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you have chosen UP as the right institution, but i am not sure if UP has chosen the right you

you have chosen UP as the right institution, but i am not sure if UP has chosen the right you

Recently, I had the chance to visit UP to meet my friend Miguel. It was then that I was able to breathe the same intellectual ambiance of the campus. I’ve missed everything about it. I even miss the avenue of activism in the campus where students blindly thought that the government was the sole cause of maelstrom of poverty and injustices. Though I never joined any rallies in Iloilo, I was once an active member of the student activist group in Cebu. I used to join my “comrades” march the length of Mango Avenue to Jones Street whenever a big stir happened in congress or if a scam erupted in the national government. It was a good feeling to voice out what we thought was the sentiments of the masses, and the feeling of solidarity was overwhelming that you could no longer distinguish whether your actions were genuine or mere aping. Fr. Bulatao called this a common consciousness stirred by one definite emotion like in the case of EDSA Revolution. It was a nice feeling but I was fooled, I knew. It was only when I left the group that I began to realize the blunders of activism and the maneuvering of the opposition. My friends were eager to hold me back and brainwashed me to look at the brighter side by insisting that we were doing what others are afraid of – to fight for a change. However the opposite happened. Instead of believing them, I started to loathe them, for it was easy to follow one’s principles than live up to them exactly as stated. And when you have not lived up to it, that would only mean hypocrisy; and I just couldn’t take it. Later on, I discovered what I was fighting for was not the plea of the masses but the perpetuation of some ideologues which I dare not mention.

…and back to UP. The government is pouring bigger funds this time for R&D compared to last year’s. This is good news because UP will be one of the recipients of the billions of pesos (pardon me, if I forgot the exact amount). The good thing about this is the potential of the institution to boost academic pressure among the students to delve more in R&D and to set aside the principle of activism for a while. At least, the government will have the reason to curb the growth of foolish belief among students and establish a steadfast cooperation starting from the academe. As you know, when other countries in Asia are scuttling for Science Development, the Philippines still lags in their cause for cultural change and the idea of science as a stratified phase for national development has not been considered seriously but rather regarded as a maudlin fanaticism. Maybe its time that the state university should be careful in selecting students who are willing to commit themselves to national development by studying well and by fostering the importance of research and development as the primary drive for progress. I can say this because I’ve witnessed that many of what we call “iskolar ng bayan” squander the government budget indirectly by cutting and skipping their classes for a shallow reason that passing grade isn’t earned by attendance alone. How many bright students enjoy receiving government subsidy, and instead of returning back what the government has invested for them, they themselves become the forefront of activism and criticize the government for not living up to its promises to alleviate poverty? Are they not part of this huge malfeasance by not attending classes? The government is spending much for them hence they must contribute to what they are supposed to deliver.

Ruminating on this, it is sad that some of these students who made it to UP are themselves the best examples of lousiness. No questions with their intellect, but reaping for investment is another story and we always know that there is always the time of reckoning. The government should think twice of the next batch of “iskolar ng bayan” to come in. It may not be the same, but the label “the breeding ground of activism (communism to the extent)” will linger on.

As the UP centennial celebration will end soon, many things have been discussed including its century academic excellence that prides its students and its faculties. I have no qualms to say that those bright students chose the right institution, but I am not pretty sure if UP has chosen the right students to nourish. Maybe, it will for the next hundred years. I hope.

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  1. October 28, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    heh, hidlaw man ko UP ba. mayo lang kay naka celebrate ko UP centennial before ko naglakat… ginbalon ko gid ang akon centennial shirt.

  2. inksdot
    October 29, 2008 at 1:46 am

    hehehe…gani man..what actually saddened me kwan is the formidable fact that the students are becoming more disinterested in academics…sayang lang kay mga bright pa tani

  3. October 31, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    helo, gin add ta na ka sa blog list ko. bag-o lang ko di sa canada ah. so halos tanan, bag-o man sa akon. sadya tani mangalag da no. lintek, dasun sina paskwa na. hay, kahilidlaw.

  4. November 1, 2008 at 9:44 am

    as my mother used to say, bright nga pilosopo lang. sa kasamaang palaad hindi pala talaga nakakain ang prutas ng pamimilosopo pag graduate sa college. hehe

  5. inksdot
    November 1, 2008 at 10:26 am

    thank you Pareng Kwan for linking me…ok lang na guro bisan namiss mo ang iloilo.damo man da guro mga pinay whom you could celebrate with.hehehe. maayad-ayad man nga paskwa dyan ah

    link ta man ka ah

  6. inksdot
    November 1, 2008 at 10:27 am

    haha…that’s funny ate grace.

  7. December 1, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Hello there fellow UP-ian! I share your sentiments, it saddens me whenever I witness fellow students cutting classes so nonchalantly. Now that I’m teaching in the same institution where I graduated from, I make sure to remind my students every chance I get, that they do not have the right to cut classes whenever they feel like it. It’s the people’s money, their parents’ taxes, that sends them to school.

    I’m also saddened by how some leftist professors take advantage of their position and use their classes as a venue for brainwashing and proselytizing. They weren’t paid to do that… they shouldn’t be accepting money from UP when they continue to do that.

  8. totomel
    December 2, 2008 at 1:09 am

    you really have a good point in that. i know particularly of a professor who propagates ideologies that suit the passion of the young- rousing them to hate the government. even in diliman, im sure you know one who gives extra credit to students who will go with him/her in a rally. what can you say about that?
    its not actually a good political development to indoctrinate the young with hatred rather than appreciation. if only these students know that the government is functioning well, maybe they will have a better approach for their sentiments. admit it to say we only see the stain and not the clean sheet that the government is doing; and this is how the students are being moulded to – to be blind.
    i hope that you make a difference in your class. please pose this question always: ” If you think the government is unclean, are you not benefiting well from its dirt?” hehehe. you know what i mean. i hope pray you will not get a howling in your class.hehehe

  9. December 2, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Haha yup, I even had a “tibak” prof who even tricked us into going to a rally. He asked us to go to Quezon Hall (aka the Admin Building) for an “alternative classroom learning experience.” Imagine our shock when we saw all the banners, the soundspeakers and the rally paraphernalia!! We endured 1.5 hours of proselytizing. As soon as the official class time was over, we hurriedly left the premises. Good thing we got to leave before the hulabaloo actually started.

    Thank you for your advice, will do so when the occasion presents itself. 🙂 I admire you for your independent-mindedness, not everyone has the strength of will (or of character) to leave the “Red Side.”

  10. December 3, 2008 at 4:28 am

    i used to be with the Red-side till i see the possibility of multi-colored approach. imagine how beautiful life would be, when these colors are harmoniously clutched together to form a rainbow for national progress.
    yet, the tendency is we never dare leave our comfort zones. and usually those who wanted to stick to a definite color has the worst agenda for personal interest. you know what i mean.

  11. January 2, 2009 at 9:27 am

    It’s good to live life in a multi-color. Using a single color is only on a timely basis, if it is right to have it, and if someone tried to stir our very own rainbow! I remember a professor posing an issue on how to handle the class by not influencing his students of his opinion and remain impartial. He is from U.P. and lucky are his students to have him.

  12. totomel
    January 2, 2009 at 10:23 am

    that is very true bluesky and i adhere to your idea on semi-detached approach. congrats to your teacher in doing that. as you know, we rarely could find mentors of his genre.

    thank you by the way for dropping by my post. i will try to visit your blog sometime.

    happy new year!!!

  13. January 18, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Yeah Mel,
    Thanks for posting also.
    I’ll add you on my link as well. You went back for M.Ed.? Yeah the typhoon in Aklan was really worst, hope Julius is ok. Anyway, I transferred at UPOU.
    Goodluck Mel and all the best!

    • totomel
      January 23, 2009 at 9:23 am

      wala na Hen, maybe ill take up Urban Planning instead.
      nice to hear from you again!

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