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Amiel Alcantara – some closure and justice : Woman gets 2 to 6 years in jail for running over Ateneo student

December 20, 2017 Leave a comment

classmates of Amiel Alcantara release blue and white balloons as the his hearse drives by for the final resting. this was my favorite picture.


Woman gets 2 to 6 years in jail for running over Ateneo student

The family of the late Julian Carlo Miguel “Amiel” Alcantara has finally found justice, closure, and forgiveness after a Quezon City Regional Trial Court convicted the woman who had hit and run over him at the Ateneo de Manila University parking lot eight years ago.

In a 23-page decision promulgated on Dec. 8, Judge Cecilyn Villavert of Branch 89 of the Quezon City RTC sentenced Ma. Theresa Torres to two to six years in prison and ordered her to pay Amiel’s family P4.4 million in criminal and civil damages.

In the courtroom, Torres walked to Amiel’s parents, Jose Fernando and Melanie Alcantara, after the verdict was read and all broke down in tears, a family friend of the Alcantaras told the Inquirer on Sunday.

When he died, Amiel was 10 years old, a fourth grade student at the Ateneo.

The friend said the Alcantara family had forgiven Torres, herself a mother.

Amiel also lives in the lessons everybody learned from the incident. His family recognizes how Ateneo has continued to improve its traffic system, which by now has been emulated by other schools.

Moreover, the public has become more aware and concerned for the need for comprehensive road safety regulations and enforcement.

Of the P4.4 million worth of damages, P2 million is for exemplary damage, which the court grants as an example for the public good.

It was on Feb. 24, 2009 at around 4:30 p.m. when Torres stayed with her daughter inside a borrowed Toyota Hi-Ace van at the Ateneo parking lot while they were waiting for her driver to pick up her son.

Torres said she heard several cars honking behind her, which prompted her to shift to the driver’s side and move the van.

At that moment, Amiel, Avie, younger sister Jana, and nanny Tomasa “Tata” Suarez, were crossing the street towards their own car after picking up Amiel and Avie.

While Torres claimed she drove slowly, witnesses Jonas Mahinay and the Alcantaras’ family driver, Khan Nguyen Alcasabas, told the court they heard a “loud and resounding sound” from the van, saw it speed at an estimated 40 to 60 kph, then hit Amiel and Tata, and then two other vehicles before it came to a full stop.

Torres had pleaded not guilty to the case of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and physical injuries filed against her by Jose Fernando and Melanie, and fought hard in court to contest the allegation of criminal negligence against her that caused the death of Amiel.

Torres, through her lawyer, had tried to convince the court that there was also negligence on the part of Amiel, Avie, Jana, and Tata because they did not use the pedestrian lane and did not look for oncoming vehicles as they approached their own car.

The court noted that Torres herself admitted in her testimony that she saw the victims crossing the street and knew that even if her vehicle moved slowly she would hit Tata and Jana.

“It is therefore clear from the foregoing that accused had that last chance to avoid hitting the victims,” the court said.

Mahinay also told the court he heard Torres tell the Ateneo guards that she stepped on the accelerator instead of the brakes.

Alcasabas said he rushed to Amiel and saw his head pinned in the back right tire of the van. He said he and another person had to push the van to release the tire from Amiel’s head.

Amiel died in the arms of Alcasabas as he rushed the boy to the New Era Hospital.

“The totality of the evidence presented shows that the proximate cause of death of Amiel was the reckless driving of the accused,” the court said.

In its verdict, the court also ordered Torres to pay Tata P50,000 as moral damages for her injuries and suffering at the rate of 6 percent per annum from the date of finality of judgment until fully paid. /atm

Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 8

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment


University rankings: Find out how your school does!

MANILA, Philippines – Wondering which universities in the country have the most number of centers of excellence (COE) and centers of development (COD) awarded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)?

We compiled CHED’s memorandum orders on COEs and CODs released from 2012 to 2013, came up with an unofficial tally and ranked schools according to the combined number of their COEs and CODs. In this unofficial ranking, we assigned a point for each university’s COD, and two points for a COE.

COEs and CODs are higher education institutions with the highest degree or level of standards in the areas of instruction, research and extension. The COEs and CODs used in this unofficial ranking will all have their designations expired on May 31 according to CHED.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman came with a commanding lead over other universities with 22 COEs or 44 points. The university has centers of excellence in biology, chemistry, geology, information technology, marine science, mathematics, molecular biology, physics, statistics, broadcasting, journalism, communication, music, foreign language, English, Filipino, Filipino and English literature, political science, psychology, anthropology and linguistics. UP Diliman has no COD.

Completing the top 10 are the following universities:

2. De La Salle University (25)

COE (9): biology, chemistry, information technology, mathematics, physics, teacher education, literature, Filipino, psychology
COD (7): chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electronics and communications engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, political science

3. University of Santo Tomas (24)

COE (7): biology, chemistry, medicine, nursing, teacher education, music, philosophy
COD (10): chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communications engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, physical therapy, journalism, literature, psychology


4. Ateneo de Manila University (23)

COE (10): business administration, chemistry, entrepreneurship education, information technology, mathematics, physics, philosophy, literature (English), psychology, sociology
COD (3): biology, environmental science, literature (Filipino)

Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 7

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Five Philippine Schools in Top 300 Asian Universities

The Top 300 Universities in Asia was already revealed on Monday by QS University Rankings and 5 of the Philippine’s schools made it to the elite list of Asia’s best universities.

The Philippine schools who made it to the Top 300 are the UP, Ateneo, UST, DLSU and the University of Southeastern Philippines (USP). The leading Philippine school is the University of the Philippines, the lone Philippine University in the Top 100, ranking at 67th in the list.

College 5 Asia

The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) ranked at 109th, the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) at 150th, De La Salle University (DLSU) at 151st-160th and the University of Southeastern Philippines (USP) at 251st-300th.

The Philippines premier university the University of the Philippines (UP) improved by a notch from last year’s 68th place. The Ateneo slid from 86th, along with DLSU from 142nd. The UST also dropped from 148th place.

Topping the 2013 list of Top 300 Universities is the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, followed by National University of Singapore, University of Hong Kong, Seoul National University and the Peking University in China.

Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 6

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

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UP and Ateneo’s University Rankings Worldwide 2014-2015 Improved

The worldwide rankings of the country’s premier educational institution, University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University improved a lot in the 2014-2015 World University Rankings by education and career network Quacquarelli Symonds (OS). The results of the latest worldwide university ranking was released on Tuesday, September 26, 2014.

The University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman Quezon City improved itsranking from 380th to this year’s ranking at 367th place worldwide. The bestranking of the University of the Philippines-Diliman was way back the year 2008, where it ranked at No. 262.

The Ateneo de Manila on its part also improved to 461-470 from the 2013-2014 rankings at 561-700. Other schools who made to the Worldwide University rankings from the Philippines are the De La Salle University and the University of Sto. Tomas, as it ranked at 650-and-below.

The DLSU dropped its rankings to 651-700 this year from its previous rankings at 601+ in 2013-2014, while the UST remained idle at 701. According to the latestUniversity Rankings worldwide, the National University of Singapore which is ranked at 22nd overall is considered as the highest-ranked Asian institution.

The top 10 universities in the world this year, according to QS, are:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
2. (tie) University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
4. Harvard University (United States)
5. (tie) University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and University College London (United Kingdom)
7. Stanford University (United States)
8. California Institute of Technology (United States)
9. Princeton University (United States)
10. Yale (United States)

Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 5

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

College Rankings


UP, Ateneo, La Salle in world university rankings for subjects

MANILA, Philippines – Three of the top universities in the country were included in the list of best schools in the world, excelling in English language and literature, based on a 2013 survey released by a London-based research institution.

The University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University made it to the top 200 schools in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking by Subject 2013.

The report showed UP and Ateneo in the top 51-100 schools for English language and literature.

La Salle was in the top 101-150 for the same subject, while Ateneo was also in the top 151-200 in the global ranking for modern languages.

UP, on the other hand, was in the top 151-200 schools for agriculture and forestry. Its ranking, however, slipped to 348th from 332nd in the previous list.

Ateneo de Manila also slid to the 451-500 bracket from being ranked 360th. De La Salle University dropped to the 601+ bracket from 551-600 bracket.

The global university ranking by subject was based on assessments of academics and employers of university graduates.

This year, the company rated 2,858 schools but only ranked 678 institutions.

US schools led the rankings in most subjects, with Harvard University topping 10 disciplines.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology topped the list of best universities, ranking first in seven subjects, followed by the University of California-Berkeley, Oxford University and Cambridge.


Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 4

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

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Companies Still Favor Graduates of Top 8 Universities

MANILA, Philippines – If you are a graduate from one of the top eight universities in the country, you have higher chance of getting hired, according to report from in the new Jobs and Salary Report that has been launched recently.

In the 2015 report, companies in the Philippines still place high importance on which university the graduates come from. 71-percent of the companies who responded to Jobstreet survey said that it was an important factor when considering applicants. This year’s result though lower by 6-percent against the 2014 percentage still shows employers favor graduates from UP, UST, La Salle, Ateneo, and government schools such as PLM, PNU, and PUP.

Here are the Top 8 Universities in the Philippines that lead 2015 Jobstreet Survey of Schools that Matter to Employers:

1. University of the Philippines
2. University of Santo Tomas
3. De La Salle University / Ateneo de Manila University
4. Polytechnic University of the Philippines
5. Mapua Institute of Technology
6. Far Eastern University
7. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila/Adamson University
8. University of the East / Philippine Normal University / Technological Institute of the Philippines

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) is considered a big game-changer in the list of top universities in terms of ‘hireability’ next to Big Four UP, UST, DLSU and ADMU.

While the alumni of the top universities can take pride on the fact that they are favored by most companies, graduates of other institutions should still be confident about lending a job.

Companies say they will still hire applicants even if they did not come from those choice universities as long as “the candidate is trainable/willing to be trained,” and “the candidate fulfills requirements needed for the job.”

In addition, the’s 2015 Jobs and Salary Report for Fresh Graduates said that out of the 450 companies that participated in their survey, 80% of employers recommended highlighting college internships.

The report also said that 52% preferred applicants who already had part-time jobs, while 50% still give importance to a decent — if not impressive — collegiate report card.

Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 3

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

College Paid More


UP, Ateneo, La Salle grads hired faster, paid more

by Jojo Malig,

MANILA, Philippines – Graduates of the top 3 educational institutions in the Philippines are hired faster and paid more by employers, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB).

The NSCB, in a new report citing a Graduate Tracer Study made by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), said graduates of the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and De La Salle University have a significant head start in their careers compared to graduates of other colleges and universities nationwide.

Of the “Big 3,” UP graduates were the fastest to find work but were paid a smaller starting salary compared to Ateneo or La Salle graduates.

UP graduates only waited an average of 1.8 month to find work and had a mean income per month of a little over P9,700.

De La Salle graduates actively looked for a job for an average of 2.4 months but got a mean income per month of almost P11,900.

Ateneo graduates, meanwhile, spend an average of 2.9 months looking for work and had a mean income per month of around P 10,100.

In comparison, graduates of other private sectarian universities spent almost 4 months looking for work and got a mean oncome of P8,388.

Graduates of private non-sectarian schools, meanwhile, spent 4.4 months looking for work and had a mean income of just 8,202.

Meanwhile, graduates of local colleges and universities, other state unuversities, and non-profit educational institutions spent as much as an average of 6 months looking for work and were paid far less than graduates of the “Big 3″ schools.

NSCB Secretary General Jose Ramon Albert cited the 1999 CHED data in his report released Friday on whether education is in sync with the country’s labor conditions and needs.

“The 1999 GTS suggests that graduates from the three premier HEIs in the country, namely, the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, and Ateneo de Manila University, have triple plus points: lower waiting time to join the job market from the time of graduation; higher employment rates; and higher income,” he said.

“About half of the respondents to the study land jobs within 6 months after graduation, and about one percent of them do not have jobs even 2 years after their graduation,” he added.

“Chief among the reported reasons why the college graduates surveyed for the 1999 GTS find difficulty getting jobs are lack of job opportunities, and unsatisfactory salaries or opportunities for advancement in jobs,” Albert said.

He raised the need to conduct a new GTS to determine if supply from higher education meets the demands of the labor market.

‘Choosy graduates’

Citing a 2006-2011 set of data from the Labor Force Survey (LFS) conducted by the National Statistics Office, Albert said college graduates account for at least 18 percent of the total unemployed in the country.

Most of the college graduates who are not working earned degrees on medical courses, trade, craft and industrial programs, engineering and architectural programs, he said.

In comparision, Bureau of Labor Employment Statistics (BLES) data indicate that the top 3 “hard-to-fill” job vacancies from January 2009 to June 2010 include accountants and auditors, electronics and communications engineers, and systems analysts and designers.

“The top 3 reasons why vacancies are hard to fill were: 1) applicants lack needed competency/skill; 2) applicants expect a high salary; and 3) applicants lack years of experience,” he explained.

He said this jibes with the CHED’s 1999 GTS that shows jobless college graduates seem to be “choosy” in seeking jobs.

Albert said 2 in 5 unemployed graduate say they are jobless because of the following reasons: there is no job opening in field of specialization; no interest in getting a job; starting pay is low; and, no job opening within the vicinity of residence.

“The GTS clearly has a wealth of information that are useful in designing policies that put education in sync with employment,” he said.

Albert told they are still waiting for the results of a new 2012 GTS that was commissioned to DLSU.

“The CHED appears to have conducted the GTS last year, and I look forward to examining the results,” he said.


Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 2

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

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Jobstreet: More employers prefer graduates from top universities

Manila, Philippines—Fresh graduates from top Metro Manila schools have a better chance of landing a job, a recent survey of employment search engine Philippines revealed.

The survey conducted by for Fresh graduate Employability showed that most companies in the Philippines still look on which university the graduates come from.

Among 400 companies surveyed, 77 percent of the respondents said they prioritize graduates from University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), University of Santo Tomas, and De La Salle University (DLSU).

The survey, however, said, graduates from other universities should still be confident in landing a job as 94 percent of companies said they would still hire applicants even if they did not come from the top four universities. quoted a Human Resource practitioner saying, “So long as they are able to communicate in English, are trainable and dedicated to work hard, they will still be considered even if they don’t graduate from top universities.”

This, after the survey also indicated that  graduates from state-run universities such as Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), Philippine Normal University (PNU), and Polytechnic University of the Philippines are also considered by employers.

According to Jobstreet, employers said fresh graduates need to highlight their internship experience, their grades and extra-curricular activities on their resume to make up of their lack of experience and have higher chances of being hired.

It, however, said that while some employers were open to hiring fresh graduates, some expressed concern about “fresh graduates leaving the job after being trained, [with] poor communication skills, [and with] unrealistic salary expectations.” said that in 2013, 83 percent of companies hired fresh graduates.


Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 1

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment

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The universities of choice

Ateneo de Manila University’s ACET 2015 out January 10, 2015 as promised

January 9, 2015 Leave a comment


results will be posted here :

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screen cap of the Ateneo website as of January 9, 2015

the results will also be posted at the Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym on January 10 at 8 am. we will be posting pictures here.

the scene at the Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym at 8:05 am today. yes the results are out!





UP’s UPCAT 2015 Results out “soon” and Ateneo’s ACET 2015 results on Janaury 10

January 7, 2015 Leave a comment

according to the Ateneo De Manila University admissions office they will post the ACET 2015 results at the Blue Eagle Gym at its Loyola Heights campus on Saturday, January 10 at 8 am. they will post the results online at 12 noon the same day.

for University of the Philippines’ UPCAT 2015 results, the website says they will post the results online “soon”, no specific date announced. click here to go to the site:


UPCAT 2015


new ACET 2014 schedule released

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

New ACET Schedule announcement MM-page0001

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Ateneo entrance exam results ACET 2014 released, now available online, posted at campus

January 11, 2014 Leave a comment

ACET results available online now, click here  :


screen cap of that link:

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2014 ACET

senator pia cayetano on new UAAP rule on residency : “unconstitutional; unjust and cruel to athletes”

March 9, 2013 Leave a comment

we are posting in full statement by senator pia cayetano:

Dear UAAP Board,

Many athletes, former athletes, and parents of athletes are in an uproar over the recent decision of the UAAP board to require graduating high school students to sit out 2 years if they come from a UAAP high school and go to a different UAAP college.

Forgive my ignorance, but what is the 2-year residency requirement for other than to curtail the freedom of the young athlete to choose the college where he wants to study and play?

In the USA, transferring college athletes have a 1-year residency rest before they can play for their new school – only 1 year, and it doesn’t apply to high school students who choose to go to a different college. The 1-year residency rule requires an athlete to sit out one year of competition because transferring student-athletes suffer academically over time. The year-in-residence is meant to help the athlete acclimatize to the new school and adjust academics-wise. [1] So what’s your 2-year rule for?

A student-athlete’s choice of university is influenced not only by athletics, but also by academics, campus life, and personal situation [2], and the 2-year residency encumbers their freedom of choice.

In my humble opinion as an athlete, a parent of both a college and a high school athlete, and a lawyer, the 2-year residency that is currently applied to transferring college students, as well as any residency rule for high school students, deny athletes of their rights to develop their full potential. It goes against the Constitutional mandate to promote sports especially among our youth, and is an unreasonable limit on an athlete’s freedom of choice as well as academic freedom to choose which college to enter into.

Section 19, Article 14, of the 1987 Constitution states that:

“(1) The State shall promote physical education and encourage sports programs, league competitions, and amateur sports, including training for international competitions, to foster self-discipline, teamwork, and excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry.”

Will the new rule help achieve this?

To excel in sports, one needs to be in constant training of both the body and the mind. Do you know what it’s like for an athlete to sit out two seasons? Athletes thrive on competition. That’s what gets us going. That’s what all the hard training is about. Its what makes it all worth while. To make an athlete sit out two seasons? That just kills the dream. Para sa isang atleta, para mo na ring sinabi na wag ka na lang maglaro. Is this what you want to achieve? Seriously?

I am against any kind of residency rule for graduating high school students. For transferring college students, the 1 year residency rule will suffice. Anything more than that is injustice to an athlete.

I will end this letter by citing a provision in our Bill of Rights against cruel and unjust punishment. For an athlete, this 2 year residency rule is cruel and unjust punishment!

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read : new UAAP rule on residency is unjust, unfair and harms high school athletes

new UAAP rule on residency is unjust, unfair and harms high school athletes

March 8, 2013 1 comment

social media was ablaze in the last few days on this new rule of the UAAP on residency:

HIGH school players who will transfer to another UAAP school in college will now have to wait for two years before becoming eligible to play in the league.

The UAAP board on Tuesday approved the recommendation of its amendments committee to increase the residency requirements for transferring high school players from one year to two years.

The new rule, which got the vote of the board during its regular monthly, meeting will take effect immediately and will cover the current batch of graduating high school players in the UAAP.

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apparently this rule was invented as a reaction to the recruitment war between the Ateneo and FEU on a star high school player of FEU, a two-time MVP in the high school league.

( read here : and here

we think the new rule is all wrong :

  • this new rule benefits only the UAAP schools, not anyone else, not the high school athletes and not the league. and the benefit to the schools is just temporary, all it does is delay the playing time and does not totally protect the schools from losing their top high school players to other schools. the obvious intent of the new rule is to prevent or strongly discourage high school athletes from moving to another school for college.  it’s a selfish, misguided rule just for the benefit of the schools.
  • it does the most harm to the high school athletes as they are unjustly deprived of playing the sport they love and have labored for for another year. the one year residency to begin with is wrong and extending it for another year makes it doubly wrong.  these high school athletes have been competing, honing and practicing their skills throughout high school and to many it started during their grade school days, this rule puts a two-year stop to that regimen, to that success formula. any athlete know that sustained and continued playing time, specially in competition play and training are key to sports greatness. all athletes know – you stop competitive playing and you don’t improve and to some lose some of your skills while others who continue progress more.
  • putting in place rules that have the effect of barring or impeding a high school student from pursuing his college education in the school of his choice is wrong and immoral, specially if this is being done just to protect the school’s college sports program.  the fact is schools have differing quality of education, the same as having differing quality of sports programs. high school students, including athletes choose the best that they can have (and afford). putting in barriers for the students to choose the best or better education and sports program is wrong for the schools to do so.
  • it does not make sense that the league is stopping high school students from pursuing greater things for their education and the sport they love.
  • the new rule does not make the UAAP league any better nor does it do anything positive to sports, all it does is give the schools some kind of fake psychological benefit.
  • the new rule is definitely discriminatory against universities who do not have coed high schools like la salle and ateneo. this will mean their women recruits for the women sports in the UAAP sill need to wait it out for two years. not having female students in their high schools automatically mean they will need to recruit from high school girls.

there is something very wrong with UAAP schools looking for ways to improve their chances at winning games in the league not by improving their sports programs but by imposing rules that discriminate other schools and do nothing but harm high school athletes.

winning UAAP games is best done by winning in the courts during games, not in meeting rooms by creating unfair, discriminatory, harmful and selfish self serving rules. this new UAAP rule does not help the league in any way, all it does is hurt the future and dreams of high school athletes.

read more here : Twitter ablaze as #NewUAAPRule stuns UAAP fans

Ateneo ACET 2013 results – now available online (click here) & at Blue Eagle Gym

January 12, 2013 Leave a comment

click here  to access online results :


a lot of people have also taken cellphone pictures of the results posted at the Blue Eagle Gym
and have posted them online, most of it on facebook.


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AY 2013-2014 ACET ateneo de manila university’s results released online & at blue eagle gym

January 10, 2013 1 comment

AY 2013-2014 ACET results

click here  to access online results :

a lot of people have also taken cellphone pictures of the results have posted them online, most of it on facebook.

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tweet from the official ateneo de manila university account says AY 2013-2014 ACET results will be posted at the Blue Eagle Gym on January 12, 2013. this is typically out by 8:00 AM.

Ateneo October, 2012 1BIG5 Bonfire Celebration In Pictures

October 14, 2012 1 comment







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professors of 3 of the top universities, Ateneo, La Salle and University Of The Phlippines support the rh bill

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment
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