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Remember Mapua: Celebrating Black Valentines

“Alma Mater your name and your story
We raise our glad voices to thee
We will strive for the name and the glory
Of the M and I ant T…”

Valentines has a different meaning for True-blooded Mapuans. Instead of being centered about love for your other half, black Valentines is about our love for our school and it’s memory. As a refresher, to those who still don’t know what took place behind every student and alumni’s back, Mapua Institute of Technology is officially dead. The name exists legally as the school’s alias, or simply put, it’s just the cover for the name Malayan Colleges.

Malayan Colleges?

Yes, that’s the name SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) currently refers to MIT so under legal terms, Mapua Institute of Technology is now technically named Malayan Colleges operating under the latter name.

To those still wondering what significance that has to our lives, it’s about the name and the legacy. Although current students are still carrying the name Mapuans as per tradition, the moment you look at the next graduates (THANK GOD I’m not one of them), the name of the school written on their diplomas will be Malayan Colleges operating under the name Mapua Institute of Technology. Now I’m not much into the technicalities of naming conventions but to me, having graduated from a school named Malayan automatically disqualifies you from being called a Mapuan.

Then there’s the legacy. Mapuans are well-known for being the backbone of the industry (in general). If you’re doubting this, just go to Ayala Ave and ask around. We’re there, we’re everywhere.

Where’s the battle?

The battle was short-lived with a lot of casualties. In the end though, like any minority opposing a big and well-funded entity, we lost the battle. There will be no order to revert the name to what it was (news got out AFTER the SEC ratified the claim of changing names) and we all hung our heads in defeat.

Some of the protesters were expelled, others with similar though not as harsh punishment. And to prevent further “rallies” (as what happened 2005), the administration added a document for freshmen (or frosh as the school refers to them, I still don’t get where that term rooted from o.O) to prevent them from participating in such activities of face the guillotine. How’s that for tyranny?

Why don’t you just leave?

Too late for me now I’m just waiting for completions, but as agreed then by the CSC and the administration, all enrollees up to 2004 will retain the MIT name on their diplomas. To the enrollees afterwards, though luck to you.

I’m sure a lot of us thought of transferring when the news went out though but most if not all technical schools does not credit ALL our curriculum’s given subject so for the financially challenged (like myself then) the only option was to stay and obey.

Being the passive protesters that we Mapuans are however, the idea of a Black Valentines came into view. Since it was general knowledge that most of our population then won’t be joining in the protest activities, it was put into action so that everyone can participate in the protest for the name we lost and the legacy that’s clearly our own.

A friend of mine wrote a full write up for Black Valentines. He gave me permission to post and edit it (some words are not for kiddies). You can find it on the next page.  A word of warning, it’s long, even after editing, he’s really passionate about it.

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  1. Aaron Wakling February 15, 2008 Reply

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Aaron Wakling

  2. Tannix February 15, 2008 Reply

    This is the time when I failed a subject from a professor that’s not an alumni of MIT. Talk about bull crap.

  3. dexter February 15, 2008 Reply

    I taught this was not push thru, I will never let anybody call me as Malayan…

    I graduated from And mapuans are the best

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  4. sylv3rblade February 16, 2008 Reply

    @Tannix
    ako la sabit nun. Puro mapuans prof ko e, lahat nasa rally

    @Kuya Dex
    Actually it went through behind everyone’s back which is why we’re so pissed. Backstab amf

  5. Drei February 16, 2008 Reply

    @Sir Dexter, binenta kami ng CSC… Wala man lang pasabi sa amin. Tuloy na tuloy yan, ayaw lang sabihin sa public.

    @Sir Tannix, buti nga sa iyo bagsak, sa akin absent…

    @Sir Syl, swerte hehehe

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  6. Dexter February 21, 2008 Reply

    paano yan papalitan na raw ba ang name ng school itself sa intramuros… gagawin ng malayan ??

    di ako malayan.. ako ay mapuan.. grabe na ito

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  7. sylv3rblade February 21, 2008 Reply

    Actually the name Mapua Institute of Technology is now just an alias. Yung pagpalit nung name e ginawa nun pa kaya front na lang talaga ung MIT. If the admin contests the validity of my claim then they should explain why the Securities and Exchange Commission refers to the school as Malayan Colleges…. sagwa pakinggan talaga.

  8. danny January 28, 2009 Reply

    I prefer Lunatic Institute than Malayan

  9. kenkoolet January 21, 2010 Reply

    Ako po ay isang batch 2005, currently graduating po ako. Nangangamba po ako kung baka malayan na ung diploma ko. Bago pa po ako mag enrol sa mapua, pinadalhan po kaming lahat ng sulat na under mapua pa rin daw ung name sa diploma namin. Di ko alam kung totoo yun e may pirma naman si Vea. Tapos ung papasok na ang mga batch 2006, meron din silang pinapirma na aware daw sila na kung gagraduate daw sila eh under the name malayan na daw ung diploma nila, and ganun din sa mga succeeding batch. Nakakalungkot lang kasi ung mga 2006 pababa eh mayayabang na tapos nagsusuot pa ng damit na may nakalagay na “EH ANU NGAYON KUNG ENGINEERING KA… SA MAPUA KA BA”. Ung ganung klaseng damit hinde namin binili kasi sobrang yabang. Halos lahat ng prof e nayayabangan dun, sabi pa nila eh mapua ka nga bobo ka naman sa math, something like that. Halos dumadami na rin ung mga konyo, un ung nakakainis. Meron pa nakikipag away samin. Puro porma lang daw kaming mga 05 e pagdating sa suntukan wala daw kami magawa. Sa totoo lang ayaw namin patulan gawa ng syempre priority namin na maka graduate. Actually kulang pa ito sa dami ng mga isusumbong ko sa inyo regarding the change in mapua. Add nyo naman po ako sa multiply, kenkoolet.multiply.com para naman magkaroon ako ng friends dun. 3rd year ko pa po ginawa un pero hanggang ngayun 2 pa lang ata friends ko. Add nyo ko dun ha ng malabas ko tong hinanakit ko regarding our beloved alma mater.

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