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Photo Survey (From Tikoy)

*** I got this from Tikoy. Just found it interesting so I gave it a try. Ü

Rules:
  • Answer the questions below.
  • Take each answer and type it into Google.
  • Take a picture from the first page of results and post.
  • You can’t copy the answers of the person who posted this before you.
1. The age I will be this coming birthday. 22
 
2. A place I’d like to travel or go to. Palawan
3. My favorite place. Movie Theater
4. My favorite food. Choco Mucho (been very crazy with this lately)

5. My favorite animal. Fish

6. My favorite color. Green and Orange

7. First name of my significant other. I’m single :p
8. The town/city on which you live/grew up. San Francisco, Agusan del Sur
9. My screen/nickname. Wa

10. My first job. Tutor

11. My bad habit. Laziness

12. My worst fear. Failure

Interesting Stumbles

Yesterday, I rediscovered the joy of stumbling. Ü

Since the wifi connection in my room is pretty stable, and since I was again procrastinating, I revisited stumbleupon.com and I rediscovered why I was hooked with it for some time before. Here are some of the interesting stumbles that I found.

Doodles, etc.


Scribbler – First, you have to draw lines (random or not), and then, let the program scribble on your drawing. The result is an interesting art. Ü


Picasso – With this site, you can create your own Picasso.

Paint – Just move the pointer of the mouse over the page and you can create doodles – beautiful paintbrush strokes the size and color of which you can vary, and it even blots.


Typorganism – Ever wonder how people create images out of keyboard characters, this site will help you create one.

On Drugs And Other Addictions

Mouse – See how common addictive drugs affect our system illustrated through mice.

Spider – See how a spider weaves its web when it is high.

Shoelace – Tired of your shoelace, here’s 30 patterns from which you can choose from if ever you decide to change how you tie your shoelace.

Rotor House – An innovative design for a bachelor pad.

Writer’s Block – You’ll never have a writer’s block again with the help of this site

Quotes – Get quotes about friendship, life, success, and other topics here.

Music – An interesting music created by mixing pretty ordinary sounds.

8 Out Of 80 Aint Bad (Post-Oscars Rant)

I happened to catch the Academy Awards on ABS-CBN last week – and again last Sunday.  For the benefit of those who haven’t seen the 80th Oscars, it had tributes to past winners all over the program – for the past Best Supporting Actor and Actress, for Best Actor and Actress, Best Director, and lastly for Best Picture (it even had a tribute for “Binoculars and Periscopes” and “Nightmares” haha).

The video clip for the tribute to the past Best Picture winners included all the past winners since 1927.  And while they were at it, I counted the Best Pictures that I’ve already seen.  Sadly, I only counted eight, and these are

West Side Story

The Sound of Music

Oliver!

Braveheart

A Beautiful Mind

Chicago

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Departed

I didn’t include Shakespeare in Love, Titanic, and Forrest Gump in my count since I really didn’t finish them – Titanic had sex scenes so it’s off limits to us kids back then, also, I only caught Shakespeare in Love and Forrest Gump on cable TV and if it’s cable, you really can’t stay on a single channel.

Interestingly, 50% of them are musicals, primarily because my parents only allowed this genre, along with cartoons, to be shown in our house when we were young.

My new goal in life?  To watch as much, if not all, Oscars Best Pictures – and I’ll start with Million Dollar Baby that will shown on Studio 23 this Saturday. Ü

W, W, W, Dot – From Paul

***Copied this from Paul:

Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following. They have to be real places, names, and things. Nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person who answered the survey before you had the same initial letter. You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question.

1.Your name: Warren

2.Four words: Wicked, Wise, Weird, Wacky :p

3.State/country:  Wisconsin

4.Boy Name: Wally 

5.Girl Name: Winona

6.Occupation:  Wrestler

7.Word that describes you the best: Willy :p

8.Something you can wear: Washed jeans

9.Something found in a kitchen: Worcestershire sauce

11.Something you shout: WOW!

12.Something you do at school: Whine

13.Name of a friend: Wowee? Dog namin dati na nakaka-trauma. ampf

14.Name of an animal: Whale

15.Name of a drink: Water hahaha.  Whisky na lang pala.

16.Name of a holiday: Winter break? haha. World AIDS Day? ampf

17.Name of a subject in school:  Water Resource Engineering, World Literature

18.Name of a cousin: Wala talaga :p

19.Name of a fast food chain:  Wendy’s hahaha, natawa talaga kami ng roommate ko.

20.Name of a person you’re crushing or had a crush on: Wala rin :p

21.Name of a food you like: Wrap-around, hotdog na binalot ng bacon

22.Name of a food you do not like: Watermelon na mapakla. haha, W pa rin yan

23.Name of a kid’s toy: Water gun. yahoo, saya ng W, water, world, very universal. haha

24.Name of a flowering plant: Waling-waling. Aw, may nakakaalam ba nun? hehe

25.Name of a shopping mall:  West, SM – other name ng North Edsa, SM. haha

26.Name of a person you like: Wala. Wala masyadong “W” na tao sa buhay ko.

27.Name of a person you dislike:  Wala.  Aw, ang kulit.

28.Name of a place in your school: Waiting Area

29.Name of an object in front of you:  Wax

30.Name of an electronic device: Walkman Phone :p

31.Name of a color: White?

32.Name of a tourist spot: Waterfalls

33.Name of your classmate: Warren.  Meron talaga, a batch higher nga lang.

34.Brand of a car: WolksVagen. hahaha

36.Name of a candy: White Chocolate

37.Name of a book: World Almanac

38.Name of a cellphone brand: Wony Ericsson. haha. Wodafone, haha ung japanese

39.Name of a sickness: Weariness. haha.  Waardenburg syndrome type 1, 2,  2A, 2B, 3, 4 sabi ng Wiki.

40.Name of a kind of fish: White salmon – haha

41. Make a sentence with at least 6 words starting with your first letter name only.
Why would Wally wrestle with Winona? haha nice nice

Blog Visits: Their Places Of Origin

As you may have noticed, I embedded that little counter that is marked “sitemeter” last week (last Feb 18, I guess).  Its job is to keep track of the hits of my page as well as the average time a visitor spends in your page among others.  It also has some interesting features one of them is that it can map the hits by location.

As I checked my sitemeter again earlier, I saw some pretty interesting places where the (last 100) hits are coming from.  And these are:

1.   Singapore
2.  
Nigeria – Abuja, Abuja Capital Territory
3.  
Germany – Jork, Niedersachsen
4.  
Netherlands – Rijswijk, Zuid-Holland
5.  
Canada – Victoria, British Columbia
6.  
Indonesia – Jayapura, Papua
7.  
Netherlands – Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
8.  
United Arab Emirates – Dubai, Dubayy
9.  
Mexico – Mexico, Distrito Federal
10.
Indonesia – Jakarta, Jawa Barat
11.
Thailand – Bangkok, Krung Thep
12.
United States
13.
India – Bombay, Maharashtra

So, Africa, Asia, N America and Europe are represented.  That’s pretty okay but pales when compared to the hits of my wordpress account.

1.   Denmark – Vrlse, Kobenhavn
2.  
United States – Oceanside, California
3.  
United Kingdom
4.  
United States – Lowell, Massachusetts
5.  
United States – Chicago, Illinois
6.  
Austria – Vienna, Wien
7.  
United States – Orland Park, Illinois
8.   United States – Los Angeles, California
9.  
United States – Brooklyn, New York
10.
India – New Delhi, Delhi
11.
United Arab Emirates – Dubai, Dubayy
12.
Argentina – Lans, Buenos Aires
13.
United States – Gainesville, Florida
14.
United States – Orem, Utah
15.
United States – Richmond, Virginia
16. United States – Tucson, Arizona
17.
Netherlands – Wassenaar, Zuid-Holland
18.
United States – Washington, District of Columbia
19. United States – Los Angeles, California
20.
United Kingdom – Horsham, West Sussex
21.
Norway – Bod, Nordland
22.
Hong Kong – Central District
23.
Netherlands – Ridderkerk, Zuid-Holland
24.
Australia – Sydney, New South Wales
25.
United States – Fombell, Pennsylvania
26. United States – Beverly, Massachusetts
27.
Ireland – Bray, Wicklow
28.
United States – Mead, Washington
29.
United States – Dallas, Texas
30.
United States – Schaumburg, Illinois
31.
India – New Delhi, Delhi
32.
United Kingdom – London, London, City of
33. India – Madras, Tamil Nadu
34.
Poland – Warsaw, Warszawa
35.
Japan – Nakama, Fukuoka
36.
United States – Redwood City, California
37.
United Kingdom – Plymouth.
38.
United Kingdom – Thatcham, Berkshire
39.
Australia – Melbourne, Victoria

For my wordpress account, hits are coming from , Asia, N America, S America, Australia and Europe.  Aw, my wordpress account has a more diverse audience.  However, my multiply account is the one with more daily average visitors. ÜÜ

I’m Tired Of My Now

I’m tired of my blogging and posting,
Of my multiply and wordpress account-tracking.

I’m tired of having a lot of free time and doing nothing
Because I end up spending a lot and not sleeping.

I’m tired of being single.  I’m tired of being rejected.
Of being left alone and being dejected.

I’m tired of hearing calls for Arroyo ouster.
We need serious housecleaning than just booting her.

I’m tired of Erap and his cronies!
What a bunch of phonies!

I’m tired of the civil society, the business sector, the leftist and the religious.
If they’re so smart, why not propose concrete, long-term solutions to issues?

I’m tired of my now.  I’m afraid of my future.
I need to feel assured, I need to feel secure.

100th Blog!

So cool! This is my 100th blog!

And to commemorate this milestone, I’m posting a catalogue of my multiply blogs! Some of them are repost, some are crap, but most are my very own meaningful compositions. hehe

To the readers of my blogs, thank you and I hope you won’t get tired of my whining :p

1.why can’t i have it all?
2.field trip bukas
3.sarkastiko
4.paalam
5.august 21, 2007. 12:25am
6.inhinyero writeup and answers to questions
7.the quest for the perfect stripes
8.why onomatopoeia?
9.Inday the Supermaid!
10.Inday the Supermaid! Part II
11.My Tarot Card
12.Inday the Supermaid! Part III (The Final Overture!)
13.Be Bench/ : the Model Search (poll)
14.Meet the Final 6
15.My Contact Prints
16.My Fave YouTube Celebrities
17.My List
18.Prose #1: Missing Nookie (no pun intended)
19.Of Winners and Champs
20.UP Concert Chorus
21.UP Madrigal Singers
22.The Next Best Collector’s Item After the Arrovo Bills
23.October’s Featured Artist: Jason Mraz
24.The Statement Shirt War Continues (Blame it on me!) – 2nd UPDATE
25.All Hail UP VST!!! Ü
26.What About 400 Years of Existence?
27.The New ISM
28.Wawen Recommends: howstuffworks.com
29.The YM Dialogue (An Epic)
30.Wawen Recommends: nookiesosa.multiply.com
31.Green Minded Me: Vertical Farming
32.Green Minded Me: Salt Water Fuel?
33.Yahoo! News: Vatican Reveals Secret of Knights Templar
34.One Helluvah Hell Week
35.Boob Tube Distractions
36.Anemone Al Salle
37.MyPersonality.info Results
38.PBB Housemates Revealed!!! – 3rd and Final UPDATE
39.Life Lessons From My CE Professors and Ugly Betty
40.Play ►
41.The Storyteller’s Creed
42.Top 3 Ways To Get Rich (A Satire)
43.The 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007
44.Electronic Spontaneous Combustion
45.”Ringxiety” And Other New Digital World Neuroses
46.Top Ten Concept Phones (as of October ’07)
47.My Books
48.UP Is Top School In Interior Design Boards
49.UP To Honor Grad Chosen By Harvard As Scientist Of The Year (A Repost)
50.UP NIGS Sweeps Top 10 Spots In Geologist Licensure Exam
51.UP Law Bags International Tilt
52.UP CHE Graduates Garner 100% Passing Rate In Nutritionist-Dietitian Licensure Exam
53.I’m Currently Reading…
54.After Five Days Of Absence
55.UP Is Still The Best School In The Philippines
56.Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?
57.Warren Antonio Means…
58.I’m For Hire
59.The 10th Philippine Web Awards
60.The High-End Concrete
61.China’s Zi Lin Zhang (Miss World 2007)
62.Aggre Film Fest ’07
63.A Preview
64.Sa ‘Yo Lamang – Winner, Song Writeng’g Competition
65.Aggrelitos – 2nd place, Jameng’g ’07
66.Puro Links Sa Eng’g Week Events
67.Bawal Kasing Matulog Sa Christmas Party
68.The Best Place To Take Pics?
69.Sa Coronation Night Ng Ms. Eng’g ’07
70.My Cyborg/Monster/Sexy Name
71.Look What I Got For Christmas
72.My Number Is 1
73.UP Aggregates 2nd Sem Application
74.I Need Help With My DSLR
75.21 Things About Me
76.Vincent The Good (Edited)
77.Will We Ever See An End?
78.Where Did The Greeks Get Their Ideas?
79.What’s New With Wawen?
80.[ 7 x 3 = ] 21 Things I Don’t Like About Multiply
81.My 21-Firsts-On-My-21st-Year To-Do List
82.I’m Off To Bohol!
83.Green Minded Me: Biodegradable SM Plastic Bags
84.Because It Is The Love Month
85.Of Greeks and Lobsters
86.Who’s Hottest In The Pool?
87.LSS: Almost Lover
88.Kong Hei Fat Choi
89.Brain Twister: How Can You Say No To This?
90.The Ultimate (Korean) Love Story Of All Time
91.A Mayonnaise Jar And Two Cups Of Coffee
92.Have You Tasted Wawen Lemons?
93.200
94.U.P. In the Minds Of Its Past Presidents
95.I’m Loving My Other Blog [UPDATED]
96.Halu-Halo: Quiz, Photoshoot and Murder
97.Boys Do Fall In Love (Parokya Ni Edgar) [EDITED]
98.Revolution Is Not The Answer
99.Possessed: An I-Have-An-Exam-Tomorrow-But-I’m-Too-Cocky-To-Review Post
***dahil nagloloko ang multiply pag masyadong maraming links sa isang blog, tinangal ko na lang mga links… puntahan nyo na lang ang “blogs” page ko para makita ang mga dati kong posts. Ü. warrenaltan.multiply.com/journal

Possessed: An I-Have-An-Exam-Tomorrow-But-I’m-Too-Cocky-To-Review Post

Weird. My PC’s CD drive is possessed. It suddenly popped open with nobody touching it. A moment later, it closed. And then several seconds after, it popped open again. I waited for it to close, but several minutes later, it’s still open, and so I manually closed it. Yet again, it opened as if somebody’s playing a prank on me. But then, I was alone when this happened – my roommate wasn’t around. Imagine my horror upon seeing my CPU with the CD drive open; suddenly it looked like it had evil blood-shot eyes and sticking its tongue out. So, I didn’t touch it.

Eventually, it strained its jaw muscles so it withdrew its tongue once again. But the spirit that has possessed my CPU was relentless; it just didn’t stop and enjoyed my casual cursing and sudden jolts of paranoia every time it sticks out its tongue dripping with reeking fluid from hell. (haha, biglang naging fiction :p)

Revolution Is Not The Answer

Originally posted by Dino.  An interesting opinion, and one that expresses my views, about the current events hounding the Macapagal administration.

A Call to STOP the THREAT of PEOPLE POWER

by Daniel Pineda

There is a conspiracy going on here. With the current issues swarming the Palace by storm, it’s easy to be ignorant, to dismiss our own critical minds, and to go with the tide. And by going with the tides of the sea, we often forget that in the end, even tidal waves end up to sand. It’s about time that we realize that we are not driftwood or seaweed or seawater. We are men and women. We are Filipinos. Think about it.

 

If there is one thing we should have known by now from contemporary Philippine history, it is that almost nothing occurs on its own. Ever since the Americans arrived, there is hardly an instance that a Filipino stood up alone for his or her belief. Everything has been part of a greater scheme ran by those who want to grab power or those who want to stay in power. Either this wanting for position be of noble causes or not, it has produced little (or nothing) of Filipino ingenuity and has even made intellectual fools of Filipinos. By drafting in certain terms too big to handle for a country with mostly uneducated folk, we have taught our hearts to forget our minds and stand up, fight, and die for a freedom, for a truth, for a sovereignty, for a civil democracy, which we, as a people, never really knew the meaning of. Thus, results an unripe revolution.

 

Again, there is a conspiracy going on here and it’s been running for more than two decades now. The Filipino has been kept blind and dumb to see it. We have been talking about “people power” or “civilian empowerment” but this never is the case. We stand proud for bloodless revolutions but we have been patronizing military rule all along. Another call for a street parliament would merely result to another dissatisfaction and consequently, another street parliament. There never is anything constitutional with EDSA revolutions.

 

In political science, Locke and Rousseau noted that in order for a government to work properly, it must have a working social contract between the government and its people. This is evident through the presence of elections. Through an election we are able to void or renew a contract of a certain official, officially. The peoples’ votes will be transmuted into works of gratitude by the duly elected government officials. There is accountability in writ on the part of the government, as well as for the people, to work for one anothers’ good. But how have we been changing the administrations for the past few years? Through “people power”. It is obviously NOT an efficient way to change governments. It does not comply with the idea of a contract between citizen and government. Rather, it only justifies contracts of personal value to the President. In the cases of Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, “beneficiaries” of the two EDSA Revolutions respectively, they have mostly justified their debts of gratitude to the military, not to the people who have put them to power. And we can only expect more of the iron fist, more of the unexplained disappearances, more of the corruption, more of the hardcore nepotism, more of the illogical discipline, more of the mud-slinging, non-progressive government in a military-ran administration. Although, it is not entirely their fault that their loyalty is leaned towards the military. They need the military and the unwavering Filipino institution of utang ng loob is immensely powerful in working the gears of government. From the moment they stepped in as Presidents, they owe it to the military. And as they further survive the office, they STILL owe most of it to the military, not to the people. It is important to note that in a street parliament, the final, most important step in attaining office is through military support.

 

Military power is always an important factor for surviving in office. Perhaps Marcos has made the military too big to stop and too big to contain. Corazon Aquino owes most of her stay in office to the military having survived dozens of coups by means of military counteraction. In her selection of whom to endorse to her personal selections too, Mitra would have been an obvious choice since he was loved by the people. Although, in the end, she chose Ramos as her payment of gratitude to Ramos’ relentless military reinforcement. GMA has been a favorite of the military and mutually favors the military, this has been very visible. From the beginning, it is quite an omen that the military was the first group of people GMA thanked in her acceptance speech. To add to this, how come Angelo Reyes, a vital general to the deposition of Erap, never lost a position in her cabinet? Furthermore, 40% of the government’s budget has always been set aside for military amidst the lack of education in the country. “People power” revolutions have produced less of a people-powered government than a military-ran government.

 

In today’s booming case of the Jun Lozada expose of what he says to be “is the truth”, it is definitely leading to another mob rule. And if there should be a difference with this case with all the past “revolutions” it is that this one has the obvious workings of ex-military and non-constitutionalism in it. People lustful for power with a mix of those who are working on the sidelines motivated by family feud or revenge, some of which might not even have a pinch of nobility in their intentions, have all been working together to get us all on our feet and rise against the government. For one, these people who want GMA out ALSO do not want Noli de Castro, the Vice President, to take the place instead. This does not in any way spell constitutional. This is an obvious manifestation of personal desires. And they say that our constitution has been violated? Come to think of it, the powers working behind the removal of GMA are people who work with the simplistic principles of military. Before you know it, another batch or another head honcho of some military group would come up with the notion that the new President (if there should ever be) is lacks with this or that and another coup will take place. Another vital difference of this case with the past cases is that the media, the one owned particularly by the Lopezes has obviously been partial in making the thought of a revolution popular and true. During Martial Law, media was OWNED by the Marcoses. Jim Paredes’ display of the Laban! symbol in television was then punishable by death. Now, even a whole coverage of a rally is allowed and no one gets kidnapped for it. So, don’t exaggerate the facts. Be critical. Democracy is still present in our country. The mere thought that we are now living in a second Martial Law would be an insult to those who lived and died during those harsh times. Think about it, are we actually living in fear? Bravery nowadays has been reduced to mere opposition which is not at all true. It might as well be equated to foolishness if that be the case.

 

The same is true with our neighboring countries here in Asia. We’re lucky enough that we still get to live with our lives. On the other hand, as the cycle of “people power” and military adventurism ate them up, they have completely lost their democracy.

 

Nevertheless, we need not look further than our own history to learn our lessons. We need to stop the thought of another people power uprising, not while most of us remain illiterate, not while 80% of us remain poor, not while we remain blinded by ignorance or arrogance. If we must dispose of the current administration, let it be done through constitutional means. And the constitution calls for people power through an election, NOT A REVOLUTION.

 

Disclaimer: I am not discounting the need for a revolution during the Marcoses’ conjugal dictatorship. That was definitely an extreme case (an obvious, explicit display of the cruelties of Martial Law). And, there’s a first time for everything. It’s just that, now, twenty three years after the EDSA revolution, hopefully, we have learned our lesson. A “revolution” is not the answer.

 

Credits to Jose Rizal

Halu-Halo: Quiz, Photoshoot and Murder

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Quiz

I took another one of those online quizzes.  Well, this one’s not that credible but it is nonetheless fun.  Here’s the result:

                  

        Which Filipino Food Are You?


Halo-Halo:  A medly of beans and fruits mixed with ice, ice cream, and condensed milk
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Photoshoot

My friend Jerome (click here for his multiply page) asked for a favor.  He needed a most recent whole body picture as a requirement of some sort.  So I agreed (di n’ya lang alam pinag-practice-san ko lang s’ya haha… Peace Yep! Ü).  Here’s a photo of him doing the Wawen Sign. :p (bawal daw kasi i-post ang iba… hehe)


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Murder


After Whammy and Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, GMA7 murdered yet another show.  The victim this time is Freemantle’s Idol franchise.  Probably the world’s most successful reality talent search (after Endemol’s Academy franchise :p), GMA7 just killed the franchise by selecting Jolina Magdangal as one of the judges.  She’s supposed to be Pinoy Idol’s Paula Abdul.  C’mon, what’s Jolina’s achievements compared to Paula’s (click here, for Paula’s credentials).  Seriously, somebody should stop the foreign franchise show serial killer that is GMA7.

U.P. In the Minds Of Its Past Presidents

I already have my UP Centennial Planner.  A month after placing my order, I went back to the USC office to claim two copies of the planner (the other one is for my dad).  I originally didn’t plan on buying one (kasi USC ang nagbebenta, gagamitin na naman sa rally-rally :p peace Kareen), but I realized that this would make a good collector’s item so I bought one.It is more than just a planner.  It contains a lot of UP-related facts and trivia, and even has notes on dates of special events in the history of the University.  It also has reminders on the year-long schedules of events that are part of the centennial celebration.

But what’s rather interesting are snippets (from speeches or editorials, I guess) regarding the takes of former Presidents of the University on the essence and importance of the University.  One pretty intriguing point however, is that only the quote from present President Roman differs in that it’s about her being the first woman President of the University (her being so is more important to the editors, I think).  Also, the editors must have overlooked that President Virata (1956-1958) was not included.

Anyway, these are the quotes from the past UP Presidents:

It is therefore well understood that a university remains the center of education of various branches of human knowledge and its main purpose is substantially to preserve the life and promote the progress of nations.     UP President Ignacio Villamor (1915-1921)

Academic freedom is not an inherent right of a man working in a university, but a constitutional or man-given right intended to give him the widest opportunity to discover truth and teach truth…  Academic freedom is never meant to be a license for making irresponsible statements, for indulging in destructive criticism and for mixing in partisan politics.  In short, academic freedom, or freedom of any kind in a free society, is inseparably associated with responsibility and is never absolute.     UP President Vidal Tan (1951-1956)

The University must hold the balance between the force of universalism, which is inherent in its nature, and the force of nationalism, which is inherent in its purpose.  It must be hospitable to all ideologies and philosophies.  Instead of closing windows that are already open, we should open windows that are still closed.  The intellectual life of the University would thus be a creative blend of that which exists in the country and in the world as a whole.  This is the kind of university to which the University is ineluctably committed.    UP President Salvador Lopez (1969-1975)

The UP will be a superfluous adornment to the country if it exists simply for the selfish benefit of those who enjoy its advantages.  It will fail utterly unless it stimulates an effective and well-distributed social service; unless it raises the standard of living for all the people; unless it promotes the general comfort and happiness without making a privileged class who enjoys a monopoly of the so-called “good things in life;” unless it idealized the home as the chief cornerstone of civilization.    UP President Guy Potter Benton (1921-1925)

Our students must stand out not only for clear, objective and critical thinking, not alone for intellectual ability and leadership in their chosen fields, but also for their nationalism and genuine caring for our people.  To be form UP is to accept a sacred trust of leadership and service to the people.    UP President Emil Javier (1993-1999)

It is eminently fitting and wise that institutions of higher learning of the various nations should now and then gather in common counsel to affirm their inherent character as sanctuaries of truth which is untinged and unswayed by race or opinion.    UP President Jorge Bocobo (1934-1939)

It would seem that our educational program should not stop at emphasizing and cultivating love for work.  It should also penalize distaste for labor.  It should discourage superficiality and reward thoroughness.    UP President Bienvenido Gonzalez (0939-1943, 1945-1951)

The University must move with the times – to carry out fully its mission in its country and thus aid in solving our national problems.  It is our bounden duty to help the State in the solution of its manifold problems especially in a country “still in the springside of life, as in the Philippines.”  Thus the University should be willing and ready at all times to answer all questions to unveil the past, to counsel the present, and to predict the future.    UP President Rafael Palma (1925-1933)

If the University should engage in the politics of ideas, it should lend itself to the expression of viewpoints other than the conventional and established orthodoxies, so that it be neither advocate nor adversary, but a catalyst and an enriching agent.    UP President Onofre Corpuz (1975-1979)

One of the most cherished aims of higher education is the greater self-awareness that results from it, a sense of one’s capacity and worth as an individual in a society of free and fully functioning individuals.  To my mind, what is this but self-identification which, carried to its most exalted purpose, becomes nationalism?  With this clear before us, it is evident that nationalism becomes consistent with the idea of a university.  Indeed, it becomes a necessary component, for no one has ever achieved universality without the integrity that comes from the realization of one’s unique position in the cosmos.    UP President Carlos P. Romulo (1962-1968)

Our expertise is the reduction of social outrage to reasoned critique, of impassioned demand to coherent program.  The clarification of issue, the discovery of facts the exposure of distortion and lies, and the presentation of reasoned alternatives… they are the best contributions we can make to the causes we choose to support.  They define the role of the University in a society like ours.    UP President Edgardo Angara (1981-1987)

We do not forget that our present is built in our past, and that the dynamism of heart and mind that we experience today belongs to a great tradition.  We are reaping today what others before us have sown.  And those who come after us will in turn gather the harvest of our dreams.    UP President Emanuel Soriano (1979-1981)

You are living the University of the Philippines during one of the most critical times in the history of our country…  The tasks attendant upon every citizen of a world passing through the painful stages of a historical transition leave no room for idle drifting.  Work should be the keynote of our people, now and always.    UP President Antonio Sison (1943-1945)

The pursuit of academic excellence is the avowed mission of every university.  But often, this is just a meaningless cliché.  To be meaningful, this mission has been translated into concrete goals, given the resources available to the University and the needs of our country at the turn of the century.    UP President Francisco Nemenzo, Jr. (1999-2005)

This university should not be a reproduction of the American University.  If it is to blossom into real fruit, it must grow on Philippine soil.  It must not be transplanted from foreign shores.  It can serve the world best by serving best the Filipinos.    UP President Murray Bartlett (1911-1915)

The University is a partner of government rather that a collaborator.  It keeps a critical detachment from its policies and official acts, but is never aloof.  It is grateful for its share in the national budget, but keeps its autonomy.  It is by nature constructively critical, and zealous of its freedom; but inspired by the moral integrity and selfless dedication of public servants; it commits itself wholeheartedly through its teaching and research to the support of national goals and the realization of our people’s aspiration.    UP President Jose Abueva (1987-1993)

There is but one cause which can effectively write finis to UP’s existence.  And that is when it can no longer advance the frontiers of human knowledge; when it ceases to be an instrument of intellectual freedom; when students and professors in their classrooms and laboratories grovel in abject obedience to authority; when it submits its judgment to outside directives.    UP President Vicente Sinco (1958-1962)

While the idea of being UP’s first woman President sounds exciting, I know very well that in the end, people will judge me not on the basis of my being a woman, but on the basis of my performance and accomplishments.  However, during quiet solitary moments, I catch myself in the act of thinking, “You had better do a good job so people will conclude that women do indeed make better presidents than men!”    UP President Emerlinda Roman (2005-present)

Have You Tasted Wawen Lemons?

It’s all in the blog title you know. :p
***shameless use of interesting title to catch blog-readers’ attention hehe

Anyway, I got this from Jesse.  Do you think I am really a lemon?

You Are a Lemon
You have a very distinct personality. And if you’re not being sweet, you’re a little hard to take.
You’re a bit overpowering, especially in one on one situations.

And while you are very dominant, sometimes your power is needed and appreciated.
You can liven up a dull situation, and you definitely bring a fresh outlook.

You are a bit of an acquired taste, and you tend to grow on people over time.
People feel refreshed and rejuvenated after spending time with you.

A Mayonnaise Jar And Two Cups Of Coffee

*** This was posted by neilmarco15.multiply.com. And somehow, this hit me big time so I’m sharing this to all of you. Ü


A professor teaches his students a lesson about what’s really important in life
By Laura Bankston

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember this story about a mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee…

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded
to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The
pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor! next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of
course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar
was full. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students
laughed. ‘Now,’ said the professor, as the laughter subsided, ‘ I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things-your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions-things that if everything else was lost and only
they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else- the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf
balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important.’

So, pay attention to the things that are most important. Take care of your health–cook with your kids!– spend time with those you love.

There’s always time to clean the house–it’s a never ending job anyway :-).

Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

Wondering what the coffee represents?

No matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple cups of coffee with a friend — or a soda if you’re like me and don’t drink coffee!!

Visit warrenaltan.multiply.com for more. Ü

Brain Twister: How Can You Say No To This?

I got this from RX’s Morning Rush with Chico and Del, how can you say no? haha… Go post an answer. ÜÜÜ

If I were to ask you ‘do you find me cute’, will your answer be the same with your answer to this question?

***currently I am “tagging” my blogs. I hadn’t attached tags for my past post so I’m attaching tags to my posts one by one, all 80+ of them. OC! ampf

Kong Hei Fat Choi

Happy Chinese New Year Everyone! Ü  Chinese culture really has a large influence in us Filipinos: food, beliefs, and even customs.  And I believe it is even much more so in our family since my father is half chinese.

Anyway, what I really want to talk about is my zodiac sign.  Ever since I was a kid, I considered myself under the “rabbit” zodiac.  But just last week, my friend Cath, upon reading a planner with the chinese zodiacs in it, she insisted that I am a “tiger” (because technically, I was born before the Chinese new year: January 17).  But I refuse to accept that, I’ve already come to love my being a “rabbit”. :p

So, just to make a comparison between the two, and to help me decide on which zodiac will I pick, I searched both zodiacs over the net and found these interesting facts:

Rabbit.  People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky. They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind. Rabbit people seldom lose their temper. They are clever at business and being conscientious, never back out of a contract. They would make good gamblers for they have the uncanny gift of choosing the right thing. However, they seldom gamble, as they are conservative and wise. They are most compatible with those born in the years of the Sheep, Pig, and Dog.


Tiger.  Tiger people are sensitive, given to deep thinking, capable of great sympathy. They can be extremely short-tempered, however. Other people have great respect for them, but sometimes tiger people come into conflict with older people or those in authority. sometimes Tiger people cannot make up their minds, which can result in a poor, hasty decision or a sound decision arrived at too late. They are suspicious of others, but they are courageous and powerful. Tigers are most compatible with Horses, Dragons, and Dogs.

Interestingly, I am a little of each zodiac!  Can’t I be both? Ü

LSS: Almost Lover

I’m pretty crazy about this song right now (primarily because of the lyrics). It’s sung by A Fine Frenzy. Since, it’s not available in Imeem yet, I’ll just post the lyrics here. Enjoy! Ü

Almost Lover
A Fine Frenzy

Your fingertips across my skin
The palm trees swaying in the wind
Images
You sang me Spanish lullabies
The sweetest sadness in your eyes
Clever trick

Well, I never want to see you unhappy
I thought you’d want the same for me

[Chorus]
Goodbye, my almost lover
Goodbye, my hopeless dream
I’m trying not to think about you
Can’t you just let me be?
So long, my luckless romance
My back is turned on you
Should’ve known you’d bring me heartache
Almost lovers always do

We walked along a crowded street
You took my hand and danced with me
Images
And when you left, you kissed my lips
You told me you would never, never forget
These images

No

Well, I’d never want to see you unhappy
I thought you’d want the same for me

[Chorus]
Goodbye, my almost lover
Goodbye, my hopeless dream
I’m trying not to think about you
Can’t you just let me be?
So long, my luckless romance
My back is turned on you
Should’ve known you’d bring me heartache
Almost lovers always do

I cannot go to the ocean
I cannot drive the streets at night
I cannot wake up in the morning
Without you on my mind
So you’re gone and I’m haunted
And I bet you are just fine

Did I make it that
Easy to walk right in and out
Of my life?

[Chorus]
Goodbye, my almost lover
Goodbye, my hopeless dream
I’m trying not to think about you
Can’t you just let me be?
So long, my luckless romance
My back is turned on you
Should have known you’d bring me heartache
Almost lovers always do

Because It Is The Love Month

I was texting with my buddy Malou last night and we were talking about random things (her boys mostly, haha). And our discussion suddenly drifted to “love”. I just wanna share with you my thoughts that I shared with Malou last night – my realizations about love.


In order to be truly prepared for love, one must:

1. Love oneself. As they say, how can a person give love when there is no love to within himself to give.

2. Genuinely believe that he deserves the other person. One should stop thinking that the other person is much too perfect (or unperfect) him. And stop thinking about what other people will think. Love is an agreement, an understanding between two persons, so you have to believe that you deserve one another to be able to accept each other.

3. Be able to fight for and be proud of the other person. If one can’t, then it’s not love at all.

I’m Off To Bohol!

No, it’s not an early vacation. I’m just attending my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary!

I’m leaving on Tuesday, 12:15pm. I’m pretty excited. The last time I’ve been to Bohol was summer in my first year of college (that was summer ’04). We, me and my two sisters, used to spend every summer vacation since our first year of birth in our mother’s parents’ house. Unfortunately, I was attending summer classes during my 2nd year and 3rd year summer vacation, and was on an OJT program during my 4th year summer vacation. To make this visit more exciting, I already have my camera with me! Woah, beat that! Hehe.

This visit is quite short, however. I’ll be staying there only until Thursday afternoon. Also, I thought I would see my whole family again. I just learned late last week that my two sisters aren’t coming because they have prelims and major classes. I also learned just this evening that my dad also won’t be there because he has some important things to attend to. So, it’s just going to be ang mom… At least, I have her.

Wah, what’s happening to me? I used to not miss them when I was away from them for year (that was January ’07 until Demcember ’07). But now, only having been away for less than a month, why am I missing them already? haha

So yun, I’ll be posting photos from Bohol ASAP! Ü

My 21-Firsts-On-My-21st-Year To-Do List

(repeat title 5x in 30 sec before you can proceed. wahaha)

When I published my “21 Things About Me” blog on my birthday, (Ate) Aly, my friend Charles’ SO, suggested that I should write more “21” blogs.  She said I should write about my 21 firsts after my 21st year (so that would be early January 2009).  And then I thought, why not write about the 21 things I want to try for the first time in my 21st year.  Brilliant right? hehe.  So, thanks to Aly for giving me the idea!

1.    Join my first rally.  Hindi kasi ako na-require ng teacher na mag-attend ng rally eh.

2.    Visit Vargas Museum for the first time.  I just wonder how it looks like.  Can I bring my camera inside?

3.    Receive my first real salary.  Wait.  Kaya ba?  I’ll be taking the board in November, so by December I should already be employed.

4.    Have my first real relationship.  Ma, I’m already 21. haha

5.    Join a game show on TV!  My Mama is convicing me, so is my Mommy (my auntie, my dad’s sister), so I might try joining one.

6.   Buy my first Bench product.  I really have been trying to buy myself a Bench tee, but I cannot.  Maybe I was a gum in my past life; a gum that was forever stuck on a bench in a park.  Kaya my subconscious don’t like Bench. (haha… corny. sorry, pinilit lang!)

7.   Scuba dive for the first time.   And then I’ll bring my camera with me and take pictures of the underwater rainforest.

8.   Give something to a street kid, something useful.  I’ve been thinking about this for like my entire college life.  But the thing is, I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do.

9.   Read the entire Bible.  A dormmate once said that his literature prof recommended doing so.  The Bible is not only one of the foundations of Christianity, it is also a great piece of literature, his prof said.

10.   Go to the farthest North.  Can anyone take me to Batanes with them?

11.   Watch Titanic, Shakespeare In Love, Moulin Rouge, Casablanca (as a friend suggested… The Godfather din daw pala) and all other great movies that I haven’t seen yet.

12.   Join a cause-oriented group.  It should be about the environment, or maybe about animals, or better yet about helping improving lives in the Philippines.

13.   Drink until I space out.  It’s just for the sake of experiencing it.  I really don’t see myself being a lasengero, so no worries.  I just want to be able to say that even for once in my life I’ve been really drunk.

14.   Ride LRT1.  I use MRT3 and LRT2 often, but I haven’t tried riding LRT1 yet.

15.   Paint.  Wahaha.  I haven’t even mastered Photoshop yet.  Yeah, you guessed right, I’m a jack of all trades and master of none.  Anyway, where should I start with painting?  Buy my own brushes?

16.   Write my own short story.  I’ve been conceptualizing since 3rd year I think.  But I don’t know how the flow will go.  I don’t think that my characters are that interesting.  But I’ll try anyway.  Aja!

17.   Befriend a foreigner.  I’m always intimidated by them.  I’m afraid of cultural differences.

18 .  Visit Libis, Eastwood, and other “cool” places I haven’t been to yet.  Sorry, that’s the price you pay for being a good boy and a good student. hehe.  But since it’s already my last semester in college (cross fingers), maybe I can loosen up a bit already.

19.   Mountain climb!  Ate Beth, the sister of Cath, one of my closest friends, had been inviting me to a climb for several times already.  But since, I have a really light load this semester, maybe I’ll go with her next time!  Remind me to buy Off!

20.   Attend a photography seminar.  I really need help with my photography!  I want to be the greatest… Bwahaha (hehe, enough with the evil laugh)

21.   Eat balut!  haha.  I haven’t tried yet.  I don’t like the idea of eating a whole, unborn, premature chick, with all the feathers and everything.  haha.  But I’ll try.  I hope it only tastes like Penoy.

*** That’s a lot of firsts!  This would be a busy year indeed.  Approximately, I should accomplish one first for every two weeks to get this done… haha… Good Luck to me!

[ 7 x 3 = ] 21 Things I Don’t Like About Multiply

This is still part of my “21” series of blogs. But since, Multiply is almost the perfect place in the cyberspace for me, I found it hard to come up with 21 unlikable things. All I could squeeze out is 7. Enjoy reading! And if you are as mentioned below, there is still time to repent and change! haha Peace, people… 🙂
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1. Blogs composed entirely of just one single line! Ampf. I just hate it when I’m in the mood for reading other people’s blogs but after opening them all I’ll find is “I’m tired na!”, or “I’m missing her!” Ampf. Please spare us from the bandwidth wastage.

2. Times when updates are “matumal”. Since I’m like almost online everyday, I get to check updates regularly. And it upsets me when I’m online and there are no updates from my contacts. So, sometimes (actually often) I also check updates even from my distant network. But even that gets “matumal” at times. Haha. Addict na ba ako?

3. Albums with just one photo. Not unless the photo is really, i mean REALLY, great. Or when the photo is very significant (to the poster and to his network as well). But, uh, when someone posts several albums with practically similar themes, can’t they just compile them in one single album?

4. PMs that are addressed to the whole contact lists. Uh, that’s why it’s called PMs, PRIVATE messages, because they are supposed to be used when a person wants to have a conversation with someone or with a specific group. It’s not supposed to be used as a chatroom! (not unless the message really concerns the entire contact list)

5. Blogs with no proper paragraphing. It’s really a strain if you’re really interested with a blog but then you can’t read it with ease because of the lack of breaks (is that what you call them? the spaces between paragraphs?). I mean, paragraphs are not just tools for proper writing, they also have practical purposes (like not getting lost while reading a pretty long composition).

6. Profiles with so many picture slides. I mean, come on! Are they that obssessed with their face (or are they that desperate to sell their self) that their entire multiply account is practically composed of just picture slides.

7. (Oh man! Why is the last number always the hardest! I’ve been thinking for 5 mins already!) Embedded music that takes forever to upload. It’s the main reason why I don’t embed using multiply (I use imeem), it’s 10 years before you hear the entire song (especially if you’re using a really slow connection).