Archive | February 2012

1986 EDSA People Power Revolution in the Philippines – What do you think?

Central Philippine University Blog

After watching this video, I could only nod, smile, and chuckle.

Ano sa tingin at palagay nyo?

Ano sa inyo nga paglantaw?

Advertisements

Important Thoughts on the Original People Power Revolution 26th Anniversary

By Atty. Rodolfo V. Cabado

Good morning, Philippines! Good day, world! Today is the 26th anniversary of the original 1986 People Power Revolution, the culmination of long years of living dangerously when the victims, the powerless, the fearful and all those who felt they counted for nothing at all came together to boot the overstaying tenant out of Malacanang and shoo him out of the country like a fly who was fortunate enough not to be squashed with fly swat.

I avoided saying ” EDSA I” for good reason. What happened between February 22 and 25 of 1986 – surreptitiously at first among the coup conspirators which erupted later into a stalemate between force and faith along that stretch of Highway 54 (renamed Epifanio de los Santos Avenue) – was just the tipping point of a war of resistance that was not at all just about Ninoy or Cory Aquino or Doy Laurel or Cardinal Sin or Johnny Enrile or Eddie Ramos or Gringo Honasan but about you and me and the people we love and care about.

It happened not just on EDSA but all over the Philippines. It happened in all provincial capitals and chartered cities. It happened in schools, churches and farms. It happened too in Hacienda Luisita although it was not just about Hacienda Luisita or somebody’s else’s backyard vegetable plot. It was a war of resistance going back to Lapu-Lapu through all the revolts and rebellions reduced to the footnotes of our colonial history and finally erupting in the Philippine Revolution of 1896 and the establishment of the Republic of the Philippines in 1898 – the first ever in Asia – but which was subverted by “the Mighty and Humane North American Nation” which proceeded to decimate our population through the Philippine-American War from 1899 to 1902.

We commemorate this day as another milestone in our unceasing and unwavering struggle for nationhood, national identity, true independence, true sovereignty, and equal justice and opportunity for all.

If we commemorate this day with only Cory and Ninoy in mind, then we betray the memory of all the countless other martyrs – many who are still nameless – who made this day possible for Ninoy to be remembered as a hero and for Cory to become President and, posthumously, even a candidate for canonization.

Again, I say, this day is about all of us – the student and the soldier, the salesgirl and the seaman, the doctor and the domestic helper, the farmer and the financier, the laborer and the legislator, the actor and the accountant, the priest and the prostitute, the teacher and the technocrat, the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful and all those in-between who have affirmed to the deepest core of their beings that they are Filipinos and have committed their hearts and souls, promised their present and their future, and heartily put on the block their lives, their liberty and even their loves that this nation might survive, and live, and prosper.

CPU Derecho… Sakay Na!

Central Philippine University Blog

The CPU Derecho hosts. (L-R) Eric Lagradilla, Carmelle Frances Romero, Katherine Joyce Somosierra, Jason Pagunsan, Jonan Castillon, and Kim de la Cruz

Yes…it is more than the oldest and famous “CPU Derecho” jeepney route. It’s a wake up call to all Centralians and Ilonggos!

CPU Derecho, the newest morning talk show on the CPU Alumni Channel, is a 30-minute TV Program conceptualized a year ago by the staff members of the CPU Office of the President and the Publication and Information Center.

The President posed a challenge to come up with alternative shows on the CPU Alumni Channel. CPU Derecho, with its vibrant, dynamic concept was a sure go!

CPU Derecho aims to present the many facets of Centralian life and uphold its vision and mission as well. The show had her maiden showing on May 7, 2007 with pioneer hosts, Carmelle Frances Romero, Katherine Joyce Somosierra, Jason Pagunsan, Eric Lagradilla, and Jonan Castillon.

It features interviews of famous personalities, now and then, and interesting stories in and off campus. In our second episode, we had Dr. Agustin Pulido, ex- CPU President, and now Vice Chairperson of the BOT as guest. On the Monday showing, Pres. Juanito Acanto takes time to greet the CPU constituents, set the campus into his smiling mode signature.

There is also a segment of history and trivia by Jason Pagunsan where refreshing historical information for the week is told. Eric Lagradilla, the President’s legal aide seeks to present matters and extend assistance on student’s or employee’s legal concerns.

Short documentaries of Centralian interests are also shown. On the first show, a power-point presentation of the existing benches around the campus was shown along with interesting background information. It was entitled “CPUR Benches” for these nostalgic items were projects of the CPU Republic.

You should have seen the “Poste”, a power-point presentation on the evolution of electric posts in the campus from wooden to concrete as being parallel to development and technological change.

The first off-campus video feature was the “CPU Zarraga Farm”. Except for Agriculture students, most Centralians just heard about the farm but had never been there. The team visited the place, featured different farm activities, and interviewed the caretaker.

The informative video feature showed the farm’s potential for an eco-tourism site. The farm is worth visiting and alumni who come to CPU should include Zarraga farm in their itinerary. These and all other interesting stories are featured in the show’s segments.

Towards the end of the show, the hosts announce memorandums, meeting schedules, and other events of the week are announced.

Sandy Lim, Maricar Caballero, Kristen Jor are the work students in the President’s Office who assist in the production with Noel Christian Romero as lead production assistant.

Pastor Kim De la Cruz, Assistant to the President for Kid’s Central Program, helps in directing the show. For off-campus video recording, Mr. Ceciro Omero II is the volunteer videographer.

Because “CPU Derecho was coined from the famous “Jaro CPU Derecho” jeepney route, the hosts invite the TV viewers to “sakay na” and ends with the phrase “sa lugar lang” when they open and end the show, respectively.

Watch out for more live campus coverage and feature stories.

CPU Derecho is being shown live every Monday and Friday at 7:45 A.M. on Sky Cable’s, Channel 8, CPU Alumni Channel, with replays on Wednesdays-7:45 AM and Sundays-7:00 AM.

ADMIN’S NOTE:

Katherine Joyce Somosierra wrote this press release published in Panay Panays May 2007. We re-published this write up her for recollection purposes. Also, so that alumni will know that once upon a time in CPU, a 30-minute TV program existed. CPU Derecho stopped airing in mid-2009, when the people behind the production became busy with their respective duties and responsibilities at Central Philippine University.

Tradition and Innovation from a Central Philippine University Artist’s “Paint of View”

By Lucell Larawan

Central Philippine University Blog

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

Central Philippine University Blog

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.

Tradition and Innovation from a Central Philippine University Artist's "Paint of View"

By Lucell Larawan

Central Philippine University Blog

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

Central Philippine University Blog

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.

Central Philippine University wins Best Film Award in Iloilo Contest

Central Philippine University Blog

The Central Philippine University-BS Advertising film entry, Kasugtanan “The Covenant”, recently won the Best Film Award in the 1st Iloilo Short Film Competition during the 2nd Iloilo International Film Festival.

The film, besting 26 other short films, is a story of unfading love of a groom to his bride. On the day of the supposed-to-be wedding celebration, the groom waits on the altar, as the casket of his beloved bride was brought to him on a funeral procession. He delivered his eulogy which is a promise to love until death.

“This film is a product of prayers,” said Sharlyn Joy S. Velasquez, writer and director of the film and faculty member of the BS-Advertising Program of the College of Business and Accountancy (CBA).

Actors in the play are Dora Jane Balleras , Pe Mark Abapo (the groom), Gretchen Legara (the bride), and Roland and Mariquit Dy Buco as Mr. And Mrs. Gonzales.

Other members of the production team are Jovette Aimee Barcelona, Ken Nacepo, Gracel Elidia, Mas Calma, Jeanil Sajo, Leah Prodigo, Diana Lyn Atienza, and Dr. Lenny Rose Mucho. The play was supported by Dr. Teresita E. Crucero, CBA dean and Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, president of CPU.

Published by Manila Bulletin, February 9, 2011

February 6 Earthquake in the Philippines – More Updates

More earthquake aftermath images shared by Natie Degayo Montelibano on Facebook.

Central Philippine University Blog

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.

Central Philippine University Blog

Randy Anthony Pabulayan shares some earthquake data from U.S. Geological Survey:

“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.

MANILA BULLETIN

Quake Jolts Visayas

PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER

Quake kills 52 in Negros Oriental

 

Magnitude 5 Earthquake Images through Centralian Photographer Cicero Omero II

Central Philippine University Blog

Central Philippine University Blog

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

Central Philippine University Post Office – A Brief History

Central Philippine University Blog

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.