A documentary on prostitution

To afford college education, a student resorted to prostitution. Her story is being told in this video documentary, shown in youtube and produced by the College of Mass Communication, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. This project is in support of PLM President Adel Tamano’s advocacy on education.

To watch the video, click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cssINDd-WUg


The Quest for Truth

Jun Lozada should continue his crusade and quest for truth. Jun, don’t be discouraged by your detractors’ , Malacanang’s lapdogs’ criticisms. As long as you know that what you are fighting for is right, then you should carry on!

The youth should continue supporting the crusade of Jun Lozada specially that classes are about to start. GMA and her minions have been very relaxed during summer break. It’s time for the youth to take the lead once more in the quest for good and honest governance. Let us not remain apathetic.

Kinakailangang makilahok at makialam na ang kabataan!

Kilos Kabataan, palayain ang Bayan!
Tuloy ang Laban!!!

JV Ejercito

Education Disconnect

I wanted to share this video with you because it demonstrates the disconnect that the current educational system has with the interests and perspectives of the youth. We have to find a way to make learning more relevant and interesting to students. The video focuses on the American educational system but since the Philippine system is more akin to the US system, the problems expressed in the video apply and resonate in the Philippine context as well. Food for thought.

4 Things I’m Doing to Make RP a Better Place


There is a common question from many of the comments on this blog, which is, essentially, what am I doing personally to make our country a better place. Put another way, some assert that all I do is engage in talk about “change” while not doing anything concrete to effect it. To address this directly, here are 4 things – there are actually more but let’s start with this number – I am doing personally and concretely to move this country forward:

1. Eliminating Corruption at PLM (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila). As president of the University I oversee a fund of 300 Million Pesos yearly for the benefit of nearly 12,000 students, staff, and faculty. Commission on Audit records will show the wastage and corruption that have occurred in past administrations. For those familiar with S.O.P.s (standard operating procedures, which is a codeword for corruption) of government, unfortunately, ten per cent of that fund, and this is a very conservative estimate, goes to the head of the organization. In my case it would be 30 million a year, at least. There are rumors that the past administrations in PLM stole even more than that. I do not – and will not – steal any money from PLM. That money should benefit the University, its students and staff. By utilizing the University’s money properly, I am building up our nation’s future leaders.

2. Lecturing on Youth Leadership and Empowerment. From invitations from organizations like the Jaycees and Rotarians to Student Organizations to High School and College graduations, I always make it a point to make my speeches or lectures center on youth leadership and a sense of hopefulness for our country’s future.

3. Establishing Programs for Adult Education and PLMAT review. We are currently working on an adult education program in PLM that will provide instruction to janitors and other low income earners such as small vendors, metro aides, etc. Also, seeing that those with higher income levels have an advantage at the entrance examinations for PLM, we are establishing a PLMAT – the University’s entrance exams – review course that will target the poorest Manila High School students to enable them to hurdle the highly competitive PLMAT. Bringing quality education to the poorer sectors of our community will always reap social dividends in the long run.

4. Advocating Muslim-Christian Dialogue Through Media, Articles, and Lectures. Muslim-Christian dialogue – inter-faith discussion – is very close to my heart, particularly being married to a Catholic. Through my numerous articles, media interviews and appearances, as well as lectures, I hope to open the lines of communication between Muslims and Christians in the Philippines, which is the essential pre-condition to overcoming distrust, discrimination, and finding peace in Mindanao.

Negative Comments-We Like

I’m not surprised that there are some comments on this blog that express cynicism and disbelief at what we are doing here. For example, this comment from amelyah_92@yahoo.com.ph –

All that is required for a neophyte who wants to enter and make a difference in Philippine politics is for all good men to become a genuine member to the group of young turks,the eliminators of “Trapos”…lol he he he!

We know that our attempt at having a conversation with the youth on reforming the country will be viewed by some as either silly or self-serving. Fine, people are entitled to their opinions but we won’t let that stop us from doing what we think is good for the country. Also, keep those negative comments coming – it will just inspire us to work harder and be more creative in trying to reach out to the youth. Also, just by your act of giving a comment, you have, in fact, started the conversation on what we should do to help move this country forward. So, thank you.

– Atty. Adel Tamano

Madonna Decena and Our Brave OFWs

OFws are our nation’s modern heroes, we have heard this so many times that it seems trite and grating. But watching the stories of OFWs like Madonna Decena, a contestant on Britain’s got talent whose video is attached, and you realize how true the hero monicker is. Personally, while I appreciate their sacrifices, I wish they did not have to be heroes, meaning that perhaps if we had more options in the Philippines, we would not need our OFWs to venture out and expose themselves to abuse and exploitation. And what about the great social cost – the toll on families, the lack of father or mother figures for our youth, and the consumerism that occurs when children are given money, cellphones, gadgets, etc. instead of guidance?

– Atty. Adel Tamano

Serving the Youth

It has been always been an honor for me to serve the youth and being a youth leader in the past, as past National President of the Junior Chamber of the Philippines or JCI-Philippines (formerly Philippine Jaycees), and as National Chairman of Kabataan ng Masang Pilipino, and other youth organizations, it has been a commitment for me to hold on with the passion to assist our youth, kahit pumuti na ang buhok ko. Although I belong to a political family, I have never let politics get in the way of my passion of serving the youth sector.

It will be a big challenge on how to convince the majority of our youth to be dedicated and take part on what is happening to our country. Based on my experience, as I have gone around the country, the youth will move as long as there would be programs and projects that would interest them. But unfortunately because of lack of effective youth programs, the majority of our youth remained apathetic.

This generation is hounded with political and economic crises, the youth should not lose hope to act and affect change for the nation. Even during the last issues concerning scandals in the current administration, the youth was at the forefront in the quest for truth. That was when I told myself, there is still hope, since the youth was now at the frontline of the communal action. It was a great feeling that the political, business, and religious personalities had to take a back seat and let the youth take the lead in the activities. May pag-asa na, sapagka’t kumilos na ang kabataan!

Gone are the days when the youth are just enthralled with gimmicks, night outs, malling, and even vices. Sana ay ang kabataan ngayon, gamitin ang pag-gigimik sa pakikihalubilo at pakikipagkaibigan sa kapwa kabataan para sa makabuluhang gawain. Ang it is also a good thing that we are blessed with the new technology that we can utilize for disseminating information, expressing our views and participating in the endeavors for the betterment of our nation.

Laman na ng mga blogs sa internet at You Tubes ang mga hinaing, mga pananaw at suhestiyon ng mga kabataan para sa ikabubuti ng ating bayan.

That is why some of the Filipinos are inspired to follow through, yung mga hindi tinatablan na kumilos at makiisa sa mga proyekto para sa bayan at nananatiling nakapiring ang mga mata, nagbibingibingihan at mistulang mga pipi na di nakapagsasalita, ay sobrang manhid na lamang talaga.

Kaya naman ang hamon ko sa ating mga kabataan ay ang mapanatili sa inyong lahat at mapatunayan na nasa kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan!

The Filipino Youth have long been recognized as achievers, intelligent, talented and success-driven.

Ang dunong ng kabataan ang siyang magpapaunlad tungo sa tunay na kalayaan ng Pilipinas, kalayaan sa kahirapan, sa pagsasamantala ng naghaharing uri, at sa anumang kaguluhan. Ang ating sama-sama at nagkakaisang pagsisikap ang magbabangon sa mga Pilipino hindi lamang para sa pansariling kasaganahan ng ating mga pamilya nguni’t para sa kaunlaran at kapayapaan ng buong bayan.

Kilos na Kabataan, Palayain ang Bayan!

Para sa Bayan,