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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Filipino Famous Comedian: Edwin San Juan

Pilipino fride, punny comedian! Hahaha! He's fun and he's younger in this video! More vidoes of Edwin San Juan can be accessed in youtube. If you're a Filipino, or someone who knows the Filipino culture, weaknesses and some unique stuff, you will surely enjoy his comedy! The f's and the p's, we indeed interchange most of the time... that's just pucking punny, isn't it??? :=)

Have fun andMabuhay!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Scholarship Grant for Filipino Students in University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)

I had the great honor and luck to have stumbled into this lady's blog and she advised me in my previous post about reading that, in memory of her father, ascholarship grant in thePhilippines is offered! Isn't that a good news for Filipino students? For fellow Filipinos, please help disiminate this information to your friends and families who might be qualified. I copied the information about qualification to the site where the info is. Feel free to visit the site yourself, here. If you can please repost this in facebook and other social meadia.

Who is eligible for this scholarship?
The Shouichi Yoshida Memorial Scholarship (SYMS) shall be granted to students of any nationality, coming from economically handicapped families and gifted intellectually. The field of specialization shall be agriculture and the fellowship shall be restricted to the first university degree to be operated only in institutes in the Philippines.

Scholarship Grant

Full scholarship offers a stipend of P2,000 per month for 10 months per school year for students from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños plus tuition, matriculation and miscellaneous school fees; P1,800 per month for 10 months per school year for students from other agricultural universities in the Philippines plus tuition, matriculation and miscellaneous school fees.

Scholarship Requirement


• Scholastically promising
• Economically needy
• Field of specialization: agriculture
• Proficient in English
• Should pass the UPCAT and NSAT exams
• Of good moral character

Basis of selection and relative weight of each

• Financial/economic condition
• Secondary/high school grades
• English proficiency
• UPCAT and NSAT exams

Financial condition

Local applicants

Family income of P900 and below 40 points
Family income of P901- P1100 30 points
Family income of P1101-P1300 20 points
Family income of P1301-P1500 10 points
Family income of P1501 and above 0 points

Foreign applicants

The financial condition needs to be certified by a government agency/institute in applicant’s country. This institute will likewise determine the standard of living in this particular country specifically the area where the applicant comes from. Information on the occupations and salaries of parents, brothers and sisters of the applicant will also be determined.

High school honor graduate or belonging to the upper 5% of the graduating class.

The educational standard of the applicant’s country shall be considered. Through the country’s education agency/institution, the UPCAT exam shall be given to the applicant.

Supporting papers needed

• Application form previously filled up and signed
• Photocopy of secondary school grades or transcript of records
• Certification from the school’s principal that the applicant belongs to the upper 5% of the graduating class if not an honor student or is an honor student.
• Results of UPCAT and NSAT exams
• Results of English proficiency exam
• Certification of financial status from the state or photocopy of income returns of preceding year
• One page typewritten essay on the topic: Why do you want to study agriculture and what benefits do you expect from it for yourself and your country?

Requirements for Maintaining the Scholarship

• The grantee shall get a weighted average of at least 2.5 from at least 15 academic units per semester with no grades below 2.75 in both academic and non-academic subjects.
• The grantee shall submit his grades to the scholarship committee at the end of each semester, within one week after the final examination period, for evaluation.
• The grantee shall consult the designated adviser and the committee regarding plans for dropping a subject. The committee reserves the right to approve or disapprove dropping of subjects. The grantee will not be allowed to retain less than 15 academic units during a semester, except during the grantee’s last semester in college.
• The grantee shall not transfer to another school or college, nor change course, without consultation with and approval of the scholarship committee.
• The grant will be enjoyed for a period of 5 years or until the grantee graduates, whichever is shorter.
• The grantee shall automatically lose his scholarship, should he fail to meet the grade and number of credit requirement.

After graduation, the grantee is requested to keep the committee informed of his intellectual pursuits and progress once every 2-3 years.

Please contact: Romeo Visperas (r.visperas@cgiar.org) should you wish to apply.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Filipino Readers are More Powerful Citizens and Knowledge is a True Power

Filipinos who read daily are more powerful. Is that true? I cannot argue otherwise. The late Ernie Baron would always say, "Knowledge is Power" and that is not only a slogan or a motto but a reality! When we read, we exercise our brain. When we read often, we will ne exposed to different opinions and we will be able to weigh down these varying arguments and it will enable our brains to formulate and weigh down these information that would eventually allow us to decide wisely on a certain scenario. According to a source, reading "is the mastery of basic cognitive processes to the point where they are automatic so that attention is freed for the analysis of meaning."

Why am I emphasizing this importance in reading? I was browsing for Philippine news when I saw the headline about reading and indeed, it is hightime that FIlipinos try to get more educated. And reading is oneof the best tools to achieve that! Why Filipinos should read? and Read? AND READ even MORE? Knowledge is Power, yes, I repeat, Knowledge is a very strong power in every sense!

1. Reading makes the reader become a better person. If we read, we widen our perspective. We get influenced lesser. Reading exercisesour brain to comprehend something. If we read what is happening, we absorb this information in our brain and it becomespart of us, as if we ourselves experienced what we read. It awakens our imagination and it makes us a person capable of understanding something we ourselves have not experienced in reality yet.

2. Reading allows us to be impartial. Wiser individuals don't decide withour evidence. A wiser individual weighs evidences 1 vs evidence 2. But an even wiser individual would go beyond evidence one and two to even understand what's going on. This person would dig further and see the root of the presented, available and dug evidence to arrive to the best conclusion. And this person usually has the better life of the three!

3. Reading will lead you to your dreams! In Philippines, the horizon of Filipinos can be really very limited. The country itself is like a prison of each own. Crossing another country is not a simple thing to do. Without reading, it's difficult to imagine what's outthere! Through reading, our imagination work. We are exposed to a different world. It gives us the possibility to see beyond what our eyes are laid to. You may say, why not TV? TV is very easy, we see faster, we lose the image faster. It does not exercise our imagination because it's all there: spoken, shown, no more space to dream. With reading, we discover new things, new experience, and from the limited things we knew, reading made us realize there is something more and we are entering a new ray of direction for our lives.

4. It goes without saying: Reading makes us more informed, more intelligent. And once we are itellignet enough, we will realize that the more we know, the more we don't know. And we are at the zeal of having more knowledge...and it never stops... By this time however,  we are better citizens who know better, we would like to improve, and improve and improve and learn and learn further. And who are these people? These people are usually those who constitute the elite of their group, the better informed, the more financially stable. And it actually started by just reading... and reading more!

Simple as it seem, it is not simple to develope. The èarent should devise ways for their children for them to love reading. They should devise ways to make the children love reading. And how? Story books, illustrated children books, work on the child's imagination...not only TV, not only toys! It's not the child alone, the parents themselves have a big part to play. Read and your children will see that reading islovely if you yourself do it!

Reading's an undervalued treasure!