What is SOPA and PIPA?

January 21, 2012

By the time you read this, you might have already heard or discovered that Wikipedia, Mozilla, Reddit, and many other huge sites went dark last January 18  with the intent of raising awareness about US Congress’s highly regressive internet blocking legislation. The House’s version, SOPA, is making headlines too, but the Senate version, PIPA, is pretty much the same. I searched for a video on Youtube that would explain these legislations and here’s what I’ve got:


Ex Libris 2011

December 31, 2011

Books that I’ve read for 2011:

1. General Sociology: Focus on the Philippines by Isabel S. Panopio, Felicidad V. Cordero-MacDonald, Adelisa A. Raymundo

2. 1984 by George Orwell

3. 501 Most Notorious Crimes by Paul Donnelley

4. The Street Lawyer by John Grisham

5. A Painted House by John Grisham

6. Cradle and All by James Patterson

7. Developing Study and Thinking Skills by Carolina Talavera-Gonzales, Ferdilyn C. Lacia, Arsenia S. Allam

8. Sociology-Anthropology by Aida G. Soliven, Edgardo I. Cabural, Marietta D. Subida, Dorothea C. Dela Cruz, Angelina A. Villanueva, Josephine F. Santonia, Eva Evangelio-Pacayra, Rosemarie A. Chico

Tyron Perez Commits Suicide

December 29, 2011

Actor Tyron Perez was found dead inside a vehicle in Valenzuela City Thursday night, police said.

According to Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor, Perez’s body was found dead at the backseat of a black Toyota Altis parked along the service road of the North Luzon Expressway in the vicinity of Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela.

Police said Perez died of a gunshot wound on the right side of his head from a caliber .22 firearm.

The gun was found beside the victim’s body.

Police said they are looking at the possibility that the wound may have been self-inflicted. Investigations are still ongoing.

Perez, 26, first stepped into the limelight when he joined a television network’s reality talent show in 2003.

He was recently a part of the defunct ABS-CBN television drama series, “Mula sa Puso.”

Perez also appeared in the December 3 episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya,” where he played the love interest of Ejay Falcon’s character.

Source: ABS-CBN News

Sociology Prelims 2nd Semester 2011-2012

December 11, 2011

1. Culture
2. Sociological imagination
3. Robert Merton
4. Perspectives in Sociology
5. Counterculture
6. Xenocentrism
7. Ethnocentrism
8. Anticipatory socialization
9. Important figures in scoiology
10. Verstehen
11. Folkways, Mores, Laws
12. Archival Research, Naturalistic Observation, Case Study, Survey
13. Gender roles
14. Rites of passage
15. Language
16. Amor propio
17. Balat sibuyas
18. Culture lag
19. Material culture and nonmaterial culture
20. Feminist view
21. Homoerectus
22. Homosapiens
23. Achieved status
24. Ascribed status
25. Read Sociology by Scheafer.

Social Interaction

December 9, 2011

Here’s the PowerPoint for Social Interaction:




December 3, 2011

You may download the PowerPoint for Socialization:



December 2, 2011

Here are the PowerPoint presentations:



National Museum Questions

November 30, 2011

1. Which among the exhibits in the Philippine national museum you would deem to be of greatest value in a hundred years time?

2. Who were the first people to live in the Philippines? Describe their lifestyle and explain what happened to them? Where are they now?

3. Characterize how an archaeologist, an anthropologist, and a historian would deal with the study of prehistory.

4. How would an awareness of prehistory is likely to contribute to your appreciation of culture?

5. Explain why societies change or resist change through time? How might we account for similarities and differences between this country and others around the globe?

6. Why did early people abandon hunting-gathering subsistence? What are sedentary communities? How sedentary communities were formed?

7. Where does inequality come from? Is the drive to dominate part of human nature?  What gives rise to political complexity and social inequality?

8. What can we learn from the study of the past? Why is history contested? How is knowledge about past societies disseminated?

9. Describe the early Filipinos’ means of subsistence, social relations, modes of thought and belief that are particularly Aboriginal.

10. Describe your trip to National Museum.

Sociological Research

November 28, 2011

Feel free to download the PowerPoint for Sociological Research.


The Plan by Kash Avena

November 27, 2011

I will pack the few things I have
earned through living and go to X.

I will hail a taxi and brave
the Manila traffic. I will make it

in time for my flight. The driver
will not mutter under his breath

when I give him the exact fare.
I will get a window seat, stare

at the clouds, and wonder idly
about the sad work of water,

hauling itself off the earth.
I will have time to wonder.

My boss will not be there to look
through the glass of his office.

I will look below and wave goodbye
to nothing. I will sleep for hours.

I will wake up to a new smell
as the plane touches down

on the island whose natives,
with skin browner than mine,

will welcome me with a dance
to music I will not understand.

I will sit on the sand and watch
the rain crashing into the sea.

I will never leave.
I will never leave.