PROJECT 50/50 and SUMILAO MARCH updates

Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Ateneo de Manila
Committee on Social Concern and Involvement

PROJECT 50/50:A pledge campaign to raise P50,000 for the 50 marching Sumilao farmers
It's the LAST WEEK of Project 50/50!
It's time to pour in your support for the Sumilao marchers!

Give your pledges to your block or course representatives with the following amounts:
P 5000, P 2500, P 1000, P 500, P 100, P 50, P 20

Your name will be written on the big tarp to be hung at the Dela Costa Hall.
You can give as individuals, as groups or even as organizations!

You can also choose to donate your spare change. Your Sanggunian executive officers and central board representatives will continue to carry around campus the donation cans for the Sumilao farmers.

The funds to be collected will be given to the Sumilao march for use in supplies for the 50 marching farmers.

The Sumilao marchers continue to march towards Manila. They will be going to Ateneo de Manila University on December 5, Wednesday and will be staying overnight at the Cervini Rec Room.

Join the entire Ateneo community in welcoming this modern-day crusaders for social justice!

Continue to support the SUMILAO FARMERS!
It is our time to be heroes.
Support the Sumilao march. Support social justice.

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Editor in Chief, The GUIDON
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Gov. Fr. Ed Panlilio’s speech

Escaler Hall, Loyola Schools
November 22, 2007

Eight hours from now, I will be speaking before a similar audience at De La Salle University.

I know what you are thinking. You got first dibs at the governor of Pampanga, and for that alone, the eagle has soared over the archer once again. Tuloy, I am tempted to shout, FABILIOH!

By the way, I gave a talk in UP last week, so that probably settles the implied question.

Beyond your deep-rooted and far-reaching rivalry, I am grateful to you for giving me a forum to communicate the moral crusade in Pampanga. I hope that the campus communities will respond positively and become an active partner in the renewal that we all desire for our country.

You invited me to share with you my experience in responding to the call of leadership in a time of crisis. I would prefer to rephrase it as a response to a crisis in leadership. In order to make it clearer to you, allow me to begin with a bit of an overview of the social and political situation in Pampanga a few months before the elections.

Lilia Pineda, more casually called Nanay Baby, (nanay na, baby pa. trust the Filipino to be that family oriented) broke into the turf of the Lapid father and son when she began a series of so-called consultations with the people, asking them two questions: first, if their lot has improved with the ascent of the incumbent governor, Mark Lapid. The answer of course, was quite obvious, leading to the second question, if they have an alternative leader they would want to take over the governorship. The answer was equally undeniable. Equipped with more than adequate resources, she covered the whole province, practically running a roadshow of grassroots building.

There was talk that Pineda, then a board member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the wife of Bong Pineda (who is quite notorious, I mean, famous in his own right throughout Regions One to Five), decided to face Mark Lapid head on in the coming elections because the governor chose Con Laus, the son of a local businessman, over her own son, who was the mayor of Lubao town. To make matters worse for the father of the province, Pineda ally and Vice Governor Joseller Guiao filed a case against him, alleging graft and corruption in the supervision and collection of quarry taxes.

The stage therefore was set for a grand battle between the two political giants of Pampanga. Every media pundit and sari-sari store istambay were expecting a drawn out war of attrition, where no prisoners will be taken and no resources will be spared. A senior citizen described it with a mixture of expectation and dread, saying, “muran pera king kampanya,” or that it will rain money during the campaign. So many of the poverty-stricken in the province excitedly awaited the coming of the usual generosity, commonly experienced every three years, but only this time it will come like wave after wave of blessings. It was often said that it is only during this period that the poor get the attention and assistance they deserve, so they better make the most of it by playing one side against the other, conceding to the highest bidder, as it were. Many among the Kapampangans, however, were disconsolate at the prospect of having to choose between two candidates they did not like. A good many of them have decided that early to leave blank the space for governor in their ballots.

Before this backdrop, a group of people, a priest and some seminarians among them (no, I was not the priest) regretted the state of affairs that their province was in. If only to express a statement to the world that Pampanga is not bereft of good leadership, they decided to gather more of their like-minded friends and begin to search for an alternative candidate. Enough is enough, they said, the pride of the Kapampangan is at stake here. And if you know us, then you should also know that our kayabangan is legendary.
And so began the series of consultations in search of a candidate with the moral ground, the resources and the acceptability, who will stand as a symbol for the Kapampangan dignity and conscience.

We had a great difficulty in searching for that candidate. It even dawned on us that we might have been too idealistic, too far removed from reality. Either our prospect could not measure up to our criteria, or he would not be willing to get entangled between two battling giants. “The election result is already common knowledge,” one of them said, conceding to the strength of one of the candidates, although I will not say who SHE is.

In the midst of this desperation, one seminarian turned to me and asked, “what about you?” My immediate and emphatic answer was, “no way!” My heart and mind was then running on hierarchical fuel. It was never an option for a Kapampangan priest to run for office in any previous election. Kapampangans being such a pious people, they revere their priests to a fault, conceding to them a spiritual leadership that excluded political power.

Like any other Filipino, Kapampangans live with a compartmentalized sense of morality. Our churches are filled every Sunday, but our jueteng industry is equally robust. We declare ourselves cerrado catolico, but we do not pay our taxes honestly. Our cars and jeepneys are festooned with images and pictures of the crucified Christ and the Virgin Mother, but they are not powerful enough to remind us to obey traffic laws. Thus, what place is there for a priest to enter the secular world of politics?

The idea of a priest running for the governorship snowballed among the people of conscience who have begun to call themselves the Third Force. Slowly, my outright refusal gave way to sober reflection as I thought of the people being under the yoke of patronage, and for how long, since we all know how easily political dynasties can take root and flourish. I looked back at my past to find a ground and a horizon for my final decision.

Even as a seminarian, I have intently dedicated my life for the uplift of the marginalized and the weak, and this had continued in my parochial and archdiocesan work. Thankfully, I was assigned later to direct the Social Action Center of Pampanga, more popularly known as SACOP. This enabled me to delve more deeply into the plight of the masses and be exposed to their needs and aspirations, and more importantly, to identify with their situation. Thus, I made it a personal choice to live a simple life and temper my wants to the more basic necessities, for it would not have been in consonance with the Gospel had I enjoyed affluence while people around me were hungry. If they did not eat, I did not eat.

The eruption of Mount Pinatubo allowed me to work more closely with government and non-government organizations in helping to ease the plight of the poor and dispossessed. I began to realize that good intentions were not enough, there must be a working structure that would efficiently and effectively answer to the needs of the poor. I also learned that I did not have the answer to all the problems besetting the needy, that there are others who can creatively contribute to the common pool of knowledge and wisdom. Thus, it was impressed upon me that I was not a modern-day Messiah, but rather, a bringer of grace from the Annointed One. On the other hand, I realized that redemption has its social underpinnings, and that I join all other people in a journey towards salvation. Having experienced all these, there came a certain point in my life when I dedicated my priesthood to the central message of the Gospel of John, that Christ came that man may have fullness of life in all its dimensions, that we as clerics must not only feed the soul, but also see to the nourishment of the body and the mind. I celebrated the sacraments as essential signs of relationship with the Divine, but encouraged my parishioners to share their graces to the less fortunate they meet outside the Church. In my own humble way, I persevered in my vocation and my service to the archdiocese, giving my obedience to my spiritual fathers, first to Archbishop Oscar Cruz, and then to Archbishop Aniceto, fostered by my brotherhood with my fellow priests.

Thus, when I finally conceded to become a candidate for governor, it was in response to a gaping need for moral resurgence in a despairing province, and in a more personal way, a deepening of my ministerial priesthood. When Kapampangans of known capability, respected stature and proven worth would not want to give people an option to choose a better candidate, I had to stand up for my people. But believe me, I had to spend days of prayer and feverish consultations before I made my decision. I had to resolve if this was a genuine desire for good, or a hidden longing for glorification. Either way, I was made aware of the consequences of my decision. The reasons for not running were many and equally valid. Not a few friends came and gave me their advice. I listened. In the end, I had to listen to and obey what my conscience dictated. My own ministerial priesthood demanded that I come down from the safety and security of the pulpit and incarnate the Gospel message in the political world. The Church has been complaining for so long about graft and corruption, but she was generally being ignored. It would have seemed that she has lost her moral authority over the considering that most of the suspected practitioners of graft and corruption came from Catholic schools themselves, Ateneo included, or probably, Ateneo specially. It was my belief that the extraordinary situation prevailing in Pampanga at that time demanded an entirely different and fundamental response. I took the leap and decided to do something about it hands on. I leapt, and found that I was not alone. I was joined by men and women of good will who were willing to take a risk.

I honestly believe that the people who leapt with me, people from all class and all manners of persuasion were driven by a common desire to see through a crusade that will realize Gospel values in governance. I do not deny the fact that Kapampangans are personalistic, more so with their priests, but be that as it may, I have always explained that the crusade was not about me, but it was about something bigger than all of us combined. I was just a part of the whole, as important as the campaign manager, but equally as indispensable as the poll watcher.

Who were these people of conscience? A classic example would be our technical consultant on software systems. All his life he had never voted in any election, or even participated by any means whatsoever. He was a self-confessed apolitical and fence-sitting Filipino who would just let political dogs lie, for as long as they leave him in peace. But when the crusade began, he was convinced by his wife to visit the EDquarters and offer whatever talent or materials he could contribute to the furtherance of the campaign. We cannot quantify his involvement in pesos, much less measure its effects, but because of his free services, we were able to set up a text brigade, hook up the EDquarters in a wi-fi network, and more importantly implement an automated quick count system that helped us track down the results of the elections accurately. Given the fact that as independent candidate I was not privileged to receive a copy of the election returns, his help was truly incalculable. What is more notable is that during an interview, it was found out that he lived next door to a mayoralty candidate of the City of San Fernando. He could have earned tens of thousands of pesos, had he offered his services to him. But he chose to give it to us for free.

Actively involved, too were a dozen former seminarians who were among the workhorses of the campaign. Collectively known as Bakal Boys, their background often provided a spiritual dimension in our daily struggle. Where else would you find a campaign where strategies and tactics were discussed along with conversion, metanoia and kenosis? Many of them were influential in my decision to run, being members of the core group that searched for an alternative candidate. Among the Bakal Boys was one who lived quite an easy life in Cebu, earning a salary that would be the envy of most single men of his age and stature. But like Peter, he left everything behind, leaning on nothing but his faith and his earnest desire to do something good for our province. He is now a part of my team, involved in a sensitive position that requires my utmost trust and confidence. Another former seminarian came all the way from London, where his community produced the very first U-Tube video in support of my candidacy.

Perhaps it is the presence of the Bakal Boys that allowed us to look at the ordinary events of the campaign with the eyes of faith. The confluence of all the events, such as the blessing of good weather in both our grand miting de avances, the speed at which triumph was achieved, the mystery of the experts in statistics and probability being confounded by their own means, all pointed to the hand of God actively involving Himself in the affairs of man. At every turn, we looked for the sign of His presence, and we were not disappointed. Ours was not just a moral crusade, it transformed itself into a divine crusade.

A very palpable sign of God’s presence was the full support of brethren from other faiths and denominations in the crusade for good governance. Among the first to express their support on the day I filed my certificate of candidacy were Methodist pastors. Leaders of born again fellowships also boosted our stock, widening the spectrum of collaboration into dimensions previously unknown. I believe that there is no other previous experience in our nation where people of different faiths actively involved and immersed themselves in a mission as one body. What we were seeing was the Kingdom of God, a dedicated assembly of people under one dream: to see good governance become a reality.

Cyrelle was your typical Among Ed volunteer: multi-tasking, energetic, uncomplaining, except for the fact that she just graduated from a private elementary school. She was everyone’s kid niece or sister, a favorite object of pranks, but equal to every joke thrown her way. Forsaking a summer of visiting malls and beaches, she became the ultimate factotum, preparing coffee, manning the photocopy machine, answering the phone, encoding data and stapling sheets of paper. Not even four years social studies in high school would match up to the wealth of hands-on learning she attained during those months.

And of course, there were those who contributed their time, talent and treasure from all walks of life and practically from every corner of the earth. There was this public school teacher who was given a one thousand peso bribe by another candidate. She took the effort to visit our EDquarters and turn over the money to us. As fast as people were taking posters and flyers from our office, equally consistent were the kind donors who dropped by every day to deliver campaign materials they had printed on their own. During our motorcades, ordinary people threw coins into our showboats to share their support. Even non-Kapampangans generously shared their blessings.

And finally, there was Jomar Nulud, a barangay chairman in my last parish who was gunned down by still unidentified assailants days after my proclamation. Kapitan Jomar switched allegiance after he learned of my candidacy. The night before he was killed, he ominously told me to be careful. “Hindi baleng ako and itumba, huwag lang ikaw,” he said. His was the ultimate sacrifice. I am nothing compared to him.

A common thread that ran among all of these examples of people who joined us in our campaign was the element of sacrifice. The Japanese have a proverb: always replace a thing of value with that of a greater value. In giving up something of themselves, whether as mundane as a summer vacation, as abstract as a preconceived notion of a different faith, or as irreplaceable as a human life, their surrender was for a far greater cause. And because of this, they gained an ownership of the crusade. This ownership has been multiplied a thousand times and has reached the puroks and barangays, but we still need to reach out to a lot more people and convince them to own this new politics.

Once, I expressed my misgivings to a supporter, rhetorically asking, What if I got used to all the attention and the glory? What if I started to enjoy it? What if I started to demand it? Thankfully, I am surrounded by people whose presence always reminds me that the crusade is a team effort. Even now, I am not “Gov” to them. I am still “Among Ed,” and to the more familiar, I am “Brods or Jo.” I allow this informality, because I know that I am just one instrument among many volunteers, workers, contributors, prayer warriors and well-wishers who gave a part of their lives to realize a vision. It just so happened that my position warrants me to be a primus inter pares, a first among equals, or more accurately a father to sons and daughters who deserve my love, respect and attention, because they gave so much so freely.

That we have won through a plurality reminds us that we have to be gentle with our salesmanship. We have to convince the civil society and the civil service, by way of example and education, that honest governance works. We have to provide for a transparent, efficient and effective delivery of services, that the people may pay their taxes with cheerful hearts, knowing that their hard-earned money does not find itself in some bureaucrat’s pocket. Arriving much sooner than expected, as it were, we are quite pleased that the Capitol leadership, as well as the rank and file have for the most part adapted to our program of government quite quickly. I credit this to the government employee’s innate goodness and willingness to work. I have to admit, though that the adjustment period was quite tenuous. But when the Governor sets the example in punctuality, simplicity of lifestyle, openness to the constituents, dedication to work and pleasantness of disposition, the most taciturn employee has no other recourse than to follow.

Today, our province earns an average of a million pesos a day in quarry revenues. Suppliers have lowered their bids dramatically after being reminded that the days of SOPs are over. A system of fiscal discipline is being instituted. We have streamlined the manpower to make it more citizen-oriented. Our primary attention is now given to the equipment, staffing and development of our provincial and district hospitals. We are at the moment studying systems and processes that will make quality service be delivered on time. Capacity and confidence building measures are being undertaken in order that the bureaucracy can pride itself as a working and effective body. For the first time in the history of the province, a draft three-year executive agenda will be submitted to the people tomorrow for their comments and suggestions, in the spirit of consultation and collaboration.

But for society to be transformed, it is not enough that government employees be empowered and motivated. The desire for positive change and the willingness to sacrifice for the greater good must not only trickle down, but must engulf every barangay. A visual way of describing the approach to this objective is that of the way the bibingka is cooked: heat on top, heat at the bottom. We should inflame the governing and the governed. The inured system of political patronage and dependency may take a little more time and may require a more extensive strategy for the people to realize that in the end, the benefits to the community will outweigh any personal gain. Good citizenship must take root until following the law, paying taxes honestly, respecting the environment and upholding one’s dignity shall become second nature to every person.

I don’t think that God meant me to endure five seminaries just to become a Governor or some other public official. I love my vocation, and at the end of this temporary detour into politics, I shall desire nothing more than to have my priestly faculties once again, and be a shepherd of the faith anew. A personal glory shall be that day when I shall hold aloft the transubstantiated body and blood of Christ, recalling my first mass after my ordination. It is from this vantage point that I say that I really do not encourage the entry of priests or ministers to the electoral arena. It would be utter presumption and even a complete falsehood to maintain that only the clergy posses the moral superiority to lead the nation. A layman with the proper motivation and popular support can lead any province to glory, in the same manner that an elected priest with less than honorable intentions can bring the province to its knees. Every believer has a divine mandate to do good and cast out evil. For the sake of the beggar out in the street, for the sake of the baby who is fed with rice water, for the sake of the sick patients in our public hospitals, for the sake of every Filipino who persists in the hope of a brighter horizon, I ask you to help us prove that we are essentially good, and that we uphold the common good.

It has been said so often that Pampanga right now is a laboratory mouse in a grand experiment upon which almost every eye of every disillusioned Filipino is fixed, steadily observing how the dream of good and honest governance is realized, and if it can result in the improvement of the people’s plight. Historically, our province has always been the breeding ground of social unrest and revolutionary thought. Once again, there is something revolutionary going on in Pampanga. With fervent prayers, consultative and exemplary leadership, participatory and law-abiding citizenship, collaborative and dedicated service, together with the application of better organizational systems, technological processes and innovations, I believe that we can overcome and transform the individual and the society. Then shall our success in Pampanga be translated in every province of the nation. Let us all join forces to transform ourselves, and in turn our beloved Philippines.

Come to the Magic Kingdom! Pediatric patients, your inner child, costume, making Christmas special: Kythe Christmas Party 2007.

Christmas is fast approaching!!!

What better way to spend it than with kids who need YOU most?
Kythe will have its annual Christmas Party on December 1 2007.
150 pediatric cancer patients are expected to attend.
We really need help, and YOU can make all the difference.
This year, come to the Magic Kingdom in the LS CovCourts this December 1 (12:00pm to 6:00pm). Get a chance for you to get in touch with your inner child, dress in costume, and make Christmas special for children who really need it. :)
If you're interested in helping out, please contact Ther (09163789394) or Krissa (09178151787).
Make the difference. Come to the Magic Kingdom

Web news update (21 November)

Web news update (21 November)

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

*The Office of Admission and Aid is currently issuing application forms for freshman and transfer applicants until December 15, 2007. The Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET) for this batch will be on January 20, 2008.

*Ateneans in Hewlett Packard remain ‘professionals for others’
*Academic benchmarking: AHS administers Singapore competency tests
*30 Ateneans are DOST Scholars for SY 2007-2008
*Master's in Public Management now accessible to Nueva Ecija gov't execs
*Ateneo de Manila University plans degree in game development

*RP educators say computer games can make learning fun

*Ateneo tracksters finish National Open with biggest medal haul
*AHS Judo Team is UAAP champion
*AHS Taekwondo Team rules AAPS-APSA
*AHS Swim Team is AAPS over-all champion
*Collegiate Champions League: Fight for the future

*Ateneo Press Director speaks at first academic publishing confab
*Rizal Library exhibit: Philippine-American War, 1899-1902
*LS freshman bags first place in statistics tilt

What’s new inside?
*Situation Report 19 November 2007 (University Physical Plant)
*Feast of Christ the King (Alumni Events)
*Address of Fr Ben Nebres, SJ to the AAA Class Rep General Assembly (Alumni News)
*Wake and Masses for former Math teacher held at AHS until Nov. 24 (High School)
*1N, 2M, 3A, and 4N win Pugad's Timpalak Awit Misa (High School)
*AHS track & field team is champion of QC Athletics Meet (Unit V) (High School)
*AHS to offer elective in conversational Chinese to juniors (High School)
*Indak of AHS tops Skechers Street Dance Battle 3 eliminations (High School)
*AHS boys qualify for Philippine Olympic Festival in Arnis (High School)
*IPMS Manila and Hobbycraft Club holds exhibit at Galleria (Grade School)
*Young Jin Jake Lopez wins gold (Grade School)

Christmas the Ateneo Way (right hand banner)
*Meaningful gifts from Pathways and other cause-oriented groups
*JesCom Christmas concerts and offerings
*ACED's Merry Paskeyks Para sa Paslit 2007

Visit your Unit Homepage for updates. 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!


16th Philippine Statistics Quiz-Regional Finals

Congratulations to Daniel Andrew O. Tan (1 BSM AMF) for winning the First Place in the 16th Philippine Statistics Quiz-Regional Finals held last November 13, 2007 at the Makati City Hall.

He will represent the National Capital Region in the National Finals, which will be held on December 4, 2007 at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management,Diliman, Quezon City.

For this year's regional finals, there were 13 competing schools all over Metro Manila. Mapua Institute of Technology and UP-Diliman landed the second and third place, respectively.

Congratulations to Mr. Ramil T. Bataller, of the Mathematics Department, who coached the contestant.

This activity was sponsored by the National Statistics Office andPhilippine Statistical Association.

Congratulations to ECCE students Champion in ECE Blitz 2007

To: Loyola Schools Community

The Electronics, Computer, and Communications Engineering Department is pleased to announce the results of the contest ECE Blitz 2007 held at De La Salle University - Taft last 17th of November 2007.

ADMU Team 2 was able to reach the final round. They finished the contest as champions. In addition, they finished the second round of elimination as first. The team was composed of the following students:
Lester Lofranco (5 BS ECE)
Jimson Ngeo (5 BS ECE)
Jerome Limkin (4 BS ECE)

ADMU Team 1 was able to reach the final round. They finished fifth place. In addition, they finished the second round of elimination as fourth. The team was composed of the following students:
Adrin del Rosario (5 BS ECE)
Emarc Magtanong (5 BS ECE)
David Joseph Tan (4 BS CoE)

The said contest was participated by 18 teams from differnt schools around Metro Manila except DLSU. The schools which achieved the Second and Third Place are Technological Institute of the Philippines- Quezon City (TIP-QC) and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), respectively.

JesCom Christmas Concerts and Offerings

Watch "Fiddler on the Roof" on Sunday Dec2 3:30 at Onstage, Greenbelt1

Fiddler on the Roof
Repertory Philippines in cooperation with the Manila Symphony Orchestra brings us another great play: "Fiddler on the Roof". Its celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick features songs loved the world over: "Sunrise, Sunset", "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Matchmaker" to name a few.
Also, since this is a charity play, proceeds from ticket sales would be donated to Talon Family Farm School in Tuy, Batangas. While enjoying this wonderful theatrical production with friends and family, you would also be helping out children of poor farmers receive proper education.
See you all on Dec 2 3:30pm at Onstage, 2nd floor, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legaspi Street, Makati!
For tickets contact:
Karllo 0917-5240214
Walther 0917-8929258
Tickets are also available through Ticketnet:
(02) 891-9999
Ticket Prices
Balcony Left/Right - P350
Balcony Center - P375
Upper Orchestra Left/Right - P550
Upper Orchestra Center - P750
Lower Orchestra Left/Right - P750
Lower Orchestra Center - P1000 (Reserved seating)
TEVYE - Miguel Faustmann / Fr. Tyler Strand
GOLDE - Joy Virata / Pinky Marquez
TZEITEL - Samantha Sewell / Siria Rutstein
HODEL - Cris Villonco
CHAVA - Cara Barredo / Vanessa Paolleli
SPRINTZE - Semantha Turingan
BIELKE - Vea Salvador
YENTE - Baby Barredo / Jay Glorioso
MOTEL - Niccolo Manahan
PERCHIK - Jejie Esguerra / Felix Rivera
FYEDKA - Hans EcksteinFRUMA SARAH - Carla Guevara
GRANMA TZEITEL - Nathalie Everett
RABBI - Jaime Del Mundo
LAZAR WOLF - Oliver Usison
MORDCHA - Boyd Tunio
Our organization composes of young professionals and outstanding university students from Ateneo de Manila University and from the University of the Philippines - Diliman. Lauan University Center aims to provide venues for academic, professional, cultural, human and spiritual formation.
Now on its ninth year, the Farm Camp is an outreach program held in the Farm School during the summer. During the Farm Camp, young professionals, university students and incoming college students gather to provide education and character formation of both the children of poor farmers in the area and the university students themselves.

SITUATION REPORT - Monday, 19 November 2007

SITUATION REPORTMonday, 19 November 2007
The Situation Report of 19 November 2007, with relevant photos, is posted at
It may also be downloaded as a Word file from

POWER: One of three cut-out fuses gave way at the Blue Eagle Gym resulting in single phasing at 10:00 a.m. last Friday, 16 November. To replace the high voltage cut-out fuse, an outage in the Balara grid was necessary. Rather than disrupt classes in the Grade School, Department of Communications building, P.E. / College Covered Courts, and the Blue Eagle Gym, as well as operations of Manila Observatory, the Blue Eagle Gym generator was activated from 10:00 a.m. till 6:30 p.m.

The outage in the Balara grid was done after the activities of the affected units at 6:30 till 7:20 p.m. to replace the Blue Eagle Gym’s cut-out fuses.

WATER: Test results for the SEC A overhead tank, MVP cistern and MVP overhead tank were released by the Microbiology Laboratory of the Biology Department last Friday, 16 November. The report reads:

*“All samples conform to the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water with regard to coliform bacteria. However, non-coliform bacteria were detected in all water samples. It is recommended that water from these sources be boiled first (for at least 20 minutes) before human consumption. It is also advised that the cisterns/water lines connected to these sources be cleaned.”

Test results for other samples will be released this week. The results will be posted in a Water Bulletin immediately.

SECURITY: A senior LS faculty member reported a new modus operandi used by con artists along Katipunan. A stranger would approach residents of Loyola Heights claiming to be one of the garbage crew collecting garbage in the area. Once entertained, the conman would relate a “sad story” and ultimately ask for assistance. The problem is that this happens in a part of the road that is isolated. The conman could turn robber if his request for assistance is not granted. The community is advised to avoid talking to or entertaining “friendly strangers” off campus.

Another security concern is the small boys at the footbridge on the side of National Bookstore. Pedestrians have complained of the increase in the number of boys begging for money from pedestrians. Female pedestrians wearing skirts also complained of being harassed by these boys.

This problem has been reported to Barangay Loyola Heights officials and to the PNP Community Precinct. To protect the community, campus security has been directed to assign a guard in the footbridge until the end of classes this December.

Lost/misplaced, found and returned:

*SG RUBEN P YANSON returning bag with iPod and cash last Monday, 12 November at Xavier Hall lobby.
*SG JEFFREY C BALLESTER returning wallet with cash, driver’s license and assorted cards last Tuesday, 13 November. The wallet was recovered by SG ANSELMO R NARCISO at the College Covered Courts.
*SSG CELSO S AGUINO returning cell phone last Tuesday, 13 November. SG JUANITO S ANDALLON recovered two cell phones on the concrete bench in Quad 3. No picture was taken of the owner of the other recovered phone.

Fire Drill: The Residence Halls conducted a Fire Drill with the Intel School Emergency Response Team (SERT) last Saturday, 17 November. It was very successful as it uncovered deficiencies that can be rectified.

It was noted during the drill that a fire alarm manual pull station did not function. It was also noted that the alarm was weak and could not be heard. One of the pull stations had an improvised insulator to prevent it from prematurely sounding the alarm. All these deficiencies will be corrected.

TRAFFIC: Two accidents occurred last Thursday, 15 November, along Katipunan. At 6:30 a.m. a northbound SUV rammed the gutter at the no sticker lane of Gate 3. The driver, an Ateneo alumnus, must have fallen asleep coming from an all night party. He was not hurt. Then at 8:00 a.m. during the heavy rains, a three car collision occurred before the U-turn slot under the pedestrian footbridge near Gate 2.5.

Dog Registration: As of Saturday, 10 November, approximately 86 dogs have been registered with campus security.


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Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., by Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J.

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.
by Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J.
Phil Daily Inquirer, 19 November 2007
Last updated 00:47am (Mla time) 11/19/2007

MANILA, Philippines - Excuse me if I devote my column today to a man whom I and so many Philippine Jesuits greatly admire and revere—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. This month we celebrate the centenary of his birth.

It is not easy to measure the impact he has had on the lives not only of Jesuits but also of many others both lay and religious, men and women, Catholics and Protestant Christians and many others. Many simply sum up their affection for him by calling him Don Pedro.

I first experienced the Arrupe magic in 1976 when he summoned me to Rome to give me my marching orders as Provincial Superior of the Philippine Jesuits. I had never met him nor ever communicated with him, and so I guess he just wanted to size me up. It turned out to be not such a big deal after all because he was the easiest person to get close to.

But first, his background. He was Basque, and he grew to manhood in Spain. He cut short his medical studies to join the Jesuits. At that time the Society of Jesus in Spain was experiencing turbulence. Thus it was that Arrupe with many other Jesuits were expelled from Spain by the Republican government. Arrupe had to pursue his philosophical and theological studies in Belgium and the Netherlands.

After his ordination to the priesthood he was sent to the United States to pursue doctoral studies. But before he could complete his studies he was sent as a missionary to Japan in 1939. Father Arrupe was Master of Novices living in the urban outskirts of Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped.
Hiroshima was a turning point in modern world history. The war itself was also a turning point in the life of Arrupe.

Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Arrupe was arrested on charges of espionage. He was kept in solitary confinement for 33 days. He later wrote that this “was the month in which I learned the most in all my life. Alone as I was, I learned the knowledge of silence, of loneliness, of harsh and severe poverty, the interior conversation with ‘the guest of the soul’ who had never shown himself to be more ‘sweet’ than then.”

Another turning point was to take place in 1965 when Father Arrupe was elected 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus. The choice marked the beginning of the post-modern history of the Society of Jesus. The direction would become clearer after Father Arrupe convened and led the 32nd General Congregation of the Society.

The General Congregation is the highest legislative body of the Society. It is summoned only in critical moments. In the Society’s more than 400 years, there have been only 34 General Congregations. (A 35th General Congregation has been summoned to convene in January next year.)

The 32nd General Congregation formalized the direction the modern Society was mandated to take in all its varied works—missionary ministry, general pastoral work, education, intellectual apostolate, media, the arts and everything under the sun.

Two key paragraphs from the decrees of the General Congregation sum up Father Arrupe’s own vision for the Society of Jesus.

First is his vision for the Society as an institution: “The mission of the Society of Jesus today is the service of faith, of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement. For reconciliation with God demands the reconciliation of people with one another.”

Second is his vision of what a Jesuit should be: “What is it to be a companion of Jesus today? It is to engage, under the standard of the cross, in the crucial struggle of our time: the struggle for faith and that struggle for justice which it includes.”In the corner of the Jesuit world in which I live and work, an oft-quoted paragraph is one which Father Arrupe delivered to Jesuit alumni in Valencia, Spain. His audience included many who came from prestigious and wealthy families. What he expressed was his sub-vision of what Jesuit education should be.

He started by asking his audience if their Jesuit mentors had educated them for justice. He himself gave the answer: “You and I know what many of your Jesuit teachers will answer to that question. They will answer, in all sincerity and humility: ‘No, we have not.’”

He then went on to explain what was expected of Jesuit education. “Today our prime educational objective must be to form men-and-women-for-others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ—for the God-human who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.”

Formation of men-and-women-for-others— this is a continuing mission that is never finished.

What was Arrupe’s secret? He summed it up in one paragraph: “Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.”



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.

Posting of ads/announcements is FREE OF CHARGE for Ateneo community.

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)
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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.

*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

APECC Opportunities


Dear Fellow Ateneans,

Greetings from Aussie Pinoy Edu.Com Corp (APECC) International Study Consultants. APECC is a Manila-based education agency authorized by prestigious educational institutions with campuses in Australia , the United Kingdom , France , Canada , Mexico , Japan , Thailand and Singapore . APECC invites and assists prospective students in the enrolment and student visa process.

Filipinos who aspire for stellar and long-term careers in the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism industries are invited to enroll in study courses in Singapore . High school graduates, aged 16 to 25 are welcome to apply.

Program Offerings:
Certificate in Food and Beverage Operations (12 months training + 6 mos OJT)
Certificate in Accommodations Operations (12 months training + 6 mos OJT)
Food & Beverage Operations ( Singapore Cert) & Diploma in Food and Beverage Services
(City & Guilds Pitman / UK ) – 12 months training + 6 months OJT
Australia Academy of Hospitality Management Diploma (9 mos training + 6 mos OJT)
Australia Academy of Hospitality Management Advanced Diploma (AAHM Diploma + 5 months)IATA/UFTAA International Travel and Tourism Diploma

Other courses:
Leeds Metropolitan University (UK) Diploma in Business, major in Finance/Marketing/Human Resources Management; Accounting.

Affordable tuition fee structure vs. the US and Europe
Intensive study
Highly qualified and experienced lecturers
Unique OJT experience of serving international customers in prestigious establishments, with high allowance
Best opportunity to start working in Singapore after graduation
Educational institution has attained ISO 9001:2000 Certification and the prestigious Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organizations
Singapore’s proximity and similar climate to the Philippines

Prospective applicants are welcome to contact APECC for more information, and to schedule FREE individual or group consultation at our office in Wack Wack Twin Towers , Shaw Blvd. , Mandaluyong City . Consultations could be scheduled for evenings and weekends/holidays.

For Filipinos already in Singapore, or are planning to spend the holidays in Singapore, experience Singapore student life first hand through a campus tour and orientation exclusively arranged by APECC, free of charge.

We look forward to serving your international study needs.

Thank you and God bless!


April Santos
Vice President - Operations

Aussie Pinoy Edu.Com Corp (APECC)
International Study Consultants
Manila, Philippines
Tel. (632) 6348074 ; (632) 7214568
Mobile +63 905 4291388

World-class degrees:
Business, Marketing, Accounting, Information Technology, Travel & Tourism, Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts

Australia UK France Canada Mexico Japan Thailand Singapore

Business and Accounting Courses in Australia for Ateneo Alumni and Class of 2008

Dear Fellow Ateneans,

Greetings from Aussie Pinoy Edu.Com Corp (APECC) International Study Consultants.

The attached flyer above contains a listing of the Business and Accounting programs offered by the International Institute of Business and Information Technology (IIBIT) in Australia. APECC is the official representative of IIBIT in the Philippines.

More international study options:

For more information, please send us an email at We conduct free individual or group consultations at our office in Wack Wack Twin Towers, Mandaluyong City. Large group info sessions could also be arranged.

Thanks and God bless!


April Santos
Vice President - Operations

Aussie Pinoy Edu.Com Corp (APECC) International Study Consultants

Manila, Philippines

Tel. (632) 6348074 ; (632) 7214568
Mobile +63 905 4291388

World-class degrees: Business, Marketing, Accounting, Information Technology, Travel & Tourism, Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts

Australia UK France Canada Mexico Japan Thailand Singapore

Share your blessings this Christmas

ACED's Merry Paskeyks Para sa Paslit 2007

Dear Friends and Colleagues!

Good News and Merry Christmas!

It is once again that special time of year where unbridled bliss becomes the theme and motto. In this time of great giving, Christmas 2007, the Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED) would like to bring forth the greatness of God's gifts and again realize countless Christmas wishes and life-dreams! We shall again touch their hearts with our burning spirit and joyful smiles, so that they in turn can smile and feel the love this season brings.

To start of a blissful and meaningful Christmas season, the ACED family is once again offering--> the PASKEYKS PARA SA PASLIT...NOW BETTER, CHEAPER and MORE SUMPTUOUS THAN EVER!

Paskeyks come in three delicious flavors:

Triple Chocolate
Chocolate Decadent
Carrot Cake

and in two sizes:

3 inches: Php 60.00
6 inches: Php 200.00

Also Available, Merry Christmas Cupkeyks!

3 pieces: Php 55.00
6 pieces: Php 130.00

All cakes and cupkeyks come in a special box with ribbon and card.

for more details,please click on the link:

Paskeyks Para sa Paslit will benefit the ACED Christmas Gift-Giving for 800 indigent pupils from our eight partner schools in Payatas, Culiat,Bagong Silangan and Novaliches.

The Paskeyk can truly be a perfect gift for your family, friend, studentand colleague! You can truly make someone's Christmas more meaningful and memomorable!

If you are interested to avail our Paskeyks, please contact the ACED office through these numbers, 426-5693, 426-001 loc. 4028 & 4028 and through e-mail address, look for Joel.

For bulk orders, payments can be done through budget transfer. We are more than willing to deliver the Paskeyks right at your office's door step!

Thank you and May God bless you Always!

Napakaligayang Pasko,
ACED Family :)

Christmas Gifts: Giving Ateneo Memories

Dear Friends in the Ateneo Community,

Do you have friends and relatives who were in Ateneo de Manila in the late 60’s, the ‘70’s, and the early ‘80’s? If so, here’s an invitation to gift them with books about Ateneo’s commitment to faith and justice during those memorable years.

“Down from the Hill” tells stories of Ateneo during the first ten years under martial law, from 1972-1982. The book was written by various faculty members, and includes seven chapters, namely: Student Activism in the Pre-Martial Law Era (Henry Totanes), Organized Student Life (Melissa Jayme-Lao), Student Publications during Martial Law (Elizabeth Macapagal), Natdems, Socdems, and the Ateneo (Meynardo Mendoza), The Faculty, Administration, and Social Professionals during Martial Law (Susan Evangelista), Political Landscape of the ‘70s and Some Jesuit Responses (Jose Magadia, SJ), and From Social Involvement to Nonviolent Political Struggle (Benjamin Tolosa).

The second book on “Living and Dying” (Cristina Montiel) narrates life stories of eleven Ateneo activists who died during martial law. Some of their names may be familiar to your friends and relatives: Ferdie Arceo, Billy Begg, Jun Celestial, Sonny Hizon, Edjop Jopson, Eman Lacaba, Dante Perez, Ditto Pascual, Lazzie Silva, Nick Solana, and Manny del Rosario.

By the way, “Living and Dying” contains an appendix of Discussion Questions that can be addressed as part of your classroom lessons. The topics of these Discussion Questions, and the contributors are: History (Francis Gealogo), Political Science (Melissa Jayme-Lao), Sociology (Liza Lim), Psychology (Elizabeth Macapagal), Theology (Elisa Magtibay) and Philosophy (Agustin Rodriguez). Kindly consider using these books in your high school and college classes too.

The books are available at the Ateneo de Manila University Press in Bellarmine Hall. “Down from the Hill” costs P/415, while “Living and Dying” is P/270. Ateneo Alumni who buy individual books get a 10% discount. Both alumni and non-alumni who buy the set of these two books, get a reduced price of P/600. There may be discounts for bulk orders too. For inquiries, please call Ateneo University Press c/o Caridad Decena, local 4612 or direct line 426-5984.

Partial proceeds of “Down from the Hill” and full royalties of “Living and Dying” are given to Bantayog ng Mga Bayani Foundation, an organization that keeps alive memories of social activism during martial law.

Thanks so much.

Cristina Montiel
Department of Psychology

Meaningful Gifts for this Christmas :)

Dear Friends,

Good day to you and an Advanced Merry Christmas!!! :)

Its less than 40 days to Christmas and most of us are now thinking of what we can give to our family and friends. For those who are having a hard time thinking of what meaningful gifts they can give this Christmas Season, here are some suggestions:

a.) The Gift of HOPE - In the midst of the numerous problems that face our country today, there is still much that we can Hope for and thus, the Ateneo de Manila-School of Government is selling a desktop Calendar of Hope for 2008 which features 12 inspiring Filipino leaders that give Hope to all of us. These Filipino leaders go beyond themselves to serve the most marginalized sectors of our society and to show all of us that indeed the Filipino Spirit can still rise up in these seemingly hopeless situation. Some of the people featured in this Calendar of Hope include Dr. Nina Yuson of Museo Pambata, Rina Lopez-Bautista of Knowledge Channel and James Auste of the Cancer Warriors Foundation. Each Calendar of Hope is being sold for only P 120.00. To see the designs of the Calendar, you can visit . For your inquiries and orders, please email Reese Fernandez at or you can call her at (02) 426-5657.

b.) The Gift of Education - We all know for a fact that there are so many poor but deserving students who are more than capable to finish their college education but only lack enough resources and opportunities. Pathways to Higher Education-Philippines tries to address that by identifying these students from the public high schools and providing them with access to resources and opportunities that will allow them to enter top notch colleges and universities and help them finish their education. By having a good education, they will have better lives and break the Poverty cycle in their family. This Christmas, Pathways brings back its famous Pathways Coffee Pack (containing Benguet Coffee and a Mug), this coffee pack sells for only P 150.00 and proceeds will help send poor but deserving students to school. More importantly, the Benguet coffee is really good! For inquiries and orders, you may contact the Pathways office at (02) 920-0153 or you can email Ira Tamis at

c.) The Gift of Reading - Did you know that more than 20% of our public high school students do not know how to read? One of the major reasons is that our public schools severely lack books and libraries. Thus, AHON Foundation has come up with a way for you to get involved this Christmas in bringing books to the lives of our public school students. By buying an AHON Foundation Christmas Card you get to help donate a set of storybooks and reference books to an impoverished public elementary school library. You can give these cards to your family and friends and inside the card it tells them that you made a donation under their name this Christmas. You can buy these AHON Christmas cards at the following prices: P 100, P 300 and P 500. To see the designs of these AHON Christmas Cards, you can visit the AHON Foundation website at . For inquiries and orders, you can call Donna Odra or Cecille Bautista at (02) 683-0262 local 109 or you can email them at

Hope you will consider giving these meaningful gifts this Christmas! Please help us by sending this email to your friends or posting this at your blog :)

Thank you very much for your time and may you have a blessed Christmas!


Harvey S. Keh

For all the Lomographers out there! :)

TUGON ( is holding a lomography contest with the theme of "Every child has the right to be happy". With photos that show how happy a child should be, we hope to further advocate our cause by making known the sad truth that there are children in thisworld who are not able to experience the kind of childhood that they deserve because of abandonment and abuse.

The contest is open to everyone!

Capture the happiness each child has. Take it with your lomos! :)


*All submitted photos will be exhibited in the Colayco Pavillion ofthe Ateneo's MVP Building from December 3-14, and during TUGON's Christmas Concert on December 15.

*Top 12 photos will be part of our 2008 planner!

please visit for more details :)

JVP job opportunities

Jesuit Volunteers Philippines Foundation Inc would like to invite people to apply for the following positions:
Senior Resource Development Officer ( SRDO )
The Senior Resource Development Officer for JVPFI assists the Executive Director by conceptualizing, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a fund-raising strategy that will meet the Foundation's short-term and long-term financial needs. S/he exercises over-all responsibility for fund-raising, but focuses on the acquisition of grants and donations as the specific fund-raising vehicle of her/his office; and in addition, does other related duties as may be required.


A. Prospect Identification
1. Acquires prospective donor mailing lists
2. Researches and screens prospective donors and grant-givers
3. Prepares a prospect plan in reference to the JVPFI marketing plan for inclusion in the SRDO annual operational plan

B. Solicitation
1. Writes proposals/solicitation letters directed at corporations, foundations, private organizations, religious institutions and individuals
2. Coordinates and implements direct mail campaigns/bulk solicitations
3. Meets with donors for possible donations/tie-ups for volunteer and project updates
4. Maintains and updates a donor database
5. Monitors the receipt of funds and the sending of receipts and thank you letters and tokens to donors
6. Writes and sends donor reports (i.e. sponsor reports, annual reports) and annual fund-raising assessment reports
7. Sends various materials to donors (e.g . newsletters, cards, etc) possibly including regular updates regarding the Foundation and its programsto donors (e.g. donor email list)

C. Others
1. Assists the Executive Director in evaluating and integrating the Fundraising Programs submitted by the Local Chapters
2. Consolidates his/her fund-raising plan and the fund-raising plan of the Resource Development Officer for Special Projects and prepares the over-all Fundraising Plan and Assessment for each year
3. Provides inputs on fund-raising and about donors for the JVPFI website
4. Manages and improves the various fundraising systems ( i.e., credit card, donation from abroad)
5. Provide periodic updates on fundraising efforts for monitoring
6. Convenes donors for reporting and renewal of commitment, when necessary
7. Assists the board in its fundraising efforts. This could entail attending board and officers meetings as an office staff, and giving support to the board as might be required
8. Works with the Finance Committee in terms of fundraising and planning projects for the year
9. Performs other related duties as may be required by the Executive Director.

-Good writing skills in both business and creative writing.
-Relates well with people, especially prospective donors. Personable, easy to deal with, and trustworthy.
-At ease with giving presentations
-Familiarity with the social development world and funding agencies a bonus
-Highly organized, pays attention to details, capable ofmulti-tasking
-Cheerful and industrious
-Believes and supports the mission and work of JVP
-Can come from a management-related course (with background in marketing, basic accounting, and making proposals)

For those interested, please send your resumes to the JVP National Office, Room 313 Bellarmine Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. You can also email, fax 426-5908, or call 927-9060 or 426-6001 loc. 4880.

Jesuit Volunteers Philippines
Foundation, Inc. Rm 313 Bellarmine Hall, Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108, Philippines
Tel Nos. (632) 927-9060, (632) 426-6001 loc 4880
Telefax (632) 426-5908

Classes Suspended Thursday, 2:30-6:00pm | 30th University Service Awards, 22 November 2007

Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2007 11:33:10 AM

Subject: 30th University Service Awards, 22 November 2007

MEMO TO: All Administrators, Faculty Members and Non-Teaching Staff
Loyola Schools

FROM: Ma. Assunta C. Cuyegkeng
Vice President

SUBJECT: 30th University Service Awards ________________________________________________________________________The University Service Awards are held each year to honor personnel who have rendered service to the University for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and40 years. There will be 353 awardees this year -- 162 of them from theLoyola Schools.

The Awards will be held on Thursday, 22 November 2007, from 3:00 - 5:00p.m. at the High School Covered Courts. Light refreshments will be served after the program.

To enable the Loyola Schools faculty members, administrators,professionals and non-teaching staff to attend the program and reception,offices will be closed and ALL classes (graduate and undergraduate) will be suspended from 2:30 p.m. Classes will resume at 6:00 p.m.

The ACIL bus will be available for shuttle service at the admininistration building starting at 2:00 p.m.Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Masteral Course in Diplomacy and International Relations for AY October 2008 to June 2009, Madrid, Spain

From the Office of the Academic Vice President

Request for assistance in disseminating the information below:
from H.E. Ambassador Luis Arias Romero
Embassy of Spain

The Spanish Diplomatic School is inviting applications for admission to a Masteral Course in Diplomacy and International Relations for the academic year October 2008 to June 2009 in Madrid, Spain.

For complete details and application forms, interested applicants may log on to

Duly-accomplished application forms must be received at the Embassy of Spain not later than 28 December 2007, accompanied by the following documents:

1. Registration form (to be downloaded from the Diplomatic School website)
2. Curriculum vitae, in Spanish
3. Four passport-sized photographs
4. Copy of passport or ID, duly authenticated
5. Duly-authenticated copy of the school diploma, with official Spanish translation
6. Duly-authenticated transcript of school records, with official Spanish translation

Applicants who will be admitted to the course will be required to submit, before the start of the course, duly-legalized copies of items 5 & 6. Furthermore, applicants who are interested in scholarship grants need to apply directly online at Applilcation for scholarhip grants ends on 15 December 2007.

For further details and application forms, interested applicants may log on to

For any other inquiries, the Embassy can be reached at telephone nos. 818.3561 or 759.2971 local 100 during office hours (Mondays-Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Fridays, from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

Thank you.

Heidegger Conference, Nov 24

The Department of Philosophy
School of Humanities
Ateneo de Manila University

is pleased to invite you to a


on Saturday, 24 Saturday November 2007

10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

SOM 111 (Ching Tan Room), JGSOM

10:00-10:30 AM Registration

10:30-10:40 Introduction by Dr. Leovino Ma Garcia

10:40-11:00 "Heidegger on What It Means to Think"
(Mr. Marc Oliver G. Pasco, M.A., Ateneo de Manila)

11:00-11:20 "The Anaximander Fragment: Translating Being"
(Mr. Michael Ner E. Mariano, M.A., Ateneo de Manila)

11:20-11:40 "The Place of Place in Heidegger's Thought"
(Dr. Remmon E. Barbaza, Ateneo de Manila)

11:40-12:00 Open Forum

12:00-1:30 PM Lunch Break

1:30-1:50 "Rethinking Presence: What Heidegger Saw and What May
Come" (Dr. Agustin Martin G. Rodriguez, Ateneo de Manila)

1:50-2:10 "Back to the Future with Foucault and Heidegger"
(Dr. Luis S. David, SJ, Ateneo de Manila)

2:10-2:30 "The Theological Source and the Way of Thought in
Heidegger's Philosophy"
(Prof. Dr. Philippe Capelle,Institut Catholique de Paris)

2.30-3.30 Open Forum, Closing

The conference is free and open to the public.For inquiries, please call the Department of Philosophy, tel. 426 5665;426 6001, local 5360, -61.

COA Culminating Night Recruitment: COA Culminating Night Wants You!!!

Let us reward the hard work and success of every organization not just with awards but with a full blast culminating event to celebrate and simply relax and finally have fun after a school year. To make this happen, we need help in the log, programs and marketing committee.

If you answered are interested to be a PART of this culminating event…

COA Culminating Night
is now recruiting members in the following committee:
A. Marketing Head
B. Log Committee
C. Programs Committee
If you are interested, please fill out the application form below and send to and

COA Culminating Night Application Form
Year & Course
Contact Number
Email Address
Interested in Applying for:
o Marketing Head o Programs Committee o Logistics Committee
For Programs Committee:
Interested in helping out in:
o Performers o Video Directing
o Awards and Give-aways o Side Activities
Have you had any experience working for a project before? o Yes o No
As What?:
Specific Tasks:
Can you recommend anyone else? If yes, who?

A. Marketing Head

The Marketing Head will be in charge of tapping external sources regarding sponsorship of the event. Also, the marketing head will also work hand in hand with the Project Co-Head regarding the promotions of the event.
We need someone who is lively, knows how to market, responsible and willing to work and basically wants to have fun!
B. Logistics Committee

The Logistics Committee of the COA Culminating Night will be in charge of looking for the best venue for the event and arranging the layout. The committee will also be responsible for borrowing the necessary equipment and ensuring it will be used and returned properly.
We need people who are energetic, organized and responsible to come join our team!

C. Programs Committee

The Programs Committee of the COA Culminating Night will be in charge of the happening in the event itself. This includes not just a program that is loaded with lots of engaging activities, entertaining performances, cool awarding ceremonies, and funny videos but ALSO the lights, possible sideline program to make the event as lively as possible.
We need people especially creative, innovative, energetic, and passionate people to come join our team.

Web news update (15 November)

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

President’s Corner
-Love will decide everything (an article by Kevin F. Burke, SJ, academic dean, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley)

- Blue and blue: Ateneo holds fellowship night with Globe Telecom
- First batch of ASMPH students makes medical history
- LS Info Desk: Ateneans at your service

- AHS Chess Team is PRADA champ!
- AHS boys triumph in AAPS-APSA badminton tournament
- Ateneo tracksters reap medals in PATAFA finals
- Mark Balce of 3L wins 26th PCA Junior Championship in tennis

- Ateneo CCE Day , Dec. 4
- KK Lecture Series: War and the Construction of the Filipino, Nov. 21
- AHS loses beloved Physics teacher
- Workshop on the future of European Studies in Asia, Dec. 5
- ASoG's G-Watch presented at international workshop
- Find a profitable new market niche at JGSOM Business Leadership Forum, Dec. 5
- Multimedia classes at The Garage (November and December 2007)

What’s new inside?
- Situation Report 12 November 2007 (University Physical Plant)
- Ateneo Glee Club alumni, Magis celebrate 60th anniversary of Guam parish (Alumni News)
- Audacity of Hope (Alumni News)
- Father & Son Jubilarians (Alumni News)
- AASA celebrates 20th anniversary, Dec. 15 (Ateneo Alumni Scholars Association)
- Christmas party for Metropolitan Washington, DC alumni (Alumni Events)
- Advent prayer candles from JesCom (Affiliated Units)
- Chemistry Seminar: 'Health and Dietary Fat: A Paradigm Shift?', Nov. 20 (Department of Chemistry)
- Stellar showing for AHS debaters at nationals (High School)
- Presenting...4J's award-winning Palig documentary, "Bayang Magiliw" (High School)
- 'Palig 2007' winners bared (High School)
- Grade Seven 2008 to hold Fun Run Fund Raise for GK (Grade School)

Visit your Unit Homepage for updates. 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!

AMA Bazaar

In anticipation of the Christmas season, the Ateneo Management Association brings you pAMAsko Bazaar 2007. Drop by and shop on November 24-25 at Santuario de San Antonio, McKinley Road, Forbes Park. Tickets are at 20php. For more details please contact Rafael Dionisio 09178624343 or Kevin Jara 09178111612.

Kevin R. Jara
BS Management 2008
Project Director, Ateneo Management Association (AMA)
Ateneo de Manila University



Kritika Kultura and the Philippine-American Educational Foundation(PAEF) invite you to a lecture

"War and the Construction of the Filipino"


Prof. Enrique de la Cruz

21 November 2007
4.30 pm to 6.00 pm
Faura-AVR. G/F Faura Bldg.
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Q.C.

During the Philippine-American War, the pursuit of a war of colonial annexation by the United States was the subject of a public and political debate that is scarcely remembered or recognized today and that rarely receives a mention in American history textbooks. This debate is documented and captured through political and editorial cartoons of the period. The author and his co-authors have unearthed these, "komiks" about the Filipino, and make them available again through their most recent book, The Forbidden Book. This presentation examines the major themes of this debate, and how, through these cartoons, the racial identity of the Filipino was constructed in the American imagination even before the arrival of the first Filipino migrant workers. The presentation also draws parallels between the themes used to justify a war, over a century ago, and the current American involvement in Iraq .

*Speaker's Bio*
Dr. Enrique de la Cruz is currently Professor of Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge. He has written articles on Asian Americans, Filipino Americans and the Philippines . He co-authored the award winning publication, "The Forbidden Book: The Philippine American War in Political Cartoons". In connection with the Centennial of Philippine-U.S. relations in 1998, he co-curated a photographic exhibit entitled "Confrontations, Crossings, and Convergence", and edited a special double issue of Amerasia Journal, "Essays into American Empire in the Philippines." He is in the Philippines as 2006-2007 American Fulbright Senior Scholar

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Support the Sumilao Farmers!

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN), Christian Life Community Philippines (CLCP), the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), Ateneo Peace Institute (API), Ateneo Business Resource Foundation Inc., Office of Social Concern and Involvement (OSCI), Student Councils/Governments of various Universities and Colleges, Balawud-Mindanaw, KAISA, UGMA and other Non-Governmental Organizations and People’s Organizations are organizing to help the Sumilao Farmers from Bukidnon to get back their ancestral land.

Backgrounder of the Case of the Sumilao Farmers:

The Sumilao farmers are the indigenous people (Lumads) of Sumilao Bukidnon. They were the early settlers of a piece of ancestral land in Sumilao, Bukidnon. A portion thereof, 243.885hectare area of the ancestral and served as the Seat of Government of the Higaonons where the traditional paghusay and pamuhat were conducted by the Higaonon tribal council lead by Apo Manuagay Anlicao and Apo Mangganiahon Anlicao. The ancestral land is a flat agricultural terrain situated in the midst of Mt. Sayawan and Mt. Palaopao, and where Mt. Kitanglad can be seen from afar.

Then the Angeles came in 1930s forcibly evicting the Higaonons from their ancestral land and converted the land into a cattle ranch. Later, the land was transferred to the Ilagans. In 1970s, the ancestral land was divided between 2 landowners: 99.885 hectares to Salvador Carlos while the 144 hectares was transferred to Norberto Quisumbing. The ancestral land was eventually leased to Del Monte Philippines, Inc. (DMPI) for 10 years. At this time, the Higaonons became farmworkers of the land they once owned.

With the advent of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law in 1988, the 144 ancestral land was covered for distribution to 137 Mapadayonong Panaghiusa sa mga Lumad Alang sa Damlag (MAPALAD) farmers, all of Higaonon lineage. Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) was subsequently issued in their names making them the owners of the 144 ancestral land. For the first time in several years, the MAPALAD farmers regained their ancestral land. What followed next was a controversial legal battle which sparked national interest involving the sad state of agrarian reform in the country.

The Quisumbing family applied for conversion of the land from agricultural to agro-industrial before the DAR notwithstanding the fact that prime agricultural lands are non-negotiable for conversion. Quisumbing proudly proposed the establishment of a Development Academy of Mindanao, cultural center, Institute for Livelihood Science, museum, library, golf course, and Mindanao Sports Development Complex, Bukidnon Agro-Industrial Park, Forest Development and Support Facilities including the construction of a 360-room hotel, restaurant and housing projects, among others.

Further, Quisumbing partnered with the LGUs of Sumilao and Province of Bukidnon where the latter illegally passed Resolution No. 24 and Resolution No. 94-95, respectively, allowing the conversion of the land despite the fact that LGUs have no power of conversion under the law as the same belongs to the DAR Secretary.

The DAR Secretary denied the application because of its patent invalidity. On appeal to the Office of the President, Executive Secretary Ruben Torres issued the infamous Torres Resolution approving the application for conversion despite its illegality. Left of no more recourse, the MAPALAD farmers decided to do the only non-violent and peaceful means their forefathers taught them during unpeaceful times – a Hunger Strike. For 28 days, the MAPALAD farmers ate nothing but drank only water in front of the DAR Office in the cities of Quezon and Cagayan de Oro. Their peaceful protest caught the interest of the public: Cardinal Sin, including presidential wannabees Erap, Renato De Villa, and several senatoriables, LGUs and the House of Representatives.

Due to huge public pressure, President Ramos issued the so-called "Win-win Resolution" wherein 100 hectares were to be given to the farmers while 44 hectares to Quisumbing. It was a pleasant victory for the MAPALAD farmers and the whole peasant sector. However, their victory was short-lived.

Quisumbing brought the same before the Supreme Court. MAPALAD, as farmer beneficiaries of the 144, intervened in the case and raised novel questions such as the validity of conversion of prime agricultural lands which are supposedly non-negotiable for conversion, the power of reclassification of LGUs vis-à-vis DAR's authority to approve conversions, and the validity of the comprehensive agrarian reform law itself.

Unexpectedly, the Supreme Court evaded the resolution of the substantial issues of the case and found one perfect excuse: reglementary periods. The Supreme Court refused to answer the constitutional issues and asserted that the DAR failed to question the Torres Resolution on time. The Supreme Court skirted merits and yielded to technicalities. The questionable Torres Resolution was reinstated while the "Win-win Resolution" was invalidated. Worst, it denied MAPALAD's intervention by equivocally saying they were merely "recommendee farmer beneficiaries”, hence, have no real interest over the land. MAPALAD's dream of regaining their ancestral land vanished in seconds. They lost to numbers.

Several years have passed since then yet the 144 hectare land remains idle. Not one of those proposed development projects and infrastructures by Quisumbing ever materialized. The "promises" of economic vitality, employment and increase in income, leaves much to be desired as everything was a "castle in the air". Apparently, the Quisumbings have successfully fooled the MAPALAD farmers and the peasant sector, local government units, national government, Supreme Court, and the Filipino people in general, by such empty "promises" of development in order to circumvent the coverage of the 144 hectare ancestral land and evade the implementation of genuine agrarian reform in the country.

As a non-violent way of protesting the more than 10 years of injustice they have gone through in trying to reclaim their ancestral land, 50 "lumad" farmers belonging to the Mapalad Multi-purpose Cooperative (MPC) will march on foot from their hometown of Sumilao, Bukidnon in the south to the capital city of Manila in the north from October 10 to December 10.

Our Appeal:

We would like to invite everyone to join the Mass and the Candle-Lighting Ceremony in solidarity with the Sumilao farmers on November 23, 2007 at the Immaculate Conception (College) Chapel inside the Ateneo de Manila University. A short program together with the various universities, colleges, schools and organizations supporting the Lumad farmers shall commence after the mass at the Gate 2.5 along the Katipunan Avenue.

We appeal that you compassionately support the Sumilao farmers. Should you wish to support this advocacy, please communicate with us so that we can include the name of your institution or organization to those groups that are supporting the Sumilao Farmers. Let us be one with the Sumilao farmers in prayers and in their fight for social justice.

Statement in Support of the Sumilao Farmers

More than 10 years have passed since the first cry of help was made by the landless farmers of Barangay San Vicente, Sumilao, Bukidnon, but today, the rightful claim and possession of these Lumad-farmers over their land remain to be elusive. What is clear for the Sumilao farmers is that entities have claimed possession and control of their land through brute force, intimidation and the power of the purse.

Since the decision of the SC in August 25, 1999 affirming the conversion became final and executory and up to the present, or for a period of more than 5 years, Norberto Quisumbing Sr. Management and Development Corporation failed to initiate or undertake any single development work in the area in violation of the conditions of the conversion order:
· Failure to develop within 1 year period from the issuance of conversion order
· Failure to complete development work within 5 years
· Failure to submit request for extension to develop within 6 months before the lapse of the 5 year period

San Miguel Foods Incorporated, as mere successor in interest, is bound by the Torres Order in accordance to AO 1, Series of 1990 which states:
· Sec 33.9. Conditions of Conversion Order. - The landowner and future landowner(s) of the property approved for conversion shall not change its use to another use not authorized under the Conversion Order without prior consent from the DAR
· Sec 34. Effects of Approval of Conversion. – (34.1) It shall be limited to the specific use of the land authorized in the Conversion Order. (34.3) The conditions thereof shall be binding upon successors-in-interest of the property

San Miguel Foods Incorporated and Monterey’s plan to put up a piggery is contrary to original plan and violates DAR AO 1, Series of 2002 and Comprehensive Rules on Land Use Conversion

We can present the legal contentions of these farmers and we can refute the arguments of the other claimants, yet one painful reality is that the Sumilao farmers remain to be “outsiders in their own land”. They continue to be poor and hungry, craving to be tillers of the land they should call their own but are unfairly and unreasonably restrained from doing so, robbed of their very God-given land source of their very future, all in the disguise of so called progress.

We urge everyone to rise to the defense of the common good, which states that “we are called to cultivate an awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of others. The absence of concern for the common good is a sure sign of a society in need of help.” (Catholic Social Teaching)

Many times we have fallen prey to our insatiable hunger for wanting what we do not have, while these brothers and sisters of ours are simply fighting for what was once theirs but was taken from them.

We refuse to remain silent when the future and dignity of our people are threatened by enterprising individuals who have forgotten what is their and what is not, individuals who have forgotten what it means to be human, to be divine.

We call upon the President and the legislators to address this matter, and we beg you to act now. A strong republic and the claim that our country possesses a robust economy will remain a farce unless the disadvantaged and marginalized sectors of our society are not able to possess and enjoy their just and equitable share.

We extend our full support to the Sumilao farmers, and call upon all people of goodwill to do the same. The march ahead may be long and hard, but our faith is in the law, reason and our God.

Manalagin. Manindigan. Makialam.


Supported by the student councils from:
Assumption College San Beda College
Ateneo de Manila University San Sebastian College
De la Salle University St. Scholastica’s College
Don Bosco College University of Santo Tomas
Miriam College

In Solidarity with the Sumilao Farmers

Date: November 23, 2007
Time: 5:00PM – 7:30PM
Venue: Immaculate Conception (College) Chapel, Ateneo de Manila University (Mass)
Gate 2.5, ADMU Campus (Candle-lighting Ceremony)


5:00PM Eucharistic Celebration

6:00PM March from College Chapel going to Gate 2.5

6:30PM Welcome Remarks / Presentation of groups

Executive Director
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

6:35PM Video presentation of the Sumilao Farmers

6:45PM Case Summary of the Sumilao Farmers

c/o Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN)

7:00PM Testimonial

Sumilao Farmer

7:10PM Reading of the Official Statement

Associate Director
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

Signing of the Statement in Support of the Sumilao Farmers (groups present)

Candle Lighting Ceremony (Planting of Candles along Katipunan Avenue)

7:30PM End of Program / Acknowledgement

HIGH VOLTAGE: AECES WEEK 2007 (Nov. 19-24,2007)

Celebrate with the Ateneo Electronics Engineering Society in this weeklong activity: Kick it off at Kublai’s Katipunan with THE RESISTANCE: A Mini-Concert (Nov. 16, 2007)!! Join the AMAZING RACE (Nov. 19, 2007) and win nice prizes! Learn more about photoshop at the AECES TALK (Nov. 21, 2007) and a whole lot more! For more details, refer to the tarps around campus or go to the Kostka Extension. :)

Migs Pineda
AECES Senior Batch Representative



The Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila does not support the proposed Loyola Schools-wide Dress Code Implementing Rules and Regulations.

The Sanggunian proposes the following alternatives to the blanket L/S-wide implementation:

1. All teachers have the option of enforcing Dress Code Implementing Rules and Regulations inside their classrooms and/or during exams (see cited section of the Magna Carta below)

2. Dress Code Implementing Rules and Regulations can be stipulated in the following areas or for the following events:

a. Any set meetings, appointments, or transactions with the administration (e.g. Central Administration, L/S Administration, Deans) and guests;
b. All L/S official engagements (e.g. Convocations, Graduation Rites, Assemblies, events in the Henry Lee Irwin Theater); and
c. Science Laboratories.

The Sanggunian Block, Course and Sectoral Representatives have forwarded their constituents' feedback on the proposed alternatives, a majority of which are in favor.

The Sanggunian encourages the student body to continuously participate in future discussions to promote student rights and welfare, and "a lifestyle that is simple, value-oriented, and spirit-inspired." [1]

[1] Article IV Section 6 of the Ateneo Loyola Schools Magna Carta of Undergraduate Students Rights:

Right to Dress. Students shall have the right to dress according to their individual tastes outside the classroom while keeping within the academic context of the University. Teachers have the prerogative to implement this rule according to certain specifications inside the classroom.

As a Jesuit and Catholic University, the Ateneo de Manila urges students to promote a lifestyle that is simple, value-oriented, and spirit-inspired. Students are required to dress simply, appropriately, and decently.