Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pride Month

Celebrating Pride Month: Sexual minority inclusion in public diplomacy and national development agenda, towards inclusive growth?

"The United States Embassy in Manila celebrated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (‪#‎LGBT‬) ‪#‎Pride‬ Month with a reception in Cebu on June 24th hosted by the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg. Ambassador Goldberg also hosted a roundtable discussion with USAID Philippines, the Philippine Department of Health, local government units and civic organizations to discuss the current state of HIV and AIDS in Cebu and the Philippines." - US Embassy Manila FB Fan Page

With United States of America Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg

With U.S.AID Chief of Mission to the Philippines Gloria Steele

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Best In Us

It is common knowledge that the LGBT community is discriminated and that stigma and discrimination fuels the deepening oppression of our community, which undoubtedly results to violating the rights of the LGBT community to actively participate in all aspects of community development.
Hence, our participation in any endeavor, whether artistic or not, that helps clarify issues and transform peoples’ lives and communities, is always welcome (but risky) because we believe it is effective in eradicating the oppressive gap between the LGBT and non-LGBT community.
More specifically, our participation in the Theatre for Development (T4D) project of UNICEF Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino elevated our status and reaffirmed our commitment to gender equality and human rights advocacy in a post-Haiyan context.
One of our core programs is the promotion of Queer Culture and Arts. It is common knowledge that excellence in any art forms performed by the LGBT community is apparent. Even if we are not a theater group or an artist organization for that matter, we supported various cultural and artistic endeavors in the city and province of Cebu mostly performed by young heterosexual adolescents (i.e. Binisaya Film Festival, Lilas Binisaya and Cinema Rehiyon 7 all National Commission on Culture and the Arts funded projects).

In fact, on February 2013, during the celebration of Cebu Arts Month, the Cebu provincial government, acknowledge the contribution of Bisdak Pride, Inc. 

Known to many, when the LGBTs performed during various occasions, often fiestas to honor Roman Catholic saints, we are always the performers and our performances are often viewed as “lewd and tasteless” without even an iota of “sense of social and inner justice”. In other words, performances that allows people to laugh at the expense of deepening oppression, discrimination and stigma.

However, the T4D proved that we can do more and serious in providing entertainment to affected communities. The T4D proved that we raised the bar of LGBT performances, and that is something that we want other LGBT groups in communities to replicate.

Because the T4D empowered not just an organization like ours, but more importantly it allowed every member of the theater group to acknowledge, after careful discerning, that we can actually change the existence of “tasteless” performances into worthwhile performances that not only includes an exclusive LGBT actors but an inclusive membership where anyone, regardless of sex and gender can come-up with a powerful story about people’s lives and issues and how to change it for the common good.

The actors of our group, coming from different social backgrounds, different sub-populations within the LGBT community, and a few equality advocates, learned the hard way to be accepted, heard and integrated in a group so dynamic and diverse.

But the T4D proved to be unifying.

It does not only educate affected and concerned communities, in our case, it changed our stand and viewpoints, perspectives and attitudes on how we deal with ourselves and the people we want to educate and organize.

The issues that we tackled during our presentation, LGBT rights, adolescent reproductive health, informed choice and teenage pregnancy were the same issues and concerns that we’ve discussed in various platforms. But theater for development, using theater forum, changed the way issues and stories were told and performed. More importantly, it also changed the storytellers themselves. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Weekly Homework (Economics, First Semester AY 2015 - 2016)

Attention: Econ students

1. Kindly check your weekly homework. Please follow the guidelines (below) when submitting your handwritten report in a recycled short bond paper; margin, one inch (top, bottom, left, right)

No deadline extension.

Write your,

Name and Course/Year:
Weekly Homework Number: ___

Class Schedule and Date Submitted:
Title of economic/business article/s:

Then, comply the following after reading the assigned economic/business article/s:

a. What are the words and phrases you find hard to understand? Please provide your initial understanding of these words and phrases.
b. Do you have a hard time understanding these words and phrases? Why or why not?
c. Provide a brief  economic analysis of the economic/business article/s. The analysis could be visual or written.

Deadline every Thursday.

2. For your online exercises:  No deadline extension.

Principles of Economics by Arnold Set (textbook+APLIA code)  
                 888.00 regular price less 10% discount upon showing School ID
Principles of Economics by Arnold APLIA code only        
                 670.00 net of discount

Begin: 06.15.15      End: 10.12.15
Grace Period: Ends at the end of the day on 07.05.15
Textbook: Economics by Arnold
Student Registration URL:

Course Key: D5VB-LQVP-DFCA

If you encountered any technical problem, please e-mail: cc:

REMEMBER: Student account. Students must use a standard email address, example:  (ex.

3. Grading System: 

40% - Long  (Major) Examinations

25% - Aplia (Online Exercises)
25% - Terminal Report/s
10% - Class Participation (Homework, attendance and seat work)
100% - Total

4. Terminal Report: Read the instructions carefully. DEADLINE OCTOBER 1, 2015 (Thursday)

Terminal Report: Four (4) members per group (i.e. interviewer, documentor, photographer, writer)

Part I. Look for two articles about the current state of Philippine agricultural sector or anything related to Philippine agriculture, identify the source (author, title, date published and link), and comply the following:

a.) Summary of the articles (separate per article)
b.) Lessons learned (separate per article)

Part II. Visit at least two (2) public market and identify the location (Cebu City and province), estimated size, consumers income bracket, day and time of interview. Interview two (2) vendors per public market and find out whether they are selling imported or locally produced agricultural products. Make a list of these products, the countries where they are imported from,  as well as their prices. Do the same for the local products and identify the origin of locally produced agricultural products.

Interview three (3) consumers: 1 male preferably husband, 1 female preferably wife, and a young adolescent preferably 18 to 24 years old . Ask them what agricultural products they usually buy. Do they know if these products are locally produced or imported? Which do they prefer? Why?

Write a narrative report on your trip. How does this affect the local producers? What can you say about the state of the country's agricultural sector? What do you think will happen to our agricultural productivity once the Asean Economic Community (AEC) will start implementing zero tariff to agricultural products within the Asean region?

Submit your handwritten report in a recycled short bond paper, with your name, course and year, class schedule, name of teacher. Attached photos of your visit.

Weekly Homework: (Incentive)

June 8 - 12 No Homework

June 15- 19 Homework #1

Agriculture has been left behind 

June 22 - 26

As supply fears nag and oil stocks turn cheap, fund managers jump back in 

June 29 - July 3
Facts and theories 

July 6 - 10 PRE-MIDTERM EXAM July 8 - 10
No Homework

July 13 - 17
Do we have a future in manufacturing?

July 20 - 24
Laws leveling playing field enacted

July 27 - 31 No Homework

August 3 - 7 
No Homework

August 10 - 14 MIDTERM EXAM No Homework

August 17 - 21 
No Homework

August 24 - 28
Summary Inflation Report Consumer Price Index  and Hunger: The recovery continues (Analysis should be comparative)

August 31 - September 4
Employment Situation in January 2015¹ (Final Results) and Workers belie rosy economic growth figures  (Analysis should be comparative)

September 7 - 11
Growth of services value chains, critical for job creation and inclusive growth – NEDA and Address slowing growth, government told (Analysis should be comparative)

September 14 - 18 PRE-FINAL EXAMINATIONS September 15 - 18
GDP to leave out illegal industries for now -- NEDA and Address slowing growth, government told  (Analysis should be comparative)

September 21 - 25

September 28 - October 2

October 5 - 10 FINAL EXAMINATIONS October 6 - 10

October 10 END OF CLASSES 

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