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UAAP: Lady Spikers cruise past AdU in season-opener

The DLSU Lady Spikers displayed their winning form early on as they won against the Adamson Lady Falcons in four sets, 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-17.

Ara Galang led the squad in a dominating performance of 27 points off 22 attacks and five blocks. Camille Cruz also added 10 points as La Salle overcame their slow start against AdU.

The Lady Falcons relied heavily on Amanda Villanueva, Mylene Paat, and Jessica Galanza, who all provided the spark in AdU’s offense as they scored 16, 15, and 13 points respectively. However, Adamson eventually missed the services of last season’s key players in the third and fourth set as they struggled to keep up with La Salle’s offensive rally.
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Slow start

The Lady Spikers opened the first set at a slow rhythm as the Lady Falcons were able to quickly pace themselves, 8-4, heading into the first technical timeout. Several defensive lapses from La Salle halted them from taking the lead as they were down by four for most of the set. However, DLSU was able to complete a late rally behind the efforts of Galang, closing the set to their favor, 25-23.

The second set followed almost the same storyline in the second set, as several errors on the Lady Spikers put Adamson to lead by as much as nine points. Back-to-back points by Desiree Cheng, capped by a Mika Reyes service ace tied the match at 16. But La Salle was unable to pull away, with AdU responding to every point. Adamson seized the opportunity off La Salle’s errors late in the set as they claimed it at 26-24, preventing the Lady Spikers from staging another comeback.

Back in the rhythm

Composure was the name of the game for the Lady Spikers as they rode on a double digit lead midway through the third set. Adamson’s atackers were unable to slice through La Salle’s blocking department and floor spacing, allowing DLSU’s advantage to balloon to as much as 11 points. The third set ended with the Lady Spikers displaying their dominance, 25-14.

The Lady Spikers rode on this momentum, heading into the fourth set. Unlike in the first two sets, La Salle raced to an early 3-0 lead. AdU then answered with a rally of their own, putting the set at deadlock, 5-5.

The La Salle defense which mostly emanated from their frontline stagnated most of the offensive tricks planted by AdU, denying the Lady Falcons of a chance to turn things to their favor. Consecutive points from Galang and Camille Cruz helped La Salle pull away, as they eventually took the set, 25-17.

Next up for the Lady Spikers are the NU Lady Bulldogs whom they will face on November 26, Wednesday at 4 pm in The Arena in San Juan.

The Scores:
DLSU 3: Galang- 27, Ca. Cruz- 10, Reyes- 9, Cheng- 6, Fajardo- 5, Dy- 5, Soyud- 5, Cerveza- 3, Baron- 1

AdU 1: Villanueva- 16, Paat- 15, Galanza- 13, Alkuino- 5, Guevara- 5, Emnas- 3
Set Scores: 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-17
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Must-tastes in FamilyMart

These days, it’s so easy to get lost with the myriad of food choices available to people. However, not all of those choices really guarantee satisfaction and a full stomach. In particular, students need to find the right balance between an affordable and a fulfilling meal  that will help them last throughout the school day. Instead of hopping all over Taft trying to decide where to eat, there’s one place you can go that has everything you need. Whether you’re just starting the day, trying to get a meal, or just looking for something to munch on while walking, FamilyMart has something for you. We present a list of the must-try snacks and food from the newest convenience store to hit this side of Agno Street.

Twirl-all-you-can

Their ice cream is the newest taste that’s been added to Taft. Their pistachio and blueberry cheesecake flavors offer a nice alternative to the usual vanilla and chocolate ice cream available anywhere in Taft. You can even mix the two flavors together. The Twirl-All-You-Can comes with a cone and as much ice cream as you can fit in it—if you have the skills to twirl enough of it in without everything falling off. For only 30 pesos, you get as much ice cream as you’d need for dessert; a real bargain, seeing how students have already been filling the store to get a taste of it only a few days after its opening. The ice cream at FamilyMart is definitely a must-try for those passing by.

Chicken meals

Students looking for a surprising lunch will get a kick out of the chicken meal in FamilyMart. Not only is it affordable at P75 for a 1-piece meal and P135 for 2-pieces, but the flavor and serving are what it’s about. With zesty crust, the chicken is definitely worth trying out because of how succulent and scrumptious it is, some things that are missing from today’s plethora of chicken meals. Always served with hot rice, the meal comes with FamilyMart’s delicious gravy that seems familiar to the taste buds, but is actually distinct from the regular, run-of-the-mill sauces in the market.

Japanese Favorites

The newly open convenience store also gives customers a taste of its culture with a large selection of Japanese meals to choose from. They have different choices ranging from sushi, katsudon, oyakodon, teriyaki, cho soba, and more. They come in different combinations of meat and vegetables that cater to anyone’s preferences. What’s more is that most of these variants cost under a hundred pesos and are allowance friendly.

Family Café by UCC

For the many students who need some coffee to wake them up before class or keep themselves going through the night, FamilyMart also offers a nice selection of quality coffee products. They have the UCC cafe americanos, espressos, and lattes at a friendly price to give customers the jolt they need to stay on their feet. If it’s a colder drink you’re looking for, Nescafe shake is worth trying. It is an ice-blended drink with that coffee flavor that can go well with those hot, sunny days. While their coffee selection sounds like the standard menu for convenience stores everywhere, FamilyMart keeps an ace up its sleeves when it comes to the coffee competition. The Japanese convenience store also serves caffeine induced beverages from the famous Japanese coffee manufacturer, Ueshima Coffee Co. or UCC, to serve the students of Taft at a very accessible location.

Black-and-white cookie sandwich

For students looking to fulfil their sweet tooth cravings, FamilyMart is offering a really big one to induce their needs. Called the black-and-white cookie sandwich, this sweet dessert consists of two chocolate cookies serving as buns with a sweet vanilla filling sandwiched in the middle. In itself, the dessert is a complete sweet experience.

Johnsonville Sausages

And last but definitely not the least, is FamilyMart’s one of a kind sausage offering. While conveniece stores all aim to give its consumers a quick fix through a different hotdog flavors, FamilyMart ups the ante by serving the flavoursome and tender Johnsonville Sausages. These are available in different variatns such as smoked, cheese, or garlic, and can be served by itself, with rice, or on a bun. These sausages cost a bit more than the standard hotdog bun from other stores. However, the flavor it gives is definitely worth every cent.

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Toughest subjects in DLSU: The College of Business

Last August, The LaSallian surveyed different students from the College of Liberal Arts, the college with the most number of students in DLSU. Though there are many courses, it was certain that most of the respondents surveyed agreed to floating subjects and pre-thesis courses are the hardest with distinct characteristics defining the difficulty level.

This month, The Menagerie is continuing the conversation on hard subjects that plague students by heading over to the college that deals with debits and assembly lines: the College of Business (COB). Though dealing with different fields, based on the responses from students, it’s clear that no one is safe from the wrath of difficult professors and complex computations in campus.

Floating on facts

While some students believe that FILDLAR or “ENGLSTRESS” is the bane of their existence, College of Business students would agree that floating subjects like MANSCIE (Management Science) or DECSCI2 (Business Statistics II) are particularly difficult. Patricia, a junior studying Financial Management attests to this. “It’s difficult because you can’t just go from one step to another,” Pat adds. “You ‘literally’ have to go over a mountain to understand just one of the simple concepts, and there are a lot,” she furthers.

After all the discussion on the topics, it’s not hard to imagine students drifting off into their daydreams and start thinking about where they’re going to eat lunch. Likewise, Ton (III, MKT) feels that DECSCI2 was a hard subject. Of course, not all difficult subjects are from the College of Business. Students like Felix (IV, ECM-FIN) think that INTFILO is difficult because of the professor handling the class.

“I’m currently taking INTFILO now and I find it quite hard because I’m taking it under a prof who likes to give long quizzes and has a lot of groupworks that we have to prepare for,” Felix states. “But he’s good in grading. He just gave us an incentive, like +10%, in the finals.” Felix adds. The journey of taking a subject is filled with ups and downs, and sometimes, the professor helps make the roller coaster ride either worth it or worth a request for a refund.

Still, COB students have different strokes when it comes to what subjects are difficult for them. For instance, Jirel (IV, APC) thinks that HUREONE is tough. The aforementioned subject tackles HR Planning, Recruitment, Selection, Training and Development. While the course content itself is manageable, it is the professor who adds a different kick to the subject. On the other hand, Micah (III, ADV) believes that the math courses are difficult because of the processes. “It’s all because of the heavy math. For the problem solving, it requires a lot of time to solve one problem.” She then adds that the difference between a 4.0 and another term of taking the same subject depends on your “luck” with enrolling under some professors. “Yes, because there are different personalities, and sometimes they have different moods,” she affirms about the stature of some professors. Jeun (IV, AE-MGT) listed Management Information Systems for Business Management Students (MISBUSI) as a laborious subject, given the fact that COB students are not really wired for studying computer-related subjects aside from the usual laboratory courses.

Of course, a student’s journey in the College of Business will not be complete without the mandatory Basic Accounting subjects. Anne (IV, APC) believes that Accounting for Partnerships and Corporations (ACTPACO) is difficult because the subjects are “fast paced lessons that are difficult to understand in a short amount of time.” Jonas (IV, AE-MGT) agrees with her, saying that “small mistakes can cause even bigger mistakes.”

Indeed, a lot of COB students are lamenting over the difficulty of accounting subjects, since it eats up a lot of time that can be allotted for other subjects. Even in basic accounting subjects, one has to read, analyze, understand, and eventually answer the assigned problems just to prepare for six brain-crunching exams in a term, which does not even include the midterm and final exams. No wonder the Amphitheater and LS Building are filled with students clutching onto their accounting folders for dear life every final exam week.

Major subjects

Unsurprisingly, many respondents answered that the major subjects they are taking now have been very taxing. Dan (III, LGL) cites that, for him, LABOREL (Labor Law and Relations) is a difficult subject. “First of all, if it’s under Dr. Caraan, you’ll have to do mandatory recitation every meeting. There are six quizzes, very hard quizzes; aside from those quizzes, you have to pass case digests,” Dan says. When asked how many case digests were expected from the class, Dan states, “For the first part, you have to pass, I think, 27 case digests.”

Given that DLSU is a research university, it is normal for freshmen to write mini-research papers that will eventually escalate to major research papers when they become upperclassmen. Audrey, an Applied Corporate Management Junior, considers Management Research (MAREACM) as a tough nut to crack. Not only was it hard to think of a topic that all group members want to conduct a study on, it was also tedious to look for related literature that can be included in the research.

Meanwhile, Financial Management students and their counterparts at the School of Economics were united in their answer of Econometrics (FINMET1, FINMET2, ECONMET, ECOMET2) as one of the hardest subjects in their course. Kristin (IV, AE-FIN) shares that “it requires intensive math skills for analysis of practical applications.” Patricia also says that the software used in Econometrics requires familiarization, as the topics are like building blocks heaped on top of each other. Naturally, without a good grasp of the most basic of topics, the software would not be able to produce the desired results.

Diving into the depthless world of Accountancy, many believe that the word Mods requires no introduction and no explanation. Nevertheless, Jenevieve (IV, BSA) puts it this way, “These subjects make you crazy!! All in ang brains dito. Kulang pa ang isang brain para maalala lahat ng topics.” It goes without saying that it is normal to see Accountancy students cry over their grades, and even post their grief on the DLSU – Secret Files page. The professional Accountancy organization at the university, JPIA, has even sold shirts containing the words Eat.Pray.Mods, illustrating just how much of an uphill and bumpy climb Accountancy is.

Pro tips from veterans

With injuries and trauma comes the wisdom that stems from the experiences derived from difficult subjects. Patricia advises students yet to take their major subjects to do light research about the course “because there’s so much to learn in a short span of time.” Micah agrees, shedding light on the difficulty of some students with math. “For those who are having a hard time in application of Math, they should learn how to complement both the concepts and the math. There are lessons wherein you have to understand the concepts first then you apply it to the math solving, problem solving, mathematical computations,” she states.  On the other hand, Ton believes that maintaining relationships with the students from the same department who have taken the majors is important. “You know, they can give you tips that the teacher will never mention to you or will explain to you in a much simpler way than a professor can,” Ton further adds.

Kristin advises students to never give up, while Audrey and Anne both emphasize the importance of reading in advance and taking every chapter seriously. Still, when all has been said and done, it is sometimes better to heed Jonas’ advice of sleeping well and praying for the best.

“Eventually, they’ll be able to appreciate their course even more because they’ll know how to apply the lessons they’ve been reading on,” Patricia adds. At the end of the day, though, it’s all about taking every experience at face value. Felix shares, “I enjoyed my stay in the University and I’m looking forward to the last few terms of my course and hopefully now that I’m in a position that I know what I went through, that would be nice for me to be able to pass that on to younger people.” Oftentimes, the hardships and failures that occur from these tough subjects are learning experiences in the end that teach students that it’s about the journey, filled with caffeinated nights, countless notebooks, and defeated wills, not the grade.

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Some misconceptions about Feminism

Whenever I announce to someone that I am a feminist, the reaction I’d receive would usually sound like, “Oh, but isn’t that promoting the concept of women being superior over men?” As always, my immediate response would be to correct the person by stating that it’s actually a far cry from a condemning superiority complex. Feminism is the idea of promoting equality among the sexes.

Initially, it was the feminist icon Gloria Steinem and her demonstrations of feminism that immortalized ‘the f word:’ Feminism. However, even as the Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee (America’s highest civilian honor) made contributions that provided significant changes for decades, misconceptions about feminism are still on the rise.

One of the largest misconceptions about feminists is that they have this outright hatred towards men. There is a sharp distinction between fighting for the equality of genders and holding a grudge against all male species. As for the latter, there is actually another term for that, and it’s called misandry (you’re welcome). If you think about it, this particular misconception is quite funny because feminism is not limited to just women. Yes, you read that right: men can be feminists, too!

There are actually some women who are not so into the whole idea of feminism themselves. I recently discovered an online compilation of women holding signs, beginning their sentences with “I do not need feminism because…” followed by reasons that I found too unbearable to fathom. These women are basically declaring that feminism is not at all necessary. It bothers me because these reasons inculcate that women already possess equal rights as men. If you’ve ever planned to participate with that alliance, shame on you; because for the longest time, an abundance of women have been exploited.

Ongoing injustices

There have been several women who’ve done their part to fight for the rights of other women, and being against feminism is the equivalent of spitting on what they’ve sacrificed in order to offer women the privileges they have today. If it weren’t for feminism, domestic violence would still be legal in the US (which is still legal in many countries, mind you), women of all social classes wouldn’t be able to work outside of the household (only the lower class were exempted), and women wouldn’t be allowed to have their own properties nor vote for their president. The fact of the matter is there are still several instances wherein feminism is highly discouraged.

As much as I would like to be laissez-faire about it, I’m not. Somewhere in the world, a woman is still being harassed or maltreated simply because her appearance suggests that she does not have a set of androgens.

There is not a single country that is able to claim outright success in achieving equality, most especially gender equality. Emma Watson pointed this out in her elaborative speech for the UN campaign HeForShe, one of the movements that are dedicated to feminism, as she saw patriarchy at work in certain countries herself. I recall watching CNN catching some footage of women driving. You might be thinking, so what? Well, dear reader, here’s the thing: those same women came from countries that had not allowed them to be left behind the steering wheel until just then. They had begun a feminist revolution pertaining to how they’ve been denied driver’s licenses whereas men were freely granted them. Doesn’t it affect you that we live amongst societies that urge women to protest for their rights?

On sexuality

Another recurring issue is how women are required to be completely covered in some countries because of how they might tempt men. These women, once out of their country, would actually be shocked that other women don’t cloak themselves because apparently, these women have been convinced that those who do otherwise don’t have respect for themselves and are “asking for it.” That’s another thing: no one is ever asking for it. Women are asked to cover their cleavage and lengthen their shorts or skirts more than anything else. Why? Most people would argue because they are subject to becoming the prey. By now, it should be common sense for women to not be ashamed of their bodies, but sadly, that is not the norm.

The worldwide acceptance of the perception that men are allowed to be sexual beings more than women has led to the fact that societies, to this very day, still tolerate discrimination towards women. Some even go as far as charging against the victims of rape themselves (search for “Qatif girl” and see for yourself). And some are forced to even marry their rapists.

The most downright annoying notion would probably be that feminists are either lesbian or are required to leave their male partners to fully commit to being labeled feminists. Not to mention how they are thought to be most likely against the concept of marriage. Preferences of sexual orientation or civil status depend on what an individual finds ideal, and the feminist would know that they are allowed to love whomever and celebrate however they want.

Another misconception about feminists is that feminists do not support being feminine, nor do they support associated acts: Bras, make-up, you name it. Feminism encourages women to exercise their right to choose. In the same light, feminism also encourages all genders to find comfort with the idea of self-expression.

Equality for all

There are several women I would love to commend, Beyoncé definitely being one of them, but it was really Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who shed enlightenment on my take on feminism. At some point, I’d wished that the term feminism would be transposed into humanism instead. However, Chimamanda enlightened me that it is important to recognize feminism as it is. If the switching of labels were to occur, the issues about women being underestimated for several years would later become invisible. When that happens, issues of specific subjugation of women may not be recognized, causing an inclination towards the idea that the issues need not be addressed any longer.

Feminism is not just for women. As I have mentioned from the very beginning of the article, the objectives of feminism is to foster equality. Although most people would assume that it is a movement that considers only equality for men and women, they would be wrong. It’s not just about two diminishing groups, but an orbit of every race, class, sexual orientation, and gender. You might be thinking, what does this girl know about political discord? All I can say is that, for centuries, women have struggled to claim their rights. I can’t act blindly towards situations of discrimination, and so I feel like it’s my responsibility to acknowledge them. I don’t expect to find a utopian world anytime soon, but why not pursue change? Why not pursue something that what would benefit all inhabitants of this planet?

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Stories behind the stations

Picture this: it’s rush hour. Standing in the crowded coach with the heat searing your insides, your sweat dripping and your will being tested, you look out the window and see a yellow sign, visibly showing its age. It reads “Doroteo Jose,” and the first thing you think is, “Aaargh, still 6 more stations to go.”

Before you resign yourself to the boredom once more, you idly wonder about that station name.  Who exactly is Doroteo Jose? While you have nothing else to do but stand and tolerate your current situation until your stop, have you ever wondered about the names of these stations and the people behind them?

Let’s take a train ride as we present to you some of the stories behind the Light Rail Transit Line 1’s stations.

Vito Cruz

Let’s start with the one closest to our turf. Vito Cruz station is located in Malate, Manila, and if you are not a frequent train commuter or haven’t rode the train, it is the one located near University Mall, southbound, and near College of Saint Benilde, northbound. The station takes its name after Vito Cruz Street (now called Pablo Ocampo Sr. Street), which was named after the alcalde of Pasay from 1870-1871, Hermogenes Vito Cruz. He was known as one of the local leaders of the Katipunan in Pasay who fought in the Spanish revolution and Filipino-American war.

Doroteo Jose

To those who transfer from Line 2 to Line 1, Doroteo Jose station is a very familiar sight because it’s where the walkway connecting the two lines is located. From Doroteo Jose, the path will take you to the Recto station of Line 2. Similarly, this station also takes its name after Doroteo Jose Street (formerly Melba Street), which was named after the nationalistic Filipino who was punished by the Spanish because he led the movement and petition to abdicate a corrupt archbishop.

Pedro Gil

A late physician, journalist, and legislator, Pedro Gil was also an architect from the United States who was affiliated with opposition groups. As a journalist, he published Los Obreros, specifically for the working class. As a representative of the south district of Manila, he also worked to lower the prices of utilities in his area.  Herran Street, in Manila, was renamed after him.

Quirino Ave.

This is a pretty common last name in the Philippines, but the station itself is actually named after Former President Elpidio Quirino. He did many things for the country during his time as a congressman, senator, ambassador, and president, but one of his greatest acts of heroism and sacrifice was going underground during World War II after refusing to be part of the Japanese “puppet government,” losing his family in the process.  He then became the leader of the majority Liberal Party and president of the Senate.

Gil Puyat

Gil J. Puyat was a successful businessman whose father founded one of the first business empires in the country.  It was his eye for business that caused the late President Manuel L. Quezon’s interest in him.  The President made him the dean of UP’s College of Business and at the age of 33, he was the youngest dean the University of the Philippines has ever had.  In 1951, he was elected Senator and served the Senate for 21 years, six of which he served as Senate President.  He pushed for reforms and innovations in the public works funds, and was a “champion of civics and charity.”

EDSA

While it’s pretty understandable why the station is named after EDSA, where prominently peaceful revolutions were held, not many people are aware that the Avenue itself is actually named after a person—not someone who has the last name “Edsa,” but instead someone whose initials are used for the title.  “EDSA” actually stands for Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue, named after a great Filipino scholar, musician, painter, and lawyer.  He co-founded the patriotic newspaper La Libertad during the 1898 revolution and then joined the editorial staff of Antonio Luna’s revolutionary paper, La Independencia using the pseudonym G. Solon.  He was one of the best critics, writers, and biographers the Golden Age of Philippine Literature produced.

Roosevelt

This station is relatively newer than the others. Constructed during the Line 1 North Extension Project and opened last 2010, it takes its name after US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was a democrat who led the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and war. He was also elected four times: he was in office from March 1933 to his death in April 1945.

Abad Santos

Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in the Commonwealth of the Philippines when war broke out in 1941, and was chosen to be the Chief Justice and a member of the Cabinet under the newly organized government. He refused to swear allegiance to the Japanese government however, and his nationalism cost him his life. He was executed and he died in the service of his country.

Blumentritt

For anyone who has studied (and can still recall) the life of Dr. Jose Rizal, it is known that Bohemian scholar Ferdinand Blumentritt was his greatest foreign friend. He and Jose Rizal exchanged many letters, even until the eve of Rizal’s last day. He shared Rizal’s love for the Philippines: he was a teacher, secondary school principal, lecturer, and author of articles and books on the Philippines and its ethnography. Even now, he is the most important symbol in the history between the Philippines and Austria, and beyond, to Central Europe.

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Cheap bites around Taft

Let’s face it. La Salle food does not come cheap. Filling our growling empty stomachs always leads to growling empty wallets.

Back in 2008, prior to the commercialization of Agno Carts, Agno was the center of economical eating. Now, they have become almost at par with the mid-priced restaurants and diners in DLSU locale: substantial meals cost at least P70, and with drinks, it almost adds up to a three-digit cost. Economically conservative students now have a hard time finding inexpensive food to fill their stomachs before going back to class.

Are we really lacking that much access to affordable food or budget meals around campus? Are we just not finding the hole-in-the-walls that could alleviate this lunchtime conundrum? Or have we just accepted this dismal truth of Lasallian student life?

To help students with this dilemma, we’ve decided to look for the most convenient and cheapest food joints Taft has to offer.

Noel’s Barbeque

Situated on the far end of Agno Street, Noel’s Barbeque has been renowned for having the cheapest eats in the vicinity of DLSU. With only P8 a barbeque, most get their money’s worth to sate their growling hunger. Other assortments of isaw (pork or chicken chitterlings) can also be had from Noel’s, as well as liempo (pork belly), hotdogs, and an assortment of chicken meats, all cooked and barbequed as you order. If it were a question of quality, you would be getting your money’s worth if not more. When quality and pricing comes into consideration, Noel’s tops the bar.

VSC Building eateries

Though most may have ignored it for the shinier, more attractive bistros across the street at One Archer’s, VSC Building houses a collection of eateries that serve an assortment of meals, from P25 buy-one-take-one burgers and plates of instant pancit canton, to an array of chicken and pork chop meals ranging from P50-P65. It also houses the renowned Eric’s Siomai, which serves as one of the cheapest dumplings in the vicinity of DLSU.

Kenny Ritz’s

Most that go to Sherwood Plaza (across Andrew Building) have drinking in mind, so most often than not, people don’t go here looking for food. Yet just right behind the said plaza and across the street is the carinderia of Kenny Ritz, a small quaint eatery serving home-cooked meals carinderia style. Though another similar establishment is also situated right beside Kenny Ritz’s, we put this on the list simply because it is the cheaper of the two, with both serving almost the same style of home cooked food. At P45 a meal, it’s hard to argue against this being one of the cheapest places you can find around Taft.

Meng’s Tapsilogan

Along Leon Guinto St. stands a fair menagerie of good food. From Chomp Chomp’s savory laksa to Bagnet’s crispy bagnet (obviously), the sensation of taste seldom dies along that narrow street. Yet with flavor comes cost, and of course the cost is money. You can seldom find anything edible hitting below the P90 mark. Relatively affordable carinderias are also present along the stretch of road, like Ate Violy’s, but the most affordable one of them all is Meng’s Tapsilogan. Silog meals here cost around P45 or more and also offer a wide assortment of other rice meals, as well as barbeque meats and isaw a couple of pesos more than Noel’s. If you do not fancy a walk to the far ends of Agno, this would be a good alternative.

Lola Edeng’s

Haven’t heard of it? You wouldn’t believe how close this place is to DLSU.

At the corner of Dagonoy Street and Taft, right across Velasco Gate, this establishment sits in the prime spot for any starving and destitude Lasallian to come by. Yet, due to the lackluster façade of the building of which it resides and the lack of visible signage, it is often ignored for more noticeable food establishments nearby like Sinangag Express and Raps. Lola Edeng’s serves a pretty decent range of meals from tapsilog to pork chops, as well a variety of home cooked style dishes, all ranging from P50 to P65.

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A look at DLSU’s Gamelab

Almost everyone’s enjoyed creating and playing with their own personal avatar in The Sims, but have you ever wondered how the cities and environments in the game are actually made? We’ve all wasted precious hours (and sleep) playing and replaying Flappy Bird, but have you ever stopped to consider who might be behind this diabolical game?

Behind every game is a game development team made up of a combination of programmers and artists. These developers spend several hours creating and designing the games we all love to play. For those who want to take a closer look at the process of creating games,and maybe try out their hand in helping design one, we point you to DLSU’s Gamelab.

What is Gamelab?

The Gamelab is an official laboratory located in GK411 that allows students to design and program their own games for a wide variety of platforms. Everything from the conception of the idea to the actual programming and testing of the game is done by the members of Gamelab, comprised of both students and faculty. The games themselves are usually given to partner companies.

Originally part of another lab, the first members of Gamelab decided to separate when they realized they could keep their focus on games. Their first major project was Plutopia, a game created for an ASEAN competition during the PAASCU season of 2008. The game, which revolved around developing a community, became the starting point of success for the laboratory.

Gamelab is not an officially sanctioned school organization, but rather a laboratory, as explained by Ms. Courtney Ngo, one of the faculty members associated with Gamelab. Contrary to the belief that all students associated with Gamelab come from the College of Computer Studies (CCS), Ms. Ngo explains that even though majority of the programmers are from CCS, several of those assisting in the development of games actually come from a wide variety of colleges and courses. “It’s not just limited to people in CCS. That’s the biggest I think na misconception, na CCS lang siya. But previously, we’ve had members from the Math department… and kahit yung mga Marketing and other business courses.” Currently, around 30 students and five faculty members are affiliated with Gamelab.

Programming process

The first step in the development process involves the collaboration between Gamelab and a company that finances what the lab can come up with for them.  Ms. Ngo cites Microsoft as an example for when they developed apps for Windows Phone. According to Ms. Ngo, the main professor handling Gamelab, Mr. Sol, starts the initiative for the projects by giving the members what’s being asked for by the company. The request from Microsoft in the Windows Phone example’s case was ten games.

Of course, video games are much easier played than made. The projects can require much effort from those involved. Once they have a platform, they form groups. These groups usually consist of “at least one developer, a lead developer, and some sub-developers na usually yung mga lower batches then after that you also need yung mga assets so may mga artists,” she says. The time it takes to finish a project would depend on the scope. Plutopia, for example, took a whole year to finish. While it may seem like a lot of work, the projects can come as an enjoyable experience for the members because once the quota’s been set, it’s up to the members themselves to decide what kind of games they want to develop.

The Oculus Rift

The students of the laboratory already have most of the equipment they need to make games. There are various facilities available to the members of the lab in order to aid development. Some of these are phones they can use to test the apps they made for it, pen tablets for artists, and the standard iOS and Android registrations available in the CCS. The standout gadget though is the Oculus Rift, which they also get to borrow.

The developers at Gamelab can get the chance to work on games for newer technologies like the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset that’s been attracting gamers’ attention online. The gadget has a screen over the face of the user and uses motion detection to create a sort of virtual environment. As of right now, the Gamelab is still in the process of pitching games for P&G in order to start development, but one is already available for them to use. Ms. Ngo shares an experience with the Oculus Rift in which she could go up The Wall from Game of Thrones.Yung environment niya was sa Wall, so you can go up The Wall using the elevator. Ang cool niya because if you look down, may acrophobia ka parin kasi parang ang taas eh, so it was fun,” she recalls.

Joining Gamelab

The Gamelab is open to anyone interested to join. While becoming an active member is easier for those who already have programming experience or for CCS students who have taken the Intelligent Systems (INTESYS) course, as recommended by Ms. Ngo, there are no prerequisites to applying. The lab is open to any student in DLSU. All you need is an interest in making games and the drive to learn how.

The application process is simple. Ms. Ngo explains that applicants can simply get forms from the lab and submit applications anytime. Students can choose whether they want to be a developer or an artist. Afterwards, training is facilitated by Mr. Sol and senior members every week to learn some programming or design skills aspiring members needed for the lab. Eventually, applicants form teams to make games, and if they pass, they become official members.

With a wide variety of equipment, including the famous Oculus Rift, and the unique chance to observe and participate in the development process of games, the Gamelab remains one of the most distinct facilities on campus. For video game fanatics who’ve always wanted to try their hand at programming or for artists interested in helping design or market a game, this room at the corner of the fourth floor of Gokongwei Hall may just be worth checking out.

So if you’re one of those gamers who’s stopped to wonder just how the cities of Grand Theft Auto were created, or how the deadly foliage of Plants Vs. Zombies came to life, look no further. Who knows, you might play a part in the creation of the next San Andreas.

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Under the microscope: An interview with Dr. Edgardo Gomez

“I think I was one of those who won the contest in naming The LaSallian. It was in the 60s. My submission was The Quiver, the thing that holds arrows. But it was The LaSallian that came out,” says Dr. Edgardo Gomez when we first introduced ourselves to him.

A proud alumnus of De La Salle University, the esteemed biologist became one of four who were recently conferred National Scientists of the Philippines, placing him alongside the likes of Bienvenido Nebres SJ, Ernesto Domingo, and Jose R. Velasco.

A Lasallian foundation

Dr. Gomez spent his early years under a Lasallian education—the roots of his academic excellence, as well as his interests in marine science.

It was in his sophomore year that he had come to love the field of biology, especially when he had his science classes under Br. Alfred Shields, FSC. His teacher is better known as the man who founded DLSU’s Biology Department, and whose name is honored today through the University’s Marine Station in Batangas.

He recounts his experience under the tutelage of Br. Alfred: “He took us on a couple of field trips, including the seashore. It was in those trips that I fell in love with marine life. I told myself, I think I’ll study marine life when I get older.”

And he eventually did go on to study marine life, but before he embarked on a life of science, he first started his journey in the liberal arts.

“When I was going through college, there were no science degrees yet in La Salle, so the guidance counselor told me to get a good liberal arts foundation, and then later on go for Master’s in Science,” he says.

He followed his guidance counselor’s advice, and after spending five years in La Salle, he would finish summa cum laude in his double degree of Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Bachelor in Secondary  Education, major in English, minor in Mathematics.

Despite spending most of his years serving as the director of the Marine Science Institute in the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, there’s no denying that the scientist has a fondness for his alma mater. He even goes on to share how relaxed he feels whenever he is on his old stomping ground.

“I was very thankful for the education I got here… That’s why every time I get invited to La Salle, I feel like coming home. It’s a good feeling,” he says.

Without the labcoat

So what does the scientist do in his spare time?

Dr. Gomez, aside from biology, also has an interest in history. After all, he has a Social Science and English degree under his belt.

He even reveals that in his college years, one of his favorite subjects was Asian History. His late college professor, Sir Waldo Perfecto, reinforced this interest of his.

But underneath this inclination towards differing interests is an undying love for reading books. He shares a recent experience with his reading habits: “My wife was commenting to me recently, saying, now you’re reading something from the humanities. You see, I was curious. There was a book sale in National Bookstore, and I saw this small book of short stories by Rabindranath Tagore. I never read anything from him before.”

He goes on to suggest reading some historical non-fiction books such as Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse by Jared Diamond.

This bookworm turned scientist is not just amazed by life under the sea, but is also delighted by it. “I usually like squid dishes. If I want something more high end, I like pelagic fishes, like blue marlin, tanigue, because the meat is more firm in marine fish than in freshwater fish, whose meat is too soft.”

Love for nature

The scientist is known for his research in the reproduction of marine invertebrates, culture of giant clams, and coral reef restoration.

But Dr. Gomez’s love for nature preservation does not only lie in marine life; it also extends to tree planting, specifically in urban greening. With a background in botany and physiology, Dr. Gomez was able to develop this interest.

What pushed him to pursue the field was the situation of cities after typhoons hit them. Upon several studies, he discovered that the trees in the cities are not the native types, which cause them to tumble down after a typhoon visit.

“Many of trees in Metro Manila are not native trees. Starting with acacia. Marupok yan sa bagyo. They are not native. They did not evolve in this climate. They are shallow rooted, tapos top-heavy sila.”

He even invites us to visit UP Diliman where he planted different types of plants like dalipawan that are suitable for the Philippine climate. He refers to this move as his ‘native trees advocacy’.

Word of the wise

“Do your homework but don’t be satisfied with it.  Go laterally; read very broadly,” imparts Dr. Gomez to the younger generation. 

For Dr. Gomez, his success as a scientist and as a person was borne out of his principles and attitude towards life. His sheer desire to excel in everything that he does is what brought him to where he is now. As he puts it, “I did not aim to become a National Scientist; I just worked to be a good scientist.”

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