Monday, August 29, 2005

Magsanib

The party that i voted for this recent UPLB elections lost. Probably because the other party had better PR. Or maybe a large number of freshmen were swayed by their approachable demeanor. And maybe because many in LB are apathetic students - skeptical of any change and have hardened their hearts and minds.

Whatever the reason, the election is over. The votes have been counted. Tinimbang kayo ngunit kulang. Tapos na. Ang magagawa na lang ngayon ay tanggapin. Tanggapin. Tanggapin.

Granted that the winners are not that qualified for their positions. Granted that they lack knowledge, awareness and experience. That is exactly why they need your help. They will certainly benefit from your experinece. Aalalay naman. Sana hindi porket sa 'kabila' sila hindi na tutulungan. Yan ang dahilan kung bakit di tayo umaasenso.

One problem with politics is when our party loses, we immediately assume that the other party's term will be rotten and that no reform would be achieved. Why not give them a chance? I do believe that their willingness to serve is genuine. Why not help them achieve common goals? Instead of one group doing one thing and the other another thing, there will be much strenght if we are united in our goals.

If principles are not parellel, then continue to do what you believe is right but not at the expense of binary opposition between the two parties. Agree to disagree. Nakakapagod na rin ang kampihan. Kung iba ang pokus ng dalawa, e di sige. Kung iba ang pamamaraan, o di sige. Pero tama na ang bangayan. Wala yang mapapala. Sa halip, maghanap na lang ng magkaparehang hangad. At huwag sasabihing wala. Dahil imposibleng wala. Kung pareho niyong gustong maglingkod, siguradong may pagkakapareha.

Acceptance is one key. Any protest will only be a cause for more division in the campus. That's the price we pay for democracy. The people have chosen and though we may not like who they voted for, we must accept it.
If they really want to serve the people of UPLB, i think that they should accept the people's decision and offer their support, help, advice and manpower to the elected officials. Why not? Show that even if you are not in an official position you still want to help and serve under an authority you did not choose. Show that you are not sore losers. Show that you will continue to help students despite this loss.

The same goes for the winning party. Acceptance. Accept that you lack knowledge, awareness and most of all EXPERIENCE. Seek help from those who have been in position for a long time. Ask for their suggestion and advice because they have long served the UPLB constituents. Follow their example and bring social awareness and pro-activism back to the campus.
Dapat matapos na yung 'kabila syndrome.' Kung totoong gusto nating tumulong at maglingkod sa mga tao, isangtabi muna natin ang mga di pagkakaintindihan at mga pansariling 'group interest'. Magtulungan. Yan ang kailangan ng Los BaƱos. Hindi namin kailangang ng nagbabangayang grupo. At lalong hindi rin namin kailangan ng mga opisyal na nagmamagaling. Pare-pareho kayong may kakayahan.Mas magaling ang iba sa ibang gawin. mas mahina ang iba. E di, complement each other. Yun lang naman ang suggestion ko.


PS> Please forgive the code switching and code mixing.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Hungry Thieves

i had breakfast at Mcdo this morning. A treat for myself, since i'm saving my money. Which reminds me - i had money to buy that long coveted yellow top at Bayo and when i went there yesterday, it wasn't there! Aargh! It was a mallwide sale and maybe they just brought out old stocks. i wish.

I forgot that we would be watching a film for my PSY 101 class so i brought my readings to breakfast. I bought an apple pie for take out.

We watched a documentary film by Ditsi Carolina. It followed the lives of three boys who were in jail in Cebu. The entire film was in Cebuano, i'm not all that certain. It had English subtitles.

The boys' ages were about eleven years. They had to fend for themselves. One was not even visited by his parents. Tony, one of the boys, had at least three tatooes - at age eleven. Two of them were rugby sniffers. And they were serving time for stealing. They said they stole to ease the hunger. Their parents weren't able to provide for them.

i wasn't even aware that kids that young go to jail. i thought there were some institution where they would get welfare and be rehabilitated. as i was watching the film, i kept thinking about my youngest sister. Although, the kids were boys, i couldn't help but remember my sister and the relatively luxurious life she leads compared to the kids in jail.

The film was aptly titled "Bunso" or "The Youngest". It won an award at Cannes.

The film had an epilogue. Bunso and Tony both died. Bunso had an accident. Tony acquired a heart illness due to his drug use. Diosel, the other boy, does not want to study anymore. i shed tears for them and for myself. Tears for their lives and tears of gratefulness for mine.

Ditsi Carolina said that we could write letters to the congress and the powers that be so that this situation would be brought to attention. And perhaps, it will result in the passing of the juvenile bill. i think i'll do just that.

The apple pie i bought was flattened and cold after the film.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Kindred

Miss ko na si Kimi. Sobra, grabe, as in, ultimate!

Wala na akong instant na kasama kumain kung saan man, basta kung nag-crave ako hila ko siya.
Walang taong bilib sa akin gaya ni Kimi.

Ang kanyang ngiti hinahanap ko.

Wala na akong kasamang manood ng mushy movies.
Mag- kwentuhan sa HM bus pauwi sa San Juan at pagtawanan ang nonsensical movies na pinapalabas sa bus.

Wala ng sasama sakin na mag-pacheck-up sa infirmary pag namamaga ang tonsils ko.
Walang manlilibre sakin ng chocolate.

Wala akong kasama na umupo lang. Basta lang, umupo lang.

Wala ng magdidiscuss sakin ng importance ng leaves of the trees sa forest preservation. Wala ng mag-gush about her forestry subject na for reasons unknown to me ay kinatutuwaan niya.

Walang magreremind sa aking quiet time.
Walang magshe-share sakin ng daily bible reflections niya.

Nabawasan na naman ako ng kindred spirit. Bat ngayon ko lang napansin?