Monthly Archives: May 2010

2010 Elections

To the staff of MAGDALO and the students and faculty of Emilio Aguinaldo College,

Today is May 10, 2010, the day of the Philippines’ first automated elections.

This is a watershed moment in our country’s history, as Filipinos are looking for change after nine years of pain under the Pampanga Midget. Our youth, in particular, are determined to pick leaders of strong convictions, good qualifications, and a feverish love of country. Our paper featured the people seeking the highest post in the land, but the wrong man wrote something that was better left seen and expressed from a student’s perspective.

Who do you want to choose as this country’s Chief Executive? The President’s Son, the Real-Estate Magnate, the Licensed Pilot, the Convicted-yet-Unrepentant Felon, the Environmentalist, the Conservative Catholic, the Theocratic Wannabe, the Man from Subic, or the Tomboy?

Some candidates at every level are worthy of our vote, others are just desperate fools wanting to hold on to the echelons of power or seek them instead.

The choices we make today will shape the destiny of a nation for the next six years.

As Emilians, we must take the stand for what we believe is right for our country. We may not vote for the same candidates, but the variety of options seen in our ballots are proof that the Filipino has the choice to do something good. Don’t ever let anyone force their choices on you and over the next few weeks, we must make sure that no one gets funny ideas about Garcifying the vote. When all the votes are counted and the winners have been elected, it is now up to us to be vigilant and ensure that they will do a good job running our country.

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas. Good luck at the precincts. God bless you all.



To all MAGDALO staff and Emilians,

Today, May 3, 2010 is WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY.

A day that the United Nations declared “to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” (Source: Wikipedia)

A day when all members of the media come out to cry their support for free, responsible journalism, and reaffirm their call for the freedom of people bound by gag orders.

The essence of this day is not lost on all campus journalists, especially those in publications that have long since been restrained by corrupt administrators eager to make them toe the official line. This does not ring a louder bell than in our beloved publication, the MAGDALO EDITORIAL BOARD of EMILIO AGUINALDO COLLEGE-MANILA.

Over the past year, our publication has seen the worst evils that can happen to it come out in full force. The adviser, Armando Paras, executed a special plan to ban all members of the 2008-2009 editorial staff from applying for the 2009-2010 staff. Not only was the plan a success by “their” standards, the writing quality suffered as well, and the staff members they put in already needed much polishing as far as their integrity was concerned. Paras’ arrogance by denouncing the batches that came before him as “infected by false idealism from outside writers’ organisations” when he has clearly shown delusions of grandeur only shows his ulterior motives in serving as our adviser. He doesn’t deserve one more year at the post.

As the commemoration of WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY comes to a close, we at MAGDALO still believe in the power of the pen in affecting change in our school community and educating them on the dangers that lay in the outside world. As the 25th anniversary is close at hand, would this mark another 25 years of repression and mixed reception by the students? This we ponder…