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October 2013 CPA board examination topnotcher Jackson Apostol of Nueva Vizcaya recalled the days when he was told “that I could not get a good college education because I was not studying in Manila. Since then I promised myself that I would prove them wrong” (“Studying in prov’l school didn’t faze CPA topnotcher,” Across the Nation, 10/22/13).
By John Nery
Last Friday, among several other titles, the Ateneo de Manila University Press launched “The Light of Liberty: Documents and Studies on the Katipunan, 1892-1897,” by the historian Jim Richardson. It is, in my view, the most important book of this generation.
Good news has been in short supply in the sad aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” but here’s a report that blazes a small trail for helping students in need. As a means of offering relief to its students from devastated Eastern Visayas, the University of the Philippines is waiving collection of tuition from at least 30 students who have cross-enrolled in UP Los Baños, in order to allow their families breathing room to take stock of their situation and begin the daunting process of rebuilding. Additionally, three students from UP Tacloban will be given free accommodation in UPLB dormitories. And UPLB Chancellor Rex Cruz has also called for pledges to cover the students’ meals for a semester.
By Butch Hernandez
Try this exercise from Stephanie Watson of HowStuffWorks.com: “Each time you have a conversation, pretend there’s going to be a quiz at the end of it. Try to keep a mental checklist of all the important points the other person makes. When the conversation is over, force yourself to recall at least three important things the person said. Get in the habit of doing this until listening becomes second nature.”
By Maria Reylan M. Garcia
For the last six years, the dropout rate among pupils aged 12-15 has been steadier than the Kathniel fandom.
By Anne Brigitte U. Lim
As I check 250 English-exam papers across five sections of third-graders, I reflect upon the students’ test scores and my experience as a public school teacher. It still puzzles me why a lot of the students prioritize coming to school only on test days. I wonder why they bother taking a test which they are not ready for. They probably just prayed for a miracle to happen to help them pass.
By Butch Hernandez
Dr. Don Vicente C. Real, president of Negros Oriental State University (Norsu), wants it to consistently provide its graduates with strong fundamental and higher order competencies, and as many opportunities as possible to serve the greater good through gainful employment.
By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
When I was invited to join the Teach for All conference held on Oct. 18-24 in Shanghai and then Tenchong in Yunnan province by Teach for the Philippines founders and top officials Margarita Delgado, Lizzie Zobel, and Clarissa Delgado, I thought my only involvement would be to interview two former Beijing political exiles…
By Leonardo L. Leonidas
The average 18-month-old can say about 10 to 30 words, but some normal 18-month-olds can say only five words.
By Vinny Denise Gabrielle T. Real
Back in my senior year in high school, I developed an immense affinity with my physics subject. Not only did it challenge me with different formulae and computations, it also taught me various lessons that I apply in my daily life up to now.
By Hyacinth J. Tagupa
I’d very much like to say that I am currently a highly paid professional living in the lap of luxury, just so I can lend this piece an inspirational rags-to-riches feel. But, alas, I am simply a twentysomething writer, trying to make the most of my paycheck. This is not a rags-to-riches story, only a simple tribute to my beloved alma maters.
By Butch Hernandez
At the recent 1st International Research Conference on Higher Education, Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) chair Patricia Licuanan declared that “higher education plays two strategic roles at this stage of the country’s development: It develops students into competent individuals sought by the labor market and hones their technical and life skills to negotiate a complex and globalized world.”