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AAAH! I GIVE UP!!

It’s 4:30 in the morning right now. I’m studying (more like cramming) for a quiz on our Financial Econometrics! I’m at Chapter 5 of the book and I’m trying to understand and reread it, but I just can’t understand anything! The topic’s about multiple regression ek ek. The quiz’s on Thursday. And I still have to go through to 2 more chapters, plus ppt lectures, and my notes! But I have no time to study today (Wednesday) since I have night classes every M-W! ALSkfj Huhuhu! I’ve planned on sleeeping at 5 am today. And I still got 30 mins to read our reading assignment for law which is about Partnerships and Corporations. Every meeting, our prof would randomly select 6 students. And for a span of 10 mins, that selected student have to answer the prof’s questions until she’s satisfied with your answer. KAjkLF! I also have another quiz in line for Thursday which is FMANACC! ASKFLKJDF! I haven’t even browsed the book yet even during class discussions! >:D

Ahh, the perks of cramming and procrastinating. Now that I’m taking up majors, I get more and more inclined to be lazy! I never was this lazy back when I was a frosh/ 2nd year college. D: What is happening to me?? I guess… I haven’t really focused on my acad works… I just can’t balance orgs/ gimmicks/ school works/ requests to do in dA anymore.

Totally in sabaw mode right now. Aaand, there’s INTFINA. Don’t get me started with that.

This weekend again, I am going to be really busy. I can’t even finish the Great Gatsby even though I planned to finish it this weekend.

I have:

-orgs to attend to

– requests to accomplish

study? read great gatsby? read manga recommended by a friend? watch anime?I can’t do all of them this weekend. I am busy as bee! D:>

No to Mining.

I was supposed to leave Taft by 9 am but since I still have to attend a conference in school and I didn’t have any clothes left for last Friday, I woke up at 5:20 and left Taft while riding the LRT. I got home at around 6 am. And I immediately unpacked my belongings and took a bath. I was expecting to see my sister on the other side of the train but I found out that her class’s still at 9 am. So we went to school at 7:30. I needed to get to school at 8am but I arrived at 8:30 am. It’s okay since the Mining Conference started at 9am when it was supposed to really start at 8. Filipino time again! Anyways, I only attended the morning session from 8-12pm. Part 2 was the afternoon session from1-5pm.

Basically, the school had invited speakers informing us how Mining helps our daily lives. I didn’t buy what they kept on saying. I even felt enraged when some lawyer kept on bragging how the mining industry helps improve our GDP/Total income which consist of consumption, investment and government expenditure.

From the start, I know that the government are just manipulating the said data like what they say in news reports that, in the Philippines, the number of those marginalized people experiencing poverty are decreasing. But that’s only because the government reduced the amount of poverty threshold from, let’s say, P45 to P20. If I have with me P30 in my pocket right now, I won’t be considered “poor” since P30 > P20. But I used to be poor considering the fact that the poverty threshold used to be P45.

I was listening to the three speakers intently and I wasn’t convinced that destroying our natural resources would make our life better. Who gets the money? It isn’t the Philippines benefiting here but the foreign capitalists extracting our  minerals for the said profit. In the first place, no Filipino can afford to own a large scale mining industry since, according to them, each digging process costs P3000-P8000 but the returns are enormous, like times 10 or even times 100.

Also, the Mining Business should comply with the social constraints as it is very dangerous. It should be ethical, legal, and environmental friendly. But is this environmental friendly? They say that the process of mining industry is not complete if they do not rehabilitate the place that they have dug out.

I’ve seen a TV show way back and I don’t remember if I watched it on GMA/ ABS-CBN. And I completely felt saddened and angered on how human beings especially the foreigners destroy our homeland which isn’t even theirs. One old villager who lives in Palawan from birth to present was also saddened by it. If you could only see the destruction mining brings to our homeland and the before, and after image, you can feel what  I feel. Recently, there’s a mining ban going on in Palawan and South Cotabato.

Anyways, there were a lot questions that were racing through my mind and I wanted to argue with those speakers- 2 engineers from University of the Philippines, and a lawyer. They even have the guts to counter the posed questions by the students and bragged about it. Their just good at manipulating things and saying this and that but they weren’t even answering the questions during the open forum. One question that was raised was, “How much of those industries are owned by foreigners and to what extent?” It was kind of similar to what my question was. They were heating up especially the lawyer who proposed that foreign investors and the government should allocate a 50-50 budget. But in the end, after the “proposal”, he was contradicting himself.

“But will the foreigners allow to only have half the portion of their earnings?”, he said. I shook my head in disapproval.

I should have spoken up and raised some questions but I didn’t. Even though I felt like I really need to know what their motives were.

Like, is it true that most of the mining industries here in the Philippines are private and at the same time owned by foreign investors like the Xstrata Copper, Inc headquartered in Switzerland but now operating in the Philipines? So who really benefits here, the FILIPINOS or the FOREIGNERS? Are we working for them instead? Xstrata Copper also manages one Mining Company here in the Philippines and that’s the Sagittarius MIning, Inc., also known as, SMI whose 40% CONTROLLING EQUITY are owned by the Xstrata Corporation and 60% non-controlling equity are owned by Tampakan Mining Corporation. Even though the Tampakan Mining Corporation has the larger shares in terms of equity, they have nothing much to say when  it involves operations and decisions.

I also learned that mining firms are divided into two- large scale companies and small scale companies. Large scale companies are those companies which comply with the accurate process of mining and with the environmental regulations whereas small scale companies are those companies which do not comply with rules and regulations. They use bombing/ explosives and they do not “rehabilitate” the site that they have worked on. They also pay smaller amount of taxes to the government compared to large scale companies. At the moment, there are a lot of mining firms who operate and consider themselves as small scale industries.

Yet when SMI, a large scale company, “submitted their Environmental Compliance Certificate in early 2012, their application was denied. The Environmental Management Bureau requested that they resubmit their application when the ban on open-pit mining contained in the South Cotabato provincial Environment Code is resolved. The provincial issue remains unresolved… While the appeal process is underway, they continue to work to advance the Project.”

The said Project involves provision of livelihood opportunities in the community. But when they say “livelihood opportunities”, they only use and employ them as blue-collar workers which aren’t even contractual which means that they do not have the privilege to acquire social benefits in return. They need human resources for their operations. Sure, they become employed but are they giving the workers the minimum wage requirement? I bet they don’t seeing how much of a capitalist they can be. How can they even sustain to work on the Project if currently, they are banned from mining?

One speaker, the guy engineer, also joked that a particular large scale mining company’s “solution” to “rehabilitation” after excavating and destroying a certain mining location in some country, is to provide water and make it a “sea hayaking” destination. So that’s why Earth continues to be engulfed by water. Why destroy the portion of land covering the Earth?

Basically, what I’m saying is that I’m not completely against mining as long as the mining industries guarantee to not completely destruct our environment especially that most of the mining industries here operating in the Philippines are owned by foreign capitalists. Once they get their hands on OUR minerals, it becomes theirs. Our country will never industrialize if we continue to let ourselves open to foreigners who intervene with our state politically, economically, and even culturally. We will never be like that of Japan or Korea if we allow to be robbed off of what is our own. Our economy will continue to remain backwards. This is what the Americans hope us to be, that is to make sure that the Philippines never industrializes even after “granting” us our freedom during 1946.

Like what the famous saying goes, “those who never learn from history are doomed to repeat it”.

“We should hearken to the words of Apolinario Mabini, a message that will always be relevant for as long as colonialism or neo-colonialism exists: ‘Strive for the independence of thy country because thou alone hast real interest in its greatness and exaltation, since its independence means thy own freedom, its greatness thy own perfection, its exaltation they own glory and immortality'”.

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Hi there, I just signed the online petition to save Palawan’s forests from mining and thought you might want to sign as well.

You can sign it here: http://no2mininginpalawan.com

National Geographic named Palawan as one of its top-20 destinations for 2011. It has 17 Key Biodiversity Areas and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are at risk from mining.

If we don’t do anything, the future for Palawan’s indigenous people and rare endemic species is bleak. Please sign the petition, then forward this email to some friends and ask them to do the same. We know the strength of People Power, now it’s time for Palawan Power!

Thanks!

Malala Yousafzai.

"The Girl Who Changed Pakistan"

“Malala Yousafzai, the very young Pakistani girl who was shot point blank in the head, simply because she wanted to go to school, learn about the world, and read books.
 
As you know from the news, she is recuperating in England, and the United Nations had declared Nov. 10 as “Malala Day” to honor her struggle for an education, particularly in a culture that has powerful forces that go against the idea of educating girls and women as a human right, rather than as a privilege of the rich.”

We are faced with the sad realities of the world and how it works- on how social
class, ethnic and racial diversity, gender difference, and such determines our
social standing and power in the society. The world treats you depending on
where you belong among those particular set of categories. The world belongs to
you if you are a rich, and powerful man, as opposed to the poor and
marginalized, in which society ceaselessly ostracize them. Justice, in their
perspective, remains unrecognized.

I think this discrimination thing that happens and how justice continues to be
unprevailed has something to do with the psychological-being of a person. How a
person’s mind works, and his behavior compels him to conform. Who would want to
stand up for someone inferior against the majority and the superior even though
we are aware on how the latter treats the former to be brutally inhumane? A lot
of us usually get scared if we try to oppose the powerful. We are afraid on how
the society will treat us, if we try to do so. We are aware of its
repercussions, so we try to avoid things that would lead us into the “enemy of
the rich and powerful”. Eventually, we pretend to be like one of the “elite”
people just to avoid being tagged as one of the inferiors. I have always
believed that such people who are fearless to stand up for what they think is
right, no longer exist. But this belief changed after I learned about Malala.

Upon hearing the story of this girl from Dr. Evasco in the class, the hairs on
my arms stood up as I continued to listen. This girl just had so much courage,
and sense of justice that I salute her. She was willing to stand up for herself
just to attain an education, in which most of the people who have the capacity
to afford an education only have the access for this, in which in most cases,
they take this forgranted.

We never really realize the value of education not until we become cognizant on
how the others struggle just to attain such right, and need. Malala was shot
point blank in the head because she was a girl who wanted to be educated.

We are faced with the sad realities of the world and how it works- on how social
class, ethnic and racial diversity, gender difference, and such determines our
social standing and power in the society.

The world treats you depending on where you belong among those particular set of
categories.

The world belongs to you if you are a rich, and powerful man, as opposed to the
poor and marginalized, in which society ceaselessly ostracize them.

Justice, in the former’s perspective, will continue to remain unrecognized if no
one dares to stand up against those who have wronged them.

Realizations.

“OPEN. Guests, students, faculty, and the entire Lasallian community are invited to visit the DLSU Innovation and Technology Fair held at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall. The fair features exhibits from different projects developed by students and fac
ulty from the University’s different colleges, and has also invited lecturers to discuss the relation of technology to the theme “Ideas and Solutions for Nation-Building”.

The Henry Sy Sr. Hall has been temporarily opened in light of the exhibit. Students have access until the 4th floor of the building; no announcements have yet been made regarding the date of the official opening of the structure to the public.

Watch out for our photos inside the Centennial Hall!”

As I was browsing through updates in Facebook, this certain post went “viral” in my page’s news feed. When I read the status, I felt really excited because they have finally allowed the students, although temporarily, to take a peak in the Centennial Hall Building also known as Henry Sy Building aka SM. It has been already opened to guests before last June 2012 when La Salle marked the end of its centennial celebration. From what I’ve heard, the main purpose of this building was not the construction of new classrooms, but to make it the new University Library while the old main library would be renovated to serve as the rooms for the faculty members.

Anyways, I hope that they open the building permanently as soon as possible. My friends and I have been wanting to ride the escalators and make a music video of us dancing ever since 4th term, when the construction started. Also, I don’t want to graduate without having fully utilized the available services provided. I only have, more or less, 5 terms before I graduate from college. I’ll be forced to make the most out of my stay in school, and what the university has to offer.

Actually, I’ve asked some upperclassmen who are already graduating this term and they told me that they were not yet ready for the “real world”. They also said that they will really miss their friends, their experiences as students and as a social being, and the campus itself. I got scared upon hearing that. I haven’t been living life the way I wanted it to be. I still haven’t met my goals that I have planned to accomplish for I was too scared to even try to make them happen.

I realize that I am not fully “participating” just yet.

I want those dreams turn into reality before I become an alumnae.

Afterall, I won’t be in college forever.

-Ria Ninomiya

Plans: ∞ :: Slumber Party: 0.

Yesterday’s slumber party didn’t happen again. I had a good reason for not coming over at my friend’s place last night. The reason would be too embarrassing to mention it in public. So, I’d rather keep it to myself for privacy matters.

I told her. She understood. Though I could draw from her facial expression that it fell a few notches short on genuine.

Anyways, Aly couldn’t come, too. I haven’t heard about Tiff. So, it wasn’t all my fault. The plan was that it was going to be the four of us who were going to stay up all night watching horror movies while eating snacks, playing truth or dare, and whatnot. Not just me and the one who invited us. It’d be no fun because I believe that sleep overs require a certain number of people to join for it to be classified a slumber “party”.

Also, another reason why I was sort of hesitant in having a sleep over at her place was because this upcoming week would be as busy as hell. I have to accomplish a lot of things this weekend since the finals week are drawing closer and closer. It’d be on December 12 to 18. I need this weekend to prepare for my projects, quizzes, and to cope up with the lessons I’ve missed studying and reviewing. Right now, I’m a chapter behind on our class discussion in Finman2, 2 lessons behind Finstat, a group project and a midterm exam which my group in Tredtwo hasn’t even started with the plans yet, quizzes to prepare and a book I have to reread for the finals in Humalit, another group presentation, and papers due for Humaart, and then a nosebleed take home quiz on Finmat2.

I suggested that we should have our sleep over when the finals are over which is only a month away from now. I’m looking forward to it because I’m certain that this time, we wouldn’t have to drag our school problems while having our slumber party. It’d be pure fun.

P.S.

I watched the Law of Ueki the whole day instead of studying. Kill me now.