Saturday, June 29, 2013

Fish Incognito (Pointillism Art)

Painting and Poem by Dr Abe V Rotor

 A School of Grouper Fish (38" x 26"), AVR. Pointillism is an art style
of Impressionism in the later part of the 19th century in Europe by
French painter Seurat

Fish, tell me where you live, your home;
The ocean is so huge to be your own;
Fish answers: I am a fugitive in pursuit,
Hunted or hunter whichever may suit.    

Fish, tell me of your kin and your shoal;
How you live together as a school;
Fish answers: I live by the rules of the sea,
By number and luck, and by being free.  

Fish, tell me if I am friend to you, or a foe;
I gave you a name, regard you with awe;
Fish answers: Neither, I'd rather be unseen,
Far from the dreadful fate of your cuisine. ~ 


Painting and Poem by Dr. Abe V. Rotor

   Primordium in acrylic (38" x 26"), AVR 2011

I wonder at infinity in its very beginning,
of a primeval universe devoid of stars;
I wonder at the prima causa of time and space,
of energy and matter becoming living mass.

I wonder at the blueprint of a Supreme Design,  
if found the Big Bang and the Black Hole;
I wonder if there was a kinder universe before,
where Heaven and Earth were one and whole. ~

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

 UST-AB Photography Photo Session Guide: Top 10 Beginning Photography Tips

Dr Abe V Rotor

Campus photography.  Plan out your itinerary to take photos that best illustrate each of these tips. 
  1. Move in closer
  2. Be quick Compose with care
  3. Be selective Focus on yoiur subject
  4. Experiment in time
  5. Look at the Light
  6. Watch the weather
  7. Keep it simple Be Bold
Here are sample photos to analyze. Provide the caption and brief description of your photos. 

Pagoda Bagworm 
Flash flood, EspaƱa
Pandangera - fantail bird nesting

Acknowledgment: (tips)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Faces of "Old Folks" - A Changing of the Guards

New Faces of "Old Folks" - A Changing of the Guards 
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog 
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM, 8 to 9 evening, Monday to Friday

While the traditional concept of old folk has been left behind, the role of spiritual healers has become the subject of an anthropological study by Dr Ronel de la Cruz, published in a book on Fuga Island, focusing the interconnectedness of folk wisdom with modern day knowledge, folk medicine with the breakthroughs in medical science and technology.       
Professor Raul Sunico leads the country's foremost musical composers, conductors and performers, reviving the fine qualities of music as well as the time-honored history of Philippine music. His group continues to bring honor and prestige for the country in its various performances here and abroad. Professor Sunico is the dean of the UST Conservatory of Music.
Radyo ng Bayan announcer and host, Melly C Tenorio seated, welcomes guests on live broadcast - authors of new book, Humanities Today - An Experiential Approach,  led by the author, center. DZRB is the center of learning through radio - Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid or People's School on the Air, a daily evening class of one-hour, an innovation of media and education working on the principle of "university without walls."

 Workshop on Natural Healing attended by mostly senior citizens. As people grow older they tend to go to natural food and medicine using herbals and other alternative medicine. They develop an active and  participatory lifestyle contrary to passive retirement. DARE Foundation, QC
Gardening as a hobby is healthful specially to senior citizns.  It is a key to a happy, long life. It provides wholesome exercise, fresh supply of vegetables and fruits, sunlight, fresh air, happy disposition, more friends, some income generated, notwithstanding.
Caring for the the underprivileged.  Street children find a home in this center, thanks to the  community leaders lay snd religious who also give their time and share their talent. Here Msgr. Danny Sta Maria and author participate in a program for these children.   
 Research to old people is more realistic and practical; it is applied and not confined in the laboratory. Here two biologists are looking into the ability of plants in the forest to convert organic  matter efficiently through symbiosis with a fungus Mycorrhiza. Thus, discovering a phenomenon to shed light to some superstitious beliefs of old folks. 
Older people enjoy life equally with the younger ones through travelling, seeing places outside the confines of their retirement, and meeting people. Thus erasing the boundaries of age, interest, and  activities. Underground river, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
The religious is metamorphosing in the example of Mother Teresa, moving away from the comforts and rituals of cloistered life. Here sisters of different religious orders in habits like ordinary wear, work for the poor, like the rehabilitation of street children led by Bahay in Kuya founder, a French-Canadian priest, in dark shirt next to the author)

Bannawag magazine the flagship of Ilocano language and cultutre, hinges on younger writers molded by the wisdom of writers, sociologists and local leaders from the older generation, among them Godofredo Reyes, Francisco Foronda, and the poetess Leonora Florentino. Photo: left, Cles Rambaud managing editor, and the author, columnist Okeyka Apong. 

Larry Henares (with lei), veteran journalist, continues to this day as columnist and broadcaster.  You got to read, listen to Larry - professionals, businessmen, leaders say. He is newsman, critic, and in fact, conscience, with a parting "Hasta la bye, bye." a hind glimpse of our historical past. Photo: Larry with author and wife.
 Former government officials and university professors, Dr Anselmo S Cabigan (right) and author during a light moment prior to their retirement from St Paul University QC.  They continue their mission to reach out for the least touched by formal education through the Internet.  School on Blog reaches more than 500 viewers daily in the Philippines and abroad. Dr Cabigan has devised a new learning methodology, also on the Internet.

Change and contiguity. New leadership at the Ateneo de Manila University - young, dynamic,  scholar, with world vision - take over the helm of this world class institution. Newly ordained Jesuit priest Jomari Manzano, nephew of author. 

 Fr. James B. Reuter, SJ, spiritual icon for two generations - like the soldier that never dies but just fades away.  And yet in his way past ninety he continues to touch people's lives through his writings, TV shows, stage plays, and countless faithful seeking for advice. Author joins well-wishers on his 94th birthday.

Divine Word College of Vigan, formerly Colegio de la Imaculada Concepcion (CIC) HS class 1956 Left to right: author with RTC Judge Ven Baclig, Businessman Ely Ragsac, Col Badong Barnachea, and Eng Fel Aviso.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Photography Ideas and Application

There's more than just good in photography.  

Dr Abe V Rotor
Professor in Photography, UST 
Faculty of Arts and Letters
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenporio
738 DZRB-AM Band. 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
1. Halo effect enhances religious ambiance of the stone icons atop UST's main building in modified silhouette through selective photo editing, without erasing the colonial features of the building. Photo by Miss Alyssa Beltran.
2. Chandelier, stained glass and lantern. Without tripod this night scene can be captured with high resolution camera, within the range of 5 to 8 megapixels. Editing is needed to enhance contrast and colors.  
3. Combining field photo and still life of the same subject gives a complete picture of the specimen - rambutan.  The composite photo shows botanical characteristics of  the fruiting tree and morphological features of the fruit showing the rind and edible pulp.  This technique is recommended for technical photography. AVR

4. Macro and micro photography.  Stone covered with green algae (lumot); microcopic structure of Lyngbya crosbyanum, a common green freshwater alga, magnified 50x under the Low Power Objective (LPO) of a compound microcope. AVR
 5. The enduring beauty of Black & White photography will stay in spite of the breakthrough in digital photography and wireless technology. The tunnel effect towards the source of light gives the needed hope for these children in war-torn Europe during the second World War. (Time-Life)

6. Nature is perhaps the most popular application of photography, surpassing human portraits and events.  Here the details of shy creatures like the land snail, (African snail), and hatchlings soft-shelled turtle are revealed for biological study. 

 7. Skyscape is classified as landscape. The rainbow is perhaps the most photographed skyscape, followed by the many figures created by clouds. These views were photographed on the highway in Batangas at around five o'clock in the afternoon on September 21, 2012, which happens to be Autumnal Equinox.

Early Sunset on a Landscape

Dr Abe V Rotor

View from a hill in Antipolo, Rizal, June 1, 2013

Afternoon and it's already sunset,
behind gray clouds the sun's shining,
wearing a red veil over the horizon,
with dust stirred into the air floating.

Beauty in birth and death - and life,
in between - clinging to final fate
in man's hand - and oh! how lonely,
how sad, nil of hope and losing faith.

Landscape - but whose landscape?
robbed from people, robbed from nature,
from beauty sublime, to one's design
for gain and power, not for the future. 

And he speaks on behalf of progress,
measured by concrete and steel,
by the amenities of the Good Life,
                             in unending want, incessant fill. ~ 

Part 1: Aim at Excellence - 12 Tips

Dr Abe V Rotor
Aim at excellence, put you best foot forward. NFA conference, Cebu 2013

1. Success does not come easily; you must be willing to pay the price.
2. Don't repeat your mistakes; learn from them and take another approach.
3. Mend broken relationships, the sooner the better. You will achieve more in a pleasant company. 
4. Congratulate your peers for their accomplishments. And don't forget to thank your spouse for his or her help and support. 

5. Check your grooming on the mirror, practice your piece, and stop in the bathroom for final check before you meet your audience.

6. Be concerned when or lose or fail, just don't give up - never feel defeated.

7. SLT (Stop, Look, Listen)  before you respond; and before making a decision, repeat this motto, and pause.

8. Invest your time in learning, not just training; but know what priorities you wish to learn.  

9. Take time to shapen your saw, so to peak.

10.Keep sharpening your ommunication skills. Proofread outgoing communications, manuscripts for publication on paper, or the Internet - even simple text mesages on your cell phone. 

11. Never settle for mediocrity, aim at excellence.

12. Silence is a necessity.  Practice daily silence alone - to think, to relax, and most importantly - to pray.

Reference: The Book of Excellence by Byrd Baggett, 1990 Rutledge Hill Press, Nashville Tennessee. 

Remember, summer is gone.

Dr Abe V Rotor
Summer ends, monsoon season begins.
Empty hall and stairway to garden
Bahay Kubo and Kiosk -" all's quiet on the western front."

The last rose of summer, remember?
An April day's sudden shower;
Footsteps I hear only in imagination;
distant drums roll the thunder; 
back to work, back to school,
remember, remember!

Watch Out for Organisms Gone Wild

Watch Out for Organisms Gone Wild 
Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog 
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio 
738 DZRB AM, evening class 8 to 9, Monday to Friday. 

Progeny of African wild bee with domestic bee poses danger for their aggressive nature and poisonous sting.
The house sparrow (Passer), now cosmopolitan in distribution, invades homes, parks, farms, including high rise buildings. While it is pest in farms and gardens, it is also nature's housekeeper being predator and scavenger.

Organisms even when domesticated still carry their wild genes. What is the implication of this scientific fact?

I have known pets that bite their masters. There are wild animals even if they were taken cared of the movement they were born, turn out to be killers. The killer instinct is dictated by their genes that enabled them to survive in the wild. That is why it is not advisable to pet cubs of tigers and lions.

Certain plants exhibit wild traits, too. The white bean, bred to become bushy to facilitate cultivation and harvesting, may revert into its viny character to evade ground grazers. Patani or Lima bean when left uncultivated grows wild and fends itself from feeders by producing high tannin.

Here are specific cases to warn us of the dangers of animals becoming out of our control.

• The janitor fish, loved for its ability to clean the aquarium, for which it got its name, is now a pest in Laguna Bay, competing with the edible fish species, such as tilapia and carp.

• Golden kohol or golden snail, imported in the seventies to support the government’s food production program, has turned into a maverick, now the number one pest of rice. More than half of our total riceland (3.5 million hectares) is attacked by this mollusk every planting season.

• The deadly African bees continue to invade and hybridize with domestic bees in the US as well as in other places, transmitting in their genes of high aggressiveness and venom.

• Toad (Bufo marinus), imported for it its predatory habit useful in the biological control of insects has become a pest itself. Because of their poison glands, animals, such as snakes and eagles that feed on them die. They directly compete with other predatory animals. In Australia the toad introduced to control of sugarcane insect pests, has turned into a pest itself.

• Plant lice (Psyla) that wiped out the local ipil-ipil industry was actually introduced into the Philippines with foreign species (Hawaiian and Peruvian ) which we imported in the sixties.

• Erythrina or Dapdap gall wasp has virtually wiped out all over the country this beautiful indigenous tree that bears bright red flowers in summer. The wasp was introduced with the coral tree, a dwarf Erythrina introduced some years ago by local ornamental enthusiasts.

• There are reports of animals escaping from their confines and threatening our safety. At one time when I was accompanying my students on a field trip on Mt. Makiling, a plant nursery technician warned us to keep watch for cobra which allegedly escaped from the laboratory and reproduced with the local species.

• The tree ant, Oecephala smaragdina, allegedly a hybrid of an introduced species with our native hantik (ammimisay Ilk.), has become a nuisance. They build their nests in trees and bite when disturbed, making pruning, harvesting and other farm operations difficult.

. The thorny Opuntia which was introduced in Australia by plant enthusiasts, became a widespread problem of ranchers. It took another insect, a scale insects, to destroy the maverick cactus.

. A species of Caulerpa, similar to our lato or ar-arusip Ilk), has spread extensively on the ocean floor of the Mediterranean. Caulerpa produces caulerpin, for which its genus was named, which causes the death of fish and other marine organisms.

Next time you plan to introduce an animal or plant not native to the place, get the expert's advice. Get in touch with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and other research institutions.

Asking for a Raise

Here is a story I read in the elementary. It is about two workers - Pedro and Jose.

One day Pedro approached his boss and complained why his partner Jose is receiving a higher pay when both of them have the same nature of work.

“Ah, Pedro,” sighed the boss with a sheepish smile. “You will come to know the reason.”

Just then the doorbell rang. “Pedro, please find out who is at the gate.”

After some time, Pedro returned, “Someone is looking for you, sir.”

“Ask who he is.” Pedro went to the gate again, and reported back.

“He is a certain Mr. Carlos, sir.”

“Ask him what he wants.” Pedro went to the gate for the third again, and then returned.

“I did not get it well, sir. But he said he sells home appliances … promo, something like that. He would like to meet the manager.”

“Tell him we do not need any appliance.”

The next day the doorbell rang again. This time, both Pedro and Jose were in the office of their boss. It was Jose who promptly rose from his seat to attend to the visitor at the gate. After a while he returned and reported.

“The visitor is an insurance agent, sir. He was offering insurance for our building, and knowing that it is already covered, I told him we do not need his offer at the moment. He gave me his business card.” Jose handed the card and excused himself for another call.

“Now you understand,” said the boss to Pedro with a sheepish smile. ~

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

UST-AB Photography Course Outline

 Description: Digital photography as the term implies is specifically designed to meet the needs of modern journalism and creative writing, making use of modern tools and equipment which include advanced optical and digital inventions. It emphasizes the application of digital photography in all branches and forms of media (print, broadcast and internet), exploring its usefulness in publicity and promotions, newspapers and magazines, education, photographic arts and other fields, particularly those that pertain to Philippine conditions.
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature - School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air)
738 Khz DZRB AM band 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday.  

State-of-the-Art Digital cameras 
A. General Objective: To develop basic skill in the use of the digital camera following the theories and general principles of photography for effective communications. B. Specific Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student is expected to be able to

1. appreciate and identify the role and application of photography in the various fields of communication;

2. apply digital photography in effective communication and creative composition, other artistic expressions notwithstanding;

3. acquire the facility of choosing the equipment and process in digital photography, which include processing, editing,
organization and presentation;
Black & White Photography brings out special appeal on a subject such as The Statue of Liberty

4. prepare photographs acceptable for publication - print and non-print; and

6. acquire the discipline and cooperation in collective work, adherence to the ethics of journalism; and develop a healthy
attitude towards the advancements and movements of photography and communication.

1. Introduction and overview of the course

2. Application of digital photography in media

3. The camera: evolution, types and models

4. The story: text and photos

5. Creativity and communication

6. Digital processing and printing

7. Publication and exhibition

General Topics
  • Digital photography: relevance with current issues, and prospects
  • Digital photography: analysis of the course’s etymology/keywords
  • Digital photography in newspapers, magazines and Internet
  • Basic principles and operation of film and digital cameras, and other optical tools.
  • Taking photographs, and writing the story.
  • Complimentarity in creativity in photography and writing;
  • Photo processing techniques with Adobe Photoshop
  • Presentation, display and publication of photo and story, in print or non-print medium.
  • Current events and relevance to the course
  • Defining the scope of the subject
  • Identification and classification of photos in feature stories, sports, entertainment, etc.
  • Hands-on with the camera, familiarization of parts and accessories
  • Hands-on exercises in photography sessions
  • Exploring potentials for news with the camera.
  • Criteria for good photographs for media and entertainment
  • Editing, cropping, collage and layout, special effects
  • Survey to current events, their relevance to the course, and present conditions
  • Digital photographs samples as course references
  • Selected photos as specimen in critiquing
  • The camera: film and digital compared
  • Models and rules in digital photography, and documentary
  • Kinds and models of the students studied, compared
  • Digitcam processing techniques, tools and equipment
  • Adobe Photoshop, scanner and printer, tools and materials: for exhibition of works
  • Tools and equipment from camera to exhibits to explore the wide world of photojournalism.
  • Heightened awareness. Experiences and discoveries in photography
  • Critiquing, exposure and awareness of quality of work samples.
  • Skills development; proper care of equipment
  • Objectivity and accuracy in the photography journalism
  • Developing the 6th and 8th sense in photography
  • Development of patience, reflection, analysis through creativity
  • Aesthetics in action, appreciation and
  • “fine culture.”
  • Concern and Involvement;advocacy and service.

    UST Arch of the Centuries in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the oldest university in the Philippines; the main building's tower glows in the late afternoon exuding a sense of peace and quiet.
Modular Assessments: Cognitive Modular Assessments shall be10-item objective and 10-point essay questions in written examination. Creative Assessment shall be in hands-on and on-site exercises, recall and comprehension quizzes, class recitation, practical test based on field work and projects, individual and by group.

Summative Assessments: These shall be a 50-item examination formulated to test recall, analysis, conceptualization, practical application, organization, and creativity of the student, to complement with least duplication creative assessments.

1. Photo-Journalism Stylebook (1991) - The Associated Press
2. Creative Photography (1991) – Michael Langford. The Reader’s Digest
3. More Joy of Photography (1988) - The Editors of Eastman Kodak Company
4. Digital Portrait Photography (new) – D. Evans
5. Digital Photography (new), Tom Ang and Michael Beazley
6. The Everything Photography Book (2000), Elliot Khuner and Sonie Weiss
7. Digital Camera 3rd edition, 2003, Dave Johnson
8. Black and White Photography (1988) 3rd edition, Henry Horenstein
9. An Illustrated A to Z Digital Photography (2000), Nigel Atherton and Steve Crabb
10. 100 Ways to Take Better Photographs (1998), Michael Busselle
11. Photographing Your Children (new), John Hedgecoe
12. Time Annual 2005
13. Underwater Photography (new), Annemarie Danja Kohler
14. Secrets to Great Photographs, Zim Zucherman
15. Nature Photography, Learning from an Expert, Gilles Martin and D Boyard
16. People Shots That Sell, Tracy Tannenbaum and Kate Stevens
17. Beginners Guide to Digital Photography, (new) PC World
18. Close-up Photography, Michael Freeman
19. The Photo Book (1996), Phaidon
20. Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography like a Pro (1997)
21. Through the Lens, National100 Photographs That Changed the World, Life, 2004
22. The World’s Top Photographers in Landscape (new), Terry Hope
23. Geographic Greatest Photographs, 2004
24. The Essentials of Underwater Photography Manual, Denise Nielsen Tachett
and Larry Tachett
25. Portrait Photography, David Wilson
26. Journalism for Filipinos (2003) - 3rd Edition, Alito Malinao
27. Handbook of Journalism (1994) Victoria Villanueva Sebastian
28. Light in the Woods, Photographs and Poems (1995), Abercio V. Rotor
29. Sunshine on Raindrops (1996), Abercio V. Rotor
30. Light of Dawn (1998), and Genevieve Andrada and Abercio V. Rotor
31. In His Presence, Praises (2003), Belen Tangco and Abercio V. Rotor
32. Rotor AV (2003) Living with Nature Handbook , UST Publishing House
37. Rotor AV (2006) Living with Folk Wisdom Volumes 1 and 2 (Manuscripts)
38. Other references sourced from the SPUQ Library and IMC, International Newsmagazines (e.g. Time, Photography),newspapers, Internet and TV programs National Geographic and Discovery Channels.
Source various topics of photography on the Internet
Acknowledgment: Wikipedia, Google