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the manny pangilinan speechgate – pangilinan gives a graduation rites speech at the ateneo plagiarized from jk rowling, oprah, barack obama, conan o’brien’s speeches

this is shocking. how can this happen to one of the country’s most successful business tycoons in one of the country’s most respected universities?

ateneo prides itself as principled and doing the right thing, The Ateneo Way. this one happening on a commencement exercise?

it is karma, irony or a message being sent that one of the most successful filipino tycoon delivers a speech at one of the most respected universities in the country during one of the most important period in the university’s history, the sesquicentennial (yes that is a word, means 150) and it is marked by one of the foulest  intellectual sins – plagiarism!

The Ateneo Way?


click links below to read the speech transcript, the plagiarized parts and the letters sent by  pangilinan and fr. nebres.

MVP admits mistake in speech, offers to retire from Ateneo

MANILA, Philippines – Businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP) has offered to “retire” from the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) after acknowledging that portions of his commencement address to the school’s sesquicentennial graduates last March 26 and 27 were copied from speeches of celebrities.

In a letter to AdMU President Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, S.J. posted Saturday on the AdMU website, Pangilinan apologized to the university and to the 2010 graduating class for giving a speech that “had been borrowed from certain other graduation speeches.”

“I had taken a look at the side-by-side comparison @ Facebook, and must admit to this mistake. For this, I wish to express my sincerest apology to you, the University and to the 2010 graduating class,” he said. “I have had some help in the drafting of my remarks, but I take full and sole responsibility for them.”

Several posts on Facebook said portions of Pangilinan’s speech were allegedly copied from celebrities such as JK Rowling, Oprah, and Conan O’Brien. (Read portions of the speech here: MVP: Money’s cool, but so is meaning)

Pangilinan said the incident “has been a source of deep personal embarrassment for me,” and he asked Nebres to allow him to “retire from his official duties at the Ateneo.”


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  1. police
    April 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Would anyone know who helped MVP draft his speech?

  2. April 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    i have the same question. its such a great shame that this speech writer copied almost verbally from others and even celebrities. the reason people hire speech writers is exactly to write good and original speeches, not copy them. this person who wrote MVP’s speech should be fired.

  3. Christopher
    April 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I guess if you are doing such things like this, you must copy only the style but not the sentence!

    When you are writing, you cannot avoid to look for a source but you must rewrite and pick some ways that it was written,

    • April 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm

      it’s unforgivable for a speech writer to do that. the purpose of hiring one is to have someone create original work for you.

  4. urz
    April 5, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    OH MY GOD. he’s one of ateneo’s most brilliant alumnus. how could he? oh well, nobody is perfect. just remember this quote.
    ” to err is human. to love is divine.”
    we can’t judge him. i think he has his valid reason for making that kind of speech.
    however, the thing he does is not tolerable. as what this quote says.
    “nobody is above the law.”


  5. think tank
    April 16, 2010 at 10:56 am

    manny is a smart kid and definitely knows everything about intellectual property. there is something going wrong on the top ranks of the university, something to do with business i say. he might be looking for some good reason to get fired or retire from the said institution. he is not a fool to plagiarize without a good reason.

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