Wow. it’s been more than 2 years since my last post. I have been meaning to write all this time, I swear. But a lot of things have happened – things I couldn’t even imagine. One day, I just happened to look back and I was really surprised that I haven’t really been in touch with myself lately. Blame it to life.
Sooo.. to make up for those months that I have been MIA, here’s what I’ve been up to. Brace yourselves. I have to warn you. This is long. Hahahaha
FIRST… I’VE BEEN BACK IN SCHOOL.
For those who do not know, I am currently in college, taking up Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. So, let’s start with that.
Here’s a look at what I and my classmates look like. Yes, we wear white. Because in the hospital is where our course is most applicable. But we can also work in various food chains, nursing homes, and even offices. For the past year, we were still kind of adjusting to the course, which proved to be not so easy. Yes, the course sounds fancy, but it isn’t the kind of course where you can take studying for granted.
Also, personally, it has been tougher for me since I am a single mom. I have to tend to my daughter’s needs while studying. Frankly, it wasn’t a walk in the park, but nevertheless, I worked really hard and still managed to get high grades. I even became topnotcher in a lot of subjects – I don’t mean to sound braggy, but duh. Hahahaha.
Being back in school changed me in a lot of ways, and also brought out little bits of who I was before. I became this quirky, bubbly, talkative kind of person again – in a good way. I took this as a second chance, for the better.
This photo never fails to make me laugh everytime. I can’t help but notice that I have become resilient in what other people has to say. Notice those girls staring at me like I’m a mad woman – which I am, now that I think about it, Hahaha. But I really don’t mind what others say now. No more college dramas for me because I’m confident with who I am.🙂
Of course, being back at school also meant I’m back at our student publication. Before I took a time off school mid-year last 2011, I was the Editor-in-Chief. It was one of those things that gives me a pang of regret whenever I reminisce. I was having a good governance, I was happy doing what I love most – writing. But things happened and I had to give it up. Nonetheless, after a few years, here I am again!
We call ourselves “The Originals”, because we were the only ones left from my term in 2011. Regina (the one in violet) was the editor-in-chief last year, while Christian and I were both Associate Editors.
Okay. The poster sums it all up. hahahaha. Last September 2014 we had a Campus Journalism Seminar-Workshop and I was on the flyer!! hahahahaha.😀
By December last year, we published our paper for the year. We were actually aiming for two papers but we never had the time. This was my comeback column in there. Sorry, the photo was kind of disgusting but there was nothing I could do. It looked fine while we were editing it, but it came out like that during printing. Sigh. Anyway, It’s the column itself that counts.
LUNDUYAN 2014 AT ANGELES CITY, PAMPANGA
It was October last year when we received a memo from CHED, informing us about an activity called LUNDUYAN, spearheaded by the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines, aiming to educate all campus journalists of press freedom and also of our National situation. It was a 5-day convention where we also get to meet other fellow campus-journalists from all over Luzon. We were amazed at the training they were offering, so we pushed it through. Another thing that attracted us was that the activity was planned to take place in Pampanga, one of the most historical places in our country. We’ve never been in there, so all the more reason we wanted to go.
Upon arrival at Angeles City, we planned to have a quick tour before the activity started. Luckily, we met another co-campus journalist from the Holy Angel University, and he offered to show us around. What you see in the picture is the Holy Rosary Church, a historical church there in Pampanga. It was named like that because at night, there’s this big rosary that lights up its front and it’s very beautiful.
In front of the Holy Rosary church, just across the street, there’s this heritage site. It’s an old house made of capiz and hard wood – the usual materials that ancient Philippine houses are made of. This house has been turned into a museum. I will look for better pictures and will post another blog entry for this next time, I promise! Anyway, I got this soft feeling in my chest when I entered the museum. I was hit by a wave of emotions, like amazement and awe. What struck me was that, the environment outside the house was already modern. The streets are all commercialized buildings, stalls, and various businesses, so when you look at the house, it really stands out because it’s the only structure that isn’t made in the 1990’s, yet it’s still very well-preserved. And when you go inside, the feeling is even more powerful upon seeing antique artifacts, furnitures, paintings, and a lot more. We even saw remnants of bombs used during the American colonization here in the Philippines. There were also letters from yes, actual people who lived way way way back. The word “amazing” would be a serious understatement to describe the experience.
Creaky stairs have a soft spot in my heart. it’s like a reminder that a lot of people have walked on it in lifetimes past.
We also passed by this miniature Eiffel Tower, in front of Gustav’s reataurant. It’s awesome🙂
What I liked most about the entire activity was that they gave us a Basic Masses Integration, where all of us went into Porac, Pampanga, and got to take a look at what life for people in there looks like. It was during that activity that I got to meet Mirjan Hipolito, she’s so tall, right? hahaha. From what I know, she’s already the Mutya Ning Angeles in Pampanga. She won a beauty pageant in their city.🙂
On the last day, we had a surprise lecturer for Feature Writing, the one and only Eros Atalia! He is one of the most famous authors here in the Philippines today, and being a bookworm, I never passed up the chance of taking a photo with him and requesting an autograph.😀
On the last night, we had cultural night where we presented something that represents our regions. We got teamed up with region 1, and we presented something like a dance, while some of us sang. If you’re wondering what my cultural attire is, it’s the traditional mode of dressing for ifugaos.
For me, meeting new friends is still the best part of the ativity, It managed to bring different people from different places together to work towards one common goal : PRESS FREEDOM.
FASHION SHOW 2014
It is required in our course to create a culminating activity in the 3rd year. Last year, the third-years in our college made a fashion show for their culminating activity. And it so turned out that only a handful of people could make it, so they required our year level to attend.
Of course, every girl has those times when they feel pretty. For me, this night was one of those. Haha. No one ever passes up a good chance to feel confident about herself/himself.
REGIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION PRESS CONFERENCE AND BAGGAO ADVENTURE
Every December, the RHEPC is being held at Tuguegarao City, and last year, I was again given the chance to join. The RHEPC is a press conference in our region, and is mostly a contest of writing and photojournalism skills. I chose to join photojournalism english.
This is just us chillin’ at our hotel room. Gearing ourselves up for the upcoming contests.
I can proudly say that at the awarding ceremony, I got the chance to go up the stage and claim my certificate by being the eighth place in Photojournalism english. Not bad, since it’s my first time to join photojourn.
After the RHEPC, we decided not to go home yet, but to explore more of the beautiful places in Cagayan. Next destination? Baggao!
We arrived at our destination by 5 pm. But since it’s raining, we decided to spend the night at Regina’s house and proceed to Baggao the morning after.
We even got photobombed by the best photobombers ever! hahahaha.
That night, we couldn’t sleep early. HAHA. We were all hyped-up on coffee and even though we were sleep deprived for more than 24 hours already, sleep wasn’t an option. We even had th nerve to do an energetic groufie. Haha.
The next morning, we woke up really early to go to Baggao even though it was still raining and it was very very cold. We walked up to the beautiful part of it – and IT WAS ALL WORTH IT.
This is how it looked like there. Beautiful, right??🙂
And of course I cannot pass up taking selfies🙂
After the trip at Baggao, we headed home. But of course, we had the pleasure of eating at Mang Inasal, courtesy of our adviser, Maam Bless.
By March I got my glasses…
And I don’t know how, but somewhere along the way, my appetite just flared up…
And I suddenly became THIS fat.
I’m not complaining, or anything. In fact, I’m loving how I look like now🙂
NATIONAL STUDENT PRESS CONVENTION
Okay!! This part deserves an entire blog entry!! But since I still don’t have all of the pictures, this is enough. FOR NOW.
Last May, we attended the National Student Press Convention at Benguet. I’m just giving you the gist, hahaha. No spoilers, I will be giving a DETAILED report soon!
🙂 Notice that almost all pictures I post are pretty much of myself. Ugh. Hahaha.
MORE TO COME SOON!
(I’m kind of tired from typing, i’ll update this again tomorrow)
AU revoir mon cheire!🙂