The changing face of Katipunan

My sister had an appointment in the Katipunan area today. She dragged
me along because she wanted to do a market study of the billboard ads
along the route, so I took pictures and videos while she drove. She
warned me in advance that I’d have to wait for about an hour. I agreed
anyway, knowing that it would give me time to reacquaint myself with
the area around my university.

The ill-considered and inconvenient Metro Manila Development Authority
(MMDA) anti-pedestrian fences were still there, cutting off access to
Ateneo de Manila University. Not relishing the idea of a long walk to
the pedestrian overpass in the noon sun, I decided to wander around
the area near KFC.

A striking addition to the landscape is My Place,
an upscale high-rise dormitory with full amenities, which I plan to write about later.
Parts of it are still being finished, but I heard that there are already over a dozen tenants.

Eyrie is no more. I had planned to eat lunch there, remembering the
kind, pudgy proprietor who was familiar enough with us to mock-scold
me one time for being late for a dinner appointment. I loved meeting
people there for good food at reasonable prices, chatting over baked
macaroni or that wonderful vegetarian pasta with portabello mushrooms.
Alas, it joined Martha’s Kitchen as yet another victim of progress—or
regress, considering the MMDA obstruction is probably to blame for all
of this.

The building that used to house Eyrie, The Filipino Bookstore, and the
Ti Breizh cafe has fallen into the shadow of Blueskies, an Internet
cafe and gaming arena formerly limited to the second and third floor
above the corner flower shop. Internet cafes stretch from edge of
Katipunan to the empty lot before Eagle Star Condominum.

Even the tutorial center at the corner near Tapa King has repurposed
most of its space into an Internet cafe and video editing workspace.
The only remnants of its past: a few stools, a narrow study area and
some posters advertising a 50-hour tutoring package for math, English
and abstract reasoning. Such a stark contrast from the quiet, spacious
place I remember peeking into before. How you can create a conducive
study environment crammed in between computer tables is beyond my
imagination.

Well, that’s the changing face of Katipunan for you. The MMDA
pedestrian barrier, much cursed by people on both sides of the divide,
choked the casual lunch and dinner-with-school-friends crowd. Good
food isn’t enough to make people walk, but gaming works. Go figure.

I have no idea how KFC survives, but then again, it’s KFC.

Update: Allan adds:

The ones who owned the tutorial center beside tapaking
also own the computer shop. Their tutorial center (i forgot the name)
has moved above rustans beside pc express

近年では、電子コンピュータがますます重要になってきた。 In recent years electronic computers have become increasingly important.

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Congrats to teams who competed in Java Cup and Quizzardry!

Ealden wrote:

Congratulations to the teams who competed in the recently concluded
Java Cup and Quizzardry competitions! The Java Cup was held last 3
Mar 2005, while the Quizzardly was held the next day, 4 Mar 2005. The
teams competed from those sent by DLSU, iAcademy, UPD, AMA, FEU, Chang
Kai Shek, and UA&P.

The said events were part of the 20th Computer Science Week of the
University of the Philippines, Diliman, and were both organized by the
UP Association of Computer Science Majors (UP CURSOR).

JAVA CUP

Champion: Ateneo 3

  • Miguel Arguelles (4 CS)
  • Allan Espinosa (3 ECE)
  • Michael Tan (2 CS, alternate)

Second runner up: Ateneo 2

  • Joseph Noel (4 CS)
  • Paul Rivera (4 CS)

4th place: Ateneo 1

  • Erik Uy (4 CS)
  • Charles Yeung (4 MIS)
  • Ramon “Akie” Mejia (3 CS, alternate)

QUIZZARDRY

Champion: Ateneo 2

  • Mark Punzalan (3 CS)
  • Vanessa Gonzales (3 CS)
  • Randolph “Zippy” Espinosa (3 CS)

Second runner up: Ateneo 3

  • Erik Uy (4 CS)
  • Marc Lihan (3 CS)
  • Erwin Lee (3 MIS)

Ateneo 1

  • Ealden Escanan (3 MIS)
  • Gil San Pedro (3 CS)
  • Robin Yu (1 CS)

Pictures: http://www.engg.upd.edu.ph/%7Ejoyce/csweek/index.html ;)

Congrats! :D

Ealden Esto E. Escañan
Outgoing CompSAt President

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Calling all Ateneo programming competition alumni

March 18, 2005 is graduation day of the Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila
University. Many past and present members of the Ateneo ACM
programming teams will graduate on this day. We will miss them in
ACM-Manila 2005 and in future programming contests, but we shall
never forget the beautiful experiences that we shared, during practices
and at the actual contests.

We are inviting all past and present members of the Ateneo ACM
programming teams, whether graduating, not graduating, or already
graduated, from batches 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2004, and all the
faculty coaches, secretaries, and the DISCS chair, to join us in a pictorial
at 3:15 pm on March 18, 2005, at the graduation assembly area, at the
Ateneo High School. Graduating members and faculty will please
wear their academic gown. Present team members will please wear
their team jackets. Those who have already graduated please come in
semi-formal clothes.

I am making this announcement early, so that you can plan to make
yourself free at 3:15 pm on graduation day.

Thank you. See you there!

PMana
Coach

E-Mail from Pablo Manalastas

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