UP Centennial Lantern Parade 2008

It’s still the holiday season and this blog post is still up to date πŸ™‚ . The annual UP Lantern Parade is one of the most sought after events during holiday season. This year is very special since this is UP’s centennial year (1908-2008). Karla and I made sure that we get there early so that we can witness each and every lantern.

December 17. We arrived there at 3 pm, did some errands we need to do ( err photocopy a book, eat isaw and have merienda at Chocolate Kiss Cafe πŸ˜‰ ) The start of the parade was originally at 4 pm butΒ it started at about 4:30 pm.Β  We went straight to AS steps ( Palma Hall ) so that we can sit there and watch the parade pass by. I believe this is the most attended Lantern Parade. From the place we stayed (AS Steps), the whole area was filled with people even the street itself!

College of Fine Arts of course had the best floats and because of that, they’re not included in the contest anymore πŸ˜‰ . Their theme was Circus Freak Show. Enjoy the pictures taken by Karla Redor. πŸ™‚ Continue reading “UP Centennial Lantern Parade 2008”

UP Closed to Brightest of the Poor

As I was reading my inbox in Multiply, my friend Mica posted this article in her Multiply blog. You may read the article here.

I must agree with Mica, that it is very disappointing to know that due to the tuition increase and also the new STFAP ( Socialized Tuition Fee Assistance program) the brightest of the brightest students from other regions of the Philippines could not maximize their potentials. When I was still at the University more than 2 years ago, I was able to hear from Prof. Solita Monsod the rationale as to why UP needs to increase its tuition fees. According to her, the tuition fee at that time Php 300.00 per unit has never been changed eversince. Now based on the socio-economic conditions at the time that Php 300.00 per unit has started and until last year, there has been a great change in the societal conditions. So, according to her it is the right time to increase the fees. Well, she’s coming from the economic perspective. Also, teachers need to be compensated so as to prevent being ‘pirated’ by other “more” expensive schools. She has an argument, however thinking about the current condition of UP, it is very much concentrated on avoiding “brain drain” and thus leaving the students behind because they need to pay higher tuition.

I thought that the tuition hike is effective for all levels ( meaning Master’s and Doctorate degrees), instead it’s just for bachelor’s degrees which is quite ironic because usually those taking their MA and PhDs are also working at the same time. I have a high school batchmate who is currently taking her MA in Sociology in UPD and she said that her tution is Php 500.00 per unit ( the same as the previous years). According to her, it’s just the undergraduate students who will pay the 300% increase in tuition.

UP is now the official national university as mandated by law. What’s the sense in calling it such when you do not give opportunities for unfortunate adolescents? Think about it UP officials, you spent a lot for the UP centennial activities. Where should the funds go? To the fireworks, parades, parties or should you allocate it for the poor bright students who aspire to study in UP?

Iskolar ng Bayan, paano na nga ba?

UP @ 100

UP is celebrating its centennial year today! And just last month, as per “University of the Philippines Charter of 2008”, UP is officially the national university of the Philippines. This is indeed a good news since bill was being deliberated long enough. Well the charter isn’t all about UP being a national university. There are also some changes on some things that seem obsolete on the bill. Imagine, it was just only now that the charter was updated ever since it was created in 1908. Also there are other factors to consider in changing the charter since it would involve the senate and congress ( oh yeah, they are so quick in making laws… ehem sarcastically speaking). Continue reading “UP @ 100”