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Sep. 17th, 2008



BREATHLESS: The Astring-o-Sol Extreme Race

BREATHLESS: The Astring-O-sol Extreme Race


1. Form a group of FOUR (2 boys and 2 girls)! You must be a UP student to join.
2. Fill out a registration form from SE 121 or AS walk from September 16 to 19, 2008. You may also get a copy of the registration form here. Accomplished forms shall be submitted to the booth at SE 121 on or before SEPTEMBER 19.
3. Submit a photocopy of your UP ID and a picture of your whole team. A registration fee of Php 40 shall also be paid upon registration.
4. Bring one Astring-o-Sol Ice Extreme per team during the event itself. It could be of any size and of any AOS Ice Extreme variant.
5. The FIRST 5 teams to register shall be exempted from the Php 40 registration fee.
6. The first leg of the race will take place at the School of Economics front Parking Lot at exactly 1PM.
7. The first team to finish the race will receive the following prizes:
* PASSES to the hottest dating marathon of 2008--SOLSTICE!
* Php 2000 plus CROCS gift pack.

For other inquiries, contact Marianne at 09064875503.

Jun. 1st, 2007


hi guys!

how are you???

Apr. 3rd, 2007



Final Announcement

Hello, guys,

Finally, the end of the semester is here, and so is summer! But I have a final announcement:

Your grades are in and class cards will be issued at the Department of English and Comparative Literature starting April 11, 2007. You can also retrieve your portfolios and blue books outside my door (FC 1064). I will only keep them out there til June, and since we are only required to keep student papers for a year, I will be donating any unretrieved papers for recycling by 2nd semester AY 2007-2008. So if you want your papers, get them now :)

From here on, I will only be a lurker in this community. I forgot who volunteered to be the community's new moderator. Please send me a message so I can assign you ASAP. 

Thank you for such a great LJ community! I really like how you guys express your interesting ideas here. I hope you keep it up :)


I'll be seeing you around,

Mar. 28th, 2007



Departmental Exams

English 1: Basic College English
Departmental Exams
March 29, 2007
11:30-1:30 pm
PH 216
Bring Blue Book

Good luck!

Mar. 26th, 2007


My Highschool Family

In the boundaries of room 510, in between the office of the upper years and section 4J is our class, the class of 4I.
We are jam-packed inside with different kinds of people and variety of unique creatures. We are the classical representation of our modern society. Despite our differences, we still strive to be united as a class.
Speaking of variety I have classmates who are highly mentally developed, some gifted in other ways whatever those might be, some are fast learners, and some are slow, some read, some don’t, some listens to lectures, most don’t, some fart, some have friends, some have enemies, some love to drink, some loves to recite, some get high in quizzes, most don’t, some plays with paper balls and chalk, and by alternative some uses wet tissue paper. There is many more but I’ll not go on because I still have lots of stories to share.
Behaviorally, our class is challenged. There is only one silent person in the class, he sits in the corner near the backdoor and we call him Buddha, actually he is proud to be considered one. Name-calling for us is just for fun and we don’t take it seriously, that’s how strong are bonds are. At the right corner of the room is where you can see the people and their hidden cellular phones. There they are texting and texting with some of their friends and girlfriend from other schools. Sometimes they do not even mind their lessons but they can cope up with test and quizzes.
Movie fanatics are also distributed around the room. Everyday they bring DVDs of latest movies and share it with their friends. We also have lots of varsitarians, people who improve the reputation of our school through their skills in sports. Of course there are also popular people in our class. Most of them are located on the front row. They are people who are always appreciated, and asked by teachers to recite.
From the students I’d like to share about the facilities in our class that still glued in my memories. I remember we have this broken fan which makes an awful noise when turned on. There is also this weird electric fan that only works when the lights are turned on. Even though our fans are quite broken, I’m proudly to say that it is of no factor because our rooms are air conditioned.
What else can I say? My classmates can easily be divided to different categories. It will take time for a person to know what category they are to fit in, for you should and must know each and everyone of them personally. The bond that links us is so strong that we never fear the future knowing we have friends to stand by us. We are not just a class….. We are a family.


Something You Called Friendship

Every one of us has something that we can’t live without it. It is a thing that is so important that when it’s gone we can’t help but to cry. Sometimes, it makes us alive and often times it cheer ups us. Truly, it is valuable and it can’t be paid by any amount, even a million dollars. Want to know what’s this thing for me? It’s what you call friendship.
“Friendship” as what is defined by Mr. Webster is a relation of mutual affection and goodwill, it is a harmonious cooperation. Based from this, I can say that it is something I see in the environment that I have stayed in this past few months- University of the Philippines, Diliman. After ten months of struggling, as what others say, in aiming to be one of the survivors in UP I have found this very important thing with the people around me- classmates, blockmates and even in my professors.
My classmates- I saw friendship with them the time I enrolled in my GE courses. They are the one who prove me that there are people around who will always help you even though you’re not connected with them. They will help you even in little things- share you a pen, relate the message of your professor, give you a piece of paper, etc. We are of different courses but we share of one thing, it is the character of aiming to collect lots of friend.
My blockmates, the F4 with BS Community Development course- I saw friendship with them the time I stepped on UP. They prove me that people who are connected with you will always be there to support you. They are always there even in non academic activities. They share there snacks, there problems and even there secrets. They are said to be my “sisters”.
My professors- I saw friendship with them the time I get involved with my academic subjects. They help me in my academics and served as my inspiration in being the best that I can be. They help me in stepping into the challenges that come my way by giving advices that truly help me. Even though we are of different status we tend to be with the same level.
From them I found the true meaning of friendship. That friendship is truly priceless, it is treasure. It can be found only by the power of the heart and the soul.

Mar. 25th, 2007


Creating the Thresholds: From Learning the Basics To Learning for Life

Basics and Beyond

When I was a kid I used to ask my mom why I should learn all the letters of the alphabet. They were so hard to memorize. Imagine, all twenty-six of them trying to get inside my playful young mind; it seemed so difficult. Always, she would reply to me that by learning all the letters, I could form more words, and by learning those words, I could make more meaningful sentences. Now, I am using the letters I learned and the vocabulary I heaped to convey my message through some of the meaningful sentences I formed. From the knowing basics, I can use all the letters for life. Aside from the letters of the alphabet, there are other basic lessons that we can learn and use in our entire lives.

First, before getting any further, let me start from the basics of learning. Let me define learning. To me, in its broadest sense, learning can be defined as a process of progressive change from ignorance to knowledge, from inability to competence, and from indifference to understanding. In short, as long as there is an improvement, it can be considered as learning. But learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence. Learning begins with the need for some motivation, an intention to learn. If a person is not willing to learn, then he/she will not be able to do so.

Learning is like going up a ladder. The difficulty is gradual. As we go higher, it is getting harder and harder. We can’t also proceed to another step if we do not use the previous step. In learning, we should try to deal first with the easy parts for us to have an easier understanding of the more complicated ones. If we try to skip a step and to disregard the basics, we will surely have a hard time, or worse, we may fail to reach our goals.

Learning the basics is not enough. According to Alexander Pope, “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” More often than not, it is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning. We assume that we already know the entire matter when in fact we only know a little about it. Learning is not so much an additive process, with new learning simply piling up on top of existing knowledge, as it is an active, dynamic process in which the connections are constantly changing and the structure reformatted. It opens new doors for us and lets us explore new ideas. After learning the fundamentals and after creating the thresholds, we can now advance to the complex parts. We need to use the basic things learned to proceed to the next levels. Since everyday we use our previous knowledge to understand new things, we learn for life.

Going from basics and beyond is not that easy. We need to take each step of the ladder and look above to our goals. We also need to be zealous of learning in order to learn things. As I end this composition, I would like to impart what Ms. Lazaro, my Social Studies teacher, used to tell us always in our class, “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”

Mar. 22nd, 2007

My Comrade & I


To Choose or Not To Choose

(my last blogpost:-))(Benitez, Henrey C.)

We always say that as free individuals we do have rights that must be attained all the time. From the time we wake up until we lay on bed, these rights must be met and satisfied in our everyday transactions. But despite of having these rights, only few individuals seem to ponder or even to care about their worth. A good proof for this is the elections. Is voting and participating in the elections not a right? If it is a right, then why do some hesitate or do not intend to do it?

Suffrage is our right to vote or to participate in selecting an administration for the community where we belong. It is only through the elections that we can choose those individuals whom we think can really perform and deliver the duties and services in our community. It is also through this that we, somehow, 'kick' the rascals out amongst the aspiring leaders or candidates. This right is so important that the fate, or shall we say the 'general will', of the community is tied to it. If this is so, then hesitation or worse, non-participation, is really a big problem.

My first time to vote was when I was in my fourth grade. It was to fill the positions for a new student council which was held annually in my former school. It was quite interesting because I met these people (the candidates) who assured us (the student voters) to carry out the council's duties for the campus's welfare if they would be elected. It was also my first time to hear the lines, 'I promise to...at the best of my ability' and 'If you will vote me...', which seemed to be very sincere to me. The same thing also happened when I entered high school and now I also ran for two campus elections. It was tiresome and conflicting with my subjects. Albeit I lost the campus elections, I could say that they were quite enjoyable and exciting.

This excitement to participate in the elections has come again earlier this March, since it was the University Student Council elections in UP Diliman. I saw a week or two of party campaigns coloured with flyers, banners, pamphlets, jingles, and of course, rhetoric. One time, my friends and I even made fun of the lines which the candidates often delivered, especially the way they were introducing themselves which was somewhat echoic. I spent some of my free time reading the pamphlets or GPOAs (General Program of Action) of the parties like STAND-UP, Alyansa, KAISA, and the independent candidates. I have found the contents of these pamphlets quite interesting and progressive but I have also wondered how such project proposals suggesting collective change and improvement could be implemented considering the campus's diversity. Moreover, some of the proposals there were broad and costly. I also heard about the last year's voting turn-out which was estimated to be 40% of the Diliman student population. However, these did not lessen nor cease my willingness to vote.

After the elections, my PolSci 14 classmate told me that the voting turn-out has increased this year to about 45% of the Diliman studentry. I, together with some friends, went to Vinzon's Hall, where the USC election results were posted, to confirm what my classmate had told me as well as to find out more details regarding the individual turn-outs. There was a table of voting turn-outs from the different colleges and institutions constituting the Diliman campus. Actually, instead to be thankful with the voting turn-out increase, I was quite disappointed because only nine out of twenty-four colleges and institutions voted a qualified majority of their respective students. This meant that many colleges had voting turn-outs below the qualified majority (or half of a certain college population plus one). As I studied the huge voting turn-out table, the election results from the School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) and the School of Labor and Industrial Relations (SOLAIR) shocked me. SURP had a voting turn-out of 5.43% or 14 students out of 258 while SOLAIR had 10.88% or 27 out of 248. These two colleges had the lowest turn-outs. However, as I asked some of those who tallied the votes and the turn-outs, I realized that the primary reason for these two was that their students were postgraduates. Since they are postgraduates, most of them are really apathetic towards elections, if not very busy with their stuff. On the other hand, the seemingly apathetic colleges and institutions had the highest voting turn-outs. The highest was from the Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT) with 70.4% or 312 out of 443 students, followed by the College of Law with 70% (434 out of 620), School of Economics with 65.16%, College of Business Administration (CBA) with 61.78%, and College of Science (CS) with 55.43%. As a whole, the Diliman campus had 45.21% voting turn-out or 9, 850 out of 21, 786 students. Albeit the campus's voting turn-out has increased, the non-participation is still larger, 54.79% or 11, 936 students. It seems to me that the 'interest' to participate overrides the 'right' to vote which in itself concerns the whole community.

This non-participation case does not only exist in Diliman campus. I suppose it is a minute representation of our national elections. Some of us primarily do not vote, or at least hesitate to vote, even if it is a right because of the reasoning that nothing will really change and that progress or perhaps stability is impossible. Another classmate of mine, who was a sophomore, even told me that the USC election was just a waste of time since the campus's condition was nowhere to go but to hopelessness. This is rooted from the common cynicism that aspiring leaders and politicians are corrupt and that they will cheat the electorate only for them to win. The people through the years have learned that the politicians' rhetoric is not really to serve the national interest but their (the politicians') selfish motives. Moreover, we sometimes say that elections are held not to practice democratization but somehow to 'legitimize' the extension of the politicians' (or the incumbents') term in the 'enterprise' administration. Another reason why some do not vote has something to do with the willingness to cooperate with the administration which performs for the general will of the community. Some of us do not find it easy to go with what is collective. We always want to fill and satisfy ourselves first and so we tend to ignore the issues concerning the community and the ways to improve and further it, wherein election is one. The extremity of this 'individualism' can result to a paralysis or 'gridlock' in the implementation of reforms and policies as well as the distribution of services. Furthermore, it can also increase corruption and maladministration since only a few, if not no one, are concerned in the status quo between the administration and the community.

A right always entails duties, so does suffrage. To vote is our right but it does not end there, it is also our duty as a member of a certain community and as a citizen of this country in general. How can we say that our condition is hopeless when in fact we have not really cared to try changing it? The purpose of elections is for us to bind through participation in which we express our individual convictions as we choose the candidates whom we believe are responsible and trustworthy. A community or a nation will not progress if everyone will just think of himself. Everyone must participate and cooperate, as with elections, in managing the community. It is only through this that development is attainable and perhaps stability. Like how the poet John Donne put it, "no man is an Island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main". We owe our rights and freedom to the community which has done its part, at least if not the whole, in shaping ourselves and giving us a sense of belonging. If one does not care to cooperate then it is really nowhere to go but to hopelessness.

We demand for our rights to be given but most of the time we do not justify what these rights are for. We only think of our own welfare but not of the community's. So why demand a right when in fact it is neither maximized nor justified? The right to vote may be simply described as 'a piece of paper in the ballot box', but for me it is one's contribution to the betterment and welfare of the community. Sometimes we only think of this as nonsense but to ponder that our community's future is tied in it, it suggests something that is crucial and perhaps vital. We must always consider this: If we vote then we can change, if we do not then we will surely end up to nothing and nowhere. Whatever we choose, whether we vote or not, it must be clear that we must accept whatever the consequences might be. That is to say, if I vote then I can demand for the efficiency of services and the implementation of reforms, but if I do not then I can not (or must not) demand for anything.

Mar. 23rd, 2007


(no subject)

Although many claim that the world is overcrowded, it is still a wonder how hard it is to find a single real friend. I do not mean just an acquaintance who you see everyday. I do not mean a person that you share a room with. What I am describing is a person whom you feel will accept you for whoever you are even without bloodties.

I think that a friend is someone whom you feel is an extension of yourself. When you are together, it is as if everything is right in the world. With a friend, you forget your troubles for a while and manage to cling to hope again. A friend is different from the family that reared you. When you are with this friend though, his presence feels so natural. It is as natural as if you were born of the same blood and skin. The friend may have nothing to do with you at first, but as you go along the road that is you life, they become the travel companions that you could never and would never do away with.

The earth is filled with approximately six billion people. I do not know exactly how many of them I have walked past or talked to. I do not know how many of them I have had eye contact with. How many of the six billion people have I already met? I do not know and I will likely never find out. What I do know is that out of all the people in the world, I managed to find three friends. I managed to find three friends. That is a lot more than what most people can say. I believe it to be a miracle.

Mar. 22nd, 2007




I have been so thankful that God gave me a chance to see and experience life here on earth. I couldn't have been born if it was not planned to be. Anyway, this life I have was made even better to live because of my family, relatives and of course, friends. Friends... this could have been a common topic but I chose it to discuss my journey of searching for friends, even if just one...but true.

I've been praying to God since I was a child to give me many friends to make my life, a very simple reason, happy. Now, my prayer is quite modified. I've been praying to Him that I may be able to find a true friend. Someone who will be with me in good times and in bad times. I know that it's easy for others to say that they found their true friends already, but for me, it isn't.

Who could you call a true friend anyway? 

First point I want to make is the difference between true friends and best friends. Don't ever have the mistake of thinking that these two things are just the same; they are not. Your best friend may not be your true friend at all and vice versa. But it's possible too to have a true best friend. Well if you have one, then you're really lucky enough.

Having a friend with the qualities of a best friend together with the qualities of a true friend is really a blessing already from God. It isn't easy to find one. Actually, you don't have to bother finding an ideal friend like that because it's rare. Finding a friend with just one of the two qualities mentioned is not that easy already. But for me, I could say that it's harder to find a true friend than a best friend. Why?

It takes time before you could say that this person is your true friend. It's because time will test him/her if he/she could stay with you throughout all the challenges God is giving you. It takes time to see how long he/she could stay. Besides, the person will still have to pass through hard obstacles through time but never does the person forget that he/she is doing this all the way with you.

By the way, don't fret if you're true friend can't do the best thing for you. He/She is trying that is why if the person really doesn't know anymore what to do, they're just there to stay with you especially during the bad times. Besides, I told you that it's rare to find a true best friend. But if I have a chance to choose between the two, I'll choose to have the true one.

A true friend never betrays you (though as I've said already, it'll take time for you to know this). He/She will just show his/her real side and would never deceive you. And most of all, the person does everything to avoid hurting you. An experience have really been marked to me when I realized how much a friend you've been considering the best one could hurt you. From that day on, I'm not expecting anymore for the best one because for me, I realized that what I needed more is the true one.It's just a bonus if I get to have more best friends and a jackpot if a get to have a true one.

It's really hard to say who your real friends are but it isn't wrong to assume someone now as a true friend. There's nothing wrong of considering someone already as a true friend since I was just saying that time will prove to you how long you could consider this person as your true friend.

So just to end this (since it'll be too long to discuss everything), don't anticipate much of these things. Especially don't anticipate so much to have a true friend. He/She is just out there somewhere and you could've known that person already though you don't realize it yet. Besides, you should consider yourself too. Have you been a true friend to someone already?

Remember, true friends may not always be the best one, but they do try to be...just for you.

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