Monthly Archives: February 2009

We need CHANGE. Now is the time for CHANGE.

On March 6, Vote Straight! Vote C.H.A.N.G.E.!


The Manila Collegian
Yes, The Manila Collegian is now online! 😀

Si Moe… ang Presidente Mo! :)

I am running for President… of our College Student Council under the banner CHANGE. 🙂

So eto nga ang pinagkakaabalahan ko habang ako’y naka-hiatus mode dito sa Multiply. 😛 Well, not really, busy lang talaga with acads.

FRIENDS, please support me. 😀 Vote for CHANGE!

Jean Monique N. Sanchez

 Platform and Project Proposals

A.     Continuing the Primary Functions of the President

  • Head the Executive Committee and preside over all meetings of the Executive Committee and all other matters which concerns the University of the Philippines Pharmaceutical Association (UPPhA)
  • Represent the college in the Federation of Junior Chapters of Philippine Pharmaceutical Association (FJCPPhA)
  • Uphold the good name of the college and stand for what will be good for the College of Pharmacy especially the welfare of the students

B.      General and Specific Project Proposals


  • Encourage students to state their concerns through democratic consultation and try to find solutions through coordinated efforts with the administration


  • Promote good will and camaraderie among students and college organizations by means of a Codified Rules for Organizations in cooperation with the Vice-President


  • Create a UPPhA Website [] where unified positions of the council regarding local and national issues will be posted
  • Create a UP CP Virtual Community []

Nurturing the Needs

  • Promote academic excellence by providing a more conducive and friendly environment to motivate students to study
  1. Provide more lockers for the students and install a water dispenser
  2. Advocate for repair of common student facilities (comfort rooms, student lounge, etc.)
  3. Allocate and organize a space for toolboxes of students taking lab subjects


  • Provide opportunities for holistic development of students

  1. Revitalize the National Pharmacy Week by holding an Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE) in coordination with the Secretary for External Affairs
  2. Hold a Pharmacy Fair as Pre-Centennial Celebration of our College Foundation

  • Organize regular medical missions for us health care professionals to promote a social understanding of health and well-being leading to a better nation


  • Conduct a series of forums to enlighten students regarding different problems and issues of local and national interest (i.e. Return Service Obligation, Student Rights and Welfare Bill, etc.)


What technology can do…

See this amazing panorama picture of Obama’s inauguration:


Click on the link at the bottom to open picture.  The control for the picture is in the upper left.  Press the + sign to zoom in, or the arrows to move right, left, up or down.  If the picture looks fuzzy give it a second to clarify.


This is a remarkable panorama of the inauguration. It might not work well with a dial-up modem, but you can actually focus in on faces near the back of the crowd- nearly 1/2 mile!   

For fun, focus on Obama (center stage) and then look behind him. There’s Clarence Thomas seemingly asleep, Dick Cheney in his wheelchair, Clinton , Gore, Bush 41 and even Dan Quayle! Scalia is sitting there looking like the Grand Inquisitor. The clarity is amazing!

The technology is truly amazing–and it’s un-classified!  Imagine what our spy agencies can see with classified technology!!!

A father at 13?!

When I first read the article below, I was really shocked. What happened to teenagers playing Playstation? Hide and seek? Computer games?

What is happening to the world? Babies are giving birth to babies! And poor Alfie doesn’t even look 13. 😦

This is really disheartening. I hope we could do something about this situation to prevent other similar cases from occurring. We should be teaching these kids how to play dolls and action figures… Keep them preoccupied with childhood stuff. Do not give them a reason to do something insane as this. 😦

What happened to Britian and their sex ed classes? Poor couple. They don’t even know what to do. They did it without even knowing the consequences.

I just hope they’ll be really good parents. But please, the parents of these kids, help them and guide them.

Let’s just say that I’m happy they didn’t abort the baby… Still. A 13 and 15-year old couple raising a kid isn’t a funny and comforting thought.

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BOY dad Alfie Patten yesterday admitted he does not know how much nappies cost — but said: “I think it’s a lot.”

Baby-faced Alfie, who is 13 but looks more like eight, became a father four days ago when his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman gave birth to 7lb 3oz Maisie Roxanne.

He told how he and Chantelle, 15, decided against an abortion after discovering she was pregnant.

The shy lad, whose voice has not yet broken, said: “I thought it would be good to have a baby.

“I didn’t think about how we would afford it. I don’t really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me £10.”

Alfie, who is just 4ft tall, added: “When my mum found out, I thought I was going to get in trouble. We wanted to have the baby but were worried how people would react.

“I didn’t know what it would be like to be a dad. I will be good, though, and care for it.”

Alfie’s story, broken exclusively by The Sun today has sparked a huge political storm with Tory leader David Cameron saying: “When I saw these pictures this morning, I just thought how worrying that in Britain today children are having children.

“I hope that somehow these children grow up into responsible parents but the truth is parenthood is just not something they should be thinking about right now.”

PM Gordon Brown refused to comment directly on the story but said it was important that the Government did all it could to prevent teenage pregnancies.

Alfie’s dad Dennis yesterday told how the lad does not really understand the enormity of his situation — but seemed desperate to be a devoted and responsible father.

He wanted to be the first to hold Maisie after the hospital birth. He tenderly kisses the baby and gives her a bottle.

And Dennis, 45, said: “He could have shrugged his shoulders and sat at home on his Playstation. But he has been at the hospital every day.”

Maisie was conceived after Chantelle and Alfie — just 12 at the time — had a single night of unprotected sex.

They found out about the baby when Chantelle was 12 weeks pregnant.

But they kept it a secret until six weeks later when Chantelle’s mum Penny, 38, became suspicious about her weight gain and confronted her.

After that Alfie’s family told only those closest to them for fear he would be “demonised” at school.

Chantelle gave birth to Maisie on Monday night after a five-hour labour at Eastbourne Hospital, East Sussex.

Last night she told The Sun: “I’m tired after the birth. I was nervous after going into labour but otherwise I was quite excited.”
Chantelle told how she discovered she was expecting after going to her GP with “really bad” stomach pains. She said: “Me and Alfie went. The doctor asked me whether we had sex. I said yes and he said I should do a pregnancy test. He did the test and said I was pregnant. I started crying and didn’t know what to do.

“He said I should tell my mum but I was too scared.

“We didn’t think we would need help from our parents. You don’t really think about that when you find out you are pregnant. You just think your parents will kill you.”

But Penny figured out what was going on after buying Chantelle a T-shirt which revealed her swelling tum.

Chantelle admitted she and Alfie — who are both being supported by their parents — would be accused of being grossly irresponsible. She said: “We know we made a mistake but I wouldn’t change it now. We will be good loving parents.

“I have started a church course and I am going to do work experience helping other young mums.

“I’ll be a great mum and Alfie will be a great dad.”

Chantelle and Maisie were released from hospital yesterday. They are living with Penny, Chantelle’s jobless dad Steve, 43, and her five brothers in a rented council house in Eastbourne. The family live on benefits. Alfie, who lives on an estate across town with mum Nicola, 43, spends most of his time at the Steadmans’ house.

He is allowed to stay overnight and even has a school uniform there so he can go straight to his classes in the morning.

Alfie’s dad, who is separated from Nicola, believes the lad is scared deep down.

He said: “Everyone is telling him things and it’s going round in his head. It hasn’t really dawned on him. He hasn’t got a clue of what the baby means and can’t explain how he feels. All he knows is mum and dad will help.

“When you mention money his eyes look away. And she is reliant on her mum and dad. It’s crazy. They have no idea what lies ahead.”

Dennis, who works for a vehicle recovery firm, described Alfie as “a typical 13-year-old boy”.

He said: “He loves computer games, boxing and Manchester United.” Dennis, who has fathered nine kids, told how he was “gobsmacked” when he discovered Alfie was to be a dad, too.

He said: “When I spoke to him he started crying. He said it was the first time he’d had sex, that he didn’t know what he was doing and of the complications that could come.

“I will talk to him again and it will be the birds and the bees talk. Some may say it’s too late but he needs to understand so there is not another baby.”

Chantelle’s mum said: “I told her it was lovely to have the baby but I wish it was in different circumstances. We have five children already so it’s a big financial responsibility. But we are a family and will pull together and get through.

“She’s my daughter. I love her and she will want for nothing.”

Last night Michaela Aston, of the anti-abortion Christian charity LIFE, said: “We commend these teenagers for their courage in bringing their child into the world.

“At the same time this is symptomatic of the over-sexualisation of our youngsters and shows the policy of value-free sex education just isn’t working.”

Today Sussex Police and the local council’s children services said they have investigated the case and pledged continued support for the young parents.

Britain’s youngest known father is Sean Stewart. He became a dad at 12 when the girl next door, 15-year-old Emma Webster, gave birth in Sharnbrook, Bedford, in 1998. They split six months later.

Source: The Sun