Another recognition for the family of writers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 April 2018 12:01

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Train the child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it if he grows old…” (Proverbs 22:6, the Holy Bible).

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ANOTHER RECOGNITION FOR THE FAMILY OF WRITERS: Thank God in the Name of Jesus for yet another divine recognition of the Mauricio family’s clear stature as a line of writers branching out in different writing directions. The latest manifestation of this was the honor granted to my niece, Erin Sofia F. Mauricio, by her school, the St. Jude Catholic School, through an award which says she is its Grade 7’s “best writer in English”.

Erin is the daughter of my younger brother, lawyer Leny Lazo Mauricio and lawyer Irene Fenix Mauricio who, like me, are practicing lawyers. Erin was given this recognition by St. Jude on the occasion of its “English Week Essay Writing Contest” for School Year 2017-2018.

In the certificate that recognized Erin, it is there stated: “The St. Jude Catholic School presents this Certificate of Recognition to Erin Sophia F. Mauricio (7A), Grade 7 Batch Best Writer”. Signing the certificate were Mrs. Genalyn D. Alfonso, English Subject Area

Coordinator; Ms. Olivia Palas, Head Teacher, HS Department, BEd; and Rev. Fr. Paulino Belamide, SVD, Ph. D., School Principal.

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MATH & ENG’G CHAMPION AWARDS EARLIER GIVEN TO ERIN, ET. AL.: Last year, Erin and some of her classmates were also honored in a math and engineering competition in Singapore. This was what I wrote on July 26, 2017: “Here’s a refreshingly good and blessed news, featuring the St. Jude Catholic School and its students called Judenites, after they came out as champions with their domination of the recently concluded Asia Math and Engineering Challenge in Singapore.

“My brother, lawyer Leny Mauricio, shared this in his Facebook account, from an earlier post by St. Jude. Let’s read the post, and be edified by the thought that, somehow, in the middle of children and kids across the nation who have become wayward and rebellious, there are still Filipino children who can be “the hope of the fatherland” with their dedication to math and engineering, as Dr. Jose P. Rizal once intoned.

“The post: 1Judenites once again displayed excellence as they bagged several awards in the ASIA MATH and ENGINEERING CHALLENGE held in Singapore last June 6-10, 2017. In the Senior Category, Erin Sophia Mauricio (7A), Jade Lianne Santos (7A), and Zoe Angeli Uy (6B) won Gold in Robot Programming Contest and Project Presentation Competition.

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THE ERA OF ROBOTIC INTELLIGENCE HAS COME? “I am particularly awed by the victory of Erin and her teammates in winning gold in the Robot Programming Contest. This feat serves as a reminder that the days of intelligent robots have now arrived, not only among first world countries, but even in scientifically-backward countries such as the Philippines.

“Erin and her team, and others intellectually-gifted like them, are now about to usher in a world where robots with so-called ‘artificial intelligence’ would be possessing human-like intellectual capabilities, with the ability to do most anything that any human being can do, except perhaps to procreate, or display human emotions.

“While some are dreading the ultimate arrival of this event, because of fears that robots and computers may in fact become so intelligent they could even outwit mankind, it is undeniable that when properly utilized, robots can rapidly advance the cause of science, medicine, and food production, which can only make living more comfortable for man.”

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FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question about what the burning issues of the  day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, or post your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas.  Promise, I will answer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!