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PHILIPPINE

COLLEGIAN
Opisyal na lingguhang pahayagan
ng mga mag-aaral ng
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Diliman
TOMO 91 BLG. 23 BIYERNES, PEBRERO 14, 2014
Shifting grounds: Examining
UPs new academic calendar
Lathalain
Pagibig at iba pang sakuna
Kultura
BOR shifts UP calendar, junks
bid to revoke CBA renaming
Balita
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EDITOR S PICK
YEARS
Two years ago, the Vinzons Hall robbery that left political
science student Lordei Hina in critical condition pressured the UP
administration to tighten campus security. Today security threats
still hound the University, and justice is not yet served to Hina.
Ukol sa Pabalat
Dibuho ni Patricia Ramos
Shifting priorities
THERE IS NO STOPPING THE
academic calendar shift. Or so it
seems.
In an impudent show of force, the
Board of Regents (BOR) has approved
the planned academic calendar shift,
which eectively sets August as the
start of the rst semester and January
as the beginning of the second
semester.
UP President Alfredo Pascual
defended the boards decision by saying
that the academic calendar shift is part
of the universitys internationalization
eorts and would enable UP to
maximize the opportunities oered
by ASEAN integration and global
educational partnerships.
BORs edict will be enforced in
all but one campus UP Diliman
(UPD). Te UP System administration
explained this peculiarity by saying
that UPD has yet to nish consulting
its stakeholders on the planned shift.
Yet this explanation is bereft of
context. Te Pascual administration
is brushing aside the fact that no less
than the Diliman university council
a congregation of all tenured faculty
in campus vehemently opposed the
move in their meeting last December
2.
Pascuals euphemisms also cloud
the fact that there is broad opposition
to the academic calendar shift.
Organizations of teachers, students,
youth, and other concerned sectors
have all voiced out concerns about
the calendar change. Commission
on Higher Education Chair Patricia
Licuanan herself albeit being the
chair of the BOR expressed concern
over the bandwagon eect UPs
calendar shift may create.
Licuanan, for once, is correct in
this observation. For UP has indeed
set many trends in the past, and not
all of them turned out well. Te BORs
approval of the 300 percent tuition
increase in December 2006 created
a tidal wave of tuition and other fee
increases that swept many higher
education institutions in the country.
Te aftershock of UPs so-called tuition
reform is still being felt at present,
with state universities in North Luzon
and Central Mindanao still proposing
big time fee hikes.
Te BORs drastic and undemocratic
approval of the calendar reform bodes
ill not only for UP constituents, but
also students and faculty all over the
country.
For one, moving the start of
classes to August will discriminate
students coming from agricultural
families. In a backward agricultural
country such as ours, the additional
labor provided by students during
vacation months, which also coincide
with harvest and planting seasons, is
a big help for their families. Shifting
the academic calendar would then
largely oset economic activities in
rural areas. Extending classes until the
lean summer month of April would
also put additional economic burden
to agricultural families at a time when
money is hard to come by.
Changing weather patterns also
invalidate the claim that starting
classes in August may save students
from the brunt of the wet season.
Recent developments have shown that
typhoons now occur during the latter
half of the year.
Tere is truly no compelling
reason to change the academic
calendar. Te posited benets of
internationalization is outweighed
by the complications that the shift
entails.
Not including UPD in the planned
shift will only make matters worse. For
how can the Pascual administration
continue to banter about its vision
of One UP when the agship
campus is left out of sync from the
whole university system, a seeming
punishment for a recalcitrant campus
not willing to toe the infallible Pascual
line? It is the height of irony for UP to
aspire to be in step with the rest of the
world while sowing discord in its own
home front.
Changing the academic calendar
is not as simple as shuing dates.
Changing the academic calendar
entails the shifting of priorities.
For the academic calendar shift
signals UPs move to prioritize
global trends over national needs
for the sake of increased income.
After all, internationalization is one
of the criteria used by institutions
like Quacquarelli Symonds to rank
universities around the world. And
a leap in the world rankings will
heighten the marketability of UP
education, thus spurring an inux
of foreign students to the national
university. Tis would in turn compel
the UP administration to oer more
courses and programs more attuned to
global demand than national interest.
Te upsurge of foreign enrolment
poses twin possibilities: the crowding
out of Filipino students in favor of
foreign enrolees, and the imposition
of tuition and other fees that are
at par with expensive international
rates. As the Pascual administration
continue to run UP more and more like
a corporation greedy for prot rather
than as a public institution dedicated
to serve the nation, these possibilities
may become realities in no time.
Te undemocratic and tyrannical
passage of the academic calendar
shift should be met not just with
criticism but militant dissent. For an
administration that sows discord for
the benet of increased prot does not
deserve to be in power.
BALITA PHILIPPINE COLLEGIAN BIYERNES, PEBRERO 14, 2014 3 OPINYON PHILIPPINE COLLEGIAN BIYERNES, PEBRERO 14, 2014
BOR shifts UP calendar, junks
bid to revoke CBA renaming
Julian Inah Anunciacion
THE UP BOARD OF REGENTS (BOR)
approved on February 6 the shifting of
school opening from June to August
and other policies that, according to
student leaders, will further erode the
national universitys public character.
Te universitys highest decision-
making body upheld the renaming of
the College of Business Administration
(CBA) as Cesar Virata School of
Business (CVSB) after deferrals in the
boards previous meetings. Regent
Magdaleno Albarracin has earlier
negotiated a P40-million donation
once the renaming is nalized.
Meanwhile, another building
in the new UP Professional Schools
Bonifacio Global City (UPPS BGC) will
be named after SM Prime Holdings
Chief Executive Ocer Henry Sy, Sr.,
following a P400-million donation
from the business tycoon.
Student Regent Krista Iris
Melgarejo voted against the said
policies but was defeated by a majority
of the other voting regents.
Shifting out
Following the Boards approval,
classes in all UP constituent units (CUs)
except UP Diliman (UPD) will shift
from June-March to August-May next
year. Due to lack of comprehensive
consultations, and citing other
disadvantages, various student and
faculty formation in UPD have opposed
the implementation of the calendar
change.
Te shift, however, may still take
eect immediately in UPD should the
University Council, composed of UPD
faculty members, and other opposing
groups concede.
Te UPD Oce of the Chancellor
thus conducted an open forum on
February 10. Te next step is to get a
census in UPD, and assess our readiness
to shift next academic year, UPD
Chancellor Caesar Saloma said.
Te UP Oce of the President
rst proposed the shift in January
2013 to UP deans and chancellors.
Synchronizing the UP calendar with
partner Association of Southeast
Asian Nations member universities
supposedly aims to promote student
exchange and globalized education
standards, Pascual explained in the
forum.
Institutions such as the OSR, the
UPD University Student Council (USC),
All UP Academic Empolyees Union
(AUPAEU) and Congress of Teachers
and Educators for Nationalism and
Democracy-UP criticized the decision.
With more pressing problems in
UP education [such as budget cuts and
fee increases], the readiness of UP for
internationalization without sacricing
public character is questionable,
AUPAEU Chair Professor Ramon
Guillermo said during the forum.
Nagsusunod-sunod na ang
kawalan ng konsultasyon sa mga
estudyante sa decision-making [ng UP].
Isa itong malaking insult sa sangka-
estudyantehan Marapat lamang na
paigtingin pa natin ang ating assertion
bilang mga [UP students], USC Vice
Chair Jules Guiang said.
International collaboration
Te Board also approved the
Philippine-California Advanced
Research Institutes (PCARI) in line
with the UP administrations aim for
internationalization.
PCARI is a ve-year program
allowing Filipino researchers to earn
doctoral degrees in partner Universities
like the University of California
San Francisco and the University of
California Berkley. Te Philippine
government funds PCARI with a P10-
billion budget.
Despite contracts and guidelines,
there is no assurance that the
beneciaries of this project will return
and use their newly earned degrees for
the benet of the country, according to
the Student Regents ocial BOR report.
CHEd Commissioner Nona Ricafort
and Director Carmina Alonzo resigned
from their posts due to the projects
vague provisions and anomalies, the
report stated. Te countrys research and
development projects must not rely on a
project hounded with controversies but
on locally developed scientic initiatives,
Melgarejo said.
Renaming issues
Meanwhile, student leaders also
denounced the BOR decision to name
a building in the UPPS BGC after
businessman Henry Sy donated P400
million to the university. Te approved
memorandum of agreement between
UP and SMIC requires UPs assistance
for SMIC to avail of tax exemptions.
Tis recent project clearly shows
the high level of commercialization
that education in the premier state
university has reached and how willing
the UP administration has been
patronizing it, Melgarejo said.
Among regents who attended the
February meeting, Melgarejo, Sta
Regent Anna Razel Punzalan, and
Congressman Roman Romulo were the
only regents in opposition to the name
change.
CBA students, meanwhile, continue
to call on the UP administration
and the BOR to revoke the decision
to rename their college after Cesar
Virata, who served as the nance
minister of Ferdinand Marcos during
the Martial Law years. Te name
change is a disrespect to UPs history,
said CBA Sophomore Representative
Kenji Muramatsu.
Prior to the BORs nal decision, the
CBA Student Council had conducted a
survey among CBA students where 97
percent of the students voted against
the change. Te CBA SC has launched a
university-wide campaign to mobilize
UP students to protest against the
renaming.
ISINUSULONG NG UNIVERSITY
Committee on Scholarships and
Financial Assistance (UCSFA) ang
pagbibigay ng agarang tulong sa
mga estudyante ng UP Visayas
(UPV) at paglilinaw sa kung paanong
ipapatupad ang Socialized Tuition
System (STS) sa susunod na taon.
Umabot sa 13 oras ang ginanap na
pulong ng UCSFA sa UP Information
Technology Development Center
hinggil sa mga resolusyong ihahain
ng komite sa Board of Regents
(BOR), ang pinakamataas na lupong
tagapagpasiya ng unibersidad, noong
ika-5 ng Pebrero.
Napagkasunduan ng komite ang
agarang paglalagay sa mga apektadong
estudyante sa bracket E2, ani Student
Regent Krista Iris Melgarejo, isa sa
mga miyembro ng UCSFA.
Nauna nang inapela ng mga
estudyante ng UP Cebu ang hindi
agarang paglalagay sa mahigit
200 estudyante at iba pang cross-
registrants na pangunahing
apektado ng bagyong Yolanda sa
pinakamababang bracket ng Socialized
Tuition and Financial Assistance
Program (STFAP) .
Binatikos din ng mga estudyante
ang pagpapasa ng maraming rekisito
upang mapabilang sa mababang
bracket ng STFAP at patunayang
sinalanta ng bagyo.
Sa kasalukuyan, may 804
estudyante sa UP Tacloban sa kabila
ng problema sa batayang serbisyo
tulad ng akomodasyon, pagkain,
transportasyon, matrikula at iba pang
pangangailangang pang-akademiko.
Naghain din ng resolusyon ang
UCSFA na naglalayong dagdagan
ang stipend ng mga estudyante ng
UP Tacloban. Sa bisa ng resolusyon,
nakatakdang tumanggap ng P4,000
ang mga estudyanteng nakatira sa
mga kampus na may dorm at P6,500
naman para sa mga wala.
Gayunman, hindi umano sapat
ang P8 milyong pondo ng UP Diliman
STFAP na ipamamahagi bilang
subsidiya sa mga estudyante ng
Tacloban. Tinatayang kukulangin ito
ng P1.6 milyon batay sa kalkulasyon
ng UCSFA.
Samantala, nagkaroon naman
ng talakayan hinggil sa mga
panunvvtunan sa implementasyon ng
STS sa susunod na taon.
Ilan sa mga isinaalang-alang ng
komite ang pag-aaral sa mga datos,
pagsasagawa ng home-visit at iba pang
espesyal na kaso tulad ng magkapatid
na parehong kumukuha ng STFAP
subalit magkaibang proseso ng STFAP
o STS ang gagamitin na nakabatay sa
taon ng implementasyon.
Magkakaroon ng tatlong serye ng
workshop upang pag-aralan ng komite
ang implementasyon ng STS, ani
Melgarejo.
Sinubukan umano ni Melgarejo na
ibukas ang nasabing mga resolusyon sa
ginanap na pulong ng BOR noong ika-
6 ng Pebrero ngunit pinayuhan siya ni
Vice President Gisela Concepcion na
ipagpaliban muna ang nasabing isyu.
Iginiit umano ni Concepcion na
kailangan munang magkaroon ng
konsultasyon kay Pangulong Alfredo
Pascual hinggil sa napag-usapan ng
UCSFA.
Hindi [ko] makita kung saan
nanggagaling ang alinlangan kung
talagang gusto nilang tumulong sa
mga estudyante, ani SR Melgarejo.
Gayunman pilit pa rin umanong
hahabulin at muling ilalapit
Concepcion ang nasabing usapin
upang agarang mabigyang-aksyon, ani
Melgarejo.
MITSA
Litrato ni Chester Higuit
Pinamunuan ng National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) at Kabataan
Partylist ang pagpupulong ng mga mag-aaral mula sa ibat ibang unibersidad matapos
ang Consultative Forum on Students Rights and Regulation of Tuition & Other School
Fees sa Batasang Pambansa Complex, Q.C. nitong ika-10 ng Pebrero. Layunin nilang
bumuo ng samahan ng mga mag-aaral na mangunguna sa pagpigil sa walang tigil na
mga tuition fee increase.
Bagong mga resolusyon ukol sa
matrikula, inihain ng UCSFA
Mary Joy T. Capistrano
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Socialized tuition is undemocratic study group
BALITA PHILIPPINE COLLEGIAN BIYERNES, PEBRERO 14, 2014
OF THE 110 STATE UNIVERSITIES
and colleges (SUCs) across the country,
UP charges the highest tuition of
as much as P27,000 for an 18-unit
credit load every semester. In the
Cordilleras and Mindanao, studying in
UP is even more costly than in private
universities.
To supposedly "democratize
access for the poor, UP implements
a socialized tuition scheme. Under
the Socialized Tuition and Financial
Assistance Program (STFAP), students
may qualify for tuition discounts
ranging from 40 to 100 percent based
on their capacity to pay.
Ironically, the STFAP has become
the Philippine version of Indias caste
system, according to a study group
of UP faculty headed by Dr. Teodoro
Mendoza, coordinator of the Crop
Science Cluster of UP Los Banos.
STFAP is one of the main drivers
in the present skewed distribution
of UP students in favor of the upper
socio-economic class. Te 2006 STFAP
procedures and requirements were
made so dicult so that only few
could avail it, added the study group
formally convened by UP President
Alfredo Pascual on July 22, 2013.
Socialized tuition
Te implementation of a
socialized tuition scheme in UP has
been recommended as early as 1976.
However, the Board of Regents, the
universitys highest policy making-
body, ocially adopted the program
only on April 28, 1988.
Te STFAP was then implemented
in the academic year 1989-1990
alongside a tuition increase of 650
percent. From P40, the undergraduate
tuition in UP Diliman increased to
P300 per unit.
Te program then classied
students into nine numeric brackets
based on annual family income and
other socio-economic indicators. Five
of these brackets granted free tuition
and stipends ranging from P4,500 to
P8,250 every semester.
When the UP administration
implemented a 300-percent
tuition increase in 2007, it further
restructured the STFAP into ve
alphabetic brackets, but with only
one non-paying group. In 2009, the
administration further classied the
non-paying bracket to E1 and E2,
limiting the grant of stipend to the
latter.
Annual family income serves as
one of the main basis in assigning
brackets. Taking into account the
possibility of understating income,
however, the program uses an income
function to predict the capacity of a
family to pay.
Te income function takes into the
equation the family characteristics,
assets owned, and personal belongings
of a family. Te income function then
applies varying multiplier coecients
to assets such as appliances and devices
declared in the 14-page application
form to assign them monetary values.
Undemocratic STFAP
Operationally, STFAP became
anti-poor despite the earlier claims
that it was to make UP education
aordable for students admitted
into UP, particularly those coming
from poor families, the study group
concluded in a report submitted to the
Oce of the UP President last month.
Data gathered by the study group
reveals that 80 percent of UP students
are assigned to the paying brackets
of the STFAP and, thus, capable of
paying for their tuition. But this may
not be so considering the number of
students who are applying for student
loans, scholarships, and part-time jobs
to nance their studies, according
to the group.
Aside from the tedious application
process that have discouraged
students from applying, the indicators
of the STFAPparticularly the income
functionbar students from being
assigned to lower brackets, according
to the study group.
Te superous and unscientic
multiplier coecients inates the
income of poor families, making them
appear capable of paying, explained
the study group. For instance, a
higher multiplier coecient is given
to television sets and motor bikes
compared to airconditioning units
and cars.
Te study group also took note
of the non-adjustment of the income
cut-os to ination. In particular, the
study group questioned the income
cut-o of more than P135,000 for
Bracket D, where students start paying
for their tuition.
Te restructured STFAP considers
students with an annual family income
above the poverty threshold capable of
paying for their tuition. Considering
an estimate from the Partido ng
Manggagawa, however, the study
group projected the poverty threshold
income to be P365,000 annually.
Income-generating scheme
Far from what the university
administration claims, the awed
design of the STFAP shows how it
was intended to rather earn income,
according to the study group. It
became the solution to the problem of
lack of government subsidy.
Citing a 2013 report of the ocer-
in-charge of the Oce of Scholarships
and Student Services, the group of
faculties said the university earns
about P1.2 billion every year from
tuition and other fees collected
from students.
Te income from tuition and other
fees augments the budget of UP from
the government. From 2007 to 2013,
the UP System proposed an average
budget of P15.27 billion to become
a full-blown research university. Te
government, however, only approved
less than half, or an average of P6.47
billion, for the same period.
Te study group called for a higher
budget from the government, citing
the economic development of other
Asian countries, where the government
heavily subsidizes tertiary education.
Investment in education is
a sure way to inclusive growth.
Diminishing it shall lead to education
dynasty of the well-to-do families of
Philippine society.
KINAKAMKAM NA KABUHAYAN
Litrato ni John Keithley
Difuntorum
Nagpiket ang ilang magsasaka at manggagawang-bukid ng Hacienda Luisita sa tapat
ng opisina ng Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) noong Pebrero 5. Kinondena ng
grupo ang kawalang-tugon ng DAR sa ginagawang pagsira ng kanilang mga pananim
ng Tarlac Development Coporation, isang kompanyang pagmamay-ari ng kamag-anak
ni Pangulong Aquino.
SPIKING MAROONS, HINDI
NAKABWELO KONTRA EAGLES, 3-1
IPINAMALAS NG MAROONS
blocker na si Julius Raymundo ang
tibay at lakas sa loob ng court, ngunit
hindi sapat ang kaniyang team-high 14
puntos, anim mula sa blocks, upang
akayin ang UP Spiking Maroons sa
tagumpay.
Kinapos lamang ng pinagsamang
siyam na puntos ang UP sa apat na sets
upang padapain ang determinadong
Ateneo de Manila University Blue
Eagles, 24-26, 27-25, 20-25, 21-25
sa ginanap na sagupaan sa ikalawang
round ng University Athletics
Association of the Philippines (UAAP)
Mens Basketball Season 76, ika-8 ng
Pebrero sa San Juan City, Te Arena.
Sa unang set, napag-iwanan agad
ang Maroons, 14-20, ngunit bumangon
ang koponan sa pagkakabaon sa bisa
ng mga sunod-sunod na puntos,
kabilang ang bumubulusok na spike ni
Jerey Lansangan na hindi nagawang
maibalik ng Eagles upang maipwersa
sa deuce ang labanan, 24-24.
Ngunit kinapos ang depensa ng
Maroons upang mapigilan ang Eagles
na angkinin ang unang set, 26-24.
Nagsagawa naman ng ilang pag-
aayos ang UP kung saan ipinamalas nila
ang kanilang mala-pader na depensa
upang makuha ang kalamangan
sa kalagitnaan ng ikalawang set,
17-13. Humabol man ang Ateneo,
napanatili pa rin ng UP ang kanilang
determinasyon upang maitabla ang
gitgitang banggaan, 27-25.
Naging dikit din ang palitan
ng iskor sa ikatlong set kung saan
napalapit ng mala-kidlat na spike
ni Lansangan ang iskor, 20-21
ngunit hindi na napigilan ng UP ang
pananalasa ni Ateneo spiker Marck
Espejo na naging malaking tulong sa
apat na sunod na puntos ng Ateneo sa
set, 25-20.
Ipinagpatuloy lang ng Eagles
ang kanilang nagbabagang opensa
sa pamumuno ni Espejo kung saan
nahirapang pigilan ng depensa ng
Maroons ang mga matutulis na spikes,
serves at blocks ng Eagles sa ikaapat na
set, 25-21.
We had a good game but Ateneo
played better, ani UP Spiking
Maroons captain Carlo Cabatingan.
We lack adjustment and reading and
we failed to convert dicult situations
into points.
Kumamal ng 13 puntos si striker
Frederick Abuda habang nag-ambag
din si Lansangan ng 11 puntos at
Alfred Valbuena ng 10 puntos para sa
Maroons. Naging masakit naman para
sa koponan ang kanilang 38 errors
kumpara sa 26 lamang ng Ateneo.
Sa kasalukuyan, bumagsak ang
panalo-talo kartada ng UP sa 4-9 upang
magkasya na lamang sa ikapitong
pwesto habang umangat naman ang sa
Ateneo, 10-3.
Susunod na makakasagupa ng
Maroons ang University of Santo
Tomas Growling Tigers sa ika-15 ng
Pebrero, 8:30 ng umaga sa San Juan.
City, Te Arena.
Hans Christian E. Marin
Hans Christian E. Marin
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Ekstensyon sa CARPER, tinutulan ng mga magsasaka
400 schools may hike tuition,
other fees next year
BALITA PHILIPPINE COLLEGIAN BIYERNES, PEBRERO 14, 2013 BALITA PHILIPPINE COLLEGIAN BIYERNES, PEBRERO 14, 2014
SA HALIP NA ITULOY ANG
Comprehensive Agrarian Reform
Program Extension with Reforms
(CARPER) iginiit ng mga grupo ng mga
magsasaka na ipasa na ang Genuine
Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) na
nakabinbin sa Kongreso mula noong
2007.
Sa nakatakdang pagtatapos
ng CARPER sa ika-30 ng Hunyo,
isinusulong ngayon sa Kongreso ang
pagpapatuloy ng CARPER hanggang
2019, sa porma ng House Bill No.
3305 na inihain nina Cagayan de
Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez
at Abante Mindanao Rep Maximo
Rodriguez, Jr. at House Resolution
No. 382 nina Akbayan Rep. Walden
F. Bello at Ibarra M. Guitierrez III, at
Dinagat Island Rep. Kaka Bag-ao.
Tinalakay ng House Committee
on Agrarian Reform (CAR) sa
Kamara noong ika-5 ng Pebrero ang
panukalang ekstensyon ng CARPER
upang bigyan umano ng sapat na
panahon ang ahensya na ipamahagi
ang natitirang 1.2 milyong ektarya ng
lupa sa mga magsasaka.
Subalit hindi sinang-ayunan ng
Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas
(KMP) ang nasabing panukala na
magpapatindi lamang umano ng
karahasan sa mga magsasaka at
kahirapan sa kanayunan.
Pilipinas ang may
pinakamahabang reporma sa lupa
pinakamatagal, pinakamagastos, at
pinakamadugo. Napakaraming mga
magsasaka na ang minasaker [na]
hanggang ngayoy [wala pa ring]
hustisya, ani Rafael Mariano, taga-
pangulo ng KMP.
Mapanlinlang na repormang agraryo
Tatlong beses nang sumailalim
sa ekstensyon ang Comprehensive
Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Unang beses noong 1988 sa ilalim
ng administrasyong Corazon Aquino,
pangalawa noong 1998, at hanggang
sa kasalukuyang taon sa bisa ng
CARPER.
Kinilala maging ng mga miyembro
ng Akbayan na hindi nagawa ng CARP
ang tunguhin nitong repormang
agraryo. Sa loob umano ng 25 taon
marami pa ring bilang ng mga
magsasaka ang wala pang sariling
lupang sinasaka. Gayunman, iginiit
nila ang ekstensyon ng nasabing
batas.
Sa inihaing resolusyon ng
kinatawan ng Akbayan tinakdaan ang
CAR na magsagawa ng imbestigasyon
hinggil sa implementasyon ng CARP
BARELY TWO MONTHS ARE STILL
left before the academic year ends,
but around 400 higher education
institutions (HEIs) nationwide have
already proposed increases in tuition
and other fees for the next school
opening.
Both public and private colleges
and universities plan to increase
tuition rates to as high as 40 percent in
student consultations held last week,
in accordance with the Commission
on Higher Educations (CHEd)
Memorandum Order (CMO) 3-2012.
Te increase in tuition per unit
ranges from 2.85 to 40 percent with the
highest percent increase coming from
Central Mindanao University, a state
university, according to National Union
of Students of the Philippines (NUSP).
Tis continues the trend of an
increasing tuition as posited by a
P278.9 increase in average tuition rate
from 2001 to 2012, said NUSP. Last
year, CHEd approved 354 out of the
total 451 proposals to increase tuition
by 8.5 percent, or an average of P37.45
per unit.
Amidst price hikes on other basic
commodities and services, school
administrators are unmoved by the
economic situation of the students,
especially those who have been badly
aected by recent calamities, said
College Editors Guild of the Philippines
(CEGP) in a statement.
Faulty regulation
In an eort to regulate tuition
and other fee hikes, CHEd required
HEIs to hold consultations with their
respective student and faculty before
implementing any fee increase in 2012,
through CMO 3-2012.
While the Constitution mandates
the State to exercise reasonable
supervision and regulation of all
educational institutions, a perusal of
CMO 3-2012 shows that the regulation
relates only to the institution of a
consultation process in increasing
tuition and other school fees, said
Kabataan Party-list Representative
Terry Ridon.
Te memorandum merely concerns
itself with the procedural aspects of
consultation, instead of granting the
students their right to disagree with
tuition increase proposals and subject
such disagreement to arbitration,
added Ridon.
Ang nangyari tuloy, basta may
consultation na nangyari, na-aapprove
na ang proposal. Mayroon ring kahit
walang consultation, biglang na-
approve, said Kabataan Partylist
Secretary-General Einstein Recedes
in a February 10 open forum between
CHEd and student leaders.
Tere were also cases where student
leaders who oppose tuition impositions
are met by political harassment from
school administrators, said NUSP.
For instance, student leaders at
Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute
for Science and Technology were
threatened with expulsion because they
exposed the illegal P1,500 development
fee collected from students, said NUSP
National President Elago.
Rise for education
With fee increases being approved
and implemented in HEIs almost
every year, Kabataan Party-list has
been asking the Congress to impose a
moratorium to tuition hikes.
Meanwhile, Ridon led a resolution
asking the House of Representatives
to conduct an investigation on CHEds
existing tuition and other fee guidelines
on February 3.
Kabataan Party-list, NUSP, CEGP
and other student groups also re-
launched last years Tuition Monitor
to unite the student sector against the
commercialization of education.
Te budget cuts to state
universities and colleges and CHEds
tolerance to tuition and other fees
increases are manifestations of the
states abandonment of education, said
CEGP in a statement.
Both the NUSP and the CEGP led
a total of 100 complaints with CHEd on
March 15 last year. CHEd, however, has
yet to taken action on the complaints.
Tis negligence shows that they are not
taking these issues seriously, said NUSP
Executive President Sheryl Alapad.
We need to make concrete steps
to ensure that unabated tuition and
other fee increases would not be left
unchecked, and that the right of
students to accessible and aordable
education would not be continually
violated, Ridon said.
Julian Bato
Mary Joy T. Capistrano
at magpatupad ng mga kinakailangang
reporma.
Gayunman, iginiit ng KMP na
isang malaking kalokohan ang muling
pagdaragdagdag ng limang taon sa
isang batas na may diperensiya.
Sapat na ang mahigit dalawang
dekadang pananamantala at karahasan
sa mga magsasaka. [Napatunayan
nang] bigo ang nasabing batas na
isakatuparan ang tunay na repormang
agraryo. paliwanag ni Mariano.
Patunay umano ang naganap na
Mendiola Massacre sa pagsisimula ng
CARP na isinulong ng administrasyon
ni dating Pangulong Corazon Aquino.
Nagpatuloy naman umano ang
pakikibaka ng mga magsasaka laban sa
land conversion order o pagbabago ng
pisikal na gamit ng pang-agrikulturang
lupa sa ilalim ng CARPER, ani Mariano.
Idinagdag din niya ang mga
asyenda na nasa ilalim ng pamamahala
ng stocks distribution at ilan pang
lupain na pinamamahalaan ng mga
korporasyon na hindi saklaw ng
agrarian reform.
Nauso rin ang pamamahagi ng lupa sa
bisa ng isang pirasong papel o Certicate
of land ownership award katulad ng
ipinamimigay sa mga magsasakang
benepisaryo sa Hacienda Luisita.
Continued to page 11
73 candidates vie
for 34 USC posts
UP DILIMAN STUDENTS WILL BE
choosing from a pool of 73 candidates
for the 34 seats in the University
Student Council (USC) come February
27.
Te University Student Electoral
Board released the initial list of
candidates vying for the positions
of chairperson, vice chairperson,
12 councilors and 20 college
representatives on February 7.
Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa
Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran
(ALYANSA) is elding two incumbent
USC councilors to lead its 21-member
slate, with Arjay Mercado as the
chairperson and JP delas Nieves as
vice chairperson.
Meanwhile, incumbent USC
Councilor Carla Gonzalez and College
of Science Representative to the USC
Ram Tomaneng is running for the
positions of chairperson and vice
chairperson under Nagkakaisang
Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at
Sambayanan (KAISA).
Carrying the banner of the Student
Alliance for the Advancement of
Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP)
are also incumbent USC councilors.
Erra Mae Zabat and Allyna-Haneefa
Macapado are vying for the positions
of chairperson and vice chairperson.
Only KAISA was able to complete
the slate of 12 councilors for this
election. However, the party also holds
the least number of candidates at 20,
including six college representatives.
STAND UP is elding the most number
of hopefuls in this years elections with
11 candidates running as councilors
and 11 as college representatives.
A total of eight candidates complete
the list of candidates in this years
elections. Two independent candidates
are running as councilors and the
remaining six as representatives of
their respective colleges to the USC.
Of the 73 candidates, however,
four have yet to ensure their spots
in the race for the positions of USC
councilors.
Miguel Enrico Pangalangan and
Tomas Benjamin Banaria Roca, both
running under STAND UP, have been
listed as disapproved in the initial
list released by the USEB.
I cant disclose the reason for
my disqualication as of now, but it
is administrative in nature. Im sure
my candidacy will be upheld once I
make the necessary corrections to my
documents, said Roca.
Pangalangan, on the other hand,
said that either the Oce of Student
Activities or USEB questioned his
Certicate of Good Standing, which
led to his disqualication.
Meanwhile, the candidacy of
councilor hopeful Michelle Lao of
KAISA is still pending the approval
of the USEB, together with Michani
Leila Tilendo, who is also running as
councilor under STAND UP.
Tilendo has already completed all
academic requirements prior to the
deadline of the ling of candidcay,
yet her True Copy of Grades failed to
reect this, said STAND UP standard-
bearer Erra Mae Zabat.
Te Collegian tried to contact Lao,
through KAISA Election Committee
Head Erika Erro and standard bearers
Gonzalez and Tomaneng, to inquire on
her case and ask for comments but to
no avail.
Arra B. Francia
Continued to page 11
TROMPED
Photo by Kim Pauig
UPs Ryan Fermin collides
with ADMUs Anthony
Sunico in the second round
outing of UAAP season
76 football competition
held at FEU-Diliman on
February 9. Despite the
Blue Eagles early goal,
the Fighting Maroons
downed the defending
champions as the Diliman
squad slotted three goals
in the 41st, 50th and
72nd minutes to carve out
a 3-1 victory. UP is set to
face UST in the semi-
nals with a twice-to-beat
advantage.
metaporang hindi umaangkop, maling
salin ng dalawang magkaibang wika, pinakahuling
pantig ng mga bersong pilit itinutugma, lumang
tulang burado na ng panahon, kailanmay
di na mababasa. Sinubukan kong pagkasyahin
ang iyong diwa sa dulo ng pangungusap,
sa makitid na espasyong katuglong ng tuldok,
sa nag-aalinlangang kurba ng tandang
pananong, sa kasumpa-sumpang linya
ng tandang panamdam. Iniluklok ko ang mga
sintunadong titik ng yong pangalan
sa aking pamagat, pinalamutian
ng mga pang-urit pang-abay, sinulyapan
ang mga aninong may sariling uniberso
ng balarilang nag-uugnay sa ating
dalawang di-makapag-iisang sugnay,
tulang binura ng panahon, huling pantig
ng mga bersong di nagtutugma, maling
salin ng mga magkakaibang wika, metaporang
hindi umaangkop: ikaw.
Huwag mong paniwalaan ang lahat
ng lumalabas sa aking bibig.
Dahil sa mga gabing tulad nito,
nangangapa ang kaba
At nagdadalawang-isip ang dila
sa kahahagilap ng mga salitang
Ipahahapon sa iyong tenga.
Ang halakhak ay maaaring bulong,
At ang katahimikan ay maaaring
nag-aalumpihit na sigaw.
Maaari ring naninimbang ang mga salita:
Kung paano ka sasagot,
Kung paano ka magpapailandang
Ng magkakarugtong na mga titik
Ng kawalang-katiyakan,
Lalunat ang gabiy singlalim
ng pag-aalinlangan.
Iisa lamang ang aking titiyakin
Sa iyo at sa iyong mga kaibigan,
Na kung papalisin mo ang kamay mong nakaharang,
Baka may naghihintay na palad
Na nagkukublit nahihiyang bumitaw,
Nagbabakasakaling ang iyong pagkakuyom
Ay bubukadkad na parang tapat na hiling,
At nangangarap ng makakahawak.
1
Heres to the boy who
waltzed my way out of a dark, empty street
and who drew me maps and taught me
geography (this city is our city, this river is
our sadness, and this restaurant is where you
taught me how to recognise the language of
every pulse of a heartbeat)
2
Heres to the boy who
lectured me on an introductory course to
First Loves, and him who is the sole ame to
a harvest of dead branches, keeping me
warm at the dead of nightthe time I think
of him, and his small eyes and his sunset touch
and his hurricane breath and his ugly enunciation
of the words goodbye, farewell.
3
Heres to the boy who
played me guitar songs through his silence,
us naked on his bed,
more naked on mine.
4
Heres to the boy who
wrote instead of talked, and whose eyes
were signal res telling me how lost he felt,
alone on an island while I am
a thousand miles above him,
seeing him as a tiny dirt-pixel,
but loving him all the same.
5
Heres to the boy who
slept with me on the cold, tiled
oor somewhere at a province
hes always loved, while he whispered
me stories that reminded me of
my own childhood, and whose
closeness was like a run-on
sentence never perfected.
6
Heres to the boy who
I wished
I have
never met.
7
Heres to the boy who
I fell in love with inside the connes
of a movie theater, keeping me close
to spaces in which light was absent,
as if I were his least favorite secret.
at nilalamig ang aking mga talampakan
subalit pinapawisan ang aking mga palad.
Nalilito kaya sila sa bagong klima
at oras, at panahon, at pagpapalit
ng liwanag na laging may bahid
ng kulimlim at pangangatal tuwing hapon?
Maraming naglalaglagang mga dahon
sa bangketang maayos na pinalitada
at ang mga bahay, halos magkakamukha
bagamat alam mong iba-iba ang nakatira,
iba ang mga lahi, ibang lasa ng mga pagkain,
ibang panaginip at mga wika ang gumagambala
at ang akin, ang aking dila ay naghihintay lagi
na ibulalas, sambitin at sabihin ng walang pagkukunwari
ang mga salitang tulad ng inin, sa kaning nakaka-
paso sa dila, malagkit ang pawis sa noo at ma-alin-sangan
ang alat ng pawis, at ang dagat iniimbita tayo sa isang
tampisaw sa tubig na maligamgam at mapanglaw
na balat ng karagatan, at ang himpapawid, tulad ng ihip
ng hanging nangingibabaw sa malayong dako ng alam kong
langit, at higit sa lahat, ang siil ng halik ng labi
ng iniwang mangingibig at pag-ibig sa dapit ng papadilim
na kanluran. Maggagabi na, magaganda ang mga nalalagas
at tumutubong halaman, bulaklak, talulot, at ang mga nilalakaran ko
sa pag-uwi, sa pagtakbo para pawisan o sa pagdaan upang makiraan
sa hardin nang may hardin, hinahanap ko ang mga maginoo,
ang kurap ng kilapsaw, ang talino ng ganda, ang syudad at lungsod ng sigasig
at ang suklam sa hindi maipaliwanag na pakiramdam ng di pagkakaayos,
ng siksikan, agawan, alimura at amoy ng bagong labang damit
sa nakakasulasok ng lungsod ng tao, sa daigdig na iyon
na laging may ngisi ang paglubog at kulay kalawang na araw
o kailangang mag-ingat sa bawat biyahe at viajero anumang panahon.
Pero ngayon, habang hinihintay ang susunod na tula
at dula sa ordinaryong panahon, habang ang pangungulila
ang siyang tanging kaibigan hahayaan ko munang pawisan
ang aking mga palad at mga talampakan habang maginaw
at may naalalang uri ng
yakap.
Mahirap matagpuan ang sarili
sa gitna ng dilim ng gubat.
Paano nga ba natin nagagawang iwan
ang lahat para lamang makaligtas?
Kani-kanina lamang ay hinahabol ako
ng mga kahol ng aso at mata ng ashlight.
Bago iyon, ay mabilis kong binagtas
nang walang lingon-lingon ang tulay
na naghihiwalay sa magkalaban nating bayan,
nilagpasan ang mga naligaw na tolda sa daan,
ang mga nag-iinumang tambay sa tindahan,
ang mahihimbing na paghilik ng hatinggabi
at mahihinang himig ng dayuhang awit
bitbit ng usok mula sa siga ng madaling-
araw na pagwawalis ng matatanda.
At ngayon, narito ako sa harap ng pinto
ng iyong Lungsod upang magpakupkop.
Tinalikuran ko na ang aking anino,
itinakwil ang luma kong apelyido,
ikinondena ang sinasambang
mga sinaunang anito, tumiwalag
sa pinanampalatayaang liwanag,
kasama ng alaala ng mga dating lihim,
lumang liham at mga sinunog na kasulatan.
Isinusuko ko na sa iyo ang aking kasaysayan
at ang mga alamat ng aking pinanggalingan.
Hayaan mong maging aking bagong
nasyonalidad ang iyong pangalan.
Pag-ibig
at i ba pang sakuna
8
Heres to the boy who
held my hand against the backdrop
of a bookshelf, whose palms felt like
the pages of a badly-written novel.
9
Heres to the boy who
smoked with me behind a dingy
shopping center, early evening,
as our lips tasted of apologies
and as the cold air felt like
a blanket that was ready to
separate us at once.
10
Heres to the boy who
knew how to touch me like
his ngertips were lit like a birthday
candle, and whose smile
was like a big occasion
worth celebrating.
11
Heres to the boy who
was like a Ciudad song
my emptiness.
12
Heres to the boy who
had pictures of himself scattered
on the walls of his room
and also on the corners
of my memory and on the
closed gaps of my heart.
13
Heres to the boy who
distanced himself far enough
for me to miss him
until the day that I die.
14
Heres to the boy who
made me carve our initials
on wet cement, as if our
love was made of stone.
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Abot-abot ang kantyaw na inabot ko, kala mo
dun sa rosas na pinadala mo
pero sabi ko sa kanila
minsan lang ito kaya sigurado, itatago ko to.
Ipinatong ko sa ibabaw ng mesa ko ang bulaklak
para nakikita ko paggising at pagtulog
nilalabanan ko rin ang panglaw araw-araw, kala mo
pero gaya ng lagi ko sinasabi
sapat sa akin ang mga kwento at pangarap
na pinagsasaluhan natin
sa tuwing mayroon tayong ugnayan
kahit magkawalay sa gawain
lakasan natin ang loob natin.
Tuyo na ang mga bulaklak nang makausap kita ulit
ayan ka na naman, sa loob-loob ko
miss mo na ko, baka di na tayo magkita ulit
nababahala rin ako, kala mo
lalo pat di mapulang rosas
itong relasyon natin
may mga panahon ng ligalig at panganib
mula sa mga nagwawalay sa mga gaya nating
itinuturing nilang tinik at kaaway.
Pilit kong nilalakasan ang loob ko ngayon
pero kapag nag-iisa na lang ako
kasama ang rosas na bigay mo
pumapatak din ang luha ko, kala mo
habang binabalikan ang mga huli nilang ulat
sa huli mong pagpapaabot na may sumusunod sa yo
hanggang ngayon na
di ko rin alam kung magkikita pa tayo
o kung ililitaw ka pa nila.
Akala ko, madali ito
sa gawain nating mula umaga hanggang gabi
dumarating ang balita ng mga biktima ng dahas ng estado
pero iba pala, iba pa rin
na ang sinisinta ang dinukot
ang kasama at katuwang ang desaparecido.
Pero nagpapakatatag ako, sigurado
magkita man tayong muli o hindi
mananatili ako dito
kung saan tayo nagsimula
ng pangangarap at pag-ibig
dahil kung akala nila titigil kami
mananahimik kami
sa paghahanap sa inyo
sa hustisya
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KULTURA PHILIPPINE COLLEGIAN BIYERNES, PEBRERO 14, 2014
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KULTURA PHILIPPINE COLLEGIAN BIYERNES, PEBRERO 14, 2014
Page design : Jan Andrei Cobey
metaporang hindi umaangkop, maling
salin ng dalawang magkaibang wika, pinakahuling
pantig ng mga bersong pilit itinutugma, lumang
tulang burado na ng panahon, kailanmay
di na mababasa. Sinubukan kong pagkasyahin
ang iyong diwa sa dulo ng pangungusap,
sa makitid na espasyong katuglong ng tuldok,
sa nag-aalinlangang kurba ng tandang
pananong, sa kasumpa-sumpang linya
ng tandang panamdam. Iniluklok ko ang mga
sintunadong titik ng yong pangalan
sa aking pamagat, pinalamutian
ng mga pang-urit pang-abay, sinulyapan
ang mga aninong may sariling uniberso
ng balarilang nag-uugnay sa ating
dalawang di-makapag-iisang sugnay,
tulang binura ng panahon, huling pantig
ng mga bersong di nagtutugma, maling
salin ng mga magkakaibang wika, metaporang
hindi umaangkop: ikaw.
Huwag mong paniwalaan ang lahat
ng lumalabas sa aking bibig.
Dahil sa mga gabing tulad nito,
nangangapa ang kaba
At nagdadalawang-isip ang dila
sa kahahagilap ng mga salitang
Ipahahapon sa iyong tenga.
Ang halakhak ay maaaring bulong,
At ang katahimikan ay maaaring
nag-aalumpihit na sigaw.
Maaari ring naninimbang ang mga salita:
Kung paano ka sasagot,
Kung paano ka magpapailandang
Ng magkakarugtong na mga titik
Ng kawalang-katiyakan,
Lalunat ang gabiy singlalim
ng pag-aalinlangan.
Iisa lamang ang aking titiyakin
Sa iyo at sa iyong mga kaibigan,
Na kung papalisin mo ang kamay mong nakaharang,
Baka may naghihintay na palad
Na nagkukublit nahihiyang bumitaw,
Nagbabakasakaling ang iyong pagkakuyom
Ay bubukadkad na parang tapat na hiling,
At nangangarap ng makakahawak.
1
Heres to the boy who
waltzed my way out of a dark, empty street
and who drew me maps and taught me
geography (this city is our city, this river is
our sadness, and this restaurant is where you
taught me how to recognise the language of
every pulse of a heartbeat)
2
Heres to the boy who
lectured me on an introductory course to
First Loves, and him who is the sole ame to
a harvest of dead branches, keeping me
warm at the dead of nightthe time I think
of him, and his small eyes and his sunset touch
and his hurricane breath and his ugly enunciation
of the words goodbye, farewell.
3
Heres to the boy who
played me guitar songs through his silence,
us naked on his bed,
more naked on mine.
4
Heres to the boy who
wrote instead of talked, and whose eyes
were signal res telling me how lost he felt,
alone on an island while I am
a thousand miles above him,
seeing him as a tiny dirt-pixel,
but loving him all the same.
5
Heres to the boy who
slept with me on the cold, tiled
oor somewhere at a province
hes always loved, while he whispered
me stories that reminded me of
my own childhood, and whose
closeness was like a run-on
sentence never perfected.
6
Heres to the boy who
I wished
I have
never met.
7
Heres to the boy who
I fell in love with inside the connes
of a movie theater, keeping me close
to spaces in which light was absent,
as if I were his least favorite secret.
at nilalamig ang aking mga talampakan
subalit pinapawisan ang aking mga palad.
Nalilito kaya sila sa bagong klima
at oras, at panahon, at pagpapalit
ng liwanag na laging may bahid
ng kulimlim at pangangatal tuwing hapon?
Maraming naglalaglagang mga dahon
sa bangketang maayos na pinalitada
at ang mga bahay, halos magkakamukha
bagamat alam mong iba-iba ang nakatira,
iba ang mga lahi, ibang lasa ng mga pagkain,
ibang panaginip at mga wika ang gumagambala
at ang akin, ang aking dila ay naghihintay lagi
na ibulalas, sambitin at sabihin ng walang pagkukunwari
ang mga salitang tulad ng inin, sa kaning nakaka-
paso sa dila, malagkit ang pawis sa noo at ma-alin-sangan
ang alat ng pawis, at ang dagat iniimbita tayo sa isang
tampisaw sa tubig na maligamgam at mapanglaw
na balat ng karagatan, at ang himpapawid, tulad ng ihip
ng hanging nangingibabaw sa malayong dako ng alam kong
langit, at higit sa lahat, ang siil ng halik ng labi
ng iniwang mangingibig at pag-ibig sa dapit ng papadilim
na kanluran. Maggagabi na, magaganda ang mga nalalagas
at tumutubong halaman, bulaklak, talulot, at ang mga nilalakaran ko
sa pag-uwi, sa pagtakbo para pawisan o sa pagdaan upang makiraan
sa hardin nang may hardin, hinahanap ko ang mga maginoo,
ang kurap ng kilapsaw, ang talino ng ganda, ang syudad at lungsod ng sigasig
at ang suklam sa hindi maipaliwanag na pakiramdam ng di pagkakaayos,
ng siksikan, agawan, alimura at amoy ng bagong labang damit
sa nakakasulasok ng lungsod ng tao, sa daigdig na iyon
na laging may ngisi ang paglubog at kulay kalawang na araw
o kailangang mag-ingat sa bawat biyahe at viajero anumang panahon.
Pero ngayon, habang hinihintay ang susunod na tula
at dula sa ordinaryong panahon, habang ang pangungulila
ang siyang tanging kaibigan hahayaan ko munang pawisan
ang aking mga palad at mga talampakan habang maginaw
at may naalalang uri ng
yakap.
Mahirap matagpuan ang sarili
sa gitna ng dilim ng gubat.
Paano nga ba natin nagagawang iwan
ang lahat para lamang makaligtas?
Kani-kanina lamang ay hinahabol ako
ng mga kahol ng aso at mata ng ashlight.
Bago iyon, ay mabilis kong binagtas
nang walang lingon-lingon ang tulay
na naghihiwalay sa magkalaban nating bayan,
nilagpasan ang mga naligaw na tolda sa daan,
ang mga nag-iinumang tambay sa tindahan,
ang mahihimbing na paghilik ng hatinggabi
at mahihinang himig ng dayuhang awit
bitbit ng usok mula sa siga ng madaling-
araw na pagwawalis ng matatanda.
At ngayon, narito ako sa harap ng pinto
ng iyong Lungsod upang magpakupkop.
Tinalikuran ko na ang aking anino,
itinakwil ang luma kong apelyido,
ikinondena ang sinasambang
mga sinaunang anito, tumiwalag
sa pinanampalatayaang liwanag,
kasama ng alaala ng mga dating lihim,
lumang liham at mga sinunog na kasulatan.
Isinusuko ko na sa iyo ang aking kasaysayan
at ang mga alamat ng aking pinanggalingan.
Hayaan mong maging aking bagong
nasyonalidad ang iyong pangalan.
Pag-ibig
at i ba pang sakuna
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Heres to the boy who
held my hand against the backdrop
of a bookshelf, whose palms felt like
the pages of a badly-written novel.
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Heres to the boy who
smoked with me behind a dingy
shopping center, early evening,
as our lips tasted of apologies
and as the cold air felt like
a blanket that was ready to
separate us at once.
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Heres to the boy who
knew how to touch me like
his ngertips were lit like a birthday
candle, and whose smile
was like a big occasion
worth celebrating.
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Heres to the boy who
was like a Ciudad song
my emptiness.
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Heres to the boy who
had pictures of himself scattered
on the walls of his room
and also on the corners
of my memory and on the
closed gaps of my heart.
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Heres to the boy who
distanced himself far enough
for me to miss him
until the day that I die.
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Heres to the boy who
made me carve our initials
on wet cement, as if our
love was made of stone.
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dun sa rosas na pinadala mo
pero sabi ko sa kanila
minsan lang ito kaya sigurado, itatago ko to.
Ipinatong ko sa ibabaw ng mesa ko ang bulaklak
para nakikita ko paggising at pagtulog
nilalabanan ko rin ang panglaw araw-araw, kala mo
pero gaya ng lagi ko sinasabi
sapat sa akin ang mga kwento at pangarap
na pinagsasaluhan natin
sa tuwing mayroon tayong ugnayan
kahit magkawalay sa gawain
lakasan natin ang loob natin.
Tuyo na ang mga bulaklak nang makausap kita ulit
ayan ka na naman, sa loob-loob ko
miss mo na ko, baka di na tayo magkita ulit
nababahala rin ako, kala mo
lalo pat di mapulang rosas
itong relasyon natin
may mga panahon ng ligalig at panganib
mula sa mga nagwawalay sa mga gaya nating
itinuturing nilang tinik at kaaway.
Pilit kong nilalakasan ang loob ko ngayon
pero kapag nag-iisa na lang ako
kasama ang rosas na bigay mo
pumapatak din ang luha ko, kala mo
habang binabalikan ang mga huli nilang ulat
sa huli mong pagpapaabot na may sumusunod sa yo
hanggang ngayon na
di ko rin alam kung magkikita pa tayo
o kung ililitaw ka pa nila.
Akala ko, madali ito
sa gawain nating mula umaga hanggang gabi
dumarating ang balita ng mga biktima ng dahas ng estado
pero iba pala, iba pa rin
na ang sinisinta ang dinukot
ang kasama at katuwang ang desaparecido.
Pero nagpapakatatag ako, sigurado
magkita man tayong muli o hindi
mananatili ako dito
kung saan tayo nagsimula
ng pangangarap at pag-ibig
dahil kung akala nila titigil kami
mananahimik kami
sa paghahanap sa inyo
sa hustisya
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KULTURA PHILIPPINE COLLEGIAN BIYERNES, PEBRERO 14, 2014
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KULTURA PHILIPPINE COLLEGIAN BIYERNES, PEBRERO 14, 2014
Page design : Jan Andrei Cobey
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LATHALAIN PHILIPPINE COLLEGIAN BIYERNES, PEBRERO 14, 2013
Dibuho : Patricia Ramos
Disenyo ng pahina : Jerome Tagaro
IT WAS DECEMBER 18, THE day
of the famous annual Lantern Parade
in UP Diliman (UPD). A group of UP
Visayas (UPV) students was about to
showcase their lantern before the UP
community. Much to the surprise of
the audience, however, the students
did not have any lavishly decorated
oat to display after allno festive
banners, no fancy costumes.
In what could only be called
an ironic counterpoint to the
celebrations theme of Maalab Na
Serbisyo Publiko ng Mapagkalingang
Kampus, over thirty cross-registered
UPV Tacloban students marched in
front of the university amphitheater
to criticize the response of the UP
administration to their plight.
A month after super typhoon
Yolanda struck Tacloban and the
entire Eastern Visayas, the students
were protesting against the UP
administrations order for them to
go through another bureaucratic
assessment before being granted
tuition relief under the Socialized
Tuition and Financial Assistance
Program (STFAP). Tese are our
rights. We should not have to beg for
them, their spokesperson told the
Parade crowds.
Yolanda may have destroyed
homes and claimed thousands of lives.
But like the rest of the students of the
countrys only national university,
UPV Tacloban students are also
struggling to weather the devastation
wrought by the 25-year long
calamity that is the STFAP.
Back to school
Determined to resume
their studies after the
disaster, UPV Tacloban
students had to
live through harsh
conditions just to be
able to enroll again.
With the storm
surge virtually
washing away
everything her family
owned, third-year
Management student
Anna* for instance, had
to live without electricity
at their wrecked home in
Maras Baras for the past
three monthsjust to save
enough money for tuition and school
allowance.
Yet despite these hardships, she
had to face a nal roadblock she has
always encountered every enrolment.
How would she pay for her tuition?
Before Yolanda, Anna was paying
the full tuition rate of P1,500 per
unit under STFAPs Bracket A, despite
having three other siblings and
parents who only work at the local
health center. No aid reached their
community, and Anna can only hope
for a miracle to raise about P27,000
for her tuition.
Te UP administration was quick
to announce that it shall extend
assistance to students like Anna.
Using a simplied and interview-
based method to more quickly
identify students who need aid,
the UP administration nonetheless
reveals a catch: help will be given not
to all who deserve it, but to those lucky
few whom the university can aord
to help.

Varying luck
UP President Alfredo Pascual
has always been rm in his support
for the STFAP, which must remain a
needs-based and evidence-based
tuition system. Claiming that not all
UP Tacloban students reside in the
city itself, Pascual believes that not
all of them had suered the same
extent of damage from Yolanda and
therefore deserve the same tuition
relief. It would be unfair for the other
students, Pascual says.
UPV Tacloban College Student
Council Chair Francisco Banguis
disagrees. Just because your house
was not destroyed or you are [not
geographically aected], you are still
aected [by] the high cost of living
in Tacloban. In a study done by the
UPV USC, Banguis reported that the
ination rate in Tacloban now stands
at seven percent and goods are now
being sold for one-half more than their
retail price.
According to the results of the
STFAP assessments, only 346 out of
525 students in UPV Tacloban were
granted free tuition and stipend
under bracket E2. Te rest were still
assigned in higher bracketslike
Anna who was only rebracketed
from Bracket A to B. In UP Cebu,
only 45 out of 190 UPV Tacloban
cross-registrants were rebracketed
to E2.
Nakaka-frustrate. Nabagyuhan
din naman kami at naapektuhan ng
mga [nagtataasang] prices, [tapos]
magbabayad pa kami ng tuition,
Anna says.
Interestingly, better luck found
those Tacloban students who cross-
registered in other UP units, such as
UP Diliman. According to the Oce of
Scholarships and Student Services, 40
out of the 251 UPV Tacloban students
in Diliman were rebracketed to E2
while the rest were given free tuition
under E1.
If this varying luck of UPV
Tacloban students is any indication,
there appears to be a self-contradicting
feature in the STFAP. Despite promises
of democratizing access to the
university by giving tuition discounts
to those in need, the STFAP in reality
operates under only one premise: the
abundance of so-called rich students,
or those classied under brackets A
and B, in each UP unit.
Paradox
Admitting that some UP units
may be able to provide more cross-
registrants with free tuition than
others, Pascual explains that these
units have more funds to oset the
lower-bracketed students.
UPV Oce of Student Aairs
Director Ruben Gamala agrees,
saying the income generated from
tuition payments under STFAP funds
the subsidy for those with tuition
discounts. Yung mga [re-bracketing],
may pondong pagkukuhanan sa STFAP
funds [ng bawat UP unit], he says.
It is not surprising then that UPD
was able to provide free tuition for all
cross-registrants while UPV Taclobans
capacity was very limited. After all,
one-fourth of the student population
in UPD pay under bracket A while
there were only 59 students paying
the same tuition rate in UPV Tacloban
before the typhoon.
As College of Arts and Letters
professor Ramon Guillermo points
out in his critique of the STFAP, this
premise creates a crowding-out
eect. An increase in the number of
stipend- [and free tuition] receiving
students requires an increase in higher
tuition-paying students, he notes.
With such a paradoxical
mechanism, the STFAP defeats its own
needs-based rationale, with Annas
situation being a prime example.
Far from being aided by STFAP, her
parents now have to work overtime
and cut her allowance in half.
From its inception, the STFAP
has deprived supposedly better-
o students of their equal right
to aordable education. Now more
than ever, the situation of Tacloban
cross-registrants underscored the
truth behind the STFAP tragedy: that
socialized tuition seeks to maximize
revenue from as many UP students
as possiblesomething that should
have never been an option for a public
institution that caters to the poor and
marginalized.
In the rst place, hindi naman
mamomroblema ang mga estudyante
sa pagbabayad ng tuition, kapag ito
ay aordable in the rst place, argues
Student Regent Krista Melgarejo.
Since the 300 percent increase in 2007,
UPs full tuition rate of P1,500 per unit
is now more expensive than the NCR
and the national average of P1,186 and
P590 per unit, respectively.
As Tacloban show signs of recovery,
refugees have begun to gather
collective strength to stand up against
the injustices they have suered. In
UP, students speak out fearlessly in
various dialogues with even Pascual
himself. In a meeting in Davao City
last month, the General Assembly of
Student Councils have also passed
a resolution to scrap STFAP and to
rollback the tuition to an aordable
at-rate.
For at a time when extreme
conditions regularly take a toll on each
iskolar ng bayans family, students
can no longer be merely victims of
the STFAP. Students like Anna are
now survivors who must unite to
rebuild what was once the university
of the people.
Ronn Joshua C. Bautista
AFTER
THE
STORM
LATHALAIN PHILIPPINE COLLEGIAN BIYERNES, PEBRERO 14, 2014
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RUMORS OF MAJOR CHANGES
in the UP academic calendar have been
rampant for a while, circulating among
the community as an interesting tidbit
for debate and discussion. However,
on February 7, the Board of Regents
(BOR) sealed the deal, approving with
nality the new policy that would shift
the schedule of the school year from
June-March to August-May.
Except in the Diliman campus
and its extension in Pampanga, all
seven constituent universities will
now implement the new academic
calendar starting next school year
(See related article on page 3).
Along with other private
universities in the country such as
the Ateneo de Manila University and
Adamson University, UP will shape
graduates for competitiveness in the
regional and global market all for
the sake of internationalization.
International cooperation
Touting the policy as a move in
line with the UP Charter of 2008, UP
President Alfredo Pascual took the lead
in pushing the BOR to approve the shift
in the academic calendar. Te Charter
mandates that UP become a regional
and global university in cooperation
with international and scientic
unions, networks of universities.
Pascual claims that synchronizing
UPs academic calendar with the
universities in the region will provide
greater opportunities for students and
faculty to study abroad and conduct
research collaborations. Te shift will also
mean less interruption of class activities
caused by the rainy season during the
rst semester and by calendar holidays
during the second semester.
But these benets are not mutually
exclusive, as UP has long participated
in faculty and student exchanges and
research collaborations. Te dierences
in schedule even allowed foreign
students and teachers to take up short-
term research and teaching fellowships
in the country, and according to the
statement of the All UP Academic
Employees Union (AUPAEU).
Moreover, operational issues beleaguer
the implementation of the policy. In an
interview with UPD Vice Chancellor for
Academic Affairs Ronald Banzon, he
enumerates issues that were raised during
the University Council (UC) meeting, such
as the new academic calendars disjunct
with board exam schedules, as well as the
calendars of the majority of public and
private high schools.
Cross-enrolment and transfer of
students from other local universities
will also be dicult, and internship
programs and eldwork of students
will be disrupted. Additional fees
for the students are also becoming
a concern, as there will be a need
to improve ventilation, probably
through air-conditioning, for regular
classes during summer.
Pascual asks the UP community
to give the shift a chance to be
implemented, to show the actual
benets that may be quantied
and assessed. AUPAEU, however,
remains skeptical. Te rush to
change the academic calendar without
any studiesmakes the [policy]
unconvincing, according to AUPAEU.
Left behind
Te urgency to implement
the shift was triggered by the
Philippines participation in the
forthcoming economic integration of
the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations by 2015 (ASEAN 2015).
Te ASEAN 2015 envisions a highly-
competitive region of ten country-
members having an integrated, single
market and production base. ASEAN
2015 will eectively break economic
barriers in the region to accommodate
free ow of goods, investments as well
as skilled labour within the region,
according to the ASEAN 2015 Blueprint.
Shifting the academic calendar is
one step towards producing graduates
in the university that will become
globally competitive, Pascual argues.
We can no longer be inward-
looking, because to be inward-looking
is to be left behind in our region. When
[international companies] hire their key
people under ASEAN 2015, they are free
to choose from other countries. If we
produce graduates who are not regionally
and globally competitive, who do you
think should they hire? says Pascual.
Pascuals rhetoric bears
resemblance to the governments long-
standing policy of encouraging the
marketization of Filipino workers for
the benet of foreign economies and
global corporations. For instance, in
2012, the number of Overseas Filipino
Workers (OFW) already peaked at 2.2
million, while call center agents already
reached 770,000, according to the
National Statistics Oce.
Tis employment trend has
resulted in brain drain
or the loss of skilled
and knowledgeable
workers and
professionals in
the country. [Te
g o v e r n m e n t
now] allows
entry of foreign
workers with the
required skills so
we can ll up those
[vacant] occupations due to
shortage, says Rosalinda Baldoz,
Department of Labor and Employment
Secretary, in an interview. Among
the vacant skills include architects,
chemical engineers, sheries
technologists, geologists, guidance
counsellors and medical technologists.
Moreover, the country is not just
losing professionals, but its own
labor force. Since 1996, Philippines
has been the number one exporter
of human labor in Asia.
Employment in foreign businesses
based within the country are also
unstable. In export processing zones
(EPZ) where most businesses are
owned by foreign companies, workers
barely have any labor rights for
instance, women working in the Cavite
EPZ work 12 hours in average everyday,
while living in unsanitary, cramped
quarters. Also, around 60
to 80 percent of the
time, call center
agents lose their jobs within a year,
which is the highest turnover rate in
the world, according to Contact Center
Association of the Philippines, an
organization of call center businesses
in the country.
Flawed premise
As the country further opens itself to
foreign countries through the economic
integration of the Southeast Asian region
in 2015, it only encourages graduates in
the country to become competitive to
make themselves employable for foreign
businesses and shifting the academic
calendar is the first step
towards this skewed goal.
Yet, the
competi ti veness
fostered in the
premise of
ASEAN 2015
only undeniably
increase[s] the
number of Filipinos
put in vulnerable
situations, according
to independent think-
tank IBON Foundation.
Workers rights and welfare are heavily
eroded, all for the sake of foreign
interests. Now, UP aims to extend this
kind of dead-end competitiveness,
at the expense of its future
graduates.
Ang pag-
synchronize natin ng
academic calendar sa
ibang bansa ay tulad
lamang ng programang
K-12 mas lalo
lamang nitong
hi na ha nd a
ang mga mag-
aaral upang mag-trabaho sa ibang
bansa o sa mga dayuhang kumpanya
[dito] sa bansa, sa halip na paunlarin
ang mga industriya natin, says
Student Regent Krista Melgarejo.
Hindi dapat kapakanan ng mga
dayuhang interes ang pangunahing
tugunan ng mga graduates. Dapat
nating tugunan bilang isang public
university ang pangangailangan ng
edukasyon, at maging tunay na iskolar
ng bayan na tutulong na paunlarin
ang bansa, says Ramon Guillermo,
President of the AUPAEU.
Instead of treating Filipino graduates
as commodities for sale to foreign
employers, education should be geared
towards the necessities of local job
creation, and of national development.
Tis blind obedience to the dictates of the
international market belies UPs history
as a leader in the eld of education and
national policy UP should step up,
instead of joining the bandwagon.
Gloiza Plamenco
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Examin ng UP's new academic calendar
Now, UP aims
to extend this
kind of dead-end
competitiveness, at
the expense of its
future graduates
Page design : Jan Andrei Cobey
WHEN I WAS 7 YEARS OLD,
my mother unknowingly taught me
how to cryan act she had hoped I
would never learn.
My father just left us to work
abroad. I remember vividly how my
mother never shed a tear, bidding
my father the coldest of goodbyes.
Later that night, a series of
sobs from the toilet woke me
up. I instantly knew it was from
my mother, so I checked to see if
she was alright. She wasnt. Her
eyes were swollen red and her
expression only showed dejection.
She said it was just a bad case of
stomach cramps. All of a sudden,
my tear ducts gave way to what my
young mind could not comprehend.
To weep was not a selfish and
cowardly act; it was an honorable
one, borne out of an intense desire
to do somethinganything
for the one you love dearest but
ultimately failing to do so.
Many years later as I was
photographing a mother
cradling her child surrounded
by the ruins of the now-
demolished Sitio San Roque
in Agham Road, I would recall
the day my mother hugged me
in my sleep, whispering that
everything would be alright.
It was a particularly long
day. Fresh from a violence of the
dispersal, the residents were hoping
to catch a break and pick up the
pieces. But the demolition squad
had orders. Apparently, Quezon City
Business District waits for no one.
Business as usual, they say.
I arrived at the area with only
a camera on hand, hoping to
chronicle the desolation of the
aftermath. I readied my equipment
and took aim, pouncing stealthily
on subjects amid chaos. And then
I saw them, surrounded by piles
of rubble and concrete, a mother
holding her child, kissing his nape,
whispering that everything would
be all right.
In my experience as a
photojournalist, I eventually
learned that preparation for
the horror of every situation is
a must; but sometimes, certain
images assault us with their
somber, forlorn nature, leaving
us vulnerable with longing. I was
brought back to those nights of
my youth when I would wake up
screaming because of a nightmarish
fear, a malevolent uncertainty that
devoured my childish delusions of
fantasy leaving me with a gaping
hole and a terrible desire to run
to my mother, to ask her to drive
the demons away, to sleep in her
safe embrace.
But it was not the same for the
mother and child I encountered.
There was no bed to rest their
tired bodies. There was no
roof to warm them of the cold
night air. There were no tables
and chairs for playing hide and
seek. There were no promises of
unicorns and rainbows for the
child, only a measured embrace
and a whispered lullaby from the
mother, amid mountains of fallen
concrete, demolished dreams, and
looming uncertainties.
As I was scrolling through the
photos I took at Sitio San Roque, I
remembered something important,
something that was unforgivably
put on hold, creeping through
my veins as I nervously dialed the
numbers on my phone. Warmth
and devotion, things born inside
the comforts of a home, were all
condensed on a single sentence:
Happy Valentines Day, Mom.
Filial pieties
John Keithley Difuntorum
But the
demolition
squad had
orders.
Apparently,
Quezon City
Business
District waits
for no one.
Business as
usual, they say.
DATI KO NANG UGALI ANG MAGING
mapagmasid sa daan, lalong-lalo
na tuwing pupunta sa mga kainan.
Laging may dalang ligaya ang dala
sa akin ng pagmamasid tuwing
napapansin ko ang bawat galaw ng
mga nasa paligid ko. Para sa akin,
isa itong pagtakas mula sa araw-
araw kong pagkasuya sa buhay.
Ngayon, nakaupo na naman
ako sa isang kainan, at pansin na
pansin ko ang bawat pitik ng mga
kamay sa kabilang mesa, yung
pa-simpleng sulyap ng lalaki sa
kasama niya sa tuwing nakatingin
ito sa malayo, o kahit yung
gusot sa damit ng babaeng nasa
dulong mesa. Kakilala ko man o
hindi ang mga customer sa kahit
saan na kainan, laging may mga
natatanging tauhan sa mumunting
espasyong ito.
Security guard
Unang-una na bubungad
pagpasok pa lamang sa isang
kainan ang bruskong security
guard. Madalas siyang mag-isa,
minsan nagmamasid-masid sa
paligid o babati ng Welcome po!
Baton lamang ang hawak niya
at isang baril na walang lamang
bala. Maaaring ito lamang ang
kailangan sa mga kainan, dahil
kapag may dumating na mga
masasamang loob, madali lang
namang humingi ng tulong. Sana
lang hindi sila ganoon kadami
para hindi siya mabuyo bago
dumating ang back-up niya.
Crew
Susunod na sasalubong ang
masisipag na crew. Lagi silang
may ngiti sa mukha, handang-
handa nang kunin ang order ng
mga customer. Madalas man silang
contractual at mababa ang sahod,
patuloy silang kumakayod upang
mayroong maipakain sa pamilya.
Chef
Lagi man siyang natatago at
di man siya nakikita madalas, ang
taga-luto pa rin ang susunod na
magbibigay serbisyo. Buong araw
siyang nagluluto ng pagkaing hindi
niya naman nakakain, at nakaharap
sa kusinang hindi niya naman
pag-aari. Hindi ko rin alam kung
nakakain na ba siya, o kung kaya
niya man lang bilhin ang niluluto
niya, pero siya ang gumagawa
noon para sa mga customer at
para sa pamilya niya. Dapat siyang
pasalamatan.
Manager
Napakaraming manager na ang
nagdaan sa itinagal ng kainan, at
bawat isa sa kanila ay magkakaiba
ng palakad. Mayroong mga tutulog-
tulog, mahigpit sa oras, o tutok sa
trabaho, pero may isang katangian
ang hawak ng karamihan sa kanila
at yun ay unahin ang interes ng
kainan, na tiyaking marami pa rin
ang kita, higit pa sa kapakanan ng
mga customer.
Customer
Walang nakakaalam kung
magiging sino at ano ang bawat
customer na lalabas sa kainan, pero
nasa pangangalaga sila ngayon
ng kainan. Binabayaran man ng
bawat customer ang pagkain nila,
nananatiling may maliit na kalayaan
sa loob ng kainan. Dapat laging may
pagkilala na ang bawat isang butil ng
bigas na inihahain ay pawis at dugo
ng mga taong nagtatrabaho rito.
Madalas napapangiti na lang ako
sa tuwing nahuhuli ko ang sarili kong
pinag-iisipan ito sa bawat kainang
nasusubukan ko. Ngunit siguro ay
maigi lamang na maibahagi ko sa mga
makababasa nito na ang lahat ng ito
ay sumasalamin sa mas masalimuot
pang negosyo sa lipunan.
Hapagkainan
Jerome Tagaro
Kakilala ko man
o hindi ang
mga customer
sa kahit saan na
kainan, laging
may mga
natatanging
tauhan sa
mumunting
espasyong ito.
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Chos! Walablife o melablife, bubusugin
ko kayo ng chumochorvang putahe ng
maiinit na kachikahan sa ating U. Never
na ma-concern dahil wala naman tong
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dito sa boylet na walablife at pinag-
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Ang sparing match ba naman kasi
ay nag-transform to intimate bloody
condo eksena. Kaloka! Todo yakap si
koya with matching back-and-forth
movement pa sa dibdib ni koya B!
Sabik sa private thingy ang peg. Ang
resulta, literal na naiwang duguan si
koya B. Yung mga tigidigdig kasi ni
koyang walablife ay nagbahid ng dugo
sa T-shirt ni koya B. Kadairy! Madugo
tuloy ang shirty ni koya B. Sana ma-
meet na ni koyang sabik sa lablife ang
trulalalove niya this coming Araw ng
mga Puso, para wala nang iba pang
mabiktima. HUHUHU
Bola-bola Here pa ang istorya ng
isang madiskarteng boylet. Pa-meme
mode kunyari si koya kay girlie. May
hindi raw siya ma-getchiwa sa lesson
ni propesora. Best Actor ang peg! May
pa kamot-sa-head pang nalalaman si
koya. Kabog naman tong si girlie na
to the rescue kay pa-memeng boylet!
Ang mapanghing eksena, habang
nagtuturoley si girlie, over makatitig
si Boylet while making vola-vola pa
with the girl! Kachakot! At biglang
may siningit na tanong tungkol sa
date! Charing! Pa-torpe type pala!
May tinatagong kulo ang echos! Na-
shockatok tuloy si girlie kaya basta na
lang nag-y away palayo kay boylet.
Ang harsh! Wawang naiwan si boylet.
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Sinigang Ikaw na ang may asim
te! Shy na shy naman ako para dito
kay girlie mula sa isang clazz. Ang
bongga naman kasi nang shorty-short-
shorts niya, pati yung cleavage sa
likod lumuluwa na! Gipit na gipit sa
tela? Te curdled cave ang chenelyn
forte ni ate. Kering-keri ang fashion
statement without knowing the secret
behind. Wish ko na lang hindi ma-turn
o ang mga boylet sa kanya.
Iyan na nga ang aking mga pasabog
before valentines, never kayo magaya
sa kanila. Keri? Betaway, chochorva
na ako, mek sure wag mafo-forget ang
acads. Kung walablife, huwag magpaka-
wildlife. Chos! Ciao! Chup-chup!
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na kalagayan ng mga magsasaka, ani
Mariano.
Tunay na reporma
Nagsagawa ng kampanya sa publiko
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iilan at patuloy na kontrol ng dayuhang
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It proposes to liberate farmers from
landlessness, poverty and indebtedness
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