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Why we stay

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Last Thursday, the University of the Philippines’ board of regents appointed me chancellor of UP Diliman, the flagship campus, and although my term did not officially start until March 2, I had to hit the ground running, including arranging for transfers of responsibilities from being a college dean. I’m glad to say, too, that both in UP and the Inquirer, I have been given the go-signal to continue doing this column, thanks in part to readers who wrote in to convince me to continue.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Pilate-an’ statement from university heads

This is in reaction to the article titled, “Top schools call for united front vs corruption” (News, 2/14/14). The four presidents of the so-called top schools (by what standards?) said: “As institutions of higher learning, we send word to our nation that we shall keep vigil until the truth is told and we at last are free.” I call this statement

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Does the academic calendar matter?

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Three cheers for University of the Philippines Diliman. It refused to be rushed into approving the proposal to change the academic calendar from June-April to August-May and, when it was discussed in its University Council, disapproved it, calling for careful study. The 5-page proposal was apparently unsupported by any real evidence.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Flawed rationale for proposed academic calendar

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The move to change the academic calendar of the University of the Philippines, as well as other schools like Ateneo de Manila University, from the present June-March cycle to a late August-May cycle should be examined with a fine-toothed comb. Instead, there seems to have been a rush to judgment, which was stopped in its tracks by the members of the university community. The Commission on Higher Education also weighed in on the issue.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

School leaders call for moral revolution against corruption

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.

Posted: September 24th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

UAAP residency rule vs right to sports

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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 [...]

Posted: September 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Intervention on clinical depression Kristel’s real legacy?

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.

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A celebration of failure

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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.

Posted: June 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What’s in a name?

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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.

Posted: June 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Historical revisionism

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?

Posted: June 14th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Parenting

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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.

Posted: June 8th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Inequality in PH education

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Inequality in PH education

Posted: June 1st, 2013 in Infographics,Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

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