April 12, 2013 - When I finally got my thesis hardbounds! :)
From Teddy Casiño’s blog:
I am Teddy Casiño and I am running for the Senate.
It has been a hectic two years preparing for the three-month senatorial campaign. My wife kids me as her bedspacer while my two young boys say they miss their father. But it hit me that our OFW brothers and sisters are missing more milestones because their kids or siblings need them to survive.
For someone like me with no political pedigree and millions to spend, running for the Senate is an uphill battle. I knew of its sacrifices, the challenges we have to overcome. Well meaning friends advised me that after my stint in Congress, I should just take it easy and chase more realistic dreams. I’m still young, they said, and can pursure other endeavors. But I realized that others have much harder times pursuing simpler dreams, such as finishing high school or getting a regular job.
After having authored and co-authored 627 House bills and resolutions, people were telling me “Teddy, ikaw na!” But knowing how a lot of Juans and Nenas are disgusted as I am with how the legislative branch of the government is, I realized it’s not yet time to stop.
I am Teddy Casiño and I am running for the Senate.
Yes, the system is dirty and has not benefited the ordinary folk. It has forced our brothers and sisters to lose faith in our country and leave for greener pastures abroad. The cynics are telling us to back down and just watch our taxes go to waste.
We may have the right to be cynical. How many years have we gone through this, anyway? Parang sanay na ang karamihan. But contrary to cynicism, our country still has hope. I believe every Filipino has something to gain and nothing to lose in the struggle for social reform.
I am Teddy Casiño and I am running for the Senate not because it will be my personal gain but because my victory will be a gain for ordinary folk like us. As I keep on saying, my run for the Senate is not about me. t’s about you and me, and the kind of representation we want in the Senate.
We have no illusions about the Senate. It is and will be a conservative and reactionary institution even with someone like me there. But with the broader people’s movement, we shall be a powerful team in pushing for reforms from within. We will be pushing laws for agrarian reform and national industrialization. For better access to basic goods and services, livelihood reforms and other agenda in our platform. We will raise awareness and create solutions, so that we can somehow make this government work for the people.
I appeal to everyone to not lose hope and express that hope through the simple act of voting. I offer myself as someone you can hope with and act with in making this country better.
I am Teddy Casiño and we — you, me and everyone else who aspires to make life better for the ordinary folk, are running for the Senate.
I’ll be shading ONLY two on my ballot this May 13: #17 Kabataan Partylist for Congress and #6 Teddy Casiño for Senator. :)
I hope you also include them in your ballots!
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Thesis it: Acknowledgement
Many people have always questioned me about my course choice. “Why Math?”
Honestly, I, too, have wondered how the universe conspired and led me to choosing the “road less travelled.” When I was asked by the Math Faculty during the freshmen orientation as to why I chose this course, I came up with a common, boring answer: “Because Math is interesting.”
My five-year stay in UP as a BS Math student, most especially as an Iskolar ng Bayan, was never always-smooth-sailing. In fact, I have faced trials more than that of getting a 5.0 (or a lot of 5.0) in grades. But it will always be the ride of my life. It will always be the best five years. With that, allow me to thank the following people who made my stay so much more worthwhile.
I am grateful to thee, my God, my Supreme Being. Thou hast always been an immediate source of strength. When all else fails, I call thee and thou art there.
To my Mama, I know I have disappointed you a lot of times already, but still, thank you for all the support and love you have given. Papa, you may be miles away, but our funny and English-spoken Facebook and Skype chats keep us close. Thank you so much for giving me advices and for always believing that I can. Lae, you will always be the sweetest sister. Thank you for all the things we share. To my family, immediate or not, I love you all!
To the Math Faculty, especially to the following: Mme. Alota, thank you so much for being a very patient adviser. Thank you for pushing me to finally finish my thesis and thank you for all the effort Mme. Dako kaayo mi’g utang kabubut-on nimo Madam! Daghang Salamat! :) Sir JB, thank you for being my Thesis Reader. Not only did you read my paper, you even prepared me proofs! Hahaha. Thank you so much! Mme. Almocera, thank you for everything. Not only were you my Program Adviser and teacher, you’re also a role model and a friend. (O ha, model ka diri Mme!) Without you, I will never appreciate math like this. I love you all.
To my BS Math batchmates and family, thank you for all the answers we shared. Oooops! Bitaw, thank you for the good times. No one better understands our situation than us alone! My Psych friends, Veyra, Cielli and Muki, thank you for adopting me in your GE classes. Our friendship is truly beyond the bound of our courses!
To my NKE family, salamat kaayo for bringing me to the real world, for bringing me to the masses. My stay in UP would be so ordinary if not for you, guys. All the EDs, rallies, and BMIs will always remind me to give back to the ‘Bayan’ that made it possible for me to study here. Serve The People. Padayon!
To my cell-mate, Melanie, what we have will always be what others will never have (unless… :) ). Thank you for the laughter. That might be a crazy five days if we weren’t together. Thanks for the support! Graduate na jud ta, geng! I love you, mwah! :*
To Power of Seven, Mikai, Dancel, Cheene, Chyssa, Raul, Debbie and Titit, this paragraph is not enough to even simplify what we have. Our sleepless nights, house raids, eat outs and random meet-ups will always be cherished. Our bonding is abstract but beautiful. Gengs, I love you forever! :)
Lastly, thank you, Rafael. Yes you, Rafael. :) Thank you so much for being with me, even when far, since the start and now at the end of my college life. Thank you for the inspiration, the meaningful summer times, and even your simple virtual presence. My dear, you came in the most unexpected place and time. It only brought me unexpected happiness. Thank you for the support, and the love. Five years in BS Math and this is what I learned – that, my love for you is like the set of real numbers. It goes beyond what we already know as infinity. It ends nowhere. It’s complex in its simplicity, but most importantly, it’s real.
To all whom I may have failed to mention, thank you so much for being part of who I am now. Your existence, your smile, your insights, they all matter to me.
Now, if any one would like to ask me why math, I’d proudly answer with Galileo Galilei’s quote which I learned in my Complex Analysis class: “Why not? “Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.” Math is everywhere. Math is everything. Even love, is math.”
Remy Jade B. Manzon
2008 – 32750
BS in Mathematics
This song is classic. But more than that, this song talks a lot about me and my missionary.
‘Do you remember the 21st night of September?’
‘Now December found the love that we shared in September.’
Coincidence, is there really such a thing?