PhilStar2: Maskom Moments Day 6

Last January, Tinig ng Plaridel released a call for contributions of their stories of love and loss within Plaridel Hall, the home of College of Mass Communication students. Of all submissions, seven entries were chosen for a week-long run as a pre-Valentine’s Day series.

Last January, Tinig ng Plaridel released a call for contributions of their stories of love and loss within Plaridel Hall, the home of College of Mass Communication students. Of all submissions, seven entries were chosen for a week-long run as a pre-Valentine’s Day series. 

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“PhilStar2”

By Silent L. (Journalism)

Ang pag-ibig, parang ang practice ng Journalism. You have to ask the right questions at the right time dahil ang paraan mo ng pagtatanong ang magbubukas sa iyo sa maraming posibilidad.

Pero ang kwento namin, nagsimula sa simpleng tanong na ito: “Pwede bang mahiram ang notes mo?”

Ang tanong na iyon ang naging daan ng pagsibol ng isang mabuting samahan na nauwi sa aming pag-iibigan.

Salamat sa tanong na iyon dahil nagkausap kami. (Pero ang tunay na dapat pasalamatan ay ang propesor namin na mabilis mag-discuss kaya hindi ko nakumpleto ang notes ko.)

Balik tayo sa kwento.

Nang naging malapit kami sa isa’t isa, nagsimulang manukso ang aming mga kaklase. Dahil wala namang namamagitan sa amin noon, hinayaan lang namin sila. “Magkaibigan lang kami,” ang aming sagot palagi. Ngunit ang hindi alam ng nakararami, nililinaw namin sa isa’t isa palagi na biruan lang ang lahat. Biruan lang naman talaga ang aming mga binitiwang mga salita sa isa’t isa, pero noong umpisa lang iyon. Sa kalaunan, nag-iba ang pagtingin namin sa isa’t isa, at pareho naming ramdam iyon. Hindi lang namin agad na pinatulan. Noong una, ayaw ko pa tanggapin na may nararamdaman na ako para sa kaniya. Sana nga nanatiling biruan lang ang lahat, pero alam ko na ang puso ay hindi marunong magbiro.

January 25, 2011. Kami ulit ang naunang dumating sa classroom. Dala ko ang aking camera. Inilabas ko ito at binalak na kulitin lang siya, na kukunan ko siya ng maraming litrato. Subalit sa sandaling masilip ko ang kaniyang mukha sa punto de bista ng lente ng aking camera, kinilig ako. Napukaw niya ang aking pagtingin, ang aking puso. Nabighani niya ako. At sa sandaling iyon, natiyak ko nang mayroon akong pagtingin para sa kaniya.

Pinag-isipan ko iyon nang mabuti. Ayaw ko kasing magbitiw ng anumang salita na maaaring makasira ng aming samahan. Tatlong linggo ang lumipas bago ako nagtapat sa second floor art gallery ng Vargas Museum. Nang pabalik na kami ng Maskom, sa may daan sa likod ng UP Ampitheater, nagtapat din siya. “I like you too.” Sa oras na iyon, ako na yata ang pinakamasayang lalaki sa buong UP Diliman.

Mas lalo pang gumanda ang aming samahan nang magka-aminan kami. Naging mas madali ang lahat. Tinanggap na namin ang sinasabi sa amin ng aming puso. Pero ang alam ng lahat, nagbibiruan pa rin kami.

At muli, ang pag-ibig ay parang ang practice ng Journalism. You have to establish a good rapport with the people around you. At iyon nga ang ginawa ko. Nagpakilala ako sa kaniyang mga magulang. At nang tanggapin nila ako, nagpaalam ako sa kaniyang nanay: “Pwede ko po ba siyang ligawan?” Nakuha ko ang sagot sa sumunod na linggo. “Ingatan mo ang prinsesa namin, ha?” Labis kaming natuwa.

Anim na araw ang lumipas, sa farewell party ng aming class sa Phil Star 2, kung saan nagsimula ang lahat, tinanong ko siya: “Pwede ba kitang ligawan?” Isang matamis na oo ang aking narinig. Hanggang ngayon ay masaya kami sa piling ng isa’t isa.

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(Entries submitted to Tinig ng Plaridel are subject to technical editing by a member of the Features staff.)

 

Journ Dept: Maskom Moments Day 5

Last January, Tinig ng Plaridel released a call for contributions of their stories of love and loss within Plaridel Hall, the home of College of Mass Communication students. Of all submissions, seven entries were chosen for a week-long run as a pre-Valentine’s Day series.

Last January, Tinig ng Plaridel released a call for contributions of their stories of love and loss within Plaridel Hall, the home of College of Mass Communication students. Of all submissions, seven entries were chosen for a week-long run as a pre-Valentine’s Day series. 

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 “Journ Dept”

By Tingting (Journalism)

Photo by Demerie Dangla, UP Aperture
Photo by Demerie Dangla, UP Aperture

Sinampal mo ako. Ng malakas. Ang sarap. Susundan ko dapat ng halik kaso dumating si Ate Raqs. Hindi na tayo nagkita ulit pagkatapos.

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(Entries submitted to Tinig ng Plaridel are subject to technical editing by a member of the Features staff.)

 

 

 

Basement: Maskom Moments Day 4

Last January, Tinig ng Plaridel released a call for contributions of their stories of love and loss within Plaridel Hall, the home of College of Mass Communication students. Of all submissions, seven entries were chosen for a week-long run as a pre-Valentine’s Day series.

Last January, Tinig ng Plaridel released a call for contributions of their stories of love and loss within Plaridel Hall, the home of College of Mass Communication students. Of all submissions, seven entries were chosen for a week-long run as a pre-Valentine’s Day series. 

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“Basement”

By Laya (Broadcast Communication)

 

February 2012.

In that small room at the college’s basement, where it wasn’t exactly tidy – cabinets on the side, banners, paint and paper on the floor, there was only a long table separating him from me.

It was just the two of us, waiting for others to come. He was the instructor then in an educational discussion about peasants, women, and youth.

“This is my chance,” I thought. He was fixing his laptop, arranging his notes beside him. My heart started beating fast and my hands became restless, but then finally… I told him that I like him and asked him the question that I have been longing to know the answers.

He was shocked. Silent… but he seemed confused and sorry. He went near me and told me softly (yet I know he just gave me reasons to keep me from being hurt) that he liked me too but he wasn’t ready for commitment.

I listened, and with a forced grin, I said it’s fine, that I’ve never really expected anything. Fortunately, another person came, cutting the air of rejection in the atmosphere. And in the silence of that bitter morning, we started the discussion, as if nothing happened.

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(Entries submitted to Tinig ng Plaridel are subject to technical editing by a member of the Features staff.)

 

Lobby: Maskom Moments Day 3

Last January, Tinig ng Plaridel released a call for contributions of their stories of love and loss within Plaridel Hall, the home of College of Mass Communication students. Of all submissions, seven entries were chosen for a week-long run as a pre-Valentine’s Day series.

Last January, Tinig ng Plaridel released a call for contributions of their stories of love and loss within Plaridel Hall, the home of College of Mass Communication students. Of all submissions, seven entries were chosen for a week-long run as a pre-Valentine’s Day series. 

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“Lobby”

By Kitakits (Journalism)

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Photo by Demerie Dangla, UP Aperture

 

I’ve met you several times before, and in all those times you didn’t matter. You were just a name and I was just a face. But when I met you that October day in Maskom I knew it would be the beginning – of how you would matter the most to me… of how you would mean the world.

It was just another bad day in a bad week. I went to Maskom to see a friend and then, I met you. You were nice and funny and you had the kind of smile that felt like it would lead to a joke. And most of the time, it did.

Meeting you made me happy in such an unhappy time. Being with you makes me a different kind of happy. Knowing you more and being your friend feels like a fist bump in the air at the end of Breakfast Club.

I hope someday I get to say these things things to you. I hope someday these words would reach you. I hope someday, for once, my dreams could meet reality.

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(Entries submitted to Tinig ng Plaridel are subject to technical editing by a member of the Features staff.)

Hagdanan: Maskom Moments Day 2

Last January, Tinig ng Plaridel released a call for contributions of their stories of love and loss within Plaridel Hall, the home of College of Mass Communication students. Of all submissions, seven entries were chosen for a week-long run as a pre-Valentine’s Day series.

Last January, Tinig ng Plaridel released a call for contributions of their stories of love and loss within Plaridel Hall, the home of College of Mass Communication students. Of all submissions, seven entries were chosen for a week-long run as a pre-Valentine’s Day series. 

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“Hagdanan”

By Kolmonen (Journalism)

 

Photo by Demerie Dangla, UP Aperture
Photo by Demerie Dangla, UP Aperture

 

I was rushing down the stairs because it was late and my dad was waiting for me in the parking lot. A few more steps and I’d be off the stairs, but the boy I was with stopped me. “I have the biggest crush on you,” he whispered. It was the first time anyone said that to me. I panicked, speechless, and ran away. We’ve been together for two years now.

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(Entries submitted to Tinig ng Plaridel are subject to technical editing by a member of the Features staff.)

Batibot: Maskom Moments Day 1

Last January, Tinig ng Plaridel released a call for contributions of their stories of love and loss within Plaridel Hall, the home of College of Mass Communication students. Of all submissions, seven entries were chosen for a week-long run as a pre-Valentine’s Day series.

Last January, Tinig ng Plaridel released a call for contributions of their stories of love and loss within Plaridel Hall, the home of College of Mass Communication students. Of all submissions, seven entries were chosen for a week-long run as a pre-Valentine’s Day series. 

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“Batibot”

by Siomai (Journalism)

I gave him a present for his birthday. We agreed to meet at the Batibot. The words were few. I gave the gift to him and said goodbye. Not goodbye as in “See you soon,” but as in “Goodbye and thank you for everything.”

More than a year after, we met at the Batibot again. Not to rekindle an old flame but to eat siomai and swap stories from our colleges two buildings apart.

Yes, ex-lovers can be friends. But maybe one (or probably, both) is still asking “what ifs”, but doesn’t have the guts to ask for real.

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(Entries submitted to Tinig ng Plaridel are subject to technical editing by a member of the Features staff.)

How you can help: Yolanda relief operations

The following are various relief efforts around Metro Manila to help victims of supertyphoon Yolanda.

compiled by Pathricia Ann Roxas

The following are various relief efforts around Metro Manila to help victims of supertyphoon Yolanda.

Jump to: Quezon City  |   Manila   |   Pasig   |    Taguig   |    Mandaluyong   |   Makati    |    Other

SEARCH AND RESCUE: 

  1. Yolanda- RFL Tracing Form: Welfare Desks including RFL and tracing services are established in the affected areas. National Societies abroad that are approached by families without news of their loved ones can contact the PRC Social Services Department.
    Email: sos@redcross.org.ph, zenaida.beltejar@redcross.org.ph
    Mobile: 0917 532 8500
    Landline: 527 0000 loc. 126, 527 0867
    Twitter: @philredcross @justcallmelloyd @ilovemishang @lynvgarcia or use the #TracingPH
    Email: lyn.garcia@redcross.org.ph, kenneth.dimalibot@redcross.org.ph, opcen@redcross.org.ph
    Online link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16aq0AH-OnEE_bM53iL5qInqHPZ28lntEXPs-rS01a88/viewform
  2. Rescue PH: A site where people could send requests for rescue via SMS
    Text: “RescuePH< Name of person to rescue >< address, municipality> ” SEND TO 26008(Globe) or 68008 (SMART)
    Sample: “RescuePH Juan dela Cruz #5 Avenida Ave, Davao City Collapsed roof 0918-1231234”
    Or online: http://rescueph.com/
  3. Hashtags on FB and Twitter 

#RescuePH (Urgent Rescue Needed)

#YolandaPH (Media storm coverage)

#TracingPH (Report Missing Person)

#SafeNow (Resolved #RescuePH)

#ReliefPH (Resource Coordination)

#FloodPH (Damage Reporting)

 

Open Relief Operations Centers via Rappler.com: (as of 8:30pm, Monday, November 11, 2013)

Quezon City

  • UP Foundation, Inc. (cash donations): 929-1941, 981 8500 local 4304; upfi@up.edu.phBANK DETAILS:
    Payee: U.P. Foundation, Inc.
    Address: Room 102, Fonacier Hall (Alumni Center)
    Magsaysay Avenue, University of the Philippines
    Diliman, Quezon City, 11021. Union Bank of the Philippines (Acropolis Branch)
    Peso-Savings Account No.: 00053000-6820
    171 Bridgeview Bldg. E. Rodriguez Jr Avenue, Bagong Bayan, Quezon City2. Philippine National Bank(U.P. Campus Branch)
    Apacible Street, U.P. Campus, Diliman, Quezon City
    Branch Code: 1275
    Peso-Savings Account No.: 393565000023
    PNB Swift Code: PNBmPHmm3. Philippine National Bank (New York Branch)
    Branch Name: PNB New York Branch
    Branch Code: 700
    Customer ID No.: 9400378
    US Dollar-Savings Account No.: 94003788000015
    30 Broad Street 36th Floor, New York, NY 10004
    Tel. No.: (212) 790-9600, Fax No.:(212) 382-2238; pnbnyc@pnb.com.ph4. Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company
    Head Office, Metrobank Plaza, Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenue Extension, 1200 Makati City, Philippines
    Branch code: 066
    EURO Savings Account No.: 066-2066-600429
    Swift code or routing No.: mbtcphmm
    Fedwire/Fedline: 0260-02846
  • IskoOperations: UP Diliman USC Student Council, New CHK gym, UP Diliman, Commonwealth Avenue, Alex Castro, 0917-8725396, Tweet @uscupdiliman
  • TulongKabataan: UP System, UP Office of the Student Regent are accepting donations in cash or kind. Dropoff point: Vinzon’s Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City. Contact Eds (0927)384-1392 or Zie (0916)796-5740) for more information.
  • Ateneo De Manila Disaster Response and Management Team is accepting cash donations. Check this page on how to donate. For inquiries contact the Office of the Vice President for Social Development at (632) 4266001 locals 4051, 4054, 4099.
  • Citizen’s Disaster Response Center is calling for donations and volunteer’s at 72-A Times St., West Triangle Homes, Quezon City. Call 929-9820 for inquiries.
  • Rock Ed Philippines is focusing on donations of new underwear for victims of typhoon Yolanda. Drop off point is at Route 196 Bar along Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. You may also deposit cash to BPI account# 3080-0073-44 of Rock Ed Phillipines. Tweet @gangbadoy for more details.
  • AWANA Organization Philippines is accpeting donations starting Monday, November 10, 9am-6pm at 35-A Scout Tobias Street, BrgyLagingHanda in Quezon City. For cash donations, you may visit us at our office or deposit your donation to: BPI Family Bank (E. Rodriguez-Broadway Branch) Peso Current Account Number: 6871-0015-86 Dollar Current Account Number: 6874-0059-22 Swift: BOPIPHMM. Contact Jennifer Jansalin at (02) 376-5688 or 0928-8531693
  • TulongKabataan Relief Drive is calling out for volunteers, food, medicine and non food donations. You can donate via Paypal or sign up to volunteer. Operations ongoing at the following addresses:
    • KabataanPartylist HQ: #5 Palosapis St., BrgyAmihan, Proj 3, Quezon City
    • CEGP National Office: 37-C Yale St., Cubao, Quezon City
    • LFS HQ,:1650 Sisa St., SampalocKaratula Up, Manila
  • Lingap Gabriella Manila, drop off relief goods, medicines, and cash donations at 35 Scout Delgado St., Brgy. LagingHanda / 25 K-10th Street, West Kamias, Quezon City. Contact 374-3451 for more details or tweet @gabrielaphils.
  • OplanKaagapay/NOYLeads, Junior Chamber International Philippines (Philippine Jaycees) is accepting donations at 14 Don A. Roces Avenue, Quezon City. Contact Ismael Penado at 749-9399 for inquiries.
  • Simbahang Lingkod Ng Bayan (SLB) is launching Task Force BangonPilipinas, a call for humanitarian assistance for the survivors and affected families of the recent disasters which devastated our nation. Cash and check donations may be deposited here:
    • SIMBAHANG LINGKOD NG BAYAN
      (Account Name/Payee)
      Bank of the Philippine Islands (Loyola-Katipunan Branch)
      BPI Peso Checking Account Number: 3081-1111-61
      BPI Dollar Savings Account Number: 3084-0420-12
      SWIFT CODE: BOPIPHMM
      ROUTING NO: 021- 0000-21
    • Or send directly to: SIMBAHANG LINGKOD NG BAYAN
      Loyola House of Studies
      Ateneo de Manila University
      Loyola House 1108, Quezon City
    • Volunteers may contact:
      MS.BERNIE V. ATON
      Program Manager for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
      0932-8797-SLB
      bernieaton@gmail.com
  • The Center for Disaster Preparedness is accepting any kind of donations for the victims of TS Yolanda and Visayas’ earthquake. Donations may be dropped off at the Center for Disaster Preparedness Foundation Inc. CSWCD bldg., R Magsasay Ave. UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City. You may also call 926 6996, 928 7285.
  • Youth Alliance Philippines Inc., is pooling donations (cash or in kind) for a relief operation and Medical Mission in Leyte in conduit with UP Pahinungod. Donation drop off point is at #28 Brixton Hill Street, Barangay Santol, Quezon City. Monetary donations may be deposited in this bank account:
      • BPI: 1589 1220 18
      • BDO: 000 301 000 816
      • Please contact Althea Perez (09178388432) and Tina Arroyo (09064449166) for more details.

Manila

  • St. Scholastica’s College is accepting donations (cash or in kind). You may drop off the donations at 2560 Leon Guinto St., Manila, located behind DLS-College of St. Benilde. For cash donation, you may look for Sr. Selene or Dr. Rebecca Cacho. For donations through check or deposit, account name is St. Scholastica’s College Manila, BDO account number 4580-000-210. If the donor is not based in Manila, inform the BDO manager that the deposit is for relief operations and have your fees waived. You may then email your transaction receipts to lizaban2@gmail.com for proper acknowledgment.
  • Phi Yolanda Relief Operations of Phi Kappa Mu Fraternity and Phi Lambda Delta Sorority of UP Manila, Pagkalma Park, UP College of Medecine, Pedro Gil St., Malate, Manila, Contact Miko – 09175129144 or Gela – 09277029488, tweet @PhiLambdaDelta
  • TulongTomasino of the UST Simbahayan Community Development Office in Manila is accepting donations. Tweet @USTCSC
  • Center for Social Action and Concern (COSCA) De La Salle University Manila, food and non food donations can be droped off at the COSCA Office 2nd Floor, Br Connon Hall. Contact Joseph Rosal at (0922) 899-2558 for inquiries.
  • UP UgnayanngPahinungod-Manila is organizing a university disaster response medical mission to Leyte with plans of relief distribution focused on Palo, Leyte. Contact Dr.Lulin Luz starting November 11, Monday (landline: 526-6950 and 526-6951) for inquiries and donations. In need of donations particularly medical supplies and volunteer MD’s, nurses, and health care personnel and volunteers for packing of relief goods.
  • SorokUni Foundation Inc. is accepting donations in cash and in kind for the victims in Visayas. Donations can be dropped off at SorokUni Foundation Inc. 3rd Flr. ECJ Bldg. Real St. Intramuros, Manila. Cash donations may be deposited to this bank account:
    • BPI Acct Name: SorokUni Foundation Inc.
    • Acct No. 4991-0015-52
    • Contact Ms. Bernadette or Ms. Grace at 025775999/ 09175921724 for more informtion. Their facebook account can be accessed here.
  • Caritas Damayan, Caritas Manila Inc is accepting relief goods at 2002 Jesus St. Pandacan, Manila. Cash donation may be coursed through:

Peso bank accounts:

BPI SA# 3063-5357-01

BDO SA# 5600-45905

PNB CA# 10-856-660001-7;

UNION BANK CA# 00-030-001227-5

Dollar bank accounts:

BPI #3064-0033-55 (swift code BOPI PH MM)

PNB #10-856-660002-5 (swift code PNB MPH MM)

Pasig

      • The MVP TulongKapatid Center will be open today from 9AM to 5PM to accept cash and relief goods at the Meralco Covered Tennis Court, Meralco Compound, Ortigas, Pasig City. Contact EdsAddun at (0939)913-3771 or 632-8301 for more details.
      • The University of Asia and the Pacific is accepting donations (both in cash and in kind) for Typhoon Yolanda victims. Drop off point is at the Pearl Drive entrance of the school. For further information contact Erika Ng at 09175598862 or e-mail her at erica.ng20@gmail.com.
      • Operation Blessing Philippines is accepting donations in cash and kind at E. Rodriguez Ave. C5 Road cor. Corporal Cruz BagongIlog, Pasig City. Call 477-7802 to 04 or (0917)581-2603 for more details. Operation Blessing is also accepting volunteers for their partners in Cebu and other nearby areas.

Taguig City

  • Victory Church Fellowship at LGF Every Nation Building 32nd St. Corner University Parkway, Bonifacio Global City is now accepting relief goods.
  • U! Happy Events is accepting donations at URBN Bar and Kitchen in the Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City. Contact Harvard Uy de Baron at (0917)887-4278 for more details.
  • St. Michael’s Church at The Fort is accepting donations through Father Arnold. Water and food are badly needed. The church addesss is at 39th Street, North Bonifacio Triangle, Bonifacio Global City.
  • TindogTacloban, a partnership among private individuals, Victory Christian Fellowship (VFC), and the City Mayor’s Office of Tacloban are accepting donations and volunteers for deployment. Contact Ms. Joey Hernandez at 347-3975 for inquiries. Donations may be dropped off at the following locations:
    • VCF Alabang – 4th Floor Filinvest Wing, Festival Supermall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
    • VCF Fort – 32nd Street corner University Parkway Bonifacio Global City
  • Hands on Manila need volunteers who will pack relief goods for Typhoon Yolanda survivors at the Army Gym in Taguig. The map can be found here.


Mandaluyong City

      • Give a Drop of Love, CFC Foundation, Inc. WWP at Apartelle 12, Starmall Complex, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Madaluyong City are accepting food/non-food donations. For cash donations: CFCFI BPI Mandaluyong Branch, Dollar: 0184-0279-84 or Peso: 0181-0504-89. Fax your deposit slip to (+632) 718-2213. Contact Anna Arcaya at 718-2213 or (0923)583-8577 for more details.
      • The Dream Project Philippines is accepting donations at the RFM Corporate Center, Pioneer cor. Sheridan Street, Mandaluyong City. Contact Prim Paypon at 09088100424.

Makati City

  • ETYSBM Student Council of Mapua Institute of Technology is now accepting relief goods at 333 333 Gil Puyat Ave, Makati City. Contact Angeline Bernardino (0915)446-9715 or Edgar Aquino (0905)149-2319 for more information.
  • Santuario de San Anotio Church at 3117 McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati will be accepting on November 10 at 9am at the Parish Center. The goods will have to be packed in Manila for immediate distribution in Tacloban and other affected areas. Call (632) 843-8830 to 31 for more details.
  • The Palladium, Ateneo Law School’s official publication, is accepting donations for quake and Typhoon Yolanda victims in the Visayas. Drop your donations at The Palladium PubRoom, 3/F Ateneo Professional Schools, Rockwell, Makati City. For more information, contact Abe Guinigundo at 09162504430.
  • The Lyceum College of Law is collecting relief goods at the LPU Law Student Government Office,Lyceum College of Law 109 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village Makati City. For further inquiries, please contact Fudge Tajar at 0915 3422304.
  • Punongbayan&Araullo is accepting donations in cash and in kind until Wednesday, November 13. Donations may be dropped off at their office in 19th, 20th and 23rd Floor, Tower 1 The Enterprise Center, Ayala Avenue, Makati City. For more information, contact YusophMaute (09234501004/09175793177). For cash donations:
        • Bank Account Name: P&A Foundation, Inc.
        • Bank Account Number: 096-3-09652319-0

     

Other places in Metro Manila

  • De La Salle College of St Benilde’sYakap Mo YakapKo Benefit Concert was originally a benefit concert for the kids in Smokey Mountain. The Betina and Catalino Yap Foundation was planning to build a library in the area. They will be accepting donations during the event on November 22, 2013, 6pm-10pm. Regular price for the concert is Php 300.00
  • Dakila’s Ride and Rock Relief is calling on artists, cyclicts, donors, and individuals willing to donate their talent, time, and relief goods on November 10, 9am to 4pm at My Little Arts Place, 222 Wilson St., San Juan City, Metro Manila. For inquiries call 435-4309.
  • De La Salle Santiago Zobel through its Social Action Office (SAO) now accepts donations for the affected communities in the recent Typhoon Yolanda. Kindly bring all donations to Gate 2, 3, and 7 of the campus. For inquiries, contact Mr.Jayjay Jacinto at 0917-8597602 or Ms. Evangeline De Peralta at 0917-5638870. Please deposit your cash donations to the school account with the following details:

Account Name: De La Salle Santiago Zobel School
Bank: Union Bank of the Philippines, Ayala Alabang Village
Peso Account: 0180-3000-6691
US Dollar Account: 0181-0100-9418

Send a scanned copy of the deposit slip to lesacasr@dlszobel.edu.ph orjacintojn@dlszobel.edu.ph for proper acknowledgment.

  • The Mu Sigma Phi Relief Operations of the UP College of Medicine s now again accepting donations for victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Eman (0925-884-3050) or Billy (0927-571-1017/0922-535-6100).
    • Monetary donations may be deposited at the following account:
      Account name: Mu Sigma Phi Relief Operations
      Account number: 504259500015
      Bank: Philippine National Bank (PNB) – PGH Branch
    • Donations from overseas may also be coursed through the following:
      Swift Code: PNBMPHMM
      Routing # 01008-0081
  • The Philippines General Council of the Assemblies of God (PGCAG), Inc., is accepting donations for the victims. Donations in kind may be dropped off in their office in Bethel Bible College Compound, Gov. I. Santiago Ave., Malinta Valenzuela, City. They may be reached through 0922.8653757 (SUN), 0908.8217812 (SMART), 0917.7965025 (GLOBE) or email them at PGCAGoffice@gmail.com.Cash donations may be coursed through the following peso bank account:
    • Banco De Oro (BDO) Peso Savings Account (Karuhatan – Mc Arthur Highway Branch)
      Account Name: Philippines General Council of the Assemblies of God, Inc.
      Account Number: 3850000618
      Swift Code: BNORPHMM

NATIONAL

  • DSWD is accepting donations: NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (at the back of CAAP)
    • RoelMontesa – 09263469927, roelmontesa@gmail.com
    • Elma Pille – ecpille@dswd.gov.ph
    • Cash deposits accepted – DSWD Bank Acct. at Landbank of the Philippines Nos. 3122-1011-84 (current) and 3124-0055-81 (savings) Fe Catalina Ea – 09186281897
    • Repacking of relief goods ongoing at DSWD-NROC, Pasay City. Interested volunteers can call 8512681 to schedule.
    • World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian, development and relief organization is accepting donations for Typhoon Yolanda survivors. Donor hotline 372-7777 or visit their website
    • Operation WalangIwanan – GawadKalinga
    • World Food Programme Philippines is accepting donations through their website
    • ABS-CBN SagipKapamilya pledge lines (02) 411-0183, 411-0182, 411-0115
      Accepting relief goods and cash donations, with other drop-off points nationwide: Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro and Davao
    • The Philippine Red Cross provides many ways to donate. Hotline: 143 Trunkline: 5270000
      • You may also SMS donations by texting RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899(Globe) or 4143(Smart)
    • Cebu Provincial Government, is in need of volunteers to repack relief goods for Northern Cebu, Leyte, and Bohol. Contact Ms. Evelyn Senajon at 254-7198 and 254-8397, PSWDO, Ground Floor Executive Bldg., Cebu Provincial Capitol.
    • The Office of Senator Bam Aquino, Extension Room 23, 5/F Senate of the Philippines, GSIS Financial Complex, Pasay City, is accepting donations Monday to Thursday from 9am – 6pm. ContactMr. Ares Goyena at (0917)621-6311.
    • The Philippine Daily Inquirer is accepting cash donations through the following accounts:
      • BPI – C/A 4951-0067-56
        Account name – Philippine Daily Inquirer Inc.
        Metrobank – C/A 7286-8109-30
        Account name – Philippine Daily Inquirer Inc.
        Contact Bianca Casilag or Connie Kalagayan at 897-8808 or 899-4426.
    • All LBC branches are accepting donations for typhoon Yolanda victims until November 30.
    • The Archdiocese of Manila is accepting cash donations for Yolanda Relief Fund. You may deposit in any of the following bank accounts:
      • For Peso donations: BPI S/A #0053-2762-53.
      • For USD donations: BPI S/A #0054-0089-53
      • For Euro donations: BPI S/A #00545-0139-49
      • Account name:ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA, BPI Plaza Cervantes Branch, Binondo, Manila
      • For acknowledgement of donation, please contact or send deposit slip to: TREASURY AND ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT, Arzobispado de Manila,121 Arzobispo St., Intramuros, Manila
      • TEL/FAX Nos. (632)5273852, 5273953
      • Email at: adrcam@yahool.com
    • Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), through Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF), is now accepting donations for our kababayans affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Drop your donations in JGF coinbanks found in over 2,000 JFC stores (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, MangInasal and Burger King) across the country. You may also opt to directly deposit your cash or check donations to these bank accounts:
      • PESO ACCOUNT: Metrobank – CubaoAraneta Branch (Account Name: Jollibee Group Foundation – 473-7-47301401-3)
      • DOLLAR ACCOUNT:BDO – Megamall Branch Account Name: Jollibee Foundation, Inc.Account Number: 100661267008Swift Code: BNORPHMM

(This page is being constantly updated for information.)

Studying in Diliman, living in Tacloban

Much to her chagrin, people who lived in places not affected by the typhoon even found humor in the disaster. For them, she could only say: kung alam niyo lang (if only they knew).

Contributed by Alex Austria

Updated Nov. 14, 10:44 p.m.

Nov. 8, 2013 started out like any normal Friday for DJ Pesado, a fourth year BS Materials Engineering student from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. Though she knew that a strong typhoon would hit her hometown in Tacloban, Leyte soon, she initially shrugged it off.

Sanay na naman kami doon sa Region VIII, na laging dinadaanan ng bagyo (Coming from Region VIII, we are already used to being hit by typhoons),” she shares. DJ even had prior contact with her sister, who is in Tacloban, the night before Supertyphoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) hit their hometown.

Her sister told her that though it was already Signal No. 4 in Tacloban, there was nothing to be worried about.

“Normal lang sa amin na mag-imbak ng food, mag-aayos ng bahay kung may mga tulo (It was normal for us to store food and to fix our roofs when there’s a leak),”says DJ.

She only started to worry on the day of the storm surge, when she saw footages from a major news network of the extent of the damage caused by Typhoon Yolanda across Tacloban. In her 20 years of living there, DJ said she has never encountered a storm that strong in the typhoon-prone region.

DJ tried texting and calling her family in Tacloban, but to no avail. It was about the same time when she learned from news reports that all communication lines were cut in her hometown.

DJ was in UP that day, attending her classes. But she couldn’t focus, knowing all too well that their place back in Tacloban, V&G Subdivision, was a flood-prone area.

“Kung may bagyo, lagi yang may joke sa amin: ‘Oh, may barko na ba sa V&G? (Whenever a storm comes, there’s always this running joke in our area: ‘Oh, are there now ships inside V&G?’),” she recalls.

Tacloban, Leyte was one of the hardest-hit areas during the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda. Photo from Inquirer.net/AFP
Tacloban, Leyte was one of the hardest-hit areas during the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda. Photo from Inquirer.net/AFP

DJ soon found that the recent storm was no laughing matter for them.

Data from the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council show at least 1,774 were reported dead across the country, with thousands more injured and at least 82 people missing.

Police estimate the number of casualties to reach up to 10,000 people in Tacloban City alone. The towns remain without power and communication signals as of this writing. Families remain in evacuation centers, which are running low on food and water.

Much to her chagrin, people who lived in places not affected by the typhoon even found humor in the disaster. For them, she could only say: kung alam niyo lang (if only they knew).

But she knows that she cannot blame those people. DJ admits that she has had her own share of indifference in past disasters which occurred in other parts of the country.

Parang ganun lang din ako, [kasi] wala namang effect sa akin yung mga nangyayari (I was like that, because the disasters didn’t affect me before),” she recalls.

But as someone who has directly experienced fearing for one’s family and loved ones in a typhoon-ravaged area, she gained a new perspective.

Since nabaliktad, naramdaman ko na yung sakit, yung inis. Parang, marami na ang namatay dito, ganyan pa rin kayo? Pero…di ko na sinasabi explicitly. Nasa isip ko na lang kasi yun nga, I was in their shoes once (Now that the tables have turned, I can now feel the pain, the frustration. I can only think: many people have died here, but why are you like that? But… I don’t say it explicitly. I keep it to myself, as I was in their shoes once),” she said.

But the Internet and social media had their use for those like DJ, who are on the lookout for any information about their loved ones. She said they were helpful especially for those who had no means of communication to Leyte and Samar.

Despite the convenience, she could not help but be wary, as some data were unreliable.

Since walang makaka-verify sa info posted, it’s up to us kung maniniwala kami o hindi. Pangit man o hindi ang info, iniisip na lang naming na sana ma-verify na lang agad (Since no one can verify the information posted, it’s up to is to believe it. Bad or good, we just hope that the information may be verified soon),” she said.

DJ has tried the Google Person Finder and the different trackers set up by media organizations, but has so far failed to receive any word from her family in Tacloban.

Some towns are worse off, as DJ cites examples of her friends who do not have any news whatsoever about what happened in their respective hometowns, such as one from Dulag, a coastal area in Leyte.

These areas are given very little attention, unlike Tacloban, Palo and Ormoc as seen in the news, she adds.

But until they know nothing from their families, the best DJ and the others who have families afflicted by the typhoon can do is to help.

Since the typhoon hit, DJ devotes her spare time at the local branch of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) or in various relief operations set up by local governments, colleges and universities.

DJ appeals to the public to donate relief goods and help in their packing: Kahit kaunti lang talaga na tulong, okay na yun (Small efforts to help [typhoon victims] are enough).

She adds that pity alone is not enough. “Hindi kami makakabangon kung awa lang ang ibibigay (We won’t be able to recover on pity).”

Though not everyone can relate to what she is currently going through, DJ wishes they would be sensitive enough to know how the calamity has affected an entire region.

Homes, establishments and sources of livelihood were left as scrap as the supertyphoon hit Tacloban. Those left standing were ravaged by survivors, in search of food and supplies to get them by.

With her story, she hopes that the impact of the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda goes beyond the pictures that one now sees frequently in the media.

Maramdaman na rin sana nila kung gaano kalala ‘to (I hope they realize how serious the situation is),” says DJ. “Life goes on here. Hindi lang namin mapigilang umiyak paminsan. Paano babangon ang Leyte at Samar? Back to scratch lahat (Life goes on here. We just can’t refrain from crying sometimes. How will Leyte and Samar recover? Everyone goes back to scratch).”

For DJ and her friends who came from Eastern Visayas, the whole experience is painful. “Dito, wala lang siya. Pero doon, wala talaga. Tumigil ang oras (Here [in Manila], it’s nothing. But [in Visaya], nothing’s left. Time stopped),” says DJ.

Tumigil ang buhay sa amin.”

UPDATE: DJ was able to contact her family on Tuesday afternoon. Her father said they were all safe, and are surviving on relief packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. He fears that supplies might soon run out. Security is unstable in the area as police personnel deployed there are not enough to cover the whole city, he added.

(Alex Austria is a fourth year Journalism student from the UP Diliman College of Mass Communication. Other contributions may be sent to tnp.newsroom@gmail.com, and will be subject to editing.)

A Future In Retrospect

Maye,
20 years from now:
Hey. I hope you’re all right.

More importantly, I hope you’re alive.

I write this letter on the 2nd anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre. To date, with 58 people killed, 32 of whom were media practitioners, it is the worst election-related violence in the country, and the single incident in the world to involve the biggest number of media practitioners deaths.

Two years and countless tears from their families and friends later, there is still no resolution to any of the cases filed against the 196 defendants. Worse, not even half of them are in jail.

Not only did this incident highlight the grave danger Journalists can find themselves in, but also that a massacre as heinous as this can go unpunished. This is not just an issue of elections-related violence or of media people being killed; this is about the culture of impunity that is being perpetuated by the lack of justice.

And if 32 media people were killed, how safe can one media practitioner anywhere in the world be? How safe can I be? So if you’re reading this letter, 20 years from now, then breathe a sigh of relief, and consider yourself lucky: you’re still alive.

To be alive after years in the media industry with the society as it is now is quite a feat– especially since I hold a rather radical point of view. It won’t be a surprise if you turn out to be working in one of the media organizations that advocate media people’s rights and welfare. And it is not uncommon for people you might be working for or with to receive death threats. Some were unfortunate enough to be one of the victims of extra-judicial killings.

But then, 20 years from now, I might not even be a Journalist. I might have taken the safer route, gone into advertising or corporate communication, and you might be safe in your corner office, unaware anymore of how important today is.

If so, then know that your 20-year-old self is disappointed in you. I am not one to judge those in advertising or corporate communication, I am merely disappointed in the idea that I will ever abandon the advocacy that I have right now.

But knowing that it is possible, I write this for when I’ve lost the idealism that the University of the Philippines has taught me.

Others say that to survive the real world, one must face realities. But while UP makes us idealists, it also makes us critical. UP gives us skills and knowledge to realize our ideals: that they have the capacity for change. While it develops our excellence, it develops our honor. And what greater honor is there than to serve the country and the people?

Twenty years from now, will we still be honoring the lives lost in the massacre? Or will we be celebrating the resolution of the cases? Lawyer Harry Roque said the trials could last 55,000 years, while over 11,000 cases and international studies estimating a case in the Philippines to last five years.

Yet while the trials continue to crawl in court, more media workers are killed in the Philippines and in other parts of the world. How many more will die? 20 years from now, how many of your classmates will still be alive and working as journalists? I feel I must remind you, that of the 58, 6 were not even part of the convoy; they were civilians who only happened to be passing by.

And so I shatter your illusion that you are safe. For in a culture of impunity, no one is safe or guaranteed justice.

Another thing to ponder upon is this: In 20 years, how many people will remember? People–Filipinos have short memories and many have historical amnesia. But to forget is not to forgive. Anniversaries help remind people, but it is up to the media, to you, to help them remember not only the date or the number, or the place. It is up to you to put context and the significance to remembering.

I am writing this for when I’m cynical because in times like these, no one can afford to be cynical. To even forget is to dishonor the lives of the martyred journalists who died for their calling. When the culture of impunity is the status quo, the apathetic are just asa much to blame as the perpetrators. If more people realize this and remember, then 20 years from now, it could be, and will be different.

And so to you, my future self: look back, remember and never forget.

Mely Ann Cristobal
November 23, 2011

What’s Your UPCAT Story: Mongol No. 2

Last month, Tinig ng Plaridel put out a call for stories from past UPCAT-takers, encouraging them to tell us their motivations for taking the exam, their preparations for it, their results and their reactions. Some stories were triumphant, some hopeful, some bittersweet, but each one told of different experiences and different people. Before the University of the Philippines College Admission Test comes to challenge another round of examiners this Aug. 6 and 7, we take a look at how others faced it in the years before.

 

Mongol No. 2

Ni Keysie Gomez

Isang buwan bago ang UPCAT, isinumpa ko sa nanay ko na mag-aaral ako. At ipapasa ko ang UPCAT.

Tatlong linggo ang lumipas, isang linggo bago ang pagsusulit, tila ninenok na ng nerbyos at katamaran ang ego ko at poof! Ang pinagplanuhang time management ay nauwi rin pala sa wala.

Ilang araw na lang. Isang araw na lang. “Maligayang pagbati!” sabi pa ng August 1, ang araw na pinakahihintay ng libu-libong kaluluwa ng mga High School senior na isusugal ang kapalaran sa pag-shade ng bilog na magbabago ng takbo ng buhay nila . Isa ako ‘dun.

“Ano ba dapat ? Super dark ba, o light shade lang?” Ni hindi ko man lang naisip maitanong sa katabi ko kung nakakahinga pa ba siya o buhay pa. Sa temperaturang inabot ngairconditioning system sa pinagkukunan namin ng exam, iisipin mong brain freeze ang kahahantungan ng mga kawawang Iskolars wanna-be. Merong late. Pinaupo sa dulo. Kinunan pa ng dalang baon. Kawawa. Maling lapis pa ang dala:  Mongol #3, hindi Mongol #2. Kamalasan nga naman.

Kung tutuusin, kumportable ang naging takbo ng limang oras kong pagiging hunchback. Ang sarap lang kurutin ‘nung examiner na atat sa pagbigay ng warning na “O, magdasal na kayo, 10 minutes na lang!” at may kasama pang sarcastic laugh. Ewan ko ba, hindi kasi tanong ang nagpapabobo sa’yo sa UPCAT , kundi ang oras. ‘Yung tipong lahat kayo Cinderella at hinahabol ang minute hand bago mawala ang magic. ‘Ika nga ng isang post na nabasa ko sa Tumblr, ang kahulugan ng UPCAT ay: “U’re Pressured to Choose And Think.” Tama nga naman, ang UPCAT na naranasan ko ay hindi ang UPCAT na ipinamumudmod ng mga reviewerat mga nauna nang nakapasa. Bawat examinee, may kaniya-kaiyang stratehiya kung paano patutumbahin ang oras at tirahin ang tamang sagot sa “What’s an anti-matter?” at “Find the square root of N.”

Nakakatawa pa nga ‘yung ibang halatang-halata na talaga ang bentahan ng cheats. Mga kawawang nilalang. Kung alam lang sana nila na magkaiba ang sequence at tipo ng mga tanong na nakaimprenta sa mga questionnaires. Haler, taga-UP ang gumawa ng testGood luck na lang sa makaka-decode ng pattern ng sagot. Kung meron man.

Ikukuwento ko rin pala ang Urban Legend ng “The Power of ‘C’.” Narinig mo na ba’to? Ayon sa aking very reliable source (classmate kong avid fan ng astrology ), kung hindi mo daw alam ang isasagot sa isang item ay letter C ang pinakamabisa at epektibong solusyon! O, ha! Bakit hindi ipinagkalat ng DepEd ang earth-shattering discovery na ‘to? O kaya ginawaran ng Nobel Prize ang nag-imbento?  Pagtawananan na ako ng mundo pero naniwala ako dito. Hindi ko nga lang alam kung mas maraming mali o tama ang nakuha ko.

Nakakatuwa ang UPCAT sa parehong bagay na nakakaubos din ‘to ng dugo. Hindi ito tiyanak na inaakala ng marami. Ito’y isang kapre. Minsan pa, Godzilla. Ngunit sa huli’y nag-mo-morph into a Tinkerbell pagkalipas ng ilang buwan.

Ano pa nga ba, kundi ang inaasam-asam na UPCAT results. Ooh. Ang panahon kung kailan titigil ang takbo  ng oras at magkakantahan ang mga anghel sa langit. Liliwanag ang kalangitan kasabay ng pagkislap ng mahiwaga mong pangalan sa listahan ng mga mapapalad na kaluluwa.

Masayang alalahanin ang UPCAT fever days. Masarap sariwain ang limang oras na nagpabago ng maraming kapalaran.

Sa limang oras kong pananatili sa silid, napuna ko ang iba’t-ibang uri ng mga nangangarap. Karamihan, seryoso. Pero mas marami ang tila hindi kumbinsido. Hindi sa ayaw nilang makapasa, kundi sa pag-iisip na, “Pagkatapos ba nito, makakapag-UP ba talaga ako?” at ‘dun na nagkakaiba-iba ang takbo ng kwento.

Sa limang oras ng pagtitig sa mga pinakamahirap na tanong sa English, Math, Science at mgaout-of-this world na konsepto, nakilalala ko ang Unibersidad ng Pilpinas. Na sa kabila ng samu’t saring pasaring at paninira sa bansa natin, narito’t taas-noo pa ring nakatayo ang UP. At sa pamamagitan ng UPCAT, patuloy siyang naghahanap at nagbabakasakali na makatagpo ng isang karapat-dapat na Iskolar at bayani ng kaniyang lahi.

Salamat sa UPCAT at sa mga alalala nito. Salamat din sa isang bagay na kung wala’y hindi sana ako naririto. Sa pinaka-astig na lapis sa mundo, tagumpay natin ‘to, Mongol No. 2!

 

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Si Keysie Gomez ay taga-Mindanao at nasa ikalawang taon ng pag-aaral ng Sikolohiya sa UP Visayas. Mahilig siyang magsulat , mag-vandalize, at kung sineswerte’y mag-blog, kung hindi lang napakabagal ng internet sa kanyang dorm. Ang motto niya ay “Life is good, but we need cash.” Mahal niya ang Mongol 2. Rakenrol. 

What’s Your UPCAT Story: I Didn’t Pass the UPCAT

Last month, Tinig ng Plaridel put out a call for stories from past UPCAT-takers, encouraging them to tell us their motivations for taking the exam, their preparations for it, their results and their reactions. Some stories were triumphant, some hopeful, some bittersweet, but each one told of different experiences and different people. Before the University of the Philippines College Admission Test comes to challenge another round of examiners this Aug. 6 and 7, we take a look at how others faced it in the years before.

 

I Didn’t Pass the UPCAT

By Daniel Pineda

I didn’t pass the UPCAT. In fact, I think I was never meant to pass the UPCAT. Yes, I hate to say it, but I think I was bound to flunk the UPCAT—it was raining hard that Saturday afternoon, and it was already snowing inside the SOLAIR auditorium.

Worse, I remember a really pretty girl—tall, mestiza, full-bodied hair, milky skin, doe eyes, pointed nose, thin lips; seated beside me with a bag of Lay’s Original—and she was offering me some. I couldn’t resist it. No one could resist a serving of Lay’s. The world, indeed, was conspiring against me. And on the third Monday of January 2007, my name wasn’t on the list. I made countless visits to Soledad Hall, but no magic would place my name there.

For months prior the UPCAT, I studied hard—just like any good UPCAT-taker would. I prepared for that day for four years, probably even more, since all five of my siblings went to UP. Even my parents went to UP. All my classmates in high school always thought I’d end up in UP. They all knew I was bound for UP. But after seeing the results, I guess they were wrong.

But what’s strange is that I got a 95 on all my scores except in English. I got an 82. It had to be my grades in high school. Yes, it wasn’t me. It was the rain, the icy air-conditioned auditorium, the pretty girl—oh the tall, mestiza girl!—her Lay’s, and my grades in high school.

I thought my high school alma mater was known for producing the best English speakers in the country. But why did I get an 82 in English? I guess it wasn’t just high school grades. It was my High School. Of course it was my High School. Blame the weather, blame the air-con, blame the pretty girl—yes, the girl with milky skin and doe eyes and her bag of Lay’s!—blame my grades in high school, blame my High School. It wasn’t my fault I didn’t pass the UPCAT. How could it be mine?

Or maybe it was UP’s fault. But it couldn’t be UP. UP was Heaven on Earth. It could do no wrong. Maybe it was trying to teach me a lesson. But I was going to require a different kind of classroom.

I ended up appealing my case to UP Manila. They still had slots for their Development Studies program and they were welcome to applicants—“appellants,” as if to a higher court. For weeks, I went back and forth from Manila to Quezon City; acquiring my UPCAT scores, acquiring my NSO certified birth certificate, acquiring my transcript from my high school, and having my medical exam done in the esquinitas of Faura and Pedro Gil. It required me to wait the longest lines in the Census office only to find out there was no way I could get my papers ready on time. It required me to make trips inside offices, giving appeal letters to records administrators. It required me to find comfort in the strangest streets of Manila.

Worse, a year after, it required me to do it all over again when I transferred to UP Diliman—have myself cleared from the Manila campus, write letters to the College Secretary and the Dean to release my TCG as soon as possible, look for and make contact with professors on vacation, and force myself to remain smiling for the photo finish 2×2 pictures.

And I finally made it.

If there’s one thing UP has taught me, it’s that nothing can stop you from fighting for what you believe in. Not the rains, not the winter auditorium, not the pretty girls (with pointed noses and thin lips and their bags of Lay’s), not your past, not even the UPCAT.

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Daniel Pineda graduated on time with a degree in Creative Writing (an English course). He is now taking his MA in the same course.

What’s Your UPCAT Story: Between Mind and Heart

Last month, Tinig ng Plaridel put out a call for stories from past UPCAT-takers, encouraging them to tell us their motivations for taking the exam, their preparations for it, their results and their reactions. Some stories were triumphant, some hopeful, some bittersweet, but each one told of different experiences and different people. Before the University of the Philippines College Admission Test comes to challenge another round of examiners this Aug. 6 and 7, we take a look at how others faced it in the years before.

 

Between Mind and Heart

By Billie Dela Paz

The UPCAT wasn’t just an exam I took. The whole process of reviewing, filling out forms, taking the test, anxiously waiting for the results to come out was not what defined my UPCAT experience. To me, the UPCAT was a battle between my mind and heart. It led to the biggest mistake I’ve made in my life – or so I thought.

Unlike many Iskolar ng Bayan, going to UP was never part of my plans. I had my life set since I was in my freshman year of high school. Ideally, I wanted to go to De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde to take up AB Multimedia Arts with a scholarship so that I could make it big in the visual communication and graphic design industry in the future.

Then I fell in love… And I fell hard.

Just like that, my goals and aspirations in life shifted from being a big shot graphic artist to being with my boyfriend, a student of UP Diliman, 24/7. The best way to do that, I thought, was to pass the UPCAT and go to UP Diliman for college. I never prepared for anything as much as I did for the UPCAT. I spent a large sum of money for the review classes that I took the summer before the test. From then until the night before the UPCAT, I barely had any sleep and I finished almost three sets of yellow pad paper studying for the subject I’m worst at – Math. I even visited my high school’s chapel every single morning praying that God might be kind enough to shower me with answers while I’m taking the exam. I was determined to pass the UPCAT for what may be a shallow reason for others: to have my boyfriend close to me everyday.

Eventually, my hard work paid off. I made it to BA Broadcast Communication and most importantly, I finally had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with the “love of my life”. Everything was perfect until I received a letter from DLS-CSB stating, “DLS-CSB is granting you 100% waiver of your tuition and fees.” I never imagined that everything I’ve wanted since I was young was within my reach. I passed the CSB entrance exam, I got into the course I wanted and best of all, I got the full scholarship I dreamed of. It was unbelievable. All I had to do was reach for my dream.

But, I had to choose: my dream or my boyfriend.

Obviously, I chose the latter. The weird thing is that within my first week as a UP student, we broke up. Yes, I did have feelings of regret for a time but I believe in second chances. I may not have been a scholar at my dream school but maybe UP was the plan for me all along. If it wasn’t for my desire to be with my boyfriend then, I probably wouldn’t have taken the UPCAT at all. Now, I go to the best university in the Philippines and I can proudly say that I’m having the time of my life as an Iskolar ng Bayan.

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Billie Dela Paz is a 19 year old a BA Broadcast Communication major from the University of the Philippines Diliman.