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2009 Virgin Labfest Plays (This June at the Cultural Center of the Philippines)

The Virgin Labfest is a venue for playwrights, directors and actors to bring to life ‘untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged’ one act plays. The festival is sponsored by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Tanghalang Filipino, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and The Writers Bloc, Inc.

SET A School of Life (Mga Dulang Walang Pinag-aralan)

June 23: 3pm, 8pm
July 4: 8pm
July 5: 3pm

MPC ni Job Pagsibigan, to be mounted by the Dulaang Sipat Lawin
Humdrum pupil Felix Bakat is already the brightest student in the sub-
standard Mababang Paaralan ng Caniogan or MPC. He and his two other
friends, Erwin & Didai, had the misfortune of being the only three
students to report to their class one stormy school day. Their
teacher, the terrifying Miss Magnaye, prepares them for her teaching
demo which she and her students are scheduled to present before their
visiting school superintendent, Mr. Catacutan.
On the day of the teaching demo, Erwin & Didai plan to steal from Miss
Magnaye’s stock of canned goods; a business the teacher keeps to
augment what she earns from the profession she herself despises. But
just when Mr. Catacutan is already enjoying the teaching demo, Erwin
and Didai are found out. Miss Magnaye points to Felix as the one
behind the conspiracy. How the children are eventually cleared of
the mischief is no small help from the school’s legendary ghost,
Pilita and the violent storm that ties Pilita’s fate to that of Miss

Ang Huling Lektyur ni Misis Reyes ni Tim Dacanay, director Hazel
A high school music teacher at the crossroads of life decides to
retire. She faces her class for one last session and improvises a
lecture on a topic she considers most important for her audience: sex.

Pandaraya ni Oggie Arcenas, director Roli Inocencio
Isadora, a student who is about to graduate summa cum laude from a
prestigious university is accused of cheating during an examination.
The accuser is Amor, an underachieving student, and the campus slut.
The two face-off before the Student Disciplinary Tribunal which is
hearing the cheating case. As the hearing unfolds, secrets are
revealed, and a jaded society’s value system takes the spotlight.

SET B It’s Complicated (The Buhul-Buhol Trilogy)
June 24: 3pm, 8pm
July 3: 8pm
July 4: 3pm

Salise ni J. Dennis Teodosio, director: Roobak Valle
A laptop was stolen. In a desperate attempt to retrieve it, a soap
opera writer discovers a life story that’s stranger and juicier than
the teleseryes he’s been writing.

Ang Mamanugangin ni Rez ni Clarissa Estuar, director: Paolo O’Hara
Enter Pinay’s world, which for most of the day is compressed into a
small bag/shoe repair stall she manages at a mall. Here, even simple
dreams seem out of reach, and simple Pinay constantly just fades into
the background. She makes one last ditch effort for something she
truly wants, or rather someone she truly wants only to question why
she set her aspirations on that one man, of all people.

So Sangibo A Ranon Na Piyatay O Satiman A Tadman ni Rogelio Braga,
director Riki Benedicto
Written by a Filipino playwright as an ars poetica to a Bangsa Moro
freedom fighter Abdul Rahman Macapaar is a story of love, lost and
remembrance. Stella, a hooker from the university belt during the
Martial Law years remembers the 1971 Tacub Massacre in Kauswagan,
Lanao del Norte, Abdul Rahman who longs for a Ranao he left to pursue
a dream in Manila, and Aling Ella a spinster who remembers a lost love
that haunts her like a ghost. So Sanggibo a Ranon na Piyatay o Satiman
a Tadman is both a story of how ordinary people struggle for love,
self-respect, freedom and maratabat amid a nation that harbors a dark
past and an invitation to a journey in one of the sordid histories of
Filipino Nationalism against the Bangsa Moro people.

SET C Blood Sports (Trilohiyang Dinuguan )
June 25: 3pm, 8pm
July 3, 3pm
July 5: 8pm

Kitchen Medea ni Kiyokazu Yamamoto, director: Yoshida Toshihisa

Doc Resurrecion: Gagamutin ang Bayan ni Layeta Bucoy, director: Tuxqs
With the desire to introduce positive changes to his community, Doc
Resureccion ran for Mayor. Unfortunately, his cousin, Boy Pogi
Resureccion ran as a nuisance candidate challenging Doc Resureccion’ s
chances. Bearing gifts and promises of a better future, he tries
persuading his cousin to withdraw his candidacy only to find out that
the community he so wanted to help desires a different path for itself.

Asawa/Kabit ni George de Jesus III, director George de Jesus III
Two middle-aged women, Via and Vanessa, confront each other about the
man they both loved for more than 25 years. Through a scathing
conversation, resentments and regrets surface like land mines forcing
both women to evaluate the immutable choices they made in the name of
love, the unbearable burden of hope, and the contentiousness of
believing in a man’s fidelity.

SET D The Family That _______s Together (Tatlong Dulang Walang Diyos)
June 25: 3pm, 8pm
July 3, 3pm
July 5: 8pm

Boy-Girl ang Gelpren ni Mommy ni Sheilfa Alojamiento, director Carlo
Two kids, caught in adult infidelity games, took time off away from
their errant father’s house and spend a vacation one summer in their
divorced mother’s place in another city and get to know her and her

Maliw ni Reuel Molina Aguila, director Edna Vida
How does one close a chapter still to be written? Five years after the
forced-disappearanc e of her eldest daughter, a mother confronts this
question. The play is set after her family celebrates her eldest
daughter’s 30th birthday.

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White ni George Vail Kabristante;
director: Paul Santiago
This is a document of the times when club entertainers in Japan used
to pick yen from the walls of clubs to be remitted to their families
back home for saving or for squandering. It zeroes in on former
entertainers husband and wife Jay-Ar and Leizl and their dream to go
back to Japan which has become an impossibility, given that the
Japanese government has absolutely made it difficult now for anyone to
work there as club entertainer. Hinting at Chekovian absurdities &
humor , the characters continue dreaming and role-playing to relive
the good old days. In laughing at themselves and acting “up” and
“out” the dark humors and their memorable past in Japan, these two
characters find their plight less painful to bear.

SET E Life is a Trap (Three Plays in Search of Escape)

June 27: 3pm, 8pm
June 30: 8pm
July 1: 3pm

Isang Araw sa Peryahan ni Nicolas B. Pichay, director: Chris Millado
Zaldy and Toni, two friends whose family members have been the victims
of forced disappearances, amble along a jologs Peryahan. They grope in
the dark shadow of a world weighed by uncertainties and fear.
Engaged in the ritual of forgetting, the two friends’ undefined
relationship adds a nagging ambiguity in their lives making it
difficult for them to define a future. Hope, for them can be a tricky
sleight of hand; a slow and treacherous rickity ride to hell.

Paigan ni Liza Magtoto, director: Sigrid Bernardo
Fagen (“Paigan”), an Afro-American soldier who deserted his camp to
fight side-by-side with the Filipino revolutionaries, is wanted by the
Americans for the price of $600– a hefty sum at the time. Desperate
for money, Pedring captures Fagen and is set to behead him when Tacio,
a former comrade, and the Filipina wife of the captive beseech him.
The play explores a possible scenario posed by historical essays on
the true-to-life story of the guerilla fighter who defected to our
side during the Filipino-American War.

Hate Restaurants ni David Finnigan, director: Victor Villareal
Hate Restaurants is a command. Hate restaurants. Hate them. This play
follows the trials and tribulations of a small pancake restaurant
during the biggest breakfast of the year. Head chef and restauranteur
Louise is incapacitated after an unfortunate encounter with a giant
rat, leaving waiters Louise and Billy and mild-mannered kitchen-hand
Toby to handle a booking of 70 businessmen who are suspiciously picky
in their requirements

The Virgin Labfest 4 Revisited set of three plays include
June 28: 3pm, 8pm
July 1: 8pm
July 2: 3pm

Floy Quintos’s Ang Kalungkutan ng mga Reyna

Rogelio Braga’s Ang Bayot, Ang Meranao at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte.

Job Pagsibigan’s Uuwi na ang Nanay kong si Darna


Tim Dacanay’s adaptation of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal: Kataksilan
Joshua Lim so’s adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi: Noong Minsan May
Nanungkulan sa San Lazaro
Joel Trinidad’s musicale: Breakups and Breakdowns

SPIT will also come up with an improvisational devised piece.

Anthology includes 15 plays. I selected and edited the plays for the
volume, in consultation with former TP Artistic Dir Dennis Marasigan.
The anthology will be launched on June 23, 2009, the opening day of
the Labfest. The anthology contains:

Year 1:
Rite of Passage by Glenn Mas
Geegee at Waterina by J. Dennis Teodosio

Year 2:
Ang Unang Aswang by Rody Vera
The Palanca in my Mind by Job Pagsibigan
Tres Ataques de Corazon (The angina Monologues) by Nicolas Pichay
Hubad by Liza Magtoto and Rody Vera

Year 3:
Mga Obra ni Maestra by Njel de Mesa
Three sisters: Isang Noh by Yoji Sakate
Teroristang Labandera by Debbie Ann Tan
Ellas Inosentes by Layeta Bucoy

Year 4:
Pamantasang Hirang by Tim Dacanay
Dong-Ao by F. Sionil Jose
Masaganang Ekonomiya by Allan Lopez
Ang Bayot, Ang Meranao at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na
Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte by Rogelio Braga
Ang Kalungkutan ng mga Reyna by Floy Quintos

For details on the Virgin Labfest, call 8321125 loc. 1600 or 8323661. Nikki Torres at 8321125 loc. 1607 or 832-2314 or email

2009 Virgin Labfest Plays

MAYROON AKONG DALAWANG dula ngayong taon sa Virgin Labfest (VLF) sa Cultural Center of the Philippines. Ang isa ay isang bagong dula at ang isang naman, reprise sa performance nito last year. Ang VLF 09 ay gaganapin mula June 23 hanggang sa July 5. May labing limang (15) dulang ipalalabas, public readings ng mga full length plays, book launch ng Virgin Labfest Anthology, at writing workshop. Ipalalabas lahat ang mga dula sa Tanghalang Huseng Batute (THB) sa CCP mismo.

Sana’y maging successful muli ang Virgin Labfest ngayong taon at dayuhin muli ng mga taong mahilig manood ng dula at iyong nais makisilip sa kung ano nga ang kontemporanyong anyo, tema, sensibilidad ng teatro sa ating bayan. Ang VLF ay festival ng mga ‘untried, untested, and unpublished’ plays.

Ang VLF ay hinahandong ng aming grupo, The Writers’ Bloc, Inc isang samahan ng mga mandudula, ng Cultural Center of the Philippines, at National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Narito ang dalawa sa aking mga dula:

Ang Bayot, ang Meranao at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte (2008) with Joey Paras and Arnold Reyes directed by Nick Olanka. June 28 3PM and 8PM, July 1 8PM, July 2 3PM. An unusual rendezvous of two beautiful and sharp-tongue outspoken creatures living at the margins of our society. Take a peak on their engagement as they courageously travel— devoid of any inhibitions, political correctness, and social graces—that rough and ‘older than history’ roads of discrimination, hypocrisy, bigotry,social divides, corruption and unspoken violence to arrive in a decent friendship. Ang Bayot, ang Meranao, at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte is a bitter yet funky peppered with a Radio Active Sago Project kick-ass take on the cruelties of our society that condones discrimination which is definitely not so cool.

The play got 5 Gawad Buhay Nominations in 2008 and two nominations for Best Actors in 2008 Aliw Awards (Joey Paras won as Best Actor).

So Sanggibo a Ranon na Piyatay o Satiman a Tadman (2009) directed by Riki Benedicto. Written by a Filipino playwright as an ars poetica to a Bangsa Moro freedom fighter Abdul Rahman Macapaar is a story of love, lost and remembrance. Stella, a hooker from the university belt during the Martial Law years remembers the 1971 Tacub Massacre in Kauswagan in Lanao del Norte, Abdul Rahman who longs for a Ranao he left to pursue a dream in Manila, and Aling Ella a spinster who remembers a lost love that haunts her like a ghost. So Sanggibo a Ranon na Piyatay o Santiman a Tadman is both a story of how ordinary people struggle for love, self-respect, freedom and maratabat amid a nation that harbors a dark past and invitation to a journey in one of the sordid histories of Filipino Nationalism against the Bangsa Moro people.

Ang bago kung dula ay ang ikatlo sa trilohiya ko ng dula (pagkatapos ng Sa Pagdating ng Barbaro at Ang Bayot, Ang Meranao at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihintay sa Kanto ng Lanao del Norte).

Ang So Sanggibo a Ranon na Piyatay o Satiman a Tadman ay dulang naisulat ko patungkol sa mga uri ng relasyon mayroon tayong mga tao at kung paano nga ba natin lilingunin ang isang malungkot na karanasan, halimbawa ang karahasan o ang nawala o nalimot na pag-ibig. Isa itong dula na ‘challenge’ baga ng direktor ko noong isang taon (Nick Olanka) na sumulat naman daw ako ng ‘love story’ na play. Kaya sinubukan kong ukilkilin ang mga tagong bahagi ng aking alaala at gawing inspirasyon sa bagong dula.

Ewan. Mahirap ang sumulat ng ‘love story’ lalo na kung isang napakalayong karanasan sa iyo ang pag-ibig, ang umibig, at ibigin. Ayaw ko namang magpanggap na alam na alam ko na talaga ng pag-ibig at ang lahat ng kompleksidad nito bilang damdamin at bilang isang pisi na magbibikis sa mga rela-relasyon. Ni hindi ko nga alam ang pakiramdam ng inibig na higit pa sa pag-ibig na kayang ibigay sa iyo ng iyong mga kamag-anak at mga magulang at kaibigan.

Sa dulang ito inspirasyon ko rin ang Abdul Rahman Macapaar. “Ang” ginamit ko dahil hindi ko naman siya kilala bilang tao. Insipirasyon ko ang Abdul Rahman Macaapar — ang lahat ng sinisimbolo niya sa akin sa personal na lebel, pulitikal, at maging sa aking Sining. Mahalaga marahil ang Abdul Rahman Macaapar sa akin sa mga susunod na paglalakbay ng aking pagsusulat.

Sana sa darating na Hunyo sa VLF, mapangatawanan ng dula na ito na nakasulat ako ng isang ‘love story’ at isang dula na mangungusap sa daang tatahakin ng aking pagsusulat (ng dula at ng mga kuwento sa mga susunod pang taon na darating sa akin insha Allah.)

Hindi ko alam pero ibibigay ko na lamang sa mga manonood ang pagpapasiya. Magkita-kita nawa tayo sa Virgin Labfest.

IMAN Acquaintance Party & Oath Taking Photo Gallery

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How does one Roll out Linux in any Organization or Entity?

When We ask people how do they plan to implement a Linux migration or roll out plan , we see a variety of diverse answer sometimes one conflicting the other… but then again there is always a need for a standardized system or process that should be viewed as the best practices to be shared in the community.

Internetnews. com cites a recent report that discloses it’s findings on just this question. An IBM-sponsored survey of 1,275 IT professionals around the world asked for feedback on their experiences making the switch to Linux in their organizations. (You can see the summary and download the free report from Freeform Dynamics here.) Here are the key findings:

  • Desktop Linux adoption is primarily driven by cost reduction
  • But deployment is currently limited, and challenges to further adoption frequently exist
  • Selective deployment based on objective targeting will yield the highest ROI and acceptance
  • Linux desktop roll out is easier than expected for properly targeted end-user groups
  • A focus on usability reflects a maturing of thinking

The report locates potential pitfalls in a proper lack of planning and finds that users are most resistant when the idea is pitched that they have to “compromise” (in other words, give up some applications that won’t run on Linux) in order to move to Linux. However, it is noted that some must-have applications for users could be virtualized on Citrix to solve that problem.

Were you aware of, or included in this survey? If you’ve rolled out Linux to your users or just a targeted set of users, how did it go? If you’re thinking about such a transition, you might find some tips in the report that will help you plot a path.

Feel free to comment

Why should IT companies hire you a guide for budding service contractors

With an increase of people in the job market, there’s more competition for independent contractor gigs. Get tips on how to make prospective clients know that hiring you will help their bottom line.This is a prospective guide to budding entrepreneurs.


When the Information technology trend first began and pushed programming back in the late ’70s, the demand for people who could code was so high that if you knew how to spell GOTO you could find a job. The industry has gone through a lot of cycles since then. In the current phase, hiring of full-time developers has fallen off dramatically, which could be good news for independent contractors. We’re easy to hire and easier to fire than traditional employees. Also, we typically don’t enjoy employee benefits or get paid for time spent on social networks or World of Warcraft.

However, as more regular employees lose their jobs without many prospects for new ones, the pool of available contractors may expand as well. Now the advantages of hiring an independent don’t necessarily work to your personal advantage — especially if former employees are available at a lower rate. How do you make the case that prospects should hire you instead?

Money, money, money

Do you try to represent yourself as the Rolls Royce option? The best consultant that money can buy? The L’Oreal of consultants — because they’re worth it? I don’t think so. Prestige comes at a price that fewer companies are willing to pay for these days. In this economy, it comes down to the bottom line: What is your net effect on profitability (short- and long-term), and how does that compare to their other options?

How can you save them money? How can you make them money? Answer these questions convincingly, and the engagement is as good as yours. Here are a few ways to do that:

  • Expertise. You know what you’re doing, you won’t have to be trained, and you’ve already made the mistakes that others would encounter. So even though you may charge more per hour, you aren’t going to need nearly as many hours. Besides that, your implementation will be more maintainable than something cobbled together by a first-time, saving them money for years to come. So if you have experience in the specific technologies involved, talk that up.

  • Results. All the knowledge and experience in the world doesn’t stack up to being able to get the job done. Offer examples of past clients whom you were able to help. Be ready to go into the details (as far as you’re allowed under any non-disclosure) to show how your contributions made a difference to their bottom line that far exceeded what you cost them, or what most anyone else could have done.

  • Personality. “Hey, I thought we were talking about money,” I hear you cry. We are; if you’re a condescending jerk, you’ll bring the whole team’s productivity to a grinding halt. Show that you’re not only friendly and self-deprecating but also that you’re willing to learn from others and give them credit where due, and that you know a thing or two about team-building. A good team player brings out the best in everyone else to get things done — and thus make money.

  • Soft sell. The worst thing you can do is to reek of desperation. If you’re really as good as you say you are, you’ve got plenty of opportunities, and you’re shopping your clients as much as they’re shopping you. I prefer the soft sell: “Here’s what I’ve got to offer — if it works for both of us, great!” If you sell too hard, they’ll be more likely to doubt some of your claims. Go light on adjectives and adverbs; say what you’ve done, not how gloriously you did it. Let them know you’re all about business.

If you can confidently demonstrate that you will save or make more money than any of their other options, then the objection “we can’t afford you right now” goes out the window. Instead, prospective clients can’t afford not to hire you.

Dula at Pagtitiwala

DALAWA SA AKING mga dula ang ipalalabas ngayong taon sa Virgin Labfest sa Cultural Center of the Philippines sa Hunyo ayon kay Rody Vera, ang festival director. Ipalalabas muli Ang Bayot, Ang Meranao, at ang Habal-Habal sa Isang Nakababagot na Paghihin…

Reflections on the first to third chapters of Aqeedah Tahawiyyah

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I have recently been reading Aqeedah Tahawiyah prepared in English by Shaykh Muhammad bn Yahya Ninowy (may Allah prolong his life and bless him for his efforts). Aqeedah tahawiyyah is one of the simpliest and easiest manuals in explaining Islamic aqeedah

YouTube increasingly less of an option in schools

I generally haven’t been inclined to block YouTube in schools.

Despite the countless videos of kids skateboarding, extraordinary amounts of educational content are there for the taking. Like Filipiniana…folk dances.. science materials and even political and soiological topics…

Unfortunately, it looks as though the junk is quickly on its way to overwhelming the good. However theres an uncomfortable trend lately like what Ars Technica is reporting on the so-called carpet-bombing effort to fill YouTube with pornography:

Today, May 20, has been deemed “Porn Day” by denizens of 4chan and eBaum’s World, with an organized group of users from the sites uploading video clips of explicit, adult content en masse in an attempt to overwhelm the search results. In actuality, it appears that content was prematurely uploaded on the afternoon of the 19th. YouTube has already taken some steps to fight back, but it’s disturbingly easy to find stuff you really don’t want to see, and the uploaders are changing tactics.

On the local level… terrible scandalous videos of movie personalities and political personalities have also mushroomed… thus showing much of a lesser moral fibre in display…..

What this means is that we need to train our teachers and provide them with easy tools to deliver appropriate content to their students. No more, “Hey kids, put together a PowerPoint presentation and feel free to search for some resources on YouTube.” YouTube does make it incredibly easy to embed video on the web and now has tools for excluding those “related videos,” which are all too often a source of said junk.

Therefore, we need to train our teachers to place videos on their own websites or blogs or, better yet, use a site like Fliggo to really isolate useful video content from the rest of YouTube. How many of your teachers know how to embed a YouTube video in a blog? There’s no need to throw out the baby with the bath water in terms of online video, but there is a real need for increased vigilance and helping teachers find new ways to clearly direct instruction around useful video.

Another good thing to consider is to teach Netiquette (net Ethics) to students so that they would be able to appreciate the whole ambit of the net as well as clinging to even a small semblance of respect and ethics for the privacy of others and the better interest of the Public and learning

Microsoft, Linux Foundation issue joint letter opposing proposed software-licensing principles

Truth can, indeed, be stranger than fiction — as is evidenced by a May 14 letter on software-licensing policies that was signed by both Microsoft and Linux Foundation officials.

The letter, which the two sent to to the American Law Institute (ALI), was designed to “express our shared concerns with the group’s draft Principles of the Law of Software Contracts,” according to a blog post by Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.

(Yes, that same Horacio Gutierrez who is known for claiming free and open-source software violated 235 of Microsoft’s patents.)

According to Gutierrez’s latest blog post, while Microsoft and the Linux Foundation have been almost always on opposite sides of the software-licensing fence, they both agree that the ALI Principles — designed to provide guidance to judges and others charged with interpreting software-licensing agreements — could do more harm than good. Gutierrez blogged:

“While the Principles reflect a lot of hard work and thought by the ALI, Microsoft and the Linux Foundation believe that certain provisions do not reflect existing law and could disrupt the well-functioning software market for businesses and consumers, as well as create uncertainty for software developers.

“We have asked the ALI to allow more time for comment from interested parties reflecting the wide range of software developers and users.”

The joint letter to the ALI specifically highlights the policy body’s call for a non-disclaimable “implied warranty of no material hidden defects” as being onerous to both Microsoft and the Linux Foundation. (The Linux Foundation has been objecting to this proposed implied warranty and its possible negative effect on free and open-source software since at least August 2008.) Microsoft and the Linux Foundation both are advocating that by making this warranty disclaimable, vendors will be more willing and able to offer customers their applications and services under a variety of software-licensing models. (That’s my best attempt at explaining this; I’m sure folks more conversant with legal language will be able to chime in as to exactly what the pair want….)

Update: Linux Foundation chief Jim Zemlin explains the warranty issue in a May 18 blog post this way: “The principles outlined by the ALI interfere with the natural operation of open source licenses and commercial licenses as well by creating implied warranties that could result in a tremendous amount of unnecessary litigation, which would undermine the sharing of technology.”

Raymond Nimmer, a professor at the University of Houston Law Center and co-director of the Houston Intellectual Property and Information Law Institute, wrote a strong critique of the ALI draft principles, where he also objected to the proposed implied warranty

Nimmer blogged on May 11: “(I)f the (implied warranty) ‘principle’ were followed, the software industry would be subject to a rule that does not apply to any other industry. Why discriminate against one of our few burgeoning industries?”

The ALI’s annual meeting — where the final vote by memebers on the proposed draft of the Principles is expected — takes place this week.

The Teacher is the curriculum

Telling Teachers they are they are the curriculum

I have recently attended a teachers seminar-workshop held by the Computer Professionals Union today at the University of the Philippines at Balay kalinaw.

Its good to be at UP once again….savouring the breeze, the shady trees and of course Khas food haus with the traditional beef briani for lunch with Gene Morada of

The Theme of the workshop ws “Workshop on the trends and developments in Science and Mathematics”. When I arrived, a listened to inputs by various succes stories on how they used ICT as a tool in enhancing teaching in math and science.

Most of the questions on the open forum was actually centered on either the lack of support from LGU’s or supervisors. I however noticed several things…. the teachers paradigm and mindsets were still the repository thing. Meaning they had to grasp it on hand and serve it on spoons to their students.

Of course part of what the previous speakers were telling them that there were options available to them, they just need to look for them.

The same questions and tone of clarifications were going on.

Of course, Gener was next to talk. ICT tools and web 2.0. Gene explained the use of the web to education and the need to use the web to enhance the interest of students and the usage of social networking sites. Also he introduced the value of cloud computing thru G.HO.ST which is actually the best tool for students who dont have their own PC’s.

I actually was supposed to talk about school experiences using ICT. Something like best practices. But I felt that I need to tell them something. So I asked them to affirm the following:

The teacher is the curriculum

I am the curriculum

I am a teacher

I will empower my students

I am empowered

I dont know if indeed they felt their statements. I thought them that in order to be empowered they must be able to learn the tools in order to help students. Students nowadays learn more through collaboration than spoonfeeding. It is by introduing collaborative tools like Google services like Blogger, picassa google groups,as well as other web based tools. The concept is that we allow the students to be able to share and ciritique their peers objectively would enhance not only their skills but their responsibility as well.

I hope that the teachers realize that unless they learn that it is only by self-empowerment they can enhance their level of teaching and not on relying on what their supervisors, principals can tell them or what DEPED or TESDA or CHED can tell them…. They can do better because they know what their students need…. thus that is the very key to empowerment and enhancement of education at the very grassroots level. That is the message that they should understand in that seminar.Tools are there….they must be empowered to use these tools as a way to empower themselves and their students………

Whe one is an atheist

It is not fiction to say….That we have become atheists ,For although we profess God exists…Our minds do not embrace itWe may say and shout….None exists save God,But in reality….None exists in our mindsI too am guilty…For I too have this frail…

FTC investigates Google and Apple

Google and Apple are learning that while it is important to keep friends close, sometimes the Federal Trade Commission may want to know just how close those friends really are.

According to The New York Times, the FTC has opened an investigation to determine whether or not there are antitrust concerns over the two companies’ close relationship. Specifically, the potential problems arise from the fact that both Google and Apple share two directors, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, and Arthur Levinson, former CEO of Genetech.

The Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914 specifically prohibits the presence of two companies sharing board members when those companies compete. The act is aimed at ensuring that competition between the two companies would be decreased.

The Times reports that the provision against “interlocking directorates,” or Section 8 of the Act, is not enforced regularly. Still, as both technology companies continue to expand their reach the FTC has apparently decided that an investigation is warranted—even if the provision is rarely invoked.

In the case of Apple and Google, concerns are likely being raised over the fact that both companies have been making strong pushes into the mobile device market with the iPhone and G1, respectively. In addition, both of the companies compete in the Web browser space, with Apple offering Safari and Google offering Chrome.

Beyond the mobile device and Web browser market, there are other areas where the two companies overlap in a competitive sense. Apple’s iTunes and Google’s YouTube both distribute video and media on the Web.

Android, Google’s mobile device operating system, is in the process of being developed into an OS for netbooks. Apple, of course, has long been a systems maker that loads machines with its own operating system.

The key for Apple and Google to come away from this probe relatively unscathed may center on whether or not the two companies can prove that their competition overlap is minimal. The Clayton Act stipulates that interlocking directorates are not problematic so long as the total revenue overlap between the companies is less than 2 percent, according to the Times.

OS Migration this year

A survey reveals that 84 percent of IT pros don’t have plans to upgrade to Windows 7 in the next year and half of respondents are considering alternatives, but it pays to parse a few nuances.

Andrew Nusca has the details on the survey, which was conducted by Dimension Research and commissioned by KACE, a systems management appliance company. The survey (Techmeme) had 1,142 respondents and 99 percent of them had Windows installed at their companies.

The spin here is that it’s somehow bad that most IT professionals won’t jump to Windows 7 in the next year. However, Windows 7 is still in beta and hasn’t been released yet. Of course, 84 percent won’t upgrade to Windows 7 in a 12 month time frame. If you go April to April and Windows 7 is launched in October-ish that means IT pros would have just six months to make the leap. In the OS upgrade world that speed just doesn’t happen.

Cast in that light, this chart below looks pretty impressive to me.

So within two years 59 percent of IT pros will upgrade to Windows 7. The good news: That’s some pent up demand. The bad news: Vista is the reason there’s pent up demand.

But what really caught my eye is the secondary headline about Windows alternatives.

The headline: 50 percent of IT pros are considering a move from Windows. Operative word: Considering. You’d be dumb not to consider a move. In fact, I’d argue that the other half of IT pros aren’t doing their job: You should always assess alternatives.

Of the 50 percent considering a move away from Windows 14 percent are actively making a jump. That’s up from 11 percent in 2008 and 9 percent in 2007. Your choice: Determine whether the money quote here should be:

  1. Of 50 percent of folks considering a move from Windows, 36 percent stayed.
  2. Of 50 percent of folks considering a move from Windows, 14 percent are bolting. Alternative OSes gaining steam.

The truth is probably in the middle.

And another nuance to ponder. Apple’s OS X is the most likely platform to replace Vista or Windows 7 with 27 percent eyeing the Mac platform. The rub: That percentage is down from 29 percent in 2008.

Perhaps the headline should be that Vista, Windows 7 and OS X are in decline—for Ubuntu.

Check out the chart:

In any case there’s a lot of fun with numbers that can be played with this survey.

BCJP activities

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CHS students trained with FOSS as alternatives

Engaging Students with FOSS.

TESDA has recently given 50 scholarship slots in computer hardware servicing NC II to our school, the Asian Academy of Business and Computers. This was part of the 175 recently given slots of Pangulong Gloria Scholarships courtesy of TESDA.

Previously, we held an assessemnt on PC operations NC II around October of last year, we used open office and mozzila firefox as part of the test pakage for our students. Most of them (90 %) had passed the assessment and were declared “competent” (TESDA uses the term COMPETENT instead of passing).

Last Month (April) we also held assessments for our students in Computer Hardware servicing NC II every weekend. 94% (67 students) were declared competent in this category.

Currently our 2 classes of Computer Hardware servicing NC II are being trained to be both familiar with proprietary and FOSS software.

Touching on the merits of FOSS,most students were surprised how come LINUX and other FOSS Operating systems never have viruses.

Running on their third to fourth week, most students are still having their doubts as to the workability of linux. Perhaps after they have done installing and maintaing the computers they will have as projects.. they may realize that indeed Linux and other FOSS products are good technical alternatives to proprietary software.

Our trainors, linux Guru Brian De Vivar and hardware guy John Lopez are both doing their stuff in training these students to learn to use better alternatives like Ubuntu Linux and Mandriva Linux.

Unlike other Computer Hardware servicing students from other schools, our graduates will be both familiar with proprietary and FOSS.

Should you rip or should you not?

Is backing up a DVD fair use or piracy?

SHOULD people who have bought DVDs legally be allowed to make digital copies of them for their own use? Any reasonable person would say yes. In copyright terms, that ought to be considered “fair use”. The law, however, presently says otherwise.

In America the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 considers it fair use for people to record copyrighted radio broadcasts for personal use. But the act says nothing about making digital recordings; and ripping copyrighted music tracks off CDs and storing them on iPods has now become an everyday occurrence. Apple would be in serious difficulty if people were prevented from transferring their own CDs to their iPods. Indeed, the software Apple gives away to iPod customers is designed to let them do just that. Yet it is probably illegal.


One reason cited by people who believe they are entitled to make copies of any copyrighted material is security. A backup copy is needed, they say, in case a rare or favourite DVD is attacked by “disc rot” or gets badly scratched.

They are being disingenuous. Optical discs are not indestructible, but they are remarkably robust. Certainly, the adhesive used to bond the layers within the platter can lift, causing the aluminium data-layer below to become oxidised and patchy. But the solution is simple: keep all optical discs out of direct sunlight.

Meanwhile dust, fingerprints and even scratches can usually be removed by wiping the polycarbonate disc with a polyester cloth dipped in dilute washing-up liquid, and then rinsing with rubbing alcohol or methylated spirits.

Just remember to wipe the disc radially—from the centre to the edge. Wiping with a circular motion—parallel to the direction the data are laid down—can create microscopic blemishes over the Hamming error-correction codes. The picture can then become jerky or freeze as the video player stumbles across the patch of corrupted data.

In an act of desperation, your correspondent once used toothpaste to rub out deep gouges on a Laser Disc. The unplayable disc was restored to life, and subsequently replayed many times with never so much as a flicker.

The polymer coating of a Blu-ray Disc makes it even more durable than a DVD. Though little more than half a millimetre thick, it can withstand a surprising amount of abuse. It even stands up to a screwdriver attack.

Another excuse used by those who would copy DVDs is convenience—to have copies of favourite films on a laptop while away from home. Maybe, but your correspondent thinks it is easier to take the original discs with him. A better case can be made for copying DVDs onto a dedicated home-server, especially if it is hooked up to a wide-screen television using a secure cable.

Copying DVDs for such purposes may make life easier, but it is almost always against the law. With every DVD sold in America, both the packaging and the introduction to the video itself clearly state that unauthorised reproduction, distribution or exhibition is illegal. To be more specific, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 makes it a crime to circumvent measures that control access to the copyrighted material.

Unfortunately, the copyright protection on DVDs is so pathetic that it positively invites piracy. The encryption method known as Content Scrambling System (CSS) was first cracked in 1999 by Jon Johansen, a Norwegian programmer. In a few short lines of elegant code he called DeCSS, Mr Johansen showed the world how utterly useless the encryption was. Ever since, free software tools with names like HandBrake, DVDFab and DVD Shrink have circulated the web for copying the contents of DVDs onto hard-drives and recordable discs.

The one way you can legally copy a DVD, at least for the moment, is to buy one of the $10,000 home-server and player combos beloved by Hollywood moguls and made by a Silicon Valley firm called Kaleidescape.

A Kaleidescape server works by ripping the tracks off an owner’s collection of CDs and DVDs and storing them on the digital jukebox’s huge hard-drive. The digital content is then encrypted and fed to various screens and speakers around the home by a secure cable.

Ironically, Kaleidescape was sued several years ago by the film industry’s friends in the DVD Content Control Association for breaching its CSS licence. In its defence, Kaleidescape claimed that content distributed this way was even safer than it was on the original DVDs. The judge not only agreed, but could find no breach of the CSS licence either. The Content Control Association is appealing against the ruling.

RealNetworks, a digital media company that pioneered much of the technology for streaming music and video from the web, has pinned its defence in court this week on the Kaleidescape ruling. Last October a group of Hollywood studios sued the Seattle firm for the way RealDVD, a $30 software program, makes copying DVDs to a PC’s hard-drive a simple one-click affair, busting the CSS digital-rights-management system wide open and encouraging flagrant piracy in the process.

Not true, claims the company. RealDVD keeps the encryption intact as it copies everything—CSS included—to a PC’s hard-drive, and then wraps the lot up in an iTunes form of digital rights management. Lawyers for the firm have framed the debate in terms of fair use, as the software not only maintains the CSS encryption but also locks the copies of the DVD onto the receiving PC’s hard-drive for the owner’s private use.

But why, might our reasonable person ask, would RealNetworks go out of its way to provoke the Hollywood studios, who rely on DVD sales for most of their revenue these days? It is not as though a $30 program, sold in direct competition with a dozen well-established freebies from the internet, is going to make any significant difference to the media company’s sagging bottom line.

The answer can only be that RealNetworks has far bigger fish to fry than mere backup software for DVDs. Under questioning in court this week, the company was forced to reveal its long-term plans for the technology.

It seems that RealNetworks wants to turn its handiwork, code-named Facet, into a “TiVo for DVDs”—and do for video what MP3 players have done for audio. Apparently, the company has contracts with set-top-box makers in Asia awaiting the go-ahead. If the San Francisco court rules in its favour, RealNetworks could have its $300 version of the formidably expensive Kaleidescape jukebox out by next Christmas.

There is just one problem: the federal judge hearing the present case is Marilyn Hall Patel, who ruled against Napster in 2001—and put a stop, albeit briefly, to peer-to-peer sharing of MP3 music files over the internet

Reconstructing MORO HISTORY

History is “the act of selecting, analyzing and writing about the past. It is something that is done, that is constructed.” (Davidson and Lytle 1982). In an academic essay, I wrote:

Philippine historiography is not exactly in a good state. Skeptics have categorized historians as those who lie, those who are mistaken and those who do not know. (Gilderhus:1996) It is quite unfortunate that much of Philippine history was written by those in the first two categories. With regards to the Moros, Spanish historians (writing about Moro history) belonged to the first category; American historians belonged to the first and second; and Filipino historians belonged to all categories.

But there are exceptions, of course. Below is an article I wrote for The Philippine Post:


Milestones in Moro Historiography
by Datu Jamal Ashley Abbas


“…History books in the Philippines tend to lay emphasis on events in other islands and glorify national heroes from such area, as if the history of the Philippines is only that of people who had been conquered while the history of the unconquered ones do not merit a share in the history of the Philippines. Possibly… a future generation of Filipinos would consider the struggle of the Muslim South as part of the struggle of the entire nation – and the epic exploits of its heroes may well be the nation’s heritage.” Thus wrote the former Dean of the UP College of Arts and Sciences Prof. Cesar Adib Majul in his groundbreaking book Muslims in the Philippines (1973).

Dean Majul’s work was like a reinvigorating rain in the arid desert of Moro historiography. Not since Najeeb Saleeby’s works (1905, 1908) has there been a well-researched tome on Moro history in the Spanish era. The book was a “best-seller” and had two editions in 1973. But suddenly, it had gone out of stock. Last year, some 26 years later, the UP Press printed the third edition.

Sultan Qudarat got his biggest press from Dean Majul’s book. Saleeby praised Qudarat as “probably the strongest and greatest Mindanao sultan that ever lived.” But Majul devoted 47 (out of 392) pages to the exploits of Qudarat. The Maguindanao sultan became an “overnight sensation” — he was proclaimed as one of the country’s national heroes, a province was named after him, commemorative stamps were issued in his honor and a statue, which now stands tall right in the middle of Makati’s commercial district, was sculpted.

Dean Majul offered his work “as a point of departure for the writing of a more comprehensive history of an enlarged Filipino people.” No such comprehensive historical writing has yet surfaced but two books on Moro history have appeared that could help bring about Dean Majul’s dream history book.


Based on her M.A. thesis (from Ateneo de Manila University), Ruurdje Laarhoven has written another milestone in Moro historiography, The Triumph of Moro Diplomacy : The Maguindanao Sultanate in the 17th Century (New Day Publishers : 1989, 267 pp). She has unearthed a great deal of information about Mindanao in the 17th and 18th centuries and has debunked some widely held historical assumptions.

From 1663 to 1718, the Spanish abandoned all its settlements and pretensions in Mindanao, which explains the paucity of Spanish historical data in this period. The Moros, on their part, refrained from attacking Spanish settlements in Luzon and Visayas. Most historians took this as a sign of the decline of the Moro sultanates, especially of the Maguindanao Sultanate, which as Ms. Laarhoven found out, was farthest from the truth.

A native of the Netherlands, Ms. Laarhoven looked into the Dutch historical archives and found a gold mine of historical data about Mindanao. The Dutchmen, who were in the Moluccas, kept a keen eye on Mindanao, in order to protect its spice trade monopoly.

Ms. Laarhoven clearly established a) the post-Qudarat Maguindanao sultanate did not decline; on the contrary, it expanded; and, b) the very close relationships among the various Mindanao and Moluccan principalities.

Unlike Dean Majul, Ms. Laarhoven was not much of a Qudarat fan. She gave equal importance to Qudarat’s grandson and successor, Sultan Barahaman (Abd al-Rahman) who reigned for 28 years. Barahaman consolidated and even expanded Maguindanao’s power and territory.

Personally, my “favorite” Maguindanao ruler (actually most of them were half- or part-Maranao/Iranun) was Datu Buisan, Qudarat’s father. He was not even a sultan. His two elder brothers became rulers while he was “just” a Kapitan Laut (Captain-General of the Navy). He was not even the Rajah Muda (Crown Prince) but because of his mighty exploits, the Spaniards regarded him as the de facto Maguindanao sultan. And thanks to his bravery and political savvy, his son Qudarat became sultan.

Since high school, I have always wondered why Mindanao Island(s) did not have a proper name. Mindanao is just a shorter version of Maguindanao. Only foreigners could have referred to the whole island as Mindanao/Maguindanao. It is like naming Luzon island Katagalugan/Tagalog or Kabikulan/Bicol or Ilocandia . In the late 1960s / early 1970s, Moro intellectuals were tossing the idea of renaming Mindanao. After all, there were no such creatures as Mindanaoans. Some writers, including Christian Filipinos and foreigners used the name Moroland. The term that finally gained acceptance was Bangsa Moro (sometimes written as Bangsamoro), which referred to the people and not to the land or territory. (In the late 1980s, the settlers in Mindanao started calling themselves Mindanaoans.)

Ms. Laarhoven has provided the answer. According to her sources, the people in Mindanao and Moluccas in the 17th century referred to Mindanao Island(s) as Maluku Besar (Great Moluccas). Besar (great or big) could mean physically big or in the sense of Great Britain (Grande Bretagne) vis-a-vis Britanny (Bretagne).

Ms. Laarhoven hoped that her book would provoke “enough interest for kindred scholars to initiate a reinvestigation of its (Mindanao’s) past.”


A Christian Filipino has written a well researched and objective book on Moro history during the Spanish era; namely, The Kris in Philippine History: A Study of the Impact of Moro Anti-Colonial Resistance, 1571-1896 (Dery, Luis Camara , self-published? : 1997, 248 pp.) While Ms. Laarhoven’s work was mainly based on “primary materials” from the Dutch archives, Dr. Dery’s book was mostly based on “primary materials” from the Philippine archives.

History books about the so-called Moro Wars clearly portray a contest between the Moros and the Spaniards. Dr. Dery’s book added a new dimension — the indios all over the archipelago who were constantly raided by the Moros. Dr. Dery showed the “physical and psychological impact” on the indios and how the history of the Philippines was reshaped by these wars. The indios, such as the Bicolanos in Kabikulan, were “caught between the Spaniards, who were the masters of the land and the Moros, who were the masters of the seas. ”

The book recounts the efforts of the indios, prodded on by the Spaniards, to build forts, watchtowers and intramuros’es as well as paraos, lanchas, caracoas, and even vintas. In response to Moro attacks, the Spaniards created an all-indio virtual army and navy called armadillas..

A couple of years ago, a 65 year-old office mate told me that when they were kids in Bicol, their parents would scare them off by exclaiming “The Moros will get you!” or “The Moros are coming!” Dr. Dery’s book shows the origins of such fear and even hatred of the Moros.


Dean Majul’s dream of a “more comprehensive history of an enlarged Filipino people” done “with greater tolerance, intensive scholarship on all levels, deeper and wider moral perspectives, and a greater appreciation of the concept of a pluralistic society” might soon come true. Ms. Laarhoven’s and Dr. Dery’s books are in the right direction.

Published in The Philippine Post on April 1, 2000

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