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P.I. Jazz Fest 2008

Raul Midon

Are you a fan of jazz? Are you a fan of music?

If you are, then prove it by joining the biggest musical festival in the country this year: The Philippine International Jazz and Arts Festival 2008, which started last 29th of February in Manila and runs until the 15th of March. Featured international artists include Lee Ritenour, Kurt Elling, Omar Sosa, Sara Gazarek, Chico and the Gypsies, and Incognito. From local shores we have Johnny Alegre, Bob Aves Group, Toti Fuentes, Gerard Salonga, Manuel Baldemor, and the Brass Munkeys, among others.

The event this year is made more special because the organizer, P.I. Jazz Foundation, is now involved with UNICEF. Efforts are being made to bring jazz to the youth through development programs such as school workshops in Far Eastern University and the University of Santo Tomas, summer music training courses, a talent search contest, and mall tours featuring our top local musicians.

The real reason why I am all hyped up about it, however, is the phenomenal Raul Midón. You’ve simply got to see him! The blind New York City-based singer-songwriter and guitarist will be down at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza to give a free workshop on March 12. And on March 13, he’ll be featured in the main concert with Montreal-based jazz pianist Lorraine Demarais.

For more information, visit the official website at

More schools opening on June 12

Let me borrow some lines from a popular Christmas song.. “You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why…” If you don’t want to cry or pout on June 12, Tuesday morning, leave for work extra early! More schools opening mean more people on the road, which means more traffic that can possibly make you late for work. So don’t say you haven’t been warned. Go to work extra early on Tuesday!

UP Charter Change approved by Senate!

Good news UP Students, the Senate recently approved the changes to the UP Charter which strengthes UP as the National University. Some of the changes include more autonomy for the UP board of regents, exemption of faculty from the salary standardization law and tax-exemptions on areas related to educational functions.

This is a victory for UP (and for Education) because our charter change has always been defeated in previous Senate sessions and because of this, I believe that Senate Majority leader Fran­cis Pangilinan, head of the Senate panel which approved this deserves being reelected to his post.

Rainy Days and Mondays

Happy first day of school to all students as today is the first day of classes. PAGASA is expecting heavy rains today so bring an umbrella. DepEd also recently reiterated the rules for declaring class suspension where classes are automatically suspended in all public and private institutions at the pre-school level when PAGASA raises storm signal number 1. At signal number 2, elementary and secondary levels will also be suspended. Students should be happy to know that there are no storms in the Philippines as of today.

The sad state of education

The Commission on Higher Education or CHED has approved the tuition fee increase of over 80 schools all over the Metro. Even the University of the Philippines will be increasing its fees by more than 300% from P300 (US$ 6) to P1000 (US$ 20) per unit for incoming Freshmen for the incoming year. Note that this increase is only for the tuition fees, most of these schools, including UP, will be increasing miscellaneous fees, lab fees and possibly more.

While I have to admit that schools do need to adjust to the inflation rate (and UP has not adjusted its fees for over 20 years) it is truly sad that Higher Education is still a luxury for a majority of Manilenos. Just chalk this up to the 88 out of the 299 schools in Metro Manila that will be hiking their tuition fees and you will have an even sadder state of the country’s education system.

Aquino Cup Coming to Tarlac


I was never good enough to be part of the school’s debate team when I was a student. I might have misconstrued the whole thing as geeky, too, but nowadays I realize more than ever that eloquence often portends a bright future. So I am writing to support young Filipino college debate students who are about to undertake one of their biggest events ever.

The Philippine Inter-collegiate Debating Championships will be coming to Tarlac this April, through the combined efforts of the University of the Philippines Debate Society (UPDS), the North Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB), the Tarlac Conventions and Visitors Bureau (TCVB), and the Aquino Foundation.

From April 13 to 16, over 200 students from various colleges and universities will be gathering in Luisita, Tarlac City for the event touted as the most prestigious Asian Parliamentary debate tournament in the country.

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