Currently at House of Representatives and doing internship. It’s very quiet here, having 3 members of the staff and the big boss not here. Not to mention that my supervisor happens to be also a close friend.


Don’t be fooled with the situation, however.


I need to be on my toes. Mark warned me that things here are unhurried but things can brew up when the unexpected happens. Plus, since  I am a newcomer, I tend to be overenthusiastic. It takes a lot to curb my exuberance, plus the fact that I always heckle with my “boss”. He has a face to maintain and most of the people I see here are in awe of him (I had to bite down the urge to smile). I have to remember that I am here as an intern. Self-control is one of the things I sadly lack but must keep a supply, if I want to pull this off.

I must say that I am very excited with the new experience (hindi lang halata, haha) because I also miss being inside the office. Almost half a year ago, I resigned from my job to continue my studies and I had been doing it for the last 5 years. I can’t say I’m thrilled with the idea of being confined inside a cubicle (albeit the office is too nice and is not a cubicle. Think of it as a condo, haha.)


Anyway, have to go for now. Will continue tomorrow.


REPOST: An article from the Varsitarian entitled “RH Bill, Ateneo and La Salle: Of Lemons and Cowards”*

REPOST: An article from the Varsitarian entitled “RH Bill, Ateneo and La Salle: Of Lemons and Cowards”*.

I had been looking for articles about RH bill for my Anthro 198 (Legal Anthro) finals when I stumbled into this editorial of The Varsitarian.

I think my eyes just got scalded there from the title itself. Reading further, I literally had to cringe with the short-sightedness, misguided notions on religion and beliefs on academic freedom and on the RH bill itself. Plus, a Dominican touch of reproof for their Jesuit and Lasallian brothers, bordering the sophomoric rivalries.

Makes me wonder. Did the editors of The Varsitarian forget that they embody the voice of UST– its alumni, faculty and students? Is this UST’s stand officially? How could this inflammatory piece get published?

I am not from UST but I am also Catholic. I was raised by both devout Catholic parents, studied in Catholic school before entering UP. But I support RH bill. Does that make me a heretic? Hm. Smells Spanish Inquisition again.

BTW, my mom (who’s also a devout Catholic) had herself ligated. She serves our local parish as an usherette and she had not been questioned or shunned by her peers when she was asked why did she have a permanent contraception. Ito lang naman sinabi niya: “Ano ba mas makasalanan? Ang magkaanak ng kaya niyo lang mag-asawa o manganak nang manganak pero pababayaan niyo lang?”


Got good news for today! Let this pic show why:


Congrats to the new doctors and especially to my best friend, Dr. Jayson T. Parinas MD. 😀 So proud of you!


Oh yeah, I also got some good stuff with acads. I aced my 142 midterms. I can’t believe it but I actually got a 91 out of 101. Not bad. 😛

Thursday trauma

Second subject of my midterms exam. Not good news. I admit: I did not study properly for it. I felt like I was grabbing at straws for the end of the exam time. Memory is a good thing but when your professor is someone who prefers essay and right-minus wrong for her test format, make sure to devote time to actually UNDERSTAND your concepts. Especially when it is the most ETHICal thing to do. So much for pun, PA 161.

Later today, I had attended a talk of UP AnthroSoc’s SIPA or State of the Indigenous People Address in celebration for Indigenous People Week. This discussed the plight and situation of many of our indigenous groups today, especially in the face of commercialization and development. They featured representatives from the Northern Luzon indigenous groups like the Ibaloi and the Bontok. We also had a guest speaker from the Aeta group of Porac, Pampanga. I wish they were also able to get groups from the Lumad (Mindanao groups) and the Tamunduk (Visayan groups) but basing from their discussions of their plight and the featured video presentation, most of our minority groups have concerns on being oppressed by the nation that is supposed to protect and nurture their lives and culture.

I would later expound my thoughts on this as I will do a paper for my Legal Anthropology class regarding the discourse on how their customary laws and the formal laws (lowlander laws as they call it) relate to each other. It is however sad and alarming that many of the laws and projects of the local and national government seem to either ignore or at worst, trample their rights to live and survive. For the sake of national interests and profit, homes and lives are destroyed or sold to the highest bidder.

Perhaps, the maddening and outrageous reaction I had came from what Pastor Benny’s story on the development of eco-tourism in one of the ancestral domains at Pampanga. The current governor had commented on the state of the lives of the natives, deploring on “how come you have this lot of land yet you still remain poor?” Thus they made a portion of the ancestral land as an eco-park with zip line and cable cars meant for tourists, to make the lives of the indigent people more sustainable.

It took a lot of my will power not to stand up from where I sat and tell Pastor Benny if I can get to stab their governor for that thoughtless remark. Thankfully, I think my professor in Legal Anthro had also left and had not witnessed my outrage. Pastor Benny then explained what do they consider as wealth and development.

Iba ang pananaw ng katutubo kung ano sa kanila ang kaunlaran. Wala yan sa pera, sa laki ng bahay, damit, kotse at kung ano mang materyal na bagay. Payak kami mamuhay. Nasa pagiging payapa at kasaganaan ng aming natural na pamumuhay.

Pastor Benny even suggested a better solution: CULTURAL TOURISM.

Tataniman uli ang bundok ng katutubong puno, hanggang sa mamunga at lapitan muli ng mga hayop. Punuin uli ang mga ilog at sapa ng mga lamang-tubig. Bigyan natin ng sampung taon. Kami naman ay di ipagdadamot ang yaman ng aming lupa. Mas maganda kung ang magiging turismo ay yung napapakita namin ang natural naming pamumuhay. Paano kami magpana ng ibon, manisid sa ilog ng ulang. O kung gusto niyo, makisisid at makipana na rin kayo. May makakain na tayo, masaya pa tayo.

Siguro nga mas maganda pa patutunguhan kung ang mismong nakatira sa kanilang lupa ang siyang magpapasya kung ano ang nais nila mangyari dito.

At naninibago pa ako paano sumulat dito. Pahinga na muna ngayong gabi. Nabusog man ang isip ko, kailangan naman bumawi bukas.