Month: July 2017

The Inauguration of the MAE Building in the Pasig Campus

 

Posted on July 24, 2017

On June 30, 2017 the MAE Building in the Pasig Campus was inaugurated.  Attending the ceremonies were Mayor Bobby Eusebio, former Mayor Maria Belen Eusebio, and some of the members of the City Council.

The procurement for 1,250 steel tablet armchairs for the Pasig Campus is in its final stages.  These chairs will be put in the classrooms of the MAE Building and in the soon-to-be-finished building sponsored by former Congressman Roman Romulo and now being continued through the efforts of Congressman Ricky Eusebio.

The 104 units of computers we bought in 2016 are finally installed in three new computer laboratories in the MAE Building.  When I became President in 2010 there was not a single working computer in the Pasig Campus Computer Laboratory.












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The Javier Building in the Pasig Campus

 

Posted on July 24, 2017

The original building in the Pasig campus which we often call the Javier Building in honor of the great man who sought ways to have it built, needs repairs now.  I have authorized its repainting and rehabilitation.  I hope it can be done soon considering the slow process of bidding as required by law.

What should be its color or colors?

I hope it should not look like the adjacent Pasig City General Hospital.  In the past, ambulances often entered the Pasig Campus mistaking it for the hospital.

You see those mango trees?  It was planted sometime in 1996 by Quintin Gacoscos but I brought the seedlings.  I think it was Dr. Serafin Lucas who was the campus director then, or was it Dr. Amelita De Guzman?  Anyway, the contractor of that covered walk wanted to cut those trees down.  I objected vigorously and so they devised a way to save the trees.

I just signed an office order authorizing the Bids and Awards Committee  headed by Dr. Elmer Pascual to start the procurement process for the Repainting of the Exterior Wall and the Repair of the Damaged Ceiling of the 4th floor of the building.  The total amount will be PhP 8,638,685.73 for the project.

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The MAE Building in the Pasig Campus, Wag kayong uupo sa railings, delikado.  Sayang ang pogi nyo. 

 

 Posted July 24, 2017

Together with Mr. Nicanor Macaballug, Dr. Andres Delos Santos, and Mr. Alex Quilang, I visited the RizalTech Pasig Campus this morning to look at the request of Dr. Luis Castaneda, the campus’ Executive Director, for the installation of additional railings in the building.  The present railings are only 3 feet high and could be quite dangerous if students would sit on it.

 


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What Name Would you Choose for the RizalTech? RTSU, RSUST, RUST?

 

Posted on July 22, 2017

Sometime in the first months of 1995 I suggested to President Dr. Jose Q. Macaballug that perhaps we should give try to convert the Rizal Technological Colleges into a state university. I went to his office on the second floor of the Profeta Building to tell him this suggestion. I stood on the left side of his table while he was sitting on his chair.

Boss, pwede na siguro tayong mag university,” I told him. “Baka kaya na natin,” I added.

We had an enrollment of about 8,000 then. Se were rapidly putting things in order in the school, after the chaos brought about by the EDSA Revolution began to fade. Discipline was slowly being restored. Campus security was tightened and the students began wearing their IDs, effectively barring criminal elements from entering the campuses of the school.

We began acquiring computers and laboratory equipment. Dr. Macaballug embarked on a program of repairing and renovating the facilities of the school. The ubiquitous religious groups who entered the campus at will and conducted programs with hardly any notice given to the school administrators were once and for all prohibited from plying their activities in the campus. The Gonzales Main Academic Building we commonly refer to as the MAB started construction in 1995. The Sacrepante Gate was opened in the same year.

We suppressed the violence of the fraternities during these years.

We were far from having the ideal conditions for a university, but I said to myself, why don’t we try?

And so Dr. Macaballug asked me to draft a bill that would seek to convert the Rizal Technological Colleges into a State University.

And the first thing I thought of would be the name of the new University.

Rizal Technological State University?

Rizal State University of Science and Technology?

Rizal University of Science and Technology?

In the end, the sponsors of the Bill, Congressman Boyet Gonzales and Senator Neptali A. Gonzales opted to be simple. They chose the name Rizal Technological University. And that’s why we are RTUans. We could have been RTSUans, or RSUSTans, or RUSTans. Now that sounds a little like a department store.

RTU sounds much better than our original name: College of Rizal.

It is CR.

 

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RizalTech Professors Elected as Officers of Division XII (Division of Earth and Space Sciences) of the National Research Council of the Philippines.

Posted on July 14, 2017

 

In the regular meeting held on July 13, 2017 at UP Manila by the Division of Earth and Space Sciences of the NRCP, two RizalTech professors are elected into important positions.  Professor Jesus Rodrigo F. Torres is elected as Chairman of the Astronomy and Space Sciences Section.  Prof. Ryan Guido, Department Head of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences was elected as the Division Secretary.

Prof. Torres held the position of Vice Chairman of the Division from 2007 to 2009.  He is a Regular Member of the Division since 2009 while Prof. Guido is an Associate Member.

There are three RizalTech professors who are members of the National Research Council of the Philippines.  They are Professor Torres, Professor Guido, and Professor Ruby-Ann Dela Cruz, also an Associate Member.  All three belong to the Division of Earth and Space Sciences.

 

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ETHNOASTRONOMY IN DAMIANA L. EUGENIO’S PHILIPPINE FOLK LITERATURE Part 2

Posted on July 12, 2017

Why There Is High Tide During Full Moon, An Ibanag Tale

From Volume II of Damiana L. Eugenio’s monumental work in Philippine Folk Literature, The Myths, I gathered this tale about why there is high tide during full moon. This is an Ibanag tale about two lovers, Luna and Mar.

Luna, the Moon, was the daughter of the sun god. She was young and very beautiful and was so full of life and loved to travel in the heavens in her golden chariot. According to Eugenio, “One day she found herself taking another path which led her outside her kingdom.” She wandered into the place where the sky met the sea, and then she heard a voice.

Where have you come from, beautiful one?”

Luna saw a young man. According to the myth the young man looked like her father but fairer. She became afraid and turned to flee but she could not restrain herself. She looked back and introduced herself: “I am Luna, the daughter of the sun god.”

The young man answered: “I am Mar, the son of the sea god. Welcome to our kingdom.”

Soon they became friends. They told each other stories. They saw each other often. They fell in love. Nobody knew about it except the two of them.

And then Luna committed a blunder. She told her secret to a cousin who was jealous of her beauty and happiness. The cousin revealed the secret to the sun god who became very angry. Never tell your secrets to anyone even to your most trusted friends.

The sun god ordered Luna confined to their garden and ordered that she would not be allowed to go out. This is her punishment for having disobeyed the “Immortal Laws.” The sea god was equally angry with his son Mar and for his disobedience to the “Immortal Laws” was imprisoned in a sea cave.

Love will find a way, better be sure about that. Luna was very restless. She wanted to see her lover. She escaped from her confinement, rode her golden chariot, and flew to the sea, to their meeting place. Luna could not see Mar, but Mar in his cave saw Luna. He struggled to free himself but could not, even causing the walls of the cave to shake in the process. In his efforts, the sea rose, but Luna did not see her lover coming. She went back home very sad, but she would be back in their meeting place. Her love for Mar would not die. Every time she missed Mar she would ride her golden chariot and go to their meeting place. Mar would again struggle to be free, and the sea would rise.

According to Eugenio, “The fishermen out in the sea believe that each time Luna, the moon, appears, the sea gets troubled. ‘It is Mar trying to escape from his cave,’ they say.”

I asked two professors, Dr. Andres Delos Santos and Prof. Nicanor Macaballug who are both Ibanags. They heard about the story and added some information about supernatural beings which inhabit their place. They call them the “Biwag” in Isabela and “Malanna” in Cagayan.

But what is the “Immortal Laws”?

 

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ETHNOASTRONOMY IN DAMIANA L. EUGENIO’S PHILIPPINE FOLK LITERATURE

ETHNOASTRONOMY IN DAMIANA L. EUGENIO’S PHILIPPINE FOLK LITERATURE

Posted on July 7, 2017

The Legend of the Shooting Star, A Bicol Folklore

I slowly accumulated the complete 6-volume set of Damiana L. Eugenio’s monumental work Philippine Folk Literature Series. The work is very rich in Filipino folk literature relating to Astronomy, which is particularly important in the study of Filipino Ethnoastronomy. I would like to dig deep into this work in order to reveal the richness of Filipino folk literature and the greatness of our ethnoastronomical knowledge, beliefs, culture and traditions.

Have you ever spent the night under the stars on a clear, cloudless night far away from the city lights? If you did you should have seen some shooting stars even when there were no scheduled meteor showers such as the Leonids, Perseids, Geminids, Orionids, and others.

Perseid Meteor Shower- Mojave Desert, California, www.google.com.ph

A legend from the Bicol region says that shooting stars are their Prince Bantugan, described in Eugenio’s work as “the most handsome, strong, brave, and as generous as he was handsome”.

He was the favorite young man of the gods from the town of Anggugurang, and a lot of places in the Bicol region have been named after him. He was chosen by the god Bikol to be a celestial messenger, and so he lived in the Palace of the Gods in heaven. He was seen no more by the people in his town.

Before this happened, Prince Bantugan had a sweetheart, actually his betrothed, described by Eugenio as “the most beautiful maiden of the tribe of Acle”. Her name was Bautong na Doncella. As I could not understand the meaning of the name, I asked Dr. Salvacion Pachejo who is a Bicolana to translate this for me. She wrote “Magandang Dalaga.”

Poems by famous Bicol poets have been inspired by her. Places in Bicol have been named after her, but tragedy was to strike soon. According to Eugenio, “Doncella’s beauty was so legendary that an encanto fell in love with her and kidnapped her. She disappeared one day and was never heard from.”

The desperate Prince Bantugan looked for her everywhere but she could no longer be found. Perhaps the gods took pity on him and this is probably why they sent him to the Palace of the Gods. From there he visits earth in the form of meteorites. The people of the town of Buhi in particular see him often, as shooting stars are said to be frequently seen in this town.

They think Prince Bantugan visits them as he is the shooting stars themselves, but the legend also says that he has never given up in looking for the beautiful Doncella.

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MUTUAL RESPECT

MUTUAL RESPECT

Posted on July 3, 2017

To The Alumni Officers

Greetings. I would like to congratulate you for winning your positions in an election participated in by the alumni of the RizalTech. I was a witness to the election which you held in our general homecoming this May of 2017. I was the oldest alumnus in that homecoming—not in years because that distinction probably belonged to Dr. Jose Q. Macaballug—but in seniority, as I was the only alumnus present who graduated in the 1970s, 1978 to be exact. But I would like to apologize for not being able to attend this affair because of the inauguration of the new academic buildings in the Pasig Campus.

I think you will have to find new ways to conduct your elections. Some candidates probably planned way ahead of the election to gather as many alumni as they can to vote for them. They probably spent money, too. Consequently, the last homecoming had record numbers in attendees. This is not particularly true when homecomings are held without the election in the agenda. It is not far-fetched, and there have been tantalizing indications, that politicians are beginning to meddle in our elections. Perhaps the total politization of the alumni could still be prevented, and this is why I am suggesting that we think of better ways to conduct the election. The President of the Alumni Federation is holding a powerful position, especially now that my 2nd term will be ending in November, 2018. The Board of Regents, with the Alumni President sitting as regular member, will vote for my successor. Right now, the campaign has started.

How many alumni would attend if we organize a homecoming without the election, I wonder. Maybe we should find out.

Anyway, in behalf of the RizalTech community, we welcome you back to our University. Without really looking at you now, I am confident that you are decently attired and with proper haircut. As a matter of fact this issue has surfaced in the recent months, and there have been some incidents which bother us. Those incidents could have been avoided if we will give each other proper respect and understanding.

We have our dress and hair code in the RizalTech. This hair and dress code is one of the things which define who we are, in addition to providing our students quality education, which you have obtained from us, or else you would not have reached your stations in life. The very discipline we impose to our students is one of the main reasons why your parents have sent you to us, why you now enjoy the opportunities life have given to you to have a bright future for yourselves.

As alumni you are no longer students of the RizalTech, but that is not a good reason why you will demand to come in to our campus in inappropriate attire and unacceptable hair style. You must still respect our institutional rules, culture, and values. You are our visitors and we respect you as such. We ask that you respect us also. Please tell your members this message. If they will come to our premises properly attired and in proper haircut and on official business I do not think there will be any misunderstandings. If your haircut or hair color happens to be quite different from what we normally allow we will allow you entry into the campus but only if the purpose of your visit is official. But just the same please be in decent attire as befitting professionals.

This is basic. As an alumnus of the University of Asia and the Pacific they apply their dress and hair code even to us alumni. There was an occasion when I was in a chapel of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Pasig when a group of visitors in a propagation service were requested to leave because they were wearing shorts and t-shirts. There are some establishments who will not admit customers who are not properly dressed in their premises. Establishments have security guards who will carry you out if you are drunk and not behaving properly; they call them event security, thickset and burly men who can throw out unruly customers. Elementary schools refuse entry to parents who are waiting to fetch their children. I am also an alumnus of the Asian Institute of Management. As an alumnus I have the privilege to research in their library and eat in the canteen but nothing more. I just cannot stay there doing nothing, and I am expected to be in professional, if not executive attire, because they have a very high regard for their graduates. Visitors and alumni in the New Era University are also expected to be properly dressed and in proper haircut, or else they will not be allowed entry in the campus even on official business.

I recall a foreigner who was shouting outside the door of Shang-rila Mall because he was in shorts and sando and the security would not let him in. I cannot go inside a Catholic Church while mass is going on in my jogging pants and t-shirt soaked in perspiration and say that I am not a Catholic and therefore I am not covered by the Catholic Church’ s rules on proper attire when attending a mass.

I have to respect the rules of the institutions where I wish to be admitted.

In the same way I wish to convey to the alumni this message. We are not asking you to sponsor any of our athletic teams like what the alumni of Ateneo De Manila University are doing. We are not asking for donations whenever we have programs to gather relief goods during calamities or war. When you asked for an office we readily gave a space for you. In the Multi-Purpose Building that is currently being constructed we have allocated for you an entire floor the size of a basketball court for your activities and offices. And most importantly, I have instructed Dr. Hernandez to constantly instruct the security guards to be more courteous and accommodating.

We only ask that you respect our rules, culture, and values.

Thank you and once again my apologies for not having been able to attend this occasion.

Jesus Rodrigo F. Torres

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Message to the Alumni

Posted on July 3, 2017

It’s time to revisit your Pledge of Loyalty.

“In recognition of all the things that my Alma Mater has done to me as an alumnus of the Rizal Technological University…”

I think we all have to give back a part of ourselves to our Alma Mater to fulfill this pledge that we owe a lot to her, that the success we enjoy wouldn’t have been possible without her. We will honor our Alma Mater in love and service because with knowledge we have been filled and our hands have learned to shape the firm foundations of our lives.

“I hereby pledge to her my loyalty…”

I am proud of my Alma Mater wherever I go and whomever I meet. Regardless of where life has brought me my heart is with the RizalTech, and I shall thank her forever for bringing me to the light of my profession. And I will raise her banner gold and blue and keep it flying high!

“…and solemnly promise to live up to her ideals, to uphold her principles and tradition always.”

It is that knowledge is not the only goal of education in the RizalTech; it is to give meaning to our lives also. It is to serve our people, to give the best of what we have: talent, skills and strength, and offer every honor back to God and country. We are full of pride and joy because of this great school that nurtured us and shapes our future. Give the RizalTech your alma Mater the respect it deserves, like your parents who have nurtured you and prepared you for the challenges ahead. Dress properly when you enter the RizalTech campus: this is a sign of respect. Respect what the RizalTech stands for, respect her ideals and principles, and respect the values that guide us.

“…to work to preserve the heritage of our race, to discharge my duties towards my country and people whenever I may find myself to be.”

We will keep the flame alive and burning in our hearts that we may truly serve our God and country, that every knowledge we have gained, ever skill we learned and the values that we formed will be our treasures.

“So help me God.”

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