Thursday, August 26, 2010

Adventures in Math 54

Instead of teaching us calculus, our math professor taught us something new out of the box. Last August 25, Sir Jamosin taught us how to decipher codes using different ciphers. After discussing the algorithm of the system, he gave us a challenge to decode something and promised to give us extra plus points in the exam if we will decode it and do the task stated. Scribbled in the piece of paper is the following:


Using the Virgenere cipher, which I wouldn't discuss in this post, we were able to get the true message out of the random letters above which obviously is grouped by 5. You can search it in google to find out how the Virgenere Cipher works. Well, after a couple of hours, we were able to unlock the message and do the task given.
Below is the transformed message:

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. Have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering with the heat of  [give me a video of your group shouting "I love math 54" at the sunken garden]  injustice and oppression will be transformed in oasis of freedom and justice . I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have dreamt today. [qqq]

Analyzing and deciphering codes and ciphers is quite interesting. :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Show up yourself now.

Up until now, Senator Lacson is nowhere to be found. Instead of working in the Senate as what he should be doing, he's out there hiding his face from the public after accused of being the master mind of the November 2000 Dacer and Corbito murder case. To make the search much easier for the NBI and the DOJ, they canceled his passport. It would prevent him from changing locations from one country to another and would apparently consider him an alien to wherever he is hiding. Why don't he just show up and face the accusations? If he believe he's innocent, he shouldn't be ashamed to face the public and defend himself. He is saying that those accusations are just politically motivated but the keen public couldn't just conclude the issue without going into legal proceedings and in order to do such, we need his presence. With a canceled passport, the chance of escape is so thin and the chance of finding him is close to one if he is really out of the country. Even if he's a senator, no one is above the law. He shouldn't wait for greater penalties before he'll come out from where he's hiding in case the government luckily finds him. Surrendering himself will make things easier, and I think that's the best recourse this time. And besides, I believe he knows he won't forever be hiding.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

13th PBA title for the Alaska Aces

My warmest congratulations to the Alaska Aces for grabbing their 13th PBA championship. I'm not really an avid fan of PBA but I'm a great supporter of associations and leagues in which we, Filipinos, can proudly call our own. The Alaska Aces earned 102 points with Simpson as its highest pointer (28 points) against 88 points of the San Miguel Beer with Freeman with the most points (32). Both teams were undoubtedly great on the court, but the Aces played the ball harder earning them the 4-2 victory over the San Miguel Beer before the huge Araneta coliseum crowd. Once again, congrats!

Pride of the Philippines

Thirty of the thirty one national scientists of the Philippines are alumni from UP. I'm so blessed to be given the opportunity to study from the same university where those 30 brilliant Filipino scientists came from. This title is given to the Filipino man or woman of science who has given significant contributions in any of the fields of natural and social sciences and for his/her singificant role in the advancement of science and technology in the country. Below is the complete list of all the awardees:

Lourdes J. Cruz, PhD - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - 2006
Ricardo M. Lantican - Plant Breeding and Genetics - 2005
Onofre D. Corpuz - Political Science and Philippine social and economic history - 2004
Clare R. Baltazar, Ph. D. - Systematic Entomology - 2001
Benito S. Vergara, Ph. D. - Plant Physiology - 2001
Bienvenido O. Juliano, Ph. D - Organic Chemistry - 2000
Gelia T. Castillo, Ph. D. - Rural Sociology - 1999
Dolores A. Ramirez, Ph. D. - Biochemical Genetics and Cytogenetics - 1998
Jose R. Velasco, Ph. D. - Plant Physiology - 1998
Pedro B. Escuro, Ph.D. - Genetics and Plant Breeding - 1994
Clara Y. Lim-Sylianco, Ph. D. - Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry - 1994
Paulo C. Campos, M.D. - Nuclear Medicine - 1989
Alfredo V. Lagmay, Ph. D. - Experimental Psychology - 1988
Luz Oliveros-Belardo, Ph. D. - Pharmaceutical Chemistry - 1987
Jose Encarnacion, Jr. Ph. D. - Economics - 1987
Julian A. Banzon, Ph. D. - Biophysical Chemistry - 1986
Dioscoro L. Umali, Ph. D. - Genetics and Plant Breeding - 1986
Teodoro A. Agoncillo, Litt.D. (h.c.) - Philippine History - 1985 Posthumous
Encarnacion A. Alzona, Ph. D. - Philippine History - 1985
Hilario D. G. Lara, M.D., Dr. P. H. - Public Health - 1985
Francisco M. Fronda, Ph. D. - Animal Husbandry - 1983
Francisco O. Santos, Ph. D. - Human Nutrition and Agricultural Chemistry - 1983 Posthumous
Carmen C. Velasquez, Ph. D. - Parasitology - 1983
Geminiano T. de Ocampo, M.D. - Opthalmology - 1982
Casimiro del Rosario, Ph. D. - Physics Astronomy and Metrology - 1982
Gregorio T. Velasquez, Ph. D. - Phycology - 1982
Fe del Mundo, M. D., M. A. - Pediatrics - 1980
Eduardo A. Quisumbing, Ph. D. - Plant Taxonomy, Systematics and Morphology - 1980
Juan S. Salcedo, Jr., M.D. - Nutrition and Public Health - 1978
Alfredo C. Santos, Dr. Phil. - Physical Chemistry - 1978
Gregorio Y. Zara, D. Sc. - Engineering and Inventions - 1978

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

This guy should do someting...

We have heard so much from President Noy. Much has been said. What the masses want this time is for him to take the steps to fulfill those promises. We have heard his inaugural address and it amazed the listeners as to the different issues he tackled especially those sharp words like a sword penetrating to and trying to seek justice to the issues his predecessor was involved in; the promises of bringing the nation out of the pit of hopelessness; and the numerous quotable quotes and inspiring statements. He stressed on the two different and opposite ways which is the straight and crooked path. He is claiming to lead the nation to the staight path or "matuwid na daan" and calls us to follow the trail.
And  it's now the time for him to prove that he is a man of action with regards to the Agrarian problems this nation is facing. This problem was unable to be fully resolved by the past presidents and the fight for the majority Filipino farmers continue to be unheard and unattended. This is complete injustice. This is a call for PNoy to do his job as the leader who claims to lead the straight path and respond to the masses whose voices seem ignored and we call for him to act with justice and fairness. Zooming in, we are speaking here of the Hacienda Luisita farmers who still live with great anticipation to be given the proper treatment and whose lives a clear picture of the current state of this nation which shows that only the privileged few get to assume the societal power while many are suffering from helpless poverty and subjected to injustices not only from the authorities but from the law itself. Being a member of the family who owns this vast hacienda, he should not be hands-off to this issue and leave it on other people's hands. Being at the highest post in the government and assuming to have the great influence over the events of this nation, we know he can do many big things toward the resolution and solution of this problem and he should do something. As the president, it isn't his job to protect the interests of his own family but it's his calling to represent the Filipino masses and fight with them who for so long was not given enough attention.

Para sa impormasyon ng lahat...

Ito ay isang matagal nang isyu pero nais ko parin itong ihayag sapagkat alam ko na ito'y may kaugnayan pa rin sa kasalukuyan.

Ang pagpapatupad ng Executive Order 210 na nagpapalakas ng pag-gamit ng wikang Ingles bilang pangunahing wikang ginagamit sa pagtuturo sa sistema ng edukasyon ay ay isang malaking paglabag sa Atrikulo 14 Seksyon 6-7 ng ating Konstitusyon. Malinaw na sinabi sa batas na hangga't maaari, gamitin ang Filipino bilang pangunahing wika sa pagtuturo at hangga't hindi pa ito ganap na maggamit, magiging kasangga nito ang wikang Ingles. Ngunit malaking pagsuway sa kautusang ito ang ipinatupad ng nakaraang presidenteng si Gloria Arroyo. Ayon sa kanya, mahalaga na mapaunlad ang kasanayan at kagalingan ng mga estudyante sa wikang Ingles sapagkat ito ay mahalaga tungo sa pag-unlad ng ating bansa kaya't ito'y kanyang nilagdaan. Pero sa aksyiong kanyang ginawa, pinakita niyang mas mahalaga ang kahusayan sa wikang ito upang mas umunlad ang bansa at hinahayaan niyang mapabayaan na lamang ang wikang Filipino imbes na manguna sa pagpapayaman nito. Hindi naman masama ang kanyang layunin: ang maging hasa ang mga Pilipino sa wikang Ingles dahil ito'y mahalaga para marunong makipagsabayan ang mga Pilipino as globalisasyon. Tama ang layunin, pero sa maling paraan. Hindi makatarungan na pinapabayaan na lang ang sariling wika para magbigay daan sa mga bagay na pwede namang makamit sa ibang paraan na walang natatalikuran at napapabayaan. Ang mismong ginawa ni Arroyo ay nagpapakita ng kanyang pagtalikod sa kanyang tungkulin bilang Pilipino at bilang isang lider ng bansa upang paunlarin at pagyamanin ang sariling wika. Dapat sana siya ang manguna sa adhikaing ito pero sa halip, isa siya sa mga numero unong sumuway dito. Ang maging mahigpit na kalahok sa globalisasyon pero nagpapahiwatig naman ng pagatras sa sariling kasarinlan at identidad ay parang maikukumpara sa isang nagtagumpay na wala naman talagang totoong maipagmamalaki. Hindi naman ako kontra sa layunin ni Arroyo na paunlarin ang kaalaman ng mga Pilipino sa Ingles dahil ito rin ay mahalaga pero sana naman ay sa mabuting paraan na wala tayong naaapakan at nakakaligtaang mahalagang bagay din.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Miami Heat is in blaze

Few weeks ago, Lebron James finally made the decision to leave the Cavaliers to start a new chapter in his NBA career with the Miami Heat. This new season would be definitely great for Miami heat as they'll be playing the ball with the 3 NBA superstars Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and the new member of the team Lebron James. Those three guys, otherwise known as the "Big Three" are currently on fire with bold and confidence to grab a couple of NBA championships. Well, let's just see if they'll really live up to what they say, "We're the best big three over". Many people are expecting great things from them and they should reach those expectations. They still haven't proven anything as a team. Teams don't work individually but they go together as one. No doubt they have proven a lot of things in the court but more than their individual epertise is how they work as a team. But many things can still go wrong. Will they get along well in the court or will there be rivalries within the three while on play? Let's just observe what will happen as the new season will kick off this October. But nonetheless, it's too obvious they are on fire. But we don't know until when it would continue to blaze.

Henry Sy, still the richest Filipino

Henry Sy is still the richest man in the Philippines with a net worth of $5 billion, $1.2 billion more than last year, according to Forbes. Henry Sy is the owner of the SM Primeholdings, the operator of the currently 35 SM malls in the Philippines and of other related  businesses. Following in the list is Lucio Tan with a net worth of $2.1 billion. Some of his business are Philippine Airlines, Allied Bank, PNB, Asia Brewery, and a lot more. Furthermore, John Gokongwei is the 3rd on the list with a net worth of $1.5 billion. He is the owner of Cebu Pacific Air and Sun Cellular. Comleting the top 5 list are Jaime Zobel de Ayala and Andrew Tan with a net worth of $1.4 billion and $1.2 billion, respectively.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

"Filipino Veterans Equity Act" passed

Now is definitely a time for rejoicing to those Filipinos who fought with dignity during the WWII. The US Congress through the efforts of Senator Lelland Yee has approved the Senate Joint Resolution which will increase the funding to be given to the Filipinos who fought hard during the second world war. For a short bit of history, Filipino veterans were not given before the priveleges they deserve like pensions, health care and other payments as mandated by the 1946 Rescission Act. Some may have been lucky enough to pass the hassles of the rigorous screening to confirm their eligibility to receive those payments but many were not, unfortunately. They fought for their rights to be given the same treatment the US government give to other veterans but it seem as though the US government is inattentive to their pleas. “The Rescission Act of 1946 was a sad chapter in American history. It is our responsibility to end this injustice and start caring for these soldiers who fought so hard for our country’s freedom. It is heartbreaking that even the inadequate lump sum payment approved by Congress is not getting to those in need. These soldiers deserved full recognition; the least our federal government can do is expedite this small token of appreciation.”, Senator Yee said. We're lucky to have a person like Senator Yee who saw the struggle of the Filipino veterans and chose to fight with them. So a MILLION thanks to you and also to the US Congress for responding and supporting the advocacy. Also to President Obama  for showing his support by signing the US Supplemental Appropriation Act of 2010 which alloted 67-million-dollar budget for the Filipino veterans during the war.

Friday, August 13, 2010

"Palisi sa Wika"

I don't regret enlisting in Sir Iniego's class. I was just forced before to enlist on his class out of great need to have 1 GE for i'm not allowed to be underload since I have a scholarship. It's not just because this subject is UNO able (i'm so GC, =D) but its because I get to learn many things out of the discussions. Being an Aral Pil subject, I'm expecting this to be a history subject. However, it deals with less of the history and focuses more on the contemporary Philippines as the product of what transpired in the history. Just after few meetings of discussion, my sense of nationalism was stirred and I get to understand more of the present Philippines. I deem it important to understand first your own country before you can learn to appreciate it and love it. Sadly, many of us Filipinos don't really know even our own history, and worse, our own identity. It's like being foreigners in our own land. Hence, we comprehend less why particular things exists currently in our country - these problems and the different situations this nation is into. Many people are misled and many are ignorant. Thankfully, through Sir Iniego, I get to see the clear picture of the Philippines as a nation. [one trivia: Sir Iniego was jailed two times because of fighting for the truth and taking a firm stand on his ideals against the corrupt leaders we've had. One was during the Marcos regime and I don't know when the other one happened].

Just last meeting, we were discussing about "wika". I just knew that we have a policy concerning the national language of the Philippines. According to Article 14, Sec. 6-7, "Filipino" should be the prime medium of communication and medium of instruction in education. However, I think this doesn't reflect the present situation in our education system. Primarily, it's because many believe it's too difficult to adopt to the new way of teaching especially in teaching the sciences and mathematics in which there are too many technical terms and majority of which still don't have direct translation in Filipino. Many people raise their voice against this mandate of the law. Another argument they voice out is that it doesn't help much in the current wave of globalization - that instead of pushing forward into advancement, we step backward. Sir Iniego doesn't believe in the previous arguments. These, accordingly, are borne out of wrong ideas and not understanding well the situation. Instead of having a hard time in understanding the lessons, he believed that it would give way to a better learning. Students get to express more openly and interact more within the classrooms. They will appreciate more the lessons that they will, consequently, perform better and absorb the things faster and get to appreciate it deeper. Philippines has been using English as the medium of instruction but the situation we're in stays the same and it's like it doesn't really help a lot in a major way towards nation building. Accordingly, one of the reasons behind why some are so against it is that they see the wrong side of the movement as a Tagalog imperialism or i.e. Tagalog dominating over the other languages in the Philippines like Cebuano, Ilocano, etc. The anti-s believe few comprehend well the Tagalog language so it wouldn't make any difference towards nation building. However, Filipino language is not really similar to the language of the Tagalogs. Filipino is a mixture of all the different languages of the country and it will be continuously enriched with all the different languages of our country. And moreover, the policy of the Filipino language as the medium of instruction doesn't explicitly say that it should be immediately followed. It states that until it's not yet fully ready to completely use Filipino as the medium of instruction, it will still go hand in hand with English. It's a step by step process and it's like starting on the basic level and gradually we will level things up until we are fully ready to embrace the new way of education.

However, the sad thing with this is that we don't conform to this mandate of the constitution. The worst thing is that even former-president Gloria Arroyo is one of the main violators of this mandate when she put into order exexutive no. 210.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

UP Students of Destiny

Thankfully, I found a new family here in UP - the UP Students of Destiny. I'm so happy that God has led me to this fine organization for through this, I find many opportunities of serving Christ while in the university. I also meet new Christian friends in this organization where we can grow together spiritually, and face everyday with one another's prayers while battling against the difficulties and problems we face in our student life. We also go hand in hand to reach those who are still lost in the university and bring them to the Lord.

The picture above was taken during the "Freshman party", a treat for the freshies in the university. The highlights of the event is of course the sharing of the Word of God and singing praises to Him. Some UP SOD members also gave special presentations like the mime and a dance number. :D

I can do this.

How can we pacify hearts that are troubled? How do we strengthen the weak? Tell me how to calm the fearful? Two major exams are coming - Math 54 midterms and stat 121 long exam. They aren't easy and ordinary subjects, right? Both entails great mathematical skill. If you want to pass, you should at least have enough head-knowledge and the natural ability. And if you want to get a high score, you shouldn't be the typical student. With those two exams approaching so swiftly, I can't help but fear what might happen. The days left for studying aren't enough, I think. I should make the most out of the remaining days to review everything, store all needed information and input essential things. I need to focus on those two exams. I don't settle for mediocrity. True champions go to greater heights and do not just settle to the place where most of the people stay. They live different for when others are just treading, they are soaring. So study more, study more and more and more for that's the primary job of students. Focus on the exams for now and leave out all the rest for the mean time. Instead of worrying, think and plan as what Churchill said. Believe in yourself for what the mind can conceive, the body can achieve. Believe also in God and rest on His promises. Don't just believe, but act on it and do your part. We get what we deserve and we show it by how well we prepare for it. So if we want to win the battle, prepare and make sure your ready in full armor.