Monday, August 31, 2009

Baya-Bayani

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lagos…

Coming right up this September First!

Bayole(n)t Mags, Baw

Patapos na naman ang buwan at sa dinami-dami ng mga gawain (at mga dapat gawin pa!) ay may isang bagay na mahirap iisang-tabi na lamang, at iyan ang Bayole(n)t Mags.

Nuon pa naman gusto ko nang magsulat nang magsulat. Akala ko nga magtutuloy tuloy na ‘ko sa karera sa pagsusulat pero kinailangang tapusin ‘tong isang kurso na ‘to, dahil nagkaron ng iskolarsyip na mahirap tanggihan.

Kaya ngayon kahit sa tingin ko ay nasa lebel pa rin ng pagka–nobis ang aking pagsusulat ay patuloy ko pa rin ‘tong ginagwa. Ayokong malason na lang ako ng mga bagay na aking iniisip at hayaang mabulok sila sa aking utak. Mas mabuti pang isulat ko sila, sa pribado man o sa publiko gaya netong blag, kahit gaano pa sila kababaw. Ayokong kalawangin mula sa loob.

Dati ginusto kong gawin tipong blag ng mga aktibidad at karanasan tong B.M. Pero sa paglaon ay di ko na napigilang gawing lugar siya para bigyang daan ang mga kuru-kuro sa iba’t-ibang bagay – pulitika, literatura, musika, at kung anu-ano pa. Hindi ko igigiit na marami akong alam sa temang ito kaya ko sila tinatalakay. May paniniwal lang ako na kahit sinong tao ay may abilidad na tingan nang kritikal ang isang bagay. Hindi hadlang ang hindi pagkakaroon ng akses sa midya, mga libro, pinag-aralan, atbp, para hindi makapagi-sip ang tao. May utak tayo, may kanya-kanyang lebel lang talaga ng paggamit ang mga tao rito. Kung isang kuto ka hindi na ‘ko magtatakang wala kang maisip. (Sana nakuha mo kaibigang mambabasa ang punto ko.)

At sa tingin ko, hindi dapat hadlang ang mga gawain mo upang di ka malayang makapag-sip ng mga likha o kuru-kuro. Para sa akin, isang paraan ang blag upang i-eksoryas ang mga nakatagong nga ideya dyan sa mga isipan natin. Para siyang isang parte ng mga aktibidad mo, tipong ehersisyo ba. ‘Pag hindi mo ginagawa, may posibilidad na magkasakit ka. May mga bagay kang naiisip, ilabas mo sa paraang sa tingin mo ay maganda – likhang-sining, sulatin, talumpati, atbp. Kahit di mo ito bahagi sa ibang tao, walang problema. May mas malalim pang paliwanag ang pagpapahayag ng sarili at ng mga isipin gamit ang iba’t ibang midya o paraan (mag-ikot sa mundo ng pilsopiya at sikolohiya para rito), pero tama nang sabihin natin na hindi maikakailang bahagi ito ng pagiging tao natin.

Hindi man umayon sa mga teoryang naitagtag na ang iyong obra, wag kang mabahala. Isipin mo na lang na hindi sa lahat ng pagkakataon, maikakahon ng mga batayang teorya ang iyong sarili at ang paraan mo kung paano mo ito ipinapahayag.

Kaya tuloy lang mga blagers, ayon lang.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Racquets

Better be aware of schemes such as the following:

(+639287487944)
C lyn 2 new number ko ito pki load u ako 115, my tatawagan ako emergency lng, d2 ako hospital ngayon babayaran ko din sayo.

I know a few people with the name of Lyn but I cannot see them asking me to buy them some load. They could have asked my mother first!

(+639098437435)
Congratulations! Pres. GMA CHARITY FUND. Ur Sim#have Won! P860,000.00. 08/17/2009 DTI PRMT # 4627 For more info?Pls call me now! I’m Sec. Katherine L. Madrigal.

What a load of crap! How many times have I received such crap? Three times? Ten times? And I have not even joined any raffle of any sort that is related to PGMA! Tsk.

People, be wary of these things. They will only stop if we prevent them from fooling us.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ninoy: the Man and the Myth


It is undeniable the he is the man – the man, so to speak, during the dark days of the martial law regime. As for the myth, well, it is something that is personal in nature.

For an event, I believe, tends to be obscured by its distance from the present, along with all the mixture of news and stories about it, rendering that event as a hazy object in the mind. I do not know how many of the post-EDSA I children could genuinely relate to the fight that Ninoy waged during martial rule. But I do wish to “de-myth-tize” myself from the clouds that the years have put on the man that was Ninoy.

He was a fighter, not just a man who passes his day pensively on our 500-peso bills. It was a big chunk of history that he made which landed him on one of our local bills. He fought against an appointed leader stretching his power beyond its limits through his strategic position as a public servant. He was a fearless speaker who thought it best to inform the public of the dark activities going on behind the seemingly tranquil walls of Malacañang. For that he paid the ultimate price for such a dangerous, yet praiseworthy endeavor… – his life.

It seems familiar; these heroic acts (recall Rizal et al). But let us note, we post-EDSA I children in particular, that this is at least the closest point that we have in encountering a hero in his own rights. And so this should not be the case for “de-myth-tization” after all. The magnitude of his work to stand face to face with an enemy hungry for power cannot possibly leave us out of its illuminating power. In fact we are in the midst of a time that we cannot possibly miss out the true man that was Ninoy. It is up to us to inform ourselves of how well he stood for the Filipinos being trampled upon during the martial rule and how to continue that stand, to fight for the Filipinos, no matter how ungrateful and passive they are today.

We should not get discouraged by the lack of enthusiasm of many Filipinos to tackle the problems facing us as a nation everyday. For action should not depend solely on outside events. It has ‘choice’ as its fuel. For Ninoy, it was the choice to stand for the Constitution and laws that put him in the battlefields. And risk his life in the end. But of course we all know that all his works have not been in vain.

Now in the face of a government who prefers to consume exorbitant dinners while the Filipinos suffer from hunger each day, we cannot afford to let Ninoy be just a myth. We take him as fuel and inspiration. There is nothing silly and corny about getting inspiration. We take our place from where he and his wife Cory left off. Because for as long as there are beggars on the streets, garbage scavengers, unrest in Mindanao, outstanding foreign debts, prostitution, drugs, graft and corruption, among other, we cannot possibly leave our posts as vigilant citizens. We cannot afford to lose our identity to these present leaders who dare insult the Filipinos right in the face. And it’s not just about the issues of freedom and identity. I believe that there was more that Ninoy could have fought for. But he is gone and we are not. And thus we go make our respective moves to contribute in making the country livable.
Let us remember the brutal murder of Ninoy this August 21 and renew our resolve to be more real Filipinos in the present.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Post-Cory

Now that Cory has finally been laid to rest, attention inevitably falls to the people who showed sympathy to the grieving family, to the people who did not miss the corteges, to the people who showed that they support what Cory fought for and believed in. In this post-Cory period, can we still carry on what that Cory Magic has shown brought us?

For it was only natural for me to see people again in the streets – all dressed up in yellow shirts, laced here and there with yellow ribbons with all the placards bearing Cory’s and Ninoy’s names. It was simply a reliving of the late 80’s people power. Cory was an important part of that revolution and thus a mere form of reverence to a ‘democracy hero’ was shown by the people. I do not intend to ignore that fact that many of them expressed sadness in the passing away of Cory. Suffice it to say that the whole of Cory’s wake up to her funeral was composed of EDSA I recollections, nationwide grievance and sadness, politicking (as has been shown by numerous accounts on the internet and the media), and new battle cries of continued fight. The first three can be readily expounded on. But the last one that mentions of ‘patuloy na pakikipaglaban’ must be cleared.

In the death of Ninoy, the message coming from the people at that time was vivid – justice for Ninoy and an end to the dictatorship. And I found this here in the present only that it seems to point to blurred things. Well yes, the continued assertion of the Filipinos’ freedom and the defense of their democracy, that’s one. But I shall venture a little further for I think this is where I could possibly put the context in which Cory left her legacy today.

It concerns the administration of course. It was only recently that Cory asked the present leaders to maintain integrity of the government by resigning from their posts. One cannot miss it for it was big news at that time: they say that the 2004 elections were rigged and were taken to the highest level (read COMELEC level) of cheating. When Cory died she was still on her stand for these officials to go down and for the fraud to be exposed. Perhaps those chanting of Cory’s name and praises for what she has done for the country could create its own Post-Cory Magic by focusing ourselves to fighting to what are undeniably oppressions from the part of the leaders and degradation of our identity as a nation (to the point of losing such things that made EDSA I known world wide - democracy). Yes, we could create our own Post-Cory magic by standing by the power of the rule of law over the people, whether they are ordinary citizens or high-positioned leaders. This is what Cory showed in essence during that tumultuous late 80’s. She was branded a mere housewife but she took that fateful step forward and asserted to the people, in fact the whole world that freedom is what must be given to the people, not a dictatorship that spells only demise to the Filipinos. That step resulted in the downfall of a long-running regime and gave the world an example as to what people power could possibly do.

In a way, it would be an embarrassment if we plunge again to chaos just to straighten out things again in the country. At least for now the people are awakened again to the dire conditions of the society, thanks to the influence that Cory exerted despite her death. It now lies in our hands to use our rights and privileges intelligently for the betterment of the country. I know I know it shall be a long way. But remember that step I mentioned metaphorically earlier. We could all do exactly that. Simple actions could mean a lot.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Salamat, Maraming Salamat!


You have revived in our hearts what it means to be a Filipino, and I mean a pure Filipino. Thank you for offering up you life in this part of our history as a nation just for us to enjoy the freedom as a country. No eulogy, no amount of tears could possibly suffice to describe what you did for the country. Some may not understand fully what role you played in those trying times of 80’s but what is good to see now at these time of your funeral is that we have all rediscovered again that identity that we should live with everyday – and that is that we are Filipinos, for better or for worse, we are Filipinos and we must cherish this. Thank you President Cory.

photo from CANVAS Official Blog

Monday, August 3, 2009

Go go sa UPCAT!

We all hope for the best with the thousands of high school students who have taken the 2009 UP College Admission Test, the infamous and perhaps notorious UPCAT. It may have been bloody, but the experience of taking the exam itself is a triumph enough for them. Go go go go!

photo from youronlineguide.blogspot.com

2009 KAPWA sa UPLB UPCAT Review Aftermath

Despite the panic and seeming dog works behind, we have successfully launched again the 2009 UPCAT Review. We thank the students from Col. Lauro Dizon Memorial National High School, Del Remedio National High School, Laguna College, Laguna State Polytechnic University High School Department, Lakes City Christian School, Liceo de San Pablo, MSC-IT, Prudencia Fule Memorial National High School for being a part of it and for being active participants in the review. We have read your comments and your follow up text messages and all these really gave us inspiration to pull things through despite the hardships within our org. We hope the best for you in the exams!

Also, it would not have been that successful without the presence of Ser Bryan H. (HP Philippines, Society of Math Majors, KAPWA sa UPLB) and Ma’am Blaisie E. (Maquiling School Inc., UP GURO) for helping us out with the discussions of our test items.

I personally hope that we could finally settle things in our org and thus pave the way for a successful celebration of its 20th anniversary. Whew.