And it's a tie!

Have you heard what happened before the event? The registration processes, the queue of lines and all? If not, click here.

The result of the most anticipated event had certain issues attached to it which is now roaming around the University from faculty members, to students and alumni and probably the fishball vendor outside the University knows of it. But little do they know what this issue was, of what really happened that night.

The top five candidates for both male and female were about to be called at about ten o'clock in the evening. Two judges had already left that of ABS-CBN's Martin Del Rosario and Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2012 Janine Tugonon. Three judges, if not mistaken were now present, a representative from Globe Telecommunications, former Red Warrior now Rain or Shine basketball player Mr. Paul Lee and UE Mass Communication graduate and Executive Marketing Director of UK Derm Phils Ms. Gretchen Tamayo.

The top five candidates were already called for the question and answer portion. The representatives for the male were from the College of Business Administration, Dentistry, Computer Studies and Systems and two from Caloocan campus. On the other hand, the females were from the College of Computer Studies and Systems, Business Administration, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Dentistry. You know the drill right? They'd pick a random number corresponding to one of the judges and the latter gets to ask the questions.

And it's almost time for the results as the Q&A portion had ended and here's where the catch starts. Results were now being tallied by the Research and Development Unit as they were responsible for the automated tallying for the night and there seemed to be some fuss over the results for the person who'd be crowned as Mr. University of the East 2012. There was a tie. Yes, you read that right, same scores for two male representatives vying for the title.

A former University Student Council officer was also there to see what's happening. On that note, since they do not want to go with a tie-breaker, they opted for a judge to decide who should win. Yes, only one judge was given the utmost privilege for if not mistaken, the other judges had already left. Correct me if not mistaken, but the University Student Council was not able to anticipate such cases as they have not included such tie-breaking situations in their mechanics when they had started the event. All they said were that of the corresponding percentages to the criteria of the pageant.

I would take the liberty to not tell the judge's name who had been given that privilege to decide. Well, there were only three judges left that night, so that narrows your options. Though you can ask me by direct messaging or tweeting your concern @ Talk about shameless plug.

Anyhow, that aside, several professors from the College of Arts and Sciences also came to knowledge of what happened as they were already keen on who would win that night only to have their fearless forecasts shattered. Other faculty members from other colleges of who I am sure of had also came to this information. Students are also talking about it from here in Manila to Caloocan but certain facts needed to be pointed out as to not disseminate the wrong information thus this blog.

When concerns like these happen, it's like taking down the credibility and integrity of the whole show and it leads to the point that the whole show was orchestrated. If ever you would doubt the information that there was a tie in scores for the top two candidates, I would then challenge the University Student Council to show the tally sheets and  score results and if not, I could also humbly ask the Research and Development Unit to provide one hoping that they still have such copies.

This blog post is in no way created to have me garner attention or to attack an individual or an organization. Boasting aside, I had already had my fair-share of attention during my undergraduate years. This blog post's only intention is to cater the people of what really happened that night so as to straighten the facts from what allegedly happened.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Posted by Dave Tan


Foundation anniversary was about to end that afternoon and the most anticipated event to cap off the week neared its hour. Students from different colleges queued in line outside the theatre holding their respective color-coded balloons in hand. It was about quarter to four o'clock that afternoon. The time of waiting had drawn to a close when they had let students get in the premises of the theatre only to be held back by half an hour or so again due to certain "system enhancements" the Research and Development Unit was said to be doing according to a marshal located at the escalator of the said premises.

The clock ticked a minute and so and while waiting, I had observed several students, who I am sure of that are not part of the organizers of the event, who have been walking the stairs going to the theatre. Yes, they may be part of the VIPs or friends of the candidates who had been given exclusive privilege to get in earlier but hey, who are you joking with, there were more than ten students who passed by in a single group. I was then asking a friend how were they doing backstage as they were there to assist. I also happen to ask if the backstage would be accessible to students like us. That friend of mine happened to tell me that there were sightings of supposed-to-be student council members or so as the group claims that were in the backstage asking where the dressing room of the candidates are. Were they not briefed about the location of the dressing room or were they playing dumb? Or better yet, were they using the student council's name in vain just to get them a backstage pass and roam around.

Ten tenths of an hour had then passed or whatever time that was since I already lost track by being held down there for reasons I had anticipated for the betterment of the event. When the signal was given that we were allowed to enter inside the theatre, the line of students found their own ways. We were supposedly first in line but since there were the normal stairs and the escalator which had been closed, students flocked whichever way they wanted to go. My friends and I just went to the flow of the students rushing in as the line that was suppose to be well-organized was nowhere in place. A total mess to say the least. Two stairs leading inside the theatre proper are there and the rushing students were like divided by Moses as they rushed the respective stairs. They were already shoving people off just to get inside.

When the students were already midway the stairs and handful of them have already gone inside, the people from the Research and Development Unit then tried their very best to hold most of us as there was a registration process. Oh yeah right, that automated registration process that consumed most of our time due to system enhancements. Andon pa pala yon. Yes, I have seen people at the registration counter but I have not seen the marshals that would direct the people there for such purposes. So we continued our way the stairs as it was also impossible to go down without having to push your way out as people were still rushing in. It was a horrible sight. Then there came the Public Relations Officer of the University Student Council trying to explain everything that we needed to register and they will only allow people with registration stamps in. As they we were about to obliged with that, we have seen students who said that they have registered but had not been stamped as one student points it, "wala ng stamp sa baba". This got me enraged so I shoved off the people to make my own way to speak to the said officer and confronted him telling him the things that happened that there were no longer stamps down there and what does he plan to do? Well, he just said, "pano nangyari yon?"  

We waited for several minutes more but a friend of ours was already finding it difficult to breathe and this is not just some mere exaggeration and guess what, the said officer had already left us hanging there. A friend of ours said that we'd just contact a friend backstage to let us in and so we left the premises. As much as we would like to be fair in going in unlike some douchebags using the student council's name just to get in, we were left with no other choice. Before leaving the premises, I had seen one of the guards in the main entrance of the theatre and said my rants then he pointed to the officer-in-charge. Got to confront the OIC and said to him that the marshals have already mismanaged the scene. Yeah guys, you did. He said that "kaya nga kayo may marshals don para sila ang mag-asikaso" and I happened to reply, "I am not a marshal sir, I am an alumni. I am Dave Tan" then I shook his hand. Well, I was familiar with who he was anyway. It may sound arrogant of me but I was already filled with so much rage back then and I would like the marshals be given aid from the security office since it was already a total mess.

And so it goes, we called one of our friends inside the theatre to fetch us. The Vice-President of the University Student Council together with marshals, I guess, had then confronted us before going in. My friends and I had already had our voices high then for they kept insisting that we must have that damn registration stamp before getting in. Like dude, haven't your colleagues told you that there were no longer registration stamps at the registration counter? We managed to get in after so much of a raucous.

As I go by the standards of giving constructive criticism and not simply pointing out the flaws, I will give certain points of I think you guys already know of but lack proper implementation.

  • First and foremost regarding the registration, I do not know what system enhancement the marshal was talking about but yes, we encounter such man-made flaws in a system but I do hope proper time is invested to see such flaws and have it patched before the event proper. If you would say that we do not know who you are or you are not paid to do such stuff, please do find another valid excuse. I do not find your rationale justifiable. I may not know who you guys are or your other commitments to other projects leading to such but one thing is for sure, I know the institution you are working with and for almost five years now. Yes, you may say that what you guys did is some sort of volunteerism, for the University but once you go into such "volunteer work" you should be prepared to face all the effects entailed with such agreement. Do not let your emotions supercede your intelligence. Just think of this as a cause and effect for the students would not react such if the whole event was in place. 
  • Since there are already allotted seats for each college and those of from Caloocan, the protocol would have been that of calling the batch of students from their respective college. Tedious? I see different. I see a systematized approach that would lessen the shoving of students. This also lessens students from other colleges occupying seats that were not for them.
  • Marshals should be stationed at their respective designations not only to implement their responsibility in that area but to guide and inform these students on the registration process. Common sense would not dictate that, "Hey look, there's a registration. Let's go there and register" but that of instinct, the instinct of longing to get a seat and get in the premises of the event.

I think these suggestions are clearly not knew or someone may have already thought of it but in cases that you guys forget, here I am reminding you of it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Posted by Dave Tan

Of Criticisms

When I was studying at my fifth grade, several of us were chosen to undergo this literacy program specifically with reading. No, it's not that we were not doing well at class, but we needed improvement specially in our English comprehension. Most of us were Asians in the said program. I guess the said program aided me a lot molding me to the person I am now in the forte of comprehension but this will not be about the over-all program but one story that I have read during the sessions there. I forgot about the book title but remembered the story well.

The plot was all about these group of men and women in doing a certain book or research of sort at a university that was also due in the next month to come. In each day that came, each member from the respective groups gave their part of the research. With the group of men, they did a lot of work as each day came but quarreled often with certain flaws of the submitted works from their members leading to a handful of revisions. On the other hand with the ladies, alike with the first, there were also flaws in the research but the only difference is that they took the time to always attend such criticisms with a suggestion on how to improve their work. With the deadline approaching, the group of women's research was already ready for presentation whilst the men's where still under heavy revisions. When the deadline came, the work of the ladies were submitted and was honored as part of the university research program and the one done by the group of gentlemen, I guess you know what happened.

I guess you know what I want to point out? In my years of being a student, I have always encountered people who would talk non-stop of the flaws they see in certain things and when I ask them of possible solutions, they would pause for a moment and change the topic while majority would not post a certain suggestion after it which really is infuriating. You can give a paragraph of criticism but cannot elaborate a sentence worth of suggestion?

Now, here's my suggestion: be constructive in your criticisms. To wrap this up, let me quote a few words related to Abraham Lincoln:
“If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it.”
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Posted by Dave Tan

Si Rizal Bilang Pag-aaral

Paalala: Sira ang busina ko at ikaw ay pede kong masagasaan

"Bakit si Rizal?"

Computer Aided Instruction on the
Life and Works of Rizal
Gumradweyt na ako at lahat pero pagnakikita ko ang softcopy ng thesis namin sa aking laptop ay laging sumasagi sa isip ko ang tanong na yan galing sa isang taong di ko na papangalanan. Di naman talaga maiaalis sa bawat tao ang sarili nilang opinyon tungkol sa mga bagay-bagay ngunit ang iba sa kanila ay mga opinyong di pinag-iisipan at di na dapat binibigyang importansya. Sa pagkakataong ito, ewan ko kung may importansya ba ang pagdududa na yan kung bakit daw tungkol kay Rizal ang thesis topic namin e sa gayong napag-aralan na naman ang nabanggit sa iba't-ibang paraan sa HEKASI, Sibika at Kultura, Filipino, Kasaysayan at kung ano pa. Ang sagot na umiral sa aking isipan pagkasabi sa akin nito ay: gaya ring maihahambing ang pag-aaral kay Rizal sa agham, Ingles at matematika kung saan pagpasok mo pa lang sa eskwela ay tinuturo na agad. Kung tutuusin, mas marami pang oras ang naibahagi sa tatlong nabanggit. Sabagay, sino nga ba naman si Rizal para gawing thesis topic e sa tingin nilang sapat na ang napag-aralan ng estudyante tungkol sa buhay nya nuong hayskul at kolehiyo?

Nung panahon na gumawagawa kami ng thesis, kailangan ng mga substantial reference para mapagtibay ang isinasagawang pag-aaral. Nagpunta kami kung saan nakalagay ang mga latest na theses para humanap din ng tungkol o malapit sa salitang kasaysayan at kung paano nakakatulong ang paggamit ng computer sa nasabing pag-aaral. Nahirapan kaming humanap. Kadalasan ng mga theses na nandun ay tungkol sa matematika, agham at sales and inventory, et cetera. Pumunta kami sa library para duon maghanap at swertehan na nakahanap kaso nagawa pa ang nasabing akda nuong mga 1996 at 1998 at tungkol ito sa Philippine History. Napaisip kami kung ayos bang gawing reference ang halos isang dekada ng tanda na pag-aaral? Di kaya parang outdated na ang mga paraan at pananaw na ginamit nila ng mga panahong 'yon? Sinuri kong maigi ang pedeng makuha sa nasabing mga akda at kahit papaano'y nakakuha naman kami ng mga positibong bagay tungkol sa paggamit ng computer gamit sa pagtuturo ng kasaysayan.

Ano ang gusto kong ipahayag sa nasabing talata? Simple lang. Mas madaming lumikha ng mga pag-aaral tungkol sa mga nabanggit ko sa unang talata pero iilan lamang sa kasaysayan. Ngayon, hindi ba't ako ang mas dapat magbato ng tanong na "Bakit tungkol sa Ingles, Matematika o Agham, sales and inventory system, etc. e sobrang dami na nyan at parang nire-revise nyo nalang ang mga naunang pag-aaral sa ibang paraan gaya na lang ng paglimita ng pag-aaral sa mga fetus lang o di kaya sa six-month old na baby? Bakit hindi ganito, bakit hindi ganyan?" Walang basagan ng trip. Mas pinili ng grupo namin na piliin si Rizal dahil sa una, akala namin ay kami ang una pa lang na pag-aaral tungkol sa kanya ngunit meron na palang isa pa pero ibang istorya yun at mahaba para ilagay ko dito. At isa pa ay gusto naming makapagbigay solusyon sa problema na kaonti pa lang ang nagawa para may sense ng uniqueness kumbaga, fulfillment. Di ko naman inaalis na "unique" ding matatawag ang bawat pag-aaral na ginawa sa kani-kanilang paraan gaya na lang ng pagtawag sa atin ng mga magulang natin na maganda o gwapo tayong mga anak.

Pagtapos ng paghihirap sa nasabing pag-aaral, sa di inaasahang pagkakataon ay nakuha ng grupo namin ang ikalawang pwesto para sa "Best in Thesis: Computer Science Category" dahil na yun sa mabait ang panelists namin nung defense at siguro masasabi mo rin na maayos naming nasagot ang mga tanong nila. Pero ibang istorya na nung sa software. Wala kami sa top dahil na rin sa inihinto namin ng isang semestre ang paggawa at kung sakali man ay di talaga kami qualified dahil na-redefense kami dahil sa isang major-major problem. Masyadong mahaba din ang istorya para palawigin. To cut it short, nakapasa kami at gumradweyt kahit papaano.

Hindi talaga related yung talata na nasa itaas. Gusto ko lang isama para may kaonting yabang factor at humangin ng kaonti dahil sobrang init ng panahon. Ang gusto kong sanang ipunto dito ay hindi mo kailangang pagdudahan ang pag-aaral na ginagawa ng isang indibidwal o grupo kung puso naman ang batayan nya sa paggawa nito bukod sa mga mahahalaga na citations na galing sa libro. Okay namang gumawa ng pag-aaral sa agham, matematika at Ingles para sa grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, first year high school/college, second year high school/college, third year high school/college, fourth year high school/college, mga system na para kay Company A-Z o kahit kanino pa man dahil pagkakatangi nyo yan, isang karapatan kumbaga. Karapatan mong gumawa ng pag-aaral kahit saan o kanino pa ito patungkol dahil ikaw naman ang magde-defend nyan at kung makapasa ay grupo mo naman ang gagastos para magpabookbind. Hindi yung mga tao na pinagdududuhan ang inyong pag-aaral pwera nalang kung sagot nung tao na yun ang mga gastos para sa nabanggit.

Siguro ay di pa rin malinaw sayo na nagbabasa nito kung bakit nga ba si Rizal. Simpleng-simple lang naman talaga ang gusto kong isagot bukod sa isang teknikal na kasagutan na masyadong nagpahaba sa blog entry na to. Gusto ko lang ipakita na may mga tao pang natitira sa mundo na gagawa ng pag-aaral na may kinalaman sa bansa at kultura natin na makakatulong din sa paraang teknolohikal sa pamamaraan ng paggamit ng kompyuter para sa mga darating pang estudyante sa hinaharap na makakalimot sa end of the world sa June 19, 2011. Kung ayaw mo pa rin sa explanation na yan, ganito na lang, gumawa ka ng sarili mong pag-aaral at humanap ng ilang tao na magsasabi na bakit ganyan ang naging topic mo at mag-explain din sa kanila gaya ng ganito.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Posted by Dave Tan

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