Monthly Archives: July 2007

gameplan

I just forwarded to my boss a new proposal for a service contract and right now I’m crossing my fingers that they would heart-and- mind-and-with-open-arms accept what I wrote in that email. I’m so anxious that I can’t sleep even though I just watched Ouija and I’m now all alone in the living room. Great movie by the way.

Going back to the proposal, the firm generally needs someone who will take care of their IT capability so that they can bring efficiency in the delivery of services – primarily engineering consulting. Now, i have three things going for me – I know their system (since i built it), I know the people and I can make it better. The first two are givens since they are already facts. The third one is exciting. I would basically engineer their office system from the ground up and lay the foundation upon which future system administrators will work on. This would be my amh legacy.

Regarding this improvement thing, i will have three foci – information channels (both upward and downward), proactive planning and institutionalized work processes.

  1. information channels – formal reports to supervisor and advisories to end users
  2. proactive planning – planned expenditures and system roadmap
  3. institutionalized work processes – services will be formalized into routines so that it would be easier for end-users to familiarize themselves with services and to make other processes more efficient (the main goal of the exercise)

Beginning with these three, i hope i can start to lighten the burden for the directors regarding their IT needs. This will in effect give them more time to focus their efforts on their real roles – to steer the firm to the achievement of its goals.

Congrats Christopher Sabando Valdez!

This guy just passed the recently concluded June 2007 Architect Licensure Examination. His sequence number (not the rank) is 445 based on PRC’s list of passers. 467 out of 1141 takers passed the said exam. He is from UP Diliman which garnered 96% passing rate.

Chris will give a BIG BLOWOUT on Monday, 23 July at his BIG MANSION in the campus. Well wishers should bring food or better yet cash to defray the cost. Hehe…

You can (c)lick on his pic to download the list 🙂

How “UP Naming Mahal” Came to Be

Sometime in the early 1920s, a contest was held to give expression to that elusive thing—the “UP Spirit.” A contest was held to select the lyrics to be put to music, and both words and notes were to move both students and alumni to recall what it meant to belong to the University of the Philippines. The winning entry was written by Teogenes Velez, a Liberal Arts student.

Then another contest was held to set the winning poem to music. Legend has it that a student at the Conservatory of Music, Nicanor Abelardo, had just returned home from a town fiesta in Pampanga and his wife reminded him of the contest’s deadline, which was noon of that same day. Whereupon the young man sat down and in just one hour had the piece ready, and was able to submit it on time.

The song, “UP Beloved,” was first sung before a UP audience in 1917. And from then on it has been a party of all UP activities.

The Filipino version, “UP Naming Mahal,” is a composite from seven translations received by a screening committee, which found none of them fully satisfactory, and contributed some lines themselves. Today, the song is as much an emblem of the UP spirit as the famous Oblation.

(The original key of the composition is B Flat major, which is too high for the average vocal range. Professor Hilarion Rubio of the Conservatory of Music suggested that it be in the key of G major and should be sung in the original tempo of eighty quarter notes in one minute.)

U.P. Naming Mahal

U.P. naming mahal
Pamantasang hirang
Ang tinig namin
Sana’y inyong dinggin

Malayong lupain
Amin mang marating
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin

Luntian at pula
Sagisag magpakailanman
Ating ipagdiwang bulwagan ng dangal

Humayo’t itanghal, giting at tapang
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan

batangas city and other stuff for azneita project year 1

Batangas City Bearings – 3°45′25.96″N, 121°3′29.2″E

The date is September 8, 2006 and I was then alone in the Internet Committee Office of the UP International Center working as network support personnel. It has been weeks since Google disabled my Adsense account on alleged click fraud and ever since then I stopped blogging. Then inspiration hit me like a boulder – bang! Azneita Project was born!

Primarily, AP (Azneita Project) should be about Batangas City, Technology, Politics and Entrepreneurship. As of last count, Technology posts claimed the top spot with 17 posts, Small Business followed with 15, Public Administration and Politics with a total of 15 and lastly, Batangas City with 4. The seeming disparity could be attributed to academics, work and sheer laziness.

AP by the way is now a full-pledged PageRank 3 website – a step down from a PageRank 4 that slipped. Number 33 in Batangas City tag (Google Search).

The dismal posts in the supposed to be core topics reflects unfocused writing and so we will remedy that. To do that, emphasis will be given to our dear hometown – Batangas City in the upcoming months. Much can still be done to right the ship that has gone askew! Avast lads!