Goals. Plans. Objectives.

People have different plans and goals in life. Whether it may be a short or  in a long term goal, we must plan it ahead on how we can achieve these things.  

In my case, I have two career paths in mind on my “10-year plan” in life. Either I’ll focus practicing Business/Economics in a certain field I’ll choose after college, or pursue postgraduate studies like Law. Ever since high school, I love social sciences. I love how the people interact in the society and how different entities/factors affect the present condition of the community. In addition to that, I have this aspiration in initiating sociology-civic works even the simple ones, because I believe someday, I can contribute for the betterment of the society. However, I need to start myself and doing necessary preparations in achieving these objectives.

As of now, I want to hone my potentials, ponder my weaknesses and optimize my strengths. I believe that years I’ve spent in college would be a good training ground for me on spending time outside the university. I know that it is different out there. And UP offers a wide array of opportunities to its students to explore and maximize. Even though there are times when I feel frustrated, I know that it’s value adding experience for me. As what other says: “Push the Limit”, I want to use this line in pursuing my dreams and choosing my career on the future. I want to live what “Tatak UP” is and what an “Iskolar ng Bayan” should be.

 

2011-44549

Marcelo, Victor

 

Zamboanga War: A Diversionary Tactic

Recently, our country has been plagued by various issues which are really hard to overlook because of the negative impacts that they have brought about. Right now, the primary issue in our country is the issue about the Pork Barrel scam involving Napoles, Enrile, Estrada, Revilla, and many other senators and congressmen. However, that is not the only concern that our country is currently facing. Amidst this controversy, there popped a group of people seeking for public attention. They did it right this time. Zamboanga became a war zone, a place where everything else is in a total state of chaos. The group of people that I am pertaining to is the Muslim faction known as the MNLF. It is currently being headed by Nur Misuari. But, I’m not here to discuss about the MNLF and their leader Nur. Likewise, I won’t be discussing other trivial facts such as: Who ignited the first gunfire? What I’m going to talk about is: Who was really the man behind the war in Zamboanga? We all know that the pork barrel controversy is still a hot topic; the media and the people became too focused and too riveted on this issue.  Now, that’s where the culprit came in. I hate jumping to conclusions but these thoughts were always running in my head: Is this Zamboanga war a mere diversionary tactic? Does one of the scumbag senators (Enrile, Estrada, Revilla) have an involvement in this war? Are those senators playing games on the people?

Then, my instincts were some somehow confirmed. Last September 26, 2013, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said that Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce-Enrile financed the war in Zamboanga. He spent P40 million to finance the rebellion by the Moro National Liberation Front. Also, according to her, Enrile could easily spend P40 million since he reportedly gave P400 million of his PDAF to Napoles’ NGOs. This made me realize how cruel Manong Johnny is. Pursuing your selfish and devilish interests at the expense of the lives of the people of Zamboanga is not morally acceptable. Obliterating the lives of those people for the plain reason of diverting the people’s attention is indeed barbaric. Actually, it will just make him (and his cahoots) look desperate. He has just proved how corrupted his mind and soul are. He will be always willing to sacrifice other people just to protect his interest on the PDAF. Despite all the demonstrations and rallies, he still opted to cling to that small tinge of “hope” that the Filipino people will divert their focus to the Zamboanga war. I know that the people’s forgetfulness is his only “friend” right now. Maybe, he is always hoping that the time will come when the Filipinos have already forgotten what he and his cahoots did to their pork barrel. But this time, what he did just aggravated the whole issue. The people became more vigilant to the fact that Enrile and the others will do everything just to change the whole picture. I hope that we will be always watchful of the other dirty and diversionary tactics that our nemeses are going to devise. 

Two Kinds of Leaders

In the organization I’m a part of, we recently held elections for our Executive Committee. This brought about a lot of discussion between members about the kind of people we would want as our leaders. Time and time again, I hear people comparing two candidates that have completely different personalities and leadership styles, saying one is better because one is stronger, more hardworking, or else kinder and more nurturing. It really is hard when two people with very different approaches are vying for the same position, and I noticed that a lot of the comparisons boil down to one leader that is typically more “good natured” and humble vs. one who is tougher and driven. And there are always disputes about which style is better.

I learned in my Soc Sci 1 class that there are actually two main kinds of leaders. One is more concerned with keeping the harmony in a group and honing the skills of those he serves. The other kind is more about getting the job done, and will work as hard as he must for the group to reach their goal. What’s interesting is while everyone would like to think they prioritize both, every person is only really one of the two kinds. But what is even more important to remember is that both kinds are actually essential to a group.

It may sound simple and obvious to some, but I’ve noticed more and more lately that this notion about leadership can be applied to a lot of situations, especially in the UP setting where a lot of us are exemplary leaders. It’s amazing really how much can be explained by this idea of two main styles. For example, in the student council last year, I can say that I noticed the two different kinds of leadership in our Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, and that’s probably why they made such an iconic pair. Most groups actually have both kinds of leaders, and it’s really noticeable once you try observing it. I think keeping this in mind will help us get a better grasp of the people around us, hopefully reading this will help you figure out your leadership style too and become a more effective leader.

The truth is, neither is better than the other. But, which one are you?

 

– Cara Gabrielle Latinazo

Value of Education

The last two weeks of the semester are upon us and everyone seems excited to just get them over with. Sembreak is fast approaching and we’ve all got plans already, but a big hurdle that we have to overcome first would be final exams. No one really enjoys final exams, and why would we? This time of the sem everyone’s already burned out, and this brings about some very strong reactions from people. These days there are always people saying how much they hate school and that they just want to drop everything, more so than usual. Of course they probably don’t mean everything literally, but they do feel sick of school. And with the sem we’ve all had, that is understandably so.

It’s easy for us to say that we don’t want to study anymore and that we’re fed up, especially during days like these when the work doesn’t seem to end. Unfortunately, when all we have time for is the mountain of stuff due the next day, we tend to overlook the bigger picture. Why do we do all this in the first place?

People hate homework, and exams, and projects. In the University of the Philippines, this may not be as evident because of our culture of academic excellence, but in general, school isn’t exactly a normal person’s favorite thing. It’s a shame, really, because I believe education is still fundamentally one of the things that has a biggest impact on a person’s quality of life.

This all first came to mind when I took out my lola to dinner last Saturday. She was talking about apl.de.ap, the Filipino-African American member of the Black Eyed Peas. She had recently watched an interview with him where he was talking about his childhood in the Philippines, and how he was too poor to go to school. Eventually, he was able to get an education with the aid of a foreigner, and he finished school, went on to become famous, and the rest is history. To this day, he considers his education the biggest reason for why he was able to reach where he is in life. He doesn’t attribute his success to his talent, his band, but mainly to his education. My lola then turned to my 10-year-old cousin and told him how important it is to finish school. It’s a shame because while I knew she was right, I was just as sure that there was no way he could fully appreciate what she was saying. I remember what it was like to be 10, I just wanted to be done with my homework and get on to watching TV to talking to my friends. And sometimes, in college, it’s still the same.

But again, that’s because I forget the bigger picture. We really do need to put a bigger importance on education, because it makes all the difference. From the very start of my stay in UPSE, in my Econ 11 class, I remember it being drilled into my head just how important it is to invest in human capital, in other words, to give value to education. We talk a lot about being active and doing work in many other ways, but education can help our lives in a very unique way. And this extends on to our country. Nations are built by their education citizens. Proper education equips us in a way that almost nothing else can match.

I just hope as finals come, I can remember that I’m not just trying to get on with it, but I’m trying to do my best and really make the most of my learning. After all, being a student of UPSE, I’m in the best place to do exactly that.

– Cara Gabrielle Latinazo

Trifles

“Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.” – Mr. Hale in Trifles by Susan Glaspell

New infrastructures and road repairs are being made along the Commonwealth Avenue almost every day these past few months. Some of the notable changes they had accomplished are the new overpasses near UP gym and along Philcoa. What I noticed that these two bridges have in common are the steps that are not very women friendly. The steps are a bit high and have big gaps in between and these gaps will give a good view of what is inside a woman’s skirt to anyone standing below the stairs. What is more ironic is that there is a sari-sari store and a police post underneath the stairs of the bridge in Philcoa and there is a carinderia near the stairs of the overpass in UP gym. Wow.

A bit petty you might think; something that is not relevant to today’s more important issues but something as simple as this may reflect how our society takes care of our women. It still shows that sometimes we forget to consider both sexes in building a public commodity just like an overpass.

2012-58995

Millennials x Activism

Following the visit to Bantayog ng mga Bayani, which was our last CWTS session for the semester, I had developed a new perspective on the activism, or lack thereof, of our generation today. I realized that the generation, the circumstances we are in, the state of the economy, of the nation, and factors as such determine the magnitude of our actions; our radical efforts. It is not in whether we parallel the effort and strife undertaken by the previous generations, but with what we do with what we were left with. We should see to it that whatever they fought so hard for would not just fade to nothing, that we stay radical and fight for what we believe in, in whatever way we can; given the situation we are in.

It just so happened that the generation during Marcos’ regime had been unfortunate enough to be put in such position, which was more difficult, when compared to if the same instances were to occur today. But the severity of their situation is what led their generation, to do something extraordinary; because it was called for. And now that we have the said freedom they fought so passionately for, it is up to us to put it to good use and continue their legacy. I don’t see it necessary to have the take-it-to-the-streets type of rallies anymore, because we now have the power of social media. It is our job to put this to good use as a platform to voice out our concerns. We millennials lack awareness, we aren’t shaken or unsettled even the slightest bit and frankly, some of us just don’t care. That’s because we haven’t woken up to a brutal reality such as the one caused by Martial Law. Yes, the earlier generations had some sort of awakening in the form of the Marcos’ regime, but do we really need something as severe as that to happen before we start making an effort?

 

Ma. Bianca Ysabelle C. Kit
2012 58453

Giving up should never be an option

“The reason most people never achieve their dreams is because they simply give up. Life was never meant to be easy – its a constant struggle, with extreme lows and extreme highs. Remember that the times when its most important to persevere are the times that you will be most tested.”

There are times when I just wanna give up on life. There are moments when I simply sat down and cry because of the problems life has been throwing right at me. There are instances when I just want to disappear from this world and never come back. Then, I remember why I am here, I remember what I want to achieve in life. The constant struggle of surviving is just a part of my journey to where I wanna be. I just have to remind myself that it will all be worth it in the end. It will never be easy but as long as I believe in myself, as long as I do my best in everything, as long as I keep on fighting, everything will be alright.

 

2011-21678