Upcoming Events + A Rant

Before I go on to my scathing and vitriolic assessment of today’s job market, I’d like to plug in a few upcoming events.


The Japan Foundation is holding its annual EIGA SAI and J-Pop Anime Matsuri (JAM) at Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong this coming July.

The Eiga Sai will last from July 8 to July 13 (Tuesday to Sunday). The schedule is as follows:

July 8 (Tuesday)

7:00 PM —We Shall Overcome Someday (invitational)

July 9 (Wednesday)

2:00 PM —Hanging Garden

4:00 PM —Canary

6:00 PM —A Stranger of Mine

8:00 PM —Juvenile Jungle

July 10 (Thursday)

2:00 PM —Hanging Garden

4:00 PM —Linda Linda Linda

6:00 PM —Juvenile Jungle

8:00 PM –We Shall Overcome Someday

July 11 (Friday)

2:00 PM —Canary

4:00 PM —Hanging Garden

6:00 PM —Linda Linda Linda

8:00 PM —A Stranger of Mine

July 12 (Saturday)

2:00 PM —Linda Linda Linda

4:00 PM —Canary

6:00 PM —We Shall Overcome Someday

8:00 PM —A Stranger of Mine

July 13 (Sunday)

2:00 PM —A Stranger of Mine

4:00 PM —We Shall Overcome Someday

6:00 PM — Juvenile Jungle

8:00 PM —Linda Linda Linda

JAM will be held on July 26-27. The featured film is Hosoda Mamoru’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo/時をかける少女), but there will be screenings of Chibi Maruko-chan as well. The schedule is as follows:

July 26 (Sat)

4:00 pm —Chibi Maruko-chan

6:00 pmThe Girl Who Leapt Through Time

8:00 pm —Chibi Maruko-chan

July 27 (Sun)

2:00 pm —The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

5:00 pm —Chibi Maruko-chan

8:00 pm —The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Please spread the word!  😀

Okay, rant mode’s coming up, so if you don’t want to see my vitriolic invective directed against a popular industry in the country, now is the time to click off to another URL. However, if you want to see the truth of the matter and the senselessness of this industry, please, feel free to move on.

Call centers. It’s no secret that I hate them.

My dislike of them began in college. When I was about to graduate, I swore that I would not seek employment in a call center. As a bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing), I did not want my talents (however little they may be) to go to waste with me receiving calls from irate foreigners during the Witching Hour.

To my horror, our own university’s job far contained very few jobs that were related to my field. At that time, I was seeking a journalism job (I eventually discovered that journalism had very little in common with creative writing, and getting into journ was not a very good idea.), but unfortunately, all the featured booths at our job fair were either corporate or finance-related—or, worst of all, call centers.

This dislike has been steadily growing as of late. It’s been more and more difficult for us to hire English teachers because people with the necessary communication skills are ending up in call centers. I don’t know if they’re doing it for the money (though it is highly likely) or doing it just because they have no choice (not likely). Whatever their reasons, the call center industry has been taking potential recruits from schools. Communicators are few and far between to begin with.

I reached a boiling point yesterday, when I was climbing the escalators to Trinoma’s top floor. There was another job fair being held at the activity center, and to my utter horror, discovered that there was nothing in it but call centers. Seriously, are call centers the only employment opportunities left? Is a career pushing buttons and faking accents the only thing the Filipino college graduate can do? PLEASE.

It’s already bad enough that the education industry has become subservient to the foreign job market. Just how many schools started offering nursing courses when we realized that Western countries needed nurses? (And just how good were the courses that came up?) Now, the local job market is focusing heavily on outsourcing. What gives?

I just hope that we can find a way out of this trend. I don’t think it’s fair that the only job opportunities that are given to our graduates are jobs they are overqualified for.

Thanks for bearing with my rant. I do expect to be able to speak about more interesting things within the week–our Nihongo classes begin this Friday!


~ by J. R. R. Flores on July 1, 2008.

2 Responses to “Upcoming Events + A Rant”

  1. sir, are you taking classes at the center in recto?:D

    oh and sir, what day is the jovito salonga debate this sept?:D

  2. Nope, Recto is rather inaccessible for me. ^_^;
    As for the debates, I’m not sure. Sir Arghs is considering replacing it with something else this year.

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