The UP Alliance of Students Unified for Sociology (UP ASUS) is an academic-civic organization in the University of the Philippines Los Baños that seeks to promote Sociology and its creed to the general public by giving equal importance to academic excellence and proactive social responsibility. As part of the organization’s mission to promote Sociology, UP ASUS launched its first podcast project entitled “Pulot-an: Kwentuhang Sosyolohiya” where sociology students and professors discuss sociological concepts and relate them to their experiences. In the airing of its first season, the episodes revolved around laymanizing sociological concepts in which professors from the UPLB Department of Social Sciences were invited as guests.
For its latest season entitled “Pulot-an: Biyaheng Sosyolohiya”, UP ASUS revved things up by applying concepts from sociology to the issue of traffic and incorporating discussions about jeepneys—a unique icon in the Philippine traffic scene.
In the first episode, the hosts and Prof. Alvaro Calara extended their sociological imagination by analyzing whether traffic is a private dilemma or a public issue. Specifically, they dissected the ways with which traffic affects our everyday lives, as well as how our ‘private’ choices affect the country’s traffic situation.
For the second episode, the symbolic interactionist perspective was utilized in discussing how jeepneys became a relevant part of the culture in the Philippines as well as in UP. With our guest, Prof. Rosette O. Rogelio, this episode explores the symbolic meaning and relevance of the jeepney in our lives as local biyaheros.
Lastly, the third episode tackles the history of the plight of our manong draybers, as well as their most current ordeal with the pandemic. Moreover, the discussion between the presidents of the three Sociology Organization in UPLB (Ayet Archivido, Eugene Trabuco, and Viel Vitug) reflects our role as their pasaheros in fighting against unfair system changes, such as jeepney modernization.
From the discussions provided in each of the episodes for this Pulot-an podcast, UP ASUS stays true to its main principles of social action by providing audiences with insights on a timely issue that affects many Filipino draybers and pasaheros. Furthemore, through this podcast, we are reaching out to the wider audience to heed collective demands and to go hand in hand in facing these pressing issues.
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Special thanks to:
Kalipunang Sosyolohiya at Antropolohiya ADMU
Dalubhasaan ng mga Umuusbong na Mag-aaral ng Araling Filipino DLSU
UP Kalipunan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Sosyolohiya
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