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Yesterday, Youth Vote Philippines gathered various student organizations from UP and around the Philippines for one of many in the series of voters registration and education campaign to involve and engage the youth to act now for our country by taking the first step to go register and make others register as well.

By making the youth aware of the situation, questioning and acting upon it, and sharing it with others, then we can make a STATEMENT and an impact in the development of our country. Atom Araullo and Juana Change’s message to the youth.

Launched last September 2008, Youth Vote Philippines is an alliance of various youth and reform-minded organizations for 2010 and beyond — Young Public Servants - INCITEGov (YPS) with Akbayan Youth, Ayala Young Leaders, TAYO, FTV, Reform Coalition, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines, WhyNotForum, Youth Alliance Philippines, and Movement for Good Governance. Their objective is to create online and offline collaboration for voter’s education and increased voter registration.

“Laugh, dance, vote” is one of the messages of Youth Vote Philippines. Jaime Garchitorena, one of the great minds behind this campaign, said that “laughing and dancing are crucial to youth experiences.” In the forum he said, “Laugh when you have to laugh, dance when it is time to dance, and come May 2010, vote when you have to vote,” he said.

“He believes this message, which will be promoted through the Internet, on tarpaulins and shirts, would encourage the youth to be more proactive in the May 2010 elections,” according to the ABS-CBN online news report.


Visit Youth Vote Philippines’ website, and make it known! :)

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Last Saturday UP Chinese Student Association conducted a clean-UP around the campus. We went around our assigned routes and took out trash from the waiting sheds, posts and sidewalks.

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We went to The Arena in San Juan to root for our UP Men’s Volleyball in their best of 3 Finals game against UST. It’s really unfortunate that there were only more or less a handful of student who went out of their way to cheer for our awesome team. While UST or FEU or DLSU had a multitude to their side, UP had the drums, but so little of the manpower to cheer. This is something we must fix next year.

Lining up for Volleyball tickets

In any case, we didn’t sit down anymore, instead, we went to the cheering squad for reinforcement. It was fun being with the cheering squad, shouting our lungs out with the drums.


After the game, we went to Victory Greenhills to attend service. Pastor Steve Murell, founder of our church was the one who preached. He talked about the legacy we should leave, in our one life to live. It was very powerful, striking and moving.

SNR shopping

Side-tripped afterward to shop for stuff for tomorrow, and dinner at Soms. :) See’ya guys!

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First of all congratulations to all those who won in the USC elections! Secondly, congratulations and good luck to the Executive Committee-elect of UP Chinese Student Association. I know you’ll be able to do great things next year.

CSA Org Pic

USC Elections is over. As for me, I am very thankful for all the people who have been there to support, guide, train, and nourish my desire to become a better student-leader.

More than a party, KAISA has been a family to me. Looking back, I am amazed with what we’ve all gone through, what we’ve all sacrificed and what we’ve all learned throughout this experience. This is a new chapter that would soon be written with more wonderful lines and stories that matter.

Icheck na yan!

They say that what I am having right now is the expected withdrawal symptoms from the elections. Truly, I miss being with my slatemates every night, trainings upon trainings, sleeping late and waking up really early, going room-to-room expecting the unexpected, and a lot more.

Elections pushed each and everyone of us to work and perform more. It only proved that “yes, we can.” Deep inside we all knew we could do it, but all the while, I could ask, “why weren’t we able to do this before the campaign started?” Sometimes, it just takes some push or even a tap for one to be able to go that extra mile. That for me is what we all want; that for me is what counts.

After all of this, yes, it’s hard to go back to “normal student life.” Though hard and tiring, I miss everything. Now, it’s time to perform, to walk the talk. I hope that all of you would still be there. :)

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Hi guys, I am back! :) I have been away from the internet, from my family, friends, etc to focus on my candidacy for UP USC Councilor. Thank God, all my sacrifices, all the hard work paid off. Thanks to you all! :)


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In this day and age, communication and communicating with people is vital. Everyday, you communicate in various settings (in school, in your work, in the family, etc.) with different people from all walks (your friends, classmates, etc.) to get things done.

I, together with some friends, had the privilege of having to try out the much talked about Bayan Wireless landline for weeks now. As Tiffy said, it’s really awesome having a landline with you everywhere you go. This is true, especially when my parents want to know where I am, or what time I’ll be home, it’s very easy for them to call me from home.


But for me, there are other reasons why I love the Bayan Wireless landline besides being reachable anytime, it’s because I get to cut costs on my cellphone bill, play my favorite FM station with the headset provided with it, play games (but don’t expect much), send text messages too. The phone also comes with other settings, such as an alarm, calendar, calculator, stopwatch among others. Now, isn’t that great? ^^ If you want to know the rates and some two-cents about the service, you can visit Jayvee’s On Bayan Telecommunications Wireless Landline Service.

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The Office of Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., together with the UP Pagdumala, and the Center for Local and Regional Governance brought to the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance Dialogues on Federalism: Leaders’ Forum, with guest speaker Senator Sharon Carstairs from Canada, and Senator Aquilino Pimentel himself. Also in attendance were Senator Pia Cayetano, Congressman Antonio Cuenco and Congresswoman Faysah Dumarpa, among others.

Dean Alex B. Brillantes, Jr., of the UP NCPAG, welcomed and introduced everyone to the Leaders’ Forum. After his speech, Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. introduced the guest speaker to the audience.

Basically the main topic presented, discussed and enlightened by Senator Carstairs were the Trends and Challenges for Federalism, how it was for the Canadians, and their experiences and dealings in their own country.

Senator Carstairs was able to briefly and concisely retold the history of Canada, and how Federalism came about in their region - its evolution, major political milestones to the current issues and trends of Federalism in Canada. She also told us about their financial, educational, health, and other sectors and how it interplays in the Canadian system.

For me, she clearly painted a picture of how Canada came to progress with their system. Despite the flaws and intricacies of Canadian Federalism (Yes, they do have problems too, like the Philippines), for me, it’s ultimately about learning about these structures, and seeing if it will or will not, if it will help or will not improve our own system.

As Senator Pia Cayetano said, it’s important that we initiate these dialogues and debates in order for everyone to be challenged and think about how it will or will not affect us in the end.

Jester, on the other hand, was able to record the whole lecture, and the question and answer portion which came right after the lecture. Go and see for yourself what Senator Carstairs and the Canadian experience has for us. Enjoy! :)

My uncle, Martin, blaming me as his reason for being addicted to Plurk, created such genius invention - The Plurkybar! :) So you might ask, “What’s a Plurkybar?” Here’s his explanation on his creation lifted from his post, “Plurkybar: extending a bar to your life(line)“.

PlurkybarPlurkybar is “an immensely simple Plurk sidebar for Firefox.” Just download it and you’ll be able to plurk within Firefox without having to have a dedicated window or tab. It automatically refreshes every minute so that you’re assured that you get the hottest, freshest, latest plurks available in your timeline.


Here’s what it looks like on my Mac OSX 10.5.5. (see photo below)

If you like what you see, you can download Plurkybar 0.1 now at his site. He’s also asking for your feedback, comments and/or suggestions. Go land on his site, and see what Plurkybar is all about! :D Enjoy plurking!

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