No more tears, no more deaths of
iskolars ng bayan:
Honor Kristel's memory by raging against the profit-worshipping educational machine
UP Vinzons Hall
March 13, 2014
Photo by Christopher Tejada
NO MORE TEARS, NO MORE DEATHS OF ISKOLAR NG SAYAN:
March 13, 2014 at 6:09pm
Kristel,paano ko sisimulan
Itong tulang alay sayo?
Sa pangalan mo bang
Sumisigaw ng hustisya
Para sa mga pangarap na kinitil
Ng di makatarungang sistema?
O sa mukha mong larawan
Ng pag-ibig at pag-asa
Na nilalabo ng mga luha
Sa iyong pagkawala?
Kristel,may silbi pa ba
Ang tula at mga tugma...
Kung tuluyang dumarami
Ang bilang ng mga tulad mo
Na pinagkakaitan ng karapatan
Ng salbaheng lipunan?
Kung sa ibabaw ng iyong libingan
Ay patuloy pa rin kaming nangangamba
Na tulad mo'y bumitiw sa pangarap
Ang marami pang mahihirap?
Ay dulot ng patuloy na pakikibaka
Habang naririnig namin ang iyong pangalan
Mula sa iba't ibang mukha
Ng kabataang ipinaglalaban
Ang karapatan sa paaralan
Ay lulan ng aming mga tula,
Mga awit, mga sigaw, mga karatula
Na 'di katumbas ng buhay ang matrikula
Sa unang taon ng paggunita kay Kristel Tejada
March 13, 2014 at 12:32pm
Parang kailan lang
And stop it, it you did.
With a burning liquid down your throat. After all, what good is it to
plead when nobody listens? The substance went down your gut. There is
nothing left there but the hurt and pain inflicted upon you by the
systematic cruelty you faced. You have long been disemboweled and you have
been left empty by a system that did not listen. And everything for you
Erra Mae Diaz Zabat
nakapapaso ang landas ng rebolusyon
mapanganib at matinik
bawat liko'y may bangin
at pagkalunod sa sarili
mapait ang lasa ng pakikibaka
magkahalong asim ng dugo at alat ng luha
sa bawat patak
lumulunday din ang loob
humuhukot ang tindig
madaling lumimot at makalimot
sa nakalalangong ilusyon
pangakong kariwasaa't ginhawa
ang hungkag na katahimikan
ngunit sa pagpaling sa tulog
nagiging hiyaw ang bulong ng digma
muling kapiling kasamang nag-alay
namatay ngunit nabuhay sa bawat bagong laban
nawala ngunit nariyan sa piling ng masa
ano ba ang kahulugan ng pag-alala?
ang kabuluhan ng pagbabalik-tanaw
sa mga nasawi, naiwan at nabuwal sa dilim?
ano ang halaga ng paglingon
sa nakaraang sakbibi ng pighati?
dahil may dalawang kamatayan
una'y ang pagpanaw ng katawang
kalauna'y magiging isa sa lupa
ikalawa'y ang paglimot sa pinaglalaban
at sa pagmaliw ng katagang kasama
An Open Letter to the U.P. Board of Regents on its Feb 6 Decision Upholding the Name of Virata School of Business
Movement Against the Name Virata School of Business
February 10, 2014
We have learned unofficially that last February 6, by a majority vote, the U.P. Board of Regents approved with finality the renaming of the College of Business Administration into the Cesar E.A. VirataSchool of Business. Only Rep. Roman Romulo, Student Regent Krista Melgarejo and Staff Regent Rara Ramirez voted against it.
As of this writing, no official statement on this decision has been issued by the University. Hence, we are raising the following questions.
How did the Board of Regents respond to the resolutions of the University Council of UP Diliman related to this issue? These resolutions were approved by the UC in its December 2, 2013 Special meeting and was transmitted to the Office of the President by UPD Chancellor on January 7, 2014, a month before the Board of Regents Meeting.
Motion on Naming:
The context of the motion stemmed from the renaming of the College of Business Administration to the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business. The proponent said that the naming of an academic program after one of the longest serving cabinet members of the Marcos dictatorship was a political issue and has deeply divided the university and its public.
The motion was to retain the naming of academic programs/institutions after the discipline and not after any person, living or dead.
There were three bases for the motion:
First, the long tradition of naming academic programs/institutions after the discipline had been serving UP well for years
Second, naming the academic program/institutions is highly divisive: within the university and between the university and its publics
Third, there already exist guidelines/mechanisms to name buildings, streets, and structures to honor outstanding alumni and/or donors.
With votes of 135 in favor, 63 against, and 7 abstentions, the motion to retain the naming of academic programs after the discipline and not after any person, living or dead, was adopted by the UC.
Motion to recommend to the BOR to rescind the BOR decision on 12 April 2013 to rename the College Business Administration into the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business
This motion was raised immediately after the approval the motion to retain the practice of naming academic programs/institutions after the discipline and not after any person living or dead.
The context of the motion was therefore to ensure consistency in the naming of colleges and units, forward to the BOR the sentiment of the UC regarding the importance of consultations with stakeholders especially on matters which would change long-standing tradition, and reiterate the power of the UC vis-à-visacademic matters including the naming of academic programs and institutions.
With votes of 146 in favor, 19 against, and 23 abstentions, the motion to recommend to the BOR to rescind the BOR decision on 12 April 2013 to rename the College Business Administration into the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business was adopted by the UC.
Faced with this clear majority vote from the highest academic governing body of the University, there are disturbing anomalies that need to be clarified.
First, how was the public opinion of the students of the College of Business Administration considered in the deliberations by the Board, if at all? Did the Board evaluate carefully the sentiments of the students who are the recipients of this drastic change? Or it simply ignored them in the name of administrative efficiency?
Second, did the board exercise the mandate of democratic governance when it merely paid lip-service to the strong dissenting sentiments expressed publicly by the faculty, alumni and students who are against a precedent-setting decision that creates dissension within theUniversity?
How is democratic governance exercised by the Board when it gave undue privilege to the representatives from the College of Business Administration to expound before the Boarddefending the renaming of College of Business Administration to Virata School of Business but did not consider the resolution of the University Council regarding this issue, nor even invited those who call for the revocation of the name-change. Brazen railroading is the only appropriateterm to describe this simulated democratic process.
In the name of accountability and transparency, the Board owes the academic community of UP, the alumni, and especially those who fought the dictatorship under Martial Law an account of how the decision was made, and compelling explanation why its decision is the best for the entire UP community and for the generations who will be affected by this decision. We demand no less than immediate response.
Sandaang taon na tayo
Muli nating isapuso
Edukasyon para sa lahat
Dangal, lakas at
Pag-angkin sa bukas.
UP ‘to ang galing mo!
Mabilis lang to, kulang pera ko
Mabilis lang to, STFAP ang sagot n’yo
Binalewala angking-talino’t galing
Mabilis lang to, paalam na sa inyo.
Ikaw UP ang nangunguna!
Narito tayo nagpupugay
Sa mag-aaral na di makapag-aral
Alalala muling binabalikan
Di pa rin malilimutan
Dito sa UP naming Mahal
Visit webpage on Kristel posted in 2013
STATEMENT OF UP ADMINISTRATION ON THE 1ST ANNIVERSARY
OF THE DEATH OF UP STUDENT KRISTEL TEJADA