We take pride and honour in featuring the photographs of Engr. Karl Hipolito that Yahoo NZ featured in Yahoo NZ Total Travel Destination of the Month: Coromandel.
See Karl’s photos and captions of Coromandel.
You will find the Coromandel Peninsula as you travel in the North Island of New Zealand. The peninsula is located in the Waikato Region and Thames-Coromandel District and stretches 85 kilometres north from the western end of the Bay of Plenty. Its shape forms a natural barrier to protect the Hauraki Gulf and Firth of Thames from the tempest of the Pacific Ocean.
Cathedral Cove and surrounding area are very popular among local and international tourists. Approximately 150,000 visitors come to this place each year. Probably, the fact that some shots for Chronicles of Narnia were taken made the place more popular.
ABOUT ENGR. KARL HIPOLITO
Karl graduated Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering in 2000. He passed the BSECE board in 2001.
He received the loyalty award for studying at CPU in Kindergarten, Elementary (1991), High School (1995) and college.
He is working currently in one of the IT industries in Auckland. Prior to migrating to New Zealand, he worked in Manila for three years and a year in Singapore .
Karl told CPU Blog:
“In my past time, photography is my stress reliever. I love traveling in and outside New Zealand to capture the wonders of the world through my lens. I find completeness when people appreciate my work. In fact, come March 28, I am scheduled to fly to Europe to snap more and more sights to share to the world.”
“Getty Images have also considered some of my photos for selling and licencing them globally. I am so ecstatic and inspired to share more as my photographs are being recognized internationally. Not only I am proud of my works but so happy to make my fellowmen proud too.”
Your Alma Mater, Central Philippine University is surely proud of what you have achieved.
See more photos of Engr. Karl Hipolito at Karl Hipolito’s Photostream.
Once upon a recent time there was no CPU Website. There was no “Centralians on the Web” forum. There was no CPU-WFA!
Then God stirred the heart of a centralian computer enthusiast. And lo and behold, the CPU Website was born. But it was born out of wedlock. I mean, outside the campus, for the campus then was not equipped to give birth to and nurture the website. The CPU administration was not yet convinced of the importance and the urgency of having it then.
But this centralian was convinced and he decided to conceive on his own. His “conception” drew some solicited and unsolicited help of a few fellow centralians and friends, and together they developed the concept and put on line the original CPU website, and with it, opened the original “Centralians on the Web” forum without official support and sanction from the university administration. This was hosted for free at the servers of Camp Internet.
I learned later that this centralian is no other than Francis. Yes, many of you may not know who Francis is, for he was never Francis to all of us foriks. He is the Fneil –- Francis Neil Jalandoon. And as far as I know, he is the founder of the CPU Website and the “Centralians on Web” forum. Anybody who wants to challenge that will have to present some convincing proof to the contrary.
These original site and forum had long been replaced by what we have now, already hosted in our very own servers inside the campus and enjoying the “almost full” support of the university administration. But the spirit that moves behind and inspires the old and the new sites and forums is one and the same— our dear old but never aging Central Spirit.
And it is also the same spirit that inspired and sustained the transfer from Fneil and Camp Internet to Rudelskie and the Cyberlib at Henry Luce III Library, and finally to Casel and the UCSC server room where the “prestigious alumni association in the net,” originally the CFA (Certified Forum Addicts) which later evolved to be the CPU-WFA (CPU-World Foriks Association), was born.
For non-foriks, “forik” is a word originally coined by forik Tinkerbelle from the words “forum addict”.
I tried to browse our forum for some materials to build this history but after hours of wading through the veritable jungle that is our forum, I had to give up because I was always sidetracked to continue reading on a certain topic and forget my original intention of just gathering materials for the making of the CPU-WFA history.
I decided I would have to rely on my own recollection and also on some of the things a fellow forik, Peter Ane, PMed (private messaged) me to help me put some spice into this story-telling assignment.
As far as I can remember, the CFA, the predecessor of CPU-WFA was informally formed in the first week of June, 2003. The idea just spontaneously cropped up and developed as the veteran foriks from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Brunei, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines were in the middle of exchanging pleasantries and seemingly senseless and wordless posts.
Then on August 26, 2003, Hile Grossmann, the self-proclaimed CFA Ambassadress, together with Sealion, the floating forik, and several other foriks initiated the move to transform the CFA into a global forik association. After several pages of exchanges of posts and replies and hundreds of smilies, the CPU-WFA was finally organized on-line with officers nominated and elected via such exchanges across the globe through the CPU Website forum.
The drafting of the organization’s by-laws followed soon after– also done via on-line meetings and discussions through the CPU forum. The very first on-line meetings used to last two to three hours but the diverse time zones and availability of the globally dispersed members demanded that the meeting session be held for three to four days in order to exhaustively discuss the agenda.
Despite these limitations, the determination of the officers, particularly the president, coupled with the full support of the members, immediately produced tangible results: a digital camera donation to the UCSC, two scholarship grants for qualified CPU work students starting June 2004, additional hard disk for one of our internet servers, and the book drive for the Central Philippine University Library– all of these accomplished within the first year of the association’s existence.
Much as I would like to refrain from mentioning names for fear that I would surely miss some and therefore make them feel forgotten, I also find it difficult to make the story truly a history without mentioning names.
For sure no full-blooded forik would contest me when I say that CPU-WFA’s history would not be complete without first mentioning the names of the veterans Nat10977, Excel, Essex, Hile Grossmann, Tinkerbelle, Warcode, DVaflor, Fneil, Toolbyte, Rudelskie, Icebryker, Jorp, Soulrock, Sealion, Froknoy, Styrix, Wanderer, Ngekzmo, Silver Kiss, MauroSomodio, Joyce de la Fontaine, Elich, Teachneer83, Keilah, Blazing Fire, Peter Ane, and many others. We also have many late-bloomers but are nevertheless as active as the veterans, and some are even more active: Keekay, MauroSomodio, Walalang, Misyo Jr, Soltero, Zilch, Orange, Yellow, Angel, Shawarma, Krunchee, Pandaypulong, Batch86, Jonan Castillon, Zemper, Wyldkard, Cirex, Erie Vibez, Ventricle, Gunfighter, Habagat, Ardjas1, Eyewoman, and still many more.
There, I’m sure I’ve already made some feel forgotten. Don’t because your names are all there in the forum and the forum is the complete history in itself.
The way I see it, the history of the CPU-WFA cannot be divorced from the history of the whole Centralians on the Web forum itself, and that history that is continually in the making is long, winding, colorful, irritating, inspiring, senseless, sensational, critical, sensitive, relaxing, challenging, interesting, reminiscing, enlightening, and most of all, time consuming!
So, I will not attempt to complete the history here and now, as this will deprive us of other equally interesting and satisfying concerns lined up for tonight. (Did I hear somebody saying, “Dinner?”)
Besides, I do not want to monopolize the history telling myself for I would like that the official history of the CPU-WFA be composed with the help of several other foriks whose talent and skills in the weaving of words are tested and proven and probably more colorful and spicy than what I can muster myself.
So, at this point, let me end abruptly, not the official history of the CPU-WFA, but only my version of it. Thank you and good evening!
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The photos in this post were taken from the CPU-WFA Facebook Group Page.
Among the highlights of the national arts month is the Philippine Visual Arts Festival: The Rizal Experience (PIVAF: TRE) at Angono, Rizal.
This is the main event for sculptors, painters and cultural workers. I am among the five delegates in Panay, representing Iloilo.
My painting entry entitled “Kambal na Tradisyon at Inobasyon Tungo sa mas Matibay na Pagkakakilanlan” is my interpretation of this year’s theme. It shows that both tradition and innovation are Siamese twins where one animates the other.
Tradition is the treasure trove of indigenous wisdom, without which communities cannot establish a unique identity that they can call their own. Innovations are indications of growth needed for a stronger and more mature culture.
Cultures doe not have to stagnate; they should soar. As they evolve, people should have a stronger identity needed for a better sense of pride. Such sense of pride is mediated by an intervening variable—symbols of excellence.
People who develop a better sense of pride are liberated from a psychic malady called Doña Victorina syndrome or self-contempt (common among Filipinos) and become more prepared as building blocks of national development.
My painting shown here is more particular about the Iloilo milieu. Some reminisce our Carabao-Carroza festival, Pinta Paraw and the distant past where the barter of Panay used the salakot medium. We can also take pride of original inventions by two Central Philippine University professors: the single-burner rice husk stove of Alexis Belonio and the pellet mill by Jaime Cabarles and associates.
In a state of flux, our culture continually establishes a stronger distinction developing among the Filipino subcultures.
The approach used as I limned this in acrylic is a synthesis of modern styles. The composition embraces the tradition of breaking traditions when it comes to canons of art making.
ABOUT LUCELL LARAWAN
Lucell Larawan is an Associate Professor of the Department of Business Administration, Central Philippine University. As a prolific researcher, he completed eight single-authored researches on business and management, and art.
He presented papers in the “International Conference on Business and Management” in Turkey (April 15-17, 2011) and the “First International Conference on Visayan Art and Culture” (SM Trade Center, Cebu City, 2010).
Lucell will be presenting two papers in June 2012, one in the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance International Conference and another in the Second Asian Conference on Cultural Studies.
He availed the First President Manuel Roxas and Sanag 2010 Literary Fellowships. In 2010, Lucell got a research grant from the NCCA on the fine artists of Panay. He had two solo visual arts exhibits at Museo Negrense and UP Art Gallery and served as trainer of Artist for Crisis Program of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Since two years ago, he had conducted visual arts training for the indigenous people and the youths at Rizal street and has managed their visual arts festivals through the Kalinawa Art Foundation (Makati-based) and the Pagtubo sa Kasanag.
Lucell regularly writes a column in The Daily Guardian, a daily in Western Visayas.
In sculpture, Lucell has two semi-finalist awards in the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence. He is a member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-National Committee on Visual Arts.
More earthquake aftermath images shared by Natie Degayo Montelibano on Facebook.
With several aftershocks of not less than Magnitude 5, we who are from faraway could only pray for everyone that nothing more would happen.
These are photos of Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Philippines after the quake hit the area.
“Main tremor was at 11:49 AM (PST) February 6 at intensity 6.7, epicenter is 72 KM N of Dumaguete City, 74 KM WNW of Tagbilaran City and WSW 80 KM of Cebu City.”
“1st aftershock 12:03 PM (PST) at intensity 4.8, 2nd aftershock 12:20 PM (PST) at intensity 5.6, 3rd aftershock 6:10 PM (PST) at intensity 6, 4th aftershock 7:33 PM (PST) at intensity 5.8, 5th aftershock 7:40 PM (PST) at intensity 6. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) released a tsunami warning but at very low level.”
Below are the news (as of February 7, 2012) on the earthquake that rocked Negros, Cebu, Iloilo City and nearby provinces on February 6, 2012.
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
Cicero Omero II took this pictures seconds after the shaking had stopped at 12:00 o’clock, February 6, 2012.
An earthquake of magnitude 5 struck Iloilo City sending people out on the streets for safety. Offices and schools closed temporarily. This includes our very own, Central Philippine University. The epicenter was located between Negros and Cebu with 6.9 Richter magnitude scale.
For more news about the earthquake please click on this link… Earthquake Iloilo City
More aftershocks were felt. Another was at about 7:48 PM on Amy Campos‘ watch, which according to her was longer than other aftershocks before it.
Jerry Bionat, Deputized Civil Defense Deputized Coordinator at PDRRMC Iloilo, expressed over Bombo Radyo that this was so far the strongest earthquake he experienced in his life.
Monitor earthquakes and aftershocks in the Philippines through this link… PHIVOCS LATEST EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION.
Here’s the news from The Philippine Star, February 7 editiong… 6.9 QUAKE KILLS 43
The Central Philippine University Post Office was dedicated and inaugurated on February 1, 1990. Watch this short documentary about the CPU Post Office.
Did you know that the CPU Republic, then led by Peter Penrod Gape, initiated its establishment? The project was fulfilled the following school year in Joseph Gensaya’s time as CPUR president.
Also, after its inauguration, the Central Philippine University Post Office did not operate right away because the Philippine Postal Corporation was still looking for a personnel who does not smoke.
CPU and the Postal Service Office (now Philippine Postal Corporation) forged an agreement. CPU had to provide the building and the postal company, the personnel and service.
The CPU Post Office is a joint project of CPUR (led by Joseph Gensaya), CPU Development High School PTA (Mr. Bobby Rodriguez as president) and CPU.
The CPU Post Office greatly benefited students whose families are from other provinces of Visayas, Mindanao, and Luzon. Sending through the post office was still the popular way of sending and receiving letters and cards at that time.
With the advent of the Internet and wireless communication technologies, the postal system, which includes the Central Philippine University Post Office, has lost its popularity .
To the students, the younger generations, and even middle-aged to senior adults who have learned how to communicate via Internet and mobile phones, sending through the CPU post office seems to be a thing of the past and labeled as “snail mail”.
Sending money and package through the post office is now the last choice of clients. They prefer the fast courier and cash delivery companies available nowadays.
Despite the odds, the Central Philippine University Post Office remains serving the CPU community and surrounding villages of Jaro, Iloilo City.
Take time to watch the video and appreciate Central Philippine University Post Office.
Perhaps you might be one of those who were touched deeply by the message of the Coca-Cola ad “Where Will Happiness Strike Next: The OFW Project”.
You can’t avoid identifying with and feeling how the three persons featured in the Coca-Cola advertisement felt, especially when you are located abroad and far from your loved ones.
However, when you are one of the alumni of Central Philippine University, the Central Spirit provides the needed warmth and comfort wherever you may be.
Centralians are encourage to post a comment, sharing how the Central Spirit has lifted your spirits high as you go through your experiences and transitions in life.
Share your happy CPU Forever Experience now!
In April 2005, as the CPU Centennial celebration drew near, Dr. Juanito M. Acanto, then incumbent President organized the Centralian Family Loyalty Award Committee.
Dr. Acanto desires to recognize Centralian families who have been loyal to CPU for generations. The legacy of loyalty award was determined through the family members who have attended CPU. Their continuing concern, undiminished interest, unselfish involvement and unswerving support to their Alma Mater were also considered.
Based on the Centralian Family Loyalty Awards site, a total of 117 families received the award in 2005, CPU’s centennial.
In honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Calixto Zaldivar and his family, whose five children are all Centralians, CPU presented the Centralian Family Loyalty Award to the family. Ex-Governor of Antique, Sally Zaldivar Perez received the award for the family.
Guess who came to CPU and gave the award? The President of the Philippines, then Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, honored CPU and the Zaldivar family. The awarding was held at Rose Memorial Auditorium in January 2006.
After the CPU Centennial, the Office of the President proceeded to publish the book titled, “Legacies of Loyalty: Stories of Families Loyal to Central Philippine University“. The book was launched on September 1, 2007 during the Alumni Homecoming Luncheon at Rose Memorial Auditorium.
Of the many CPU publications produced those years, the “Legacies of Loyalty: Stories of Families Loyal to Central Philippine University” is the only book that gained an ISBD or International Standard Bibliographic Description from the National Library of the Philippines.
FOR LIST OF AWARDEES, PLEASE CLICK THIS CENTRALIAN FAMILY LOYALTY AWARDS
Copies of the book, “Legacies of Loyalty: Stories of Families Loyal to Central Philippine University” are available at the Henry Luce III Library.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez – Australia Centralians raise funds for 7th CPUAA Global Reunion
While Manny Pacquiao is getting ready, doing his daily boxing routines for the upcoming Nov. 12 fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, Centralians at Sydney are also preparing for their fund raising event through the Pacquiao-Marquez fight.
On 9-11 September 2012, the CPU Alumni Association – Australia Chapter will host the CPUAA 7th Global Reunion. The event will be held at Sydney, Australia. CPUAA – Australia Chapter is preparing actively for the CPUAA 7th Global Reunion at Sydney.
Led by CPUAA – Australia Chapter President Ismael Isidto, the group had already arranged the venues and accommodation for Centralians coming from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and other parts of the world.
Realizing the fund raising potential of a Manny Pacquiao fight, the CPUAA – Australia Chapter organized the live streaming of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III on November 12 for Centralians and friends.
On the Sydney 2012 CPUAA 7th Global Reunion Facebook Group’s Wall CPUAA – Australia Chapter President Ismael Isidto announces:
“For the amount of $30/person, there will be a good variety of food which the group will cater for the guests who are going to watch the fight and overflowing FREE drinks will, likewise, be provided. T-shirts printed with Manny Pacquiao’s images will be printed and sold before and during the fight with a price tag of $30 apiece. Imported and made to order pa ang mga shirts amo na nga medyo mahal. In the same token, promotional T-shirts of the Wicked Cybercafe group led by our VP, Val Centeno, will be on sale with profits going to our Association’s coffers.”
Feeling the enthusiasm and cooperation that officers and members of the CPUAA – Australia Chapter are showing for the CPUAA 7th Global Reunion, there’s no doubt that after the Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez fight on November 12, there will be two champions.
No, I’m not looking forward to another draw between Pacquiao and Marquez. I am confident that Manny Pacquiao will win again and defeat Juan Manuel Marquez. With Pacquiao’s victory comes the victory of the Central Spirit.
Congratulations CPUAA – Australia Chapter for keeping the Central Spirit aflame to the world in Sydney for the CPUAA 7th Global Reunion and beyond.