There have always been those who have filled their bellies because they had no sense of shame, but we, who have nothing, apart from this last shred of undeserved dignity, let us at least show that we are still capable of fighting for what is rightfully ours.-Saramago’s Blindness
The University of the Philippines freshman student who reportedly took her own life has been laid to rest, but issues surrounding her death should not find their way to the grave.
September and October have been busy months because aside from work, there’s the fund raising activities for Given Grace, the 19-year old Computer Science student slain and raped in UPLB exactly last year.
Since justice delayed is justice denied, the Task Force Given Grace organized a benefit gig in business district Makati, a bike ride in idyllic UPLB, and a fun run in the University of the Philippines’ flagship campus in Diliman.
Net income: Php80,000. This was our biggest surprise.Read More
LA, California based “Graphic Metropolis” (Irvin Rivera) is from the same fab degree and university I’m from. Communication Arts, UPLB. This photo is part of his portfolio entry in this contest. Voting is a way of appreciating awesome talent. His works are extraordinary and you don’t want to know how young he is [younger than me]. Check out his site. graphicsmetropolis.comRead More
I teach College Writing in English and here is my farewell letter to my students (Part 1)
You gave me a hard time reading your papers, do you know that? I would sometimes
You know how March feels like the last month of the year because for the longest time when you were still in school, this is the season when everyone’s finalizing paper works and grades and damn practical arts projects.
This is also the exciting month when, finally, you no longer have to endure some people around you whom you don’t want around.
SO my posts this month will go this way, farewells.
Our former colleague from the Division of English, Department of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences in UPLB, Prof. Ruperta “Perting” Asuncion passed away. Cancer took her away, but memories of her impossible dedication to teaching and mentoring will not go forgotten.
Teaching is a thankless job,Read More
This is my fifth second semester of teaching, and I am once again excited with the new batch of students I’m handling but I’m terribly missing the last sem’s batch, the ones I encountered in such a quick time.
I miss last sem’sRead More
*(Borrowed from Calvino’s novel)
Not all stress are bad. Some stressful happenings, like hospital confinement, do wonders in the body like making it feel lighter than non-existence. And after this, bliss.Read More
Passion is a strong word. It lies in the extreme end of Like or Liking, the other end being apathy. Desire rings a similar tune but compared to Passion, Desire connotes sensuality, sexuality, fetish, arrogance, wishful thinking, ambition, and other negativities. Passion is a positive, vibrant, healthy word associated with love—not lust, with goals—not daydreaming, and with professionalism—not bitch goddess success. Passion sits beside artists who do not let go of their craft in spite of poverty, hugs clerks who perform humdrum tasks for the benefit of the company, and stays 24/7 with mothers who tenderly care for the young.Read More
Dr. J.B. Schriever, the Europe-educated and European-looking professor who can speak French, German, Spanish, English, Filipino, and Batangas Tagalog (&c.) interchangeably, says it’s a methodology.
That affirms Damrosch’s claim that Comparative Literature is a mode of reading. So it’s not really an area of studies but a system of approaches to world literature.
But what is world literature? Oh, God, it took us a semester and a box of Dr Schriever’s rather expensive,Read More