The Ateneo Dollhouse: an enclave of homosexuals, lesbians, and straights in Ateneo de Manila University

Today I read a copy of the Guidon, the official student publication of the Ateneo de Manila University.  I found an article there entitled, “New Queen Mother aims for buzz, style, and substance.”  Here are some excerpts:

“ANG PAGGAWA ng eksena (creating a buzz)” is newly elected Queen Mother Patch Buenaventura’s goal for the Dollhouse.  Initially comprised of homosexuals, the Dollhouse has become a flamboyant mix of lesbians, homosexuals, and straight males and females.  Their popular hangout, which Buenaventura dubs the “Dollhouse Arena,” is the group of benches beside the Rizal Mini Theater, across Kostka Hall.  The Dollhouse held their annual Miting de Avance and elections on August 7….

This year, in line with the Barbie doll’s 50th anniversary, the Dolhouse celebrated with a Barbie theme.  Candidates and Dollhousers wore bright colors and a lot of hot pink.  They also portrayed different types of Barbie such as Office Rocker Barbie, Ballerina Barbie, and Industrial Barbie….

My main purpose is to make dollhouse more popular–na gumawa ng eksena (to create a buzz),” said Buenaventura.  “I [want] to use my being an attention whore to something more substantive, to the glory of the Dollhouse.” (Guidon Aug 2009, p. 3)….

For [FBuddy] Buenviaje, this “noise” creates awareness for the gay community.  “It’s a shout out that there are really gays in the world and close-minded people should get used to it.”….

Gays and lesbians, said Buenaventura, have always been subject to prejudice and discrimination.  “This way, when we send them out, they’re strong, they could speak up and defend themselves.”  He added that Dollhouse makes the memberes more assertive.  “They have an emotional investment here.”

I think Ateneo de Manila is trying to catch up with Georgetown University, another Jesuit University, who already has a Gay Campus Centre with a Homosexual Director.  The Dollhouse is not still an official center in the Ateneo, but they have claimed a patch of land in Ateneo to be their own and the Administration is not minding them.

But the Gay lobby in Ateneo is making its presence felt in the Ateneo.  You see this in the books published in the Ateneo de Manila University Press, such as Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in Diaspora (Philippine Edition).  The English and Filipino classes are also permeated with gay and lesbian themes.  This is not surprising, since Danton Remoto, an English professor in Ateneo, is the chairman of Ladlad, the national organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Filipinos.  He is running for Senator of the Republic of the Philippines this 2010 elections.

The Dead Jesuits Society: Sodality, Rosary, and Angelus

The dead Jesuits must be turning in their graves–or rather, they look down from the heavens and gaze with sadness at what Ateneo de Manila had become.  Ateneo de Manila, the foremost Jesuit University in the Philippines, was once the bastion of Catholic Faith before the World War II.  It is said that at that time no one can run as the school’s student council president unless he is a member of the Sodality of Our Lady.  But the devotion to our Lady is dying at the Ateneo.  The rosary is now rarely said here: in all my years here in the Ateneo, I can count with my fingers the masses that I have seen that started with a rosary.

When was the last time that a Jesuit priest in Ateneo teaches what the Catechism teaches about homosexuality?

Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”  they are contrary to the natural law.  They close the sexual act to the gift of life.  They do not prodceed from a genuine affective and sexual complemetarity.  Under no circumstances can they be approved.

The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible.  They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial.  They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.  Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.  These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

Homosexual persons are called to chastity.  By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinteresed friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Art. 2357-2359)

I once brought up years ago in the School Forum the removal of the Angelus at 12 nn and 6 pm.  Fr. Danny Huang, S.J., who was the Jesuit provincial at that time, asked who removed it.  Someone said it was a Jesuit who asked it to be removed.  Now, I can hear the the bells of the Church of the Gesu for the Angelus.  But the bells are tiny: they sing beautiful music but they cannot command silence.  And if you are standing in the college area amidst the noise of the students, you won’t hear the bells.  Maybe it is time to ring the heritage bells from the Old Ateneo de Manila Campus in Padre Faura for the Angelus.  It is time to ring the bells.

About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

13 Responses to The Ateneo Dollhouse: an enclave of homosexuals, lesbians, and straights in Ateneo de Manila University

  1. Oh damn it you’ve made me cry.

  2. Jay Balza says:

    Wasn’t ADMU the university that banned the play V-Monologue? I remember that controversy years ago. Gotta give them credit for that. However, it’s sad to hear that they’re now succumbing to the likes of Georgetown University…

  3. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Yes, I think they banned it, so the V-Monologues was held elsewhere. But last year, my freshman student in Physics was memorizing lines from this despicable play. She was a member of the Ateneo Drama Guild, Tanghalang Ateneo. I think V-Monologues are recruiting stage actresses from the Ateneo.

  4. Miguel says:

    Having studied in Ateneo, I cannot help but agree that AdMU has indeed lost it’s Catholic identity.

    Let us offer our 6pm Angelus for the return of AdMU’s Catholic identity.

    http://despuesbear.blogspot.com/2009/09/glory-that-was-ateneo.html

  5. Enbrethiliel says:

    +JMJ+

    I’m suddenly very glad that I didn’t pursue the chance to teach there.

  6. Enbrethiliel says:

    +JMJ+

    ^^ No offense to Atenean students and alumni! =)

  7. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Enbrethiliel, +JMJ+, if I read rightly, stands for Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Students from La Salle high schools always write JMJ in their test papers, while those from Ateneo would write AMDG. So I guess you are a Lasallian, too. Don’t worry. I belong in both worlds.

  8. melody says:

    yuck !!!

  9. Buti pa sa FEU lumalago ang Youth for Christ, Singles for Christ, at Christ’s Youth in Action…dami pa nagsisimba every 12 noon at every 1st Friday and December 8…mapagkakamalan na ngang Quiapo Church ang chapel dun tuwing First Friday.

  10. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    Tamaraws,

    That is a good news. Go, Tamaraws! Go!

    St. Ignatius’s Rule 3: “We should praise frequent attendance at Mass; also, chants, psalmody, and long prayers inside and outside the church; and further, the schedules setting the times for the Divine Office as a whole, for prayers of every kind, and for all the canonical hours.”

  11. think again says:

    Ateneo is opening its doors to different perspectives in life. Ateneo is definitely a Catholic institution because the faith is very well-taught and they make sure that every student understands the Catholic faith. The good part is that they don’t impose the religion. They don’t force it on everyone. Muslims or other people from other religions can also call Ateneo home. Ateneo just educates and knows how to respect other beliefs and practices. For the Ateneo, the student knowing enough about the Catholic faith to be able to make an intelligent decision wether to embrace it or not is good enough. And I personally like it that way.

    Please. This is a very bad article. You step on a lot of good people and ideas people work hard for. You can’t say what you say is right because you have your faith to back it. That is just not right. Ateneo is evolving, turning itself into a better university (check rankings and whatnot). Do not put up something like this on the internet. Although personal, it touches a sensitive topic that requires more discourse that you have given it. =(( Do not deface a school because its teachings do not coincide with your beliefs. Remember Galileo’s heliocentric model.

  12. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    think again,

    The only measure that the Faith is well-taught if it is believed and lived, in the same way that an advertisement is successful if it leads the viewer to buy the product and actually use it. Ateneo is a Catholic University and this means it must live up to its Catholic name. Catholic means universal–all nations, all teachings. Each Catholic is missionary and his mission is defined by Christ Himself to His disciples:

    “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19h Go, therefore,* and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,20i teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.* And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:18-20)

    If Ateneo cannot convert its students to the Catholic Faith, then Ateneo failed in its Catholic mission. Ateneo may have increased in university rankings, but the only ranking relevant to a Catholic institution is its degree of fidelity to Catholic teachings. You may like to sing again the Ateneo hymn, the Song for Mary:

    “Mary for you! For your white and blue! We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true! We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you!”

    This is the Ateneo Way: fidelity to Mary, fidelity to the Church. There is no other way. So do not deface Ateneo because its Catholic teachings do not coincide with your beliefs.

  13. Tim says:

    Keep fighting the good fight, Quirino, God bless you!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: