Friday, February 29, 2008

Essay Writing Competition: US$5,000

I urge those who are writers in the University to join this essays competition. Sayang din, US$5,000.

LENTE: Short Film Premiere

I would like to invite my students, friends and other film buffs in Davao City to see the short films done by Mass Communication Majors last Summer 2007. It will be done this afternoon, 4:30 PM - 8:00PM at F213, 2nd Level, Finster Hall - Jacinto Campus. Awarding of prizes will be done after the preview.

This is managed and coordinated by Chameleon Co., a public relations agency in the campus. The following are the entries:

KAGATapusan: a documentary on rabies incidents and treatment in Davao City
Kolono: features the life of an inmate at the Davao Penal Colony
Bayani Sa Lansangan: a short film on menial work of informal sectors in Davao City
Pork on Your Fork: tackles the city abattoir and the methods of slaughtering pigs
Life Down Under: discusses the informal sector living at Generoso Bridge, Bankerohan
Striped: previews the life & lifestyle of tisays/tisoys/ amboys in Davao

Congratulations to the organizers and the filmmakers?

Monday, February 18, 2008

MGS Photoshoot

Model: Mary Grace
Venue: Malagos Garden Resort, Calina, Davao City

More photos of Mary Grace at

Faces of Awitenista 2008: Congratulations!

Awitenista 2008
Cristyl Senajon, Host

Awitenista 2008
McCoy, Franie and Apple

Awitenista 2008
The Man of the Night: The Awit Chair

Awitenista 2008
Ahleen Guzman, APS


See more at

You're the father of one of my kids.

A guy goes to the supermarket and notices an attractive woman waving at him.

She says, "Hello." He's rather taken back because he can't place where he knows her from.

So he says, "Do you know me?"

To which she replies, "I think you're the father of one of my kids."

Now his mind travels back to the only time he has ever been unfaithful to his wife and says, "My God, are you the stripper from my bachelor party that I made love to on the pool table with all my buddies watching while your partner whipped my butt with wet celery?" She looks into his eyes and says calmly, "No. I'm your son's teacher."

Friday, February 15, 2008

Photoshoot on Sunday

Vestige of Rebirth

Some photographers (philo faculty and other mass comm students) will have a photoshoot this Sunday, 17 February 2008 at Puentespina Garden, Calinan. We start the shoot at 9AM and leave for Davao City at 3PM.

Those who want to join will have to take care of their transportation going to the place. The following are the fees at the resort:

P100 (Child - Admission Fee Only)
P125 (Adult - Admission Fee Only)
P275 (Admission Fee + lunch)

Photographers who will bring their models will take care of their models' transportation, lunch and admission fee.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

If You Forget Me

Kung Kalimutan Mo Ako
Pablo Neruda
(Salin ni Bong Eliab)

Alam mo kung papaano ito:
Kung masulyapan ko
ang malakristal na buwan,
ang mapupulang sanga ng taglagas sa aking durungawan,
Kung dumampi sa akin
malapit sa apoy
ang malamultong abo
o ang kulubot na katawan na kahoy,
dinadala ako, lahat patungo sa 'yo
kung baga lahat ng bagay,
bango, ilaw, metal,
mga bangkang maliliit
tungo sa mga isla mong naghihintay sa akin.

Kung sakali ngayon
unti-unting ayaw mo na akong mahalin
`Di na rin kita mamahalin dahan-dahan.

Kung sakaling
bigla mo akong kinalimutan.
Huwag mo na akong hanapin,
Sapagkat matagal na kitang kinalimutan.

Kung pagnilayan mo ng matagal,
ang ihip ng mga bandilang
dumadaan sa buhay ko,
at nagpasya kang lisanin
ang dalampasigan ng aking puso
na aking kinaugatan,
sa araw ding iyon,
sa sandaling yaon,
Bibitaw ang aking mga kamay
at hahayo ang aking mga ugat
maghanap ng lupang madapuan.

kung sakaling sa bawat araw,
sa bawat sandali,
nararanasan mong ikaw ang aking kapalaran
ng may katamisang dumadaloy,
kung sakaling sa bawat araw
umaakyat ang isang bulaklak
sa iyong mga labi
tungo sa akin
Ah, irog ko, ah akin lamang,
sa loob ko bumabalik ang apoy,
sa loob ko walang nanamlay o nakalimutan,
buhay ng aking pag-ibig ang iyong pag-ibig, irog,
at habang buhay, iyong haplos
mananatili sa aking haplos.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Pagbabago@Pilipinas Statement


We at Pagbabago@Pilipinas, together with the rest of the nation believe that the truth about the ZTE project must be allowed to surface that justice may be served. For too long and too often, the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been contemptuous of any attempts at arriving at the truth on important matters that have robbed the nation of its wealth and wounded its spirit. The latest kidnapping attempt of witness Jun Lozada is another blatant attempt at truth suppression, among many other actions that have attempted to muddle every investigation dating all the way back to the Jose Pidal scandal and including the Hello Garci scandal, the Fertilizer scam, the Southrail projects, the Macapagal highway among many others.

We stand steadfast behind all efforts to arrive at the truth about the ZTE kickback scandal. Let everyone involved testify freely and let justice move swiftly and charge the guilty regardless of who they are.

We say with one voice that anyone who stands in the way of the quest for truth, including GMA and members of her administration, should immediately resign. Politicians who lie, cheat and thwart justice should have no place in the governance of this nation. Enough is enough. The Philippines deserves better-- and our people should settle for nothing less.

pagbabago@pilipinas Foundation

Invitation to a Nobel Peace Laureate Lecture

On behalf of Fr. Antonio S. Samson S.J., President of Ateneo de Davao University, we kindly invite you to participate in the March 2008 "Bridges" event and dialogue with the following keynote speaker: Prof. David Baltimore, Nobel Laureate for Medicine and President Emeritus of the California Institute of Technology.

Awarded the Nobel Prize at the age of 37 for research in virology, Professor Baltimore has profoundly influenced national science policy on such issues as recombinant DNA research and the AIDS epidemic. He is an accomplished researcher, educator, administrator and public advocate for science and engineering and is considered one of the world's most influential biologists.

Professor Baltimore will speak on "The role of science in fostering global health and development" on Friday, March 28 at 2 pm at Finster Auditorium, Ateneo de Davao University on E. Jacinto Street in Davao City (further information and free seats via phone (082) 227-8771 or 221-2411, fax (082) 226-4116 or email, Admission is free.

We hope you could join Professor Baltimore's event in March 2008 or the remaining "Bridges" event in April 2008 with Nobel Peace Laureate President Prof. Jose Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste. The detailed schedule of all "Bridges" events and further information is available on the website

We thank you for your kind attention and consideration and would be delighted to personally welcome you at some of the upcoming "Bridges" events in March or April 2008.

With best regards,

Assistant to the President
Ateneo de Davao University
Roxas Avenue, Davao City
8016 Philippines
Tel. +63 (82) 221.2411 local 8253
Fax +63 (82) 226.4116

Monday, February 04, 2008

Free Text

I have not tried this myself, but anyway for those who have friends abroad, you may need this free texting. Check out this site:

Friday, February 01, 2008

TCU Workshop with Jim Paredes

Here's a few questions we should all ask ourselves at this time in our lives.

- Do you want a new experience this 2008 or would you like it to be just like the past years you've been living?
- Do you want to (FINALLY) get over past experiences, attitudes and beliefs that have bogged you down in the past and start living with joy and power?
- Would you like to learn and acquire life-long tools that will help you unblock your creativity, and keep you unblocked for life?
- Do you want to totally amaze yourself in a great, positive, fantastic way this 2008?

That would be nice, wouldn't it? In fact, it would be more than nice, it would be GREAT! If you answered yes to all or any of the questions, it's time to invest in yourself and experience the best of who you can be.

The TAPPING THE CREATIVE UNIVERSE (TCU) workshop is on its 38th run this March fresh from a succesful Sydney run last January 19th.

This is a workshop whose main aim is to awaken your awesome creativity that may have remained dormant these past years, and give you the experience of unlimited joy, power and achievement. If you are in between dreams, relationships, careers, lives or feel that parts of you are stuck, this is the workshop for you.

WHEN: MARCH 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17
WHAT TIME: 7 to 9 PM

If you are interested or have any queries or want a copy of the syllabus, you can send me an email at: and I will be happy to respond.

All materials, light snacks are included.