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Congratulations all around!

Congratulations all around!

Congratulations to my thesis mentees for winning best thesis award! They shared the award with Jacqueline Constantino and Alvea Sikat who were in my PHILOPE class last term. Congrats as well to Renz Cahilig for being part of the best thesis list. Yay!


Hello, and Goodbye (“till we meet again!)

So, yesterday marked the end of the 3rd Term of this Academic Year.  I really hoped that you had the best time yesterday, failing grades and all.  And while it would appear that a failure would be the end of the world for you, it is not in actuality.  I do not derive a seeming kind of pleasure in giving students failing grades; but you could not fault my patience and generosity in evaluating your work.  I am sorry for my inadequacies as your professor; but you’ve got to admit, learning is a two-way street.  And to those who did very well in my class, remember that you are not defined by your GPA.  In the world outside the academia, hard work, experience, and the willingness to learn from mentors, count more.  Please do not neglect to nurture these qualities.

In this connection, let me direct you to a timely piece from the Huffington post. It’s a blog post by Alena Hall on the ” 15 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You About Life After College.” My favorite line: Your life probably won’t go according to plan, and that’s okay.

15 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You About Life After College

Posted: 04/22/2014 11:23 am EDT Updated: 04/22/2014 1:59 pm EDT

Filing into the university football stadium, swimming in a sea of graduation gowns and struggling to keep swinging tassels out of their eyes, soon-to-be graduates experience a rush of mix emotions: Excitement that the last round of final exams is officially over. Melancholy over the likelihood that this is the last time they will have all of their best friends in one place. Terror of the unknown realities of adult world that is literally lurking around the corner.

Together they listen intently to the commencement speaker standing behind the podium, searching for a sense of hope, guidance and inspiration. However, oftentimes their sweeping statements don’t necessarily prepare the new graduates to navigate the adult world they’ll soon face.

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Thanks and best wishes,

Dr. Jeane



Final Grades Are Up!

Dear all,

I am pleased to inform you that your final grades are now posted here.  Go to your specific course’s page and download the file.  Final grades on MyLaSalle will be on the 22nd of April.  If you have questions, please see me during consultation day on April 22.  I cannot entertain questions via wordpress or email.


Dr. Jeane

No Impact Reflection to End all No Impact Reflection

Thanks, Hanna Bacani of GENDERS A52 for these fun-filled post!

No Impact Experiment: A week to remember

Committing yourself to a strenuous yet memorable experience is truly challenging. No Impact Experiment is a one- week carbon cleanse in hopes of raising awareness and changing people’s habits throughout their everyday life. Nowadays, we often neglect caring for our environment. The natural surroundings and habitats must be preserved and celebrated. An eye opening experience realizing the harmful and wasteful things we do in our daily routine. The aim of this exercise is to see the difference no-impact living can be in your quality of life.

Starting this journey, I knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park. Fortunately, keeping this blog to keep my daily thoughts, insights and challenges as I embark on a better lifestyle. A theme is provided each day.


I have been like this for the past days

So, excuse me if I am taking too long to check your paper:)


Inu with his toy.

Featured Post: Carlo Gibas of PHILOPE A55 on the No-Impact Experiment

Love this thoughtful take on the no-impact experiment:)

Personal impact of No Impact

So… No Impact. It’s funny that I actually had trouble doing this. It felt disingenuous of me to record the activities listed given that circumstances and practice have led me to doing them long before No Impact. Do I get a pat on the head?


Reusable bagsI have actually been using reusable bags for my dirty laundry for nearly a year now. Before, I would often gather up weeks worth of plastic bags (each pair of plastic bag is worth one week). I never really thought where those plastics get to when I dispose of them so for the last three years that I have been using them, I must have been generating a lot of waste. Embarrassingly, I only stopped using plastics when mom herself gave me these two reusable bags. However, I’m not complaining. This is one mistake I’m glad that someone pointed out to me even though I could have realized it myself.

For more, check out Carlos’ blog here.


I have only one word: INTENSE

Journal Entry 3

Thank you, Luigi for this insightful review of my talk for the NKK:)

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Luigi Sandico



The talk on Japanese yaoi was truly a different experience for me. It was my first time to experience such detailed and interesting knowledge about the culture of Japan. It definitely caught my attention as everything that was discussed was foreign to me and that all the more made the talk more interesting.

In the case of Japan, lesbians in the country are still scared to come out. Social pressures continue to keep many of Japan’s gay women in the closet. As so, yaoi in Japan seemed to be the only platform wherein lesbians can come out and be open about their sexuality. It is through cyberspace that they get to truly express their deepest desires through characters, as they intend to fight the hypersexual portrayal of women in anime. As men and women in anime are portrayed  in a hypersexual manner, there is a low…

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Justice Lecture Series alternatives

Dear all,

Just to remind you that if you had failed to attend the event, you will need 2 activities that you have to make a write-up on to be eligible for Justice Lecture Series (Sword and Scales).  Otherwise, one activity merits 50% of the grade only.  And for the record, I have said this in class numerous times so please spare me the excuse that I had not told you at all or that no one in class knew about this.

Be gently reminded.


Watch Geena Rocero inspires everyone on living one’s life authentically

When fashion model Geena Rocero first saw a professionally shot photo of herself clad in a bikini, she was beside herself. “I thought…you have arrived!” she says proudly. This might not be the typical experience, but, as Rocero reveals, that’s because she was born with the gender assignment “boy.” In a moving and personal talk, Rocero finds that transgender activism is giving her a whole new sense of pride and purpose.
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