Friday, May 18, 2012

Researches on Sustainable Development: 20th Annual Conference of the Philippine Society for Educational Research and Evaluation (PSERE)


Sustainability, but how distant, how frail! 

Abe V Rotor



Opening of Exhibits: Dr Teresa R Perez cuts ceremonial ribbon with other PSERE officers (left to right) Dr Melchor M Magramo, Dr Clarafe A Gonzales, Dr Consuelo C Callang and Dr Emily B Tan 

A.  Poster Exhibit








B. Plenary Papers 

Sabada, Rex B - Mangrove Conservation through Academe-Public Partnership.  University of the Philippines Visayas (Plenary 1) 

Pardo de Tavera, Ma Mara - Sustainable Development on Organics.  Organic Producers Trade Association  (Plenary 2)

Rotor, Abercio V - Culture and Sustainability: Guiding our Children to the Good Life in a Changing Environment. University of Santo Tomas (Plenary 3)

 C. Research Papers 

Torres, Milano and Aira Sharida H Villapando (2012) - Green Practices of Accomodaion and Lodging Establishments in Batangas Province.  First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, Tanauan CXity, Batangas

Garrovillas, Eduardo P (2012)- Higher Education for Sustainable Development, Philippine Perspective. Jose Rizal University  

Perez, Teresa R  - Coastal-Based Resource Manmagement: The Centro Escolar University Experience CEU, Manila 

Magramo, Melchor M, Alimen RA, Howse V, Burtney R and MRG Esmaña - Growth Trends of Seagrass Species in a Four-Year Study in Igang Bay, Guimaras, Philippines. JB Lacson Foundation Maritime University Ecological Park, Guimaras

Esparas, Erica Joy, Fajardo AK, Calimbahin MC, De Leon MI, and Julieta Z Dungca (2012)  -  Isolation and Characterization of Multi-Drug Resistant and Lead-Tolerant Pink Pigmented Facultative Bacteria as Potential Indicator of Air Pollution. College of Medical Technology and School of Science and Technology, CEU 

Castroverde, Yolanda L - Development and Ecosystem Conditions of the Municipality of Del Gallego, Camarines Sur.  University of Nueva Caseres, Naga City 

Sarinas, Brian Gil S - Solid Waste Management Compliance, Practices and Destination and Impact among Merchant Vessels Docking in Port San Pedro and Dumangas Ports - A Step towards Eco-Friendly Shipping - JB Lacson Foundation Maritime University, Arevalo, Iloilo  

Torrigue, Ma. Lona T - Absorption Capacity and Biomass Concentration of Thraustochitrid in Bunker C Oil Using Different Cell Densities. JBLFMU, Arevalo, 
 Iloilo  

Baynosa, Ronald - Disaster Preparedness and Resiliency of the Top Twenty Corporations in Iloilo City. JBLFMU, Molo, Iloilo 

Pelasol, Rhona J - Iloilo River Eco-Park and Sustainable Development Inputs towards the Full Rehabilitation of the Iloilo River. St Therese-MTC Colleges , Molo  

Note: There are other papers presented in the conference, including the keynote speech of Dr Raul Bañas, provincial administrator, who represented Gov Arthur D Defensor, which are not available in my file as of the date of this post. Please accept my apology.  



Sustainability, but how distant, how frail! 
Abe V Rotor

Sustainability, but how distant, how frail!
in Maslow's hierarchy of needs, biological to social to self-actualization,
having satisfied our needs, indulge in luxury and affluence -
progression sans end, sans satisfaction, nations believing in others
not their own, bequeathing to the future false reference,
parameters of the good life in capitalism in the guise of  consumerism;
how deceived, how trapped we are, senseless, powerless. 
 
Sustainability, but how distant, how frail! 
In Malthus' theory, the outstripping of the earth's capacity to feed
an exploding population, warning of the Apocalypse's coming -
oh, how man defied with tools of technology, opening new frontiers,
with industrialization the goal and pride, all nations dreaming. 
and East meets West second time around, colonization to polarization, 
leading to two world wars and a Cold War, oh, how deceiving!

Sustainability, but how distant, how frail!
In Einstein's theory of relativity, he defied the power of the sun, 
dethroning John Newton, broke the integrity of the atom;
what a promise of unending energy, self contained, self generating
in nuclear reactors, yet found its way to make the Bomb,
and having tested it to end conflict and restore world peace, brought
to life a Frankenstein monster, and in fear, we became numb.   

Sustainability, how distant, how frail!
In Crick and Watson illustration, double helix in ladder, each rung
the gene's secret - the DNA - Hallelujah, we pray;
the code of heredity unlocked, that of life, too, creators we became,
irrational, amoral, but Dolly, the sheep has opened the way:
baptizing new life lines and forms GMO, meet another Frankenstein,
the genius, dedicated (for whom?), knowing not his prey.   

Sustainability, but how distant, how frail:
In the cyberspace of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Google, and Facebook,
the world is wired, tied to all its ends, satelite imaging
every minute thing and movement, seeing what we've never seen
except the soul - where is privacy, the sanctity of living?
and more than we need, heaps of infollution of images and words
and codes deluge the mind into believing and unbelieving. 

Sustainability , but how distant, how frail!
In postmodernism, in which we live in a state of free fall, sans control
over more than necessity, yet we are always in search
for more; laden are our consciousness, our psyche, our feeling
in transience - globalization's new order, new birth,
where diversity leads to homogenization, to Utopia of man's dream -
Myth of a heaven, when we shall have failed on earth. ~

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Iloilo Airport - a harmony of building structure and nature


Photos and Verse by Abe V Rotor

Interplay of light and shadow adds to pleasant ambiance; atrium of indigenous  plants makes an indoor greenery; ergonomic  lounging chairs designed for privacy and comfort. 
Floating ceiling allows sunlight and air to enter freely, with pivot mounting to allow independent movement from the main structure during earthquake.

Free hallway, no corridors, no cubicles; decors are just for accent.

Movable blinds control light and wind entering the building, combines western and oriental architecture.


Lattice above your head through the sky;
Glass panes to the tarmac's full view;
From end to end the hall flows through,
Relaxing you while waiting to fly.

Goodbye aircon, thick wall and heavy door,
Carpeted floor and dropped ceiling;
The sound of dungeon its echo resounding,
In musky air, all of these to endure.

For whoever brought nature into the hall,
Is genius, eighth sense his doctrine:
Cutting down cost and art's extreme.  
And the burden of a weary soul. 

Nature brings man back to the prime of life:
In simplicity and true beauty,
When air and sun and space are free;
Pleasance to life even in strife. ~
   



Monday, May 14, 2012

Rich Flora of Guimaras Ialand


Dr Abe V Rotor

Corazon de Maria (Caladium bicolor)


Fancy-leaved Caladium (Caladium humboltii)


 Euphorbia (Euphorbia splendens)


Red kalachuchi (Plumera rubra)


Pandakaking tsina (Ervatamia divaricata)


 Water plant (Philodendron hastatum)
 
 Fire tree (Delonix regia)




Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)



Doña Aurora (Mussaenda philippica var aurorarae)

 Lantana (Lantana camara)



Yellow  gummamela (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
Red gummamela (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)


Gummamela (Hibiscus schizopetalus)

 

 Variegated gummamela (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

Lobsterclaw (Heliconia acuminata)

 
Anahaw (Livistonia acuminata)

 Powderpuff lily (Haemanthus multiflorus)
 

Beach hymenocallis (Hymenocallis litoralis) / Spider lily (Crinum asiaticum)

  Garden asparagus (Asparagus officinales)

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)
Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)

Ripe fruits of pandakaki (Tabernamontana pandakaki)

Entanglement of lianas and other viny plants