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Well, I’m afraid the MMFF is sucking whatever life force is left from Philippine Cinema December 29, 2012

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This is a reaction to the article written by Jose Javier Reyes for The Philippine Daily Inquirer (here’s the link) the meat of which says that “The MMFF is only a film fest by name; it is actually a fiesta. Better yet, it is the biggest tiangge  (flea market) that opens on the day Christ was born. And there is nothing wrong with that.” In other words, the MMFF just wants your money. Film making is a business. Businesses are made to earn money. Period.

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I’m really disappointed with what I just read, especially since Jose Javier Reyes IS an award winning scriptwriter and director.

This is the type of mentality that doomed Philippine Cinema in the first place… When producers make movies purely for the sake of profit, they just rehash and rehash stories and plots and characters that they kill innovation in local films. And when you lose that innovative spirit, you fail. This is similar to what happened to companies like HP, Sharp, RIM, Yahoo, and even Sony. Even Apple is suffering from a lack of innovation ever since Steve Jobs died.

While in the short term, producers will make money by making a yearly update to their MMFF franchise, in the long term they are just killing Philippine cinema. How could an industry survive if it only makes money once a year, during the week between Christmas and New Year?

Let’s compare Apple with the local movie industry, before, Apple was a very innovative company, it launched the IPod, then the IPhone, then the IPad. But recently, we have not seen any real innovation from the company, they just upgrade the specs (better screen resolution, better processor, lighter weight, better camera) of each of their products’ successive iteration.  This is akin to local cinema’s yearly iterations/rehash/recycling of Shake Rattle and Roll, Enteng Kabisote, a Bong Revilla film, and an ER Ejercito flick that tries hard to feel indie (but fails miserably). Now back to Apple – with this lack of innovation from the purportedly most innovative company in the world, investors and stock traders are very concerned that Apple would not be able to sustain the company’s growth momentum and become a stagnant appliance company.

Sadly, the local film industry isn’t only stagnant, it is dead. It was prostituted, raped, and then murdered by the same producers that make the MMFF films.  Its ghost haunts us (Shake Rattle and Roll pun intended) every Christmastime with the MMFF, but for the most part, it is dead. Just how dead is local cinema? It’s is soooo dead that ordinary people still have a stigma against watching local movies during any other time of the year except Christmas. Aside from John Lloyd Cruz romantic comedies from Star Cinema and adulterous films from Viva starring Anne Curtis, people just don’t watch local movies anymore. Case in point, I Doobidoobidoo is one of the best local films made this year, and yet almost no one watched it despite the movie’s bankable stars. This is also what happened with other great local films like Here Comes the Bride, Bwakaw, and to a lesser extent, Kimi Dora.

As for the author’s claims that MMFF movies earn a ton of money, well, they earn money simply because there are NO OTHER options available AND people have a lot of cash during this time. I doubt the festival’s highest grossing pic, Sisterakas will have the same box office numbers if movies like Les Mis and The Hobbit are allowed to compete with it. It might still be profitable, but it wouldn’t be that profitable.

It’s ironic that despite the blatant commercialism at the heart of the MMFF right now, the movies only earn that much money because of a protectionist law. Until mainstream producers change this ugly “pera pera” mentality, they will only be able to earn money during the MMFF.

The Lancer Quest: Me vs. the Evil Greedy Sales Agents October 15, 2012

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So imagine that I just won Mr. Pogi of the Universe 2012 and I’m planning to buy the new Lancer 1.6L EX GLX variant with my winnings. I’ve been searching online for a nice price and most online listings are at Php 750-778k due to discounts. Now, I’ll be buying the unit, to make the long story short, in cash. I also won’t be getting the LTO registration and comprehensive insurance from the dealer because I’m gonna ship the car to my good friend who’s in Angola so he can sell it there for the price of two Audi QQs.

(Now, don’t imagine the next details because all the following details are true. With the previous paragraph however, only the list price for the Lancer EX GLX is true.)

The problem is that almost all the sales agents I’ve talked to don’t want to give me the list price on their ads because I’ll be paying in cash. They are claiming that the 750k discounted price is only for purchase via financing. If it was, then why do they still post that amount in online sites like sulit.com.ph, Olx, and Ayosdito.ph?

And they don’t want to give me additional discount because I won’t be getting the LTO registration and comprehensive insurance from them. Considering that LTO is about 7k, and compre is another 22k (roughly) so aside from the 750-778k list price, I think it’s just fair that I get another 29k discount aside from the standard discount given by Mitsubishi PH.

In addition, agents say that LTO and compre are considered freebies so there will be no deductions if I opted not to get it from them. Some are even “garapal” that they say that the compre and LTO are on-top of the Php 778k price so to my surprise (and irritation) I’ll be paying more!

Now, that’s just not right. First of all, if all was right in the world and this was a logical world where truth and love and honesty governed, (and Nur Misuari wasn’t so negative on the peace process) the list price for the car should be the same if you get it via financing or cash. The only thing that should change if you get it via financing is that there would be interest involved, so the total paid up price after so many years would be much higher. As for LTO registration and comprehensive insurance, I call bullshit on people that say it’s free. These are items that have verified costs, and if indeed these things are free, then why can’t I get alternative free stuff like a spoiler, a backing sensor, GPS, and reverse camera in lieu of the LTO and insurance?

If Mitsubishi is plagued by sales agents like these and I can’t find an honest sales agent (ala Sodom and Gomorrah) I might just get a boring as stone Altis.

Cyber Bullshit – or why it’s more difficult to take on the government with RA 10175 October 2, 2012

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Note: I’m writing this on the night before the Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act or Republic Act 10175 takes effect.

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Well, the title of the law itself is absurd… When you say cybercrime prevention act, should the goal of the law be to prevent cyber-crime or to punish entities that committed cyber-crime? Or are we in the world of Minority Report, and pre-crime is considered a crime?

The sections contained within the cyber-crime law are not for cyber crime prevention, but for punishment of “cyber-crimes” that the law’s authors deem to be so significant their punishment is one notch higher than those imposed by the country’s revised penal code. And the weird thing is that there’s almost no preventive solution to cyber crime that was mentioned in the cyber crime prevention act.

Now, from the title alone, it seems that the law itself wasn’t well thought of, and the details of RA 10175 show that the writing is pretty vague and the writers seem to be out of touch or not fully knowledgeable about the dynamics of cyberspace.

RA 10175 was crafted to put controls into the “brave new world” of cyberspace. Lawmakers have romanticized that the internet was a wild jungle wherein there were no laws, and poor citizens are very vulnerable to attacks on cyberspace. Thus, there is a need to enact laws to protect the citizens, like a new colony that is starting to establish order. The emergence of “cyber bullying” and hacking scares puts some legitimacy for the need of a law on cyberspace. However…

WTF is this BULLSHIT law that they made?!

The cyber libel section is the most controversial of all provisions of RA 10175, and as has been repeated over the internet, it curtails the freedom of speech that all should enjoy. Apart from losing the right to freedom of speech, this law can be used to harass ordinary people to keep their online mouths shut.

A year ago, I discovered edited photos passed on as real images by the Philippine government’s Department of Public Works and Highways in their Facebook page. I posted the photo on this blog, it got re-posted several times on Facebook until it was noticed and became a national topic.

If this law was active then, the DPWH could have filed an online libel complaint against my blog post with the DOJ, and since both of them are government agencies, the DOJ would have probably agreed with the DPWH’s position and shut down my blog.

They could have done this without any trial at all, and they could have done it swiftly, before the news on the altered photos exploded all over the internet. And when the take-over clause shuts down my blog without that issue going into critical mass, the DPWH would not have been correctly criticized by netizens. They could have just shoved a middle finger up my online ass and not acknowledged the altered photo, not to mention that they would have never issued a public apology and “punished” the erring employee behind the altered photo.

And from that, not only was my freedom of expression violated, but I would have been harassed legally, perhaps even financially because if charges were filed against me, I’d have to hire a lawyer. My job would have also been affected and my privacy violated, because they could confiscate my phone, my laptop, and my computer to get more evidence against me. I’d also have to attend court hearings, so I have to take a leave of absence from work.

And if they found porn or any torrents in any of my electronic devices? Boom. I’d be guilty on two more counts of RA 10175.

All that hassle, because the DPWH posted a stupid altered photo on their fb page.

Now, if you aren’t me, if you’re the type who shies away from conflict and wants to live an ordinary peaceful life, you might have thought that “hey, all that hassle isn’t worth it, I’m just going to ignore the government’s stupidity and go on with my life.” And if you did that, imagine how many other people would do that.

And if netizens fell silent because of this law, we’d have that fucking ugly BATANGAS sign on Taal Volcano right now. That’s how stupidly oppressive RA 10175 is.

AAAAAAND lets not forget the other trespasses, such as the one on online piracy. As was experienced in the fight against PIPA and SOPA in the US, this law will target ordinary citizens and make them liable for sharing files over the internet. This is a lazy solution to combat piracy, and shifts the focus from combating those that create “pirated” software with sophisticated means of hiding themselves on the net, to hapless ordinary citizens. Btw, torrents/file sharing per se is valid under our rights to freedom of expression.

And the part on cybersex?! That’s just stupid and prude of Angara to include this when in fact he should have made this section against CYBER-PROSTITUTION. Is having sex a crime? No. So why is cybersex a crime then?! When I read this part, I just felt bad for all the OFWs that are craving for a little bit of intimacy from their partners here in the Philippines. Oh, online porn viewing (and storage on hard drives) just became crimes as well. Because viewing porn on a computer is considered cybersex. Just fucking ridiculous.

This was a law, written by an old guy who doesn’t fully comprehend the internet, with a stupid online-libel section added by a plagiarist, voted into law by senators who didn’t even read the entire law, signed by a president who professes to lead us into a “matuwid na daan” but uses Apple Maps to plot out the way.

Dear Philippine Legislature, I’m very disappointed. I pay taxes, I pay a lot of money on taxes, approximately 30% of my salary on withholding taxes.

I DEMAND A BETTER GOVERNMENT WORTHY OF MY HARD EARNED MONEY.

AND I DEMAND THAT THIS LAW BE NULLIFIED.

FHM Philippines covers can be racy, but should never be RACIST. February 25, 2012

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Major Update: FHM Philippines has issued an apology and will use another cover for their March 2012 issue. You can see their official statement here.

They have deleted the old cover’s picture from their fb page and with this, I have also deleted the reposted image here as I believe I should not be storing racially insensitive images in my personal blog. I hope that other sites that reposted the FHM Philippines’ “stepping out of the shadows” cover would delete their copies as well. I also hope that our friends from all forms of media learn from this issue and become more sensitive to racial and social issues.

The blog posting per se is still intact below, but without the image.

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I was involuntarily shutdown from any gimmicks tonight because my right thigh hurts after I sprained it yesterday, so I was wasting my time on FB when a post from FHM Philippines’ Facebook page caught my eye. I’m a sucker for porcelain skinned girls and I wanted to view a bigger version of the picture. So I clicked on the link and this is what I saw:

(Image Deleted for World Peace)

March 2012 FHM Philippines Bela Padilla Cover
Also when you see it, you’ll shitbrix

I had to squint a little and check the details of the photo. It say’s “Bela Padilla: stepping out of the shadows” with a very light skinned Bela Padilla surrounded by five girls. Of the five, it seems three had their bodies (and face) covered in black paint. Er… isn’t that BLACKFACE?

Now, I was pretty surprised to see this. I know FHM has been criticized as a sexist rag, but do they have to be racist as well?  With FHM being an international publication, I don’t understand how the magazine’s editors and art team would fail to recognize the sensitivity of people to blackface.  Blackface has been a tool of racism in America since the early 1800s, where African Americans are stereotyped and lampooned as several comical caricatures. In the US, as well as in most of the western world, the use of blackface has been very controversial and has been generally limited to satire in main stream media, such as in Robert Downey Jr.’s character in Tropic Thunder.

And even without the blackface, the “stepping out of the shadows” theme with “black” girls seemingly worshiping a very light skinned Bela Padilla is pretty racist as well. The photo gives a stark contrast to what people deem attractive/grabs attention as represented by skin tones, with the shadow / unnoticeable “black girls” being mere background to Bela Padilla who’s skin is very light. To me, what this projects is that you can only be noticed (step out of the shadow) if you are light skinned. Now, ain’t that racist?

I posted this reaction on the same FHM post above:

just my two cents: FHM is an international publication and they should’ve been more sensitive to issues on racism. A quick wiki shows that blackface was used to stereotype and lampoon African Americans.

Kung tayo nga, sobrang sensitive natin pag may humihirit ng negative tungkol sa pinoy/Pilipinas, bakit pagdating sa mga african-americans eh napaka-racist pa din natin na napaka-insensitive natin tulad na lang dito sa cover na ‘to. If you don’t want racism to be used against you, be sensitive to other races.

In this day and age, blackface should only be used for satire or social commentary. This isn’t the case in this shoot.

A lot of other netizens have been calling out FHM and their racist photoshoot as well. I do hope that from the negative reaction, they’ll issue a public apology, review their editorial policies, punish the staff responsible for this, and recall the magazine and replace it with something that’s not racist.

Update: someone posted an online petition to recall the magazine issue. If you’re like me and you’re offended (and/or you shat brix upon seeing the blackfaces) , sign it.  http://www.change.org/petitions/for-him-magazine-philippines-to-apologize-for-and-recall-the-racist-march-2012-cover?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=share_with_facebook_friends#

Mga Utak Wangwang October 16, 2011

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There’s a new page in Facebook that aims to give normal folk like me a way to vent out their frustration at all the wrong things the Philippine government, its officials, and employees have been doing.

Join the community at:

 http://www.facebook.com/mgautakwangwang

Netizens are encouraged to post reactions, photos, and videos of government officials and the utak wangwang things that they do… even if it’s as simple as putting their names and ugly faces on posters of government projects and programs (illegal by law), to corrupt practices, to bonehead policies and execution. From the page:

Layunin ng page na ito ang kulektahin ang mga pang-aabuso at kawalang-isip ng mga opisyal sa gobyerno.

Nais nitong ipakita na kahit na anong press release pa ang sabihin ng Malacanang na sila’y kontra abuso at kurapsyon, ang tunay na siste ng gobyerno at ng mga opisyal nito ay di pa rin nababago. Baluktot pa din ang pamamalakad at naghahari-harian pa din at walang pananagutan ang mga opisyal ng gobyerno.

The page is inspired by the DPWHERE movement wherein netizens gamely photoshopped 3 DPWH officials onto various places as a means to make fun of and shame the DPWH after the recent DPWH photoshop scandal that broke out from this blog. The admin hopes that if people can edit pictures as a sign of protest, it would be much more easier to share links, take photos and videos of the lapses and failure of our government officials.

Let’s collectively use the power of shame, because in our government’s case, simple constructive criticism just won’t do.

Does the DPWH’s Singson have no originality? Pointing blame on the photographer was first made in China! October 3, 2011

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Ok…

After office hours, while reading  new posts linking to my blog, I read the Associated Post’s syndicated news write-up on the DPWH scandal and Ricky Carandang’s press release.

At the back of my head, I was still thinking of Sec. Rogelio Sison’s statement that it was a DPWH photographer who was at fault. Repeat: Photographer was at fault.

In my previous blog, I was reasoning out that it should not be the photographer’s fault because it wasn’t a photographer’s job to post pics on their web page. Also, Singson’s statement was a little bit not aligned with Beth Pilorin’s initial statement apologizing for posting photos that have not yet been cleared. I also remembered Andro Santiago’s statement in the Inquirer that there was a mix-up of photos that lead to the erroneous posting, he said that:

 the photo had been posted by mistake as they were also preparing the layout for a magazine they circulated in the DPWH.

… the images of Momo, Tagudando and Macud had been cropped from a photo and laid on top of another photo to form the image which sparked criticism online. “It was a cropped photo (of the officials) showing them in another angle.

So I was a little puzzled because there are three officials saying three different stories. They could all be telling the truth, but the story would go something like this:

  1. Photographer takes photo of the 3 in Baywalk
  2. Photographer goes back to the office, downloads his photos on his PC for possible retouching
  3. Photographer does not like his angles / photo compositions
  4. PID Boss then tells photographer to ready pictures for an internal DPWH magazine, from my interpretation, it was ok to photoshop  then because this was an internal publication (as per Andro Santiago)
  5. Photographer then goes on FB, gains admin access to the DPWH Central account, and then posts the edited photo mistakenly (as per Singson) and without approval from anyone. (as per Beth Pilorin) But he did have the time to add all that information as to who the three are and what they were doing in the photo.

Talk about multi-tasking! From that seemingly tall tale, it seems that the guy multitasks as photographer, graphics editor, web admin, and PR man (from the brief write-up that was posted with the pic). How much does the DPWH pay him? He seems like a one man PR army.

I myself was not convinced of this and I can’t think of any other way the three statements could be all real. So… I did a little research and bam! I saw this post in yahoo regarding the reasons given by the Chinese government on the China photoshop scandal.

From http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/fake-photo-fallout-chinese-officials-embrace-social-media-171223649.html

 Huili county officials were quick to blame the mix-up on journalists–or in this case, a photographer. “The explanation was almost as curious as the picture itself: as other photos showed, the three men did visit the road in question, but an unnamed photographer decided his original pictures were not suitably impressive and decided to stitch two together,”

WHAT THE EFF?!!! Did Singson just copy his excuse from China??? The Chinese and Philippine incidents are just waaaaay too similar that it’s becoming creepy. Even the Chinese officials’ excuse has now been the Philippine officials’ excuse. Even to the unnamed photographer part!

It’s funny but when Rogelio Singson said that he didn’t remember the photographer’s name, he might not have remembered it because the photographer’s name was CHINESE.

AMPF! Nangopya na nga lang tayo ng iskandalo, pati ba naman palusot, mangongopya din tayo???

Note: had to change the title a little bit

Pakiusap lang October 1, 2011

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I’ve been reading the reactions to the DPWH photoshop scandal on various sites and I’m kinda disheartened every time I read a reaction that they’re ashamed of the Philippines and/or of being Filipino due to this incident.

Yes, the one who photoshopped the pic was a Filipino, the one that posted the pic in fb is a Filipino, the three DPWH officials in the photo are Filipinos, and the DPWH is an agency of the Philippine Government.

But these are just how many people? Some seem to forget that aside from those guys, there are also other Filipinos. I am a Filipino, a proud one at that. My family and friends that first spread word that the DPWH tried to use photoshopped pics “para magpa-pogi” are also all Filipinos. Tunaynalalake (TNL), the first major blog to repost the issue, link to my blog, and has been very instrumental in spreading the issue, is also managed by Filipinos. All the other bloggers, twitter, tumblr, plurk, fb users that reacted and reposted the photoshopped pics, guys like Jim Ayson, they’re all Filipinos. All the ones reacting here in my blog, angry at the DPWH and demanding an explanation, they’re all Filipinos. All the ones currently raging on DPWH’s FB page are Filipinos. The creative people that post their ‘shopped pics of the DPWH officials in DPWHERE are all Filipinos. Everyone offended by what the DPWH did are Filipinos. And most importantly, The ones that are currently trying to put those responsible to task, and whose collective voices are demanding and expecting more from the government – are Filipinos.

So… please don’t be ashamed of the country and its citizens. There may be a few bad eggs in the batch, but seeing the reactions here and all over the internet, you should actually be proud to be Filipino, because we will not let the government treat us like fools again.

An MBA Dropout’s Valedictory Address… May 28, 2009

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Ok, I know that this blog will be my suicidal note to my once beloved MBA studies in De La Salle University’s Graduate School of Business (GSB). And as suicidal notes go, I’m sorry to all my past professors, friends, and classmates in the DLSU GSB, but I am now going to discuss the bad side of the MBA program of La Salle and I know most are not going to like it, some will get mad at me, but everyone will say that my points are valid, though some will never admit it publicly. This is the end to my MBA in DLSU. The dropout’s valedictory address:

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Basically, my point is that the school is now so delusional about its “prestigious” MBA program that it doesn’t realize how rotten it has become. Unfortunately, people like me who want to have an MBA degree only find out about the rottenness after we have enrolled and spent precious time and money (to the tune of more than 20K pesos per term).

The issues that I’ll discuss below really need to be known by the public, especially since hundreds of people are blinded by the lures of an MBA degree and the seemingly very professional and business like image that La Salle’s Graduate School of Business falsely portrays.

Of the hundreds that enroll as new students to the GSB, by my estimates a third lose interest only after a term. In my case, during my first term there were five of us “newbies” that became close friends due to our seating arrangement and same class schedules. Of the five, only two continued their MBA studies after the first term, and now there is only one remaining student. The rest have dropped out after being disappointed with the program, and there are a lot of reasons to be disappointed with the program, my personal ones are:

1. They’ll suck the money right out of your pockets – and they will do this by charging fees in almost everything that you do… you have to pay a thousand pesos for taking a make-up exam because of an excused reason (i.e. you were out of town because of work or you were sick, thus making the school’s definition of an “excused” absence questionable…), getting a new ID is worth about 500 bucks (seriously, I can get one printed in Recto for 100), for reprinting of the enrollment form, for adjustments in your enrollment (in case you’ll change subjects), for paying in installment terms, for dropping subjects, internet fee, parking fees, for manuals/lecture notes that rarely are given by the professor… Sometimes I wonder if I’d be charged extra by the school if I breathe in more than their designated number of oxygen molecules. Having good business practices to maximize profit is one thing, but greed is something else…

2. Hey, isn’t this a graduate school? Aren’t majority of the students employed full-time? Then please stop treating us like this is an undergrad degree and our parents will kill us if we didn’t pass your subject…

Some teachers are too inconsiderate, they think too highly of their subject that sometimes the work of their students are greatly affected by the hefty load they give. I’ve heard about people resigning from work, taking a long leave of absence, going AWOL, being scolded by their bosses, etc. because a professor in a three unit subject in the MBA is too demanding. Some professors give difficult homework every meeting; they give multiple chapters in advance that the student must read because there’s a quiz during the next meeting. It would’ve all been simple, if the professor knew how to teach, but some don’t and their students are just clueless about the assignments. I’ve seen students panic because of the inconsiderate workload that a professor gives. Their work and professional careers get sacrificed because of these all too important professors. And yet, how do the students get the money to pay for the tuition fees-which in turn become the professor’s salary? the students need to work to earn money! Only a minority of the GSB’s student population get their tuition money from their parents. Some are even company sponsored so it’s really ironic that the student’s work suffers while the company pays for the tuition.

3.  The admin is either A. incompetent or B. apathetic to their students or C. they just want our money or D. all they really care about is money or E. all of the above  – I’ve had several run-ins with the admin and this is the main reason why I’ve dropped out. I just can’t stand the incompetence of the GSB and DLSU-Manila.

My first run-in with the admin happened before my first term. After scoring very high on the multiple choice entrance test and having an average result on the essay part (I had personal issues when I took the essay exam and I wasn’t in the mood to write) one of the admin approached me as I confirmed my intent to study in DLSU and told me that I had high grades in the entrance exam and so I would be given a scholarship. Then, a day after the guy called me again and told me that I didn’t get the scholarship because I only had an average score on the essay… That really sucked especially since I already told my friends and my family that I was accepted as a scholar to the GSB. Imagine the shame… Frustrated, I went home, talked to my mother and said: “Ma hindi pala ko scholar sa lasalle kasi kabobohan daw yung sagot ko sa essay.”

My second great run-in with the admin was when the GSB was reintegrated to DLSU Manila and DLSPS was abolished. My papers with the GSB were apparently lost during the transfer from the DLSPS office… and there was this letter that they made me acknowledge asking me to resubmit the missing documents. I never even had the chance to read the letter when they made me sign it, and from what the admin staff said when she asked for my signature, I just needed to sign it as proof of receipt of the letter.

Of the documents that were lost, the most difficult document to obtain was an NSO copy of my birth certificate… and that’s because I gave them the last copy of my NSO birth certificate during my first term’s enrollment! Now, from what I understand, I was only being asked to refurnish the documents THEY lost. I didn’t lose the docs, THEY did. Unfortunately, because of work concerns and studies, I forgot about the letter.

When enrollment time came, my enrollment papers were held by the registrar for non-submittal of the documents that THEY lost. I went to the registrar to claim my enrollment papers but they wanted me to produce my NSO birth certificate before they allow me to enroll. The bad thing is that it was the last day of enrollment! They wanted me to produce my birth certificate in an instant or I wouldn’t be able to enroll… I then told them that they should not do that to me, that it was unfair to me because they were the ones that lost the original and now they are harassing me. She said that by signing the letter that they gave asking for the lost documents, I conformed to the school’s condition that they will hold my enrollment if I wasn’t able to produce new copies. I protested and said that I only signed the letter to note that I received it, as this was my understanding with one of their staff.

The registrar then said that, regardless of the signature, it was school policy and that if I didn’t give the birth certificate I won’t be able to enroll. The registrar then, beaming, told me that I should even feel grateful to them because they went out of their way to ask UP Diliman for another set of my transcript, which THEY also lost. I should in fact be happy because I only needed to produce my birth certificate, and it was now a little over 1pm on the last day of enrollment. Thanks DLSU! You managed to get a new copy of my transcript but you still wouldn’t let me enroll because you lost my birth certificate.

I was only able to enroll because I struck a deal with the registrar to order a new copy of my birth certificate from the NSO that same day, so I rushed to an internet café, went to the NSO website, ordered a copy and then went to BDO to pay. I then went back to the registrar and gave her my receipt, with the promise of giving the birth certificate immediately after I received it. Unfortunately, even after I enrolled, the stupidity of that moment irritated me and every time I went to class I was reminded of what happened. I lost interest in attending class-at a school where I pay expensive tuition but receive incompetent service from the admin, of going to school where the admin really doesn’t care about your enrollment, just your enrollment money. So I stopped attending class and dropped out. I wasn’t proud of my school and for me if I wasn’t proud of my school I sure as hell wouldn’t want to graduate from it and be marked as one of its alumni. I never gave them a new copy of my birth certificate, and because I think they only care about money, I sure as hell never paid the remaining balance in my tuition for my last term.

Somehow I think the reason why the GSB was re-integrated into DLSU-Manila is because they aren’t professional enough to be called the De La Salle-Professional Schools Inc, or maybe the Inc actually means Inc-ompetent?

Enthalpy October 29, 2006

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Enthalpy is a thermodynamic potential, ….  where any energy input to the system must go into internal energy or the mechanical work of expanding the system.

– from Wikipedia

Why do we always seek to change but rarely ever sustain it? Probably because the reasons aren’t significant enough to do so, there is a lack of energy needed to sustain it, or the system is too difficult to change. In the first place, people are mostly hesitant to change. Why change something they’ve been accustomed with in their life? Change is difficult, often unproductive and temporary, so why bother?

Because you want to… because you have reasons to.If the reason is significant enough, and you believe it can happen despite all the difficulties and the impossibility. LIke a chemical reaction, we need to have the enthalpy, that potential to achieve that change we want to happen… And after you get over the activation energy needed in the chemical reaction, you must have the energy to sustain it, and not let entropy take down what you’ve accomplished.

I do have that… So here I go now on my first great personal war against myself. Here I go now challenging the stuff I believe in, questioning everything that I am and trying to find, like a software debugger, the lines of code that break down the program that is me.

Banas sa bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S! (aka Saging for a Day) October 6, 2006

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The title should be read/hummed ala Gwen Stefani’s BANANAS song

My throat was hurting last Sunday morning, I went to my tito who’s a very good doctor (the best? pwede…) he gave me meds and a scolding and told me I wasn’t earning enough from being an engineer and I was killing myself in Cavite. I just laughed it off, it was typical of him and I’ve gotten used to his sermons. Sunday afternoon I arrived in Imus, my current residence and I felt my tonsils were so bloated that more than half my throat was blocked. I had blood in my spit from the wounds on my swollen tonsils, and even drinking water was very hard for me as my throat felt like alcohol was being poured on the cuts(perhaps the free OH- ions on the water was reacting with the wound…). That was perhaps the worst attack of tonsilitis I’ve had in my life, it was a resurgence of the disease which infected me during my birthday and was probably due to overstress and the weather last week (with the super typhoon and all and I had to do a lot of fixing up at my rented crib in Imus). To kill of the wounds, I had to gargle Betadine and Bactidol every 3+ hours, and every gargle really hurt (imagine dousing alcohol on a deep wound in your throat) and it even made me think of just buying vodka and drinking it till the 120 proof liquor kills all the germs and desensitizes me (I have a very low pain treshhold but a very high alcohol capacity). I also had to take antibiotics that I think made me woozy… if I recall correctly the generic name was Roxithrocin 150 mg, taken 2x a day for 7 days. So Roxithrocin, Betadine Gargle, Bactidol, Bio-Flu and my ultra hot nurse (tnx po ulit =P) got me back on track after 2 days of hellish pain.

Anyway, from all that soreness, I can’t even take in fluids (heck if I have a hard time drinking water I would’ve gagged on soup for sure) so what I did was buy 2 kilos of bananas, the bland-rejected for export type (with smooth yellow peels) which I ate, or rather, almost choked on, for a whole day until the soreness subsided. Now, you’d ask me, if you’d gag on soup, why eat bananas which, well, are solid stupid? Well… bananas are easy to chew and can almost be liquified inside the mouth from chewing. The taste isn’t powerful enough to induce gag reflex even from a badly blocked throat (which I discovered during lunch Sunday as I had a very difficult time eating/sipping/drinking chinese soup for lunch while I had a relatively easier time eating latundan) and it washes down easily with a little water. So after I got home in my crib in Imus I bought a “piling.”

Now, I like bananas, but not as my staple food for a day! I don’t know what other chemicals/nutrients bananas are rich for except for starch and potassium. And those two are not enough for an athletic (joke) person like me. I need protein and more Carbs! Pero I couldn’t chunk down meat and rice down my throat (so goodbye for now chowking braised beef) And at sunrise the next day I was visibly weak and bored with the food.
After my throat’s soreness subsided I quickly went to Chowking (my new fastfood of choice, the former being McDo) and ate, then it was this nice restaurant in imus with a weird name: “Bullshed” which served filipino cuisine (we ate adobo rice and bicol express), then Jollibee, then McDo… ah…. My name is Pierre and I love to eat. May eating never be taken away from me again ever. Now I crave for sinigang… Lola luto ka naman ng sinigang please… yung madaming gabi na maanghang na pwedeng makasira na naman ng tonsils ko hehehe =P

Tonsilectomy… wait for me, after I earn enough leave credits you’re gonna be a reality.