Thursday, October 30, 2008

Aswang

Sabado

Sa mga nakalipas na taon, may dalawang klase ako tuwing Sabado - umaga (9-12) at hapon (1-4).
May isang semestre pa ngang umabot hanggang gabi (4-7).
12 oras na kayod-kalabaw sa kabuuan. Totoo, mahirap kumita ng pera.
Hindi ako tumanggap ng klase tuwing Sabado ngayong darating na semestre - para maiba.
Pero tiyak na maninibago ako.
Samakatwid, tuwing Martes (8:30-2:30), Miyerkules (9-4) at Biyernes (8:30-2:30)
lamang ako magkakapaghasik ng lagim at kasamaan sa Faura.
Happy halloween nga pala!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dream Job

  • Mr. C. Fajardo (community doctor)
  • Miss C. Rodriguez (librarian/teacher/DepEd secretary)
  • Miss M. Solano (litigation lawyer/actress)
  • Miss J. Ejercito (news reporter/documentarist)
  • Mrs. M. Alcazaren (proprietor)
  • Miss A.Gagarin (project manager/events organizer)
  • Miss J. Bangit (reformist in the Internal Revenue Bureau)
  • Mr. R. Go (professor)
  • Miss L. Eguico (corporate lawyer)
  • Mr. A. Murillo (New York Times editor-in-chief)
  • Mr. J. dela Cruz (professor)
  • Miss A. Catsao (legislative staff/legislator's chief of staff)
  • Miss E. Buenaventura (archeologist)
  • Miss Z. Reburiano (ambassador/graphic artist)
  • Mr. N. Cruz (game reviewer)
  • Miss. M. de Guzman (lawyer)

random thoughts

  • It's quite expensive on the part of the government (read: taxpayers' money) to arrest, take custody, prosecute, try and convict high-profile criminals. Ninakawan na nga tayo, ginagastusan pa ng labis-labis mula sa kabang-bayan.
  • Sen. Pimentel's federalism proposal is well-intentioned but its implementation is suspicious and unacceptable under GMA's presidency and the incumbent leadership of the interior and local government department.
  • I wonder who's in charge of drafting (Bola)nte's script.

pa(MAHAL)aan

Isang kawani ng pamahalaan ang nagpahayag ng matinding pagkadismaya sa isa sa mga proyektong kontra-korapsyon ng kanilang opisina. Layunin ng proyektong sanayin ang mga opisyal ng ibang ahensya upang paigtingin ng pamahalaan ang laban sa katiwalian. Malaking pondo ang inilaan para sa proyektong ito pero hindi raw kakikitaan ng anumang malasakit, sigasig at interes ang mga nagpartisipa. Kung hindi raw natutulog ay nagtetext lang. Nanghihinayang siya sa pondo at panahon. Sa totoo lang, (sadyang) maaksaya ang pamahalaan.
Maaksaya dahil maraming bigong proyekto.
Maaksaya dahil mahilig sa hindi naman kailangang mga ritwal (laganap kahit sa pamantasan).
Maaksaya dahil di-episyente.
Maaksaya dahil maraming tiwali at walang pananagutan.

13 Keys to the White House

Plain Language

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Irregular Migration

  • "illegal, undocumented, or unauthorised migration" (Institute for Public Policy Research)
  • "occurs outside the rules and procedures guiding the orderly international movement of people" (International Organization of Migration)

Migration and (Mal)development

"Hindi tunay na kaunlaran ang karanasan ng mga kababaihang Pilipino na pumupunta
sa ibang bayan. Kumikita nga ngunit nasasadlak naman sa pang-aabuso at pang-aapi."

-Prof. Joan Salvador
National Spokesperson, GABRIELA
Lecturer, UP Manila Department of Social Sciences

random thoughts

  • Erap-for-president in 2010 will only divide the already divided opposition.
  • Philippine politics is more exciting with Miriam's active and animated participation.
  • A student's GWA doesn't reflect the totality of the his/her competence.
  • According to a book author, ambition should be premised on ability.
  • Civil society lawyer Harry Roque is correct when he said that Joc-Joc Bolante is "afraid of his own shadow."
  • The public suspects that Joc-Joc "fertilized" Gloria 2004 presidential bid through the fertilizer fund.
  • Poor vision is the leading case of disability in the Philippines.

On balimbing (no, not the politicians)

"Urgently advise your father to slow down on balimbing.
Balimbing in great amounts could be toxic to the kidneys.
Water is the best drink. If he wants teas, he should take these once in a while.
Again variety and moderation are the key to good nutrition."

an e-mail reply from

Prof. Isidro C. Sia, MD, MSc, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology
College of Medicine
University of the Philippines Manila

Monday, October 27, 2008

Salin

Tanong (Ponsaran) - Ano po ang inyong opinyon sa mga saling-salita tulad ng madlakasan para sa democracy, kitaninag para sa translucent, o kitagos para sa transparent?

Sagot (Dean Virgilio Almario) - Walang masama sa mag-imbento. Pero parang mahirap nang palitan ang demokrasya. Maliban kung ang likha ay may ibig ipahiwatig na demokrasyang Filipino. Ang mga Bikolano ay may silag para sa transparent. Maganda ang kitaninag para sa translucent. Pero baka may luma nang salita ang mga Tagalog o ang ibang wikang katutubo.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Capacity vs. Capability Building

  • Capacity building would obviously be much broader than capability building with the latter almost restricted to focusing on individuals.
  • Capacity building - and better still capacity development - focuses its analysis on improvement at various levels - from the policy, to organizational, institutional, structural (including intergovernmental), and individual and behavioral levels.

    an e-mail reply from

    Dean Alex A. Brillantes Jr, PhD
    NCPAG UP Diliman

Enrolment advisers

  • Prof. R. Simbulan (Program Head)
  • Prof. M. Tuvera
  • Prof. C. Arcilla
  • Prof. J. Ponsaran

Ponsaran's tentative academic load (2nd semester, 2008-2009)

  • DS 100 (Development Theories)
  • DS 112 (Third World Studies)
  • DS 121 (Poverty and Underdevelopment)
  • DS 125 (International Relations)
  • DS 126 (Politico-Administrative Institutions and Behavior)
  • NSTP (Public Policy)

Transactional politics

Gloria should realize that the all-out support she enjoys from her political allies, i.e. local executives, congressmen, cabinet appointees, state security forces, etc., is only momentary. It all emanates from the patronage* that goes along with the position she occupies.
Nothing is permanent, only transactional. Malupit humatol ang kasaysayan.

_____________________
*granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support (wordnet.princeton.edu)

A forwarded text joke

Sa isang simbahan...

Killer: Father, mangungumpisal po ako.
Father: Ano ba ang kasalanan mo?
Killer: Pumatay po ako ng 20 tao?
Father: Ha? Bakit?
Killer: Kasi po naniniwala sila sa Diyos, kayo po ba naniniwala rin?
Father: Dati...pero ngayon e trip-trip na lang...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Kakaibang chess

Kakaiba at kawili-wili ang ibinahaging istilo sa akin ni Dr. Jose Fadul, eksperto sa Kursong Rizal, Agham Panlipunan at Pedagogy. Ito ay ang paggamit ng chess bilang istratehiya sa pagtuturo ng Agham Pampulitika at Sosyolohiya. May mga modipikasyon siyang ginawa tulad ng larong puro pawns laman (Marxist games), larong walang bishop (Atheist game), larong walang king at queen (Republican game), at iba pa upang mas maunawaan ng mga mag-aaral ang ibig sabihin ng mga konsepto sa pag-aaral ng pulitika at lipunan.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Quotes

  • "Who said you need to have ice cream to have a happy birthday?" - Prof. R. David

  • "Mahirap kapag apat ang anak." - research staff

  • "Ang kagandahan ay lumilipas.
    Pero kung pangit na talaga lalo pang papangit sa paglipas ng panahon." - D

  • "You may not compel a person to work for a company involuntarily -
    that would amount to involuntary servitude." - Atty. Soriano

  • "Financial oligarchs are bloodsuckers." - Nono Aunor

Consumerism

Me: Where do you work now?

X: I'm with a multinational consumer company.
Yes, we promote false needs for products that are not really necessary.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Political Economy

"Political economy used to be a synonym for economics.
Now often used as a description of the intersection of economics and political science."

an e-mail reply from Dr. G. Mankiw, Harvard University

Banana: a diet fad in Japan

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1850454,00.html

Mining

Q (Ponsaran) - Both the Catholic Church and transnational mining giants quote biblical passages to advance their respective stance pertaining to corporate mining. How should we evaluate it?

A (Prof. R. David) - Only from the perspective of science. Sociology is a field of science and operates only on the basis of the facts as measured by available scientific methods.

Hindi ka(wala)n

"Walang karapatang magbigay ng mababang grado ang propesor na mas malimit
pang wala kaysa sa kanyang estudyanteng pinakatalamak lumiban sa klase.
Wala rin siyang karapatang magbigay ng mababang grado sa isinumiteng papel ng
kanyang estudyante kung hindi naman niya ito pinag-ukulan ng panahong basahin."

- Nono Aunor, 19, mahilig sa ginataang bilu-bilo, tamad mag-aral pero hindi lumiliban sa klase

"Mumo" = Suhol

Abot-langit ang pasasalamat ng masa (partikular yaong mga hindi ganap at malalim ang pampulitikang kamalayan) tuwing mayroong silang natatanggap na "mumo" mula sa mga pulitiko sa porma ng mga donasyon o regalo. Hindi nila alintana na higit pa rito ang dapat nilang tinatamasa sa porma ng sapat na batayang serbisyong panlipunan kung hindi kurakot o tiwali ang mga nasa poder, at kung hindi ang sistemang panlipunan at pang-ekonomya ang patuloy na nananaig. Nagsisilbing suhol ang mga mumong ito upang hindi mag-alsa ang mga mamamayan laban sa kurapsyon, karalitaan, at sabwatang panginoong may lupa-kapitalista*-gobyerno.


____________
*dayuhan at lokal

Nutrition 101

"Ampalaya is a good vegetable, both the fruits and leaves. People think ampalaya, malunggay, kamote tops, and other vegetables raise blood pressure but this is not true.
What makes sense is to have balanced meal always - variety of food eaten in moderation.
Of course we should lessen intake of the salty, fatty, and sweet foods."


an e-mail reply from

Prof. Isidro C. Sia, MD, MSc, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology
College of Medicine
University of the Philippines Manila

Sunday, October 19, 2008

random thoughts

  • PGMA calls GMA-7 a "tukayo". Malas!
  • Student Assistants deserve a higher salary increase. UP may generate the fund by imposing salary deductions to absentee professors! Malaking halaga 'yon 'pag nagkataon!
  • According to a saying, one should have written a book, planted a tree, and raised a child in his/her lifetime. In the age of (post)modernity, some people may disagree with it.
  • I wonder if anyone has already done a study on the patterns of lifestyle-related illnesses afflicting the pioneering batch of call center agents since the BPO's inception in the late 90's. Of particular interest are the ones assigned during night shifts.

Development Studies Curriculum

  • Development Studies subjects (DS 100, DS 111, DS 112, DS 121, DS 122, DS 127)
  • Economics subjects (Econ 11, Econ 101, Econ 102, Econ 109, Econ 115)
  • Social Science subjects (PS 11, PS 14, Socio 101, Psych 101, Anthro I, PI 100, Philo 11, SocSci 120)
  • Research subjects (SocSci Res, DS 199.1, DS 199.2)
  • Management subjects (DS 151, DS 152, DS 128)
  • 3 DS Electives (Options: DS 123, DS 124, DS 125, DS 126, DS 128, DS 140)
  • 3 Cognates (Options: other higher Econ, PS, AS, Socio, Anthro, History, Psych subjects)
  • Practicum (DS 190)
  • RGEP (SSP, AH, MST, PE)

random thoughts

  • Defenders of capitalism say that it's a resilient economic system. Let's see.
  • Dr. Ed Villegas defines political economy as the interaction between the substructure (economics) and the superstructure (ideology, politics, legal system, culture, and religion).
  • People, place, time, narrative, and interpretation are the 5 elements of history.
    By and large, interpretation is the most debatable.
  • Student absenteeism is penalized by teachers either through deductions or reprimand.
    To be fair, what do we do with absentee professors?
  • Juniors, you may start shortlisting possible thesis topics.
  • On its own, the proposed Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2008 won't solve the problem of poverty and underdevelopment in the country instantly but it's a step to the right direction. It should not be held in isolation from other pro-poor social and economic legislations. Poverty eradication should be an integrated approach.

Bakit maiikli ang mga post dito?

  1. Kulang ang oras ko. Kadalasa'y isinisingit ko lang ito sa iba kong ginagawa.
  2. Kulang din ang oras ninyo. Marami rin kayong pinagkakaabalahan.

Isang tagpo sa Paco Market

Isang naglalako ng mga kadena, kandado't susi ang dumaan sa gitna ng masikip na pasilyo.
Pabirong humirit ang isang kargador mula sa 'di kalayuan, "Pare, tiyak hindi ka mananakawan!"

random thoughts

  • On Wall Street vs. Main Street: Doc Ed clarified that the "Wall Street" pertains to the greedy corporate oligarchs in the financial system while the "Main Street" refers to the unsuspecting public who invests their hard-earned money in stocks of big corporations.
  • UP should offer a subject on Philippine Government and Constitution as part of its RGEP. Other public and private colleges and universities incorporate it in all their course curricula. It is possibly one of the reasons why many UP students have grown apathetic to local and global socio-political issues.
  • For obvious reasons, GMA is not honest enough to hold her administration accountable for most of the problems that beset our people. She instead blames it to her political enemies, the communist insurgency, and the global crisis.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Kalayaang pumili ng mga pinili (nilang) pagpilian natin

"Iginigiit ng mga tagapagbandila ng kapitalismo na ang sistemang pang-ekonomyang ito
ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga tao na malayang makapamili.
Masasabi bang may kalayaan ka sa pagpili kung halimbawa'y ang mga pelikulang nakalinya sa takilya ay pare-pareho ng katangian (escapist, individualist, decadent, colonial). Kung magkagayon, ano na lang ang batayan ng pagpili - kung ano ang mas nakakakilig, kung ano ang mas jologs, kung ano ang mas maraming iluluha, kung ano ang mas malibog, kung ano ang mas madaming artistang gumanap, kung ano ang wala gaanong manonood para makalaplapan ang ka-date, ano na?"

-himutok ni Melba Pasangkrus, may assignment na film review at pamangkin ni Poldo

Third World

  • geo-political third bloc of countries
  • tri-continental (Asia, Latin America and Africa)
  • third way
  • post-independence countries

    Source: Couze Venn, The Post-Colonial Challenge

World Economic Forum (neoliberalism) vs. World Social Forum (another world is possible)

vs.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

random thoughts

  • Insurance companies are trying to regain public's trust through aggressive advertisements. In their business, trust is the most important consideration.
  • Noli's "play safe" disposition may backfire on him in 2010 polls.
  • Tarpaulin mentality now dominates most people's/organization's image building agenda.
  • The US is adamant in pursuing its transition plan for Cuba in order to facilitate a regime change from socialism to liberal democracy. Cuba however remains resolute in staying along the socialist path.
  • It took the university almost the entire semester before it was finally able to pay my salary. The experience made me a better teacher of poverty concepts.
  • To all my students this semester: rest and recharge

random thoughts

  • Consumers are now extra careful in buying local or foreign products with milk ingredient.
  • I'll try cooking Bicol express next week for a change.
  • Filipinos in the labor-intensive sector are becoming more dependent on inexpensive energy drinks to sustain their daily level of productivity.
  • According to WB's Robert Zoelick, "September and October are shaping up to be hard months in a precarious year."
  • Whoever GMA endorses in 2010 will surely doom his/her chances of winning the presidency - a kiss of death, so to speak.
  • Critical understanding of international relations is imperative for any global citizen.
  • Given the opportunity, I want to teach in PUP, PLM, PNU, or CSU.
  • Montano isn't a good gameshow host and he wouldn't have also been a good senator.
  • The people's daily grueling struggle to subsist makes some of them feel uncomfortable to even hear Christmas jingles. I share their sentiment.
  • Many students live a lifestyle beyond the means of their parents. Maaawa naman.
  • DOST researcher revealed that "Filipino children live a sedentary lifestyle".
    http://www.stii.dost.gov.ph/sntpost/NewPOST/JulSep2006/Filipino%20children%20live%20sedentary%20lifestyle.html
  • I haven't watch any episode of Channel 2's Kalye: Mga Kwento ng Lansangan. But I hope it isn't the typical TV program which only features interesting "micro-stories" but devoid of meaningful call to action and where reporters pretend to be amateur anthropologists (at puro pagpapacute o kunyari naaawa sa kanilang kinakapanayam)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Attendance checking

Sa ibang pribadong pamantasan, may mga naglilibot na attendance checker na sumisilip sa bawat silid 15 minuto makalipas ang simula ng klase (upang maiwasan ang labis na pagkaantala nito) at 15 minuto naman bago magtapos (upang maiwasan ang masyadong maagang pagtatapos nito). 2 beses!

Hindi ako sang-ayong ipatupad ito sa Bundok Puting Bato.

Pero hindi rin ako sang-ayon sa mga mapagsamantalang guro na mas madami pa ang pagliban sa klase kaysa sa ipinasok (noon mang mga nakaraang semestre o hanggang sa kasalukuyan).

Ang mungkahi ko ay pagbatayan ang student evaluation.
May katanungan dito ukol sa dalas ng pagliban ng guro sa klase.

Mataas na ang matrikula (at pamasahe) ngayon.

Ang malimit na pagliban sa klase ay insulto sa mga mag-aaral.
Mas malaking insulto kung walang abiso, walang kinalaman sa asignatura
at hindi mahalaga ang dahilan ng pagliban.

Makatwiran o Di-makatwiran?

Isyu:
Pangungulekta ng guro sa bawat mag-aaral niya ng P40 bilang kabayaran
sa wala pang 5 pahinang papeles bawat isa na gagamitin sa kanilang eksamenasyon

DS 123

Good news! The CAS Library has agreed to purchase the shortlisted books that the class recommended in our DS 123 "book hunting" activity at Solidaridad bookshop.
Given the availability of fund, I intend to make it a regular class activity every year.
Salamat sa kooperasyon.
http://jk22b.blogspot.com/2008/07/ds-123.html

random points

  • "destabilizers" = an invective used by GMA to describe her oppositors
  • Joker Arroyo's reaction to the 8-7 SC ruling on MOA-AD = “A change of one vote changes the picture. The SC was sharply divided and it could pose more problems in the future. A change of one vote would make the minority opinion the majority decision, and conversely, the minority decision would become a dissenting opinion.” (PDI)
  • UNESCO = http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=3328&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
  • fence-sitters = somebody who takes a position of neutrality or indecision, especially in a contentious issue (thefreedictionary.com)
  • globalization = worldwide interconnectivity

random points

  • legalese = technical language in courts/law profession
  • discourse = institutionalized pattern of thinking/system of thought
    (e.g. feminist discourse, political discourse, globalization discourse)
  • postmodernism = contends that truth is fluid, plural and contextual
  • meaningless growth = compound effect of jobless growth, ruthless growth, rootless growth, futureless growth and voiceless growth

Dalubhasa

"Maraming dalubhasa ang hindi naka-aambag sa paglutas
ng mga suliraning panlipunan. May tatlong dahilan.
Una, ang karamihan ay lumulutang lamang sa teorya.
Ikalawa, ang ilang may mabuting intensyon para sa bayan ay binubusalan o ginigipit.
Ikatlo, ang iba'y nagagamit ng mga naghaharing-uri upang palalain ang pagsasamantala.
Nakakapanghinayang."

-Poldo Pasangkrus

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

NSTP 2* (newspaper, tv and radio monitoring)

  • Use a notebook with 100 sheets/leaves.
  • Focus on socio-economic, socio-political, and socio-cultural issues.
  • Use a dictionary or a textbook to define unfamiliar words/concepts.
  • Write a brief reaction at the end of every entry.
  • Incorporate the social commentaries of others (your peers, parents, etc.).
  • Fold each sheet into two in order to maximize the space (back to back).
  • Use sentence outline format.
  • Write legibly.
  • Identify the sources.
  • Submit it on Nov. 12 (Wed), our first NSTP 2 session.
  • Please inform the rest.

    _______________________________________
    *NSTP 2 will be held every Wednesday afternoon (1-4 pm) next semester, room TBA

DEVSTUD subject offerings (2nd semester, 2008-2009)

  • DS 100 (Introduction to Development Theories) TF 8:30a-10:00a Lec RH-229 PONSARAN
  • DS 112 (Development in the Third World) TF 11:30a-1:00p Lec GAB-301B PONSARAN
  • DS 121 (Study of Philippine Underdevelopment) TF 2:30p-4:00p Lec GAB-301B VILLEGAS
  • DS 122 (Philippine Development Strategies) TF 4:00p-5:30p Lec GAB-306 VILLEGAS
  • DS 125 (Internat'l Aspects of Philippine & 3rd World Dev't) TF 1:00p-2:30p Lec GAB-301A PONSARAN
  • DS 126 (Politico-Administrative Institution & Behavior) MTh 5:30p-7:00p Lec RH-119 WACNANG
  • DS 126 (Politico-Administrative Institution & Behavior) TF 4:00p-5:30p Lec GAB-206 SIMBULAN
  • DS 126 (Politico-Administrative Institution & Behavior) W 9:00a-12:00p Lec RH-119 PONSARAN
  • DS 128 (Human Resource Development) MTh 7:00p-8:30p Lec RH-119 WACNANG
  • DS 128 (Human Resource Development) S 9:00a-12:00p Lec RH-119 BAGUILAT
  • DS 128 (Human Resource Development) S 1:00p-4:00p Lec RH-119 BAGUILAT
  • DS 152 (Program Implementation & Project Management) S 9:00a-12:00p Lec RH-229 CLAVEL
  • DS 199.2 (Research Methods II) TF 5:30p-7:00a Lec RH-118 VILLEGAS
  • DS 199.2 (Research Methods II) W 4:00p-7:00p Lec RH-220 SIMBULAN
  • ECON 101 (Macroeconomic Theory & Policy) MTh 8:00a-10:00a Lec GAB-301A ARCILLA
  • ECON 101 (Macroeconomic Theory & Policy) MTh 10:00a-12:00p Lec GAB-301A ARCILLA
  • ECON 102 (Microeconomics) MTh 8:00a-10:00a Lec GAB-308 TUVERA
  • ECON 109 (History of Economic Doctrines) W 1:00p-4:00p Lec RH-228 SIMBULAN
  • ECON 11 (Introductory Economics) MTh 10:00a-11:30a Lec GAB-208 TUVERA
  • ECON 11 (Introductory Economics) W 9:00a-12:00p Lec RH-229 SEVILLA JR
  • ECON 116 (The Economies of Asia) MTh 1:00p-2:30p Lec GAB-301A TUVERA
  • ECON 121 (Money & Banking) W 1:00p-4:00p Lec RH-119 SEVILLA JR
  • ECON 141 (International Trade) MTh 1:00p-2:30p Lec GAB-308 ARCILLA
  • ECON 151 (Government Finance) W 9:00a-12:00p Lec RH-227 TUVERA
  • ECON 191 (Development Economics) MTh 4:00p-5:30p Lec RH-119 ARCILLA

Her recent political scorecard (to be updated)

Favorable to her
-Opposition in the Lower House is less than 30.
-Her husband remains "active".


Unfavorable to her
-SC upheld the CA ruling linking Palparan to the abduction of Manalo brothers.
-Opposition filed its 4th impeachment complaint.
-SC ruled that GRP-MILF ancestral domain deal is unconstitutional (8 vs. 7).
-Senate remains opposition-dominated.
-Despite being a GMA appointee, Chief Justice Puno is independent-minded.
-Her net satisfaction rating is -28%.
-Most presidential aspirant in 2010 are oppositionists.
-Lakas-CMD has yet to identify its standard bearer in 2010 polls.

random points

  • uncertainty, greed, exploitation = dynamics of corporate-led globalization
  • 6 out of 10 = number of Americans who aren't confident that they will have sufficient money to last through retirement due to the credit crunch according to a recent survey (The Washington Post)
  • preventive cardiology = better approach to heart ailments
    http://www.gov.ph/news/default.asp?i=8409
  • smoking cessation = efforts to quit smoking

Honorific scholarships

  • College scholar (CS) = dean's list
  • University scholar (US) = chancellor's list

Ang saksing (walang nagawa), si tiwali, sina tiwala at ang swerteng janitor


Isang tagpo sa isang pampribadong pamantasan malapit sa SM...

Nangulekta ang (tiwaling) dalubguro ng donasyong de-lata sa kanyang mga (tiwalang) estudyante.
Para raw diumano ito sa mga katutubong nasalanta ng kalamidad - ito ang kanyang press release.
Marami-rami ang nagdala, bunga na rin marahil ng dagdag na puntos sa kanilang grado.
Kanyang dinala ang mga nakulekta sa isang silid kung saan nagpapahinga ang kanyang mga kapwa guro.
Dito ko nasaksihang pinaghiwalay niya ang mga carnenorte sa mga sardinas.
Sa halip na ibigay sa mga dapat paglalaanan nito, kanyang iniuwi ang mga carnenorte at ibinigay naman ang mga natirang sardinas sa isang (swerteng) janitor na nagkataong napadaan sa silid.

Napatulala lang ako sa aking nakita.

Contemporary exodus

"Mga kabataan, mag-aral kayo mabuti.
Sa nalalapit na panahon, kayo ang hahalili sa amin sa propesyong ito."


-Prof. Pantaleon Pandiwa
21 taong gulang at mangingibam-bayan kasama
ng mga kapwa niya bagong guro para yumaman

A forwarded text joke

Kapag bilugan ang mukha mo, 'wag ka masyado mag-ngingiti baka mapagkamalan kang...

YAHOO messenger!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Development Studies Program faculty roster (2nd semester, 2008-2009)

  • Prof. R. Simbulan (Program Head)
  • Dr. E. Villegas (Academic Coordinator)
  • Prof. J. Ponsaran (DevSoc Adviser)
  • Prof. C. Arcilla
  • Prof. M. Tuvera
  • Dr. L. Clavel
  • Prof. S. Sevilla
  • Atty. K. Baguilat
  • Atty. Z. Wacnang

random points

  • risk aversion = investors who prefer low-risk but low-yield investments over high-risk but high yield options (also applicable in consumer behavior and psychology)
  • LPG 11 kg tank = P587-P647 (Oct. 13, 2008)
  • exploration = paggagalugad
  • CSD = carbonated soft drinks (Note: CSD consumption is declining, even in US)
  • G-shot = G-spot amplification (GSA)
  • -27% = Gloria's SWS 3rd quarter net satisfaction rating
  • 75,000 = number of squatter families in NCR, majority of whom live in danger zones such as waterways, roadways, and beneath bridges (source: MMDA, Malaya)

random points

  • CSER = corporate social and environmental responsibility
  • Russia = largest country in terms of total area
    http://www.countrywatch.com/facts/facts_default.aspx?type=text&topic=SELRG
  • free exercise of religion = means more than just the freedom to believe, it also means the freedom to act or not to act according to what one believes (Fr. Joaquin Bernas, S.J.)
  • top 5 destinations of Filipino domestic helpers = Hong Kong, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Lebanon (POEA, PDI)
  • hygienic carabao/cow milk production (milk hygiene) = bathing the animal, disinfecting their teats before milking, putting milk in disinfected stainless containers, pasteurizing it at the correct temperature and other sanitary procedures before the milk is sold
    (Philippine Carabao Center, PDI)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Net metering

"A net metering scheme is provided in the Renewable Energy Law, giving capable consumers the option to generate their own power, which in turn will give them the possibility of being paid by their power distributor or given discounts for the power they give back to the grid.
Net metering uses a special electricity meter, which is bi-directional — meaning the meter spins forward if more electricity is used than provided back to the grid, and backward if there is more electricity provided than used." - Ava Kashima K. Austria, Businessworld

random points

  • "Snoring is a cause not just of health worries but also of marital woes." (Time)
  • "As anyone who has ever dieted knows, it's not losing the pounds that's hard — it's keeping them lost." (Time)
  • " There isn't as much money to be made in prevention as in treatment of heart disease." (Time)
  • "While some people underperceive fat, others overperceive it." (Time)
  • "Dieters who kept a food diary lost twice as much weight as those who didn't." (American Journal of Preventive Medicine)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bwelta

"Mataas na grado ang katumbas ng pagsusumikap ng mag-aaral.
Hindi ito dapat maging suhol kapalit ng napakadalas na pagliban sa klase."

-Baldomero Magalpok, 82 anyos, taga-bundok, pinsan ni Poldo Pasangkrus
mapagmasid, malabo ang mata, at paborito ang pansit habhab kahit isang beses pa lang nakatikim nito

Culinary Tourism in the Philippines

http://www.tourism.gov.ph/Special/kulinarya_f.asp

On research interests

  • Dr. Jaime Galvez-Tan (UP Medicine professor) = longitudinal research on the movement of health professionals from rural to urban and urban to abroad; national inventory of Filipino traditional healers; equities and inequities in the Philippine healthcare: past and current trends
  • Prof. JPaul Manzanilla (UP Humanities professor) = history and memory: Martial law, EDSA people power
  • Dr. Jocelyn del Mundo (UP Behavioral Science professor) = Filipino views on obesity; how teenagers cope with courtship rejection or absentee parents; why teens resort to frat violence
  • Prof. Jercylene Velayo (English professor) = curricula in the Philippine educational system
  • Regent Nelia Gonzalez (UP Board of Regents) = cancer
  • Dr. Reynaldo Imperial (CAS Dean) = behavior vulnerabilities; health seeking behaviors and STDs
  • Dr. Sheila Leynes (DOH) = status of healthcare delivery in DOH hospitals in NCR;
    quality and safety in DOH hospitals
  • Prof. Melissa Alcazaren (CSB Psychology professor) = learning processing disorder
  • Mr. Reginald Vallejos (CENPEG researcher) = CARP effectiveness as a social justice tool
  • Mr. Mike Wootton (Manila Times columnist) = private sector finance industry
  • Ms. Lina Eguico (UP Development Studies student) = political economy of traffic congestion;
    political economy of predatory criminality
  • Prof. Danilo Arao (UP Journalism professor) = rate of exploitation across all economic sectors
  • Prof. Carol Pulumbarit (UP Speech professor) = patients rights; maternal mortality rate
  • Mr. Angelo Murillo (UP PolSci student) = violence brought about by video games
  • Ms. Camille Rodriguez (UP DevStud student) = political economy of the Philippine education system
  • Ms. Veronica Arreza (social researcher) = LGBT subculture
  • Prof. Natividad Lacdan (UP Ecology professor) = ecotourism; ecohealth; gender and water
  • Prof. Jerome Ong (UP History professor) = health history
  • Prof. Mary Dorothy Jose (UP History professor) = different faces of women's heroism in contemporary Philippine history; level of awareness of Filipino families on the reproductive health issues
  • Atty. Rowena Soriano (UP PolSci professor) = prostitution; syndicates operating among government agencies; review of the Philippine criminal justice system
  • Prof. Erle Frayne Argonza = past life, reincarnation, karma, post-church spirituality
  • Diwang Palaboy = Cross-cultural study of Philippine indigenous people's concept of poverty

random points

  • recommendations by world's economists on how to stem the current financial tsunami =
    cut interest rates, recapitalize the banks and insure deposits; get governments to step in and guarantee short-term interbank lending (Time magazine)
  • G-7 = meeting of financial ministers of 7 highly industrial nations namely France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, USA and Canada
  • G-8 = annual meeting of the heads of the governments of G-7 nations, including Russia
  • BSP = lender of last resort (Philippines)
  • IMF = world's lender of last resort
  • net satisfaction rating = satisfaction rating - dissatisfaction rating
  • net trust rating = trust rating - distrust rating

Notes from Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez

  • political corruption = public power is exercised for private gain
  • grand corruption = pertains to losses to government of millions, perhaps, billions of pesos where the suspect perpetrator include high profile personages
  • petty corruption = small-scale corruption perpetrated, say, by traffic enforcers

The five who voted against VFA's ratification

  • Guingona
  • Pimentel
  • Legarda
  • Roco
  • OsmeƱa, Serge

The four who voted against JPEPA's ratification

  • Pimentel
  • Madrigal
  • Aquino
  • Escudero

Thursday, October 09, 2008

random inputs

  • bancassurance = selling insurance policies through banks
  • traditional insurance policies = purely insurance coverage (sometimes with dividend)
  • non-traditional insurance policies = insurance with a built-in investment
    (high yield but high risk especially if largely invested in equities)
  • tax intent = tax objective
  • recession = negative growth for 2 quarters or more (Fabella)
  • zoochosis = psychological condition in which animals display
    obsession and repetitive behaviors (Bill Travers of Born Free Foundation)
  • zoochosis manifestations = e.g. incessant pacing in one area, bar biting, neck twisting, swaying, overgrooming (PETA)
  • "pinakanta" = forced confession
  • "snail mail" = derogatory term for traditional mail

Ponsaran's tentative academic load (2nd semester, 2008-2009)

  • DS 100 (Development Theories)
  • DS 112 (Third World Studies)
  • DS 125 (Political Economy of International Relations)
  • DS 126 (Politico-Administrative Institutions and Behavior)
  • NSTP CWTS II (Policy Studies)

random points

  • nephrotoxicity = poisonous effect of some substances on the kidney (bulatlat)
  • foreign remittance = e.g. OFW remittances to the Philippines
  • local remittance = e.g. remittances of household helpers to their families in the province
  • 7-10% GDP growth = preoccupation of emerging/high growth economies in Asia
  • China, India, Arab countries = other sources of foreign direct investments
    that can compensate for the decline in FDI inflow from regions afflicted by
    the financial crunch (Dr. Bernardo Villegas)

Political Economy of Melamine Contamination

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Fees in a golf tournament*

  • buffet breakfast and tea-house break
  • raffle prizes
  • giveaways
  • a sumptuous lunch
  • green fee**

    ___________________________________________________________
    *I chanced upon this one in an invitation card.
    **Is this to "compensate" for the plunder wrought by maintaining a golf course to the environment?

Students who garnered the highest accumulated points per subject*

  • DS 123 = Margaret Pearl Laforteza (DS)
  • Econ 101 TF = Rich Almario (AS)
  • Econ 11 = Mari Franchine Daya (BSN)
  • Econ 101 W = Divine Arawiran (AS) and Kenneth Haze Sanchez (AS)
  • DS 127 = Yfur Porsche Fernandez (DS) and Anna Franchesca Dominique Duquiatan (DS)

    _________________
    *1st semester, 2008-2009

Asar-talo?

Mas nakakaganang magsaliksik at magsulat ng papel kung:

  • interesado ka sa paksa (kung hindi man ay p'wede sigurong ikondisyon ang sarili)
  • may sapat na oras (kung kulang man ay p'wedeng sigurong piliting pagkasyahin)
  • at kung talagang binabasa ng dalubguro ang iyong isinumite ('di mo na ito kontrolado!)

    Kung wala kahit isa sa tatlong ito, ang tanging kunswelo na lang ng mag-aaral
    ay may natutunan siyang bago at dagdag katiyakan na pagpasa sa klase.

Panata

Mula ngayong semestreng ito, ilalaan ko ang huling araw ng klase sa classcard distribution.
Wala rin akong mga proyektong ipapagawa sa mga mag-aaral sa dulo ng semestre.
Sa halip ay bandang gitna na lang ng klase.

Una, para mas mabasa at maiwasto ko ang kanilang mga isinumite.

Ikalawa, para hindi makipagsabayan sa iba pang asignatura. Para na rin tiyakin na mas mapagtutuunan ito ng pansin ng mga mag-aaral kumpara kung isasabay sa 4-5 pa nilang
rekisito sa ibang dalubguro.

Ikatlo, para mas makapaghanda ako sa susunod na semestre.

Panghuli pero pinakamahalaga, para makapagpahinga ako ng mas maaga : )

Tagpo sa Kutang Bato

Dalawang bagito ang nagkataong nagtagpo sa Kutang Bato.
Kapwa naghahanda para sa kani-kanilang klase.
Nagkataong pareho rin ng paksang tatalakayin sa araw na 'yon
Nagpasiklaban ng kanya-kanyang istilo ng paglatakay sa paksa.
"Ang istilo ko ay ganito," bulalas ng una.
"Ako nama'y sa paraang ito," buwelta ng isa.
Nagpataasan ng ihi. Tila walang magpapalamang.
Sa isip-isip ng bawat isa ay siya ang natatangi at pamantayan.
Nakakaawang pakinggan ang dalawa.
Sana kinausap na lang nila ang sarili sa salamin.
Kapwa sila nilamon ng kanya-kanyang matayog na tingin sa sarili - too consumed of themselves.

random points

  • "economism" = economic condition as the ultimate determinant or basis of everything else
  • partisan scholarship = type of scholarship favoring the marginalized, disenfranchised and underrepresented sectors in the society (according to Renato Constantino)
  • throw-away society = a consumerist society heavily dependent on disposable commodities
  • corporate greed, import liberalization and government neglect = causes of melamine contamination (according to Dr. Romeo Quijano and Dr. Eleanor Jara)

random points

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

random points

  • Ayala Group = Philippine's oldest and largest conglomerate
  • conglomerate = a corporation that has diversified in operations usually by acquiring enterprises in widely varied industries (http://www.vss2000.com/)
  • galunggong = round scad
  • DENR = Kagawaran ng Kapaligiran at Likas na Yaman
  • sericulture = silk farming; the production of raw silk by raising silkworms (wordnet.princeton)

Para sa aking mga (kapwa) mag-aaral ng lipunan ngayong semestre

Salamat sa isang buong semestre ng pakikinig, pakikiisa at pakikibagay.
Napakalaki ng naging papel ng inyong pagbabahagi sa klase upang mas matuto ang bawat isa.
Pinakamataas na pagpupugay sa inyong lahat!

random points

  • "basket case" symptoms = war, disease, famine (Source: Time magazine)
  • South Africa = largest economy in the African continent (Time)
  • Prosperity theology =
    "God will make a way for poor people to enjoy the better things in life" (Time)
    "Adherents will reap rewards if they prove their faith to God by contributing heavily to their churches, remaining mentally and verbally upbeat and concentrating on divine promises of worldly bounty supposedly strewn throughout the Bible." (Time)
  • complex emergencies = e.g. civil war, ethnic strife, terrorism, etc.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Political Economy of the Current Capitalist Financial Crisis by Dr. E. M. Villegas

Tunay na diwa ng edukasyon

"Kahit na hindi masamang itaguyod ang sariling kapakanan at pamilya,
nararapat lang na isipin din at iugnay ang indibidwal sa lipunan, ang personal sa pulitikal."

-Prof. Danilo A. Arao
UP Journalism Department

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Angking-talino

"Maraming natatanging mag-aaral sa pamantasan.
Hindi ito maitatanggi.
Mas marami pa silang lilitaw kung magkakaroon ng iba't ibang pagkakataon
at paraan upang tuklasin at linangin ang kanilang angking-galing.
Mahalaga ang papel ng guro at mga kamag-aral sa prosesong ito."

-Teacher-teacheran
Kagawaran ng Kutang-Bato

3 sitwasyon na kakikitaan ng kakaibang kabaitan ang isang tao

  1. sadyang taglay ang kakaibang kabaitan
  2. nagbabait-baitan
  3. mangungutang

Crises that hound the world's most powerful country

  • crisis of legitimacy
  • crisis of over-extension
  • crisis of overproduction

random points

  • shock therapy = the abrupt introduction of free markets in a
    formerly centrally planned economy (John Taylor)
  • egoistic = a person who is too consumed of himself/herself
  • libel = crime against honor (Penal Code)
  • malum in se = inherently wrong, evil in itself (e.g. murder)
  • malum prohibitum = wrong because prohibited (e.g. illegal parking)

random points

  • pagmumuling-gamit = recycle (original translation of Renier Martin D. De Grano, Area Studies)
  • pakikibagay, pakiki-angkop = flexibility
  • tagus-tagusan = see-through
  • kauswagan = development
  • likas-kayang pag-uswag, likas-kayang pag-unlad = sustaintable development
  • karukhaan, karalitaan, kahirapan = poverty

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Sandaling mamamahinga ang Diwang Palaboy.
Patuloy na magmasid, makialam, makisangkot at maglingkod.

Agenda

  • DS 123 (Oct. 7) - exam by elimination (media and new media, etc.)
  • Econ 101 (Oct. 7) - exam by elimination (Tullao articles)
  • Econ 11 (Oct. 7) - show & tell cancelled; release of class cards
  • Econ 101 (Oct. 8) - final examination (all photocopied readings, online notes, reports,etc.)

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Pricing Strategies

Bakit ako (relatibong) mas mataas magbigay ng grado noon hanggang ngayon?*

  1. Sa dami ng rekisito sa buong semestre, sukli ito sa pagsisikap ng mag-aaral.
  2. Hindi ko madadala ang mga ipinagkait na UNO sa aking hukay.
  3. Pambalanse ng GWA ng mag-aaral dahil maraming kuripot na propesor ang naglipana.
  4. Nakatutulong kadalasan ang mataas na grado upang mas magsikap ang mag-aaral
    at mabuo at tumibay ang tiwala niya sa kanyang sarili.
  5. Para maging mapayapa at matiwasay ang paghihiwalay ng landas namin.
  6. Bahagi ito ng aking academic freedom.

    _________________
    Pero nambabagsak din ako

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Matalino si Inday!

Ilan ang mga sumusunod na naaalala kong tagpo
na lubos akong pinahanga ni Inday, 21 anyos at tubong Leyte:

  • Habang nanonood kami ng TV, naibahagi ko sa kanya na sinusuri ng klase ko sa Cultural Studies ang mga lokal na patalastas. Sabi ny'a, "Ah, yung mga propaganda."
  • Ipinaalala ko na dapat sinasabon ang lugar kung saan dumudumi ang aso.
    "Para mamatay ang mga parasite," dagdag niya.
  • Bilang paghahanda sa isang PPT presentation, itinala ko ang mga nakaupong senador sa kasalukuyan. Iniuri ko sila batay sa lima (strongly pro-GMA, nominally pro-GMA, independent, nominally anti-GMA at strongly anti-GMA). Nang aking repasuhin, kulang pala ng isa. Tinamad akong saliksikin on-line kaya tinanong ko siya.
    Ipinakita ko sa kanya ang tala:
    Santiago
    Lapid
    Revilla
    Zubiri
    Enrile
    Honasan
    Pangilinan
    Cayetano, Pia
    Arroyo
    Gordon
    Villar
    Aquino
    Biazon
    Escudero
    Legarda
    Roxas
    Estrada
    Pimentel
    Cayetano, Alan
    Lacson
    Madrigal
    Trillanes
    Lim (may nalalabing 3 taon pero nanalo sa pagka-alkalde sa Maynila)

    Tiningnan niya, nag-isip at sumagot: Angara.

    Hindi eksaherasyon ang popular na mga text joke ukol kay Inday.

    Tinanong ko siya dati kung anong pangarap n'ya maging.
    "Teacher", sagot niya.
    "Anong subject ang gusto mo ituro?," tanong ko.
    Nag-isip at sumagot: Political History

    Lupeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet mo, Rodessa!



random points

  • technocultural studies = http://technoculture.ucdavis.edu/curriculum.php
  • party-switching = turncoatism = balimbing system
  • external debt = both cause and consequence of the Philippine economic crisis
    (Dr. Rizal Buendia, DLSU-Manila)
  • diminishing marginal utility = diminishing increment of pleasure
  • non-wage benefits = e.g. shuttle services, rice subsidy, tax-exemption, etc.
  • incentive/disincentive = performs a crucial role in rational decision-making
  • 2 sides of the story: "If we understand one side, the other will be easy to grasp."
    - Robert Heilbroner
  • cooperative = subscribes to the principles of self-sufficiency and collectivism

Politics of Gender

"Women still cook more meals for men than vice versa even in households where both work."
-Simon During
Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies
Johns Hopkins University

random points

Politics of autonomy

http://news.abs-cbn.com/views-and-analysis/09/04/08/autonomy-miriam-coronel-ferrer

random points

Final requirement (DS 123, Econ 101, Econ 11, NSTP, DS 127)

Submit a self-assessment of your academic performance in our class.
Rate yourself using the UP grading scale of 1.0-5.0.
Enumerate your major and minor accomplishments since day.
Highlight your learning experiences, realizations, "shining moments" and other related concerns. Use a bluebook and submit it to me personally along with your class cards.
Kindly inform the rest. Salamat po.

Submission
DS 123 (Oct. 3)*
Econ 101 TF (Oct. 3)
Econ 11 (Oct. 3)
NSTP (Oct. 4)
DS 127 (Oct. 4)
Econ 101 W (Oct. 8)

__________
*May I also remind you of your random jottings and CVs