Saturday, April 13, 2013

UP Diliman is not UP Diliman-EPP.

Okay call me condescending or judgmental or any other evil thing but there's a part of me that's irked whenever I see banners congratulating people for graduating from UP Diliman or facebook pages that declare someone's school as UP Diliman when I know for a fact that they went to UP Clark and have never even spent one semester at Diliman.

I mean, dude. The American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and the American Chamber of Commerce are related but they're not the same. Was Rob Sears ever introduced as Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce? No, he was always introduced as Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines. NBA D-league is related to NBA, but it's not NBA. Are NBA D-league games advertised as NBA games? No. NBA D-League games are advertised as NBA D-League games, and you can sue off Mark Cuban's ass if he sold NBA D-League game tickets as NBA game tickets.

In the same way, UP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga is not UP Diliman. So I don't know why you have to omit the three freakin letters 'EPP' if you want to use 'UP Diliman' instead of UP Clark.

Because the fact is, anyone who did not go to whatever school is in discussion has no business claiming that they're from that school. Like, I did not go to UP Manila, I did not go to Lele Magtindang Babi Univeristy and I did not go to Stanford so I have no business declaring that I am affiliated with UPM or LMBU or Stanford. You did not go to UP Diliman so you have no business saying that you studied in UP Diliman. It's that simple.

And honestly, I'm so sorry but a banner or a facebook page stating that you're from UP Diliman does not make you a UP Diliman student. Whatever merit you think you're getting by declaring yourself a UP Diliman student, I'm telling you, you're not getting it at all. Please. The only person you're duping is yourself.

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