Marawi Update as of May 26, 2017, 10:53 am local time
Information comes from CNN Philippines, ABS-CBN, Reuters, and civilians from Marawi who are still there or have left for Iligan, and members of the Maranao community who make up the majority of the population of Marawi as part of the the Maranao homelands surrounding Lake Ranao.
- Last night there were some airstrikes from the AFP during another clash between the Maute and the AFP. During the airstrikes some houses were caught on fire. Reporters were able to see the smoke from the area from a building high up away from the fights.
- According to most news reports, 44 government troops have been killed. At least 31 from Maute. Four of those members of Maute are foreigners, 2 Malaysians, 1 Indonesian, and 1 Saudi.
- Students and professors from Mindanao State University in Marawi are safe and the campus is still under the AFP control. They are urged by the troops to leave the campus however as there is still no electricity or water and food is running out. Admins on the campus are already planning an evacuation.
- What the media isn’t telling you, is that sadly, are some of the ages of a good number of the members of the Maute group. They are young, ranging from 12-17 years old. Kids. They are going around with rifles. Some are getting shot by the military. You won’t hear this in the news though I’m assuming either because they don’t know or because they aren’t listening to what civilians of Marawi City who a majority are Maranao. They are mainly following what the army is telling them and local politicians, and their reporters on the ground now. A few interviews with citizens who are there or already escaped yes but not so much as they should.
- While many have already fled Marawi or are still evacuating, there are still many who are stuck, with food and water shortages as the days pass.
- There is a need for supplies for evacuee’s that are heading to Iligan City. Food (halal preferred), water, medical supplies, clothing, & blankets. Many are tired, hungry, and dehydrated while waiting to get to Iligan and pass the security and checkpoints. Many traveling have waited very long in the rain up to 12 hours or more. Some are taking vehicles however a majority are walking in the rain to get to Iligan. There was one woman the other night who was pregnant, struggling with her husband as they made their way to Iligan. If you are in the Philippines and you know your local universities, schools, any reliable organizations that are sending supplies do so because they need it. As of right now I have no reliable links for those outside the Philippines are even within to send money donations but I am currently looking into it.
- In Iligan many people have offered food and water for free to those arriving into the city to help them. No organizations, just people who care for the safety and well being of others.
- Security at checkpoints going to and out of Marawi have become more strict. Those fleeing the city are being subjected to search and frisk and vehicles inspected.
What’s happening in Marawi City is an emergency and a tragedy but PLEASE avoid calling them ISIS fighters. They are part of the Maute Group, an Islamist group that has pledged allegiance to ISIS and Abu Bakr.
Calling them ISIS fighters would make many people think that foreign terrorists have made their way into the Philippines, making this seem like an issue of international security instead of domestic/regional. What that does is put the Philippines at further risk of imperialist intervention in this era of the global ‘war on terror’.
So please avoid rhetoric that plays into imperialist hysteria, because if there’s one thing that will make this situation a whole lot worse, it will be a whole bunch of Westerners calling for Western powers to come ‘save’ the Phillipines.
For you uninformed lot, Filipino is not a race. Filipino is a nationality.
Therefore, no we don’t all look like short brown-skinned people with wavy hair and we really would appreciate it if you stopped stereotyping us. Love for the Kayumanggi skin is always appreciated. But please for the love of all things, do not attack other people because they made a Filipino character who isn’t the Filipino™ stereotype ya’ll think.
(You were trying to text your brother’s (Mingyu) best friend, Wonwoo but accidentally texted the golden maknae of BTS instead due to a number error and an odd coincidence of both of them having the same last name… huh.)
Sorry guys, this was supposed to be a two to three parter but I screwed up so here you go! (And I think BTS is actually in the Philippines right as I made this so yay!)
You made that post about how badly things are going in the Philippines and I want to help but I'm not sure how. Do you have any ideas?
hi!! one thing you can do to help is to talk about it. Spread the word. Basically have the whole world criticize and watch the government’s every move. When the police killed a 17 yr old kid, EVERYONE talked about it so much that the police wasnt able to let the issue go that easily, unlike what they did with all the other people that they killed.
also, Marawi has been in conflict with terrorists since the start of the year, if you can, please donate to them they really need it.
also, the Lumads (an indigenous group) are being massacred by the military because they refused to let mining companies destroy their land. Please donate to them too. Or sign petitions calling to stop the militarization of their land, here, here, and here
What is the story between sidapa and bulan? If you don't mind telling it. I really like your artwork of it and it looks very interesting ☺️
Sidapa was a death god who’d found the seven moons to be really pretty (as with all other gods who were fighting for their attention). When courting them, it was Bulan who had taken notice and reciprocated!
now, the goddess Bakunawa had also taken a fancy for the moons in her own weird way, and turned into a giant snake to eat them (the mythos’ explanation for eclipses). Bulan fled to the mountain where Sidapa was, to hide, then the two of them fell in love and eventually got married.
in most versions, only Bulan was left behind amongst the seven siblings
(apparently composed of Bulan, Haliya, Mayari, Balinig, Banolor, Libulan, Subang), but I’ve read a version where Bulan married Sidapa, Haliya fought the Bakunawa (remaining as the only visible moon on the sky), Mayari went under the sea and ended up marrying a disgraced man who had also hidden in there, and Libulan hid himself in the darkness of the cosmos :0
(Bakunawa, being a Nasty, was punished to stay a huge watersnake for all eternity)
the Aswang Project made an article covering the mythos’ possible origins and its implications on precolonial Philippine culture and our history with cultural exchanges~ they also graciously used my picture which was very kilig hehe
Hi! Could you explain how a skater can become eligible to compete for the Winter Olympics? Because I automatically assumed that Michael Christian Martinez would go and represent the Philippines but he's not? So I'm a bit confused. (And also, are the three slots that you get for your country dependent on the division? Like did Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno secure 3 slots for the men's division?) Sorry, I just want to clarify. Thank you for taking your time to answer our questions!
Thanks for asking!
Yes, I saw this blunder by the Philippines federation. Admittedly, the Australian fed also made the same error, though not on the same scale (they explained that top 24 was enough, did not claim a skater was going when they weren’t, though). The error that both parties made was assuming that a top-24 finish was enough, when it wasn’t.
For men’s (and ladies), 24 Olympic spots are handed out at the pre-Olympic Worlds (this one). But it’s not as simple as “everyone in the top twenty-four gets a spot”. Let’s take a look at how the men’s shook out:
JAPAN: 1st, 2nd, and 19th. When there are three skaters, only the top two results count. The magic number to retain three spots is 13. 1+2=3, which is less than 13. So Japan gets three spots.
Now, we take those three spots out of the available twenty four. 24-3=21.
CHINA: 3rd (only competitor). When there is only one skater, they have to finish in the top 10 to earn two spots, or come first or second to get three. So Boyang earned China two spots for the Olympics. There go another two: 21-2=19.
SPAIN: 4th + 27th (did not make cut). Everyone who doesn’t make the cut is considered 18. So 18+4=22. Spain do not gain any spots, but they don’t lose one either. So they have two spots. 19-2=17.
CANADA: 5th and 9th = 14. So no three spots for Canada, but they retain two. 17-2 = 15.
USA: 6th and 7th = 13. They hit the magic number! So the US gains an additional spot for next year (a spot they shouldn’t have lost but don’t get me started on that). 15-3 = 12.
RUSSIA: 8th and 11th = 19. So Russia don’t gain, but they don’t lose, maintaining two spots. 12-2= 10. (See how tight this is starting to get?)
ISRAEL: 10th. Bychenko was the only competitor, and he finished top ten, so Israel gain a second spot. 10-2=8 spots left.
UZBEKISTAN: 12th. Misha Ge ensures there is an Olympic spot for Uzebekistan. However, he is retiring due to ongoing injury, so this spot may not be used. If it cannot be used, it will be put in the pool for picking up at Nebelhorn. 8-1 = 7.
GEORGIA: 13th. Moris Kvitelashvili was the only competitor. They get one spot. 7-1=6.
LATVIA: 14th. Deniss Vasiljevs was the only competitor. They get one spot. 6-1=5.
AUSTRALIA!!!!!!!: 15th. Brendan Kerry was the only competitor (HE DID SUCH A GOOD JOB I’M SO PROUD). They get ONE SPOT!!!!!!!! Ahem. 5-1=4.
KAZAKHSTAN: 16th. Denis Ten was the only competitor. They get one spot. 4-1=3. You can see where this is going.
FRANCE: 17th. Chafik Besseghier was the only competitor. They get one spot. 3-1=2.
CZECH REPUBLIC: 18th. Michal Brezina was the only competitor. They get one spot. 2-1=1.
GERMANY: 20th. Paul Fentz was the only competitor. They get one spot. 1-1 = no spots left.
So you can see that BELGIUM, MALAYSIA, SWEDEN and THE PHILIPPINES all made the cut, but did not get any pre-qualified Olympic spots, due to how they were handed out higher up the order. It is a common misconception that all you have to do is make the cut; this is not at all true. (It got even worse in the pairs.)
Additionally, it should be pointed out that the spot belongs to the country, not the skater. Brendan qualified a spot for Australia, not himself. If the ISA wanted, they could choose someone else to go to Korea (not that they would). So even if Martinez had qualified a spot for PHI, he was not guaranteed to go to the Olympics anyway.
Now, not all is lost! The remaining six spots will go towards the Nebelhorn Trophy, where countries who have not yet qualified fight it out for those last places. Nebelhorn is the ultimate stress factor if you’re a little country supporter. It’s also a one-shot thing. If you miss Nebelhorn, you’ve missed your chance. There are no third chances.
Regarding Nebelhorn: you will generally see skaters from countries who have already qualified there. This is allowed, it’s still a regular Challenger event, but those skaters don’t count towards Olympic qualification.
I hope I answered the question and didn’t go off on too much of a tangent. Please let me know if I missed the point entirely!
Hello, everyone! This is just the same post entitled “UPCAT TIPS” but with this cute header I made to go with it.
University of the Philippines College Admission Test
Application Process: Online or Paper
Application Period: June - August (the UPCAT is usually the first CET you’ll take)
Exam Date: August or September
Guide to Each Test
Language Proficiency (both Eng. and Fil.) - This part tests your basic knowledge of grammar for both languages (i.e. correct usage of words, verb tenses, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, etc.) If you have no problem with grammar and composition, I don’t think you’ll find this part difficult. BUT I suggest that you refresh yourself on the subject-verb agreement and pronoun-antecedent agreement topics for English because these were tricky. For Filipino, review the correct usage of words.
Math - The Math portion in the UPCAT was relatively easy, depending on your relationship with the subject. Make sure to review basic algebra (especially answering word problems!!), intermediate algebra (solving systems of linear equations, solving complex fractions, etc.), computing for the measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode), analytic geometry (equations of a circle, parabola, ellipse, hyperbola), and geometry (interior and exterior angles of polygons, transversal lines, etc.). It was easy, BUT the coverage was wide.
Science - The Science portion of the UPCAT usually contains many graphs and diagrams. You need to learn how to analyze these data in order to arrive at the correct answer. Also, pay attention to the descriptions being placed under the diagrams because - on more than one occasion - I was able to determine the correct answer by doing so. For this part, grasp the basics for each science (Bio, Chem, Physics, Earh Sci - especially Earth Science!!!), but also sharpen your analytical skills.
Reading Comprehension (English and Filipino) - Surprisingly, this was the most difficult portion of the UPCAT. If you’re an avid (and fast) reader, I don’t think you’ll find this part challenging - at least, the English portion. I was stressed out during the Filipino selection because English was my first language. I suggest that you widen your Filipino vocabulary and get used to reading Filipino selections. Another tip for the reading comprehension portion is to read the question/s for each passage first before reading the actual passage. This way, you can start looking for the answers instead of reading the text from start to finish, which is just a waste of time. Determine what you need to look for and start scanning the text, then move on to the next passage.
Before the UPCAT
1. Start reviewing early.
The material covered in CETs is usually very diverse, so you need to start reviewing early. I suggest that you finish majority of your reviewing during the summer because once school starts, other things such as homework, projects, extracurricular activities, etc. will compete for your time. However, try to squeeze in some review time in your busy schedule to keep the material you’ve reviewed fresh.
2. Attend a review program.
Although this is not a prerequisite to passing the UPCAT (in fact, my best friend did not take any review classes at all, but he managed to pass the entrance tests to the top 4 Universities in the country, including UP Diliman), I learned useful techniques from the review classes I took. Not only do they refresh you on the important lessons you’ve learned over the years, they also teach you effective strategies for taking CETs.
3. Pay attention to your grades.
Your chances of passing the UPCAT all depend on your UPG, which is computed in the following manner: 60% UPCAT score, 40% grades. In my case, my UPCAT application asked for my grades from Grade 9 – 11 and my class standing/ranking. Again, being the topnotcher of your batch is not a prerequisite to entering UP, but grades still matter. However, don’t despair if you know your grades aren’t stellar. That same best friend I mentioned earlier wasn’t much of an academic achiever. Your UPCAT performance still matters greatly.
4. Take many practice tests.
I think this is the most effective way to review for an exam. Apart from the practice exams that my review center gave me, I also bought some of the MSA Review books. I answered them while timing myself, and I regularly checked my progress. UP also releases an UPCAT online reviewer, which was like a mock test. I really recommend that you try this because it features questions/topics which are quite similar to the ones that appeared in the actual test.
During the UPCAT
1. When in doubt, make an intelligent guess instead of leaving the item blank.
Actually, I’ve heard many conflicting opinions about this matter. The UPCAT is the only CET that enforces the” right-minus-wrong rule”, meaning for every wrong answer, ¼ of a point is deducted from the number of right answers. Because of this, I’ve read tips from other blogs saying that it’s better to just leave the item blank than to risk a wrong answer. However, you lose the chance of getting one right answer. My math teacher finally put a stop to my dilemma when he presented a computation which showed that you have a greater chance of getting a high score if you answer everything (I’m sorry, I can’t remember his computation haha). When you encounter a difficult question, eliminate the outrageous or impossible choices then choose from the remaining ones.
2. Answer as quickly and as accurately as you can.
Time is of the essence. And when there’s a time limit, you need to use your time carefully. Don’t get stuck on a difficult question. Move on to the next one and just come back for it. IF you run out of time, shade a random circle. (see advice above)
3. Bring water and snacks.
You’re allowed to eat while taking the test because there are no breaks in between. The UPCAT is almost 5 hours long, so you need to bring something to eat. I remember bringing a pack of Oreos and a mamon (hehe). One of the test takers in my room brought a large bag of Lays for himself. To each, his own. Don’t bring something that’s too messy though, because you might stain your test paper with it.
After the UPCAT
1. REJOICE. For a while, then start preparing for the next CETs hays.
2. Wait anxiously for the results.
The UPCAT is most likely the first test you’ll take (around August or September). We were told that the UPCAT results will be released on February or March of the following year. Imagine the wait. THEN, in true UP fashion, the results were released late one night in December, five days before Christmas. Stay tuned to social media (that’s how my friend found out about the results being released early) because other students are bound to be tweeting the good news – especially in December.