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by Jonathan Espejo Sy, Class 2017
When I started out at the University of the Philippines, I did not feel like I had to work hard. I thought that I was smart enough to handle whatever would come my way. In a way, it was good; I never had that much self-esteem before. To be on equal footing with the likes of high school valedictorians and graduates of renowned private and science high schools. But that was just the beginning.
As five years went by and barely met my expectations, it had become clear to me that I did not like the program I had signed up for. I didn’t have the liberty to choose my own sport or foreign language elective. It was an accelerated program into medicine, a British experiment embedded in an American system. I had yet to grasp the notion that it wouldn’t be the college experience I had hoped it would be. The problem was that I let it get in the way of making the most of what little I thought I saw, regardless of the flaws I saw in the system.
by Diego Mina, Class 2021
On the 15th of June 2017, AGHAM Youth, UP Saribuhay, and Rise for Education College of Science Diliman held a press conference wherein they launched the Free Tuition Watch campaign, which would aim to collate reports through social media on the implementation of the Php 8.3B funds for free tuition this school year 2017-2018.
The provision of Php 8.3B was written last December 2016 into the General Appropriations Act for 2017. While it had been explicitly stated that the 8.3B would be used so as to have no tuition collection at least for the school year 2017-2018, the CHED-DBM released a controversial set of rules and regulations that introduced a “prioritization scheme”. There has also been a letter from CHED Commissioner Prospero De Vera stating that medical students would be able to obtain the free tuition as long as they fulfill certain requirements. As of writing however, the College of Medicine has not yet stated that there are rules to be implemented.
by Iris Ditan, Class 2021
Last May 12, 2017, the UP Medical Students’ Society hosted Fridays At The East or FATE 2017: Tambay, a battle of the bands from the UPCM-PGH community, at the PGH Science Hall. The theme ‘Tambay’ pertained to the easy pleasure of listening to and making music when and wherever, focusing on Original Pinoy Music that brought people together.