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Tag: October 29, 2015

Adding insult to injury

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has expressed “disappointment” over reports that some college students had asked the filmmakers of the celebrated historical movie, “Heneral Luna,” why Apolinario Mabini is shown sitting in the entire movie, disclosing their ignorance of Philippine history since the “Brains of the Revolution” was a paralytic.

But the gross ignorance of history is merely the tip of the iceberg for the highly inefficient and ineffective Philippine education system.

In all other areas of education, especially sciences and mathematics, and even English language instruction and culture and the humanities, the Filipino student practically wears the dunce cap.

We Tumble, We Somersault

AN HOUR before the last opening act of El Castillo, half of the trapeze team was still missing, the fire breather was busy reading his horoscope in a newspaper, and one of the jugglers was taking a nap on worn-out leather sofa at the far left corner of the stage.

Edmund Reducido wanted to check on the missing trapeze team, tell the fire breather the merits of practice and shake the juggler until he wakes, but he knew better. At exactly nine o’clock the show will start, and the audience—around fifty to sixty people and nothing more—will give an indifferent applause and go home.

UST pays tribute to Cirilo Bautista

THE POETRY of National Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista was celebrated during a testimonial dinner held in his honor at the Grand Ballroom of the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P Building last Sept. 30.

Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, director of the Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS), said in her opening remarks that the works of artists such as Bautista were valuable contributions to Filipino heritage.

“The [National Artist Award], and the benefits that accompany it, clearly do not measure up to the value of the contributions [of the awardee] to the national heritage,” Hidalgo said. “But as things are today, it is the highest honor the country can give to its artists that it claims as its own,” she added.


PEERING through the nicotine haze,

enveloping the narrow esquinita that led to my dormitory,

my eyes set on a moth hovering beside the crucifix on a door.

Heeding my mother’s words, I bowed my head and prayed

that the soul it harbored might find its way to heaven,

as it disappeared into the fading light of dusk.


I noticed that my shadow was not following me

and I felt the hair on my skin stand on end,

for as the elders warned, “he who walks with no shadow

is soon to meet his doom.”


I tried to overpower this unnerving feeling

with my fondest memories of home

then I suddenly recalled my father’s words:

Mga lumang kuwento sa bagong mundo

NAGKAKASALA ang mortal, kaya kailangan nitong mangumpisal.

Isiniwalat ni Chuckberry Pascual sa kaniyang bagong aklat na pinamagatang Kumpisal: Mga Kuwento, na inilathala ng UST Publishing House, ang mundong iniiralan ng mga bakla.

Sa 15 kuwento, nahihiwalay ni Pascual ang kaniyang mga mambabasa sa mundong pamilyar at nagagawa itong bago—kuwento tungkol sa mga bakla na narinig sa kanto, tsismisan, paaralan—sa pamamagitan ng mahusay na paggamit at paglalaro ng wikang Filipino.

UST Physical Cultural Club

MGA HERKULES kung tawagin noon ang mga kasapi ng isang samahan sa Unibersidad na nagpapahalaga sa kalusugan at kahubugan ng pangangatawan.

Taong 1928 nang itaguyod nina Rizal de Peralta at David Unson ang UST Physical Cultural Club na naglalayong payabungin ang kultura ng pag-eehersisyo sa buong Unibersidad at palawigin ang kamalayan ng bawat mag-aaral sa kahalagahan ng kani-kanilang kalusugan.

Mismong sina Peralta at Unson ang nagtustos para sa mga kagamitang pampalakasan mula sa mga barbell, dumbbell, chest expanders hanggang sa mga boxing gloves at kagamitang pang-eskrima upang maipakilala ang boksing at eskrima sa Unibersidad.