Revenge of the Sith

Ding, ang BATO?!

            There’s no time left for me here, but I must pass on the knowledge or else it would be lost FOREVER.… I never really paid much attention on my miscellaneous fees before I entered Magdalo and was granted scholarship, but still, I guess these would be worth telling to every Emilian whether they care or not.

            “actually, this is SHIT,” someone from the higher floors told me as I submitted the proof of MAGDALO 2005 Sports Special magazine. It was sympathetically understandable but of course I was still offended. “Ding, ang bato,” I would have asked. But instead of exclaiming Darna, I would have said MAGDALO cause I firmly stand by its principle of protecting the interest of the students. I just hope you’ll find the next lines interesting enough to spread it out quick before I delete it.

            So, let’s talk about the figures. But first, let me just say that none of what I’m saying is illegal to divulge. For a fact, disclosure is the LAW.

On S.Y. 2004-05, Magdalo released its first issue. The cost: Php30.00 per copy (32 pages with 5 pages colored) x 8,000 copies. In summation, that’s Php240,000. Wow, sounds big? It’s not. We’re approximately 8,000 in student population that S.Y. I don’t think I need to mention the math on that, go figure!

Next, Magdalo released a second magazine for the S.Y. worth Php44.00 per copy (40 pages with 18 pages colored) x 7,000 copies. Php308,000 in total cost. I need not to remind everyone that Publication Fee is charged every semester including Summer Class. At that release, Magdalo was fortunate enough to have had an increase in pages with colors other than black and white.

Next to that came the xeroxed Newsletters. First was of 12 pages x 2,000 copies. Then, it was of 14 pages x 1,500 copies. Normally, Magdalo makes a job order printing to EAC-Cavite where the school has its own printing press. But at these times, it was xeroxed at the Test Bank where most of the mid-term and final exams are reproduced. Time was not a luxury. The costs, unfortunately were undisclosed to Magdalo or were not noted. In any case, if let’s say they charge less than that of the usual xerox or less than 50 cents per page, you do the math!

Finally, we come to the SHIT I mentioned earlier. Obviously, it was judged clearly by the covers! The limited edition Sports magazine is at Php57.00 per copy (40 pages with 100% Colored pages) x 6,000 copies. The total cost is Php342,000. It is pending its release approximately on July S.Y. 2005-06.

In case our critiques did not notice, here’s the scores. From only almost 16% colored pages, the magazine elevated to 45%, and finally to 100% colored pages. To that who said that the Magdalo magazine on its last is a SHIT, I beg to DISAGREE! Neither do I agree when people said that we’re trying to separate from the school on our functions by attempting to publish the last magazine outside the school. That attempt, by the way, was turned down by the administration. Don’t ask me why, ask them! To add, the layout, I firmly believe, is beyond the usual old fashion layout of Magdalo from its previous existence. You see, it’s not just about the Generals Men’s Basketball Team. It’s greatly about Magdalo on the top of its GAME! To that person again, we originated progress in Magdalo, so don’t get started come S.Y. 05-06.

And so, they even say that such machine that makes negatives of that which will color the pages is limited to a few companies in Metro Manila. But guess what, in our modern days of advancement, most printing house outside has this so-called “color separation machine”, which does the output of negatives for the colored pages. EAC-Cavite printing press is way behind technological advancement, and that is a FACT. Who said anything about CUTS, as in money cuts? The school, or to whom it may concern there, suspects that Magdalo will take a scrumptious slice of the publication fund once the paper is printed outside. “such evil thoughts cloud your mind”- Star Wars

EAC-Cavite (unquoted)- even the big papers find other companies to do their color separations.

Manila Bulletin (unquoted for the sake of the inside informant)- Yes, MB does its own color separation.

Small printing press- (unquoted)Yes, we do everything. “di namin pinahahawak sa iba yung mga gawa namin.(quoted!)”

As I left the building, like Darna’s stone, I swallowed it whole. Somehow, despite all the deceit, I found strength, strength to fight back! So help us GOD!

P.S.

Magdalo Fund S.Y. 2004-2005 (1st, 2nd Semester and Summer) = approximately Php5.8 Million based on approximately 8,000 student population. “Approximately” because the school is apparently using the old trick of delaying tactics when it comes to the full disclosure of the Financial Statement of the School Publication Fee under the miscellaneous fees. Only the accounting office has the exact figures!

(The following was taken from the Magdalo Media Blog post dated 6 June 2005. Since the blog’s parent profile is inactive, it is worth being reproduced here.)

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