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As I sit on a table surrounded with my housemates, I can see all of them struggling to comply with all of the requirements they need to have in compliance with their graduation. I can see myself on them as I was fighting against exactly the same things a year ago. With that, I can see that most people, if not all are doing all means to achieve his/her own goal. I’ve been seeing the same scenario in this table for the past months and it made me look back on the things I’ve had after complying all of these—GRADUATION, A DEGREE!

The day after graduation, I was torn between statements of “No, you must reward yourself first for working too hard for your degree” and “get up, find a job, pay your parents back for all the sacrifices and achieve your life goals”. Apparently, it is never wrong to reward yourself of some good treats for working your butt off in attaining your degree. On the other hand, it defeats the purpose of graduating on time if you make reasons of delaying your life goals, doesn’t it?

In a perspective of my young mind and experience in 21 years, here are some of my realizations after graduation:

1. Not figuring your life out just yet is natural. During youth, you are at the peak of your curiosity, exploring possibilities of doing this and doing that and the consequences of this when you do that. It is just natural not to know what you want to settle for in the future, exempting the fact that you graduated with a degree you really want to practice. So, it is definitely fine at the age of 20 or 21 not to know where you are going, just do not totally lose control of what you aim. Chill.

2. Your first job is not your forever job. You might have attained a degree in education or journalism and practice it in the first six months of getting that degree. It rarely happens that you practice your degree in profession, I congratulate you if that’s the case, but there will always be something in you to think over the box and have the urge to try other profession and savor how it feels like. Quitting your first job is not a crime at all.

find20job20logo3. You want to do so many things but you lack resources. It is like a norm in the Philippines that your parents are supporting you every step of the way towards your goals. However, most parents, if not all, assume that fresh graduates can support themselves right after. But that is just not the case. After graduation, you will still long for the things you do when you were in college such as hanging out with your friends, going out on a pub, buying these stuff and all. And it will kill you every time you want to do so but you can’t because you don’t have money. And it sucks.

4. Romantic relationship will be the last item in your life. This may not be applicable to all but you will be at the lowest point of your life because of confusion in priorities. You will not know how you will be able to start in achieving your wants. It is very difficult to be in a relationship without knowing your own sense of direction. So do not expect those relationship goals just right after graduation because reality in life slaps real hard.


5. You will have the worst feeling of inferiority. It is awful to be belittled by other people but at some point in other people’s life, they feel inferior, especially fresh graduates when it comes to job application. You must acknowledge the fact that you are not the only person who graduated Summa, Magna of Cum Laude in this universe, you’re not the only fresh graduate with that degree from that university. However, you must trust yourself and everything else will follow. It is completely understandable if you will be rejected a couple of times. What matters most is that, you tried.

6. You must plan your future. It really pays if you plan your life. Not just a general plan but a detailed one. When you plan a house, you just don’t decide when to build a house but you also must consider where to get money to build a house and what materials to be used. In short, you must plan what is gonna happen in your life and what you want to achieve 5 or 10 years from now. To make it more effective, list down the things you want to do or achieve yearly. Just a little piece of advice, take a look at that list first thing in the morning.

7. Failure is delayed success. It is inevitable that you compare yourself with your batch mates right after graduation. You will have the tendency to compare their success to your success and you will realize that some of them are already ahead of you in the race. Maybe that is because they are so eager and so driven not to be left by time. The extra amount of effort and hard work made all the difference. Maybe, it is no just your time to shine like they do, or maybe there are better things ahead of you that God made you wait for. Just always remember that the best things come to those who wait but better things happen to those who chase them. You’ll shine when you least expect it.



Things do not always work the way you want them. They happen in the most candid way, in your least expected timing. You do not expect these phenomena to happen but I surely that if they do, just trust yourself and trust God, you’ll be perfectly fine. These things are better in their right timing. Just relax as you witness magical objects in your life unfold. It’s okay to stumble down, it’s okay to be confused, it’s okay to be rejected. Don’t rush, enjoy your life with purpose!


December 25th

Posted: December 24, 2013 in Articles, Journalism
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Christmas is when you give love and not pain to others. It is when you give gifts without expecting something in return. Christmas is when to expect Jesus Christ and not Santa Claus.

Christmas is always noted as the best time of the year. Relatives come home from distant places, enjoy  the worthwhile occasion with kids, and most of all, give meaning to this yuletide season. Financial crisis has never been a hindrance to celebrate the Christmas.

As I talked to Yolanda victims, they say, there are lots of reasons not to celebrate Christmas. They don’t have homes, relatives died, no money, and the trauma that the typhoon gave them will never be forgotten. But they choose to celebrate this season since there are more reasons to be thankful for. They survived, they lost their homes and infrastructures and not their lives. As they celebrate this Christmas, they will mark this day as a sign as their hope.

People have different kinds of preparations this Christmas. To elites, they can afford to buy high-costing ham, Lechon, Keso de Bola, and other luscious food. For financially- challenged families, a pan of spaghetti and a loaf of bread is more than a blessing. Whatever kinds of food it is, as long as a home is full of love, understanding and forgiveness, everything will fall in their proper places. I think that’s what matters most.

You know, everyone has a very reason to be thankful for this Christmas. Every day is a blessing. When we open our eyes from a long-time sleep is already a gift. When we receive allowance from our parents is already a present. We don’t have to spend much money just to buy presents. You see, everyday is giving of gifts, therefore, every day is Christmas.

I admit that there are people who committed mistake against me. But believe me, I am trying my best to give you all, but the pain will always be there, I swear, time will heal. Also, I would like to utter my sincerest apology to those people whom I committed mistake to, may it be in one way or two. I may not be aware of that sin, but my heart says to ask for forgiveness every Christmas.

May all of you have a wonderful Christmas!


                Complains are inevitable. As long as people see anomalies and transgressions on the Philippine government, they act like lawyers and decide like judges as to what to think and condemn them for. Can anybody stop and look at the other side of it, even just once?

                There is no part in the world where corruption doesn’t occur. May it be in school, institutions and most especially in politics. Yes, the Philippine Government have flaws as well. But if someone would think, those flaws are not a single tip of the good deeds and the invaluable sacrifices our government has given us. Everyone should know that the Philippine Government is as good as that of the USA because our laws and regulations were patterned after theirs. The only problem is, the application of such laws.

                Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has tested the Philippine government. They had been hit by complains about scarcity of goods, military power, and most of all they have been stoned by criticisms about slow relief operations. We could not deny that these are really happening. Most people say, there is corruption happening even just in the re-packing of the goods. Again, we could not avoid that.

                Government is composed of officials of different culture, ages, values, and doings. They have been hired because they are capable of serving the Filipino people and perhaps, it is our business to know everything that they are doing. Therefore, not all officials are corrupt so do not generalize. But, we cannot control them. What I am trying to emphasize is that, we, the Filipino people don’t have the power to control the official’s personal interests. It is natural to satisfy their needs and wants- it is just that, they are doing it in a wrong way and it’s up to their conscience to carry them, if they have one.

                As a simple citizen of the Philippines, what do you think can you contribute to help our country to surpass this big tragedy that happened in Visayas? I bet complains and anger wouldn’t give any aid at all, would they? There are many ways to help the victims recover. You can check your cabinets out for unused clothes, spend a bucks or two for food, and a family you will help will be more than thankful.

                You know, complains are not the only solutions for problems. Yes, it is sometimes effective as you are being heard by the authority but then you can make a step that will produce a bigger impact and utility.

                Stop complaining, help our government, help every Filipino people, help rebuild the Bisaya, Ilonggo and Capiznon, make Philippines stronger!



                BANATE, Iloilo- People have been ready for Yolanda (Haiyan) to landfall even a day before. Some evacuated to the prescribed evacuation areas, but many have chosen to stay in their homes thinking that Yolanda would spare their houses. They were wrong.

Houses and establishments in Banate have been flown away by the merciless wind and hit by the hard pouring rain which harmed hundreds of families in just a couple of hours. Banate has been said to be the starting point where Yolanda has spread its crime.

Yet it is true that Yolanda didn’t kill anyone in this town, but it left many homeless families which until now crave for relief operations.

Gigantic mango trees and towering posts have been cut down by the strong wind. Cables and electricity wires have been left on the ground as well- the worst image of the town that the residents did not imagine in their entire life.

Barangay Talokgangan is one of the most affected barangays in the town as this barangay is located in the shoreline and the residents have their houses just few steps before the seawater.

Despite of what happened, they are thankful that no one had to end a life because of Yolanda. It doesn’t matter to them if Yolanda took away their homes, their money and their pump boats which is their primary tool for fishing every day. As long as Yolanda spares the entire family, everything is going to be okay.

Annabel Gayongorsa of the said barangay, continue to fight the trauma that the typhoon had given her and family. She totally lost her home when Yolanda hit the town and basically built a hut near the shore with fishing net as their wall and dried coconut leaves and wide plastic as their roof.

“ Dose na kabilog ang kabataan ko kag manug trese na sa sunod nga mga binulan. Ang balay ko tung una lapit sa iskwelahan galing ginlupad gd tanan ni Yolanda. Wala man kami may halinan nga iban kay halin sadto diri na ako.” (I have 12 kids and another one will be added for the next few months. Before I built a house here, I live near the elementary school but it was totally flown away by Yolanda. We have nowhere to go anymore because I have been here since I was a child.)

Annabel lives with her 12 children, most of them are still young, together with his husband. They live in darkness at night in their fish-like home.

“Agwanta na lang ta anay sang lambat kag dahon ka lubi kag trapal kay wala man kami inugbakal. Bisan tapi na lang daw budlayan pa kami mangita. Ang inug bakal namon, ibakal na lang namon sang bugas kag sud-an para mapakaon sa amon kabataan.” (We consider fish net and dried coconut leaves and plastic because we don’t have money to buy the materials. We can’t even afford to buy woods. Instead of buying materials, we choose to buy food to feed our children.

Annabel’s family is now depending on the relief goods that is being given to them since they don’t have any means of earning money anymore. She as well consider the fact that she might be delivering her 13th child for the next few months.

  “Isa na ka semana tapos sang bagyo, ka duwa pa lang kami nakabaton sang relief goods, halin sa Mayor kag halin sa kay Binay pagkadto niya di. Intsindihan man namon nga Tacloban grabe gid, pero ti, apektado man kami di kag kinahanglan man namon sang bulig” (It has been a week since Yolanda hit us, but we only received a plastic of relief goods twice- one from Mayor Cabangal and one from VP Binay. We understand that Tacloban has worse situation, but then we as well have been victims of the same typhoon and that we also need help.)



                “We prepared for Yolanda, we just didn’t expect she was this cruel”, people from Northern Iloilo exclaimed.

                  As typhoon Haiyan rocked the Philippines on November 8, 2013, everybody was shocked and horrified about its strength. Posts and trees have fallen, roofs were flying and many lives have ended.

                Typhoon Haiyan made its landfall in Iloilo particularly in the Northern Part at exactly 11:45 in the morning of November 8.

                It was not the rain that melted hundreds of homes but the strong winds made people homeless. The strong winds lasted for just almost 6 hours but it left thousands of people who lost their houses, establishments, and lives which they protected for decades.

                5 days have passed but the number of death toll in Iloilo is still increasing. As of 11:00 AM of November 12, 2013, death toll due to super typhoon Yolanda in Iloilo soared to 150, while the number of houses totally damaged is 65,481 and those partially damaged is 44,370.

                Number of relief operations are now implemented. Even universities in Iloilo are campaigning for funds which can really be if great help to the typhoon victims. The West Visayas State University is now campaigning for “Tulong ng West sa North” in which this project asks for bottles of mineral water from their students and other fortunate people to be given to the victims since they for see that water is really a need.

                Capiz and Antique are the most affected on this situation. Until now, there is no easy way of getting in those area as their ways are not yet cleared from the fallen debris, posts, and trees. Thus, giving the people there the least chances of media attention, and relief and rescue operations.

                Governor Art Defensor of the Province of Iloilo has called the attention of authorities as Estancia, Iloilo had oil spill after Haiyan struck the area. Estancia, Iloilo is also a part of Northern Iloilo and the first town which discovered number of 30 deaths few hours after Haiyan had its landfall. 

There are certain things that happen beyond our control. We may not be able to know, those things we managed are already taken over by someone who are strangers to us. We do not even know what their motives are, but they continue to ruin things that are under our control first. Only to find out, we caught ourselves on the ground, bleeding and dying.

Taking the power over things without permission is what we call hacking. The word hacking has two definitions. First, the first definition refers to the hobby/profession of working with computers. The second definition refers to breaking into computer systems. While the first definition is older and is still used by many computer enthusiasts (who refer to cyber-criminals as “crackers”), the second definition is much more commonly used. In particular, the web pages here refer to “hackers” simply because our web-server logs show that every one who reaches these pages are using the second definition as part of their search criteria.

According to MIT hacker Phil Agre,   hack has only one meaning, an extremely subtle and profound one which defies articulation. Which connotation is implied by a given use of the word depends in similarly profound ways on the context. Similar remarks apply to a couple of other hacker words, most notably random.

Hacking might be characterized as ‘an appropriate application of ingenuity’. Whether the result is a quick-and-dirty patchwork job or a carefully crafted work of art, you have to admire the cleverness that went into it.

An important secondary meaning of hack is ‘a creative practical joke’. This kind of hack is easier to explain to non-hackers than the programming kind. Of course, some hacks have both natures; see the lexicon entries for pseudo and kgbvax.

Because of technological advancement, here are some examples of hacking that happens all over the world. Even before the 20th Century, hacking already exists.

U.S. indicts hackers in biggest cyber fraud case in history. They also disclosed a new security breach against Nasdaq, though they provided few details about the attack.

Other companies targeted by the hackers include a Visa Inc licensee, J.C. Penney Co, JetBlue Airways Corp and French retailer Carrefour SA, according to an indictment unveiled in New Jersey.

Authorities have been pursuing the hackers for years. Many of the breaches were previously reported, though it appeared the one involving Nasdaq OMX Group Inc was being disclosed for the first time.

Prosecutors said they conservatively estimate that the group of five men from Russia and Ukraine helped steal at least 160 million payment card numbers, resulting in losses in excess of $300 million.

Authorities in New Jersey charged that each of the defendants had specialized tasks: Russians Vladimir Drinkman, 32, and Alexandr Kalinin, 26, hacked into networks, while Roman Kotov, 32, mined them for data. They allegedly hid their activities using anonymous web-hosting services provided by Mikhail Rytikov, 26, of Ukraine.

In the Philippines, hackers hacks and counter hacks on Philippines’ government website.               The group Anonymous Philippines defaced numerous local and government websites ahead of the ant-pork barrel protest set today.

At least 32 websites, most of which are of names, have been hacked, according to a post by the Anonymous Philippine Cyber Army. The websites that have been hacked were,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

Until now, reasons are not definite as to why people are forcing power over things that they do not own. Through the years, experts are theorizing the reason behind hacking. To a hacker, breaking into someone’s computer is simply a challenge. They may not specifically intend to do damage to the computer. The thrill of simply gaining access is often enough. Hackers often try to show off their skills to the world by hacking into government computers, or as revenge against another user or agency. Hackers are indeed as the stereotype depicts them as; young males with a thirst for knowledge. Despite rumours, all hackers do not wear nerdy glasses.

To clearly understand the world of Hacking, there are 4 major types of hackers. They are most identified by their motives as what their intentions are.

First are the pranksters. These hackers are the mischief-makers of the bunch whose intention is merely to be a nuisance. They are the equivalent of individuals who pull fire alarms or make phony bomb threats. Copycat hackers would also fall into this category.

Second are the frame-seekers. This group hacks seeking attention or notoriety. Using a code name, these individuals target high-profile sites such as Yahoo!, eBay, or NASA to achieve bragging rights among their peers.

Third are the Educational hackers. Students justify hacking into systems by saying that they are honing their programming skills.

Lastly are the Criminals. When bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he replied: “That’s where the money is.” Stored data or “data at rest” is more profitable to steal than data moving over the Internet. Why steal one credit card number at a time when you can steal tens of thousands to millions with one break-in? This happened to CDUniverse and RealNames. Pacific Bell had to have more than 60,000 customers change their passwords after hackers stole them.

Hacking at the same time can be seen in many different ways. Here is the list and elaboration of the types of hacking to give you an idea. You might not know, you are already hacking.

The first type is the Website Hacking. Website hacking is a type of hacking which focuses in vulnerable loopholes. One of its major activity is to collapse the information in your computer. It also has the ability to make changes on the date you already encoded on your file.

The second type is the E-mail hacking. As we all know e-mail means electronic mail which we use in sending and receiving files through the internet. Yes, e-mails as well can be hacked. E-mails that store business data and private information can as well be taken over by the hacker. This is one kind of hacking that serious precautions are not taken.

The next type of hacking is the computer hacking. This type of hacking steals the information you have in your computer. This enables you to access other person’s file as well.

Online banking hacking is also one of the types. In this aspects, hackers create fake websites. They clone the website but the admins are the hackers which give them the access of every individual’s bank accounts.

Now, who said that hacking is not rampant? Hacking is just around the corner and it’s up to the person whether his/her conscience can afford of doing so. Yes, hacking can give you many advantages but lot of persons will be affected of such wrongdoing. At the end, producing your own work without hurting anyone is greater than to have a productive work leaving many people behind.

That’s what matters most.

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The newly-hailed Mr. And Ms. Communication 2014 were both from the third year curriculum and came from the same division, the Broadcasting Division as they were announced winners on September 20, 2013.

The pageant was tough as they were 8 pairs to be judged- 2 pairs from each curriculum. The interview and talents’ night was scheduled a week before the coronation night

John Kevin Dulla of Bachelor in Broadcasting 3-B did not fail to wow the crowd and the judges as he answered the question given to him with wit and conviction. He as well received the Best in Interview and Mr. Beauty Dynamics award.

“I feel very thankful and blessed that I have won the title of being the very first Mr. COC for it gave me an opportunity to go out in my comfort zone and improve myself,” Dulla said as he expressed his gratefulness.

Mizpah Faith Tagabi, also a Bachelor in Broadcasting Student 3-B walked with grace and charm with her red long gown. Tagabi also auditioned for Mr. and Ms. Mass Communications way back in her first year but unfortunately, she wasn’t able to pursue the crown. This year, she has proven her worth and will represent the College of Communication in the Mr. and Ms. West Visayas State University 2014. She received the Best in Long Gown and Best in Play Suit award during the coronation night.

“Honestly, before the pageant night, I feel so nervous and clueless of what could possibly happen. It wasn’t easy for me because my parents didn’t know about this. I was shocked because I didn’t expect to become the Ms. Communication 2014. I am happy because I won the title, and I am pressured also for the upcoming pageant, Mr. and Ms. WVSU because there are a lot of expectations that I have to meet and it became a challenge to me to show to everyone that beauty isn’t enough but a good personality and intelligence are the best assets for the competition. I may not be the perfect candidate but I want to inspire all students in the campus,” Tagabi exclaimed.

Sofia Nadine Daban, junior journalism student and Jethro Aranas, junior development communication student were announced the 1st runners-up. Rose Yanna Mallo, senior broadcasting student and Jonathan Pagunsan were determined as the 2nd runners-up in the competition.

Due to some unmet requirements, Dulla will not make it to the Mr. and Ms. West Visayas State University 2014. Instead, Jethro Aranas, the 1st runner-up will compete with Ms. Tagabi on the upcoming pageant.

Why be glamorous?

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Articles, Journalism
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                To socialize means to gain friends. To mingle means to start acquaintance. It is just necessary to make an effort on yourself so you can be called as “in” when you go with a group. But in the College of Communication, it seems that being “in” is a must for every one.

                West Visayas State University is one of the most prestigious Universities in the Philippines. Not only for its quality education but also for the financial benefit that it gives since it offers low tuition. I also have been encouraged to study in this university since it left an outstanding performance in any field through the years. I belong to the College of Communication and I became worried of one of the illness of my College- students are too much glamorous.

                When you enter the College, you will see flawless girls wearing 5-inch heels. If they are not in uniform, you might think that they are beauty queens. Some of them walk through the hallway with red-pouting lips and above-the-knee skirts. To be strict, they are contradicting the College guidelines. First, students must have light make-up only. Second, the ideal skirt is below the knee. Lastly, the proper shoes to be worn is not as high as what these girls are wearing.

                As I what I have mentioned above, to socialize means to gain friends. Most of the students in the College of Communication, if not all, are fond of going out or what they call “night out”. To those who can manage, good. But to those who can’t, that might be a problem. They are fond of going to Annex, Ice and Aura and drinking those “agua de pataranta” not minding the possible effects of their doing- abseentism, hang-over, lost.

                As much as students want to be with their group, they sometimes commit to vices. At first, they just try this thing until such time that they get addicted and they could not resist them anymore. I believe that peer pressure and curiousness drove them to try those things but it is not proper that they make them as a habit. Smoking and too much ear piercing are the most committed violations of these people. They do not value how smoking will make its revenge and they are not aware how piercing smudges their physical appearance.

                I don’t understand how being glamorous can make you acceptable in the eyes of the people. It is just a waste of money, waste of time, and somehow, a waste of your life. Since I also belong to this college, I might think that being simple keeps you more glamorous, since being you is the best that being liked by who you are not. So, be true.


Wet Socks

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Articles, Journalism
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                Corruption in the Philippines is as old as the Stone Age. It continuously poisons a lot of people and causes them to hurt their countrymen. In Iloilo City, many projects are planed but only few are put in to work.

                The drainage system in the City is now causing a lot of hassles to Ilonggos. Those projects like the road reconstruction is a big hindrance for everybody as they always deal with them every day when they go to work. Now that the rainy season has come, the drainage system is a big question for all of the people. No kids arrive home without getting their socks wet. This problem has questions what the causes are, how it will be solved and who are liable for this? The way I see it, I can see anomalies.

                A certain project must be approved before it should be implemented. There should be target duration of work and proposed amount of work. In this sense, I believe that the workers should really do their part in doing their job in such a way that they meet the deadlines and the quality of the work they are doing is more than satisfactory. The money that is used to pay them are the taxes- which the countrymen pay by the way, thus, giving them the accountability.

                I could not imagine how this project-turned-problem is happening right now. Projects implemented are supposed to be the remedy on all the problems that we are encountering. But what happens now is that these projects contribute to the burden that we carry every day. I myself would like to appeal on this matter that these project should be done with seriousness and should be taken with the principles on giving importance to the convenience of the people. Now, I disagree on what PNoy said, “kayo ang aking Boss” where in the first places, troubles are what the administration gives.

                Talking about corruption, what I would like to emphasize now is that, if we only have responsible leaders elected, this will not happen. The delays of the projects and the inefficiency of the drainage systems will not happen. Just so you know, the failure of the drainage systems causes us to have floods even if the rain pours just a minute. Most especially in the major roads that undergoes construction, number of people get annoyed of the water reaching above their ankles. To shorten words, if there is no corruption, all is going to be well.

                But in my existence, never did I experience that the government has taken an action to correct their wrongdoing. They continue to implement projects that they think are always beneficial. I guess the problem will have 1 basic answer. Be honest.