Category: Alternative activism


Over the past few years, I have been busy with work and other stuff, hence I haven’t been able to produce as much creative output as I used to during my student days.

During periods of dark times such as of the world we are currently living in, I am in a mostly neutral stance, since I am aware that we only live temporarily in this world, and a place that is better off is not so far away, but we can only access it if we obey God and Jesus Christ and if we are allowed entry to Heaven. It was inspired by a recent Guidelines commentary. (January 2017 edit: added the link to the specific commentary.)

I have had tried to find any images regarding my stance, but I haven’t been able to find a single appropriate image, so I decided to make not only one, but two similar ones. They are┬ámore suited for a profile picture, but I can make a similar one for a timeline cover photo if requests are many. In addition (as of January 2017), I have also created a variation, this time involving the ancient Christian symbol of a fish outline. It is below the original image, the one with the cross superimposed on the text “I Stand at the Extreme Center”, which the variation also has the same text in the foreground.

See the pictures below the Creative Commons notice to check them out for yourself. Don’t forget to flattr me if you like it.

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The original image that I designed (the cross superimposed on the text)

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Variation: the ancient Christian symbol of a fish outline (Ixthus or Ichthus) superimposed on the text.

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United Against SOPA and PIPA

If you haven’t yet heard of these two dreaded U.S. laws by now, I should tell you the truth: these two laws, if they pass, are going to change the way how we inform and are informed forever.

If you are like me who would suffer from the effects of the SOPA and PIPA if both laws pass, download this picture and set it as your profile picture on Facebook (or any other social network of your choice) until further notice, as long as you credit me. ­čÖé

And do share this link with your circles of friends and in groups you are a member of. I’m trying hard to spread the word against the two dreaded U.S. laws out.

P.S. Sorry for people who are offended by my choice of yellow – it is the only color our flag has that doesn’t share with the U.S. flag ­čśŽ

Since we were in grade school, we have noticed that certain things that we used in our schooling, be it air conditioning units, basketball hoops and/or courts or even library books have the term “Donated by PTA” or “Donated by (name of person or group)”. Without such personalities, our foundational education might have not been satisfying.
But as we now study at UP, we have noticed that we do not get enough equipment or have modern facilities most private universities and colleges have. That’s where my essay, about philanthropy and how it can work best for UP, seeks to bridge the gap.

Philanthropy is the act of a person or group actively promoting efforts to promote human welfare, especially health and education, two vital sectors of a person’s development. Most universities with strong alumni ties, such as the Catholic universities here and the top-ranking universities in the world, encourage philanthropy among their alumni on a regular basis for whatever reason. However, our university hasn’t embraced philanthropy very well and even some alumni prefer to donate their hard-earned income to other causes, to their own families, or even worse, to other schools.
Despite the efforts of some alumni and economists to encourage their fellow alumni to give back, many are still stubborn to what our government is doing to our university, hence, they opt for other courses or schools instead.

The Benefits of Having a Strong Philanthropic Foundation

Like what I’ve said earlier, the majority of the schools with strong philanthropic foundations are private universities, whose fiscal status is well-maintained. Ours is managed partly by the government, so it automatically isn’t.
Philanthropy brings an entity many benefits that aren’t simply possible based on the entity’s budget alone. The entity that receives such funding can do more without worrying about how to get funding for such activities or positions.
Another benefit is pride and prestige for the donor and also the entity being sponsored, which is sometimes a status symbol for the entity as the recipient of many donations for good deeds or worthy causes.
Still another benefit of having a strong philanthropic foundation is that the sources for funding some projects are stable. Even with the global recession going on, many private universities store huge amounts of money year in year out, both from tuition of currently enrolled students and donations of their alumni. Most of that money is earmarked for specific purposes, one of the caveats of philanthropy.

The State of Philanthropy in UP System

With the budget cuts affecting all government sectors, activists are actively countering the government’s efforts of decreasing amounts related to sectors dealing with the masses, however, their wishes are way too absurd and are wishful thinking at best.
However, philanthropy is sometimes the only way to keep an entity operational. Take a look at PGH. Despite the very limited budget given to it, many donations, majority of which are through the PGH’s own foundation, PCSO, alumni and faculty who also practice in private hospitals and those who now practice abroad, the pharmaceutical industry and foreign countries, help keep it afloat and still provide service to the tail-ends of our society.
However, outside of UP Diliman, where its philanthropic foundations are strong (but only in some colleges there), and UP Manila, where the very strong Medicine alumni base has been continually improving their alma mater (aside from minor improvements in the other colleges here), I haven’t heard about alumni giving back to their beloved university’s provincial campuses. That is an area of concern for activists, but sad to say, I am calling on alumni of UP Los Ba├▒os, UP Baguio, UP Visayas, and UP Mindanao, to give back to their alma mater once and for all to help us stay competitive not just here in our country but also the world.

In UP Manila, a strike is planned for September 22-23. I am calling on students to NOT participate in this strike and go on with their academic lives. Limited resources should not be in the way of your path to academic success. Once you graduate, try to give back every once in a while. Generations of alumni before us have simply forgotten our alma mater, change should start with us now.