Category Archives: De La Salle University

Animo, DLSU Green Archers! You finally nailed it!


Credits to Ken Koo, The LaSallian and FB for this photo!

Congratulations, my dear school’s team! You finally made it! Hooray!

Tomorrow there’s FREE mochiko! Thank goodness, kung kailan lang ang last term ko sa La Salle, they will win… but it’s a good thing that my dear fave AVO had his first VICTORY! WOO-HOO!

Again, An1mo LA SALLE!

Migi Moreno running as an independent DLSU USG candidate


Courtesy of TLS and Kevin Prudon|Migi Moreno on his post-Santugon err… days.

Okay, so since I do not actually post things that are related to DLSU’s University Student Government (our very own student council), I’d like have a shot on this one.

I may not know this guy personally, however, I could say that he’s a very diligent guy — Majoring in two degrees, AB-PSM and BSC-LMG (AB Psychology + BSC Legal Management), he is also the current president of the Lasallian Scholars Society.

Well, good luck on him! I will support you!

Ramon Bautista Invades DLSU via Marty’s!

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For the very very very (nth times) first time, I saw Ramon Bautista!

I felt very delighted when he was there! Actually, he’s not very tall pala (in photos, he looks like a 6-footer guy, but actually, hindi siya aabot ng 6 feet), and he sort of looks old. Hmmmmm…

Wala talaga siyang ka-ere ere sa katawan! He does not even show some diva attitude! He’s a great guy who is a good sport!

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SPOTTED: Ayun pala ang pogi, oh! Bwahahahahahaha!

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Internet action superstar talaga ang lolo niyo!

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Nagpo-pose pa, oh!

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I should have brought his book about being Friend-Zoned, para ma-otograf pa niya, oh! Sayang! Pero at least satisfied na ako dahil na-kodakan ko naman siya, which I’m supposed to do to Alodia and Kitchie… and hoping that this “individual activity” coming from me would be successful with Saab Magalona and/or Tricia Gosingtian, and same with Kitchie and Alodia. Pero if Cristine Reyes will be in DLSU, aba, boycott natin para hindi papayag ang mga FSC Brothers!

This was of course, before I knew the sad news that Zaide will no longer be there anymore, which is sad. Oo nga, ‘yung Marty’s ‘ata ‘yung despedida ng Zaide! LOL!

Breaking News: Good-bye, Zaide Canteen!

From The LaSallian:

After 35 years of service, DLSU’s Zaide canteen will officially close its counter operations today, March 7, with its last official day of operations on March 9.

A total of 22 employees will be dispersed, and will resume their work in other La Salle schools. According to unofficial statements, the canteen chose to leave DLSU because of the building’s permanent conversion to a student center. Moreover, sources say that the canteens have had difficulty in paying rent. This year, the minimum bid for canteen space ranges from P 85,000-162,000, depending on the location.

USG Vice President for Internal Affairs Robert Hechanova clarifies, “The building is planned to be a student center, an evolved canteen that will give way for more interaction among students. The contract with all the canteens will be done by the end of the year, so the space is up to the University to further utilize… there is a thrust to renovate the canteens.”

According to Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Services Jay Calleja, apart from commercial food kiosks, the space will be opened for rent to student entrepreneurs, with a small area for musical performances.

In light of such developments, the Zaide cafeteria will be up for auction, along with cafeterias in the St. La Salle (LS) building, Enrique Razon Sports Complex and Br. Andrew Gonzalez Hall.

The bidding committee will continue to entertain proposals until March 11 and award contracts on March 14. Calleja affirms, “A concessionaire can submit a bid for all three available canteen spaces, but it does not mean that all three areas can be awarded to one business.”

DLSU collects 10 percent of sales of the kiosks that operate in the campus.

I will miss Pao Pao Tea and Teazers. 😦 Ruined na talaga ang frosh-hood ko tuloy. 😦

Well, hello U-Mall na naman ako. Wear black, ok? Chos!

TheLasallian: Windows vs Mac today

“While we’re on the topic of immortal technologies and wonders which will stand the test of time, let’s look into one of the more common inventions that serve as the bedrock for all future technologies: the computer. Specifically, our generations’ computer software and operating systems for Mac and Windows. Face it: this is what you’ll be harking back to when you rant to your grandchildren in 2050. So let’s discuss how both are doing, and who prefers what, if such a stereotype may apply.”

When it comes to choosing the ideal computer, many factors come into play. Performance, budget, and durability are just some of the key factors that help Lasallians and the rest in determining which computer suits them. On one hand, we will hear some people claim that Mac is good simply because it’s “Mac,” while some supporters prefer Windows because it is the OS they grew up with, making the features close to second-nature in terms of ease of use.

“The OS I am using has helped me in my profession especially since I’m a freelance photographer,” says JoJo, a Mac user. “I do a lot of photo editing, email correspondence with clients, storage of data, not to mention burning CDs to be submitted to clients.”

When IGN came out with an article putting Mac’s OS X Mountain Lion up against Window’s platform Windows 7, it resulted in pretty much a virtual tie. Mac’s media programs may be more complete compared to their Windows counterparts, but they are usually expensive and are not really ideal for gaming purposes. Windows on the other hand, can run multiple apps and is the perfect gaming platform but it doesn’t really have the “modern” look makes it seem more user-friendly and makes navigation a bit more difficult.

“I might shift to a Windows laptop when my Macbook breaks down, due to Apple being so proprietary,” Jojo adds. “Not to mention being pricey.”

Indeed Mac took the world by storm not only with its unique design, but also because its software is much more straightforward compared to its Windows counterparts. Today, owning a Mac seems to have this separate-from-the-pack mentality, but is it really worth it considering that one of the downsides of Mac is that it’s difficult to cross platforms?

“Using Windows is less of a hassle, since it’s easier to convert things,” Hale Berry De Vera (I, AE-BSA) says. “And besides that, a lot of people use Windows!” The perception dominates.

Everyone, at some point in their life, has had an encounter with a Windows computer. This is not something against Macs, but given that the current price of a Mac (average for desktop and laptop is P51,920) is much higher than that of Windows (average new desktop PC is P20,000), one would expect to see Windows-powered computers everywhere.

Certainly these considerations will ensure that debates on which OS is better will continue to rage on despite the advancements that both OS’s have made. What we can say is that the most suitable program for you would be the one that suits your needs (and wants). But make sure you pick just one to rant about to your grandkids, and stick to it.

As much as I enjoy the benefits of an Apple MBP, I still believe that Windows is the most dominant.

Now let me tell you the history of Apple Mac line’s lean towards the mainstream culture.

Even though a regular Mac costs like a minimum of 50,000, it is no denying that it is starting to lean towards the mainstream culture. This is the start of the actual competition between Windows and Macs (Read: Actual). Before, Macs are exclusively for the elite (you said it right, the elite group, not the middle-class group), so you expect to see a Mac when you’re in Class-A universities, local or abroad.

Since Windows is still the dominant operating system so far, people start to anticipate what the next OS would be. However, for Mac users, they do not mind whether it’s an OSX Leopard or the all-new OSX Mountain Lion since the interface of OSX does not change, except for the trackpad’s function and the Finder Window.

So let’s try to balance the pros and cons of both OS’s.

Windows
– Capable of creating, recording, modifying, converting, accepting and using .avi format when it comes to videos/movie clips.
– Not really good when viewing .mov formats (personal experience). You still have to download VLC Media Player to achieve this.
– The Notepad offers plain text as is (as compared to TextEdit, you still have to go to Format to make Plain Text).
– You will never have any problems using Microsoft Office (yes, Macs have MS Office designed for them).
– Sending music/videos/files to smartphones via Bluetooth won’t be a problem.
– Explores the contents of your iPhone directly without the help of iTunes/iPhoto.
– Excellent choice for most gamers and game aficionados.
– Has a Paint application, like DUH!
– Does not support RAW picture files (you need to install your DSLR’s provided software!).
– When capturing a screenshot (colloquial: screencap), you have to go to Paint, which is hassle.
– High-quality graphics is not perfect, but excellent enough, albeit non-retina.
– Its minimum price fits the needs and desires of the average consumer.
– Windows Movie Maker does not support .mp4, unless… (could a Windows user please answer this for me!?).
– Installing a PC Cillin program or an Anti-Virus software may be required or optional.
– Viewing of online documents/websites have a not-so-good font feel.

Mac OS
– Excellent choice for viewing and utilizing/maximizing .mov video formats.
– Supports .mp4 format in iMovie.
– Consistent development and updates for iMovie (as compared to Windows Movie Maker).
– More conducive for utilizing Photoshop and Lightroom at the same time.
– Its Preview and iPhoto supports and reads (recognizes) RAW formats.
– A must-have for photographers and cinematographers just in case they have the money.
– Screencapping should not be a problem at all since you only have to press Command+Shift+3 (yes, all at the same time!).
– Retina display!? More expensive, and you need to find suitable software that would par with the MBP with Retina for better performance.
– Its minimum price is not suitable for the average consumer.
– Has its own music editing application.
– Is basically lesser prone to viruses, hence, the price.
– For crying out loud, it’s like your average PC — it slows down, too!
– It has its own PhotoBooth application for maximization of webcam use.
– It does not create/record .avi video format files, nor does it perform conversions to .avi format.
– Viewing of online documents/websites have a better font feel.

Overall, it should be a tie. Both operating systems have their own pros and cons, but stick to something that really suits your personality and needs. Windows is a flexible operating system, however, it is not an open-source OS. It is a commercialized OS, but universal. Mac OS, on the other hand, is absolutely proprietary, and if you’re going to install a Mac OS on a non-Mac, it’s alright, but there are issues that would make it a waste rather than a convenience.

I think the reason why I decided to switch to Mac is because I do not like the look and feel of Windows 7. I certainly do not know how it is to use Windows 8 as a PC. Hmmm… should I still make the Mac as a backup and buy another PC again!? Help!

I hope Felice Fawn would be enlightened. Okay, I’m biased, however, she should look at the pros and cons of each OS so that she would hmmm… well long story!

Every Villain is Lemons… oh really?

If we had condemn the writing of James Soriano regarding language, actually he was only using sarcasm against the Philippine education system using English as the medium of instruction.

Well, in the case of The Varsitarian… no offense to Thomasians, but I think that it is siding one of the senators who was deeply affected (*ehem* I kid I kid) of those criticisms [PS: Could you please don’t take it personally?].

However, in some way, I think James Soriano’s article was much better.

Hardcore Catholic fanaticism: Not Good

Okay, so in religion class, I have learned about taking the Bible fundamentally and mythologically — and the fact that this author of two articles… is actually a Christian fanatic… and he even called Carlos Celdran a Jose Rizal wannabe!? Dude, get your facts straight! Alright, Jose Rizal studied in UST, but there’s one thing that I want to mention on his biography: He was bullied because of his “Filipino-ness.” Now, the author called Atenean and Lasallian professors as cowards!?

Being PRO-RH BILL does not make you LESS a Catholic. Being ANTI-RH BILL does not make you MORE a Catholic.

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Intellectual Dishonesty and Moral Cowardice
A Lasallian’s reply to a deluded lemon

I do feel sorry for the Thomasian students. Maybe they’re either brainwashed, or somehow forced to say something that is really “good” and “nice.” Well, the author himself does not represent UST as a Catholic institution, but rather as a Catholic Church. Okay, so I was referring to Beni Medici’s rants (theindifferentmasochist), but if you’re going to delve at her rants, maybe you’ll get her point — that the author of the two articles represent UST as a Catholic Church rather than a Catholic school. What’s even worse is that, med students in UST are also misinterpreted.

To the author of those articles in The Varsitarian

Dude, get your facts straight. If you think that Atenean and Lasallian professors are cowards, read the third article written by a Lasallian.

In the end, I’d rather make moral mistakes as a human being, rather than succeed in life as a church’s puppet.

Well, I’d rather not go to church anymore, since when did I ever become a true-blooded Catholic? Okay, so to speak, I only took religion for granted during high school, and it seemed that “values” are no longer there when popular kids and know-it-alls started to lurk the whole community. No wonder, introverts are always left behind, and these “two evil people” are always on the spotlight. Trust me, these two people I’ve mentioned won’t be recognized — rather, introverts will take the place of the “famous.” What famous? Famous, as in reputable ones. I really wanted to learn how to be a Catholic… but not until I took it for granted. Granted, that is.

Sexism, Abuse of values due to pride, and Exploitation

Structured life, forced training as form of exploitation — there are no benefits. You get bruises, actually.

If you’re going to exploit someone for your own benefit, then why not learn the painful lesson from early maturity? Yes, early maturity, physically-speaking is NOT GOOD in such a way — it only earns you more negative remarks and worse, people are expecting you think maturely.

I’ll speak in Tagalog this time: Mahirap kaya maging physically mature!

Mahirap, in such a way that you’re going to regret it when you’re going to inherit all the ugliest traits, as if feeling mo naman that ang bumuo sa’yo ‘yung mga genetic traits na hindi naman desirable pero tinambak lang para mabuo ka!

That’s what the author should know about — not anyone can be a Catholic, wholeheartedly. Some would take it for granted, some would actually not practice it at all. In fact, there’s a Tumblr post that stated:

I am against religion because it teaches satisfaction without knowing reality.

Also, if you’re going to delve at the culture of ancient Israel, sexism really does exist, and women today who think sexist are actually ashamed of their gender/sex. I’m not being a feminist, but patriarchy has its own cons as well. I actually believe that girls doing the first move (showing off feelings) as not good is actually a sexist thought. It only shows that men are more superior, which is sad. Women are still oppressed up to now, and I really don’t know why. If only we were not invaded by the Spaniards, this could have NOT happened. At least, during the ancient Filipino times, women are looked up in a venerable way, not the way of thinking it is right now.

Right now, Spain has its own share of karma. Sila pa ang bansang lubog sa utang amongst the EU countries — at hindi lang sila, pati Greece, Portugal at Ireland — that reflects that if you’re a colony of the UK and/or France, there’s a more possibility that your country will prosper and the thinking would be a balance of science and religion.

Oh please, with regards to our culture pa nga, a family that is composed of pure arseholes might as well abuse those “values” and “norms” when they have a family — that’s one example of exploitation. Kung sila nga, gumagawa ng kabulastugan, kumbaga, parang feeling powerful na sila, ‘no?

If you’re also going to delve at Jose Rizal’s works, the ideal Filipina is portrayed as Maria Clara. However, I think that Maria Clara is a good example of a demure woman who cannot decide and assert on her own. One reason why I really criticize demure people — siyempre, madali silang lokohin ng mga taong nakakairita magsalita!

That pseudo-conservatism has to stop. Not all Filipinos in general look down on their culture and so do we Filipinos who speak out do not actually glorify ALL our cultural norms and values. Iba na talaga magagawa ng yabang at kapangyarihang mang-abuso ng mga values para lang gumawa ng dahilan, hindi ba? At isa pa, talking about sex (referring to Roxyisferox’s article about Mocha Girls and empowerment) does not make you malibog at all, if you’re not going to discuss it the immoral way.

I know that those pseudo-conservatives are actually kiss-arse to those people who do not deserve recognition at all. Same with know-it-alls who are kiss-arse to popular kids.

KISS-ARSE your face, people who were naparungitan! ‘Yan, buti nga sa inyo!

Okay, nao-off topic na ako. But I am saying this again and again, that everything comes from the stream of consciousness.

Bagyong Gener thoughts and err… .avi-friendly tablet

Taken with Nelly. Of course, you might wanna see this somewhere… hehehe.

Raining cats and dogs… that’s what rain is all about.

Now why should everything FLOOD!? That’s because of the poor drainage system. Underpasses have been flooded as well, and imagine how to walk or swim in these disgusting floods.

Disgusting!? Well, yes, flood is really disgusting, but just take a look at the surroundings. Would you ever express yourself like that if you’re the ones throwing garbage OUTSIDE the bin?

I really feel bad for those who were the victims of the current calamity. It may be like Ondoy in terms of class suspension, but I hope it won’t be like the said storm again.

Hoping for .avi tablets

Now I really cannot decide between the Galaxy Note and the GT 7.7. I wanna watch movies without the need of a laptop. You see people, I have .mkv files, .avi files, but most movie files are in .avi format, which is annoying because NOT even Mac OS could do something to make it “fit in” the Mac world. Another thing, you need to convert everything to .mp4 so that it would work on the iOS.

Hmmm… which one’s the best for watching a lot of movies? Galaxy Tab or Galaxy Note, or iPad? Please, something that is compatible with BOTH .avi and .mkv format, please.

Lasallian Centennial Week

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My reaction to “This is my English” by Jerome de Dios

To my American followers in WordPress, get ready for some reality drama. I’m not going to hurt your feelings, but I just want you to know that as an Asian and as a Filipino myself, I believe that erasing something that is really Filipino should be stopped. Everything American in the Philippines is overrated and not only that, there are things that I want to let everyone know that some Americans think that the US isn’t the only best place on the planet. Someone said, “Don’t assume that there’s no better country than America!” True that.

First off,

Good hosts should blend in with the crowd and NOT the other way around.

Quoted from Jerome de Dios’s “This is My English,” an Opinion article from The LaSallian.

Accented English: The most annoying part of learning English

Just in case you’re wondering, I have written some articles about the English language…

English vs. Filipino
Importance of English
English makes you ELITE

Whenever I hear Filipinos from abroad (be it Fil-Ams born and/or raised abroad, or halfies) speak in English with an over-acting American accent, it is really annoying, and irritating. No offense, but I just thought about it as something that makes a person bimbo about the Filipino language. Well, if I sound biased, I find the British accent much better and more classic.

Like how Mr. De Dios thought about the two hosts correcting the English of their audience, that is indeed the most insulting. Who wants to be corrected because of their English with a Filipino accent!? Well, it’s alright for me when someone speaks in English, for as long as they could speak it.

Why do most Filipinos coming from abroad think that their English is “better”? Why do they think that it makes them superior? For me, looking more like a bimbo with an irritating-sounding American accent is not music to my ears. It is a sign that you’re neglecting values. It means that you’re being pakawala and “liberated.” Well, there’s nothing wrong with being liberated. However, the only problem I encountered when talking to most Fil-Ams is that, their accent just make my ears hurt.

Being superior because of speaking “legit” English: High-falutin words + OA American accent

Fuck that shit. Well, sorry for cussing, but the feeling of using “a chink in one’s armor” while using the annoying accent sounds like bullcrap. Thinking that you’re above the level of other people because of that would hurt the feelings of those who are not really good in English.

Well, it’s alright when white people use the American accent. Well, it’s because they’re not OA when using it. Also, they’re not grammar-conscious. They speak it with confidence, without watching their grammar. If the American accent itself is used in an exaggerated manner, get ready for those earplugs!

To the popular kids during high school, whenever they talk to me in English (well just because my ex-best buddy is an English boy), I find them annoying and irritating. They’re trying so hard to interact with people like me if truth is, they’re making me look like a toy. Nakaka-inis, seriously. If I were to judge their actions, they can’t fit in the Lasallian community. In La Salle, you don’t need to exert effort when speaking English. Nobody cares about how you speak in English, for as long as you’re not over-acting when using it.

From a genuine Asian’s POV: Living in the US doesn’t have to mean underestimating Asian tradition

To my American buddies, no offense, but remember the “chink” incident in ESPN. That’s how Americans stereotype people, be it Asian or black, or Latino. Well, Asians are mostly stereotyped for being smart people and not only that. They’re also stereotyped just like how Amy Chua described it.

Well, think about this. Living in the US is hard and lonely at the same time. I hate to generalize, but most people think that it’s not ideal to celebrate Christmas there. No wonder, when I spent my Christmas in LA, we just went to Vegas, and to San Francisco. Still, it’s boring, lonely, and not the usual thing you’re dreaming of. It’s like the Philippines, only that it’s colder.

The American POV is notorious for underestimating Asian culture. Thinking that eye-to-eye contact should be observed, for me as an Asian, it is rude, but not necessarily offensive. Well, to underestimate someone who doesn’t do eye-to-eye contact is completely insulting. Another thing, belittling someone’s personality as an Asian is considered rude. Everything American is completely overrated, and thinking about watching Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and American drama is “cool,” for me, it’s nothing. Everything that is like that for me is boring. I’m not a fan, but I’m no way discouraging you from watching those things. Nothing. I’m not a fan of things that are American.

Why underestimate Asians? Don’t you know that it’s an insult not to produce sound when you eat in Japan? If you think that most Asians do not observe table manners, then that’s something really Asian. We’re not on a fine dining time, we’re in Asia. Also, the “American wave” didn’t stop me from embracing my love for things that are Asian.

Roxy said,

There are things in America that I appreciate, just its disrespectfulness and affluence to other cultures is what I hate.

The second phrase is something I would agree at. That’s the result of Filipinos living in the States, whenever they go back home to the Philippines for a vacation. They tend to underestimate Asian norms, such as the eye-to-eye contact thing and criticizing the disobedience towards table manners. Also, remember that the US troops’ deployment to Iraq was controversial. The troops tend to power-trip the locals right there, unlike the Brits who were more culturally-sensitive and considerate.

Language Superiority equates Rudeness to a certain culture

…even if they are good in English, maybe because they grew up abroad or maybe they had an opportunity to work there, it still doesn’t earn them the right to subjugate people who do not speak the way they speak.

I agree with this the most. It’s like thinking that eye-to-eye contact sensitivity is being dissed. Actually, I don’t do eye-to-eye contact, because I personally think that it IS something that isn’t Asian at all. I don’t look to the eyes of whom I’m talking to, but in meeting new people, it’s encouraged, unless the person thinks it’s OK not to have eye-to-eye contact.

There are things that I want to address to people who are living abroad: Speaking in English doesn’t have to make you intelligent. It makes you a communicator. Period. Thinking that Koreans, Japanese, and the Chinese have higher grades than me in English, it’s alright, for as long as they do their job, because they deserve more, and should be given a chance.

The lesson learned here is this: Don’t correct someone who thinks like an Asian/African, as a person living in the States. Well, it’s equal to do the “rock on” sign right in front of the Italian people and not only that, it’s like tipping a Japanese. Personally, for me, the real Americans who are native-born Americans (that I knew) tend to be more tolerant than those who think that everything Asian is wrong.

The Rest of the U-Week: Reflections

Frankly, I didn’t enjoy the U-Week for 2011-2012. The first one’s better (2010-2011).

Well, there are some photos that I took during my very first U-Week, and the only reason why I enjoyed it is because, there are absolutely NO major subjects bugging me like hell. *Sigh.* I didn’t bother to update this one yesterday or for the other days is because I really have to study in one of my major subjects. Fudge, I think I won’t pass the quiz. It was really mind-boggling like before.

New Items!

I won’t post the other ones (saka na lang) because I have to make this in a hurry, so here goes.


This is the Eiffel Tower pendant that I bought… and the plastic bag. HAHA.

I was thinking of buying some of the items that I liked, and yes, it was wish granted. Every wish should be everyone’s command or else, they might pay a fine for illegal intervention.

Sure, the thing about the whole U-Week is that, it is full of joy. However, it is conflicted with the academics I should accomplish, such as essays, papers, other requirements and so on. I think I should stay away from the Internet is because, it is not getting healthy anymore, and besides, I am no longer a freshman student. It’s really enjoyable to be an freshman, but to be a sophomore is quite harder. We have to get away from our comfort zones whenever we have priorities to do. Remember, second year college is the most hectic, and not only that; the third term is the most challenging term ever. No terms are easy and chill; everything’s a challenge to all of us.

I won’t make another Hiatus anymore. It’s deeply rooted in here, that I won’t be updating any rant at all. Time for the serious blogger to operate like bad-ass.