Tuesday, August 16, 2011

White hair chronicles LXVII - Acronyms pa rin!

The nostalgia brought by UPCAT and school acronyms lingers. I remember acronyms shared over inuman sessions then. As those drinking sessions were ever smoke-filled, drinkers thought of what the cigarette brands really mean. And here are the cheesy acronyms:
  • CAMEL - Can A Man Ever Love?
  • CHESTERFIELD - Come Home Every Saturday To Eat Ripe Fruit In Every Lonely Day
  • HOPE - Hold Onto Prayer Everyday
  • MARLBORO - Man Always Remembers Love Because of Romance Only
After a few bottles, the cheesy, romantic acronym discussions will turn to foreign places:
  • BURMA - Between Us, Remember Me Always.
  • CANADA - Cute And Naughty Action that Develops into Attraction
  • CHINA - Come Here I Need Affection
  • EGYPT - Everything's Great, You Pretty Thing!
  • FRANCE - Friendships Remain And Never Can End
  • INDIA - I Nearly Died In Adoration.
  • ITALY - I Trust And Love You
  • JAPAN - Just Always Pray At Night
  • HOLLAND - Hope Our Love Lasts And Never Dies
  • KENYA - Keep Everything Nice Yet Arousing
  • KOREA - Keep Optimistic Regardless of Every Adversity
  • LIBYA - Love Is Beautiful, You Also
  • RUSSIA - Romance Under the Sky & Stars is Intimate Always
  • YEMEN - 'Yugyugan' Every Morning, Every Night
Of course, local spots are just acronyms, too:
  • BALIWAG - Beauty And Love I Will Always Give
  • CEBU - Change Everything But Us
  • IMUS - I Miss U Sweetheart
  • MALABON - May A Lasting Affair Be Ours Now
  • MANILA - May All Nights Inspire Love Always
  • PARANAQUE - Please Always Remain Adorable, Nice And Quiet Under Ecstacy
  • PASAY - Pretty And Sexy Are You
  • PASIG - Please Always Say I'm Gorgeous
  • TONDO - Tonight's Our Night Dearest One
And it will get hotter:
  • PHILIPPINES - Pump Hard. I Love It! Please! Please! I Need Erotic Stimulation
A few more bottles and the talks will turn naughty. Here's a supposed coded message of OFWs returning home. The husband will just say PLDT in the voice tape. And it means:
  • PLDT - P*ki Linis Dating T*ti
The joke continues - the wife in turn, will telegraph just one coded word, BPI, which means:
  • BPI - Bilis, P*ki Inip
Then the discussions will focus on the print on the amber bottle.
  • SAN MIGUEL PALE PILSEN BOTTLED BY - Sa Aming Nayon May Isang Gago Uminom, Eh Lasing. Pati Ako Lasing Eh, Pati Ikaw Lashing, So Eng Nangyari Bawat Order, Trouble Trouble Lashing Eh! Di Ba? Yahhh! 
Of course, the word acronym is just another acronym:
  • ACRONYM - A Coded Reduction Of Names, Yielding Meanings

Monday, August 15, 2011

White hair chronicles LXVI - Taga UP Diliman ka kung...

More than a week after the UPCAT brought down a flood of memories, the reminiscences continue to pour. thanks to the Facebook page Taga UP Diliman ka kung... that has gone viral. Less than a week old, its members has doubled to over 17k over the weekend.

Nostalgic former UP students posted their memories of their Diliman days on topics ranging from their student numbers to their favorite professors. The hottest topic continues to be the one started by Bibeth Orteza. Her post 'E paano namang nabububuko kung matanda ka nang taga-UP Diliman?' elicited close to 2k comments so far.

A very funny post, to UP students at least, is about the acronyms of other schools. To my friends from other schools, please don't take this against UP people. After all, you may say UP stands for Useless People.

Anyway, the newest favorite FB page of UP Diliman people jokes that the acronyms stand for:

ADMU - Ang Daming Mali sa UPCAT;  
DLSU – Di Lumusot Sa UPCAT; 
UST – UP Sana Tayo; 
FEU – Failed Exam sa UP; 
MAPUA – Meron Akong Panaginip: UP Ako; 
PUP – Pekeng UP; 
CEU – Cannot Enter UP; 
St. PAUL – Sana Talaga Pumasa Ako sa UPCAT, Lord; 
    and my favorite, 
UE - UP ng mga ngongo.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

White hair chronicles LXV - UPCAT and other memories

In a note in their cool Facebook page, Diliman Republic gave some sensible advice to parents of UPCAT takers. The thread comments remind me of my own UPCAT days. Much more now, 'cause I'm at the University Shopping Center whiling my time away via this post, while waiting for my son to finish his stab to be admitted at the country's premier university.

When I took the UPCAT many years ago, I don't recall having traffic extending all the way to Quezon City Hall. The Ikot ride cost only 15 centavos and there were no Toki rides yet. The jeepney fare from San Juan to Katipunan was 25 centavos. There were Manila Bus (the Love Bus), JD (with wooden bodies), and DM (rolling coffins) buses. I particularly liked the JD because its lower ceiling made the overhead rail easier to reach. I was much shorter then. Taxi from Cubao to Diliman was just P5.

By daily allowance then was just P5 but it afforded me transport fare and lunch at Rodic's. There were houses in Area2 that offered unlimited rice. Some burly students pay just P1.50 for a plate of menudo spiced with chili sauce to make it last all the way with five plates of rice.

I also remember the first time I set foot on the campus. The expansive UP Campus would hold anyone in awe. The grand buildings where many great, brave minds studied and taught are inspiring. I was still in grade school then when my father, on a nostalgic mood, took me to the campus and told me, 'This is where you'll study college". My reaction was "Ang layo naman". Our house was within walking distance to my elementary school and UP took forever to reach. Imagine passing from Araneta Avenue to Quezon Avenue with almost no traffic but in a seemingly endless sea of grass. Parang field trip sa layo. There were not many buildings then along Quezon Avenue. It was just cogon in the Bopis Center (Kidney Center, Heart Center, and Lung Center). The BIR road was not even there yet.

Fast forward to present. UPCAT review centers command big business now. The say less than 20% of the throng who patiently waded through traffic and human lines make it. Many office buildings line up East Avenue, Quezon Avenue and Katipunan. Traffic won't make your trip a breeze. Taxi from Cubao to Diliman will set you back by at least P100, more if you have the bad luck of being stuck in traffic, much more if you have the double bad luck of chancing upon the batingting powered taxi meter. Nowadays, Mang Inasal and other food establishments have rice-all-you-can promos.

Times have changed. The world has gotten smaller. But the crowded UP Campus will still hold anyone in awe. The grand buildings where many great, brave minds studied and taught are still inspiring. After all, UP is still the premiere school.