Solutions for Teachers from Globe Prism

Problem: Cebuano students are smarter than their teachers in terms of computing. How can teachers keep up?

Solutions That May or May Not Apply To You :

1. The Prism Project by Globe. It's a partnership project of Globe Telecom and University of Cebu to make teachers more skillful in digital technology. The idea is promising but at what cost?

1.a. It's brave of Globe to propose the Prism project and accept to pay for the cost of this idea, knowing that digital education may have hidden risk we can't predict yet and knowing that in the movie Get A Job starring Anna Kendrick, we learn that an employee who made use of new tech to optimize his work got laid off because he was now replaced by the tech. Too much technology made him lose his job!

1.b. It's good to know that Globe seems to be aware that whatever the damage of their tech, they will be there to face it, like how in Hammurabi Times when the architect is put to death when the building she builds collapses.

1.c. It's about time in Duterte's time that even people from Globe learn to have Skin In The Game.

2. The Ideas of Nassim Taleb.
Writer Nassim Taleb's ideas remind us that those who offer products should pay the price in case they fail us or they harm us; that we should be careful of digital technology because of hidden risks; that executives and salespeople (not from Globe, wink) who tell you their products are good for you sometimes only say so because they're selling you a product.

2.a. You never ask a barber if you need a haircut, remember?
Don't be a naive sucker. Be critical of people who tell you what's good for you. They just maybe want your business.

Click play to hear Taleb discuss Skin In The Game.

2.b. Taleb's ideas are important for Cebu because he reminds us that rich civilized countries have the lowest literacy rate, so academic education is not a necessity and sometimes harms you because schools can make us dumb for overfeeding useless noise disguised as knowledge.

2.c. Taleb reminds us that Cebuanos probably don't need expensive college degrees to stay rich because maybe Cebu's wealth is not a product of UP and USC, et al. UP and USC may just be a product of Cebu's wealth. Wealth that must've come from underpaid labor and feudal slaves a.k.a. employees, but that's just me.

So thank you Globe and UC.


Not A Movie Review of Beauty and The Beast at SM Seaside City

Dear Cebu: Undecided on whether Beauty and the Beast at SM Seaside City is worth your money? A taxi driver I know in Cebu City said that when you have to choose between two things, take neither. 

That said, I'm watching the movie again because it's that good/bad. This time in 3D. Now below is what is not a movie review. Here's its trailer:

A. The movie officially opens tomorrow, but Bisaya Short Films went to an advance screening yesterday to "help" you decide whether it's worth your money, and so here's a blog that I don't want you to read because this is not for you. It's an IQ thing.

  • B. I say "help" because one, you never ask a barber if you need a haircut two, a barber always says you need a haircut to get your money. I'm the barber here.

C. Skip this, but you know what? You're going to change your mind anyway, so why read what is not a movie review?

Telling you to watch Beauty and The Beast is like teaching birds how to fly and birds already know how to fly, so why teach them? 

D. Is it because we want to exploit birds aka peoplrle and make money off people's ignorance? I learned That Birds quote from Nassim Taleb. Google him.

  1. E.  Leave now! I don't want to pay for the price should Beauty and the Beast disappoint you, even if I'm watching it again after it opens tomorrow. Why? No reason, and to be alive is to detach from reason. 

G. Skip this, but people say Beauty and the Beast is overrated and dumb and should not be watched because it has a gay scene. That's a reason to watch it again. 

H. Better: forget all the words here and read all @nntaleb 's writings instead because he reminds us, like in this movie, that love without sacrifice is theft.

I. Skip this, but Limousine Driver Nassim Taleb is better than many of us bloggers in Cebu who generate more garbage in the streets and create more traffic and noise and confusion for Cebuanos because when we recommend, say, a restaurant, call center agents flock to that place, and then increases traffic in Escario area and more restaurants mean more garbage.

J. But we bloggers are also here to help you not waste your money. So we're here to help AND cause you harm. We're both, like everyone. Hurray!

Now back to what is not a movie review of Beauty and the Beast:

1. Beauty and the Beast at SM Seaside City made me gasp and shriek a wow in awe during the Be My Guest Musical number , maybe because it was like watching the majestic Coen's Brothers' movie Hail Caesar but with the most fantastic dance numbers and choice play of colors and the exciting song selection that withstood the test of time so well that it made me feel the power of the arts, the lustre of words, their beautiful  meaninglessness, that made me remember what life is not about and made me forget for a minute how the real enemy here is the silence of the universe/God that doesn't seem to care if we kill an ominous disenchanted brooding animal that threatens our values.

Dammit, it's Albert Camus' existentialism.

2. Beauty and the Beast is surrealism and Lynchian because it features tables, chairs and candelabra that talk. Surrealism means anything can mean anything. 

And so this means the movie has infinite meanings and only means what we want it to. A freedom of meanings! Challenge accepted! Let's play:

First, Beauty and the Beast can mean that it's a movie about Extrajudicial Killings, where a mob of irate people just want bloodshed just because it feels human to kill and evolution thrived because the weak die while our bodies become stronger when cells die.

Beauty and the Beast at SM Seaside City is also about people who tell you how to talk and write and tell you that they hate your writing because it's dis
ted and incoherent, knowing deep down
that hatred is disguised love.

Second, Beauty and the Beast can mean that it's about how we should deal with toxic people like Gaston and Lumiere and how the real enemy is ourselves. Ourselves who roll eyeballs at unsophisticated statements like the previous sentences because it sounds unstylish and clogged, and we're all about looking cool and detached because beauty is currency.

Third, Beauty and the Beast is a movie about how depression and non-acceptance can imprison you the way the Beast imprisoned itself/himself.

Fourth, Beauty and the Beast is about how our attachment to the past and impatience of the future makes us want to devalue our present.

Fifth, Beauty and the Beast is about the movie Paterson.

Sixth, Beauty and the Beast is about how I can only recommend people to watch this movie at SM Seaside City because you might have an inferior experience elsewhere. I had superior Large Screen Format experience at SM.

Seventh, Beauty and the Beast is a symbolism of how Cebu City generates dumb citizens who worsen the traffic situation because of universities like University of San Carlos and Cebu Institute Technology-University where I graduated from with honors that include the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Leadership Award and Deans List Recogntion, which are all phony and pretentious and soul-crushing awards that I think harmed me more than helped, but for which I am still grateful.

Eighth, these universities have no Skin In The Game in that when their students graduate and can't get a job because the knowledge fed to them by the schools don't match the demands of the market, the universities don't seem to pay the real price. In fact, they seem to get richer. In Hammurabi times, when the building an architect builds collapses, the architect is punished by death. Where is that now, San Carlos, UC, STC, and UP Cebu?

Thank You For Reading A Film Instead of Watching One. 


Solution For Cebuano Nurses Looking For Work in Australia

Dear Cebuano Nurses: did you know there was a Film Festival made by Philippine Nurses Association in dedication to the problems of nurses? 

Ask your PNA Leaders how you can watch those films, so you can support cinema as a tool to improve the working conditions of nurses, such as in educating the audience how nurses should be paid more and how executives in the hospitals who do nothing to improve the system but cause a lot of harm to others should be paid less.

Speaking of nurses looking for work in Australia, here's a solution:

l February 21, 2017

Take advantage of demand for nurses in Australia: Enhance Visa

Filipino nurses could take advantage of the huge demand for skilled nurses in Australia during the nursing career expo in Cebu on March 4, 2017.

The Australia Nursing Career Expo (ANCE) this March 4, 2017 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City is the second leg of the series of events organized for nurses aspiring to achieve global success through international education and employment abroad.

This event is open to nursing professionals and students, with or without experience.

Featured in this event is Vikram Sharma, CEO and Director of Lawson College and a certified Australian Registered Migration Agent, who will discuss about how Filipino nurses can achieve industry standard qualifications to land stable jobs in Australia.

Achieving employability

Filipino nurses in Cebu will get firsthand information on how they can start a successful career in nursing and become permanent residents in Australia.

Attendees will be introduced to the job ready programs offered by Lawson College aimed at training overseas nurses for employment in Australia.

As an Australian Registered Migration Agent, Sharma will also share about the latest trends in immigration.

Located in Melbourne, one of the most liveable cities in the world, Lawson College has been a partner with Enhance Visa in helping nurses in the Philippines achieve their goals of greener pastures.

“Our aim is the success of our clients. We want to help them achieve their professional goals for a global career through skills training.Our goal is to prepare them for future work in Australia or overseas,” says Sharma.

Why Australia is a good place for nurses? Australia is one of the best places to immigrate. In a recent Social Progress Ranking, Australia is top 5 in 12 countries that offer the highest quality of life in the world.

Three of its major cities are among the most livable places on Earth according to a 2016 Mercer survey. More importantly, Australia is one of the world’s high paying countries for healthcare professionals. Nurses in Australia earn as much as 40,000 - 80,000 AUD a year.

The Australian government has also recently announced the increase in demand for nurses, especially high skilled ones, in the next five years as their aging population continues to rise.

The above statistics indicate that Australia is a good place for Filipino nurses to explore career expansion opportunities. Through the ANCE, Enhance Visa aims to equip local nurses with the right knowledge on how to own this global opportunity.

Enhance Visa has been providing comprehensive immigration solutions to Canada, Australia and New Zealand for the past 22 years. The company seeks to help more Filipinos build their dreams of a more stable and permanent future for them and their families.

For more information on the event, contact Enhance Visa through 0917-799- 7700 or visit the Enhance Visa website at www.enhanceimmigration.com.

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