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Team Buckets defeats Team OPAYI for LSAL Basketball championship

After a long and grueling season, the La Salle Athletic League (LSAL) Basketball Tournament concluded with a clash between Team Buckets from the white bracket and Team OPAYI from the green bracket. The former came out victorious, 74-69, in the late night game held at the ninth floor of the Enrique Razon Sports Center last Thursday, January 29.

Team Buckets rallied back from a 15-point deficit early in the game to win the championship, finishing as the only undefeated team in the Titan-sponsored cage fest.

LSAL Most Valuable Player Gabby Reyes, who suited up for the DLSU Green Archers in UAAP Season 75 and 76, together with DLSU Team B mainstay player Kiko Velhagen led the charge for Team Buckets, each scoring 24 points. Joel Dimayuga added 13 markers for the newly crowned champions.

Team OPAYI was paced by Calma’s 19 points followed by Sante with 18.

Team OPAYI took the lead early on, however, after they caught fire in the first quarter. They scored the first seven points of the match while doing most of their damage from beyond the arc, dropping seven three pointers. They led 21-6 after forward Ron Sante hit a three pointer, which gave them the biggest lead of the game. Angelo Calma of OPAYI had nine points in the opening quarter.

Velhagen of Team Buckets carried the offensive load for his team in the second quarter, scoring 14 points while doing most of his damage from the paint. They trimmed the lead down to three by the end of the first half, 40-37. Velhagen’s total for the quarter outscored OPAYI, after they held down their opponents to just 13 markers for the period.

The beginning of the second half was much more competitive, with both teams exchanging baskets and playing physical defense. However, it would be the boys from the Green Bracket coming out on top after outscoring their White counterparts, 17-13, to hold a seven point advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

It was Team Buckets’ turn to wax hot in the last 10 minutes of the game. Gabby Reyes began the scoring with a putback followed by a Velhagen lay-up. Luis Concepcion then scored a three-pointer to tie the game at 57-all. Team OPAYI scored on a long distance shot but was halted afterwards by the opposing team’s swarming defense. Team Buckets had 20-4 run to grab a nine point lead with less than two minutes remaining.

Calma attempted to rally his team back into the game by scoring eight points in less than a minute. However, time was not enough as Team Buckets dribbled out the clock.

The Scores:
Buckets (74): Reyes 24, Velhagen 24, Dimayuga 13, Concepcion 7, Torres 6.
OPAYI (69): Calma 19, Sante 18, Ong 13, Que 8, Kok 4, Lee 3, Morano 3.

Quarter Scores: 27-15, 40-37, 50-57, 12-24

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UAAP: Green, Lady Batters suffer first loss of the season

After a favorable debut last week, the DLSU Green Batters and Lady Batters suffered their first losses of the season against the UAAP’s powerhouse teams. The DLSU Green Batters fell short against The NU Bulldogs last Thursday with a score of 8-7 while the Lady Batters, on the distaff, faltered against the UP Lady Maroons this past Wednesday, 5-2.

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Near comeback

The Green Batters faced the Bulldogs in an exciting match that saw NU steal an 8-7 win in the final moments of the game. The Green Batters overcame a five-point deficit to lead by a single run after their final inning. However, NU spoiled the comeback, scoring the two runs they needed to take home the victory.

The Green Batters had a slow start as they remained scoreless during the early stages of the match. Meanwhile, NU looked to capitalize on La Salle’s mistakes by scoring four runs during the first inning.

NU once again displayed their impressive patience and judgement as they scored two more runs courtesy of Diarao and Calivoso during the fourth inning. La Salle’s adjustments during the sixth inning were able to make an opening for Carlos Laurel and Joaquin Bilbao to score two runs for the Taft based squad, this gave them the momentum they needed in order to keep up with the tenacity of the Bulldogs.

Trailing by four points, the Green Batters shocked the NU squad when they scored three straight runs to cut the lead down to one. Paolo Salud provided much firepower for the team together with veteran pitcher Carlos Muñoz.

With momentum on their side, Francis Gesmundo together with Laurel looked to seal the deal by taking the lead by hitting home twice, giving La Salle the one-point advantage. Come bottom of the ninth, the NU Bulldogs looked for loopholes in the defense of the Green Batters and managed to pull-off what was an amazing play to end the match, scoring two more points and ultimately winning this head-to-head battle.

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Costly errors

Meanwhile, the Lady Batters suffered their first loss of the season under the hands of the UP Lady Maroons last Wednesday, January 28. DLSU’s errors and UP’s great placement proved to be the difference as the game ended with the Maroons on top, 5-2.

In the first inning, both teams were unable to grab any points. Midway through the second inning, however, the momentum had shifted to UP as the Lady Maroons’ Mendoza and Gonzales were brought home after a slight mishap in securing the ball. Another run was scored by UP’s Paz in the third inning, while the Lady Batters have yet to put a score on the board, 3-0.
The Lady Batters finally registered a point after Jamaica Arribas completed the run in the fourth inning. However, The Fighting Maroons would respond and continue to make runs, with two of them in the fourth courtesy of Cruz and Gonzales which gave a 5-1 advantage to UP coming in to the fifth inning.

The fifth inning went by quickly as both teams’ defenses got stronger, not letting the offensive team garner points. In the sixth inning, the Lady Batters managed to pierce through the defense of UP and score another run made by Vanessa Borbon. However, their comeback was short-lived as UP didn’t let them get any more runs home.

“At least malaki na yung pinagbago ng team game nila, especially sa batting. Nag iiba na yung kanilang team attitude kaya gumagaling na sila,” said head coach Alex Estipular on the Lady Batters’ three-point loss.

Both squads will seek redemption in their upcoming games as the Lady Batters face the ADMU Lady Eagles at 12 noon on Saturday, January 31, while the Green Batters are to compete against AdU on Sunday, February 1.

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In review: Persistent issues faced during enlistment

Towards the end of each term, just in time for enlistment, the time slots of subjects to be offered for the upcoming term is released. Most Lasallians are eager to create their schedules as soon as the list of course offerings is made available.

Not all students are able to enroll in the classes they originally plan on getting because slots are limited. More often than not, they fail to reserve a slot in certain classes because of the high influx of students enlisting in the same class at the same time. With this, time plays a crucial role in the success rate of enlisting in the best classes. Many Lasallians point out that their designated enlistment schedules coincide with lectures, forcing them to defer the online reservation of slots in classes.

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This instance leaves many with no other choice but to resort to cutting their classes, just to be able to enlist in their desired class schedules. Allison del Rosario (II, AB-OSDM) shares that the current enlistment schedule at De La Salle University (DLSU) is inefficient and counterproductive. It attracts students to miss classes and deadlines.

“The enlistment schedule causes hassle. The chances of getting a good schedule are close to zero, since the enlistment schedule is inconvenient. For one, we seldom get to enroll in the subjects we need because we often have class during enlistment [resulting to having to petition for new classes], and second, we have to worry whether we’ll be allowed to form another class. Some of my friends even considered taking a leave of absence instead, since they were only able to enlist in two or three classes,” del Rosario explains, highlighting the need for the University to reevaluate enlistment schedules and processes currently in place.

Kevin Clemente (II, MSPSYIO), thinks that the number of classes available to students is more important than the actual enlistment schedule. He is coming from the insight that it is now easier for him to enlist in graduate classes compared with his undergraduate experience, since there is a lower demand for subjects in his Masters classes.

 

Clemente defends that he works an 8 am to 5 pm shift and his classes end at 9 pm. He could still enlist in the classes he wishes to take despite the conflicts in schedule.

 

Peer review

The LaSallian was able to gather information on how students from University of the Philippines (UP), University of Santo Tomas (UST), and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) go about their enlistment. DLSU’s peers’ policies on enlistment could shed light on what the University is currently doing well in and what it could still improve on.

Gabrielli Cruz, a Nursing sophomore from UST, imparts that in their course, the subjects are already fixed per semester or per year. “In our first year, there are still several Nursing sections. By the end of our freshman year, students who didn’t make it to the general weighted average (GWA) cutoff have to shift out to another course. By our second year, all who qualified in the cutoff are placed in one block until our final year.”

At AdMU, Dianne Tan, a Management freshman, says that they enlist either online or manually. The online enlistment goes first, followed by manual enlistment. During their online enlistment, they are randomly divided into two batches. She explains further that if a student was part of the first batch during the first semester, there will be a high probability that he or she will be part of the second batch who will enlist during their last semester.

Similar to DLSU, manual enlistments are done to address glitches experienced during online enlistment. Tan explains that reservations are guaranteed when done online.

Kristina Alvarez, a Community Development student from UP Diliman who transferred from DLSU this academic year, was able to experience how different the enlistment system is between the two universities. The pre-enlistment at UP-Diliman runs for a week or two. Students could pre-enlist in up to 20 subjects, however, there is no assurance that they will get all pre-enlisted subjects.

“During our first semester, I only got six units during the first round,” she shares. The class sizes could reach up to 500 students at UP-Dilimian. “Everyone’s equal at UP. There is no schedule by college or priority given to Dean’s Listers. A student only gets prioritized if her or she is freshman or a graduating students,” Alvarez adds, taking note that even graduating students still have a difficult time enlisting despite the supposed preferential treatment.

A second round of enlistment is opened for students to add more classes to their schedules. If they still lack in units by the end of enlistment, they are required to approach their respective academic departments for additional classes. In addition, freshmen students enlist their classes on their own, unlike at DLSU, where froshies receive predetermined schedules for their first two terms.

 

No way to go but online

The enrollment council is composed of the Office of the University Registrar (OUR), University Student Government (USG), and the academic assistants per college. On behalf of the council, USG President Carlo Inocencio explains that the enlistment process is a project endorsed by all the members of the council. The OUR opens the classes and does the adjustments, while the USG voices out student concerns.

“I’d like to believe that the current schedule is efficient enough,” Innocencio shares, adding that in his point of view, the current enlistment schedule and policy encounters only minimal problems. Addressing the issue regarding the enlistment schedule coinciding with class hours, Innocencio defends that there is no way a student would be able to miss enlistment, since the online system is open until 8 pm runs for a week. In addition, he shares that the different USG units have laptop lending initiatives that could aid students to enlist even during class hours.

“We’re on the right track in terms of the University adapting to a system which could cater to the growing number of students [this is evident in the decreasing number of server overloads experienced during enlistment],” Innocencio states, going technical into the enlistment system currently being used, Animo.sys.

With regards to the possibility of a manual enlistment, Inocencio rejects the idea explaining that, “There’s a reason why the University has invested so much in this system, and there’s a reason that we aren’t reverting back to the manual system.”

When do we grow up?

How far is the gap between being a ‘kid’ and being an ‘adult’? And more importantly, when exactly do we make the jump?

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Of course, it’s easy to define the terms ‘child’ and ‘adult’ using numbers. It’s much simpler to say that someone’s a child if they’re below 18 years of age, and someone’s an adult if they’re anything older. Still, can an 18-year-old really consider themself an adult if they still rely on a credit card linked to a parent’s account for all their purchases? Or if they don’t know how to make a trip to the marketplace, or to the bank? Doesn’t it make more sense to base the idea of adulthood on the criteria of independence and life skills?

As the youngest among six siblings, I’ve always been used to being babied by my parents, who were always frankly on the overprotective side. And coming from such a sheltered environment, I’ve always been surprised and slightly envious whenever my friends would talk about the freedom they enjoyed from their own guardians. One recent conversation struck me in particular as a friend talked about how he was entrusted by his parents to travel overseas by himself and attend to some business matters that needed taking care of. He further shared that he also owned his own business and paid for his own rent with the money earned. It surprised me because, at the end of the day, I still viewed myself as a ‘kid’. My friend, on the other hand, was only a few years ahead of me, and sounded very much like an adult.

It made me realize that even if I had just turned 18 a few months ago, I still had a long way to go in terms of growing up. I still found myself relying on my parents in so many ways; despite living by myself in a condominium along Taft Avenue, I didn’t take care of my own laundry, nor did I pay my own bills. At the same time, I was still unfamiliar with so many basic ‘skills’ like operating my own bank account, or commuting around Manila. I was already a college student, and yet I found myself still so dependent on my parents for so many things.

And I wasn’t the only one. From what I observed, other students suffered from the same sort of dependency. For example, instead of learning how to properly budget their money, several students have the tendency to just ask for more cash, or else rely on a credit card. Another example is how students rarely take the initiative in solving problems around the house. If the WiFi at home breaks down, students simply call and ask their parents to fix the problem, instead of searching for a solution themselves.

I feel like the root cause of this dependency is that several of us still view ourselves as kids, when as college students, we should already be striving towards that idea of independence and maturity. How many students can confidently commute by themselves around Manila, or do their own shopping in the marketplace? How many students can say they have their own source of income, or know how to pay their own bills? These are things that, I believe, we should be striving towards.

College is perhaps the best time in our life to ‘grow up’. There are so many opportunities within and around the University that can help give us that sense of independence which we should be taking advantage of. As such, we can’t afford to think of ourselves as kids anymore because, even if our parents still handle our basic necessities, we are at the age where we must slowly but surely become more and more self-sufficient. More than doing our own laundry or learning to invest in stocks, it’s building that mindset of maturity and independence that so many of us take for granted.

Of course, all this becomes difficult when your parents have a deathgrip on you. Some mothers and fathers are overprotective and don’t give their children much room to grow. Other times, it is simply a matter of circumstance that prevents people from making the required steps towards independence. All that is understandable. I’m not saying that upon stepping foot within the University, we should immediately start making plans to move out. Of course, as students, we will always rely on our guardians for most of our necessities. Still, it’s a good idea to, in whatever way possible, try to create that semblance of independence for ourselves. Overprotective parents or not, there will always be ways to move towards that idea of self-sufficiency – it is just up to us to take advantage of them.

Growing up is a lot of things – it’s the way we look at and react to the things around us, and the way we look at and react to ourselves. We need to make the most out of our stay in the University, and to do this, we need to start viewing ourselves as mature and capable adults. It almost seems like common sense to say it, but college is the perfect time for us to strive for independence. College is the perfect time to grow up.

 

 

Culture of corruption

As I was jogging near the Rizal Park the other day, I saw a large white banner with the words “Huwag kang magnakaw!” (Thou shall not steal), largely written on it. It was another of those socio-political outcries, I thought to myself, amidst yet another allegation of corruption currently being hurled against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family.

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It was one more of those anti-corruption campaigns, just like all the other anti-corruption campaigns we had witnessed in the past. And though it was merely a simple white banner, with the quote being directly lifted from the Bible’s Ten Commandments, it was enough to keep my thought process in sync with my feet as I ran against the cold January morning breeze.

Thinking about it, the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic nation, is also predominantly corrupt. And with signs such as “beware of pickpockets” and “beware of snatchers” being staples in a lot of public places, stealing may just be an everyday culture, extending from the government leaders at the top of the food chain down to the hungry people at the bottom.

I remember how back in my frosh year in La Salle, several blockmates of mine have been victimized by snatchers and pickpockets along Taft and in the LRT and MRT. Back then, whenever I ponder on why petty crimes such as these occur on a daily basis, I think of hunger, urgent need, and the desperation of some people as the most probable reasons. And being the sheltered person that I am off of an exclusive grade school and high school education, I comforted myself with the idea that despite being in a nation filled with corruption, this culture of theft could not infiltrate my social circle. However, the real world was never as righteous and exclusive as I thought it to be.

I have been in La Salle for four years now, more than enough time to immerse myself into a lot of the different courses, organizations, and activities that the University has to offer. And through these years, I have made myself aware that despite the philosophy of love and kindness that is inherent to a Christian education, the duality of nature that is the good and the bad can still catch up with us. With the prevalent culture of theft and corruption in our society, I have started to think to myself that alongside the future leaders, the future thieves and swindlers of the nation may also be sitting in class with me. Not that I think that education in itself yields direct bad results, but I think that the balance between the good and the bad exists regardless of what background we come from, just like how weeds could still grow in a beautiful garden. From instances of student organizations or student groups magically losing funds, to those fellow students who recruit others for a networking scam, somehow it became clearer to me that even in a university that preaches faith, service, and communion, the culture of corruption can still find ways to thrive. And even in this privileged and respectable environment, it is still hard to differentiate the sheep from the wolves and the wolves from the sheep.

As I see myself and a lot of other students unknowingly allow ourselves to be preyed on in this culture, I also thought of how much time I said yes to being shortchanged, especially inside the University. How many times have I chosen the easy way out, permitting myself to be robbed of a quality education by opting to enroll in “sure-pass” professors, rejoicing with excessive free cuts and excessive film viewings? Quite a number of times, frankly, and by doing so, I realized that I have allowed myself to be corrupted. Or maybe, I have also corrupted myself in the process.

Even through intangible things such as these, it occurred to me how this culture of corruption is very broad, far-reaching, and extensive. And as such, I think that if we accept that being shortchanged is part of the system, we say yes to that culture that plagues us all.

Little do we know, but in one way or another, the thieves are not just the corrupt politicians who wear fake smiles on television or the snatchers that pester the streets of Taft Avenue. At times, the thieves are also among us, within our circle, completely swallowed by our nation’s culture of corruption and theft.

We don’t know. But they are among us. At some point, we may have also been our own thieves. Nevertheless, in this culture, the least we can do is to not corrupt our selves.

Immoral compass

By now, many of us would have heard about the massacre that had befallen 12 staffers and editors of a French weekly magazine called Charlie Hebdo at the hands of two Islamist gunmen last January 7. Within an hour after the attack, the words #JeSuisCharlie (#IamCharlie) made waves on social media to support freedom of speech, and citizens from different parts of the world took to the streets and online pages to identify with these victims and the magazine they worked for.

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If you are not familiar with the content produced by Charlie Hebdo – and a good number of us are not, because we are not from Paris – then a quick google image search of the publication will give you a pretty good idea of the brand of satire it stands for. Officially, it identifies as secular, atheist, and far-left-wing, often publishing content criticizing religion, culture, and politics. The image search will also give you an eyeful of cartoons depicting a naked Mohammad bending over, as well as an Egyptian trying to use a copy of the Quran as a shield from bullets, among others.

Prior to this month’s attack, Charlie had been victim to several other violent retaliations against its depictions of Islam and its greatest prophet, Mohammed, and many find radical Islam the easiest culprit to name. Some would argue that this was clear because Charlie Hebdo had also published content designed to offend other religions, Christianity and Judaism included. It had published cartoons that ridiculed the Pope and other Christian figures – cartoons that would never have seen the light of day if published in the Philippines – in the name of satire, and were not once attacked by the Catholic Church.

But the difference, I think, lies in the fact that French muslims are the clear minority in their society. They are subject to hate speech and discrimination, while muslim girls and women have been attacked in public simply for wearing hijabs. In this scenario, anyone can make fun of the Pope and elicit a few laughs, but that same audience will also be welcoming the Pope with open arms if he comes to visit, will praise his humility, his strength, and his progressive stance on science and technology. Others may snigger at images of the Pope resigning to marry one of his swiss guards or dancing in a flamingo costume, but the general public will not question his holiness. On the other hand, content that demonizes and makes fun of Mohammed reinforces already pervasive stereotypes against Islam and its faithful. Even if it is satire.

I think the thing about “satire” is that it is so easy to hide behind. Oh, my content is deeply islamophobic, racist, and sexist, you think? It’s satire you uneducated fool. It’s not crass, they can say, it’s humor for intellectuals.

Satire works if it is pit against structures of power, if it criticizes and makes fun of the powerful. It is irreverent, engaging, and serious at its core, using humor to expose and criticize political and social faults in society, and what’s clear to me is that a lot of the work done by Charlie Hebdo was not satire. Its cartoons have been called brave and daring, but all it did, I think, was deliberately provoke extremist faithfuls and shock the public in order to earn profit.

In this way, Charlie’s brand of satire towards the muslim minority does not criticize or expose contemporary social faults. The content is just another element of the already very toxic, systematic oppression of French muslims. It further marginalized a minority that was already very marginalized, and while Charlie was indeed harmful and oppressive, the French government – and the modern, liberal world in general – had sit back and let it happen.

I want to make it clear: I’m not saying that the editors of Charlie Hebdo deserved the massacre. No one does. But we can not say “Je suis Charlie” and turn our backs on the oppression that Charlie encouraged and perpetuated in the already very racist, Islamophobic city of Paris.

What’s more, the French government and the all-seeing watchdogs of international media will not talk about the fact that during the week following the massacre of the staff of Charlie Hebdo, three mosques were bombed, while Jews and other non-whites were held hostage and killed in the city of Paris. As of press time, a total of 128 anti-muslim acts have been commited in France this year, including 33 acts against mosques and 95 threats against muslims.

Meanwhile, 37 died and dozens were injured in Al-Qaeda bombing attacks in Yemen. Over two thousand women, children, and elderly were massacred at the hands of Boko Haram in Nigeria. So many human lives lost in horrible violence, yet the world will rally against the massacre of 12 French staffers of a newspaper I would bet my tuition fee many had never even heard of prior to the attack. There are no hashtags for these other victims, no 24-hour news coverage, no town square in France named after them the way Charlie Hebdo has, not even profile pictures shaded black in solidarity – because the world is too busy being Charlie.

I am not pointing all of this out because suffering is some sort of contest. It is not a case of “A, B, and C having higher death counts than D, therefore we have to mourn A, B, and C.” But I must point out the stark difference between the world’s sympathy for Charlie Hebdo and its reaction (or lack thereof) to the suffering of so many others.

I am pointing all of this out because there is something to be said about a society that will defend the free speech of a publication whose content only served to worsen the already lethal state of Islamophobia in France, rather than worry about the rights of French muslims and other minorities. There is something to be said about a culture that will identify with and mourn a group of editors than to even think about the slaughter and irreparable damage suffered by other non-white communities elsewhere.

I suppose this is a product of a society that finds it much easier to defend freedom of speech than to examine the morally grey areas that surround Charlie and the society it belongs to. The massacre and the events that followed are not simply a freedom of speech issue, they are also symptomatic of deeply entrenched Islamophobia and racism worldwide. But I suppose defending freedom of speech is easier to discuss. There is less guilt and more glamor, but it is also intellectually lazy and deeply problematic.

We don’t have to identify with Charlie Hebdo to know that killing is wrong and that freedom of speech is a universal right. But we do have to find the humanity in ourselves to understand that it is not a simple case of black and white – Islam vs freedom of speech, or even radical ideology vs modern democracy. By all means let us condemn the murder of 12 human beings in Paris last January 7. But let us not make Charlie Hebdo a tragic champion of free speech, or forget that wellbeing of communities – particularly those of the minority – are more important than fighting for our freedom to lambast them.

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The Papal Visit: What we could be

Pope Francis bid the Philippines farewell last January 19 after a five-day apostolic visit to the Philippines. Over the duration of his stay, the pontiff visited several locations, including Malacañang Palace, Luneta Park, and Tacloban, Leyte – one of the locations most devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. In each of his appearances, huge crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of the Holy Father, highlighted by the six million attending his concluding mass at the Quirino Grandstand.

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The effect of Pope Francis’ presence in the country for just five days was staggering, to say the least. The country, especially the areas that the Pope visited, was almost unrecognizable over the duration of his visit. The streets were clean, the police well-behaved, and the crime rate was close to zero. Metro Manila, which is usually known for its pollution and treacherous streets, seemed to transform into an entirely different city, one of peace and order.

It leads many to wonder why all of this was possible for one person’s visit, but not for the daily welfare of the several millions of people that reside in Metro Manila. The fact that it was entirely possible for the nation to celebrate in solitude shows that the Filipino people are indeed capable of changing for the better. However, in the days following his departure, though the sample size is still small, it seems like we have reverted back to our old selves, rather than continuing the discipline and order exhibited during the Pope’s stay.

After the fanfare and celebration wear off, what does his visit truly mean to us both as Filipinos and Catholics? As the dust has settled and the lively songs and presentations have come to an end, the success of the Papal Visit cannot only be determined by the grand celebration that happened when Pope Francis was on our shores, but by how we act even after he has departed the country.

It seems highly unlikely that the Philippines will transform into a first-world nation overnight, but as to the long term effects of the Pope’s messages of mercy and compassion, as well as his comments against systematic corruption in the government, concrete changes are yet to be seen and will definitely take some time. The country must prove that the Pope’s visit was not just an excuse to garner international media attention, but instead, show that we can translate the message delivered by his Holiness into legitimate action.

It is time to show that the behavior of the nation during the stay of the Holy Father was not fake hospitality done to better our image in the eyes of the rest of the world, but instead, actual warmth born out of affection for the head of the Catholic Church. In the wake of the Pope’s departure, will we truly live his message of mercy and compassion towards our troubled nation? Or will our country continue its state of corruption and poverty, only covering everything up until the next Papal isit?

There are high hopes that this time around, things in the country will change for the better, but only time can tell if the progress that we have gained from the Papal visit will once again be nipped in the bud.

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UAAP: Green Batters overpower NU on opening day

The DLSU Green Batters won by a large margin against the UP Fighting Maroons, 19-5, last January 25 in the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The Green Batters started off strong, swiftly getting an 8-point lead for as early as the first inning, 9-1, by La Salle’s Franco Hashimoto, Carlos Laurel, Carlos Muñoz, Dino Imperial, Pocholo Dominguez, Paolo Salud, and Paul Naguit.

UP attempted to rally but was only successful in getting three more runs by the fifth inning. DLSU scored another eight runs, seven of which were from the fifth inning, which gave them a 17-4 lead entering the sixth.

The match went on with the momentum never leaving the Taft-based squad as they brought two of their runners home while the Fighting Maroons scored an additional run for themselves. The match was concluded by mercy rule in favor of DLSU, 19-5.

Looking to bag another win, the Green Batters will face NU Bulldogs at 7am this coming Thursday, January 29, in the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

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