COMPIPS Reunion, June 12, 2018

For someone who had hesitated going to the reunion, I immensely enjoyed the party meant for those who believed in “trabaho muna bago pakikisama.”
PNU-SG COMELEC was my safe haven when I was an undergraduate. Have you had those moments when too many things in your life overwhelm you and you just have to do something to set things straight? It was COMELEC for me. Crazy it may seem particularly for those who know how studying is like in Philippine Normal University, but working in that org in that dingy little room made me helped me stay focused and goal-oriented. It was not an easy feat to juggle my academic requirements -which I am very proud to say were above satisfactory- and Secretary General responsibilities but I got through those four years just fine.

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It took us, well in my case since I graduated in 2008, ten years to be reunited and through our fluctuating weights, growing families, and changing of careers, we felt how time flew so fast. Some of us looked the same, others looked even better. Of course, I could not recognize some of them anymore and I made a mistake about twice but isn’t this the very reason why people have reunion parties? to remember each other?

It’s unnerving and nostalgic to be called ‘Knack’ again ―I dropped the name when I had my second job and started using the initials of my long name.

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It looked like a party for overgrown kids with all those parlor games and ridiculous but practical prizes.

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And the food! Jollibee even graced us with his presence and charmed the ladies―me included. We also celebrated the beautiful Kresha’s birthday.

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I got reunited with my ‘partner’ and ‘daughter.’

 

As I listened to Bhymar, Kresha and Caps talking about how they wanted to make this relationship last longer until we all grew older, I couldn’t help but reminisce the times my own group had thought their batch had needed a stronger foundation to initiate change and to stand on their own feet.

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Looking at them, I couldn’t be any prouder.

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Photo fro Bhymar ^_^

 

 

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A Guest Speaker’s 24 hours in Albay

Feb 23rd

Out of my excitement, I got to the airport about four hours before my flight. I mean, who wouldn’t be excited? I decided to make the most out of my time and stayed at the nearest charging station where I squeezed my brain out for an article.
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While working on my pending article for WIM, I decided to go over my presentation again, wondering if I somehow missed something. Surely, I could modify some parts, add more information and delete the ones that weren’t exactly necessary for the presentation.

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I had been invited by St. Raphael Academy, Legazpi, Albay, through the help of VIBAL Publishing, to deliver a speech for the school’s 69th Foundation Anniversary.
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Containing my excitement had been very difficult because it would be a number of firsts for me: first time to travel to Albay, first time to handle a seminar with 2000+ participants, first time to speak in a foundation anniversary, etc. Seeing Mt. Mayon intensified that feeling. Who wouldn’t be so humbled seeing something so majestic?
Vibal booked me a room at Lotus Blu Hotel, a new hotel–as I was informed–somewhere in Terminal Rd 1. The place was marvelous. I had the room all to myself not unlike when I had been seen to Taiwan two years back.
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The only difference was the view. If in Taipei, my room had had a great view of Taipei 101, in Legazpi, I had a great view of the sunset and Mt. Mayon engulfed in her blanket of clouds– I had assumed the volcano was a he but it was a she all along. Nonetheless, it was love at first sight.
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After sifting and refining my article, inspired by the looming mountain of fire at a distance, I decided to head out to Four Seasons, a restaurant nearby. I’ve got to admit that I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t find a place where I could get authentic Bicolano food but man! Their fried chicken was amazing and you’ll love their beef noodles!
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Just about five steps from the restau was a coffee shop after my own heart:
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Artisan’s modern, chic, black and white environment called upon my Minimalist soul and I enjoyed it along with my iced Americano and double chip cookie cheesecake.
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Feb 24th

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Good morning, Mayon!

By now, I think it is obvious how much I loved Mt. Mayon.

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One mirror-selfie chance that I couldn’t let pass ^_^

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Miss Cindy and I almost got lost but we arrived at Legazpi City Convention Center just in time for my talk and lo and behold! Look at that crowd! The place was brimming with people: St. Raphael Academy’s administrators, faculty, students and parents. Sister Marilyn Gustilo confided that there were approximately 2300 participants in the venue.

What an honor!

The theme of St. Raphael Academy’s 69th founding anniversary was ‘Strengthening the Bond of Solidarity as One Raphaelite Community’ clearly embodied through the participation of 2300 people in the event.

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Yours truly with Ms Cindy Go from Vibal and Sister Marilyn Gustilo of St. Raphael Academy

I was honestly amazed by how participative and enthusiastic the students and their parents were! It came as no surprise though since my topic was “The Impact of Social Media on Millennials” and I was pretty sure about 80% of them had access to social networks. Then again, Grade 3 students amazed me by reading a number of my slides and answering my questions in complete sentences. How cute!

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After a one and a half hours of talk, I had to give myself a pat on the shoulder for preparing slides that the Raphaelites found interesting. It was amazing being asked questions about the presentation and responding appropriately in return. The commendation from the parents and Sister Marilyn with the certificate I got from the school was enough a reward for my efforts. I was blessed to be part of the celebration, and even more blessed to be recognized as a speaker.

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After the event, Ms. Cindy accompanied me to places where I could buy souvenirs and try the famous SILI Ice Cream — which I definitely love!
We also visited Cagsawa where I had the chance to get a closer look at Mt. Mayon.

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The girl in the black scarf!

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It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I was so proud of what I had been able to accomplish but like what I mentioned before, seeing Mt. Mayon humbled me and reminded me once again that I was a representation of something bigger.
PLUS: Reading this tweet on my flight back to Manila capped it all off.

 

Teacher of the Week

Teacher Ganda: Where are you from?
Student: I’m from Miaoli, teacher.
Teacher Ganda: Oh, there are a lot of cats in Miaoli, right?
Student: Huh? Why teacher? How did you know?
Teacher Ganda: (meow..meow…meow…li) (MIAOLI)

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*Ganda means beautiful in Filipino.
**Thanks, Teacher Ganda for contributing this. You know who you are. ^_^

 

Teacher of the Week

When eight-year old kids these days feel like they always get the short end of the stick…

8-year old student : Actually every semester, there are two big exams, Midterm and Finals.
Teacher: Honey, when you get older, you’ll realize that in college, you get three exams in one semester.

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