In search for unity, the Phoenix must rise!


It was for unity that UP Ibalon was formed from Paglaom’s broken remains. I thought the outcome was similar to a break-up of a dysfunctional family whose members had to part ways. The quarrels were intensely unbearable and Paglaom had to go.

As Bicolanos, we certainly got many things in common, but we had to suffer the break-up nonetheless. There were bickerings on issues that were contentious, but most were trivial, almost silly and childish. The regular Bicolanos who were just out to seek friends and share their evanescent passage through school, weren’t bothered. But it couldn’t be denied. There were those whose points of view were so disparate—in their ways of choosing good company, in their judgment of what was essential.

Today, we are in pursuit of unity again. Zards Colambo keeps a revised constitution for a guide. From Davao, Mighty Baylon links with Ibalons to strengthen the ties among us. And so are Yasmin Paje-Banzon and Gods A. Lanuza, who’re in Vancuover, Canada.

The Naga group of Andy Gimpaya, Butch Robredo, Fatima Balaquiao, Eden Borja-Fernando, May Magdalene Yorobe, Analee Badiola, and Ann Mariano seeks out Ibalons who might find interest in a bonding for a cause, this time as Ibalonians with wisdom to boot.

No wonder Rolan Bulao is open to be with us. Teddy Rigoroso and his group are about ready to be invited. Grace Penaflor-Sapuay, Rhoda R. Poliquit, Donna Nolasco and Kulas Sala may have questions that deserve answers. UP Ibalon Bicol reaches out for those who are out there. Let’s grind the ax and break our bread together!

Yet, why then do we have UP Harong and UP Tanaw? Do we want unity in the narrow confines of a province? A town? A barangay? Is our drive for sequestration greater than the need to be bonded together? Are we unlike the rest of the Filipinos who’re in endless pursuit for wholeness and meaning?

With the scandals and outrages happening in our country, the need to close ranks and be united is ever more important. From fire and ash, we must be renewed; the phoenix within us must rise!


4 Responses to “In search for unity, the Phoenix must rise!”

  1. upibalonbicol Says:

    At the moment, passing UPCAT is decided by choosing the best UPCAT review school, mostly found in Manila. We were 30 in our HS batch in various campuses. Now Ateneo de Naga can send less than 10 high school graduates to UP. Very soon a Bicolano UP student will become a rarity. The UP Ibalon, UP Harong, UP Tanaw will be so depleted of new talent pool to the point of inviability. Our UPCAT assistance project aims to put more Bicolanos at UP and correct a social injustice.

    Meanwhile, Harong or Tanaw, people who consider themselves alumni of UP Ibalon, are welcome to this group.

  2. myty555 Says:

    With 8 Bicolano orgs dai na man siguro ki Bicol org makakapagpadakula. Dai man pati enterong Bicolano gusto magbale sa varsitarian.
    Kun makakatabang kita with advisory and review siguro tibaad makapasar sa UP System su mga medyo marginal esp su hale duman sa mga underprivileged. An bad news lang is according to my sources dai na daa ki program sa pagtabang sa review an UP Ugnayan sa Pahinungod sa UP Diliman. I wonder kun igwa an UP Manila. Pero nagluluwas may program pa man garo an UPLB ta may slated sinda na review sa Libmanan. Delikadong sadirihon ta ini. Pero may lampas 2 bulan pa and may mga naglalataw na na volunteers.
    Saro sa nakakabawas sa pagduman sa UP kan nakakapasar ay an kakulangan sa budget. I have raised with the Steering Committee na rather than a straight scholarship ay pag-adalan an program na pareho kaidto sa Grants-in-Aid and Student Loan Board na mga nawara kaidto kan pigluwas kan UP System an STFAP, su socialized tuition fee system ninda na dai man daa na-work ta puro nagluluwas daa is Bracket 7 man giraray (which is no discount, no surcharge).
    Well may nag-advice man sakuya na pati daa an declaration sa STFAP ay dapat tabangan ta sinda. After all daa dai man ki matibay na CI system an UP.
    Nareparo ko lang duman sa bagong consti na may provision na an member kan provincial varsi na meets a 2-sem membership duman sa inda ay puwedeng i-invite sa Ibalon Alumni as associate member as long as 5 members of a particular Ibalon batch ay mag-recommend. Hmmm! Paging Zards: Pakiforward man tabi digdi su sarong attachment duman sa main e-group and pls elucidate kun tama an pagkasabot ko.
    Let’s keep the discussion flowing.

  3. andygimpaya Says:

    An maray kaining comment mo i reconstruct mo as a regular blog post para maka comment an other members. We in the Steering Committee are in fact waiting update from you about the availability of reviewers team.

  4. mesiamd Says:

    Sorpresa sakuya na igua palan nin mga review schools for UPCAT. Kadto mayo. Talagang lopsided na marhay para sa mga may kaya an paglaog sa UP.

    Marhay an maitatabang kan Ibalon duman sa mga pobreng pwede man makapasar. Kaya lang, sa po’on pa sana, uphill na an laban kan estudyante.

    Dakul an mga nararata sa UP por medio sa “socio-economic difficulties.” Kaibahan kaiyan an kapung’awan kan estudyante na naparayo sa magurang.

    Ano daw? Masakit siguro kun an Ibalon or other orgs pa, an maka-dara kan pagkarata kan mga estudyanteng ini! Ngek!


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