SORSOGON CITY—Wanting in laboratory facilities but blessed with dedicated teachers, a little-known state college here has proven it can equal the finest engineering schools in the country. Its recent graduates have topped successive engineering board exams.
Sorsogon State College (SSC), some 500 kilometers south of Manila, has produced the likes of Joseph Cyril R. Gredoña and Daniel E. Forteza, who ranked first and second, respectively, in the mechanical engineering board exams last month."
You know, dear readers, one thing I’ve slowly realized in having to write my term papers on development topics about the country, is that I shouldn’t be too negative on the current situation of the Philippines. Yes, there are problems. Yes, there are inefficiencies. Yes, there is still corruption. Yes, poverty is everywhere.
BUT. People are working, and working hard, to contribute to the improvement of things. It just so happens that these people do not make the headlines, the late night news, and our twitter or tumblr feeds. We are so used to seeing these negative stories, that we have come to subconsciously expect them. When the truth is, changes are happening, however small and seemingly slow.
The moment I realized this, I felt more inspired and energized in doing my research. Because there is a point in doing so. There is a point in trying to change things, in our own way. There is a point in staying here and battling it out. There is a point in being Filipino and owning our country. There is hope.
I hope you’d feel the same way, too.
*REMINDER* Make sure you come to Part 1 of the Brown is Beautiful Series this Wednesday!!!
The Brown is Beautiful campaign aims to make-visible the many facets and types of “beauties” that are present within Filipina-Canadians as defined and brought to life by a diverse group of Filipina-Canadians v.s. continuing to allow stereotypes/lenses/views of how society, Philippine/Canadian culture- whoever else, to tell us how to be beautiful.
The series will culminate with the Brown is Beautiful campaign kick-off festival which hopes to use multi-media artwork (i.e. spoken word, poem, painting, play, story, life-experience to share) from Filipina-Canadians who will express the topics discussed in the series.
The campaign aims to uplift and affirm the multi-faceted stories and faces of Filipina-Canadians in order to show, and reclaim how brown is beautiful!
Join the discussion as we share our experiences in the first part of the Brown is Beautiful! Series. Together we’ll look at the way popular culture view Filipinas and Asian women in general, dissecting the contexts that have informed these perspectives of us!
I love the Philippines!
Filipino animator Joseph “Joe” Mateo bagged an Emmy award for Creative Arts on Saturday for a work he did for animation giant Disney.
Mateo won an award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for Disney’s Prep & Landing, for which Mateo was the storyboard artist.
The award was given during the 62nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. on August 21 in Los Angeles, Calfornia.
The Creative Arts Emmys are under the Emmy Awards for technical and other such achievements in American television.
Recipients of the awards include behind-the-scene staff such as art directors, costume designers, cinematographers, casting directors and sound editors.—Jerrie M. Abella/JV, GMANews.TV
Also read via Yahoo! News: (http://bit.ly/bRrCI2)
by Freddie Aguilar
Ang bayan kong Pilipinas
Lupain ng ginto’t bulaklak
Pag-ibig na sa kanyang palad
Nag-alay ng ganda’t dilag
At sa kanyang yumi at ganda
Dayuhan ay nahalina
Bayan ko, binihag ka
Nasadlak sa dusa
Ibon mang may layang lumipad
Kulungin mo at umiiyak
Bayan pa kayang sakdal dilag
Ang di magnais makaalpas
Pilipinas kong minumutya
Pugad ng luha ko’t dalita
Makita kang sakdal laya
Instead of reacting to all the negative sentiments on the country these days, let’s just state our own sentiments of love, pride, and loyalty to the Philippines, however we can.
Succeeding posts will be of this light, please reblog as you see fit, and spread the good word and vibes for the country.
Howard Zinn’s The Optimism of Uncertainty (full text here)
Please take some time to read the entire text in the link above. What is so very reassuring in this text is the affirmation of the power of each and every individual - in our case, the power of each and every Filipino, to change the country, small action after small action, rolling along into a big bright future for all of us. It is all up to us.