Mga Tunay, Palaban, Makabayang ARTISTA NG BAYAN

The cultural National-Democratic mass organization ALAY SINING, including its college chapters in the University, together with the thousands of members of its nationwide counterpart Kabataang Artista para sa Tunay na Kalayaan (KARATULA), proudly supports the following Artista ng Bayan in their candidacy for student council posts in UP Diliman:

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KARATULA

COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS STUDENT COUNCIL
JUDITH CAMILLE ‘JC’ ROSETTE
chairperson
MA. ANGELA ‘GELAI’ MANABAT
vice chairperson
DANIELLE ‘MADS’ MADRID
secretary
ANNA PATRICIA ‘PATRENG’ NON
councilor
LAURENZ ‘RENZ’ LEE
councilor

COLLEGE OF HOME ECONOMICS STUDENT COUNCIL
MARY AGUIDENE ‘AGUI’ RAMOS
community nutrition rep.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS STUDENT COUNCIL
XENA MAE ‘XENA’ PABICO
councilor
LESLIE ANN MARIE ‘YEYE’ CORPUZ
councilor

These visual artists, musicians, writers and actors have stayed true to Alay Sining’s orientation of using art and leadership in propagating Nationalist, Scientific and Mass-Oriented Culture and Education. They have been one with the Filipino youth and masses in the struggle for democratic rights and in the rejection of Colonial, Feudal and Bourgeois Culture. When elected, these leaders will utilize the student council office to serve and protect our rights and interests.

Alay Sining also supports the USC and college student council slates of the Student Alliance for the Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP), the only student party in the University wherein an Artista ng Bayan would really flourish. STAND UP has proven to be the only party-alliance that fights for the genuine interests of the students and the people. It has been actively fighting with us for our rights not only during the election season, and not only within the confines of the student council office. It does not field candidates for self-interest. It builds councils with the students and the people not only for events organizing which traditional politicians already call service. It does not bow down to privatization of education and social services, or other repressive state policy at any degree. It will never be just another mouthpiece for Malacañang in the guise of student leadership, espousing confusion and divide among the studentry and the people. STAND UP is the the genuine, militant, nationalist council of students. #

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People’s Scholars, fight against commercialization of education! —Alay Sining

STRIK3 THE HIKE on September 20, 2012!

Barricade the UP Board of Regents (BOR) meet!

The university assembly of ALAY SINING, including its collectives in visual arts, music, theater and creative writing, together with the organization’s chapter in the College of Fine Arts and organizers in the Colleges of Engineering, Arts and Letters, Home Economics and Education, calls on the PEOPLE’S SCHOLARS to fight against the worsening commercialization of education in the University of the Philippines and other state universities and colleges (SUCs).

Submit poems, short stories and creative non-fiction pieces for inclusion in
EDaD: Edukasyong Dekalidad at Diwang Makabayan Literary Folio

Singers and Musicians Audition and Composers Orientation
for Alay Sining’s album is ongoing

Tuition fee increase now comes in the forms of deceptive STFAP and Barcket B certification, PE fees and laboratory fees. We can no longer say that UP education is accessible to the people it is mandated to serve! The past two years saw our decisive and collective fight against state abandonment of education through budget cuts in SUCs. In 2010 we faced the odds with UP STRIKE LABAN SA BUDGET CUT, and in 2011 we made history with UP STRIKES BACK. Let us once again make history in moving the status quo by taking the classroom to the streets to call for our rights with our fellow youth. A third strike for our right! Let’s support our Student Regent and barricade the UP BOR meet on September 20 to register our call against tuition and other fees increase (TOFI)!

Teatro Quatro free theater workshops every thursday at 4pm

Kisapmata free photography workshops every thursday at 4pm

     

ALAY SINING also urges artists to use and hone their crafts to contribute in the fight for the right to education, and expose and oppose anti-student and anti-people policies. You may join us in our workshops and submit your works for inclusion in our exhibits, folio and album.

Monico Atienza Alternative Studies Festival
on September 15. Enlist at http://bit.ly/monicoatienza

We urge the PEOPLE’S SCHOLARS to learn how the crisis in education is not separated from democratic struggles of the other sectors in the semi-colonial and semi-feudal Philippine society. Thus, we invite everyone to attend ALAY SINING’s SINING ESKWELA alternative school and the sixth MONICO ATIENZA ALTERNATIVE STUDIES FESTIVAL. Join us in studying the society and in changing it for the interest of the students and the people.

For inquiries, contact Bobby (09153719802) or Sak (09213887276).
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UP Palengke Schools

Sa pagtatayo ng University of the Philippines Professional Schools (UPPS) sa Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, ay muli na namang itinutulak ang komersiyalisasyon ng edukasyon sa ating pamantasan. Hindi pa nareresolbahan ang pagpapahirap ng STFAP, budget cuts at kasabay na itinatayong UP Town Center, paparating na naman ang bagong magdudulot ng pasakit na papasanin nating mga estudyante.

Ang UPPS ay mag-aalok umano ng iba’t ibang post graduate programs sa law, business, engineering at statistics. Ito raw ay magandang hakbang upang mas mapalago pa ang kalidad ng ating mga propesyonal at maitaas din ang bandila ng post graduate program ng UP.

Problema sa Public-Private Partnership

Ang gastos para sa nasabing konstruksyon ay tinatayang P600 milyon. P30 milyon nito ay pinunan ng UP at P100 milyon ng gobyerno. Ang nalalabing P470 milyon ay magmumula sa mga donasyon ng mga pribadong korporasyon at mga pribadong sektor. Ang malahiganteng butal sa pondo ay magbibigay daan sa malawakaang pagsasamantala ng mga korporasyon sa Unibersidad. Ang mga propesyonal na mapapatapos at mga mabubuong pananaliksik sa loob ng isang nangungunang pamantasan ay tutugon sa interes ng mga kumpanya imbis na lutasin ang mga suliranin ng bayan.

Hindi kailanman magtutugma ang interes ng mga pribadong korporasyon at ang interes ng pamantasan. Ang interes ng mga korporasyon ay magkaroon ng malaking tubo samantalang ang interes ng pamantasan ay maglaan ng serbisyo sa publiko. Tulad na lamang ng TechnoHub na pinuno ng mga kainan, pasyalan at call centers sa halip na magsilbing research unit ng pamantasan. Sa huli, laging interes ng mga kumpanya ang namamayani at ang kaunlaran ng edukasyon ay naiipit.

Kursong Pangkalakal at Burges na Saklaw

Kapansin-pansin na mga kursong madaling ikalakal sa pandaigdigang merkado lamang ang iaalok ng bagong kampus. Dagdag pa, mapapansin ang kawalan ng tiyak na plano ng pamantasan para paunlarin ang mga kursong hindi gaanong pinapahalagahan sa lipunang may dominanteng burges na kulturang nakatali sa pagkita. Bilang “Professional Schools” ang moda ng bagong kampus, hindi talaga bibigyang halaga ang mga programang walang “market value” tulad ng Humanities, Social Sciences, atbp.

Kaagapay ng elitismo sa mga kurso ang limitadong saklaw ng UPPS. Dahil ang kampus ay nasa gitna ng isang business district, karamihan sa mga estudyanteng papasok ay mga tuwiran nang propesyonal na nagtatrabaho sa mga nakapalibot na pribadong korporasyon. Nakakaligtaan ang tungkulin ng Unibersidad na paglingkuran ang mas malawak na masa.

Kakulangan sa Maintenance and Other Operational Expenses

Kakarampot lamang ang alokasyon ng UP at gobyerno sa pagbuo ng UPPS, kaya naman inaasahang mangangapit-tuko na naman ang UP sa pangangalap ng pera para sa iba pang gastusin ng UPPS. Katulad halimabawa ng UP Diliman Science Complex na nanggaling mula sa mga alumni at mga pribadong sektor ang kalakhan ng pondo para mapatayo at walang programa upang malaanan ng sapat na pondo para sa Maintenance and Operational Expenses pagkatayo.

Sa patuloy na pagpasok ng pamantasan sa programa ng komersalisasyon, nasasapanganib ang kalidad ng edukasyon. Sa halip na kaunlaran at kahusayang pagsilbihan ang malawakang masa, ay nagmimistulang malaking palengke ng mga kapitalista ang mga lokal na propesyonal. Mabenta ang mga propesyonal na galing sa mga burges na pamantasan, nilalangaw naman ang galing sa mga hindi komersalisadong institusyon. Sa ganitong pamamaraan nababago ng kulturang burges ang mismong kalidad ng edukasyon at inilalayo ito sa interes ng karamihan.

Madaling nadidiktahan ng imperyalistang Estados Unidos ang ating ekonomiya at pulitika dahil sa mga ayuda at pautang. Gayundin sa kaso ng UPPS. Dahil nagmula sa mga pribadong korporasyon ang kalakhan ng pondo para mapatayo ito, madali nilang madidiktahan ang mga programa sa akademya at pananaliksik ng pamantasan.

Hinahamon namin ang aming mga kapwa Iskolar ng Bayan na maging kritikal at maging kabahagi ng sambayanan sa pagbasag ng atrasadong kulturang isinusubo sa atin.

Iskolar ng Bayan, ngayon ay lumalaban!

SC stallholders and students fight against rent increase and repressed protest

Released in the Inbox section of the 16 August 2012 issue of the Philippine Collegian.

One of the many efforts of privatization is to push the eyesore and superfluous things behind the façade.

For many years, the UP Shopping Center has been serving students and the community and supplying them with their daily and extra needs with a very good bargain. However, with the prodigious raise in each stall rental from P80 to P577 per square meter, it is clear that the SC is left with very slim chance of staying.

No one can deny that the UP Town Center will spark the zest of UP students as they roam about the campus during their free time. It is clear that most students will prefer the former than the old, cheap and “lokal” atmosphere of the Shopping Center. In fact, the UP Town Center project is clear to its ideals that it’s about time a “sosyal” and professional-friendly commercial building find its place in a national university campus. Like the usual malls, we do have the tendency to want to dine better, shop better and walk better. Luxury is the word. But some have already found luxury in SC, including me.

I can always recall the many times when I can buy almost all the supplies I need for one semester with just two hundred pesos, when I could get a book with half the usual cost, when I could eat the best tapsilog without having to ride a jeepney to Philcoa. Small things, but they mean so much to those who live on less than a hundred a day.

Unnecessary high price rent

In February, the UP Diliman Business Concessions Office (BCO) informed the UP Shopping Stallholder’s Association, Inc. (SCSAI) that the monthly rent for every stall will be raised from P80 to P577 for every square meter. Most stalls are about 25 square meters big. If the rent goes up to P577 per square meter, each stallholder would have to pay a P14,425 monthly rent, a 621% increase from the current average P2000 monthly rent. As an inevitable consequence, the stallholders would also have to drastically increase the prices of the items they sell. Or worse, some stalls would just have to close.

The SCSAI proposed last March an alternative, that is to raise the rent to P150/m2 instead of P577/m2. Five months later, the proposal is still being completely ignored. On April 17, the BCO sent a letter to every SC stallholder telling them to comply with the new contract pertaining to the Memorandum of Agreement on the supposed UP Town Center as replacement of the SC. The MOA includes the plan to relocate the “legitimate” stallholders, those who have submitted the required files (ITR, permits, etc.), to the new Town Center, wherein only those who really “deserve” a spot will be granted a discount on rent. The association is, of course, willing to submit all the files required to prove legitimacy but, with the spirit of militancy, will not sign the repressive contract (Philippine Collegian. 13 July 2012).

Protest Art and Culture of Repression

You may have noticed the newly painted white walls of SC. Fairly recently, UP Alay Sining closed a partnership with SCSAI to help them in the struggle in keeping the Shopping Center. The project is a mural painting campaign promoting SCSAI’s stand on the new policy and the community’s statement against commercialization of education.

UP Alay Sining, together with other student organizations, class sections and Fine Arts freshmen, initiated the project by putting up the primer paint. However, a representative from the UP administration stopped us just when the last stroke of white paint was to be made. The admin said that the SCSAI and the students need to have a permit approved before the painting could be continued, something the admin never required the SC stallholders before.

This is a clear manifestation of the culture of repression dominant in the society; when the people use their assumed freedom of expression to expose and oppose anti-people policies, the ruling clique kicks back with spiked shoes by repressing the freedom to protest.

The permit for the murals is now being processed and should be approved in fifteen days. We invite artists and students to join us in creating this monumental people’s art, in supporting the stallholders’ fight for a just monthly rent, and in continuing fight for accessible education and academic freedom. If the admin denies or delays the issuance of the permit, Alay Sining and other organizations shall still continue with the project. After all, the repressed have already given us the necessary permit.

Artista ng Bayan, ngayon ay lumalaban!

Iss Bautista

Alay Sining, 18 years of serving the people
visual arts | creative writing | music | theater

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Cutting through their web of lies

Who will you vote for, why, and for whom will you be voting?

This is the question at the core of the University Student Council (USC) Elections. It is the reason why candidates and political parties go from room to room, dorm to dorm, student to student, laying out their rack record, ideas, and plans. In UP, we expect the USC election campaign to be of honor and integrity–unlike our counterparts in the national political scene, who have mastered the art of “traditional politics,” we will not lie, cheat, steal, or bribe our way into office. Indeed, the very idea is unthinkable.

Or at least we thought so. Over the past few days, however, UP Diliman has been inundated with classic trapo strategies, which must be exposed and condemned.

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