STAND-UP Road Painting

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If you pass by the walk in between AS (Palma Hall) and the Faculty Center (Rizal Hall), you might have noticed the STAND-UP (Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights – UP) painting the past month. Yep, we painted the road last December 9 in celebration of our eleventh anniversary this year.

STAND-UP is the broadest student alliance in UP Diliman made up of more than thirty student organizations, fraternities and sororities. Founded in 1996, it is the leading militant student political party in the university (for more of its pre-1996 history, click here). Often branded by its rivals as the party of traditional and ‘dogmatic’ activists, STAND-UP distinguishes itself from other student political parties in UP by linking the struggles of the students with the issues of the different sectors of the community, not only in the local but also national level.

Oblation Run 2006

After meeting up with some friends in Mass Comm, we proceeded to Palma Hall to convene with other anti-Tuition Increase groups in coordination with Alpha Phi Omega’s Oblation Run, which carried the issue as well aside from opposing the Charter Change railroading.

It was my first Oblation Run, in my three years in UP. I didn’t see anything of that sort, personally. I let my camera with my arms raised up with it do all the picture-snapping. Geez. Looking at everyone’s reactions is interesting. Hahaha. This is so embarrassing for her, but our lady over here is too cute.

Ang daming tao! This has gone too hyped up. Ang dami talagang sabik makakita ng mga hubad na lalaki. I wish everyone also took notice of the issues these naked men are pushing for. I apologize for people who are searching for better pictures. These are all I can post.

Oblation Run, naked men running

Oblation Run, naked men running

Oblation Run, naked men running

Anti-tuition increase protest

November 23, 2006. UP students from the different UP units across the Philippines simultaneously protested today against the 300% tuition and other fee increases proposal by the UP Administration. In UP Diliman, throngs of students walked out of classes and mobilized in front of historic Palma Hall.

I’ve said my piece about this already and defended my stand to those who are in favor of the proposal, and even to those who are simply too allergic to activists and to my political party in UP.

My basic contention is that it is simply unjust for state university students to carry the burden of neglect of a government that conveniently loses billions in graft and corruption and conveniently allocates billions more in dubious repressive and status-quo preserving policies. It is unjust because it alters the very nature of UP as a state university and it violates the constitutional assurance of state promotion, protection and accessibility of education at all levels. It is especially unjust when a great majority of Filipinos live on less than a dollar or two a day.

I was able to invite some of my blockmates to come along. They’ve never joined rallies or mobilizations before, until this afternoon.

I was also told to speak in front of the crowd, in short notice. Whew. Impromptu public speaking is not my thing.

Look, everyone’s checking

June 18, 2006. I’ve been allowed to take the car, for the first time, to school last Thursday and Friday. But as a concession, I was asked to wash it beforehand. Good enough a deal. I’m not allowed to use the car every day though, as my mother also uses it to go to Bulacan. Everything’s fine with me. Commuting and walking have become second nature to me anyway.

Last Thursday, I went to school before my 1PM class and did a round of errands, mostly for the upcoming Mass Comm freshmen week. After skipping lunch, I went to Film 106 class, which was National Cinemas (Hong Kong & China), and for that we have a German professor. Here’s to a semester filled with martial arts flicks. I’m not complaining though.

After class, I attended UP MCO’s first regular general assembly held at the steps of Ishmael Bernal Gallery. It lasted for a little more than an hour, but I didn’t stay for the entire duration as I had to run to Palma Hall and put up posters for our freshmen week. I haven’t been to AS in a while, and I won’t be able to be there often this semester because I don’t have a class there anymore. I’ll miss that. Though, AS was deserted the time I was there, since it was around 6PM already.

Last Friday, we were supposed to have Film 115 (Digital Photography) class in the morning but the professor didn’t show up. Ended up just hanging around with some blockmates below the skywalk first before running to UP Village to have streamers printed for the freshmen week.

After lunch, I went to my Film 113 (Film Production 1) class. The professor briefed us on the course, then went on to review us on various photographic and technical terms. It made me feel a little dumb but I appreciate that certain brush-up on the basic technicals in film language and cinematography.

LCC Acquaintance Party

That night, together with my councilmates in the Mass Comm student council, we went to the League of College Councils Acquaintance Party at the School of Economics. We made fun of ourselves by dancing Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso by Donna Cruz, as our council’s presentation. Didn’t really got acquainted with a lot of other colleges’ student council people, it rather just made me familiar with everyone’s faces. The event ended past nine in the evening.

Diliman Republic I

February 28, 2006. Diliman will be a sanctuary for freedom to express dissent against Gloria Arroyo. A demonstration/teach-in/rally against Presidential Proclamation No. 1017 was held at the steps of Palma Hall this morning. The rally also called for Arroyo to step down. The program lasted until past afternoon. I was even asked to speak in front of the crowd at one point.

Anti-PN 1017 demonstration at AS steps