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I’m so proud!!!
November 28th, 2008 posted by angeilla under Opinion. [ Comments: none ]

I’m so very proud to be an Adamsonian hindi man siguro tayo ang pinaka the best university at least nakapasok tayo sa top 20!!! YAN ANG ADAMSONIAN!!!



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The Day Ku Klux Klan Dread the Most: Obama’s Victory
November 5th, 2008 posted by AJ007 under Adamson Chronicle, Alumni Stories, Opinion. [ Comments: none ]

Mabuhay ka Barrack Obama ! ! !

Personally, I perceive Obama’s victory as a sign of time; that the type casted is now getting a chance to sow change in this corrupt world. And it is a phenomenon that it is happening to the most corrupt of the Western Powers. Does this mean that CIA “bucked” coup d’ tats against nationalist leaders of former Marxist (and still Socialist) states would be a non – existent? Does this mean that assassinations of third world leaders would stop? Does this mean that war would end? Does this mean that the too much hyped up Muslim – Christian war around the globe ends? Does this mean that the oppressed will now break its chains from the sinister power the lords over them?

If thats how the policeman of the word operates? Then we don’t want it.

The Blacks were America’s first victims. We all know how much the Black suffered from White supremacists. History books conveniently yield out the names of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X and Medger Evans, all slain in the Southern USA in the height of Klan activity and the movement for civil liberties. Hollywood commercialized the violence in movies like Mississippi Burning, Amistad, A time to Kill etc. There are even novels by John Grisham and Anne Moody depicting gross maltreatment to the Blacks.

The Blacks were labeled with so many slur like niggers, negroes, etc, they’re also exposed to different type of political persecution done through political doubletalk. The attack to healthcare benefits particularly pertaining to cardiac arrest which has a slight over the fact that the Whites get less attention because physiologically Blacks are more prone to heart attack.

A White as Mc Cain is, who couldn’t even distinguish between Sunni and Shiites said in one of this campaign: “he has a funny name” referring to the contender Barack Obama. This Mc Cain said after bragging his military career hinting on another slight on Obama as a draft dodger who converted to Muslim. But that’s beside the point.

With the change that Obama epouses, hopefully, oil monopoly will end too, and that energy distribution will be of a larger scale now. And the “tokamak” technology would prosper to pave the way for a cleaner and more far reaching energy production. Hopefully, stemcell research would continue. Technology tarnsfers would be more open and study grants for scientific advancement would be open.

There are people who aren’t that ready for change. Actually, anti-Obama politicking even reached here, a media outfit that obviously airs Gloria’s crap has one of its worthless newsman feature the US election, as sure as he was US Embassy sponsored, he gave Mc Cain a longer airtime feature.   

Of course there are people that oppose the brand of change that a person like Obama espouses, needless to say they could be racist. Or simply belonging to other political line. Needless to say, the Ku Klux Klan didn’t support Obama.



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My Travel to Northern Mindanao
October 30th, 2008 posted by AJ007 under Alumni Stories, Opinion, Travels. [ Comments: none ]

 

It was quite an experience to visit Cagayan de Oro City for three (3) days last week. It was a business trip and it was my first. I had to deliver, demo and install our spectrophotometer unit that Del Monte Cagayan de Oro bought from our company.

Cagayan de Oro is so beautiful a place. From the sky, as the plane prepares to land, one could see the inviting topography over the so – called Macajalar Sea.  Approaching Lumbia National Airport, the rock signage saying “Welcome to Cagayan de Oro City, City of Golden Friendship” couldn’t be missed.  Plus the eagle looking bird flying at the tip of the runway when the plane touched had been impressive.

Outside the airport, I was met by our friendly sales parson with a cheerful:  “Welcome to Cagayan de Oro, Dong”

The greetings actually melted my heart.  Suppressing tears, I crisply replied, “thank you…”

To me, it was a sort of being accepted to be addressed to as “Dong.”

Lumbia National Airport, as I realized later was built on top of a mountain.  A taxi ride down town fills your eyes with fresh scenic beauty of the place. But there’s a disruption, an SM mall somewhere down the road, well of course commercialization is inevitable.  Posh subdivision nearby could be noticed with its big entrance gate. After few minutes, we reached town. I got checked in to a small hotel called Demiren Hotel,  aside from our sales person (who acted as my tour guide as well) and the taxi driver, the front desk clerks were the first few people I talked to and they are all amiable, straight to the point and honest. It was already 11:00 am I was given specific instructions by our sales person to rest, take my lunch and be ready to be picked up after an hour.

Lunch has been delicious, fresh fish and squid, grilled delectably with special seasoning served with sauce suited to a Filipino pallet. And you can get it for PhP 65.00, of course that’s minus the hoity – toity hypocrisy of a fine dinning restaurant in Manila. In CDO, your PhP 65 meal is served and eaten in a nice well ventilated and clean place, among the nice people of Cagayan de Oro City. After my meal, I still have time to relax back in my room while watching cable TV. I changed and checked the time.

At about 12 O’ clock, I went to the reception area, the sales person had been waiting for me. Going to Del Monte, we had to cover a long stretch of road. “On your right Dong is the Nestle plant.The Del Monte Cagayan de Oro is a big facility facing the Macajalar Sea. I was nervous, I know for the fact that chemists there are well trained. The stereotype that Cebuano speaking people basically hates Manileño arrogance hit me like reality so I am constrained to check my manners. I really worked hard to remove any sign of being haughty in me.

We were waiting at the gate for a go signal to enter. We’ve already deposited our cell phones at the guard and my heart is killing me with loud palpitations. I was jittery. If the chemist would decide not to buy our product, then I had to haul it back to Manila. If in any way I miss at presenting  any of the important features of our machine, then I’m a cooked goose. If in any case I sound incompetent, then it is all over and done with.

Moment of truth. After a few meters of walk, I found myself inside a nice laboratory, white and surgically clean as a multinational laboratory should be. People are nice too but consumed with work.  These are scientists, no doubt about it and I’m sure, they would not forgive me for merely parroting what was stated in the user manual. 

Just after the smiles, the handshakes and pleasantries came a nice smacking activity

 “AJ, we are dealing with (I can’t tell the specific information, lets just use A and B) wavelengths A and B, can you show us a special feature of your machine that could read through the absorbance and transmittance the said wavelengths.”  Said the Chemist tersely.

Trying hard to muster courage, I said lamely: “Yes ma’am.”

Then I tried. Gosh! What’s happening? There’s no reading. My temple is sweating profusely.  I took out the cuvett and wipe the sides with tissue paper. Put it back in and run the test. Same result. God damn it! God what have I done?  I tried to probe the wavelengths, there was some faint reading in other region, but it was too far from the specified, the valleys and peak are here but not on the specified. It’s all flat. I prayed hard: “God, just let me through this, I’ll belay plans of posting my proof against the TAC EB 1999 – 2000, promise just let me through this…”

Then I realized that it was time to concede and end the pain. I politely told the chemist that there no reading on the said wavelengths A and B. The chemist smiled. I said to myself: “well this is it, She’s just kind enough to pass it off without embarrassing me, thanks God, I swear, I’ll belay the posting of the proof, promise…”

But She said: “Actually, AJ,  yun yung gusto namin, na walang reading dun sa region ng wavelength nay un, dahil pag meron…”

“WHAT?” I said rather triumphant. It was a test

I said a prayer again: “Oh God, you really want me to clear my name and be vindicated. I am gonna post my proof on my second blog when I get back to Manila.”

I went back to my hotel, change into walking attire, and strolled around the City. I found an Internet Café and emailed the result to Manila Office. Then I went on with my walking spree.

They have a place there called Divisoria, but its clean, the Xavier College Ateneo de Cagayan is within the loop, UAAP blog has it that Adamson Falcon Cager Olalia has been scouted from Xavier College. Walking onwards along Trino Bros street is a Plaza and near there is a big church called Saint Agustine Cathedral.

I went inside the Church and notice a nice garden beside it. So I walked over to the Garden and “surprise!” there is another nice view. The mountain ranges of Bukidnon and a river.

The sun was setting so I just stayed there until the sun hid behind the mountains. It was perfect.

That moment, I remember what Tito told me about inner peace, about having loving children. And I remember my own kids. I love the place, I wish they’re there with me. In a place where no one knows me. In a place where my name is not yet smeared by college politics.

I walked again, not knowing where to go, until I’ve decided that I want to eat “batchoy” when I was a small boy in Bacolod I always loved “batchoy.”

Then it was time for bed. I walked back to my hotel room. And chanced upon a nice movie on cinemax, it was “The Company.” It’s about CIA during the 60’s when James Angleton was chief of counter intelligence. It’s nice, packed with emotional script about espionage, betrayal of trust and all that jazz.

The next morning, I had to present our machine before the quality control people and those manning there standards room at Del Monte. It was a breeze, modesty aside, but our machine presented itself.

A taxi ride back to the City had been nice. The taxi driver had been telling me stories about the place. He told me it is the most peaceful place in the whole of Mindanao.  A snatcher caught three times gets executed by vigilantes. I’m impressed. He further told me that even the MILF wouldn’t dare wreck havoc in the place or else they’ll run out of resting places, according to the guy, the Military Intelligence Group (MIG) are in place in the whole City, and they’re more interested in keeping the peace.

The next morning, my CDO visit is over. I tried t o sleep early but I couldn’t. I just lay down on my bed until it was 4 am. I did my usual routine and catch a taxi that will take me to Lumbia National Airport.

Overhead I could hear helicopter engines hovering. It was MG520 attack helicopter. The Radio Mindanao Network announced the ongoing was in North Cotabato just below the slopes.

I took my boarding pass at the airport and waited for my plane. It was late, I noticed the Bronco bombers of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) using the runway.  There are fatigue choppers and MG520 helicopters landing and taking off. It barely stopped due to hard rain but after the rain, the PAF Broncos and choppers took to the air again.

At last my plane arrived. And before I knew it, I was admiring the sky view of Cagayan de Oro again. I saw SM, the Del Monte plant, the Nestle and the City itself, I realized that the City is surrounded by the mountain ranges of Bukidnon hence, Cagayan de Oro, the Valley of Gold.

But it was Good bye.



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Ngayon si Teehankee, pagkatapos ay si Go
October 21st, 2008 posted by indierock under Adamson Chronicle, Alumni Stories, Gossip, News, Opinion. [ Comments: 4 ]

Wow! Ang saya naman ng site na ‘to! Sino ba nag imbento nito?

Ma-a-anghang ang mga kontribusyon dito. Ayos ah! Yung iba naman halos pang asar lang. Yung iba naman halos puro “lifted” lang and mga ideya. Wala na ba talagang senyal ng matalinong ‘life form” sa daigdig?  Mamaya lilibutin ko ang site na ito, pero sa ngayon, gagawa muna ako ng blog…

Nakakatawa, parang may “trend” ang lipunan. Ang mag kriminal na walang habas na pumapatay ng ganun-ganon lang ay binibigyan ng “executive clemency,” pero ang mga kalaban ng gobyenong ito at nabubulok sa bilangguan. Eh ‘di natural, alangan ba naman bigyan mo ng puwang ang kalaban mo, eh di lalamunin ka nito ng buhay. Pero kung pakakawalan mo ang mga mayayamang kriminal, eh ‘di may dagdag  pondo ka sa eleksyon.

Talaga nga naman… Nakaw dito, nakaw doon, lahat marunong mag nakaw. bata, kumukupit ng kendi sa tindahan…ang “cute.” Pag laki laki pera na, pag nasa eskwela na “school funds” pag sa trabaho na, “corporate funds” pag sa gobyerno, and buwis na pinataw ka ulo ng ina nya…wehehehehehe…. Kanya, kanyang istilo yan, sa ating pangulo, mga kriminal, si Erap, si Teehankee, si Go… pera yan eh. Kwarta, kwarta, gusto ko ng kwarta…hehehehe

Ano? para sa ‘unity’? O’ magnanimity? Eh ‘bat yung mga aktibista nabubulok sa kulungan? Kasi walang kwarta…

Pangako, kompromiso, “deals”…yun ay mga taktika lamang “carrot-on-a-stick” ika nga. Pag mahirap ka… walang  “clemency.”

BUHAT SA INQUIRER:

Take the case of peasant rights advocate Randy Echanis, a veteran activist since the Ferdinand Marcos years. It’s almost a year now since he was imprisoned on trumped-up murder charges filed against him by the government. Arrested in Negros while attending a consultation on the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill, he was transported by helicopter to Leyte, where he was charged with multiple-murder. Last July, he was brought to the police general headquarters Camp Crame and, in August was illegally transferred to the Manila City Jail.

Ito pa:

Ka Randy, in solitary confinement from 1984 to 1986, was released after People Power I. Like a true servant of the people, he went back to peasant organizing upon his release. But in 1990 he was arrested again by the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Naval Intelligence and Security Force. He was released in 1992 only after a case filed against him for illegal possession of firearms was dismissed by the Manila Regional Court. Throughout those years of imprisonment, Ka Randy suffered physical, psychological and mental torture and humiliation but his spirit remained strong. Though separated from his loved ones, he never wavered in his commitment. He helped found Karapatan, an alliance for the advancement of human rights.

Ito pa:

How can this government release a man who brutally killed a young girl while it continues to detain more than 200 political prisoners on trumped-up charges? It is easier for this government to show mercy to a convicted murderer than to listen to the cries for justice coming from victims of enforced disappearance, torture and unjust imprisonment. Human rights, peace and justice activists are languishing in jail under harsh conditions.

Walang hustisya, laro ng numero ang lahat ng bagay, at an disiyon ng numero ay nasa kapakinabangan. pak wala pela, wala hustisya eh, kayo tanong Ah-Tek ha…wehehehehehe

Kaya sa isang “whinner” dyan na udyok ng udyok ng gulo tungkol sa ng yari sa kanya nuong unang panahon. Senya na ‘pre… boplogs ka eh… Peace!



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The Trillanes Factor
October 17th, 2008 posted by AJ007 under Adamson Chronicle, Alumni Stories, Campus Issues, Campus News, Criticism, Current Events, News, Opinion, Student Government. [ Comments: 1 ]

During the time when I still believe that the system would change overnight, I chance upon a book in National Book Store or NBS called LOGCOM (logistics command). I got a bit interested because I was an officer in the ROTC then (in Adamson) so I flipped through the pages. It turned out to be a sort of an expose. Back then I find it extremely radical that a serviceman in AFP would have a spine to write anything like that. Actually, it’s still a phenomenon for me not because I care a lot about it but as a TAX PAYER now, I find it a farce if not tragedy.

It highlighted the fact that military provisions are prone to abuse. Example, a military 6X6 truck was used as a “practice driving” vehicle for the wives of senior officers. Another example, a helicopter was used to transport senior officers (based in the provinces) and wives for a shopping spree in the cities. Bullets sold to the enemies? The book further explained the gripes that precipitated into disgruntlement that further lead down the path to adventurism.

Yet, with adventurism, comes another disgruntlement that plunged the cause of the series of military mutinies during the 80s into quagmire. Some soldiers who were given amnesty later said that those glib tongued “recruiters” left them behind when the “operation” finally met the wall.

One commented: Ang mga putang inang mga ‘yan, ginamit kami na parang mga puta…”

That has been the problem with the earlier putsches; so many men who would have been heroes were branded traitors. All for a strong cause but with a hallow leadership. There was this time when they had been leaderless for several days after that particular coup, but some men stayed behind. Not all of the leaders were escape artists though; Col. Alexander Noble for example won’t be pacified and chose to stay behind with his men. Then several days later, a Philippine Star issue would flaunt news about Col. Noble’s arrest after destroying US Fighter planes “sitting duck” in Clark Air Base, Pampanga; of course the rest is history. Had it not from the then Philippine Marine Commandant, now Sen. Biazon (a true clean soldier) who literally exposed himself to danger when he stood between the Rebels and pro – government soldiers who were at the brink of armed confrontation, more lives would have been claimed. But these were men of conviction both from different sides of the line. They were brothers divided, some are even real brothers. And they suffered a lot of psychological draw back since.

But what about the cause? Of course it could be brilliant. It was for reform and usual rhetoric of “being too cozy with the reds” thing, apart from “real” status quo like corruption, monopoly, selling of sovereign territory (paid to us as war reparation) to the host country itself. Maybe there was some  personal reason like the killing of Maj. Francisco Baula inside his cell on the guise of him trying to escape “USING A LADDER” at that as if he needed one to do it.

But of course, story has it that it was a badly botched up putsch. And I was a young boy when it happened. I enjoyed the sight of fighter planes seen in the sky in an act of a dogfight. But what is clear though is that they became leaderless, and some (or most) Rebels felt betrayed.

This is the edge of Sen. Trillanes; he did not leave his men behind. He joined them in prison. Another book in NBS AFP before Gringo has it that unlike his “predecessors” Trillanes did not compromise. As a proof, he’s still in jail right now. Only God knows what circumstance would bring him out of there but by the looks of it. He will rather rot in there than to compromise. But a person of such fortitude will not wear out.

Nature has an inquisitive way of “boring through veracity” (that’s a line from former President Marcos’ book, I forgot the title though). In a system like this, in a situation like this, an economic condition like this. It’s like history repeating itself. And it vindicates Trillanes. WHY? Because incarcerating him didn’t stop all these follies from happening. With him in prison, he couldn’t be associated with somebody who stands in the way of “progress” of the strong republic anymore, yet these are all happening. And shame on us who has professors who helped install this “hegemony” with a promise of 1.0 additional point to averaged grade which brings some Adamsonians to EDSA II. ONE FACULTY MEMBER IN THE CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT WOULD ARGUE THAT IT WOULD BE FOR “INTELLIGENT GOVERNENCE” oh yeah, and why “bribe” students with a plus on a grade? Shame on idiotic students too who took advantage. I didn’t and I got an incomplete for that subject. But I digressed.

Sure the nose diving trend of global exchanges has nothing to do with it but what did our genius economic dream team do to prevent it from affecting us, and Trillanes is at bay unable to perform his “filibustering”?  Of course the “intelligent” spin doctors of this “governance” has a ready answer. One of them even suggested… ‘to Jesus Christ.’ But he’s no ecominist, he’s a bootlicker nontheless.

As a soldierTrillanes will never be viewed like someone who leaves a man behind. He’s viewed as someone with unwavering conviction and that catapulted his name to the Senate. Besides in his “spur – of – the – moment” Pen Siege, the majority of those went there were media men, pillars of the fourth state of democracy. Eye and ears of the people.

I concede though that the rest remains to be seen.

 



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Mrs Prof ng ECE Dept
October 5th, 2008 posted by Sakristang_hudas under Adamson Chronicle, Campus Issues, Campus News, Criticism, Exposes, Gossip, News, Opinion. [ Comments: 46 ]

Grabe ang final exam namin sa isa naming subject sa ECE. Ass in yung sasakyan hindi namin napatakbo. Baka ang mangyari kami ang takbuhan nitong prof na ito. Hindi na nga naibalik midterm exam namin tapos ganito pa nangyari sa final exam namin. Sana hindi natutulog si ECE Chairman para makita nya itong sitwasyon namin. Mam GISING naman po. Try to clean your department lalo na sa mga existing prof nyo sa dept. May mga living dead na prof dun paswelduhan lang ng Adamson. Hay grabe talaga!



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Coco Dilemma
October 4th, 2008 posted by AJ007 under Alumni Stories, Current Events, Opinion, Random Thoughts. [ Comments: none ]

Why is it that coconuts, the driver of our future are not taken seriously?

Is it because we are not well informed?

Actually, coconut oil yields high lauric acid content. Back in 1997, I’ve read an article from The Philippine Star about Jon J. Kabara who discovered in the University of Michigan that mono lauic acid (gyceryl monolaurate) or simply monolaurin lowers the viral load of AIDS in the human body. Luaric acid is apparently rich in colostrums that explain why breast fed babies shows high resistance to sickness.

In my last visit to DOST in pursuing my thesis, I came across with this information that we are now encapsulating monolaurin.

When I was still dealing with my baby thesis, my quest for information gathering lead me to the R&D Head of UNILAB back then in school year 1997 – 1998. Through the kindness of Dr. Torres, the R&D head, I was allowed to use their library at UNILAB.

Monolaurin could perturb the protien shell of the virus and penetrated until the nucleus thus killing the virus and halting its capacity to infest. And this is only momolaurin, one of the products of a coconut.

Coconuts as we all know are good source of oil that is mainly used in producing frying oils. Now that the price of copra has gone up to an average of PhP41.00/Kilo, it is only logical that the price of coconut oil has increased as well. A 375 mL frying oil sells for PhP50.

For those who love to use cosmetic products, you’ve probably heard of virgin coconut oil that is a good moisturizer and emollient. Your lotions and creams should contain emulsifiers and other emollients like stearic acid, monoglyceryl stearate and cetyl alcohol, these are all coconut based. Croda, Cognis, Rohm and Haas, etc are example of multinational companies that manufactures those products mentioned. Our very own Cocochem carries the same product line.

The high oil yielding coconut is also big for biodiesel industry. Currently, D&L sells BioActive brand at every gasoline station. Actually, even overly used coconut oils could be converted into biodiesel because the oxidized oil could by reduced by saponification, the then neutralized by acidification then finally, converted into a fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) by methylation. For chem. Students who are interested to make a more advanced study in this topic, you may approach Ms. Josefina V. Yumul and she’ll surely glad to help you out.

Coconut also yields “tuba,” a sweet tasting coconut wine. The coconut sap where we extract the “tuba” also yields coco sugar. The “sapal” of coconut meat in preparing a coconut milk could be make into coco flour. And the coco butter fat is a delicious substitute in manufacturing reconstituted milk.

Right now though, coconut land owners have this “pain – in – the – ass” problem. They are not allowed to cut down coconut trees that over populates the land area, or even those that are too old to be productive. You see, right now, there is a specified ratio of coconut trees per hectare that should be planted to ensure the health of the coconut trees that could be directly attributed to the yield of fruits.

If we rely on coconuts for progress and we can’t organize the coconut farming scheme because the law prohibits cutting down coconut trees that stands in the way, then does it not defeat the purpose of it all?

Catch – 22?



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Writing on the wall
September 27th, 2008 posted by AJ007 under Adamson Chronicle, Alumni Stories, Campus Issues, Campus News, Opinion. [ Comments: 24 ]

Joe Bert sent me a picture thru my email. It was taken from a Friendster account, and not just some Friendster account but that of my friend, Celia Clave. The picture depicts a writing on the white board taken from the old Adamson Chronicle (TAC) office. We used the white board to write, to leave insults, grievances and things to remember during press works.

The writing on the white board was angry, typical of a loose cannon, devastated, a loser, the kind that hangs on teetering on the corner but still won’t give up the fight. And that writing was mine…

I am Allan Jay Q. Martirez. I am proud to say that along with Celia Clave and the rest of us, passed the Editorial Board exams in the summer of 1997. And it was not just some exam but an exam made and facilitated by Joe Bert Lazarte. Then that was my baptism of fire in the publication. I enjoyed it, the UAAP coverage for free, thanks to Tito Escaño, our Associate Editor who thought I could handle it back then, the prestige of the by–line, and being one of the prime movers of campus opinion.

Joe Bert Lazarte is not just a name, but a legend. He’s won numerous literary awards, if I’m a physicist in the league of Enrico Fermi or Oppenheimer, Joe Bert is Einstein. Yet my writing skill is no way near Fermi nor Oppenheimer if it was physics but the days after Joe Bert’s time and beyond has sown in me hatred as explosive as Oppenheimer’s Atomic bomb (thanks to Fermi).

Celia Clave is not just another name. She went up the ladder to become the Editor–in–Chief (EIC) and is a versatile writer that could write both English and Pilipino articles very well.

You see, back then, I look up to Joe Bert, Tito, Ronnie (my EIC during the time I first entered TAC), and Alvin Julian. The names I mentioned had become EICs themselves except for Tito who decided to quit it all and left the TAC undisciplined. I am one of those unruly members, and so I personally resented Tito’s decision. But life had to go on…

To be continued…

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Continuation… 9:39 am 29th September 2008

Actually, when I was still a newbie at the publication, I heard the tenured ones discussing about the Chronicle. I remember one saying that if all the administrators in Adamson would be like Fr. Belita, then TAC wouldn’t have been a radical publication that it was during our time. I concluded quickly that those writers were after all unlike my comrades in our activist leftist organization in which I had been involved with before entering the Chronicle, that those writers, even in there subconscious minds only want reform in Adamson and that they are upholding the role of the campus publication to bring about that reform. Most important was, they were not loose cannons; they in fact commend people, an administrator at that, who they think is doing a good job.

Then they veered at a different topic attacking the revolutionary nature of change that the left espouses, saying that the rhetoric, the tone, the well-versed chants and the melodrama wouldn’t really bring about change. We were talking about political issues at that time, the vote shaving, and the possibility of the culture permeating into the college level; so I chipped in my two cents’ worth of opinion saying that even the political parties inside the school are partisan to the national level political parties and that the jockeying of these outside forces — including the traditionally corrupt and left-leaning groups — are obvious during the supreme council elections. It didn’t surprise anyone, when I thought I solved the “general relativity” of the whole argument. Tito Escaño just afforded me a mocking smile as if amused by my courage to tell them the obvious, sort of undermining their intellect. Alvin Julian managed to give me a nice smirk, Ronnie’s eyes pierced through his glasses. At least Joe Bert had the courtesy to veer to a different topic saving me from further embarrassment. It was their favorite topic, speciation, Hawkings, Camus, etc. … those thing that I can’t relate with, but save me from my state of being at that time, God, my cheeks were so red that time hehehe.

When I got terminated from the Adamson Chronicle due to reasons my enemies back then prod me into doing, rather knowing how irrational I could be when my pot head acted on a situation, I was cursing Joe Bert Lazarte and Tito Escaño. Because in my understanding of the situation, it wouldn’t have happened to me if they were there to shed light to the whole situation…

To be continued. . .

Last entry . . October 4, 2008 10:09 AM

But this is an old grudge.

An old issue that could have died out naturally a long time ago.

Frankly it affected me. It affected my well-being. It haunted me through it all. It’s as if I saw the world’s new face, the thing that I never anticipated. Can’t trust anyone, anymore, drifting from one job to another.

Frankly, how I wish I didn’t see that picture of that scribbling on the white board. It bears nothing but bad memories. As for me I forced myself to let go, to move on, not to feel the pain at all. But the sordid past has to catch up with me somehow.

I know you won’t be interested at all but what forced my hand to take that decision less that a decade back (8 years, as suggested by Aldrin Esteban) was my frustration over the Editorial Board of 1999 – 2000. I thought it was a new board, I thought it would serve as the “Sword of Gideon” that would root out the problems that the students were facing, and after all, they were our publishers. I thought it was a SELF–CLEANSING BODY.

On that fateful night that sparked it all, during that editorial board meeting, I thought we were going to talk about rectification, mending the wrong ways and devising a plan to correct on our wrong footing. But no! HELL NO!!!

By the looks of it, we were going to pamper the delusion that we inherited, that instead of looking into our accountability, we instead were going to hit on innocent people, much more OUR OWN.

Yes, we were harassed! The AUSG together with some left–leaning groups were at it, they were training their scopes on us, on our every mistake, our inability to publish, our publication’s content, our inability to liquidate. But those bastards who were after us only wanted to replace us all. How I remember them trying to infiltrate the board by seeding the editorial board exams with their members. Of course, they would harass us, they wanted to see us startled, make more mistakes. The calls every morning, every afternoon, asking us where we were putting the students’ money. Our in–fighting. I for one was tasked to track down a member’s activity who was then suspected of being a SPY. A “spy” for God’s sake that did not exist. Why were we even fighting when we only have to show them that we were not corrupt and redirect the issue to corrupt administrators, teachers who were incompetent, the “façade mentality” that takes on the direction of constructions in Adamson. There were so many issues to choose from to take “their” eyes off us. All it should have taken was one honest move.

On that night, six members of the editorial board were about to be punished with suspension, whose sins were merely not making themselves available during press works. Press works? WHAT PRESS WORK?

Oh, maybe, “press work” meant those late night “intellectual conversations,” or the nights in some fast food spending over PhP200 per head courtesy of our publishers. Or those were the nights spent in expensive bowling lanes, thanks to gullible students.

What ever happened to the old TAC Credo?

To Sin by Silence

When we must Protest

Makes Cowards out of Men…

Silence is no longer deafening, and the way it looks is no longer sinful but a comforting silence.

And why protest when all is on the take, when all is happy?

Cowards? Strength is in number.

After my termination, the constitution and by laws of the publication got revised. I really don’t know but I’ve heard that it was a happier law for them. First, I couldn’t contest my termination because of the new constitution, and then later, I heard it put a member through law school. Thanks to the students’ money, of course.

The old Chronicle board was the black horse for corruption. And those people who were in the bottom of the pecking order got promoted to Top Dog, a.k.a. “editor–in–chief” simply because of their loyalty. Those people with an unbearable idiotic IQ then claim “intellectual brilliance” borrowing lines from dead philosophers, posing as “left-leaning intellectuals” or even atheists.

I remember a conversation with Joe Bert. Not really an INTELLECTUAL conversation because my friend Joe Bert hates being called an “intellectual” to his face.

So, there was this time that he asked me why did I become a leftist. I gave him a rhetoric answer. He didn’t reply for some time, and then told me that if I only knew each and everyone in this country, then maybe I’d shun my convictions.

Tito Escaño once said that when your stomach begins to knock, “your shallow philosophy will fly out of the window.”

What I like best about Joe Bert and Tito is that, they hate posers.



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Attend naman, Sir/Madam!
August 22nd, 2008 posted by rubybardelosa under Criticism, Opinion. [ Comments: 2 ]

I just WISH the Professors of Adamson University would ATTEND their classes REGULARLY…

Not all the students have a good schedule… Like in my case, mas mahaba vacant ko kesa sa klase ko… 7am-8pm ang klase ko pag MWF. Kaya masama loob ko pag wala prof ko… They can’t blame us, students of AdU, kung tamadin na din kaming pumasok… There was one time nga, pumasok ako 7am.. I thought my 2nd class would be 8am but i was wrong… 7pm pala! San ka pa db? Lahat ng prof ko sinasabi, “Next meeting na lang tayo…” hAh?! 1st class ko 7am, 2nd class ko 7pm? Hahaha!

I have to admit that there are times (lalo na ngayon) na gusto ko din na wala na lang talagang klase… Sayang lang effort ng mga studyante eh…

Sana lang ho, di agad sila nagagalit or nangdro2p ng studyante… Alamin muna nila rason ng studyante before sila magalit… Coz not all the students of AdU are lazy kaya di sila pumapasok/nakakapasok…  

Di ko naman nilalahat lahat ng Prof… There are Professors din naman na bukod sa lagi ng present, sorbrang galing pa magturo… Buti na lang nandyan pa sila… Maraming SALAMAT po…

 



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Face up to critics…or plant kamote*
March 9th, 2008 posted by JB under Alumni Stories, Opinion. [ Comments: 2 ]

[Emailed and written by Dennis Torrecampo (Adamson Chronicle editor-in-chief, 1991)]

Newbie or veteran, writers should be open to criticisms, even scathing ones. Feedback, wherever it’s coming from, good or bad, is a healthy indicator that what you write matters. Or that you get read after all. To wounded soldiers, pain is a welcome sign of life. A writer’s life does not exist in a vacuum, much more that of a campus journalist’s. Welcome the noise of arguments or step out of the kitchen.

Writing is a two-edged sword of privilege and responsibility—through a writer, voices get heard. As a conduit of various opinions, a writer distills thoughts and filters out what seems to make sense. Which is why a huge amount of writing centers on research—a writer has to weigh several viewpoints and see how they measure up to the issue at hand. Some write-ups may be found wanting, which signals a room for improvement later.

Much more specifically, writing news or journalism is literature in a hurry and must effectively reflect the pulse of the time. If you missed a beat, probably you weren’t listening hard enough. Which is why writers cannot afford to be arrogant. The privilege of being the mouthpiece comes with a price. The writer must be prepared to pay that due.

“Official student publication” is not just a string of words. There is a binding reason why The Adamson Chronicle or any other campus publications are so called, in addition to having the students as their publishers. Humble representation, intelligence and leadership come with being a campus journalist.

Campus writers are expected to be the beacon for intellectual discourses, the lighthouse that guides students’ way, and the heartbeat that drives the students’ sentiments and advocacies. Mediocrity is unacceptable. You are one on top of so many readers and any writer owes that audience an article worth their time, money and effort.

There is as much honor as there is burden attached to bearing that Press badge such that not just anybody can stake his or her claim to it. That is what makes the pen mightier than the sword. Either you use it well or just don’t. There is no other way.

In this age of interactivity and collaboration, it is simply irresponsible to be ultrasensitive when your write-up just didn’t quite make the cut. Learn from it, move on, and do your homework next time around.

To confront criticisms, the trick is to stick to the issues at hand and to not personalize what may be an offensive remark. It is alright to be passionate when you make your response, but make sure you back it up with facts. That is the writer’s best defense. In the end though, do not expect to please everyone but earn their respect at the least. That is when you know you really know what you signed up for.

Every write-up is a reminder of the writer. Whether that writer has done his or her job well, it is for the readers to judge and for the writer to respond accordingly. Surely, you as a writer do not want to be remembered for a lousy write-up. Or worse, forgotten for an article that is neither here nor there.

* There is no malicious intent to ridicule the kamote or the act of planting, but used here mainly as a figure of speech for suggesting finding something more productive and probably harmless to do.



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