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The UP SOLAIR Student Council would like to thank the entire UP SOLAIR Community and all those who attended, supported and participated in the HR/IR Conference – Global Recession and the Philippine Industrial Relations as well as to the 3rd UP SOLAIR Job Fair.

With reference to the presentations of the guest speakers, we apologize for the delay as our site is experiencing file downloading trouble. For those who would want copies of the presentations used by the guest speakers, please email McRhon Banderlipe at

Thank You!

Anto Cometa

Symposium Project Head

Mischa Millar-Ruiz

Job Fair Project Head

Mcrhon Banderlipe

Chairperson, UP SOLAIR Student Council

Reminder to all Graduating SOLAIRIANS

Date: 7 March 2009

Time: 8:00 – 5:00 pm

Place: UP SOLAIR Room 10

Official Photo Studio: Child’s Play Photography Inc.


  1. Open to all SOLAIR graduating students (Dip IR and MIR) of AY 2008-2009 will be given priority. Graduates from previous batches may also have their pictures taken in the afternoon.
  2. Choose from a wide range of photo packages posted in our bulletin board (beside the College Secretary’s Office).
  3. Please prepare FULL PAYMENT for the desired package and pay it directly to the studio staff on the day of the photo shoot.
  4. You may bring your paraphernalia or props for your personal creative shots (for those taking the highest package – Php 1850.00).
  5. Current faculty and staff are encouraged to have their photos taken for FREE. This is part of the privilege we negotiated with Child’s Play, the Official Photo Studio of the UP SOLAIR Graduating Batch of 2009.
  6. For those who are not available this day, you may directly proceed to their San Juan Branch Studio. Please find their address and contact numbers below:


2nd Floor, Ash Creek Center , Ortigas cor. Madison St . , (near Greenhills) San Juan , Metro Manila

Telephone: (02) 724-0557 / 724-3828 (Look for Michelle or Vanessa)

Thank you very much! Strike your best pose!


3rd Annual UP SOLAIR Job Fair


Participating Companies:

 3rd UP SOLAIR Job Fair Participating Companies 

Symposium on Global Recession and the Philippine Industrial Relations



ymposium Sponsors

The financial crisis that started initially in the United States has already taken its toll worldwide, particularly in countries which are connected or dependent on the US economy. The global financial meltdown has already affected the livelihoods of the majority.

In the Philippines, massive cutbacks in resources particularly in production as well as in employment are being made as a consequence, in order to address the effects brought about by the said crisis. There has been a slowdown in overseas deployment as well as a decrease in remittances from overseas workers.

To further understand the situation and in order to reconcile with what is currently known based on information being widely disseminated by the media and other sources, the UP SOLAIR Student Council invites you to attend the Symposium on “Global Recession and the Philippine Industrial Relations” on the 21st of February (Saturday), 8:00 AM -12:00 NN at the Bonifacio Hall (SOLAIR) Auditorium. The guest speakers and the topics to be covered during the said event are:   


  • Mr. Antonio Asper – Representative from the Federation of Free Workers (FFW)

      The state of workers’ organization in the context of the global financial crisis. 

  • Mr. Rene Cristobal – VP for Corporate Social Responsibility, Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP)

      Employment prospects and opportunities in the context of the current issue 

  • Atty. Johnson Canete – Deputy Executive Director, Department of Labor and Employment – National Conciliation and Mediation Board (DOLE-NCMB)

       Decline for the demand of labor and remittances and its impact in the country’s

       economic condition. 

  • Dr. Rene Ofreneo – University Professor, UP School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP SOLAIR)

       Theoretical framework of unemployment and its effects on the Philippine economy



Everyone’s invited. Attendance to this event is FREE!  


Sympopsium on the Global Recession and the Philippine Industrial Relations



IRog Ko!


Malapit na Valentine’s Day! May plano na ba kayo sa mga iniirog niyo? May gusto ko bang sabihan na professor or kaklase (yaikes…ang corny!) na at one point, you felt truly, madly and deeply attracted to him/her.


Well, this is your chance para malaman niya ang tinitibok ng puso mo. For just Php 5.00, you will have a Heart-shaped note card na puwede mong isulat ang iyong Valentine’s Day message sa iyong ini-IRog. Lumapit ka lang sa kahit sinong member ng UP SOLAIR SC para sa love note cards. At maaari mo itong ikabit sa ating LOVE-AH-LEE NOTE BOARD sa ating lobby. Who knows, this might be the start of a very blooming lovelife for you. See you all on the 14 and make those notes ready!




UP SOLAIR SC Symposium

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We cordially invite everyone to join the UP SOLAIR Contingent in the UP Lantern Parade 2008 to be held on Wednesday, 17 December.

Assembly Time: 3:00 pm

Venue: UP SOLAIR Lobby

Attire: GREEN shirt or polo shirt for MEN and YELLOW shirt or polo shirt for WOMEN

What To Expect: Colorful lanterns, festive/dancing/ party environment, spectacular closing ceremony fireworks display, post-parade Videoke and socials at the UP SOLAIR Lobby in the evening.

Bring your classmates family, friends and colleagues to this very exciting event as we formally close the UP CENTENNIAL Festivities! Don’t miss this grandest event of our lifetime!

See you all!


AVP – UP SOLAIR: 2008, The Year That Was. To download a copy of this video click this link –UP SOLAIR: 2008, The Year That Was and click “Download video – iPod/PSP” found at the right side of the web page.



Date   : 13 December 2008

Time  : 10:00 am onwards

Venue : UP SOLAIR Lobby


What to expect: Videoke singing, fun games, raffles, potluck salo-salo, gift giving, and lots of fun and happy memories!




  1. Regarding the potluck lunch, we encourage every class to contribute and as long as it still stays within your personal budget.
  2. We are still accepting goodies, extra prizes for the raffles and games.
  3. It will still be the discretion of your professor whether s/he continues to hold classes that day. Please contact them from time to time.
  4. Current students, alumni and friends are cordially invited to attend.



We hope that this will truly be fun-filled and memorable as we continuously build a supportive and sharing family in UP SOLAIR. See you all!






Disclaimer: The questions were formulated by one of the members of the Student Council and have nothing to do with the questions that might be asked during the UP SOLAIR Lakan and Lakambini 2008 pageant night. This entry should not be taken too seriously. Happy reading. 🙂


Some students were asked about their opinions on some hypothetical questions which more likely are or may not be related to the upcoming UP SOLAIR Lakan and Lakambini 2008, a fund-raising activity of the UP SOLAIR Student Council. These were what they have said:


Toink! 12.13.08Question: Kung ikaw ay sasali at ikaw ay tatanghalin na kauna-unahang Lakan/Lakambini ng UP SOLAIR, ano ang una mong proyekto para sa kolehiyo at sa sektor ng manggagawa sa Pilipinas?

S1 (Student 1): For the college, anti-virus sa mga computers natin! ‘Yong USB (flash drive) ko, nahahawaan na kaya kapag ginagamit ko na sa opisina eh navi-virus-an na yung mga files ko. Pati ibang PCs, nadadamay na rin. For the labor sector, of course, promotion of Industrial Peace. Mala beauty queen ba ang sagot? Pero seryoso ako ha, add ko na rin yung campaign ng decent work agenda at the firm level.

Question: Papaano mo ire-relate ang Lakan at Lakambini 2008 sa problema na kinakaharap ngayon ng ating mga manggagawa?

S2: Hindi ko s’ya ma-connect. Pang-g*go ba ang tanong na ‘to? Pero kung gagawin s’ya para sa katuwaan, ipa-sponsor n’yo sa mga companies para mas okey.

Follow-up question for S2: Kapag nag-solicit ba kami ng sponsorship sa inyo, papayag ka?

S2: Oo ba. (I wonder kung napilitan at napasubo na lang siya sa sagot niya.)

Question: Ano sa tingin mo ang dapat na stand ng kalahok sa usapin ng relasyong pang-industriya, pluralism o corporatism? Bakit? Kung wala sa dalawa, ano at bakit?

S3: Pluralismo, kasi kailangan ng pressure groups para i-advance ang mga interes at advocacies ng nakararami which is, ang mga manggagawa. Kailangan din ng balance ng power both sa management at labor side. (Hmmm.. talaga lang ha. Mukhang ready na siya sa Compre!)

Question: Ano sa tingin mo ang saysay ng UP SOLAIR Lakan at Lakambini 2008 sa predicted increase sa world unemployment dahil sa global financial crisis?

S4: Meron ba? If there is, I guess eh nakakapagsaya pa din tayo despite the fact na may problemang kinakaharap which is very much alarming. Don’t you agree? (Ibalik ba ang tanong??)

Question: Susuportahan mo ba ang fund-raising activity na ito ng UP SOLAIR Student Council?

S5: Oo naman, bakit hindi. Alam ko naman na this is a fund-raising activity for a more creditable project ng council just like what you did last sem (pertaining to the Current Trends and Developments in Dispute Prevention, Settlement and Resolution in the Philippines). Pero hindi ako enrolled this sem, nag-file ako ng LOA.

Follow-up question for S5: Bakit hindi ka nag-enroll ngayong semestre?

S5: Madami kasing gagawin sa office until the year ends. Medyo mahihirapan akong pagsabayin ‘yong work and grad school. Comp and Ben (Compensation and Benefits) kasi ako, next sem na uli ako magi-enroll. (Meaning, hindi pa rin niya masusuportahan ang activity na ito kasi wala naman siya.)

Question: Sa iyong opinyon, nararapat ba na magtanghal ng mga ganitong programa o activity ang Council sa SOLAIR?

S6: Ha?! Ang hirap naman ng tanong. Ayokong ma-quote! Hahaha… Okey lang siguro kasi katuwaan lang naman. Kaso mahirap siyang i-connect sa usapin ng Industrial Relations unless maipangako ng mananalo na siya ang magiging muse ng mga labor groups tuwing may rally sila. Para at least, may katuturan at social relevance ng konti. Ahihihi!

Helping HandBammer on Dependability: “Plantsado na, everything has been taken cared of. No need to worry, naayos ko na lahat!”

Binanggit ni Bammer sa General Assembly ng Student Council a week before ng symposium na “Current Trends and Developments in Dispute Prevention, Settlement and Resolution in the Philippines”. Pumunta sina Anto, Mischa at Mcrhon ng gabi before the event to check the venue at kung ang lahat ng facilities na gagamitin ay naka-ayos na. Ang siste, wala pang naka-set-up. Tinawagan ni Anto kung sino kinausap n’ya, sagot ni Bammer – “Kinausap ko si Ate Zeny, pinagbilin ko na lahat ng kailagan natin“. Si Ate Zeny, mga kaibigan, ay in-charge po sa reservation ng LCD projector.


HeartLanie on Love: “Ayoko na, di ako martir ‘no! I’ve learned my lessons na, paulit-ulit na lang”.

Nabanggit last month ni Lanie nang siya ay tanungin kung makikipagbalikan na naman uli siya sa ex-bf n’ya na player na itatago natin sa pangalang Mr. Clean. Kamakailan nabalitaan na mayroon na naman siyang ka-date, kinikinilig at sobrang masaya habang kinukwento. Nang siya ay tanungin kung sino, ang kanyang sagot – “si Mr. Clean”. Recently, bad trip at aligaga si Lanie. Ang dahilan— nag-away sila ni Mr. Clean dahil natuklasan n’yang may ibang babae na naman ito. Nang tanungin namin si Lanie kung ano na ang gagawin n’ya, ang kanyang sagot – “hindi na talaga!”. Fortunately, so far, mukhang nagtagumpay na ang siya! Ang shoutout niya ngayon: “Single and loving it!”


Pile of BooksGracey on History: “Sir, the relevance of history in the study of IR is basically… Sir, actually I don’t know the history of IR. Bakit nga ba po siya important?”

Ito ang sagot ni Gracey nang tinawag siya at tanungin ng kanyang professor sa second meeting ng kanyang first semester sa SOLAIR. Nagkaroon ng recitation sa pinagawang position paper sa tanong na “Is the Economy Growing or Groaning?” na ipapasa sa meeting na iyon. Ang sagot ng kanyang professor sa ibinalik n’yang tanong ay – “Ewan ko.” Pagkatapos ng class ay depressed si Gracey at gusto nang mag-drop at sinabing -“Kasi naman bakit pa natapat sa king yung irrelevant question na yon, pinaghandaan ko na nga yong pwedeng isagot na nasa paper ko. Tinanong n’ya si Jef kung anong relevance ng history sa pag-aaral ng Industrial Relations. Ang sagot ni Jef- “’Huwag ka nang ma-depress, ok lang ‘yan, basically irrelevant ka naman sa class eh. Oi joke lang, pinapatawa lang kita.”

Mga munting kasabihan galing sa nga miyembro ng Student Council at SOLAIR VolCorps na kapupulutang ng ginintuang aral. 🙂


MosquitoJef: “Mas mabuti ng mainit kaysa sa malamok.”

Remark ni Jef habang kumakain sa Grill Queen Maginhawa after ng class. Ang usapan ay dengue at malaria outbreak. Anong kinalaman ng mainit? In-elaborate ni Jef – “kasabihan yan sa probinsya kapag brownout”.


StripperMischa: ” When in doubt… go all out!”

Masaya ng sinabi ni Mischa ang mga katagang ito sabay dila. Hindi siya lasing. Hindi na kailangang i-expound.




Red WineAnto: “Hindi ako pariwara, professional naman ako. Yung mga pariwara ay yung mga taong inom na lang ng inom gabi-gabi.”

Sinabi ito ni Anto habang umiinom ng red wine sa Tree House Matalino. Bumanat ang isang council member “eh diba halos araw-araw kang umiinom? Sagot ni Anto “halos araw-araw lang at hindi araw-araw, this is social drinking”.

12.13.08, Abangan

Good day fellow SOLAIRIANS!

The UP SOLAIR Student Council would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all the students who have supported us to finally ratify the UP SOLAIR SC CONSTITUTION yesterday.

This victory is dedicated to all of you, the STUDENTS of this beloved College!

We would also like to thank the members of the UP SOLAIR Electoral Board (USEB) and UP SOLAIR Volunteer Corps (UP SVC) 2008-2009 for their time and effort in making this momentous plebiscite a huge sucess!

We look forward that this document binds our ideals, goals and principled rights that we truly deserve as students of this University and as citizens of this country.

Let us continue building a “learning” and “sharing” community in UP SOLAIR and allow the Student Council to reach out to you through our projects that do not only raise our political and social consciousness, but likewise promote friendship, camaraderie and community-building.

As we start another semester, we request a CLASS REPRESENTATIVE from your respective classes that would serve as our communication and information dissemination arm for the projects this semester. We will visit your classes from time to time to discuss to you their “convenient” roles. We promise that.

For the meantime, please find below our tentative list of November and December 2008 projects:


– Release of IR-aman Tayo! (Case Readings for Labor Law Classes, 2nd semester) available at the this site (kindly go the the “IRaman” page).

UP IRAA Alumni Homecoming Night

Graduation Picture Coordination (for Graduating Dip IR and MIR students)

UP SOLAIR VolCorps Orientation


SOLAIR CHRISTMAS PARTY (December 13) – Videoke singing contest, parlor games, gift-giving and our inaugural LAKAN at LAKAMBINI ng SOLAIR Pageant 2008.


In our goal to provide alternative venues for student participation, we are seeking your support and participation. We also appreciate sponsors especially for our December activities.

For your inquiries, please feel free to coordinate with the Student Council officers.

Maraming salamat po at Mabuhay kayo!



Congratulations to everyone at maraming, maraming salamat sa lahat ng mga sumuporta at nagtiwala sa ating Saligang-Batas! Tayo ay nakakuha ng 97.73% approval rate mula sa student community ng ating kolehiyo noong nakaraang Sabado, Nov. 15, 2008 sa ginanap na plebesito.

Pag-iibayuhin pa natin ang ating mga takdang gawain bago matapos ang taong ito. Kasama niyo ang UP SOLAIR SC sa pagtataguyod ng mga “venues” para mapagbuklod ang lahat ng mag-aaral ng ating kolehiyo.

Maraming salamat uli!

Jefran Baraquio
Vice Chairperson
Head, Students’ Rights and Welfare

McRhon Banderlipe I

Good day fellow SOLAIRIANS!

In behalf of the UP SOLAIR STUDENT COUNCIL 2008-2009, we would like to cordially invite you to participate in our activities on November 15, 2008 (Saturday):

1. “AffaIR Tayo!”: The SOLAIR Grand Salubong and Welcome Assembly (12 noon-1pm at the UP SOLAIR Posh Grounds)

– A semestral tradition to welcome the newest member of the growing UP SOLAIR family. There will be FREE salo-salo lunch and entertainment. Those who would like to sponsor food items are also appreciated.


– All students this semester are highly encouraged to cast your vote and make history for the College. Through this plebiscite, your voices and opinions matter as we aim to ratify our SOLAIR SC Constitution geared to uphold our rights, privileges and responsibilities as students of the College and the University.

Please bring your validated I.D. or Form 5 to vote. Students under “Residency” are also eligible to vote.

(We laud the efforts of the UP SOLAIR Electoral Board for helping us conduct this plebiscite)

3. BOOK LAUNCH: 60 Years of ILO in the Philippines (3pm at the UP Students-Alumni Social Hall)

– The book, “Changes and Challenges: 60 Years of Struggle Towards Decent Work,” is authored by our beloved members of the UP SOLAIR Community namely, Dean Jorge V. Sibal, Prof. Nick Barriatos, Dr. Isagani AF. Yuzon, Dr. Theresita V. Atienza and Ms. Jasmin Sorita-Sibal. RSVP with Ms. Fina Lumpas at 920-7717.

As we look forward to your participation and presence in these activities, we sincerely thank you for all the help, support and encouragement you continuously give to the Student Council.

In service,



Welcome Freshmen!

The UP SOLAIR STUDENT COUNCIL would like to invite you to celebrate with us on the 15th of November for the “Freshmen Grand Salubong” at 12pm (Lobby).

Also, to strengthen the UP SOLAIR SC mandate and to fully serve you better, there will be a plebiscite on the proposed UP SOLAIR SC Constitution on this day. Feel free to approach us for other inquiries/suggestions.

Welcome to UP SOLAIR!!

At your service,


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