April 18, 2014

Opinion: What makes a citizen journalist?

For two separate occasions, I was invited to speak about citizen journalism from a blogger’s point of view. On both occasions, I was challenged to present my ideas without digging my grave. I was a journalist for a short time and I was exposed to the principles that a journalist needs to adhere to, such as truth, objectivity, fairness, and justice. Afterwards, I started blogging. 

April 17, 2014

EdTech: Checking class attendance with Attendance

This summer is my fourth consecutive semester to teach part-time at St. Theresa’s College. This summer, I teach Developmental Theater with 40 students, the largest I have ever handled. I almost choked on my bile when I looked at the class list the registrar gave me. I got the list on the first day of class.

Event: What happened during the first GDAYS Cebu

Event coverage, text and photos by Gifmira Pepito, The Memoriter intern

The Google Business Group (GBG) Cebu organized the first GDAYS Cebu last April 12 at  the Lakwatsa Resto Lounge in Hernan Cortes Street, Mandaue City.

Supported by Google, this was a memorable event wherein people from different walks of life have gathered together to discover the many products and services Google has to offer to support personal lifestyle and small businesses. 

February 27, 2014

Why every man and woman should watch The Vagina Monologues

When I first saw the local production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues in 2001, I was an ignorant 17-year-old convent-raised bespectacled college freshman with no boyfriend.

There I was sitting in the middle of the audience in oh-my-God-I-forgot-where, companionless but very much comfortable, totally clueless of the onslaught of seemingly “vulgar” monologues. It was my first real sex education. And what a memorable education it was!

At the time, my young mind said, “Every 17-year-old boy should watch this.”

February 1, 2014

When you change careers, should you change your reading preferences, too?

For more than 10 years, I have been writing for various channels through the companies I was employed with. I wrote speeches for a mayor, wrote scripts for a television network, prepared text for school brochures, reported news for a newspaper, and started blogging when I went under the wing of a nonprofit organization. 

December 29, 2013

A tough start at integrating technology in the college classroom

How do you start integrating technology in classroom instruction? Perhaps, in my case, the proper question would be, how do I start integrating technology in a class with students who have long perceived the classroom as sort of a theater wherein the teacher gets to do all the acts and they just relax, sit back, and enjoy the show? Oh, and don’t forget to pass the popcorn!

December 23, 2013

The long and winding history of the Cebu City Public Library (Last of Two Parts)

(The first of this two-part series is titled “The Cebu City Public Library is alive, but…”)

If the Cebu City Public Library (CCPL) was a person, it would be a combat-strained, torture-tested cynical veteran soldier who saw glorious days but is now tittering towards expected retirement. You might think it’s a fortunate thing CCPL is not a person. But at 94, CCPL—the only public library in Cebu City—has seen glorious days and will be tittering towards retirement if the public and the government will not do anything. 

December 21, 2013

The Cebu City Public Library is alive, but… (First of Two Parts)

The last thing I want is to know that the public libraries in the Philippines are at the mercy of politics in order to survive. Ever since I was able to comprehend this unwanted detail and all the implications that stem from it, I only wish for one thing every election—vote for leaders with consistent platforms (oh, how I have been itching to say that for a long time!).