Archive for June, 2008

It’s UAAP Season once again! Gawd, I can’t believe a whole year has passed since the last season. Time does fly by so fast. And this year, coinciding with its centennial, UP will be the season’s host! Which makes it more exciting! I can’t wait how UP will open the season. I’ve been hearing great raves about it so far but I haven’t heard about the whole shebang ’cause I don’t wanna be spoiled when I get to watch it on Saturday.

Speaking of which, I’m still undecided if I’m going to watch it live at the Araneta or just make do with watching it on TV. Watching it live would be great, but then I’d have to ram my way through the longest of lines in order to get tickets. And even if I do get tickets, I’m sure I’d get the worst seats in the house. Add to that the fact that I don’t have a sure companion to the opening. So yeah, that more or less seals my fate, noh? Heh. (more…)

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People are overjoyed by firsts.  First hugs, first kisses, first dates, first haircut, first solid food, and the list goes on.  Of course, who wouldn’t be happy with a monumental first, right?

I know I love firsts too but there are certain kinds of firsts I don’t like: first to report, first to dive, first to introduce, first to talk, first to perform, etc.  Haha.  You guessed it.  I hate it when I’m first to take on anything risky, or anything I’ve never done before.  Of course, I know I should be confident, but sometimes my fears and qualms get the best of me.

Just yesterday, I experienced another first: first discussion leader for the sem.  In our ethics class, the professor picks a name from a bag every meeting who will lead the class in the discussion of the homework or of the case assigned.  It’s just so bewildering that even after praying in my mind, crossing my fingers and making a subtle sign of the cross, my name was picked out of the twenty or so names inside the ziploc bag.  Ugh.  I panicked.  It would’ve been alright to be second because at least by then I’d have an idea how to conduct the discussion.  But being the first, I was clueless as to what I had to do.  Add to that my impeccable (dis)ability at speaking in front, which often leads to a lot of stammering and stuttering. I don’t like speaking that much.  I’m a nervous speaker.  Not knowing what to do, I simply followed the flow of the assignment (comparison of two codes of ethics) and thank God for the people who participated (Jeff, Claire, Marj and Dana, I owe you lots), the discussion went a bit fine.

So yeah, even if I was the “sacrificial lamb,” at least the prof gave me a bit of a leeway and understanding, given that I didn’t know much of what to do.

Oh well, being the first can be frightening, but at least I’m already done with being the discussion leader.  Heh.

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The past few weeks have become witness for the beleaguering of both the Mainstream media and the Pinoy blogosphere.  I’ve wanted to write about this for so long but thought of holding off some of my thoughts until all the flames thrown have dissipated.

Blogging and Ethics
Let’s start with the first issue triggered by an unsolicited comment from Dean Luis Teodoro, a staunch ethics advocate who’s also part of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR).  Dean Teodoro called on Mainstream Media journalists to blog so that they could be an example for people who irresponsibly post things online, saying that these people who have no account for ethics are bringing about disastrous effects with the erroneous and sometimes maligned information they post.

Of course, the Pinoy blogging community took offense and went on a blogging tirade against the professor.  Most have resented Dean Teodoro’s comment, saying that the veteran journalist and professor had no right to impose his “ethics” upon bloggers.  Some have also criticized the mainstream media in particular, saying that most journalists don’t practice these ethics anyway, so why impose them on the bloggers? (more…)

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With the weather going apparently haywire these past few weeks, there were two things I’ve learned to rely on during the constant attacks of extreme heat and torrential rains.

If you’ve noticed last week, it would often be very, very hot in the morning and would eventually rain very hard in the afternoon.  Of course, at the onset, I didn’t care if it’d rain in the afternoon or what.  Suffice to say, with the extreme heat I always feel in the morning going to school, I didn’t expect the weather to change anytime soon.

But of course, now I learned that I was wrong, and so I prepared myself for whatever circumstances that may come my way.  So guys, meet my two new “gears” for this very crazy season: (more…)

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As developments in technology grow rapidly each day, many of our basic conveniences are getting more and more, well, convenient to use.  But one benchmark of technology is that it uses energy in the form of electricity.  Over the years, we have entangled (pun intended) ourselves with having to use long lines of electric wires plugged into a wall socket just to enjoy our technology needs.

5238dd240x180publicBut with the dawn of new technologies, things are beginning to change.  Now, more and more devices are starting to be made to operate without the use of wires.  There’s the Wireless Internet, cordless phone, wireless mouse, and the list goes on.

Now, the wireless revolution invades the home appliances with the birth of Dirt Devil, a wireless vacuum cleaner.  We already know how hard it is to reach certain areas of the house with a regular vacuum cleaner whose shape and form isn’t cut out for the job; and the taks gets more daunting and limiting because the vacuum is connected to a socket.  But with Dirt Devil, liberty in household cleaning can now be achieved!  No more wires to mess up your spring cleaning mojo.  And, best of all, it consumes less electricity so you’re sure to keep your budget monitored.

Sponsored by Dirt Devil AccuCharge

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WARNING:  NSFW and R-18.  =P

Naked runners soon stole the show from the Vinzons UPgrade program when the host, Joaqui Valdez, suddenly announced the holding of a “great UP tradition.”  Of course, everybody instantly knew it’s the Oblation Run.

A hundred members of the Alpha Phi Omega reportedly ran naked through one half of the academic oval, from Vinzon’s Hall to the Oblation Statue.  But from what I’ve seen, I think there were only about 60 or 70 who ran.  In any case, APO didn’t want to be left out of the celebrations so they contributed their part to the Centennial gathering. (more…)

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After the event at Quezon Hall, we proceeded to Vinzons Hall for the launching of USC’s Centennial Project dubbed as “Vinzons UPgrade.”  Basically, the project aims to rehabilitate the student center to once again serve its function as an abode for students and their organizations.

A small program was held in front of Vinzons Hill, where several home-grown UP talents performed. (more…)

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Happy 100 years, UP! Can I just say that I’m very, very proud that I was able to witness moments like these when I’m still studying?  Back in High School, I was right on time for Don Bosco’s 50th year anniversary in the Philippines.  And now, I was able to witness, firsthand, UP’s 100th year!  Am I lucky or am I lucky? (more…)

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If you’re not there yet, you may want to check out some profiles, like this of Ed Nanquil’s. I guess it doesn’t hurt to say that the design of the site is quite easy on the eyes, and it’s very easy to navigate. The colors aren’t too straining, although some of the elements are a bit too big for comfort. In any case, I guess those are minute details they can work upon in the future.

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I’m so fortunate to be a witness to the centenary of my beloved institution, the national university, Ang Pamantasang Hirang, no other than the Univeristy of the Philippines!

The school was alive with spirit and gathered in celebration this morning to commemorate this momentous event.  I will try to blog more of them later (with pics, yay!  especially of the Oblation Run, which was a first for me).

Anyway, to my fellow Isko and Iska out there, Happy Centenary to us all!  =)

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[UPDATE] As of 2 a.m. this early morning, Ces and the rest of the kidnapped victims have been freed from captivity, after a 24-hr ultimatum set by PNP Chief Avelino Razon.  No ransom was reportedly given to the kidnappers.  Then again, that’s what they say.

Known for being a feisty broadcast journalist (both in practice and, as we’ve seen in the Manila Pen seige, fashion), Ces Drilon is currently a captive of the famed Abu Sayyaf rebel group down in the islands of Sulu. As of today, the kidnappers have extended their deadline for the ransom money indefinitely. Which says a lot of things about the motives of her kidnappers.

Many have been said about the Drilon’s current situation. Some say she deserved it for pursuing a very dangerous scoop (motives of which are still undetermined). Some say the ransom should be paid, albeit running the risk of encouraging such terroristic acts. Others have criticized the news blackout called by ABS-CBN, crying Right to Information as their defense. Some others like me, who have seen and read one too many conspiracy theory stories, are cynical about the situation. (more…)

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Most of us are, at one point or another, disturbed by that one unnerving question that attempts to define our very existence: what am I doing in this world? To some, the answer seemingly comes quick as a passing day, but to most of us who are oblivious to the mysteries of the world, the answer doesn’t come at once, or sometimes, doesn’t come at all. (more…)

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I believe this picture best represents the “ultimate emo” persona. What’s more emo than an unshaved, desolate Jude (from Across the Universe) staring at a row of pinned-up strawberries on canvas, bleeding endless pints of red, imagining each and every piece of fruit as a morsel of his own heart? (a slight mistake: do strawberries bleed red juice, anyway?)

No, I’m perfectly fine. Life is perfectly fine. Actually, it can’t be any more fine than this. But there’s just this stinging feeling I can’t seem to take away (and no, it’s not even the itsy-bitsy trivial problem I had last night). I don’t know. Sometimes this is why a period of emo-ness is quite difficult to handle: coz it’s difficult to explain where it’s coming from. It’s hard to comprehend, that’s why it’s hard to find a solution for it. Just like a wart that unsuspectingly grows on some weird part of your body and unwittingly goes away in a few months, sans the presence of any kind of cure. Sucks, no?

What’s funny (and a bit weird) about this “phase,” if you may call it that, is that I’m not alone in this struggle. There’s Ate Eliza, who can’t seem to figure out what’s wrong with her either. There’s my cousin, Annalyn. There’s Annie, who just came back to school two months after graduating. And a whole slew of other people. So tell me, what’s this, a global epidemic?

In any case, I hope this “phase” ends soon. Sumasakit lang ang ulo ko eh.

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Whim #1: Manila Ocean Park
Because we barely have a week left before Academic Year 08-09 officially starts (followed by the inevitable death of our so-called social lives), we were overcome by whims and impulses that one fateful Monday, a bored and adventurous Kuya Luis coaxes me to go to Manila Ocean Park.

And went we did. But somehow, the park was a bit frustrating. Nevertheless, we felt like little children out on a field trip, seeing all those fishes swimming about in their happy little fluid habitats.

The tunnel was the killer attraction of them all, but I dare say it’s a tad bit too short that leaves the guests hungry for more under-the-sea action. And I didn’t know Lapu-Lapus could grow that big! I was monsterized, so say the least.

And please, Manila Ocean Park, a student price, please? 400 pesos for that trip barely even spells “worth it.” (more…)

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[UPDATE as of June 3, 2008 10:20 PM] So after a grueling 7 hours of waiting in line, perspiring buckets of sweat, sitting on the floor wishing my name would be called next, I was finally able to get one subject on the first day of registration. Not bad, not bad, although it could be better. I say the new registration system is teh pure eeeevuhl! Good thing this’ll be the last sem I’d have to deal with it, as I’d get priority status next sem ’cause I’m already graduating! Whoopee! Updated schedule posted below. Next Goal: Econ!

Aside: PI 100 (The Life and Works of Jose Rizal) rightfully deserves its subject code. Putang Ina talaga!

It is the last day of May and in just a few hours, we’d be ushering in a new month, likewise a new season for people like me. June is here once again and everybody knows what that means.

I’m a bit sentimental about the coming school year. O sige na nga, super sentimental. I hate lasts and goodbyes, but hopefully, this’ll be my last year in College. I’m already stepping into the final stone in my academic life. This’ll be the last hurdle before stepping out into the “real world” every adult is so fond of talking about.

Well, to get the ball rolling, here’s my schedule for this semester (so far, I still lack 6 units):

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10AM – 1130AM Creative Nonfiction Creative Nonfiction
1130AM – 1PM Rizal Rizal
1PM – 300PM Journalism Ethics Computer-Aided Research Thesis Proposal
300PM – 400PM Tenpin Bowling Journalism Ethics Computer-Aided Research Thesis Proposal
400PM – 500PM Tenpin Bowling

As you can see, my schedule’s not that hectic. (more…)

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