Down from The Hill before We Fly

August 1, 2011

Last week, Cam Ang invited all of us JTAers to go to Bulacan for a quick visit at the Gawad Kalinga Center for Social Innovation. Being the always game for anything, I woke up quite early (5:45 am) to get to school at the supposed call time at 7 am but due to unforeseen traffic, I arrived around 7:30 am. I didn’t expect to know anyone actually and I was hesitant to go just because of that. But thank God that didn’t stop me from going.

After more than an hour’s worth of road trip, we finally reached Enchanted Farm in Bulacan.Kath, Aloy, Pearl, Timmy, CamAng, Hye Won, Melody and Natasska(both not in the picture) were my van-mates. Really fun company!

We were all given a tour around the area and it’s a very interesting place, so much potential to grow into something really grand. We saw the sites for different ventures and they were really interesting like the bamboo bike one and the bamboo palace site. And I would love to share those photos with you but I’d rather you go there for yourself and see how amazing the place is. Haha! You can, however, look at how cute some of the animals there were!

The one on the left was protecting golden eggs! Haha! No kidding. I think she/he was really because golden eggs is one of the ventures 🙂Cute! It’s really a dream of mine to take care of goats inside my dream house! Just wanted to share haha!

And of course taking a field trip-esque picture was a must!

We had some taste test thing after where we learned of different food ventures like the chocolate bar and the health tea and such. We were then told that we’ll play some sort of game and we were okay with it, I mean like hey, we be learning new stuff and now we have a game? HAHA! Fun! Although it was such a challenge! Eating one chili made me remember back in High School how painful the experience was! Haha! We were under the rain looking for eggs all over the area and it was enjoyable even if it was mega raining! haha!

Anj acting like a scarecrow wearing a raincoat!

We went back to shaded place and we had lunch! I got to eat lunch with Jillian, Joss, Kevin, Kerwin, Aloy and Rocky although it was  practically me, Jillian bonding and from time to time Kevin and Joss joined in HAHA!

Anj and Aloy, the Sciences Po people!After lunch we gathered at this place and one of the people from the place shared the vision of GK CSI and it really made me consider to go for social entrepreneurship but I think it’s too soon for me to really lock into it. However, I am still for the society as I have been since God who knows when.

We got to plant passion fruits and our “egg capsules” and we’ll visit back on January to check up on those. We went back and quite spontaneously, 2 more people shared some stuff to us and once again I’m just amazed at how people really give up so much pleasures and would’ve been pleasures so they can help out in society better. And I applaud them for that. Really moving 🙂

And I’m thankful yet again for how this whole JTA thing is going for me and a lot of other people. Hats off to Cam Ang and Ryan for pulling this simple yet effective trip for all of us. 🙂

Down from The Hill before We Fly

CHROMAZONE: COA RecWeek 2011

June 27-July 1,2011

After numerous weeks of planning, of night meetings, of email and telephone frustrations, of pitches, McDo deliveries, RecWeek’s finally done. I seriously didn’t expect to be able to survive the demands of RecWeek, for a time OrSem, ACTM’s 1st GA planning and acads all at the SAME time. It was, without a doubt, the most stressful project I’ve ever been part of but at the same time, it was the most fulfilling and the one which brought much happiness after every meeting, after every day of RecWeek and after RecWeek itself. I was blessed to be a part of such a diverse set of people and I’m just so grateful that in the process of meeting a lot of new people, I was able to be of service to the many organizations in Ateneo.

For the whole week our call time was 6 am and it meant that I had to wake up at 5 am everyday all though there were instances that I didn’t sleep at all due to all nighters for that week. Monday, I accidentally cut OpMan to see the parade. And it was fun seeing people all prepped up for it! And because I am biased towards BC I’ll be placing some BC pictures here HAHA!

AJMA (joined only this year!)

MEcO with the BC CHeST (Michelle and Mico). I’d like to note that Coby became my friend because of the COA pitches HAHA!ACTM with the BC CHeST. Katie so cutie!Me with the DSLD reps! Irene, Zee and Martin! Everything about RecWeek was magical for me. I got to bond with a lot of people and it completely made me forget about worries acads-wise. I remember the time that I actually cried going back to the MVP Roofdeck because our Marketing pass was late and it was just so screwed all over. But when I arrived there, Tricia Javelosa, Jason, Mico and Charla were there ready to comfort me. Thank you guys and girls again for that.

RecWeek also made me see how passionate a lot of my friends are in their respective organizations. I saw a lot of them at the Roofdeck promoting their organizations, having booth shifts and some of them even convincing me to join their orgs! HAHA! Anyway here are more pictures!

Me with Maronne

Marco, an ASEC member. Despite being a JTAer he’s still lending a hand to ASEC which I joined this year!Ahiya KitKit! Forget what org he was promoting HAHA! HIHI. Kit’s probably the most sabaw CTM’12 JTAer I know! Never a dull moment when he’s around.

Veron and Kevin! LEX and MACA! I both signed up for both HAHA!Anaelle for CoSA! I also joined it this year. HAHA!Then there was this one time that a lot of people just roamed around the MVP roofdeck promoting their orgs and it was so cute that they all went to the stage and they were waiting for a photographer to take a picture of them! HAHA! I see Jayvee for LEX, Kevin for MACA, Vannah for TA, Arjo for Blue Rep, Cham for something HAHA! Mon for APAIR and El for PAC. Pat for ENTA then someone for ACTM :))

What made RecWeek more memorable would be that it was my first time to do Corporate Relations (getting sponsors) ever in my whole life! Haha! I was able to get M&M’s WHOPEE!!

Juan and Yves! Log deputy and Project head, respectively

Beng, Yves (again), Kim, Juan (again) and Kevin! then me with most of the members of the RecWeek Core! After Charla are Diana, Bianca, Marian, Kevin, EJ. Then after me are Kim, Shyla and Ingrid!

Would’ve added more pictures but this is already filled with a lot! I enjoyed RecWeek more and appreciated it more this year having been able to work behind the scenes. Can’t wait for next year’s RecWeek! 🙂

CHROMAZONE: COA RecWeek 2011