Thursday, December 27, 2007

Flambeau sweeps citations Regional and Luzonwide

An article written in wife for the college school magazine. 

Flambeau sweeps citationsRegional and Luzonwide
-iCa Hontiveros(ica cheng)

Together with 42 collegesand universities from CALABARZON ( Region IV-!), Flambeau, the Official CollegePublication of Siena College Taytay took part in the 7th PhilippineCampus Regional Higher Press Conference last December 7-9, 2007 at Angel'sHills Retreat House, Tagaytay. After the preliminary competition, the groupadvanced and competed against more than 100 schools Luzonwide at Villa VictoriaHotel, Tuguegarao City last February 6-9, 2007; both sweeping group andindividual awards.

It has been a good year forthe College publication as they continue to sweep recognitions in the muchawaited annual events. This year, the group category awards were increased to12 from the preceding 3. Three of the staffers also grabbed individual awardsfor Poetry Writing, Editorial Cartoon Drawing, and Photojournalism in theRegional event while consequently getting three citations Luzonwide afteradvancing.

Tagaytay City (Regional)- Flambeau staff completer with theregion's best student-journalists coming from different schools in Region IV-A.The group gathered three individual awards: Marica Camille Hontiveros(Editor-in-Chief) as the 9th placer among the contending poetrywriters, Antonio Mallari, Jr. (Managing Editor) as the 9th placer inthe Editorial Cartoon Drawing Category, and Cesar Cesumission(Photographer)  as the 4thplacer in Photojournalism. This made him qualify for the Luzonwide HigherEducation Press Competition.

The staff bagged six awardsfor Flambeau, the official tabloid of the College Department. They brought homefive awards for Sulo, the newsletter, and 4th place for Pyre, theLiterary and Arts Folio.
Flambeau got the 4thplace for both the Best Editorial Page and Best Page Design, 5th forBeat Feature-Literary, 10th place for both the Community Developmentand News page, and 9th place for the over-all Best Tabloid.
Sulo garnered 4thplace for the Best Page Design, 5th place for the Opinion/EditorialPage, 6th Best in Feature-Literary, 10th in Sports Page,and 9th for the Best Newsletter.

Flambeau Assistant Adviser,Ms. Leah Lapastora said "I feel very blessed that our hard work reaped awardsnot just in the Regional Press Conference. I am still amazed until now that ofthe 105 schools that participated with almost 121 papers as entries, Flambeaugot not just one but two awards in the Luzonwide Press Conference".

Tuguegarao City (Luzonwide)-With Cesar Cesumission getting above the5th place in the latter competition, Flambeau was qualified to jointhe Luzonwide and compete with at least 105 schools of 121 campus papers.
The event council recognizedFlambeau as 9th Best in News Page, the most sought after section towin in by the contenders, and 8th Best in Page Design for the GroupCategory representing the tabloid.

Miss Leah Marie E.Lapastora, Flambeau Assistant Adviser, and Dr. Maria B. Cequna, FlambeauAdviser, were also awarded during the Luzonwide Press Conference as both thewinning coach and adviser of the publication.

December 2007-March 2008

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


This one is an entry to one of the writing competitions that my wife participated in.  As she qualified in the regional meet, she represented our school and the province of Rizal.  

I have a voice and I can speak
But they have cut my tongue
Now it is from the inside that I shriek
Now I am mute
Silent, Silent, Silent

I have eyes and I can see
But they have placed a blindfold on me
Now I see nothing
Nothing, Nothing, Nothing

I am free
But they have chained me
My hands, they have bound
My feet, they have shackled

A bird whose wings they have clipped
I cannot fly, I cannot fly, I cannot fly

They paint pictures
Colorful, beautiful pictures
But like the headstone of a tomb
Underneath it is rotten and dead.

I have smelled their stench
I know their evil
Yet I have been silenced
A song without a melody
A breathing corpse
A mute who can speak

I have a voice and I can speak
But they have cut my tongue
Now it is from the inside that I shriek
Now I am mute
Silent, Silent, Silent

9th place
Poetry Writing (English)
2007 Regional Press Conference
ica cheng

Monday, July 2, 2007

Unity in Diversity

Back in college, Ica and I were members of the school publication organization.  This is one of many articles written by my wife back then.  I believe this was used an editorial piece.

Writer's Block
iCa Hontiveros(ica cheng)

Unity in Diversity

The world is becoming smaller and smaller each day.Travel is no longer an expedition to the unknown. Breaking news can bediscovered through the click of a mouse. There isn't much difference with theclothes of a girl in Tokyo, to a girl in New York, to a girl in London or to a Pinay Fashionista anymore.Seemingly, we are becoming one with the world. And with it we are loosing ouridentity.
One concept I learned from High school is 'Unity inDiversity'. With which comes into my mind a tapestry, woven with the finest andrichest colors. Each color has a unique identity different from the rest of thecolors. Each thread is unique and different. Yet when all these colors areinterwoven and intertwined with one another, they create a masterpiece. There isbeauty from their difference; so as there is wonder as they come together.
We are like these threads; each one is different,each one is unique. I believe that we should all learn to accept and embraceeach other's beauty. I did not use the word 'tolerate' because this connotes aforced acceptance only.
Of course, differences will always bring clashes andmisunderstandings. But always remember that once you say are better thansomeone else just because you cannot appreciate who they are and what they arelike, then you are no different from Adolf Hitler.
Hitler believed in a 'supreme race' –the Aryan race,the tall, blonde, blue-eyed Caucasian with a long pointed nose; so much so thatall other races were inferior and so much so that countless Jews were brutallykilled in concentration camps just because of Hitler's idea of a supreme race.
This is one of the oldest storied of mankind. Sometell of drastic fates that of the Africans who were treated like animals asthere were traded for slaves in Europe and in the New World.
Even in our own history, the Spanish looked down onthe Indios, on us Filipinos, while we Filipinos looked down on the Chinese. Inour own country, the mentality of Regionalism has prevented us from becomingone.
But the acceptance I am pertaining to goes beyondregion or nationality. It goes much deeper than that.
We are all like the obnoxious popular snob who wouldlook down on anyone who is weird or different. Why would we look down on peoplewho are different from us? Why must we ostracize anyone just because they don'tfit into the norms of popular culture?
Can you imagine if we were all the same? If we alldressed the same, if we all liked the same music, the same food, the sameleisure, the same hobby, what a boring life this would be!
We are all different and we can all offer differentthings. Each of us contributes to something new and unique. And this helps makethe tapestry even more beautiful and alive.
So think about the last time you looked down onsomeone just because he or she is different. You are just proving how shallowand close minded you are.  You are onlycontributing to bringing dullness in this world.
We should all work hard to make that tapestry come alive.We should appreciate each unique color. We must accept each and everyindividual. We must have an open heart and mind. We must learn to accept andappreciate each one for who they are. Only then will the tapestry come fullyalive. Only then will there be Unity and Diversity.

-Writer's Block
Editorial Page
July-August 2007