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2013 Essay Entry #3: (no title)

by Ivan Randall Malaga



There’s something around the corner anticipating for some of us. It’s lurking, quietly, as if it were a predator hunting for its prey. The UPCAT, University of the Philippines College Admission Test, is nearing by per day. One moment, it’s half a year away. Another, it’s reason for your tiring days and sleepless nights, filling you with excitement and confidence or fright. This brain cruncher can’t be taken without preparation. To gear up mindfully and heartily, today, review centers offer the "armor" for the educational and mental preparation for the long and tough battle up ahead, awaiting you. However, you shouldn’t go easy-go-lucky on choosing the right base for your review. What to look for when choosing your UPCAT review center? There are some key factors to always keep in mind for this: Personal aspirations, location, accredited staff and personnel, and good facilities.

Having the course your heart, soul, and mind scream out, glued with ambitions and inspirations, is already a great privilege not to be wasted. The fulfillment of one's fantasy begins with his aspirations to do well, and prevail, in his goals. Somehow, having the eagerness to learn due to the liking of his course will affect the output of this. But, the feeling of educational contentment only gets better when you pass the entrance exams of the school of your desire. There has always been this tingling sensation whenever you get the thought of graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree. Alongside that diploma, is the gush of delight and exuberance of pridefully carrying out the honorary title of being an "iskolar ng bayan."

“How long is the travel time? Is it rush hour yet? Is there always traffic route to there? Does public transportation bring me to it? Do I have to walk a little to get there?” These are quite common, yet relevant questions for some of us. Many aren’t that lucky to have our own vehicle as means of transportation to the place of our preference. If that’s the case, when selecting an intensive review center, the first thing to consider is the location. The number one problem for commuters, and even with those in private vehicles, is traffic. There is no certainty when it’s going to happen – no particular time, date, and place. Chances are, if your review center is close by, the lesser possibility of getting stuck in traffic – less haggard, less waste of time. In addition, the further your destination is, the higher the prices get. It would be sort of heavy to your pockets if it were far away wouldn’t it? Preferably, and a lot would say so, a good site for your picked center would be placed on a main road. Why? There are government funded lights, just in case your sessions end around dusk and quick accessibility to public vehicles – it’s a safe choice for commuters!

Quality comes with great responsibility. Thus, the administration of your chosen review center should provide you exceptional yet exemplary education. People who are critiques usually search for those centers who offer the said quality they ask for. Thus said, once achieved, more and more shall enroll to the place. To attain this, the management is to present a teaching faculty with a touch of perfection. Who wouldn’t want a mentor who’d give you splendid advice and techniques on passing your UPCAT? Who wouldn’t want an expert who has vast wisdom on experience with the flow of the UPCAT? Other than yourself and family, who’d boost your self-confidence, believing that if others passed this exam, why won’t you? Wouldn’t that be our 2nd parents, our teachers? These people, who have successfully finished mastering their course, shall help pave of troubled students for the UPCAT. With their proficient adeptness, they should be capable of instructing the correct approach to “crack the code” of the questions and the best way to apprehend them. Thus, wouldn’t you want a review center that models this type of luxury - in the field of teaching?

With this in mind, imagine yourself inside a fully air-conditioned, comfy room, listening to your expert teacher as he discusses. Moreover, a room with relaxing tones of colors and lighting and far from the busy world outside. Together with the thought, the building of your center should also be guarded by a security officer. Of course, this is to ensure the parents who send out their children for reviewing wherein, while not in their supervision, are out of harm’s way. This helps us focus ourselves to the review and leave what’s not related behind at ease. A review center that creates this feeling is something you shouldn’t skip or forget about when browsing for the one the fits you well. In addition, the management of your chosen place should furnish their amenities such as computer laboratories and/or room equipment for additional information and so on, in order for us to feel the ambiance of their support and concern for their enrollees. The more the student feel at home and secure, the more shall they like and enjoy and work efficiently while their stay at the review center.

A simple thought: you’re a buyer, and because of that, the ‘product’ which will be purchased should be sold at it’s cost and quality. Correct? We don’t just pick up cash from money trees or have the end of a rainbow at our backyard to have a leprechaun gift you a pot of gold. As a part of the market, the sellers are obliged to supply us our needs with certain standards imposed. Implied to this, the review center of your choice should give you the get-what-you-pay-for feeling. Is your spending for your tuition to review equivalent to the thousands worth of pesos you’re spending while studying? As said, not all are fortunate to be apart of a wealthy family. As a result, many end up only spending on what they either can afford or is necessary. Despite your riches, you should pay attention to what and where you’re money’s going to. Cause maybe in the future, you’ll blame yourself for that recklessness you’ve done in the past. Like they say, “bilog ang bola.” In reality, sometimes you’re at the top, sometimes down below, even in between. We don’t know until when will that actuality be.

Deciding on the perfect review center is just the beginning. The totality of having witty educators, enhanced and up-to-date facilities, well secured premises, bearing or location to and from the center, and most of all, intimate reasons for reviewing for the UPCAT at the said place is the foundation of your journey to your ambitions. Hard work and determination shall be the stepping stone to this after mental, spiritual, and physical preparations. What is left is to be like “DORA the Explorer” and continue the voyage on what fate has hidden from us to discover, like a pirate scampering upon a treasure chest filled with riches. A new chapter will begin and it is up to you on how you’ll reap what you have sown – whether it’s a good and fruitful harvest or not. As quoted from Jules Renard, “Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it,”  and this includes your dedication and determination to reviewing for the UPCAT. You’re sidekick is your review center. A lot of people say luck is not true, but it won’t hurt believing in it for once. Good luck! ☺

2013 Essay Entry #2: Paghahanda Para sa Tagumpay

Paghahanda Para sa Tagumpay

by Eizsara-Zsen Legaspi


Ang pagpili ng UPCAT Review Center, para saan ba talaga ito? Makakatulong ba ito para sa kasalukuyan at hinaharap o maihahanda ang bawat kabataan para mas maliwanag na kinabukasan?

Para naman sa akin, nagsisimula ang lahat sa pinaka-ugat nito ang Review Centers at ang pinakaprimyado dito ay ang UPCAT Review Center. Masasabi kong sa isang kabataan ay kalahating pursiyento lamang ang maaring makapasa dito, ngunit huwag munang mawalan ng pag-asa hanggat marami pang review centers na kagaya nito ay masuwerte pa rin tayo dahil nagkaroon tayo ng oportunidad para makasali dito. Sandali, ano nga ba ang mga pangunahing basehan para sa iasang UPCAT Review Center?

Una sa lahat, ang kapasidad ng isang lugar na gagamitin upang makapaghatid ng edukasyon kailangan at magagamit sa kinabukasan ng isang kabataan. Pangalawa, naman ay ang katayuan ng gurong magsisiyasat at maghahatid ng karunungan na hinihingi ng isang karapat-dapat na estudyante. Kung ang guro ay magbibigay ng sapat na oras at suporta para sa isang estudyante ay tiyak na malaking tulong ito. Pangatlo, ang pagkakaroon ng magandang larawan ng isang Review Center. Kung nakakita ka ng isang magandang katangian nito ay sapat na ba ito upang patunayan ang kredibilidad na maitutulong nito? Dapat ay siguraduhin natin na malaki ang mababago nito sa atin at magagamit ng maayos ang karunungan at talento ng isang guro. Organisado at malinis ang hangarin ng mga taong kasangga dito na tanging makapaghahatid ng sapat na pangangailangan sa isang estudyante at sa hinaharap din. Pang- apat, ang magagastos dito, hindi lamang ang estado ng buhay ang makakaapekto dito kundi ang badyet ng isang magulang na iniisip ang anak upang makalasap ng tunay na karanasan sa pagpupunyagi at pag-unlad na edukasyon lamang ang makapaghahatid. At higit sa lahat, ang maidadagdag na pangkalahatang karunungan ng mga taong ginamit ng Diyos para sa mga kabataang nauuhaw para sa tagumpay.                                                                                                                                         Kung ako naman ang tatanungin ay handa na ako sa mahirap, ngunit masayang paglalakbay patungong tagumpay.

Kaya Brain Train Review Center, handa na ako para sa hamon mo! 

2013 Essay Entry #1: Review Center: Tulay tungo sa Tagumpay!

Review Center: Tulay tungo sa Tagumpay!

by Queenie P.Materiano

“Ito ang simula ng aking pangarap.Ito ang unang araw ng aking tadhana”-UPCAT the Movie Soundtrack, ang mga linyang ito ay iilan lamang sa mga tumatak sa aking isipan.Sukatan ng talino,pananalig,tapang at determinasyon ng isang mag-aaral na tulad ko ang titimbangin sa pagkuha ng prestihiyosong UPCAT-University of the Philippines College Admission Test.Halos libo-libong kabataan ang nangangarap na makakuha at makapasa sa pagsusulit na ito upang makapasok sa UP at ganap na tawaging “Iskolar ng Bayan”.Ngunit maraming balakid ang nag-aabang bago makamtam ang tanging adhikain,nariyan na nga ang UPCAT-Na ayon sa aking malawak na kaalaman ay ang pinakamadaling exam na kakaharapin sa buong pamamalagi mo sa UP”.-Ito ang kwento ng shaded circles, “simpleng-simple lang i-shade ang loob ng bilog” ngunit paano mo ito gagawin kung hindi ka sigurado sa iyong napiling sagot? Ang right minus ¼ wrong-“Na hindi mo malaman kung mas pipiliin mo nalang maging manghuhula,kung sabagay walang masama dahil maaaring tumpak ang iyong maging sagot o di-kaya’y dahil sa tawag ng mahiwagang oras ay iiwanan mo na lamang ito na blanko at ang matinding pag-iisip kung alin ba talaga sa mga letrang pagpipilian ang tamang sagot-Ang mga letrang magdadala sayo sa katagang “PASADO AKO NG UPCAT”.Ilan lamang ito sa mga hadlang na kakaharapin ko sa aking lakbayin tungo sa pagsasagot ng makapigil-hiningang eksaminasyon.Naisip ko,paano ako papasa ng UPCAT? Alam ko na hindi pa sapat ang aking nalalaman,sabihin na nating “kulang pa ang mga kaalaman na aking natutunan”.Aking napagtanto na may isang bagay na maaaring maging gabay at kaagapay ko upang maging mataas ang posibilidad na pumasa ako ng UPCAT-Ang pagpasok sa isang UPCAT Review Center.Bago ang lahat,ano nga ba ang review center? Ayon sa aking pagkaka-intindi at malawak na depinisyon, “Ang review center ay isang lugar kung saan hahasain ang iyong utak upang maalala ang mga bagay-bagay na iyong natutunan mula sa pinaka-simple hanggang sa pinaka-kumplikado.Bibigyan din nila kayo ng mga bagong kaalaman na maaari mong gamitin sa pinaghahandaan mong pagsusulit,mga kaalaman na hindi mo pa napag-aaralan.Higit sa lahat,sila ang magbibigay liwanag sayo upang mawala ang mga bagay na gumugulo sa iyong isipan”.At ano namang mga katangian,kapasidad at pamantayan ang dapat nating hanapin sa pagpili ng isang UPCAT Review Center? Sabihin na nating maraming umuusbong na UPCAT Review Centers ngayon at kung kikilatising mabuti ay lubhang mahihirapan tayo kung kaya’t sa pamamagitan ng pagtatanong at pakikinig sa iba’t-ibang opinyon at suhestiyon ay nahanap ko ang mga kasagutan.

Dekalidad na UPCAT Review Center:

Proven Effective,Try and Tested-Parang gamot lang yan,alam mong pagkatapos mo itong inumin ay siguradong gagaling ka na dahil sa nakalipas na panahon ay subok na ang kagalingan nito.Kung ikukumpara mo ito sa dekalidad na UPCAT Review Center alam mong sa pagpasok mo dito ay bibigyan ka ng mabisang sandata.Sandata na magiging katuwang mo sa susuungin mong laban para sa UPCAT.

Registration Rate-“What’s sulit?” ika-nga ni Bimby sa isang commercial.  Sulit-walang masasayang sa babayaran mo.  Sa pagpili ng UPCAT Review Center, isa sa mahalagang salik ay ang “presyo” at kung kakayanin mo ba ang halaga ng babayaran sa review.  Kumbaga sa pagkain, ”Buffet” ang katumbas (eat-all-you-can).  Sulit na sa presyo,busog ka pa sa mga bagong kaalaman.

Review Program - Una at higit sa lahat, dapat nating alamin ang review program na nakapaloob sa isang UPCAT Review Center.  Ang pagbibigay ng Simulation Exam (Mock UPCAT) ay mahalaga dahil sa ganitong paraan malalaman mo kung may natutunan ka sa buong review sessions at kung anu-ano ang nakuha mong marka, ranggo at kung saang asignatura ka nahihirapan o mas maraming alam at ang UPG (University Predicted Grade) kung saan malalaman mo kung nakuha mo ang itinakdang UPG sa UP Campus na nais mong pasukan.  Mahalaga din ang pagbibigay ng seminar tungkol sa iyong napupusuang kurso at tatahaking buhay-kolehiyo.  Mga tips, tekniks at shortcuts sa pagsasagot ng eksaminasyon at ang wastong pagsasagot ng UPCAT Form.

Epektibong mga Guro - Malakas ang karisma, mapag-isip ng mga bagong ideya sa pagtuturo (may mnemonics na ginagamit) responsabledisiplinadomay hindi maipaliwanag at hindi matutumbasang dedikasyon sa pagtuturo at higit sa lahat mga magagaling at bigating guro (UP Grads).Sobrang sarap sa pakiramdam kung lahat ng mga katangian na ito ay taglay ng mga guro sa UPCAT Review Center, lalo na kung karamihan sa kanila ay UP Grads dahil hindi ka lang natututo at inspirado bagkus pakiramdam mo ay nag-aaral ka na sa pinapangarap mong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas.

Review Materials (Libro, Modules, Buod ng mga Aralin) - Ito ang nagsisilbing kaagapay ng isang UPCAT Review Center sa pagbibigay at paglinang ng mga bagong kaalaman.  Sa pamamagitan nito malalaman mo kung gaano ka-detalyado at ka-organisado ang napili mong review center.  Ilan sa mga kabutihang dulot nito ay ang mga “pagsasanay at takehome assignments” na iyong sasagutan,kung saan masusubok ang mga napag-aralan at natutunan mo sa isang araw na lumipas.  Gayundin,magagawa mo din na mapag-aralan at lubos na maintindihan ang mga aralin na bago pa lamang ituturo sa klase.

Epektibong Pagtuturo - Isa sa pinagtutuunang halaga ng isang UPCAT Review Center ay orasaraw at linggo ng bawat sesyon ng pagrereview.  Dito ipo-pokus kang mabuti at walang sasayanging oras at maglalaan ng sapat na panahon upang mas lumawak pa ang iyong kaalaman.

Oblation Scholars/Intarmed Qualifiers - Sa tuwing naririnig ko ang mga katagang yan,napapasabi na lamang ako ng Wow! Kakaibang pakiramdam ang iyong madadama kung ang napili mong UPCAT Review Center ay nagagawang makapagpa-tagumpay ng mga Oblation Scholars at Intarmed Qualifiers.  Sa ganitong paraan malalaman mo kung gaano ka-epektibo at kasubok ang estratehiya ng isang UPCAT Review Center.

Marahil ay dito na nagtatapos ang mala-nobela kong sanaysay.  Nawa’y magawa kong maisakatuparan ang mga dapat hanapin sa pagpili ng isang UPCAT Review Center.  Kaya kung hahanap at pipili ka ng isang dekalidad na review center,  isautak at isapuso mo na ito.  Isang paalala: Ang review center ay gabay lamang tungo sa ating tatahaking landas, isang sangkap lamang ito na kukumpleto sa rekado ng iyong pagpasa ng UPCAT.  Lagi pa din nating tatandaan na ang pagpasa ay naka-depende pa din sa ating pagpupursigi.  Nasa kamay ng isang tao kung papasa sya o hindi kaya dapat pang mas mag-aral na mabuti at higit sa lahat huwag nating kalimutang magdasal sa Diyos.  ARAL.  DASAL.  TIWALA.  PARA SAYO ANG LABAN NA TO OBLE!

UPCAT Essay Writing Contest 2013: 3 Free BRAIN TRAIN UPCAT Review Slots at Stake!


Brain Train Tutorial & Review Center in cooperation with is sponsoring another UPCAT essay-writing contest.  If you recall, Brain Train launched this first-of-its-kind contest last year.  Little did anyone know then that it was a portent of things to come.  That year, the UPCAT actually had an essay-writing portion.

Well, this year, Brain Train Tutorial & Review Center is giving another batch of UP hopefuls a chance to sharpen their writing quills and hone their creative skills.  At stake are slots to the Brain Train Tutorial & Review Center’s UPCAT Review Program for 2013.

To participate in this year’s contest, simply compose an essay about the essay topic, submit it by the deadline, promote it among your friends, family and schoolmates during the Facebook Voting Period, then wait for the announcement of winners.


See below for complete information on the essay-writing contest.

UPCAT Essay-Writing Contest Details

Essay Topic
What to Look for When Choosing your UPCAT Review Center

Submission Period
January 7, 2013 – January 20, 2013

Facebook Voting Period
January 21, 2013 – Feburary 3, 2013 [voting cut-off at 10pm]

Announcement of Winners
February 5, 2013

3 Winners Will Be Chosen

  • People’s Choice – the entry with the greatest number of Facebook “Likes”
  • Academic-Clinic’s Choice – the entry chosen by Academic-Clinic
  • Brain Train’s Choice – the entry chosen by Brain Train

Each of the 3 Winners will get 1 Brain Train UPCAT Review Slot* worth PhP 7,000++.

No contestant may win more than 1 slot.  Prizes are non-convertible to cash and non-transferable.

*The review slot may be claimed at either Los Baños, Laguna or Greenfield, Sta. Rosa City.  If a winner wants to avail of his/her prize at a venue other than those specified above, he/she MUST pay a minimal fee of PhP 1,500.00 to cover review venue costs.





UPCAT Essay-Writing Contest Rules

Eligibility Requirement
This contest is open to all junior high school students (or equivalent) who are17 years old and below.

How to Join
Eligible contestants must:

  1. Become a fan of Academic-Clinic ( and Brain Train Tutorial & Review Center ( on Facebook. When it’s time to select and declare the 3 winners, we will consider only contestants who are confirmed fans of Academic-Clinic and Brain Train.
  2. When the Submission Period commences, go to the UPCAT Essay Submission page. Click “Like” or “Send” and/or share the submission page to other social networks using the readily available options.
  3. Next, complete the UPCAT Essay Submission form, upload a copy of your essay (only files with the following extensions may be uploaded: .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .odt) and “Submit.”  This will send your entry to both Academic-Clinic and Brain Train.  Brain Train will screen your entry then publish it at their blog at the start of the Facebook Voting Period.
  4. After submitting your entry, go to the Brain Train Blog ( and SUBSCRIBE; you’ll find the subscribe form at the right side of the website, just underneath the blog’s menu bar. This step is important. By subscribing, you’ll stay updated on Brain Train’sblog posts and you’ll know exactly when your essay and those of your competitors are published.
  5. When the Facebook Voting Period commences, go to Brain Train’s blog (, look for your essay/entry, copy your entry’s URL and promote it on Facebook.
  6. During the Facebook Voting Period, get as many “Likes” as you can.  One “Like” is one vote. At this time, Brain Train and Academic-Clinic will also be reviewing all the entries from eligible contestants to choose the Brain Train’s Choice and the Academic-Clinic’s Choice, respectively.
  7. When the Facebook Voting Period ends, Brain Train will tally the Facebook votes for all entries.  Brain Train and Academic Clinic will also finalize their respective winners.
  8. On February 5, 2013, all 3 winners will be declared.  The announcement will be published atAcademic-Clinic, at the Academic-Clinic Fanpage and at the Brain Train Blog.  Winners will also receive notice via email.

How to Gain Bonus Points
You can gain plus points that could increase your chance of becoming Brain Train’s Choice by:

  • Following Brain Train on Twitter (@bra1n_tra1n).
  • Tagging Brain Train Tutorial & Review Center in relevant Facebook comments and shoutouts; by relevant comments and shoutouts, we mean those that pertain to the UPCAT Essay Writing Contest or those that indicate you’re enrolling in Brain Train’s UPCAT Review.

How to Claim Your Prize
Lucky winners must coordinate with Brain Train Tutorial & Review Center to claim their prize.  Winners may also contact (admin [at] ) if they need help coordinating with Brain Train.

If a winner is already registered with Brain Train Tutorial & Review Center, then he or she is eligible to receive a refund of his or her registration fee, provided that:

  • If said winner is enrolled in either the Los Baños or Greenfield venue, he or she shall receive a full refund.
  • If said winner is enrolled in a venue other than that in Los Baños or Greenfield, he or she shall be refunded his or her review fee diminished by the PhP 1,500.00 charge that will cover review venue costs.

Prizes not claimed by March 8, 2013 (Friday) will be voided.





UPCAT Essay-Writing Contest Important Notes

  • This contest is sponsored by Brain Train Tutorial & Review Center.  Brain Train is furnishing all the prizes for this contest.
  • All entries will become property of Brain Train Tutorial & Review Center.
  • By submitting your entry, you give Brain Train Tutorial & Review Center the right to publish it at their website, blog and all other venues (whether their own or designated by them), both online and offline, for marketing or any other purpose.


BRAIN TRAIN UPCAT Review Promos and Discounts


Happy New Year everyone!  We are glad to tell you that aside from the scholarships and discounts we've given to the winners and participants of Mental Smackdown (a quiz contest organized by UP AChES), Kapnayan 2012 (organized by UP Chemical Society) and the 3rd TungGALINGan (organized by UP JES), we will also be giving out scholarships and discount coupons to the winners and participants of the following activities this January:

  1. SinEEng'g 2013 (being organized by the UP Engineering Radio Guild) - 100% discount for the Most Outstanding Junior Participant of the Essay Writing Contest and Quiz Contest; 50% discount on runner-ups; and P1,500 discount to participants
  2. Estadistika 2013 (being organized by the UPLB Stats) -  100% discount for the Most Outstanding Junior Participant of the Essay Writing Contest and Quiz Contest; 50% discount on runner-ups; and P1,500 discount to participants
  3. Genetics Camp 2013 (being organized by the UPLB Genetics Society) - 100% discount for the Most Outstanding Junior Participant of the Essay Writing Contest and Quiz Contest; 50% discount on runner-ups; and P1,500 discount to participants

(If you belong to an organization that will be holding an event, you may get in touch with us to sponsor scholarships to winners and participants)

If you or your child will not be able to attend these activities, you may still avail of the regular discounts we give.

  1. P1,000 off* - early reservations (up to February 15) + full payment BEFORE the first review day
  2. P2,700 off* - early reservations (up to February 15) + full payment BEFORE the first review day + bulk enrollment (30 students or more) of public science high school students

*Not applicable in later schedules of certai​n venues

Other promos, discount schemes and venues will definitely come up.  If you have already enrolled before you were given a scholarship, we will refund your excess payment.  It is best to reserve early not just because of the discounts but also because of the limited number of slots.

Again, a prosperous 2013 to us all!