Maanne Ilagan Lopez
A WORK IN PROGRESS

Oct
18

Blue and Silver January-February 2007

UDMC intensifies disaster education campaigns

After conducting two earthquake drills last semester, the University Disaster Management Committee (UDMC) is coming up with more disaster education campaigns and drills.

Rev. Samuel Briones, Students Services Office (SSO) director, invited resource speakers from the Citizen’s Disaster Response Center (CDRC) last January 13 to conduct a Disaster Management Orientation at the Union Theological Seminary (UTS) board room. The speakers provided a background about the Philippines disaster situation, safety cautions during earthquake drills.

Moreover, the UDMC conducted a follow-up meeting last February 6 at the SSO to plan for the disaster education campaign and the schedule of the next earthquake drill. Engr. Edwin Gomez, General Services Office (GSO) director and UDMC overall chairperson, said they are requesting the professors to allot time for these drills and campaigns. “At least mag-lecture sila kahit five minutes per subject nila kasi itong February magpa-plan tayo ng panibagong drill (they could at least give a five-minute lecture per subject because we’ll plan for another drill this February.)”

To make the drill realistic, the UDMC plans to use props and a fogging machine, and invite representatives from the Bureau of Fire Protection and other agencies para makapag-bigay sila ng assistance at par mas maganda yung drill natin (I also invited persons from the Bureau of Fire Protection and other agencies for assistance to conduct a better drill.)”

The UDMC is also planning to invite speakers from the CDRC to give lectures in National Service Training Program (NSTP) classes.

Briones, in cooperation with Edgar de Castro, Information Technology Department (ITD) coordinator, also plans to present educational films about disasters to students. The UDMC will continue to hand out flyers and is also planning to coordinate with the Council pf Presidents (COP) and other organizations to reach more students.

Gomez raised the problems that the UDMC encountered during the previous earthquake drill last August and September. “Sa previous drill, matitigas ang ulo ng mga estudyante; parang binabalewala yung ginagawa naming (In the previous drill, the students neither seemed to care nor pay attention to what we are doing).”

Rev. Samson Almarez, University Security Committee (USC) chairperson and UDMC Site Security and Rescue in-charge, said the students are not yet prepared for disasters. “Regular instructions are given among the students, but based o the previous drill instructions are not enough.”

“I don’t think that they are prepared because very few participated in the last drill.”

Aside from the problem among the students’ disaster preparedness, Almarez also stated that although the University security guards are properly trained and have specific assignments in case of emergency, the cooperation of the whole community is still needed to ensure the safety of the University. “The security guards only have limited capability. That’s why we are requesting that the security problems in the campus be solved with the joint effort of the security guards, the admin, faculty, staff and the students.”

Gomez, on the other hand, said the UDMC focuses more on earthquakes because it is the worst disaster that can happen in the University. “Yung fire naman di sabay-sabay na dumarating, kasi pag earthquake wala tayong maaasahang tulong kundi tayo-tayo lang (Fires don’t occur all at the same time. Unlike in an earthquake, we can’t depend on anyone but ourselves.)”

“Di tayo pwedeng umasa sa tulong galing sa labas kasi malamang yung agencies na yun may kanya-kanyang ginagawa. (We can’t rely on the help of others, because probably those agencies are also dealing with their own concerns.)”

After the earthquake the education campaign this February, the UDMC will focus on fire on fire education in March.

Maanne Lopez, Althea Jaskha Quito

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Oct
18

Blue and Silver January-February 2007

PCU ends up 6th in NCAA tennis

After encountering line-up troubles, the Philippine Christian University (PCU) lawn tennis team finished sixth in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) lawn tennis tournament last February 1 at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Court.

The team ranked sixth in the single elimination round after losing to San Beda College (SBC) in the final day of elimination. College of Saint Benilde (CSB), San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R), Letran College (LC) and SBC made it to final four. The Blazers are guaranteed a twice to beat advantage in the final four after ending on top of the single elimination round.

“Mahina yung line-up ngayon, pero masmahina yung team (Our present line-up is weak, but the team is weaker),” said new head coach Roel Licayan, referring to this year’s team composed of three rookies and a sophomore.

Sophomore Beltran Maribojoc remarked that their last year was much stronger. “Malakas yung team nun. Nandu si Ricardo Solon, ako at si coach Licayan (Our team was strong before, we have Ricardo Solo, me and coach Licayan).” Last year, PCU ended third overall in the tennis standings.

Licayan, former assistant coach and player for the PCU varsity team, took over after Chiemil Mantua stepped down before the beginning of the season. Moreover, veteran Solon left the team leaving Maribojoc as the only experienced player this season.

Beltran said the team’s line-up problem is more on the doucles. “Ako, pwede ako maglaro sa first and second singles. Ang problema kasi nananalo sa singles pero talo sa doubles (I can play on the first and second singles. The problem is we win the singles match, but lose on the doubles.)”

A win against SBC would have put the Dolphins into the final four, with a playoff series to follow. However, the PCU squad lost in the doubles match and the second singles match, 2-1, to the more relaxed Red Lions.

Despite the result of the tournament, Licayan has high hopes for the next season. “Ne year may chance na tayo mag-champion kasi may mga dadating na players galling probinsya (Next year we’ll have a chance to be the champion because we’ll have additional players from the province).”

Maanne Lopez

Oct
18

Blue and Silver October 2006

Pillbox explosion injures PCU-HS students

A pillbox explosion incident injured hour Philippine Christian University High School (PCU-HS) students last September 6 at the Freedom Park at around 7:30 p.m.

A report from the Manila Police District-Explosive Ordinance Disposal Section (MPD-EODS) indicates that the pillbox contained pyrotechnic or low explosive powder inside a Yakult plastic container.

The explosion left a white mark on the cemented floor measuring about 10 inches in diameter.

Agent Raul Manguera, Chief Counter Action Section; Agent Romeo Cotringio, Chief Explosive Ordinance Disposal Section of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Terrorism Division; Elias David Lagasca, MPD-EODS chief; and SPO2 Berlito Pined, Police Station No.5 case investigator, conducted a post blast investigation on the explosion incident.

The investigation result showed that the pillbox contained low explosive powders, although its residues are being examined for further investigation.

Prior to the said incident, Pineda said that the identity of the suspects and their motive are not clearly defined so further investigations are still being conducted.

The pillbox explosion incident injured four PCU-HS students, namely: Tynel Bañas, 15, at his right forehead and thigh; Noeme Llego, 15, at his right chest; Kendrick Soledad, 15, at his right collar bone; and Juymuluck Tiquio, 16, at his left leg.

The victims were immediately brought to the University Clinic for first aid attention.

Dr. Imelda Belmonte, PCU physician, applied first aid before they were brought to the Mary Johnston Hopital (MJH) for further medical attention.

Daniel Visca, PCU football team assistant coach, said the shrapnel gave Llego a deep wound at the chest.

Nakuhaan siya ng shrapnel nung inoperahan sa intensive care unit (ICU). Na-confine siya ng two to three days, tapos sabi ng doctor kailangan niya magpahinga ng one month. (The doctor found shrapnel during his operation in ICU. He was confined for two to three days and was advised to rest for a month.)”

Based on the reports of Noriel Maaba and Dellie Sarreal, security officials, the alleged perpetrators were some students from another high school with whom the victims had argument with a week before the explosion incident.

Eric Valentin and Mario Daroy, security guards, said the suspects are still at large.

Hindi pa nahuhuli yung two suspects. Teenager sila mga 5’7’’, kasi nagmamadali silang sumakay ng jeep papuntang Vito Cruz (The suspects, both teenagers and about 5’7’’, escaped as they immediately rode a Vito Cruz bound jeep.)”

Falling out

One of the victims said the guards did not respond immediately after the explosion.

Hindi sila tumulong, Nung may sumabog, tinignan lang nila kami. (They did not help us. After the explosion, they only stared at us.),” said John Carlo Atienza, PCU football team captain.

Kami-kami lang yung nagdala sa kanila sa clinic. Tapos si coach yung nagdala sa kanila sa MJH. (We [football players] were the ones who brought the victims to the clinic. After that, our coach brought them to MJH.)”

The team’s assistant coach opined the guards’ response to the incident. “Hindi sila kaagad kumilos. Hindi nila tinignan kung sino yung bumato. Wala akong nakitang ginawa nila after ng pagsabog. (They did not respond immediately. They did not locate who threw the pillbox, I did not see any action from them after the explosion.),” said Visca.

Pag may ganung emergency, dapat sinasarado ng mga guards ang gates. Ganun ang dapat para ma-secure yung lugar. (The guards should close the gates during an emergency. That is the proper way to secure the place.)”

Rev. Samson Almarez, University Security Committee chairperson, defended the action of the guards on the security situation and their slow response to the incident.

“The outgoing guards were resting, while the guards on duty could not leave the gate. They have to secure the vicinity para sa mga susunod pang pagsabog. Ang nag-respond agad yun gmga taong nanonood (for other possible explosions. Those eho respondend immediately were the people watching the team’s practice.)”

Almarez furthered that Maaba phoned him at home regarding the explosion. He then told Maaba to report the matter to the MPD for police assistance and NBI for further investigation.

Tighter Security

Almarez said the security guards always follow their protocol in times of emergency.

They should find out the cause and report the matter to the police. Then gates must be closed and the people are asked to clear the area.

“They (people) are supposed to vacate the entrance and exit, so they (police) could do the investigation.”

The football team’s assistant coach said that the University fence should be elevates, however Almrez is against the idea.

“That could not be done. The plan of the University is to clear that side (Guidance Office) of the school. We cannot do that immediately kasi kailangan na naman ng pera (because we will again need money).”

Maanne Lopez, Junessa Meiji Bañal, Althea Jaskha Quito

Oct
18

Blue and Silver June-July 2008

Papertalk

Passion for Education

It’s forgivable for a baby to wail when he’s starving, but not for a grown up. Who would bother? He’s old enough to find something that will satisfy his grumbling tummy. I say almost the same logic applies to some of my fellow youth. Everyone has the right to express themselves, but the most conventional methods used are protest, noise barrage, march, etc. But these will not provide the answer to their problems, especially on matters concerning education.

When there’s oil price hike, unemployment, rice shortage, tuition fee increase, extreme poverty people say “OUST GLORIA!” Will that solve all the problems that the country is facing? It’s a given fact that the government has been unsatisfactory to needs of the Filipinos. Since in the early days, people has always been unsatisfied to what the government is giving to them. “The budget for the people lands inside the pockets of the greedy politicians.” I hear someone say. I can’t agree more with them. Corruption has been in the system of the political world and that problem is yet to be addressed.

Now what should be done? Weep like a baby until Mommy Gloria feed us? What I’m saying is that we can’t rely on the government alone. If your parents cannot support your education, then be a working student or apply for scholarship programs. If your parent’s income is not enough, will pointing the finger at the government be the best resolution? Of course not, go find another job. It’s not the government’s fault if one can’t get a job because of incompetence. The government has programs to help people, but one should also help himself. You want a high-paying job (who doesn’t?), but if that would be instantly given to you, soon it’ll be hauled off from you because the fact remains that you’re unqualified. You’ll earn your way to the top if you’re responsible enough. No need to rush.

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“Sagot sa kahirapan? Walkout! Walkout! Walkout sa klase!” This was the answer of some youth who walked out from their class last July 18, and take note, that was prelim week at PCU. I covered the event for the Blue and Silver, it’s a good thing my class starts at six. Only a few students from the University joined, probably because mostly are taking examinations. I’m glad that PCU students prioritized their schoolwork. Streets are no place for students, not on a school day. If they really want to shout along the streets, then do it on a weekend. In analogy, school: student: study. Therefore the street is no place for students to study. As upcoming educators, leaders and professionals, the youth should prepare themselves for the future. They said they are having hard time looking for money to finance their education. If that’s the case then they should struggle harder to pursue their studies, they can no longer afford to be absent in their classes. They should study and learn the education they deserve from what they are paying for. Student activists fight for their right to education, but are they still able to study well when they stay on the streets instead of listening to the professor’s lecture at their respective schools?

It would be forgivable if what they’re protesting is the continuous increasing cost of education despite its declining quality, and on a weekend. Such cases exist, I know second grade elementary students who still don’t know how to read and write their ABC’s. There are also a number of high school and college students who can’t construct proper sentences. Wait! Again, before pin pointing whose liability it is, stop, blaming will not solve the problem. Teachers should not have sympathy for failing students to the extent of passing them, because if they will pass those who do not deserve, it’s a loss for the both of them. Students might feel insecurities, at the same time the teacher’s ability will be questioned.

I experience it. Sad to say. Although I’m among the best when I was in high school, I knew I didn’t have the best education I could’ve had. If only I had better teachers. Well I don’t, mean all, but some of them. I went to PCU and was astounded with the teachers’ expectations – that we already know the lessons that should’ve been taught to us when we were in high school. As for me, I was challenged and fortunately, still emerged among the top of the class in most of my courses. But to think, PCU is not the best university, and that fact keeps me worried if I get the quality education I need to be competitive when I step into the bigger world outside the four walls of PCU.

I don’t blame the government or PCU for not giving me the best education I deserve. But no one can’t deny the inconvenient truth that the country needs a progress in the education system. And when I say system, it’s not only the government, not only the school administration and faculty, but also the students because we compose the majority and we play the key role also as future educators. Each of us has our own role to play, and the progress we’re all wanting will only happen if there will be a collective effort from everybody.

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Although Manny Pacquiao won the WBC lightweight championship, the people’s champ is often ridiculed every time he begins speaking his renowned “Pacman English.” He may not have a good accent, proper pronunciation and good grammar, but if you have good comprehension, you’ll notice that he answers right to the point. Pacman is improving and he knew his need to enhance not only his language, but the totality of his education. It’s very much inspiring that a millionaire like him still enrolled at the Notre Dame University in General Santos. I hope everyone will realize the importance of education. Money can’t buy education. There is no other way to achieve it but to study.

Oct
18

Papertalk November-December 2008

Think PCU

Some may have noticed; some may have questioned; but only a few are well informed about the real situation of the University. Some had asked me if President Oscar Suarez had been replaced since his presence was not felt for a while. Before I refused to answer, but now my column will speak, the students have the right to know. If you haven’t seen Dr. Suarez for quite some time that’s not because he’s no longer our president, but because the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) had ordered to place PCU under receivership, which only happens when the court finds danger tending to bankruptcy in an institution. Mr. Pacifico Aniag was appointed as receiver and took over the functions of the president and the board of trustees, while Dr. Suarez faces investigations for alleged cases of mismanagement and mishandling of funds. How long will the receiver stay? Will Suarez be reinstated? Will there be a new president for PCU? The answer – it is for the court to determine.

According to Mr. Aniag “The academic program and the academic community (student and faculty) do not seem to be affected by changes in the University. We have exerted efforts to “insulate” the academic program in order not to unduly cause alarm and anxiety among the students.” But come to think of it, does the administration actually think that what students don’t know can’t hurt them? The students may be uninformed, but eventually there will come a time that they will notice changes in the University even though how hard it’s hidden. The truth shall be revealed, before there could be a rumor outbreak. The students have the right to know the truth.

No matter how much effort is being taken to insulate the academic community, it would reflect the shaky admin. Since I stepped into this University in 2005 the administrators had always been proud of the full autonomous status of PCU. Too much proud that the admin had enjoyed adding degree programs and extension programs that they had overlooked the scholastic standing of PCU. The result – our autonomous status was not renewed by the Commission on Higher Education. But up until the Mr. Aniag’s interim report to the court which clarified that PCU’s autonomy application is still pending, the admin kept on saying that we are autonomous, which had actually expired way back in 2005. It’s been three years yet PCU’s autonomy had not been renewed. Why? We became lax and now that it’s gone, we’re chasing CHED. I remember when accreditors visited for inspection, the admin, faculty and the staff gave PCU a major make-over in a flash. Everybody was active obviously to impress the accreditors, but still, our application was denied.

Given that PCU is no longer autonomous, an indication that the quality of education declined or did not improve; given also that PCU has a speck of chance to continue playing in the NCAA; given also the fact that we don’t have impressive facilities to cater the needs of most of the students – what then can PCU students be proud of? Or how can PCU attract students to enroll? If you’re a parent, why would you enroll you son/daughter in this University? These questions are for me to hard to answer. I can hardly think of any. I can see that the University is desperate for more enrollees. According to the Registrar’s Office, enrollment is still, still, still going on. Maybe PCU will still accept enrollees when classes resume after Christmas break.

Supposed to be, the spiritual and character formation that the University can instill to the students is its strength, but now I’m beginning to have doubts. How can the student’s characters be formed if the admin, who are supposed to serve as models seemed to have set aside their Christian character. PCU is jointly owned by the United Methodist Church (UMC) and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), the reason why its board of trustees is composed of bishops from both churches. Until now, the BOT have not had their meeting for almost three years. The churches have been arguing (Just read the banner story). And the people behind these PCU anomalies are all church leaders: pastor and bishops. Whatever happened to FAITH, CHARACTER and SERVICE that the University is supposed to uphold?

Speaking of service, is PCU providing its students the quality education, they are paying for? Does our library have updated books for reference? Do our facilities cater needs of the students? Are our classrooms an ideal place to learn? Does the University maximize the potential of its students? All these questions are non answerable with a YES for me. With regards to the potential of the students, Mass Communication students are definitely talented and skilled however they cannot unleash their full potential because of certain problems: lack of professor and lack of facilities. You would believe me if you saw their adaptation of High School Musical 1 and 2. But I also do realize that other students have their potentials and have their own needs that the University should address.

I have called the attention of the department to which I belong by the end of the first semester, and now I’m calling it again. I am a graduating student, but we only had met our professor for out Thesis Writing subject this December. Kumusta naman yun??? Sayang… A month spent without learning anything. A month of waiting for a professor for a subject I promised myself to focus to. A month deducted for researching – in short, a month wasted. Many things could’ve been accomplished in one month. Unfortunately, I and my classmates were forbidden of that one month.

I’ve said this in my previous column, and now I’m saying it again. There are more important things that should be prioritized aside from politics. We are in a University and the welfare of the students should be the foremost concern – what is best for the students and for their education, and not any other political or personal issues.

Oct
18

Blue and Silver January 2008

People tend to complain from suffering. Big or small, be it about problems in school, family, work, love, health, or so, side comments are often blurted out. We want all the wellness and prosperity, yet we do not want to endure any pain.  That cannot be. “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10) Job suffered a lot. He lost everything not knowing the reason why. But he never blamed God. He accepted God’s will whole-heartedly. Patiently carry on the difficulties you might have and God can turn these trials into blessings. Our great qualities are called out during the darkest hours. Look at your distress as a challenge which will eventually make us better persons. God tests us, our faith, and our strength. If time comes that you feel like giving up, call on to Him. Let God be your strength, and there’s nothing you can’t go through.

If you want to get high grades; if you want to get promoted in your work; if you want to achieve something, of course, you must work for it. Though you ask God in your prayers to give you such rewards, make sure that your prayer has a corresponding action. Prayer is nothing without deeds. You can’t just seat there and relax expecting to receive a grade of flat one, nor you won’t get promoted if you’re irresponsible. “Action without prayer is arrogance, prayer without action is hypocrisy.”- Jose Zayas

The tenacity of His strength in us shines brightest through human weakness. We call on to Him only when we’re really down. When no one is there for us, we run to Him for we know that we’re always welcome. God is making us something much better – than you ever thought possible through these challenges. Keep in mind that whatever God teaches through pain is gain. Lessons are learned from the difficulties that we encounter. Although sometimes life can be too tough, we should learn to face it and take up our own cross. God would never give something we can’t handle. Why do we deal with the same problems over and over again? Probably they are not solved yet. If these had been solved already then everything will be easier and it wouldn’t be a problem for us. Be challenged. Don’t be knocked-out so easily. Don’t give up without a fight. As long as you can breathe; think clearly; move your body; and as long as you believe in God, sure you can punch some more. You’re only carrying your own cross. Think of Jesus Christ, He sacrificed His life and did not grumble with all the hardships that were given to Him. He, the Son of God, did not complain and unconditionally followed His Father’s will. “Who when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when he suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:23).

Our life is a gift from God, we should be thankful for every new day that He gives us. We have no right to grumble. Every trial has a meaning and humans suffer for a reason that is why we must never whine. Doing such is not a Christian way. It’s like questioning His justice. God commanded never to complain. “Do all things without complaining and disputing” (Philippians 2:14, NAS).

Maanne Lopez

Oct
18

MJCN celebrates its 100th Year

“A Century of Nursing through God’s Faithfulness – Academic Excellence, Caring and Nurturing Ministry, and Mission”

This was the theme of the 100 years celebration of the Philippine Christian University-Mary Johnston College of Nursing (PCU-MJCN) last February 10-17 at the MJCN, Mary Johnston Hospital (MJH), St. Paul United Methodist Church (UMC), Manila Hotel, Villa Escudero, Luneta Park, and the Renaissance Hotel.

Prof. Edna Imperial, College of Nursing and Allied Health (CNAH) dean, consider MJCN as one of the competitive colleges of nursing in the Philippines. “Reaching 100 years of existence is enough testimony to prove that MJCN is one of the best colleges of nursing in the land,” the dean claimed.

The MJCN is an integral part of the PCU. It functions within its vision and mission in providing education to the students. It believes that a man is a unique being with dignity and worth, created by God – his center; health is a basic human right and a responsibility of both the individual and the state; nursing is a dynamic discipline, which is an art, and a science of caring for individuals, families, and communities geared towards promotion and restoration of health, prevention of and recovery from illness, and support and comfort when death is inevitable; and the student is a person with distinct capabilities and level of maturity.

According to Imperial the participation of alumni in the celebration affirmed their love for their Alma matter. “As dean, I was so overwhelmed on the big turnout of the alumni who registered. It once again proved how blessed the MJCN graduates are. I believed that their presence in this celebration affirms their love for the Alma matter. I witnessed and felt God’s hand moving before, during and after the celebration,” she said.

Week Long Celebration

A Centennial Open House for students opened the first day of the week long celebration held at St. Paul UMC with Rev. Homer Refuerzo, Central UMC associate pastor, as the speaker. Faculty, students and their families attended this service.

On the second day, the alumni, faculty and staff, and the students planted 15 trees at the Quezon City Parks and Wild Life. Guest speaker Bishop Daniel Arrichea, PCU–Board of Trustees (BOT) member, led the tree planting ceremony. Each tree represented the following: PCU, MJCN, MJH, MJCN–Alumni Association (MJCNAA), MJCNAA United States of America (USA) Foundation, and the rest for the different chapters of the Alumni Association in the USA and Canada.

The MJCN choir highlighted the MJCN-Student Body Organization (SBO) Welcome Night Presentation held at the MJCN Garden on the third day.

As recognition to the centennial awardees, a Gala Dinner and Awards Night happened on the fourth day at the Centennial Hall, Manila Hotel. Among the awards given were: the Hall of Fame Award, Librada Javalera Centennial Achievement Award, Magic Award of Distinction, Faculty Award, Staff Award, and the Heritage Award.

Furthermore, Dean Emeritus Erlinda Punongbayan, Historical Committee head, launched the MJCN Coffee Table Book entitled “A Century of Nursing through God’s Faithfulness.” The MJCN also presented the Centennial Hymn for MJCN based on Joy Nilo’s composition.

On the fifth day, Ms Felipa Javalera, one of the centennial awardees; Dr. Oscar Suarez, University President; and Lito Atienza, Manila mayor, joined in the Wreath Laying Ceremony for Dr. Jose Rizal at the Luneta Park. Moreover, a Valentine Dinner Concert dubbed “A Century of Love” was also held at Renaissance Hotel.

The MJCN Family Fellowship and Bonding in participation of the co-alumni, family, and friends happened at Villa Escudero on the sixth day.

Lastly, on the seventh day of the celebration, doctors and nurses (MJCN alumni) from the USA, faculty, and the students conducted a medical, dental, and optical mission, with feeding program, held at Morga Street, Tondo Manila.

In line with the celebration, Imperial presented the MJCN Development Plan entitled “MJCN 2020”.

– Junessa Meiji Bañal, Maanne Lopez

Oct
18

Blue and Silver March 2007

Suarez claims no change in the diploma

“Wala nang babaguhin.”

This was the statement of Dr. Oscar Suarez, University President, pertaining to the diploma issue raised during the luncheon fellowship last September 12, 2006 at the Executive Lounge.

Arra Kamil Rubio, University Student Government president, agreed to the President’s statement regarding the issue of not indicating the title of the major in the diploma. “Wala talagang nakalagay na major. Kasi sisikip na at di na readable (The major is really not indicated. It will only make the diploma crowded and not readable).”

According to Suarez, the diploma only certifies that you are a graduate but the details are stated in the transcript. “You don’t need to put the major because what is only necessary in the diploma is the general focus.”

Dr. Greg Melchor de Lara, acting Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), expressed his view regarding the issue. “It is correct that the major should be included in the diploma pero sa transcript naka-indicate na yun. Ganyan talaga ang format ng PCU diploma (It is correct that the major should be included in the diploma, but it is already indicated in the transcript. That was really the format of PCU diploma).”

Furthermore the VPAA iterated that the degree’s major should be specified in the diploma. “Tama naman na nakalagay yun (the major). Kaya ilalagay na namin sa diploma ang mga major ng mga graduates ngayong taon (It is proper to put the major. That is why we are going to place it in the diploma of the graduates this year).”

To address the issue, the President had already convened a meeting with the department deans where they tackled the students’ clamor regarding the diploma modification. “Kinausap ko ang mga (I talked to the) deans of different colleges to know their feelings regarding the issue.”

The President further explained that the major does not have to be reflected in the diploma. “Kapag nag-apply ka (When you apply), it is not your diploma but your transcript… for example, you are a nursing graduate there is no need to put your major because the nursing profession regardless of the particular focus. A college diploma is a general study.”

The President assured that the University opted to use its former diploma format.

– Jo Anne Canlas, Maanne Lopez

Oct
18

Blue and Silver January-February 2007

Date for less

What if your partner asked you out all of a sudden? Of course, it’s very embarrassing to say that you’re broke. But let’s face the fact that you’ve spent all your savings in your last Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s dates. Now, where in the world would you get the money for a date on the spot?

Wait a minute! Why are you so paranoid about the money, when you can have a date absolutely for free? Yeah! You got me right! You can still have a great date (or even better than your dream date) without hammering your beloved piggy bank. Money can’t buy you love. Even if you’re not a rich kid, you still have your romantic options. Get that lovin’ feeling by following our pocket-friendly tips ad checking out these priceless date flicks heading your way. So what are you waiting for? Let the dating adventure begin!

Level 1: Exploring the wild park adventure

First stop: Reach for the sky

Have a kite fest! Create your own personalized kite and let it fly as high as it can. Exercise your imagination. Watch the clouds and spell out the formations you can see.

Second stop: Extreme outdoors

Al fresco is a good spot for a wild ride. Go biking, skating, play basketball, volleyball, badminton or any outdoor games. These activities will surely get you closer to each other.

Third stop: Boosting on the picnic grove

Pick a cozy spot! It may be under a tree or near the lake. Spread out your blanket and grab that picnic basket. Load up your tummies with your packed delicacies.

Fourth stop: Outdoor musical

Take hold of your guitar and sing-a-long your favorite songs. Nature sound tripping is definitely fun. This is also your chance to sing your songs all by yourself and dedicate it to your date.

Fifth stop: Snapshot time, baby!

Walk around and go sight-seeing. Don’t fail to remember to bring a videocam or a digicam. Be sure to capture every moment and every place you’ve been to. You will certainly treasure these memories and will surely want to make a documentary of your date adventure.

Level 2: There’s no place like home-sweet-home

Sixth stop: Hundred-dash-movie-marathon

Turn off the lights and go get those chocolates and chips from the cupboard. Fall more deeply in love as you watch your favorite romantic movies.

Seventh stop: Extreme indoors

Dog out your reserved treasure chest filled with your most cherished toys. Connect all your game boards and get ready to play. You may also want to try a truth dare dame.

Eight stop: Candlelit dinner

The easiest way to get someone’s heart is through his stomach. Capture your date’s appetite and you’ll indeed capture his heart with your specialty. Don’t forget the flower, it’s a must! Try blindfolding your partner and make him/her guess the food you’ve prepared. Open up or tell jokes. This is your moment to speak your emotions. The candle lights will tote up to a romantic ambiance.

Ninth stop: King and queen of hearts

“We’re the king and queen of hearts, hold me when the music starts. All my dreams come true, when I dance with you.” They say a good dancer is a good lover, so play the sweetest love songs and dance your whole night through.

Tenth stop: Starry-starry night

“Star light, tar bright, t first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.” Share your dreams and create new ones. Also try to look for constellations with your telescope or binoculars.

Great things come when you list expect it. So don’t wait for your partner to ask you out. Hence, surprise him/her with a date on the spot.

Try this date adventure and I guarantee you with 100% of bonding, 1,000,000 pogi/ganda points, tons of fun, a bunch of love and 0 Php of expense! You don’t think it’s over, do you? Well I’m telling you, there’s ore! Try this date and be ready to plan anther one right ahead! Get ready for the next level ‘coz there will be a part two and more of your date adventures.

True love will always find a way, even if you’re the most poverty-stricken person in this third world country. Just like what J. Lo said, “Love don’t cost a thing.” Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter whether you maybe I the most awkward or cheapest place, what makes it special is the fact that you’re with your special someone.

Oct
18

Blue and Silver January-February 2007

Student file complaints against BnS issue

“Ngayon lang talaga ako nakakita ng may nag-complain sa lampoon issue, kasi hindi aman malaking bagay yung lampoon para ireklamo.”

This was the statement of Biyaya Quizon, Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP) secretary general and Tanggulan Network spokesperson, in concordance to complaints of some students against the Blue and Silver (BnS) lampoon publication recently.

Thirty students from different colleges aired their dissatisfaction, through a complaint letter addressed to Dr. Oscar Suarez, University President, against the Blush and Shimmer, the BnS lampoon issue saying it was “a [form of] mockery of the school publication in our University.

Prof. Beatriz Almero, External Affairs Office director, said that most of the student complainants came from the College of Education and Allied Programs (CEdAP) and they personally consulted her regarding the BnS Lampoon issue.

Almero stressed that the complaints did not only come from the students but the administrators, faculty and staff shared the same sentiment. “I would like to emphasize the feeling (of dissatisfaction). It is not only the students, but (it is also) the feeling of the admin, even the faculty and staff.”

The students, as stated in the December 19 letter, also said that they find the BnS lampoon publication to be “inappropriate in expressing their (BnS) sentiments.”

Moreover, Arra Kamil Rubio, University Student Government (USG) president, said that e had also received complaints regarding the lampoon issue. Thus, she, together with other officers, decided to write a complaint letter against the BnS lampoon issue because according to her, she never intended to neglect the complaints of the students. “May mga nag-complain na students na hindi ko rin iniintindi yung complaints nila (There have been students complaining, as an officer, I do not like them to feel that I do not give a look at their complaints.)”

The USG president enumerated some of the complaints that she has been receiving since the release of the lampoon issue. “Yung mga ginamit na words ay hindi nila nagustuhan like yung “estupidents” (The students did not appreciate the use of words like “estupidents”).”

Meanwhile, Claudio Pineda, College of Arts, Sciences and Social Work (CASSW) governor, said the complaint letter was made after Almero summoned them in her office. “Nagsimula ang lahat nung pinatawag kami ni Ma’am Almero. Sinabi niya sa amin na may mga complaints yung ibang mga estudyante regarding sa lampoon issue at kailangan daw kaming mag-act dun (It all started when Ma’am Almero called us. She said that there have been complaints coming from other students regarding the lampoon issue and she told us to act on the complaint.

Almero, on the other hand, said that upon learning about the complaint letter concerning the BnS lampoon issue, the University President called her attention and told her to tell the students to write a letter for them to act on the issue. “He told me to tell the students to write a letter and that I should do something about it.”

Admin in action

Dr. Greg Melchor de Lara, Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), upon the getting a copy of the complaint letter from the President immediately called a discussion with the BnS editors. “I was given a photocopy of the complaint letter by the President, so nung nabigyan ako ng copy, pinatawag ko agad yung mga taga-BnS (upon receiving the copy, I immediately called the BnS) to settle the problem.”

He also said that the complaint was legitimate even with 30 signatories and as such, there is a need to resolve the issue. “We need to settle the problem because it was a legitimate complaint of 30 students and we couldn’t just close our eyes. Kahit kokonti sila dapat sila pakinggan (Even if they are few, we still need to listen to them).”

Raisa Austral, BnS editor in chief, confirmed that the VPAA called for two meetings to address the complaint of the students against the lampoon issue. “The first one was last January 11 when I was called for a meeting with him and Mr. Briones. The other one happened last January 25, this time with the entire BnS editorial board and staff.”

Rev. Samuel Briones, Student Services Office (SSO) director, relayed that it was in the second meeting that both parties consented to have a dialogue between the BnS and the complainants. “In the meeting with the editorial board, VPAA and I, with the BnS decided to patch things up and have a dialogue with the students to resolve the complaint.”

Forum

The dialogue, between the students and the BnS editorial board and staff, was held lat January 25 at the University Auditorium. However, majority of the 30 signatories in the complaint were not present in the said student discussion.

Briones said the dialogue was organized to allow the complainants to air their sentiments and comments against the lampoon issue. “This is the time where the students can openly say their comments in the lampoon issue.”

The SSO director facilitated the one hour and a half dialogue with around 40 students discussions between the BnS people and the complainants.

Meanwhile, Rubio said that the complainants failed to show up at the forum because of some unforeseen reasons. “Yung iba, merong klase tapos hindi talaga naming akala na magkakaganung aberya. Tapos hindi naman talaga kami nag-uusap na pumunta doon. (The other students had their class and we did not foresee those setbacks. We did not really agreed to go to the forum.)”

However, according to Austral, the complainants failed to substantiate the complaint they have against the BnS lampoon issue. She even said that the students who were present in the forum symphatized with the editors. “I’m very happy with the result of the forum. The student sided with us and they even validated the use of lampoon publication.”

Quizon’s statement at the forum affirmed Austral’s statement. She cited that lampoon writing is a form of style of writing. “Ang lampoon ay isang porma at arte ng pagsulat at hindi lang ang Blue and Silver ang gumawa ng ganito. Maging ang CEGP, ang pinakamatandang organisasyong pang-estudyante at ang ibang publikasyon ng iba’t ibang unibersidad at naglalabas nito. (The lampoon [issue] is a form and art of writing and the Blue and Silver is not the only publication that does this. The CEGP, the oldest student organization, and even the other publications of various universities publish this.”

Issues raised

The BnS editor in chief shared her sentiments against all the sanctions that the administration gave to the BnS because of the impending result of the complaint. “The release of our funds was delayed.”

She also said that the administration has no right to withhold the BnS funds as stipulated in the Campus Journalism Act of 1991 and the appendix of the student handbook. “In no instance shall the Department of Education, Culture and Sportsor the school administrations concerned withhold the release of funds sourced from the savings of the appropriations of the respective schools and the other sources intended for the student publication. Subscription fee collected by the school administration shall be released automatically to the student concerned” (Student Manual Revised June 2003).

The VPAA attested that the fund was not released immediately but he explained that it is not, in any form, an act of withholding the money. “We met with Raisa and we simply told her that the budget for the BnS is available; only we cannot immediately release it until the issue is resolved.”

Austral explained that the issue was resolved and the students present in the forum understood the essence of lampoon publication. “We left the Auditorium having instilled in the students that lampoon publication is style of writing and is not a waste of money.”

Also, upon learning of the forum’s resolution, the VPAA, immediately requested for the immediate release of the BnS funds.

Maanne Lopez, Dave Oscar Ili