Millenial-Millenial Santacruzan

When I was younger and a practising Catholic, I used to see the religious tradition as a serious and solemn event.

POTObsessing: Phantom of the Opera

I was listening last night to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” for the nth time. I’ve read Gaston Leroux’s novel for the second time last time. It occurs to me that Webber’s Christine Daae is objectified as a weak woman who ‘can’t resist’ the Phantom --- she is scared of him and Raoul is there to …

ALS, Look and Learn

Slow learners, school dropouts, poor students---we commonly associate these terms with students of the Alternative Learning System (ALS). For the full Nonformal (NFE) experience, our class was tasked to conduct an ALS session at our assigned school. We were Team Bago Bantay. It was exciting, I wanted to see firsthand the difference between ALS and …

A transactional classroom, from Freire’s pedagogy

I've heard about Paulo Freire and the Pedagogy of the Oppressed back in my undergraduate program, during the orientation for our Literacy Training Service (NSTP-LTS). I knew it was about teaching but I have not understood it better until it was discussed again in my graduate course, Nonformal Education (NFE). NFE has always been competing with …

[Review] Adam

At first, you would think that Adam Raki (Hugh Dancy) is simply a geek whose life and brains revolve around the stars, the planets, and everything in the universe. He is like a walking encyclopedia---he talks endlessly about his favorite stuff factually. You would also think that Adam is an extreme introvert. He doesn't talk a …