UP falls to UST in three sets, puts Final Four spot on the line

Text by Luisa Morales

Photo by Mark Kevin Reginio

Diliman fans are holding their breaths for the Final Four.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons failed to cement their spot in the Final Four in their first attempt, as they bowed down to the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tigresses in straight sets, 20-25, 21-25, 16-25, at the Mall of Asia Arena, Sunday.

The game started out tight, with both teams going at it. Neither team was giving up any ground, and the ecstatic crowd was at the edge of their seats with every rally.

It was neck and neck until the second technical timeout with UST up only by a point, 16-15, but the España squad pulled away late in the set with blocks and costly errors from the Lady Maroons to draw first blood, 25-20.

Things looked brighter for State U in the second set. Starting out strong, the Diliman team held a five-point cushion in the middle of the set, 11-6.

However, a barrage of attacks from the Tigresses proved too much for the Lady Maroons. UST dominated the rest of the set to take a 2-0 lead against UP, 25-21.

By the third set, the Maroon squad looked out of steam. Riding on the momentum of their 2-0 lead, UST pounded State U leading at one point by 10.

Despite a mini-run from State U courtesy of veteran Nicole Tiamzon, UST’s lead proved too big to overcome.

The Tigresses eventually won the match, 25-16.

Sophomore Tots Carlos led State U with eight points while Isa Molde and Tiamzon contributed seven markers each.

Ennajie Laure powered UST with 15 points, while skipper Cherry Ann Rondina followed closely behind with 14.

“They [UST] really played well, and it was, again, our errors that killed us,” UP Captain Ayel Estrañero said.

State U ended the match with 26 errors, five more than UST’s 21.

The Lady Maroons are set for a do-or-die match for a Final Four spot against Far Eastern University (FEU) on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

“There is no time to be down after this game. Kailangan namin bumawi, kailangan gandahan ang training to gain some confidence going into Wednesday’s game,” the captain said.

Fight for holistic UP education continues for concerned faculty, students

By Nacho Domingo

In condemnation of the University Council’s (UC) approval of the General Elective (GE) reform, the Sagip GE Alliance, composed of faculty and students opposing the reduction of minimum required GE units from 45 to 21, held a press conference March 28 at the Palma Hall steps to fight for holistic UP education.

Speakers hailing from different college faculties in UP united in the belief that the GE reform will deny UP students a well-rounded education and instead, will funnel them into employment for international corporations.

“Kailangang pagtibayin pa ang GE program, pagyamanin at di ito mapapayaman sa 21 units,” said UP Professor Vlad Gonzales of Tanggol Wika.

Currently, the university follows the Revised General Education Program (RGEP), which was first implemented in 2012. It requires students to take 15 units each of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Philosophy, and Math, Science and Technology subjects.

According to journalism professor and member of Sagip GE Alliance Danilo Arao, the importance of GE units lies in providing students with a broad skill set, rather than one that only focuses on subjects directly related to the career paths offered by a degree.

“Ang layunin nito ay mapalawak ang ating isipan. Kailangan natin ma-expose sa iba’t ibang disiplina anuman ang ating spesyalisasyon,” said Arao.

On the other hand, Professor Mico Panis of the Industrial Engineering department defended the reduction of units, saying it will allow engineering programs to be completed in four years instead of five.

“In my opinion, this allows us to stay competitive and attractive with other engineering universities,” Panis said in a separate interview.

Panis also said, “[The] GE reform also removes redundancies ng ibang subjects na natuturo na dapat sa K-12,” adding that GE units are not the only ones to be reduced but also major and cognate subjects.

In contrast, Arao believes that part of what Sagip GE calls “Tatak UP” is how the program develops students’ critical thinking and interrelational skills.

Despite many of the students branding these subjects as unnecessary and a burden to enlist, he said, Arao believes in the values that these develop in the students.

“Ang kailangan lang natin tandaan nung nangyari noong March 20. Nagwagi ang pro-21 proposal para bawasan itong sinasabi nating hybrid general education program,” Arao said.

This was in reference to the poll held among UP professors on March 27. During this meeting,  302 members of voted for, 31 voted against, and 41 abstained the implementation of the reform.

He also said the votes in favor of the reform coming from the Colleges of Science and Engineering played a big hand in its approval, as they account for over 46 percent of the UP student population.

Nevertheless, Arao believes that despite the decision, the fight for a well-rounded education is still ongoing.

“Tuloy-tuloy ang laban, at sa kasaysayan ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, malaki ang posibilidad na marereverse ang mga desisyon lalo na’t mayroong malinaw na public pressure mula sa estudyante at alumni,” added Arao.

Meanwhile, USC Chairperson Bryle Leaño described the reform as a neoliberal attack on education that continues to exploit the students.

“Sabi pa nga ni Chancellor Michael Tan na tayo ay narerestructure ng GE reform upang matapos ang ating pag-aaral sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas,” said Leaño.

“Tayo ay matutulak na maghanap ng trabaho sa mga malalaking korporasyon hindi man sa loob ng Pilipinas kundi sa labas.”

Leaño then described how GE program’s restructuring does not suit the needs of a country like the Philippines, which is heavier on agriculture than science and engineering fields.

He concluded his speech by stating the importance of instilling an educational program that suits the needs of the country.

“Dapat alamin natin kung ano ba ang pangangailangan ng Pilipinas upang tunay na mailapat natin ang ating kagalingan at tunay na magspecialize tayo para sa sambayanan,” said Leaño.

The official approval of the GE reform will take place in a Board of Regents meeting at Quezon Hall on April 5.

Along with progressive student groups, Sagip GE has called for another mobilization to take place in protest of the reform’s implementation.

Sakadas continue fight against labor violations, seek support from government

By Ara Nacario

Three months after being rescued from Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, Bukidnon-based migratory cane cutters—more commonly known as sakadas—filed their third labor exploitation complaint March 20, against recruiter Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative (GLSC) and principal employer Agrikulto Inc.

The 17 sakadas filed their most recent formal complaint at the National Labor Relations Commission Regional Arbitration Board (NLRCB) in San Fernando, Pampanga, while their first two filed in the Cagayan de Oro city branch of NLRCB two months ago.

“Ang habol namin [sa pagtatrabaho sa Tarlac] ay yung malaking sweldo na pinangakong maka-700 sa isang araw,” one of the sakadas said.

“Isipin mo yung 700 kada araw, tapos libre pa lahat, sino naman hindi sasama dun.”

National progressive group Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) rescued and brought the sakadas to the Department of Agrarian Reform in Quezon City after traveling from Tarlac.

The sakadas were all recruited from Brgy. Pangantucan in Bukidnon Province. The recruiter rented a bus to bring all the sakadas to Hacienda Luisita in November 2016.

A few weeks into their five-month work contract, the sakadas escaped Brgy. Mapalacsiao in Tarlac City after suffering from exploitation under the hands of their recruiter in the 6453-hectare hacienda.

‘Tarlac package’

According to UMA, Cojuangco-led firm Agrikulto requested recruitment agency Greenhand Labor Service Inc. to produce around 1,000 cane cutters to work in Hacienda Luisita.

Currently, Agrikulto Inc., a Filipino company that farms and markets sugarcanes and leases land for these purposes, is the biggest owner of the illicit leaseback system in Hacienda Luisita. A leaseback is an arrangement where the buyer of a property leases it back to the seller.

Davao-based sakada Edmond Prayon recalled how a certain Greenhand recruiter “Bong” promised daily P450 to P700 in wages, additional cash, benefits including hospitalization, PAG-IBIG, PhilHealth and SSS and P1500 worth of groceries, along with free hotel accommodation, clothing and workwear.

The victims said they were previously given an initial payment of P2,500 and told it was all part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “livelihood program.”

“Pinangako nila sa amin na bibigyan nila kami ng P5,000 tapos yung P2,500 muna yung ibigay nila sa amin para may maiwan sa pamilya,” Prayon said. “Ngayon, ang sinabi nila, yung natirang P2,500 po, pagdating ng Tarlac, saka na nila ibigay.”

On a normal day, sakadas earn P200 a day for their labor in Mindanao. They also had to pay for their own food, provide food for their own families, and transportation.

Parang ‘selda’

Sakadas coming from different provinces including Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Koronadal, Pampanga and South Cotabato arrived in batches in Tarlac.

They stayed in poorly-ventilated, constrained compounds they described as “selda,” with windows obstructed with metal bars. Their compound was located near the sugar mill Central Azucarera de Tarlac.

They had to endure the heat, bad smell coming from the main plantation and poor facilities. They were guarded with armed security men and were not allowed to leave at night. The sakadas slept on the floor with only carton sheets.

“Nung nag-umpisa na kaming magtrabaho eh walang tubig kasi malayo yung pinagtrabahuhan namin tsaka yung pagkain, kaunti lang. Kaya yung iba, medyo nagkasakit na dahil sa sobrang init at sobrang pagod,” Prayon said.

There were many nights when they had to make do with what little amount of food that they were given.

“Sampu kami, isang kilo lang ibibigay sa isang grupo. Tapos limang piraso ng sardinas, tapos, limang pirasong noodles. Hindi naman magkakasya ‘yun,” another sakada, Bernie Caha said.

They said they were also forced to work from 4 a.m. until 5 p.m. even with empty stomachs. For their labor, the agency only provided panapas or bolo used to cut canes.

“Pangako rin ‘yang [mga helmet], wala nga kaming dalang jacket kasi ang sabi ‘wag na kaming magdala dahil libre lahat doon (sa Tarlac). ‘Yung helmet, gwantes, botas, wala. Yung panapas lang po ang binigay,” Prayon said.

These conditions led to the cane cutters suffering coughs, fever and colds, which eventually left one dead.

Based on the payrolls UMA reported, the sakadas received weekly wages from P 66.21 to P 898.20 a week, which ranges from P 9.46 to P 128.31 per day. In Central Luzon, the supposed minimum wage for plantation agricultural workers is P 334 a day.

UMA organizer Angie Ipong said victims were even offered a pakyaw rate (group rate).

Based on UMA’s consolidated reports, cutting and hauling cane costs P220 per ton. Victims were also given a quota of 18 tons a day which is physically impossible for a 8-13 team of cane cutters given the additional work of hauling canes.

On the night of Dec. 25 last year, the sakadas left the compound while the others were enjoying a small party prepared by GLSC. Unnoticed, one sakada jumped at the opposite side of the wall to gather all their bags while the rest told the guards about buying cigarettes.

“Wala po silang bag na nakita sa amin. Kasi yung bag, hinagis na po namin sa bakod, kaya po nakita nila, wala naman po kaming dalang bag, pumayag sila,” Caha said.

“Ang paalam namin, bili lang kaming sigarilyo.” he added.

The sakadas travelled on foot to the bus terminal going to Cubao, and again by foot going to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Elliptical Road, Quezon City.

Andronel Campo, 20, previously rescued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) called Edmond Prayon to inform Prayon’s group what to do next.

“Siya po ang tumawag sa amin na, para tayo makauwi ng Mindanao. May tumulong sa atin taga-DSWD, pumunta kayo rito para pag-usapan natin yung dapat natin gawin,” Prayon said.

To the present, UMA is assisting the sakadas to avail government assistance and file appropriate charges before returning to their hometowns.

Call for government support

Ipong said the government should provide financial support to local farmers.

According to her, without support service, rent is the only way farmers can gain from their lands.

Support service includes irrigation, machineries, inputs, seeds, fertilizers and other chemicals for farming.

“Hindi pwedeng lupa lang kasi ibebenta ‘yan, ipapa-renta ‘yan, kasi anong gagawin sa lupa kung walang gagamitin?” Ipong said.  

“Support system ang palalaguin ng industriya natin dapat, ‘yun ang kailangan ng ating agriculture,”she added.

UMA demands for a full-blown investigation on the trafficking of sakadas, stopping the operations of Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative and the status of land reform in Hacienda Luisita.

Prayon said his fellow sakadas are determined to push the charges against the recruiter. For now, some sakadas consider staying in Quezon City to work as laborers.

“Support system ang palalaguin ng industriya natin dapat, paano magkaroon ng machinery, traktor, irrigation, yun ang kailangan ng ating agriculture,” Ipong said.

“Doon mapupunta yung sinasabing national industrialization. Mai-industrialize lang ‘yun at dapat naka-focus sa agrikultura natin,” she added. #

(Image grabbed from Luisita Watch’s Facebook page.)

 

Student groups denounce Duterte regime’s state fascism, GE reform

By Abigail Zara

Progressive groups from University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman staged a protest at Palma Hall, Tuesday, condemning all fascist attacks under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

The groups also decried the University Council’s decision to reduce UP Diliman’s General Education units from 45 to 21 starting 2018.

Expressing their rage, the students slammed repressive government actions such as counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan, the recent bombing operations by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Abra, and the eviction of urban poor groups from housing projects in Pandi, Bulacan.

“Daan-daan na mga mamamayan ang dini-displace sa kani-kanilang mga komunidad at ilan-ilan ding mga lehitimong aktibista at mga progresibong organisasyon ang kinukulong at dinadakip,” said League of Filipino Students (LFS) member Renz Pasigpasigan on Oplan Kapayapaan.

Also known as Development Support and Security Plan Kapayapaan, Oplan Kapayapaan is the AFP’s security strategy to supposedly reduce terrorist groups to a “minimal strength” within six months, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

In the same interview, AFP Chief General Eduardo Año said 51 battalions were deployed in Western Mindanao and parts of Central Mindanao to fight terrorist groups such as Abu Sayyaf, Maute Group, and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Contrary to its purpose, Oplan Kapayapaan is being used to spread fear among communities where communist groups express their dissent, said Pasigpasigan during the protest.

According to the LFS member, the program is intended to suppress those in the countryside who oppose the government and to breed terror within civilians as well to discourage them from joining the fight.

“Malinaw kung ano ang isinusulong ng ating administrasyon at rehimeng Duterte sa kasalukuyan,” Pasigpasigan said.

“Naghahasik siya ng takot sa hanay ng mga mamamayan para tayo ay tumigil sa ating paglaban, para tayo ay magpasupil,” he added.

The protesters also denounced AFP’s bombing operations in Malibcong, Abra , following a firefight between members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and the AFP on March 15.

A day after, Imelda Tabiando of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) confirmed that the AFP dropped 14 bombs over the town, causing a forest fire and the suspension of elementary and high school classes in the area.

A take over for rights

Student groups also condemned the recent eviction of urban poor groups from idle housing projects in Pandi, Bulacan.

Led by urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), thousands of homeless individuals from Taguig, Navotas, and Malabon cities occupied more than 5,000 unused units in Villa Elise, Pandi Village 2, Villa Louise, and Padre Pio housing projects in a campaign known as Occupy Bulacan on March 8.

Kadamay member Elizabeth Aguirre said in an Inquirer interview that the movement was done because of NHA’s refusal to provide them with “decent homes,” despite many dialogs.

“We were willing to pay [for government housing which] we could afford, yet, we were always told that there were no vacant houses. But based on our inspection, all these houses were unoccupied,” Aguirre added.

The National Housing Authority (NHA) issued eviction notices for the informal settlers on March 20.

According to NHA data, the 52,341 idle houses nationwide were intended for members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and AFP, but only 13 percent or 8,327 of these were being used.

The eviction efforts are further proof of the government’s continuous deprivation of rights to basic social services like shelter, according to Anakbayan CSSP member Kiko Caramat.

“Sapilitan silang pinapadaan sa mga burukuratikong proseso gaya ng napaka-mahal na mga fees, kaya sa pinaka-matagal na panahon din ay wala silang sariling pabahay,” Caramat said during the protest.

Caramat said that because of this deprivation, Filipinos all over the country are asserting their rights through collective action.

“Kaya naman sila na ang mapagpasyang kumilos para angkinin ang higit limang libong tiwangwang na pabahay sa iba’t ibang relocation sites sa Pandi, Bulacan,” he added.

Call for critical, holistic general education

Further worsening the issue of these fascist state attacks is the implementation of the General Education (GE) Reform within UP Diliman, according to the student groups.

With votes of 302 for, 31 against, and 41 abstain from members of the UP Diliman University Council in the GE Reform Conference on Monday, the minimum number of GE units was lowered from 45 to 21 beginning 2018.

Supporters of the GE Reform insisted during the conference that the reduction of GEs will alleviate the academic burden of students by lessening tuition fees and the number of years of certain degree programs, like Engineering courses, which would go down from five years to four.

Institute of Mathematics instructor Ma. Cristina Bargo said in a Facebook post that the curriculum of Engineering and Science majors requires taking service courses before major subjects, allowing for too little room for students to take GEs.

The professor refused to be interviewed further on the issue, as of press time.

However, student groups acknowledged the reform as a scheme to produce graduates in a shorter time in order to further fuel the cheap labor pool demanded by the global market.

“Ang reporma sa GE na ito ay magsisilbing daluyan, magsisilbing balon, magsisilbing poso ng murang lakas paggawa ng mga kabataan,” Anakbayan CAL member Alix Matute said during the rally.

Moreover, LFS Engineering said in a Facebook statement that reform would further expose graduates to unfair and abusive labor policies.

“The influx of fresh graduates would only limit the number of jobs available for them, creating conditions that would make them more vulnerable to low wages, contractualization, and poor working conditions,” LFS Engineering said in a Facebook statement.

UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan joined the protest to express his opposition of the GE Reform.

“A true UP product is not for the existing distorted job market. A true UP student will question the job market,” the chancellor said in his solidarity message during the rally.

Tan, who served as chair in the conference, expressed his dismay because the discussion in the event failed to tackle the wider issues surrounding the reduction of GEs, like its connection to neoliberalism and struggles under the Duterte regime.

“We tried to get things discussed. Umaasa pa ako na magkakaroon ng kompromiso dito, pero mainit na ang ulo ng mga tao dito,” the UPD chancellor said.

“Basta nahirapan na ako mag-ano dito ng malayang talakayan. And I’m very disappointed,” he added.

Student groups agreed that limiting GE subjects will also lead to the lessening of the holistic quality of UP education and reducing subjects that teach students to think critically and act in the face of these issues under the Duterte Administration.

“Yung edukasyon natin ay nagsisilbi hindi para paunlarin yung kakayahan ng mga kabataan, kundi para supilin ang ating kakayahan upang mag-isip nang kritikal, upang gamitin ang ating abilidad upang baguhin ang lipunan,” Matute added during the protest.

Because of these ill effects, Chancellor Tan urged for a stronger campaign to oppose the GE Reform.

“We will create new niches that serve the country, not serve the interest of others,” Tan said.

The chancellor also called for the students to exhaust more actions and venues to counter the GE reduction aside from the existing protests.

“Kailangan din may discussions na kung bakit may posisyon kayo, tayo, tungkol sa GE, at ano ang implications nito para sa buhay ng mga estudyante afterwards… Pwede pa tayong mag-meeting para ma-plano kung ano ang pwedeng content dito,” Tan added.

The chancellor agreed with the students’ call to seek accountability from the Duterte Administration and its fascist attacks.

“Ang hamon sa atin ay patuloy na ipanawagan ang paniningil sa rehimeng Duterte at ipagpatuloy ang pakikipag-kaisa natin sa iba’t ibang mga organisasyon sa ating pamantasan,” Pasigpasigan said. #

UP emerges victorious against ADU, looms over top seed Ateneo

By Luisa Morales

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons continue their pursuit of the top spot as they defeated the Adamson University (ADU) Soaring Falcons, 3-1 at the Far Eastern University-Diliman field, Sunday.

Once again playing without veterans Daniel Gadia, Ace Villanueva and Ian Clarino, the young Diliman squad was in top shape despite the handicap.

It was a strong start for UP as they kept Falcon goalie Carl Viray busy. Viray turned away shots from the Maroon offense but soon enough, one got through.

Rvin Resuma got the offense going for State U, scoring a goal at the 35th minute mark with help from teammate Christian Lapas.

With the momentum on their side, it wasn’t long until Lapas rushed past Viray for another goal to give the Maroons a two-goal cushion before the half ended.

But the Soaring Falcons weren’t going to let up just yet. Just before the whistle blew at the half, ADU’s Marc de Guzman took advantage of a defensive error by State U. The goal got Adamson on the board, 2-1 by the half.

Any chance of a comeback from the Falcons was quickly dashed as Javier Bonoan got the ball to the back of the Falcons, with the help of a free kick from JB Borlongan.

By the 49th minute mark, State U regained a two-goal lead.

Despite ADU still pushing until the end, UP goalie Jose Yared and the rest of the defense held their opponents back to keep the score as it was.

The defending champions are breathing on the necks of first-seed Ateneo as they trail only by two points. UP looks to strengthen their title defense against the University of Santo Tomas (UST) on March 30 at the Moro Lorenzo Field.

UP strengthens Final Four bid, dominates NU

by Luisa Morales

The Lady Maroons are back with a vengeance.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons overpowered the  National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs as they win in four sets, 25-14, 25-27, 25-21, 25-12, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Sunday.

The Diliman volleybelles dominated every aspect of the match, avenging their first round loss to Jaja Santiago and the Lady Bulldogs.

UP veteran Nicole Tiamzon did not see action the whole match, with reserve Aiesha Laine Gannaban starting in all four sets.

It was a great day for UP fans. The Lady Maroons were on fire from the get-go, taking advantage of the poor reception of their opponents.

Loaded serves and powerful spikes from the Diliman squad allowed them to cruise through the first set, 25-14.

But the Bulldogs weren’t afraid to bite back. The second set was tighter with both squads going back-and-forth until the end.

NU had a set point 24-23 but the Lady Maroons managed to extend the set. Despite UP getting a set point of their own, NU was able to win the set 27-25; tying the game at one set a piece.

By the third set, State U looked poised to dominate again. Great floor defense and attacking from the Maroons looked too much for NU to handle.

It was all UP as they led the set 17-5, but NU did not go down without a fight. With a stunning 15-3 run, they caught up with UP at 20-all.

The UP fans were at the edge of their seats as the set was suddenly within NU’s reach.

Key plays from State U, however, powered the Diliman-based squad to take a 2-1 lead, 25-21.

Unfazed by the fierce comeback of their opponents, UP came into the fourth set looking to finish strong.

NU looked tired as State U kept pounding the Lady Bulldogs with loaded serves, while UP veteran Kathy Bersola answered everything Santiago had to offer.

The Lady Maroons ended the match on a high note, dominating NU all throughout the set, 25-12.

UP finished the match with five Lady Maroons in double figures – Bersola, Isa Molde and Tots Carlos had 14 points apiece, while Gannaban and Ali Buitre chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Captain Jaja Santiago led NU with 18 points, followed by Aiko Urdas with 12 markers.

With the crucial win, the Lady Maroons tie the Lady Bulldogs at fourth place with a 7-5 win-loss card, and more importantly, keep their Final Four hopes alive.

UP is set to face the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tigresses, currently at solo third, on April 2, at the Mall Of Asia Arena.

Undermanned UP booters power through UE, 3-1

by Luisa Morales

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons inched closer to defending their crown as they outlasted the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 3-1 at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field, Thursday.


The Diliman team emerged victorious despite playing without captain Daniel Gadia, Ace Villanueva, and Ian Clarino, who are preparing with the national Men’s U22 team, set to compete in the upcoming Southeast Asian games.

UP started the match hot, with Maroon JB Borlongan hitting a goal only four minutes after the opening whistle blew.

But the Warriors answered back just as quick.

Right after the restart, UE booter Regil Galaura raced past the Maroon defense to get the ball to teammate Mar Diano to even it up 1-1 at the fifth minute mark.

It was the Maroons who dominated the rest of the first half, Borlongan scoring another goal 13 minutes before half time to take the lead back, 2-1.

By the second half, UP did not seem to be content with a one goal lead.

At the 77th minute mark, Maroon Miggy Clarino’s shot bounced off the UE keeper, allowing Sean Patangan to guide the ball to the back of the net.

The goal further cushioned UP’s lead, 3-1.

The Diliman squad’s defense held their ground to keep UE goal less in the second half.

With the victory, the defending champions improve to 21 points as UP trails behind league leaders Ateneo de Manila University only by two points.

Still without their leaders, UP will take on Adamson University, Sunday at the Far Eastern University (FEU) field.

UP CMC ISA fields new bet for CMCSC chair

Arjay Torno has replaced Andrea Andres as the UP CMC Independent Student-Centered Activism (ISA) candidate for chairperson of the CMC Student Council (CMCSC).

By Beatriz Zamora

Arjay Torno has replaced Andrea Andres as the UP CMC Independent Student-Centered Activism (ISA) candidate for chairperson of the CMC Student Council (CMCSC).

As per the hearing held by the College Student Electoral Board (CSEB) yesterday, Andres’ withdrawal of candidacy and Torno’s appeal were considered valid.

The party filed an appeal for former vice chairperson candidate Torno to replace her on March 20.

According to the CSEB, the replacement of a candidate by another person in the original lineup does not violate election rules.

UP CMC ISA’s appeal to peg Andrea Duldulao as vice chairperson candidate of the CMCSC was denied.

In a statement issued earlier today, UP CMC ISA said that Andres can no longer campaign her candidacy for chairperson due to personal matters.

Lady Maroons fail to repeat sweep of La Salle

By Denver Del Rosario

The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons are back on the losing end as they crumbled before defending champions, De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers in straight sets, 25-27, 11-25, 17-25, in the UAAP 79 volleyball tournament today at Filoil Flying V Arena.

After a strong showing in the first set, the Diliman-based squad eventually lost steam in the second and third sets as the Lady Archers took advantage of their reception woes.

“Andun pa rin yung errors sa first ball,” said team captain Arielle Estranero. “It’s normal to commit an error during the game pero lately, napapadami siya, and it’s something we have to work on in training.”

Majoy Baron led the onslaught for DLSU with 16 points—six of which are service aces–while Des Cheng, Kim Dy, and Tine Tiamzon contributed 11 each.

On the other hand, sophomore Isa Molde spearheaded the charge for the Lady Maroons with 12 points, while Diana Carlos added 11.

While the Lady Maroons played slightly better in non-scoring skills (digging, receiving, and setting), the Lady Archers outperformed them in the scoring departments (spiking, blocking, and serving).

The Taft-based squad proved their blocking prowess with nine block points over the Lady Maroons’ two. Moreover, the Lady Archers scored 11 points in the service department, while UP only registered a single point.

The Lady Archers surged ahead in the first set with a six-point lead, 4-10, courtesy of attacks from Dy and Cheng.

However, the Lady Maroons rallied in the later part of the set as they took the driver’s seat, 19-17, with an error from Kim Fajardo and a drop ball by Molde.

The Diliman-based squad had two set points at 24-23 and 25-24, but DLSU showed composure as they snatched the set, 25-27, via an error by Marian Buitre and a block by Cheng.

The Lady Maroons lost their energetic display as DLSU tallied a 10-point lead in the second set, 10-20.

An ace by Baron and an error by Buitre finished the set in favor of the Taft-based team.

In the third set, the Lady Archers built a six-point lead midway, 8-14, courtesy of attacks by Baron.

The Lady Maroons tried to claw back, 12-15, via a Carlos spike, but DLSU scored four consecutive points from an attack by Dy and three aces from Baron, 12-19.

The Lady Maroons eventually failed to stage a comeback as Baron closed the game with a block on Nicole Tiamzon.

With the loss, UP sinks deeper in the team standings with a 5-5 win-loss card, tied with the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws in fifth place.

For their four remaining games, Estranero looks to maintain a positive outlook.

“Siyempre, tuloy lang ang laban,” said Estranero. “The fight is not yet over. We just have to build our confidence from the past few games and we can’t let this game affect us.”

The Lady Maroons will next face the Adamson University (ADU) Lady Falcons on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

(Photo taken on Feb. 11, 2017, first-round match between UP and UE.) 

State U football squads emerge victorious

By Luisa Morales

The University of the Philippines (UP) nabbed back-to-back wins as both UP Diliman men’s and women’s football teams overpowered their opponents at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, Saturday.

The Lady Maroons got their first win of the season, coming back against the University of Santo Tomas (UST), 2-1.

Meanwhile, the Fighting Maroons handed second-seed Far Eastern University their first loss, 1-0.

The España squad controlled the match during the first half, converting their possessions with chances and making the match a tough start for the Lady Maroons.

Maroon goalie Nicole Adlawan kept the match goalless for most of the half, but Tigress Charise Lemoran managed to elude State U’s defense and bring the ball to the back of the net at injury time (45+2) to put UST up, 1-0.

But the Lady Maroons did not back down. The defending champions finally showed up at the second half, scoring two goals within three minutes to rise up against UST.

State U substitute Patricia Malonzo scored at the 57th mark and provided an assist at the 60th mark to teammate Claudia Mendoza to give them the lead, 2-1.

UST tried to bring the match back to a deadlock, but Adlawan denied them every time.

Meanwhile, the Fighting Maroons also emerged on top in an intense battle against FEU, one of the top football teams this season.

Both teams drew a lot of chances in the first half but could not convert, finishing the half still at a deadlock.

Despite misses from good attempts by State U, the defending champions kept their aggressiveness in the second half.

In a spectacular sequence, Maroon JB Borlongan intercepted the ball from the FEU side and passed to teammate Arvin Resuma to lead the ball past the Tamaraw goalie to break the deadlock at the 65th minute mark, 1-0.

State U stayed on the attack almost hitting another goal from a free kick if not for the crossbar, while FEU struggled to cope with UP’s offense.

The Fighting Maroons are now tied with the Tamaraws at the second spot with 18 points each, while the Lady Maroons improve to four points at the expense of second-ranked UST.

The Lady Maroons are set to face the FEU Lady Tamaraws on March 29 while the Fighting Maroons go up against the University of the East (UE) on March 23.

(The photo was taken from the UP Women’s Football Team Facebook page.)

UP ends drought, stays in contention for Final 4

by Keith Magcaling

The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons snapped their four-game losing skid with a four-set win, 25-14, 18-25, 25-15, 25-10, over the University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors on Wednesday at the Fil Oil Flying V Center in San Juan.

Tots Carlos led the charge for the Lady Maroons with 21 points, while veteran Kathy Bersola racked in a season-high 18 points.

Sophomore Isa Molde chipped in 16 markers, as the Maroons bombarded the Warriors with 49 attack points.

The Lady Warriors shook off a bad opening set performance and caught UP off-guard early in the second set to enter the first technical time out with a five-point lead, 8-3, four of which were service aces.

The Lady Warriors, led by skipper Shara Adorador, who had 12 points, stayed in front throughout the second frame, and a service error from Carlos saw them level the match at one set apiece.

However, the Lady Maroons, hit with a series of setbacks, including losing libero Pia Gaiser to an ACL injury, were determined to get out of the slump and end the drought as they aggressively closed out the succeeding sets.

Captain Ayel Estrañero shelled out 43 excellent sets and outmaneuvered opposing setter Roselle Baliton who had 25.

The Diliman-based volleybelles tallied their first win in five games after starting their campaign with a 4-0 win-loss card. They improve to 5-4 and are in a four-way tie with Far Eastern University (FEU), University of Santo Tomas (UST), and National University (NU) at the third spot, while the Lady Warriors remain at seventh place with a 1-8 record.

The Lady Maroons look to once again upset the defending champions, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Spikers (7-2), when they face them on March 19 at the Fil Oil Flying V Arena in San Juan at 4 p.m

Journalism wins 2017 CMC Cup

For the first time since 2013, the College of Mass Communication’s Journalism Department has reclaimed the annual CMC Cup.

Journalism clinched the title after amassing 353 points, followed by the Broadcast Communication Department with 310. The departments of Communication Research and Film rounded out the last two spots with 298 and 211 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, the college also awarded four exceptional students for their participation and dedication in the Cup’s games.

Denver del Rosario, Angela Buensuesco, Arjay Torno and Rocky Morilla were hailed most valuable players for Journalism, Broadcast Communication, Communication Research and Film, respectively.

The three-day-long, points system sporting event among CMC’s departments consists of a variety of games that tests students’ motor skills such as modified relay and running games. The tournament is then capped off with traditional basketball and volleyball matches.

With the goal of fostering “camaraderie, friendly competition, and sportsmanship among Maskom students, faculty, and personnel,” this year’s CMC Cup rolled out with a gaming theme, with matches named after well-known apps such as Angry Birds and Pokemon Go, among others.

(Photo grabbed from the CMC Cup Facebook page.)