The Sem That Was

More than a week has passed since we officially ended our first JTA Sem…and honestly I can’t believe I survived that sem. Right now I have a rough estimate of my grades, I actually anticipated my grades to be somewhere like this. Really hoping it won’t make my cumulative dip so low. But the sem’s done and there’s the second JTA sem for me to make a comeback (and that has been the case for the past 2 school years).

I would like to thank my professors who have been patient with us and who have spent so much time teaching us and, for some, bonding with us. Really thankful to have these professors because they have been quite generous to us and they really understood what we were all going through.

POM102 with MAC JTAers and our prof Sir Allan Ko.

Such a great time with OpMan because our prof’s really awesome and we were able to befriend our MAC classmates right away. OpMan will be unforgettable because of the IMBA long tests filled with calculations and numbers. (Really not a fan of numbers HAHA) Discussions were always interesting and really made time fly (take note, that we had 2 hours/class). Sir Allan is also such a nice guy! One time Dominic and I went to Eastwood and we saw sir by the parking lot and we greeted him! And take note that was like around the first 3 weeks of classes! Haha! He also went to our small picnic earlier on the sem. ALSO he’s the prof who’s active in our FB accounts haha! Thank you sir Allan for making OpMan fun! πŸ™‚

CS175 with Fr. Charlie

CS175 was the class I most looked forward to after Marketing. It was probably the first time I was really able to put my artistic self into some good use ever since I stepped into college. It was fun doing all exercises and I’m sorry Father (no, not for I have sinned) but because most of the time I fly solo except for the start in flash. Haha! CS175 was really fun with Fr. Charlie because he made things simple but memorable. Very approachable and he’s always there to lend a helping hand. I will never forget having to stay up awake finishing the video project because the laptop I used was crazy as it couldn’t handle Premiere Pro as well as my old laptop did. Nonetheless, despite the noobish editing, Fr. Charlie was able to appreciate it. Thank you Fr. Charlie for making me put my artsy self back through CS175! πŸ™‚

PH101 with MGT-H JTAers and Sir Michael Aurelio

Philo was the class I was looking forward to but I knew I would be mindraped every time…andΒ  it’s partially true. HAHA. We originally had Sir Tolentino but at one point he left for studies, I think though he’ll be back this January 2012. Philo was a bit challenging because I had to re-read the readings multiple times just for me to semi-understand what it’s trying to say. Whenever we have lecture I the semi-understand changes to understand. HAHA. Well yeah, with the prof’s input as well as everyone else’s everything becomes clearer for me. And I’m thankful for that. Under sir Michael, Philo became easier I guess because of the readings. The quizzes well they were a bit challenging. I had a 0 in one quiz 😦 But PH101 under sir Michael will be unforgettable for two things. First, it was my first time to fall asleep in any LT ever. HAHA. Second, despite my really dumb orals, I got a decent grade! Haha! Because of sir Michael I learned to wait to be enlightened again. So I guess, for that, thank you sir Michael and hope to see you around! πŸ™‚

FIN102 with Ms. Marion Tan

The class I least looked forward to. I hate numbers as in really HAHA. With ma’am Marion, however, I felt that I can actually solve stuff on my own! My grades aren’t high but it’s an achievement I guess for me not to be failing in an all numbers class! I can say that probably had I owned a natural display calculator, my life would’ve been easier, as in totally! It was just so difficult using a plain scientific because it’s like being primitive… everyone else could solve right away and I’m like typing and typing HAHA. But Finance was fun to an extent because we get to help each other out learn stuff and everything. Ma’am Marion, well I’m thankful that she’s our Finance prof and thank God we have a female prof HAHA! She was very understanding and patient with us. She helped us understand stuff better and she pushed us sometimes so we can be better. For that, thank you Ma’am Marion πŸ™‚

MKT 101 with (a few)ME JTAers and Sir Wilson Gan

Ah yes, the class I most looked forward to, Marketing. Marketing was fun despite the difficult to do WACs and the bloody papers. Actually, having it at Friday night and Saturday morning wasn’t so bad after all considering a 6 hour break every Friday. I would really miss all the commercials that were shown and seriously, it really made me want to go to advertising after college, but I’m still open to anything. I can say that probably it took time before we got to really get to know our ME classmates compared to everyone else. The whole time we really thought they didn’t want to mingle but apparently some felt we were cliquish. HAHA! Sir Wilson Gan’s a really great cheerful guy and he provided us much assistance along the way in all of our papers and there’s improvement a. I will never forget this one 6-8PM class when we were just all so crazy and he didn’t mind at all! Sir Wilson, thank you for sticking with us despite our insanity πŸ™‚

There’s so much to be thankful for, really and I guess the most significant ones are those I went to the battlefield with. It was a tough time all throughout but these girls and guys really made every moment worth with. Made every all nighter worth it. Made every responsibility more tolerable. Made me feel…at home again in school. They have helped me realize a lot of things and have been there through the tough times as well as the great ones. Thank you so much, I’m eternally grateful. πŸ™‚

Dianne and Carissa from Block R’13

Mon, Pamcy and Jonan from Block R1’13

Jade, Camille, Mai, Trisha, Fielle, Sarah and Iris from Block R2’13

Apple the lone one from Block R3’13

Dominic, Maia, Gianna and I from Block R4’13.

And now we carry on to our respective countries πŸ™‚ Dominic and Maia, enjoy Singapore and do bond with Kenley, Marco and the other Singaporeans! Apple will be there soon so yeah don’t be cliquish! haha!

The Sem That Was

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! πŸ™‚

CHROMAZONE: COA RecWeek 2011

JTA. Don’t Cry Out, Ceasefire

Third week of JTA sem, but it feels like it’s the third month. I know I sound like a broken record but this sem is just so hell. As in it’s really eating up my “me time”. I really have enough time for my extra-curricular involvements, but there are really times when I can’t even just chill and not think about anything. It’s quite sad, really. But it’s alright, I’m still healthy and my grades aren’t suffering whatsoever.

The week was crazy in all aspects. (picture below isn’t relevant at all, but I find it cute!)

Wednesday was the beginning of the wackiest day of the week. Actually, my week started that day. (Daluz took this shot, as well as other pictures with my ugly face)
My OpMan group met up that day and went to the house of Dominic to continue on our paper which was quite comparable to a fusion of the crazy midterm COM12 paper as well as the craziest LS10 pass. Before going though, we ate lunch in Kenny Rogers and while waiting for the driver of Dominic, we saw Mara in all her bubbly glory.

We eventually go to the house of Daluz after waiting for like 2 hours or so. Stayed at his room practically the whole time and swear, the room was filled with restlessness emanating from all of us. HAHA! The picture of Maia is a “before” actually. Had I taken a picture of her after we were doing stuff, it would be so sad, she’d sue me if I posted it here.

Didn’t really go around the house of Daluz, so I took these pictures. Really cute he kept his bag tag! I remember there was a time my mom gave me a bag tag that was ribbon-y. 😐
That day was really stressful but all kinds of awesome. We were there from 2:30 to 11:00PM. We didn’t push through with the everyone sleepover idea anymore. Fun thing that happened: right after we ate dinner, we all rushed fixing our ugly faces and went straight to Power Plant Mall for last minute stuff. It was a very fun experience actually. First time that I ever walked to a mall from a house, first time that I lingered in a mall while it was closing, and first time to stay that late in someone’s house with the need to go back home. Haha! We were productive, to be fair. Just not as much as we expected because a lot of things had to be clarified among ourselves. And it helped. πŸ™‚
(I really love my group: Maia, Dominic, Jade, Iris, CamSee!)

Following day, we were in the eye of the storm phase. Rest the whole day so we could finish the paper when we all got home. Look at Iris, looks so stressed! 😦 But look at her hand, Winnie the Pooh! Haha!

Friday, finally passed the OpMan paper though like 5-10 minutes late. 😦 But we got our sanity back. Really felt guilty I fell asleep! I bet I had the most hours of sleep among my JTA blockmates! 😦 But everything’s done and all we have to do is wait for the pass 1 to be returned and for us to improve.

While waiting for Marketing, we did our WAC. I finished before the girls and took pictures of Β random things…and yes, Jeff and Maia are included. Haha! Such a crazy and cute couple!

That last picture… SWEETNESS.

But I want to end this entry with something very off. Haha! When my mom fetched me last night, we were both craving for something light to eat, we saw this small “resto” named Monsees. The spanish bread and pot pie were really delicious!

and that’s it for week 3!

JTA. Don’t Cry Out, Ceasefire

Speeches. Platforms. and some Questions.

January 28, 2011

Ever since High School this time of the school year would always be one of my most anticipated ones (not counting the breaks, of course!) This time of the year would always be filled with discernment and surprises. It’s always nice to see people stepping up but it’s also nice to see people to step down to give opportunities for others.

Yesterday, we had our annual Miting de Avance where the 19 EB candidates presented their platforms and answered some mild, tough and very tough questions by the panel comprised of the incumbent EB (seniors and those not running: Roshni, Fara and I). We started at 4:30 and the presentations began!

Pre Miting de Avance Photos:

JonnDy and Froi! Two of my favorite MEAns! Congratulations for the successful elections!

Bien and MattLee, 2 of the many other ASLAns running for position. Apparently, the ACheS Miting de Avance was just on the room before us!

Miting de Avance time!

Fara and Mindy representing the CorRel Department!

Katz and Mon. Supposed to be a candid shot but Mon saw the camera…well how can you not notice a dSLR if it’s just 4 rulers away from you? Haha!

And now, the 19 EB Candidates!

JR and Isay were the first ones to face the Open Forum!

Krista, Liz, Dawn, Benny, Katie, Angel, Derrick, Ranamae.

Gayle, Gelo, Xea, Jonan, Mia, Ja, Bien, Al, Rem.


Paolo with his notebook filled with questions from cover to cover! Haha! Well not really, he just didn’t ran out of things to ask.

Despite the fact that the Miting de Avance was around 4 1/2 hours (4:30-9:00 PM), I can say that everything was worth it. Almost 2 1/2 hours of questions and answers. Some things were cleared up yet some things were left as is because of the lack of time. And I hope that the intense questions helped the candidates be more truly aware of the positions they’re running for. Hopefully πŸ™‚ So best of luck to all the candidates and to those who will not be elected, I hope that you will not lose passion in serving and leading the organization and its members.

 

And to end this post, I wish to impart you something I learned over the SemBreak:

“God calls you to the place where your DEEPEST GLADNESS and the world’s GREATEST HUNGER meet”

Speeches. Platforms. and some Questions.