As of Date

A lot of stuff has been going on – just as I have said from my previous post. It was not a post for this blog actually but I had to quote it and post it here cuz that post totally sounded like this one. Anyway, so much for introductions…

On the SONA ‘09

The President had her SONA last July 27, 2009. ‘Seems to me like it’s just been a few. I actually didn’t have the chance to hear her. First, I’ve got classes. Second, I wasn’t able to get some specifics. Third, I hate making excuses. But as I’ve asked people around, they didn’t seem, to have cared about it so I had the need to read. But someone read it to me so… Thank you.

Anyway, it seems to me like the president couldn’t give a bad news. If I listened right, apparently, everything about the Philippines is better. Or so the president says. Economy is rising, less people are living in the state of poverty, they were able to finished previously uncompleted projects, they were able to give educational support for the ones in need, they were able to give livelihood to the people, what else? (They would be the government.) All she had talked about was good news. I can wonder about the reality of some those stuffs she mentioned. But hey, at least she can say that good things happened in the past year.

On the political side of everything, she, the president, stated that she ain’t got no plan of extending her term. But she plans to finish her job. She says that one year is still a very long time for her to be able to do a lot of things and she can’t quit. We’ll be seeing about that.

Though, there’s one thing I can’t help but notice. I wasn’t able read the full text of her previous SONA’s but… Does she always mention some names while on her address? It can sound to me like those people had lain out their political plans to the president and the president herself seemed to be campaigning for them. Mentioning the whole Congress or the Senate or the House would do no harm but… Mentioning a few names can sound questionable enough for me.

Anyway, she had flatly said that she doesn’t plan on extending her term and there have been not much news on the Con-Ass or the Cha-cha lately. We’ll be waiting.

On the University

I think, I have three things that I learned from yesterday – the supposedly lecture on gender sensitivity which turned into a discussion on some of the issues round the university these days. Well, I’m ok with discussions. I love forums and I am better off participating in a discussion than listening to a monotonous lecture. I have the need to thank someone for it.

The three things would be on the university founding anniversary, the infirmary, and the school pub. At least, those can be sort of “main” for each of the few. Well, not so much as learned as they are already some of the things I’ve got – like, I have something against them.

There are at least two issues on the university founding anniversary – the most prominent would be on the Ms. VSU pageant. Apparently, some of the people in the university don’t like it. The lecturer, I’d hate to mentions names, has stated that the president himself doesn’t approve of it. But as for support to the so-called “tradition”, he had the pageant held. I personally don’t see the point of it. Anyway, my opinion away, those people opposing the pageant sees it as a form of exploitation. That’s why the lecture was on gender sensitivity. The lecturer told us that they had pushed for this program or lecture about this to be incorporated into the NSTP-CWTS together with USC. It was approved for a while but it was removed cuz of some issues. Somehow, some people chose to be insensitive. Going back to the Ms. VSU, these people don’t see the pageant as something significant to the school as the school is an institution of learning. They can hate it as they see it as just another way of prostitution. Prostitution cuz people, men, pay to see these contestants showing their flesh. Moreover, they can’t tolerate the embarrassment that some of the contestants receive after the pageant – more specifically, those who weren’t able to win. There was a mention of an incident of one contestant leaving the university after the pageant because of some things – embarrassment and the like.

I don’t want to pretend that I like the pageant. As I’ve said, I don’t see the point of it. That is what these people are trying to say. The university is an educational institution; the university doesn’t even offer a degree on fashion or anything close to the pageant. I don’t have anything against Ms. Earth, Ms. Philippines or some other Ms. Whatever’s out their. At least, the girls at Ms. Earth are trying to promote for the preservation of the Earth. If I am right, the winners of the bigger pageants, like the Ms. Universe, become ambassadors of the Earth to the people. That is if, they haven’t veered away from it. On the Ms. VSU, what exactly are we promoting, huh? I haven’t bothered myself with seeing it during my first year as I ain’t into those stuffs. But as I’ve heard, it can totally be compared to some barrio pageant. Whatever. And the contestants can’t even brag about how intelligently they answered the question – there’s always the “Q&A portion”. The people opposing this pageant are into the questions, “What has happened to the university? We thought we have become the prime university in the Visayas… Why choose this kind of fund raising activities that can degrade the value of the females in the society? Are the females just milking cows? Can’t there be any other way to generate income? Are there no more creative minds in this university?”

Going back to the issue on gender sensitivity, they are promoting equality between the genders – male and female on the same stage. I hate to admit but in most times, in a lot of fields, the males dominate the females. But as I see it, the females are slowly going up the ranks. Relating this to the Ms. VSU pageant, they can see it as a form of prostitution cuz who are in front row, center? Men… Some people even use the tag for the girls, “She is the one who placed [whatever] in the Ms. VSU pageant.” Or so the lecturer had said. Anyway, hearing this would be real sad as the name of the school is with it – attached, very well attached. I can bet hearing “She’s the one who placed in the top ten of the licensure exam” would be more like it. Now that can sound like the person is actually from a university.

Second thing on the anniversary – the Kaugmaram festival. I actually don’t know what the word means but the festival can be likened to the Pintados festival of the City of Tacloban with, of course, one major difference – the Pintados festival is for the promotion of the richness of Tacloban and of surrounding cities and municipalities. Oh, one more thing, the dances in the Pintados festival tend to be a sort of reenactment of the history, legend of the municipality or city or something that celebrates their place. Well, what about the Kaugmaran festival? What exactly is it for? I don’t have much against it as I have bothered myself to watch it. But the thing would be what exactly the point of it is? What are they dancing about?

Maybe, what we ultimately need is the reprogramming, I can’t find any other word, of these two events – the Ms. VSU pageant and the Kaugmaran festival. A theme, one which is clearly defined and incorporated in the activity, for these would be really helpful, IMHO.

I almost forgot! How was that so?! I was on the gay doctor when I remembered. One more important point on the issue of the Ms. VSU – the funds. The event is supposed to be for fund-raising but where exactly do these funds go? What are they rasing funds for? I mean, it’s not like I’ve heard that the funds generated goes to the improvement of the facilities of the university. Oh, how much was that again?! Php 500, 000? Yeah, that’s it. Or so that’s what I’ve been told. That’s how much the university has gathered for the pageant from sponsors from all around Leyte, so far. Where exactly will this money go? Plus, the tickets haven’t been sold yet. And what about the funds raised from the previous pageant? I heard it was used for personal reasons… Hmmm…

Moving on to the university infirmary… Oh, I mean, the “VSU Hospital” as it is called today – or so they say. It went from clinic, to infirmary, to hospital. Not that I know a lot of things about these kinds of institutions but what do you need for a clinic to have the right to rename itself to “hospital”? Whatever that is… Anyway, as I’ve observed, the services that the infirmary offers is not too good. A good example would be the “UTI epidemic” last year. Well, there wasn’t really such and I don’t know how it started but during that time, everyone who went there were diagnosed with UTI – even if it ain’t actually the case; I can even wonder if there was actually one real case of UTI. There was even someone who visited the clinic with pain in his teeth, and something else, and was still diagnosed with UTI. It was good for him that he wasn’t satisfied with the diagnosis and went somewhere else. Apparently, his teeth were rotting much already and it was starting to spread in his system.

How, exactly, have they been able to call the infirmary a “hospital”? One more thing, the doctor, the head of the place, can actually be sued for sexual harassment. Or that’s what everybody seems to be saying. The doctor’s gay – it’s not like I have anything against their kind of people but what he’s apparently been doing ain’t too good for the name of the university. What with the story of some person deciding against enrolling in the university cuz of fear of the doctor conducting the physical examination? That doesn’t sound so good.

Also, there was this report that there was someone who was denied of service because the infirmary is closed down during the weekends. The girl was actually having a high fever and was even scolded for not coming in earlier – like, when it was not yet a weekend and she was still having cough. Anyway, it was good that they actually made a call before bringing the girl in. Point is, why is it closed down? Why can’t they offer services in the weekends? It ain’t like the illnesses have a MTWTF sched – those things ain’t got nothing like it.

On to the school pub… What exactly does a school publication do? Why exactly do we have it? I thought it’s how we can get updated or at least, be in the know of what is happening around the university. But that wouldn’t be the case here. What is the sense of giving out a “news source” which contains events that are at least half a year ago? They ain’t gon be called news no more! I mean, jeez! And they actually have the guts to brag about giving “timely articles.” I was like, “Which of those articles is actually timely?”

Oh, yeah, apparently I bothered reading it despite its poor presentation. How do I know about how it looked liked? I kinda had the chance to scan it and was really disappointed so I didn’t bother getting my copy despite the fact that I paid for it.  But I was actually given a copy during the opening of the intramurals and had the chance to scan it a second time. Yeah, that second scan made me read it. Why? I actually found some fun in it. My F-U-N. Ok, maybe I am already repeating what I wrote in the back cover of the pub but anyway, that’s what I’ve been trying to say. I just haven’t had the chance to send it back to their office. What fun? Well, I kinda find it fun when I read an article, in English, that needs correction cuz I can learn from it. And that’s what I found in the pub – grammar errors. Besides that, there were typographical errors. Or were they really typos? Anyway, I thought a school pub has different levels of editing before it reaches the editor-in-chief. Or so that’s how I thought it worked. Did those errors just went past the editors? Or do they even bother really editing the articles?

One more thing, there was this issue that only the people enrolled in a certain course can submit articles, more specifically, the people of Development Communication. The staff countered it by saying that everyone can submit article but they reserve the right to edit the submissions. Now that can sound good as we wouldn’t want a pub with grammatical errors in it. But that’s where the problem comes in. The thing would be that people outside the staff of the school pub who submit articles only get one of two possible fates – either the staff wouldn’t bother about their article or the article will be edited; edited to the editor’s POV thus changing the thought of the write-up. That’s why some people wouldn’t bother submitting articles anymore. Editing the structure of the sentences would be good but what they seem to have done is far more than editing. Changing the thought of the article can go against the original writer.

I am actually amazed at how few the names in the “Staff” portion of the latest issue are. Well, what’s the need for more people when there’s actually someone who can write a whole pub? I’m kidding! But there was this one release of the publication which seemed to have been written by only one person as almost all of the articles bear the same author name. It’s not like that issue was awesome though. It’s actually pretty sucktacular.

BTW, the school pub is now looking for people to add into the staff. Or so they’ve posted. I wonder how many responded to that. There was this test on “editing.” I think, the latest issue they released would be a really good test for the applicants.

Oh, I shouldn’t miss this. They actually have the guts to call it a “magazine.” Too bad they can’t make anything that goes anywhere near a magazine. I don’t mean to brag but… The school paper of my high school was way, way better. That was high school, yo! I was actually expecting that a college publication would be better. Well, maybe, I just expected too much.

In my doodles on the back cover of the paper, I actually wrote this, “I hate to say this but… Damn this pub! No, it already is.”

Oh, yeah, as I’ve said, the lecture turned into a discussion and the pub was among the things discussed. Apparently, all of us, them, the leaders, and me share the same thought – we don’t like how the pub is. And the lecturer had this, “Why don’t you join the staff and make it better? Or better yet, make your own pub!” That sounded like fun. But… I. Am. Not. Into. Writing.

But hey, a sort of “underground school pub” that is able to produce something relevant is way better than an “official school pub” that produces stuff that had turned irrelevant.

Well… I’ve said a lot of stuff already. And this is my longest blog post yet. Hey, should I really add a “yet”?! Anyway, I am just here to continue my watch and I’d love to be able to see how everything’s gon move.

No, I ain’t thinkin’ that my English is perfect.

Like, a lot is going on

I kinda found it funny how I made my other blog sound like this one – the words as quoted below. Anyway, a lot of thoughts are in my head and I am willing to keep ’em there til I can get ’em together and make something sensible out of ’em and post ’em here… And since I haven’t posted in a while, right now, I have these:

Before I went online, I was able to attend a lecture on gender sensibility by an instructor from the Institute for Strategic Research and Development Studies and it was actually good – to mean that the person has got some point. It actually became a discussion over the issues that the university is facing right now. Apparently, this place I’ve got on the school right now has given me something that I couldn’t have had given some situation else. It’s actually good to know what’s on in your university. There’s, unfortunately, too much office politics going on. Some dirty things here and there… And some sort of writing for Soulstere will be up soon… I just gotta put everything together. The ish right now is mostly in the upcoming Ms. VSU pageant. I never thought there is as much issue in it until now.

On the project, I kinda ain’t certain about its status… It’s rather too much for me that looking for a problem is the toughest problem of all…

On the Philippine politics…

The president’s SONA was two days ago. I can wonder how real the contents can be. And I kinda find it funny that in a sense or two, she can sound like she is campaining for some people. Anyway, I didn’t watch, hear, or read the SONA ‘09. Well, not from the president herself.  Someone else read it to me. Yeah, read. Which removed my need to read it myself. Thank you. I kinda didn’t appreciate it that most people wouldn’t care about what’s going on as most people I’ve asked will just tell me that they didn’t bother about it.

And… I’m still not over the fact that the president can’t stick to one language. I ain’t demanding for everything to be in English and neither am I demanding for that entire speech to be in Filipino but I’d demand for every sentence to have just one language. I can accpet her mixing up two languages in snetences – switching from one to another every sentence or two – but I can’t accept her switching languages between words! (I wonder if that one was just too vague or not.) Anyway, a lot seems to be going on.

One more thing… There’s this AkoMismo program/promotion/whatever-else you may want to call it. At first glance, it sounds like some awesome program to promote clean elections or something – some-I-can-do-this-for-my-motherland thing. But, hey! It’s me I’m talking here… It’s just too commercial. Anyway, I ain’t got much against it. If you believe in it, go on.

The spirit behind AKO MISMO is DDB Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of the DDB Group in the Philippines, a group of companies engaged in the business of communications. For many years now, DDB Cares has championed advocacies it firmly believes in: protecting the environment, supporting the rights of women, the education of children, voting responsibly, to name a few.

Why should there be a presence of business?! It kinda sucks, you know. Yeah, they have those advocacy and such but the point is… In one way or another, it’s still business… Too commercial, too commercial..

DDB Cares believes there is an urgent need to bring hope to Filipinos, particularly the youth, in the face of growing cynicism that is heightened by the current political, economic, social and moral crises.

Too real, actually.

I guess, I can’t add more to it right now… I’ma post this under watch as this is one of those times, I think…

Oh, hey… Here’s something… The school pub wasn’t able to escape the discussion. I’ma have to include it… It has to be anyway…

One more thing… The university infirmary… Which, as from the discussion earlier, is now called the VSU Hospital… How [word omitted for risk of being too harsh]…