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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.

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

By Lucell Larawan

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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.
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ABOUT LUCELL LARAWAN

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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.

Capturing a Decade of Central Philippine University in 10 Minutes

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These videos capture the 10-year period, from 1997 to 2006 of Central Philippine University dubbed as the “Years of Bliss, Years of Fulfillment” for the university.

From his book, “Years of Bliss, Years of Fulfillment”, Dr. Juanito Acanto writes:

“The blessings that befell this university came from ideas, people, and events, all of which could have been made possible only by and through the intervention of the All-knowing Power, the Almighty God. He uses people and guides them to a clear and strong belief of what a great University of the Baptist Faith should be, and gives them insight to the dreams and aspirations of their leaders of yesteryears and find ways to realize these.”

Watch these videos and see the progress that Central Philippine University amassed in ten years, making it the best university in Western Visayas.

Copies of the book, “Years of Bliss, Years of Fulfillment” by Dr. Juanito M. Acanto are available at the Henry Luce III Library.

For more details about this decade-long period of CPU, browse http://www.cpu.edu.ph/cpupo/pub/introduction.htm.

Capturing a Decade of Central Philippine University in 20 Minutes

Central Philippine University Blog

Central Philippine University Blog

These videos capture the 10-year period, from 1997 to 2006 of Central Philippine University dubbed as the “Years of Bliss, Years of Fulfillment” for the university.

From his book, “Years of Bliss, Years of Fulfillment”, Dr. Juanito Acanto writes:

“The blessings that befell this university came from ideas, people, and events, all of which could have been made possible only by and through the intervention of the All-knowing Power, the Almighty God. He uses people and guides them to a clear and strong belief of what a great University of the Baptist Faith should be, and gives them insight to the dreams and aspirations of their leaders of yesteryears and find ways to realize these.”

Watch these videos and see the progress that Central Philippine University amassed in ten years, making it the best university in Western Visayas.

Copies of the book, “Years of Bliss, Years of Fulfillment” by Dr. Juanito M. Acanto are available at the Henry Luce III Library.

For more details about this decade-long period of CPU, browse http://www.cpu.edu.ph/cpupo/pub/introduction.htm.

Central Spirit – There’s Happiness at CPU Forever

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.

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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!

Central Spirit – There's Happiness at CPU Forever

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.

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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!

Central Philippine University G-FORCE DISCOVERY 2011 at Tibiao, Antique

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A pose after a walk along the beaches of Tibiao

Central Philippine University‘s summer seasons (April to May) is a time for employees to spend great vacation time bonding with family and friends.

While there are university funded trips for some selected offices, the rest of the employees are just grouping themselves, planning and spending on their own for their regular summer (or semester break) getaways. G-Force is one of these employee groups at CPU that had been staging successfully several trips in many local places to unwind, enjoy, and take time off from the rigors and pressures of office life.

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With no one around, Jones took the shot this time with Cyrus (left) in the photo

On May 26-27, the G-Force went to Tibiao, Antique for yet another summer getaway trip. Their theme, “G-Force Discovery 2011”, was just appropriate for the many things that they discovered and experienced in Tibiao.

Besides knowing that the mayor of Tibiao is a Centralian, Hon. Walden M. Lim (HS ’83), what attracted the G-Force to Tibiao was the Katahum Tibiao video about the many adventures that Tibiao is offering that the G-Force watched via Internet.

Katahum Tibiao boasts of “the perfect mix of nature and adventure to get your adrenaline pumping and take your breath away with awe-inspiring sites.” G-Force gives a “triple A” or “XX” (extra-excellent) rating for all the activities that they went through. Among the many treks that they made, they all see the trip to the falls and kayaking adventure as the most adrenalin pumping adventure that they had.

To arrange the trip, they contacted Flord Nicson J. Calawag who is the 23-year-old General Manager of Katahum Tours and the now famous, Tibiao Fish Spa



For the G-Force, it is not just the opportunity for adventure and fun that they are aiming at. They see their trip as a way of meeting Centralians and promoting Central Philippine University to whomever they meet along the way.

Thus on their way to Tibiao, they met the Rev. Matias Arib, pastor of San Jose Evangelical Church, as they stopped at the parsonage for some necessities. A brief acquaintance and Cyrus and Pastor Matias recalled that they were classmates in one or two subjects during college. Pastor Matias was also May Guillem’s “kasimanwa” (townmate) in Sagay, Negros Occidental.

Jonan, owner and founder of Online Writing Niche, led them there because he once stayed at Antique Christian Center for eight months while working as process documentation researcher of the Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila in 1992. Together with several research assistants, he was documenting the implementation of the agrarian reform program in remote villages of Sibalom, Patnongon, Valderrama, Bugasong and Hamtic at that time.

Their next stopover was at Laua-an, Antique the town that Mayor Aser Baladjay, a graduate of CPU Civil Engineering in 1987 leads. Before going to Mayor Baladjay’s office, the G-Force met former CBYFP President, Ms. Mayden Acero. She is the Municipal COMELEC Head of Laua-an.

After having snacks courtesy of Nang Mayden and several songs at the videoke, the G-Force proceeded to Tibiao amidst heavy rains along the way. It was already 3:00 PM of May 26, when the group arrived at Tibiao town.

Learn more of the G-FORCE’s great Tibiao discoveries on the next post…

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Saying his prayers before the cooking began

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Jonan is being cooked in his own fat

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Giving dead skin treat to our fish spa friends

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Beholding the majestic Bugtong Bato Falls

More G-Force Discovery 2011 photos coming your way next time…