacrifices they were not given the chance to join their child on stage when receiving the diploma. In contrast, Margie Buban, also a graduate of Bachelor of science in Nursing, believed that the policy was fine. she cited that the ceremonies would be disorganized if all parents would accompany their child to the stage. Buban added that the policy gave distinction to the honors and she even jester that everyone should strive to be cum Laude so that their parents could join them on the stage. The Gabaldon Building of the BU high school Department became the milieu to the commencement exercises in lieu of the unfinished commencement stage. The celebration culminated with a grand fireworks display.
regulations (Irr) for republic act ra 8292 embodied in CHED Memorandum Order no.3, series of 2001. In the resolution no.48, series of 2010, it was stated that the president did signify in a form of writing her intention to seek reappointment for another term during the 92nd regular Meeting held on august 16,2010 at Quezon City. Section 28, rule VII of the Irr provided that in case the incumbent SUC president is eligible and qualified per standards set by the governing Board (gB) for reappointment, a search may not be conducted and the collegial body may prescribe the terms and conditions under which discretion may be exercised such as but not limited to an evaluation of the performance of the incumbent . the gB then has unanimously agreed not to create a search committee but instead subject the performance of the incumbent president to an evaluation to be submitted to the Board Chairperson on or before September 15, 2010. It is stated on r.a. 8292 or Higher Modernization act of 1997 that for an SUC president to be reappointed, he must not be beyond the age of retirement, 70, and his performance has been unanimously rated as outstanding and upon unanimous recommendation by the search committee. the gB has unanimously agreed to create an Evaluation Committee composed of the CHED region V regional Director as Chairman together with the philippine association of State Universities and Colleges (paSUC) region V Chairperson, a private sector representative, as members to be assisted by a secretariat composed of two personnel coming from CHED regional Office V. the evaluators the body that composed the Evaluation Committee for Lauraya’s eligibility for a second term were Director Dominador peralta, CHED V; Dr. asuncion asetre, president of Catanduanes State Colleges, chairperson paSUC V and; Father Joel tabora, S.J of ateneo de naga University, private sector representative. an amount of p50,000 from internally generated income of BU was unanimously agreed to be allocated by the gB to provide funding for the activities of the evaluation committee and its secretariat. the amount also covered the payment of honoraria, supplies cost and reproduction, travel expenses, and other necessary incidental expenses. handling the crisis asked about her reaction regarding controversies that arose regarding her reappointment, Lauraya said that she is not in any way threatened because of the support being tendered by the university faculty . to cope with the pressure, she mentioned open mindedness and strong faith in the Lord. Meanwhile, for her second term, Lauraya envisions herself to be able to push the university towards international recognition and be able to produce competitive graduates. Outgoing USC chairperson Daisy Lleno said that Lauraya’s reappointment was a unanimous decision. She added that she consulted several UBOs and received mostly positive feedbacks. However, Incoming student regent ruther Flores said that the president’s reappointment is up to now controversial but, with the guidelines and provisions in ra 8292, the BOr’s decision cannot be contested. “I support her admin. I have to pay respect to the decision of the BOr and previous regent Lleno. I expect a more progressive plan and mind setting that will meet ISO standards,“ he added.
14 alumni ace in board exams
By aMaBeLLe LoreMIa
graDUatES of Bicol University (BU) led its 675 passers in various Licensure Examinations from May to november 2010. John Francis Manila pili notched the 4th place in the november Licensure Examinations for Civil Engineers with a passing rate of 94.90 percent. thirty others also passed the exam marking a 47 percent passing rate. andrei nico Laguna of the College of Business, Economics, and Management (CBEM) clinched the fifth place in the October 2010 Board Examination for Certified public accountants (Cpas) with an astounding 94.71 passing rate. He and the 49 passers of the university enabled BU to be recognized as the third top performing school in the country with an 85.96 national passing percentage. Meanwhile, Daryl gamez from the College of Engineering (CEng) grabbed the fourth place in the September Mechanical Engineering Licensure Examination. gomez landed on the spot with a 91.7 over-all passing percentage. He joined BU’s 52 registered mechanical engineers (rMEs) in an 88.14 over-all passing percentage, making the university the fourth top performing school in the country. Similarly, Miguel Dominique Martinez from the College of Education (CE) secured the eighth place on the Licensure Examination for teachers (LEt) held September. He attained an 83.88 passing percentage along with the 94 new teachers from the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BEEd) and 141 additional teachers from the Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (BSEEd). the departments got a national passing percentage of 37.3 and 41.35 respectively. However, CE Dean Obdulia
rojas admitted that the recent LEt passing rate was significantly lower than the previous year. “We are hoping for the president’s approval of proposed actions like refresher courses. Meanwhile, we encourage our graduates to attend regular classes to refresh their minds. We are expecting for the progress of our LEt percentage for the next board on September with the graduates of the new curriculum,” rojas affirmed. twenty graduates from the College of Science (CS), on the other hand, passed the September 2010 Chemistry Licensure Examination with a national passing rate of 44.44 percent. professor Samuel Bobiles, chairman of the Chemistry department, said that to increase the passing rate of their board passers, diagnostic examination per year level, in-house reviews, stringent policy in accepting new Chemistry students and proposed retention will be implemented. Moreover, the College of nursing (Cn) of polangui Campus (pC) also hailed its tenth placer in the nursing Licensure Examination (nLE) last July. Clinton rabadon led the 33 newly-registered nurses (rns) of the extension campus with a 78.57 passing percentage. the Main Campus, although was unable to secure a place in the top ten, however, still emerged as the top performing school in the region. as lifted from the list of passers released by the professional regulation Commission (prC), the Main Campus had 15 successful examinees included in the top twenty. Out of the 129 students who took the licensure examination, 115 passed, giving the department an 89.15 national passing percentage.
the College of agriculture and Forestry (CaF) in guinobatan, likewise, produced another board placer in the June 2010 agriculture Engineering Licensure Examination. John Eduardo Brenches took the fourth place with an 81.25 passing percentage. With four passers, the university claimed a 29 percent national passing percentage. the College of Social Sciences and philosophy (CSSp) also generated 73 new social workers last June 2010. With a passing rate of 94 percent, the university remained as the top performing School for Social Workers. In the architecture Licensure Examination held in June this year, 22 architecture students passed with a passing rate of 40 percent. adrianne Basa, a 3rd year nursing student, ranked fourth in the May 2010 licensure examinations for midwives. Basa led 43 other midwifery passers giving the College of nursing (Cn) a 100 percent passing rate. Five electrical engineers and 14 registered master electricians also reaped a 17 and 65 percent passing rates respectively. rojoe amante and Jocelyn Ludovice both finished in the Board Examination for Master Electricians with an average of 88 percent. Furthermore, allan Lomerio ranked seventh with 84 percent. Joseph ryan Macalimbag, Daimel Conan Mayor and Leo Mark navarrete tied on the eighth place with 83.5 percent and Mike Jerome guardian ranked tenth with his average of 82 percent. Likewise, CBEM produced 10 new Certified public accountants (Cpa’s) in the Cpa Board Exams last May with a passing rate of 55.56 percent. (with reports from Bryan Anthony Liwag and Mark Evan Aniel)
what he did was not a new initiative at all. according to Belgica, Lauraya herself questioned the action of the BOr in 1999 when then president Lylia Corporal-Sena sought for a reappointment but has reached the mandatory retirement age,70. Belgica claims that what she did 12 years ago is the same as his present actions ‘on the same grounds, but in different settings’ and only this time, Lauraya is the one on the receiving end. In defense of the administration, professor Ismael Dineros, BU Union of Faculty association president, questions Belgica regarding his credibility considering the latter is not a lawyer. Furthermore, he pointed out that when Belgica interpreted the law, he overlooked the reason as to why Irr is created in the first place. He added that Irr is ‘only defining the specific purposes’ of ra 8292. He further explains that the Congress, which enacted the law, cannot implement ra 8292 directly; therefore, it is directed to the line agency, in this case, CHED, to implement it. “Even the CHED main office [in Manila] uses this Irr of 1997”, he stressed. “We hold no grudges against Belgica’s actions. It’s his right. But the Board and Dr. Lauraya, also has one. Bottomline here, the equality of rights must be observed,” he said. In a separate interview, Dineros describes Lauraya as a ‘very good listener’ and is ‘open to suggestions from anyone.’ What went before On March 9, 2007, Lauraya was appointed as SUC president IV of BU under BOr resolution no.003, series of 2007 for a first term of four years ending on March 8, 2011. Her expiration of term is in compliance with the provisions of Section 22, rule VII of the Implementing rules and
tOaSt FOr tHE FUtUrE. reappointed pres. Lauraya is joined by BU faculty and other friends
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the university’s Quality policy, particularly on the fields of instruction, research, production and extension. two stage visits passed the BU College of Education (CE) and the research and Development Center (rDC) became the first units to be evaluated by the organization in terms of instruction, research and extension. their passing the evaluation enabled the immersion of the entire university to the stage two of the ISO audit on november. When asked about their preparation on the said auditing, CE Dean Dr. Obdulia rojas said that seeking for divine providence is their first key to success and the collaborative efforts of the staff made it more worth it all. “Being tagged as the Center of Excellence paved our way to be the only college to be set on fire with the ISO accreditor. good thing we have all the paper-trail and documents they need and abrupt answers to their queries regarding our system,” rojas remarked. She shared that based on the positive response of the accreditor, it made them feel assured of the status that BU has in terms of the stage two audits. Meanwhile, rDC Staff Erwin E. torres said that they have a manual of
EVEnt’S HIgHLIgHt. Minutes before the 41st commencement exercises begins, the new university gate was formally opened by a ribbon cutting ceremony. PHOTO BY EARL EPSON RICAMUNDA
operation summarized in a work instruction just like what the management told them. “We are glad that this ISO audit was finally realized here in our university because we really need external auditors to inject new ideas for implementation and for their perspectives for our improvement,” torres disclosed. He also added that the only minor non-conformance of rDC is on their referred journals which are not updated. according to him the only journal they have in the office was published way back in 2008 about Enhancing Fishery productivity contributed by a researcher from BU tabaco Campus, rDC, and a BU faculty who is externally funded. Series of accreditations beforehand aside from ISO, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the accrediting agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the philippines (aaCCUp) also sent a group of accreditors to inspect the quality of the degree programs offered in the university. “aaCCUp and CHED accreditation center on the degree programs offered in the university and services delivered every after two or three years,” Helen Llenaresas, vice-president for academic affairs, said when asked how the three agencies differ from one other. On the 19th of november, CHED accreditors verified the standing of CE as a Center of Excellence.
according to Dean rojas, the accreditors said that BUCE is excellent in instruction. However, excellence is not reflected on the performance of the graduates and the passers, since only 41.25 percent of the total number of graduates passed the recent LEt exam despite the 75 percent passing rate given by CHED. Meanwhile, aaCCUp already gave the result of the final list of BU programs evaluated, particularly, their accreditation status. as of press time, the university has three programs which are Level III re- accredited, seven are qualified for Level III status, one is Level II re-accredited and 20 programs are Level I accredited. ten programs, likewise, are on the Candidate status. Students’ scrutiny It is stated in the BU Quality policy that the university will strive for excellence by meeting the highest level of clientele satisfaction. However, there are some students who were not aware of the ISO audit and even what is stated on the quality policy. “I don’t know the meaning of ISO. I was just told that there will be visitors in the college so we were asked to wear our school uniform,” a first year CE student who refused to be named said. Some also observed the inconsistencies in the policies implemented by the administration. at the peak of the
aaCCUp accreditation at the College of arts and Letters (CaL), students who were not in uniform were not allowed to enter the Multi-purpose building. However, several weeks after the accreditation, the guards again became lax in checking the students entering the college. Some students from the different colleges expressed their sentiment that it was alright if the college administration implements certain policies as long as they are strict and consistent with it. Conversely, there are also students who see the positive side of the accreditation happening in the university. “as far as I know, ISO-certified organizations are known in the international scene so there’s no point in telling that this auditing can bring no good to the university especially to the graduating students.” Jesus Conrado Monreal, a fifth year Chemical Engineering student and a former University Student Council officer, affirmed. He added that after his graduation, there might be a bigger opportunity waiting for him outside the portals of BU because of its additional asset, the ISO Certification. also, an aB Journalism student in CaL who requested anonymity said that the administration should realistically improve the quality of teaching and the facilities in the college now that the university holds the ISO Certification.
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BU to offer BS Meteorology
geophysical, astronomical Services administration (pagaSa) for the technical aspects, alyansa ng mga grupong Haligi ng agham at teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan (agHaM) party List for funding and the Department of Science and technology (DOSt) for scholarship. “We bridged the gap as a premier state university. Only the University of the philippines (Up) offers Masteral Degree in Meteorology,” Dr. Helen M. Llenaresas, BU vice president for academic affairs remarked.
By reynard Magtoto according to BU president Fay Lauraya, the four universities were strategically selected because of their vulnerability to typhoons and the presence of pagaSa satellite locations in their areas. “We’re just very happy that BU was identified as one of the schools that will pilot the course,” Lauraya said. She avowed that DOSt already identified the scholarship mechanism and agHaM already allocated some money from their budget. Lauraya said that the cur-
UnIVErSItY (BU) eyes itself to be one of the four pioneering schools in the country to integrate BS Meteorology in their curriculum. the university will join Central Luzon State University, Mariano Marcos State University and Visayas State University in conducting an experimental implementation of BS Meteorology for three years. It is the consortium of the four schools to experiment with the course in partnership with philippine atmospheric,
hat started to be only a homeroom requirement had blossomed into a collection of rawit-dawit (Bicol poems) and other compositions written in the native language, called KaLaPaKaPa. The works of some students from Bicol University college of Business, economics and Management (BUcBeM) and Divine Word college of Legazpi (DWcL) taking up literature subjects with Professor eduardo Uy were compiled to produce a book showcasing poems and other forms of literature that will reflect the Bicolano culture. Uy, who is also a graduate of Bicol Uni-
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versity said that the activity started as part of the requirements that his classes need to comply with. “at first, I did my compositions just to comply with Mr. Uy’s requirements. But as time went, the essence of my being a Bicolano, finally seemed to come into me. I enjoyed expressing my views in our dialect,” Jessa Marie conda, a Marketing Management student said. KaLaPaKaPa was launched on March 26 at the college of arts and Letters amphitheater. four hundred copies were printed and some were given to private offices. Mark Harris Lim
riculum meets the international standard of the world meteorological organization. according to Landrico Dalida Jr., pagaSa-Legazpi regional director, albay governor Joey Salceda, in cooperation with agham party list representative angelo palmones, proposed BS Meteorology to be offered in BU. Director Dalida Jr. said that the proposal is on hold since there is still no replacement for the former pagaSa administrator and the proposal’s proponent, prisco nilo. He added that the submission of curriculum recommendation to the CHED takes a long process and they need to undergo workshops regarding meteorology. Llenaresas affirmed that BU and other concerned agencies need to undergo workshops on meteorology in order to manage the course. In fact, “they attended a national workshop on meteorology last October 13 in preparation for the program offering,” she said. Strengthened curriculum “It will be a four year course,” Director Dalida said. amelia Dorosan, dean of the College of Science (CS) said that the first two years of the course will be offered in BU for the general Education (gE) and Foundation program while its last two years will be spent at the pagaSa Main Office in Quezon City for the core subjects. Llenaresas expounded that BU cannot offer the 3rd and 4th year because of insufficient facilities and only pagaSa has them. BU will send 10 students through the help of DOSt. the curriculum will consist of 53 units in gE, same as the gE of BU. It will also have foundation courses which includes mathematics with 21 units, mathematical modeling with four units, three physics with four units each, chemistry with three units, earth and land, calculus, strong algebra and trigonometry. Dorosan explained that the foundation courses were based from the CHED Memorandum circular in physics and Mathematics since BU does not have a strong math or physics program. then, the foundation courses were based on the draft of core courses in meteorology given by pagaSa. “the BS Meteorology tuition fee will be almost the same with other existing programs in BU but it will be free for the students because it will be covered by DOSt scholarship,” she added. at press time, pagaSa affirmed its preparedness to manage 40 students who will pursue BS Meteorology. there will be ten qualified students in each four institutions. Llenaresas said that the students will be given allowances and their free board and lodging
expenses are being worked out. Mode of qualification Only 10 students can qualify to pursue BS Meteorology. they must be DOSt scholars as a prerequisite, Dorosan confirmed. She explained that these students will be the present second year students and DOSt scholars from BUCEng who will pass the month-long bridge program which will be held this summer once approved. the student qualifiers will be automatically 3rd year BS Meteorology students. Lauraya said that there will be no first year students because they want to fast-track the completion of the degree. “If we have first year students as our pioneer group, it will take four years before we have the first batch of graduates. But if the present 2nd year students that will become 3rd year next year will be preferred, we will have BS Meteorology graduates in two years’ time,” she added. Lauraya said that if a student fails, he will have to take another degree program of his interest but BU has to make sure that the student is properly prepared for the new course. Development plan and the demand “BS Meteorology will be managed by the College of Science (CS) since gE subjects are not only taken in CEng but also in CS,” Dorosan said. the course is an offshoot of BU’s development plan that can still be revised depending on the need, she added. Lauraya expressed her vision that in three years time, BU can then independently offer the course and accept freshmen. Since the curriculum is based on international standards, graduates of the course can be employed not only in the philippines but also abroad. “BU is one of the aggressive schools that advocate climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness and emergency in the community along with the vision of building a resilient community,” she appraised. Lauraya added that every year, the philippines is visited by 22 typhoons and the country needs the expertise of the forecasters so as to be prepared and ensure zero casualty during times of disasters. agustin Serrano Jr., DOSt science research specialist II, said that not all their employees are meteorologist. they undergo trainings to become weather forecasters. Dalida, on the other hand, shared that 70 percent of the agency’s employees is subprofessional and only 30 percent is professional. Llenaresas said that better offers for weather forecasters abroad cause brain drain in the country.
UsC restores sandigan
SErIOUS BUSInESS. Incoming student regent ruther Flores is all-ears to a co-studentleader during the USC/CSC cum planning seminar. PHOTO FROM BUDYONG
Student leaders brace for next AY
By Ira JacoB
significant milestone achieved through the years,” was how BU President fay Lauraya described the book entitled, PILI, Bicol’s Pride in a Nutshell, during its book launching ceremony held at the BU amphitheater on December 14. according to rodrigo aguilar, provincial director of Department of trade and Industry, it is the first book written about the subject, and is therefore considered as BU’s gift to the Bicolanos. “The story about pili is not perfect and I am thankful to BU because products sell easily if the people know the story behind the product,” he added. Dr. edgar Madrid, regional technical director for research and regulations of Department of agriculture, said that the book does not only contain figures but it also contained an outline
BU launches pili book
about the different practices in pili industry. Dr. estela B. orolfo, chairperson of the Bicol PILI Board said that some of the data needs update and verification. she verified the oldest pili tree, the profile of the pili farmers, and the pili varieties. Despite that, she still promoted the book and said that the book is “worthy of praise, beautiful and sturdy it is hardy and would be useful for a long time if used properly.” Thirty one copies of the book were given to the stakeholders of the university and Lauraya promised that it would not be the last book launching and she presented the books that are waiting for completion. Alyssa Joselle Bañares
BU champs sCUAA anew
237 MeDaLs, thIs year’s host school Bicol University (BU) was again hailed champion, from the 5-day state colleges and Universities athletic association (scUaa) Meet 2010 held last November 8-12. With 134 gold, 61 silver and 42 bronze medals, BU swelled the gap from central Bicol state University of agriculture (cBsUa) which earned 45 golds, 46 silver and 30 bronze medals being the 1st runner-up, while camarines Norte state college (cNsc) settled as the 2nd runner-up as they produced 14 gold, 40 silver and 40 bronze medals. other state universities and colleges that participated were the catanduanes state colleges (csc), camarines sur Polytechnic college (csPc), Dr. emilio B. espinosa sr. Memorial state college of agriculture and technology ( DeBesMscat), Partido state college (PsU) and sorsogon state college (ssc). “Being the host of the scUaa 2010 was one
of the edges for the victory. The players were familiar with the environment and facilities that were used. Incentives and scholarships also inspired the athletes and coaches to strive even harder for the win,” Mary Lou Borja, BU sports director said. according to Jose antonio Dasmariñas, cBsUa sports director, BU has always been the team to beat. In their defense for landing third place, Noli Dipasupil, cNsc sports director said that their “athletes only had 15 days of training” and they suffered from a “limited budget.” “BU deserved to win. Their athletes have been the previous champions, so we knew BU was the school to beat,” Dolce atian, vice president for academic affairs of camarines sur Polytechnic college said. This season’s theme was, “scUaa 2010: strengthening regional solidarity through sports.”
BOOSt tHEIr prOgraM pLannIng skills and enhance their leadership capabilites as they assume into office for the next academic year, the Office of the Student Services (OSS) initiated a cum planning seminar for the new student leaders of Bicol University (BU) last april 6 and 7. One hundred thirty student leaders from the different colleges and satellite campuses participated in the two-day event wherein they were inducted into office. a forum was also conducted to tackle the issues and concerns faced by the student council officers, be it in the university student council (USC) or college student council (CSC) posts. albay governor Joey Salceda graced the seminar and talked about the proper allocation of budget. according to him, allocating the budget ‘shows what your priorities are when it comes to your constituents’. Salceda tackled the environmental issues and how the province would take part to address it, adding that the student leaders would play a vital role in achieving this endeavor. Meanwhile, prof. glenn narvaez, Office of the Student Services (OSS) dean, said that this year’s activity is “more comprehensive” compared to the previous induction and cum planning activities. aside from BU president Fay Lauraya and narvaez himself, Kabataan party List representative raymond palatino; Monena rodriguez, chief administration finance and Dr. BB Benjamin D. nebres III, University scholarship and grant-in-aid officer also served as speakers for the aforementioned event. the speakers encouraged the student leaders to engage not only in campus issues but to societal issues as well. Maria Daisy Lleno, outgoing USC chairperson, spoke about the importance of planning in the council. She emphasized the importance of planning to the success of the student council as poor planning may lead to the poor implementation of programs. Proper allocation of funds president Lauraya echoed the importance of the university’s budget stating that her foremost agendum is to put in place a rationalized allocation of funds. “[We should] maximize the utilization of funds so that we can use it the best way possible,” she added. ruther Flores, incoming USC Chairperson, stressed that the proper allocation of budget is
imperative to avoid debts. He cited that funds are essential to the success and maintenance of any organization. Flores presented the Council’s Work and Financial plan (WaF) during the seminar. He stated that they have 28 major activities envisioned for the upcoming academic year with some minor activities which are not yet included in that figure. However, it still needs to be presented to the Board of regents (BOr) for them to appropriate its funds and to determine the programs and activities that the council would be able to pursue. Under his term, Flores mentioned that the Council’s programs and projects would revolve on giving recognition to deserving people from the BU community, strengthening the ties of the university and the local government particularly on achieving the Millennium Development goals (MDgs), promoting transparency and rigid consultations and granting of incentives and or rewards to students who win in various competitions. He accentuated his plans to hold consultation meetings and general assemblies with the CSC officers before meeting with the Board of regents so he could present the resolutions and ideas conferred by the studentry and to present a resolution to the BU president mandating all student publications to also present their WaFs like the student councils. “this will stop the publication from becoming a marginalized and ignored sector of the university, it will also be a way for councils to assist the publications,” Flores said. Challenge to the leaders Kabataan party list palatino challenged the students of BU to advocate for the positive longterm effect of education not only in the society but in the country as a whole. “I challenge you that after you graduate you have to return something to the community because your education is being subsidized by the government,” palatino remarked. He entailed that when there was an impending budget cut on the State Colleges and University, the professors and students were able to organize a protest against it. “First time in the history [of the philippines] that the professors and students united for one cause and that is to stop the budget cut,” he said.
theIr efforts to UPLIft INteractIoNs with the students, the Bicol University- University student council (BU-Usc) restored sandigan, the council’s official publication. Maria Daisy Lleno, outgoing Usc chairperson, said that the council’s publication that halted operations for some years aims to inform the students about the accomplishments and projects of the organization and the different college student councils (cscs) plus their monetary use and planned projects. Lleno said it was mandated by the constitution and by-laws of the Usc to release an issue of sandigan every year. she stated that the publication is not a tie-up with the official publication of the university and other college publications. “The Usc public information officer (PIo) becomes the editor-inchief of the paper. research and Publication committee acts as Usc’s standing committee and member of the editorial staff,” Lleno remarked. Lleno, however, shared that the council allotted P 50, 000 for the second issue of sandigan this year. since the first issue is an accomplishment report of the previous term, she said that the council targets to release a separate issue under her term. sandigan was institutionalized during the ratification of the constitution and bylaws of the Usc on the term of former chairperson Benigno austero. “We get our fund from the csc fee collected to each students and the student Development fund (sDf) provided by the university,” Lleno cited. she further added that only 15% of the csc fee collected during the enrolment period goes to their coffers. Bryan Anthony Liwag
LISt Of APPrOVED rESOLUtIONS DUrING thE BU PArLIAMENt hELD LASt JANUArY 21-23, 2011
FOLLOWIng are the 22 resolutions which were approved during the 2nd BU parliament held at Betlehem retreat House, Bacacay, albay on January 23.
• A RESOLUTION URGING tHE UnIVErSItY aDMInIStratIOn tO SEt tHE prOpEr attIrE FOr WaSH DaYS. • A RESOLUTION MANDatIng tHE UnIVErSItarIan anD aLL COLLEgE pUBLICatIOnS tO InCLUDE In tHEIr pUBLICatIOn ISSUES FOr SECOnD SEMEStEr a.Y 2010-2011 aLL tHE rESOLUtIOnS tHat WErE apprOVED DUrIng tHE 2nD BICOL UnIVErSItY parLIaMEnt. • A RESOLUTION REQUEStIng tHE DEpartMEnt OF SCIEnCE anD tECHnOLOgY (DOSt) rEgIOn V tO EnSUrE tIMELY rELEaSE OF SCHOLarSHIp prIVILEDgES OF tHE DOSt SCHOLarS tHrOUgH tHE OF-
FICE OF tHE StUDEnt SErVICES, BICOL UnIVErSItY. • A RESOLUTION URGIng tHE BU aDMInIStratIOn tO EXtEnD tHE COVErED CatWaLK FrOM tHE BU HIgH SCHOOL tO tHE BU MULtIpUrpOSE BUILDIng. • A RESOLUTION URGING tHE BODY In CHargE OF tHE YEarBOOK tO rECOMMEnD VISIOnarIO tO BE tHE BODY tHat WILL HanDLE anD taKE CHargE OF tHE YEarBOOK prOJECtS OF EaCH COLLEgE OF BICOL UnIVErSItY. • A RESOLUTION URGIng tHE pUBLIC rELatIOnS COMMIttEE OF tHE UnIVErSItY StUDEnt COUnCIL tO IMprOVE ItS COMMUnICatIOn MODE anD StratEgY. • A RESOLUTION URGING tHE BU aDMInIStratIOn tO pUt Up MOrE LIgHt pOStS In BICOL UnIVErSItY MaIn CaMpUS.
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Studes fear TF hike
No congressional insertions in SUCs budget
UNIversItIes aND coLLeGes (sUcs) including Bicol University (BU) will experience total removal of congressional Insertions (cI) in its annual fund as approved in the 2011 budget allocation for education last December 6, 2010. Bella v. regaspi, officer-in-charge (oIc), Department of Budget and Management Division a, said that it was the aquino administration’s decision to remove all cIs from sUcs. as quoted from President aquino’s statement regarding the cut, “The government is gradually reducing the subsidy to sUcs to push them toward becoming self sufficient and financially independent, given their ability to raise their income and to utilize it for their programs and projects.” Liliosa Perete, supervising administrative officer of the BU financial Management services Division presented a record which showed that BU will lose 88.073M in its 2011 budget due to the removal of cI. from the 2010 budget allocation of P496.763M, the university will only have P408.690M (without any cI). Perete said that if analyzed, there is indeed no budget cut
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and the university’s budget will not suffer much since cI is not part of the regular university budget. Meanwhile, BU President fay Lauraya said that the absence of cI will not seriously affect the university’s budget. she explained that cIs are only additional to BU’s coffers. she has made a pronouncement of not increasing the tuition fee in BU comes next academic year. Lauraya explained that the budget of the university is dependent upon enrolment. The income of the university is derived from the tuition fee which is one-fourth of the budget, income in rentals and production which is P6M. however, she also disclosed that the promised P100M support of albay 1st District rep. edcel Lagman for the construction of the college of Medicine, and the budget for It center proposed by senator edgardo angara were not released due to the removal of the insertions. she further stated that her administration ‘will propose for the reconsideration of the said projects’. possible increase since sUcs’
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maintenance and other operating expenses (Mooe) will be limited because of the insufficient fund, the youth sector led by the Kabataan Party List fears hike in tuition and other related fees. This will also be the first time that sUcs will lack funds for their purchase of facilities, building of classrooms and other infrastructures. “If so, the university will have to resort to getting the budget from the aDVOCaCY MarCH. an activist painted his body to denounce the slash on Education students’ tuition,” budget during the budget cut rally in Legazpi City last December 14. PHOTO BY BOYBI LICUP
• A RESOLUTION URGING THE BICOL UnIVErSItY aDMInIStratIOn tO InCLUDE tHE paYMEnt OF tHE COLLEgE StUDEnt FEE In tHE EnrOLLMEnt prOCESS. • A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE BICOL UnIVErSItY aDMInIStratIOn tO aSSIgn a pErManEnt CaSHIEr In gUBat CaMpUS. • A RESOLUTION URGING THE BICOL UnIVErSItY CHapLaInCY tO rECOgnIZE tHE MEMBErS OF tHE FaMILIES OF naZarEtH YOUtH MOVEMEnt aS tHE FaCILItatOrS OF CHUrCH aCtIVItIES OF BICOL UnIVErSItY. • A RESOLUTION URGING THE UnIVErSItY anD COLLEgE pEEr COUnSELOrS OrganIZatIOn tO IMpLEMEnt 100% FrEE aDVOCaCY tO prOMOtE a HOLY, HEaLtHY anD FrEE YOUtH LIFEStYLE. • A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE UnIVErSItY StUDEnt COUnCIL (USC), UnIVErSItY anD COLLEgE BaSED OrganIZatIOnS tO COnDUCt MOraL anD SpIrItUaL aCtIVItIES FOr tHE StU-
Lauraya said. Perete stated that the university’s Mooe will manifest an increase of P3.148M. however, she asserted that they will get from the income of the university if the Mooe fund will not be enough. she explained that there will be zero capital outlay in 2011 because instead of giving the income of the university to the government, the university will use its income. Lauraya elaborated that the enrolment and tuition of the students are estimated annually and once multiplied; it will be the internal operating budget. The fund for the scholars such as the barangay and academic scholars and other internally – funded scholarships will be deducted since they are not paying the tuition fees. according to Lauraya, the subsidy for each student was reduced to P 13, 000 from the previous P 15, 000 in 2010. she added that the at least P5, 000 paid every semester by a BU student is relatively far from a typical student’s education cost of P34, 000. In two years time however, Lauraya admitted the possibility of tuition hike in BU but she said that the decision has to pass through parental consultations. she elaborated that she is engaging in enterprises as alternative source of funding. “When I started as President, our annual IGP income was P2.9M, but after 3 ½ years in service, it has increased to P6M,” she cited. privatizing sUCs Due to the decline of the budget, privatizing their institution as reflected from the education Policies Governing sUc Privatization Long term higher education Development Plan for 2001 – 2010 becomes one of sUcs resorts for coping. It aims to semi – corporate the sUcs, generate 20 percent funds on sUcs through IGPs, impose tuition fee increase to 70 percent and collaborate with private educational institutions by 60 percent. some sUcs under this case are Mapua Institute of technology owned by alfonso Yuchengco, and University of the east owned by Lucio tan. as of the press time, the sUc eulogio amang rodriguez Institute of science and technology (earIst), is having a negotiation with Koreans for privatization.
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• A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE BarangaY OFFICIaLS OF EM’S BarrIO, LEgaZpI CItY WItH tHE SUppOrt OF tHE CItY gOVErnMEnt OF LEgaZpI tO pUt Up MOrE StrEEt LIgHtS anD IMprOVE BarangaY VISIBILItY In tHE arEa. • A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE BarangaY OFFICIaLS OF SagpOn, Daraga, aLBaY WItH tHE WItH tHE SUppOrt OF tHE CItY gOVErnMEnt OF Daraga tO pUt Up MOrE StrEEt LIgHtS anD IMprOVE BarangaY VISIBILItY In tHE arEa. • A RESOLUTION ABOLISHING THE ID VaLIDatIOn FEE anD InSUranCE FOrM FrOM FEES COLLECtED BY COLLEgE StUDEnt COUnCILS OF BICOL UnIVErSItY. • A RESOLUTION URGING THE BICOL UnIVErSItY aDMInIStratIOn tO InCLUDE tHE prESIDEnt OF tHE COLLEgE StUDEnt COUnCILS In tHE BUDgEt prEparatIOn anD BE gIVEn COpIES OF tHE annUaL FInanCIaL rEpOrtS OF tHEIr rESpECtIVE COLLEgES.
DEntS OF BICOL UnIVErSItY In partnErSHIp WItH tHE BICOL UnIVErSItY WInnIng FILIpInO YOUtH (BU-WIFY). • A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE UnIVErSItY StUDEnt COUnCIL (USC), UnIVErSItY anD COLLEgE BaSED OrganIZatIOnS tO aDapt tHE BantaY KaLInIgan aDVOCaCY BEIng tHE UnIFOrM prOgraM On EnVIrOnMEntaL CLEanLInESS anD CaMpUS BEaUtIFICatIOn. • A RESOLUTION URGING ALL COLLEgE StUDEnt COUnCILS OF BICOL UnIVErSItY tO CrEatE StUDEntS WELFarE FUnD. • A RESOLUTION REQUESTING BU aDMInIStratIOn tO SpECIFY tHE aMOUnt aLLOCatED FOr tHE StUDEnt DEVELOpMEnt FUnD (SDF) anD tO rEQUIrE tHE SIgnatUrE OF tHE CSC prESIDEnt In tHE DISBUrSEMEnt OF SDF In tHEIr rESpECtIVE COLLEgES. • A RESOLUTION URGING THE ADMInIStratIOn, tHE natIOnaL SErVICE traInIng prOgraM, tHE UnIVErSItY StUDEnt COUnCIL anD tHE COLLEgE
StUDEnt COUnCIL tO IntEnSIFY tHE IMpLEMEntatIOn OF WaStE SEgrEgatIOn. • RESOLUTION URGING THE BU aDMInIStratIOn tO InCrEaSE tHE SCHOLarSHIp grantS OF tHE COLLEgE StUDEnt COUnCIL OFFICErS anD UnIVErSItY StUDEnt COUnCIL. the above resolutions were approved by the student body during the 2nd BU parliament, which was attended by College Student Council presidents, as well as representatives from the 13 colleges. However, they will still seek the approval of the university administration. “I would like to categorically say that the president has always been supportive of the students’ actions particularly if they will bring out the best of the students. If these resolutions are doable, then I will support them,” president Lauraya remarked.
SUCs, activists denounce budget cut
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YEar aFtEr tHE MOSt grUESOME electionrelated violence in the country, november 23, students from the print and Broadcast Media Department of Bicol University (BU) marched and cried for justice for the 58 slain lives, 34 of whom were journalists. Clad in black and white shirts with black ribbons tied around their arms, the students rallied inside the BU Main Campus with their condemnation against the atrocity of the killing. they roamed around the campus shouting “Huwag kalililimutan, hustisya ipaglaban! Huwag magpapatinag, tayong mamamahayag!” professor anacito Dematera, head of the print and Broadcast Media Department and correspondent of philippine Star, said in his opening remarks that the university is not alone in commemorating the Maguindanao massacre. He avowed that the commemoration was true nationwide. ‘along with 600,000 journalists worldwide, we are not forgetting what happened to our colleagues exactly a year ago today,’ he shared. In a short program after the students’ rally held at BU student lounge, several invited media practitioners spoke about their realizations and denouncements
regarding the worst politicaldriven carnage in the philippine history. ‘they were just doing their job!’ Ed Casulla, a local journalist, expressed and added that as news men they (journalists) are technically neutral while they are ‘covering the news.’ M e a n w h i l e , ruth Mercado, Journalism professor and columnist of Freeman, said that in the 23rd day of november, what must be commemorated was not the massacre itself but the ‘massacre of journalism ethics’. the commemoration must uphold journalism credibility and integrity, she stated. M e r c a d o vouched for an important lesson learned from the tragedy. She warned student journalists to never go with convoys, especially political ones because those who do ‘just make themselves a target’. ‘Joining the bullet is a violation of Journalism ethics,’ she said. She elaborated that what happened to the slain journalists maybe attributed to the truth that, ‘we like being fed and getting paid.’ the Bicol Organization for neo-Journalists (BOnJour) organized the said event.
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tHEIr FIrM OppOSItIOn against the cut in education budget, the College Editors guild of the philippines (CEgp) Bicol Chapter, in partnership with 34 student, civic organizations, and student publications, initiated the Kilos Laban Sa Budget Cut rally last December 14. about 200 youth advocates from all over the region marched from BU Daraga Campus to the Main Campus, in front of Camp Simeon Ola, and afterwards at the downtown Legazpi as their form of denouncing the p1.1 B cut on state universities and colleges’ (SUCs) budget in the country. “BU will experience an p88.81 M budget cut or 18.82 percent of the total percentage of its fund. We should fight for the next generation of youth who will enter college,” ruther Flores, CEgp Bicol Chapter deputy secretary-general and incoming BU USC Chairperson said. according to an anakbayan party list representative who spoke in anonymity, there will be a budget increase for the military officials since the allotted amount for the Department of national Defense (DnD)
will increase from 96.2 to 104.7 billion. the fund of aFp will experience a growth of almost 10B. “the president only allotted 6 pesos for each Filipino for education and 1 peso for health. this amount is too small, compared to 26-peso bullets used in wars. Does this mean that pnOY prioritizes guns and bullets over books and education? this rally will be the voice of SUC’s in the region,” Francis perdon, CEgp Vice president for Luzon and Editor in Chief of the pillars of ateneo De naga University, stressed. the SaMaSa party List in BU-tabaco Campus, meanwhile, perceived that the budget cut would lead to the commercialization of education. “aside from the additional burden to our parents, there will be tuition fee increase, which will cause a number of unfortunate youth not to enter college,” SaMaSa convicted. Various student organizations and publications in BU joined the movement including the Bicol Universitarian, the Mentor, Budyong, Scientia, and some college student councils. Meanwhile, colleagues from other student publications and organizations from across the coun-
try have also expressed their disgust towards the government’s move on education budget slash. trina Federis, CEgp national president lamented that the government should prioritize education. She said that greater fund is allotted for military services which give the students less opportunity to have quality education. “at the University of the philippinesBaguio (UpB), the sudden 300 percent tuition fee hike caused many students not to be enrolled,” alexandra Dioso, UpB Dutcrop graphics Editor said. Meanwhile, Jeo angelo Elamparo, writer of Up Manila’s Manila Collegian said that the budget cut is a form of state abandonment. Flores expressed his hopes for the government to hear what the students have to say. after days of planning and campaigning for Kilos Laban Sa Budget Cut, he said that this is worth it because organizations and publications from different provinces in the region became united to make a stand against the issue. However, he did not expect the vandals committed by other advocates.
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the country every year to work as nurses, engineers, domestic helpers, and countless more professions in almost anywhere in the world despite the numerous risks they face. recent headliners – the Libyan civil war, the earthquakes in Japan and new Zealand (with the former resulting to a tsunami and radiation poisoning), and the recent death sentences to three “drug couriers” in China – seem to have little to no effect to the 10 million overseas workers, and millions more in the country hoping to find greener pastures enjoyed by their kababayans. Low wage rates and a relatively high standard of living are the usual suspects in this exodus which dates back to the Marcos era, when the former president and dictator encouraged the “export of labor” and the creation of the Labor Export policy in 1974. It has evolved to an industry and has become an integral contributor to the philippine economy, raking in billions of pesos of remittances every year. While we cannot argue that working abroad pays so much more than in the philippines, the risks they face are different, if not, larger considering various factors like religion,
YEarS. FIVE YEarS – or more – to some. Such a long time to stay in a classroom, but such a short time to make memories. the thought of graduating still gives me mixed emotions. Should I rejoice over finally making it through? Or should I sulk at the possibility that I’ll be missing the people I’ve held close to my heart? Do grant me pardon if this column gets a bit emotional. Looking back, my four years in Bicol University has been well-spent. Moments like dancing in the rain during Hataw, late-night practices for the Speech Choir, playing tag by the “grassland”, gossiping about prince charming while eating mami at Centree, and so much more. then there are those moments when you exchange nasty looks with the security guards because you’re not wearing the appropriate uniform. and there’s the heartbreaker when prince charming finally comes out of the closet, which, by the way, is hard to move on from. But now, enough of the reminiscing. I would like to acknowledge certain people who made my stay better. My mentors and seniors would probably understand if I thank the little people I don’t get to
culture, and policy. What makes it even worse is that these migrant workers feel neglected by the government. the government has been criticized for its lack of efforts in OFW assistance – Filipinos have not recovered from the much publicized Flor Contemplacion case, which led to her execution in Singapore in 1995. Sixteen years later, overseas workers are still being executed despite the calls to abolish death penalty. the bottom-line is that there aren’t enough jobs for everyone, and a large percentage of those employed are underemployed, or that their jobs do not fit their specializations. plus, we must rid of our employment mentality and consider self-employment and provide jobs. But what the government does is encourage students to take “OFW courses” like nursing and engineering just to work abroad, eventually. now that there is an oversupply, they all of a sudden put a moratorium on these courses. the youth may be the hope of the motherland, but with improper guidance and miseducation, all hope will end in vain.
Making the ephemeral last
“The broken clock is a comfort. It helps me sleep tonight. Maybe it can stop tomorrow from stealing all my time.” as I type (with a smirk) this first line from Lifehouse’s hit “Broken”, I can already imagine the disgusted faces of my Unibe colleagues when they get to read this column. I pardon them in advance because lately, I’ve been guilty of torturing them with my repeated rendition of this song (especially this line) inside the office. one liner, they tease me. oh well, that’s something they’d learn their way when they get their turn of being stolen of time. It’s good that four years in college had been long enough to change my perspectives
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about certain things in life. too bad however, four years had been short enough making me wish I’d stay still. Upon handing down the pen as I finish answering my last final exam as a college student, an instant nostalgia struck me reminding why I held that pen and why I came in the Bicol University in the first place- a place I once never intended to be in. every time I silently recap the events how I landed on this spot that I love as my second home now, I am again reminded how I was amazed (and I still am) to realize how God had perfectly planned my life. his Divine Intervention taught me the lessons of mine and others’ actions, he dawned on me the acceptance of flaws of being human. he amazed me by the diversity of his creations
so I learned to appreciate individual differences. he directed me to the ultimate realization of the purpose of my existence. too bad four years had passed just like the gust of wind. Looking back now, I could only mutter that at least, I spent it not to be wasted (though most of the time I did look wasted) but to maximize the ephemeral stint he entrusted to me to ponder, learn, enjoy, grieve, laugh, love, and appreciate life. I had my four seasons of it. The scorching reminder of being in between childhood and adulthood still haunts me. The clashing priorities, the boiling confusions, the burning desire of self discovery, the dying flame of innocence, the flickering clairvoyance in my reveries. Despite the flare of young fantasies, I’ve always wanted to remain guarded, grounded. I was a coward. so fortunate of me to have met people in college who taught me that as long as I have good intentions towards fulfilling my yearnings, I must never be afraid. conviction is not something we earn from winning hot arguments; neither is bravery gained from blood shed. a name is made stalwart by always doing good, just good. Proving to be the best is not something we must die for; just by doing good, bringing out the best in oneself comes out naturally. Nothing good goes to waste, someone I look up to used to tell me. Summer. for someone like me who has to learn things the hard way, frustrations and disappointments are no longer new. at times, one would think of being stripped off his privileges, denied of his rights, and taken for granted for his humble deeds. I’ve had a lot of share of those. at some points in my being involved in the university publication, I saw the remaining debris of hope falling off the sturdy foundation I once knew. Just when faith has convinced me that things are going to be alright because I only wanted the best for the majority, fate has messed up with me. People come, people go. even those who I draw my resilient spirit from had their exodus. Just like the leaves falling off from an old tree, I held no more to remaining vigilant. I wished to be one of those falling leaves. Autumn. stagnation comes to those gifted with intelligence but chose to be unproductive. a know-it-all but does not move to react, influence or at least initiate change is far more a failure than someone who knows little but augments his feebleness and struggles to defy the filthy status quo knowing that he somehow
can correct the wrong. In college, I met a lot of people brimming with potentials, skills, and resources to do what it takes to improve not only himself as a person, student, or citizen of the country; but also a group, if not all of the people he is with and the society they live in. But they chose to be passive. They let apathy swallow them whole. They succumbed to egocentric hibernation, just like a corrupt official warm on his bed of public coffers on a chilly evening while the underprivileged laid their icy flesh on shabby mats along the streets. too bad, a lot of people do look up to them. Winter. I’ve had series of attempts of just trashing my then so strong faith on the things I wanted to do and on doing them to glorify God. I’m glad I did not surrender to temptation. one of my former editors left me with this very inspiring verse from the bible, “If God is with us, who can be against us?” During moments of hopelessness and desolation, we find comfort in the presence of a few who let us not forget the beauty of sunshine. No matter how impossible it may be, the shedding of light in our shadows by these people drives us to an oasis of purpose of celebrating the surprises of unpredictable daily occurrences and enduring the people and events we see as evil forces that hinder us from achieving our goals. college taught me the game of survival. It has brought out the best and worst in me. I got to know real and reel people. I witnessed inspiring struggles of painstaking persons. I’ve been disgusted by hideous strategies of some just to make it through. I sympathized with friends who lost a loved one; I congratulated girlfriends who have already welcomed a new life to theirs. I saw a lot of things, a lot of beautiful things. even the grimiest events sprouted beautiful results. of course, it depends on how we perceive things. Life is hard indeed but we can still spare some time to pause and smell the flowers. Spring. My graduation day had officially marked the end of my stay in the academe. The completion of this print issue culminated my days with the publication that brought me sunshines and storms in the last four years. This final column is dedicated to the people I’ve worked with. to the oldies, your efforts were not wasted. to my Unibe batchmates, we’re one of the oldies now! It had been a well-spent four years. to the ones who will be left, may you live up to the publication’s unwavering mantra, “Fairness, Accuracy, and Genuine student service.” Padayon, my comrades!
see everyday. Fresh from a strict Dominican high school, I had this mini-theory that state universities were a bit loose in implementing policies. But then I met CSB4’s legendary Lady guard, and it made me change my mind in an instant. Despite being infamous to some, I commend her for giving us a lesson or two on discipline and consistency in implementing rules. there’s never a day when she’s not checking you from head to toe. In line with discipline, I gained respect to our sanitary engineers, a.k.a. janitors, who would always let us borrow cleaning paraphernalia when we have to remove the cobwebs in hard-to-reach areas in the office. Hey, the environmentalist in me was awakened when they taught me waste segregation, ending my confusion between recyclable and non-biodegradable (yes, this is too embarrassing to admit). there would be times when I think life is going a bit too slow and a bit too dull for someone as hyper as me. and when I’m troubled by that thought, I rush to the “energy-filled” (insert sarcasm here) stores to grab a meal, and then I’ll instantly realize that I’m still my life’s rockstar. But not all are like that. Some can awaken the kikay in you, afraid
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that her dangling earrings, skirt and high heels might outshine you in your uniform while you buy her lumpia. and who could possibly forget our beloved Morning good? With his slightly incomprehensible jokes and incontrollable cursing, he taught me bravery and keeping calm. and to the not-yet-as-famous James Bang, he taught me that you can always be a child at heart, and that the whole world is your playground.
So before this column runs out of space, I’d like to leave a little thought. Staying at school is not always about gaining that degree. Half of it is about the people we meet, the memories and the unforgettable lessons about life we’ve learned with them. With this, I move on to the real world. But I’ll always remember BU, not just as an institution, but as my second home.
our system bothers me so much. The thought of it gives me the unyielding shudders and reservations that I chose to be mum about it and hope that a black hole will just snatch me from my exodus. In just a snap of my thumb, all the chaotic occurrences in this world will go along with it, including the distorted philosophies of our leaders, the crap justice system of our country, the fancy clothes of Lady Gaga, my vacillating pimples and my procrastinations. It is something I know already exists but I am just too afraid as a scardy-cat, or maybe, am just too vigilant that I forget to stay low and be on-guard with my actions. It is something that tries to eat us inch by inch but we are just too confident with ourselves that we can knock it off and pretend that we are the lords of our beliefs. We convince ourselves that it will just disappear if we become simply ignorant about its existence. however, luckily for that thing, the
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world does not revolve that way. It continues to hide beneath our being plainly hardheaded and it lives and consumes us without being noticed. The very frustrating part is we have been with this bothersome thing for quite an eon of time. Little that we know that something has stayed in the deepest roots of our soils that no matter how we try to erode it (even with nature’s intervention), its implantation is just too strong that our hands surrender from the bruises and toils of attempting to remove it. It is just like the culture of corruption thriving in our country. The trees of corruption have rapidly grown like the baobabs of the Little Prince’s planet, out of our very forgiving attitude. how many times have we become dumbfounded after knowing that our president, the most notable among them is the fourteenth, triumphantly embezzled our national coffers without being condemned or even jailed? We blame it to our highly payable legal courts and to our very slow prosecution process but it does not even reach
our judgment that we are mostly responsible for it. Does it even ring a bell to us students who did not even paid a parcel of our time when we evaded the national or even the local elections? to sulk against it is not even an acceptable gesture. We may not know it but we have seen this bothersome thing in its topsy-turvy. I bet almost everyone had dine with it and even slept with it. how it resurrected from the giant boulders of suppression by feeding on the weeds left by our perverted leaders are all embedded on the chapters of our history. Pardon me for being too melodramatic at this time. When we entered its dungeons, we started to live a misguided life that is patterned according to the principle of ‘we cannot do something about this because we might just get killed’. We are walking blinded and clueless on the path that awaits us. some are already mutilated and are just waiting for their time of departure to come. We follow a very stringent and strange routine that no one dares to defy and we sail our boats with a very resistant current. We know that something is wrong but we just chose to live with it, very unresponsive and yet very submissive. our feudal lords must have been too daunting that we restrained ourselves with our volition. apathetic. Defenseless. to weep in misery and implore for Divine Intervention is not even encouraged. We might just find ourselves downtrodden and helpless, left with no alternative but to bite a slice of bread that was once gobbled by those silver-mouthed species when they were just baby crocodiles. Gory and unsightly. It will not take long before we lose our senses. The mere thought of it will give us the unyielding shudders and reservations that we chose to defy it and hope that a black hole will snatch those feudal lords from our exodus and all those chaotic occurrences will be dragged
along with it, including their limbs and that bothersome thing in our system. Before we knew it, a sigh in a gust of wind would then be appropriate. Who knows it may not yet be too late to secretly sniff on it? *** hinay-hinay lang. ang lahat ng bagay ay may tamang oras, may tamang lugar at may tamang formula. hindi dahil nararamdaman mong ‘this is it’ na at ang lahat ng kasamahan mo ay sumasang-ayon sayo, magpapakaepal ka na at magpapadalos-dalos sa mga desisyon mo. Malay mo sadyang tahimik lang ‘yang mga kasamahan mo o di nama’y takot lang talaga silang madapuan ng mga kamay mong tila pinagtibay na ng napakaraming bakal. Ikaw naman kasi, para kang si hulk kung magalit. scary. hinay-hinay lang. hindi naman masamang mangarap at lalong wala namang nagbabawal sayo na mangarap. ‘Yan lang naman ang patunay na may disposisyon ka rin sa buhay at may kagustuhan ka ring umunlad. Nagiging mali lang naman ang mangarap kung nakakalimutan mo nang alalahanin ang mga taong naging kasa-kasama mo sa tila Mount everest mong pangangarap. Nasa tuktok ka na nga pero magagawa mo pa kayang bumaba? hinay-hinay lang, one step at a time. Baka sa sobrang pagmamadali mong makaalis sa napakalugmok mong buhay, nakalimutan mo nang magsuot ng damit at manuklay ng malarizal mong buhok. hindi porke’t magaling ka, sigurado nang bull’s eye ang tagumpay mo. subukan mo naman kasing makiramdam. Minsan kung sino pa ‘yung nilalampaso mo, siya pa ang magiging dahilan ng paglalampaso mo. alalahanin mo, hindi ka si superman. Bunga ka lang ng isang pinagtagpi-tagping pagkakataon.
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wAs sCrAtChIng My thIghs wIth my right hand as I carefully landed my left on the side of the bed. I felt like I have to scratch every nook and cranny of my body as rashes were increasing in a mass. But I tried to restrain myself from scratching even though it ached not to. I wanted to curse, as my flu fluctuated hourly, as I felt like nauseated always, as the nurse came in often to inject antibiotic on the dextrose fixed in my left hand, as I ate the banal food serving, as I felt sick of walking in the comfort room with my free arm extending the dextrose upward, as I could not conceive what disease was it until pronounced dengue and worse of all as I constantly imagined what the entire Unibe staff were doing during the workshop. I did not bother to text so I would not itch to ask what they were doing in which I could not help them, even myself though. that we waited about an hour and a half for another vehicle to fetch us up. It was such a mishap that I could only curse fate. I arrived home at 11pm. sarah and I exchanged messages around 3am; I was already complaining that I might not finish it. My hopes were turning into dust already but she had that oozing confidence that we could make it. having been enlivened, I vacuumed my hopes for Unibe. I reconsidered the thought of quitting; it was not my mind that was worn off actually, it was my body starting to fall off that deadened my hopes a bit. If she did no better in encouraging me, I would have chosen to retire in bed instead. I tried to stay in the office until late afternoon that day then left for sorsogon immediately. I was having a light headache already until the following two weeks were history. If I needed to be unlucky, I had it, real tough. But in politics, if you want to handle a position, you need to be lucky, real tough. even if I am sickly, it does not falter my drive to do great things. Just like if you are blind, it does not curb you from singing or dancing. If the Philippines economy is skidding, it does not mean you would work abroad. If Japan faced catastrophe, (maybe because they kill and eat dolphins) it may soon rise again. If BU only shrugged budget cut issue, it did not mean lumps of stock fund in the admin, did it? Maybe budget would not be a hard nut to crack. If a writer dies, it does not mean his previous works too, would be dead at once. I could say that the wildest stage of life ever is college. It earned me a life in considering the welfare of the majority, covering the underdogs, having a touch of both sides of the coin, and being in between. Now, I only cough at the idea of beating the deadline because oftentimes midway beating it, you will drop dead. I learned a lot, a whole lot- lessons that I did not find even by thumbing piles of books. I despised drinkers but I downed liquor thrice. from that I learned that I love to ramble, and that my fingertips itched after getting drunk. rubbish! But rubbish sometimes makes sense. When I thought things over regarding quitting Unibe, I just imagined walking at the corridor with an ill feeling of passing by the old office. I said to myself, if I quit midway, I will never enter the office again and I would forever hate boredom. They say that there are only two types of people on earth: the practical and sentimental. Most writers fell on the latter. Let me steal this opportunity to thank those whose hearts moved me, whose ideologies inspired me, whose arms aided me, whose personality awed me. to you who are sparing time to read this, and each of the Unibe, Budyong and other pub print issues- warmest thanks. We write because we want you to know what we have just learned. also, because we think you ought to know the things that concerned us both. after all, it is because we love what we’re doing that we do best at it.
ISANG MagULOng kapaligiran ang sumalubong sa kanya pagpasok na pagpasok niya pa lamang sa kanilang silidaralan. Hindi na bago ang ganoong scenario. Karaniwang tanawin na iyon kapag may hinihintay silang pagsusulit. Matapos pagmasdan nang maigi ang magugulong mga kamag-aral, dumiretso na siya sa kanyang upuan at tahimik na naupo. Sinipat niya ang oras sa kanyang relos. Labinlimang minuto pa. Dumating na rin ang katabi niya sa upuan at makisali sa gulo ng buong klase. Unti-unting kumapal ang tensiyon sa buong paligid habang patuloy niyang sinusubaybayan ang paglakad ng kamay ng relos. ngunit mukhang siya lamang ang may kamalayan sa paggalaw ng oras. Sapagkat ang lahat ay abala sa pagbuklat ng kani-kanilang kwaderno at subsob ang mga mukha sa mga pahina niyon. nawili siyang panoorin ang mga ito. Kaunti lang ang nanatiling nakaupo sa sariling upuan. May mga lumipat pa para magpaturo sa tinaguriang pinakamahusay sa kanilang klase. May palakad-lakad sa labas habang kinakausap ang sarili. May kumakausap sa hangin. May nakikinig sa musika. May kumakanta. May nakatingala sa kisame. May nakatulala sa dingding. May nakatunghay sa bintana. May nakaabang sa pintuan. May nagkukwentuhan. May nagdedebate. May nag-aalmusal pa lamang. at may nagpatuloy ng naudlot na tulog at himbing na himbing. agad niyang kinunan ng litrato gamit ang kanyang cellphone ang kanyang kaklaseng tulog at mabilis niyang itinago nang maalimpungatan ito. pasimple siyang tumingin sa relos nang sa wakas ay sumulpot ang maliit na imahe ng kanilang guro sa may pintuan. agad na nagkagulo ang lahat. nagliparan ang mga aklat at mga kwaderno sa ere patungo sa naghihintay na sahig. nagpaunahan ang mga kamag-aral niya pabalik sa kani-kanilang lugar. nagkatulakan pa at may muntik nang sumubsob sa sahig ang mukha dahil sa labis na pagmamadali. May pasimpleng nag-unat-unat ng mga braso at nagpunas ng laway as gilid ng mga labi sabay kusot sa namumulang mga mata. at may mga tahimik lang na inayos ang pagkakaupo, inayos ang suot na salamin at magiliw na bumati sa guro. nakangiting bumati rin ito sa kanya. nakasunod ang kanilang mga mata sa bawat galaw nito. Sabay-sabay nilang pinigilan ang paghinga ng malalim nang bumukas ang bibig nito upang magsalita. at kung ang pagtibok ng puso ay maari ring pigilan, ganoon din sana ang ginawa nila. “Kumuha kayo ng isang papel at isulat ninyo sa pinakataas ng kaliwang bahagi ang inyong bilang sa klase. Huwag nang isusulat ang inyong pangalan,” utos nito sa matinis na tinig na muntik nang ikabasag ng mga salamin sa mga bintana. nagtungo ito sa harap ng mesa, binuksan nito ang bag at may dinukot na isang maliit na kwaderno. Inatake na naman sila ng kaba. May mga matang nagkasalubong at tahimik na nag-uusap. Marahan niyang tinapik-tapik ang hawak na bolpen sa gilid ng kanyang mesa. Lumingon nang nakakunot ang katabi niyang babae kaya’t itinigil niya iyon. nag-umpisang magsulat ang guro sa pisara. Maya-maya pa’y napuno na iyon ng mga mathematical problems at pakiramdam niya ay umikot ang kanyang paningin. napahawak siya sa mesa. Ipinikit niya ang mga mata at huminga nang malalim. Binulungan niya ang sarili at nagsimulang sumagot. Sa gawing kaliwa niya ay nakamasid sa kanya ang kaklase niyang babae na nakakunot pa rin ang noo. nakasunod ang mga mata nito sa bawat galaw ng kamay niya. Dinukot niya ang panyo mula sa bulsa ng kanyang
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pantalon at tinakpan niyon ang mga nauna na niyang sagot. noon lang siya tinantanan ng kaklase. Lumipas ang ilang minuto. pagangat niya ng tingin, binitawan niya na ang hawak-hawak na bolpen. Wala ang guro. Kaya pala may naririnig na siyang mumunting bulungan na papalakas at kalampag ng kanina’y ininda niya lang. nagkasalubong ang mga kilay niya nang mapagmasdang maigi ang ayos ng silid-aralan nila. nawala sa tamang lugar ang mga upuan, nasira ang sitting arrangement at may nagkalat nang mga gamit sa sahig. Binalingan niya ang katabi at tinanaong kung nasaan ang guro. Hindi ito sumagot. Inulit niya ang tanong at napilitan itong sumagot nang pabalang. Lumabas daw ang guro nila dahil ipinatawag ng college dean. tumangu-tango siya. Kaya pala, pabulong niyang sagot. tumaas lang ang kilay nito at tinalikuran na siya upang humarap sa kaibigan nitong nakaupo sa unahan ng upuan nito. nagpasya na lang siyang panoorin ang sari-saring palabas sa kanyang paligid. Magkakadikit na ang mga upuan na parang may pasugalan. May yukungyuko na animo’y nagdarasal---sinundan niya ang tingin nito at isang nakabukas na kwaderno ang nakita niyang nakapatong sa sapatos nito sa ilalim ng mesa. May mga malabubuyog na nagbubulungan. May animo’y nagpapakumpisal sa isang sulok. nagkakandahabaan na rin ang mga leeg at naglalakihan na ang mga mata ng mga nito. Lumipad ang tingin niya sa ere nang may binatong papel patungo sa kabilang bahagi ng silid. nagpuyos ang damdamin niya. Subalit nawala ang pansin niya roon nang may ipinaabot sa kanya ang isa pang kamag-aral. May nakatiklop na papel sa kamay nito ngunit hindi roon dumako ang tingin niya kundi sa palad nito na nagsilbing scratch paper. nagkasalubong ang kanilang mga mata at napakamot lamang ito, sabay ngiti nang matipid na parang nahihiya. Bumawi siya ng tingin at sinunod ang inihingi nitong pabor. nang mapagod ang kanyang mga mata sa kamamasid ay pinili niya na lamang na mangalumbaba at ipinikit ang mga mata. Sa loob ng maglilima pang minuto ay ganoon lamang ang ayos niya. napadilat lamang siya nang dahil sa mabibilis na yabag, nagkalampagang mga upuan at sa sigaw ng isa pang kamag-aral, “Dumating na si madam!” Hinubad niya ang suot na salamin at pinunasan muna iyonat muling isinuot. Kinuha niya ang panyo at doon humikab. Inaantok na rin siya sa tagal ng oras. tahimik na ang buong paligid kaya’t rinig na rinig ang ingay ng takong ng kanilang guro pagpasok nito. Sumilay ang ngiti sa mga labi nito nang makita ang ayos nila. Lahat ay nasa tamang lugar----nasa sahig ang mga bag, nakahanay ang mga upuan at tahimik ang buong klase. Umiling-iling siya. napalingon muli ang kanyang katabi at muli siyang tinaasan ng kilay. Sinuklian niya ito nang isang matipid na ngiti. Bigla itong pinamulahan at nag-iwas ng tingin. “Maaari nang lumabas ang tapos na,” anunsiyo ng guro pagkatapos maupo sa upuan nito sa unahan ng silid. agad niyang niligpit ang bolpen sa loob ng bag, sinukbit iyon at tumayo. Dinampot niya ang kanyang pa-
few days before I was confined were the eve of editorial board exam. The words still rang in my head as I heard my mother trailed off her warn, “if your body wears off, I’d let you quit from schooling and Unibe...” Because I’m too old a man, I presumed, I was confident enough to drum up a reason so she would not put the blame on something I was really in to. [oh, sometimes I dreamed not to be pampered anymore. It hampered me from doing things my own.] If young could relate to it and so does PNoY. Perhaps on the fact that he’s too old a man to piece out the puzzle yet too frail to decide. Bet his male disposition died out. a man that only have guts but physically restrained would struggle. It will appear just like a poor land animal dropped in the pond, say a kitten plunged in the pond. Poor kitten, the duck would only yodel a laugh. It’s how you learn things the hard way. and excuses such as I am not able, would be as expedient as shifting to another course. In the sphere of Journalism, it’s a precondition to learn things your own way, the hardest way. I tried to take the editorial board exam always but I usually ran out of reasons of preparedness. first, I have not taken up the Budyong editorial board exam when I was an incoming sophomore since my family bereaved of my auntie’s lost. Then when another year passed and I wished to take the editorial board exam of Unibe, that very day, my phone was crashed which spoiled my day so much that I withdrew from taking the exam. I arrived at blaming fate then the fate cursed me-If the will were strong, you will just shun negative reasons. Because I was slaved of my emotional weakness, I fell off short. In a publication, reasons are trashed. only few good men survive under pressure, I induced myself. feeling relieved with the thought, I tried to change the course of event the last year. Let me narrate it. The supposed one-day Unibe editorial board exam turned out two days. We all were not through yet with the articles the first day, then the power went off late that afternoon. Great, I decided to go home in sorsogon around seven; when I was in the van the power resumed. very great, indeed! along the way the van had a mechanical trouble that the passengers had to transfer another van, had I thought better, I hesitated to go home. very fortunate, we are truly,
after declaring Libya a no-fly zone by the United nations, the western coalition of the United States, United Kingdom, and France set out an all-out attack on Col. Muammar al-gadhafi (one of more than a hundred spellings) and his allies, just like what they did to Saddam Hussein in Iraq ten years ago. Libya, an oil-rich nation in north africa, is one of the many oil exporters in the region and in the Middle East that is held under authoritarian rule, whose leaders date back from the early 1900’s when westerners discovered oil in those areas. the deposed Shah of Iran’s father, reza Shah pahlavi, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Saudi arabia’s abdul aziz ibn-Saud, and even Hugo Chavez of Venezuela are believed to be put into power by western powers, notably the United States and United Kingdom despite the leaders’ apparent hatred toward them. In the award winning French film “persepolis,” pahlavi wanted to make Iran a republic just like turkey but the British persuaded him to be Shah, or king in exchange for their oil. It is believed that there are more of these arrangements – absolute power in exchange of oil or other resources, which usually end up as a one-sided deal. In the relatively short but opulent history of the United States, the country has been infamous for making huge profits dur-
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The united states of oil producers
ing war time – as long as the war isn’t fought on US territory. World War II alone raked in so much into the US economy that they have very much recovered from the great Depression of the 1930’s. Since then, they have been waging wars outside their boundaries (Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, and more) and cashing in gazillions of dollars in revenue. the most recent of these wars is their “war on terror” against Iraq and afghanistan, however, has cost them so much rather than earn profit, and many are speculating that a new “moneymaking ploy” in the works – with the oil-rich arab nation as the gold mine. this theory of the United States seeking control of the oil-rich Middle East has been around for some time, and it became more apparent after declaring the much criticized “war on terror.” the theory has become so popular that a modified version of the video game Civilization IV included a victory condition of the “american Empire” – to control ten oil sources. Obviously, most of the oil sources are situated in the Middle East, and only three are found in the american continent. Fans of the game called that region the “arab States of america.” Whether all of these are proven true or not, we must always keep our eyes open. Who knows, maybe a sleeping giant might pull an upset against them.
pel. nag-atubili siyang maglakad paunahan. nilingon niya muna ang kanyang katabi, pasimpleng tiningnan ang papel nito at hinuli ang tingin nito. “Undefined ang sagot sa number 18,” aniya sa mababang tinig. Walang nakarinig sa sinabi niya maliban sa kanyang kausap. tahimik lang itong tumingala sa kanya at marahang tumango. “Salamat.” “goodluck.” at iniwan niya na ito. pigil ang pagngiting naglakad siya palapit sa guro. Ibinigay niya rito ang kanyang papel, nagpaalam at walang likod-lingong lumabas sa pintuan. Hindi pa nga siya nakakalayo sa kanilang silid nang may biglang tumapik sa likod niya. nakangiting nalingunan niya ang isang kasamahan sa soccer team nila. “’tol, ‘musta ang Mr. University?” tanong nito sa kanaya nang may halong panunukso. tawa lang ang isinagot niya rito at nagpatuloy sa paglakad. tinahak niya na ang direksiyon ng hagdan pababa. nang mag-isa na lamang siya sa unang palapag ay tumunog ang cellphone niya. ngumisi siya nang mabasa kung sino ang tumatawag. “nakuha mo ba lahat ng ibinigay ko kagabi?” ang tanong mula sa kabilang linya. tumawa siya. “Mukhang aakyat na naman si papa sa stage.” BY AUBREY MAE ESTERNON ‘Aubrey was a former Bachelor of Nuring student. She belongs to the Bicol University Class of 2011.’ This space is open to all students of Bicol University. Please send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Chosen contribution may be edited for clarity and space. Published contribution becomes a property of the publication.
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the BUs And with overflowing joy within her, she silently contemplated on the idea, “god loves me very much. he died for my sins, and even my sins in the future are already forgiven. ” caren Joy reyes, a fourth year Bs accountancy student admitted that growing up was not at all smooth sailing. she had battling confusions inside her head and shared that she did not know her purpose in life until she found God and realized his purpose for her. caren Joy is only one among the many students of Bicol University (BU) who now had their ‘great adventure’ began when they got affiliated to a university-based organization(UBo) which is also an interdenominational christian organization committed to promote evangelism and discipleship of Jesus christ to the students of all nations, the campus crusade for christ (ccc). Long-time crusade The ministry started in 1951 when Dr. Bill Bright founded ccc at the University of california, Los angeles (UcLa). It has grown now into a worldwide mission organization spanning over 196 countries around the world. ccc began in the Philippines in 1965 when Bright came to the country with 16 overseas staff to conduct training in evangelism and discipleship. It was recognized as a campus organization at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 1967. Now, ccc is known as a student-led christian movement that focuses not only in steeling leadership but also in strengthening relationship with God. hence, the members of the movement are called disciples. ccc mission is to near people’s hearts to christ. I n 1 9 9 5 , c c c became a
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UBo in BU which aimed to build well-rounded student leaders through the love of christ. Just last year, the movement had already at least 160 student members but since most of them were graduating students that time, the number was reduced this year. Nonetheless, the movement continues to struggle to reach out to more BU students to join the fellowship. as of last November, the movement has accumulated 83 students who are active members, including some graduates of the university who are still actively attending various seminars and trainings on discipleship. The organization survived through the financial aid a staff from Manila chapter offered before however, the funding was eventually cut. In lieu, the members decided to fish money from their own pockets to sustain the org’s spiritual and leadership activities. But ccc denies collection as compulsory; the org conducts ‘racing support’. They who have received God “It’s not a commitment to anyone, but commitment to God,” edsel toledo, a sopho-
meaning of my name (frances Grace) was free gift,” she said. another member who once considered himself as ‘scientologist’ because he used to believe in science alone and he wanted to find reasons in every action or situation he is into, is now a devoted follower of God. “as I recall my old self, parang gusto kong batukan yung dating ako!” Marben ramos, a fifth year electrical engineering student and one of the student staff admitted. he said that he had a life that was already programmed and he was looking for something that he could not decipher what. originally from the college of education, he shifted course and by that time, his classmates recruited him to attend the ccc lectures and activities. “When I shifted, it was more than just shifting a course, it was shifting of life,” he said upon realizing that indeed, God has perfect plans for him. “My involvement in BU-ccc is an answered prayer for me,” Joseph Bornilla, a 3rd year electrical engineering said. he actively participates in BU-ccc without his parents’ approval.
ings and other stuff with the growing demands in school,” Lyn* explained. “There came a point that i seldom attend meetings and fellowship especially when I cannot seem to fit it in my sched. When you are with them it’s like everything is planned that you seem not to feel the thrill of life anymore because it’s fixed. everything falls down to good things like you got no right to be wrong. But despite everything, I enjoyed being with the group and I can say I changed for the better. I learned to appreciate simple things that I never noticed before,” Lars* said. Bond of culture, bond of faith as 2012 draws nearer, the ties of religious-known countries gets even tighter. on July 15 of last year, Korea campus crusade for christ (Kccc) in partnership with Bicol University campus crusade for christ (BUccc) built movement drawn by the passion to continue effecting change in the university and beyond. twenty nine student leaders with 13 staff members of Kccc flew to BU to share God’s faith and devotion through building movements. In 2009, a first batch of 40 student leaders and 13 staff members have already visited BU. t h e first visit earned good feedbacks so the Kccc chose BUccc again as their partner for the second time, cip opeña, BUccc coordinator said. as a gesture of gratitude, the Koreans in their typical Korean attires ministered the students through Korean dances, mimes and christian testimonies during the Phil-Kor friendship nights. They introduced their culture and the four spiritual laws. The following days, they roamed along with the BUccc coordinators and staff members in three different campuses – the BU main campus, east campus and daraga campus. from there, they started conversing with students and sharing the gospel of Jesus. They used the one-to-one conversation about God to reach out to the students. right now, managing the activities are harder since the organization currently doesn’t have professional staff. They only have six student staff. “We expected that hardship long before we went here. But we communicated by hearts since we are all christians.” Jan Woosung, one of the Korean student leaders said. I would like to acknowledge the hospitality of the Bicol University students who never let us feel that we are of different race. They patiently conversed with my team even though we are not that good in speaking the english language and we are looking forward in going back in your university,” timothy eo, Kccc campus coordinator said. When people hear religion or any word of its kind, two things commonly pop into their mind. That may be the topic bores the hell out of them or otherwise. some people deemed preaching a yawn. They act way different to those whose hearts were touched or changed. religious people believe to some extent that all-powerful God bestows upon them oh-lovely-boons of life that they do not mind learning and relearning things others may refuse to entertain. even if people have different views and opinions about faith, religion, and God, the fact still remains that indeed, we all want to find out our purpose as living beings. People may resort to different religions or spiritual organizations, but at the end of the day, it’s still important to remember that the faith must not be on the religion or organization, but with the Lord. *not their real names. They spoke in the name of anonymity.
Featured Organization: Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC)
Great Leap of Faith
By PatrIcIa MIgueL and aLySSa JoSeLLe BañareS according to him, he joined ccc because when he was in his second year in high school, he was inspired of the missionaries who visited their place and conducted sessions about God. But his parents forbade him in attending the sessions. since he has the passion in spreading the word of God, he affiliated in BUccc. “We are not promoting any religion” Despite Born again christian dominating other religions in the group, the ccc shrugs off allegations that they are promoting a religion. according to Joseph Bornilla, a discipler, when someone joins ccc, no member will ask him about his religion because religion is not the bottom-line of the movement. he defended that members who chose to convert were not compelled. In most cases, there are members who entered ccc as roman catholic and after several sessions opted to convert their religion into Born again christian. But ccc said they hold no credit from it. Meanwhile, others decided to quit for various reasons and barriers. . “I was pressured. They are setting our (members) priorities that I found quite offensive. Yes, they are right that God must be on top, family, studies, and career but they keep on reminding us always every meeting of these as if in the first place, we do not know all of it. I understand that they constantly remind us so we shall not go astray. But heaven, it seemed like they are the ones planning for what we shall do with our lives,” Lars*, a former member divulged. she added that although ccc (old members) does not prohibit them in submitting to romantic relationships, it is but then discouraged. “That is too unfair, especially if you want to be committed to God and manage your personal life at the same time. They always think that setting five priorities is next to impossible because you can’t manage it all at the same time. They usually say that there must be only four: God, family, studies and career and nothing more,” she bursted out. “They said that they only want to teach those who want to move or share, we understand that it’s the core objective of the movement otherwise their efforts will be futile. The movement has to grow so you need to recruit people by sharing the word of God. But we are having a hard time finding time to fit fellowship, sharing, meet-
more student from the college of Business, economics and Management (cBeM) shared. edsel said he was once a very adventurous kid and was always amazed by the story of creation. he knew that he ‘knew’ God but that ended there. having been part of the organization, he said that he did not only learn to know God, he also experienced God. Meanwhile, frances Grace Jetomo, an english major shared that there was a point that she could not appreciate life because she did not know the purpose of her existence. “I encountered the thirst and hunger for God. I was inspired by the book “The Purpose Driven Life. In my intimacy with god, I learned to obey him. In obedience, there is blessing,” she recounted. “I learned my purpose. I was even happier when I found out that t h e
nA AnG binilang na taon ng hindi pa rin magibang Centree malapit sa BU soccer field, giniba na ang commencement stage na kawangis ng Sydney Opera House, nananatiling hilaw pa rin ang punong gurang. naging saksi siya ng mga buhay na naging laman na ng usap-usapan. Hulaan mo nga kung sino itong mahilig tumalon sa bawat kumpol ng mga estudyanteng naguusap, nagkakantahan, at naglalaro. Minsan, para lamang magbigay ng pansamantalang aliw. pero teka, hindi naman imahe ng isang nagbebenta ng aliw ang nais ipakahulugan. Kako, kung narinig mo na ang huni ng toko, ang sipol sa babaeng seksi at mataba, ng balibaliktad na salita o pangungusap na tanging gifted lamang ang makakagawa? natatandaan mo pa ba ang taong nakasando at nakashorts na minsan mo’y tinatakasan? Iyong minsan nakasumbrero nga pero sa harap naman ang likuran? Iyon bang bigla na lang sumingit sa usapan niyong magkakaibigan para tapunan kayo ng paulit-ulit niyang jokes? Eh, ‘yung nagmumura sa tuwing sinasabihan ng, “Tighahanap ka na ni mama mo”? naging tampunan nga ng biruan, ngunit aakalain mo bang minsa’y naging miyembro siya ng isang banda dito sa BU, ang Combo? Kaya pala hindi na rin nakapagtataka kung bakit naliligayahan ang iba sa tuwing madalas niyang kantahin ang, Bed of roses. tick tack! tara, pasukin natin ang baliktad na mundo ni rogelio Concepcion Jr. na kilala sa tawag na ‘Morning good’. naging tawag ito sa kanya dahil na rin sa madalas nitong pagbati ng “Morning good!” sa mga estudyanteng nakikita nito sa umaga. Sa First park Subdivision nakatira ang sikat na si Morning good, hindi naman kalayuan sa BU, medyo nasa sulok nga lang ng Daraga. Sinadya ng the BiCOL UniVersitAriAn na alamin ang pribadong buhay ni Morning good na sumasalamin ng kanyang pangarap at unang babaeng minahal maging ang hinuha ng mga nakakasalamuha nito. Hindi matukoy ang talagang ugat ng pagkabaliw ni Morning good, may nagsasabing dahilan ng pagkasakit nito ng malubha ang nakaapekto sa kanyang pag-iisip, mayroon ding nagsabing dahil sa may nailagay na kung ano sa kanyang inumin noong minsa’y humarap ito sa inuman. gayunpaman, hindi man ito naging tanyag sa larangan ng edukasyon, sikat naman ito sa bawat estudyanteng nababahaginan ng pansamantalang aliw. “gusto ko simpleng buhay. Hindi mayaman, hindi mahirap. pinangarap ko ring maging piloto!” tumawa siya nang sumagot bakas ang naibaon nang katinuan sa mundo. Dagdag niya pa, “Masaya dito sa BU, friendly ang mga tao kaya sa field ko gusting maglagi kasi B talaga ang BU, Beautiful.”
Inilihim na pagmamahal May isang babaeng ini-
big ni Morning good nang tapat at buong puso. Isang babaeng naging sentro ng buhay niya noong nasa kolehiyo pa ito. Isang babaeng ayon sa kanya ay “simple and understanding” kaya inibig niya nang husto. nakilala niya si Janet noong siya ay nagaaral sa BUSat na ngayo’y Bicol University College of Industrial technology (BU-CIt) na sa kursong automotive Welding. Cosmetology naman ang kinukuha noon ni Janet. Mayroon ding babaeng sinasabing minahal si Morning good. Si Monica na Food technology student noon at naging kaklase ng dalawa sa isang subject. Dinidedma lang daw ito ni Morning good sapagkat parating may kasamang lalaki itong si Monica. Isa lang talagang babae ang iniirog niya ng mga panahong iyon- si Janet. “Searching. I’m looking for love! Bakit hindi ko niligawan si Janet? You know why? I’m shy!,” ani Morning good sabay ngiti. ngunit kasabay ng pagdaan ng araw noong nasa kolehiyo sila ang umiikling oras at panahon para sa kanila ni Janet. nakagradweyt sila na hindi man lamang nasabi ni rogelio ang kanyang lihim na pagmamahal sa babae. Inamin niyang bigo siya kay Janet. Kailanma’y hindi niya nasabi sa babae ang kanyang itinatagong pagmamahal. pagkatapos ng dalawang taong kurso na iyon, hindi na raw niya nakita si Janet. Isang araw dinapuan si Morning good ng typhoid, maraming gamut ang pinainom sa kanya na sinasabing nakaapekto sa pag-iisip nito. nang gumaling siya noon mula sa kanyang malubhang pagkakasakit at nagsimulang maglakad-lakad sa BU,bumulaga sa kanya si Janet. noon din niya nalamang may trabaho at pamilya na ito. “Hanggang ngayon nagngingitian lang kami. pero kung wala pa sana siya ngayong asawa, hindi na ako mahihiya. Liligawan ko siya! ngunit huli na ang lahat. I wanna lay you down on the Bed of roses,” dama at bakas ang paghihinayang sa mukha nito. Only love nabanggit ni Morning good na si Janet ay nagtatrabaho bilang isang guro sa mga bata ngayon. Hindi man niya naibigay ang buong pangalan ni Janet, hinalughog ng tHE BICOL UnIVErSItarIan ang BU para hanapin itong maliit at magandang si Janet na base sa deskripsyon ni Morning good. “nagkakilala kami ni rogelio noong kaklase ko siya sa isa kong subject. net ang tawag niya sa akin. Simpleng estudyante lang noon si rogelio. May mga barkada rin siya. Hindi ko malilimutan yung panahong nagsine kami kasama ang buong barkada. totoong masayang kasama si rogelio. Hindi naman siya noon tahimik at hindi naman madaldal. Isang simpleng lalaki na may simpleng buhay kolehiyo. Matapos kaming makagraduate, wala na akong narinig pa tungkol kay rogelio. Isang balita na lamang ang nalaman ko na nagkasakit pala
siya ng typhoid. Dinalaw nga siya ng iba naming kaklase noon. nabigla na lamang ako, isang araw ng papasok ako sa aking trabaho, nakita ko si rogelio. nang pagkakataon lang na iyon ko nalamang Morning good na pala ang tawag sakanya ng mga tao. noon kasi hindi naman siya mahilig magbaliktad ng mga salita,” mahabang salaysay ni Janet na minabuting itago ang kanyang apelyido. “Kailanma’y hindi ko alam na minahal pala ako ni rogelio,” ayon pa sa kanya. tahimik na ang buhay nito kasama ang kanyang pamilya, samantalang patuloy namang nagsasabog ng aliw si Morning good sa mga BUeños. Isang pagmamahal na nabuo na dapat lamang na ibaon na sa kahapon. Ayon sa eksperto “Mahirap mag-label ng psychological disorder. If we are referring to a disorganized thought base sa mga deskripsyon kay Morning good, it might fall down to schizophrenia- the emotion of the person is limited. pero sabi ko nga kanina mahirap talaga maglabel. posibleng crucial factors din ang dahilan kung bakit nagkaganito si Morning goodpwedeng genetic, inherited, may traumatic experience o nagkasakit siya ng malubha noon. pero sa lahat na nagkakaroon ng mental disorder ang pinagu-ugatan talaga niyan ay mababang resiliency o hindi na kayang tumayo mula sa pagkalugmok,” ayon sa isang psychology professor sa BUCSSp na hindi ipinapabanggit ang kanyang pangalan. naikwento pa nito na nakikita niya ang katauhan ni Morning good kay Zoro nang Up Diliman. Si Zoro ay naglilibot libot rin sa nasabing unibersidad at nagnanais makipag kaibigan sa lahat. Siya ay nakakapa at mayroong maskarang itim na animo’y zoro talaga. ayon sa iba, siya noon ay isang matalinong estudyante na hindi nakapagtapos. “Sa sobra sigurong taas ng expectation niya sakanyang sarili siya ay nabaliw,” pagtatapos nito. “normality is subjective. Hindi porke hindi ginagawa ng iba ang mga ginagawa ni Morning good abnormal na siya. Hindi ibig sabihin na iba ang isang tao ay masama na siya o mali. Lahat naman ng tao ay nagangailangan ng respeto. pareho ni Zoro, masasabi kong icon din si Morning good ng BU. Hindi maiiwasan na may maiilang sakanya. ngunit kung mayroong isang taong natutuwa kapag kinakausap siya ni Morning good- that’s enough to justify his existence”, mahabang paliwanag ng psychologist. Buhay na salaysay Marami na rin ang natakot, nagulat at natuwa sa lulubog lilitaw na si Morning good. Minsan nga ay inakala na itong patay dahil hindi na nagpapakita. Iyon pala ay namalagi muna ng bahay. ayon kay antonette Brondial, aB Journalism, sa una ay natakot siya kay Morning good.
Baliktad na mundo ni
Mark HarrIS LIM at arLene Joy derILo nakasando lamang daw ito ng lumapit sakanya kaya tumili siya na ikinagulat naman ni Morning good kaya napatakbo din ito. ‘Di kalaunan, ikinatuwa niya nang minsan sinubukan uli nitong makilahok sa usapan nilang magkaibigan at tinanong ang kanyang pangalan. pagkatapos mabilis nitong binaliktad ang lahat ng kanyang sinabi na ikinamangha ng dalaga. Ettenotna adnag! pag-uulit pa nito. ayon naman sa isang nakaibigan ni Morning good na si Sarah Jane Belarmino, BS Management student ikinagagalit daw ni Morning good ang “amo amo na sana” dahil ayon dito hindi naman daw paulit-ulit ang mga ginagawa nito. Dagdag pa niya ikinapipikon din ni Morning good kapag tinatawag itong praning. “nakakalungkot isiping may mga taong patuloy pa rin sa panga-asar sakanya kahit wala naman itong ginagawang masama. nais lamang niyang makipagkaibigan. nakakaawa ang mga taong patuloy na nangungutya kay Morning good. Sinasalamin lamang nito ang kanilang pagkatao. Kanya-kanyang trip yan oo, pero isipin natin na tao rin si Morning good, napipikon at nasasaktan,” madamdaming pahayag ni anne Jeannette pamplona ng Bachelor in Elementary Education. Online si Morning Good Hindi na nakapagtatakang marami na ngang nakakakilala kay rogelio, biruin mong kahit sa internet, nakaabot na rin ang kanyang tanyag na binyag. Maging sa facebook, umabot na ng mahigit 6,000 likes ang fan page nitong si Morning good. Sa You tube, maaaring mapanood ang tatlong videos ni Morning good na Bicol University’s Morning good, Morning good tells a Joke at Morning good. ang mga videong ito sa you tube at fan page ni Morning good ang nagsisilbing tulay para sa dating mga estudyante ng BU upang balik tanawin ang masasayang alaala nila noong sila ay nasa kolehiyo pa. “a very talented man who can reverse a word, he can make different sound and perfect singer of BED of rOSES!” komento pa ni iorijho (screen name) sa You tube Video ni Morning good na Bicol University’s Morning good. nakakabighani ang mga kwentong minsan lang marinig o kaya mabasa lalo na kung tinatalakay nito ang mga bagay na tingin ng iba ay ordinaryo lamang. Bigla na lang gigisingin ka ng ‘yong diwa na ang kababawan pala sa unang tingin ay bakas lamang ng kalaliman ng kahapon. Baliw na kung baliw, sa’yo naman ako nabaliw. Sa tingin mo kanino at saan ka ba minsan nabaliw? Kinukutya mo man si Morning good, marahil dahil hindi mo matanggap na minsan sa buhay mo, naging isa ka ring baliw. Marahil hindi iyong tipong nakikita mo sa daan na kumakain ng sarili niyang ibinawas, hindi rin iyong nagsasalita kahit walang kausap, hindi rin iyong nananakit ng walang dahilan kundi ikaw ‘yong tipong nabaliw sa pagkakaalipin ng sariling kahinaan. Minsan. Kung kailan hindi mo inasahan. Baliktad man ang mundo sa mga taong sa tingin mong pinagkaitan ng kasaganaan ng buhay, mapalad silang hindi nila problema ang bagay na sa ngayon ay pinoproblema mo. Bakit buhay pa ang Centree? Siguro marami pa rin ang dapat maliliman ng puno at masaksihan.
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Bringing virtual fantasies to life
By aLySSa JoSeLLe BañareS
Ni Justine Jane Kutitob
ISang taOn na paLa akong estudyante dito sa Beyubs. ngunit, sa mga oras na ito, tila ‘di pa rin ako makapaniwala na pag-aari ko ang isang column dito sa Unibě. Siguro, it really runs in the Kutitob family. Sa loob ng halos isang taon kong pag-aaral dito sa Beyubs, nasaksiahan ko ang napakaraming bagay na totoong dito ko lamang makikita at mararanasan. Doon muna tayo sa mga ‘bad’ experiences ko, para na rin mabaon ko na sa limot. Isang linggo bago matapos ang first semester, laking tuwa ko dahil, sa wakas, makakuwi na din ako sa lupang sinilangan at proud na naka-survive ako sa unang sem sa Beyubs. pero sandaling nawala ang moment of joy ko nang maranasan ko ang kalunos-lunos na sitwasyon during clearance sigining. Super crowded ang hallway at tila isang wet market ang campus. Sayang lang ang Victoria’s Secret Love Spell ko dahil sarisari na ang amoy ng mga tao. pero ok lang, siguro ganito talaga sa isang state U. pero parang di ko mapigilan ang mabadtrip dahil karamihan sa mga pipirma sa clearance namin ay absent. narinig ko pa sa ibang estudyante na ilang araw na din sila na bumalik sa school para lang sa clearance. Lalo pang kumulo ang dugo ko nang hindi pumirma ang CSC treasurer dahil daw kelangan muna nila makita ang resibo dahil wala daw silang record. Hindi ba responsibilidad nila na itago ang duplicate ng mga resibo, at gumawa rin ng masterlist ng lahat ng nagbayad, just in case may mga makawala ng resibo? ang nangyayari tuloy, magbabayad ulit. at dahil freshman pa lang ako, walang pa akong karapatang magreklamo. Yan ang batas. pero ang bottomline, ginawa na natin ang tungkuling makapagbayad kaya dapat gawin din nila ang
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ARE THE dAyS when young boys would groom up themselves just like their favorite Justice League character and run around the yard like super heroes with fake capes around their shoulders. Similarly, little girls mimicking voices of grown-up ladies and exchanging gossips while they dress up their dolls may now be only pigments of history. Exaggeration set aside, kids nowadays are seldom seen playing with the conventional toys thatkids before had nor not so often do we see them now spending time on activities that kids before engage on. Today, most kids have found pleasure in a new game, a novel trend, a fresh fashion. It seems that the young ones and even the young once have something in common now in terms of likes. With the modern trend that enables them to express
themselves through character impersonation, they too, discovered another persona that resides within them. today, fans of this trend experience not enough pleasure in just dressing up their icon’s way but they have now newfound glory in joining fashion shows and competitions exhibiting their astounding portrayal. the local version Due to the craze wave of character impersonation or Costume play (Cosplay), even local youngsters, students, and the Computer Science majors in Bicol University have patronized the trend. Meanwhile, these Com-Sci fellows are now on their second year of organizing a Cosplay event, not only in the university but for all cosplay fans in the region.
geared with their attractive and whimsical costumes, approximately 200 participants from all over the region convened in the albay astrodome last February 24 for Impersonata 2011, a local version of Cosplay as spearheaded by the Bicol University College of Science (CS), said performance art featured the portrayal of different characters from manga, anime, tokasat su, comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai amd fantasy movies. “I’m very proud na CS ang nag-umpisa nun,” paolo angelo Oscurro, a 1st year Computer Science student said. the Computer Science Society decided to widen the scope of Impersonata wherein, other students from other schools would have the opportunity to join the Cosplay. Jamaica rodrigueza, a freshman taking up Bachelor of Science in Business Management (BSBM) won the first place in individual category portraying the role of Witchblade. Second in rank was paolo Melzor revelo from InformaticsLegazpi. “My goal was not to be the best. My true aim was to be part of the event and just enjoy it with the others. Humbly speaking, winning the 2nd place wasn’t the one that surprised me the most; rather it was the people’s loud cheer and appreciation that shocked me. really, it was overwhelming. I gained a lot of friends and got acquainted with a lot of people. I guess that was the real prize for joining Impersonata,” revelo commented. On the spot light Costume play or simply Cosplay is a performance art in which the Cosplayers are reliving different
characters from the television or other forms of media. Clad in colorful and personality-specific suits, they are imitating the mannerisms and body language of the characters they represent. the genders are also switched, wherein women play the male roles and vice versa. professor Deborah Monge from the College of Social Sciences and philosophy (CSSp) attributes the rapid increase in the number of Cosplayers to the easy access to multimedia and entertainment. “Ever since, media has a great influence especially to the youth. Cosplay is a trend and being in or not does matters. the youth always have the sense of belongingness and this is a factor why Cosplay is being more conspicuous,” Monge affirmed. Cosplay is now getting the spot light since the number of cosplayers is increasing rapidly. “When something you see in television comes to life, it’s something ‘wow’,”she added. now on its second year, Impersonata claimed an increase in its audience and number of participating cosplayers. From its previous pageant of costume players in 2010, the performance art now also includes individual and group category of imitation. Media has become patently influential in promoting virtual fantasies in which the youth are hooked up. In fact, media made impersonation the easy way to instant stardom. Since the youth are so into idolatry, it pays a lot to mimic famous personalities.
now, the cameras are all focused on you... Enter the world of fantasy and empower your self in reality.”
naman ako. Feeling ko ay makikipag-eyeball ako dahil hindi ko naman alam ang itsura niya, sinabi niya lang na magkita kami sa canteen, at kulay pula ang damit niya. Maya-maya pa’y nagtilian ang mga babae sa katabing mesa nang may lalaking paparating. Cute siya, kaso medyo nagkulang nga lang sa height. nang umupo siya sa harap ko, narealize ko na siya na pala si Mr. Oscar Johnson r. atayde, na nagpakilalang OJ. Hindi ko na pinansin ang masasamang tingin ng mga babae at agad ko nang inabot ang clearance niya nang makauwi na ‘ko. Kaso si OJ na mismo may sabi na ililibre niya raw muna ako ng snacks dahil sa abala. papakipot pa ba ako? Eh sobra na nga ang gutom ko. at iyon na ang huling masayang pangyayari sa aking first sem. Kahit sem break na ay patuloy pa rin ang pagtetext ni OJ. at mula roon ay madalas na rin kaming magsama tuwing free time. Sa katunayan nga ay magkasama pa kaming nanood ng iba’t ibang palaro noong SCUaa na ginanap dito sa Beyubs. nakakabilib nga ang mga athletes natin at palaging over-all champion. pero nakwento sa akin ni Kuya Justin na ‘di daw lubos na suporta ang nakukuha ng mga athletes dahil sa mga luma at ang ilan ay kulang-kulang na facilities. Isang linggo pa lang mula
atayde? Sabihan ba naman akong i-meet siya sa Daraga Campus dahil may exam siya hanggang 5pm? ngunit dahil nga isa akong mabait na bata, pumunta
nang nagsimula ang formal classes ng second sem, napag-usapan namin ni OJ na pumuntang mall pagkatapos ng klase. naisip kong isuot ang pinakamagandang pink dress ko para na rin mag-pacute kay OJ. nang papasok na ako, hinarang ako ni guard. May accreditation daw para sa ISO at kelangnan naka-unform kahit wash day. Medyo uminit na naman ang dugo ko. Isang malaking kalokohan na porke may accreditation, required na lahat mag-uniform. aba, dapat consistent sila. Uulitin ko, C-O-n-S-I-S-t-E-n-t. Walang pinipiling petsa, walang pinipiling estudyante. Meron akong alam na isang college dito sa Beyubs na ganoon, kaya saludo ako sa college na iyon, kahit kelangang laging complete uniform. pero minsan naiisip ko, hindi naman nadadaan sa uniporme ang natututunan namin. nasa kalidad ng mga guro at pasilidad yan. nagpatuloy ang normal kong buhay estudyante sa Beyubs nitong second sem. araw araw masigla akong pumapasok, dahil na rin siguro may inspirasyon ako, si OJ. at hindi tulad ni Mr. t Square, sure na ako na straight si OJ. at sa paglipas ng mga araw, lingo at buwan, unti unti ay nararamdaman kong true blue BUeño na ako. nitong mga huling buwan dito sa Beyubs, tila ang dami daming nangyari na talagang nakakagulat. Una, ‘di ko maintindihan kung bakit nakapasa ang BU sa ISO accreditation. talo pa natin ang Up at ibang bigating universities sa bansa. Sabi nila, dapat maging proud ako na ISO-accredited ang BU pero sabi ko naman, ayokong lokohin ang sarili ko sa isang bagay na tila pinagpipilitan lang at hindi repleksyon ng
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kanilang responsibildad. Sa sobrang inis, nagpasya ako na umuwi na lamang sa boarding house. Habang palabas, may nakita akong clearance ng isang Oscar Johnson r. atayde sa hallway. Isa siyang first year student mula sa Daraga campus. Siguro kung ako ang nasa sitwasyon niya, hindi ako makakatulog sa kaiisip kung nasaan ang clearance ko, kaya naisipan kong ibigay ito kay guard. paglapit ko kay guard, binuklat nya ang log book at nakita na may naghahanap nga sa clearance na iyon. Mabuti na lang ay nag-iwan siya ng contact number. at dahil good girl nga ako, ako na mismo ang nag-text sa kanyang nahanap na ang clearance niya at kunin na lang kay guard. akalain mong nag-inarte itong si Mr.
realidad sa Beyubs. pangalawa ay ang re-appointment ng ating university president for another term of office. astig kung iisipin, maipagpapatuloy pa nya ang mga magagandang adhikain na nais nyang ipatupad sa Beyubs. pero marami lang ang nagtataka kung ano ba ang naging proseso ng re-appoinment nya. at pangatalo, nito lang ay nasaksihan ng buong mundo kung paano niyanig ng napakalakas ng lindol ang ilang bahagi ng bansang Japan na nagdulot din ng tsunami. Kasabay pa nito ang kalikaliwang kaguluhan at pag-aalsa sa ilang bansa sa middle east. nakakaloka ang mga pangyayaring ito. Di ko carry, pero for me, one thing is for sure: kelangan lagi tayong handa and that we need to have faith in god. tunay ngang ang bilis lang lumipas ng panahon. parang kelan lang e nasa cloud 9 pa ako dahil di ako makapaniwala na college girl na ako, at certified member na ako ng UnIBE family. Sa mga ate at kuya ko dito sa Beyubs na gagagraduate, congrats and good luck. at sa mga andito pa sa Beyubs next academic year, see you at maraming taon pa tayong pagsasamahan at pagkekwentuahn dito sa column ko.
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