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Entering Silver: MAGDALO Reflections 2009

To all MAGDALO staff and all Emilians,

Another year has passed in the history of our beloved publication as it slides down further into the annals of darkness.

One of the most challenging years of our history began with adviser Armando Paras’ continued throwing of his weight to the staff’s sheer detriment. The second issue was released several months behind, showing more of a forced pro-admin slant, as evidenced by the front page. In the issue, Editor-in-Chief Erica Pabon wrote a rather sanitized account of an incident featuring former EIC Malou Manuel’s arrogant criticism of the batch’s first issue.

The staff also had problems regarding how to treat the evaluation of EAC’s application as a guest squad in the NCAA when there was no confirmation yet of such, which would only be made known in April.

It was also revealed that Paras’ maneuvering cost the staff a chance to release their third and fourth issues, and a press release being disseminated to the students, not to mention lodging a proposal about what he claims is “MY SOLUTION”: tampering with staff articles, his first crack at article selection, and even outsourcing the layout work of the paper to the Aguinaldo International School staff. The last one is a direct stifling of the publication’s rights over its content. This coming from the same man who purportedly screamed “I DON’T CARE ABOUT JOURNALISM, GODDAMN IT!”, according to a source.

Like the batch that came before it, some staff members were dismayed with the management and took the courageous step of taking Paras out of circulation around February. However, the man was like a leech, as sources said he eventually remained as adviser even when the dismissal papers were signed. Emboldened by this, Paras plotted to commit the worst acts of treachery yet in our publication’s history: denying the incumbent staff a chance to apply for the 2009-2010 Editorial Board, as well as abolishing the journalism seminars and qualifying exams that have become a fixture of the MAGDALO selection process for many years.

At first, they were only rumours, but some staffers were personally told by Paras of his evil designs. The completed third and fourth issues were also held back from release. On his own initiative, he also destroyed over a decade’s worth of priceless archival materials comprising memoranda, personal effects, and back issues we tirelessly preserved over the years, including rare samples of the MAGDALO WEEKLY newsletters, test samples of the MAGDIWANG literary series, and the first-ever TALAKASAN NEWS BULLETIN from 2001.

As school year 2009-2010 came, the staff were left anxious as to whether Paras will actually pull off his plan. He did in June, with another element later revealed: not only will the incumbent staff be denied re-entry into MAGDALO, all students from 2nd year to 4th year will be blocked as well, virtually leaving the selection pool only to freshmen applicants who would be forced to sign a membership contract. Until this day, no rationale has ever been given for such a move, not even from EAC President Dr Jose Paulo Campos and Student Affairs Dean Estefanio Boquiron, despite its glaring violation of the EAC STUDENT MANUAL’s Article XI Section I:

The college has a complete program of cultural, professional, athletics, enrichment program, values education program, and co-curricular activities offered by the different student organizations to interested students who desire to expand their horizons and at the same time make their life more interesting, enriching, and rewarding.

While such a move could mean starting over from a clean slate, the way the plan was carried out at the expense of many people signaled an underhanded effort to sweep 24 years of our proud history under the rug in the name of convenience and subservience. What’s also discomforting is that despite the ban on 2nd to 4th year students’ staff eligibility, a picture that surfaced on one neophyte staff member’s profile shows at least one student wearing uniforms only used in the upper class.

The staff hit the ground running with releasing bondpaper issues called PLUS NEWS, published by the so-called THE NEW MAGDALO 10MAN TEAM, which reports on the goings-on inside EAC. However, the reception was less than warm, especially among the ex-staff who are better skilled in campus paper production, given what rudimentary knowledge of which they were able to learn. It was also discovered that the articles in those issued are not actually written by the staffers. Some staffers even theorized that Dean Nelida Lares’ takeover of the School of Liberal Arts-Mass Communication Department from incumbent Elvira Gonzales – a former adviser as well – rendered it into a MAGDALO feeder group that would supply the paper with potential staff members trained in her equally twisted image.

Sometime after the schoolyear began, word surfaced that Paras and Aurora Yumul nitpicked two particular entries that actively denounced their behaviour. Lares even tried to ask the purported author about it for supposed purposes of ‘verification’…when she clearly had no right to do so.

All of these happened while so much riveting events took place in our country: Francis M and former President Cory Aquino’s death, the double-whammy effect of Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, and the Maguindanao Massacre, to name a few, which could have been given an unbiased analysis from an Emilian’s perspective.

Now, after so much that has gone our way in 2009, all the trials and tribulations, we still ask whether our publication can still be saved in the light of the damage the EAC administration have caused. It seems we will never truly learn from our mistakes. Making a clean slate is wrong when the reputation of the person proposing it is too stained, that to even think of it is an insult.

As our publication’s 25th anniversary creeps closer on the horizon, we pray that future batches of MAGDALO staffers be given a chance to undergo the same trials we all went through in days long past. We surely hope that someone who carries the same fire for courage and freedom we all possessed would be seen in those who are about to join. We would surely love to meet them, despite obvious indoctrination not to interact with us ‘for their own sake.’



The Berlin Wall and MAGDALO

General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev…Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! – US President Ronald Reagan, Speech at the Brandenburg Gate, June 12, 1987

On the night of Thursday, November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall finally came down, ending 40 years of tension in Berlin, Germany, and hastening the final collapse of communism in Europe.

Twenty years on, the world looks at this as a pivotal moment in history, when democracy prevailed over tyranny, when the power of the people ruled over evil, and a nation began the long road to reunification. The night when a simple blunder by an official from the hated regime opened the floodgates faster than anyone could think…on live television.

How are the events of that glorious night actually relevant to us here at MAGDALO? Continue reading

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

Remembering the Fallen: A MAGDALO War Story part II

(Note: The following is a continuation of an article that was first published in MAGDALO, Vol XXI No 1. However, due to space and sensitivity issues, the staff and the author have agreed to publish it in a more abridged form. The complete version can be found in the author’s blog (http://mysecondbloghangar.blogspot.com) and the MAGDALO contributors’ blog (http://magdalo_media_group_ii.blogs.friendster.com/my_blog/). Thanks for reading. -JSL)

by Jonas S Lopez

“You have to hold on to a dream, you have to hold on to your ideals and never lose sight of it. And though there are pragmatic considerations in every situation, you have to stand by what you believe in, not only in words but in action, no matter what the cost is. It sounds simple but it can be difficult at times. However, it can be done and I think it’s worth it.” -Cecilia ‘Che-Che’ Lazaro, President and CEO, Probe Productions, Inc.; Host, PROBE

“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.’” -from a Friendster testimonial by Juan Paolo Navarro, RMT (BS MedTech ’04) Staff Writer, July 2000-June 2001; Managing Editor, July 2001-December 2002; Editor-in-Chief, December 2002-June 2003

“A journalist, particularly a columnist, should stand by what he or she perceives to be the truth and suffer the consequences if need be. The aftermath of telling the truth could come in the form of a libel suit with the possibility of going to jail, or harm to his person…Which is worse, being stupid or being cowardly? I’d rather be a stupid columnist jailed for his convictions than a free man without a backbone. A cowardly columnist, no matter his eloquence, loses his credibility sooner or later.”-Ramon Tulfo


The MAGDALO is about service, loyalty, brotherhood, camaraderie, teamwork, and friendship. To belong in this elite squadron requires a great deal of sacrifice, the courage to write and report the truth, the whole truth and nothing but, the desire to spend long hours working on it, and the strong willpower to not become beholden to anybody. Some only want to sign up for the scholarship, because they have friends among the staff, and think of the power and feeling of adventure that joining MAGDALO would give them. Continue reading