Monthly Archives: June 2012

Being Proud at 114

Today is our country’s 114th Independence Day…but is there anything worth celebrating?

It is indeed a time to be proud of our status as Asia’s “first republic,” but how can we really feel independence when …

… our inventions are copied abroad and the inventors paid piddly royalties?

… the only time to express “Filipino Pride” is when singers of pure or half-Filipino heritage hit the big-time abroad, or – until last Sunday – when Pacman prevails over another opponent?

… our country often has to come crying to Uncle Sam for arms – some even second-hand – when our territory is violated?

… our presidents come home from official trips abroad carrying pledges of billion-dollar investments, but couldn’t quite solve our domestic issues (lack of classrooms, RH bill opposition, etc) that well?

… the TV networks remake foreign shows for the local setting but don’t quite get the flavor of the original content?

… we ape pop culture from Japan and South Korea, as if getting a cue from the US is not enough?

This should make you raise some questions if you’re up to it.

Old FS Testimonials

It’s been almost a year since Friendster’s reformatting from a social networking site to a social gaming site.

In spite of which, we have been able to save nearly all of the testimonials sent to our then-profile by staff members who were every bit proud of their service all these years. Although there are no screencaps, the text of the testimonials have been preserved as much as possible, with spellchecks and copyedits coming as needed. They are presented from the earliest testimonial to the last and organized per staffer, as there are a couple who posted more than once. The positions of each staffer will also be posted. However, this does not contain testimonials from staffers who closed down their Friendster accounts before this profile was exported from the website.

We hope that future MAGDALO staffers can learn from their predecessors and follow their example of service for the Emilian despite the various hurdles that come their way. We also hope that this would help them see the paper as a wonderful place that was destroyed by people who inculcate them with lies about previous batches.


Juan Paolo Navarro, RMT MD (BS MedTech ’04, Medicine 2009)
-Staff Writer, July 2000-June 2001; Managing Editor, July 2001-December 2002; Editor-in-Chief, December 2002-June 2003

posted on January 9 2005 at 06:15 AM

In spite of all the “hard times” and “sufferings” that Magdalo has brought into my student life, I still wont forget Magdalo because I met a lot of friends here. Friends who sing with me, who laugh with me, and who play “The Weakest Link” with me. I would not forget the good people who stayed with me through thick and thin; and the bad, rotten people who stabbed me at the back and made everything miserable. Nevertheless, Magdalo has supported my studies for three years – I have saved a lot of money! i just hope that now, armed with the best frontliners this side of the planet, Magdalo will regain what it deserved a long time ago. For the people who fought hard but fallen, it is still a good fight. Losing the fight is far better than not fighting at all and “dancing to someone’s music”. We will just leave the fight to the new frontliners and hope that they get the job done this time. Magdalo will always be Magdalo, no matter what. Goodluck to all.

Jonas Lopez (BSMC ’05)
-Staff Writer, July 2002-August 2003; Correspondent, September-November 2004; Staff Writer, November 2004-June 2005

posted on May 02 2005 at 02:51 PM







These were some of the virtues I learned to value during my two-year stay in MAGDALO (I can’t believe I’m almost in tears writing this testimonial).

You know what, I am also all the more grateful for this publication, because this gave me (and two other former staff members) a second chance to work there again and repair the ultra-extensive damage inflicted during our absence on it’s credibility before the Emilian community and the trust placed on it by the EAC students as the school’s Official Student Publication.

Now, as I take my final bow together with some of my colleagues and march off proudly into the sunset, I will always remember the articles I wrote, the wonderful friends and hated enemies I made, my CEGP adventures, and of course, playing MECHWARRIOR MERCENARIES in the office!

I also firmly believe that the staff we leave behind will continue the battle we started. Thank you, MAGDALO!

Jigs Ong (BSN 2008)
Graphic Artist, November 2005-June 2006; Features/Literary Editor, July 2006-June 2007

posted on Mar 28 2007 at 07:05 AM

I have to admit I joined the pub ‘cos I had nothing better 2 do but I ended up loving the publication more than school itself…

I joined with an aspiration to become an artist but I ended up learning so much more…

Now that I have an idea on how the system works, I took it upon myself to let the voice of the commoners be heard…

The Magdalo has endured tough times makes me wish that I joined sooner…

The publication has undergone a lot of changes…



writing styles…




yet one thing remains constant, unchanged, unscathed, its purpose to serve and inform even if it means defiance…

Thanx to all you guys ya all know who you are!!!

Maria Lourdes Ebilane
Adviser, June 2004-June 2005

posted on May 06 2007, 11:58 AM

I am happy that I became an Adviser of this Student Publication. I have no regrets because I belong to a group of students who really fight for their rights. Kudos!

Joseph Adam Baldomero (BSMC 2006)
Literary Editor, June 2001-June 2002; News Editor, July 2002-July 2003; Editor-in-Chief, August 2004-June 2005.

posted on June 29 2007, 05:38 AM

Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom…

We really enjoyed looking at the pictures, but did she really have to put ’em in the testimonials and comments section?

Anyway, Magdalo will always be with me wherever i go… and I’m both happy and proud to have been a small part of it even for a short span of time… I’ve made life-long friends because Magdalo took me in… and for that, I’ll be forever grateful…

Take care guys…

Charmie Ubina
Correspondent, July-November 2005

posted on July 11 2007, 09:57 AM

Fond memries of magdalo. hope the newbies will continue the legacy

Anne Dominique delos Santos
-Correspondent, September-November 2005; Literary Editor, November 2005-March 2006

posted on August 13 2007, 06:38 AM

God knows how I’ve missed you guys and how hard it is for me to detach myself.

I love MAGDALO and I do still love MAGDALO. No one could ever replace you in my heart.

I owe everything from MAGDALO, my insights, my wisdom, my confidence, everything was built when I was there.

I have no regrets being a part of the publication, and I will always be thankful for making my life so meaningful.

posted on August 13 2007, 06:42 AM

I miss you guys like hell!

I love you MAGDALO!!!

I miss you betterfriend, I miss kuya Peejay, I miss Jigs, Angela, Lola Wendy, Lolo Bai, The trinity especially mommy shie, I miss the pink push pins, the pink cork board of mine, I miss the PCs, I miss the file cabinets, the creative and striking artworks, I miss the office, I miss everything about MAGDALO..

Wilma Varona
Sports Editor, July-November 2005, Managing Editor, November 2005-June 2006

posted on October 14 2007, 03:36 PM

Being a part of Magdalo is one the greatest blessings in my life…

The passion of being vigilant…
The freedom to speak our minds…
The happiness of making a difference…
The eternal bond within the group…
The fruit of hardship…
Those lessons learned…
and lessons to be learned…

Those tears…
The laughter…

I’ve seen people come and go…

But in the end you’ll realize that something’s changed…

I’m grateful to be a part of this pub…

posted on Mar 22, 2009 09:45 PM

hi guys!!! it’s nice to hear how the pub changed your lives in a positive way… i hope it didn’t changed you in a negative way. continue to seek truth & justice… continue to seek freedom… most of all continue to improve ourselves!! Don’t be afraid of rejections, Don’t be afraid of change! kick your asses into a higher ground of excellence…though that would be so far for us to achieve in a blink of an eye… the important thing there is we continue, we strive to aim that kind of excellence though i know we are still far from it; continue to have a thirst with that kind excellence…with proper guidance & the right attitude i know one day we will achieve what we always wanted … freedom!!! nyarks!!!

Peejay Catacutan (BSN 2008)
– Graphic Artist, January-March 2005, Artist-Correspondent, June 2005-March 2006; Editor-in-Chief, June 2006-June 2007; co-Associate Editor, July-November 2007

posted on April 01 2008, 01:38 PM

If the Magdalo was a reality TV show, it would win the prime-time wars hands down. Just imagine, you’d see charging professors, crying kids and the classical talk-about-the-crappiest-professor-you-know portion…and it’s great too, ‘coz after you leave the ‘house’, you’d be surprised about how much you found out about yourself and the real world and how much people influence you in both the good and the not-so-good way. I started out looking for someplace I could draw given that I was forced to take up Nursing. I ended up finding a kind of home in a mean and nasty world called EAC (too harsh?). And I love that home. And still do. I love the people in there. I still do and I guess I forever will (snap out of it, dammit!). Haha. You guys take care. Finish your studies-you can’t fight the power with a blunt sword.

Danica Lian Laigo
-Layout Editor, June-November 2007; Sports Editor, November 2007-March 2008

posted on Jul 15, 2008 08:02 PM

MAGDALO, I am greatly honored to have been able to work for this great publication. even though the crappy DELACRUZHIT administration tried to down our spirits we managed to succeed in handling the battles that have come our way. We laughed, we cried, we partied and died(hehehe), but we were able to rise from the graves the enemy buried us in… I miss the lessons that i have learned from you and i hope that i have contributed some to you, even though i was known as “the bloody murderer” I’m still the friend who have fought and will continue fighting for you… Let us RISE from other’s OPPRESSIONS, let us DEFEND our NAME and GLORY, and together we shall REIGN over all…

I love you guys

posted on October 23, 2008 11:17 AM

MAGDALO. Never let anyone turn out y0ur light. Let it shine bef0re men s0 they may see the truth that y0u bring. Nobody sh0uld hinder your heart’s desires, unless y0u bring fear up0n y0urself. People may judge y0u, criticize y0u, or do things to destr0y y0u… But never, I say never let them get the best of y0u. You may stumble at times, but remember to stand up n0 matter what. I am pr0ud of what Magdalo is n0w, and I will c0ntinue to be pr0ud in the years to c0me. I am grateful to have been part of this hist0ric publicati0n and I h0pe that our legacy lives on thr0ugh the years to c0me.. Thank y0u Magdalo. You will always be my family.

Kris Akemi Job (BSPT 2012)
Special Events Editor, July 2007-March 2008; Managing Editor, June 2008-March 2009

posted on Aug 25 2008, 06:01 AM

To be part of Magdalo is a privilege. I thank you for believing in me…in us, the new batch who carry your torch.

Reymark Catabas
Artist-Correspondent/Staff Writer, June 2006-March 2007

posted on Oct 07 2008, 07:31 PM

Mula sa pagiging isang walang pakialam na mag-aaral ng ating paaralan, umusbong at nagliwanag ang dilim na aking pinapasan. Ano nga ba ang karapatan ng bawat estudyanteng malaki ang karapatan? Ano ang dapat ipaglaban sa mga karapatan na ikinubli sa masalimuot na tinikan?

Naging palaban, natutong ipaglaban ang ang karapatan sa tamang pamamaraan, pagrereklamo na may kabuluhan at pupuntahan ilan lang yan sa mga aking natutunan ng ako’y maging bahagi ng publikasyon ng MAGDALO.

May tiwala sa sarili ngunit hindi sobra.
Marunong magtanong sa may kabuluhan na bagay.
Marunong magsanggalang sa arnis ng kalaban.
May takot sa diyos at marunong umunawa sa iba.
yan ang bunga ng pagiging MAGDALO ko.

Masyadong seryoso yata?

I twist natin.
joke lang

Salma Omer (BSN 2009)
Staff Writer, October 2005-March 2007; Green Page Director, July-November 2008; News Editor, November 2008-March 2009

posted on Oct 10 2008, 04:26 PM


2 be honest with you guys, I don’t have any idea what’s inside the magdalo when I first entered their office way back year 2005, I was on my first year 1st sem when i decided to look for someone who can help me relay my message to the responsible person. During that time, our adviser who happens to be my neighbor advised me to write a letter addressed to the eic…I was in 10th floor of e7 and gave the letter…during the conversation..the adviser asked me if I want to write articles and be a part of magdalo..I said “ok lang try ko..panu ba yun?” right then and there they asked me a couple of interview..I met the NE and gave me beat assignments.. I really don’t know what to do, where to start and how to start…parang akong nangangapa sa dilim..i’ll never forget the 1st news article that i passed, a medtech medical mission..nang ipasa ko it was printed in black ink and when i saw it posted..grabe namumula..naka-ilang follow up interview ako,finally natapos din

posted on Oct 10 2008, 04:38 PM

I would like to thank our NE during that time..Kuya Levi, who guided me all through out..our eic..Kuya Gie..who showed us the real meaning of a journalist and leader at the same time..wem, shie, wendy, kuya pj, kuya bai, tal, mak..and my present Magdalo friends..
dati para akong ignorante sa gawain ng magdalo…
now i’m the improved Salma…may self-confidence, may paninindigan, tiwala sa sarili at mga kasamahan, boses ng mga estudyante at administrasyon..i also thanked god for giving me all these gifts…sa mga nagsimula ng magdalo,thanks,w/o u wala din ako sa magdalo ngayon…to the current magdalo staffers SY 2008-2009-kaya natin ito…

Anne Jo Mendenueta
Associate Editor, November 2007-March 2008

posted on Oct 29, 2008 05:15 AM

The most important thing I learned while inside the four corners of the MAGDALO Office? Truth and justice, this prestigious organization taught me how to stand for what is right and fight for the truth no matter what the circumstances is. I am, indeed, very honored to be one of the daughters of the red scroll. And in return, i promise to continue the legacy of my beloved publication, and once again shed light to those who seeks for it. thank you guys, for guiding me all along, even for a short time, you let me explore the infinite possibilities, you helped me become the best that I could be. I am very proud to be called a MAGDALO. remember guys, always fight for what is right, for the truth shall always prevail. RocK ‘n RolL \m/

Rosal Clarino (BSN 2012)
Correspondent, July 2006-March 2007; News Editor, July-November 2007; Managing Editor, November 2007-March 2008

posted on Dec 25, 2008 05:57 AM

Once I hear that word, it speaks so much of our identity as members of not merely a student publication but also an alliance of people who are discerning for learning.

Though most of the time, we really are tagged as the activists of EAC, this alliance is fortunate enough to still attract loyal members, who have the nose and heart for a publication.

Members of the Red Scroll come and go, as I did, and I would say that this Magdalo without me is the same alliance as it is, but myself without Magdalo is not me at all.

I am privileged to bear the name of this alliance and I will make use of that critical activism I learned during my stay at the MAGDALO.

Keep moving forward!


lasor innervation

posted on Sep 01, 2009 11:47 AM

I’ve been to EAC last Tuesday and I was literally looking for the same spot, where the MAGDALO office used to be. There’s no more publication in the same room where we used to work and hang out with member. As much as I don’t want to miss anything, that spot was once a niche of the passion of people who I considered my family. so sad it has to change.

Roselier Levi Azarcon
News Editor, June 2005-June 2006; Filipino Editor, June 2006-June 2007; Sports Editor, June-November 2007; Photojournalist, November 2008-March 2009

posted on Jan 11, 2009 09:16 AM

op: Mang Levi

Malayo ang tanaw sa kung saan.
Di alintana ang matyag ng tao.
May matarik na kalagayan ng pagiisip.
Iyan si Mang Dalo,
Lahat sinisilip

Kumakampay, umiindak
Sa himig ng katanungan
mula sa likhang musika ng kusi.
Tumutunton ng kasagutan
Sa masusing pagsusuri

Ano? Paano?
Ano na? Para saan?
Bakit ganoon? Bakit ganito?
Iya’y ilan lamang sa mga katanungan,
Ng pilosopong kung sino

Tila ang lahat,
Kabit-kabit, patung-patong
Kawing-kawing, dugtung-dugtong.
Paniniwalang nasilayang ganap,
Ng malikhaing isip ni Manong.

Kakayahan niya sumagip
Ng maling paniniwala’t pananaw
Dahil kung sa isang kathang-isip
Siya si Pilosopo Tasyo, sa katotohana’y
Siyang tanging nakasisilip

Pintas sa tao
Sadyang di magkakatulad.
Iwasan maging isang normal
Na sa katotohanan nama’y hubad.
Huwag mangamba kayong bulag, pipi at bingi
Pagkat si Mang Dalo, sa inyo’y hahalili.

Nathania Garcia
Sports Editor, July-November 2008; Staff Writer, November 2008-March 2009

posted on July 16, 2009 11:47 AM

It’s been an honor to be part of the publication. Thank you is not enough.

Emalene Ada
Office Manager, July-November 2008; Correspondent, November 2008-March 2009

posted on Aug 15, 2009 02:50 AM

+thank you 4 appreciating
+our work last year..

+it is our pleasure
+to be part of the publication..

THE MAGDALO will always be in our hearts..

+more power mga ate’t kuya…

Akisa Labay
Filipino Editor, July-November 2005

posted on Nov 05, 2009 10:51 PM

Hello..everybody!!! It’s nice to know that am still recognized by your office despite what happen before. I really understand those people who verdict and eliminate me from the office. I am have NO hurted feelings for it. And I am happy coz there are people who really appreciated the true meaning of ”FRIENDSHIP”.Though it was the short term that I work in MAGDALO..Thank you for the good times that we’d share together..I miss you and love you all!!!

Androcles Pierre Ordona
Circulation/Exchange Editor, July 2007-March 2008

posted on Nov 09, 2009 07:23 PM

I’ll never see the old Magdalo before for it was now clouded and seem to fade away… oh I pray you will rise up from the dead and be glorified again!

Jose Paulo Rodriguez
Correspondent, November 2008-March 2009

posted on Dec 29, 2009 09:42 AM

I do miss being a part of the Magdalo and how Erica and Salma would always ask us for our articles. I did also enjoy covering the NCRAA and the Talakasan though non of my articles were published, well except for one lone article that did made it on the last broadsheet. Hmmmm. AFAIK, last semester, no broadsheet was published except for press release with poor lay-out and very bad grammar and sentence construction. Hoping that Magdalo would live up to its former glory.

Ernestine Giselle Cruz
News Editor, July-November 2008, Associate Editor, November 2008-March 2009

posted on Mar 11, 2010 05:43 AM

whatever happened to us??