Monday, January 12, 2009

O.M.G.! (October 27, 2008)

Exactly a month ago, we got invited to the Camp Rock Drilon – better known as Mag:Net Gallery.
We were in his most beloved branch, along Katipunan, and all the boyz in the hood seemed to be in a brotherhood mood, more like the Bonifacios than the Jonases, so we got into the next best thing to a blood compact.
After the Rock's toast, we agreed to host – Every Last Monday Of The Month!
E.L.M.O.T.M. is too forgettable as “Duane Johnson,” so we settled, in less than an hour of red wine and bamboo shoot in coconut milk, for O.M.G.
Or Open Mic Gig!
Yes, everyone can jam but for its opening which today, October 27, from 7p.m. to 9 p.m., so we invited special guests, headed by our National Artist Virgilio and University Professor Emeritus Gemino Abad.
They will be joined in by Joes, Nicks, and Kevins of Philippine Literature -- Jose Marte Abueg, Yanna Acosta and her band, Tata Funilas, Marne Kilates, Ed Maranan, Nick Pichay, Danton Remoto, Joseph Saguid, Angelo Suarez, Joel Toledo, Lourd de Veyra, Krip Yuson (who with Kavery Nambisan, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, Yu Hua, and Miguel Syjuco made it to the shortlist of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize)!

The Neo Angono Artists Collective will do installations and performances – as prelude to its 5th Public Art Festival on 20-22 November!
Next month, too, in celebration of Jose Corazon de Jesus' birthday, Teo Antonio and Mike Coroza will relive the Huseng Batute heyday with Ony Carcamo, Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines, U.P. Speca, and the Tribu Rappers on November 24.
Last October 8, Lakbay Dulaang U.P. was launched at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater by staging two very colorful one-act comedies Laban ng Basketball and Wanted: A Chaperon, both written by Guerrero himself and directed by Dexter Santos, who did a great job even with his intermission dance narrating Rene Villanueva's retelling of Ang Alamat ng Butiki. Alumna Boots Anson-Roa reminisced their good ol' days with Guerrero, Lino Brocka, and their curtain-raiser named Nur Misuari.
We recommended to Prof. Ken Jamandre and company the possibility of staging sala plays at the Magnet during the yuletide season.
The Division Schools Press Conference of the Division of Bataan is ongoing right now so we had to leave right after lunch to reach Magnet Gallery's last literary event for the month on time. From Oct. 27 to 28 at the Pablo Roman High School in Pilar, Bataan, all elementary and secondary schools in the Division of Bataan will take part in the campus journalism workshop we conducted with Dr. Luis Gatmaitan, Ariel Lansang, Serge Ontuca, and Louie Tabing, upon the invitation of Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Romeo Alip; English Supervisor Mrs. Dolores Tanada; Filipino Supervisor Mrs. Liwanag Santiago, and poet Josephine Pagaduan of the Bataan National High School.
Yesterday, we did a Romeo Garduce, a Balanga native, in making Mt. Everest out of Mt. Samat with Mr. Rudy de Mesa, the City Administrator of Balanga; Cesar Cuayson, the Provincial Tourism Office head; political analyst Engr. Romy Gaspar; Prof. Rolando Carpio of the Bataan Peninsula State University; and James Pagaduan, president of Bataan Public School Teachers and Employees Association.
Talking about mountains and moving them, we were able to catch the last Wednesday's Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel about kids in jails with the guests like Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Alicia R. Bala. For his part, Atty. Alberto Muyot, UNICEF Child Protection Specialist summed it all up: “Reducing the minimum age of criminal responsibility will mean more public expenditure for the prosecution and detention of children who could otherwise be dealt with more effectively through community-based programmes. The estimated cost of constructing a small youth detention home is more than P 2 million and the operational cost for such a facility for a year is about P3 million. The cost of community-based programmes is minimal. The one-time cost involved is in training the social workers and barangay officials on community-based intervention and diversion programmes, at around P240,000 for a three-day live-in training for 40 participants.” He also gave the following recommendations for R.A. No. 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006:
  1. Measures to ensure that children who are 15 years or below who commit offenses are provided intervention programmes.
  2. Clarification of the legal definition of “15 years of age.”
  3. Stiff penalties for adults who exploit children for criminal activities.
  4. Protective measures, including the proper use of curfew ordinances.

In addition, the Philippine Judicial Academy has recommendation to the Supreme Court of the Philippines to further improve our justice system: USE FILIPINO IN COURTS!

Last October 20, during the Seminar-Workshop sa Paggamit ng Filipino sa Hukuman at the Marcelo H. del Pilar College of Law in Bulacan State University, they hoped to create a curriculum that will train judges and others in using our national language during court trials. To ensure its success, mock trials were conducted in Filipino in front of such authoritative resource persons as National Artist Virgilio Almario of the U.P. Diksiyonaryong Filipino fame, Dr. Isagani R.Cruz of Wika ng Kultura at Agham Inc.; Atty. Jose I. de la Rama Jr. of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Bulacan Chapter; Justice Oswaldo D. Agcaoili; Justice Justo P. Torres; Atty. Marlon Manuel; Dean Pacifico A. Agabin, and Judge Cezar C. Peralejo who began this not only patriotic but practical advocacy as early as 1963. The following day, curriculum development in Filipino was conducted by Dr. Galileo Zafra, the director of the U.P. Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, whose English-Filipino Legal Dictionary, Gabay sa Editing sa Wikang Filipino at Glosaring Pang-administrasyon are must-have in every attache case, attorney's or otherwise.

Did you know that a lot of people lost their properties, their jobs, or their lives – simply because they do not or cannot understand the law and the jurisprudence since lawyers and the like use their kind of English in and out of the courtroom?

Oh my gulay!

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