Friday, October 31, 2014

Song for the Birds

In loving memory of Rev Msgr Benjamin Advincula, Episcopal Vicar for the Clergy, Archdiocese of Capiz, and Parish Priest of Santa Monica.

Dr Abe V Rotor
Song for the Birds in acrylic, AVR
                                
Make me an artist to capture this ephemeral sight,
     the colors of the rainbow fading in sunset;
from where you came, to this little stream I imagine,
     this bastion of your kind from what it had been.

Make me a teacher that I may understand your language,
     your cheerful songs from your cries; that I may gauge
the difference of knowledge from school and that of life,
     joy and sorrow, love and care, leisure and strife.

Make me a man, the forgotten child many years ago,
     long lost searching for the truth, from what I know,
that I may be worthy of my role in passing review,
     to come down from Mount Olympus to your rescue. ~

Conference speaker, Archdiocesan Gathering of Priests in honor of Saint John Mary 
Vianney, patron of all priests, Archdiocese of Capiz, Roxas City, August 4, 2011

Beast in the Sky

Dr Abe V Rotor
Skyscape along Fairview Avenue, QC May 10, 2010


It's our eighth sense and keen eye to see,
     In moments we think our mind is free,
When we're caught in doldrums in the sea
     And there's no hope from others but Thee.

The beast comes out of its hiding place,
     Lurking where there is chaos and craze;
Or where the Good Life that we all praise
     Leads us trapped in King Minos' maze.

The sky holds many wonders and secrets,
     In mysterious signs the mind interprets;
Nature's kindness bestows in her breathe
     Our protection from fear and regrets. ~

Thursday, October 30, 2014

12 Verses to Ponder as Adages

An adage (Latin: adagium) is a short, usually philosophical, but memorable saying which holds some important fact of experience that is considered true by many people, or that has gained some credibility through its long memetic use. (Wikipedia)
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class Monday to Friday
 A triad of sturdy old trees, painting in acrylic by the author 

1.
Being tall you buffer the wind,
being strong you carry the weak,
the lowly and the meek;
gentle is the giant in you.
2.
Seeing our past we find little to share,
if the past is the present we are living in.
3. 
Necessity brings out ingenuity;
remoteness puts up the genuine test. 
4. 
Such is the fate of an era gone,
the master left his craft - li'l or none.
5.
Might plus providence or luck, 
fill the will that we may lack.
6. 
But the tower I know maybe simple and low,
yet reaches a height far away from sight.

7.
Rare is a friend in our slumber
and a guardian we may not remember. 
8. 
From green to gold they will become
as they store the power of the sun.

Wheatfield, Vincent Van Gogh
9.
When reality dies it becomes a dream,
and dream is reality again foreseen.
10.
They are those destined to live best in the wild,
where everything is so little, others barely thrive. 

11. 
For a lost lamb, Nature may please 
to make it into a new species,
but lays down a new treaty
above necessity and pity.


The Old Man and the Sea in watercolor, based on the novel of Ernest Hemingway
12.
The world may never know or meet the victor,
the master of the game, and all who wish 
a prize for every catch, or the wounded warrior
back in his hut dreaming if his big fish.~

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

People and Nature as Teachers (Field Trip in Iloilo and Guimaras)

Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
 Home industry products: Jewelry and ornaments (foreground), and native bakery products with biscocho as the flagship (background). There is no English name for it and neither has a translation in the dictionary - biscocho is biscocho. It is crunchy, creamy, and does not stick on the palate. It sends a gentle crumbling sound each bite.

Call it fancy, but these pieces of jewelry may pass as genuine.  Remember Guy de Maupassant story of The Necklace?   And John Steinbeck's The Pearl? There is also a story by Anton Chekhov of a lady who fancied on jewelry, and after her untimely demise, the husband discovered her treasure to be real and  was worth a fortune. 


Entrepreneurship - the bond that keeps a family together (family enterprise), that brings friendship into business (partnership).  It tests business acumen of enterprising people (proprietorship).  It is a leverage to corporate business, checking its excess and filling up its inadequacy. It is informal economy - the talipapa, carinderia, sari-sari store, the small bakeshop, the farmer's wife who sells in the churchyard on Sunday, the peddler, the trader. The fledgling entrepreneur fresh from college. (Photo: PSERE participants patronizing Trappist Monastic Products - fresh and processed food, religious articles, handicraft items - at the Abbott Monastery, Jordan, Guimaras.) 

The common man. Masa - that's how President Ramon Magsaysay addressed the people. The grassroots (sociology term). How we missed them in the academe, in the hall, on the conference table. And yet no pyramid can stand firm without solid foundation.  Societies, organizations, communities cannot exist without them.  Without them, San Isidro and May 1 would have little significance. And the fields and pastures will be empty, so with the plaza and church, fiestas will be dull, so with Christmas. There will be no likes of the Unknown Soldier - unknown farmer, unknown worker, unknown teacher - people who bring every battle to victory, who feed and build the nation, who bring people to a higher consciousness and dignity of life and living. 



Let go. Let's do it.  There is no age barrier to a teacher, otherwise we disconnect that teacher-student relationship, that academe-community tandem, that interdisciplinary concept of holistic education. This is a global trend.  Who retires in teaching? Nobody. When? Never.  Once a teacher always a teacher.  People will sought for your advice. Children will sit in front of you and ask the 4Ws and the 1H.  But it is always the Why that is unending and most difficult to answer.  Ultimately, what is our answer to, "Why are we here." And we sought recourse to the prima causa - the Creator. 

Professors all, academicians, educators. The world is exploding with knowledge, the world is traveling on two feet (communication and transportation).  Tradition is left behind if not being waylaid, generations are losing their connections by culture, exposure, distance. We must keep abreast, we have to be computer literate, we go back to school, attend continuing education training, get ourselves involved in social immersion. This is PSERE's thrust in research, but research that looks not only to discoveries and inventions, but to ascertain the continuity, contiguity, and sustainability of progress, of proven techniques and formulas, of working models, of every research that contributes to the efficiency of  a system.     


Who qualifies as tour guide?  Field instructor? Like in the field of sports, he is a player himself - and somebody who has won medals and trophies.  So in science and technology, in marine biology, in explaining the mangrove, the flying foxes (giant fruit bats), in predicting a coming storm, the spawning of dulong and other species, sudden swarming of jellyfish. Why the deer is no longer around.  Are there still crocodiles in the swamp? Pick a leaf and he will tell you the plant, its scientific name and family, too. Why do starfishes stay on sea grasses, how are they harmful to shellfish like clams and oysters (because they have five arms alternately prying the bivalve which ultimately loses its muscle grip to keep close).  We smile for new knowledge, and at people who bring it to us in their simplicity and sincerity and friendliness.  

Meet Jun a marine technician of SEAFDEC (in blue) an expert by virtue of long, rich experience and domicile by the sea since birth.    Ask about the giant lapulapu (kugtong), mother bangus, mullet (ludong), mayamaya, matangbaka, and the like, and he will recite their natural history at fingertip.  If he were in music he is a musico de oido (by ear), and if there is a blue thumb, counterpart of green thumb in farming, he is surely one in fishing. He is indeed a naturalist. 


Nature posters express concern on the environment by students who spend time in the Eco Park, making it an extension of the classroom and laboratory. Here they forget for the time being the TV, the computer, and other amenities of life.  It is communion with nature.

Field trip - on-site and hands-on learning. Participants to the Philippine Society for Educational Research and Evaluation (PSERE), representing 26 colleges and universities from different parts of the Philippines, visited the JBLFMU Ecological Park, listened to field lecture and demonstration, and experienced social immersion with the members of the community. Cruising by motorboat to reach Guimaras Island from Iloilo, and to the Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) marine station, is adventure - a learning process seldom encounteredby teachers and students in the city.


ABOUT ILOILO PROVINCE
Iloilo Province, Philippines
CAPITAL: ILOILO CITY
LAND AREA: 532,397 ha
TEL. AREA CODE: 33
NO. OF MUNICIPALITIES: 43
ZIP CODE: 5000
BRIEF HISTORY
Irong-Irong appears in the Maragtas legend of the coming of the ten Bornean datus to Panay who bartered gold for the plains and valleys of the island from a local Ati chieftain. One datu, Paiburong by name, was given the territory of Irong-Irong in what is now Iloilo. For 300 years before the coming of the Spaniards, the islanders lived in comparative prosperity and peace under an organized government and such laws as the Code of Kalantiaw.

In 1566, the Spaniards under Miguel Lopez de Legazpi came to Panay and established a settlement in Ogtong (now Oton, Iloilo). He appointed Gonzalo Ronquillo as deputy encomiendero, who in 1581 moved the seat of Spanish power to La Villa de Arevalo, named in honor of his hometown of Avila in Spain. By 1700 due to recurrent raids by Moro pirates, Dutch and English privateers, the Spaniards moved to the Village of Irong-Irong, where close to the mouth of the river they built Fort San Pedro. Irong-Irong or Ilong-Ilong which the Spaniards later shortened to Iloilo later became the capital of the province.
Its capital which is of the same name became a chartered city on August 25, 1937.
For more information visit IslandsAccommodations.com.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A church mural of marine life - devotion to God through Nature.

Ecological Paradigm of Good Moral Life 
Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday


Composite wall mural of St. Benedict Parish Church, Don Antonio Heights, Commonwealth Ave., QC. 
Congratulations to the mural artist, the parish and community

Prayer before a church mural of marine life

Let us pray for the sea that in spite of its vastness, we realize that over exploitation will deplete its finite resources and disturb its delicate balance; 

Let us pray for the blue whale, the biggest creature ever to live on earth (bigger than the dinosaurs), and protect it together with its kin from extinction;      

Let us pray for the playful smiling dolphin, friendliest of sea creatures, shipwreck
hero, and should not exploit them for the purpose of entertainment;  

Let us pray and protect the plankton, the pasture of the sea, and all members of the food web, for no marine life can exist without them - so with us living on land; 

Let us pray for the integrity of currents and tides that keep favorable climates and dynamic balance of land and sea, and protect them from human abuse;    

Let us pray for the preservation of the coral reefs, the counterpart of the forests, abode and nursery of marine life, and prevent their destruction;   

Let us pray for the conservation of the ocean's rich diversity, from the minutiae to the giants of the deep, through proper governance and better understanding;

Let us pray for the youth to take keen interest in marine science, so that they will acquire a sense of commitment in the protection of the sea and its environs;  

Let us pray for the unity and harmony of the living world - sea, land and sky - and be instruments of such interrelationship on a sustainable basis and future; 

Let us pray for the whale and the dolphins et al, that through them, we will better understand of role as guardians of creation. ~

Ecological Paradigm of Good Moral Life  
Reverence for Life is the key to salvation

Dr Abe V Rotor 
At the end of the colonial era, master and subject joined hands to exploit the earth’s resources, armed with the tools of technology and management that ushered the era of industrialization.  

Our best economists are the worst housekeepers of Nature. While they aim for the Good Life, they have unwittingly reduced the very foundation of that good life – the productivity and beauty of Mother Earth.
Reverence for Life, painting in acrylic by the author.  
Ecological paradigm endorses an eco-centric approach where all forms of life and non-life are important to human life. Spirituality points out to a unitive force: the sacredness of everything. God’s divinity flows in everything. There is integration in the universe. And we are part of that integration, exceedingly small as we are, notwithstanding.

The kind of person we truly are is reflected by our relationship with Mother Earth, how we comply under her treaties. Clearly, biocide is the greatest sin man commits in this period. Long live, Ceres, the goddess of bounty in Greek mythology!  Albert Schweitzer and King Solomon must be smiling up there. So with St. Francis of Assissi, patron saint of ecology. “Reverence for life,” is the key to this paradigm.
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The prolificacy of the human species sans war and pestilence, plus growing affluence of its societies led to a population explosion, doubling in less than 50 years. We are now 7.7 billion. 
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A night of Nature's music in a garden

The garden meets sunrise with fluttering butterflies, so does a garden surrender into the night with an array of concerto and orchestra music, and becomes a place for meditation.
Dr Abe V Rotor
Written at the former Eco Sanctuary of Saint Paul University QC.
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
Long horned grasshopper or katydid (Phaneroptera furcifera)
am introducing two principal singers, the long-horned grasshopper or katydid (Phaneroptera furcifera), and the cricket (Acheta bimaculata), both belonging to a large group, Order Orthoptera, to which grasshoppers are typical members.

Since childhood I have always been fascinated by insect music. Stealthily, I searched for the singer. I found out that these insects are ventriloquists and a slight turn of their wings or bodies would deceive the hunter. And when I succeed and get nearer and nearer to the source of the music, the singer would abruptly stop.

Then I finally succeeded in pinning down with a flashlight the little Caruso in the middle of his performance. He is well hidden behind a leaf, brown to black, compact and sturdy, nearly two inches long, with a long tail and a pair of antennae. His front wings are raised 45 degrees above his abdomen on which the hind wings are folded. This is the cricket’s fiddling position. Now he rubs the two leathery wings against each other in a back and forth motions, a process called stridulation, which inspired man to invent the violin. On closer examination the base of the front wing in lined with a sharp edge to form the scrapper, while the ventral side has a file like ridge, the file, which represents the bow of the violin.

And what about the stereoscopic sound effect? A pair of tympana, which are drum-like organs, found at the base of the front tibia, are actually ears which, together with the raised wings, serve as resonator, sending the sound to as far as a mile away on a still night.

Now let us analyze the music produced - or is it only a sound that is mistaken for some music qualities? The cricket's sound produced by a single stroke called pulse. Each pulse is composed of a number of individual tooth strokes of the scraper and file. Pulse rate is from four to five per second, but on warm summer night the rate becomes faster. Thus, crickets are not only watchdogs (they stop when they sense an intruder), they are also indicators of temperature – and perhaps the coming of bad weather. It is for these reasons, other than their music, that the Chinese and the Japanese love them as pets.

The pulses of cricket are relatively musical; that is, they can usually be assigned a definite pitch, varying from 1,500 to 10,000 hertz, depending on the species. Those of the long-horned grasshopper or katydid are more noise-like; that is, they contain a wide band of frequencies, including clicking and lapsing, and cannot be assigned to a definite pitch. The monotony of its sound must have led to the coining of the insect’s name, katydid-katydid-katydid…

There are three musical pieces the cricket plays. Calling songs are clear crisp, and loud, which, of course, suit the intention. When a female comes around and nudges the singing male, his music becomes soft and romantic, lasting for many minutes to hours, and he forgets his role of warning the presence of an intruder or telling of the coming storm. Anyone who is love-struck is like that, I suppose..

But worse can come all of a sudden. This sentinel falls silent as he takes the bride. And when another suitor is around, this Valentino takes a fighting stance and sings the Bastille, a battle song.

I came across studies on insect music. I began to take interest, imitating it with the violin. It is impossible and the audiospectrogram tells why. You cannot deceive them and break their code of communication. Nature is specific: only the members of the same species understand one another. And no two species can communicate vis-à-vis this auditory means. This is one area in development biology, which has not been fully explored. How did this mechanism of species communication evolve? With computers today, can it be explored as an alternative and safe means of controlling destructive species?

The garden meets sunrise with fluttering butterflies, so does a garden surrender into the night with an array of concerto and orchestra music, and becomes a place for meditation. I say that the music produced by this insect is a sound of peace and praise for life. When the students have gone home and the offices already closed, I usually spend hours waiting for my color-coding time at the SPCQ garden. The chores of the day vanished easily, and I found the evening so relaxing that I did not complain of the traffic on my way home.

The great Charles Darwin himself expressed his deep feelings for these night’s musicians in his book, Cricket at the Heart. He said, “I love it for the many times I have heard it, and the many thoughts its harmless music has given me.”


 Field cricket (Acheta bimaculata)
Carolus Linneaus, the father of taxonomy, was more affected by these insects. He kept them to send him to sleep. Japanese children delight in collecting crickets, as American children do with fireflies. Caged crickets are sold in shops. In a mall I found a battery-operated cricket in a cage. We are indeed in Computer Age! Poet David McCord laments, “The cricket’s gone. We only hear machinery.”

As for me, I still find peace in the garden with these humble companions in the night. ~

Sunday, October 26, 2014

GMO Gone Wild

Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Frankenfish, acrylic painting on glass by AV Rotor.  

A potpourri of incongruous things real and imagined
in the world of genetically modified organisms - GMO,

today's villain in our postmodern world, of humanity,
creation of human genius stray, rising wild from ego.

GMOs are orphans of nature, orphaned by proud men,
cut from the food chain, the web of life, the ecosystem;
their habitat, their kin now strangers to one another,
sang in high praises to disguise the lament of requiem.  

Mice glow with the phosphorescence of the jellyfish,
Rice, pure as cumulus cloud is now in sunset glow,
Corn once a respectable staple, now first for animals;
Human hormone in dairy, burger stem cells of GMO. 

Monsters lurk in the deep, GMO fugitives from the lab,
by design or accident, they pass on their alien genes,
the salmon has lost its homing instinct, whales lose
their bearing, weird creatures dominate the scenes. 

The god in man dictates rules and doctrine, of values,
in the name of science, honor and pride of discovery,
travelling into the unknown, man gropes for serendipity 
with its two faces - the survival or doom of humanity. ~         

Waterfall Forever II

Painting and Poem by Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
                         Waterfall Forever painting in acrylic 2ft x 3ft on wood by AV Rotor 2012


Imagery in the inner eye, old yet new,
of boyhood in frolic and abandon;
a waterfall forever flowing 
down the river in summer season.

Youth, be not proud, the old often warned,
for having lost but once your prime,
the sun sets earlier each day and hour, 
and the once sweet bell no longer chime.

And the hammock lulls you not to dream 
but sleep while the world goes round,
and gaining consciousness once again, 
one step getting old you're bound. 

Not when the waterfall is alive and strong,
not when the boy in you calls every day
among your restless kind seeking adventure -
youth the greatest hour is here to stay. ~

Friday, October 24, 2014

FAIRY GARDEN

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio

738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
Dead tree covered by mushrooms creates a weird, eerie scene  

If mushrooms were giants, then I’m in Brobdingnag
Where now I’m a pygmy when I was once a giant.
Wishing the goodness I did to come back to me.
In life we are at one time giants, at another dwarfs,
Giving essence to character more than fairy tale,
But even in fairy tale, we gain essence of character. ~

Nature's Sweet Lies: Believe it or not. It's a two headed butterfly!

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
Mt. Makiling Botanical Garden, UPLB, Laguna


Nature's Sweet Lies

Nature, oh your own sweet lies, should I laugh or cry?
Deceit and conceit in the game of offence and defence,
But what honor, what deed, if survival's the ultimate aim?
What is beauty then, where does goodness lie?
Who is the victor, who gets the spoil, if each creature,
is not what it looks but how it is seen?
But it is not mortals who judge, only the One Unseen;
each existence designed by niche of space and time,
by a living chain and ladder, each a link or rung,
a web with all creatures and none is great or small.
~ ~ ~

Aligi!

Fat Crabs
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Taste deep or touch not,
this food of the gods
just now;
Aligi is gold to the palate;
don't lose appetite of its sight,
turn a deaf ear at its name,
no, not now;
Don't sit last before the table
when others have seated,
not now;
blood pressure and pulse measure
can wait,
oh, not now;

crabs and cockroaches
belong to one class,
don't say it now,where Epicurus reigns
with the finest cuisine;
it's now.

danger in pleasure
and pleasure in danger
is your game now;
you have to gain to lose,
and lose to gain;
it's now,
or never. ~


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Our Changing Environment - 20 Major Issues

Dr. Abe V. Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
                       
Looc River in  Bohol before Typhoon Yolanda struck 



“The ultimate test of any civilization
Is not in its inventions and deeds;
But the endurance of Mother Nature
In keeping up with man’s endless needs.”

AVR, Light in the Woods

No period in history has man influenced the environment as much as what he is doing today in pursuit of seemingly unending affluence. And instead of “tailoring his lifestyle to the environment” as what his ancestors did for centuries, he is modifying the environment in order to meet such affluence.

Environmental Issues

1. The environment has changed a lot in the last two hundred years since the start of industrialization, which is also the start of the modern age. The biggest effect to human health contributed by this era is widespread pollution. Pollution is the by-product of industrialization, and the scourge of modern living.

2. Pollution is no longer confined within geographic divisions of land, water and air - or in a particular country or region; it has grown into global proportion. The effect is worldwide in the form of global warming, causing more erratic climatic disturbances, thinning of the ozone layer, worsening effect of acid rain, among others. Pollution allergy cases arise directly from garbage, smoke from factories and vehicles, acid rain contact, sudden changes in temperature and humidity, ultraviolet rays near the ozone hole - and most specially from the gas-fed engine.

3. Modernization and the “good life” have brought about affluence, first to the industrialized countries, and later to countries which followed the same Western World model of development. People want goods and services beyond their actual need. Affluence - more than necessity - has greater impact on the environment in the form of depletion of natural resources and pollution. Affluence in the extreme is indeed a wasteful land destructive style of living.

4. The increase in population continues in geometric pattern, reaching 7 billion to date. At its present trend, another billion people will be added to the world’s population in the next 10 years or so. New settlements, bigger cities, increasing population density predispose people to various pathogens and allergens.

5. The general trend all over the world is exodus to urban centers. Metropolises and megapolises with 10 to 20 million people ensconced under crowded condition are not uncommon, with Tokyo, New York and Mexico City topping the list. Meantime villages grow into towns and towns into cities. The ratio of rural dwellers to city dwellers will soon reach equal proportion, and is likely to overtake the latter. People crowd in subdivisions, condominiums, malls, schools, churches, parks, in great numbers sharing common lifestyles and socio-economic conditions, thus predisposing them to common health problems and vulnerabilities, including disruptions of basic services (brownouts, water interruptions, and the like).

6. Destruction of the environment is a consequence of increasing population and affluence, leading not only to loss of productivity of farmlands, but also loss of farmlands to industry and settlements. This leads to the irreversible destruction of ecosystems like the lakes, rivers, forests, and coral reefs. Loss of health of the environment means loss of health of living things. And loss of environment is loss of life itself.

7. The ecosystems bear the brunt of development and progress. These are the sanctuaries of biological diversity, the natural abode of organisms assigned and organized in their respective niches. The ecosystems are organized into biomes, biomes into one biosphere. The ultimate cause of extinction of a species is in the destruction of its natural habitat. Man’s existence is highly dependent on a complex web of interrelationship with the members of the living world that by disturbing the integrity of this order will affect humans, and other living things as well.

8. Humans continue to invade the wildlife, and as the wildlife shrinks, the displaced species invade human habitats in return. Finding sanctuary in his home, backyards, farm, park and other places these species transmit deadly diseases like SARS, HIV-AIDS, Ebola, and Bird Flu, allergy notwithstanding.

9. The “Good Life” spawns obesity and other overweight conditions with millions of sufferers around the world. In the US one out of five persons is an obese. Obesity is a product of sedentary living and imbalance nutrition, and suspected to be viral. Victims suffer of various health problems, and the difficulty in getting adjusted to an active life style. Because of their conditions they are merely spectators, rather than participants, in games and other physical activities, thus exacerbating their pitiful condition.

10. “One-half of the world’s population has too little to eat, while the other half simply  has too much,” as revealed in How the Other Half Dies, a book by a former UN expert, Susan George. The hungry and undernourished are mostly children, no less than 800 million of them living in Third World countries. For one who is hungry most of the time, it is difficult to diagnose the effects of hunger and physiologic imbalance from those of the accompanying symptoms of diseases and ailments. It is as if these symptoms were all welded into one.

11. Global warming is changing the face of the earth: shorelines push inland, islands sink, lowlands turn into swamps, while icecaps and glaciers disappear. As sea level rises there is need of relocation, and building new settlements. Adaptation is key to allergy resistance and immunity, but this is not possible overnight; it takes a lifetime if not generations to obtain. Indeed displacement of settlements and change in living conditions predispose people to ailments and allergies.

12. Globalization is taking place in practically all aspects of human endeavor – trade, commerce and industry, agriculture, the arts, education, politics, religion and the like. The world has shrunk, so to speak, as it travels on two feet: communications and transportation, Traveling from one place to another across latitudes and longitudes predispose one to unimaginable kinds of ailments, allergies, and discomforts. Permanence of domicile has given way to transience, to impermanence.

13. Homogenization involves pooling of genes through inter-racial and inter-cultural marriages resulting in various mestizos like Eurasian, Afro-Asian, Afro-American, Amerasian, and the like. Mélange of races results from East and West marriages. Biologically it is the native genes that provide organisms resistance to pests, diseases, and adverse conditions of the environment. Native genes lose their effectiveness when “thinned out” too far. In the process their gene pool narrows down and may ultimately disappear. Mestizos of subsequent generations are likely to lose such advantage.

14. Science and technology as the prime mover of progress and development has also brought doubt and fear to man’s future. The first breakthrough is the splitting of the atom that created the nuclear bomb, the second is the invention of the microchip which shrunk the globe into the size of a village, and the third, Genetic Engineering now enables man to tinker with life itself. Each invention or discovery bears heavily on the way man lives, beneficial or otherwise. Radiation related death still occurs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima 50 years after the bombing. The young generation spend more time with the computer and TV than with outdoor activities and with nature, Gene Therapy – curing gene-link diseases before they are expressed – is revolutionizing medicine. Naturally all these have repercussions on human health and welfare.

15. Revolutionary industries have been born out of these breakthroughs and related discoveries linking them with the business world and growing affluence, giving rise to in vitro fertilization or test tube babies, surrogate motherhood, Human Genome Project (HGP or gene mapping), multiple childbirth, DNA mapping, etc. The prototype human robot is born, and he is not defect-free. In fact he is more dependent on medicine, and could not possibly withstand the conditions of the natural environment the way normal individuals do. Indeed he will lead a very dependent life.

15. Globalization is dissolving the rigid walls of nationalism to give way to regional and international cooperation and unity as evidenced by European Union, ASEAN, APEC, CGIAR with seven members such as ICRISAT, CYMMIT, IRRI, and the expansion of the United Nations to include WTO, ILO, and UNEP. Fighting global diseases that include asthma and allergy depends largely on cooperation on all levels. In the same way a community fights Dengue, so with whole continents arresting the spread of HIV-AIDS, SARS, Bird’s Flu, and the like.

16. Green Revolution has expanded to cover non-conventional frontiers, invading the seas, deserts, watersheds, highlands, and swamps. On the other hand it has began adopting a revolutionary approach through Genetic Engineering – that is, the splicing of genetic materials between and among organisms that may not be at all related, pooling traits as scientists deem desirable. Thus the introduction of GMOs and Frankenfood, which are now in the market. To augment limited farmlands, aerophonics (farming rooftops), hydroponics or soil less farming, urban greening, and organic farming, are being developed, as measures to bring nature closer to settlements, and augment urban food supply.

17. Agriculture today depends heavily on Post Harvest Technology. To bridge the production source with the consumption end, the farm and the market, is no easy task, especially with perishable goods. Thus the proliferation of processed goods, supermarket, and fast food chains, ready-to-eat packs, sophisticated culinary art. Many food additives and adjuncts are allergenic, from salitre in longganiza to pesticide residue in vegetables, MSG in noodles to Aspartame in fruit juice, formalin in fish to dioxin in plastics, antibiotic residues in meat, poultry and milk notwithstanding.

18. Modern medical science is responsible in reducing mortality and in increasing longevity. But it is also responsible for the many ills of today, from genetically linked abnormalities to senility related ailments. It made the exchange of organs and tissues through transplantation possible, and lately tissue cloning - which some scientists believe will make people live as long as 140 years. Bodies are ultra wealthy individuals lie in cryonics tanks waiting for science to discover the secret of resurrection. As a rule, evolution culls out the unfit members of a population to keep the gene pool healthy and strong. This is true to all organisms. Only man can influence his own evolution and that of other organisms, thus putting Darwinism in his hands.

19. Exploration has brought man into the fringes of Planet Earth: into the depth of the sea and beyond the expanse of the Solar System, ushering the birth of inner and outer space science, and preparation for interplanetary travel. Man is are learning to live outside of the confines of planet earth. He has succeeded in probing the bottom of the ocean, put up a city in space - the Skylab, and aiming at conquering another planet – a long distant goal of assuring the continuity of mankind after the demise of the earth.

20. Globalization is dissolving the rigid walls of nationalism to give way to regional and international cooperation and unity as evidenced by European Union, ASEAN, APEC, CGIAR with seven members such as ICRISAT, CYMMIT, IRRI, and the expansion of the United Nations to include WTO, ILO, and UNEP. Fighting global diseases that include asthma and allergy depends largely on cooperation on all levels. In the same way a community fights Dengue, so with whole continents arresting the spread of HIV-AIDS, SARS, Bird’s Flu, and the like.


*Part of paper, Human Life and Environment, Capiz Archdiocesan Gathering of Priests, August 4, 2011, Roxas City.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

UST AB: Interpreting Verses through Photography

Kindness, however small, 
is never wasted at all.
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Assignment: This is an exercise in Creative Photography. Choose an appropriate photograph for each verse and capture its essence and message. Write the caption for the photograph. Enhance the human interest effect. Apply the elements of art, mainly composition. Can your work pass for a poster? (Choose any five.)
The kindest words are best expressed in poetry and
illustrated in fine art and creative photography. 

Ateneo de Manila University, QC

1. Patience is virtue in disguise
an art of the smart and wise.

2. He who always says, "yes."
is seeker of convenience.

3. The sound of kiss may be deep or shallow,
wait until you hear its echo.

4. On some mountaintop ones echo is clear and loud,
in the marketplace it dies, so in any crowd.

5. How seldom do we weigh our neighbors
the way we weigh ourselves with the same favors.

6. The heart breaks and heals leaving scars;
it consoles to know the distance to the stars.

7. The good may die first and resurrect at last;
the bad may die last and lie in their dust.

8. If the world is going to end in fire or ice;
altogether we die once and not twice.

9. Old folks say a problem hastily solved
sooner or later returns unresolved.

10. What is worse than envy and indolence,
but the two themselves riding in insolence.

11. We don't have the time, is an alibi
to indolence and loafing, letting time pass by.

12. Purple, the Nazarene's garment
reminds us of power and lament.

13. Not all sand dunes for sure
end up to an empty shore.

14. Change, we face its challenge, comfort in our camp,
if we look back at an old house with a burning lamp.

15. Loud when empty, the gong and hollow log proclaim,
even as deep waters and doldrums stake their claim.

16. Hope - offer it to silence a restless throng;
in motherhood statement no one goes wrong.

17. Napoleon's army was in the deep Russian cold.
"Come out and fight, cowards!" cried the lost bold.

18. Nectar attracts the bees, vinegar the flies;
a pie rides on the breeze to where a hungry lies.

19. Ivy on the wall creeping shy and small
spread out to hide my dark and ugly side.

20. Behold! a rainbow and moth in flight
when viewed against the waning light. ~

UST AB - How good are you in Photography?

Assignment for my students in Photography, UST Faculty of Arts and Letters
 By Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio

738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Critique this photo and the three below on their content and technical aspects.
And answer these questions. (Don't copy the questions) 

___1. For best results there is no substitute to having a manual camera with semi-automatic system for photographic art – kahit digital camera pa. 
__ 2 . When taking pictures, the rule is that the source of light must be at the back of the photographer. 
___3. The lens opening of a camera is like the pupil of the human eye. 
___4. Single lens reflex (SLR) means you are looking at the subject through the lens of the camera. 
__ 5. Satellite imaging can detect weather disturbances, pollution; it can predict crop yield levels, and in fact even hideouts of terrorists. 

___6. Satellite imaging is used in cartography, that is, the science of mapping the features of the earth. 
__ 7. Deeper interpretation of contrast is in the subject of the photo, rather than interplay of light and shadow, colors and lines. 
__ 8. The larger the lens opening the better is the depth of field. 
__ 9. If the background is bright and your subjects are posed against it, what you can do to counteract glare is to use flash. 
__10. Filters emphasize outlines, increases contrast of light and shadow, warm and cool and colors. It is also used in silhouette photography. 

__11. The opening of a flower bud step by step is recorded by means of time lapse photography, a technique that compresses time to enable the eye to witness the event in a short time frame. 
__12. Buildings appear in concentric circle converging at the top if you use fisheye lens. 
__13.When using a wide angle lens for a group photo, those on the sides appear to be very thin while those at the center are fat. 
__14. Telezoom lenses extend the view, compressing distance, thus they are used in war zones. 
__15.Allow the pupil of the eye to narrow down by sending a series of faint flashes before the real flash is made. This is to prevent red eye in the photograph. 
_ 16. With the state-of-the-art digital photography, a poorly taken photo can be edited anyway - so, why worry? 

__17. Black and white photos are simpler to process and print than color photographs. 
__18. The computer is equipped with a software to correct blurred, burned, incomplete and misaligned photos to appear normal. 
__ 19. As a rule do not retouch a historical documentary photos; they are more authentic in their original state. 
__ 20. It is easier to photograph emotions rather than features, because they come naturally, while you have to do a lot of script in the latter.

__21. A famous photograph – a naked young girl, her body burned by napalm (Orange Agent) running along a highway with other children, while soldiers simply didn’t mind, was taken during the recent Iraq war. 
__22. A lone man standing in front of a column of tanks was taken during the Vietnam war. The photo freezes the action as if the man succeeded in his suicidal act. 
__23. Today, photography – from shooting to printing - can be done in a home studio, and therefore offers a good business opportunity. In fact documentaries and short movies can be done. 
__24. Composition is the key to telling a story, be it a painting, a poem, a novel – or a photograph. 
__25. The elements of art – are also the elements of photography. 

__26. Foreshortened effect is shown on traffic signs written on the highway. 
__27. 400 ASA/ISO/DIN film is more sensitive than 100 ASA/ISO/DIN film, in the same way as 4 megapixels is more sensitive than say, 2 megapixels. 
__28. As the number increases - 30, 60, 100, 250, 500, 1000 – it means the shutter mechanism proportionately slows down or decreases speed. 
__29. Here are three ways to improve your photo when lighting is poor: use tripod, use flash, increase ASA or DIN – in any combination, or all of them at the same time. 
__30. You can get multiple exposures in a single shot of fireworks even without a tripod. 

__31. Adjust shutter to B and mount camera on tripod when shooting night scenes – a busy street, Christmas lights, stars, constellation, etc. 
__32. Today’s digital camera is more versatile, relatively cheaper, easier to operate – but not necessarily superior in quality - to film camera. 
__33. Some digital cameras can used the lenses of film cameras, particularly SLRs. 
__34. The most advanced digital cameras are made by Kodak. 
__35.When a close up of flower is blurred, the subject is too close. 

__36. Basketball player in air totally blurred – shutter speed is too slow.
__37. Sunny outdoor view is rough, with dot matrix like in “pointillism.” – ASA/ISO value too high. 
__38. Photo is too light all over, no accent, clarity poor – insufficient light, lens opening too small, or both. 
__39. When having your picture taken, relax your shoulder and your face muscles will also relax. 
__40. “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and “Micro Safari” have one in common – micro photography. 

__41. Light microscope reveals the world of microorganisms – countless of them in a single drop of water. 
__42. Electron microscopy produces photographs of extremely small objects up to 5,000 times in a myriad of colors like a rainbow. 
__43. Radio telescope enables the human eye to see very far objects like stars using the same principle of lens telescope. 
__44. One area of photography that enables us to see fast moving objects normally invisible to the eye is through slow motion photography. 
__45. The aura emitted by our body is visible through photography. 

__46. Photography brings to the eyes of the world good things to appreciate, and evil things to correct. 
__47. Photojournalism is a risky profession, like other media men, they risk their lives. In fact the Philippines has the most number of fatalities among media men, second to Iraq. 
__48. War is the arena of photography – war against poverty, graft and corruption, environmental degradation, diseases, ignorance, terrorism, and the like. 
__49. Yet photography offers the newest, most modern, technologically advanced, now popularized to be enjoyed by millions of people everyday.
__50. Photography is the extension of our eyes and other senses, in fact our intellect, our feeling and our soul. ~