[09/03/15] EDIT: Oh my God, my last edit was three years ago. I’ve been in the MBA Program of the Virata School of Business (College of Business Administration) for a year now, so I’m about to add eight professors/subjects to this list.
[06/14/12] EDIT: Due to the hits I get during enlistment season, I’m getting my best friend to make a short, comprehensive guide about subjects and profs she’s taken. This will add a few GEs/Profs to my current list, PLUS, since she’s a BS Psych graduate (and a cum laude!), this will add Bio, Chem, and Psych subjects to the guide I have. I hope she finishes it soon (though it’s too late considering classes have already started). I’ll link her once she’s posted it! :) I’m also adding a quick overview on the courses to make it more comprehensive and not prof-centered.
[10/22/12] EDIT: This post is back up, and I have added my friend’s draft of a guide on profs she took. This is still subject to editing.
You hear it lots of times during enlistment! And it’s frustrating if nobody knows about the prof you’re about to enlist in. So I thought it would be nice to give insights on the profs I have taken. I planned to do this as soon as I graduate, but yeah. I’m bored. So here goes! Let’s do it in the same order I took them, ‘kay?
L. Velasco (BA 219)
Third time’s the charm! Sir Lawrence is the prof that I’ve had the most classes under. Nothing much has changed. I actually chose a block based on which block he was teaching, which wasn’t a bad a idea. Exams are open notes, and you really should be taking down notes in this class because he gives exams based on what he discusses in class. There will be cases in this class, so make sure an accountant is in your group. Gives assignments, does not check attendance.
J. Diokno-Sicat (BA 201)
I would like to believe she’s a very good economics teacher (rather than I had a good grasp of economics). Exams are open notes, open books. Multiple choice and essay. Make sure to listen during lectures and take down notes. You need to know the intuitions behind economic models, and these are all discussed during class! Does not check attendance. Requirements: Only the two exams (no comprehensive exam).
R. Sarreal (BA 211)
M. Manuel (BA 240)
D. Borja (BA 220)
H. Valderrama (BA 221)
B. Sandoval (BA 230)
A. Cayanan (BA 280.1)
K. Obispado (Kas 1)
One of those younger profs who are really good, except that she gives (a substantial amount of) readings, which I am not good with! Gives essay exams, if I remember correctly. She also did the blank-map exam. We went to Bahanaw on a field trip! She’s a really fun prof, and cool too! She gave us a bonus during our finals if we wore white (she told us to wear white and get a bonus). Plus, she knows a lot about the subject, which made her a great teacher. Definitely made Philippine History interesting.
I shall affirm that Ms. Obispado is a great teacher! Her class is so enriching!
A. Aguirre (Pan Pil 17)
Ahh. But PP17 is interesting, whoever teaches it! (I think. That’s what people say) Another one of those younger profs who are both good and cool. Just a bit weird. But weird, in a fun way! Many readings, but what do you expect from Pan Pil? Don’t ever be afraid of the day he returns your bluebooks, it’s fun! I look forward to his drawings and comments all over my answers (and erasures, sure is funny). Definitely a must-take ’cause he’s fun. Do not worry about the readings, because they’re fun to read, and when he discusses them, it’s fun too. As I’ve said, PP17 is a very interesting subject since it deals with “Pop Culture”, YOUR culture. There’s nothing more to be said, but expect lots of readings (and papers)!
R. Tabbada (Bio 1)
But I don’t know the spelling of his surname! Beware of this prof. But he’s always concealed, I think. So beware of 2:30 to 4:00 Bio 1’s. Because, they say, it’s ALMOST ALWAYS him. He’s boring, but I think he’s really nice. Some of my classmates sleep or play. But I was a very lonely girl, so I could do nothing but listen. But my mind flies away of course. No worries! You can have his lectures photocopied! Holy baloney, you’ll have enough scratch paper to last you a year! Take him, if you’re really good in Bio, because the student who gets the highest in his exams gets an uno. And he doesn’t go to class if it’s the day of a holiday, period (during my time “Holiday Economics” was always in effect). Bio 1 is like your high school biology class. Kingdoms, classes, phyla, habitats… Something okay to take when you’re fresh from high school or probably if you’re taking it with another biology class.
E. De Dios (Econ 11)
To tell you the truth… I don’t really know, since he was our lecture prof, and it was such a big class that all he did was do Powerpoint presentations, which was boring, though he did try to make them fun and lively by cracking jokes. Multiply choice exams are easy to answer though. This is the most basic of Econ subjects though, meaning: HIGH SCHOOL ECONOMICS. Expect supply and demand curves, Y=C+I+G+X, fixed costs, variable costs, graphs, graphs, and more graphs!
J. Montes (Math 17)
I don’t even think he’s teaching anymore. Well, for me he was totally fine. I mean, math’s is my most favorite subject in the world that I don’t even have to listen to the rest of the lecture. Sorry, but, TRUE STORY. To be more helpful… Math 17 starts of with basic algebra (including sets of numbers… i.e. R is the set of real numbers… x is in R, etc.).
R. Kimpo (PE 2, Social Dance)
Great prof! Really knows how to do her thang! I didn’t get an uno, perhaps because I made some mistakes. Her exams are just dances, so it’s pretty fun! Plus, you get to have a different partner every time, so you get to know new people for every dance. Rar! But be sure to dance in heels! We got to learn: swing, samba, reggae, boogie, and some more fun dances!
A. Mandigma (Math 100)
This is basically CALCULUS, 4th year HS Math. And you know what? Our prof turned 4 units into 2 units. That’s how cool he is (for me, at least. I told you, I don’t really need an hour of math lessons each day). But he really knows his math! Only good for those who are math geeks. Oh, and be ready to do boardworks.
G. Atienza (Pan Pil 19)
I guess Pan Pil 19 is just not for me. I’m not good with reading a lot of stuff. And the things she discussed in class just made me feel awkward. Be ready for reports and papers! And be sure to understand every little thing discussed, because I think that’ll pop up in the exams. So be diligent in taking notes, and try to be on her good side. She can be a little masungit but just be a good student who listens, and everything will be alright. Very strict with deadlines, do not challenge her. Pan Pils are reading subjects, so be ready with your coins and small bills. PP19 is actually very interesting because it delves on “sexuality”: issues of sexuality in different kinds of literature. You get poems, songs, movies, etc. It’s really your normal Filipino class where you get to read or watch stuff and talk and analyze it in class.
G. Atienza (Kom 2)
I must have been crazy, taking the same prof twice in one semester. I see her everyday. But since it was a very, very small class (around 8 students), it was better than Pan Pil 19. Same as PP19, she made us read a lot of things. She also made us write, which is the point of Kom. What I kind of disliked, is, she likes things her way. Even if you’re the one who’s supposed to be creating the paper, she’ll tell you that this should be the main idea, blah blah. Which is okay, I guess, if you like having things pointed out to you. But it was kind of frustrating. I liked this class better than PP19. But it was boring. Because it was at 7AM. Still, I learned new things. Worth taking, this class, since it teaches you basic writing skills, be it recreational writing or formal (research paper) writing. Only, it’s done in Filipino.
I. Lacson (Geog 1)
The ever unoable Geogs. That’s what they say. Well, Ma’am Yo is both fun and interesting! Her exams (or quizzes? I don’t recall) were pretty easy, especially because I studied (and studied, to me, is not the same as studied hard). Geog field trips are really something to look forward to! Although I didn’t go. I was quite a loser, wasn’t I? Nevertheless, I went ferry-riding with some other classmates who didn’t go. Oh, and I still got an uno. I told you, Geog 1 is so unoable. I think any Geog 1 prof would be worth taking! This is the most basic Geography class, so it’s kind of easy… but I don’t actually remember what was taught…haha.
J. Magpantay (Nat Sci 1, Physics)
He’s okay. Pretty scary. He gets mad at sleeping students. But sometimes he cracks jokes. He even called one famous scientist gay I think. Or was it crazy? Anyway, as long as you have the notes photocopied, you’ll be fine. You really don’t have to listen. Just make sure he doesn’t catch you actually NOT listening. Oh, and be sure to sit where you are supposed to sit. Because there’s this seating arrangement. Crazy, because it’s such a big class, and who’d care about it? Apparently, he would. Multiple choice exams, as usual. This is your HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICS. Basically, history of physics (meaning, you get to tackle those famous physicists), and you know. Famous equations I guess.
C. Hernandez (Nat Sci 1, Chem)
Ahh. What a relief it was, to finish the Physics part of that subject. She’s a nice, pretty prof. But nothing really exceptional about her teaching skills, because ours is a very big class. Nevertheless, I do remember Chem being a bit easier. Oh, and she allowed my friend to not attend Nat Sci 1, because she was already taking a higher Chem under the prof. Cool beans. Multiple choice, as usual. Oh, and she stuck to the seating arrangement because Sir Magpantay said so. Boo! This is your HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY. Does electron configuration (1s2 2s2, etc, if that is even correct) ring a bell?
L. Valcarcel (BA 99.1)
Was I the only one who thought she was actually good? I liked how she made us do all these homeworks. Or maybe I liked how my mom was actually an accountant before? Answering the homeworks is crucial to your learning. It doesn’t help to forget answering them. Because they’re a part of your grade. And it’s your attendance too! If you’re a boy and you don’t like being told to erase the board, do not sit in front. Oh, and she is really nice! She’s just a prof, that’s why she’s kind of scary sometimes (although I don’t even think she was scary in 99.1). Study hard! Accounting is the shiz. B shiz. This is Basic Accounting (with 99.2, but that was hell!!!): meet the financial statement family, Balance Sheet and Income Statement (I think the Statement of Cash Flows comes in 99.2). You get familiarized with T-tables, ledgers, journals. I don’t even know what makes them different.
F. Medalla (Econ 101)
God, I was so scared before we met him. Because we were told that F. Carlos was our prof, and she WAS a terror BEFORE! I never really 100% listened. But I know he’s a good prof. He knows a lot. Except, he finishes those 2 friggin’ hours and it makes me crazy. He doesn’t check attendance, so it’s good for those who want to cut, cut, cut! Be sure to read the books though. A big help for those who do not listen. Oh, and if he gives an option to take the final exam, take it. It’s just a bunch of questions from both the first and the second exams. And did I tell you that exams were the only requirement? Oh, and the occasional quizzes. His exams are more of the graphing plus essay type. I suggest you listen and be diligent in taking notes. This is MACROECONOMICS so it deals with National Output (Y) and the factors that move it (interest rate, expenditure). You’ll meet the IS-LM curve which I still don’t get how to derive.
R. Clarete (Econ 102)
Micro was much more interesting that Macro. But sir wasn’t exactly more attention-grabbing. He gave more stuff to do. Like quizzes and homeworks. He sent his slides through the e-group. He’d occasionally be away, he’s busy like that. It helps to recite a lot, as in ask questions and even answer some. Make sure he knows you, too. I’m not sure if that helps, but it doesn’t hurt to befriend your prof (and he’s a nice prof)! His exams are more objective, so as long as you study and memorize, you’re fine. Usually, there’s one essay question, which is really just asking for your opinion on lessons, but be sure to back it up. Take notes, read the books, study the slides. MICROECONOMICS focuses on the supply and demand curves! You’ll meet a lot of other curves that stem from those two.
C. Ringor (Envi Sci 1)
Great prof! I like her. She’s nice, but don’t abuse that. She just does slides and sends them to the class. Her exams are usually multiple choice. At some point, groups will have to report. She’s really sweet. Oh, and if she’s going to show you a film and you’ve already seen it, or you could see it at home, then tell her, you could just skip that class. Key to a good grade: listen, take notes, and recite. Very interesting subject about the environment (duh). Interesting topics that were tattooed on my mind: Easter Island (I don’t get why she discussed this, hahaha), Demographics around the world (infant mortality, genders), and that documentary of Al Gore.
R. Rodolfo (Nat Sci 2, Geol)
This prof is so cool. Usually, at the start of a class, he’ll show a video he saw on Youtube. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s amazing. So cool. His lessons are also fun! He gives occasional quizzes, and if I remember correctly, he asks weird questions. Which are cool, and are like, bonus questions. If I had an MST left (I am blessed, I finished MST as early as this), I’d take a Geol 1 under him (if he had one). Geology tackles rocks (you know, those sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic classifications discussed in grade school), volcanoes (apparently there are different types of volcanoes, haha, and my favorite one would be the one that explodes like a nuclear bomb), and everything about the Earth!
A. Argayosa (Nat Sci 2, Bio)
Just grab a copy of his module, and you’ll be fine. No, you won’t. He tries to be funny sometimes, and I appreciate that. Nevertheless, he has some stories to tell too… I met him in IB when I came to look if I was exempted from the finals, and he seemed pretty nice, he even congratulated me for being exempted. Heh. Well, as always, in large classes, just LISTEN, LISTEN and TAKE NOTES (not necessary because you have a module)! And STUDY! Hmm. Since this is basic Biology, it is pretty much like Bio 1, which is pretty much like high school biology. First topic that pops in my head when I hear Biology in Nat Sci 1: MITOSIS.
R. Jonas (BA 180.1)
One of the coolest profs in BA ever. He’s so fun! And weird! And nice! He gives bonuses, gives super easy bonus questions, et cetera, et cetera. There’s really nothing more to say but TAKE THIS PROF! BA 180.1 is about MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM or MIS, which, if you ask me, is kind of like Information Technology to a non-IT major. We learned formulas in Excel, how to use Access, different systems most companies use (Enterprise Resource Planning). Mostly conceptual. First topic that pops in my head when I hear BA 180.1: DIGITAL DIVIDE.
D. Desierto (Econ 106)
Please do not have your relatives in the US buy Carter. Just get mine photocopied. Because it’s a very big help in most parts. Do take notes every class, and answer the problem sets WITH YOUR GROUP MATES. Do not freeride, I repeat, do not freeride. The exams are usually just a revision of the problem sets, so STUDY the problem sets!!! You’ll make it then. from what I remember, this focuses more on equations and concepts. More theoretical, as opposed to Econ 131 (later on…) which is more mathematical (in a sense that you will actually use Math/Stat). ALTHOUGH there is some “maximization” (i.e. “solve the profit-maximizing problem”) and “optimization”. Equations are mostly composed of LETTERS though, as opposed again to Econ 131 which is full of… numbers. I guess simply put, 106 discusses “concepts” behind 131 (but I never really found 106 useful, oops). Just to give you an idea of what 106 will be, Google Kuhn-Tucker conditions.
I also took Ma’am Desi’s 106 class and she changed her ways, we are into reporting now and the exams were terrible. I passed her class but not to the point that is satisfactory.
F. Medalla (Econ 151)
This subject is pretty much worth taking. The lessons are interesting. Sir Medalla is still him (please scroll up): he doesn’t check attendance, and he just discusses lessons in class. Do listen though. Because he gives surprise quizzes. Exams are pretty much the essay-type so listen well and study hard, do what I did not! This subject is PUBLIC ECONOMICS which I think is pretty interesting. It kind of gives you an idea of how public policies work. First topic that pops in my head when I hear Econ 151: INCOME REDISTRIBUTION.
L. Valcarcel (BA 99.2)
Boy, don’t I love repeating profs. BA 99.2 is much harder than 99.1 (please scroll up), but my advice is still the same! Answer the homeworks (although, I noticed, there were less homeworks). Please do ask the prof if you do not understand something, because it is much harder to understand future lessons if you don’t understand one little thing. Listen, practice, and ask Ma’am after class if you do not understand something.
D. Yap (Stat 101)
Thanks to my friend, I got this prof! He’s actually my friend’s brother! Well, since stat is like math (rhymes!), it was pretty much as easy. This prof is entertaining. Be sure to recite too, though. He gives really weird examples. But some of his exam questions are really tricky. Oh, and he gives the weirdest bonus questions. Like, what are the lyrics of a very (jologs?) OPM song (by the Jeremiahs? Or something). But sometimes, it’s about the NBA, so, lucky you if you follow that. Oh… I think he’s transferred now, so I think my friend would be teaching or something, that’s what I’ve heard. And my friend is cool, ya know, but as a prof… EVIL LAUGH I kid. Do take Regina Yap under Stat 101, I believe she’s as fun as her brother (our friends can attest to that, since they sat-in her class!). BUT I WARN YOU: Be reasonable. Please study. She can be nice, but she’s reasonable too and she will not give you a grade you don’t deserve.
J. Berja (Geog 105)
A really nice prof. And a really small class. Which led to… over-abusive behavior. Which I don’t want to elaborate on. If you don’t like readings, he is not for you. He gives quizzes every after lecture. His exams are made up of multiple choice and essay, so study hard. And read the readings. And listen to the discussion. Please do not abuse his kindness. I’ve heard he’s changed already and has become more strict. But it does help to befriend him. He’s really nice. Geography 105 is HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, and honestly… I don’t really get why this is a geography class! It’s kind of like a mix of economics, psychology/sociology, and geography! Fun class, lots of readings, you will definitely learn a lot. First topic that pops in my head when I hear Geog 105: MAN THE OPTIMIZER.
A. Juliano (PE 2 Lawn Tennis)
One of the laziest profs I have ever met. But he’s funny! Oh, don’t take this if you don’t want to get a tan. Really. And if you prefer not having classes, take this during the rainy season. The littlest amount of rain will give you a free cut. But tennis is fun. If you like bouncing balls back and forth with a partner. Lawn Tennis is LAWN TENNIS. ‘Nuff said!
V. Caguisano (Philo 11)
Another one of the laziest profs I have ever met. But he’s good. Please correct him if you notice something wrong, even if you’re not sure you’re right. From what I’ve heard, he’s usually absent. Well, I took him during summer and he wasn’t usually absent, because summer’s only, like, four weeks. But he’s absent, alright. His exams are pretty easy if you study (not so “hard”). If you get a perfect score in all of your exams (or not even all), you get exempted from the finals, and get an uno. How cool is that? Oh, and don’t listen to him if he says you’re required to go to this and that. I don’t think it really has that much of an effect on your grade. (In short, he required us to go to a series of seminar about Buddhism, I think, and then he made us write a paper on it…and I didn’t go but I was able to grab a copy of the readings distributed there, so.) Philo 11 is LOGIC and it was really really worth taking! It deals with equations, in a sense that each letter stands for an idea! It’s really cool, I think it’s worth taking. I was able to apply this during my Law Aptitude Exam… hehehehe isn’t that funny?
A. Rosel (Soc Sci 1)
One of the most amusing profs ever. Her stories are worth listening to. Oh, and she is one of the most lovable profs I have ever met. Buuut, readings galore! Just be sure to read and LISTEN WELL, take notes. Her exams are objective, and sometimes it’s fill-in-the-blanks so you should really study. This is a compilation of Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, etc.
L. Velasco (BA 101)
His midterm exam was weird, it was all conceptual. EVEN THE ESSAY! We were told there was a case analysis type of thing, but it was more like, what concept is used blah blah, it was too frustrating. He could be fun sometimes. DO NOT BE NOISY IN CLASS. A noisy class will make him go berserk, and make him launch a deadly attack: SURPRISE QUIZ! But he’s actually nice in person. Marketing is fun. (But this isn’t marketing, Weirdo) This class might as well be called the “Introduction to Business Management” (I don’t remember the course title, so, hey!). You learn…the basics of management. Functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, controlling. Organizational structure (which one, vertical or horizontal, will be best for a certain company). Entrepreneurship, strategy formulation, et cetera. There will be cases (welcome to the world of case studies, if it’s your first time to encounter them) and most of the problems in these cases is: “In this situation, what would you do as a manager?” I.e. A new investor joins a paternalistic partnership, which subsidiary company would you cut off expenditure to help another growing subsidiary, etc.
G. Abesamis (BA 141)
I don’t know about her teaching style, I wasn’t really a fan. (Maybe I was too biased and stupid back then… sigh. If you have read this before, I already deleted my negative feedback because, hey, I’m mature now haha) But, I would like to believe she’s an average professor, and that she is not as bad as I said she was. She’s pretty smart! She was included in the top 10 or something in their CPA board exam (FYI lang). I think she’s really nice (she greets back when you meet her along the hallways), save for the occasional mood swings (us girls…sigh). The midterm exam was multiple choice, I don’t really recall but I’m 75% sure it was partly computation of ratios etc. Our final exam was by GROUP and it was forecasting (it could be hell if you don’t get the gist of forecasting). BE SURE to follow instructions during exams and quizzes so as not to annoy her and make her give you deductions… Oh, and, as with most BA subjects… CASES! Lots and lots of cases. This is Corporate Finance! And it’s very mathematical. You will encounter financial ratios (percentage of everything to assets, or sales). You will compare trends/changes in these ratios through the years. You will also do forecasts of balance sheets and income statements (i.e. given years 1 and 2, forecast for year 3, assuming ratios stay constant).
S. Navarro (Econ 131)
The oh-so-scary Navarro of Econ. She’s not that scary at all! If you listen well and study hard! It’s okay if she makes you do boardworks and you make a mistake. She gets satisfaction from tormenting students, I think. DO NOT FORGET YOUR PRINTOUTS! If you do, photocopy your classmate’s, quick! But make sure it’s correct. Or make sure you’ve compared it with the others’. Her exams are hell, be careful with your computations! Double check, triple check, I don’t care, as long as you have time, CHECK! Even if something is not asked for, try to put the answer there anyway. Because she’s a scheming schemer, like that. Try to be friendly when you see her around. Econ 131 is ECONOMETRICS (I know it’s called something else, but…hehe). This will be your key to finishing and analyzing your Thesis! Yaaayyy! It’s more Math-y and Stat-y, not model-y. So expect a lot of numbers, some computations, and analysis. Remember those null and alternative hypotheses you studied in Stat? You’ll be dealing with them here.
R. Peneyra (PE 2 Bellydance)
If you love bellydance, take it. Any prof would do, I think, but Ma’am Peneyra is fun and bubbly. She’s also maarte, which makes it even more fun! I LOVE BELLYDANCE YOU GUYS. That’s why I took it during first sem, I so wanted to Dance In September HEHEHE.
M. Luna (Span 10)
The Spanish prof in Spanish! She’s totally nice. But never be late nor absent, she hates it. Please do come early and always attend Span 10, because it will help raise your grade, if you’re not that good. I don’t recall if we had an exam. But we had quizzes that were quite easy. Span 10 is BASIC SPANISH…but all I really remember is how to say “My name is”. I kid! I also remember tackling “directions” (a la derecha) and “likes” (me encanta, me gusta YES ME GUSTA HAHA). I liked Span 10. Especially Ma’am Luna!
R. Corpus (Art Stud 2)
Our prof for half a semester. More readings. But lots of group activities too! Also, she asks questions, so recite while you can. I don’t think we had an exam… She got sick sometime in the middle of the semester, so the sub took over. Art Stud 2 is your typical art class which deals with art forms… you know, that kind of art class where you look at a painting and go “Oh, the painter was totally feeling angry when he did this.”
J. Giron (Art Stud 2)
Our prof for the rest of the sem. He likes asking questions. So answer them. I don’t really know about him, because we had reporting for the rest of the sem. Art Stud is easy to pass, anyway.
C. Hui (BA 115)
Don’t ever be late. Or if you are, tell her as soon as the class ends (she’ll mark you absent if you don’t). She’s strict with attendance, so do your best to not get dropped from the class. Accounting is hell, as usual, so if you don’t understand, ask her. It’s okay! If you’re shy, you can approach her after class. Cases are bitches, so be very careful. I think she’s really one strict prof, though she doesn’t show it. BA 115 is Managerial Accounting and deals with a more specific kind of accounting (I don’t know what I’m talking about). It focuses more on the Income Statement, specifically, OPERATIONAL COSTS, etc. You’ll be hearing “direct labor” or “direct expenses”.
G. Santamaria (BA 151)
Ahh. This prof taught me advanced reading. I swear, you should do it, because you don’t want to pile up your readings before the exam. He usually discusses other things in class, like applications in real life, or cases. So it’s best to read while you’re on the subject. I heard he’s pretty unpredictable with exams, but for us, it was just a bunch of True or False’s and multiple choices. Oh, and recite, A LOT. You’ll get better grades if you do. Plus, he gets bothered if you don’t talk a lot (yes, he talked to me after class because he thought I was mute, I kid). BA 151 is HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN ORGANIZATIONS a.k.a. Organizational Behavior! It’s kind of like a Psych subject for BA (I think some Psych majors even take this class). You may get to discover what kind of a team-mate (or leader) you are.
R. Aquino (BA 142)
If you like early dismissals, this prof is for you. He’s like Sir Medalla. He can get boring, but he’s really, really smart. Take down notes, because he usually gets his exam questions from his lectures. It would help to read the chapters on the lessons, because his discussions are gonna be real quick! My favorite part would be the cases, because we finish real early, and he doesn’t really give long lectures, so we get dismissed early. He gave us the questions in the exams (without the values, though), so bring a recorder if you’re not a quick writer. It’s multiple choice, though, but study too! And do the bonus paper. BA 142 is CORPORATE FINANCE Part 2. It deals more with TIME VALUE OF MONEY: investments, projects, etc. For example, if you decide to pursue a project (investment), what is the NET PRESENT VALUE (using time value of money, discount future outflows/inflows)?
R. Clarete (Econ 191)
This subject was definitely worth taking. It must’ve been better under Ma’am Monsod, but I liked it nonetheless. Very interesting topics, especially since we live in a “developing” country. Do listen, and have the books photocopied. It’s not all essay, his exams. Sometimes you should do a bit of memorization (like proponents of theories and models). And understand how the models work. As long as you do, you’ve got ten points (for the essay). Defend your answer well, too. Nice prof, so don’t hesitate to ask questions, and even befriend him. I’m actually surprised that he knows my name! (Up to now…sheds a tear) Developmental Economics was definitely a subject worth-taking for me! For one who lives in a developing country, I think (or hope) you’ll find this subject very interesting. Deals with models (i.e. equations composed of letters, and also, GRAPHS!!!) that try to explain “per capita income with respect to blah blah”, “reservation wage with respect to blah blah” (sorry, I don’t remember). BUT I managed to be nerdy enough to actually make notes of some models on my Facebook page, so some questions you may learn the answer to (depending on your prof): “What happens when one does or does not invest in human capital?”, “How does a firm’s decision to industrialize affect consumer expenditure?”, “Is it possible for all workers in a company to be highly skilled, meaning no one is a low-skilled worker?”. All will be answered by models, derived from models, and graphs.
F. Carlos (Econ 121)
Ahh. Yes. The then-infamous prof. But she’s actually really good! We had a one-week break, because there was a problem with our supposed-to-be profs. She’s good, except she focuses on stuff which were NOT in the book (but it wasn’t the book she liked anyway). Actually, she focuses on stuff that weren’t in the book because we’re supposed to read it anyway. She gave us multiple choice exams because she wasn’t even supposed to be our prof. She claims she’s nicer to us because of that. But the trick to passing the subject under her, is study, study, take notes, listen, study. And go to class every time. Econ 121 is MONEY AND BANKING (I don’t really know, haha) and deals with the VALUE OF MONEY (i.e. Time value, value in terms of other currencies, value of bonds).
L. Velasco (BA 170)
I don’t even know what to say. I like marketing, and he knows a lot about it. And don’t listen to him entirely when you consult him about your marketing pitch. If he says that blahdida is the only problem with your pitch, it’s not. Well, the trick to a successful marketing pitch and final paper is to have someone in the group who actually knows someone in the company. Because it would be a big help. Gosh, I wish profs would provide contacts though, it’s not like all of the students in UP come from very rich or well-connected families. Listen, read, take notes. Study. BA 170 is MARKETING MANAGEMENT and if you are interested in starting a career in MARKETING you definitely would enjoy this subject.
R. Alonzo (Econ 199)
Another lazy prof. He doesn’t set deadlines for each and every part of your paper. He gives a deadline for 1) top three topics with RRL, 2) first draft, 3) final draft. You might want him to check your first draft ASAP though because it gets harder to ask him as the sem ends. It was an online relationship. We barely saw him, except for consultations.
E. Raya (BA 105)
Funny prof. Read in advance. Recite a lot (though it doesn’t really matter, according to my grade in class participation. Just be lucky). Study. Make your case submissions graphic, fun, artsy. He loves those. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT DO SOMETHING ELSE IN HIS CLASS. Does not like. BA 105 is OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT and deals with operations duh. So this focuses more on the operations of a business (have I said enough?): Labor, location, inputs vs. outputs…
C. Uribe (BA 161)
The prof who gave me unrealistic expectations of law school. I’ve heard terrible stories of him in law school, yet as an undergrad law professor, he’s very lenient. He passed each and every one of us. Just read, read, no need to memorize (see how unrealistic that is?) Make notes, read them, read the book, et cetera. That’s all you have to do. Can I brag? I did well in this class. HE WAS NICE, TOO. And he laughs. Do not be scared. He’s nice. BA 161 is LAW ON BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS but is really Obligations and Contracts a.k.a. ObliCon. For me, law is a very interesting subject since you can apply it in everyday life. We used law terms and provisions excessively in everyday conversation during the sem we took this.
B. Diokno (Econ 198 Fiscal)
Hmm. He knows his thang. I just. Don’t. Know. Okay. Lots of slides and lectures. Do not worry about not reading the readings he said you should read (read read read?). It didn’t come up in our one and only exam. He will give the questions of the exam towards the end. All you have to do is listen to him and take notes. The questions are all about issues on fiscal policies. Like, do you think this department should be abolished? Do you think income tax should be abolished? And all of these are answerable if you listen to every single word he says. No joke. FISCAL ECONOMICS deals with Fiscal Policies or Government expenditure. I learned a lot (you will learn differently from a different professor) from Diokno about his views on where money should be spent. Questions he was able to answer: “Should income tax be reduced and VAT on products be increased?”, “Should the country push through with K+12?”… Very, very interesting!
E. Tan (Econ 181)
Class was boring. She likes calling on boys to recite. Either way… read beforehand. I didn’t. Lessons are in the book but they’re more understandable if you listen to her lectures. I don’t know what else to recommend you do for this class. Econ 181 is LABOR ECONOMICS which I believe is supposed to be interesting… hehe. It tackles labor issues such as importance of investment in education, the vicious cycle of poverty, gender inequality (or something else), effects of knowledge of risks in a job.
M. Cleto (PI 100)
She’s good. PI has lots of readings. So if you hate reading a lot of readings… too bad. You have to do it anyway. Read. Do not make reaction papers based on the evident. Try to read a bit deeper. Going to class doesn’t matter. I think. I got a lower grade than someone who didn’t go to class. Pff. Lastly, do say something when it’s your turn to share, even if somebody else said it already. Don’t say, “She already said it.” Ma’am will get angry. Just try to explain things in your own words. So, read a lot. I don’t think this one has an exam. PI 100 is pretty much about Rizal (though in Prof. Cleto’s class it focused more on heroism/nationalism).
M. Pablo (BA 172)
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS IS A GREAT COURSE FOR ASPIRING ADVERTISERS AND MARKETERS AND MEDIA PLANNERS. I love Ma’am. Do read in advance! Everything that will pop up in the exams is in the book. I don’t know what else to say but, this is a course worth taking IMO. Ma’am handled the course pretty well, too.
D. Clemente (BA 190)
Boring! Sir tries to be amusing, and most of the times, he is. Just take down notes (but it don’t matter ’cause they’re in your readings). Read whatever notes you have. That’s it. Super objective exams that are easy to ace if you read your notes very well. BA 190… I don’t really know what it is about but I hope it’s about STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT. Cases are more subjective than objective (i.e. cases ask the question: “If you were Boss A, would you resign and leave your employees to pursue a better career than stay in a merger?”).
P. Silvestre (MuL 9)
Fun class! You will learn about all those indigenous instruments in the Philippines. Then you travel through time… and learn about the different periods in the Philippines in terms of MUSIC. From ethnic/indigenous to Spanish to rock to pop. Ma’am is a really great prof, really nice. Just read in advance and be ready to recite. She does not like it when nobody recites and reads. She HATES it. Exams are easy and come in different types: 1) listening, 2) objective, 3) essay. The listening part is fun, but some instruments do sound like the others. So you might want to try making up lyrics for different instruments to remember them more easily.
PE 2 Scuba Diving
BEST CLASS EVER. No, I kid, that is subjective, of course. I had fun. I always thought I’d panic underwater. DO NOT TAKE THIS if you get colds a lot. Your ears will hurt. DO NOT TAKE THIS if you don’t have money to spend. At most, you will be spending around PhP 10,000 including checkout. But it’s all worth it. Outside, it costs a lot. Like twice. Exams are easy (there are only two). Make sure you read the manual and listen to and watch demos carefully. Doesn’t matter if you’re late or absent. A friend was always absent, while I was never absent, and he got a higher grade even though I went to the checkout dive. Bah, this is PE anyway. FUNNEST PE EVER!
So that’s about it! Four years worth of professors. Hope it helped even a single soul. Do comment if you have questions!
Prof guide by my friend, as requested by me!
Disclaimer: We took similar classes in college, so sorry for some redundancies.
K. Obispado (Kas 1)
Philippine History. I took this as part of the required 6 units of Philippine studies subjects/GE’s during my first year. This could really be a boring subject (since it’s a 7am MTh class!) but Ma’am Obispado was such a good professor. She’s young and really knowledgeable in what she’s teaching us (oh, BTW she graduated Magna Cum Laude) and made history interesting for us. Lots of readings, we usually spend our free time at the Filipiniana section of the Main Library. Blank-map exam and essay questions for Finals. Really worth it.
N. Caspillo (French 10)
Elementary French. I took this as language elective. Basics of French. I must admit that it was a difficult subject. Oh, the phonemes in French really gave us a hard time to pronounce them. Haha. But we enjoyed the dialogues that Mademoiselle Caspillo gave us as exercises. She was a nice professor, an approachable one and always smile at us whenever we pass by her inside the campus. I learned to count and introduce myself in French (Je m’appelle…)I must warn you, this is not an uno-able subject.
A. Aguirre (PanPil 17)
PopCult! One of the best GE’s in UPD! :) Well, basically, it’s about PopCulture. I learned a lot from Sir Aguirre, you look at PopCulture in different ways, Feminist, Pragmatism, etc. But I suggest that you also take Socio 10 to complement his discussions. Favorite word that I learned from him: hegemony. :) He’s a really cool professor, wearing AstroBoy shirts to class! Though, sad to say, I think he moved to Australia with his family.
D. Nantes (Geog 1)
Geog 1 is such a diverse subject, I think. Hmm, how people and things affect landscapes and places- anthropological, sociological, physical, psychological, political perspectives, etc. I really loved this class since Ma’am Nantes was a nice motherly professor. She has interesting stories about her adventures as a Geographer and cool pictures from her trips that she included in her slides. Lots of readings- really hard to read ones, I must tell you. But totally worth it. Our class was really close because we went to geog camp together! Her exams were hard, you really have to read! But she’s totally worth a try if you want to learn a lot of things. :) (OH BTW, she still remembers me to be one of her students. How sweet is that.)
C. Torrechante (Math 17)
College Algebra and Trigonometry. Oh God. “You are my sweetest downfall, I loved you first.” I should tell you that I really love Math. So I took this subject for granted. BUT. It’s Sir Torrechante! *cue music: Voltes V opening theme song* I passed this subject despite his hard exams. Only a few passed his class during our time and before us and maybe after us… So. You get the idea.
J. Carino (PE 2 Cheerleading)
I took this because I suck at PE. Who told you that there are only two grades in this PE? Not true. I got a 2.0. Well, it’s an easy PE since all I had to do was to attend sports events and yes, Cheerdance competition.
S. Arco (Chem 16 lec)
Elementary Chemistry. I didn’t like Chemistry that much in high school but because Ma’am Arco’s such a good Chem prof, I learned to love it and really understand it. I highly recommend Ma’am Arco as Chem 16 professor because she really explains the concepts well. All you have to do is listen and take notes, as in, really good notes. I didn’t have to read the required book. Just be sure you come on time and listen to her because she might call you for recitation.
R. Limcangco (Chem 16 lab)
Oh Ma’am Limcangco’s really really pretty and nice. I learned a lot about balancing equations (especially Redox) and laboratory procedures from her. She will help you with the unknown analysis just to make sure you’ll pass her class. Make sure you listen to her discussion and ask questions. Make sure you always do your pre-labs.
G. Atienza (Kom 1)
Writing in Filipino class. Ma’am Glecy seemed scary but she was nice enough to give a -0.25 to those who won’t miss her class (A 7am class, mind you). This class was really worth it, because I learned a lot- from creative to technical writing. Lots of readings though. And lots of researching at the library. Patience is a virtue, that should be your mantra when you take this class. There will always be a first, second, third, etc. draft in every writing exercise she gives and I remember her drawing a big circle on my outline with a green pen because it wasn’t refined enough. But, I guess, that’s writing after all. People will really critique your work and that’s her method of teaching you to write decently- in Filipino.
J. Magpantay (Nat Sci 1, Physics part)
It’s more Conceptual Physics and the history of Physics. Sir Magpantay was really a stereotypical Physics professor, though he was funny at times. He called Newton gay. It was a large class and Sir has a seating arrangement! He gets mad at sleeping students, so be careful when you’re really sleepy (and yes, you really can’t help it). He relies on his OHP’s during our time. Be sure to get a copy of them ahead of time so you just have to browse through them during lectures. Try to listen more to his discussions. He gave us a multiple choice exam, just read your notes.
C. Hernandez (Nat Sci 1, Chemistry part)
Basic Chemistry. A bit easier than Chem 16. She has slides and a manual, where you can find all that she taught us. Just read the manual and you’ll be lucky in the exam. :) I took it while also taking Chem 16.
A. Tuazon (Psych 101)
General Psychology. One of my favorite classes! I was first intimated by her, because she has the conyo vibe but she really was approachable and somehow jologs. She was really good as a professor, giving us a strong foundation on the basic knowledge about Psychology. Sad to say, she went to study abroad.
F. Gumba (Art Stud 1)
Art and Society. Well, basically art appreciation class. Lots of readings and sometimes boring. Ma’am Gumba was a nice professor and she gave us time for her reading assignments (read: free cut). Though I have to tell you that you need to be prepared for her recitations and projects. Try to listen and be attentive. :)
A. De Villa (Philo 11)
Logic! On hindsight, it’s a really interesting subject. Something that you can apply in real life. Sir De Villa was such an interesting professor. He can be funny at one moment then mad at the next. I had a hard time comprehending his discussions but somehow enjoy proving logic problems. It wasn’t like Math wherein you have a constant variable- logic was so abstract (IMO). I think I should have bought the book Sir told us as reference material. I must add, Sir De Villa has a reputation as V5 prof, but I know people who got uno in his class.
M. Ong (Psych 110)
Basic Statistics just in the context of psychological research. I love Ma’am Ong’s class! She explained each concept well. I understood statistics more because of her (compared to my high school professor!). She gave us really long exams. Multiple choice, Modified True or False and of course, Problem Solving. But sad to say, she moved to Australia with her husband, Sir Aguirre, and son (the cute Baby Rio) to Australia.
E. Manalastas (Soc Sci 3)
One of the best GE’s I’ve ever taken in UPD! I swore that I would never take this class but eventually I took it and I didn’t regret it! It’s a gender and sexuality class, so it was a whole new experience. HAHA. Sir Eric was really funny yet very knowledgeable in this field. You’ll walk out of his class like you know a lot about sex, homosexuality, relationships, orgasm, etc. He let us watched Vagina Monologue and Better than Sex. He has a lot of exciting activities. Highly recommended.
M. Luna (Span 10)
Learning elementary Spanish from a Spanish professor was such a nice experience. I took this class to complete my 6 units language elective. Ma’am Luna was really motherly and knew how to teach Spanish to her students. She gave us quizzes almost every meeting. All you have to do with her class is to listen to her and go to her classes (because she gives incentives) and be on time so you’ll be able to take her quizzes. She made us watch a few Spanish films (good films, mind you) – Planta Quatro, Like Water for Chocolates and Volver. Uno-able subject.
H. Go (Psych 150)
It was really weird taking a class under your adviser. Haha. It was an interesting subject, learning all those theories. Sir Hudson made us watch movies and analyze the characters’ personalities by relating them to the theories. A subject worth taking. :) Sir Hudson is not teaching now to focus on his studies.
R. Peneyra (PE 1)
I didn’t know that PE 1 could be interesting. It’s all about fitness. Haha. Well, she taught us about stretching and made us do our own exercise routines. :) She gave us fair grades, taking into consideration how often we skipped her class. Just be prepared, come in your sporty attire and read well so you can answer her exams.
M. De Paz (Math 100)
Calculus. Ma’am Margie gave us quizzes and exercises so be sure to go to her classes. She has the mataray vibe but kind of sabog at times, since she’s young. Just listen to her and ask questions if you don’t understand things. Be careful also with all the computations because I don’t remember her giving partial points. But she’s a good Math 100 professor. :)
J. Yacat (Psych 108)
Filipino Psych! The subject’s in Filipino. :) Lots of readings but it was really interesting. At first, I found it dragging, because the first part was mainly about the Filipino Psych movement and the indigenization of psychology in the Philippines. Sir Yacat’s really knowledgeable in this field and genuinely passionate about Sikolohiyang Filipino. His typical exams- true or false, identification and essay. He also gave us bonus questions.
S. Arco (Chem 31 lec)
Best professor in Organic Chemistry! Same with Chem 16. Just listen to her, photocopy her OHP’s, study them well, and DON’T EVER SLEEP (though she didn’t mind me when I sleep during lectures) because you really need to listen to her and understand those Carbon and Hydrogen molecules! :) She gave quizzes almost every meeting so don’t be late. If you got her for Chem 31, you are really lucky.
A. Santiago (Chem 31 lab)
Lab part. Well, just do your pre-lab and post-lab and listen to him when he gives pointers. Be on your proper laboratory attire and be prepared for your experiments. To be fair, I learned to name organic atoms because of him. :)
S. Ortega (Psych 115)
Experimental Psych. If you have the chance, don’t ever take her. She was nice and gave us a lot of free cuts but I didn’t learn a lot from her. Subjective when giving grades, so be close to her. Okay?
A. Rosel (Soc Sci 1)
Behavioral Science. Ma’am Rosel was such a lovable. I really loved this class. She gave us a tolerable number of readings and she discussed them fairly enough for us to understand. She has a lot of stories- from her son named Jean Paul to that hitchhiker Amazona in pre-colonial Philippines. :) Just be conscientious when it comes to her readings, most of her exams are based from them and be creative in your reports and projects.
S. Guillermo (Art Stud 2)
Another art appreciation class. But minimal readings! I liked this class because it’s more of contemporary arts. She let us watched Cidade De Deus during our first meeting. It was a nice film BTW. She gave us a lot of free cuts! And her only project was a report.
R. Roderos (Bio 11 lec, Botany part)
I never thought Biology could be that hard! :) But Ma’am Roderos was one of the greatest Bio prof I ever had. I didn’t get high in her exams though I learned a lot from her. Just listen to her discuss those meristematic tissues and cancer cells and try to understand them. I suggest you sit near her. Don’t ever sleep because she calls sleeping people and gets mad at them. Read Campbell and Reece thrice before going to her class and don’t forget to take down notes! Her exams were really hard but manageable.
C. Buerano (Bio 11 lec, Zoology part)
I slept most of the time for dude, it was booooring. Have a copy of her slides and try to read them and listen to her discuss (though you really have to drink a lot of coffee just to stay awake) and read Campbell. Be ready for her “hirits” about love, most of the time they’re bitter.
N. Ramirez (Bio 11 lab)
I was afraid of him at first but he was really nice to us. He was really hands-on. My project was a complete crap but he let me redo it. :) He was kind of strict as a laboratory professor but you can always ask him questions if there’s something you don’t understand with the experiment. He gave us long quizzes and I don’t remember that they’re that hard. The key is not to skip lab classes and do your experiments, don’t slack off!
A. Rosel (Psych 155)
Abnormal Psychology. Same with Soc Sci 1, she has lots of anecdotes. And her exams were multiple choice, enumeration and essays. Her projects for this subject were institution visit report and book/movie review wherein we had to diagnose one of the characters using DSM-IV criteria of diagnosing psychological disorders. She let us
T. Batangan (Psych 118)
Field Methods (Psychological Research). Ma’am Batangan’s the best! I think she’s the only professor that I gave best remarks in SET! She was really motherly and very approachable and very understanding and my learning experience under her was incredible! I really learned a lot about field methods and how relevant psychological research to our society. She’s one of the most demanding profs I ever had, because she wanted us to be rigorous with our data gathering, but it was totally worth it! She taught us how to be good researchers and how to work our asses off to produce a good research paper. I spent a lot of sleepless nights with this subject and even sacrificed my leisure time. You may find her lectures boring but I think that’s not the way she rolls. She’s good at teaching you by making you experience the whole process. Best professor for this subject. :)
J. Cantiller (Psych 145)
My second least favorite Psych class. Psychology of Language. It was boring. I realized that the Theory of Relativity is right because of this class. Five minutes in this class was such a long time for me.