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We, the presidents of Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, and the University of the Philippines, join our faculty, staff and students in their deep concern about, and condemnation of, the misuse of public funds by unscrupulous government officials and their conniving associates. We stand in unity, driven by a keen desire to end the deeply entrenched culture of corruption and patronage in our political system.
By Oscar Franklin Tan
When swimmer Mikee Bartolome sued over the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) residency rule, the UAAP opined to Judge Manuel Sta. Cruz Jr. that “playing in the UAAP is not a right, but a mere privilege.” Bartolome correctly argues this is not only callous and arbitrary, it is unconstitutional and un-Filipino. As a [...]
In the aftermath of Kristel Tejada’s death by her own hand, apparently due to money problems which forced her to stop studying, public attention was focused on how to bring relief to other students who may be in a similar bind. Overlooked was the state of Kristel’s mind when she decided to end her own life; she was said to be suffering from depression. As one school official noted, “suicide is a complex matter.” Unfortunately, this official’s voice was drowned out by the shrill and angry clamor of activists calling for the resignation of the school officials blamed for her death.
By MANUEL F. ALMARIO
The renaming by the University of the Philippines of its College of Business Administration as the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business is a celebration of failure. It gives the wrong lesson to our people and especially to our youth.
By Randy David
Whatever it was that motivated our colleagues and students at the University of the Philippines College of Business Administration to name their college—the academic program itself, and not just the building—after their esteemed alumnus and former dean, Cesar E.A. Virata, I am quite sure it had nothing to do with the pledge of an endowment. Though he has rich and powerful friends, Virata himself has kept a low profile and is known to live modestly. But, more important, as far as I know, UP does not confer honor in exchange for money.
The University of the Philippines has renamed its business school after Cesar Emilio Aguinaldo Virata, finance secretary and later prime minister under the Marcos dictatorship. Critics, and they are many, ask: Is it legal to start with, there being a law that prohibits the “naming of public places … and institutions after living persons”? Had the university authorities been truthfully briefed about naming practices in elite universities abroad? Was the honoree truly worthy of the honor, apparently unprecedented in UP, of having an entire academic program named after him?
By Randy David
A parent whose biggest goal in life is to see all her children graduate from the University of the Philippines wrote me the other day to ask what advice to give her son who had taken a leave of absence from his studies in UP in order to work in their town’s local government.
Inequality in PH education
By Fae Cheska Marie Esperas
When I first entered the University of the Philippines, the cost per unit was P300. So if I had to take 18 units, my tuition, along with other fees, would amount to almost P6,000. My biological parents weren’t there to pay my tuition. It was my grandmother who stretched her salary, borrowed loans from sharks, [...]
By Belinda A. Aquino
The recent passing of Dr. Onofre D. Corpuz, popularly known as O.D., saddens thousands of colleagues, scholars, and former students he had worked with in his long and productive career as one of the best minds the Philippine academia has produced.
By Mirra Reyes
Semester after semester, universities—not just the University of the Philippines—will have to refuse some students who wish to reenroll. Delinquencies, outstanding balances, and incomplete requirements are some of the reasons why. People have been blaming the UP administration for Kristel Tejada’s suicide, but in all universities, there is a protocol to which admissions have to adhere. I agree that UP needs a bigger budget, a better enrollment system, and more support from the government. But even if we make everything in UP perfect, it still can’t say yes to all the students who wish to study or continue studying there.
By Michael L. Tan
The title of the play says it all: “Umaaraw, umuulan: Kinakasal ang Tikbalang,” referring to a folk belief about sun showers—raining even as the sun shines—being a sign that a tikbalang wedding is going on (the tikbalang being a mythological horse-like creature, similar to the Greek centaur and the Indian kinnara). I was skeptical about [...]