Yes, after 13 years of faithful service, my grandparents’ 1997 Nissan Sentra Series III Super Saloon outlived its usefulness by developing serious engine issues. As a result, it was promptly sold.

Of all the cars that we’ve had, I was most attached to that one. I learned how to drive in the Sentra. It was also the easiest and most pleasurable to drive. And unlike the other cars, it provided absolutely stress-free driving: no breakdowns or close calls as far as I can remember. Cheesy as it may sound, I really felt a connection with the car. You know, the whole driver-being-one-with-the-car philosophy. So, I was a bit sad that it was disposed.

Nissan Sentra Super Saloon
(Seen here as the bridal car for my Tita’s wedding)

Anyway, the Sentra needed a replacement ASAP. So, we engaged in what I found to be quite an enjoyable experience: car shopping.

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We should never forget. We must continue the fight.

This is the message being imparted by “Fighting Impunity: The 2010 Multi-media Competition,” which is organized by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ), and the UP College of Mass Communication (UP CMC).

Fighting Impunity launch

UP CMC Dean Dr. Roland Tolentino delivers the welcome remarks during the launch of "Fighting Impunity" at the CMC Auditorium on September 29. (Jedd Brian Hernandez)

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N.B. This article was originally published in UPIU on September 18. Visit the original post here.

During the class evaluation, this article was deemed to be well-written and very informative. It has good grammar and style. The evaluator also appreciated the fact that the article was not too technical despite being a technology article.

There were, however, some inconsistencies with syntax (attribution, abbreviation). The article could also have been improved with more background information about the event and  some snippets of the speeches of the guest speakers.

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Filipino Information Technology (IT) college students arrived by the busloads at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman campus from September 14-17 to attend the biggest and most anticipated IT event in the country: Youth for I.T. (Y4iT): The 8th Philippine Youth Congress in Information Technology.

 

Y4iT conference

Y4iT opened its doors to thousands of I.T. enthusiasts September 14 at the UP Diliman campus. (Jedd Brian Hernandez)

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N.B. This article was originally published in UPIU on September 12. Visit the original post here.

During the class evaluation, the article was considered a “nice, informative, and fun read about the event.”

Some points of improvement mentioned were: highlighting the UP Pep Squad in the lead, providing a hyperlink for Araneta Coliseum, and giving the criteria on which the scoring was based.

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One of the most-awaited events in the Philippine collegiate scene filled the biggest stadium in the country with 20,950 students cheering their hearts out for their respective schools.

After dropping to third place last year, the University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad regained the championship in this year’s University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Cheerdance Competition held Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Defending champion Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad settles for second place this year while the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Salinggawi Dance Troupe returns to the top three after missing out last year.

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N.B. This article was originally published in Asian Correspondent on August 30 and has been revised for this site. Visit the original post here.

During the class evaluation, the evaluator said that this article was generally well-written. The presentation of ideas were organized and clear. The use of links were also maximized.

The grammar and syntax, however, leave some room for improvement. The article was also deemed to be a bit lengthy.

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Every last Sunday of August, the Philippines celebrates National Heroes’ Day. This non-working holiday serves as a commemoration of the valiant efforts of countless men and women who fought hard and sacrificed their lives in service of the country.

The week leading to this year’s National Heroes’ Day could be described as controversial at the very least. Two events thrust the Philippines into the center of everyone’s attention, both in good and bad light. Within 24 hours, the Filipino people experienced a roller-coaster of shame and pride.

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N.B. This article was originally published in Asian Correspondent on July 16, 2010. Visit the original post here.

During the class evaluation, the class appreciated the pictures that complemented the story. The article was judged as having good grammar and syntax.

As pointed out by the class, this article lacked the side of the government. This story could have been improved the inclusion of comments or reactions from the government officials targeted in the protest.

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Students from various schools and universities traded the four corners of their classrooms for the streets Friday to join the National Youth Walkout and appeal for more government support for the education sector.

Hundreds of high school, college, and even out-of-school youth marched from the University of Santo Tomas to historic Mendiola to voice out their protests regarding the poor education system in the country.

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Top Gear Philippines is the local franchise of the British magazine bearing the same name. It is reputed to be the leading automobile magazine in the country. Its website, www.topgear.com.ph, is keeping up with the print version’s popularity, recently hitting 1 million monthly page views.

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Now, in the interest of transparency and complete disclosure, I must share that I served as an intern for the magazine last summer. Still, with total objectivity, I shall highlight the highs and lows of this automotive site.

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