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Monday, February 9, 2015

Lamenting the Social Mindset

May 2010.

I got off the jeepney and began walking towards our subdivision. A man who was hitching a ride on the jeepney (sabit) suddenly grabbed the handbag of the old lady sitting near the exit. She screamed for help, but no one budged. Without thinking, I gave chase to the snatcher, managing to catch up on him before he rode on his accomplice's motorcycle. I drop kicked the snatcher, who then slammed onto his accomplice and their getaway. I managed to get hold of the old lady's bag while screaming "Mga snatcher po mga ito!" to the bystanders, who then alerted the nearby Barangay Tanods, who then finally gave chase to the scrambling criminals. I never knew whether they were caught; all I believed was I did a good favor to someone in need.

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Sounds too far-fetched to be true? I was just getting in to my third year back during my BS Bio days. It all happened the way I narrated it. To be honest, with the reaction of the people I recount this tale to, sometimes I am left wondering what truly is up with our society today.

Every reaction I get usually is something about "Di mo naisip safety mo?" or "Tanga tanga mo dapat pinabayaan mo na lang" or even "Pag ganyan tahimik na lang tayo, wala na tayo magagawa minsan".

"WALA NA TAYO MAGAGAWA". --> I do not believe in this statement. There is ALWAYS something we can do. Maybe not in the concrete sense, though, but THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING WE CAN DO. Its very frustrating when you reach this point...

We should be afraid that people are asking us to STAY SILENT IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY. Our culture of today tells us to keep our heads low so that we can live in peace. Indeed, it seems that Death comes to those who speak out loud. BUT WE ARE A DEMOCRACY. THERE IS FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Mali yung tumahimik na lang, eh.

But then, how many people, who have spoken the truth and spoken out against injustice, have fallen? From UP Activists to Keyboard Warriors, we are a dwindling minority in today's silent society. Furthermore, many blame the outspoken because they "tend to speak or act without thinking, without proof, tactlessly.." Though, my only gripe is that when one speaks out, he has so many supporters. Yet when he needs them the most, they vanish. Wala eh. 

Alas, just like everything else, there is a limit to freedom of speech. It should not be abused or used to wrong the innocents. Freedom of Speech is a gift to be used in dire times. It should be invoked when injustice is rampant, and when something NEEDS TO BE DONE.

Thus we go back to the price of speaking out: It's worth more than money; people tend to pay with their lives. But it should not be a deterrent to change. It should be a catalyst, a wake up call. I wish to remind my fellow young adults of today that we still have hope for this nation, for this world, because we are hope itself. 

Remember, my fellow youth: It's not wrong to speak out against injustice. It's not wrong to go against the flow. It's not wrong to traverse the road less taken. It's also not wrong to think before speaking/acting. And it certainly is not wrong to introduce CHANGE.

I believed I did a good favor back in 2010 to that old lady. It's 2015; no matter what people say, I will always believe that I did good. To pay with my life, with my blood, in exchange for what is right, for change, is the greatest gift I can offer to this world.

/no1!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Piling Glory upon Glory?

It's a dream come true for someone to get everything he wished for: Fame, Power, Money. But these things come with a price. In retrospect, it has been a "glorious year" for one. He has the positions, the leadership and the name. But is it worth it with what has transpired throughout his term?

He is known to be a responsible one. That's a trademark, they said. But in the span of one year, things seem to have changed. No longer is he that way. Gone is the man they can count on; in his place stands a shattered shadow of a former self. 

He has done everything he can, but nothing is going right. What legacy is there left for him to leave? He seems to have led his people back to hell instead of getting out of it. 

With what energy he has left, let's see if he can rise from the abyss.


/no1!

My Favorite Subject

Ahh, my favorite subject. 
Woe to me, it seems 
I kind of over-analyzed 
some of your questions. 

Still I give up not
My career path 
in Medicine, is this
you see.

Like every student,
I fervently hope
for a positive outcome.

I can now only wait
and return
with full force
next shifting.



/no1!

Friday, October 31, 2014

UPDATED POST! PLM College of Medicine: Application for A.Y. 2015-2016

The application period for the coming academic year 2015-2016 would begin officially on November 3, 2014. Medical Student hopefuls are once again encouraged to come and apply!

You may refer to the official website here or you may choose to read my friend's blog on his experience, where he will give you readers some tips and interesting things to take note of. 

Please do take note that some requirements MAY HAVE BEEN CHANGED or UPDATED; It is advisable to call the College of Medicine Office at (02) 527-9067.

I will give you a glimpse of what you will all go through; it all boils down to three processes (and a bonus fourth one):


  1. NMAT (NMAT is good for 2 years, as far as I know; so those who took the April 2013 NMAT may still be eligible for application. Once again, please do confirm this with the Office.
  2. MCAT, the official entrance examination of the PLM College of Medicine. During my time it was somewhat like a harder, time-pressured version of the NMAT; recently though there had been changes to the exam format. Just prepare yourselves, in every way possible.
  3. INTERVIEW; you are going to be interviewed by our doctor-professors. Please do follow the proper interview etiquette and of course, dress smartly. The interview is a one-on-one, usually. The questions they ask, up to you to find out, they're basically situational.
  4. BONUS: THE BIG WAITFORIT; possibly the most agonizing wait in your life. PLM-CM takes its time in releasing the results and is usually the last Medical School to announce. It is worth the wait, though.

If you really, really want to get in to PLM-CM, start preparing early (requirements, for NMAT if you have not taken it yet, for the MCAT, for the interview) and be patient with the results. Or you may text me or any Medical Alliance members; how's that for you? You'll have upper batch med students to rant to or voice out your concerns!

With that, you may also contact me through my number: +639151913719 or +639323445539. I will try to answer your queries from the point of view of a PLM-CM Med Student (and of course someone who once underwent that application process)!

Good luck and God bless, AY 2015-2016 Applicant Hopefuls! See you all around soon ;)

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UPDATE, November 13, 2014:

Here's a bonus infographic from us, the MEDICAL ALLIANCE RENDERING SERVICE TO FELLOWMEN (MARSF) & the MEDICAL UNION FOR SERVICE (MUS) on the steps. Remember that this is an unofficial guide, since the official one comes from the office itself.

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UPDATE, FEBRUARY 8, 2015

1. Those with failures during their undergrad MAY APPLY again. Seems that PLM CM has lifted this restriction recently.

2. Extended up to FEBRUARY 13, 2015 ang DEADLINE for application.


(c) John Albert Dy

/no1!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Post Shiftings

That was almost 1000 scantron circles shaded.

It's all done!

Hoping for the best.. Maintain :)

Lord, kayo na po bahala :)


Just my 2 cents!
/no1!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GC Rant

Just had to vent this out. Not really a bad thing, just excited I guess.

SAYANG! I should have gone to Doc Guzman when I had the chance. Malaman ko lang sana agad score ko sa Med I exam yesterday. Haha! GC Mode on. 

Prepped really well for that exam, and it's my favorite subject, but it still was tricky pero I'm holding on to the fact that naretain mga inaral/narinig ko during lectures at nagprevail *crossing muh finguhs*.

Haha. Sana po swabe ;) 

There you go, kinda missed blogging.




Just my 2 cents!
/no1!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

PLM College of Medicine Application Results 2014-2015

The results are out now!

Here's a glimpse of the official list :D Also, be reminded that you should all reserve your slots by May 19, 2014.

Please do like these pages for more info:


Click on the image to enlarge it:

Congratulations to all!
/no1!