The UP Organization of Business Economics Majors (UP OBEM) is a duly recognized organization of the University of the Philippines.  It is one of the most dynamic socio-academic organizations to date providing a venue and creating an environment that is responsible to the needs of its members and conducive to social responsibility, academic, professional, and personal development.

UP OBEM takes pride in being a family here in the University. UP OBEM is not just of a group of individuals who have SE 122 to share; but a family, whose existence is highly valued by each member. It is a family steadfastly committed to the development of the members – individually and collectively. More importantly UP OBEM is a family yearning for the precepts of unity, service, and excellence with much passion and enthusiasm.

After more than 20 years of existence, the organization has been triumphant in furthering its goals and living up its precepts. UP OBEM continues, as a family, in its journey to become a unifying body for students who are committed to social service and academic excellence. Which is emphasized by this semester’s theme: Bringing in evolution. Going beyond expectations.


written by:
Allan Claridad
OBEM President

 
 
“Express yourself,” a cliché that even a fourth grader would not accept as an intellectual tag line, signified the launch of SIDHI’s fresh start this academic year 2011-2012. The question, as to why the official student publication of the UP School of Economics could not think of a better catchphrase, was retorted by the new set of Editorial Board members.

“Even ‘blah blah’ would’ve passed for a tag line… The thing is, whatever tag line we come up with, if the students believe they do not have the skill, they will not join SIDHI. The description ‘official student publication’ alone says it all.” Pamela Jean Corpuz, the incumbent editor-in-chief of SIDHI, said.

“Just think of it as a part-time GE subject,” says Louisa Camille Poco, the new Associate Editor. SIDHI is more of an outlet, a means of showcasing one’s talents and skills, than an organization. It may require a certain degree of effort from the members, because it is, in it’s own way, a servant to its target audience. It is the writers’ responsibility to entertain, inform, and provide sound opinions that would aid the readers into arriving at a personal conclusion. It is the voice of the meek and the shy. It is the School of Economics’ window to the outside world—anything beyond indifference curves and demand and supply.

In its more than 25 years of service to the UP School of Economics, SIDHI humbly tells all about the struggles of an organization nearly circling the drain and its schemes to save the concrete and most accessible means of communication among the Economics majors, the SE administration, and the various Economics organizations.

With merely eleven writers last year, SIDHI was able to publish three issues, along with a literary folio in March 2011. Now, through the School org fair, SIDHI was able to actively recruit 27 writers, artists, and photographers already gearing up for the release of the first newsletter this coming 26th of July.

This academic year, SIDHI is positively looking towards a revival, with the participation and cooperation of its newly appointed Editorial Board members—the others, namely: Juliette Laguda (Managing Editor), Rafaello Batobato (News Editor), Giselle Jose (Features Editor), Kevin Estopace (Layout Editor), and Madeiline Aloria (Graphics Editor). First on the list of objectives is the assurance of quality information, specifically by preventing stale news. In lieu with this, just for the first semester, the School of Economics will be provided with a newsletter monthly, beginning this July 2011, and an ultimate issue to cap off the semester.


written by:
Pam Corpuz
SIDHI Editor-in-Chief

 
 
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    UP Debate Society (UPDS) garnered back-to-back victories in international tournaments, as UPD 1, composed of Carlo Raphael Borromeo (III-BS Business Economics), Angelique Pearl Simbulan (IV-BA Political Science) and Alistair Jan Zosa (V-BS Business Administration and Accountancy), finished as grand finalists and 1st Runner Up of the 2nd United Asians Debating Championship (UADC) in the University of Macau, Macao, China on May 16-23, 2011; and as Nicolo Cabrera (Batch 2007, BS Psychology) was awarded Best Speaker of the Grand Finals and won the championship title as part of a composite team in La Salle Intervarsity (LSIV) 2011 in De La Salle University Manila.

    UPD 1 went against National University of Singapore’s Team 1 in the grand finals on the motion, "THW never offer amnesty to heads of state in the midst of possible regime change". The team, who just recently won the national championship, bested over 120 teams and 400 debaters from all over Asia. It was a historic moment for UP Diliman because the last time that the university reached the Grand Finals of this Asian-wide tournament was in 2001.

    UPD teams 2 and 3 also gave a strong performance in UADC. Both teams debated in the finals series. UPD 2, composed of Candice Kimberley Chung (III-BS Business Administration), Genica Therese Endaluz (IV-BA Political Science) and Jesus Nicardo Falcis III (II-Juris Doctor), lost to UPD 1 and finished as semifinalists. UPD 3, composed of Norman Cualteros (IV-BA Public Administration), Weston Coleman Lee (II-BS Industrial Engineering) and Garie Ouano (III-BS Economics), finished as octofinalists.

    UPDS adjudicators also reaped honor for the university. Anna Elvira Arcellana (Batch 2010 BS Biology) and Angelo Paolo Kalaw (Batch 2011 BS Economics) judged up to the Semifinals of the main break and Raymund Victor Vitorio (Batch 2009 BA English Studies) & Joanne Elizabeth Atienza (Batch 2010 BS Community Nutrition) were chosen to adjudicate the English for Foreign Language category Semifinals.  Justine Anne Conanan (IV-Non major) also broke as judge for EFL and Anna Carmela Que (III-BA Political Science) broke as a reserve adjudicator.

    Before UADC, UPDS garnered awards in La Salle International Intervarsity 2011. Cabrera’s composite team went against Arcellana’s composite team in the grand finals. Borromeo, Simbulan and Zosa finished as quarterfinalists. Chung, Endaluz, Falcis, Cualteros, Lee and Ouano finished as pre-quarter finalists.

    UPDS members and alumni also received individual awards in LSIV. Arcellana was named Best Speaker of the tournament. Endaluz was the 6th Best Speaker. Cabrera and Falcis were tied as 8th Best Speakers. Chung was the 10th Best Speaker.

    UPDS adjudicators were also recognized in LSIV. Nicole Gabrielle Kalingking (III-BA Philosophy) and Anna Que were quarter finals judges while Benedict Bismark (III-BS Business Economics) was a pre-quarter finals adjudicator.


written by:
Anna Carmela S. Que
III BA Political Science - UP Diliman
Vice President for Public Relations - UP Debate Society
 
 
Decade to decade, projects that organizations endeavored evolved to become as diverse, multi-faceted, and engaging as possible. In a nutshell, such ranged from socially-relevant symposia to euphoric college parties—and now it develops to something where students discover a better sense of involvement. Career assistance, as the main goal of an organization, offers venues for career awareness, social interaction, and character development. In striving for excellence in all its endeavors, the UP Career Assistance Program CBA-SE consistently raised its brand equity to what it is now known for—service and excellence. These are the enduring thrusts of the organization. From one that solely provided assistance with seminars, it is now among the most sought for organizations today. Its members are empowered by the sense of service they realize in the relevant projects.

UP CAP has an eight-step program for the students: 1) the CAPture Gallery; 2) the CAPsule for the lower batches; 3) the CAPtion (Career Path Orientation); 4) the TAJA (Total Approach to Job Application); 5) the Mock Interview; 6) the COERS (Company Exposure and Recruitment Seminar); 7) the Career Fair, and; 8) the Mixer. However, the organization will celebrate its 25 years of service with more challenging goals: to provide scholarship, to integrate the rest of the undergraduate students of CBA-SE into the program, and to still raise the excellent standard in its projects and membership.

On its 25th year, the UP CAP will provide the highest quality of career assistance to all of its stakeholders. It frequently strikes students and faculty alike the obscurity of how to gauge this aim. Although of positive efficacy, it is not the share in the number of jobs or internships landed that will measure the service. It is the knowledge imparted, the confidence derived, the professional ties made, and the difference influenced to and for each of the students that UP CAP capitalizes in. These are, in strong belief of the organization, the factors which develop students to prime citizens for a dynamic world after college.

Some may have the impression that this only serves the self-interests of its students. But, seldom is it to consider thinking further that to capitalize in them makes greater positive differences in society. In hopes of contributing to nation-building, UP CAP invests in us through service, and in excellence.

written by:
Geoffrey Archangel D. Bautista
Assistant Director for Communications
 UP Career Assistance Program



 
 
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by Anna Que, II BA Political Science

The UP Debate Society in cooperation with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, John Robert Powers and Belle de Jour, and with partner organizations UP School of Economics, College of Arts and Letters Department of English and Comparative Literature and School of Economics Student Council, will be hosting the Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship 2011 The Philippine Daily Inquirer Cup in UP Diliman from April 6-11, 2011.

For ten years now, PIDC has been the largest and most prestigious debate tournament in the Asians Parliamentary format in the Philippines. This year, it promises to continue exceeding expectations by providing its participants with efficient logistics, exciting socials, intelligent discussions and a quality tournament experience.

Efficient logistics is what will make PIDC 2011 run. The convening room will be at the School of Economics Auditorium. Debate rooms will be located in the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. In order to transfer from one building to another, participants will enjoy an Ikot ride in the duration of the tournament. Furthermore, PIDC 2011 will make use of the most efficient tabulations system to quickly and accurately come up with the results of the debate rounds.

Exciting socials await debaters and adjudicators of PIDC 2011 . Participants will experience the warmest welcome through the Opening Dinner to be held at the University Theater. They will also have the chance to party hard and dance to infectious beats after grueling debate rounds in Blacklight, PIDC 2011’s break night party, wherein the teams who will move on to the finals series will be announced. Finally, PIDC 2011 will also have its Championship Dinner in the Quezon City Sports Complex wherein the top ten best speakers and adjudicators will be known and the national champion will be crowned.

Beyond fierce debate rounds, PIDC 2011 will be a home for intelligent discussion through an issue forum featuring the topic “How secular is the Philippines?” This issue forum will be open to the public.

PIDC 2011 is all about a high-quality tournament experience. With 300 debaters and adjudicators battling for the title and internationally-renowned debater Neha Prakash from the National University of Singapore in the adjudication core and internationally-renowned adjudicator Tasneem Elias joining the pool of adjudicators this year, participants can only expect the best and fiercest debate rounds of their lives.

This year’s PIDC is spearheaded by fourth year BS Economics student Angelo Paolo Kalaw. For more information about PIDC 2011, please visit http://www.pidc-online.com. For questions and concerns, feel free to contact Communications Director, Alistair Jan Zosa (09277938874) by sending an e-mail to pidc2011@gmail.com.


 
 
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OBEMers Top Globe Telecom’s Thinkin’ Up & P&G’s Innovation Excellence: IT Interschool Competition
by Zion Ramos, IV BS Business Economics

Last November 22, 2010, the Paperlink group composed of OBEMers namely, Gianna Denise Abello, Jessica Joy Yra and Irene Grace Endaya all senior students from the UP School of Economics, emerged as the champion of the first UP Advertising Core and Globe Telecom idea-generating contest titled Thinkin’ Up.

Out of more than a hundred entries from UP students, five teams from the College of Business Administration (3), School of Economics (1), and College of Engineering (1) qualified for the finals. The final round was held in Globe Telecom’s office in Pioneer. After presenting their fresh take on a potential Globe service, the Paperlink Team from the School of Economics was awarded the Php 60,000 cash prize from Globe Telecom.  The second and third place winners won Php 30,000 and Php15,000 respectively. Both teams were from CBA.

Moreover, last November 27, 2010, another team who brought home the bacon was no other than the Pop and Giggle Team composed of OBEMers Eucel Joseph Maximo, Jessica Joy Yra, Lea Karmina Del Mundo, and Gucci Diamante. The group of seniors from the UP School of Economics was proclaimed winner of the Proctor and Gamble competition under the Digital Marketing category and was awarded a Php 25,000 cash prize.

More than 70 teams from various universities in the country sent different product innovations, until eventually nine were chosen to be the contest finalists. Finally, three were proclaimed winners — the Pop and Giggle team of UP bagged the prize for Best in Digital Marketing while UST students emerged as winners under the Digital Value Chain Category, and a team from DLSU was declared the overall champion. The other six finalists were awarded Php 5000 cash each.

The teams were asked to choose one contest category to join and one P&G product to use for the contest. Pop and Giggle chose to compete in the Digital Marketing Category and worked with the product Pringles.
 
 
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UP ETC's Community Discussion Group extends to Barangay UP Campus mothers
by Geraldine Guarin, III BS Economics

UP Economics Towards Consciousness’ (UP ETC) in partnership with UP Community Development Circle (UP CDC) held a Community Discussion Group (CDG) titled 'Ilaw ng Tahanan Bahagian ng Kaalaman' which was geared towards the advancement of the mothers’ understanding on the controversial Reproductive Health Bill (RH) and Gender Sensitivity Issues (GS) at the Barangay UP Campus, February 28.

UP ETC presented the basic facts of RH and opened the floor for insightful discussions such as this mother’s rhetoric, “It was said that RH Bill promotes abortion and therefore evil, but isn’t it worse if we won’t know our opportunities that would further our responsibilities as mothers?”, said in Filipino.

UP CDC discussed GS focusing on the responsibilities of women and mothers which served as the springboard of UP ETC’s discussion on the RH bill.

Through Barangay Captain Hon. Isabelita Gravides, UP ETC and UP CDC successfully held the discussion group attended by more than 30 mothers from the community.

UP ETC is the only academic-political organization based in the UP Diliman School of Economics. Composed of Economics, Business Economics, Business Administration and Accountancy, Geography, Journalism and other degree majors, ETC has consistently created venues concretely linking classroom discussions to social realities. 

Recently, it has been partnering with other UP Diliman organizations to hold discussion groups on different socially relevant issues.

UP ETC has consistently endeavored to bring to life the objectives of unity, consciousness, and action for which it was founded. On its 32nd anniversary, UP ETC launched more innovative projects such as the CDG, the Economics Radio guesting on May Punto Ka ‘Dyan of DZUP, and more.

This article is a feature from the UP ETC official website, http://www.wix.com/updetc/home.

 
 
By Marichris Bernardo, III BS Business Administration

Hello CAP!

See you all at XXXXX, XXAM.
Prepare your blah blah blah.
Don’t forget to blah blah blah.

CAP love,
Dondon

Receiving a CAP brig, may it be an email or a text message, evokes us a myriad of feelings and thoughts – stress, fear, excitement, pride, passion and above all, LOVE. This then translates to exemplary performance and outstanding events. How do we do it? Let me share you a secret.

It’s just so amazing how CAP love and its values are exuded by all its members. From its Board of Directors, down to the staffs, the same values and passion for the organization are translated. Everyone does their tasks religiously and even goes beyond what is always expected of them. Imagine UP students from all walks of life (from Summa Cum Laude Laurence Go to student-achiever Diogenes Dy and OrgPres superstar a.k.a. Barbie, JL Roque!) come together in one Tambayan and make history for the organization.  CAP members are always wearing their game face on visages and are always carrying the will to win. For us, it’s not just getting things done; it’s getting things done the CAP way. By CAP way, I mean serving the lunch meal out of overwhelming love in every event, hosting and welcoming guests with oozing energy and of course, calling that sponsor up wearing that striking CloseUp smile even though they won’t really see you do it.  Just like what the popular song says, “I know, it’s crazy but it’s true.” It is indeed real that when you love something, everything else just follows. And I tell you; all CAP members will affirm you of that.

Now, enough of the drama! Let me walk you through to what has been a year for CAP. Let me do the honors to share with you what the AY 2010-2011 meant for every CAP member.

At the beginning

We didn’t just start the academic year right; we started it with a BIG BANG! Yes, every org says this but only a few live up to it. And CAP is but one of those few. 

Middle of the road
We CAPtured you with our jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring gallery this year. Having Ramon Bautista as an ‘endorser’ made it more attractive and relevant to our generation – techie, focused and goal-oriented. And with the photos of the ADs and of the BODs, we know we made up not just your day, but your entire week as well! Good thing, no photo was reported lost or whatsoever! After that, we put the two colleges into a CAPsule and provided those fresh faces from first year and the not-so-fresh faces from second year with the perfect formulation to success in their college lives. It’s just striking a balance among our many to-do’s and priorities -- from org work, academics to love life! After the event, all attendees felt more equipped to face their remaining years. We saw the AHA! Moments painted on their faces and said, “now they know!” It’s really fulfilling how we add value to their lives in simple things such as organizing these kinds of events.

And after bringing you INDORS, CAP decided to finally revamp it and create an entirely new event out of it, CAP’s pioneer event for 2010-2011, CAPtion: Career Path Orientation. We presented the various career paths available to every Econ and BA student and make every attendee an informed one. One of the highlights of the event was the amazing coffee served in the event! Thanks Kopi Roti! A few months later, we brought you TAJA (Total Approach to Job Application) and armed the students and soon-to-be movers and shakers of the corporate world with the right mix of professionalism and attitude towards job application. We gave you a 360-degree approach on how to ace that dreaded job interview and make that striking impression on the employer’s eyes. Most of all, we know you really waited for the powerdressing segment of the event! I myself did!

Next stop: our longest event… EVER. In our previous years, we brought you COERS (Company Exposure and Recruitment Seminar) twice. This season, it’s not even thrice or four times, but FIVE times! Take note, 5 times! Companies really trusted CAP and knew that we will give them the opportunity to strike that sweet spot in the perspective of the students. CAP really helped them to earn those pogi points!

And when the job-hunting season came in, we turned the College of Business Administration into the City of Dreams and brought you all to New York. February 1 to 4 was really a defining week for CAP. This year, we partnered with the biggest names in various industries and made them closer to every UP student. We have proved that we really live up to our core promise – to bridge the gap between the corporate world and every student, every student like you and me.

Where it all leads to

When faced with that question the second time around, “How do we do it?” Actually, I still don’t know how to answer it. All I know is that it just comes out naturally. Next year, watch out because, you’ll never know,  I might have the right answer and share that secret with you. But for now, just keep yourself posted ‘cause we plan to make it viral. You read it right! We’re spreading the love—the CAP LOVE! 

 
 
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Heard on High
It’s not Christmas without this age-old Ecosoc tradition
By Jessica Manipon, IV BS Economics

It was a cold night as it always was during this time of year. For some Ecosocers who volunteered for caroling, this also signified a solemn night of singing. As the Ecosoc Choir readied themselves with red folders in their hands, the family patiently and enthusiastically watched. The piano started to play. From the choir, a voice began to proclaim, “We are the UP Economics Society…”

Thus began the most lifting Ecosoc experience of December.

Of course, this experience is the caroling, done every year to raise funds for the Economics Society Scholarship Fund, or the ESSF. Ecosocers volunteer to be part of the Ecosoc Choir. Letters of donation are distributed to families, alumni, and generous people who wish to be caroled to. While it may seem like just another Ecosoc fundraising event, it is one of those experiences an Ecosocer would remember most, partly because it embodies the three thrusts—service, excellence, and tradition—but mostly because the stories behind Ecosoc caroling are simply precious.

Excellence in Preparation

The plain truth is, Ecosocers are economics majors, not music majors nor full-time singers. We have other responsibilities, so singing in a choir may seem merely a hobby rather than something we can master. However, this hobby, coupled with a little dedicated practice, can go a long way.

Sign-ups for caroling usually start early in the second semester while practices begin November. This is organized by the vice president, who this year is Sel Ortiga. For this holiday season however, practices and sign-ups were fewer than previous years, mostly due to exams and an unusual lack of participation from this semester’s applicants. Nevertheless, Paolo Tamase, president and head conductor for this year’s caroling, pushed through, even adding two new Filipino Christmas songs to the usual song line-up. In fact, the total songs sung this year was eight (including the “thank you” song). Compare this to the seven last year and the five the year before that. This, Paolo explained, was an effort to make themselves more deserving of the donations the Society will be receiving.

Practices were held thrice a week in the tambayan from 4 p.m. to around 6 p.m. The Choir was divided into four voices—soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. Noteworthy for this year is the inclusion of a piano accompaniment, played by Paolo Tamase himself. Ecosocers made sure every cent to be donated was worth every minute listened to.

During the first day of caroling, the Choir was admittedly quite rusty as they were still getting warmed up to performing. But by the second day, they were hitting those notes more easily and smoothly, showing that all the hard work had paid off. Nevertheless, the Ecosoc Choir knows that they are no UP Concert Chorus or Madrigal Singers. But for a bunch of economics students who only practiced for a few weeks, the verdict of the listeners is more than satisfactory. As one guest said to a member of the Choir after their performance, “In my whole career as an economist, I have never heard fellow economists who can sing like that.”

That was more than enough a compliment for the Choir.

Service in Facts and Figures

Again, all of these are for the ESSF. Without the scholars, there would not be an Ecosoc caroling. The Ecosoc Choir sang more songs and put in more effort this year to raise more money for the ESSF, and that they did—the figures are there to prove it. The total net profit from four days of caroling was just over P100,000. Caroling for 3 to 4 houses every night, the earnings of the first two days alone already surpassed the earnings from 2009 and even more so from 2008.

One hundred thousand pesos—that is an unbelievable amount for a non-professional choir. And to claim to have given that amount to ESSF even without being necessarily part of the Task Force committee, the Ecosoc Choir is immensely proud.

The third day was when the most amount of earnings came, primarily from the visit to the home of the president of Asian Development Bank, where a small despedida party was held for an ADB director. The Ecosoc Choir was privileged enough to sing in front diplomats and directors from the ADB. While it was a mostly nerve-wracking experience, the Ecosoc Choir proved that they can impress even the most distinguished economists in Asia. After the Choir’s performance, a bag was passed around wherein the guests could donate money, a deed which was initiated by the homeowner herself. The ADB president and his guests mingled with the Choir afterwards; some members can actually claim that they shook hands with the ADB president!

However, acts of service go beyond the money earned—it is in the unconditional sacrifice and selflessness and the Ecosoc Choir has embodied these even way before. In fact, during the Marcos regime, Ecosoc carolers were detained in military camps for breaching the 1 a.m. curfew, and after being released at 12 noon, they would carol again the next night. That is devotion and bravery amidst adversaries, and service at its utmost. But without the Martial Law or curfews, does that mean the Ecosoc Choir today serves less?

Traffic and time are the major adversaries faced nowadays by the Choir. Those may not be much compared to abusive soldiers, but what the Ecosoc Choir does is service nonetheless. From the perpetual traffic of the South to the craziness that is Commonwealth, it is no joke travelling around the metro from rush hour to the wee hours of the night. It takes a lot of patience, determination, and money to get to their destinations. For the carolers, their sacrifice is the four nights of their Christmas break. They could have easily chosen not to go and spend those nights somewhere else with someone else, but they chose to spend it with the Choir singing for the scholars.

Tradition of Lasting Memories

At the back of their heads, Ecosoc carolers all know what caroling really is besides fundraising—singing, eating, and fun.

Christmas caroling is a vital part of the Christmas season, and singing Christmas songs are simply more enjoyable when you’re with your friends, especially all the catchy (“Gumising” and “Pasko Na” are favorites) and heartwarming (“Pasko Na, Sinta Ko” is an Ecosoc caroling classic) carols.

Of course, every Ecosoc caroler knows about the eating. Every house that has been caroled to serves a variety of food (including pasta, pastries, and more) after the carolers had sung, and it was certainly rude not to eat. Imagine singing then eating and doing it again for two hours or so. Admittedly, it is fattening, but the carolers know better than to ignore delicious food when it is served.

Not only does the Choir get to travel and discover Metro Manila, they also get to visit houses of fellow Ecosocers, alumni and other personalities (e.g. Ma’am Stella Quimbo and the ADB president) and look at pictures and meet their families. Ecosoc caroling is a good way of knowing not just them but fellow carolers as well. From weeks of practices, singing, chatting, gossiping during car rides, eating together, and spending four long nights with almost the same group of people, Ecosoc caroling is a great way to bond. Truly, the Christmas of Ecosoc as an organization would not be complete without it.

All of these make those four nights of caroling worth it. These make the Ecosoc caroling experience more than just a fundraising event—it becomes an expression of our Christmas spirit and more importantly, an agency of service, excellence, and tradition.

This article is a feature from Echoes, the official publication of the UP Economics Society.  

 
 
As the SEAC website hits its seventh month this January 2011, look back to the poll questions that made you think, that made you hungry, or made you smile, frown, or laugh. Here are the results just in case you didn't catch them as they were posted only on Facebook. Here's to more of your sentiments being heard in this little section of our home page!

How do you like the SEAC website so far?
  - I love this. (38.5%, 10 votes)
  - I like it. (26.9%, 7 votes)
  - Needs improvement. (26.9%, 7 votes)
  - It’s okay. (7.7%, 2 votes)

On a scale of 1 – 5, 5 being the highest, how you rate President Noynoy Aquino’s  first State of the Nation Address?

  - 4 (48%, 24 votes)
  - 3 (32%, 16 votes)
  - 2 (8%, 4 votes)
  - 5 (6%, 3 votes)
  - 1 (6%, 3 votes)

How are you and your special someone?
  - He or she is special but I haven’t told him or her yet. (35.9%, 14 votes)
  - I’m single and ready to mingle! (30.8%, 12 votes)
  - Great and going strong! (23.1%, 9 votes)
  - “It’s a quarter after 1, I’m all alone and I need you now.” (10.3%, 4 votes)

What are you going to do once your midterms are over?
  - I’m going to get myself a good 12 hours of sleep (45.1%, 23 votes)
  - I’m going out with friends to shop, dine and watch a movie. (25.5%, 13 votes)
  - I’m gonna paaarty the nights away! (15.7%, 8 votes)
  - I’m going to play sports / Star Craft 2 / Dota etc. (9.8%, 5 votes)
  - I’m going to study for the finals. (3.9%, 2 votes)

Who is your favorite Econ prof?
  - Prof. Solita Monsod (19.3%, 11 votes)
  - Prof. Cayetano Paderanga (19.3%, 11 votes)
  - Prof. Felipe Medalla (17.5%, 10 votes)
  - Others (14%, 8 votes)
  - Prof. Gerardo Sicat (12.3%, 7 votes)
  - Prof. Stella Quimbo (10.5%, 6 votes)
  - Prof. Emmanuel de Dios (7%, 4 votes)

How do you plan to survive finals week?
  - Chill lang. Taking it one requirement at a time. (44.4%, 12 votes)
  - All-nighters, bring it on! I’m a man on a mission! (25.9%, 7 votes)
  - Oh my God! I’m gonna dieeee! (25.9%, 7 votes)
  - Finals week? What finals week? Sembreak na! (3.7%, 1 vote)

What are your plans for the semestral break?
  - I’m running a TV series marathon. (47.1%, 16 votes)
  - I’m getting ready for 2nd sem! (26.5%, 9 votes)
  - I’m heading for the nearest cave to hibernate. (14.7%, 5 votes)
  - I’m going out of town / the country. (11.8%, 4 votes)
   

What do you like best about the first days of the sem?
  - The clean slate and the hope for improvement. (46.3%, 19 votes)
  - Getting to know my prof and new classmates. (22%, 9 votes)
  - Seeing my friends again after a long break. (22%, 9 votes)
  - Shopping for pens, books and school supplies. (9.8%, 4 votes)

What is the definitive snack of the season?
  - KFC’s Double Down (45.5%, 15 votes)
  - Starbucks Coffee’s Holiday Drinks (33.3%, 11 votes)
  - Mc Donald’s Twister Fries (21.2%, 7 votes)

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
  - Noche Buena (28.7%, 10 votes)
  - Christmas Parties (28.7%, 10 votes)
  - Simbang Gabi (19.4%, 7 votes)
  - Kris Kringle and Gift-giving (16.7%, 6 votes)
  - Christmas Tree and Parol Lighting (8.3%, 3 votes)

 
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