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Class Suspensions – July 3 2012

In an advisory posted via Twitter around 4AM today, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration warned that serious flooding can be expected in low-lying areas and communities living near waterways in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon.

It has continuously rained for several hours now as of posting time. The Department of Education is yet to issue any class suspension, but the following announcements had been made:

*No classes from preschool to High School in the following cities:

Caloocan City (all levels), Las Pinas, Makati City, Mandaluyong City, Manila, Marikina City, Muntinlupa City (all levels), Navotas, Parañaque City, Pasay City, Pasig City, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig City, Valenzuela City, and Cainta, Rizal.

*Caloocan Mayor Recom Echiverri suspends classes in ALL levels in Caloocan City.

As of 10 AM today:

*RT @PolytechUnivPh: Classes now suspended in PUP-Sta. Mesa, PUP-San Juan, PUP-Commonwealth, PUP-Taguig, including the College of Law

*Classes in the University of Santo Tomas in ALL LEVELS SUSPENDED starting 12:00 nn. Everybody is expected to be out of the campus by 2:00pm. via UST Central SC (9:50 AM)

* Philippine Medical Women’s School along V. Luna Street in Quezon City

*RT @NewEraU (New Era University) - Early dismissal from pre-school to high-school effective 12NN today due to intermittent rains and thunderstorms. No announcement for college.

*RT @UPManilaOnline (University of the Philippines – Manila) - Classes and offices in UP Manila until 12nn today. Half day due to inclement weather.

*NO CLASS - All afternoon classes in elementary and high school (public and private schools) are suspended in Quezon City

*PAREF Woodrow School - ANNOUNCEMENT: Classes are suspended today, Tuesday, July 3. Grade School and High School to be dismissed at 10:30am.

As of 11AM:

*Update from the Office of the Principal of UPIS (10:57 am): Morning classes are ongoing at UP Integrated School but classes will be suspended by 12 pm.

*Letran: We are suspending classes in the basic ed at 12nn and collegiate classes at 1pm today due to inclement weather via@LetranOfficial

*Ateneo Grade school: DISMISSAL for Prep & Grade 1, 11AM Grades 2-3, 11:30AM, Grades 4-5 12NN & Grades 6-7 12:30PM #walangpasok

*University of Asia and the Pacific -> Due to inclement weather, classes have been officially suspended starting 12:00 nn. Work is suspended by 3:00 pm.

*De La Salle University – Classes at all levels & in ALL CAMPUSES are suspended today from 1:00 PM onwards. Office Work is also suspended. Same goes for the College of Saint Benilde.

*San Beda College: Classes 12nn onwards are suspended (via @sbcsc)

*Central Colleges of the Philippines (Aurora Blvd. Q.C.): Suspended as of 11:20AM for high school to college

*@Official_UE: From University of the East President Ester Garcia: Classes in all levels are suspended in both UE Manila and UE Caloocan.

(As of 12:00 PM)

*Manila City Hall: Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and City College of Manila afternoon classes suspended

*RT @FarEasternU: As of 12pm, classes and offices in FEU Manila are suspended.

*Adamson University: As of 12:13 PM classes & work at all levels at AdU are officially suspended #walangpasok via @AdamsonUni

*Afternoon classes in Emilio Aguinaldo College-Manila, all levels, are suspended starting at 1 pm, today.

*Vice President for the Loyola Schools (Ateneo de Manila University) Dr. John Paul Vergara announced that college classes after 3PM will be suspended |via@ateneodemanilau


*From UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar Saloma (July 3, 7:36 am): Classes are NOT SUSPENDED in UPD. Students are advised to go to school prepared on a rainy day. Weather conditions will be constantly monitored.

(Update, 10:40AM):  From Chancellor Saloma: “I will issue an advisory that students who are unable to reach the UPD campus due to rains will be officially excused from attending classes.”

UpdFrom UP Diliman Chancellor Saloma (11:25 am): Classes in UPD are NOT SUSPENDED today under prevailing weather (as of 11:18 am).

(PS: Do you really have to rub it in?)

*Update from the Office of the Chancellor of UP Los Baños (UPLB): As of today (July 3), 9:55 a.m., classes are NOT SUSPENDED at UPLB.

*RT @AdamsonUni: No announcement yet re: class suspension at AdU. Classes &work to go on as expected.

*Ateneo: Loyola Schools classes will go on as scheduled. Only high school and grade school classes are suspended | via @TheGUIDON

*RT @DLSUD: As of 1pm, there is no announcement of suspension of classes in DLSU-Dasmariñas

This post is being updated as soon as new information is available.

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February 24 and 27 holidays in Zamboanga Sibugay and Gen. Santos City, respectively

Those working on Zamboanga Sibugay and General Santos City, South Cotabato are bound to have a three-day break this coming weekend. The western Mindanao province is having its Charter day anniversary come February 24 (a Friday) while GenSan would be marking its 73rd foundation day on February 27 (coinciding with the 23rd Kalilangan Festival), which falls on a Monday.

General Santos City will be marking its 73rd founation day on February 27. Darlene Antonino-Custoio is their city mayor.

The said dates have been declared by President Benigno Aquino III, through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, as special non-working days through Proclamation 330 and 331 respectively. See the full text here and here.

The two announcements were signed last February 7. The proclamations aim to give the residents in the area “the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.”

According to the rules set by the Department of Labor and Employment concerning declared special holidays, employees who will not work on these dates will go unpaid “unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on special days even if (it is) unworked.”

On the other hand, those who will report for work are entitled to get their regular hourly rate plus an additional 30% as a holiday premium. If they work in excess of eight hours, they will get plus 30% of their pay rate on that day. As per DOLE guidelines, employees who fail to show up on the work day just before the holiday are not entitled to get a holiday premium.

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The 2nd Filipino Footwear Design Competition: Filipino Footwear for the World 2012

The Philippine Footwear Federation, Inc. (PFFI) is hosting its second local shoe design competition. Titled “The 2nd Filipino Footwear Design Competition 2012: Filipino Footwear for the World,” this offers would-be footwear designers the chance to turn their unique designs/creations into a real extraordinary fashionable shoes.

The PFFI, in behalf of the entire footwear industry, hopes to encourage fresh concepts and to discover new local talents in designing shoes for the local and international market.

"The 2nd Filipino Footwear Design Competition: Filipino Footwear for the World 2012"


Sketch a colored footwear design on an A3 illustration board (295mm x 420mm) top view, front view and side view together with title and description of materials and color. All presentation (description of designs/inspiration) shall be written in English.

Submission of sketch together with filled out entry form and Php200 as entry fee/per design is on or before March 09, 2012, 5pm. Submit the sketch to the Philippine Footwear Federation, Inc ., located at 34 Russet Street, CITC Compound, SSS Village, Marikina City.

Any participant may submit more than one entry. Any sketch that will be submitted beyond the due date will not be accepted.

Chosen entries will be notified for the prototyping of their designs. One design will be chosen as grand winner and the designer will have the opportunity to be part of the delegate who will represent the Philippines at the 2012 International Footwear Design Competition in China.


Six entries will be chosen for each category. Chosen shoe designers will have the opportunity to supervise and turn their sketch into actual prototype shoes. The chosen shoe designs/prototypes will compete in the International Footwear Design Competition.

This search opens the opportunity to essentially experience the real prototyping of their shoe designs. As well as the opportunity to know the local shoe manufacturers who can help in developing their designs into future shoe business opportunities or endeavors.

The grand winner will have the opportunity to be part of the delegate who will represent the Philippines in the 2012 International Footwear Design Competition in Dongguan, China.

Interested parties may reach the organizers through:

Landline: (+632) 942 4228 (Smart)

Mobile: 09206390132 / 09175322266

E-mail: the_pffi@yahoo.com

Click here to access the competition entry form

Check the organizer’s Facebook page for updates

2012 World Bank International Essay Competition – Not happening?

This is bad news for writing enthusiasts around the world. In a message posted via Facebook last Janaury 17, Ms Catherine Doody, Communications Associate for World Bank (WB), announced that the annual World Bank International Essay Competition “has been put on hold for the time being.” She made the post on the same date the annual competition was launched a year ago.

Last week, Ms Doody pointed out that “several discussions with different partners are ongoing” and that “there may be something in the fall of 2012.” This appears to be the best case scenario since she pointed out that there might be no competition at all until 2013. She added: “I will do my best to keep you informed, also about other essay competitions that I am made aware of.”

For those interested, she also informed everyone that they “will also have some youth focused activities around the World Bank’s Spring Meetings in April (live chat forums seeking youth input on different topics).”

Launched in 2004, this annual global competition aims “to provide an opportunity for youth around the world to share their ideas on critical development issues.” Participants must be between 18 to 25 years old. Youth migration was the theme last 2011. The competition got more than 2,000 entries, written in English, French and Spanish. The WB noted that 95% of the participants came from developing countries.

PS: I was a participant last year, and though I did not make it to the top 200, I still got this wonderful certificate from the organizers:

My certificate for joining the 2011 World Bank International Essay Competition for Young People

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Class suspension in UP Diliman, December 8, 4PM onwards

I received this email last night and let me share it to my fellow UP students:

Official seal of the University of the Philippines

Beloved Graduate Students,

Please be informed that classes tomorrow from 4PM onwards are suspended for the Chancellor’s Convocation. This will be the venue wherein the Chancellor (Dr. Caesar Saloma, former Dean of the College of Science- MM) will present the UP Diliman Administration’s upcoming plans for the campus. We encourage you to witness this event, which will be held in the University Theater at 4PM.

In Service,

Dan Christian Ramos
CSSP Representative to the USC

Class suspension in UP Diliman, September 28, 2011

Update from CSSP Student Council:

Per Chancellor Caesar Saloma announcement:

7AM-1PM classes cancelled on September 28, 2011 to restore UPD to normal status (after being ravaged by Typhoon Pedring).

Please do not go to campus at all if routes are impassable. You will be excused from class per UPD SOP.

Note from me: No mention yet about afternoon classes. By the way, the website of UP Diliman (www.upd.edu.ph) is down. This was confirmed to me by Dr. Ma. Luisa de Leon-Bolinao, Chair of the UP History Department via Facebook.

ABS-CBNNews.com has reported that the following universities have also suspended their respective classes for today:

  • University of Sto. Tomas
  • De La Salle University – Manila (all classes and office works suspended until 1 p.m.)
  • Adamson University
  • La Consolacion College-Manila
  • Sta. Isabel College-Manila
  • Technological Insitute of the Philippines-Manila
  • Technological Insitute of the Philippines – Quezon City
  • Philippine Christian University-Taft
  • University of the Philippines Diliman (all classes suspended from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • University of the East – Manila  (only elementary and high school classes suspended)
  • University of the East – Caloocan (only elementary and high school classes suspended)
  • Manila Central University, Caloocan
  • St. Mary’s College, Quezon City
  • Sta. Cecilia College, Valenzuela
  • Colegio de Sta. Cecilia, Valenzuela
  • OB Montessori, Greenhills
  • Holy Family School, Diliman
  • Centro Escolar University – Malolos
  • Bulacan Polytechnic College
  • Bulacan State UniversityBaliuag University
  • La Consolacion University Philippines


UP Diliman suspends morning classes, September 27, 2011

According to ABS-CBN News, the following universities have announced the suspension of their respective classes today due to Typhoon Pedring. As of this writing, Signal No. 2 has been raised over Metro Manila. Please stand by for any updates regarding the afternoon classes.

Colleges and universities

Classes are also suspended in all levels in the following colleges and universities on Tuesday:

  • University of the Philippines – Manila
  • University of the Philippines -  Diliman (7am to 1 pm only)
  • University of the Philippines – Los Baños
  • Ateneo de Manila University – Loyola Heights
  • De La Salle University – Taft
  • De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
  • De La Salle Araneta University – Malabon
  • De La Salle Dasmariñas
  • Far Eastern University – Manila
  • Far Eastern University – East Asia
  • Far Eastern University – Diliman
  • Adamson University
  • San Beda College – Manila
  • University of Santo Tomas
  • University of the East Manila
  • University of the East Caloocan
  • Central College of the Philippines
  • Philippine Christian University – Taft Campus
  • Lyceum of the Philippines – Manila
  • STI College Cubao, Caloocan, Novaliches
  • University of Perpetual Help System DALTA
  • National University
  • Philippine College of Criminology (Sta. Cruz, Manila)
  • Arellano University (all campuses)
  • Asian Social Institute
  • Samson College of Science and Technology
  • Philippine State College of Aeronautics – Pasay
  • Interface Computer College
  • SouthEastern College
  • Miriam College
  • Bataan Peninsula State University
  • FTI College
  • St. Paul University
  • Trinity University of Asia
  • Colegio de San Juan de Letran
  • Santa Cecillia College – Valenzuela
  • National College of Science and Technology – Dasmarinas
  • Triumphant Christian School
  • St. Francis of Assisi College – Las Piñas
  • Manila Central University – Caloocan
  • St. Mary’s College – QC
  • University of Caloocan
  • FEATI University – Manila
  • Centro Escolar University
  • La Consolacion College
  • University of Asia and the Pacific
  • University of Perpetual Help – Molino
  • Bataan Peninsula State University
  • St. Scholastica’s College – Manila
  • Manila Tytana Colleges (formerly known as Manila Doctors College)
  • National College of Business and Arts – Fairview, Cubao, Taytay
  • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
  • Emilio Aguinaldo College – Cavite
  • Southville Foreign University

Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/09/26/11/deped-suspends-tuesday-classes-metro-manila

Join C&E Publishing’s anti-book piracy on-the-spot poster making contest this Sept. 17!

Fight for Intellectual Property Rights and Win Cash!

Are you ready to fight for intellectual property rights through art, just as the great Juan Luna fought for freedom through his work?  If you are, then C&E Publishing, Inc. has the perfect opportunity for you.


Express your anti-piracy message in the most compelling and artistic poster that you can create, and get a chance to win cash prizes, at C&E Publishing’s On-the-spot Anti-piracy Poster Design Competition.  The competition proper will happen on September 17, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at the C&E ICT Exhibition Booth; while awarding will be on September 18, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon. Exhibition of works will follow right after.

To join, simply email socialmedia@cebookshop.com with the following: five (5) jpeg images of your sample drawings, a scanned copy of a valid school ID, and your full name, address, and phone number. Remember to put “POSTER DESIGN CONTEST” as your e-mail subject header.  Hurry! The deadline for submission of the aforementioned requirements is at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 12, 2011.


The32ndMIBFwill run from September 14 to 18, 2011 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.


Join C&E Publishing's on-the-spot poster making contest and win fabolous cash prizes!

On-The-Spot Anti-Piracy Poster Design Competition



I. Pre-selection:

  1. Competition is open to High School and College students.
  2. Registration is free.
  3. To join, students must first email the following to socialmedia@cebookshop.com, NOT LATER THAN 12:00 noon on Monday, September 12, 2011:
    1. jpeg images of their five (5) best sample drawings
    2. Scanned copy of a valid school ID
    3. Students FULL NAME, ADDRESS and PHONE NUMBER (landline and/or mobile phone)

All emails must have “POSTER DESIGN CONTEST” in the subject header, in order to be accepted.

  1. 4.      Out of all initial contest applications, twenty (20) will be selected for the competition.  Contestants who qualify will be notified via email and phone not later than Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
  2. Contestants must report for the contest proper on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at the C&E ICT Exhibition Booth in the 32nd Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.  A valid school ID must be presented by each contestant.
  3. Finalists will shoulder their own MIBF entrance fees.


II. Finals/Contest Proper

  1. Upon arrival at the contest venue, each contestant will be asked to register, and will be given a numbered label.  Upon completion of his/her artwork, the contestant must write the following information on the label and attach it to his/her work:
  2. All registered contestants will have three (3) hours, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to conceptualize and execute their best poster design.  All entries must be submitted by 1:00 p.m., whether finished or unfinished.
  3. Each entry must convey a message intended to discourage people from engaging in book piracy (or the unauthorized reproduction or photocopying of any copyrighted material, in whole or in part).  Contestants may use words, images or a combination of both, to convey their message.
  4. All entries must be created on 1/4 (15 in x 20 in) illustration board, in portrait layout.
  5. Contestants may use any medium (e.g., charcoal, pen & ink, oil pastel, colored pencil, colored markers, etc.), except all types of paint (e.g., water color, oil, acrylic, etc.).
  6. All artworks must be entirely free-hand (i.e., created without the aid of computers); the use of cut-outs and collages is also prohibited.
  7. All materials (i.e., illustration board, drawing & coloring materials, etc.) are care of the contestants.
  • Title of artwork
  • Medium
  • Name of contestant


III. Judging

  1. Judging of competition entries will be done on Sunday, September 18, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.  Criteria for judging are as follows:
    1. a.      ORIGINALITY OF CONCEPT (30%) – the degree to which the artwork presents a unique approach to the issue of book piracy, and presents a compelling reason for stopping book piracy.
    2. CLARITY OF MESSAGE (25%) – the degree to which the artwork is able to deliver its message at a glance, without the need for any verbal or written explanation.
    3. c.   CRAFTMANSHIP (20%) – the quality of style and technique in creating the artwork.
    4. OVERALL IMPACT (25%) – the degree to which the artwork catches the viewer’s attention and creates recall.
    5. Announcement of winning entries and awarding of prizes will follow immediately after judging.  Prizes are as follows:

GRAND PRIZE : PhP 8,000.00

1st RUNNER-UP : PhP   5,000.00

2nd RUNNER-UP : Php   3,000.00

  1. 16.  All entries will remain on exhibit at the C&E booth until 6:00 p.m. of Sunday, September 18, 2011.  All competition entries are the property of C&E Publishing, Inc.; C&E Publishing reserves the right to use or adopt any of the artworks for any purpose, without the contestant’s permission.

Original post:



Announcement courtesy of Dr. Ma. Luisa de Leon-Bolinao, Chair of UP History Department. 

January 6, 2012 is the 200th birthdate of Melchora Aquino, popularly known as Tandang Sora and one of the many women who contributed to the Philippine revolution of 1896. She was already 84 years old when she stood against the oppression that Filipinos were suffering under the Spanish colonizers. She helped the Katipuneros who fought  the revolution against Spain in various ways. When the Spanish  learned about her support to the Katipuneros, she was arrested and interrogated, but never revealed secrets of the Katipunan. Despite her age, she bravely confronted her tormentors. As a punishment, she was deported to Guam where she stayed until the end of the war.

Melchora "Tandang Sora" Aquino (1812-1919)

To commemorate her 200th  birthdate and her 93rd death anniversary (she died on March 2, 1919), an academic conference is being sponsored by College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University Center for Women’s Studies (UCWS), UP Diliman Gender Office (DGO) and Office against Sexual Harassment (OASH) to be held March 1 – 2, 2012 at UP CSWCD with participants from the following sectors: academics and researchers in Philippine History, gender and women’s studies, social work and community development; high school teachers of history and social studies, primarily from Quezon City; members of historical associations; faculty and researchers of Philippines Studies Programs in universities based abroad; representatives from women’s organizations and older persons organizations; and college students.

There will be four sub themes for presentation and discussion during the two-day conference, as follows:

  1. Tandang Sora Revisited: presentation of papers regarding the life of Tandang Sora and her continuing inspiration and relevance in the present times;
  2. Feminist Historiography:  presentation of papers dealing with feminist critiques and reconstructions of historiography;
  3. History of ‘small’ people: presentation of papers showing various heroic acts done by ordinary people, specially those inspired by the contributions of Tandang Sora, such as older persons, community health workers, community development workers, etc.; and,
  4. Nationalism and Femininity: appropriations of Tandang Sora and other heroines over time.


Submission of abstracts (300 words or less):    Sept. 30, 2011

Notification of acceptance of abstracts:           Oct. 30, 2011

Submission of full papers:                                  January 31, 2012

For other inquiries, please email the Conference Secretariat secretariat.tandangsoraat200@gmail.com.

Breaking News: UP Diliman suspends classes for August 2, finally

Breaking news – I got this message from Twitter:

Finally, an announcement of class suspension in UP Diliman! - August 2, 2011 (click the image)

To UP admin: Thank you very much for your very timely announcement! Next time, 5PM naman kayo mag-anunsyo para hindi masyadong hassle sa mga estudyante.

Just like last week, it was Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa again who announced the class suspension for tertiary levels. He also ordered the cancellation of work in government offices effective this afternoon.


Meanwhile, ABS-CBN (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/08/01/11/deped-suspends-classes-metro-manila) has reported earlier that the following universities have suspended their classes even before Ochoa made the announcement:

University of Santo Tomas (UST) – not surprising…

Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Metro Manila campuses) – at least hindi dahil sa radioactive rain…

St. Paul University in Quezon City – binabaha ba doon?

San Sebastian College in Recto – major Manila thoroughfares easily gets flooded, understandable..

Great Ways Tech. Institute Makati – I don’t know this school :-P

Samson College – ‘K
As of 9:30 AM, ABS-CBN has updated this list to include:

* Technological University of the Philippines
* Philippine Normal University
* New Era University
* Angelicum College
* Philippine State College of Aeronautics
* Rizal Technological University
* Arellano University (all campuses), except for the College of Law
* St. Mary’s College, Quezon City
* University of the Philippines – Manila
* Informatics College – Manila


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