MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – After receiving flak for the bullying incident involving one of its junior high school students, Ateneo de Manila University announced today that beginning next school year, it will be adding Taekwondo as a required curriculum for students in all levels.
The Ateneo bully who threatened (mis)dignity or physical injury to a fellow student, is a Takewondo practitioner.
In reaching its decision, the Ateneo Board of Directors said that had the bullied student been also a Takewondo practitioner, then the incident would not have been an issue. The bathroom encounter would have been fair and square.
Already, the Taekwondo Association of the Philippines as well as Ateneo alumnus NoyNoy Aquino (yes, the ex-Philippine President) are praising the university for its courageous decision.
The Adobo Chronicles is launching a series of human interest stories that are meant to inspire our readers — stories of ordinary citizens who are making a difference in the lives of their families and their countrymen.
We begin with the story of Mang Juan, a fishball vendor.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – The University of the Philippines, Baguio Campus, is the first educational institution to respond to the new city ordinance making it illegal to utter profanities in public, particularly in schools and in businesses catering to young people.
While many individuals and groups have criticized the ordinance as an affront to Free Speech, U.P. Baguio has chosen to be more proactive.
Beginning in the next semester, the school will incorporate Speech Therapy in all its undergraduate courses. The three-unit course is mandatory for all students regardless of their major.
A member of the U.P Baguio administration, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak on behalf of the school, told The Adobo Chronicles that instead of punishing cussers, the school chose to help them reform their speech, a.k.a. foul language.
”Hopefully, by the end of the semester, our students will have totally eliminated profanities from their everyday speech,” he said.