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Modernized Crime

“There is no crime when there is law punishing it” – Criminal Law principle

Bullying and stalking friends and even strangers has been made easier through the cyber world. Is cyberbullying ethical? Should the government enable specific laws to punish perpetrators of such bullying? I believe that cyberbullying is unethical and should be given attention by Philippine law makers as soon as possible because said bullying does not only pressure, stress, and harass victims, it also causes suicide. Cyberbullying and stalking were given much attention in different states after causing a 13 year old girl in Missouri to commit suicide. Cyberbullying is known as an act of harassing, threatening, degrading, and embarrassing an individual or a group through the internet or using any of the digital technology.

It is necessary to give legal basis on cyberbullying and cyberstalking because if there are no specific laws protecting individuals from cyberbullying, the immoral act would continue to ruin anyone’s life through blackmail, and other forms of harassment. Based on researches and studies, those who have been cyber-bullied suffer from psychological disorders like anxiety and depression, lowered self-esteem, failed performaces on schools, and most of the time, isolating theirselves from the public.

It is beneficial to punish and criminalize individuals who bully and stalk in the cyberspace because the act of doing it intrudes person’s privacy and that individual’s right to maintain whatever reputation he or she upholds. There are already laws in the Philippines pertaining to new media but not any of them specifically deals with cyberbullying and cyberstalking.

It is ethical for everybody to fight against people who bully and stalk through the internet because there would be no “bully” if no one lets themselves be bullied. The greatest thing we can contribute to stop the modernized crime is to start within ourselves. Don’t bully, so you wouldn’t be bullied.

Cybercrimes are rampant in the internet. Some uses the new media for human trafficking and child pornography. Others use the internet to harass and embarrass individuals. Cyberbullying and cyberstalking should be everybody’s concern and all of us should be attentive. The state should provide specific legal grounds to penalize and criminalize people who bully and stalk in the cyberspace. Being bullied and stalked is not an easy matter. Who would know if the intention of the stalker is beyond stalking? What if someone is stalking you so he or she can gather information that he/she will use to harm you and your family? As the common saying goes, “Prevention is the greatest cure.” So let us be vigilant in using the internet and entrusting information we are giving out. And most of all, don’t add to the growing population of those people who use the new media to harass and humiliate other people. Let us not send hatred to others because we would not also want to receive blackmails and hate messages.

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
This year to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special

Once bitten and twice shy
I keep my distance but you still catch my eye
Tell me, baby, do you recognize me?
Well, it’s been a year, it doesn’t surprise me

Merry Christmas, I wrapped it up and sent it
With a note saying, “I love you”, I meant it
Now I know what a fool I’ve been
But if you kissed me now I know you’d fool me again

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
This year to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
This year to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special

A crowded room and friends with tired eyes
I’m hiding from you and your soul of ice
My God, I thought you were someone to rely on
Me? I guess I was a shoulder to cry on

A face on a lover with a fire in his heart
A girl undercover but you tore her apart
Maybe this year, maybe this year
I’ll give it to someone special

‘Cause last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
This year to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
This year to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special

And last Christmas
And this year won’t be anything like
Anything like

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, you gave it away
And this year to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special

The Good, the Bad and the U-Glee! 

A big "JUMP" for the start

That was the theme of the CAC Frolics held at the Bulwagang Juan Luna of the University of the Philippines Baguio last March 12, 2010, 7:30 in the evening. 

It was a collaborative effort of the faculty members and their students from different classes. 

It is undeniable that the event was successful. 

 

 Prepations 

“It is challenging because we will be working with our collegues and we don’t do this normally only for specials ocassions like this,” Mr. Arjay Arellano said. Sir Arjay, a CAC faculty member, was the director of the production. “We need to think of the different aspects of the production. Put them together, not withstanding the capabilities of our collegues,” he added. 

Break it down ma'am and sirs

Aside from the actual content, the director of the show disclosed that they planned this event carefully and made sure that finances are feasible. 

The said event was under the Socials Committee headed by Ms. Shekinah “Shine” Queri. 

“Everybody was encouraged to join. Dean Delima introduced to all of us that we should be part, even if not for the whole routine,… so that everyone will have participation,” Ma’am Shine said. 

“Sir Amor, Ma’am Joy and Sir Isko will be joining also,” she added. 

On the other hand, Sir Francisco “Isko” Rosario Jr., was very happy because he was again invited to join his former co-faculty members. Sir Isko was a former teacher at the Language and Literature Department of UP Baguio. “I’m so happy because this is another bonding moment with my former collegues. I am happy also because this is a time where we will only be thinking of joy, fun and enjoyment,” he said. 

They started practising their routines before the month of February ends. Sir Arjay, Sir Amor, and Ma’am Shine were the main chereographers. 

Krissy Jesy Pison, a graduating student, was designated to be the Assistant Director. “She will take charge everything during the show,” sir Arjay said during rehearsals. Sir Arjay will also be performing in the show. 

Sir Arjay added, “The production will be pure fun but we will make sure that you will see the effort of every faculty.” 

More photos during preparations CLICK HERE

   

GLEE as the CONCEPT 

Based on interviews with Sir Arjay and Ma’am Shine, it was found out that they took a lot of brain stormings before coming up with the concept of Glee. 

“Ma’am Candy (Torres) wants glee and Sir Amer suggests having a political concept until it was agreed by everyone,” Ma’am Shine said. 

It was decided to pursue the developed concept to reiterrate with the coming May elections. 

“We will try to hype up students’ invlovement in the coming elections to be more discerning and wiser,” Sir Arellano ended. 

   

EVENT PROPER 

The event proper started at around 7:30 in the evening. The UPB Auditorium was jampacked. Upon the signal of “Start” was initiated, everyone was now cheering for their bets. 

It was not just a sing and dance numbers. There were monologues as well. Political issues were dicussed in a parody; Korimar for example, also with Sherap. 

The faculty and student performers gave all their best to meet the audiences’ expectations and indeed they succeeded. 

The event was well applauded and the audiences were even asking for more. 

The last video projected before the final song was a photo essay of the journey of the CAC faculty, entitled CAC through the YEARs. 

(credits to Lennie Balmeo and the SC137 class) 

   

SCENES OFF CAM  

Through the years, CAC was known to be good performers on stage. They go to the center stage prepared for every production. But how do they look back stage? 

Ma'am Rina, Ma'am Candy and Ma'am Beth with the production assistants

  Yes, some were already tired for doing a 2 consecutive show (Dulaang UPB and Frolics) but the energy in every production is still the same off the stage. The pressence of happiness and excitement is evident in each of the performers (faculty and students). 

 More OFF the stage photos and shots before and after the show, CLICK HERE. 

Director expresses his gratitude

“We’re grateful for the help of the SC137 class under ma’am Shine for their help and cooperation. Also to our students under Sir Yan-yan and Ma’am Faye, and to our other student performers,” Mr. Arjay Arellano said. SC137 class was part of the whole CAC week. They were assigned to assist each program coordinator/s (reservations of venue, equipments, promotions, etc.) and to make sure that everything will flow smoothly.

He also thanked his Assistant Director, Technical, Sounds and Light Directors, Production Assistants and all those who voluntered to help and be part of the CAC Frolics.

For more CAC Frolics shots, CLICK HERE.

Grand Street Parade at Baguio City During Panagbenga last February 27, 2010.

Baguio City Panagbenga, celebrating its 15 years.

Market Encounter: Landscape Area

   Still part of celebrating 15 years of Baguio City’s Panagbenga is a parade last February 13, 2010, 3:30 in the afternoon, to officially welcome the year of the Tiger and for the celebration of the Chinese New Year. 

   Dragons dancing in streets, Mascots waving to kids, political vehicle with campaign materials, marching bands, street dancers, were just some of the main attractions of the parade. People were happily waiting for give aways from participants like coupons, calendars and food like candies, chocolates, biscuits, junk foods, etc. 

Thanks to them who maintain the streets clean after the parade.

   After the last person of the parade faded, people also started going elsewhere, maybe going home, leaving all their wastes in the street. Lower session road was like a trash place. But after 5 minutes all the plastics and other garbages, from the participants and audiences, vanished like they were all taken by a hurricane.  

  Thanks to the group of people wearing yellow shirts, holding dust pan, trash cans and other cleaning materials. Thumbs up to our volunteers who cleared the parade area as soon as it ended. 

   Maybe next time, people who will attend and watch the coming grand street parade and grand float parade  on February 27 and 28 respectively, will help by learning to put their wastes on proper places.#Dhonalyn Agorilla

   One of the most awaited festival not only in Luzon is the Baguio City’s Panagbenga or the flower festival of the Philippines. February of every year, Baguio City presents colorful fresh flowers of the considered Summer Capital Region of the country. One of the most awaited event of the said festival is the parade of floats decorated by diffrent florals which will be on February 28, 2010.

   Another tradition during Panagbenga season is the openning of the Market Encounter along Burnham Park where different kinds of sales are displayed and attract buyers.

   This year’s Market encounter is said to be more organize compared to the previous years.

   “Ngayon mas okay  kaysa last year. Noong nakaraang taon hindi maganda ang pagkakaayos ng mga booth. Ngayon sama-sama na ang mga food, accesories, clothes,” said by a clothing stall owner.

   Added by a businessman from Pasig who came here in Baguio for this Market Encounter, “Medyo gumanda ang exhibit nating ngayon lalo na nilagyan ng bubong ang daanan ng mga tao. Maayos ang pagkakayos ng mga stall.”

   Market Encounter was openned last February 1 and will be closing this coming March 7, 2010 together with the closing ceremony of the Baguio City’s Panagbenga, 15 years. #Dhonalyn Agorilla