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Ano nga ba ang nasyonalismo?

 NOONG aking kabataan, hindi nawawala sa talakayan sa asignaturang Filipino at Sibika ang paksang “nasyonalismo.”

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     NOONG aking kabataan, hindi nawawala sa talakayan sa asignaturang Filipino at Sibika ang paksang “nasyonalismo.” Kalakip ng paksang ito ang pagkakabisa ng ilang bagay tulad ng: Pambansang Bayani na si Dr. Jose Rizal, Pambansang Awit na Lupang Hinirang, Pambansang Prutas na Mangga, at iba pa. Naaalala ko pa na binibigyan kami ng markang bituin sa aming braso kapag tama ang aming sagot. Ngunit sa kalaunan ay unti-unti itong nababaon sa limot.

     Minsan, naiiba pa ang pangalan o kaya naman ay tuluyan na itong nakalilimutan. Inaral natin ito ng mahigit anim na taon at makakalimutan nalang natin ng basta-basta? Totoo bang nabubuhay pa ang nasyonalismo sa puso ng mga Pilipino? O kailangan pa natin ng makabuluhang kadahilanan upang magalab itong muli sa atin?

     Kaugnay sa ating pagdiriwan ng Buwan ng Wika, nakapanayam namin si Dr. Roberto Ampil, Tagapangulo ng Departamento ng Filipino ng UST. Nilalayon namin na sana’y masagot ang mga katanungang naghahangad ng kasagutan at mabigyang pansin, ukol sa nasyonalismo ng mga Pilipino.

     Kung gayon, bakit nga ba meron tayong mga Pambansang mga bagay, kaganapan, at personalidad? Ano ba ang mga ito? Para saan? Pano ito napili? Nagbabago ba ito sa paglipas ng panahon?

     Ang mga ito, ayon kay Dr. Ampil, ay isa sa mga nagbubuklod sa mga Pilipino lalo na’t tayo ay bansang pulo-pulo. Dahil sa pagkakahiwahiwalay natin, nabuo sa atin ang mentalidad na mayroon akong kayang gawin na maaring di mo kayang gawin, mayroon akong “Specialization”. Ngunit hindi nating maaaring sabihin na lahat ng Pilipino ay mayroong ganitong katangian o kakayahan. Sa kadahilanang ito, ang mga Pambansang bagay, kaganapan at personalidad ay kumakatawan sa mga katangian natin bilang mga Pinoy. Ito ay maaaring maging representasyon natin sa ibang bansa o maging mga katangian na dapat nating isabuhay.

     Ngunit sa paglipas ng panahon, maraming bagay ang nagbabago. Kung ano man ang ginagawa ng ating mga magulang noong kabataan nila ay maaaring hindi na maging tulad ng dati pag ginawa natin sa panahon ngayon.

        Ayon kay Dr. Ampil, noong panahon ni Cory Aquino, ang pambansang isda ay galunggong. Napili ito dahil sa hirap ng buhay noon, mas mura ito kaysa sa bangus. Pero ngayon, parang baliktad, parang mas mahal ang galunggong ngayon kaysa sa bangus.

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      Ang pagtakbo ng panahon din ay nakakaapekto, dagdag ni Dr. Ampil. Noon ang pambansang ibon ay maya. Pero ang kanyang laki ay naging problema para sa iba.

   “Sabi nila, maliit lang, maliit lang ang tingin natin sa mga Pilipino. Bakit hindi natin palitan?”

     Dahil dito ginawang nila ngayon itong Philippine Eagle, isa sa pinakamalalaking agila sa buong mundo. Ganun ang pagtingin natin, ikinakabit yung pagkakakilanlan natin bilang Pilipino doon sa mga simbolo na kinikilala natin. Ang karakter ng Pilipino ay nakikita doon sa karakter ng simbolo.

     Ngunit kung iisipin, ano nga ba ang dahilan kung bakit mayroon tayo nito? Maaari natin itong iugnay sa nasyonalismo, pero ano nga bang talaga ang nasyonalismo?

     Ayon kay Dr. Ampil, ang nasyonalismo ay isang napakalawak na paksa. Lalo na sa usaping, “Paano mo makikilala na makabayan ka?” Hindi naman natin masasabing kapag marunong kang magsalita ng Filipino ay makabayan ka na, pag nagingles ka, hindi ka na makabayan. Kung kaya’t papasok ang tanong na, “Pano natin mabibigyang kahulugan ang pagiging makabayan?”

     Kung tatanungin ang Filipino propesor, para sa kanya walang nasyonalismo dahil hanggang ngayon, pinapairal parin natin yung tinatawag nating “Rehiyonalismo”, kanya-kanya tayo. Kaya nga meron tayong sinasabi na “One Town. One Product.” na eto, produkto ito ng isang bayan, produkto ito ng ibang bayan, pero hindi sinasabing produkto ito ng buong Pilipinas. Kaya kung sasabihin mo yung makabayan, makabansa, parang malabo yata na bigyang kahulugan ito. Nasa tao parin kung pano ang tingin niya sa sarili niya kung siya ba ay makabayan.

     Sa huli, nasasaatin parin ang huling pagpapasya kung tayo ba talaga ay makabayan o hindi. Maaaring ang iba’t ibang tao ay may iba ibang kahulugan para sa salitang “nasyonalismo” ngunit mayroong isang punto kung saan magtatagpo ang ating mga pananaw na maaaring maging tunay na kahulugan ng Nasyonalismo. Marami man tayong pagkakaiba ngunit sa huli tinatawag parin nating lahat ang sarili natin bilang Pilipino.

Mula kay Antonio Mari F. Cochico
Litrato mula kay Maria Veronica Kaye O. Gantinao

 

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Cramming Playlist: Buzzer Beats

Yeah, it’s big brain time.

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Artwork by Ayeesha Panotolan

The most dreadful time of the semester is here and with it comes every student’s best friend: cramming. We all know that it’s an ineffective and unhealthy way to retain information. Yet, we still choose to condense weeks worth of lectures into hours of late night study sessions because it somehow still gets the job done. 

Studying in the wee hours of the morning means you need something to keep you and your brain awake and functioning. Below, we’ve compiled a playlist that will surely get those neurons firing as you burn the midnight oil.

 

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12 tweets hyping up the Lady of Sorrows pubmat

And the Grammy goes to… Chromatica!

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"Lady of Sorrows" poster grabbed from the official Facebook page of the University

Today, the University published a poster commemorating the day of the Lady of Sorrows. As a Catholic university, it has always been a practice of the University to publish publicity materials about the Catholic Church’s feasts, traditions, and holidays. However, the Lady of Sorrows poster had more to offer other than the photograph of Mama Mary. What does the Twitter-verse have to say about it?

Here are some tweets that that hyped up the Lady of Sorrows pubmat:

1. An iconic upgrade.

Comic Sans MS is nowhere to be found! 

2. And the Grammy goes to… Chromatica!

I know you’re rooting for this iconic album too.

3. Ah, ah, ah!

The Lord and Mama Mary love us like that! 

4. Time to hype the party!

Wait, are we going to cry or…?

5. Time to light these bad boys up.

They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)

6. And she spoke of the truth!

It really does, I swear.

7. There’s an uncanny resemblance, right?

Aren’t we all inspired by someone or something?

8. Don’t you just miss the good days?

Time to bust out those moves soon, sister.

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9. Sing it with me!

I’m a hundred percent sure you sang the next lines!

10. *Saves to Pinterest board*

Don’t tell me I’m the only one who did this.

11. Response?

We’re going to need the energy UP tonight.

12. Stream Papuri sa Diyos Remix

Prepare your dancing shoes! You’re going to bust some moves.

Whether one is religious or not, everyone can admit that the pubmat is comical yet well done at the same time. Today, Twitter truly had a laugh while touching up hints on pop culture references. All jokes aside, may we celebrate what the 15th of September is truly about: the day of the Lady of Sorrows.

And together we say, “Amen”.

 

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The 12 types of people in quarantine

We’re pretty much sure you’re #8 in the list.

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Artwork by Patricia Jardin/TomasinoWeb

The pandemic has kept people indoors and isolated from their day-to-day lives. While cabin fever set in for some, others have thrived in being able to stay in the comfort of their homes. 

Being productive while in quarantine has been a major challenge for everyone ever since it began. With normal workflows being disrupted, we had to find ways to keep our minds working amidst the recent events that have taken over the world. With that said, being productive isn’t just about continuing the grind, it could also mean finding the time to heal in all aspects of our lives.

These limitations gave birth to personalities that we did not know we had; for others, the personality they wished they could always show. Here we list down the different types of people in quarantine.

1. The news bulletin

Source: GIPHY

There might be some who feel burdened and tired by the daily news cycle, but these people are not one of them. Glued to the TV or the updates on their phones and computers, they’re the kind to stay on top of the news as it happens. These people are the ones we rely on for updates, even if it means talking to them is like listening to primetime news.

2. The health secretary

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Going hand-in-hand with the news buff, these are the types of people we can trust with the latest safety tips and tricks against the pandemic. They keep up-to-date with recent studies, at-home advice, and ideal precautions to keep themselves and everyone safe. Like the news bulletin, we can rely on them to help inform us on how to stay safe during this pandemic.

3. The quarantine entrepreneur

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Quarantine brought upon limitations, but these people have found business opportunities while at home. They’ve created different products or services that people can make use of while at home. For some, it has also been a way of helping communities by donating portions of their sales to charities and relief efforts. From delicious desserts to affordable online services, these people have kept on the hustle during the quarantine.

4. The house executive

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While the lockdowns meant work had to stop for most, these people continue the work at home. Often seen in an online meeting in Zoom, Teams, or Meet, they carry on with their job in what some argue to be a less stressful environment. At the same time, they also become sources of entertainment in calls when random background events occur.

5. The (at-home) gym rat

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Who said you had to skip your summer bod this year? With more time indoors than ever before, these people prefer to use their time to whip their body back to shape. Having less distractions, they’ve managed to find a workout plan to stick with using all the equipment at their disposal.

6. The quarantine chef

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If there was anything we loved watching more than comedy skits and dance challenges, it would be cooking videos. With people spending more time in the kitchen this quarantine, more recipes have come out to inspire our quarantine chefs to put their aprons back on. We can bet on these people to wow us with their cooking on our tables or on our smartphones when they post their cooking online.

7. The vlogger

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While most people are content with enjoying content, these people have been inspired to make them. You’ve probably seen some of your friends start a YouTube channel during this quarantine period and maybe even shared their videos in support. These people make their quarantines more interesting by exploring their creativity and producing content for friends, family, and the world to enjoy.

8. The TikToker

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Perhaps the young and hip cousin of the vlogger, these are the people who have decided to get in on the trend and produce TikTok videos. Similar to previous platforms like Vine, TikTok makes it easier to produce fun and quirky content that’s much shorter than its YouTube counterparts. Whether it’s TikTok dances or comedy skits, these people have joined in on the fun on the trending social media platform in their spare time.

9. The Netflix guide

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If the last two entries featured people who make content in quarantine, these people are the ones more content with consuming them. Finally having the time to sit back and go through their Netflix library, these people have become very reliable guides for what movie or show to watch next. Whether you’re looking for heart-wrenching dramas, light and witty romcoms, or serious and brooding thrillers, they’ve got just the thing for you.

10. The digital shopaholic

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Lockdowns may have caused malls and shopping centers to temporarily close, but these people have decided to take their business elsewhere. They find themselves spending most of their time browsing through flash deals and free shipping specials looking for the best deals. With packages coming in on almost a daily basis, these people have endeared themselves to the delivery crew in their area.

11. The Zen master

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Being at home this quarantine means you get to be in the one place you’re most familiar with. While others try to stay active physically, these people use the comfort of their homes to engage themselves mentally and emotionally. They’re the ones we probably don’t hear a whole lot from this quarantine but when we do, it’s often to hear realizations and reflections about themselves and the world around them.

12. The couch potato

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Perhaps the most recognizable and most relatable, these people are the ones that just enjoy the break from it all. These people simply enjoy sleeping in, staying in bed, or just relaxing in their own little spaces. They relish in the simpler things in life, choosing to just take a good break from all the work and stresses that they’ve had before.

The pandemic has left us with a constant feeling of uncertainty about our future. Monthly bad news and toxic arguments in social media have made us feel bogged down and burnt out. 

Regardless of the means, what’s most important is that we take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. Whether that’s by doing physical and mental activities or simply taking a well-deserved break, what matters most is that we keep ourselves afloat. 

At the end of the day, our part in staying at home is the best we can do to not only help ourselves but also everyone around us against this pandemic.

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