Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Poster Making Contest Winners “Ating Pahalagahan, Sariling Likas na Yaman”

"Ating Pahalagahan, Sariling Likas na Yaman”
Lagro Elementary School, March 27, 2017
Ist Prize
“It’s a green world, a huge tree perched atop,
Symbolizing hope, strength  and stability;
Three in their youth on the guard beaming,  
Guardians of Nature’s bounty and beauty.”  avr
2nd Prize
“Whose hands these are, none other but Thee,
   Protector of the universe and man to be free.”   
3rd Prize
“What science and technology can do to humanity;
Two faces – good and bad – in dichotomy,
We would rather live in simplicity,
Once a choice and now duty.”  avr

 Other entries have significant messages as well, which can be summarized by the theme of the contest.
“Give me the sky and I'll keep it clean -
     the river, the lake and stream;
Give me the sky and I'll fly the biggest kite
     to lead a child to his dream
. “ avr
"Rainbow - likened to the cycle of life - its birth and death, glory and fall, its simplicity grandeur, its independence and attachment to all things, visible and invisible.” avr

 Sponsored by Miriam College
College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy
Conducted by students in BS Leisure and Tourism Management headed by Dr Ruby Alminar-Mutya, chairperson, and Miss Nikoliena DiƱo, ptrofessor-in- charge.  Dr Abercio V Rotor representing Lawin (Lagro Asociation of Writers and Artists Inc) served as one of the judges in the contest. Verses by Dr Abe V Rotor

Friday, March 24, 2017

Chronobiology: Take Heed of Your Biological Clock

The secret of the inner clock has led to the science of  chronobiology which provides a new approach to self analysis and therapy. 
"Living organisms take heed of their biological clock - except humans, in many cases." avr
Abercio V. Rotor, Ph.D.

Each one of us is governed by a built-in clock within. Everything we do is “timed;” it has a schedule. 

Author (left) and his students in the UST Graduate School

take time out in a field lecture. 

And this living clock controls our actions and behaviors. It is the key to survival; a tool in evolution ingrained in our genes. If that is so, are our biological clocks then synchronized?

Generally, yes. And that is why we all respond to common rules that society has set for us. We respond to the seasons of the year, each characterized by events we celebrate. We have standard working hours, and curfew. Weekends are set aside for rest and leisure. Summer means vacation. We observe three meals a day, coffee breaks, siestas, and the like.

Menstrual cycle, estrus periods, stages in growth and development – all these are controlled by inner rhythms dictated by that biological clock. So patterned are our laws and rules that we know well the best season to plant or to hunt, to plan weddings and inaugurations, to travel, to go to school, to have a date, to meditate, to be merry.
“There is a time for all things.” William Shakespeare
There’s time for everything.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to
every purpose under the heaven.
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to
break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to
mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to
gather stones together; a time to embrace,
and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep,
and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep
silence, and time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war,
and a time of peace.
- Ecclesiastes

Chronobiologists classify this inner clock into five categories. However, the life span of a person should be viewed on this perspective* (AVR).

1. Ultradian - Less than a heartbeat

  • Fluctuation of energy
  • Attention span
  • Brain waves
2. Circadian (daily) day
  • Blood pressure level
  • Sleep wake cycle
  • Cell division
3. Circaseptan (weekly ) about a week
  • Rejection of kidney, heart, and pancreas transplants
4. Circatrigintan (monthly) about a month
  • Menstrual Cycle
5. Circannual (annual) about a year
  • Seasonal depression
  • Susceptibility to some diseases
*6. Vitae cyclum (life cycle)
  • Rapid development in Infancy to childhood 
  • Transformation to adolescence 
  • Youthfulness - peak of vitae cyclum 
  • Physiologic decline into senility
Applied chronobiology. Let's take a look at these examples.  How do these apply to you?
1. Mental block. Memory lapses. Get focused, relax and free yourself of distactions.
2. Spark of genius. Learn from Archimedes (Eureka!), Handel (composer of Alleluia)
3. Surpassing ones record. What's your score? Athletes are keen at establishing new records of their own, such as in track and field, swimming, and shooting.
4. Compatibility. Formula of team work, applies to "love chemistry," too.
5. Topping a board examination. Or failing. Ride on life's high tide and low ebb.
6, Monday blues. Also morning blues, a sad feeling or just "lazy bones."
7. Glowing. Wow! You look specially pretty today. Beware of the opposite image.

8. Exceptional performance. The audience roars, Bravo, Encore. It's your show!
9. Carpe diem. Seize the moment. Opportunity knocks but once. Enjoy the day.
10. Not in the mood. Change to a favorable one. Have some respite. 
11. Accident prone. Be careful, be mindful always. It's Friday, the 13.
12. Postpone major decisions for better judgment.  Let a restful weekend pass.
13.  Hold your horses! Don't get emotional, specially on trivia matters. 
14. Misplaced your reading glass?  It's hanging on your forehead. Car key locked up?  It's in your other pocket.   
15. Incontinence is a sign of old age. But you must see your doctor.
16. What's your name again? Gina, Lolo. This is for you, Carol. Gina, Lolo.  
17. Sprained ankle,  dislocated finger bones, torn kneecap. Too much basketball, and you are not getting younger. Shift to golf, or just walking. 
18. Blurred vision and you're wearing 250 grade eyeglass. Hours of computer games. have worse consequences at old age. 
19. Tantrums are not unusual in childhood, not in adulthood. There's something wrong if this is not the case. 
20 Surprise, surprise. Things are changing fast. Be amazed, thrilled. Rejoice. 
Since ancient time human activities were guided by a calendar based on a 365-day cycle with fractions adjusted to re-set its original reckoning. The Mayan calendar had 265.247 days, more accurate than the Gregorian calendar. The short lived French Revolution calendar gave way to the universally accepted calendar. A wall calendar today marks the months, weeks, seasons, relative length of day and night, phases of the moon, high tide and low tide. It carries important reminders of names and events, electronic timepiece, indicators of environmental conditions, other messages notwithstanding. All these have tremendous effects on our inner clock, which therefore make the calendar an important daily guide.----------------------------------------   

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Insects, insects everywhere! Insects in verses

If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. Within a few months. - E. O. Wilson

Dr Abe V Rotor

Precariously perched, oh Dragonfly;
     your doom awaits below;
a leap away or two, and time ticks,
     for there's no tomorrow. 

Bird droppings, these caterpillars assume;
     to deceive their enemies;
until they emerge - long secret preserved,
     mystery to the scientists.     

Anona fruit borers feast in numbers - 
     their survival, yet their doom;
when too many, and fruits are few,
     and there's not enough room.

Bagworm, turtle in the insect world;
carries its house as it roams around, 
bit by bit builds a beautiful mansion,
only to abandon it in the final round.

Green like a leaf and slim like snake, 
     this caterpillar bold and free;
Pavlov could be wrong to insects,
     and Charles Darwin in mimicry.    

Cicada, it's the male shrilling in the trees,
     love call to the females on the run;
then a would-be bride or two come close    
     to Romeo and Caruso rolled into one.

Cotton Stainer - quess what is the first dye, 
    but its saliva in the cotton boll;
ever wonder how designs of fabric are made,
    but stains in colors, hues and all.
Oriental cockroach - filthiest of all insects,
     yet catholic a cleaning habit it got;
of millions of germs it carries and spreads,
     it too, disposes more through its gut. 

Termites, how canny, deceitful;
     disguised as coy and shy;
yet could bring a house crushing
     down amidst fear and cry. 
Nature's executioner - preying mantis;
     killer by instinct, pious in look, 
yet friendly to gardens and farms,
     devouring pest in every nook.

Psylla lice - the scourge of ipil-ipil trees,
     epidemic to the imported varieties, 
wiping out plantations in the seventies,
     save the indigenous lowly species.  

A butterfly makes a garden   
    with sunrise in union,
plants to bloom to carry on
   the next generation.
Wasp pollinator - enigma of procreation
     of a fig by co-evolution;
by rule, one cannot live without the other 
     in Nature's strictest order.
Stinkbug, how divergent its life is
   with inviting coloration,
repugnant odor, to attract and repel,
   for freedom and admiration.

Tiger moth, remote mimicry 
     of a dreadful brute;
if threat is preserved this way
     what then is truth? 

Rhinoceros beetle, fierce looking male,
     all bluff in a dangerous world;
the female coy and naive her strategy,
     both stronger than the sword.

Leafhoppers - minute yet destructive  
     in countless number;
sipping the vitality of plants 
     turning them green to amber.   

Moths - Masters of Camouflage and Mimicry (Part 1)

If I freeze your beauty and wear it on my heart,
I rob Nature, her grace apart; a star dies, so with art.

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog

Art of Camouflage 
Your artful disguise 
makes you invisible and free;  
Nature's given prize
of camouflage and mimicry.
Footprint Moth
If these two sets of footprints
lead to opposite directions, 
did you depart when  I needed you most?
What goodness did I lack?
"My child, you were alone 
and lost and I brought you back."
Kite Moth
It is not only that birds follow the sun
that the sky is filled with colors and laughter;
it is your body symmetry copied for fun,
that children believe they own the sky
and make imagination their best teacher,
even in their dreams to fly.
If your wings are for short takeoff and speed,
and your long antennae and infrared eyes 
defy the darkness of night, then I believe
someone has copied you in steel that flies. 
Jade Moth
If I freeze your beauty
and wear it on my heart,
I rob Nature, her grace apart; 
a star dies, so with art.
False Eyes
Whose eyes these are, real or just mask?
Why grotesque and cold, the children ask?
Unmoved, you simply sleep and wait 'til dawn,
and they ask again if they were your own.  
Stealth Moth
Man copied you but for another purpose;
peace and quiet you live, his intent is not,
but to rule the sky fiery by day and night; 
cheer up, for imitation will never be right.  
Falcon Moth
You are on the ceiling all alone
and the toad looking up
thinks of you a falcon;
in make-believe it's good to be up
with reverse role as predator;
everything's prey on the floor. 

Hidden Mirror on the Wall
No, it's not Paleolithic painting,
but hidden mirror on the wall:
Bless you creature in slumber waiting 
the light of the world to fall,
then seek a beacon in the night
where a pen draws its might.
Atlas Moth
Thought you could put one on Hercules,*
from the burden of the world you're free; 
so thought too, the dinosaurs in spree;
bigness is no guarantee no less;

birds fly on wings and hollow bones,
flies need not four wings but two,
none but the water strider glides best - 
be humble, bigness is weakness, too.  

* In Greek mythology, Atlas played trick on Hercules to take 
over him carry the globe; but Hercules was smarter, 
and the task fell back on poor Atlas.  
Ghost Moth
From visibility to invincibility;
first, keep low like ice in thaw; 
then, keep shape with the scape, 
wear some spots, add many dots;
last, you're ghost to any host.

Chameleon Moth 
Where comes the trigger I know 
are hormones by signal flow, 
masking colors, painting a view, 
to match a perfect scenario.
Lion Moth
You look like a lion without mane,
and that's why you look tame;
how in the world can you scare 
with your lonely, friendly stare. 
Prominent Moth
(How can you be prominent?)
Who would like you a frass lying still on crust,
feigning inanimate to pass the day in fast. 
Vesper Moth
You, who keep the faithful in vigil,
wearing a white stole over a holy robe - 
would being pious save you long?
Beaks and jaws simply don't care,
much less the order you belong
Tiger Moth
It is the tiger look that you seem respected,
else the mourning signal you send;
but whose view but the cruel beak instead
whose judgment lies your fateful end.  
Tapestry Moth
What you designed, man now claims his own,
yet it was your ancestors' pride before his dawn;
conditionally you gave, for a prize you crave,
by copying his art you may be saved. 
Poison Eater Moth
Moth feeding on the nectar of Lantana (Lantana camara
a poisonous and obnoxious plant
What secret have you on hemlock you thrive,
which once robbed the world of a great mind?
Come to where there's li'l left of faith and pride;
bless you little moth, a messenger divine.
Battered Moth
Wings chipped, scales rubbed,
antennae curled, finish scrubbed;
eggs laid, leg cut, coat creased,
grounded, mission accomplished. 
Wood Moth
You look beaten like an old wood,
weathered by rain and tear and sun,
yet full of life and in good mood
like a seasoned timber's stand.
Klan Moth
With robe and hood you come and pause
in dignity, a racist you hide;
reminder of the Fuhrer's cause,
the ignoble Ku Klux Khan's pride;
but if you're a true ambassador,
please bring tidings to every door.

Continued to Part II