This blogpost would be purely personal and may present ideas that might have conflict with yours.
Mark Joseph Solis is probably one of most irresponsible students of the university.
For a university that have “Honor and Excellence” as its major thrusts and motto, this student just don’t get it. I may not know his side of the story but fact is fact– a plagiarized photo for a national contest.
To give a little bit of background Solis won the top prize of the SMILES OF THE WORLD CONTEST by the Chilean Embassy in Manila. The package includes $1000.00 and a roundtrip ticket to Chile and Brazil. Solis used a picture of a smiling boy where he said was from Zamboanga, but the real owner, Gregory John Smith, refuted this claim and said that the said picture was taken in Brazil.
Personally, I think it is just right for the public to get mad at him for doing a very incriminating action just for the money and the trip and at the expense of what? The University’s name is included in every article and post that this issue is in. We don’t want outsiders to brand ALL UP students as “plagiarizers” because we know that this is not true.
We can’t really do anything to be able to avert the situation. What is done is done and the only thing that us Filipinos, especially the students, can do is to strive for a better work ethic and to be able to understand the consequences of our actions in the future
-Mate, Erwin John L.
- UP student apologizes for plagiarism (rappler.com)
- Chilean Embassy revokes prize of photo plagiarist (rappler.com)
- UP student plagiarizes prize-winning photos (rappler.com)