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SI YNIK ANTE ANG ATING USC CHAIRPERSON March 7, 2012

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Opisyal na Pahayag ng UPLB DEVCOMSOC sa Hindi Pagproklama ng CEB kay Ynik Ante bilang UPLB USC Chairperson

Noong Pebrero 29, isang malinaw na panggigipit sa isa sa ating mga lider-estudyante ang natunghayan ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Los Baños. Si Ynik Ante, standard bearer ng partidong SAKBAYAN o Samahan ng Kabataan Para sa Bayan at miyembro rin ng UPLB Development Communicators’ Society, ay hindi iprinoklama bilang University Student Council (USC) chairperson-elect sa kabila ng pagkakapanalo sa bisa ng 1, 479 boto ng mga estudyante ng UP Los Baños.
Bago pa man mag-umpisa ang kampanya para sa eleksyon ay kinuwestiyon na ng ilang kasapi ng CEB o Central Electoral Board ang kandidatura ni Ante sa batayang ito ay hindi pa nakapagbabayad ng kanyang matrikula at naka-promissory note lamang. Ayon sa promissory note ni Ante na tinanggap ng CEB noong Pebrero 6 (panahon ng pagsusumite ng kandidatura), kailangan niya lamang mabayaran ang kanyang matrikula sa takdang araw na Pebrero 29 (walang nakasaad na oras), upang masabing siya ay lehitimong mag-aaral ng unibersidad.
Ganap na alas-5 ng hapon ng Pebrero 29 nang tuluyang makapagbayad si Ante. Ngunit sa hindi maipaliwanag na kadahilan, isang oras bago (alas-4 ng hapon) mabayaran ni Ante ang kanyang matrikula ay nagpasya na ang CEB na iproklama si Joyce Divino ng BUKLOD, pumangalawa kay Ante sa botohan, bilang USC chairperson-elect. Ito ay matapos makakalap ng maling impormasyon ang CEB kaugnay sa kakayahang magbayad ni Ante sa itinakdang araw.

Ito ay malinaw na pambabastos at pambabalewala sa boses at lakas ng mga estudyanteng bumoto at nagluklok kay Ynik Ante upang mamuno sa konseho. Ang kawalan ng kapasidad ni Ante na makapagbayad ng matrikula ay isa lamang indikasyon ng lumalala pang komersyalisasyon at pribatisasyon ng edukasyon, hindi lamang sa UP kundi sa iba pang state colleges at universities sa bansa. Ito ay tahasang pagsagasa sa karapatan ng mga lider-estudyanteng handang maglingkod upang isulong ang karapatan ng mga Iskolar ng Bayan. Hindi magiging malaking isyu ito kung iginalang lang sana ng ilang miyembro ng CEB ang karapatan ng mga mag-aaral na tulad ni Ante.

MARIING KINUKONDENA NG UPLB DEVCOMSOC ANG DESISYON NG CEB AT AMING IGINIGIIT NA SI YNIK ANTE ANG DAPAT IPROKLAMA BILANG USC CHAIR. Kaisa ng pinakamalawak at natatanging alyansa ng mga organisasyon sa UPLB na nagsusulong ng interes ng mga mag-aaral, ang SAKBAYAN, at ng kalakhan ng mga nagkakaisang Iskolar ng Bayan, hindi natin hahayaang manatili ang mga represibong hakbangin tulad nito. Hindi natin hahayaang manaig ang interes ng iilang ganid sa kapangyarihan. Bagkus, ating patuloy na itataguyod ang interes ng higit na nakararaming Iskolar ng Bayan. Patuloy tayong maninindigan laban sa komersiyalisasyon at pribatisasyon ng edukasyon upang hindi na maulit pa ang mga insidenteng tulad nito at hindi na madagdagan pa ang mga estudyanteng kapos sa pinansya at hindi makapagbayad dahil sa napakataas na matrikula sa pamantasan.
Higit sa lahat, nananawagan kami sa CEB na manindigan sa tama at nararapat. Huwag pigilan ang proklamasyon ni Ynik Ante bilang UPLB USC Chairperson sa dahilang walang kakayahang magbayad ng matrikula. Siya ay lehitimong estudyante at siya ay nararapat na mamuno sa konseho.

I-abante ang karapatan ni Ynik Ante, ang karapatan ng mga Iskolar ng Bayan!

DEFEND OUR VOTES!
PROCLAIM YNIK ANTE!

UPCAT 2012 Results Released January 18, 2012

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University of the Philippines
UPCAT Results 2012 Online
(For incoming freshmen of AY 2012-2013)
MAIN SITE | MIRROR 1 | MIRROR 2 | MIRROR 3

PAGE NAME RANGE
1 AARON, EUNICE MONCADA – ABES, HECTOR SALAZAR
2 ABES, LOIZA ALLISON BANDIOLA – ACLAN, SHERLYN ANTOINETTE BOONGALING
3 ACLAN, STELLAH GRACE PALOMARES – AGREDA, ROCHELLE IVY DELACRUZ
4 AGRIMANO, RONALYN BENDO – ALAZAS, ANDRE MIKO BONTES
5 ALBA, MAXINE LALLY TYBACO – ALFARO, RACHELLE ANNE TOLENTINO
6 ALFARO, RUMEL ANGELO TORRE – ALVARAN, LOUISE MARIE ROSE TUMALIUAN
7 ALVAREZ, ANNE KRISTINE VILLANUEVA – ANCHETA, ALEJANDRO LORENZO SANTOS
8 ANCHETA, ELLICE DANE WEE – ANSUAS, ANGELO BAYE BRUCELO
9 ANTANG, EULA KRISTINA DELA CRUZ – ARAMBULO, LYRACHEL GENERAL
10 ARANA, JOHN PAUL NUNEZ – ARNEDO, JHON PAUL PASCUA
11 ARNIGO, JAY MAR BRIONES – AUSTRIA, FLORIE MAE SALAZAR
12 AUSTRIA, HANNAH FAYE MERCADO – BAGADIONG, RIZZAH MAE SIGUA
13 BAGAIPO, JAIRUS PAGAR – BALDOVINO, APRIL JOY GOMEZ
14 BALDOVINO, EUNICE MARICAR MAGSALIN – BANGELES, ROSIE GIL
15 BANGGAT, KENN RAPHAEL MANOOS – BARRIDA, APRIL GRACE VILLASIS
16 BARRIENTOS, MONSOUR ALBERTO – BAUTISTA, IVAN TEDISON ARELLANO
17 BAUTISTA, JANINA HIPOLITO – BELDEROL, KEMUEL CLYDE MEDRANO
18 BELDIA, JEFFREY THOMAS VILLAPANDO – BERNALDO, MARDY GRACE ANN RESCOBER
19 BERNALES, JASPER JAMOROL – BOADO, KEIZEL MINORKA JOLONGBAYAN
20 BOADO, KRISTINA ABIGAIL ARANZANSO – BORJA, MAYBELLINE ROSETTE CERVERA
21 BORJA, PATRICIA TACO – BUENCONSEJO, DANA GRACE SIAPNO
22 BUENCONSEJO, JULIAN HALLADO – CAAMOD, ANNABELLE CRUDA
23 CAASI, PAULO MALGAPO – CABUSAS, KAREN GRACE LASCUNA
24 CABUSORA, RINAH LAE INSIGNE – CALDERON, KENNETH BANZUELA
25 CALDERON, KHRISTA LHEY VILLANUEVA – CANCERAN, PATRICIA JUNE LAYCO
26 CANCIO, KHRISTINE CARINO – CARAGA, AGATHA ANGELA IGNACIO
27 CARAGAN, MARISA ALARIN – CARTABIO, THREB GABRIEL FULE
28 CARTAGENA, LOUIE BALBOA – CASTRO, JAIAN XEPHEL GAMOSO
29 CASTRO, JAN CARLO MARCELO – CEDENO, MA ALAILA GUMAQUIL
30 CEJALVO, RENELIZA DALIPE – CHAVEZ, TONI MARIE HARO
31 CHAVEZ, VAN PAOLO DEL CASTILLO – CLADO, DANIEL WEAVER
32 CLARIDAD, JENNY JOY CABALLERO – CONCEPCION, EINA IZABELA ZAIDE
33 CONCEPCION, GAYLE RAHAB ANN RACCA – CORTEZ, ANDREW TIAMSON
34 CORTEZ, ANGELICA JOIECE CANILLADA – CRUZ, MARYA CHRISTEL IMMACULATE BURIO
35 CRUZ, MENANDRO II VERZOSA – DABLE, FRANCES MARIE JANDONERO
36 DABUET, KRISTIANNE CHYNA CHU TE – DARATO, BRET JOHN ONCOG
37 DARCEN, NICA THERESE MERCADO – DE GUZMAN, CHRISTIAN BRAVO
38 DE GUZMAN, CHRISTINE MAE PITALBO – DE PADUA, JAN LOUBERT
39 DE PADUA, RUSSEL BALTORES – DEL ROSARIO, GUENEVE BASILIO
40 DEL ROSARIO, JAN NOEL DIAZ – DELARIARTE, MISHA LOUISE ALCAZAR
41 DELASAS, GEMIELE ELAINE CAPISTRANO – DEYTIQUEZ, MARRIAN JOHANNA COTIANGCO
42 DIALOGO, SANDRA SURITA – DISSANAYAKE, IVY JOYCE AQUINO
43 DISTAL, JOSEPH PATRICK – DOROMAL, ROCHELLE LOUISE DELA CRUZ
44 DORON, MICHAEL BERNARD BRYAN DORIAS – EBATE, NEIL PHILIP LAZARITO
45 EBDANI, JENNIFER DERESMA – ENCENDENCIA, CHRISHA DAGPIN
46 ENCINA, ZALDY MARK FERIDO – ESCUDERO, JOHN AGUSTIN PINEDA
47 ESCUDO, RODEL GOZO – ESTAPIA, MARIE NEIL OLANDRIA
48 ESTARDO, JESSICA LICUAN – FABICON, SAMANTHA JOIE FERRERA
49 FABILA, CHRISTY PACLIBAR – FERNANDEZ, ANGELA JOY BALAGOSA
50 FERNANDEZ, ANGELA LOUISE GUDANI – FLORECE, CHRISTINE MARIE CALA-OR
51 FLORENDO, CARL ANDREW ALIPALA – FRANCISCO, JEWEL MIKA MORENENCIA
52 FRANCISCO, MA CARIZA PASCUAL – GALANG, EIRA CHARIZ ROQUE
53 GALANG, ELSON IAN NYL EBREO – GANOTISI, FRANCES MIGUEL
54 GANS, NICCOLO AGUJO – GARZON, JIEZL MAE LEYBLE
55 GASAPO, KAREN ROSE VICENCIO – GERMINAL, CHRISTINE FAITH GEGANTOCA
56 GERMINAL, NINA GRACE RAMIREZ – GO-ACO, VONCARLO CENIZA
57 GOAD, JHONNABIE TINA – GOROSPE, MARIA CORINE BERTIZ
58 GOROSPE, STEPHANIE GRACE CAPAO-AN – GUIMMAYEN, NEIL ANGELO CONEL
59 GUINANDAL, ADELFA ROSE BELICARIO – HERBON, ARRON LUCIUS BESARES
60 HERBOSA, JONNEL REDONDO – HUBILLA, FATIMA ATHENA DESTURA
61 HUBO, NICOLE JULIET BUENDIA – INFANTE, JELLOU MAE SORIANO
62 INFANTE, VAN CARLO MIGUEL – JARENCIO, MARY JEEL CABANUS
63 JAREOL, JANE SUMO – JUAN, CEZ DOMINIQUE ABITAN
64 JUAN, DANIELE – LABANTA, DECEMAE LYKA REGATON
65 LABAO, JOREM PAULO MELENCIO – LAGUARDIA, JAMILAH PAOLA DELA CRUZ
66 LAGUDAS, JESSA BERONILLA – LARAYA, KURT JOSEFF VILLAREAL
67 LARCIA, TANYA ALYANA LIMBO – LEBRILLA, FREZEL JADE COLACION
68 LEDESMA, AUGUSTO XAVIER NAVAL – LIBERATO, LISA KATRINA CONDE
69 LIBIANO, MARIA CAMILLE REVILLA – LIMBAGA, LORENZO GABRIEL CASCON
70 LIMBAGO, ALLAN JOSEPH DATOY – LOBITANA, CARLO JOSEPH ESTIGOY
71 LOBO, ELOISA RACHEL CUA – LOZANO, ANGELA JOY TANGANGCO
72 LOZANO, EMMANUEL GOMEZ – MAANO, PRINCE LESTER CAPISTRANO
73 MAAPE, JOHN NOEL RATILLA – MAGALLANES, LOISE EMBERR JANE GALLEGO
74 MAGALLON, CLARISSE LAUNIO – MAGUAD, MA ALTHEA TACSAGON
75 MAGUAD, STEPHEN DAVE SERVANCIA – MALTO, ZABRINA BERNICE LACUANAN
76 MALUBAY, GERINA ROSE CABALBAL – MANGANTE, MARIZ RAGA
77 MANGAO, ARNOLDUS MARZONIA – MARABI, JUDITH ANN CUEVA
78 MARABUT, GIANNA MARIE LINCHANGCO – MARQUEZ, SAMANTHA ANGELES
79 MARQUEZ, SAMANTHA LORAINE ERANA – MATULA, IGNATIUS MATTHEW CUBAL
80 MATULAC, JULIE ANN ZERRUDO – MENDOZA, AARON JAMES FIGUEROA
81 MENDOZA, ABBYGAIL GARCIA – MERCADO, MIGUEL EDUARDO MANIANGLUNG
82 MERCADO, MONIQUE ELOISE TEVES – MOLAS, ROMULO MARTIN III SANCHEZ
83 MOLASE, EDA MARIE VILLANUEVA – MONTOYA, PATRICIA MINELA LUSONG
84 MONTUD, SITTIE NIZHRAN ALLYSSA DORO – MUNOZ, RICARDO JR RANO
85 MUNSAYAC, MICHELLE GONZALES – NAS, JOHN SYLVESTER BRUSOLA
86 NASAYAO, MARIA TRICIA BERTIZ – NICDAO, TRISHA JEM JOVELLANOS
87 NICOLAS, AHRJAE JOY PRINCESS SULFELIX – OBERES, RAYMUND JUN TORDA
88 OBIAL, DENNIE ROSE SAPONG – OLAZO, STEPHEN ANDY MONTEAGUDO
89 OLEGARIO, NEIL KARLO ZAFRA – OQUENDO, NOEL AGUILAR
90 ORA, VICELLE JOY ABARENTOS – OZARAGA, MARIA KATRINA CHUA
91 OZON, MAY FREDELYN MIOLE – PAGADUAN, JUSTIN CORDOBA
92 PAGADUAN, KAREN TAM – PALMES, CHARLENE MANDARICIO
93 PALMES, GILGEN PARRENAS – PARAGAS, ROSE ANN MARIE NATE
94 PARAISO, JAYVEE MAGBANLAC – PATRON, JENNIFER ESTOLLOSO
95 PATRON, ROED DERIS – PERALTA, MARGARETTE KAYE BOLARES
96 PERALTA, MARIANI ANGEL LOMUGDANG – PIEDAD, MARICAR ROLUNA
97 PIELAGO, PATRICIA ANN ANDAL – PON-AN, CHARLENE JOYCE FRANCO
98 PONCE, ALBERT ALLAN YAN – PUNZALAN, MARI JANAE PAULA ALIBADBAD
99 PUNZALAN, MARIANNE CABALLERO – RABANOS, CARYL ANN ALCAZAREN
100 RABAYA, LUWIN JOSEPH ABADIANO – RAMOS, JOSE IMANUEL CRUZ
101 RAMOS, JOYCE ANNE LORIA – RECOPUERTO, HARMON SARDINA
102 RECOTE, JHOANNA REY CLEMENTE – REVEREZA, JEREMIAH JOSEPH LEGARDA
103 REVILLA, BRIAN JOSHUA MAPACPAC – REYNALDO, ERWIN ROMMEL TAYO
104 REYNALDO, SHAMAH REGIMEN – RODENAS, PAUL EMMANUEL REY
105 RODEO, ALMAIZA MARIE FRANCISCO – ROSALES, LLOYD BEIEL ATIENZA
106 ROSALES, MIKHAILA KLAUDINE AN – SABINO, ELHAINE MAE LOLONG
107 SABIO, EARL BRYAN PALMA – SALLY, ELENA GRACE LOCSIN
108 SALMANI, KATRINA JAYASHREE GUTIERREZ – SAN PEDRO, MARCUS JUDE PLEYTO
109 SAN PEDRO, PRESCILLA DIORGIA GUINTO – SANTOS, CHRISTIAN PAOLO MICO
110 SANTOS, CHYNNA SOPHIA ALONZO – SARMIENTO, SHAINE MARIE TANG
111 SARNE, MARAH DANICA CALONIA – SERDAN, SHARA KAYE ORONOS
112 SERDENO, HANNAH CHERYL LANIOG – SILVA, JOSE MIGUEL GERONIMO
113 SILVA, NIGEL ANDAG – SOLIS, ABBY GAIL TIROL
114 SOLIS, ARIANE CLAIRE BULADACO – SUA, FRANCIS DANIELLE MELECIO
115 SUACILLO, CARINE IRIES MARTERIO – SUYU, MA ANGELIE AGGABAO
116 SUYU, MA MESAELA BALLESTEROS – TAGALOG, KIMBERLY EVE SENARLO
117 TAGAMI, MARK IAN CALAPARAN – TAN, FRANCIS MICHAEL PADILLA
118 TAN, GABRIEL CANTARA – TARONGOY, JOHN KENNETH SILAWAN
119 TARONGOY, SARENA PALISBO – TIGLAO, JOSE ENRICO GONZALES
120 TIGLAO, LAURENCE MITCHELLE LANDICHO – TOLENTINO, ZANDY DE LEON
121 TOLENTINO, ZEIN EIRYN SINSUAT – TRINIDAD, IVAN RAYSON ESPIDOL
122 TRINIDAD, JANICA IRIS CACAL – UBAY, NIKKI JAMISON
123 UCAB, HAZEL GRACE RIGONAN – VAFLOR, DAN DEXTER LIBUNAO
124 VALARAO, REENA AMIRAH CONCEPCION – VARON, MARY FELENE DIVA
125 VARONA, CHARITY ANASTACIO – VICENTE, LYNETH PANGANIBAN
126 VICENTE, NERRISA SEPAYA – VILLANUEVA, JESSA MAE ASAYAS
127 VILLANUEVA, JOANNA NICOLE TENORIO – VIRATA, ANGELIQUE JOY NAPAO
128 VIRAY, BRYCE CORNELIUS YVANN DE LEON – YAP, HENRY OLIVER EVANGELISTA
129 YAP, JAYME MARIES GO – ZAMORA, KATE VALERIE ANNE SALDUA
130 ZAMORA, MARIEL ROIE DE LEON – ZURBITO, ROSANNE ANGEL ALMARIO

Fall In Love With An Activist October 1, 2011

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by Ana Catalina Paje

Fall in love with an activist because…

You could have the worst hair day of your life, he wouldn’t care…with his way of life, he’s had worse.

You won’t need to take her to a fancy restaurant, fine dining was never her thing…she would rather eat with her hands in the company of farmers.

You could shout at him all you want, he would just smile…he does it everyday..to assert for your rights.

She doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor. After all, she does understand class struggle.

You can be frank about him, in fact, he would like that very much.
Criticism and self-criticism are second nature to him. He always wants to improve himself.

She isn’t afraid to make the first move. Don’t worry she’s no bimbo.
It’s just that she believes in the equality of sexes. And she’s knows that women hold half the sky.

When you have a fight, it’s never all your fault. He knows that partly, he was to blame. Because he is a dialectical materialist.

She’s never boring. As long as social injustice and inequality exists, you won’t run out of things to talk about.

She’s very good at sharing her life with someone. Maybe it has something to do with their practice of collective living.

Being articulate is a skill he has come to master. And he will have no trouble telling you how much he loves you.

P.S. There’s a catch. You should know that you’re not the only person who owns his heart. You share it with the poor, the sick, the hungry, and the opressed.

P.P.S. By the time you fall for an activist, give it a week or so, you’ll be an activist yourself. Because if you love and understand her, you would know it’s the right thing to do.

*repost from Facebook

ROOKIE PLANKER July 23, 2011

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Living Independently June 27, 2011

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Living away from home is a recurring idea that comes and goes in my mind since I decided to study in Los Baños almost a decade ago. Now it’s timely since we just moved in to our new apartment, relatively near to my workplace. The catch, however, is that I’m with Ive, of course. Well, speaking of living in together among couple, mostly students in this nature setting is a common occurrence. Not to mention the mostly co-ed arrangement in dormitories and apartments alike. This is also apparent among organizations (org houses). But this is done on assumption of regularity and wholesomeness.

This same setup reminds me of how my parents were surprised upon learning during a visit to our apartment that I am sharing the unit with my org mates (brods/sisses) before I graduated. Proactively though, by the time they arrived there, we were able to keep the bottles of alcohol and ashtrays off their sight.

Indeed, college living, hundred, if not thousand kilometers away from home, is once in a lifetime experience. Many students can share a wide range of formidable and unforgettable stories, some even become legends. For the well-off students, a fully furnished dormitory or apartment (the likes of Westbrook, St Therese, 5th of September, Del Ray, etc) is the ideal choice. But for struggling students, the modest dorms inside the campus (Men’s, Women’s, New, Vet and Forestry dorms) and the makeshift bed spaces (along Grove) are a better and affordable choices (actually you got no choice).

This is the reality away from home where no one could prevent or stop you from your indulgences, except maybe for lack of money and when neighbors alert the barangay due to excessive noise, either because of music or indiscriminate laughter.
When it comes to food, mostly I guess everyone has a piece to share on skipping meals or crashing on a friend’s house to partake of any food there is to survive the day while waiting for your allowance. Good thing for me, I was then staying in Ellen’s which allows me to add on my meals to my rent.

Nevertheless, I still had experienced skipping many meals and settling on the infamous pancit canton and bread diet for a week. We also have the toppings n’ soup and proven n’ rice meals or avail of the orientation-hoppings or open tambayan roundups. You just have to endure the long lines or the look in other’s eyes if you’re sensitive.

Well that was yesterday. Now that I am already working, and relies mainly on my minimal earnings from work, I can well avail of other things I don’t get used to avail, especially food or gadgets. But the challenge is to strike a balance in every aspect of my finances (read: budgeting). Unlike the budgeting in college, I am now on my own. I can’t afford anymore to just ask my parents or siblings that I needed this and that. In fact, by choice that, if possible, I tried to lend a little to them. Plus, as mother would always remind me, save on for the future.

So when Ive graduated last semester, we decided that it’s wise and economical to stay together and share on expenses. We got a two-bedroom modest apartment at a reasonable rate. Since it’s within a village and inside a compound, we find it relatively safe and quiet. And since its bigger than my previous houses the past 8 years, we’re opening it for transient friends and meetings of our orgs.

Indeed, the advantage of studying or working away from home enables you to stand on your own. You can opt to do what you want, but marrying independence with responsibility is another case.

Inquirer’s Youngblood: BIG DREAMER June 24, 2011

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Last night I finally had the guts to re-open “Bobby.” You might think I am crazy, but yes that is the name I gave to my scrap book. I guess those dried santan flowers which were once red, those fastfood receipts, those Juicy Fruit wrappers, and those old letters from a friend now resting in between the pages of Bobby prove that I am one sentimental junkie. So I turned the pages and saw my past unfold before my eyes. And it was on the the final page that I felt the deepest sadness, bitterness and regret. That page contains two envelopes: one from the registrar of the University of the Philippines Manila, the other from the office of Sen. Mar Roxas.

For the record, I was one high school student who excelled in academics. Not a nerd, but not cool either – just one big dreamer. And two years ago, my big dream brought me to the UPCAT testing center in Ilocos Sur, as one among more than 60,000 graduating high school students who aspired to study at the University of the Philippines.
Months passed, and then I received my letter from the registrar of UP-Manila. I had made it, the only one from our school that did. I was ecstatic. But only for a moment. Once I finished reading the letter, I immediately realized that studying in UP was next to impossible. Being an Iskolar ng Bayan can be costly.

My life story would make a good material for “Maalaala Mo Kaya.” I was an only child. I remember being showered with all the earthly pleasures a child could imagine: school bags with wheels, toys that came with kid’s meals, etc. But then that chapter of my life ended abruptly when my father, who was working abroad, had to come home after being diagnosed with throat cancer. He died when I was 10. My mom and I were left alone. We were broke.

I remember how my mother struggled to support my education. In first year in high school, I had just one uniform. When I went home from school, my mother would immediately wash my uniform and hang it without squeezing so that there would be no creases when it became dry in the morning. We had no choice: we didn’t have a flat iron or electricity at home.

More depressing things happened during my first two years in high school. I didn’t receive my PE uniform on time since we hadn’t paid for it yet. I photocopied pages from my classmate’s workbook in Values Education because I didn’t have P120 to buy the book. Once I got home dripping wet because I had to walk under the rain from school to where I could get a tricycle going to our barrio since I just had enough money for the trip home.

In my third year of high school, I took the big leap of living with my aunt. My mom had found a new partner and had given birth to my only sibling. At first I was against their relationship, but I eventually realized that there was an emptiness in my mother’s heart that I could not fill. Maybe it was pride which made me move out of our house, but it was clear to me that they had their lives to live, and I had mine.

During my free days, I would help with the chores as my aunt ran their business. In return, she sent me to school.
But even before I graduated, my aunt told me frankly that they could not afford to send me to college – not even if I were to become an Iskolar ng Bayan. They had children of their own to feed and send to school. I was grateful for every support they had given me.

So why didn’t I apply for a scholarship or enrol under a “no income” status? But studying in UP does not merely involve getting free tuition. How would I cover my other expenses? I had to eat. I had to have a place to sleep. I had to do projects. Where would I get the money for all these?

I was desperate. I wanted to go to UP that I even considered selling my soul if somebody would buy it.
I thought of a way to get there. I wrote a letter to the office of Sen. Loren Legarda, asking for help. I received no reply. That was strike one.

I drafted another letter and sent it to the office of Sen. Mar Roxas who was then running for vice president. One month later, I received a response from his chief of staff saying they couldn’t give me a scholarship since the Department of Budget and Management had not released the senator’s Priority Development Assistance Fund. That was strike two. And I stopped there, afraid that I wouldn’t know how to handle strike three.

So that was how my dream of being an Iskolar ng Bayan ended. I looked for a scholarship in our province, and luckily I found one. Now, I am on my way to becoming a high school teacher.

I had never, not even in my wildest dreams, pictured myself as a teacher, but I had no choice. The scholarship was for an Education course. It was a choice between taking Education or not getting a higher education at all.

So now, I don’t dream big anymore. They say one should always dream big since dreaming is free anyway. But the bigger the dream, the greater the disappointment when it does not come true. Too bad that I had to be rejected first before I realized this.

I salute John Gabriel Pelias for topping this year’s batch of UP graduates. Breaking the post-war academic record despite coming from a poor family was truly amazing. But let me correct his claim that lack of money is never a hindrance once someone gets the chance to become an Iskolar ng Bayan. As my case proves, it is.

Lyndon John S. de Leon, 18, is a 2nd year Bachelor in Secondary Education student at the Divine Word College of Vigan.

Reference: http://opinion.inquirer.net/6787/big-dreamer

Taking Her UP Education to Heart: Story of a true blue Iskolar ng Bayan May 17, 2011

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“Somebody has to stay here and man the fort to make sure people are healthy. Give up the dollars, the prestige. Maybe that’s how UP molded me. UP has given us so much and the country expects so much from us in return. It’s really about being an iskolar ng bayan. Some people have forgotten that. That’s the UP spirit: not just brains, but also a big heart and the hand to serve”

This is a very inspiring story of reflections and insights from a true blue Iskolar ng Bayan which is worth emulating; hence, this repost.


By Tarra Quismundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
05/15/2011

ALTHOUGH Gert Gwendale Baron graduated with a record-breaking final grade at the University of the Philippines in 1982, she practically forgot about the accomplishment after receiving her diploma and delivering the valedictory speech.

For the unassuming eye doctor, grades, with the tedious decimal points that may make or break records, are not really the measure of a person.

What matters, she says, is the heart for service and love of country that one shows in and out of school—qualities that UP teaches every graduate.

“The GWA (general weighted average) is just a measure of being a good student. But does that make you a good person? Does that make you a productive member of society?” said Baron, who is married to Rene Reinoso, Inquirer’s senior vice president for sales and marketing.

“It’s all about living the life of a student even if you’re already old—being an eternal student and an eternal teacher. At the UP College of Medicine, we’re trained to always learn one, like a procedure, do one and teach one. So in life, it’s the same way,” Baron said.

She once held UP Diliman’s record for the highest post-war undergraduate GWA, with an average of 1.03, when she finished Bachelor of Science in Zoology, her pre-medicine course. The record was bested only this year by John Gabriel Pelias, who received a degree in mathematics with a GWA of 1.016.

Baron, who topped the 1978 UP entrance examinations, got a grade of 1.25 in only two subjects, the second highest grade in the university, throughout her college life—in freshman communications and one laboratory subject. The rest were perfect “uno.”

She then graduated cum laude from the UP College of Medicine, then finished her biochemistry doctorate with magna cum laude honors at the University of Michigan in the United States, where she studied on a scholarship.

Looking back, the glaucoma specialist said she almost felt a tinge of guilt delivering the valedictory speech in 1982. She felt a summa cum laude graduate of electrical engineering, a course she felt was tougher than hers, should have had the honor.

“There were seven summas in our class but I had the highest GWA so I was made commencement speaker. But there was this guy who was summa in electrical engineering … There were so many summas in engineering, and I think engineering is the toughest college in the whole UP system,” Baron said.

Believing scores in social science courses should not be compared to grades in the natural and physical sciences, Baron said, “That’s why I don’t like talking about GWAs. It’s not fair to (focus so much on) points.”

She was so modest about her grade that husband Rene and their children Eric John and Regina Teresa did not know about her accomplishment until the papers reported Pelia’s GWA and published the names of previous record holders.

“I kind of just forgot it because real life is different. When I went to the US, they didn’t know (about my grade). I didn’t want them to think I was bragging. That’s why my husband didn’t know that and my kids only knew about it recently,” Baron said.

True UP baby
Baron’s connection to UP started at birth. Both her parents are from UP. Her lawyer father Miguel was a university scholar while her mother, Gertrudis, a pharmaceutical chemist, finished her masters in pharmacy at UP.

Her brother John graduated valedictorian from the UP College of Medicine.

“My parents met in UP. They were married in UP. I learned how to walk in UP, I was baptized in UP. I learned to walk in the oval and learned how to run at Sunken Garden. It was all about UP for me,” Baron recalled life in the UP Diliman campus.

After finishing high school at St. Theresa’s College in Quezon City, she took the UP entrance examinations and was so confident she would pass the right-minus-wrong tests she did not even consider any other university.

“Everybody in my family is from UP. I even demanded that both my children go to UP. Even my husband is from UP (School of Economics). It was UP or nothing,” said Baron.

Almost 30 years since she made UP history, the 50-year-old Baron is now making her own little personal history in a small clinic at the Las Piñas Doctor’s Hospital in Las Piñas City, Metro Manila.
She left a lucrative practice in an upscale hospital to serve those most in need.

Serving the C-D-E market might have halved her income but Baron said the decision greatly multiplied the “psychic reward.”

“I’m serving a sector of society that is not served by big medical centers. And it’s pure service, which I got from UP,” she said.

“My patients are mostly old. One patient told me, ‘Doktora, when we get to heaven, we will all welcome you.’ It makes me happy knowing that all my patients die with clear vision,” Baron said, chuckling.

She considers every patient appointment a new opportunity to teach about general eye health and the still incurable glaucoma. She chose this field of specialization because of her family’s medical history. She herself is also afflicted with the disease, the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the country.

The eye doctor’s fees depend on how much a patient can afford.

“If he (really has no money), then I give the check-up for free and I give medicine samples,” Baron said.

Relatives and doctor-friends in the US have been nagging her to move there and work. But the iskolar ng bayan has chosen to stay.

“Somebody has to stay here and man the fort to make sure people are healthy. Give up the dollars, the prestige. Maybe that’s how UP molded me,” Baron said.

“UP has given us so much and the country expects so much from us in return. It’s really about being an iskolar ng bayan. Some people have forgotten that. That’s the UP spirit: not just brains, but also a big heart and the hand to serve,” she said.

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I was moved to write on this post after seeing this the huge turnout in the latest University-wide walkout for Education at UP Baguio, leading to P-Noy’s SONA. When I say huge, around 1500 of the 2,000 students of UPB went out of their classes in protest of the prevailing 300% tuition fee and other fee increase (TOFI) in the UP System, the consistent budget cut for UP and the Education sector as a whole and the incessant commercialization scheme in state colleges and universities. A simultaneous protest was also held by UP Los Baños students in Congress through a State of the Youth Address, but this was faced by violence and intimidation by PNP elements.

Personally, this is the first time in recent years that I saw such a significant turnout in terms of warm bodies attending a broad protest calling for a variety of issues surrounding the education sector. And it agitated and pushed me more to continue in our task of educating the students in the university to progressively take on the challenge of every UP student to serve the people by fighting for our democratic rights and welfare for a quality and accessible education.