The Will To Lead

A couple of months ago, just as I was preparing for college, a representative from a political party in De La Salle University sent me a personal message on Facebook, inviting me to join their organization. The following is my response to the that message:

“For the past 10 years, St. Scho has groomed me to become a great SERVANT LEADER. I’ve actively participated in planning outreach programs, seminars and other school activities that will benefit my fellow students. And I believe that all the hard-work you put into planning these things will come to fruition once you see that the batch/organization/student body gives you a pat on the back.I’ve always had the passion to reach out to others, to become the voice that speaks for everyone. I may not have won student government during my high school years but I think every thing has it’s time and place and I think that I was meant to do that in college. Aside this, my exposure to photojournalism contests in the division and regional levels, have opened my eyes to the real world and be alarmed with situations like poverty and the uneducated youth.

I feel that I have the calling to serve and testament to that are the awards I have received: the Service Award, Scholastican Award and Catechist of the Year Award, among others, which the school gave me when I graduated this March. And I believe that I have the mission to continue on and be proud to say that this is what my alma mater has groomed me to become.

I can’t think of myself being the average student, following directions from the class leader and wait like a sitting duck. Pun aside, I always felt the need to take action, to be involved as well as achieve greater heights both in my academics and extra-curricular. Now that you’ve given me the invitation to join your political party, I think I’m ready to take this up a notch and challenge myself.

I’m just not sure if it’s still proper to join ‘The Lasallian‘ (the university’s campus paper) though, but if given the opportunity, I would love to join both.

I’m really excited about going to DLSU and this will further equip me for the future, when we’re out there in the real world


Loyal Bestfriend

January 3, 2013, Wednesday

9:02 PM

Hey! I finally got my thinking cap on and decided to share a little something about one of the most important friend I’ve had (and since her birthday is in a few days..) hope you guys like this.

It began some time in 2008, when my mom introduced me to her. I remember clearly that we met in a mall in Alabang, Muntinlupa. Probably, I was around 11 or 12 at that time the first time I saw her. The color of her eyes played with blue and brown as the lights hit and reflected on it. I knew at that moment she was going to be a keeper.

After we grabbed lunch and was done looking around the mall, we took her home. We prepared her bed and made her feel at ease—just like family.

She got pretty big after some time and I would get really furious whenever she would try to break anything at home. But I always relied on her whenever I’m in a mad mood, when there’s a raincloud over my head. She’s was my confidante, someone I can really trust. She’s not like the other girls who would kiss and tell. She just listens.

Sometimes, I end up staying awake late at night, even until 2 0r 3 AM, but she patiently sits on the couch with the TV on slowly falling asleep, waiting for me to finish. She does not demand nor complain. Whenever there are tears falling down my eyes, she wipes them away. She also never fails to make me laugh with her funny little gestures.

She is my defender and my shield. She can easily sense when someone or something may put me in trouble. She always reassures me that everything is going to be okay.

We would do photo shoot sessions even just inside my room. She gives me inspiration whenever I am writing or composing songs. She’s a great company.

It has been 4 years of friendship and still she is still there with me through all those up and downs. I am glad to have my best friend Coco, who’s more than just a dog but a great companion. Truly as they say, “the dog is man’s bestfriend!”

Done with the Holidays and Welcome 2013

It has been quite awhile since I’ve posted since the family’s been pretty busy with all the holiday preparations all that.

Roast chicken, paella Valenciana and Glazed ham for Christmas dinner was delish and new year’s eve was just as hearty. The gift giving and the exchange of hugs and smiles from everyone was truly priceless.

Above of it all, the main reason why we’re celebrating is because of the birth of the Child Jesus being born in the manger. It’s not about the material things we receive because we can get that any day, perhaps our birthdays, but this is that time of the year we celebrate His.

Having a big problem deciding on which dress to wear or what shoes to put on is the usual debate many of us deal with when it comes to celebrations like these. However, that’s not the case with some children we teach in Barangay Inchican Elementary School.

As soon as the bus arrived, their faces were briming with joy and excitement. So much so that we forgot our financial status and felt like we were all the same, we were all humans breathing the same air and stepping on the same soil.

Personally, I felt ashamed when we heard their Christmas wishes. Some just wanted to have a simple dinner while the others just wanted to celebrate the season with their family as a whole.

I was teary-eyed for a moment, but I put on a smile again and knew this was my chance to share with them the happiness I have no trouble getting.

At that, I felt very much blessed to have what I have. I rarely complain nowadays because I’ve learned to appreciate how lucky I am and I’m very much thankful for everything that I have.

Lunchtime Surprise

December 22, 2012, 12:30 pm

Just as I thought the world would be doomed yesterday, I get a surprising news today.

While I was happily eating my lunch with my family, I hear the engine sound coming from a  motorcycle. Ding-dong our door bell rang. Dad went outside to check and later got a package from the mailman.

He came inside calling my name. He told me that the package was for me. Nobody really sends me packages that’s why I began to be anxious.

He handed me the package and I quickly opened it–my heart was racing, to tell you honestly.

Inside were two envelopes from the University of Asia & the Pacific, a prestigious school here in the Philippines. Opening the first one, I was scared of what it might say. As I read it, unfortunately, my application for merit scholarship was rejected. I felt down but knowing there was another envelope, I regained my hope.

So, I got the other one and carefully opened it. It read:


We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to the UA&P Bachelor of Arts in Media and Entertainment Management as freshman for the first semester, school year 2013-2014…..

and so on…

At that, I knew that though I passed, I wasn’t gonna be studying here since my parents’ condition was that I had to pass the scholarship in order to for them to send me here.

No worries, I am still waiting for the results from the three other universities I’ve applied in.

All’s well that ends well. That school must’ve been meant for someone else, but not me. Just have too keep praying and wait for God’s plan for me.

I just have to be patient!


Biggest Compliment

So here I am in a cafe ordering a piece of doughnut and sipping some strawberry tofee milktea, and guess what, I receive my biggest, well not actually, but most flattering compliment.

While ordering, two ladies behind the cashier whisper to each other the most unthinkable set of words I could think of–“She looks like Saab Magalona.” It wasn’t exactly said directly to me, but I sort of knew that they were talking about me. Come on, they said it just as I left the counter.

I smiled as I thought about it. Not realizing that I kinda looked like her.

After a while, I thought about it for a second. That actually made my day. That’s why I immediately wanted to share it here on my blog.

Saab and I do have some things in common–writing, or in modern terms, blogging. She’s already made a name for herself by being a renowned fashion blogger and here I am just at the starting line. It is somehow possible that I become someone like her, however I still want to build that foundation myself. I want to be known as myself, not anybody else.

Well, I just thought it would be nice to share something I don’t get everyday. Hope before this year ends, someone will make your day super memorable!


PS. – If you want to know more about Saab Magalona, visit her blog ‘Spell Saab’ (


Dear readers,

Thank God I had the time to write once again. So many things to be done with so little time.

You may think this is just one of my ‘rant’ entries, it’s not. I am actually really sorry about not being able to post ‘something’ the past couple of days. You’d probably be think I’m getting tired of updating but there are just too many things that are going on in my life. Let’s face it, I’m going to be graduating in less than three months and that alone is a lot to take in.

Well, I  knew I just had to publish something today since, well, I JUST knew that I SHOULD DO IT. It’s already Christmas and I feel like I have to give a pretty long entry to make it up to you guys.

Must it be that I just finished watching Julie and Julia that I hear someone speaking in my head as I type down these words?” Yeah, probably just my narrator.

Kidding aside, after watching this movie, I was motivated to keep on writing. Even though you know you don’t have anything at all to write, you just keep writing.

It’s getting pretty late and I know I must be in my bedroom sleeping by now, but now I feel even more happier that I get some things off my chest and that would really help me have a good night sleep. So, au revior for now, sayonara and good night!


PS – I promise to post more often. It’s Christmas break anyways. 😀

Layout Mania

October 25, 2012, 11:07pm

So tired from all the work. All we do is to edit, proofread and write articles. But that’s what editors do, right?

Signing up for this job was no joke. I knew what might be in store for me although when I got the job, I really saw what madness I got into.

No sleep for 3 days just organizing articles, matching them with the approriate photos and captions. Later on, everything would be laid out and formatted. And that’s not even half the work.

Everyone thinks presswork is so easy. Well, guess what, it’s not. Writing is a passion, I agree but sometimes it takes more than just that. You have to be competent, motivated, and committed to the work you do in order to achieve a successful media, in my case a school newspaper.

I get pressured, frustrated and stressed. We all get that. But during presswork, it’s different.

Like any other art, it takes one to think out of the box, but be coming focused on current affairs and social issues.

That aside, once you’re halfway done, it becomes more fulfilling. All the hardwork will definitely be swept away and would not matter anymore.