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In Defense of MAGDALO: One Year After

[Note: The following is the actual text of a post that a concerned staff member wrote around one year ago on a thread in the EAC Friendster group. The thread can be found here…http://www.friendster.com/group-discussion/index.php?t=msg&th=1980542&start=40&%5D

I have been watching this thread and been monitoring the situation on the ground for quite some time, and judging by what I read, see, or hear, I am not the least bit amused with this smear campaign Ms MA YE ALBIOLA and Mr CHRISTIAN PAUL MARTINEZ brought to our attention online. We know what you have been sending, le grand zeros you all are.

(thanks to Mr Barredo and Ms Laigo for putting me in the perfect state of mind as I write these words. just reading your posts revitalizes my spirit, knowing that you still have the same fire as I do after all these years. may your tribe increase.) Continue reading


To all staff and Emilians,

The year 2008 has turned out to be another depressing year in the history of our beloved publication.

It started with more meddling by that joke of an adviser named Dr Leopoldo dela Cruz. As usual, there were more delays in the production of the issues because of his tampering with perfectly good articles. Although the staff under Wendy Guzman were able to eventually produce four issues, still the quality left something to be desired.

Because of his evil ways, the staff planned to resign en masse, but he got wind of the plan and asked them to restore a relationship with him.

Then in March 2008, dela Cruz did an act of betrayal that finally sank his credibility with the publication. He unilaterally barred non-staff members from entering the MAGDALO Office just because Mr Pierre Ordona allowed his crush to use the office computer for typing a thesis. His denial of the staff’s permission to work on what should have been their final issue for the year during the summer did not help his standing.

His brand of corruption demoralised the staff so much that only a few wanted to return the following year.

Schoolyear 2008-2009 began with the uncertainty of how the publication would fare now that practically the entire staff was gutted and threatened to be replaced by an all-new team of puppets. Word came down that dela Cruz was going to be replaced. The man turned out to be Armando Paras. However, the greatest threat to the publication’s honor came within days of dela Cruz’s dismissal…

On June 25, Ma Ye Albiola of EAC-Cavite’s TAMBULI sent the staff a message telling them to work on their grammar first before writing so many criticisms against the school. Her pubmate, Christian Paul Martinez, did the same by creating a thread comparing EAC Cavite to EAC Manila that eventually turned into a TAMBULI/MAGDALO flame war for most of July. The sheer timing of dela Cruz’s termination and the appearance of his former TAMBULI staffers criticizing MAGDALO can only mean one thing: He unleashed these people as a probable act of revenge against the staff perhaps, not to mention the rigging of the qualifying exams to make things hard for incumbents to return.

Soon enough, some of theĀ  staff members past and present came out to fight back, even if some thought of it as being the work of ‘easy’ people. Mrs Pia Colleen Chan-Fuentebella sought for the hostility to stop, when she denied herself a chance to see the facts. There are times when it is okay to stay quiet and let things run its course, but there are occassions when it is only proper to fight back when one’s own dignity and honor are gravely in danger. This was one of them.

Eventually, the flaming died down, but Martinez never fully apologized to the staff for acting the way they did. The new Editorial Board, with Ms Erica DA Pabon as Editor-in-chief, quietly assumed office in August 2008…really late by any stretch of the imagination. For unexplained reasons, they were labelled as the NEW Magdalo, up to the point that School of Liberal Arts professor Mrs Aurora Veronika Yumul wanted a NEW tag to be put on the staff box as if they were some fresh-out-of-the-factory product.

This untested lot, who showed much promise, went to a seminar in Baguio in September, but whatever they learned there could not be ascertained. This should have set the tone for a possible return to the CEGP LUNDUYAN seminar in Rosario, La Union, the following October.

Little did anyone know that they were experiencing problems with publishing their first issue (VOL XXIV-1) as the end of the first semester loomed. OSA Dean Estefanio Boquiron would deny the staff their opportunity to go to LUNDUYAN, where the new staff could have learned more about campus journalism than the school’s in-house seminar would ever impart.

The issue was eventually released during enrollment time, but the reception was mixed, due to the different layout and a radically changed nameplate, among others. Despite the marketing as the ‘new’ staff, many glaring flaws soon came to light.

In November, the first real criticism over the first issue came…not from a concerned student, but from one of MAGDALO’s own: former Editor-in-Chief Malou Manuel (2003-2004) BSN 2005.

As narrated by Staff Writer Rachel Ann Francia, Manuel had a copy of the paper and started nitpicking every last part, brashly calling it as garbage compared to the issues she produced and even invited Francia to read her articles. She even slammed the paper down like swatting a bug.

Unfortunately, no copies for the 2003-2004 Board’s issues still remain in the office, and it is known in some quarters that Manuel’s reign was not a good one.

As Christmas loomed, production of the second issue was somehow held up due to certain factors that only OSA knows.

Yet one thing remains clear: the hopes of the editorial board performing as advertised were quickly dashed because of the heavy turnover of the staff, leaving less room for institutional memory and handing down of lessons. They are not the NEW MAGDALO some people in the administration try to market.

As 2009 dawns upon us and we reflect at the things that came to MAGDALO, all the missed opportunities to learn from past lessons and from other student publications, we Emilians are left to ask:

Is there any hope left of salvaging the credibility of this paper?

Can our MAGDALO be overhauled to finally carry the voice of the students, not the administration bastards who comprise the screening committee every year?

When will the EAC administration ever come to realize that the staff cannot perform well if they are not given every opportunity to expand their creative horizons as students and as citizens of this country?

When will the school see the writing on the wall that states all is not well with the publication? When no more student applies to the exams every year? maybe when despite the good work, no student comes along to pick up a copy?

Let us all pray that some good things will come to MAGDALO in 2009, especially as the paper is creeping closer to the 25th anniversary in 2010.


Sa Gitna ng Pagitan, Liliwanag ba ang Dilim? ni Danica Laigo

Gabi na dito sa bahay namin, na nakatirik sa lupa ng Winnetka na matatagpuan sa Los Angeles, isa sa mga estado ng Estados Unidos. Malamang nagtataka kayo kung bakit ko ibinabahagi ang walang kwentong bagay na ito. Ako rin ay nagtataka kung bakit.

Ako’y naririto sapagkat nais kung ibahagi ang aking opinyon sa mga nangyayaring katiwalian at paninirang puri sa mga mahal kong kapamilya sa MAGDALO (07-08), ang tinaguriang opisyal na publikasyon ng EAC.

Sa mga estudyante ng EAC, mga kapwa Magdalo, at ibang saling kit-kit, gusto ko lamang sanang talakayin ang ibang mga isyu na hinarap at patuloy naming hinaharap.

Ang mga manunulat na bumubuo ng Patnugutan (Editorial Board) ng Magdalo ay naitalaga sa kani-kanilang posisyon dahil sumailalim kami sa mga pagsusuri na binigay ng aming dating dakilang tagapayo (adviser) na si "Mr.DLC", sa ganitong paraan mapapatunayan po na hindi kami mga bobo’t tanga upang hindi mamulat ang aming mga mata sa mga pagkukunwari mga taong nasa kapangyarihan (tamaan pwedeng magalit).

Marami sa mga estudyante ang nagsabi na sayang ang kanilang mga binayad sa "publication fee" dahil mabagal ang produksyon ng publikasyon. Nais ko lamang po linawain na ginawa po namin ang trabaho namin. "HINDI KAMI NAGPASARAP SA AIRCON SA OFFICE." Lingid po sa inyong kaalaman na ang mga isyung aming natatapos ay dumadaan sa kamay ng TAGAPAYO, ang pagkabilis at lubos na pagkabagal ng produksyon ay sanhi ng pagpapawalang-bahala ni tagapayo na sa aming pagkakaalam ay hindi ata alam ang kanyang trabaho at LIMITASYON (masyado kasi ata sya bisi-bisihan sa pagsipsip ng straw … gets mo?)

Ehem … doon naman nga pala sa mga pilit naninira at nagkukumpara sa amin sa TAMBULI, hindi kami magkapareho! Sa pangalan pa lang ay hindi na talo, lubos na mas astig ang Magdalo (truth hurts…). ang kalibre po ng aming pagsusulat ay hindi hamak na mas maganda at mas may "sense" kaysa sa kanila, dahil ni minsan ay hindi namin inatim na gawing "trivia book" ang dyaryo, halimbawa na lamang ang SPORTS SECTION nila na walang pagkakaiba sa mga trivia na mababasa sa magazine … (pasensya na, magbasa ka kasi ng sports articles). Sa mga taga-TAMBULI na pilit nagmamataas, kahit sino pa ang nag-utos sa inyo na sirain kami … eto lang masasabi ko… MANGARAP KAYO HANGGANG SA DULO NG WALANG HANGGAN, dahil hindi nyo mapapantayan ang MAGDALO.

Nais ko lamang po humingi ng dispensa sa mga taong natatamaan ko, pero sa totoo lamang ay sinadya ko talaga isulat ito. Nakakairita kasi ang mga taong plastik. Kailanman ay hindi magtatagumpay ang anumang bagay na sinimulan sa kasinungalingan … tandaan nyo yan!

Sa mga kapamilya ko sa Magdalo, anupaman ang mangyari, tayo pa rin, ang katotohanan, ang sa huli’y mananaig!

(Si Danica Lian Laigo ay dating mag-aaral ng Dalubhasaang Emilio Aguinaldo na ngayo’y nag-aaral sa San Francisco State University. Siya ay naging Patnugot ng Lathalain at Patnugot ng Talakasan sa kanyang pamamalagi sa MAGDALO, mula Agosto 2007 hanggang Marso 2008.)