Sunday, September 21, 2008

The problem

...with being busy is you miss out on opportunities to deal with people. The tasks become overwhelming that you have too little time to nourish relationships.

It's either that or JQ's right. It's just an excuse.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

In the Spirit of the UAAP finals air ♥

//I usually don't like reposting whole blog entries but this just gives a pretty accurate picture of an Atene0-La Salle game. I am super thrilled for the finals!!!

ADM 102: Introduction to Ateneo-La Salle Games
Thu/Sat/Sunday, 4:00 PM, Araneta Coliseum
Course Prepared by: Miguel Lizada
Course Instructor: TBA

Course Description

The course introduces the student-cheerer to the dynamics and principles of the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry. The course employs both theoretical and application dimensions. The theoretical phase exposes the student to the history of the rivalry, the tradition of cheering, the construction of the ideal Atenean 6th Man, and other theoretical concepts.

The application phase on the other hand requires the student to put into practice all the theoretical principles. These practices include, among others: effective skills in lining up for the games, cheering (pre-game, during the game, half-time and post-game), jeering, heckling, creating effective posters and banners for one's favorite players and posing and smiling for

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the student should have been able to:
• understand what it means to be the Sixth Man
• understand the difference between an Atenean and La Sallite
• integrate himself with the community of believers
• develop his school spirit
Course Outline and Reading List

Chapter 1: What is School Spirit?

• Required Readings:
o Excerpts from the "History of the Ateneo"
o The student's "OrSem Manual"
o "The Ateneo Cheerbook"
o "Who and What is the Ateneo Sixth Man?"
o Ruel De Vera's "The Eagles Have Landed"
o Selected Speeches of Angelico Sinjian of the Blue Babble Battalion

Chapter 2: Knowing the Enemy

• Required Readings:
o “SUSPENDED! The 2005 UAAP Scandal”
o "We Must Come (Or Hit Them) From Behind"
o "How To Spell Correctly During Cheerdance Competition"
o “The Pumaren Defense Press: Terror and Truth”
• Optional/Supplementary Readings
o "No Cheering During Time Out"
o "Get that Ball! -- UE"
o "Why are there Two Birds in UAAP?"
o "Who let the (Bull) Dogs out?"
o "You Cannot Overcheer Us!"
o "NABRO: Equality or Social Injustice?"
Chapter 3: Pre-Game Rituals

• Required Readings
o "The Art of Lining Up"
o "Sketching Posters and Banners for Your Favorite Players"
o "Scalpers and Where To Find Them: An Anthropological Study"
o "Reserving Seats Upper A/Upper B For Friends"
• Optional Readings
o "How to Jump From the Gen Ad to Upper B: A Step-By-Step Guide"
o "How to Jump From Upper B to Upper A: A Step-By-Step guide"
Chapter 4: Game Time

• Required Readings:
o "Developing Your Endurance"
o "The Psychology Behind Get That Ball"
o "Who are the Gang Green?"
o "Half-time is Game-Time"
o "Fly High" + "The Victory Song"
Chapter 5-A: When the Final Buzzer Beats (In case of Victory)

• Required Readings
o "The Song for Mary and the Proper Way to Sing It"
o "How to sing The Song For Mary and Still Look Cute for"
o "How To Argue with Sore Losers in and"
Chapter 5-B: When the Final Buzzer Beats (In case of Defeat)

• Required Readings:
o “Defeat is not a Fundamental Option: A Theological Exegesis”
o “Ang Pagkatalo ay Hindi Isang Wala Dahil Meron Pa: Isang Pambungad sa Metapisika ng Pagkatalo”
o "Win or Lose, It's The School We Choose: Deepening Your Spirituality -- The Sesquicentennial Edition"
o "Contemplating on the Meaning of Life: An Introduction"
o "Surviving the Wrath of Fr. Adolfo Dacanay SJ"

Course Requirements

Written Long Test: This will assess your memorization of the tradition and history of the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry. The test consists of itemized Multiple Choice questions and True or False statements.

Oral Exam:
The student will randomly draw two cheers from a lot. The student must cheer/sing the cheers he picked. Afterwards, he must be able to explain the significance of the cheer/song. He must also be able to identify when these cheers/songs are used.

Practical Exam:
The student must line up for tickets. This is a pass or fail exam. If the student is able to acquire a ticket, he automatically gets an A. If he doesn't get any ticket, he must take the Make-Up Test.

Make-up Test: Negotiating with Scalpers. Students who wish to pass the first practical exam for the course but failed to do so must take the Make-Up test. The student must locate a scalper within the vicinity of Araneta Coliseum. This is not a pass or fail test. The student's grade depends on how he was able to acquire a good ticket with the lowest possible price. The better the ticket with lower ticket price, the higher the grade.

Final Exam: Students are required to cheer during the game. The grade depends on the voice quality and frequency of the cheering. The Ateneo standard grading system will be applied. Therefore the passing score for the Final Exam is 70%. Students who cannot stand up and cheer 70% of the time automatically fail the exam.

Bonus points are given to students who are able to convince others to cheer loudly, either through a well-articulated speech or forceful coercion. Extra points are also awarded to fans who make creative banners for their favorite players.

Written Long Test: 20%
Oral Exam: 20%
Practical Exam: 20%
Final Exam: 40%

Course Policies and Other Reminders

1. Plagiarism. Plagiarism is an extreme offense in this school. Do not copy cheers from other schools.
2. Cellphone Use. Using your cellphone to place in bets is illegal. Do not get yourself into trouble.
3. Cuts. Once you are inside Araneta, you are not allowed to leave. You must watch all four quarters. Win or lose, you are not allowed to leave before the Song for Mary is sung. Doing so merits an automatic W for the course.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Writing papers. :|

Got this from Madel.

I'm writing a paper right now at ito ang nangyayari, most of it. Hahaha. Please pray I actually get down to work.


1. Sit on a straight, comfortable chair in a well lit place in front of your computer.

2. Log onto YM (With the busy status!). Check your email.

3. Read over the assignment carefully, to make certain you understand it.

4. Head out to the kitchen for some chocolate to help you concentrate.

5. Check your LJ/Multiply/Twitter/Facebook/Friendster/DeviantArt.

6. Text a friend and ask if he/she wants to go to grab a coffee. Just to get settled down and ready to work.

7. When you get back to your room, sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a clean, well lit place.

8. Read over the assignment again to make absolutely certain you understand it.

9. Check your LJ/Multiply/Twitter/Facebook/Friendster/DeviantArt.

10. You know, you haven't texted/YMed that old friend since fourth grade. You'd better do that now and get it out of the way so you can concentrate.

11. Look at your teeth in the bathroom mirror.

12. Grab some mp3s off of LimeWire/BitTorrent.

13. Check your LJ/Multiply/Twitter/Facebook/Friendster/DeviantArt. ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR YET?!

14. YM/text with one of your friends about the future. (ie summer plans, block party).

15. Check your LJ/Multiply/Twitter/Facebook/Friendster/DeviantArt.

16. Listen to your new mp3s and download some more.

17. YM/text your friend and ask if she's started writing yet. Exchange derogatory remarks about your prof, the course, the college, the world at large.

18. Drink some water.

19. Notice the old magazine in the kitchen. Read it.

20. Check your LJ/Multiply/Twitter/Facebook/Friendster/DeviantArt. Check you email too.

21. YM/text some people to make sure you aren't missing something truly worthwhile on TV.

22. Play some Solitaire (Or Pinball).

23. Check out

24. Wash your hands.

25. YM/text a friend to see how much they have done, probably haven't started either.

26. Look through your blockmate's Multiply album of pictures from that party. Ask who everyone is.

27. Sit down and do some serious thinking about your plans for the future.

28. Check your LJ/Multiply/Twitter/Facebook/Friendster/DeviantArt. Look over your online contacts on YM.

29. Check your LJ/Multiply/Twitter/Facebook/Friendster/DeviantArt WHILE listening to your new mp3s.

30. Your PC/laptop just crashed, given too many open windows plus the mp3s playing. Reboot, and carry on.

31. Read over the assignment one more time, just for heck of it.

32. Scoot your chair across the room to the window and watch the sunrise.

33. Lie face down on the floor and moan.

34. Punch the wall and break something.

35. Check your LJ/Multiply/Twitter/Facebook/Friendster/DeviantArt. And you contacts on YM. No one’s online, yeah? But just look through them anyway.

36. Mumble obscenities.

37. 5am - start hacking on the paper without stopping. 6am -paper is finished.

38. Complain to everyone that you didn't get any sleep because you had to write that stupid paper.

39. Go to class, hand in paper, and cut out of it so you can take a nap.

40. Check your LJ/Multiply/Twitter/Facebook/Friendster/DeviantArt.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

My lucky break ♥

I have to blog about this cap because I love it and because it's the first thing I ever won in my entire life.

I have never been lucky in raffles or bingo or phone-in contests until last July 17.

I like watching Hard Ball especially when they feature sports events that I actually watch (eg. UAAP). I was watching the show when they said they were giving an Ateneo or La Salle UAAP cap to a caller who can answer the question. The question was about their Hot Ticket discussion during their show the day before that was also about the UAAP. So I tried calling. I got the busy tone a number of times but after a while, I got through! The girl told me that they'd call me back if I win. And so a few minutes later, she called me back and informed me that I won!!! :D AND that I was going to introduce myself briefly on-air. I got really nervous but I can actually say I got to talk to the Hardball hosts once in my life. Hahaha. ♥

And so I got my Adidas Ateneo cap last Friday and I love it! :D Sorry for the vanity and the superficial happiness but I really loved winning, talking to the hosts on-air and getting the cap. :))