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


My year in review | January through March

Hi, friends. I can’t believe 2012 is already coming to an end. My what a year, huh? It’s always fun looking back through the posts from the year, at all of the memories and fun times. I’ve pulled out a few of my favorites from the beginning of 2012 to share with you … again. What are your favorite memories from 2012?

We started the year with a new niece.3adoreMy photos of Salvation Mountain were published in L’Officiel magazine. 5-40 There was gingerbread and mochas.11 I tried to participate in a photo-a-day challenge.13-bagI started reading Kinfolk. 14-reading Ready to roll.15-happiness Ate at a lot of diner with Maggie.
27 Spotted this tree.291I made Harold and Maude earrings out of beer caps. art_2231Emmelia kept growing.
em-blog-2 I watched Andrea make soap.soap_2110soap_6291C. and I wandered the flea market.flea_3759 Locke, my favorite place.locke_3388locke_3389 I discovered the Old Sugar Mill.mill_7078And spent 24 hours…

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My year in review | April through July

This is a great way to sum up your year. I’m jealous! 😀

Happy New Year, friends! It’s almost time to step into 2013, but I’m still a little caught up in the highlights of 2012. Here is a little recap of my year, particularly April through July. It’s been fun. I’m looking forward to a season of newness though, aren’t you?

A day in Monterey found the perfect place to work: on a blanket by the lake.lake-13A family hike.  monterey_7785monterey_7880A birthday bash continued.invite-blogparty_7621party_75831party_76281party_76331I loved my tin can garden.
tin_6095tin_8252 A shelf of tiny things.tiny1Skateboarding with Sara. walk_5454A trip to Tahoe.5_6903We said goodbye to my uncle, and a neighborhood flew their flags. 5_7313 A Tahoe eclipse.20120519-073847film-tahoe-4moon-2tahoe_6606tahoe_6630tahoe_6651Some fun gals went to prom.prom_6103And some roller derby girls battled it out.derby_6131 Cindy kayaked for the first time.
kayak_7781kayak_7799I walked Relay for Life for loved ones.relay1relay15I love summer hues.5-july-9I went camping at the beach. 314171blog-dillon_7238bodega-1 We grilled fruit.

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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.