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Moving On

Posted in I Miseducation with tags , on 11/16/2013 by cabring

Lie of the Century

One of the biggest reasons why we level criticisms against government is because many of its key personalities are deeply entrenched in a culture of invincibility, of impunity. These personalities are almost always able to avoid accountability because the system is flawed, its mechanisms and resources are open to manipulation, and “voices of reason” out there can always be counted upon to shield them – either deliberately or unwittingly –from criticism.

But the problem with calling an end to criticisms that some quarters are quick to dismiss as utterly malicious and negative during these times is that those calling for said end are often also the type who will ask everyone to just “move on” after situations begin to normalize. The bahala na crowd, the tanggapin na lang natin kasi clique, and the wala na tayong magagawa diyan cabal are all cut from the same proverbial cloth as the let’s move on na lang-ers – and that cloth is fear.

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What’s in a name?

Posted in I Miseducation with tags , , , , on 06/18/2013 by cabring

The UP College of Business Administration has been officially renamed as the Cesar Emilio Aguinaldo Virata School of Business. There’s some debate going on about the legality of this move, but I don’t wish to add more fuel to the fire by unleashing my own barrage of academically-disguised expletives. Instead, I’ll defer to the wisdom of the administration and just propose that the following suggestions be considered in support of the current initiative:

  • The Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III School of Neoliberal Economics;
  • The Ferdinand Edralin Marcos College of Martial Law;
  • The Vicente Castelo Sotto III Creative Writing Center;
  • The Liwayway Gawgaw Tapia College of Education;
  • The Manuel “Lito” Lapid College of Superhuman Kinetics;
  • The UP MAROONONGS (to replace MAROONS; pampataas ng confidence levels, esp for the basketball team);
  • The Gloria Macapagal Arroyo National College of Public Administreyshen and Governance;
  • The Wilfredo Buendia Revillame College of Mass Hysterical Communications;
  • The Lucio Tan School of Contractual Labor and Industrial Relations;
  • The Henry Sy, Sr. University Shopping Center (pushing for “Mart“);
  • The Sixto Serrano Brillantes, Jr. Financial Assistance Program (To be known as the Sixto-FAP) with Brackets 60, 30, and 10;
  • The Imelda Romualdez Marcos Sunken Garden of Truth, Goodness, and All Things Beautiful;and
  • The Zobel de Ayala Public-Private-Partnership University of the Philippines

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OCAMPO Ye Faithful

Posted in I Miseducation with tags , , , , , on 05/02/2010 by cabring

Nothing can be more disheartening to a nation that has been promised revolutionary changes since 1986 than to have those promises broken – and every so often at that for the last two decades.

After the Marcos era, we’ve had a disappointingly (though not quite unexpectedly) lackluster line-up of would-be-saviors whose words either hardly ever translated into meaningful changes or just surreptitiously materialized in the form of half-baked, compromise-peppered gestures aimed at pleasing whatever major vested interest happened to be present at the time of consummation.

We’ve also resorted to casting our lot with showbiz celebrities in the oft mistaken notion that their altruistic silver screen personas would translate into incorruptible heroism in the real world. Unfortunately, nobody ever seems to be able to convince those making the career move that scripts in the political arena are fiercely formulaic and that producers and directors are even more cutthroat (some literally) than those found in showbiz. It doesn’t help either that most politicians are actually better at acting than actual actors themselves, so it’s been largely hit and miss with this option.

But then, once in a while, somebody does surface to shatter conventional molds in order to provide real alternatives to the status quo. Case in point: Satur Ocampo.

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2010 Slogans

Posted in I Miseducation on 04/02/2010 by cabring

Three Dates and A Gate

Posted in I Miseducation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 03/21/2009 by cabring


After two decades of suspense, it’s finally going down.

The UPIS gate, that is.

It’s been a roller coaster ride of “what ifs” and “what nots” that ends now in one of the most moderately anticipated, anti-climactic plot developments in the ongoing drama that is UPIS. But instead of a barrage of protests, what caps the saga is a grand alumni-organized picture-taking party before the bulldozers and jackhammers finally start mutilating the landscape of my beloved non-alma mater; all this to give way to a corrupt government’s road-widening pre-election papogi-points project.

The gate figures in three significant events in my life, so I’m going to reminisce in honor of its impending transplant several meters inwards of the school property’s soon to be gerrymandered frontage.


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