UP prof Gerardo Lanuza bitter about Tiffany Uy's achievement?

Is professor Gerardo Lanuza of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman bitter about the achievement of Tiffany Uy, who recently graduated with a near-perfect grade?


Netizens think so.


Lanuza got people on social media talking about him when his Facebook post went viral. It reads:


Translation provided by Coconuts Manila:

Just because you got a 1.0 grade in almost all your classes at UP Diliman, it doesn't mean you're already "intelligent"! All that means is this: You write reaction papers even when they're not required, you are pleasant in class, you don't antagonize your teachers, you didn't join walkouts to protest against ) tuition and other fee increases (ToFI) so you have no absences, when you had diarrhea you got a medical certificate to be excused, you got all the books required for class, and you patiently had the required readings photocopied. Now, tell me: by doing those things made you intelligent? Not necessarily. Intelligence means what you do when everything that you know become useless! In short, you're a worthy puppy of your parents! Have a tarpaulin printed announcing your achievement so theexperience is complete! But when I see that tarp, I have to ask: "FOR WHAT AND FOR WHOM ARE YOU DOING THOSE THINGS FOR?"

Notice that the UP professor did not specifically mention Uy, who is among the 29 summa cum laude graduates from the state university's Class of 2016.

But many found it worthy to assume that it was the Biology graduate whom Lanuza was referring to since she was the one who obtained a general weighted average of 1.004, said to be the highest in UP Diliman since World War II.

Lanuza's post already garnered more than 2,400 likes, 1,600 shares, and over 700 comments as of 6:45 a.m. today, July 1st.

Some commenters were questioning his purpose of ranting while others criticized him for having a "crab mentality" and for being "envious" and "insecure" of Uy's achievement.

Ses Salazar: "Ang bitter naman ng nagpost nito. Matalino sila that's for sure. Madiskarte sa buhay? Ibang usapan na yan. But I wont go to the extent na kwestyunin ang abilidad nila. Sa totoo lang, whether nagsumma cum laude sila para sa sarili nila o sa magulang nila, buhay nila yan. Wag kang epal."

JV Sangalang: "And this is not to say that I, too, do not think that social responsibility is being lost in the crop of UP graduates; what irks me most is the seemingly decreasing desire of many of these great minds to give back to society. It is true, sir, that the question of for whom do we accrue such high marks is a necessary one. But I guess it's somewhat irresponsible to paint Tiffy as a selfish braggart who is a mere puppy of her family; have you not considered that she might just really be that smart? Have you considered that, perhaps, she might be aiming for being a doctor and reach out to the community in the future? It's too soon to tell. Sure, she's from a wealthy, Chinese family, but should that prevent her from achieving great things with her natural talents? I, too, question the integrity of kids who aim for straight As; do they just want a new notch in their belt or is their drive for excellence towards something greater? But I hope we do not commit the mistake of letting preconceived notions of "the burgis"supersede our better judgement. Think of it this way: we often see on newspapers how a certain child of a driver, of taho vendor, or what have you graduated with honors despite their plight. Should they have come from wealth, would that make their achievement any less valid?

And what's the difference between a wealthy student getting richer at a job they earned with their degree and a poor student trying to get their family out of poverty with a job they earned with their degree? The latter might be more noble, but in the end, both students ended up using their skills for their own good, for their personal intentions, for personal deeds.

The matter, then, is not of socio-economic status, but that of integrity. Bracket A, bracket D, or, heck, bracket Z, one's integrity should always be checked."

"Hindi por que marangya ay karangyaan lang ang pakay! At hindi rin tamang siguruhin na ang mahirap ay maghahangad na tumulong sa kanyang kapwa mahirap!

Goodness is in anyone, rich or poor, tibak or not. While some of us might be busy rallying with the masses, some elect to be behind the scenes, helping fight other societal ills many may choose to ignore."


Wilfred Steven Fernandez: "While you may be a respected individual in your fields, Mr. Lanuza, I would like to say that you are wrong in citing assumptions like these upon an individual who may in the end prove you wrong. I am glad that the person most probably being talked about in your post is being defended well by her peers, which goes to say that she probably is not the kind of student that you assume her to be."

Lem Balderama: "Honestly, why the hate on Tiffy? Why do you need to bash her when she's really an achiever. Bakit, do you know her personally? I dont think so. Witness ako at ang buong ICA community sa hard work niya back in HS and trust me, she's a genuine intelligent and wise lady. I've talked to her a couple of times and I could really say she is down to earth. I'm so proud of her. I know we cant like everybody and we have the freedom to say everything. But think about it, would you like someone (lalo na strangers) to talk bad about your achievements just because you did well? Wouldn't you feel angry or sad? Knowing her, she wouldn't do what you did but that wont spare her from feeling bad. Re-think about your post,please."

Ayo Lapid: "Shame on you, sir. We each serve in our own way. I myself joined the rallies and walk outs and served in council when I was an undergrad. That's how I served. Tiffany Uy, spent her time busting her as* off and sacrificing god knows what so she could study and get high grades so that one day she can use her knowledge to better society. That is how she serves, and I bet she has a much better chance to make a lasting impact on society than you or I. What a shameful post. Who are you to judge her motives?"

Cassandra Perez: "I am a BS Bio alumna and I personally know Tiffy Uy. She is a kind-hearted and intelligent person. She will be entering the UP College of Medicine this incoming semester. I believe she studied very hard so that she can become an EXCELLENT MEDICAL DOCTOR and SCIENTIST to CONTRIBUTE MORE TO THE PHILIPPINES.

Your statement is unnecessary and mean."


Jake Villegas: "Disappointed at how narrow your vision is, but if you're doing this to start a discussion on the improvement of the educational system, then you should probably walk the talk."

Jose Antonio Sison: "She's been developing medical research (an undeniably worthy social cause) since high school. You're either incapable of or unwilling to recognize social contributions that don't match your own idealized set. In either case, you have my sincerest pity."

Myk Gregory Albao: "Sir, with all due respect, Ms. Uy (and all the other academic achievers out there) does not deserve this prejudicial stereotyping you conjured out of your own set of beliefs and ideology. Not only is it speculative and fallacious, but it's also unnecessarily demeaning. You may be a bit pissed at how the media (and the people) appear to have sensationalized her academic feat, but to take it out on her through this false comparison of intelligence and worth is downright unfair.

You could have talked to her instead nang nasagot niya ang tanong mo (without the need of her or her parents putting up the tarp you wished for).

P.S.
Can't help but ask you the same question, sir: FOR WHAT AND FOR WHOM ARE YOU DOING ALL THIS HATING FOR?"


In his own article published Tuesday by Rappler, Lanuza denied that he was bashing Uy.

"When I posted the controversial Facebook post, I was referring to an ideal type of a UP student, and I would even include all students, who tend to reduce education to mere achievements and general weighted average (GWA)," he wrote.

"It was meant to provoke a public discussion which I usually do for my posts. And I was glad that it stirred the public imagination," the UP professor said.

Lanuza went to address the issues point by point.

In his conclusion, he said, "So, I will continue to whine! Whining is a part of my duty as a teacher in a secular university! And that answers the question: FOR WHOM? My thought are better expressed by S. P. Lopez, the President of UP during the First Quarter Storm: “As a life-long liberal who prefers an excess of freedom to a dearth of it, I also had constantly in mind the historic role of the University of the Philippines as the center of protest, dissent, and criticism in our society.” Mabuhay ang mga iskolar ng bayan (Long live the scholars of the nation)!"