Saturday, June 27, 2009

Position Paper on the Drafted 2009 Code of Student Conduct

Below is the official position paper of the UP Aguman on the drafted 2009 Code of Student Conduct. Last, summer this was submitted along with the respective position papers of other student organizations affected by this controversial draft code.

Duly recognized and accredited by the Office of Student Affairs of the University of the Philippines Diliman, the UP Aguman is a socio-civic, not-for-profit, service-oriented organization of Pampango-speaking students based in the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Formally recognized in December 12, 1973, the organization embraces its aims to uphold the truth, to promote man's inherent goodness and capabilities, and to appreciate the importance of human relations.

As with regards to the student code, UP Aguman has seen some provisions that may hinder the very aims the organization upholds, as specified above. We find it unfair, that the newly drafted code seems to not recognize the deeds we continuously devote to our fellow men, amidst all of the constraints and lack of resources, and that some of the new code’s contentious, vague and problematic provisions sightlessly add up to these obstacles.

For almost 35 years, UP Aguman has been conducting activities, which are consistent to its aims and core values, in the service of its people. In Pampanga, the organization holds three (3) anticipated major events each year.

The Pautakan, which is endorsed by the Department of Education, takes academic competition in the province to a whole new level. Sining on the one hand is a whole variety program — a true celebration of the Kapampangan youth’s prowess in the arts — literature, music, drama, dance, visual arts, etc. And last but definitely not the least, UP Aguman also conducts the CEER (College Entrance Exam Review) every year, to high school students in order to increase their chances of making it through the premier state university and to other universities at par.

Last March 8, 2009, top winners of the Pautakan 2008 and Sining 2009 emerged as victors in the PatalaSanlahi of the UP Sanlahi Alliance, an organization of duly-recognized provincial student organizations in UP Diliman. It served as an arena where outstanding high school students from different provinces unleashed their academic and creative prowess, and at the same time, sharpened their minds in a spirit of cultural solidarity. Apparently, the organization, does not only operate outside the university but internally as well.

Together with the College ot Social Science & Philosophy Student Council, we, the Executive Council of UP Aguman, sincerely recognize the concerns and efforts of the University Administration to better regulate the academic community. We do recognize their capabilities and the fact that the existing sets of rules and regulations do need to be tweaked for the boon of the community. We, however, contest its prerogative to decide unilaterally and we oppose certain unreasonable, unnecessary and unjust provisions. Ergo, we join CSSPSC’s fervent call for the deletion and/or modification of particular rules and provisions.

As a university-based organization and more importantly as a provincial organization, we contest the 0.5% minimum membership requirement and the ‘no more than 49%’ rule. For 35 years, UP Aguman has been faithful to its aim of extending service to its people and it has successfully done so by having quality members who understand the organization’s thrust and who’ve met the specified requirements and qualifications, i.e. provincial origin. As an organization, we firmly believe that it’s better to have a modicum number of quality members, than an armada who bears the organization’s name and not its core values.

The tambayan provides space for group study and socialization thus aiding a student’s holistic development. We believe that each organization has the right to a decent and proper Tambayan that is not only regulated but also provided for by the University.

We oppose the rule that freshmen are not allowed to join any organization. UP Aguman has been a home away from home for Kapampangan students. For 35 years, it has been helping its people to adapt socially. Moreover, this rule belittles freshmen’s ability to decide for themselves.

We hope, that as we seek for the deletion/modification of these rules and provisions, the UP Administration do the processes transparently. We hope that representation from the students who truly understand the needs and situations within which provincial organizations operate are taken into consideration. Lastly, we urge the UP Administration to look beyond the organizations and to consider the people these organizations serve as well.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Announcement: Acquaintance Party 2009

UP Aguman's Acquaintance Party 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
6pm at Balay Kalinaw (UP Diliman campus)

*All Kapampangans -- freshies or upperclassmen, undergraduate or graduate students -- in UP Diliman are invited to a night of food, fun and camaraderie with your fellow Kapampangans!
*AguALUMNI are invited, too!

*AguRESIDENTS, kindly invite your friends, schoolmates and classmates!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hindi Ko Alam Kung Ano Ang Itatawag Dito

As far as I can remember, I’ve only fainted twice.

The first time happened when I was in fourth year high school and it was our class retreat in the Benedictine Spiritual Something in Tagaytay. The facilitating priest (a grumpy old man who called my class plastics) had the class watch a video of the normal delivery of a child so we could understand what our mothers went through to have us. (Although later I drowned myself in denial saying that my mom gave birth to me through C-section so I need not feel guilty.)

I can’t even find the words to describe what I saw. But I clearly remember freezing in shock as I watched the baby’s big, round head tear apart the pink flesh that was the mother’s vagina.
There was an awful lot of blood spurting everywhere. I felt my head spin and my tummy curl, and the next thing I knew I was losing a fighting battle to keep the beef and broccoli I ate for lunch inside my stomach. I raced to the bathroom and threw up on the sink. I didn’t even have the strength to rinse my mouth – my legs felt like jelly and they gave out sooner than I wanted them to. I fell on the floor, slumping against the cold, tiled wall. I closed my eyes and blacked out.

The second time was during my induction to the family I gave my blood and sweat and tears to, the UP Aguman. As we all know, before you can officially become a member of the org, you have to… well, shed blood for it. The members didn’t really talk about how exactly the rites were going to take place, but we pretty much got the idea when we were told that we were going to need a few things that were used in medical (or criminal. ^_^) rather than domestic purposes.

I remember being brought to some corner of the Vinzons’ rooftop. They made me sit down and recite the org’s creed while they held my arm. “Sige, Nic, saglit lang to. Ituloy mo lang yung creed,” a member, (Ate Daph, I think) said. For the first time, it dawned on me that I didn’t know what was going to happen next, and it frightened me. Too overwhelmed to think straight, I did what I was told.

“…I have faith in man and mankind I will serve… I cherish kinship and kinship will be my way of life…” I recited faithfully, my heart strangely beating faster and faster with each word. Soon, I felt a sudden sting that was as inexplicable as the trickling sensation that followed it. I wanted to ask them what was happening, but I couldn’t find my voice. I suddenly felt lightheaded. I tried to move but soon realized that I couldn’t feel my body anymore. Now at this point I was scared shit.

A member told me to recite the creed louder. Hanging on to whatever was left of my sanity, I forced out the words but choked on each of them. “I… believe in…truth…and in…truth I will…walk…this earth…” I struggled to say. I was gasping, although I didn’t know if it was for the words or for air.

Finally, I heard the magic words: “Nic, okay na.” At that point, there was no longer any reason to hang on to sanity, so I let myself plummet head-first into the dark abyss.

So why am I recounting these experiences again? Funny, but whenever I think of my Econ 106 and 131, I think I’m starting to faint again.


It’s been lightyears since I last read a chapter summary or watched an episode of Naruto.

The manga/anime by Masashi Kishimoto shot to fame a few years back as a simple story of a complex individual who wanted to prove to his hometown that he was worth something. The curious credibility of the surreal plot and the dynamism of the characters drew me to the story and within days, I was a fan. I guess I got really hooked because I followed the story even though I disliked the main characters (Naruto’s life is cliché, Sasuke is conceitedly emo, Sakura is too Mary-Sue) and I rarely saw my favorite characters (among them Ino and Kabuto – the earlier reminds me so much of myself and the latter represents everything I want to be).

Expectedly, as more chapters came out, the story got more complicated. At first I found it thrilling, but after months and months of new subplots emerging, new characters being created and old characters getting killed, it just got too much for me. It didn’t help that Nara Animations dished out manga-unrelated arcs like A Feps Pablo in the English royal kitchen, in the attempt to buy more time for Kishimoto whilst he pondered which character’s neck he should break next.

Now I respect those who think that Kishimoto is doing a spectacular job (it’s a matter of preference, after all), but personally I’ve reached the point where I don’t care about the damn thing anymore. If Kabuto gets some airtime or Itachi turns out to be alive maybe I’d get interested again, but until then let’s just watch TMZ.

And sadly I realize that my enthusiasm for Naruto is just like almost every endeavor I’ve taken. It starts so sweet but ends up with a bad taste in the mouth. Let’s pray that my college life will be an exception.


My family says I’m the queen of negativity. All I see are faults, all I see are mistakes, all I see are things to complain about. My friends say that too. They hate how I’m a pessimist under the pretense of being realistic. They hate how I say that I’ll fail an exam even though I did okay. They hate how I consider relationships based on what would happen if things don’t work out.

I guess it’s true, one point or another. But hey, here’s something I’m not negative about. I truly, sincerely, fervently hope that this would be a good year for the org and for its members. So to you, my brothers and sisters in blood, sweat, tears and candlewax, with all the positivism in the world, I look forward to spending a productive and meaningful school year with you. I wish us all not just the best of luck, but more importantly, the best of ourselves. See you soon, AguPIPS!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

AguBULLETIN: Women's Dormitory at Don Antonio Heights

*It is located at Don Antonio Heights, Don Renato St, Don Enrique, which is very accessible going to and from UP campus (around15 min).
Good locatation and very secured!
*The subdivision is just accross Ever Comonwealth and the unit is just walking distance from the main gate.
*A minute away from Mini Stop, Jollibee, Coffee Beanery, Tree House, Mercury Drugstore, salons, shopping arcade, and all other major establishments within the subdivision.

Rental rate: P2,500/head (free use of electricity)
The place can accommodate more than 15 dormers.
*It has 6 spacious bedrooms, 5 full toilet & bath (2 rooms have a connecting bathroom with tub), with veranda and 3-4 parking space.

For further inquiries, you can email Lanie Orsua-Dormiendo, an Aguman alumna, at
LODormiendo (at)

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