In Search For Stars

Outbreak (Warner Bros. 1995)

Outbreak Movie Poster

“While Surfing: On the Ebola Virus” by Hannah Ledesma reminded me to share the movie, Outbreak (Warner Bros. 1995) which dramatizes the possible medical emergency scenario caused by Ebola Virus.

While watching, try to situate yourself in this scenario:

Who are you in this event? How will you act?

As an advertising student with 6 units of science courses, what do you do to make use of this Advertising and Science Education?

Embedding the video found by co-author “While Surfing: On the Ebola Virus”

NS102 with Hama

Following the recent global anxiety about great mortality rates of citizens in west Africa, several Youtube channels have covered this story with the intent to educate and inform the rest of the world on this dangerous albeit unfamiliar disease.


While surfing one of my favourite science channels, SciShow, I saw this video summarizing the Ebola virus’ casualties, a synopsis of its history, transmission and the current state in Africa. The link below will lead you to the video.


Video Summary:

  • 2nd Deadliest Disease 
  • Bats were the initial carriers
  • a.k.a. Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever or Ebola Virus Disease
  • The most violent species of right now is the Zebov with a fatality rate of 83%
  • Coined “Ebola” because of its place origin, the Ebola river
  • 2014 has 1,323 infected out of which 729 have died
  • It causes flu-like symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea then destroys the capillaries until all of the patient’s…

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In Hopes That It Will Be a True Good Film (A Ranting Essay on the Philippine Film Industry)

Curious and Befuddled

Last 16th of August, 2014, a familiar face came about within the school grounds of the University of Sto. Tomas.

marian 1 Marian Rivera at ‘Bad Ang Sinungaling’ shooting site (UST) rhyzza Rhyzza Mae Dizon at ‘Bad Ang Sinugnaling’ shooting site (UST)

It was Marian Rivera and Rhyzza Mae Dizon!


Rejoice! Rejoice! A celebrity! How fun, exciting!




Apparently, it was a shooting for a scene from an upcoming 2015 MMFF film entitled Bad And Sinungaling. Now, I have totally no idea what the plot of this film is going to be, but judging by the actors and the crew gathered, I am not psyched at all.

Starting up with Vic Sotto, Marian Rivera, and Rhyzza Mae Dizon as (most probably) the main cast, and end it with the director of photography, Lee Meily, and director Marlon Rivera, I can only see the bleak future of the Philippine film…

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The Brand of Teaching

How can we describe a good teacher or a good professor?


In the Norm: Teacher- comes in class-check attendance-lectures-quiz-dismissal.

In the old times did you know that the idea of selling water particularly in water bottles people thought that it was a silly idea? Which we can now find sold all over the world by groceries, convenience stores or street vendors! That unique idea at first sounded silly, crazy, weird and/but unique but now it evolved to be worldwide; never the less, it has a particular classification which we call brands! (Ex. Summit, Cystal Clear, Aqua Fina, Absolute etc.)

Our professor, Prof. Rom Cumagun introduced to us a different approach in teaching which he calls “Blogosphere.” It sounded unique, but most of us, his students, weren’t interested about it; because we were taught by the “Norm,” we accepted the traditional way of teaching where we can learn and get our grades from.
Like no other professor, we broke the ice by asking him what his real objective in teaching is. Why is he not giving lectures from a book? Why is he discussing about blogging? At first, we didn’t understand, but one phrase he said that inspired me was: “I have a big dream that someday, YOU, as advertising students, might someday become leaders” which led to an answer to those questions of ours. He wanted us to be authors, not to be readers. He has this big vision for us that someday we will be discovered by our unique ideas like Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei, William Gilbert a.k.a. to be Leaders, Celebrities, Known Names in the Industry!



His approach of teaching was like this…

Prof. Cumagun-Prayer-discussion of blogs-interaction-grading system based on our multiple intelligence-attendance-dismissal

As an advertising student, he introduced his own brand as a professor which makes him one of a kind. He is not like any other professor who just teaches but requires us to interact with people through blogging, not in a traditional way of teaching, but by applying our major in a practical way! He, I would say, should be called our personal trainer, because he exercises us our major in advertising by blogging.

Our Believer, Trainer and Professor sir I respect your approach in teaching. It may be unique but that uniqueness might lead us someday to be successful professionals in our field. Thank you.

Proposing a Theme Song for a Spirituality of Earth and Life Sciences

 This song was written by Carroll Roberson, and is sung by Elvis Presley

One Pair of Hands Screenshot 2014-08-22 20.19.43This song was recently found in the Elvis Presley archives. You must 
listen, it’s beautiful and I am sure you will pass it on. If you are 
not a fan of his, the song definitely is worth listening to……….

Observing Movie Making at UST

Published a page about NS102 – 3AD-6

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Read posts on this event by co-authors

A Day in a Life a CFAD StudentBy: Luiza Artillero

Bad Ang Sinungaling By: Pamela Bacay

Bad Ang Sinungaling Taping By: Irish Rabena




Taping Around the Campus by JADULANG, FRANCO LEE MANALAD


In Hopes That It Will Be a True Good Film (A Ranting Essay on the Philippine Film Industry) by VINALAY, KATRINA MAE CAMU


Most Helpful Spider So Far

Jurassic Spider Eats Birds


How come Sunset is Red?

by Kristen Anne Uy, 3AD-7

The sunset shines upon the ground,

With people standing, staring, astound,

The colors soaking into them,

The art evoking heart in them.

I find them very pretty

I watch them glisten upon my city

But I always see myself ponder in bed

Why oh why are they color red

When the time has come for sun to veer

The sunlight goes through more of the atmosphere

Light scatters and only shades of red pass our eyes so clear

And that learning, I will share to my peers


Authors Note: Since I will not be joining the creative writing workshop of the varsitarian, I created this short poem to comply with Sir Cumagun’s requirement. 🙂