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HAYDEE YORAC LEADERSHIP AWARD [Jan. 15th, 2009|09:42 am]
U.P. Portia Sorority’s
Haydee Yorac Leadership Award


About the award:

The Haydee Bofill Yorac Leadership Award* is given to one female student leader selected from any law school all over the Philippines .  It is given to honor our well-loved alumna, Prof. Haydee Bofill Yorac, who has been a model not only of academic excellence, but also of integrity in public service, selflessness, and love for country.

The award aims to recognize excellence and discipline—two Portian virtues—among female youth leaders, and to prove that it is never too early to serve the country, or to harbor a better vision for it.

Eventually, the U.P. Portia Sorority aims to expand the Award to include leadership workshops and immersion activities for female students in law schools, undergraduate colleges, and out-of-school- youth.

*This is different from the Gawad Haydee Yorac for Outstanding Public Service given by the MERALCO and the University of the Philippines to leaders in the private sector, government service and volunteer organizations.

This year’s theme:

“Making a difference is enough.”

Who can be nominated:

1.       Filipino citizen

2.       At least 18 years old

3.       Female law student from any accredited law school.

4.       Student leader

5.       Good academic standing

6.       Highly involved in her community

7.       Resident Portians of the U.P. College of Law are disqualified from being nominated for the award and from nominating any candidate.


1.       Any person, group of persons, organization, or school may send in a nomination.  The official nomination form is available with your college secretary, or may be downloaded from www.upportiasorority.org (or send an e-mail to HYLA.2009@gmail. com).

In addition to the official nomination form, the following must also be submitted:

a.        testimonial from the group nominating the person (maximum of 500 words);

b.       certification from the College that the nominee is its bona fide student as of January 2009; and

c.        other documentary proof of achievement (may be in electronic format, videos, photos, etc.)

2.       To signify her acceptance of the nomination, the nominee is also required to submit an essay regarding the theme (maximum of 500 words), which is a quote from Prof. Yorac herself.

3.       From among the nominees, one female youth leader will be chosen.

4.       Deadline for submission will be on February 14, 2009, Saturday.

5.       Please send all nominations and accompanying documents to:

The Secretariat, Haydee Yorac Leadership Awards

U.P. Portia Sorority Room, 2/F Malcolm Hall,

U.P. College of Law, Diliman, Quezon City


1.       The Board of Judges will be comprised of Portians from different sectors: the Judiciary, Government, Private Practice, and the Academe.  The current LP will be the youngest member of the Board.

2.       Judging will be conducted on February 16-22, 2009.


1.       The awarding will held on March 2009 during the Annual Portia Ball.

2.        The Awardee will receive a plaque and P20,000.

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simbang gabi @ the UP Parish on Dec17 [Dec. 15th, 2008|08:12 am]

got this from my email. thought i'd re-post the unedited message here ---- kita-kits!! :)


To My Fellow Students:

As we all know, Fr. Jboy Gonzales S.J. and the Jesuits received a letter from the Bishop of Cubao, informing the Jesuit Provincial that Fr. Jboy, as well as other Jesuits, leave the chaplaincy because of his “other responsibilities”. Moreover, a date was stated in the letter regarding how long they should stay in the chaplaincy (until January 2009).

In line with this, I am asking for your full participation in their last mass on December 17 at four o'clock in the morning (4am).It will be Fr. Jboy's last mass as our Chaplain before the Jesuits finally leave U.P.. The chaplaincy has been one of their many apostolates since Fr. Delaney. After 98 years of service to the university and its students, let us join them and thank God for the journey we've spent with them.

I hope to see you all on Wednesday! Godspeed!

(P.S. Please forward this message to everyone. It will be a nice mass filled with music and dancing. Thank you.)

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reminder to self [Dec. 4th, 2008|11:36 am]

"enough. enough now."


this is a happy post!  i know how it might seem like it's not, but it is. i'm having too much of a good thing that it's turning out to be bad for me.


yeah, i'm crazy like that.


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special shoutout to the Portia Vocal Group [Nov. 13th, 2008|11:15 am]

Dearest Lobit, Sen, Jo, Mini, Cathe, Ces and Josa,

This is long overdue but i still want to say it: I'm so proud to have very talented sisses like you gals!!!  sabi ni lynn, we have a future! If we can pull off singing at the diamond ball with 3 days of practice, i'm so excited just thinking of what we can do if we had more time. hahaha. Sorry if masyado kayong nakulitan sa mga text ko and if i became a tad masungit at any point...

i'm looking forward to our next gig.

love you sisses!!! mwah mwah mwah

, sheils



A super super huge THANKS to RON for taking time out to play the guitar for us!! Oh, and special thanks for learning "I know him so well". Sobrang galing mo!!!!!!!!!! Idol!!!!!!

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Yes, we can! [Aug. 29th, 2008|08:28 am]

I’ve never watched CNN like I’ve done this past week. I think it all started when I watched Obama’s bio last Sunday. What surprised me even more than my own interest in this election race was that my brother was watching with me the whole time.

This afternoon, I found myself tuned in again, still watching an Obama-related coverage: his acceptance of the Democratic nomination for the Presidency of the United States of America. Before some 75,000 Americans, he laid out plans, made promises and, in my opinion, reminded them of what an election is supposed to be about: Change you can believe in. I’m not about to say that he’s better than McCain - I haven’t seen anything about the latter, other than those related to the Paris Hilton/Celebrity issue. But I have to admit that after watching Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, part of me wished that his promises to Americans will also be made by a Filipino presidential candidate to the Filipino people someday.

I don’t really know if he's going to keep his promises or if he’s even capable of fulfilling his 10-yr (!) plans but I like his speech because it talked about the importance of one, a single you, an individual me. As a wise professor phrased it: "The power of one and the strength of many."  It also talked about a change in the basic system of values: one that cares for the other as much as the self – individual and mutual responsibility. It talked about the citizenry and the government working together to achieve the desired reforms – change in the White House and change in every home. It talked about people believing, wanting and creating that change for themselves and their posterity.

Maybe Obama’s just great at rhetoric and in public speaking. Maybe he won’t deliver the promises he made. Maybe he’s just another politician who speaks more than he acts. But even from where I’m sitting, miles and oceans away from Denver, Colorado, I was made to remember that I can do something for the change that I want... That I can cast a stone in the vast ocean of possibilities before me and hope that its ripples will make this world better than how I first found it… That the change I can believe in is one that comes from within me.

You may see the whole transcript of Barack Obama's speech HERE but here are my favorite parts:


What is that promise?

It's a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have the obligation to treat each other with dignity and respect.

It's a promise that says the market should reward drive and innovation and generate growth, but that businesses should live up to their responsibilities to create American jobs, look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road.

Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves - protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology.

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who's willing to work.

That's the promise of America - the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper.


...we must also admit that fulfilling America's promise will require more than just money. It will require a renewed sense of responsibility from each of us to recover what John F. Kennedy called our "intellectual and moral strength." Yes, government must lead on energy independence, but each of us must do our part to make our homes and businesses more efficient. Yes, we must provide more ladders to success for young men who fall into lives of crime and despair. But we must also admit that programs alone can't replace parents; that government can't turn off the television and make a child do her homework; that fathers must take more responsibility for providing the love and guidance their children need.

Individual responsibility and mutual responsibility - that's the essence of America's promise.


I know there are those who dismiss such beliefs as happy talk. They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan Horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values. And that's to be expected. Because if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.

You make a big election about small things.

And you know what - it's worked before. Because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn't work, all its promises seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and again, then it's best to stop hoping, and settle for what you already know.

I get it. I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don't fit the typical pedigree, and I haven't spent my career in the halls of Washington.

But I stand before you tonight because all across America something is stirring. What the nay-sayers don't understand is that this election has never been about me. It's been about you.

For eighteen long months, you have stood up, one by one, and said enough to the politics of the past. You understand that in this election, the greatest risk we can take is to try the same old politics with the same old players and expect a different result. You have shown what history teaches us - that at defining moments like this one, the change we need doesn't come from Washington. Change comes to Washington. Change happens because the American people demand it - because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time.


The tune playing before the speech is U2’s City of Blinding Lights!!!  hehe. sorry... i just had to point this out!


If you want to watch Obama deliver his speech, i posted it in the video section of my multiply. It's also in youtube.


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Celebs join campaign for graphic cigarette packs [Aug. 1st, 2008|07:35 am]
By Reinir Padua
Friday, August 1, 2008

Celebrities joined yesterday the group supporting legislation that seeks to require tobacco companies to place photographs of victims of smoking on every cigarette pack.

Actress Bianca King, model Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, actor Onemig Bondoc, television personality Roxanne Barcello, and singer Champ Lui Pio distributed stickers featuring gory pictures of victims of smoking at Eastwood in Libis, Quezon City.

The celebrities also asked passersby to sign a petition in support of the pending bills in Congress.

The stickers showed photographs of a dead infant, a man with throat cancer and a bleeding brain.

Breathewell Initiative, a group of law students, is lobbying Congress to pass the bill that would require picture-based health warnings on cigarette packs to show smokers the risks they are taking when they smoke.

Elizalde said smoking among the youth is usually “driven by peer pressure and disinformation.”

“In the Philippines, there are few things to make people aware (about the dangers of smoking),” said Elizalde who also cited the current picture-based warnings on cigarette packs in other countries.

Barcello said one of the things that contribute to the wrong notion about smoking is the “glamorized” depiction of smokers in the media.

“Beautiful people (in advertisements and other media forms) make it (smoking) cool,” she noted.

Barcello said there are even cigarette brands that sell cigarettes in “nice pretty packages.”

“Here we have the same beautiful people like Bianca (Elizalde) doing this (campaign about the adverse effects of smoking),” Barcello said.

Elizalde said that with advertising playing a crucial role in encouraging smoking, its portrayal “does not make it look risky enough.”

“If commercials come out with the true effects (of smoking) I’d like to see how many people would still smoke,” she said.

Jessica Hilado, president of the Breathewell Initiative, said that a study is being conducted by the Department of Health to determine what kind of graphic depiction of these health risks will work to stop smoking, in the context of the Philippines.

Hilado said similar events would be held in different school campuses nationwide.

“We are trying to give smokers fair warning. The message on a pack reaches a smoker’s family and friends who will be exposed to the packs over 20 times a day,” she said.



Please visit The Breathewell Initiative site.

Look around. Watch the videos. Post comments. Spread the Word. :)

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it's a little bit freudian (part 2) [Jul. 23rd, 2008|12:22 pm]

i didn't think there was going to be a part 2... but who am i to complain that wonderfully funny moments like this interpolate my rather mundane existence...


date: 22 July 2008

place: Room 208. Malcolm Hall.

Topic of discussion: Disabilities and Inhibitions of Public Officers

Pertinent quotation from De Leon's The Law of Public Officers and Election Law:

"All governors, city and municipal mayors are prohibited from practicing their professions or engaging in any occupation other than the exercise of their fundctions as local chief executives."

The scenario:

The class, upon Dean's iniative, ventured into a discussion of whether endorsing products and appearing in advertisements were covered by the above prohibition. We came to the conclusion that at the very least, such activities constitute occupation and are, therefore, prohibited. And then Dean goes:


[start quote] Imagine your local politicians endorsing something like... a condom. Imagine them saying: "You know the kind of condom I like? It's the chocolate flavored. And my partner really likes it. So ano pa ang hinihintay niyo? Bumili na ng Everlasting." [end quote]


i kid you not, my friends... i kid you not. 


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it's a little bit freudian... [Jul. 1st, 2008|10:19 am]

who would've thought that such a statement could pertain to a Supreme Court decision... or that it will be uttered by Dean Carlota during PubOff class while discussing appointments in Civil Service... hahaha. funny class. and as marco succinctly texted: kinky.


A position is primarily confidential where its occupant enjoys more than the ordinary confidence in his aptitude of the appointing power but bears primarily such close intimacy which insures freedom of intercourse without embarrassment or freedom from misgiving of betrayal of personal trust on confidential matters of State... [De Los Santos v. Mallari, 87 Phil. 289 (1950)]


note: this was copied verbatim from the book "The Law on Public Officers and Election Law" by De Leon. So exciting ng puboff noh?!

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quizbox results: get to know yourself better [Jun. 22nd, 2008|07:05 am]

got this from aika's blog...  interesting results... hehe

took the quiz from here: http://www.quizbox.com/personality/test82.aspx


Your view on yourself:

You are down-to-earth and people like you because you are so straightforward. You are an efficient problem solver because you will listen to both sides of an argument before making a decision that usually appeals to both parties.

The type of girlfriend/boyfriend you are looking for:

You are not looking merely for a girl/boyfriend - you are looking for your life partner. Perhaps you should be more open-minded about who you spend time with. The person you are looking for might hide their charm under their exterior.

Your readiness to commit to a relationship:

You are ready to commit as soon as you meet the right person. And you believe you will pretty much know as soon as you might that person.

The seriousness of your love:

Your have very sensible tactics when approaching the opposite sex. In many ways people find your straightforwardness attractive, so you will find yourself with plenty of dates.

Your views on education

Education is very important in life. You want to study hard and learn as much as you can.

The right job for you:

You're a practical person and will choose a secure job with a steady income. Knowing what you like to do is important. Find a regular job doing just that and you'll be set for life.

How do you view success:

You are afraid of failure and scared to have a go at the career you would like to have in case you don't succeed. Don't give up when you haven't yet even started! Be courageous.

What are you most afraid of:

You are concerned about your image and the way others see you. This means that you try very hard to be accepted by other people. It's time for you to believe in who you are, not what you wear.

Who is your true self:

You are mature, reasonable, honest and give good advice. People ask for your comments on all sorts of different issues. Sometimes you might find yourself in a dilemma when trapped with a problem, which your heart rather than your head needs to solve.

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Jessica Zafra on U2 3D [Jun. 22nd, 2008|06:54 am]

please indulge the fan in me...


In your face: Watching U2 in 3D
Friday, June 20, 2008

I  can only take so much earnestness, but from U2 I’ve taken aquarter-century’s worth. I have U2 albums that are older than some of you, on a primitive medium called the “cassette” that played on an ancient metal device called a Walkman. Even before Google was invented I knew where the band got its name and what Bono’s and The Edge’s real names are. I got the information from fading, well-thumbed photocopies of Rolling Stone that classmates obtained from their relatives abroad. We had no e-mail, no mobile phones, no iPods; we actually had to be in the same room with someone before we could “friend” each other. But we had U2: the passionate performance, chiming guitars, intense lyricism and commitment to the music that made us want to move to Ireland and marry Larry Mullen Jr.

I’ll admit there are times when I want to run screaming from myheadphones, like that bit in a live version of Pride where Bonosays, “For the Reverend Martin Luther King... saint.” Yes, theReverend King was a hero, but there is an inherent contradiction in a rock star conferring sainthood. Then again this is one of the things that make Paul David Hewson of Dublin Bono (Fortunately he dropped the “Vox” from his stage name). Bono himself, with his bursts of falsetto, his causes and his air of world-saving goodness, is borderline annoying. And yet I would pick a fight with anyone who says U2 is no longer relevant. It is fashionable to disparage the extremely successful, but U2 is beyond fashion.

Thirty-two years into their uninterrupted existence (they formed U2 in their teens), the band creates music that is as vital as their early work, that speaks to a huge audience. What is truly extraordinary about the band is that they’re still together, still with the same management and roadies. In the music industry, that is amazing. U2 is one of the few globally mega-successful rock acts that’s been allowed to grow up.

U2 3D is the cheapest front-seat ticket you will ever buy to a U2concert. Assuming you could get front-seat tickets, you’d still haveto deal with massive crowds, funky smells, and some tone-deaf guyscreaming the lyrics in your ear so you can’t hear the band playing.

In an iMax theater, the only problem is the possibility of gettingvertigo as you climb up to your top-row seats. Directed by CatherineOwens and Mark Pellington, U2 3D was shot during the band’s series of shows in Buenos Aires on the 2006 “Vertigo” tour. One of the band’s strengths has always been its ability to form an intense personal connection with its audience: in 3D, on a screen 20 feet high, I feel like I need to take an injunction out on Bono. Way up close you see that The Edge has good skin, Adam Clayton seems quite cheerful (if that outfit is not proof enough), Larry Mullen Jr. has veins popping out of his forearms, and Bono’s shoes give new meaning to the title Elevation.

Before an ecstatic crowd bobbing and swirling like thick porridge, the band kicks off the show with Vertigo. The people in front of you scream and throw their hands up in the air, but before you can say“Shhhh,” you realize that they’re a 3D illusion. Good thing, too,because the ushers are standing in the back row, dancing. Up next isBeautiful Day, a song that evokes the connectedness of human beings in a world that is shrinking by the day. I am a Filipino watching an Irish band performing to Argentineans: it’s a small world. This is followed by New Year’s Day, a song about the suppression of Solidarity in Poland, from “War,” the overtly political album that first announced the band’s greatness. Even in its angry youth U2 insisted on hope, believed that people are responsible for each other. It’s a conviction you still hear two and a half decades later in songs like Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own and Love and Peace Or Else.

At the familiar martial drumbeats of Sunday Bloody Sunday, my friend and I nearly burst into tears. This was the first U2 song we’d ever heard. As rebellious teenagers we understood their rage, though they were singing about their troubled homeland half a world away. Humanity flowering in the midst of war and chaos is a running theme in the band’s work: in Bullet the Blue Sky, Miss Sarajevo, and Pride, leading up to Where The Streets Have No Name, with its yearning for “shelter from the poison rain.” Bono does something very Bono — he puts on a headband where a crescent moon, a Star of David, and a cross form the word Coexista. If it were any other rock star we’d probably laugh him off the stage. We don’t need a lecture on world peace from someone whose designated role is to throw TV sets out of hotel windows.

But U2 has never been about emotional detachment and distance, in their music or in public life. They care — a concept so uncool thatparadoxically, it’s cool. The show closes with One, which has become

an anthem for the global campaign against poverty: “We’ve got to carry each other.”

Of course there’s an encore: The Fly, from their 1990s foray into irony, which ran for three albums, alienated some of their originalfans, and produced some amazing music (have you really listened toPlease?). The final song is With Or Without You, a love song thatdefies its own reservations. In the end, every U2 song is a love song.

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