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Avenue Q in Manila! - Sept 15 @ RCBC Plaza

Hi All,

My friends and I are sponsoring a playdate of Avenue Q here in Manila. It's going to be at Carlos P. Romulo Theater, RCBC Plaza in Makati, on Sept 15, 8PM.

”Avenue Q" is a musical comedy that talks about adult topics in a Sesame street kinda way! Described as a cross between "Sesame Street" and "Rent" and performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets(!), "Avenue Q" was the winner of the 2004 Tony Awards for Best New Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. It has become known as "the musical for the iPod generation" and continues to run on Broadway and in London’s West End to SRO crowds. “

You can check out their web page for some sample clips <>. Cast for the local run includes Rachel Alejandro, Frenchie Dy and Aiza Seguerra. =) I also attached the synopsis for your appreciation.

Avenue Q is produced by Atlantis, the producers of Rent, Rocky Horror Show and Jesus Christ Superstar here in the Phils. Directed by Bobby Garcia and Chari Arespacochaga. Tickets are priced at P1250 (Orchestra), P1000 (Loge) and P500 (Balcony).

Parental guidance is advised. Some segments might not be appropriate for young children.

Confirm early by emailing me back ( or texting +63917-8735412 !

Please pass to your family/friends. Thanks!

Hope to see you there!!!


Stewart Ong
E-mail Address:
Cellphone #: +63917-8735412

Kritika Kultura Lecture - August 3

"Cuban Yankees and Resurrected Sphinxes:
Stagings of America and the Orient in El Filibusterismo"

A lecture by

Dr. Adam Lifshey

3 August 2007
Natividad Galang Fajardo Conference Room
Ground Flr. Dela Costa Bldg.
4:30-6:00 pm

The national novels of the Philippines, Joss Rizal's Noli me tangere(1887) and El Filibusterismo (1891), are written in Spanish, a language that began evaporating in the archipelago when the United States defeated Spain in an 1898 war and imposed English as a lingua franca. As a result,the only Asian literary tradition in Spanish is inaccessible to virtually all Filipinos today and often is passed over in both Spanish and Asian studies programs. Where does a foundational author like Rizal fit into a larger discussion of Asian literature when the Philippines is commonly framed as a historical and cultural hybrid seen as neither quite Asian nor quite Western? Rizal's El Filibusterismo, a novel sharply critical of Spanish colonialism yet reluctant to promote Philippine independence, provides a particularly complicated space in which such tensions are engaged. The sinister pro-colonial protagonist, Simoun, freshly arrived in Manila from years of supporting Spanish imperialism in Cuba, turns out to be an equally nefarious anti-colonial revolutionary apparently named after the South American independence hero Simon Bolivar. The inchoate national project that is the Philippines is thereby imagined in a literary sense not in Asia at all but in complex allusive dynamics that emanate from the Western hemisphere. It is via the metaphoric body of Simoun/Simon, for instance, that Orientalism of a more traditional variety takes place, as he and an American proxy enrapture the Philippine colonial elite with tales of pyramids and sphinxes and jewels once belonging to Cleopatra. In effect, Rizal, like the Philippine nation hein large part authored, appears staged as both Asian and otherwise inthat epistemes Eastern and Western, subaltern as well as hegemonic, interact in a ceaseless flow that resists any easy categorization.

Speaker's Bio

Dr. Adam Lifshey is Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. As a comparatist, he works on all periods of Latin American literature within transatlantic,transpacific, hemispheric and global contexts. His recent publications have studied early African novels in Spanish but his current research focuses on Philippine literature in Spanish. These fields are part of his overall interest in Spanish-language literatures produced outside of Spain and Latin America. In June, he gave a paper on Rizal's El Filibusterismo at the "Asia and the Other" conference of the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Talk of Dr. Montagnat in Ateneo

The Computational Science Initiative of the School of Science and Engineering, in cooperation with theDepartment of Mathematics, the Department of Information Systems andComputer Science (DISCS), and the Department of Electronics,Communications, and Computer Engineering (ECCE)

cordially invites you to the following special lecture:

Title: Biomedical Applications of Grid Computing: Texture Based MedicalImage Indexing and Retrieval

Speaker: Johan Montagnat, Ph.D.
French National Center for Scientific Research, France

Date & Time: Thursday, 2 August 2007, 10:30 a.m. -- 12:00 n

Venue: SOM 111 (Ching Tan Room)

With the generalization of digital imaging in medicine and the emergence of ever growing medical archives, efficient tools for retrieving clinically relevant data are needed. Medical images are usually indexed with medical records (patient information, acquisition parameters, etc.) but for applications such as epidemiology or diagnostic assistance, images also need to be identified from their content. Content-based image retrieval in medical databases is challenging both in terms of computing power (size of image databases, complexity of algorithms) and in terms of performance of image content analysis algorithms (difficulty to identify relevant features in medical images).

Our research project is addressing the problem of content-based medical image retrieval in large databases. We are exploiting grids to tackle the computational requirement of this problem. We developed strategies to optimize the load distribution over the very large scale EGEE (EnablingGrids for E-sciencE) grid infrastructure, taking into account its properties and load. We have explored several strategies to identify relevant images. Texture features extracted using Gabor filters proved tobe an efficient and relevant mean of indexing medical databases. The texture feature can be correlated to image modality, tissues, and subtle changes such as myocardium tissues variation using the cardiac cycle.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Johan Montagnat obtained his PhD in Computer Science (with highest honors) from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France). He is currently a research scientist at the French National Center forScientific Research (CNRS), working in the fields of medical image processing and grid computing. Dr. Montagnat is a co-principal investigator of the ONCO-MEDIA project (, an international research collaboration on biomedical applications of gridcomputing, wherein Ateneo de Manila University is one of the partner institutions.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Rafael Saldana
Associate Professor,
Mathematics Department
Ateneo de Manila University

Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit
Dean, School of Science & Engineering
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 154, Manila Central Post Office
0917 Manila, Philippines
Tel: (632) 426-6001 ext 5600
Fax: (632) 426-5985

LST THEO HOUR with Fr. Michael Amaladoss, SJ

Loyola School of Theology
invites you to

New Images of Mission for Asia

a Theological Hour with
Fr. Michael Amaladoss, SJ

August 1, 2007, Wednesday
10:15 a.m.
LST Cardinal Sin Center

Taking off from his contribution to "Francis Xavier: Return and Meeting," a seminar held in Javier, Navarre in November 2006 to celebrate the fifth centenary of the birth of St. Francis Xavier, Fr. Amaladoss, a pioneer in Asian theology, will explore paradigm shifts in the practice of and reflection on mission.

Fr. Amaladoss has been a visiting lecturer in the East Asian Pastoral Institute,Manila; Centre Sèvres, Paris; Lumen Vitae, Bruxelles; the Faculty of Theology, Nijmegen; the Faculty of Theology, Louvain-la-neuve; Xavier University,Cincinnati, USA; the Maryknoll Mission Institute, Maryknoll; and St. Paul’s Seminary, Tiruchirapalli.

He has facilitated theological and spiritual Seminars for many international groups and has participated in more than 30 international theological congresses.

He is the author of 21 books and more than 320 articles in theology.

*Next LST Theological Hour: August 14, 2007 with Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan

14th Romantic Piano Concerto Journey

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
of the Ateneo de Manila University
invites you to witness
the final stop of the

14th Romantic Piano Concerto Journey


Reynaldo G. Reyes
Ingrid Sala Santamaria

on 6 August 2007
4:30-6:00 p.m
at the Escaler Hall
Science Education Complex
Ateneo de Manila University

On the programme are

Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

The concert is free.
Please R.S.V.P. Irene or Cherrie (426-6001, loc. 5340).

Web news update (26 July)

For the latest bulletins, news and features on the Ateneo, visit the official university Web site: This week's stories:

- Ateneo School of Government holds faculty conference in Batangas
- SGV partners with AGSB for Search for 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year
- Psychology Department participates in SC's Summit on Extrajudicial Killings
- ALS alumna speaks at Asian Media Conference in Singapore

- Ignatius ignites (A photo-essay)
- The late Harry Potter

Sports/UAAP Updates
- Blue Eagles Bulletin #4: True Grit. True Blue.
- Lady Eagles Bulletin #3: Lady Eagles soar to 3-0
- Blue Eaglets Bulletin #4: AHS Eaglets defeat UE Junior Red Warriors, 75-56

- Announce your activities via Digipost Plasma TV at the college caf
- Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA): Are our nurses going to Japan?, Aug. 6

What’s new inside?
- Invitation to GK Bayanihan Builds on July 31 (Gawad Kalinga)
- Situation Report 24 July 2007 (University Physical Plant)
- AHS Glee Club holds TD fundraising concert (High School)
- EdEx familiarizes AHS seniors with Loyola Schools (High School)
- Now at the MST: a PC for every student (High School)

Check out 'Ateneo this week' for weekly campus activities. We welcome news, features, and announcements from the Ateneo community. Please send your materials to Thank you!

Lecture: Philosophical Interpretations of Chinese Classics

The Department of Philosophy


The Chinese Studies Program

Invite you to the Lecture

"Philosophical Interpretations of Chinese Classics across Cultures"

by Thierry Meynard, S.J.
Sun Yatsen University, Guangzhou, China

Thursday, August 2, 4:30-6:00 PM
SEC Lecture Hall 3 (SEC C 201)

Dr. Manuel B. Dy, Jr. (Department of Philosophy)
Ms. Daisy See (Chinese Studies Program)

Born in 1963 in Bordeaux, France, Prof. Meynard, SJ earned his doctorate in Chinese philosophy from Beijing University in 2003, working on Liang Shuming as a Confucian Buddhist. His areas of research include the intellectual history of modern China, philosophy of religion, Confucianism, Buddhism, and inter-religious dialogue.

For information, please contact the Department of Philosophy, tel./fax +63(2) 426 5665, or the Chinese Studies Program, +63 (2) 426 6001, local5208, -80.


Remmon E. Barbaza, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Chair, Department of Philosophy
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City
Tel. +63 (2) 426 5665
+63 (2) 426 6001, loc. 5360
Fax +63 (2) 426 5665

Sci 10 plenary

* * * To tackle climate change you don't have to reduce your quality of life,but you do have to change the way you live.
- Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
(foreword to the Mayor's Climate Change Action Plan, 2007)

The Science and Society Plenary Series
and the
School of Science and Engineering
invite you to
Is Adaptation Our Only Viable Oprtion?
a lecture by
Atty. Antonio G. M. La Vina
Ateneo School of Government
Escaler Lecture Hall
Science Education Complex
Friday, 3 August 2007
830am, 930am, 130pm, 230pm
" This is the new politics. Personal responsibility. Not leaving it to others. I am my planet's keeper. "
- Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (July 2007)
Norman Dennis E. Marquez, MD
DirectorHealth Sciences Program /
Sci 10 Coordinator
School of Science and Engineering
Ateneo de Manila University
426-6001 ext 5618
426-1035 (tele-fax)
+63905-2448824 (mobile)

July 30 Mass in Honor of St. Ignatius

The Mass in Honor of St. Ignatius will be on July 30, Monday, 9:30am at the Church of the Gesu. Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, SJ, will be the presider and homilist.

Classes will be suspended from 9:30am - 11:30am. In addition, the 11:30am Mass at the College Chapel will be cancelled.


Loyola Schools Campus Ministry Office
Ateneo de Manila University
Ground Floor, MVP-CSL Building
Tel.#:426-6001 local 5161
Direct Line #:426-6522

State of the Nation Address of PGMA

President of the Republic of the Philippines
Monday, July 23, 2007
Thank you. Thank you very much Speaker De Venecia, Senate President Villar, other newly elected leaders of both Houses, congratulations to you, Senators and Congressmen and Congresswomen. Vice President De Castro, former President Ramos, Chief Justice Puno, our host Mayor, Mayor Sonny Belmonte, other government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, ladies and gentlemen.
We meet here today to inaugurate a new Congress after a fresh election. I congratulate every elected official, from municipal to provincial to Congress on hard fought and successful campaigns.
Tapos na ang halalan at pamumulitika; panahon na para maglingkod nang walang damot, mamuno nang walang pangamba maliban sa kagalingan ng bayan, and to govern with wisdom, compassion, vision and patriotism.
Hangarin kong mapabilang ang Pilipinas sa mayayamang bansa sa loob ng dalawampung taon. By then poverty shall have been marginalized; and the marginalized raised to a robust middle class.
We will have achieved the hallmarks of a modern society, where institutions are strong.
By 2010, the Philippines should be well on its way to achieving that vision.
With the tax reforms of the last Congress, and I thanked the last Congress, we have turned around our macroeconomic condition through fiscal discipline, toward a balanced budget. Binabayaran ang utang, pababa ang interes, at paakyat ang pondo para sa progreso ng sambayanang Pilipino!!! Maraming salamat ulit sa nakaraang Congress.
We have been investing hundreds of billions in human and physical infrastructure. The next three years will see record levels of well thought out and generous funding for the following priorities:
First, investments in physical, intellectual, legal and security infrastructure to increase business confidence. Imprastraktura para sa negosyo at trabaho. Isang milyong trabaho taon-taon.
Second, investments in a stronger and wider social safety net - murang gamot, abot-kayang pabahay, eskwelang primera klase, mga gurong masmagaling at mas malaki ang kita, mga librong de-kalidad, more scholarships for gifted students, and language instruction to maintainour lead in English proficiency. Dunong at kalusugan ang susi sa kasaganaan.
Third, investments in bringing peace to Mindanao; in crushing terrorism wherever it threatens regardless of ideology; and in putting a stop to human rights abuses whatever the excuse.
We pay tribute to the fearless fourteen who were savagely massacred at Tipo-Tipo trying to pursue a peaceful and progressive Philippines. We will not disappoint their hopes. We will not waste their sacrifice. We will not be swayed from the course we have set in this conflict for peace with justice throughout our land.
We have created a Philippine model for reconciliation built on inter-faith dialogue, expanded public works and more responsive social services. These investments show both sides in the Mindanao conflict that they have more at stake in common; and a greater reason to be together than hang apart, including being together isolating the terrorists.
Imprastraktura ang haliging nagtitindig hindi lamang ng kapayapaan kundi ng ating buong makabagong ekonomiya: mga kalsada, tulay, paliparan, public parks and power plants.
Last year I unveiled the Super Regions - Mindanao, Central Philippines, North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle, Luzon Urban Beltway and the Cyber Corridor - to spread development away from an inequitable concentration in Metro Manila. Hindi lamang Maynila ang Pilipinas.
The Super Regions was not a gimmick for the occasion but the blueprint for building a future.
In Mindanao, our food basket, I said we would prioritize agribusiness investments. And I am happy to see that the latest survey in June shows the hunger rate has sharply gone down nationwide. We have done that.
The Departments of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, and Environment and Natural Resources will devote 30 percent of their program budgets to Mindanao. DAR will move to Davao.
Dapat maging daan sa tagumpay sa agribusiness ang reporma sa lupa. Done right, reform will democratize success, as Ramon Magsaysay and Diosdado Macapagal envisioned. We must reform agrarian reform so it can transform beneficiaries into agribusinessmen and other agribusiness women.
Sa gayon, dadami pa ang mga tampok na magsasaka gaya ng mga nagwagi ng Gawad Saka, sina Ananias Cuado ng Comval at Demetrio Tabelon ng Butuan; at Nelson Taladhay ng Sultan Kudarat, pangunahing agrarian reform beneficiary ng 2007. We also have outstanding farmers from theother superregions, like Joseph Fernando and Heherson Pagulayan, Nestor Bautista, Joseph Lomibao, Arturo Marcaida, Peter Uy, Arturo Pasacas and Glenn Saludar.
Sa anim na taon nagtayo tayo at nag-ayos ng patubig para sa isang milyong ektarya sa buong bansa - pinakamalaki sa matagal na panahon.
Magtatayo tayo ng mariculture o palaisdaan sa dagat. Isa rito ay ilalagay natin sa Sibutu. Hiling ito ni Nur Jaafar.
Para sa buong bansa naglaan tayo ng P3 billion para sa tatlong libong kilometro ng farm to market roads. Sanlibong kilometro sa Mindanao.Gawa na ang tatlong daan.
The road and RORO network has cut the cost of bringing agribusiness products from Mindanao to Luzon. A 10-wheeler used to pay P32 thousandfrom Dapitan to Batangas. Now it pays P11 thousand. Fresh fish that cost P20 thousand a ton to move, now travels at P14 thousand.
Construction is criss-crossing Mindanao: Dapitan-Dakak to bring Cely Carreon's paradise closer to civilization; Sibuco-Siraway-Siocon-Baliguian; Dinagat Island Network, a baptismal gift for Glenda Ecleo's new province; the 66-kilometer Manay-Mati section of Davao-Surigao; and Maguindanao-Lebak, Sim Datumanong's brainchild when he headed DPWH.
We want better airports, new bridges and ample energy for Mindanao's rising economy.
The Dipolog and Pagadian airports will be improved by year's end. Also the Cotabato airport. No doubt eagerly awaited by Au Cerilles, Rolando Yebes, Digs Dilangalen, Ros Labadlabad and Victor Yu, and Mayors Evelyn Uy and Sammy Co.
Last July 10 we inaugurated the P1.7 billion, 900 meter bridge in Butuan, built on the initiative of Mayor Boy Daku Plaza, near the P4 billion second-generation flood control project that we also built. The first was built by my father after the great Butuan flood of the 1960's. Kailangan ipagtanggol ang kapaligiran at mamamayan sa sakuna.
In Agusan del Norte, I hope Edel Amante will be happy with our plans to pilot micro agribusiness in Jabonga.
On July 8, Ozamis Airport opened, bankrolled partly by Leo Ocampos, Aldo Parojinog and Hermie Ramiro's congressional fund. Now, that's the kind of pork that has good cholesterol.
At that occasion the MOU was signed for the Pangil Bay Bridge that will connect Ozamis to Lanao del Norte and Iligan. As urged by Bobby Dimaporo, I declared Mt. Inayawan Range a protected nature park. On Mayor Lawrence Cruz's recommendation, I instruct DPWH to build the Iligan Circumferential Road.
In 2001, we opened a solar plant in Cagayan de Oro. Still, Mindanao faced a 100-megawatt gap by 2009 out now a 210-megawatt clean coal plant in Phividec will fill that gap. We count on Oca Moreno and Tinex Jaraula to continue providing a good investment climate.
We thank Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Migz Zubiri for sponsoring the Biofuels Law in the last Congress. We now have 160 thousand hectares of jatropha nurseries in Bukidnon and 30,000 in General Santos. Jatropha is a 100% substitute for diesel, with only 5% of its emission.
Mindanao's energy challenge lies not in generating power but in power lines. Terrorists target transmission towers. We must resolutely apply the Human Security Act. This act was first filed by Johnny Enrile in 1996, 3 years after the first World Trade Center bombing, 4 years before the Rizal Day bombing and 5 years before 9/11. He ably crafted the final Senate version with Senate President Manny Villar and Nene Pimentel.
Let's now go to Central Philippines, our tourism super region:
* We protect its natural wonders and provide the means to travel to those wonders.
* For Boracay, the leading overall destination, the Kalibo Airport is now international with an instrument landing system as we said last year. Next is an P80 million terminal on request of Joben Miraflores.
* The Aklan-Libertad-Pandan Road, waiting for Japan to approve the contractors, will connect Boracay to the nature park we declared in Northwest Panay Peninsula. We are improving other Panay roads and building the road from the Iloilo Airport which we inaugurated in Santa Barbara to Iloilo and the Metro Radial Road that Mayor Jerry Trenas asked for when we inaugurated the airport, Art Defensor conceived the airport when he was governor, Governor Neil Tupaz midwifed its delivery when we inaugurated the airport, I said …
* Iloilo connects to Guimaras via Jordan Wharf. We thank Congress for the P900 million oil spill calamity fund to save the environment of Guimaras. I thank once again the previous Congress. It is back on its feet. The other side of the island will connect to Bacolod soon because we started building the Sibunag RORO Port last May on recommendation of Governor, now Congressman, Rahman Nava.
* Bacolod-Silay Airport, near the nature park we declared in Northern Negros, is completed and just awaiting the access road requested byMonico Puentavella.
* We awarded the contract for upgrading the Dumaguete airport as I reported to George Arnaiz last week.
* Boracay investors are expanding in Palawan, whose Tubbataha Reefs we declared a nature park. After the Puerto Princesa-Roxas Road lastyear, we opened Taytay-El Nido in March. The P1 billion Taytay-Roxas section is ongoing. San Vicente airstrip and Busuanga Airport areunder construction. And Mayor Hagedorn is reminding us to work on the Puerto Princesa terminal.
* Under construction are airport aprons of the surfing edens: Governor Ben Evardone's pet project in Guiuan and Lalo Matugas's home town inSiargao.
* A 100-megawatt energy gap looms in the Visayas in 2009. The Korea Electric plant in Cebu will plug in 200 megawatts only in 2010 sothere's a one year gap. Meantime three power barges will supply 100 megawatts and the Panay diesel power plant will increase its run from 70 megawatts to 100.
* In Central Cebu, we proclaimed a nature park. From Cebu, the top destination for foreign tourists, they can easily radiate to otherdestinations. Optimism is infectious, and opportunity irresistible. Progress follows progress. Someone, even government, just has to get it started.
* Going south, Cebu connects to Tubigon and on to Ubay, Jagna and Panglao through the Bohol Circumferential Road that we inaugurated last May 9. The local government has acquired 85 percent of the land for the international airport on Panglao Island, now a tourismdestination of its own.
* Ubay links to Maasin RORO Port which was completed last October. Now I hope there will be more divers for Mian Mercado.* Jagna RORO Port opened last May 9. It will connect to Loloy Romualdo's Mambajao in November, and on to Guinsiliban, the gateway to Mindanao.
* Going north from Cebu City, we take the North Coastal Road to Daanbantayan which was recommended to us by Gwen Garcia. Heavy trafficwill ease when the P1.2 billion Mandaue-Consolacion Bridge opens. This will be good not only for Malapascua tourism but also for Nitoy Durano's industrial city of Danao.
* Daanbantayan, Benhur Salimbangon's home port, connects to Naval, Maripipi, or Esperanza, which started construction last May. We aim to finish all three RORO Ports next year.
* Esperanza will link by road to Aroroy in 2009. I'll be there with Lina Seachon and Tony Kho for the inauguration. Please invite me.
* Last May, I switched on the lights of Masbate in a Palace ceremony. But the long-term solution will come next year when a new power plantwill serve half a million customers on the beautiful but isolated island of Masbate.
* From Aroroy we can go to Claveria, whose RORO ramp is under construction. On to Pasacao where RORO operations started in 2002.That's Bong Bravo of Claveria. This brings us to Bicol, including Mt Isarog Park.* Mt. Isarog feeds the Bicol River. For the next three years we are funding the Bicol River Basin and Watershed with the World Bank at $15million for irrigation, flood control and water conservation. For Bicol, we have given P7 billion for the Bicol Calamity and Rehabilitation Effort, that is the biggest one-time calamity fund release in our history. At last, Bicol is getting its rightful share.
And, so is the North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle:
* We are building 1,000 kilometers of farm-to-market roads; 200 are done. Ngayong tapos na ang election ban, pinapaspasan ang trabaho para sa nalalabing target.
* Halsema Highway from Mount Data to Bontoc and the Tabuk-Tinglayan Road are being built. If you look the chart, there is something incomplete in between.
* So that the Cordillera LGUs can build more of their much-needed roads, I ask Congress to require companies to pay directly to the LGUs their share of the natural wealth. I hope, Governor Dalog hears that.
* Nagtatayo tayo ng mga paliparan para sa mga produkto ng agribusiness.
* Noong 2005 nagka-airport sa Baler. Sunod ang airport sa Casiguran.At kalsada sa pagitan.
* There were no takers in the bidding for to upgrade the Batanes runways so ATO will get it done before the end of the year with the support of DPWH and Governor Telesforo Castillejos.
* Joe de Venecia and Mayor Nani Braganza are asking for an airport in Alaminos. Will do.
* The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority and the private sector expanded the San Vicente naval airstrip, so we don't have need to build Lallo.
* Sa Lallo naman mayroon tayong inaprobahan na agribusiness ecozone. Ang mga agribusiness ecozone ay payo ni Pangulong Ramos. Chief Justice Puno, I am happy to see you here. It is the first time that a Chief Justice attended.
* The Tarlac-La Union Toll Road will be advertised for private sector BOT bidding this August.
* Poro Point's international terminal started construction early this year. The Bagabag airport is being lengthened. We are spreading the cheer across the political spectrum from Vic Ortega to Caloy Padilla. Inuuna ang bansa, at itinatabi ang politika.
* Some towns in Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Isabela are included in the geo-hazard mapping we have done for 700 cities and towns all overthe country to protect the environment.
* The Bangui Bay Wind Power Project which was put up when Bongbong Marcos was governor, is now expanding. Sa paggamit ng hangin, nababawasan ang kailangang langis sa enerhiya.And now the Luzon Urban Beltway, our top magnet for industry and investment:
* This quarter we start the P5 billion Mt. Pinatubo Hazard Urgent Mitigation Project that will protect San Fernando City, Sasmuan, Guagua and my home town Lubao from flooding.
* The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Express Road is in its final stages. This first-world road will cut travel time between Clark and Subic from two hours to 30 minutes. Gagawa tayo ng interchange sa Porac, bayan ni Lito Lapid.
* Last Thursday with Dick Gordon we inaugurated the container port that will make Subic together with Clark one of the best international service and logistics centers in the region.
* Clark airport got its approach control radar in April. It now has 50 international flights and 50 cargo flights a week, the second busiest after NAIA. We want more airline service centers there. Now, speaking of NAIA, I'm sure everyone wants to know about NAIA Terminal 3. The ceiling that fell wasn't the only thing in danger of falling. There are more serious dangers from construction and structural defects. We cannot risk the grim consequences of a major earthquake. But NAIA is accelerating the remediation, completion and opening of the terminal. Public safety comes first.
* Since public safety comes first, I ask Congress to create the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.
* Last year, I said we would connect North and South Expressways through C-5. Ginagawa na ang C-5 bandang Katipunan. Kausap na ang UP para sa bagong daan patungong Commonwealth, na kasulukuyang pinapalapad at North Avenue. Sa kabilang dulo ng Mindanao Avenue, binibili na ang lupa para sa bagong daan mula Barangay Talipapa hanggang Malinta at tuloy sa NLEX. Sana bumawas ang trapik pa-North Manila.
* We just broke ground to continue the Skyway up to Alabang. In a year the fast train from Caloocan to Alabang will be serving thousands daily. From Alabang to Santo Tomas the South Luzon Expressway is currently being widened. And by March, Ricky Reyes SLEX will reach Batangas Port.
* The Coastal Road to Bong Revilla's province is finally under construction.
* Our investment in vital infrastructure is already bearing fruit, such as the $1-billion Hanjin shipbuilding facility, said to be the largest in the world, and the $1-billion Texas Instruments microchip plant in Clark. Maging ex-OFW at ex-tambay kapwang nakahanap ng trabaho sa mga malalaking puhunan na ito.
* As we build industry, we must ensure people have clean air to breathe. We have closed 88 firms for polluting the environment. Gaya ng sabi ko, una ang kaligatasan ng publiko.
* We proclaimed a critical habitat within the coastal lagoon of Las Pinas and Paranaque.
* Maynilad's new owners have invested P7 billion to bring clean and, at last, running water to Paranaque, Parola and elsewhere. ManilaWater did a similar P2 billion project for Antipolo.
* Gumagawa tayo ng septage tank sa Antipolo sa halagang P600 million na maglilinis ng sewage bago ito dumaloy sa mga estero, gaya ng tinayong Manila Water sa Taguig at sa San Mateo.
* Matapos ang maraming taong usapan, ang ating administrasyon ang nakapagsimula ng Flood Control Project sa Kalookan, Malabon, Navotas at Valenzuela (CAMANAVA).
* On energy, Luzon needs 150 megawatts more by 2010. This is covered by the 350-megawatt, $350 million expansion of the Pagbilao plant byMarubeni and Tokyo Electric, part of their $4 billion that constitutes the biggest Japanese investment in Philippine history.
* We count on the Governor Raffy Nantes and the people of Quezon to somehow to reduce the cost of electricity. I ask Congress to amend theElectric Power Industry Reform Act for open access and more competition.
The Cyber Corridor encompasses centers of technology and learning running the length of all the super regions, from Baguio to Clark to Metro Manila to Cebu to Davao and neighboring areas.
The Philippines ranks among top off-shoring hubs in the world because of cost competitiveness and more importantly our highly trainable,English proficient, IT-enabled management and manpower.
IT ability won for Warren Ambat of Baguio City High the most innovative teacher and leadership award in Cambodia last February, topping contestants from 70 countries, congratulations to our contestants, women.
Information technology will help the BIR bring in more taxes in the coming months. Its Revenue Watch Dashboard will monitor revenue collections in real time from the national level down to the examiners. The LGU Revenue Assurance shares information between the BIR and the LGUs to uncover fraud and non-payment, before heads would roll per Danny Suarez's Attrition Law.
While our strength in contact centers is well-established, we are now focused on growing the higher value-added services, including accounting, legal, human resources and administrative services.
And, so that no Taiwan tremor can cut off our cyber services from their global clients, PLDT and Globe are investing P47 billion in newinternational broadband links through other regional hubs for redundancy in our cyber space.
The business services sector has become the fastest growing in the economy providing 400,000 jobs compared to 8,000 in 2000. By 2010 the forecast is one million jobs earning $12 billion, the same amount remitted by our overseas Filipinos today.
On Safety Net and Education
Last year I said that in today's global economy, knowledge is the greatest creator of wealth. Mahusay na edukasyon ang pinakamabuting pamana natin sa ating mga anak. Yun din ang tanging pamana na ayon sa batas kailangang ibigay sa bawat mamamayan.
This year, we are investing more for education: P150 billion, P29 billion more than last year.
And, last year government and private sector built 15,000 classrooms instead of the usual 6,000. Noon, isang libro bawat limang mag-aaral. Ngayon, tig-isang aklat na bawat grade schooler.
One third of our public high schools now have Internet access, with private sector support.
We have a scarcity of public high schools but a surplus of private high schools. So instead of building more high schools, we give morehigh school scholarships - 600,000 scholars this year.
For College, we launched a P4 billion fund for college loans, to increase beneficiaries from 40,000 to 200,000.
And for teachers, we have created more than 50,000 teaching positions. But we have to improve their training.
Benefits, too. Salamat, dating Senador Tessie Oreta at dating Congressman Dodong Gullas, na di na kailangan ng mga guro maghabol saMaynila ng sweldo at pension. Pinoproseso na sa rehiyon sa regionalization ng payroll.
Teachers and all other national government employees get a raise effective end of this month.
Sa TESDA, bukod sa mga sariling kurso nagbibigay ito ng mga scholarship sa vocational schools: P600 million noong isang taon, P1billion ngayon. May P1 bilyon pa ang DOLE.
We are investing P3 billion in science and engineering research and development technology, including scholarships for masters anddoctoral degrees programs in engineering in seven universities. Upgrade know-how and learning, and Filipino talent is unbeatable.
Proof is biochemist Baldomero Olivera of the University of Utah who was named Scientist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation.
In the International Math and Science Olympiad 2006 in Jakarta, Robert Buendia of Cavite Central School and Wilson Alba of San Beda Alabang won the gold. Congratulations, guys. Six Filipinos bagged the awards at the Intel Young Scientists Competition in New Mexico last May: IvyVentura, Mara Villaverde, Hester Mana Umayam and Janine Santiago of Philippine Science High; Melvin Barroa of Capiz National High, congratulations, Melvin; and Luigi John Suarez of Benedicto National High. Congratulations naman. Last week Filipino students topbilled byAmiel Sy of the Philippine Science High dominated the Mathematics World Contest in Hong Kong. Congratulations, Amiel. Congratulations Philippine Science High School. Earlier this month Diona Aquino of the Presidential Management Staff won with her team from UP the Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance in Shanghai.
Ito ay malaking kunsuwelo sa atin. We have spent more on human capital formation than ever in the past. Why? Because if government of the people and by the people is not for them as well, it is a mockery of democracy.
May malaking pag-angat ang kalagayan ng maralita, gaya ng trabaho, pag-aaral at pagamot. Look at the chart on new poor fare.
Sa unang pagkakataon, gumastos ang Philhealth ng higit P3 bilyon sa paospital ng maralita.
Noong 2001 sinabi kong hahatiin natin ang presyo ng gamot na madalas bilhin ng madla. Ngayon sampung libong Botika ng Barangay ang nagtitinda ng murang gamot. Ang paracetamol na tatlong piso sa labas ay piso lamang sa Botika ng Barangay. Ang antibiotic na binibenta ngmga pangunahing parmasya sa P20 ay P2 lamang.
Kaya sa isang survey, halos kalahati ang nagsabing abot-kaya ang gamot, kumpara sa 11% noong 1999.
So we can spread this even more, I ask Congress to pass the Cheaper Medicines Bill that was almost enacted in June. Almost is not good enough. Let's help Mar Roxas, Ferge Biron and Teddy Boy Locsin give our people meaningful, affordable choices, from abroad and here in the Philippines.
I also ask Congress to pass legislation that brings improved long term care for our senior citizens. Asahan natin si Ed Angara.
Si Noli de Castro na isa pang kampeon ng senior citizens ay namumunong ating programa sa pabahay. Congratulations, Noli. The low interest rates for housing are unprecedented. Naglaan ang Pag-IBIG ng P25 billion na pautang, six times the amount when we started it in 2001.P50 billion pa ang ilalaan hanggang 2010.
On Terrorism and Human Rights
We fight terrorism. It threatens our sovereign, democratic, compassionate and decent way of life.
Therefore, in the fight against lawless violence, we must uphold these values. It is never right and always wrong to fight terror with terror.
I ask Congress...I urge you to enact laws to transform state response to political violence: First, laws to protect witnesses fromlawbreakers and law enforcers. Second, laws to guarantee swift justice from more empowered special courts. Third, laws to impose harsherpenalties for political killings. Fourth, laws reserving the harshest penalties for the rogue elements in the uniformed services who betraypublic trust and bring shame to the greater number of their colleagues who are patriotic.
We must wipe this stain from our democratic record.
Ngunit pangunahin pakikibaka pa rin para sa karapatan ang pagpapalayang masa sa gutom at kahirapan.
Together with economic prosperity is the need to strengthen our institutions of government. Let's start with election reform. We have long provided funds for computerization. We look forward to the modernization of voting, counting and canvassing.
We can disagree on political goals but never on the conduct of democratic elections. I ask Congress to fund poll watchdogs. And to enact a stronger law against election-related violence.
We must weed out corruption and build a strong system of justice that the people can trust. We have provided unprecedented billions foranti-graft efforts. Thus the Ombudsman's conviction rate hit 77% this year, from 6% in 2002. We implemented lifestyle checks, dormant forhalf a century. Taun-taon dose-dosenang opisyal ang nasususpinde, napapatalsik o kinakasuhan dahil labis-labis sa suweldo ang gastos atari-arian nila.
Firms who were asked for bribes in taxes, permits and licenses dropped from one-third to one-half. Contract bribes are also down. Graft won'tbe eliminated overnight but we are making progress.
In Conclusion
What I have outlined today is just a sampler of our P1.7 trillion Medium Term Public Investment Program. How will we fund all these? P1trillion from state revenues, with tax reforms and firm orders to BIR and Customs to hit their targets. P300 billion from state corporations. The balance from government financial institutions, private sector investments, local government equity and our bilateral and multilateral partners.
Our new confidence and momentum for progress have imbued our foreign relations, with the ASEAN Summit last year and the coming ASEAN Regional Forum, with increased assistance from our allies and with continued support for our peace and security efforts in Mindanao.
We were able to strengthen our economy because of the fiscal reforms that we adopted at such great cost to me in public disapproval. But Iwould rather be right than popular.
Our fundamentals are paying off in huge leaps in investment. Anim na milyong trabaho ang nalikha sa anim na taon, most in sustainable enterprises. Sa lakas ng piso, bumagal ang pagtaas ng bilihin.
It is my ardent wish that most of the vision I have outlined will be fully achieved when I step down. It is my unshakeable resolve that the fundamentals of this vision will by then be permanently rooted, its progress well advanced and its direction firmly fixed with our reformsalready bearing fruit. All that will remain for my successor is to gather the harvest. He or she will have an easier time of it than I did.
They say the campaign for the next election started on May 15, the day after the last. Fine.
I stand in the way of no one's ambition. I only ask that no one stand in the way of the people's well being and the nation's progress. The time for facing off is over. The time is here for facing forward to a better future our people so desperately want and richly deserve.
Uulitin ko: Hindi ako sagabal sa ambisyon ninuman.
But make no mistake. I will not stand idly when anyone gets in the way of the national interest and tries to block the national vision. From where I sit, I can tell you, a President is always as strong as she wants to be.
Pagpalain tayo ng Diyos at ang dakilang gawaing hinaharap natin. The state of the nation is strong. Inyong lingkod, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas.

The Indestructible Timbuk2 Design Challenge

A Contest of Timbuk2 Philippines in partnership with the Ateneo Art Gallery for Ateneo de Manila University Students

Make a design for a Timbuk2 messenger bag and get a chance to win Php 10,000!

1. Ateneo de Manila University Students must register to join the contest by becoming a contact of Timbuk2 Philippines in Multiply at
2. When applying to be a contact of Timbuk2 Philippines, the following details should be given:

Complete Name
Year and Course
Cell phone No.
ID No.

3. Studies for designs -- in any medium (drawing, patchwork, etc) --should be submitted via email to (Pleaseinclude your Multiply username). Please submit one image per design. A student may submit as many designs as he/she wishes. The studies of the designs must be submitted by 3 August 2007, Friday, at 10 PM.
4. All the designs will be posted at by 4 August 2007. The designs will be short-listed to the top 5 via a voting period from 4 -- 7 August 2007.

VOTING PROCESS: Anyone (not just Ateneo de Manila University students) can vote. To vote, they must apply to be a contact in Timbuk2's multiply account. To indicate they are not a contestant, they can simply put the word "voter" when applying. Once a contact of Timbuk2, they can leave a comment in the design they feel ought to win. Each contact of Timbuk2 can give one (1) vote. Multiple comments by one contact for one design will only be counted as one vote. For multiple comments by one contact for different designs, only the first comment will be counted as a vote for the corresponding design.

5. The students with the top 5 designs will be alerted and loaned Timbuk2 messenger bags to implement their designs on. They may pick-up their bags on 8 August 2007 at the 2007 Ateneo Art Awards Awards Ceremony at the Rockwell Tent from 6.00 -- 8.00 pm (Please look for Lisa). Unclaimed bags may be picked up the following day at the Ateneo Art Gallery, Ground Floor, Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University from 10.00 am to 5.00pm.

6. The students with the top 5 designs must submit their designed bags by13 August 2007 at the Ateneo Art Gallery by 5.00 pm.

7. Timbuk2 Philippines will pick the winner from the 5 bags. The winnerwill be announced on 17 August 2007 at the Ateneo Art Gallery during the4.30 pm opening of the 2007 Ateneo Art Awards exhibition on school grounds. The winner will get a cash prize of Php 10,000. The four other short-listed students will get a Timbuk2 token in recognition of their work.

Questions may be emailed to

Clarissa Chikiamco
Project Coordinator
Ateneo Art Gallery
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108
Tel (+632) 426-6001 ext. 4160
DL (+632) 426-6488
Fax (+632) 426-6488



Materials for posting on the Digipost Plasma TV located at the AMPC college cafeteria are now coursed through LS-MIS Office. You may email the materials for posting to Ms. Richel Almosera at or you may contact her at locals 5170 or 5172.

Below also are the guidelines and required format of materials for uploading in Digipost Displays:

- Material should be submitted as a PSD (Photoshop) file ONLY

- 720x480 pixels (Main Screen)
- 220x480 pixels (Side Banner)

Pictures to be used must be of HIGH QUALITY , at least 200 dpi, to preserve the appearance of the displays. In case very old images need to be used, please scan them accordingly. Please make your message concise. Avoid wordy presentations because these tend to be ineffective. Smallest font is size 9. Feel free to create your own designs. Powerpoint presentations are not acceptable.

- For reasons of quality and for faster processing, Digipost accepts only AVI format videos.
- Videos should be at 720x480 pixels following a 16:9 widescreen format
- Do send videos that are ready for uploading. Do not send raw videos.
- Your videos should not exceed 5 minutes.

These guidelines are designed to make processing and uploading much faster. This will ensure that your material will always be fresh and timely. Materials for posting must be received at least 2 WEEKS before the intended posting date. This is to allow Digipost to properly integrate them into their existing loops. Indicate also the start date and end date for posting your material.

Please be guided accordingly. Thank you very much.

LS-MIS Office

Hungry for sound leadership> latest Intersect issue now out!

Hungry for sound leadership

Hunger strikes staged mostly by our farmers are nothing new to us. We often see them with banners in front of concerned government agencies, staking their claims on land they have tilled night and day. But more often than not, these protests and claims fall on deaf ears.

Intersect, the quarterly magazine of the John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues (JJCICSI) in its post-election issue titled “Directions, anyone?” features an article on the plight of farmers particularly the case of the Hacienda Velez-Malaga farmers. Titled “Have we Elected the Leaders who will Advocate for the Rights of Farmers?,” the article focuses on these farmers’ struggle to their rightful claim of land and how the government has addressed this. Also featured is a timeline of the events that transpired in the said struggle.

Will there be more hunger strikes by our farmers in the future or can this be prevented by sound leadership? Find out and read the Intersect now! Call us at 426-6001 to 30 local 4665 or e-mail us at or You can also drop by our office at the 2/F Mayo Hall, Social Development Complex, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Copies are sold at P80 each. Look for Chayie or Didith. #

JSP Symposium

Japanese Studies Program
Ateneo de Manila University

Symposium “Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA): Are Our Nurses Going to Japan?”
6 August 2007, Monday, 3:00-5:00 pm
Ching Tan Room (SOM 111), Loyola Schools

Are our nurses and caregivers really going to Japan? The question has been asked so many times in the context of the signing of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA). Economic agreements of two countries, however, are not only a matter of policy and implementations. The resulting new flow of people, things, money and information is crucially affected by and does affect society of the partner countries beyond the planned change.

The Japanese Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University in relation to all the issues around and about the JPEPA will look at the issues once more. This symposium focuses on the issue of Philippine healthworkers. Three experts on this topic will expound on the dimensions of the JPEPA and its implications on the movement of natural persons.

Dr. Maragtas Amante, professor and former dean of the School of Labor and Industrial Relations, the University of the Philippines, will discuss the labor dimension of the JPEPA based on his latest research in Japan. Mr. Ron Vilog, a researcher and an instructor at the Global City Innovative College that trains nurses and caregivers, will talk about the institutional response of Philippine nursing and caregiver schools to the possible opening of Japan’s healthcare market. Dr. Lydia Yu-Jose, a noted scholar of Philippines-Japan relations and presently director of the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies, will be the discussant.

The symposium is co-organized by the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies. It will be held on 6 August 2007, 3:00-5:00pm, at the Ching Tan Room (SOM111) of the Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.

For further information,
Please contact:
Japanese Studies Program
Ateneo de Manila University
(Tel. 426-6001 loc. 5248, Email:

Prayers for Beni Escutin's quick recovery

May we ask the community to join us in praying for Beni's quick recovery from a stroke that she suffered Friday afternoon (July 20, 2007).

Beni, managing editor of the press, is confined at the Neuro ICU of the Medical City for more tests and close monitoring. She is set to undergo rehab therapy within the next two days.

We would like to thank the doctors and the staff for the efficient and excellent care that they are giving Beni.

And we thank you for your prayers.


Ateneo de Manila University Press
Tel 63-2-4265984; 4266001 ext 4613

SITUATION REPORT - Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Tuesday, 17 July 2007
The Situation Report of 17 June 2007, with relevant photos, is posted at
It may also be downloaded as a Word file from
WATER: Cleaning of all twenty-two cisterns and twenty-one overhead tanks for the 2nd quarter started last Monday, 9 July and will completed before the end of the month. Test results will be released by then.
TRAFFIC: Accidents on campus are relatively minor except for the freak accident that occurred at 12:30 p.m. last Friday, 13 June at the South carpark. A Ford Everest loaded with ten freshmen were rushing to have lunch off campus on Katipunan, flipped over and turned turtle. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries. The Grade School had no classes that day.
Katipunan Traffic: MMDA has removed the traffic light at the corner of Katipunan and CP Garcia Avenue and started to remove the center island as well last Saturday. Making the center island narrower will relocate the traffic bottleneck northwards.
There are reliable reports that widening Katipunan in front of what used to be UPIS is underway. The timing and schedule however, is uncertain.
SECURITY: We continue to have losses on campus, mainly personal belongings left unattended. On the other hand, there are still many good Samaritans who return lost and found items.
Mr. Gregorio Araneta Pahid, driver of LPTODA Green tricycle No. 005 turning over a recovered cell phone last Wednesday, 11 July.
Mr. Virgilio P Latras, a security guard who drives a tricycle when off duty. Yesterday, a DLSU student visiting the campus left his phone in a tricycle sidecar. Fortunately, he saw Mr. Latras (LPTODA Green 217) and asked him to tell the driver of tricycle the student rode in about his phone. Mr. Latras pursued the tricycle and recovered the cell phone. He then returned the cell phone to the grateful DLSU student. SG VIRGILIO P LATRAS is commended for his exemplary performance above & beyond the call of duty.

Special Academic Convocation

21 June 2007
MEMO TO : The University Community

FROM : The President

SUBJECT : Special Academic Convocation
The Ateneo de Manila University Special Academic Convocation for the conferment of Traditional University Awards has been scheduled
For : Wednesday, 25 July 2007
At : 3:00 in the Afternoon
At the : Rev. Henry Lee Irwin Theatre
The following Awards will be conferred upon
FR. EDWARD MALONE, M.M. Bukas Palad Award in
memory of Fr. Manuel Peypoch, S.J.
in recognition of his significant contributions to the development of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC) since its inception in 1972. FABC opened up the Asian Church to the teachings of dialogue with people, cultures, religions and poverty. Fr. Malone single-handedly assumed the administrative tasks of bringing together the 28 member countries to pursue its goals.
in recognition of KAISA’s initiatives in nation building and in bridging Chinese Filipinos into a meaningful participation in social development, cultural and educational activities.
in recognition of PETA’s vision of using theater as a powerful tool for social change and development.
JOSE M. TIONGCO, MD Ozanam Award
in recognition of his 21 years of advocacy for cooperative health systems in addressing the delivery of health services anchored on the justice of giving the poor the ‘Health and Humanity they deserve.’
in recognition of his commitment and dedication in serving the poor people of the Cordilleras, articulating his choice of giving up a lucrative medical profession for work for the poor.
BENJAMIN G. CALING Government Service Award
in recognition of his zeal for the improvement of public education, credo of uplifting the quality of the lives of his teachers and students and mettle in transforming beyond school buildings into building up his schools’ academic status and character.
All administrators, faculty, student representatives, professionals and non-teaching personnel of school units, auxiliary and service units are expected to attend this University function.
Students of the various School units in Loyola and Makati are encouraged to witness the conferment and be part of this University tradition.
Other details pertinent to the participation of each Unit will be announced separately by the Units.
Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J.

Lecture Religion and International Development Policy

The Ateneo Community is invited to a lecture and open forum on Religion and International Development Policy by Dr. Gerard Clarke at the Centerfor Social Policy Conference Room, Ateneo Loyola, on July 23, Monday, 10:30 am. Please email Amihan Perez to confirm your participation. Below is a description of the lecture and the lecturer:

The Winds of Change: Religion and International Development Policy

This presentation explores the emergence of a 'faith and development'interface in international development discourse over the last decade and its erosion of the traditional secularism at the heart of international public policy. It examines the work of leading international development agencies such as theWorld Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in engaging withFaith-Based Organisations (FBOs) in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals, the key current framework guiding the activities of leading development agencies. The presentation argues that the 'faith and development' nexus represents a controversial new 'zeitgeist' (spirit of the times) in international development policy, and it examines some of the opportunities andchallenges which arise for international development agencies.
Dr Gerard Clarke is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Development Studies andDirector of Postgraduate Studies in the School of the Environment and Society, at the University of Wales Swansea in the United Kingdom. The author of "ThePolitics of NGOs in South-East Asia: Participation and Protest in thePhilippines" (Routledge, London & New York, 1998), he is currently carrying outresearch, funded by the British Academy, at the Center for Social Policy, AteneoSchool of Government, on the anatomy or institutional structure ofPhilippine civil society. His presentation here is based on research for DFID in 2005-06which explored DFID engagement with FBOs and the role of faith groups in poverty reduction.
Amihan R. Perez
Center for Social Policy of the
Ateneo School of Government
G/F CSP Building, Social Development Complex
Ateneo de Manila UniversityLoyola Heights, Quezon City
Tels. (632) 426-6061/62

In your prayers

In your prayers, please remember Mr. Ramon E. Dote, husband of Josefina, father of Jacqueline D. Calungsod "Jacque", Financial Analyst for the ADMU-USAID EPRA Project under the Economics Department.

Mr. Dote joined our Creator on Tuesday, 17 July 2007, at the age of 68.

For inquiries, please call 920-2920 or the ADMU trunkline loc 4650.

Thank you and God Bless.

Mark Lester Uy
IT & Communications Officer
USAID - Economic Policy Reform & Advocacy (EPRA)
Department of Economics
Ateneo de Manila University
(632)426-6001 loc. 4650


In your prayers, please remember MR. BIENVENIDO L. SALVADOR, SR. who died at the age of 78, on Saturday, July 14, 2007.

Mr. Salvador, Sr. is the father of Arling Paterno of the Residence Hall and father-in-law of Ditas Salvador of the Office of Admission and Aid.

His body lies in state at their residence at 8 Bangkal St., Twin River Subdivision, Nangka Marikina City. Interment date is to be announced

May he rest in peace and may God's perpetual light shine upon him!

Condolences to his family...

(From ASA members)
Vicky Calderon
Ateneo Staff Association (ASA)
Documentation Head

Web news update (18 July)

For the latest bulletins, news and features on the Ateneo, visit the official university Web site: This week's stories:

- Get all the UAAP Season 70 bulletins (Men's, Women's, Juniors), schedules, and more in one page. Go to UAAP Updates

President’s Corner
- On the celebration of 50 years since the return of the Jesuits to Vietnam

- Placement Office moves to strengthen internship program
- Delegates from Peking University pay courtesy call on President Nebres
- Students get taste of Europe through ML Exhibit

- New food stalls add spice to JSEC

Sports/ UAAP Updates
- Blue Eagles Bulletin #3: Awakenings (with video clip)
- Ateneo routs La Salle in 2007 Golf Classic
- Lady Eagles Bulletin #2: Lady Eagles extinguish Lady Bulldogs (with video clip)
- Blue Eaglets Bulletin #2: AHS Eaglets trounce UST Tiger Cubs (with video clip)
- Media guide on the Lady Eagles
- Media guide on the AHS Blue Eaglets

- Intersect issue on Change in Course now out
- JSP offers Nihongo for Everyone, Basic Japanese I and II
- Intersect, Pulso monographs and others at discounted prices
- Nominations now open to Doreen Fernandez Xtreme Fellowship

What’s new inside?
- A student's take on the AHS-UST game (High School)
- AHS holds first 'Jesus and Me' Session (High School)
- Light talk now on Mondays @ 10 pm (Jesuit Communications)
- AGSCOM officers proclaimed (Grade School)

Check out 'Ateneo this week' for weekly campus activities. We welcome news,features, and announcements from the Ateneo community. Please send your materials to Thank you!

CBCP Statement on the Human Security Act

On The Human Security Act

We are all for the pursuit of peace and we condemn terrorism as a glaring obstacle to peace.

Republic Act No. 9372, dubbed as Human Security Act of 2007, signed into a law by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on March 6, 2007, is to take effect two months after the elections of May 14.

Many voices are apprehensive about this law on the basis of constitutionality and provisions that may legalize objectionable methods of fighting and quelling opposition to the obtaining government. Hence there are calls for bringing the Human Security Act to the Supreme Court for review and for studying and discussing further this law in its contents and repercussions. Some sections have caused lawyers and others to question the effectiveness of this law such as:

· The definition of terrorism in Section 3 is broad and dangerous. It may serve and create a condition of widespread panic.

· Section 26 allows house arrest despite the posting of bail, prohibits the right to travel and to communicate with others.

· Provision for seizure of assets in Section 39 and surveillance or wiretapping of suspects in Section 7, investigation of bank deposits and other assets in Section 28 – raise up many eyebrows of lawyers and others.

Since we as pastors have to look more into the morality of this law and make a pronouncement in that level, we feel that the atmosphere created by this law and its impending implementations calls on us to appeal to those concerned to review this law so that in consultation and dialogue we may have a law that is truly relevant in promoting the security of the nation and in the pursuit of authentic peace.

For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines:

Archbishop of Jaro
President, CBCP
July 8, 2007

Kritika Kultura Lecture -July 27

Kritika Kultura Lecture Series

Kritika Kultura, the Department of English and the Ateneo Fine Arts Program present
Old Routes, New Exchanges: Building a Transnational Dialogue in Arts-Making, Arts-Exchange, and Critical Discourse
Friday, 27 July 2007
Science Education Complex
SEC C Lec Hall#3/SEC 201
4:30-6:00 pm
Event Description: This Kritika Kultura Forum is part of a series of roundtable sessions that engages Philippine-based artists/curators and the participating artists, scholars, curators, and gallery directors of the Galleon Trade Arts Exchange. These sessions seek to provide context for the art exchange and introduce the various campus-communities to the artists of and the works in Galleon Trade. A range of topics will be discussed including: alternative models for international arts exchange;space, development, and globalization; and an attention to the conditions that make possible international arts exchange.
The Galleon Trade project believes that critical dialogue is constitutive of art-making and art-consumption. This session is designed to engage a transnational dialogue concerning contemporary art-making and circulation. It is our hope that our conversation will generate excitement about the exhibit and build an appreciative and informed audience
Roundtable speakers: Jenifer Wofford, Galleon Trade curator;Eric Reyes, scholar-participant;Norberto (Peewee) Roldan, curator, Green Papaya Arts Projects;Johanna Phoetig, artist-participant;Stephanie Syjuco, artist-participant.
These roundtable sessions are co-coordinated with Professor OscarCampomanes, Coordinator of Research at Ateneo de Manila University, where he teaches literary and cultural studies fulltime. The ARTERY-MANILA is also a co-sponsor of these roundtable sessions. Essentially the brainchild of Delan Robillos, ARTERY-MANILA was founded in January 2001, after a series of discussions with like-minded colleagues in late 2000, as a volunteer organization invested in art advocacy and management. Thebasic idea driving the Artery project is to provide a means to spare young but gifted artists/painters from the vagaries of the art market and the business side of artistic production so as to enable them to devote all their energies and time to their creative work.

UAAP Season 70 Tickets (Men's Basketball vs La Salle)

To all LS students, LS Faculty, LS Admin. & LS Staff:

Tickets for the Ateneo - La Salle UAAP Basketball game will be available on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 starting at 8:30am.

- For the Loyola School Students : Tickets will be sold at the college covered courts. Line starts at the gate beside Manang's.

- For the Loyola Schools Faculty and Staff: Tickets will be sold at the College Athletics Office.

Ticket Prices:
Upperbox A - Php 100.00
Upperbox B - Php 50.00
Gen. Admission - Php 20.00

*Please prepare exact amount

Pinoy Security Series

The Ateneo Sanggunian and The Assembly bring you

The Pinoy Security Series
This is a two part forum that discusses outsiders' opinion on the Act (legal and otherwise). We shall be graced by the presence of the following speakers:
Part 1: Friday, 4:30 - 6:00p. Venue TBA
1. Atty Hilbay, Professor of UP College of Law
2. Mong Palatino, Kabataan Partylist member and former UP Student Council President
Part 2: Saturday, 10:00a-12:00p. Venue TBA
1. Atty Harry Roque, Professor of UP College of Law
2. Fr Joaquin Bernas, S.J., Dean Emeritus of the Ateneo Law School and distinguished constitutional lawyer
We look forward to your presence and your active participation.

For inquiries, contact Daryll Santillan at 09166293871.

Human Security Act

Human Security Act 101
a.k.a the Anti-Terror Law

The anti-terror law took effect on July 14. Bishops and human rights advocates fear that authorities would use it to crackdown on political enemies; Malacanang claims that the law would protect the people from terror.

What is the Human Security Act?

It is State policy to “protect life, liberty, and property from acts of terrorism, …dangerous to the national security of the country and to the welfare of the people, and to make terrorism a crime against the Filipino people, against humanity, and against the law of nations.” HSA is a form of implementation of this policy.

It recognizes that “the fight against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach, comprising political, economic, diplomatic, military, and legal means duly taking into account the (its) root causes.” It recognizes, however, that the State, via the executive government, shall absolutely uphold and protect human rights above the Act. This means that any stipulation of the Act that violates human rights conventions would be declared void.

Definition of Terrorism

Although there is no internationally recognized definition of terrorism, Sec 3 gives illustrative examples of what defines terrorism. A few of these are

1. Article 122 (Piracy in General and Mutiny in the High Seas or in the Philippine Waters);
2. Article 134 (Rebellion or Insurrection);
3. Article 134-a (Coup d‘Etat), including acts committed by private persons;
4. Republic Act No. 5207, (Atomic Energy Regulatory and Liability Act of 1968);
5. Republic Act No. 6235 (Anti-Hijacking Law);
6. Presidential Decree No. 1866, as amended (Decree Codifying the Laws on Illegal and Unlawful Possession, Manufacture, Dealing in, Acquisition or Disposition of Firearms, Ammunitions or Explosives)

In addition, the law stipulates 3 essential elements in committing the crime:
The commission of 1 or more crimes stated in Sec 3
Sowing and creating a condition of widespread and extraordinary fear and panic among the populace
In order to coerce the government to give in to an unlawful demand

Sec 17, on the other hand, says that organizations, associations and groups of persons can be declared as terrorists upon application of the Department of Justice (DOJ) before a competent Regional Trial Court (RTC). The RTC then would give the accused parties due notice and opportunity to be heard.

Surveillance (i.e. wiretapping)

Sec 7 allows for the electronic surveillance of suspects, and interception and recording of communications, provided that a police or law enforcement official and the members of his team conduct these. They may conduct these only after the Court of Appeals granted their written request to bug the individual. After the grant, they are may eavesdrop in conversations between members of a judicially declared and outlawed terrorist organization, association, or group of persons or of any person charged with or suspected of the crime of terrorism or conspiracy to commit terrorism.

Recording of the communication between lawyers and clients, doctors and patients, journalists and their sources and confidential business correspondence shall not be authorized.

The subject would be informed of the surveillance or wiretapping if no case is filed against him or her.

Examination of Bank Deposits

Sec 27 judicially authorizes police or law enforcement officials to examine bank deposits, accounts, and records to gather relevant information regarding bank transactions of (1) a person charged with or suspected of the crime of terrorism or conspiracy to commit terrorism, (2) of a judicially declared and outlawed terrorist organization, association, or group of persons, and (3) of a member of such judicially declared and outlawed organization, association, or group of persons provided that it is duly authorized in writing by the anti-terrorism council and ordered by and served with the written order of the Court of Appeals.

The subject would be informed of the examination of bank transactions if no case is filed against him or her.


Sec 18 tells us that once a police or law enforcement official is duly authorized by the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) to take custody of a person charged or suspected with terrorism, he/she must delivery the detained persons to the proper judicial authorities within 3 days from the moment they are apprehended and taken into custody, provided that the arrest is a result from the surveillance (Sec 7) and the examination of bank deposits (Sec 27) of the Act.
Until the subject is delivered to the judge, he or she shall be: (Sec 21)

informed, by the police or law enforcement officers the nature and cause of his arrest, as well as in the presence of his legal counsel
allowed to communicate freely with his legal counsel without restriction
allowed to communicate freely and privately without restrictions with the members of his family or with his nearest relatives and to be visited by them
allowed freely to avail of the service of a physician or physicians of choice

Sec 23 requires the police or other law enforcement custodial unit in whose care and control the subject is placed under to keep a securely and orderly maintained official logbook. It shall be a public document that keeps tabs on who interacts with the subject, whether it is his lawyers, family members within the civil fourth degree or physician at any time of the day or night without any form of restriction. Among the details written on the book are:

(a) The state of his health and physical condition at the time of his initial admission for custodial detention
(b) the date and time of each removal of the detained person from his cell for interrogation or for any purpose, and the corresponding date and time of his return to his cell;
(d) A summary of the physical and medical findings on the detained person after each of such interrogation
(e) The names and addresses of persons who visit the detained person, as well as the date and time of each of such visits
(f) All other important events bearing on and all relevant details regarding the treatment of the detained person while under custodial arrest and detention.

Sec 24 explicitly stipulates that torture and coercion in investigation and interrogation is not allowed.

When the subject is turned over the judge, the latter shall question and personally observe whether or not the suspect has been subjected to any physical, moral or psychological torture by whom and why. The judge shall then submit a written report of what he/she had observed when the subject was brought before him to the proper court that has jurisdiction over the case of the person thus arrested (Sec 18).

Misuse of the Law

Anyone involved with the surveillance or the observation of bank accounts are naturally not allowed to divulge what transpires in the conversations and the bank transactions. Unless the subject/s are tried and convicted, what goes on in the tapes and bank accounts stay there. There are (lots of) stipulations in the Act that punish specific transgressions against the subject and his “right to privacy”. Moreover, there are sections that say that evidence seized as a result of illegal police actions may not be used against the accused.

Why should I care about the Human Security Act? It’s only for terrorists.
The following statement is direct quoted from the article written by Jose Diokno, Chair of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG).

The HSA is so vague that it can be used against just about anyone, including you and me. The law is so sweeping that is can be used to curtain the rights of persons merely suspected of terrorism, even if they have been granted bail because the evidence of their guilt is not strong. And the law is so dangerous that, unless repealed, it would destroy the Bill of Rights of the Constitution and rip apart the very fabric of our democratic system.

Is it really? Think for yourself. You can access the full text of the Human Security Act in



Materials for posting on the Digipost Plasma TV located at the AMPC college cafeteria are now coursed through LS-MIS Office. You may email the materials for posting to Ms. Richel Almosera at or you may contact her at locals 5170 or 5172.

Below also are the guidelines and required format of materials for uploading in Digipost Displays:

- Material should be submitted as a PSD (Photoshop) file ONLY
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Pictures to be used must be of HIGH QUALITY , at least 200 dpi, to preserve the appearance of the displays. In case very old images need to be used, please scan them accordingly. Please make your message concise. Avoid wordy presentations because these tend to be ineffective. Smallest font is size 9. Feel free to create your own designs. Powerpoint presentations are not acceptable.

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- Do send videos that are ready for uploading. Do not send raw videos.
- Your videos should not exceed 5 minutes.

These guidelines are designed to make processing and uploading much faster. This will ensure that your material will always be fresh and timely. Materials for posting must be received at least 2 WEEKS before the intended posting date. This is to allow Digipost to properly integrate them into their existing loops. Indicate also the start date and end date for posting your material.

Please be guided accordingly. Thank you very much.

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When in doubt, the solution is in ASCC-ing!

Jori Adan
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Congratulations to LUIS ANDRES R. ABAD, a 2007 graduate of A.B. Economics-Honors Program, School of Social Sciences. He was chosen as one of the 2007 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines. The awarding ceremony was held at Malacañan Palace last July 5, 2007 with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Guest of Honor.

Last December 14, 2006, Mr. Abad was also awarded as top Ten Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines. The awarding ceremony was held at the International Headquarters of the Order of the Knights of Rizal.

We are proud of you.

Office of the Dean
School of Social Sciences
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108
Tel. No. (632) 426-6001 Ext. 5200 & 5202
Fax No. (632 426-1277

Ateneo Art Gallery Launches "Artscreen"

The Ateneo Art Gallery, the country's premier museum of modern and contemporary Philippine art, launches Artscreen, film and documentary showings on art to be shown every other Wednesday at 4:30 PM. Artscreen is part of the museum's educational program in increasing awareness, knowledge and interest in the arts.

Artscreen kicks off on 11 July 2007 with "The Mists of Time," "The Hero Steps Forth" and "The Age of Genius," three episodes from Sister Wendy's Story of Painting, a BBC Video. This is followed by two more episodes from the Story of Painting, "Two Sides of the Alps" and "Passion and Ecstasy," on 25 July 2007. After a short break in early August for the2007 Ateneo Art Awards exhibition and awarding, Artscreen resumes on 15 August 2007 with "Byzantium: The Lost Empire" and on 29 August 2007 with a movie on the life of world renowned artist Jean Michele Basquiat.

Admission to Artscreen is free and showings are at the Ateneo Art Gallery, Ground Floor, Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. For further inquiries on Artscreen, please contact Clarissa Chikiamco, Ateneo Art Gallery Project Coordinator, at 426-6488 or at Visit

Clarissa Chikiamco
Project Coordinator
Ateneo Art Gallery
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108
Tel (+632) 426-6001 ext. 4160
DL (+632) 426-6488
Fax (+632) 426-6488

From Showbiz to Service

The Ateneo School of Government's Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Program would like to invite the Ateneo de Manila community to:

From Showbiz to Service, a talk by K.I.D.S. Foundation Founder Diether Ocampo. Diether will talk about his experiences in setting up K.I.D.S. Foundation and the programs that K.I.D.S. has done to benefit many indigent children all over the Philippines. Moreover,Diether will also share the many challenges that he has faced while running his own foundation.

The talk will be on July 25 (Wednesday), 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Room 204, CTC Building. Slots for this talk are limited. Please confirm your attendance by contacting Reese Fernandez at local 4637.

View the best plays and highlights of Game 1: Ateneo vs. Adamson on video!

View the best plays and highlights of Game 1: Ateneo vs. Adamson of the 70th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament — on video! Capture the most exciting moments as seen through the lenses of The Ateneo Sports Shooters. Get closer to the game, read the blow-by-blow account in the Blue Eagles Bulletins — all served up regularly on Click here to view the video, photos, and article now!

1st JesCom Media Convention: NON-PROFIT SHARING – Using Media for Non-Profit Causes

This August, Jesuit Communications, Inc. will be holding its first media convention at its headquarters within the Ateneo de Manila University campus. Entitled Non-Profit Sharing, this conference aims to help individuals and organizations that are committed to non-profit causes by connecting them with well acclaimed socially oriented media practitioners. During this 4-Saturday seminar, participants will learn how to effectively communicate their causes through popular and new forms of media.

Speakers include Sujata Mukhi of Venture for Fundraising, Nono Alfonso SJ from DZMM’s Usapang Kapatid, Rina Jimenez David of Abanse! Pinay, Gang Badoy of RockEd, Nick Deocampo of Mowelfund Film Institute, Lourd de Veyra of Radioactive Sago Project, Girlie Garcia of Kythe, Isa Lorenzo of Silver Lens, Renowned Filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik and Ditsi Carolino, Andrian Lee of eBigay, Manuel L. Quezon III of the Daily Dose (, Gary Granada, Abe Olandres of Yugatech, William Yu CISSP, Boots Anson Roa of Mowelfund Film Institute and many more.

For more information, please go to

Ateneo COMELEC Announcement: Positions Open for Candidacy for the Freshmen Elections 2007


Sanggunian Freshmen Elections 2007

Promulgated: July 9, 2007


The Ateneo Commission on Elections hereby declares the following positions open for the Freshmen Elections on August 9 and 10, 2007

The position of Finance Officer of the Sanggunian
The position of School Board Secretary-Treasurer for the School of Social Sciences
The position of 1st year SOH Central Board Representative
The position of 1st year SOM Central Board Representative
The position of 1st year SOSS Central Board Representative
The position of 1st year SOSE Central Board Representative
The position of 1st year SOH Executive
The position of 1st year SOM Executive
The position of 1st year SOSS Executive The position of 1st year SOSE Executive

The following block and course representative positions that are currently vacant due either to abstain or to a failure of elections are also open:

2nd Year Block Representatives
3rd Year Course Representatives
Course: # of Slots
AB IS: 1
AB EC: 1
AB EU: 1
4th Year Course Rep
Course: # of Slots/Run-off* between
BS LM: 1
AB HI: 1
The COMELEC would also like to inform the students that the Run-off* Elections for the positions below would be held together with the First Year Elections. (*Run-offs occur when 2 or more candidates, abstain included, are tied for a position in order to determine the winner.)
BS LM Sacdalan vs Abstain
BS MIS Banasihan vs Ongcangco
Positions are open to all registered Filipino undergraduate students of the Loyola Schools of their respective schools as defined in the 2005 Sanggunian Constitution and subject to the prerequisites for Candidacy stated in the Electoral Code.
(SGD) Adrian O. Ada
(SGD) Aurelia Beatrice M. Santos
(SGD) Omar Castaňar
(SGD) Marie Ysabelle Hope G. Reyes
(SGD) Immanuel C. Santos
Chief Commissioner
Student Activities Operations Room (Room 010)Manuel V. Pangilinan – Center for Student Leadership Building 426-6001 loc. 5082 929-1029