Saturday, December 27, 2008

List of Holiday Thoughts

December is my favourite month of the year. The reasons are quite obvious. It’s my birthday month and it features a series of many fun events: Christmas and other Christmas-related events, Christmas vacation, get-togethers with friends, New Year’s Eve and other year-end endeavours. All the best and warmest moments and occasions are unusually crammed up in this month that a ‘cold December’ is obviously not preferred, haha.


Aside from all the merry euphoria that Christmas brings with the month, one particular thing about December that I love is that it’s the perfect time for introspection. Well, it’s pretty much default because after all, December is actually the last month of the year. It’s not like you summarize your year in the middle part, hehe.

So for this month’s column, here’s a list of my Holiday thoughts. It’s just a mishmash of what has happened in the month so far and what new things I have realized the past year. So here it goes!

Happy Birthday to moi! Like what I mentioned from my own blog post in my own blog, my birthday itself was pretty ordinary, as it fell on a Sunday. It wasn’t entirely uneventful though. A couple of high school friends surprised me in the evening with a cake. I wasn’t really all sad that I am getting ‘old’ when I turned 24. You know what my major realization was? It’s that given my 24 years of life so far, I have spent a third of it (8 years) in UP and Aguman. Indeed, our organization has been a definitive part of my life.

Happy 35th Anniversary, AguPIPS! And speaking of UP Aguman, we (Records) won again in the Mutya. Woot! Hehe! Funny how the other committees were just resigned to competing for 2nd Place. Haha! Joke. Looking at the all the produced costumes, talent performances and the witty antics from all 6 contestants, I think that overall, this year’s contest was bigger and better. I just have one suggestion for next year though: alternate “Mutya” with “Lakan”, so that the novelty of the concept will not easily fizzle out. Or else, it will just turn into some sort of unofficial right of passage for new male members. Anyway, cheers to more successful and mighty years for UP Aguman! Not for ourselves alone.

It's party time! I’ve attended two holiday get-togethers so far and there’s another that’s coming up. Both parties I’ve been to were exhausting, literally and figuratively, haha. Only with smart friends would you expect drinking parties that celebrate the gift of knowledge and sharp memory, not to mention affinity for all things that are popularly jologs or baduy, haha!



This year, I prepared the dessert instead of the main pasta course for our family's Noche
Buena. It's a two-tier Strawberry Cheesecake (pictured left), a better version of the one I
served during the 34G Christmas Break Party after the Lantern Parade (pictured right).
How I managed to 20+ people inside our humble KNL apartmen is beyond me, haha!

It's the warm and fuzzy time of the year.
There are a few things that weren’t as special as last year. I wasn’t able to finish decorating the house – in fact it’s barely decorated at all, haha. I never attended a single Simbang Gabi. But for the most part, it was still a merry Christmas. My parents’ passports were cleared just in time to make their flight back home. Our refrigerator and cabinets are roomfuls of different goodies! Haha! – which took its toll on my pants and shorts. I am seriously considering induced vomiting, haha!

Christmas Day itself was a letdown. We went home to our grandparents’ house at Sta Rita and Porac, and the atmosphere wasn’t festive at all. It wasn’t even about the food or different pastries that our relatives cook for Christmas. Most of my cousins, aunts and uncles weren’t around. When I was younger, the good ol’Dizon manor was always ‘filled up to the rafters’ during Christmas. There weren’t any bare corners in the house because all the kids would be running around and the older cousins would hang out and catch up on each other’s lives. But for the past few years, going home to my grandparents was becoming less and less of a tradition for most of our relatives. Of course, sooner and later in our lives, we would be having our own lives and that the time will come when our own house will be the grandparents’ house that we and our respective children will go home to for the holidays. But I just feel that it’s happening too soon.

It's time to look back at the year that was. I am probably gonna start writing down my year-end reflection around the 31st or the 30th. But for the purpose of this column post, I am gonna do some initial rumination.

The past year has been pretty much like the previous years: still shaky. Annual life-low-points seem to be becoming the story of my life, haha. But the wonderful thing about major downs in one’s life is that it is always followed by major ups. You just have to hang on and ride the storm out – even if you think you’re too weak to do so. If there’s one sure thing I’ve learned from my own personal tragedies is that I am stronger than what I think I am.

I will end the year with not much life status changes. I am just worth an additional year of valuable experience. Some old lessons just need to be learned over and over again. Haha!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

UP Aguman holds the "Pautakan: The Last Mind Standing"

December 20, 2008 – More than 50 high school Kapampangan students trooped to Wow Hilaga (formerly Paskuhan Village) for the chance to win the medals and prizes and be declared the “Last Mind Standing” for the special edition of the Pautakan. “Pautakan: The Last Mind Standing” is an individual completion version of the annual UP Aguman academic competition that is the Pautakan. It is jointly presented by the resident members and the UP Aguman Alumni Association, in celebration of the organization’s 35th anniversary.

The 35-questions Elimination Round commenced right after the Opening Ceremonies. The Top 8 scorers in this round qualified for the Quarterfinals. They are the following:

Madison Dominguez, 4th Year, Mabalacat (Don Bosco Academy), 225pts
Jose Daniel Torres, 3rd Year, Angeles City (ACHS - Special Science Class), 220pts
Adrian Neil Pineda, 4th Year, City of San Fernando (Holy Angel University), 210pts
Joe Carmel Lopez, 4th Year, Mexico (Pampanga High School), 190pts
Fred Gerald Macapinlac, 4th Year, City of San Fernando (Pampanga High School), 185pts
Renato Galvan Jr, 4th Year, Angeles City (Holy Family Academy), 180pts*
Aimar Joy Dimal, 3rd Year, Angeles City (
ACHS - Special Science Class), 180pts
Cathrene Lugtu, 4th Year, Mexico (Pampanga High School), 165pts
*The tie was broken during the Clincher Round


LEFT: The AguPips take a group picture after the successful event
RIGHT: The 50+ contestants squeezed their brains to answer the 35 questions during the Eliminations


The rank during the Eliminations determined the pairings for the Quarterfinal Encounters. The final results are shown in the table below.



Here’s the final list of winners and their prizes:
CHAMPION – The Last Mind Standing, P5,000 and UP Aguman medal
Renato Galvan Jr, 4th Year, Angeles City
2nd Place, P3,000 and UP Aguman medal: Madison Dominguez, 4th Year, Mabalacat
3rd Place, P1,500 and UP Aguman medal: Jose Daniel Torres, 3rd Year, Angeles City
4th Place, P500 and UP Aguman medal: Joe Carmel Lopez, 4th Year, Mexico
Quarterfinalists (P300 + certificates):
Adrian Neil Pineda, 4th Year, City of San Fernando
Fred Gerald Macapinlac, 4th Year, City of San Fernando
Aimar Joy Dimal, 3rd Year, Angeles City
Cathrene Lugtu, 4th Year, Mexico


LEFT: The Pautakan Last Mind Standing, Renato Galvan, Jr from Angeles City
RIGHT: The Top 8 contestants with their medals and prizes


A number of UP Aguman Alumni graced the event:
Rene De Guzman
Dexter Grajeda
Michael Peñalba
Leah Salta
Daphne Villanueva
April Parilla
Hazel Tobias

Saturday, December 13, 2008

RecordsComm wins Aguman Mutya 2008

December 12, 2008 – For the second time, AguPips gathered at a function room in the University Hotel dressed in formal wear for the culminating activity of the UP Aguman 35th Anniversary, the Mutya Ning Aguman 2008. “Wonders of the World” is this year’s theme with the six different committees assigned to six different continents.


Membership Committee – Ham Cabuso, Miss Africa
Externals Committee – Lawrence Manalo, Miss Oceania
Records & Publications Committee – Felipe Pablo IV, Miss Europe
Finance Committee – Bryan Quizon, Miss Asia
Educational Committee – Miguel Esguerra, Miss South America
Socio-Cultural Committee – Bencio David, Miss North America


LEFT: The five alumnae who graced and served as Mutya judges
RIGHT: The six 'continental beauties' during the Opening Number


The five alumnae members present served as judges for the said competition: former Aguman President Daphne-Dominique Villanueva (Kaputul 2004A), Leah Salta (Sampelut 2003A), Hazel Tobias (Kaputul 2004A), Portia Quindo (Kaputul 2004A) and the UP Aguman adviser, Michelle Fabros (Manyaman 2003B). The Externals Committee, led by Kath Gatchalian (Bucayo 2005B) and Loree Sicat (Kadaya 2005A), organized the reservations and served as the “Mutya Committee”.

There were three rounds of competition: talent, continental costume and the interview. The contestants were also judged on their overall poise and bearing. The members were also allowed to vote for their favorite contestant with each vote pegged at P1. The complete criteria for judging were: 20% each for Talent, Interview and Votes, 10% for Poise & Bearing and 30% for the Continental Costume. This year’s edition was considered by many as bigger than ever because of the more intricate and beautiful costumes, wittier interviews and more entertaining talent performances.

The Special Awards:
Miss Flawless Skin – Lawrence, Oceania
Face of the World (Miss Photogenic) – Migs, South America
World’s Choice (Most Number of Votes) – Ham, Africa, with 1157 votes
World’s Got Talent (Talent Competition winner) – Felipe, Europe, with a dance medley of Lady Marmalade and Single Ladies
World’s Top Model (Continental Costume winner) – Felipe, Europe

The Overall Winners:
Ambassadress of Love – Migs, South America
Ambassadress of Peace – Lawrence, Oceania
Ambassadress of Unity – Bencio, North America
3rd Wonder of the World – Bryan, Asia
2nd Wonder of the World – Ham, Africa
Mutya Ning Aguman 2008, Wonder of the World – Felipe, Europe


LEFT: The six contestants in their continental costumes
RIGHT: The AguPips pose for the Anniversary group pic


The win marks the second title won by the Records & Publications Committee. Last year in the first edition of this contest, Kevin Peñalba, then a RecordsComm member and now the organization’s Secretary, won the title.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

AguPips win in the UP CORE Quiz Show

December 9, 2008 - Trivia-savvy AguPips once again made the organization proud by winning the major prizes in the annual quiz show of UP Circle of Research Enthusiasts. Two teams with 3 members each joined the said quiz show dubbed "tELEVENsion: What's Top on TV". Team "Sikrams" was composed of Marco, Michael and Rex while Team "Bitrams" was composed of Abigail, Fergie and Ruby. Other AguPips were also present to support and cheer for the Aguman teams.

The questions in the said quiz show were about mostly popular foreign TV series in the past and in the present. A total of 13 teams registered for the event. After the 30 questions in the Elimination Round, Sikrams finished 1st and Bitrams was tied at 3rd with another team.

In the Final Round, 7 clips of popular TV series where screened and paused at specific moments. The competing teams were then asked on what will happen next. The featured shows were Project Runway, Desperate Housewives, Gossip Girl, Lost, Grey's Anatomy, Prison Break and Heroes. Sikrams correctly answered all questions except the one about Project Runway. Bitrams, on the other hand, failed to answer the questions about Project Runway and Lost. A team composed of UP Cineastes members had a perfect score and took home the 1st Prize of P3000 cash and Cerealicious Gift Certificates. Sikrams clinched 2nd Place and won P2000 and Bitrams won the 3rd Prize of P1000.

Interestingly, the AguPips has won the same quiz show by the UP CORE two years ago. The two Aguman teams placed 1st (Celine Dagdag, Gboi De Padua & Justin Dungca) and 2nd (Rex Dizon, Argel Casupanan and Renz Caliguia).

Last week, the UP Aguman delegation composed of Kevin, Trish and Aries placed 2nd out of 15 teams in the Foodstuffing contest of Upsilon Sigma Phi. Unfortunately, only the top winner was awarded with prizes.

UP Aguman co-presents a Language Forum

December 9, 2008 – In line with the celebration of it’s 35th founding anniversary, the UP Aguman accepted the invitation to co-present a language forum entitled Ing Kálam ning Amanung Sisuan: A Closer Look at Philippine Language Problems. The other organizations behind the forum are SALiGAN sa CSSP, UP Samahang Linggwistika and STAND-UP. It was held at 1pm at the Multi-Media Room of CSSP, PH 400.

There were three invited speakers for the said forum: Jason Paul Laxamana (from Kalalangan Kamaru), Prof. Ramon Guillermo (Department of Filipino) and Ricardo Ma. Nolasco, PhD (Department of Linguistics). While the forum focused on the Kapampangan language, the speakers also discussed the many issues and problems faced by the many languages in the Philippines in general. Studies on the languages used as mediums of instruction among Philippine schools and the corresponding effects were also presented. USC Councilor and UP Aguman member Rose Angelique Dizon also graced the event as the Student Reactor. Kontra Gapi performed an intermission number during the break.

Just like in Aguman’s 1st Semester ACLE regarding the Kapampangan language, the first Kapampanganovela Kálam was also screened for the audience to showcase the reinvigoration of the cultural and language awareness in Pampanga.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

UP Aguman 35th Anniversary Activities

December 9 (Tuesday)
Forum with Saligan sa CSSP, Stand-UP,
UP Salin and the UP Linguistics Department
"
Kálam Ning Amanung Sisuan"
Palma Hall Room 400, 1-4pm
UP Diliman


December 10-12
AguShirt Days

December 12 (Friday)
"Mutya Ning Aguman 2008"
University Hotel, UP Diliman

December 20 (Saturday)
Pautakan: The Last Mind Standing
Poinsettia Hall, Wow Hilaga
City of San Fernando, Pampanga

Thursday, December 4, 2008

UP Aguman officially welcomes 14 new members

December 3, 2008 - UP Aguman held the Induction Rites for the latest batch of applicants, Pinanari 2008A. The event officially marks the end of the application process that started in July 2008.


The Membership Committee, lead by VP for Internals and MemComm Head Acey Duarte, organized the major activities of the whole application process which include the Unity Night, Talents Night, Formal Interview, Final Rites and numerous mini-bonding activities that aim to forge the friendship and camaraderie not only for between the applicants but also with the members. The batch's Final Rites was held last November 23, 2008 at Bacolor, Pampanga.

The 14 official members of batch Pinanari 2008A are:
Hamuel Herald Cabuso
Ian Bencio David
Maria Carousel Diaz
Miguel Duval Esguerra
Ruby Ann Mamangun
Lawrence Ivan Manalo
Quill Quioc
Bryan Leonard Quizon
Jona Pamela Salvador
Katrin Raxiel Serrano
Abigail Sunga
Julyn Nyril Tiatco
Nicolle Timoteo
Erika Gayle Tuazon

The Membership Committee is now recruiting new applicants for the application process during the 2nd Semester.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Pautakan: The Last Mind Standing

UP Aguman and UP Aguman Alumni Association
In celebration of its 35th Anniversary
present

Poinsettia Hall, WOW Hilaga (formerly Paskuhan Village)
8am, December 20, 2008

The Prizes for the brightest students of Pampanga:
CHAMPION: UP Aguman medal + P5,000
2nd Place: UP Aguman medal + P3,000
3rd Place: UP Aguman medal + P1,500
4th Place: UP Aguman medal + P500
4 Quarterfinalists: P300
Plus Certificates of Recognition and Participation to all Contestants

"Pautakan: The Last Mind Standing" is this year's special edition of the annual UP Aguman project, the Pautakan. For its 35th year, the UP Aguman Alumni Association partnered with the residents for this special anniversary project. The Pautakan has always been about celebrating the Kapampangan youth's academic excellence and thirst for knowledge. This edition won't be any different. While the original Pautakan is all about team effort, this time we're only looking for that extraordinary individual. Contestants will battle against each other and when the dust has settled, only one person with "the brightest mind" will be left standing.

QUALIFICATIONS:

*Any bona fide student of any year level from any high school (public or private) in Pampanga can join.
*There will be NO REGISTRATION FEE.
*Contestants must present a valid high school ID as proof of eligibility.
*An official coach and/or recommendation from one's high school is NOT necessary.
*There is no requirement for attire.
*Participants and winners from the regular Pautakan held last October 25-27 at Don Bosco Academy Pampanga are are still eligible for the special edition of the Pautakan. After all, this individual competition is a whole new ballgame!
*Interested students are encouraged to pre-register to the following contact numbers:
FERGIE 09276565665
FERDINAND 09274321682

Email: up_aguman_tfk@yahoo.com
Regularly visit Aslag Online for any announcements.

CONTEST RULES AND REGULATIONS
*Participants must be bona fide high school students, and he shall represent himself only.
*A participant is required to be at the contest site fifteen (15) minutes before the contest proper. Should he be late for an Encounter or an Elimination Round, a leeway of fifteen (15) minutes will be given. If he still fails to arrive after the 15 minutes, he is automatically disqualified for that Encounter or Elimination Round. In an Encounter, the other participant will be declared the winner.
*The contest shall be composed of a Written Phase and an Oral Phase, the mechanics of which are as follows. The Written Phase will make use of answer sheets. No calculators, slide rules, and the like shall be allowed. The contestants are expected to bring their own pens and/or pencils. The Oral Phase utilizes a timer-buzzer device. The contestants shall be briefed on the mechanics of this before the contest proper starts.
*Questions will revolve around 8 subject categories: Mathematics, General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History and Current Events, Arts and Literature, and General Information and Trivia. Each question shall have its corresponding number of points and allotted time depending upon its degree of difficulty. *Complaints on a particular question shall be entertained by the Board of Judges only before the next question is asked. The complaint shall not be entertained thereafter. Only the participant may approach the Board of Judges to air the complaint.
*The complainants shall be the one to present their sources, if necessary. The UP Aguman will neither present nor divulge its sources as its questions and answers are valid. The decision of the Board of Judges is final and binding.
*Any form of coaching from the audience shall be penalized by nullifying the question.
*All rules and regulations shall be strictly followed and implemented.
*UP Aguman reserves the right to modify or alter the aforementioned rules as the need arises.

MECHANICS
Round 1: MASS ELIMINATIONS
In case more than 40 contestants register, a mass elimination round will ensue otherwise, the written eliminations will proceed. All contestants will answer a 65-item test that will equally cover all subject categories. The exam ill be a combination of problem solving, identification and multiple choice questions. The Top 25 scorers will proceed to Round 2 Eliminations. There will be no need for the tiebreakers as all contestants involved in any tie will qualify.

Round 2: WRITTEN ELIMINATIONS
All qualified contestants will compete in a 35-question Elimination Round. Round 1 scores will be discarded and al socres will be reset to zero. Questions will be divided into Easy, Average, and Difficult, with corresponding points of 10, 15, and 20, respectively. The quizmaster shall read each question twice and each contestant shall write their answer on the sheet provided for, within the allotted time, after which checking immediately follows. The Top 8 contestants will proceed to the Championship Encounters. In case of ties in the ranking, three (3) clincher questions will be asked to break the tie. If a tie still ensues, the knockout system will be applied.

THE CHAMPIONSHIP ENCOUNTERS
From this point onwards the Top 8 contestants will compete in one-on-one Encounters in a Single Elimination format. The Round 2 Elimination rankings will determine the pairings.
*Ten (10) questions will be asked in each Encounter. The length of the corresponding time limit for each question will depend on the question’s difficulty. A participant will be given only one (1) chance to answer. The first to buzz-in will be given five (5) seconds to declare their answer. During the 5-second allowance, the time limit countdown will be temporarily paused. If the first fails to answer correctly, countdown will resume and the other participant will be given the remaining duration of the time limit to buzz in and similarly, five (5) seconds to answer. No more steals will be allowed thereafter.
*A participant shall wait for his name to be acknowledged by the quizmasters after buzzing-in, before he gives an answer. If he fails to do so for the first time, it incurs its first warning. On the succeeding instances, however, he shall be disqualified from answering the question.
*The participant with the most number of points after ten (10) questions wins the Encounter and will move on to the next round. If a tie ensues, the knockout system will be employed. Knockout Questions will be asked and the first to answer correctly wins the encounter.
*The Final Encounter will have 16 questions instead of the usual 10 questions, and the one who will win the Finals will be declared the Last Mind Standing.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Traffic Light: A Journal Written During a Travel

By John Carl Gozun

It’s one hot and sweating afternoon, and I don’t know if this bus I am riding will get to the bus station on time. Maybe it won’t. I’m seeing the traffic light shifting color from yellow to green in a short period of time…30 seconds? I don’t know exactly. With that time interval, my bus only moved two meters.

Wearing sunglasses and drinking a can of mouth-watering cold Royal soft drink,
I felt many emotions that may be considered cars almost bumping to each other just to head on to their destinations. This traffic may be caused by the malfunctioning semaphore. From yesterday until the negative infinity, I thought I was stronger than these emotions. I thought I was able to fix the traffic light so easily. However, with the many incidents that came up just last night, I now think otherwise.

I pity myself so much. I am a spoiled brat. I am a pain in the neck. I am the worst person to be anyone’s friend. I can’t even manage my emotions. These might have been caused by many people who criticize what I do, and those criticisms make my mind turn around. It doesn’t know what to do next.

In the morning, I thought of pampalubag loob. I was just joking myself that my heart just grew bigger, and that more room to grow up was created; my emo cells would say, “Go go go!”

Let’s make this text vaguer by adding “11 lines I’d like to tell 11 people.” This list is a mix of happy and sad lines.

1. I don’t know if I know you personally. I have been there to witness your every moment of joy. I have been at your side you break the silence and tease every friend we see. I quit you.
2. We’re better off this way. At least I don’t ask you many questions anymore. Join number 1.
3. Yup, it’s okay. You’ve been at my side for a long time, and I’m happy for that. Next time, I’ll give you something you can keep. PS: Don’t be on a diet, haha! Happy Birthday!
4. Sorry if I didn’t give you a chocolate last time in “Chocolate You.” Kahit Chocnut lang hehe. Seriously, I’m happy for our bond now – pointing at Bulaon Wheeler Team A and Team B. Remember, mas mahal sa Team B. Nyaha!
5. All I can tell you is himala. I dunno. You didn’t just searched for my mobile number, haha! Yung plate ko mamaya ha.

6. Please play “You belong to me” by Lifehouse. Please, please, please. I’m instituting a fan club here in your home country.
7. You’re an SA and a student. You should’ve known a student’s limitations when you shortened his time to do an ES1 plate. Ma’am was late, your lecture started at 9:30 am, the lab work started at 10:30 am, and you wanted us to submit the plate at 11:30? What the heck?! Nung dumating si ma’am, nag-agree naman siya sa’yo. Nakakagago, parang ang unannounced na ME 63 long exams.
8. I have a crush on you, pero iniiwasan mo’ko. Ayaw na kitang maging seatmate.
9. I like your blog entries. Can you give me some pieces of advice?
10. Ano va? ‘Di na kita nakikita? Ok ano? Hehehe! You always make me laugh ate.
11. You didn’t just block my video on YouTube! There is a lot of famous people who put licensed songs in their videos, but why me? Why me? I hate your management!

The next thing I know now is that I got home and ate sinigang. I’m quite smiling now, thank goodness. Writing might be my way of healing. I now believe in the power of the pen (I mean keyboard).

I don’t want revise this text. Neither do I want to erase what I have written above even if the feelings are starting to fade away. At least by the few next years, I will have seen my old self struggling until the end of the line, believing that there will always be a room to grow, knowing who the true and not-so-true friends are, and learning from his stupid mistakes.

It’s now 5 in the afternoon, and the dusk is coming. Tomorrow and forever, I will be a smarter, a more intelligent, and a rich guy; I will be able to fix the traffic light.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fragmented

By Mike Gulapa

I was quite sure it was being instructed in English. I recognized the words and the sounds but I really didn't understand them once they are lumped together. I knew those were 'sentences' he was mouthing and those were 'numbers' he was writing. But everything didn't seem to make sense to me at all. By the way, it's the Physics lessons in my Nat Sci 1 class I'm talking about.

It all started a month ago when I decided to enlist in this Physics/Chemistry class. Of course, I knew what it was all about, or at least I thought I knew. Nevertheless, I was really sure that I would be taking this course no matter what.

Then it happened. After the first batch processing of classes, I already got enlisted! However, neither was I happy nor sad. I guess I felt just a slight stream of anxiety. So to neutralize the angst, I thought of it as luck and considered it a rare opportunity to be in this supposedly hard-to-get-into class. It was comforting though until the day I knew that slots were like donuts in a donut store, still widely offered and available.

The door leading to Physics and Chemistry was then opened widely right before my eyes. (his paragraph was supposed to be about the days I secluded myself into thinking whether I would shut the door or step right into it. But I thought it's going to be useless since apparently I did step right into it. So, moving on...

So I took the challenge and plunged myself into something I was uncertain of. I verified. I enrolled. I braced myself for the arduous semester to come. The day came where I could taste the pudding of my decision. It was tasty at first: an air conditioned room, an LCD projector, a white board. It was a very conducive niche for learning. Also with me in the class were familiar faces from our department and an orgmate of mine actually, so I felt that I was not at all alone and the pudding was nothing more than sweet. But the bitter ingredient of it started to take over my tongue as the professor, who actually is a super physicist of the physics world, started to talk physics to a non-physics major. A philosophy major at that!

I was quite sure it was being instructed in English. I recognized the words and the sounds but I really didn't understand them once they are lumped together. I knew those were 'sentences' he was mouthing and those were 'numbers' he was writing. But everything didn't seem to make sense to me at all. Things seemed utterly pointless. After an hour of lecture, I ended up looking at him like a dead fish, blank and naive. I tried to dig deep inside my brain for the remnants of my high school physics but I didn't find even the smallest rudiments of it. "Ooh I'm doomed", I whispered to myself because the lessons were far from what I expected them to be -- just an introductory physics or some sort of physics appreciation for everyday living. Haha!

Nevertheless, I took pleasure in copying the Physics wingdings on the board and drawing the inclined planes with pulleys, strings and boxes. I've longed for these actually. It was the subject I was deprived of for 2 years and the subject I used to be good at. This was one reason why I enlisted for this class. I wanted a break from philosophy and the papers writing and reading life entailed with it. I wanted to solve numbers for a change, because I've been dealing with arguments for quite some time already. I wanted to apply logic in the quantitative realm. I wanted to write numbers, integers, square roots, signs and summations. But it came with a price though: long examinations!

The battle plan is, to enjoy writing the wingdings and savor the break from philosophy and let my engineering friends, housemates, and orgmates decipher it for me. Because there must be an underlying meaning and principle to those and I'm not just in the right place to decode it as of the moment. I even forgot what theta actually means for crying out loud!

Another reason why I partook in this class was because I've had my experiences of electives that were so easy and uno-able but I didn't learn anything from them at all. I actually had a grade of 2.25 on one of those, and it was depressing because not only did I not learn anything from it but also I was given a grade I didn't deserve. So I felt it is better to get something out of a course than to get nothing at all. Easy is not always excellent and education ought to be taken for its purpose. Grades should be of secondary concern. This was what I had in mind when I clicked the 'enlist' button. To be out of the parameters of what I already know and extend my intellectual horizon. Besides, this I think is the function of general electives, to produce students with holistic knowledge so they would not end up fragmented. And even if I don't understand it now, I know I soon will, and I'm glad I decided to want to. And it's just nice to challenge yourself with something once in a while, because as you deal with the tough everyday, you simply become tougher than yesterday.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Announcement: Pinanari 2008A Final Rites

WHEN: Sunday, NOVEMBER 23, 2008
MEETING PLACE: McDonald's Dolores Intersection (Old)
DEPARTURE TIME: 8am. So be there before 8am.
WHERE: Bacolor, Pampanga

Dress appropriately, guys, hehe!
For more details or any questions, kindly text:
ACEY
0917 403 4618

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ne, Wakaru Deshou?

By Neicy Nicdao
Kumo go kireta saki wo

Mitara kitto
Ne, wakaru deshou?


The point where the clouds break -
I’m sure you see it
And you understand, right?

-Michi to You All, aluto

**********
Jerome,

The truth is, I don’t know what to say. Heck, I don’t even know why I’m writing this in the first place. Maybe it’s nostalgia kicking in. I did my virtual folder maintenance a few weeks ago, and I dug up some long-forgotten pictures from times past.






The images’ details state that these were taken around August 2007, but I find that almost hard to believe. Was it really just last year? I feel like it’s been decades since the last time I saw you. Save for a few members, I suppose the Agu-family would agree with me. Let’s just say that for a long time now, you have been the embodiment of the word ‘apparisyon’.

No, not that I’m blaming you or anything. At some point in our lives the rest of us also laid low, including me. We all had our excuses – acads, personal stuff, other friends – and while I know that it’s not becoming of a member, I believe that as long as it’s sincere, it’s worthy of being forgiven. It’s just that… you’ve been gone for so long. As part of Baskal, I miss you and I wish you could give even just a few minutes to drop by and see us, like how Don and Jann do. Nonetheless, as part of Baskal I also try my damnedest to understand you. We’re a batch and we must stand up for each other.

I’m not going to lie. I’ve heard some mems express their disappointment about you not being here, especially because of the fact that you’re a freakin’ batch head. A few of those comments were even said in front of me. (Please note what I said, however. They expressed their disappointment, they didn’t condemn you.)

For a long time, I tried to defend you whenever I heard comments of those likes. I told them that maybe you needed more time for acads, or that you had other more pressing matters to attend to. And mind you, I didn’t do that out of obligation, just because you’re my batch mate. I did that because I wanted to, because I couldn’t stand it whenever it appeared that you’re nothing but a failure. You may have failed as a member, but I will never forget how you kept us together during the most crucial and difficult time of our Agu-life – the application.

I remember how we would ask you who the newly arrived member is, and how you would tell us things about him or her. How you taught us the Sige Ikembot dance back at Jill’s house. I remember how you sent us a message days before talents’ night that your Ate was dying, that you may not be able to attend practices, but you were determined to go through the Talents’ Night with us. And how you gathered us minutes before that grueling event and told us that we could do it and we would.

I remember how we gave you a cake for your birthday and how I ruined it before you arrived so I had to pretend that I tripped when I gave it to you. How we gave you the shirt that said B*TCH HEAD. How we went to the movies and ate KFC after. I remember how happy we were.

Do you remember how you would try to defend us during gen meets or how after that you would assure us that the mems knew what they were doing and we were going to be fine? How you sat with us at Kalai’s front stairs after we ate together at LB? Or how we fought tooth and nail during the Mem’s Quiz? (that I won, you bitter loser. :p)

I know you do, Jerome. I hope you do. Because no matter what others say, that’s the batch head I know. That’s the guy who didn’t forget my birthday despite a year of being inactive in the org. That’s the guy who kept Baskal together during most of the application period. That’s the guy I know as Jerome Ocampo.

However, I’m not you and I can only do so much. I can’t fight this battle for you. After all, no matter how willing I am to defend you, I still can’t deny that the other mems have a right to feel disappointed about you. It was you who caused the rift, and ultimately it will be up to you whether you want to build the bridges again or leave them like this. I’ll be happy to be there for you whatever your decision is, but again, it will be all up to you to do something if you want to patch things up. Aguman is a family and I’m sure that they’ll understand if you give them enough time. But just like the prodigal son, you have to come back, right?

And just to you know, whenever I hear the name ‘Jerome Ocampo’, it’s not the ‘apparisyon’ who I think of. The image that comes to mind is a happy batch head popping his thick lips. :P

That’s about it, Batch Head. I hope to see you soon. ^_^

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Just a couple of pictures I found in my Mom’s laptop.


The first image is a picture of my mom taken when she was six, and the second a picture of me taken when I was the same age. Komusta naman, spot the difference.

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Time to feed someone’s ego.

I’d like to thank John Carl Tan Gozun, in all his champion-lip-synching-and-porn-loving glory, for giving me a copy of Gabe Bondoc’s It’s Gonna be Me cover. Yes, my dear Orochimaru-sama, that and his Girl on TV cover have been the only songs in my playlist for the last twenty nights or so. I don’t usually like acoustic guitar artists because I prefer violinist and pianists, but there was something about this guy’s voice that made him the exception that makes the rule. Many thanks, Carlito.

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Finally, is this really the first column I wrote that did not mention Kuya Rex?

Oh, well, now it isn’t. ^_^ Long live the King!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Prince Paolo and the Seven Haikus

By Prince Paolo

I

Your mouth is so big

Your body is much bigger
Oh, let’s burn your bangs

II
This is the latest
Among my other last sems
Should I graduate now?

III
Oh you like him, huh
So hunt him down in Econ
Oops! Your eyeglasses!

IV
They'll give me a cake
But I heard it's a surprise
I'll act nonchalant

V
Let’s make love, all right?
I’ll crush your skull if we don’t
Buds, in your car. Now!

VI

I’m obsessed with you
And your smile and Chinese eyes
But they say you’re gay

VII
I have this desire
Everyone would be open
No pun intended?

Euphorium

By Alex

Red on white. Blood on inner thighs. Hands over crotch area.

“Don’t go. Stay in there.”
But it can’t.
Red on white. Hot on cold. Blood on tiles.
The girl was panting. The girl was screaming. The girl was crying.
Saliva bubbling, seeped out of her mouth. Tears smudged her eyeliners.
Cubicle so dark. Window so small.
Mirror was utterly clean. Sink was spotless.
Blood smeared on the gray, metallic cubicle wall. Blood stained her long, flowing skirt. Blood dripped on cold, white tiles. Blood dispersed in the blue water.
Blood flowing, debris floating.
It’s over.

____________________


“Don’t go”

His hands are like vise on her arms.
“Let me go!”
Blue car stifling her raised voice.
“Stay with me”
His voice dripping with sex. Cold air gave the chill over her spine.
“If you let go of me, then I’ll go…”
Her cheeks hot. His groin feverish.
“But I won’t let you go”
“Then I’ll stay”
His tongue jabbing her mouth.
The girl was panting. The girl was screaming. The girl was crying.
Saliva seeped out. Eyeliner smudged.
Car so dark. Windows too clear.
White on white.
Sin smeared on her inner thighs. Sin stained her long, flowing skirt. Sin dripped on cold, leather seat. His sin dispersed in her water of life.
Sin flowing, lust soaring.
The seed has been planted.
It’s over.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Spotlight: Little Miss Surgeon

ALUMNI EDITION

Full Name: CRISLE ONG DYCHINGCO
Nickname: Ala pu, makuyad ne ing lagyu ku
High School: Holy Family Academy
Hometown: Angeles City
Aguman Batch: Abe-Abe 1991A
Degree/s:
B.S. Community Nutrition, Doctor of Medicine, Diplomate Philippine Board of Surgery
Present Location: Angeles City
Present Occupation: General Surgeon, Assistant Professor, Medical Volunteer, tindera ampong kahera paminsan, driver madalas
Favorite GE subject: Math 11, it was a breeze
Favorite non-Aguman tambayan: Ala kung a-isip, siguro nung ali ya Aguman, ali ke favorite.

I was convinced to join UP Aguman because: masaya; makatula la reng members; adyang alben ku la mu, ayli na kung ayli; mababo ku kasi.
My favorite Aguman memory is: Final Rites. Itang part na .... (Editor: Some words had to be edited out, hehe!) kaybat sabyan da kailangan lundag ka. Bumwelo na ka man ....
(Editor: Some words had to be edited again, hehe!) Bwahaha! Enjoy kulang alben deng applicants ketang part a ita.
My favorite UP memory is: joining UP Aguman
The best thing about being an AguPip is: that there’s never a dull moment in the tambayan, I liked the bantering between members (anggang ating mapikun karela)
Anyang resident ku pa, lagi dang bubusit kanaku ing: ali ku balu, hmmmm, masyado ku kasi tahimik kanita, atsu ku mu keng background. I was like a wallflower. I really can’t remember nanu ing bubusit da kanaku. Somebody has to help me refresh my memory here!
Back in college, the worst rule I had broken was: to not party the night before an exam (I got away with it, too)
The difference between college life and the real world is: in the latter, you get too tired to party.
The best thing about my work is: I get to cut people up. Seriously, the best thing is receiving surprising and sometimes funny gifts from charity patients. Meka-receive ku 1 liter of spicy aslam, manyaman neman talaga, da best for tuyo.

A health concept I can apply in everyday life is: Moderation is the key. Too much or too little of anything is bad (except potato chips).
My weirdest experience with a patient so far is: when a 76-year-old African man asked me when he could resume his sexual activities after I operated on him for a hernia.
A celebrity I would like to “check up” is: Madonna, I want to know bakit balamu ali ya tutuwa!
Mangapakayli ku keng isip ku patse: mag-wish ku na sana ali ku rin tutuwa.
An unhealthy food that I wish was healthy instead because it is so delicious is: Jack’n Jill Potato Chips, my favorite, I love Pinoy junk food
If I had more free time, I would: learn how to ride a bicycle (is this a reflection of my deprived childhood?), continue medical volunteering with Medecins sans Frontieres, travel to Peru to see Machu Picchu
I want to be as successful as: Leonardo Da Vinci, I also want to be a polymath. E naman bawal ing mangarap di ba?

Message to the residents:
Carpe diem. Basta, don’t let the moment pass you by. Ninanu mo nung megkamali ka or menasakit ka? You always bounce back and learn anyway. Life is really about jumping with a blindfold.
Message to fellow alumni: Hello kekayu ngan! Let’s catch up. Hope to see you again soon.

Ate Crisle's practice is in Angeles City. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Anatomy at Angeles University Foundation - Medical School and is an occasional lecturer for the Department of Surgery. She is also a courtesy consultant on many hospitals in Angeles City. She is affiliated with Manila Doctors Hospital where she trained for General Surgery.
She once volunteered with "Medecins sans Frontieres" (Doctors Without Borders) and was sent to Europe and Africa. In the middle picture, Ate Crisle is with Philip (a Belgian logistician) and Rose (a Swedish nurse), who both wanted to see what Ate Crisle was doing in the operating theatre, which was actually a mere tent. She is pictured "in action" in the rightmost picture -- the internal stuff are obviously blurred, hehe.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Spotlight: Our FABulous Faculty Adviser

ALUMNI EDITION

Full Name: MICHELE MARIE CAPARAS FABROS
Nickname: Fabs
High School: Pampanga High School
Hometown: Macabebe
Aguman Batch: Manyaman 2003B
Degree: BS Mathematics
Present Location: Diliman, Quezon City
Present Occupation: Instructor
Favorite GE subject: Panpil 19, Freshie ku pa kanita.
Favorite non-Aguman tambayan: Math building, alang aliwa eh



I was convinced to join UP Aguman because:
I was bored and ali ku bisa ketang kabilang org.

My favorite Aguman memory is: Pusoy–Dos sa tambayan
My favorite UP memory is: UP fair. Atandanan ku, atin fair a every night ku present and inuman afterwards kaybat mag-klase ku kinabukasan. As expected, bangag. Keni mu ata UP legal ing miminum kasabayan mo reng students mu. The best talaga ang Sarah’s.
The best thing about being an AguPip is: anggang masakit keni UP, dakal ka karame.
Anyang resident ku pa, lagi dang bubusit kanaku ing: ala kung ayalala.. Basta ing balu ku, istung atyu ku, pantunan de kaku y Roma, gewa da kaming kambal.
Back in college, the worst rule I had broken was: ma-late ng isang oras sa exam.
The difference between college life and the real world is: ali ku masyado a feel ing difference kasi independent naku since undergrad days.
The best thing about my work is: Balamu estudyante ku pa din. Medakal mu bagya ing reponsibilidad.

A math concept I can apply in everyday life is: kasakit na naman nine! Probability siguru. Living is gambling, nothing is certain in this world.
My weirdest experience with a student so far is: during my first year of teaching, parati atin mamaus kaku “Sir” king class… I don’t know why.
If I were a weather forecast, I would be: a storm.
Mabubuwisit ku patse: atin tau magreklamu king bie da pero ala noman gagawan to change it.
Patse magmuni-muni kabang makasake bus, aiisip ku ing: nanu kaya ing bie ku 5 years from now.
My wildest fantasy is: to walk naked.
I want to be as rich as: Bill Gates maybe.

Message to the residents: Enjoy life, mabilis ang panahon… in no time, UP life is over.
Message to fellow alumni: Hope to meet more of you soon.

Ate Fab is currently the Faculty Adviser of the UP Aguman residents. It's her first year. Prior to that, she has often been a Pautakan judge since she graduated. In the picture to the left, Fabs poses with a couple of Kaputul 2004A apps (back then), Rej and Em during the Buddy Getup Party.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Talkback: Stewardship Program / Leadership Training Seminar

Compiled by pekepate & jrldizon

Last October 8, 2008, the UP Aguman residents and applicants went to Makati and attended a whole day leadership training seminar, courtesy of the UP Aguman Alumni. For more informations, see article below.

AguPips attend Stewardship Program

For the Talkback, aside from the general comments and/or feedbacks, the residents and applicants where given three guide questions:
*What was the best lesson you learned from the seminar?
*What was your favorite exercise and why?
*What were you able to realize about yourself?

*Duplicate yourself as a leader through mentoring. It is when you start mentoring that you stop leading because as a leader you need not to be indispensible that is when you’re no longer around the organization will crumble. Instead mentor them that when you are gone, your teachings, beliefs, tenets are still regarded and executed long before you’re gone.
*The first exercise, from there I was able to realize a lot of things about the members, their insights, their beliefs, the virtues they uphold because you already know where they’re coming from, their familial background.
*I was enlightened during the seminar about my being first-born has something to do with how I do things hehe. At some points, the way I lead this organization and my co-officers patented with how I was raised and how I am, as an Ate to my younger siblings.
*Apparently, not all members and applicants who have confirmed prior to the activity showed up and at some point, irritated me (loko, hehe, o kaya reng aliwa rugu magsabi lamu kung ali mu la pa kutnangan. Sana mu patse makanita, ikayu na ing mismong magsabi ne?). However, I (we) understand, I (we) know that during these weeks in which academic demands are high and unpredictable, haha!
The seminar went well and it was really enjoyable! We get to experience Makati life even for a day. I hope that his activity will be repeated next semester or next year either under the auspices of K. Kenn again or by our other alumni. I hope mems that picking up from the seminar, we will enjoy and apply our learning! Hand in hand we will make our jade Pautakan, a very successful one! Best of luck and God bless to everyone!
~Jen, Lakatan 2006A, President

It was a very very good leadership trainig. Thank you dearest Alumni, Kong Kenn specially, kang Sir Freddie and staff ning PNB life! Sana maulit pa. Of the things na I've learned and realized, I hope I can get to show everyone. Sana maulit muli! Excited naku! Haha!
~Kebs, Langgotsi 2006B, Secretary

I really learned a lot from the LTS, not only did we share some insights and other views about leadership, but it also became an avenue for members, apps and alumni to gather and share experiences. It was a worthwhile day.
~Buduy, Lakatan 2006A, Educational Committee Chairperson

*As a leader, you have to understand that you are a part of the team. you don't stand out, nobody stands out. you have to make sure everybody blends. I think this is one of the many lessons that can be acquired during the LTS.The LTS made me realize as well as understand my strengths and weaknesses as a leader. It made me understand the actions and decisions I make as a leader especially that I am the eldest in the family. Now I know why I refuse to handle menial jobs and I take the work that requires analytical thinking. The LTS also taught me that there is something beyond being a leader and that is being a mentor. It was a very informative seminar and I'm lucky that I have attended it.
~Abi, Pinanari 2008A, Applicant

I especially liked the "because of me, my __ have become __" because it made me think of the effect I have on the people around me, thus making me more conscious of the fact that how I act could shape others, and vice versa. Overall, the seminar was very enriching and refreshing, and hopefully there will be a next seminar soon.
~Jill, Baskal 2007A

It was definitely worth the arduous MRT ride! The training was really nothing like the one's I have attended before. Not just that the trainor was one of the best but also the venue and the people in it were very warm and welcoming. What amazed me in the seminar was the analogy made through simple activities that brought about enlightening concepts. The ideas presented would certainly be of good help once put to application. Especially the fruit salad part. Freeze! Haha! I would not write in details of the things I've learned because there is just too much. But in general, the whole experience was fun and meaningful. Not only the seminar itself but the things that happend before, in between sessions and after.
~Mike, Lakatan 2006A

It was the best leadership training I’ve attended. Every activity had a lesson. But for me, the best was the fruit salad activity - andaming natutunan. Ang galing ni Sir Fredy. I hope we all become better mentors. Sana magamit natin lahat ng lessons.
~Lawi, Pinanari 2008A, Applicant

Lesson learned: It takes a lot of strength, good will and risk-taking to be an effective leader, and it takes so much more of everything to serve as a mentor.
Self-realization: The thing that struck me most is that I serve a purpose to everyone I interact with.
Fave Activity: The Fruit Salad Game, no doubt about that! Haha!
General Comments: Yummmy ing food! Haha. Sana more trainings to come!
~Jewel, Baskal 2007A

Over all it's a very interactive seminar. It's like a workshop for acting but in this case it is a training ground for a potential mentor. It's very enlightening and enriching to young people like me. It's the most enjoyable seminar I've attended in my life. Something that I've realized about myself is that I haven't really minded everthing that is going on around me. I had a hard time writing down my "because of me" reasons, I believe I really haven't thought of myself as a leader and someone who could affect the lives or lifestyle of other people around me. Moreover, I realized that being a leader is not yet the best we can be, for we can still become mentors. I hope there will be a sequel to this enjoybale seminar.
~Trish, Baskal 2007A

I learned that a leader should not stand out in a group. Instead s/he should know how to blend with the members. My favorite activity on the one hand is that exercise where we were divided into four groups, according to sibling ranking because we were able to know more of the traits and personalities of each one of us. About myself, I realized that I can't be just a follower forever. There will come a time wherein I will have to lead other people, so I should start practicing my leadership skills from now on.
~Carousel, Pinanari 2008A, Applicant

Dakal a salamat kareng Alumni! Sobrang dakal ku abalu anyang aldo na ita at balu ku na agamit ku ngan reta keng college at pati keng after-graduation life ku. Favorite part ku itang "Salad" kasi peka-sikat ya ing FROZEN "THE SALAD" mi! Dakal ku talaga abalu about being a leader and a follower. Tsaka first time kung mag-English keng arap da reng AguPips. Mebigla ku pin byasa kami palang English! Haha! Thanks again dear alumni!
~Loree, Kadaya 2005A

To lead is not to mentor, to mentor is to lead.
~Elai, Lakatan 2006A

*The mentoring part. Actually, ali na bayu kanaku ita. Manibat ibat balu ku na ita kasi disnan ku na eh. Evident naman keng culture ning Aguman, ali mu explicitly na masasabi na makanita pala. Come to think of it, you enter Aguman as a naive and gullible young adult. And as you go on through Aguman life, as you hang out with the older brothers and sisters in the org, you get to gradually imbibe the "wisdom of the ages", haha.
*The fruit salad making. Kasi laughtrip yamu nyang gagawan ya itang activity, pati ing pamang-"okray" kareng salad da reng aliwa, haha! Nanu-nanu kabolangan ing pengabit mi dina Jen. As it turns out, atin meaning deng bage-bage.
*That I am not your typical bunso. Yes, I have the usual behavioral tendencies of the youngest in the family. But given the circumstances in my family and how I was raised and my own brand of OCnesss, I ended up being an amalgam of an eldest, middle child and an only child personality. Sabage, up to certain degrees, adyang ninu din naman.
*The runny fruit salad (Dinan me ba naman evap kaybat ali me pa idrain ing excess liquids?). The never ending graduation march (Mepagal ku mag-tap table). The non-stop digs at my seniority and age (Registration pamu, apredict ku na, ating "Year & Course" na entry, haha. And I lied about mine, haha). The food (In fairness, kanyaman na nitang paksi fillet, to think na ali ku fish lover). The trip to and back from Makati (Haggardo talaga, first time ku matudtud before 10pm in years). The wacky and witty wisecracks (Ali tamu talaga kagigisanan ne? Hehe). Kong Kenn's skyline view of the city (It was really breathtaking especially since we got to view it at nighttime). The experience itself (Sana naman ing tutuking LTS, eku ne dasnan ne? Haha). And of course, the 25 other people I learned with in the affair (Naks, pasipsip). All of these, I will keep in my heart (Balamu Mama Mary ne? Haha).
PS. Komusta ne man itang mebuking na malbeng adult media (or who knows, he might have seen some live) via his comment that Piolo's nippies are like a girl's? Haha!
~Rex, Salagpi 2001A

*It is important to know your purpose in life to other people.
*The 'because of me' exercise because it really made me think and ask the question 'What did you do for the people close to you for them to be someone they are now'.
*I should improve my work ethics and it is important to have integrity and consistency with your relationship to other people.
~Carlo, Agyuan 2007B

*Best lesson: There's a whole lot more than being the 'leader'. It's when we are able to effectively share what we know that we truly 'lead'.
*Fave exercise: I loved the exercise about the pros and cons of being an only child. Somehow it made me realize what I have become and what kind of relationshops I have made with people as a result of being the only one. I also like the open discussion about mentoring. I think it made us explore what we can actually do for others as opposed to what they can do for us.
*It was a very fulfilling experience. One for the books for me.
~Yek, Kaputul 2004A

In mentorship, it's not what you've become that's important, it's what other have become because of you. My favorite exercise was that of the "sibling division" for I got to be with those whom I didn't think I'd have somthing in common. About myself, I was able to realize that I'm an apathetic person and that I have little contribution to my family, friends, neighbors, etc. All in all, it was very enlightening and helpful.
~Jona, Pinanari 2008A, Applicant

Through the seminar, I learned how to become an effective leader. During my high school years, I’ve experienced how to become a leader but during those 4 years of leadership, I think that I have not been that effective. Sometimes, I don’t know how to handle things. I don’t know how to control my classmates in order for us to accomplish what we are supposed to. We always end up cramming. That’s because I only randomly assign my classmates in doing a specific task. Or sometimes, we do the voting stuff. I ask them who wants this job, then they raise their hands and in the end, they end up with nothing because of their conflicting ideas. And with what I’ve learned from the seminar, I now know who and who’s not for a particular job.
My favourite exercise was when we were grouped into four and we were asked to list all the ingredients of fruit salad and how much each ingredient costs. We were even asked to give a name to our fruit salads and it was really fun! We were like laughing and laughing because the activity was really a pleasurable experience. It’s not simply enjoying but it also taught us many things at the same time. At the end of the day, I realize the real meaning of being a leader. It’s not simply a task but it’s something that you have to love. A leader should be that someone who’ll be known even if it’s not his term anymore. I mean he should be remembered for the great things he has done and at the same time, duplicate himself to his members and leave a mark to them. A mark which does not only symbolize his term as a leader but also he as himself and the great things he has done beyond with what people can see.
~Raxiel Serrano, Pinanari 2008A, Applicant

__________
Below are the 20 Mentor's POVs, as discussed during the last part of the LTS. With the permission of Sir Freddy, we are sharing them below for the benefit of those who were not able to attend. Feel free to reflect on them!
A Mentor's Point of View
1. Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.
2. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped mentoring them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of mentoring.
3. Don't be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world.
4. Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.
5. Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the mentor must be doubly vigilant.
6. You don't know what you can get away with until you try.
7. Keep looking below surface appearances. Don't shrink from doing so (just) because you might not like what you find.
8. Organization doesn't really accomplish anything. Plans don't accomplish anything, either. Theories of management don't much matter. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds.
9. Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.
10. Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it.
11. Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission.
12. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
13. Look for a doer and not just a thinker. Look for those who are quick in judgement and not only intelligent, and most critically, look for those who have a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego, and the drive to get things done.
14. Great mentors are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.
15. Use the formula P= 40 to 70, in which… P stands for the probability of success and the numbers indicate the percentage of information acquired.” Once the information is in the 40 to 70 range, go with your gut.
16. The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.
17. Have fun in your command. Don't always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you've earned it: Spend time with your families.
Corollary: surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.
18. Command is lonely.
19. It’s okay to commit a blunder. It’s part of the job. But never be too arrogant to not admit to it. Otherwise expect much the same from your protégés.
20. Mentoring is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.


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