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How to spread the word about UP while remaining COOL 🙂

Graduation, UP Diliman, 25 April 2010

This blog is a summary of the contents of the following blogs:

During the University Graduation last 25th April, as we listened to the Valedictory Address challenging us “Isko at Iska ng Bayan” to put to good use the gift of education that we have received in the past 4 years or so in “UP Naming Mahal”, I thought that we should know and make use of the means at our disposal to spread the good word about how UP has formed us to be that “global citizen”, ready to help UP to (1) build that environment of RESEARCH and, at the same time, (2) pay attention to the needs of community and national development.

More than talking here about the attention to research which UP trained me in personally (I’ve talked about this elsewhere), I prefer to talk here about some qualities that should make our “UP marketing” a bit more effective.

  • The need for being civilized:  As the MercatorNet article suggests, “One of the most commonly employed tactics in … the Culture War … is name-calling.  People and ideas are branded and dismissed summarily rather than being the target of reasoned argumentation. … Name-calling is akin to hitting your opponent over the head with a club, an approach to issues that should have been left with the cave dwellers. Lest we be branded “ancient” or “cave-dwellers”, I’d suggest that we be calm and cool especially as we explain, for example, the benefits of the free market, the need to get research funding into the University to enable the faculty to do their research and publish their work in reputable journals, the urgency of improving the quality of teaching in the University (e.g., market the ‘Teaching Effective Course’ at UP DILC), etc. “Rational, fact-filled argumentation is one of civilization’s greatest achievements. And it is in very short supply…”
  • Get behind your idea and defend it without being defensive:  As the Harvard Business Review article suggests, “…you need to defend yourself without being defensive. The latter opens you to additional criticism because very often [being] defensive will provoke negative behaviors such as lashing out or shutting down. … Maintaining an even keel in the face of skepticism or even hostility is a vital attribute to leadership presence, the kind of aura that you need to radiate if you ever hope to instill followership.” The article suggests 3 important characteristics: (1) Preparedness, (2) Generosity, (3) Patience.
  • Leveraging on Cyberspace: In my blog about how to use the internet more effectively, as we learn to use the internet –blogging, Facebook & other social networking sites–, I would highlight the advice to take the positive approach: “Speak always in a positive manner, speak personally to the heart of your reader.  You should never be against anything or anyone.  A friendly and amusing explanation would do much greater good than a long list of arguments, no matter how well reasoned out these are.  You might not convince a given reader or listener, but if you write in a sufficiently gracious or humorous manner, you might win a friend.  Only then will you be able to help.  We should practice refinement and an extreme respect for the freedom of others.”

I hope I have imparted a few ideas for how we can take fuller advantage of the means at our disposal to spread the word about how the current UP administration has tried its best to fulfill its role of enabling UP to be the ‘National University’, a public and secular institution of higher learning, and a community of scholars dedicated to the search for truth and knowledge as well as the development of future leaders… 🙂


Buhay at Pagmamahal

Mga katotohanan ukol sa buhay at pagmamahal

I found this wonderful pro-life resource: Why Pro-Life? [download & read, now!]

“Randy Alcorn’s concise but comprehensive presentation of the pro-life position is an invaluable resource for openhearted—yet often tongue-tied—pro-lifers everywhere.”
—Frederica Mathewes-Green
“To change our culture, it is not enough to say that we are pro-life; we must explain why we are pro-life. This book is an excellent resource that does precisely that.”
—Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
President, National Pro-life Religious Council


For our planned “survey” of the mothers that will attend our “Buhay at Pagmamahal” training series, here’s what I suggest:

Note the Table of Contents of the book above:
1. The Basics
2. The Child
3. The Woman
4. Other Important Issues
e.g. “Personally opposed to abortion, but ‘pro-choice’? How about adoption?
5. Spiritual Perspectives & Opportunities

I likewise suggest the following:

Gallup Poll “More Americans are pro-life…”
Filipino Family Survey on Facebook:

Since our audience will be from simple backgrounds, here are the survey questions I’d suggest:



1) How many children do I have? 1) Ilan ang bilang ng aking mga anak?
2) If I really wanted to (If I had attended a similar talk prior to this), I would’ve wanted how many children? _____ 2) Kung ako lamang ang masusunod (kung nakapakinig lamang ako sa ganitong uri ng usapin), nais ko sana na magkaroon ako ng ___ na anak.
3) I want __* of kids because**…

*a) zero b) few c) plenty




3) Nais ko ng __* anak sapagka’t*…

*a) walang b) kakaunting c) maraming




4) I believe that a husband:

__ should be loving and faithful;

__ can go & have other women.

__ (other) _______________

4) Sa palagay ko ang asawa ay:

__ dapat mapagmahal at tapat;

__ maaaring mangaliwete.

__ (ibang kasagutan) _______________

5) I shall try to be a better wife by:





5) Sisikapin ko’ng maging mas mabuting maybahay sa pamamagitan ng:




6) I believe that life (a child) is a gift from God and that I should receive it (life, child) with generosity. Yes __.  No __. 6) Sa palagay ko’y ang buhay (anak) ay galing sa Panginoong Diyos at dapat tanggapin ko yaon (buhay/anak) nang mapagkaloob. Oo __.  Hindi __.

UP President Emerlinda Roman

UP President Emerlinda Roman

At the 2009 General Commencement Exercises at U.P., Diliman, the following was part of the Graduation Message of UP President Emerlinda Roman:

“To you, the batch of 2009, I say now: UP is flawed, as all human institutions are; but it remains the best that your country can offer. And a UP education was offered to you as a gift from the Filipino people, in recognition of your own gifts and your willingness to submit to a discipline — both intellectual and physical — more demanding than what you might have found elsewhere.

Use it now to good purpose. Use it honestly, and humbly, and bravely. Use it to help others rise above the poverty of their circumstances and the narrowness of their imaginations. Use it in the service of a country that will require every man and woman to do more than their best if it is to survive in these troubled times.”


In a Keynote Speech “UP System Conference on UP as a Public Service University” by Marvic M.V.F. Leonen (Professor and Dean, UP College of Law) at the Malcolm Theater, UP Dilman on December 2, 2009, we had to be reminded about something very basic to U.P.:

[Republic Act No. 9500, Section 3.]  Purpose of the university—As the national university, a public and secular institution of higher learning, and a community of scholars dedicated to the search for truth and knowledge as well as the development of future leaders, the University of the Philippines shall perform its unique and distinctive leadership in higher education and development…

My view might be myopic, coz I’ve just recently (miraculously!) defended my PhD dissertation and I shall be conferred such longed-for (long-awaited!) degree this April 25th 🙂 but all throughout my PhD studies I saw and felt the constant support, received from the administration of Dr. Roman, for what is truly important for a University to be truly world-class: excellence in RESEARCH.  The PhD program in UP –although I must admit it is truly difficult– indeed trains students and hones their skills in RESEARCH: all the works, from Literature Review to the crafting of the THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK (important!) to the Data Gathering to the Empirical Analysis to the actual writing of the paper…hopefully to get that paper PUBLISHED in a reputable journal. 🙂 I think the present administration understands all this well, and has exerted every effort to give it a push.  Part of the effort exerted was the gathering (the begging!) of funds to finance all that RESEARCH, both present and future.  I understand that a big chunk of the funds received during the CENTENNIAL YEAR is earmarked for this purpose, i.e, to make of us a community of scholars dedicated to the search for truth and knowledge as well as the development of future leaders. I can only say: KUDOS! to the administration of President Emerlinda Roman!


Click here for the March-May 2010 issue of “What’s UP?“, the newsletter of the UP Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA).

Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts
2nd floor, Villamor Hall, Roces Ave.
UP Diliman, Quezon City 1101


Leveraging on Cyberspace

Leveraging on Cyberspace

*This entry is a re-hash of a blog that I did on “How to do effective work on the Net“.

How to be a great cybernaut:

Tip # 1:

Provide good content:

Content is king on the Internet: it is Rule #1.  If you don’t follow this rule, the remaining 9 ideas here are of no use.  If you’ve got good material ―videos, explanations, pictures, news―, by itself it shall spread.  If yours is not original material, feel free to spread the good content you find on websites or news channels which you find interesting and helpful.  Speak in today’s language…  Use videos a lot: those that are original, impactful, amusing, are the most desired by readers.

Tip # 2:

Always positive:

Speak always in a positive manner, speak personally to the heart of your reader.  You should never be against anything or anyone.  A friendly and amusing explanation would do much greater good than a long list of arguments, no matter how well reasoned out these are.  You might not convince a given reader or listener, but if you write in a sufficiently gracious or humorous manner, you might win a friend :-) Only then will you be able to help.  We should practice refinement and an extreme respect for the freedom of others.

Tip # 3:

Speak ‘to the world’:

The use of e-mail is useful for person-to-person dealings.  But it would be passé for today’s need to speak ‘to the whole world’.  Learn to use, to your advantage, the many-to-many modes of communication that are more and more available.  Avoid being a spammer, that incessantly sends out mass mails containing all sorts of things or with requests to “forward to everyone you know”.

Tip # 4:

Speak up! Leave a comment

Statistics show that one comment (on a piece of news) elicits 100 readers.  On the internet, your opinion is just as good as mine, as good as the global expert on the issue.  It is for this reason that huge companies or lobby groups employ people who dedicate at least 8 hours daily just to leave comments, anonymously or using aliases, on blogs, forums, social networking sites.  Opinion is, thus, created and disseminated.  When you don’t comment on a piece of news, the understanding is that you are not interested in that news, or at least that you may not know the rules or consider the e-news as hardcopy news (they tell me this, I listen).  If you find a certain item important, leave your comment, whether you’re in agreement or opposed to it.  Write it down!

Tip # 5:

Send in suggestions

I don’t mean a one- or two-line comment, but a suggestion that’s studied and deep.  If you look around some more, you’ll find ways in which to communicate yourself better, with anybody, and to make helpful suggestions: learn to use contact emails you find on websites, to GoogleSearch or to search via Facebook, or simply ask for the email address of the source of the item.

Tip # 6:

Social networking sites

…are the “in” thing, especially for all sorts of communication.  You need to sign up in order to participate.  Out of the 10 most visited internet sites, 9 are social networking sites and the other is Google, which in turn has its own social network via googlegroups and gmail Buzz.  In all of them, everybody talks: through videos (mostly via YouTube), articles (eg, wiki’s),  headlines (especially via Twitter), Facebook status messages…

Tip # 7:

Participate in online forums

Answer questions on forums. They’re a great place to meet people! to make your ideas known, or to help others resolve their doubts or problems.  Wouldn’t that be great?

Tip # 8:

Blog! Create your own webpage!

You’ve never created a blog on wordpress.com or on blogger.com? If you DO have a blog or website, please place links to those websites or blogs that seem important or interesting to you.  You might also want to write out a simple news item on the website or blog of interest – your readers are intelligent: they READ your news, not the links… They CLICK on the links, though…

Tip # 9:

Train the others! Learn the rules of the game

The following is KEY: start a conversation, and make your friends speak up.  The more people you get involved in the conversation, the greater your influence in cyberspace! How could you start? Send THIS POST you’re reading to your friends, or tell them about it :-)

Tip # 10:

Anybody has problems? See us!

Email me: aliza.racelis@gmail.com or anyone at the College of Business Administration, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Q.C. – We’d be glad to help you out or give you ideas :-)



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“The new sexual revolution is here!”


Jason Evert – Why Chastity?


“When you decide firmly to lead a clean life,
Chastity will not be a burden on you;
It will be a crown of triumph.”
–St Josemaría Escrivá


They’ve got tons of fantastic material! They’ve got an Audio/Video Vault!

Some of the videos available are:

What is Chastity? Jason Evert

Modesty and Romance: Jason Evert

Theology of the Body for Teens (Promo Video):

A must-watch! Great for viewing with the young ones… and the not-so-young-ones, too!


We’d also like to share with you this cute cartoon short of Adam Sandler’s “Grow Old With You” 🙂


(about fidelity until the end)

Please click & watch!


UNIV 2011

UNIV 2011 – Theme // Tema

UNIV 2011
Theme: “Living Freedom Decisively”


Tema: “Vivir la libertad con decisión”

Click on the following // Haced clic en este enlace:

Theme in English //  Tema en español



Algunos temas para ponencias que me ocurren:

Social Sciences and Philosophy:

  • “I want to be free! Notions and definitions”
  • ¡Quiero ser libre! La idea y definición de ‘libertad’
  • “Veritas liberabit vos: How truth sets free our reason and will”
  • Veritas liberabit vos: La verdad libera la inteligencia y la voluntad
  • “Freedom and Love as hallmarks of the ‘Personalist attitude’ “
  • Personalismo: Orientado hacia el amor y la libertad

Reference: PERSONALISM // Personalismo

  • Education in Freedom in the Home and Family
  • Educación en la libertad: El papel del hogar y de la familia
  • The Youth: Responding Freely to the Call
  • Juventud: Responder libremente a la llamada

Science, Technology and Business:

  • “Issues in Bioethics: How free can Science get?”
  • Cuestiones en Bioética: ¿Es la ciencia perfectamente libre?
  • “Mass Media at the service of Freedom: Problems and proposals”
  • Los medios de comunicación social: Retos y propuestas
  • “Social Networking Sites: Are we truly free?”
  • Redes sociales: ¿Nos liberan? o ¿nos atan?
  • Is the “free market” truly free? An economic and sociological analysis
  • Democracia y el mercado libre: Análisis económico y sociológico

Arts and Letters, Religion:

  • A review of the works of selected Freedom authors
  • Recensión de obras de autores de la libertad
  • Born Free! Freedom as theme in Music and Poetry
  • Liberté: La libertad como temática de la música y poesía
  • ‘Gift of Tongues’: Using marketing and communications for teaching freedom
  • ‘Don de lenguas’: Estrategias de marketing y comunicación en masa para la educación en la libertad
  • Law as a gift: Authority, Freedom, Dissent…Unity
  • La ley como don: Autoridad, libertad, disensión…Unidad
  • Faithfulness to the vocation received: The summum of the exercise of freedom
  • Fidelidad a la vocación recibida: El summum del uso de la libertad propia


Reference // Bibliografía:

Fr. Cormac Burke website: Works on FREEDOM

Works in English //  Trabajos en español


“Truth and Freedom” by Cardinal Ratzinger


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