Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The Filipino Can Do It!

Out with the angsty Corsarius, usher in the exuberant one.


Imagine this scenario: a newly-reinvigorated Filipino student organization based in UP Diliman's Computer Science Department, struggling to pool enough funds in order to hold its activities. It's just one of 750 international student chapters of the prestigious US-based Association for Computing Machinery, a Third World chapter at that. It joins the annual Chapter Excellence contest composed of five categories. With last year's winners all hailing from the USA, the Philippine chapter's members are just pleased to have done many things for the school and community, never mind the impending loss. And so a month of intensive evaluation within the ACM International HQ passes. The Filipinos are already looking forward to another productive year, again, never mind the impending loss.

But it wins. Not just one, but two categories. Two out of five. One Filipino chapter, three North American chapters. David and the Goliaths.

Implausible? Look at the image below.

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Well, the UP ACM proved otherwise. The UP ACM proved that the Filipino can.

We in the Executive Council of the UP ACM -- Association for Computing Machinery University of the Philippines Student Chapter -- was informed just hours ago of our triumph. I tell you, it was a moment of ecstasy. A totally unexpected moment, that is. Chapter members were shaking hands, making high fives, screaming (shrieking?), even becoming teary-eyed. Professors were congratulating us. All were smiling their lips into kingdom come.

I can't write into words the emotion -- amalgam of emotions? -- I feel right now. Basta. All I can say is that I am so proud to be a Filipino. I am so proud to be a UP student. Those sleepless nights filled with the furious sound of my fingers assaulting the keyboard have paid off. Having written the majority of the essays (winning essay 1 | winning essay 2) we submitted to the contest, I feel like I've won a Palanca or an Olympic gold medal. And I'm sure all of us are feeling that way.*

Congratulations to my fellow Executive Councilors (Chapter Chair Ardee Aram, Vice-Chair Mai Sibayan, Treasurer Jonas Roque, Externals Head Jeric Cantos, Education Head Ma'am Riza Batista, Ex-Officio Members Ma'am Joyce Avestro & Kuya Harvey Viray, Sponsor/Adviser Prof. Rommel Feria), UP ACM members (yes, all 90+ of you), and last but not the least Secretary Sophia Lucero (who shared my duress during the homestretch of the essay preparations). Certainly, a job well done -- kudos to you all!

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Unibersidad! Mabuhay ang UP ACM!

[UPDATE: UP ACM's victory has been published online in INQ7.net! For more updates (plus UP ACM's 'official' press release), please read my latest post in Crimson Crux.]

*And why shouldn't we? Bagging one category = 500 US Dollars. We got two categories. Now, that's some dough!


Blogger buchicoy said...

Mabuhay si Corsarius! Congrats and keep up the good work! UP ACM rocks!

7:30 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

Mabuhay si Kuya Harv! Salamat po sa tulong! :D Yes -- UP ACM rocks!

7:54 PM  
Blogger tsoisi said...

Galing galing!!!!

8:24 PM  
Blogger drakulita said...

Yay! Congratulations!

$1000!!! *woot*

9:24 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

to ma'am joyce: we couldn't have pulled it off without your help :D

to drakulita: thanks! i'm sure our Finance Head will find 'something' good to spend those bucks on [wink wink]. joke lang, jonas! :p

10:15 PM  
Blogger Ardee Aram said...

Malaking malaki ang role ng department sa success ng ACM. :) Thanks sa inyong lahat!

12:32 AM  
Anonymous kai said...


2:54 AM  
Blogger ia said...


Subarashii des' ne~!!!!! Wheeeeeee!


Todo na 'to!

Wala lang. ^_^v

9:03 AM  
Blogger transience said...

not to rain on your parade, my dear.


YOU ROCK! woot!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

to ardz: mabuhay si Chair! :D tama ka dyan. di tayo uusad kung wala ang tulong ng Department. basta. it was one great ride. :)

to kai: thank you very much!

10:50 AM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

to ia: ah eh..woot? :D di kasi ako sanay. basta -- YEHEY! bisyo na 'to!!

to transience: oh, just rain like that dearie, i'm lovin it. :D hehe. thank you so much!

11:46 PM  
Blogger claudzki said...

haha! congrats! blow out naman dyan ah!

8:05 AM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

to claudzki: salamat po! kung pwede nga lang sana e, hehe. wala pa kaming org tambayan! ;) o wel, baka magkaron na lang ng mini-party or something..

10:54 PM  
Blogger Prem said...

Go! go! UP!

3:38 AM  
Blogger bing said...

this is rather late but... CONGRATS!!! and to think, this lad was not a believer of himself when i first visited.

Mabuhay ang kabataang Filipino!

blow out??

1:25 PM  
Blogger sesto callende said...

Just read about your feat in today's online edition of PDI. My heart is swelling with pride, as an Iskolar ng Bayan, as a Pinoy. This is wonderful news especially in the midst of political turmoil in the country. Go UP! Go Pinoys!!!

7:50 PM  
Anonymous clarisssh said...

astig! just read about it sa inquirer... CONGRATS PO! mabuhay ang pilipinas

6:04 AM  
Blogger sporadic235 said...

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8:58 AM  
Blogger sporadic235 said...


Keep up the good work and bring your ideas to the business world too.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous James Buhion said...

Congratulations to all.
But here's the real challenge.
I urge UP ACM join the and improve on the performance of the Ateneo team last year's contest with China getting first place followed by Russia getting the 2nd & 3rd places.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous James Buhion said...

Sorry for the html errors. Here's my post again:

Congratulations to all.
But here's the real challenge.
I urge UP ACM to join the 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest and improve on the performance of the Ateneo team in last year's contest with China getting first place followed by Russia getting the 2nd & 3rd places.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MA-I TEAM: Gwapo/magaganda kami... matatalino pa ... wahehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe....

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello po! ang saya~!

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...




5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



-mai :D

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ang saya naman nitong computer sa dept, tatlong beses na-post!


5:37 PM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

to prem: ::UP cheer:: U-nibersidad ng Pilipinas!

to bing: thank you very much! blow out? hehe. the prize money hasn't even arrived yet :D

to sesto callende: this one's for the country, i tell you. not to mention a breath of fresh air. ;) go Pinas!

12:16 AM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

to clarisssh: marami pong salamat!!

to sporadic235: thanks. will do :)

to james buhion: thanks. actually, UP Diliman fielded teams in the ICPC even before UP ACM's inception. unfortunately, we lost to the better-funded Ateneo teams. one of UP ACM's present goals is to hone our ICPC skills through our local programming competition and summer training. :)

12:46 AM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

[it's look like my blog was used in the Blog-stalking Leg of UP ACM's Amazing Tour...]

to ma-i & nangingi teams: hope you enjoyed the race! good luck in your UP lives! :)

to mai: how weird. are you sure one of the members of team ma-i didn't have some sort of crush on you? hehe. ;) bulok talaga net connection sa dept, hay. UP ACM POGI!!

12:58 AM  
Blogger ms_v said...

Congratulations!!!I'm so proud of you. I happen to see this link from the Inq7. Mabuhay ang Pinoy

10:32 AM  
Blogger Corsarius said...

to ms_v: thank you very much! :D mabuhay tayong lahat!

12:07 PM  

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