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My Memories of Adamson University
September 30th, 2007 posted by erwinilao under Alumni Stories, Uncategorized

There is this impulse to write my own memories of ADu back in 1995, the year I graduated, also my term as the President of the AUSG. Call it personal misgivings, or regrets or whatever. For me they are mere glimpses of the past I loved, treasured, and hoped was better, both for myself and the students.

It was August already and almost time for the AUSG elections. But there were no activity from the known political parties. SAMAKA disbanded nationally and the leftist KAMAO was in shatters. Only the ambitious and mediocre ARMS party led by a forgotten student leader was pushing for an election. Even without a presidential candidate this party was pushing for a mock election so that they could occupy the post unchallenged.

A KAMAO leader together with a former Chronicle EIC, and his limited number of supporters, decided to boycott the elections. One week before the “meeting de avance” with no other option but to see the AUSG occuppied by puppeteers, or see the leftist wing launch a renewed militant stand against the Admin, a former SAMAKA officer approached this MASP instructor and posed this proposition. That we shall create another party out of the ruins of SAMAKA and challenge ARMS in the mock election they were hoping to win. One week. Two months headstart for the competition. A lot of work.

That night we managed to organize the leadership of the College of Architecture. In two days the COMPSCi group was behind us. Soon the entire line up for the CSG offices was filled out and we were headed for the public debate. Who are we to be? What shall we call ourselves? Then it was decided: SIKLAB! (It was a long time ago, I have forgotten what this stands for.)

A long line that stretched out from the Cardinal building’s gate to the narrow opening of the main campus’ grounds was formed by the group supporting this new party. Some came because it was cool to be in. Some for more political reasons. Others because they believed. With one voice shouting “Si-siklab” it meant trouble for the opposition, caught off guard in their own dirty game. They did not know there were students who care about the electoral process, and that these same nameless faces would take down to the streets to defend that right.

And so the debate started. Me against a candidate reportedly in an emergency room. A no-show. A spokesperson, the ambitious and forgotten quasi student leader cum political puppet stood in the middle to deliver their party’s platform. I don’t remember anything he said. And then it was my turn.

I told about five thousand of the students watching and listening what I came there for. Not to get elected. Not to solicit the votes. I simply reminded them what the process means and what the opposition is doing. It was all about choosing something you think deserves the position, or not at all. Not about “choosing” just about anyone since there was no other choice.

The leftist group was huddled beside the circular snack bar, waiting for the right time to unfold their flags to affront the public debate. Only that there was no debate. And then they realized they have a better chance of saving the AUSG from the stupidity that was ARMS, if they give the man with a microphone a chance.

And they did give me a chance. An overwhelming landslide. The party that sought to benefit from the tricky game they played got played in turn. SIKLAB was a blast.

The next question is, “What do I do now?” Six months more and I will graduate. What would be my goals?

In case you want to know, just keep on reading.      



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About the author: 1990 - Freshman belonging to a seminary called the Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross. The very first student to run out of St. Vincent's Bldg. from the Registrar's office when the violent earthquake of 1990 began. 1992 - Fresh out of the seminary and back to the corridors of the institution. Feeling the need to belong to something or someone. That was when I found SAMAKA. 1993 - Elected President of the College of Liberal Arts, really did nothing but hung out with Morfe, Echauz, Mercado and the Filipinism ideologue. Most were SI Fraternity members. 1994 - Got tired of student politics and joined the MASP, a popular group of Student Speech instructors who knew how to clean tables and do teachers' errands. At least we got paid and I got to "own" the Speech Lab off the 2nd floor of the ST bldg. 1995 - Elected as President of the Adamson University Student Government (AUSG). The election was a landslide courtesy of a no-show opponent, a dysfunctional left-winger, an ambitious "speaker", and my being a popular student teacher. Not that I did not deserve the position at that time. My term was the most peaceful the last fifteen years prior. Here are My Achievements: - Minimal pillboxes thrown off the campus since I keep them in my Cabinet at the AUSG office., - Less frat wars since I attended their drinking sprees in front of Cardinal bldg., - A more religious contribution from the AUSG, never before done, during the celebration of World Youth Day - More parties or celebrations like a week-long festivity during the Student Week, a College Student Government celebration, a fund-raising dance party for Lahar victims and other sorties we would not mention. I am glad I was part of this institution. I am proud to say that it was because of ADU that I am who I turned out to be. For more of me, visit

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[ # 1220 ] Comment from deity [October 1, 2007, 1:50 pm]

hi erwin. this is a very nice narrative. whatever happened to roland dela cruz? my big time KAMAO idol? lol. opsss… circa 1988. you might not have heard about him.

this is funny.

“…Got tired of student politics and joined the MASP, a popular group of Student Speech instructors who knew how to clean tables…”

i didn’t get to do anything like that… INSTEAD, mrs. nonato appointed me as the the official beauty stylist of the golden girls. bwahhahaha!!!

and the rest of the studentry thought we’re all glamour huh? ROFLMAO!

[ # 1238 ] Comment from JB [October 3, 2007, 11:18 am]

erwin, you still got photos from that era? post mo naman, dude. adamson’s politics was always very colorful.

[ # 1347 ] Comment from Milet [November 11, 2007, 7:21 pm]

Hi Erwin,
Here’s Milet? well, i don’t think you can still remember me because of the many girls hanging around you during those times while we were in Adamson.
I was also a member of the SIKLAB Party and candidated for CSG Computer Science after your term. I forgot the name of the Presidential Candidate but he was also a ComSci student….
Maybe it will help you remember me with Marian Youth Movement(MYM) and with Msgr. Claro Matt Garcia…
Well, just to let you know that you really did a good job during your term as AUSG president…

[ # 1350 ] Comment from erwin [November 12, 2007, 2:38 pm]

Hi Milet:

Thanks for the appreciation. After twelve years, ngayon ko lang narinig na meron pala akong ginawang mabuti as President. Kawawa naman yung ibang nag AUSG kasi wala silang naririnig na “you did a good job” man lang. Considering that these guys work for free, you know.

How are you now? Kwento ka naman. I would love to hear from you and those “many girls hanging around”. LOL.

[ # 1353 ] Comment from Milet [November 14, 2007, 7:58 am]

Hi Erwin,
Mabuti naman ang kalagayan ko rito. I am in Germany for 7 years now and live here for good with my family. I am married to a good looking german guy and have a lovely 14 mos. old daughter. I met my husband here.

I broke up my studies in Adamson although it was only two subjects to finish in order to get the Bachelor degree. Well, i didn’t regret it because i was able to continue it here in Paderborn University. I also visited some courses in Heinz and Nixdorf and Siemens.

Last year, i was there for 6 weeks before i gave birth. Normally we visit Philippine every other year, but now we don’t have any plan yet…I would love to go home again and see my family, relatives and some of my friends.

How about you? How are you? I will be happy to hear from you too.

[ # 1503 ] Comment from GUILL SOLDEVILLA [January 9, 2008, 10:12 pm]


[ # 1883 ] Comment from armin [March 6, 2008, 5:42 am]

..heLlo mga senior ko..

[ # 1884 ] Comment from AUSG angry [March 6, 2008, 5:49 am]

AUSG, hay naku, AUSG namin ngayon..
tsk tsk

[ # 1886 ] Comment from erwin [March 6, 2008, 8:49 am]

If your current AUSG needs help maybe you should offer some. It’s lonely there at the top. Those guys need someone to talk to. They would surely appreciate whatever feedback you could give. So instead of just wishing they would be better, why not try to help make them better.

[ # 1892 ] Comment from Milet [March 6, 2008, 6:57 pm]

hi, will visit Phils. again. i am happy to see Asia Mall. I haven’t been there…Hope will find time to visit AdU.

[ # 1897 ] Comment from bondgirl4ever [March 7, 2008, 9:37 am]

hi milet. im an alumna of adamson and im also here in germany. wo wohnst du in deutschland? ich habe einen deutschen mann auch. was a member of the last unfortunate batch of chronicle. im from ulm btw but enroled at stuttgart media university. do you know any adamsoninas in germany? ich freue mich auf deine antwort.

[ # 1901 ] Comment from Milet [March 8, 2008, 5:58 am]

Hi,ich wohne in Ostendland, Delbrück, NRW. Das liegt zwischen Paderborn und Bielefeld. Ich kenne keine weiteren Absolventen hier von Adamson. Seit wann bist du schon hier in Deutschland? Ich freue mich auch auf deine Antwort.

[ # 1902 ] Comment from erwinilao [March 8, 2008, 5:08 pm]

so bondgirl you are married to a german too? that would be great as far as genes are concerned. milet has a beautiful daugther Im sure..but that’s from her genes!

hey milet, enjoy your vacation. the euro is stronger than the dollar so pack up local currency. have never been to asia mall too. left P.I. in 2001 and did not have the chance to see it open.

if you’re ever in the U.S., try to give me a note. anyone from San Francisco or the Bay Area here? an adamsonian meet up would be great once in a while.

[ # 1907 ] Comment from bondgirl4ever [March 9, 2008, 5:07 pm]

Hallo Milet. Ich bin schon für 1 Jahr in Deutschland. Habe schon Deutsch gelernt und habe mich sofort an Unis und Annerkennungstelle beworben. Ich kenne auch niemand von AdU außer du. Wenn ich vielleicht eine Chance nach nordliche Deutschland habe, sage ich dich. Oder wenn du nach BW oder sud Bayern gehst. Ah, egal, was kommt. Kennst du Vereine? Lg, bondgirl.

Yes, my husband is a german. The genes are Ok, but i’ve yet to see the offspring. Taga Frisco ka ba erwin, maganda diyan ah, fave ng hubby ko yan na city.

[ # 1908 ] Comment from Milet [March 9, 2008, 8:46 pm]

hi bondgirl, Ich bin schon seit 7 Jahren hier in Deutschland. Ich habe auch hier an der Uni Informatik studiert. We plan to visit a friend in Switzerland in Summer. Who knows maybe we can drop by there at your place and meet you personally.

[ # 1909 ] Comment from Milet [March 9, 2008, 9:10 pm]

hi erwin, oo nga sana i enjoy our holiday in PI. i will bring my daughter and introduce her to my family and relatives there. first time my hubby will not be with us he has to renovate our new house. so if you plan to visit Germany with your family you can stay with us. if you like to see some of our fotos here just visit my foto gallery in friendster (search for Let Fleitmann).

[ # 1916 ] Comment from erwin [March 10, 2008, 6:33 am]

thanks for the offer milet. that would be nice. i will give you notice if ever we’re in germany. now we have one more person to visit in the EU. great!

yup, bondgirl, i am from San Francisco. we love SFO too. you should come over with your husband and I would definitely give you guys a tour.

isn’t this nice? we’re talking like we’re just next door neighbors. suddenly the Philippines is no longer an island that it is. I hope many more Adamsonians venture out and broaden their horizon. It would be an eye opener just to get a glimpse of the world outside of Manila.

[ # 1921 ] Comment from Milet [March 10, 2008, 7:52 pm]

hi erwin, just see fotos of san francisco today. my sister is 40 minutes away there. who knows… one day we also visit san francisco…

[ # 1931 ] Comment from erwin [March 13, 2008, 4:08 am]

im sure that would happen. when you guys come over hopefully your kid would be old enough to enjoy the trip.

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