U.P. kong Pinakamamahal

Congratulations to all the University of the Philippines graduates today! Let’s look back to where it all started, in a paper called “Admission Slip.” So for you, here is a poem I wrote in Filipino a year ago.

The Viewfinder

University of the Philippines Sunflower The U.P. Sunflower

Sa paglilinis ng bodega
Isang Linggo ng umaga
May mga bagay na nakita
Na nagpanumbalik ng mga alaala

University of the Philippines Admission Slip “… you qualified for admission… to U.P. Diliman… for a DEGREE PROGRAM W/ AVAILABLE SLOTS…”

Taos-puso ang aking tuwa
Noong sa akin ay inihatid
Ang iyong liham ng pagtanggap
Na may basbas na kalakip

University of the Philippines Oblation Atat.

Lumuwas na dali-dali
Patungong Quezon City
Upang litrato’y maiguhit
Kasama ang rebultong kapuri-puri

University of the Philippines Ikot Map Oo, nag-print pa ako ng mapa. Bakit ba? 🙂

Nguni’t sa aking pag-ikut-ikot
Ay may mga nagpaabot
Na ang pagpapalitrato’y
May sumpa sa pagtatapos

Nihonggo quiz Shin Airikku Sekku. Minus 0.5 points for the non-Japanese numberings! 🙂

Nagsimula ang unang taon
Sa pagbati ng Ohayou

Panonood ng horror,

eiga sai 2005 flyer Eiga Sai 2005 Flyer. Required at may reaction paper. Pero hindi pa naman in Nihonggo. In English lang muna. 🙂

At pag-aaral ng mga sailor

Vampires, Psychic Girls, Flying Women and Sailor Scouts: Four faces of the young female in Japanese Popular Culture Hindi ko rin akalaing may ganitong klaseng pag-aaral. 🙂

Nandiyan…

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WALANG FOREVER: The CMC Transformation

The concept behind the word “forevermore” had been circulating online, and even in casual conversations, after a TV drama of the same title topped the primetime charts. Suddenly, everybody was asking, “may forever ba? (Does ‘forever’ exist?)”

A recent visit to my beloved alma mater, the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (CMC) made me exclaim, “Walang forever. (There is no forever).”

I left the college in 2010. And the five long years that passed created stunning changes to our beloved Maskom.

Surely, the alumni would be surprised upon seeing the new facade.

University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication

Through the years.

The old facade was a blue wall, complete with all the traces of the past years.

These marks were gone now, and were covered with new stone tiles, bearing the logo of the college.

During my time, this part of the building was closed. And this veranda was used as a hangout place of a student organization.

Now, the entrance in the facade area is fully operational.

Inside the main building, the U.P. Gawad Plaridel Gallery is still at the lobby, bearing the portraits of the recipients of the award. The Gawad Plaridel is granted to people who showed exemplary public service in the fields of film, radio, television, and print.

The Administration Office nearby was basically the same except for some accents. A water station was also set up at the opposite side.

The opposite corridor going to the photocopy area, complete with the gate, continued to be a favorite subject among black and white photography students.

University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication

Main building corridor.

Artworks now lined the walls. The AV Library and the TV Room swapped places. The lockers and the benches were also out of the place. But the photocopy area was still there.

Going upstairs, the Broadcast and Journalism departments were still on their rightful places. The latter was even given a Certificate of Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education.

The corridor on the other side of the second floor was also lined by artworks now.

A photograph of Gilda Coronel was also prominent beside the Ladies’ Room.

Going further, the skywalk, which is the connecting pathway between the Main building and the Annex building, now had tables and chairs.

University of the Philippines. College of Mass Communication.

Skywalk.

At the second floor of the Annex building, the Communication Research Department had also adapted some glass doors.

Opposite Comm Res was the new look of the library.

University of the Philippines. College of Mass Communication.

CMC Library.

Downstairs, the alumni would be welcomed by more portraits of the more recent Gawad Plaridel awardees. Computers also lined up the old “Film” lobby.

And going left from the stairs would not lead anyone to the Film department anymore. The area was now an extension of the library.

University of the Philippines. College of Mass Communication.

The area beside the A-107 room is now a part of the library.

Opposite this was still the Graduate Studies Department, with the new steel name on the wall.

Outside, the alumni could not help but be awestruck by the new landscape.

lawn copy

The old parking lot was now lined with grass and a lot of plants.

At the far end of the area was the new canteen called the M Cafe.

University of the Philippines. College of Mass Communication.

The new CMC canteen.

There was still the ramp going to the basement. The dirty bluish green paint was now an artistic representation of the College’s battlecry, “Midyang Malaya at Mapagpalaya (A free and liberating Media)”.

University of the Philippines. College of Mass Communication.

The ramp.

The basement itself was also a whole new entity now. Artworks also lined the walls on this part of the college. The end part now had tables and chairs where students could hold their meetings. The door at this side was also operational now.

University of the Philippines. College of Mass Communication.

The new basement

At the far end of the CMC compound was the Media Center, the newest building of the college. It finished its construction just before my graduation in 2010. And that was also the time when the Film Department started transferring to its new home.

University of the Philippines. College of Mass Communication.

The old movie posters lining up the walls of the basement were transferred to the Media Center.

The new building was equipped with more facilities, like the new Dark Room, since then. The Film Institute’s name was placed at the facade. Tables and chairs were provided for student use. Water stations were also everywhere now.

University of the Philippines. College of Mass Communication.

At the facade of the Media Center. Taken in 2013.

But of all these changes, what surprised me the most were the parking lots. The one in Media Center and the one in front of the Main Building were all filled with cars, even on a Saturday. And these were not just cars, these were expensive cars.

University of the Philippines. College of Mass Communication.

All these cars.

And this was not evident only in Maskom but in other colleges in U.P. as well.

During my time, the main parking lot hardly had this much vehicles.

Even the curriculums, especially in Film, changed.

With all these transformations, the college was a living example that change, truly, was the only constant thing in this world. And this statement alone already negated the concept of forever.

But I still wanted to believe that forever would exist in two aspects of Maskom, and the whole of U.P. as well.

First was the oath to excellence. All these transformations could take place as long as quality education remains, forever.

Second, I wish that U.P. could forever be a State University for the masses. But it seemed like this statement alone had already been negated by reality.

University of the Philippines. College of Mass Comuunication.

So U.P. was it all about “paying it forward”?

So tell me, does forever really exist?


The College of Mass Communication sure was now ready for its Golden Jubilee Homecoming happening on the 19th of June. The event entitled “CMC @ Fifty Shades of Great” will celebrate it’s 50 excellent years at F1 Hotel Manila, 32nd street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For more information visit the official event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/540942259372759/ .

 


 

2010 photos were taken during my graduation day. Photos were by Sheen Irerick Seeckts, Jerson Guiwa, Nessa Gabrillo and Jay Jomar Quintos.


 

Lazada Philippines

Were you a victim of TBA?

University of the Philippines Form 5

Ancient.

This was a University of the Philippines Form 5, a student’s proof of enrollment for the term, when computerization of school records were not yet the trend.

Class codes, subjects, and room codes are composed of a whole system of number-letter combinations. Code deciphering was a somewhat tricky task, especially for first-timers, namely the freshmen, or what we Iskolars called them, the freshies.

TBA surely meant To be announced. But when one saw it together with all the other three-letter codes, some freshies surely would get confused and might turn to a senior for reference.

Bogs Paterno, a student from the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), recounted his experience with these notorious TBA’s. He shared that on the first day of classes during his freshie year, he asked a senior student where TBA was. The guy told him to go to The Bahay ng Alumni.  Bearing the same acronym, Bogs believed what the guy said.  But when he was about to leave Math building then, the guy said that he was joking.

And this became an inspiration when Bogs and his girlfriend, Faye Vera Cruz, both Iskolars, got into business.

TBA logo. Talagang Busog Ako.

Talagang Busog Ako opened last July 7 along the new U.P. Food Street, located at J.P. Laurel St., Area 2, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

TBA. Talagang Busog Ako.

“We wanted to serve not just the students, but the whole U.P. community as well,” said Faye. And being an Isko and Iska, they wanted something that could show a part of U.P. life. Thus, the logo showcased a healthy, foodie-type Oble, which was U.P.’s beloved symbol. They even adapted the colors of U.P., green and maroon, as the theme of the place.

TBA milk tea. Talagang Busog Ako.

From PHP 50 – PHP 75. Flavors are Classic, Wintermelon, Dark Choco.

Because the couple loved milk tea, they decided to create their own, something that could satisfy their taste buds. But they said that the milk tea business was not that easy. The booming of the industry also meant a lot of competition, especially that there were already two milk tea stalls within Area 2. Faye also said that another problem arose, which was, surprisingly, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) permits of the ingredients.

TBA milk tea. Talagang Busog Ako.

FDA approvals of products were important to Faye and Bogs.

Faye shared that even though there were now a lot of suppliers for milk tea products, most of them did not have approvals from FDA. So they really spent time finding the supplier with the appropriate papers at hand.

TBA burrito. Talagang Busog Ako.

Burrito. Only PHP 100.

The couple shared that one of their favorite hang-out places was a milk tea house along Sumulong Highway, which was beside a Mexican food store. So there came the idea of pairing milk tea with pita and burritos.

TBA pita nachos. Talagang Busog Ako.

Pita Nachos. Only PHP 70.

Another problem emerged as none of them was from the food industry. As Bogs was from CSWCD, Faye was from the College of Arts and Letters (CAL). So they invited their friend Noki to teach them how to cook.

TBA Beef-dillas. Talagang Busog Ako.

Beef-dillas. Only PHP 90.

“Ayoko na maging employee (I don’t want to be an employee anymore),” Faye said when asked why she and Bogs entered entrepreneurship during their twenties. The couple shared that they were already tired of working for others so they started something that they could call their own. And this mindset gave them a different perspective when dealing with their staff.

TBA staff. Talagang Busog Ako.

“They were like business partners.”

At TBA, they treated their staff as business partners. They were accepting suggestions from them and even offering them incentives to motivate them at work.

TBA dynamite. Talagang Busog Ako.

Dynamite. Only PHP 70.

So, were you a victim of TBA? To all naughty sophomores, juniors and seniors, now that the freshies were already having their enrollment, instead of telling them to go to the The Bahay ng Alumni or Top of Business Administration, just tell them to visit Talagang Busog Ako, and they surely would not curse you afterwards.

And to the freshies, you are all welcome to visit TBA when the term starts in August. Mabuhay ang matabang Oble! 🙂

 


 

For more information, you may like their Facebook page.

U.P. kong Pinakamamahal

 

University of the Philippines Sunflower

The U.P. Sunflower

Sa paglilinis ng bodega
Isang Linggo ng umaga
May mga bagay na nakita
Na nagpanumbalik ng mga alaala

University of the Philippines Admission Slip

“… you qualified for admission… to U.P. Diliman… for a DEGREE PROGRAM W/ AVAILABLE SLOTS…”

Taos-puso ang aking tuwa
Noong sa akin ay inihatid
Ang iyong liham ng pagtanggap
Na may basbas na kalakip

University of the Philippines Oblation

Atat.

Lumuwas na dali-dali
Patungong Quezon City
Upang litrato’y maiguhit
Kasama ang rebultong kapuri-puri

University of the Philippines Ikot Map

Oo, nag-print pa ako ng mapa. Bakit ba? 🙂

Nguni’t sa aking pag-ikut-ikot
Ay may mga nagpaabot
Na ang pagpapalitrato’y
May sumpa sa pagtatapos

Nihonggo quiz

Shin Airikku Sekku. Minus 0.5 points for the non-Japanese numberings! 🙂

Nagsimula ang unang taon
Sa pagbati ng Ohayou

Panonood ng horror,

eiga sai 2005 flyer

Eiga Sai 2005 Flyer. Required at may reaction paper. Pero hindi pa naman in Nihonggo. In English lang muna. 🙂

At pag-aaral ng mga sailor

Vampires, Psychic Girls, Flying Women and Sailor Scouts: Four faces of the young female in Japanese Popular Culture

Hindi ko rin akalaing may ganitong klaseng pag-aaral. 🙂

Nandiyan rin ang phonetics
Sa major na linguistics

International Phonetic Alphabet

Z is a voiced fricative and alveolar sound. Ano daw???

Kung saan nagkalintik-lintik
At sa pag-aaral ay natinik

University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication College Admission Slip

“This is to inform you that Ms. Sheen… of the College of Social Sciences and Philisophy is eligible… as a shiftee to the B.A in Film and Audio-Visual Communication program

Kaya’t hindi na nagpatumpik-tumpik
At sa CMC ay pumanhik
Upang sumpa’y hindi na manabik
At tuluyan nang manahimik

Si Bazin ay nagpakilala

Andre Bazin readings

The Evolution of the Language of Cinema. Andre Bazin.

Habang si Dark Room ay bentang-benta

C-print

Contact print. From the looks of it, may mali akong ginawa sa developer or fixer.

At sina Hi-8 at Mini-DV ay umaariba

Hi-8 and Mini-DV cameras

Oo, inabot ko ang Hi-8 cameras. Walang pakialamanan.

Lahat ito, upang si Karl ay lubos na mahinuha

marxism and psychoanalysis

Ang paboritong thesis theory ng mga film students. 🙂

Dito kung saan pagkamalikhai’y binungkal

Precious Mining Corporation. Thesis. University of the Philippines. College of Mass Communication.

May empleyado silang “Pa Ba Sino” ang pangalan. Logo by Lara Gotis. Mula sa “Salot”, isang maiksing pelikula ni Jay Jomar Quintos.

Tungo sa pagkilalang inaasam

agatha terencio

“Given… this 4th day of September, 1956” Mula sa “Agatha”, isang maiksing pelikula ni Sheiglyn Encelan.

Kahit pa huli sa teknolohiya

old school clapper

Define old school probinsiya shoot.

Ang mahalaga’y nadinig ka

potion. UP Film Institute

Ang Mahiwagang Tubig ng Kaligayahan. Mula sa “Brgy. Maligaya”, isang maiksing pelikula ni Sheen Irerick Seeckts.

Kaya’t nang ang kurso’y natapos na
At naglaho nang tuluyan ang sumpa
Magiting kong itinaas ang aking kaliwa
At isinuot ang sablay sa aking pagkanta
“U.P. naming Mahal…”
“Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan!”

University of the Philippines graduation. UP Film Institute Basement.

Patungo sa mahal naming UP Film basement.

 

Kaya’t sa pagpapatuloy ng aking paglilinis

Ito ang mga lumihis

Sa basurahang sigurado na ang alis

Sabay sabing “kayo ay aking mami-miss”

PARADE, FIREWORKS AND A ROYAL BANQUET

My 8,766th day on earth was showered with twenty-four blessings from a clear Bataan sky.  I waited until I was rewarded with two dozens of these Geminid meteors. They say that shooting stars grant wishes.  But I didn’t ask for 24 wishes to come true.  I only had one, hoping that each meteor will cast their power to the fulfillment of this one simple wish.  What did I wish for?  I’d better keep it to myself. 🙂

Actually, I first heard of the Geminids in the news just the day before.  How I wished I knew earlier that they had been playing annual performances on earth’s night sky since the day I was born.  This was the first time I saw a shooting star.  And I was overwhelmed by its beauty. So from now on, I will make it a habit to enjoy God’s gifts every time the clock strikes twelve every 14th of December.

And so for this very special day, I had a parade, an awesome fireworks display and a royal banquet.

before the parade

before the parade

A.S

This is where I witnessed my parade, or rather the U.P. Lantern Parade.

It’s always so refreshing to be roaming around U.P. Diliman again.  I couldn’t even remember the last time I witnessed this impressive display of lights.  Because of that, I observed a lot of addition to this Christmas Isko/Iska tradition.

Silver Oble

First, student organizations participated in the parade.  This is a glossy silver representation of Oble from the org “Students of Destiny”.  I believe they are quite a new org since I haven’t heard of them when I was still in college.  Or are they?

Junk the Cybercrime Prevention Law

The UP Monorail Project

The UP Monorail Project

Other members of the UP community were heard during the parade.  The UP Manininda showcased their elegant food carts.  Barangay UP Campus also had a representative.  Even the UP Police and Fire Department were present.  Activists waved their red flag on the event.  Casiguran farmers uttered their protest for the APECO project.  The UP Ikot drivers expressed their opposition to the monorail project.  Other groups like Gabriela also proclaim their beliefs.

Other campuses, like UP Pampanga, UP Open University and the UP College of Medicine also joined the spectacle.

The UP Pep Squad

Of course, the UP Pep Squad was present.

And then there was the battle of the colleges.

Tin Man and the Warrior

Tin Man and the Warrior

ID!

ID!

College of Architecture had the Tin Man and its Warrior as offense and these miniature university buildings for defense.  They may be mini but when put together, they assembled an intact cover.

ENGG's Optimus Prime

ENGG’s Optimus Prime

The College of Engineering wouldn’t let their guard down with their version of Optimus Prime.  And yes, their jeepney sure transformed.

Because of these, I can say that other colleges finally had a chance against FA.

And the reigning champion for several years now, the College of Fine Arts, chose the mystical and magical creatures of the wind to sweep all the machineries away.  From the candy planes to the Magic Carps to the UFOs to the drunkards, the CFA surely captured the audience, literally and figuratively.

Why literally?

I was surprised to see these barricades in front of the A.S. steps.  I thought it was a good idea to segregate the audience from the parade participants.

But then, midway before the sun came down, people started occupying the space in front of the barricades so all we saw were their backs.  The dark welcomed all these people taking their “VIP” seats at the viewing area.  I wondered where all the ushers and tanods went because during my time, I believe there were people controlling the crowd, especially if the floats were kinda big.  And true enough, the floats only had a very limited space and some were even “dragging” the people out of the streets.

After the parade, I gave a “royal” banquet treat to my friends. And so we went somewhere nearby, to the great kingdom of Technohub where we found Mezza Norte.  Food was sure good: from grilled pork, chicken and fish, to pizzas and pastas, to seafood and rice meals, to shakes and cocktails, but don’t worry, they assure that these did not contain alcohol. And I really craved for cake that night.  Oh yes, they have cakes and gelatos.

And while we were enjoying a sumptuous feast, the fireworks, still from U.P., beamed in the night sky.

At the royal banquet with fireworks on the background

At the royal banquet with fireworks on the background

And so my 24th birthday started with shooting stars from a clear sky and ended with some magnificent fireworks display that lit this Friday night.  The skies surely had a plan for me on this special day.

Rukia look-alike :-)

Rukia look-alike 🙂

Ang magaganda kong kaibigan :-)

Ang magaganda kong kaibigan 🙂

And I want to thank my wonderful friends for joining me in this celebration.  Ami, Jombits and Mai, I wanna thank you all.  And Sheig, we already miss you.  Looking forward for your homecoming next year. ❤

Oble greets me!

Oble greets me!

A merry christmas and a happy birthday daw to me sabi ni Oble 🙂 Birthday/Lantern Parade/Mezza Norte post coming soon! 🙂