“Bawal ang Mahirap sa UP” (No Poor Students Allowed in UP), Cleve Kevin Robert V. Arguelles (Student Regent, University of the Philippines)
to put it into context: the university operates under a socialized tuition fee system, the basis of which is economic. the default and highest bracket is bracket A, where a student’s total annual family income (from both parents) is over Php 1,000,000. (more information on this here.)
the tuition fee for bracket A in UP Diliman, UP Manila, and UP Los Baños Php 1,500/unit, not including other expenses. the basic unit load for a semester is 15 units. the current exchange rate (as of March 16, 2013) is 40.59 Philippine pesos to 1 USD.
These photos were taken at the candle lighting ceremony for [name redacted], a UP Manila freshie who committed suicide after being advised to file a Leave of Absence (LOA) because she cannot pay the tuition fee.
“Iskolar” ng Bayan ang tawag sa atin ngunit bakit marami pa rin ang hindi nakakatamasa ng magandang edukasyon? To think na state university ang UP, bakit hindi magawa maging flexible ng admin regarding sa ganitong policies? Kinabukasan ng mga estudyante ang nakasalalay, ngayon may kinuha pang isang buhay.
EDUCATION IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE.
ISKOLAR NG BAYAN NGAYON AY LUMALABAN!
EDUKASYON! EDUKASYON! KARAPATAN NG MAMAMAYAN!
Home sweet home.
The Philippine government is trying to pass a law that’s trying to control the internet only because one of the senators refused to admit that he fucked up, twice. Basically taking away internet freedom for my country. We helped out when you had your ACTA, PIPA and SOPA problems, now we’re asking you guys to return the favor.
there’s a petition up and we need a shit ton of signatures
it’s so cute how we spend over a decade trying and failing to pass a reproductive health bill but it takes only three months after some senator plagiarizes whatever and then whines about being “”“”cyberbullied”“”” when he gets called out for someone to propose this
it’s so cute
I’m writing down all the usual knee-jerk reactions that most of us would, when we catch our own mistakes, slap ourselves in the face thinking that “no, this is isn’t how we should think.” but the fact remains that while empires have been disbanded, and colonialism has been an eradicated process, we’re still left with several centuries’ worth of muscle memory. and it’s hard to train ourselves out of it. we’re getting there, though. re-discovering ourselves all over again.
(written within the context of the philippines, not sure if this applies to other countries as well.)
- the language of the colonizers as the language of the educated
- learning from history books that were actually written by the colonizers, therefore we see ourselves in the inaccurate image, riddled mostly with propaganda and anti-nationalism. nationalism is the kryptonite of the colony, after all. if we’re confident in ourselves then we’ll have overthrown the power that enslaved us.
- ^ the tragedy of which is that we lack the funding to re-write history in the way it should’ve been written. by us.
- ^ the struggle to unlearn everything that’s wrong, and learn what’s right.
- having a huge blank gap between the start and the end of colonialism, because most of our local lore has been either demonized or destroyed
- the loss of integrity of our native culture because history, written by the victors, tells us that we’re second-rate citizens. that our colonizers are better, more progressive; we degrade ourselves
- being surprised and amazed that someone would be “so good at the vernacular”; by default, all of us should be adept at the vernacular
- most, if not all, literary staples and archetypes are not local. we use the standard of our colonizers. we say, “he’s our barack obama,” or, “it’s like middle-earth,” as opposed to us using our local standards to understand them.
- the phenomenon of the great exodus. we go to college, get a degree, with the sole purpose of “getting a job overseas.” first instinct, society has taught us, is to earn money elsewhere. we lose a great bulk of trained professionals.
- we think of our own country as a lost cause, that “it’s better anywhere but here”
- what we consider our “national dress” is the one imposed upon us by colonizers, that we were required to wear so they’d see if we were bearing arms underneath our clothes
- we want to be like our colonizers rather than be ourselves, because we think they’re better
now i’m just sad. i study in a university that’s really really nationalistic and now that we’re sort of removing ourselves from the framework of colonial mentality, we just step back and see the tragedy of our culture and everything we’ve lost. so many of us have lost faith. Hopefully, the resurgence of nationalism in my generation will turn that around.