Friday, September 30, 2011

50 things College Students Should Know

Every morning before doing my daily task in the office I always browse headlines of the news and I was fascinated with this article about college studies that is why I would like to share this to my reader. I hope you can get some learning out of it.
College study is very important because it is the basis for employment. The grades that you get from your college years are the ones to be presented when you apply for jobs. And it is one of the bases for the employers whether to hire you or not. That is why it is certainly important to study hard but aside from college grade there are some guidelines in order to adjust the college life.
1. A lot of things will be changing and different, your friends and yourself. Let them.

2. Chances are you will be bunking at the dorms. Remember to call your love ones back home a few times a week, even if just for a few minutes.

3. There’s something amazing about songs, for they bring back memories of your favorite moments. One way or another you will be listening to music on the radio or at parties, so why not make albums of these songs. Years down the road, they serve as records of your best time in life.

4. Rest when you need to, for it recharges your mind and body for your next journey.

5. Wondering when you are most productive? Are you diurnal or nocturnal? If you are nocturnal and function best at night, embrace and enjoy that. It may be the only time in your life when you can.

6. Some like to stay ahead of time while others work best under pressure. If you are the latter, chances are you will procrastinate till the last minute. Experiment with them, and see which works best for you.

7. As much as it is important to be a responsible adult, at least a few times during college, do something fun and irresponsible.

8. Make friends with your favorite professors. There is so much more to learn from each other than books.
9. Spend some time alone every single day. Sleeping doesn't count.

10. Go out and have fun, go on dates. Don't feel like every date has to turn into a relationship.

11. Don't date your roommate’s ex, it’ll be awkward.

12. When your friends' family visits, join them if possible. You will get to know your friends better and you'll get free food, etc.

13. Remember to send a hand-written letter to someone who made college possible for you and describe your adventures thus far. It will mean a lot to him/her now, and it will mean a lot to you in ten years when he/she shows it to you.

14. Embrace the differences between you and your classmates. Always ask yourself, "what can I learn from this person?" There are things more important than just books and grades.

15. All-nighters are entirely overrated. Start early and rest plenty.

16. Those in college while maintaining a long-distance relationship with someone from high school: you two have to decide how things will work out. Understand that you two will be in different environments, but do not let your relationship interfere with your college experience. If you don't want to date anyone else, that's totally fine! What's not fine, however, is missing out on a lot of defining experiences because you're on the phone with your boyfriend/girlfriend for three hours every day.

17. Working out differences is best done in person, not over Facebook, email, IM or anything else. Body language tells you more than just words.

18. Take risks.

19. Don't be afraid of (or excited by) the co-ed bathrooms. You have the same stuff, period.

20. Come Wednesday night, your week is more than half over. Thursday and Friday will only get better.

21. Accept failures and pick yourself up. It's how we grow. What matters is not that you failed, but that you refuse to stay down.

22. Take classes that have nothing to do with your major(s), purely for the fun of it. And you'll get to make more friends.

23. Think about the future, but enjoy the present. College is more than just a stepping stone.

24. When you're living on a college campus with hundreds of things going on every second of every day, watching TV is pretty much a waste of your time and money.

25. Don't be afraid of Cupid’s arrow and never take it for granted. Celebrate it, but don't let it define your college experience.

26. Much of the time you once had for pleasure is now gone. Keep a list of these things, so that you can start working on them when you graduate.

27. Setbacks may seem like the end of the world, but take a deep breath, and reflect on what you have learned.
28. Every once in awhile, there will come an especially powerful moment when you can actually feel that an experience has changed who you are. Embrace these, even if they are painful.

29. Stay open-minded, regardless of your political or religious beliefs. You can't learn if you're closed off.

30. If you need a job, find something that you enjoy. Just because it is work doesn't mean it has to suck.

31. Take breaks from leading; it's good to follow sometimes.

32. Use your camera and make records of life in college. They become priceless in time to come.

33. Stay healthy and safe. You can’t do anything otherwise.

34. Drop your ego and ask for help. It won’t kill you.

35. Just because you are in the bottom half of class now, doesn’t mean you suck. Things can only improve when at your worst. Don’t let your grades affect you, get used to it.

36. In ten years time, very few of you will look as good as you do right now. Revel in how hot you are before its too late.

37. In the long run, which college you attended doesn't matter as much as what you do with the opportunities you're given there. The college name on your resume doesn’t mean anything if that's the only thing on your resume. In college, you will have access to a variety of opportunities, grab them.

38. On the flip side, don't try to do everything at once.

39. Stay objective. If your emotions are getting in the way, ask for help.

40. With the high national obesity figures, it is important to eat right. But treat yourself sometimes; emotional health is just as important as physical health.

41. It’s ok to be a complete ass at least once. Cake in the face sounds good.

42. Wash your sheets at least once a month. You do not want to be buffet for bed bugs.

43. If you are in a relationship, bring your significant other to meet your friends. They may pick up things you don’t.

44. Experiment with food. Those strange looking dishes you friend is making may be taste pretty good. Expand your horizons.

45. Explore the campus, and find your own hideout like the ‘Room of Requirement’.

46. If you are no longer excited about your field of study, switch even if it complicates things. Life is too short for regrets.

47. Tattoos are permanent and costly. Be very certain.

48. Don't make fun of pre-frosh. You were there just a minute ago.

49. Enjoy every second of your college years. These seconds will fly by.

50. A time where learning is your key responsibility. Try to remember how lucky you are every day.
Enough talking, now go live the best years of your lives. Be yourself. Grab every moment, for there’s no way to turn back time.
Learn. Grow. Love.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Remembering Martial Law

It was on September 21, 1972 when Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos declared Martial Law under proclamation 1081. What is the meaning of Martial Law? It was a law to suspend the civil rights and imposed military authority in the country. Marcos defended the declaration stressing the need for extra powers to put down the rising wave of violence allegedly caused by communists. The emergency rule was intended to eradicate the roots of rebellion and promote a rapid trend for national development. Marcos explained citing the provisions from the Philippine Constitution that Martial Law is a strategic approach to legally defend the Constitution and protect the welfare of the Filipino people from the dangerous threats posed by Muslim rebel groups and Christian vigilantes that places national security at risk during the time. He also added that Martial Law was not a military takeover but was then the only option to resolve the country’s dilemma on rebellion that stages national chaos threatening the peace and order of the country. According to Marcos that the emergency rule was to lead the country into what he calls a “New Society”.

Marcos used several events to justify martial law. Threat to the country’s security was intensifying following the re-establishment of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in 1968. Supporters of CPP’s military arm, the New People’s Army, also grew in numbers in Tarlac and other parts of the country. The alleged attempt to the life of then Minister of Defense Juan Ponce Enrile gave Marcos a window to declare Martial Law. Marcos announced the emergency rule the day after the shooting incident. Marcos also declared insurgency in the south caused by the clash between Muslims and Christians, which Marcos considered as a threat to national security. The Muslims were defending their ancestral land against the control of Christians who migrated in the area. The minority group organized the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Malaysia and pushed for the autonomy of Mindanao from the national government.

The move was initially supported by most Filipinos and was viewed by some critics as a change that solved the massive corruption in the country. Martial law ceased the clash between the executive and legislative branches of the government and a bureaucracy characterized by special interest. Marcos started to implement reforms on social and political values that hindered effective modernization. To match the accomplishments of its Asian neighbors, Marcos imposed the need for self-sacrifice for the attainment of national welfare. His reforms targeted his rivals within the elite depriving them of their power and patronage but did not affect their supporters (US Library of Congress, Martial Law and the Aftermath).

Thirty-thousand opposition figures and that’s include Senator Benigno Aquino, journalists, student and labor activists were detained at military compounds under the President’s command (Proclamation 1081 and Martial Law). The army and the Philippine Constabulary seized weapons and disbanded private armies controlled by prominent politicians and other influential figures (Proclamation 1081 and Martial Law). Marcos took control of the legislature and closed the Philippine Congress (Proclamation 1081 and Martial Law). Numerous media outfits were either closed down or operated under tight control (Proclamation 1081 and Martial Law). Marcos also allegedly funneled millions of the country’s money by placing some of his trusted supporters in strategic economic positions to channel resources to him. Experts call this the “crony capitalism.”

The deterioration of the political and economic condition in the Philippines triggered the decline of support on Marcos’ plans. More and more Filipinos took arms to dislodge the regime. Urban poor communities in the country’s capital were organized by the Philippine Ecumenical Council for Community and were soon conducting protest masses and prayer rallies. These efforts including the exposure of numerous human rights violations pushed Marcos to hold an election in 1978 and 1981 in an aim to stabilize the country’s chaotic condition. Marcos, in both events, won the election; however, his extended term as President of the Republic of the Philippines elicited an extensive opposition against his regime. Social unrest reached its height after former Senator Benigno Aquino was murdered. The incident sent thousands of Filipinos to the streets calling for Marcos’ removal from post. Turning again to his electoral strategy, Marcos held a snap election in 1986 but what he hoped will satisfy the masses only increased their determination to end his rule that seated Corazon Aquino, widow of Benigno Aquino, as President of the Philippines ousting Marcos from MalacaƱang Palace and ending the twenty-one years of tyrant rule. FREEDOM was achieved in a peaceful way.  


Monday, September 12, 2011

Shamcey Supsup Crowned as Third Runne-up in Miss Universe 2011

Miss Shamcey Supsup was named third runner-up at the Miss Universe 2011pageant held at Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brzil. Throughtout the competition, Shamcey was among the top placers in NBC com’s Miss Universe voting poll. During the pageant Shamcey impressed her fans with her answer during the Q and A portion. She was asked by Judge Vivica A. Fox if she would change her religion to marry someone she loves. She answered: “No. I would not change my religion because, first of all, I love my God who created me and if that person truly loves me, he must also love my God”.

The winners of the Miss Universe 2011 are:

 Miss Universe 2011: Miss Angola, Leila Lopes

1st Runner-up - Miss Ukraine, Olesya Stefanko

2nd Runner-up - Miss Brazil, Priscila Machado

3rd Runner-up - Miss Philippines, Shamcey Supsup

4th Runner-up - Miss China , Zi Lin Luo Luo

Shamcey Leads the Miss Universe Online Voting

Shamcey Gurrea Supsup was born on May 16, 1986 in Iligan City, Philippines. Later on their family transferred to General Santos City. She studied at Notre Dame of Lagao during her elementary years. Shamcey graduated as a Salutatorian from Makati High School. In college, she took up Architecture and graduated as magna Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines. She ranked No. 1 Top Notcher in the Philippine Architectural Board Examination 2010 with a grade of 86.6%.
Shamcey joined the Bb. Pilipinas 2011 and was crowned as the Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2011 to compete the Miss Universe pageant held at Sao Paulo, Brazil. She also bagged the following award during pageant. Bb. Pilipinas- Miss Talent, Miss Cream Silk and Miss Philippines Airlines.
Today, Sept. 13, 2011 is the Miss Universe coronation day and first time in history that organizers are involving fans worldwide to vote for a contestant to the semi-finals. Shamcey is leading the raced of the online poll and she got a total of 25% of votes for a total of 1,578 votes. The winners of the online voting will automatically gets the Top 16 semi-finalist.Goodluck Shamcey!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Lea Salonga To Judge the Miss Universe 2011

One of the most globally admired Filipino achievers is our very own Ms. Lea Salonga. And she will be one of the seven judges in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant night in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The pageant will be held on September 13.
The other judges are three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helios Castroneves, American broadcast legend Connie Chung, Brazilian Supermodel Isabeli Fontana, actress/television producer Vivica Fox, Adrienne Maloof of the hit series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Mama Mary!

According to the history that the parents of Mary, Joachim and Anna were beyond the years of child bearing but they prayed and fasted that God grant their desire of having a child. And God grant their prayers and Mary was born. The birth of Mary was also miraculous. She was conceived without sin as a special grace because God had selected her to become the mother of His Son. As the mother of Jesus Christ, Mary has a central role in the life of the Roman Catholic Church. The Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been celebrated in the Church at least since the 8th Century. As Christians we are so thankful to Mama Mary for accepting the invitation from God to become the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the World. Happy Birthday Mama Mary