Saturday, December 30, 2006


I feel so fulfilled right now.

(1)I've placed labels for all my blog entries from the first one I've ever written to now. haha. Just wanted to share.
(2)read more than 80 pages of Les Miserables today. :D
(3)finished editing write-ups of sections assigned to me. 1 section na lang di nagpapass.
(4)done w/ yearbook table of contents
(5)done w/ praisefest planning pero may practice pa

//I know. There's lots more to do. But at least I'm making some progress. :D Thank you Lord.

Friday, December 29, 2006

ILC '07


14th ILC
April 13-15, 2007
@ Naga City Sports Complex, Pacol, Naga City, Camarines Sur.

800php discounted early registration until Feb. 2, 2007
1000php regular reg deadline is on March 5, 2007
See you there and let us all be HEROES for God and our country!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The greatest gift

We all know that Jesus is the greatest gift we have all received this Christmas season. So this is about the second greatest gift we - the entire Ligunas family (my dad's & his brothers' families, my grandmother & a distant grandaunt) - received this Christmas.

We were already at our room at Discovery Suites last Dec. 24 when Tito Vonn, a cousin of my dad's from the States , whom they invited to join us arrived. Everybody was happy to see him since he hasn't come home for 6 years. But that's not the gift.

Around that time, my tito/ninong, who went out for a while, came back with a letter. It was a letter from Discovery Suites saying that Santa Claus was going to go to our room at 8 in the evening. It said that the Santa was deaf and mute so it was part of a fund-raising thing. My grandmother and younger cousins got excited.
At 8 in the evening, Santa arrived. He was wearing a mop as his beard and hair. We were all called out from our rooms to the sala so that we could take a picture with him. But instead of the kids getting excited, some of them got scared and didn't want to approach santa. :p

Since Santa was deaf and mute, he brought flash cards with him so that he could communicate with us. But first, he gave an envelope saying "Love Offering (Min: P50.00)" Ang kapal ni Santa. lol. Pero in fairness, ang baba ng minimum.

Then, these are what transpired (The contents of Santa's flash card are contained in quotation marks(" "). We read all of those aloud for fun and since some of my cousins don't know how to read yet):

"Ho! Ho! Ho!"
"Merry Christmas"
(conversation with 2 of my cousins)
Juno: baka si Tito Lloyd yan //my uncle who was out because he had a gig
Me: hindi! bingi yan e.
*gets the letter then shows it to them*
(end of conversation)
"Are you Happy..."
Us: Yes!!!
Tita Catchy: Kilala ko yang sulat na yan ha.

"With Your Face?" //Bingi nga siya db?!
(conversation with my mom)
Me: Mommy, bingi yan e.
Mommy: Hindi. si tito law na yata yan. // Tito law is my dad's brother who has been in the States for the past 3 years.
Me: Sure ka?
(end of conversation)
"Do you know WHO I AM? Hint: SANTA CL_ _ _"
Us: Santa Claus!
My Dad: Santa Clara. //corny. haha.
"My name is SANTA CLOWN."
*people laugh*
"I am a MOP HEAD Specialist. (by PROFESSION)"
*laughter again*
"I am the current commander of the North Pole MOP SQUAD"
"I can grant one very special wish for Christmas..."
"What do you wish for?"
Tita Catchy: I wish for my husband. //Tita Catchy is tito law's wife.
"But first do you want me to dance?"
Tito Vonn: Michael Jackson?
*Santa nods.* //I'm like: I thought that guy was deaf. Inuuto naman kami nito e. Baka nga tito ko talaga yan. *Santa dances*
"Ok, now here is my gift for you... Are you ready?"
"(1)Get one envelope each. (2)Do not open yet. (3)We'll open all at the same time. Ready???"
*envelopes are distributed* //I told my mom: Pano niya naman nalaman kung gano tayo kadami dito?
"Get Set... => GO!!!"
Luis (my brother): Pera ba to?

Guess what was inside the envelopes...

It was a piece of paper saying: "I'M HOME!!!"

We all started shouting. Santa removed his mop and hat. It was Tito Law. My cousins and tita rushed at him and hugged him. It was a really long hug. 6 out of his 7 children were crying. One of them was only 2 when tito Law left. He was more of shocked. Pano ba naan kasi puting puti yung mukha ni Santa? Then my dad, my lola and of course all of us na rin hugged him. My dad, my lola, my mom, my siblings and I - we were all crying as well.

We were all overwhelmed with joy. The feeling was incomparable. Seeing how happy tito Law was to be back with his family and seeing how glad my cousins and aunt were when they saw tito Law, their tears and all - these were all great. Seeing the family smile and become genuinely happy was just heartwarming. I couldn't even imagine how hard it was for all of them not to see their dad for such a long time and for tito law to miss 3 years of his children's lives. Almost every moment of our stay in Discovery, my uncle was hugging at least one of his children or his wife. I'm just so happy for them.

I have not received a gift greater than this this year. Actually, I haven't received a gift greater than this my entire life.

Turns out my uncle has been home since Friday and was staying at another room in Discovery. Ninong Larry and tito Vonn were the only ones who knew that he was back. They helped plan the surprise. Tita Catchy hasn't been able to sleep well for 3 nights. She felt like Tito Law was coming back. She was crying one night and her children saw her. She had to tell them what she felt. My mom, on the other hand, has told me quite a number of times this month, "Sana isurprise ni tito Law yung family niya this Christmas. Sana umuwi na siya." Galing ng women's intuition no?! When Tita Catchy said "kilala ko yang sulat na yan," my dad started staring at santa's eyes to see if it was tito law. Tito Vonn reminded tito law by signaling him, to avoid eye contact. Tito Vonn told us afterwards that he noticed daddy looking at tito law intently and that he had told tito law beforehand to avoid eye contact because his family knows him.

Tito Law... Welcome back. We are all so happy to see you again. You made all of us, your family, extra happy this year. We missed you. We will always be here praying for you. We know that wherever you are in the world and whatever you decide to do, God will be right beside you, guiding you, and never forsaking you and your family kasi sobrang malakas ka sa kanya. We love you. God bless!

Truly, the family is God's gift to us. They are the people who will never turn their backs away from us. Some might seem like they don't care but they truly do. Because the love that your family gives you doesn't only stem from commitment (something that often gets broken), it comes from your connection (in blood, in genes, in umbilical chord) which can't be taken away and in that bond that God has made in the very beginning among all of you. Let us all treasure our families. They're the people who will never leave your side.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas! :D

Merry Christmas everyone!

As we celebrate the most wonderful season in the year, let's all remember to acknowledge that Christmas is more than the parties, the gifts and suspension of classes. It's about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the greatest gift of all.

Merry Christmas to all!!! :D Have a blessed Christmas. Enjoy the time with your family. :D Iput on hold niyo muna ang pagbasa ng Les Miserables. :p.

God bless!!! :D

Monday, December 18, 2006

MM praisefest '06

The Metro Manila praisefest was fun. Ray2, krizelle, nico, garrick, rob, kevin, cecile and miriam were there. Sayang lang hindi ako nakasama sa A3 pero we were beside them naman. haha. Of course, we enjoyed the worhip the most. The middle parts were great too but the sound system wasn't that good kaya hindi namin sobrang naintindihan. Congrats mommy Kiara. she won the 100% pure award. yay! :) And like ray2, there were 2 songs na kinailangan kong kumanta na nagbabasa ng lyrics and may 1 na hindi ko talaga alam at all tas wala pang lyrics. but still we enjoyed it. a great way of ending the year indeed. praising the Lord our God.

To ray2, krizelle, garrick, nico, rob, kevin, cecile & miriam... again, thanks for coming!!! some of the things you said after the praisefest made the day even more wonderful than it already was. :D next time uli. :p

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

entry 3 of 3: Metro Manila Praisefest

at kung merong taga Pisay na gusto pumunta kahit hindi ka SCA-YFC :)...

YFC Metro Manila Praisefest
--> Sunday, Dec 17
--> 1-5 pm
--> San Juan Gym basketball court
--> reg fee: 20php

Kung hindi kayo makakapunta straight sa venue, pwede ko kayong sunduin from greenhills. :D Contact me whether you're going straight to San Juan gym, you want me to fetch you from ghills, you need directions or you need help asking permission from your parents. :p

Please come!! Please!! Please!! As part of our gift to Jesus this Christmas, let's attend. Matatapos na yung school year but we haven't been able to attend a big YFC gathering so this is our chance. It would really be great for us to worship the Lord with all the other YFC members in Metro Manila and at the same time mameet din natin sila. There's a whole lot more to the YFC family that we haven't experienced so please!!! attend tayo.

Thanks. Merry Christmas! God bless! :D

entry 2 of 3: press con

Ito yung mga nareceive kong forwarded text messages while waiting for the results of the regionals and after:

11/29 (2 days after press con) from kuya joseph - Sometimes, we put too much passion on the biggest dreams and priorities in life that we fail to love the smallest pleasures from simple things. ...

12/05 (day after awarding) from kuya joseph again - ... The many tasks we face each day can burden & oppress but spending time with God each day can bring relief fro stress. Let us be reminded that in the end, only 3 things matter: how fully you lived, how deeply you loved, and how gracefully you let go of things not eant for you.

12/06 from jami- Be thankful that you don't have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful for your limitations because they give you opportunities for improvement, Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

To think na regionals yun, that was probably the worst editorial I ever wrote pero tama na excuses ko. God prepared me and I thank Him for that. Hindi na ako nalungkot pero nasasayangan ako kasi sayang talaga yung opportunity pero finish na yun e and I have to let go. So this will be the last blog entry about me and the depEd secondary schools press conferences. narealize ko na puro tungkol dun lahat ng blog entries ko. haha. :)) the next time i write anything related to the depEd sspc, it will be about jeric, my sister and the sci scho. sana na lang manalo Science Scholar. :D

entry 1 of 3: Mary, did you know?

Thank you Charm. :D Because of you, I now know the song "Mary, Did You Know" :D

Sobrang ganda. To those who don't know the song either because you're not from Pisay and hindi mo pa siya naririnig or taga-Pisay ka pero hindi mo napanood ang presentation ng Charm (kawawa ka naman. :( ), it's a wonderful, wonderful song. I've been listening to it for the past 1 hour and 30 minutes. haha. Yes. It's that nice.

The lyrics (Click on the title to go to the site where I found it. You can listen to the song there too. Better yet download it from wherever you download songs. :D):

Mary, Did You Know?

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy
Would someday walk on water?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy
Has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered
Will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy
Has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby
You've kissed the face of God.
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will one day rule the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy
Is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding
Is the Great I Am

Friday, December 08, 2006

Monday, December 04, 2006

regionals press con '06

Congratulations to the following people:
Ray2 - 7th place in News Writing
Jerome - 10th place in Pagsulat ng Editoryal
Jeric - 2nd place in Sports Writing (kahit 10 min article ang sinubmit mo)//fisher ka talaga. isama mo kami.

grabe! yeah. end na ng secondary press con careers namin(except jeric, apollo & honey) pero it was so fun. ang galing ni God. instead of being sad, i am more filled with joy and contentment. i'm just thankful i was given the chance to join these contests, which helped build up confidence in myself and in the way i write and taught me to look deeper into every story. ang news, hindi lang kung ano yung nasasagot ng 4 w's and 1 h. ito ay may masmalalim na kahulugan dahil ito ay may epekto sa buhay ng mga tao. haha. :D

also, i'd like to congratulate my previous school:
mandee - 3rd in news writing, 1st in editorial writing (pahingi naman ng 1 slot. lol.), highest pointer, most outstanding journalist. //grabe! galing!
kat kam - 2nd in copyreading & headline writing
kat lucas - 1st in feature writing
meryl (my sister!!! :p) - 7th in sports writing. //2nd year pa lang yan. :D
St. Paul College, Pasig - highest school pointer

Praise God!!! :D

Friday, November 10, 2006

award-winning journalist sister ko!!!

My sister, Meryl, won 2nd place over-all in English in the San Juan-Pasig Division Secondary Schools Press Conference (DSSPC)!!! :)

Praise God!!!

She won 4th place in Sports Writing and 4th place in Feature Writing.

I'm the super proud sister. Galing ni God! :D

Yun lng. :p

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Praise God!!!

Thank you lord for these victories...

Kanina lang... YMCA Search for Outstanding Campus Journalists
Jeric - 1st place Sports Writing
Ivy - 6th place Pagsulat ng Balita
Clar - 8th place Editorial Writing

Oct 4-6... QC Division Secondary Schools Press Conference
Rob - 10th place Editorial Writing and 2nd place DevComm Essay
Ryan - 5th place Feature Writing
Jeric - 3rd place Sports Writing and 1st place Sports Essay
Clar - 5th place Editorial Writing and 2nd place Sports Essay

Thank you once again God! To you be all the honor and glory.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Freaky Fairday

The best fair ever...

When we started planning even before the opening of the school year, the goal was already to make it the best Pisay fair ever. At the end during the fireworks display and when we were wetting people, we realized we pulled it off. It was great.

There was no better sight for us than people enjoying themselves, serious about getting redemption tickets, watching the events and trying out the wall climbing, inflatables and the velcro wall. Oh, and of course going around in a circle led by the brotherhood. It was really just something that gave the Pisay community the chance to bond.

And it didn't even rain during the fair (nung BotB lang)!!! To think that rain was pretty hard the days before and after. God really held the rain for us. Thank you Lord! Oh and Sta. Clara too for interceding for us.

Congratulations to all of us!!!

07, we pulled it off!!! Thank you so much for being so united and cooperative. We just never fail to show Pisay that we're one tremendous batch. Let's continue to make our last school year together meaningful and memorable.

Brotherhood/jailers, ang galing!!! You were very organized. At the end of the day, you managed to show everyone that the catching was just part of the business and the fun. It was so admirable how you were able to unite the people through the line, circle, whatever that was.

Fair com, thank you so much for the love and dedication you put into this event. despite the large amount of school work, you were still willing to help. we really appreciate that.

Kat, Nico and Kuya Caleb, I enjoyed my first attempt at marketing with you. Kat & Nico, thank you so much for being so hardworking and patient with the sponsors and me as well. Kuya Caleb, thank you for being our consultant. We really appreciate the time you gave us, the help and the concern.

Ma'am Gene, Sir Vlad, Mich, Rob, Redg, Nico, Maisie - Thank you! This was one great learning experience for me and I'm glad I did this with all of you. Thank you for the inspiration, the contagious dedication and the support. Congratulations to us.

God!!! thank you. we couldn't have done this without you. :D

Monday, October 16, 2006

less than 2 weeks before the fair... panic

fair preparations, not mentioning the after perio projects and requirements that we have to finish, are stressful.

actually, at his point, we're really more nervous than stressed. medyo mahirap magmarketing kasi i get confused when things have to be done all at the same time. yung tipong marami kang katext tapos hindi mo na alam kung sino yung nareplyan mo na at kung sino ang dapat mong icontact next. dapat pala sanay na ko dun dahil sa pisay.

anyway, we just hope you all support the fair and actively participate in the events and go through the booths.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

family day '06

We won over-all champion in the games.

But what was truly great about this day was the camaraderie. I have never seen our batch cooperate, cheer and act the way we did today. We were very proud of our victories but remained gracious in defeat. There was just so much love for the batch and I’m pretty sure everyone in that gym felt it too. It was our last family day in Pisay and we showed everyone how a batch is suppose to act. We showed everyone what the family day was all about – family, bonding, fun and love.

But none of my words would ever be able to explain how great I felt about 07 today. I’ve never felt as proud of our batch as I did today. Kahit yung almost sweep of last year’s awards couldn’t compare to this. I feel so blessed that I'm in this batch. I guess it’s the fact that we’re parting ways soon. But we’re not done yet. Pisay, expect great things from us this year. GO ’07!!!

meeting a celebrity

Well! He wasn't exactly a celibroty.

But he holds an important position in the military.

We were able to talk to the .

We met Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, who is a Pisay alumnus. AFP CHIEF OF STAFF lang naman siya.

Starstruck kami. Grabe!!!

We were able to talk to him and of course, we wouldn't waste the chance for a photo op. :)

district press con

District press con

We won 3rd over-all with 109 points!!!

The winners (courtesy of ray2):

Ray2 Alcantara - 4th (English)
Ivy Ventura - 3rd (Filipino)

Copyreading and Headline Writing
Henson Turalde - 6th (English)
KJ Cenidoza - 10th (Filipino)
Marcgene...? - 9th (Filipino)

Editorial Writing
Clarisse Ligunas - 3rd (English)
Kristine Mortega - 2nd (Filipino)
Jerome David - 1st (Filipino) !!!

Max Gana - 2nd (English)
Marc Lancion - 3rd (Filipino)

Tami Reyes - 5th (English)
Ryan Magtibay - 3rd (English)
Jerome David - 7th (Filipino)
Honey Dela Cruz - 5th (Filipino)

Editorial Cartooning
Regina Estrada - 9th (English)
Dani de Leon - 7th (English)

Gino Gomez - 9th (English)
Joanna Cuayo - 6th (Filipino)

Best Anchor - Umm. Egg? Or Jiano? Or Egg AND Jiano?
Best Script

God is so good!!! His love is overwhelming. Thank you for the victory! Thank you for being our guide!!!
SS-LL, walisin na natin YMCA.

youth camp :)

The camp was great. Ang galing talaga ni God forever! Parang sabi either ni Ray2 or Fatima, hindi ko na itrtry idescribe dahil baka masira pa. Basta ang alam ko. God was there. He came and touched the hearts of the participants. To God be all the honor & glory!!!

To the service team, I couldn’t possibly thank you all enough.

To the participants and new brothers and sisters in the community, welcome! I’m excited to work with you in God’s vineyard. God bless!!!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

*Momentary sigh of relief*

Thankfully the most dreaded test of the entire year is done and over with. Haay. I’m sure alam niyo that I’m referring to the UPCAT.

Sa mga hindi pa tapos, God bless. We are praying for you. Tip: Just relax. The test is more or less easy. You just have to be aware of the time and as all the teachers say, never take too long answering a single item. After all, pareho lang 1 point for both easy and difficult questions. And ang pinakaimportante, pray. It really helps.

As I always do when I go through an important event, I have some acknowledgements (the rest will come after I pass (ultimate faith in God… haha… :D)):
Sa lahat ng nagdasal para sa akin at para sa lahat in general…
My parents… who were very supportive, woke up at 4 am to bring me to UP, bought me chicken nuggets, treated me out after the test and prayed for me constantly
And most importantly GOD - who helped me stay calm during the test, gave me clarity of mind and for being my strength

Since tapos na ang UPCAT, ngayon naman perio, English essay, reader’s theater, Sci Scho, press con at youth camp. *sigh*

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Youth camp =)

When: August 11 5pm – August 13 12nn
Where: PSHS Gym
Fee: 200php

Please do attend this camp. Anybody from Pisay can attend. I’m sure wala pa kayong requirements nito kasi kakatapos lang ng exam. We promise that it will be really fun. For more details, contact me or any of the Youth for Christ members in Pisay. We’ll be distributing letters starting Friday. üüü

Sunday, June 25, 2006

russian bread

Here’s one story that Fr. George mentioned in his homily last Sunday, the celebration of the solemnity of the body and blood of Christ.

According to him, this story can answer the question as to why we don’t feel anything when we receive the Holy Eucharist even if this is the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Some Americans and Russians worked together in a mission. At one point, they had no other food left but Russian bread (very hard bread according to Fr. George). One American was very hungry so he decided to try the bread. Because it was so tough, one of his teeth fell of. He got dismayed and said, “useless communist bread.” The Russian heard this and said, “That’s not useless communist bread. It’s just weak capitalist tooth.” üüüü

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Harbour Center Portmasters...

are the PBL Unity Cup 2006 champions.

They worked hard to climb from the bottom but they victoriously made it to the top. Every single one of them did what they had to do. They truly deserve the championship.

Congratulations Harbour!

And once again I'd like to mention, it's only their 3rd conference in the PBL.


Tuesday, June 06, 2006

wala lang...

It’s quite interesting to hear people from the airline industry talking.

“Saan ka ba pupunta?”
“Sa Austria, France and Italy”
“Maganda ‘dun. Pumunta ka na rin ng Frankfurt. ”

That industry doesn’t give very high compensation. But they have the privilege to travel. If you really think about it, just buying a ticket would cost a person around 100,000php at the least. For those who work in the industry, they get their tickets for free and tickets for their family with as much as a 95% discount. If you’ve been there long enough, libre na. I think they’re blessed.

Monday, June 05, 2006

to the finals...

Harbour Center, only in its 2nd season in the PBL, makes it to the Finals for the first time ever. They had to defeat Granny Goose that had a twice to beat advantage and the seasoned Montaña in a best of five semifinal series to get to where they are now despite starting really slow and ending the eliminations in 6th place. I’m sure, with God’s grace, they could just become the Unity Cup ’06 champions.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I have lived through 77 of these 158 things.

01. Put numbers in the boxes instead of ticking them off with x's. (example: 1, 2, 3, 4...)
02. Repost as "I have lived through ___ of these 158 things."
03. Tag 5 other people to answer the same survey.

[1] I have read a lot of books. //I think so at least.
[ ] I have been on some sort of varsity team.
[ ] I have run more than 2 miles without stopping.
[2] I have been (or wanted to go to) to Canada. //wanted to
[3] I have been (or wanted to go to) to Europe. //wanted to. Sana next summer.
[4] I have watched cartoons for hours.//when my brother used to watch cartoons all day and there was nothing I could do about it.
[5] I have tripped UP the stairs. //one was really bad. good thing i was late so no one saw the incident.
[ ] I have fallen down an entire flight of stairs.
[ ] I have been snowboarding/skiing.
[6] I have played ping pong.
[ ] I swam in the ocean.
[ ] I have been on a whale watch.
[7] I have seen fireworks.
[ ] I have seen a shooting star.
[ ] I have seen a meteor shower.
[ ] I have almost drowned.
[ ] I have been so embarrassed I wanted to disappear.
[8] I have listened to one CD over and over and over again.//A lot of times. Recently, it was the Awesome Presence CD.
[ ] I have had stitches.
[ ] I have had frostbite.
[ ] I have licked a frozen pole and got stuck there.
[9] I have stayed up 'til 2 doing homework/projects. //Maaga pa nga ang 2 e.
[ ] I currently have a job.
[ ] I have been ice skating.
[ ] I have been roller blading.
[ ] I have fallen flat on my face.
[ ] I have tripped over my own two feet.
[ ] I have been in a fist fight.
[10] I have played video games for more than 3 hours straight.//Haha. What a waste of time, right?!
[11] I have watched the Power Rangers.//Who hasn't?
[12] I attend Church regularly.
[13] I have played truth or dare.
[14] I have already had my 16th birthday.
[15] I have already had my 17th birthday.
[16] I've called someone stupid.
[17] I've been in a verbal argument.
[18] I've cried in school.
[ ] I've played basketball on a team.
[ ] I've played baseball on a team.
[ ] I've played football on a team.
[ ] I've played soccer on a team.
[19] I've done cheerleading on a team.
[ ] I've played softball on a team.
[ ] I've played volleyball on a team.
[ ] I've played tennis on a team.
[ ] I've been on a track or cross country team.
[20] I've been swimming more than 20 times in my life.
[ ] I've bungee jumped.
[ ] I've climbed a rock wall.
[21] I've lost more than $20.
[ ] I've called myself an idiot. //I don't usually use the word. I'm more of a "stupid" person.
[ ] I've called someone else an idiot.
[22] I've cried myself to sleep.
[23] I've had (or have) pets.//They never lasted long.
[24] I've owned a spice girls CD.//Does a tape count?
[25] I've owned a Britney Spears CD. //haha.
[26] I've owned an N*Sync CD. //I like NSYNC.
[ ] I've owned a Backstreet Boys CD.
[ ] I've mooned someone.
[ ] I have sworn at someone of authority before.
[27] I've been in the newspaper. //Like Ray2, school paper. haha.
[28] I've been on TV. //Wowowee. haha.
[ ] I've been (or wanted to go to) to Hawaii.
[29] I've eaten sushi.//I love sushi soooooo much!!!
[ ] I've been on the other side of a waterfall.
[ ] I've watched all of the Lord of the Rings movies.
[30] I've watched all the Harry Potter movies.
[ ] I've watched all of the Rocky movies.
[ ] I've watched the 3 Stooges.
[31] I've watched "Newlyweds" Nick & Jessica.
[32] I've watched Looney Tunes.
[ ] I've been stuffed into a locker/I have stuffed others into lockers.
[33] I've been called a geek. //Pisay gives that impression.
[34] I've studied hard for a test and got a bad grade. //Sabi nga ni Ray2, pisay does this to you.
[35] I've not studied at all for a test and aced it. //Thank God! haha.
[36] I've hugged my mom within the past 24 hrs.
[ ] I've hugged my dad within the past 24 hours.
[37] I've met a celebrity/music artist.
[38] I've written poetry.
[ ] I've been arrested.
[ ] I've been attracted to someone much older than me.
[ ] I've been tickled till I've cried.
[ ] I've tickled someone else until they cried.
[39] I've had/have siblings.
[40] I've been to a rock concert.
[41] I've listened to classical music and enjoyed it.//especially when PPO whent to pisay to perform.
[42] I've been in a play.
[ ] I've been picked last in gym class.
[ ] I've been picked in that middle-range in gym class.
[43] I've cried in front of my friends.//last time was during the youth camp.
[ ] I've read a book longer than 1,000 pages
[ ] I've played Halo 2.
[44] I've freaked out over a sports game. //I almost always do.
[ ] I've been (or wanted to go to) to Alaska.
[45] I've been (or wanted to go to) to China.//as usual, wanted na naman
[ ] I've been (or wanted to go to) to Spain.
[46] I've been (or wanted to go to) to Japan.//wanted again. i want to eat lots of sushi, sashimi, maki, etc. there.
[ ] I've had a fight with someone on AIM.
[47] I've had a fight with someone face-to-face.
[48] I've had serious conversations on any IM.
[49] I've forgiven someone who has done something wrong to me.
[50] I've been forgiven.
[ ] I've screamed at a scary movie.
[51] I've cried at a chick flick.//Who doesn't? lol.
[52] I've watched a lot of action movies.//because of my dad
[53] I've screamed at the top of my lungs.//usually when watching a game (live or kahit sa tv lang).
[ ] I've been to a rap concert.
[ ] I've been to a hip hop concert.
[54] I've lived in more than 2 houses.
[55] I've driven on the highway/been on the highway.
[56] I've driven more than 40 miles in a day/been in a car that went more than 40 miles in a day.//i think so.
[ ] I've been in a car accident.
[ ] I've done drugs.
[57] I've been homesick.
[58] I've thrown up.
[ ] I've puked on someone.
[59] I've been horseback riding.
[ ] I've filled out more than 10 myspace/LJ surveys.
[60] I've spoken my mind in public.
[61] I've proved someone wrong.
[62] I've been proven wrong by someone.
[ ] I've broken a leg.
[ ] I've broken an arm/fingers.
[ ] I've fallen off a swing.
[ ] I've swung on a swing for more than 30 minutes straight
[63] I've watched Winnie the Pooh movies.
[ ] I've forgotten my backpack when I've gone to school.
[64] I've lost my backpack.
[ ] I've come close to dying.
[ ] I've seen someone die.
[65] I've known someone who has died.
[66] I've wanted to be an actor/actress at some point. //while watching plays when i was a kid
[67] I've done modeling. //in a swimsuit when i was in grade 3 or something. :)
[68] I've forgotten to brush my teeth some mornings.//twice at the most. our dad never forgets to remind us when we were kids
[69] I've taken something/someone for granted.//sadly
[70] I've realized how good my life is.//because God is in it
[71] I've counted my blessings.
[72] I've made fun of a classmate.
[ ] I've been asked out by someone and I said no.
[ ] I've slapped someone in the face.//but I've seen someone do it. lol.
[ ] I've been skateboarding.
[ ] I've been backstabbed by someone I thought was a friend.
[73] I've lied to someone to their face. //you'd be surprise to learn what lie this is.
[74] I've told a little white lies. //most of them with the purpose to protect myself.
[75] I've taken a day off from school just so I don't go insane. //twice or thrice already. haha.
[76] I've fainted.//thrice or more. it's quite an experience.
[ ] I've had an argument with someone about whether cheerleading is sport or not.
[ ] I've pushed someone into a pool.
[77] I've been pushed into a pool.
[ ] I've been (or am) in love.

I'm tagging meryl, joanna, krishna, joanne & kahit sinong may gusto dahil wala na kong maisip. :)

Monday, May 29, 2006

may 27

Your Birthdate: May 27
Your birth on the 27th day of the month (9 energy) adds a tone of selflessness and humanitarianism to your life path.
Certainly, you are one who can work very well with people, but at the same time you need a good bit of time to be by yourself to rest and meditate.
There is a very humanistic and philanthropic approach in most of things that you do.

This birthday helps you be broadminded, tolerant, generous and very cooperative.
You are the type of person who uses persuasion rather than force to achieve your ends.
You tend to be very sensitive to others' needs and feelings, and you able to give much in the way of friendship without expecting a lot in return.

What Does Your Birth Date Mean?

Thank you sa mga bumati. I really felt special this year. Thanks sa a3! I felt so blessed to be with you guys, in whom I see God, on my birthday.
Thanks kay ray2 for this


Bringing in God: Summer High School Officers' Training

1 Timothy 4:12
Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example to believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith and purity.

God has set me on fire. I'm excited for the next school year.

To the ends of the earth
Love unfailing, overtaking my heart
You take me in.
Finding peace again, fear is lost in all you are.

And I will give the world to tell your story
'cause I know that you've called me.
I know that you've called me.
I've lost myself for good within your promise.
I won't hide it. I won't hide it.

Jesus I believe in you
and I would go to the ends of the earth,
to the ends of the earth.
For you alone are the son of God
and all the world will see that you are God, you are God

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

central a3 youth camp (summer '06) =>

This weekend was super fun. The camp was great. It was another of God’s victories. As usual, it was super astig to serve God and see Him take over the hearts of each of the 27 participants.

Char and I were DGL’s to Arrie, Chelsea, Carrie, Marga, Axil, Vanessa and Stef. I love you guys! Pati na rin kina Lou, Bianca, Car, Caren, Nico (yes. Rogelio yan. May taga-pisay nag-attend. Haha.), Ench, JJ, Yanna, Kyla, Jerome, Nick, Francis, Gabbie, Maica, Renee, Elle, Kim, Jake, Miguel & Ai. Kita kita sa Saturday. Uulitin ko ang sinasabi ko sa blog entries after every camp. Welcome to our new brothers and sisters in YFC! I’m looking forward to working with you in service of God and neighbor.

And of course, as part of the service team, madami din akong natutunan. Gagayahin ko ang pag-enumerate ni shayne of the things she learned dun sa camp na meron sila. :)

1. God’s love is always overwhelming. We just have to take time to notice it. And with His love, we wouldn’t need anything else.
2. From listening to talk 3, I learned that we also have to forgive ourselves. Pinatawad na tayo ni God kaya hindi na dapat natin idiin sa sarili natin yung mga mali. Our God is a merciful God and with each time He forgives us, we should also forgive ourselves and change our ways instead of dwelling on the past. Kung si God kaya tayong patawarin, dapat kaya din nating patawarin ang sarili natin.
3. In serving, it’s not only the receiver who benefits because service also brings about growth. Sinabi to nila miggy and david nung faci training.
4. Love the participants with God’s love. That way hindi ka mauubusan ng love because kung love lang natin yung gagamitin, it wouldn’t be enough. Humans have the tendency to choose whom to love and hold back in giving pero ang love ni God unconditional and totally selfless. Kay Kuya Mike naman galing to.
5. Though it’s important to know the “logistics” or specific roles as service team, hindi dapat mawala ang passion to serve because it’s the earnest desire to be used as God’s instrument that will help one get the work done well. From Kuya PJ this time.
… at madami pang iba.

I learned so much and I realized yun yung mga sinabi sa amin nung nagfaci training kami. Marami diyan alam ko na pero everytime na I am given the chance to serve, narereinforce pa lalo. Ang galing talaga ni God!

And since a3 camp 'to, madaming pics. I got these from a3's multiply o san pa kayo?! cluster na may multiply. lol. Click here for the camp album. :D At kung kulang pa yan, visit the multiply sites of the members of the service team. tignan natin kung di kayo magsawa. haha. Here are 3 so you could see our beautiful faces. :p Click them for the large version:

service team at autocamp

during a session

new yfc members :p

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Central A3 Youth Camp

Youth for Christ Central A3 is inviting everyone to a Youth Camp.

When: May 19 5pm – May 21 12nn
Where: Claretian Seminary, QC
Registration Fee: P1000

This camp is going to be a fun-filled way of learning more about God, developing a better relationship with Him and meeting new people. It's really a great and worthwile activity. Contact me for other details. We would really love it if you could come. The cluster would be more than willing to help anyone with transportation and/or asking for permission.

God bless!!!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Abot Langit (Awesome Worship)

Yesterday, we had a praise concert at the Meralco Theater for the benefit of Gawad Kalinga. Dual purpose, to worship the Lord and to be able to help those in need.

YFC Central A3 (Kuya Mike (happy birthday!!!), Kuya PJ, PJ, Miggy, Coy, Don, Ate Dea, Ate Kams, Mela, Doms, Kylie, Pearl, Trish, Eiz, Char, my sister and I) sang Heaven, danced(haha!) and hyped the crowd at the end.

The 29AD Singers and band led the night of praise and worship. Fr. Bob was giving the exhortations. Bo Sanchez gave his testimonial about Gawad Kalinga and our capacity to love. Tita Penny gave her sharing about her experience in the presence of God and how much she felt the love of God in the 15 minutes that she was with Him. Tita Susan, Trish and Pearl gave their sharings about Tito Bob and sang his favorite song. It was so heartwarming. The Believe Dance Company, CADs (tama ba ang capitalization? Basta ung dance group ng Ateneo), the Buayang Bato Community Siga, Sibol and Sagip members, the Meralco KFC & YFC danced and gave interpretation to the songs and also hyped up the crowd at the end.

But the true star of the show was God and we all felt His presence that night. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!

It was so much fun kasi nakaperform kami sa Meralco Theater, nagkaroon ng dressing room at may backstage passes. haha. :)

Here are some of the pics... (grabe ang konti ng pics ko. sister ko kasi may hawak ng camera. haha. pero thanks na rin kasi sa kanya galing tong pictures.) thank you din kay millie and ate kams for the other pics.

Pictures during the Thursday practice:

with meryl doms & pj

putol pic :p

with ate kams, char, ate dea, pearl, pj, doms, kylie & meryl

Concert day:

heaven singers

when we were the only ones there

with doms, ate dea, mela, kylie & meryl

after the show with our audience :p

with kylie and meryl

the crowd worshipping

mga kasama sa mic

Thursday, April 20, 2006

additional thank you

Thank you Ma'am Rodrigo for posting a link of my blog in yours. I feel so touched. haha.

Here's her blog:

I forgot to acknowledge in my ASPC entry the Ateneo Department of Information Systems and Computer Science faculty. Thank you for making the event possible, for providing the resources needed and for generously sharing with us your time and expertise. May God continue to bless you with whatever it takes to push through with the camp every year and ideas like the ASPC. :)

a survey...

I got this quiz from Joanna. (Why did you want me to answer this, anyway?! :)) I imitated her method of commenting. It’s too obvious we’re taking up programming in school.

1. Clarisse
2. Clar
3. Atchie (I know it’s not a name but some of my young cousins from my dad’s side think it’s my name. lol)

// I don’t have screen names.

1. eyes
2. hands
3. feet

1. my hair (the reason why I tie my hair all the time)
2. my stomach (the reason why I have to tuck all the time)
3. my height (yes. I have dreams of becoming taller but Pisay and my dislike for milk are not helping)

1. 68.75 % Filipino
2. 31.25% Chinese (Most people ask me why because I know most people’s blood percentages are 25, 50, 75 or 100. My grandfather is 75% Chinese and my grandmother is 50% chinese which makes my mom 62.5% chinese. That divided by 2 makes it 31.25%)
3. no other blood in my system (none that I know of at least)

1. pointed objects
2. the future (especially because pisay, whether intentionally or unintentionally, has made me feel that I have to succeed)
3. losing loved ones

1. like joanna, water
2. my cellphone
3. hair tie/ribbon

1. my pajamas
2. ribbon
3. and slippers
//what else am I supposed to wear at night?

// I don’t like any artist specifically. If they manage to come up with a great song, then I listen to their music.

1. Heaven
2. One in me
3. Jesus take the wheel

1. understanding
2. love (duh?!)
3. communication (I have to be told directly because I’m not fond of guessing. Friends know I’m very paranoid.)

1. I want to study at Ateneo.
2. I’m confident.
3. I’m moderately vain.

1. eyes
2. hair
3. smile (I guess)
// eyes lang talaga. Pero since kailangan 3, the hair and the smile na rin siguro

1. listening to music
2. writing
3. watching basketball games

1. learn how to drive (I have to get over my fear/uncertainty first.)
2. go out with any of my previous sections
3. install a centralized airconditioning system in our house (if only electricity wasn’t so expensive…)

1. finance or something related to it(if I gather enough bravery to take a math course)
2. teaching (it somehow appeals to me as a spiritually-fulfilling job)
3. journalism (yes. I do know I’m not allowed to do that that’s why it’s number 3 because it’s the most unlikely among the 3)

1. Australia
2. Korea (I want to find out what is so similar between the Koreans and Filipinos to understand why Koreans love the Philippines and why Filipinos love Korean novelas.)
3. France (I have absolutely no idea why but it seems like an interesting country.)
// I love the Philippines but I’m not really into beaches because I’m not fond of the sun and swimming.

// You mean for my kids? I’ve never thought about it.

1. spend a large sum of money on one day for shopping, pampering myself and eating
2. contribute largely to the improvement of the living conditions in the Philippines
3. fall in love

THREE WAYS THAT YOU ARE STEREOTYPICALLY A BOY/GIRL (whichever you believe yourself to be):
1. I believe that a happily ever after is possible.
2. I cry a lot.
3. I wish I could be thinner. (not skinny, just thinner)

1. Prince William (like Joanna and almost every other girl in the world)
2. Chad Michael Murray
3. Michael Vartan
//like Joanna, I just think they look good.

1. Meryl (because she wants to take it)
2. Fatima (though I could probably predict her answers. lol)
3. anyone who wants to. :)

Friday, April 07, 2006

Ateneo Summer Programming Camp

For the past two weeks, I’ve been attending the ASPC at the Ateneo De Manila University. Everyday, may lecture sa start from members of the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS) Faculty followed by practice exercises tapos contest sa end. The last two days official contest na. Teammates ko sina Rob & Nico. We won 3rd. Sorry hindi ko memorize yung names nung 4th and 5th. Yung team nila Nellie, Mary Grace & Marnie from Chang Kai Shek won 2nd. Tapos UNEXPECTEDLY yung first place yung team nila Fatima, Ivan & Paul. We were all so surprised. Lol. The entire 2 weeks were really fun. It could have lasted for an entire month and I wouldn’t have mind.


Sir Anton & Ivan - for telling us about the camp.
Sir Anton (again) - for waiting for our forms patiently even if some of us submitted them to you less than 15 mins from the deadline (Goes to show how much we procrastinate), for inviting the entire group out to lunch, for wishing us luck and making us feel that we could still fight, for developing our interest in programming through both comp sci class and proogies, for opening for us an exciting new world. We are really super sorry for leaving early last Thursday.

The organizers – for preparing such a wonderful event, for all the hard work you put into it, for the challenge, for giving us headaches ü, for everything you taught us, for being so approachable and friendly, for making us feel at home, for always checking on us and making sure we were all fine, for being so patient with us especially us pisay people who were always so intense and hyper, for the warm welcome and goodbye, for the very updated yahoo group, for the pizza (esp for considering that it was Friday), and for everything you imparted to us
The kuyas:
Kuya Neil – for continuously cheering for everyone and pushing us to continue, for the constant plugging of the Ateneo and CS, for being the judge, for showing us how long one of our problems took to execute(lol), for helping me with one of the triangles, for teaching us that contest programming is not all about skill but is about knowing how to work well with others
Kuya Elijah – for moderating the games during the first day, for being so warm and friendly, for the tour, for pouring the pepsi for us a while ago, for moderating the contests, for taking our pictures a while ago
Kuya Kenny – for always smiling, for making the test cases, for always being so cool and relaxed in everything you did
Kuya Mike – for making the test cases too, for seeming like you didn’t want to give a speech a while ago, (like kuya Kenny) for also being so relaxed

The Ates - even if there were only 2 of you out of the 6, super galing niyo po pareho. Girl power talaga:
Ate Gretch – for being super friendly, for being the president of the computer org something (kasi girl power kaya ang amazing po), for telling us and the other teams daily to continue solving and do our best when we were already tired and quite lazy (making us feel that we still had the chance to solve more. ü), for also being so approachable and warm, for making us feel that we were so welcome, for moderating the games, for taking the gazillion number of pictures a while ago
Ate Steph – for also being super friendly, for always watching over our backs (both abstractly and literally), for helping us with our syntax problems (ang bilis niyo po magdebug. Grabe. One look alam niyo na po yung mali ü), for being happy with us when our programs successfully ran, for always smiling, for being soooo approachable, for all the help and patience especially since we were in one of the rows assigned to you.

My teammates:
For being patient with me, for being great programmers, for bearing with the times I was lazy, hungry or sulky, for the tsimis I obtained, for not replacing me even if I was absent nung Day 8. lol. I’m super sorry for the mistakes I committed a while ago. I realized that they could have made much of a difference in our time and gave us more to solve another. But I do know looking back at the contest this way is an insult to God and what I was saying (even if it was jokingly) a while ago wasn’t good. But we did win so congrats!!! Ang galing natin. We were very consistent. Go team 17!!!
Rob – for coding really well, for reminding nico and I not to be sulky, for understanding my vague explanations of the solutions to the problems, for uplifting nico and I and keeping the team intact, for your good programming practices during the last half hour which gave us so much, for saying I’m not fat. lol.
Nico – for doing most of the math stuff because I sure am happy that you took those kind of problems ;>, for being ultra pessimistic and ultra optimistic with me, for being organized and oc too, for knowing which problems were easy and which were difficult, for providing the team with the energy and enthusiasm we need.
**I had lots of fun with both of you. Though we have our disappointments, I enjoyed every part of it. I enjoyed sharing everything we’ve accomplished with you two. Now, I don’t think I have any regrets at all because we learned a lot from each other, from the experience and even from the results. The experience was both uplifting and humbling and it couldn’t get any better than that. Thank you to the two of you talaga. Ang drama ko. Nacarry over from the moment a while ago. Haha.

The other Pisay people:
Fatima – hey! Wala na talaga akong posibleng message for you. lol. Thanks for being there, for cheering for us(haha), for the stories and for the telebabad sessions despite the fact that we were already with each other the entire morning
Ivan – ikaw lang sa pisay ang hindi ko naging kagroup kaya tulungan mo na lang ako sa cs & proogies next yr. Haha. Thanks for the challenge! You always pushed all of us to our limits. Your presence helped us keep going on and never stop. Thank you for cheering for us too.
Paul – for being yourself. You still manage to make us laugh kahit araw-araw ka na naming kasama. Sorry kung it took me quite some time to understand what you wanted me to code nung magkagroup tayo. Thank you for cheering too.
**To the three of you, congrats! I am amazed at your efficiency as a group. You three helped a lot by cheering for us. It was uplifting having your support.

To the others:
Erlyn – partner… thanks for dealing with my panic and for being friendly. It removed my uncertainty in working with other people besides my schoolmates.
Nellie, Marnie and Mary Grace – Congratulations! thanks for the competition. Your group reminded us to keep on solving and never give up. Galing niyo. ü
Rai, Miggy and Kevin – for the conversation at the cafeteria and being friendly. You 3 are fun.
Patricia – for the conversations especially when Fat, Nico & Rob had our very educational tricycle experience and when I was fetched late, for helping Fatima and I find our way, for being so friendly, warm and nice
Kim – for visiting my blog. Too bad you guys became so busy. ü
… and everyone else – It was super fun to be with everyone. Thanks for bearing with our noise. Sa bagay, weren’t we all? ü Too bad we didn’t have more time to bond. I hope we all bump into each other someday or better yet we organize something pati na rin the ates and kuyas that will bring us all together soon.

Haha. Ang dami kong sinabi. It was so much fun e kaya I couldn’t just let the event pass without a blog entry. ü If you reached this point, thank you for still reading. ü

Thursday, March 23, 2006

thank you

to the people who made this school year momentous and memorable. haha (",) thanks din kay rob, ryan & ma'am jams na pinagkuhaan ko ng pics...

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Beryllium: sir de ocampo, paul, james, ivan, duma, john mark, eski, mervin, gabby, archie, jao, jeric, wewel, jan mikes, nico, rob, audrik, henson, krishna, dani, kat, fatima, gihan, keisee, lara, jo-anne, kimer & jami

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Ej 1: ma’am jams, ray2, garrick, jackie, gino, ben, denise, ryan, anj, joji, jao, jeric, hannah, dom, eunice, cy, henson & mara

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Workshop: ma’am jams, ray2, ben, ryan, henson & ate val

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Presscons: ma’am jams, sir santi, ray2, ryan, kuya jman, sarah, kuya daniel, apollo, ben, henson, jerome, ate val, andy, kuya william, nico, angela, kim, ivy, hiyas, ate hk, monelle, kuya david, christmas,

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Proogies: sir anton, paul, sam, ivan, nico, jason, lara, dane, lawrence, rob, edrick, jerico, aj & ate marge

Yfc-pisay: ate tin, ate aida, kuya bram, kuya pao, kuya raph, kuya doodz, kuya jerome, ray2, celine, ivy, fatima, dane, karizz, krizelle, mariel, yssa, givette, rap, gabby & kim

Sapphire: john, neon, darrwin, jocel, jm, gabby, kit, king, kevin, mj, paolo, jut, prince, paul, cesar, manuel, mike, vince, francis, zaldy, dianne, belsha, yana, patti cordova, patti cruz, tricia, kate, inna, marga & ingrid

Math Club: sir chuck, fatima, janell, kristine, jenjen, mari, lovely, ate athena, ate carissa, kuya chups, ate rebecca, ate pauline, ate pauline, yung iba pang ’06, ’08 (si chiara lng pala yun), mga ’09 at buong math unit esp. ma’am simpas, sir nat, sir petri, ma’am dinah & sir mardan

BBSC: kuya ed, ate tin, dani, john mark, fatima, kimer, dane, jackie, karizz, mich, regina, maisie, ivy, kim, rikka, jason, joji, jecay, lou, egg, lester, carla, shayne, nico, greggy, janel, joanna, edrick, joriel, peach, mark jason, ivy, mari, kristine & ates and kuyas from ’06

SCA: ma’am edulan, ate tin, ma’am caps, sir anton, sir villavert, sir santi, ma’am era, ma’am anda, ma’am duallo, at lahat ng members (masyadong madami para ilagay lahat)

SURPRISE party: mich, rob, redg, maisie & gelo (since kasama namin siya nung simula)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

thank God

I passed my math exams! yipee! thank you Lord! you're the greatest!!!

haapy birthday

happy birthday ma'am jams!!! thank you sa pagtitiyaga sa amin. thanks for the workshops and encouragement. thanks for being our ever great journ and english teacher. yun lng. happy birthday uli.

Monday, March 06, 2006


bukas... math perio na namin.

kung friend kita, alam mo na implication ng result niyan sa buong buhay ko...



cyempre, mag-aaral din naman ako kaya hanggang dito na lng.

thanks! thanks! God bless!!!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2006


Today’s the anniversary of the historical People Power 1. The whole world looked up to this event and admired the Filipino people for it.

As Chico and Delamar said on radio, there was just so much innocence in that event. People just had that earnest desire to bring back democracy and overthrow a dictator. Right now, I just can’t find any reason why people would want to join these protests, these so called exercise of the people’s right to freely express themselves. The innocence is no longer there. In every rally I see, I see only some person’s political agenda and not the desire to change a rotten system. I know in the future (though I hope not very far from now) people will laugh at our present situation. The Filipinos will see that their rights have been used as a political move. Unless each person develops not only the hope that things will change but also the strength to do something about it, the Philippines will never be able to get itself out of the bottomless pit we’ve been digging for ourselves for quite some time now.

And the people who know what they should do for the country are those who went to the different GK sites in the country and went to the QC Circle this afternoon. Hats off to the 1 million Filipinos who spent this historic day doing something for the country. Mabuhay sa 1 milyong bayani na tumulong sa Gawad Kalinga sa araw na ito. Kayo ang mga tunay na Pilipinong nagmamahal sa bayan.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

New York! New York!


The night of all nights. The night our batch officers, teachers and parents have been preparing for since last school year. It’s done and over with.

First and foremost, I would like to thank our parents, teachers, our batch officers Egg, Rob, Mich, Shayne, Cheska and Jerome, the other people who helped out Maisie, Jackie, Nico, Joriel, etc. Thanks for preparing for us such an amazing night. We all saw your hard work and dedication in preparing for this. Congratulations! It was just exceptional.

Thanks din ng sobra sa parents ko! Thanks for my gown, hair, make-up and all the support. Thank you! Thank you talaga!

Everyone really looked respectable in their formal attires. Sobrang cute ng lahat ng tao kagabi.

I started fixing myself when I got home from school. Yup. We had achievement tests before the prom. I went to Regine’s in Park Square at around 5. I was late for my 4:30 appointment (so typical of me). I had my hair and make-up done. Yay! Malapit lang naman sa Shang so k lang.

I arrived at Shangri-la at 6:45 because my mom dropped by Landmark for a few minutes. The first people I saw were Nico and Ray2 because they were outside at that time. Then, of course we had to say hi to everyone and register. Then I had my photo taken. Hindi dahil stag hindi na ko magkakaroon ng prom picture no. Hihi. Then we voted for whom we thought were deserving to be prom prince, princess and the couple of the night.

Then there was the opening prayer, the introduction of the emcees Antonio Macasieb and Kat Chan, the opening remarks by Rob Roque, the passing of the key of responsibility form Batch ’06 President Mariel Chavez to Batch ’07 president Egg Aherrera and the cotillion.

I didn’t have a date para sa mga hindi pa alam. Nakaupo kami sa isang all-girls stag table. 8 ang beryllium at 2 cesium. Mind you there are only 11 girls in beryllium. Haha. But we were laughing almost the entire time. The food was good. Honestly, I wasn’t very positive about the food before prom night but it exceeded my stomach’s capacity. Matakaw ako kaya ang filling talaga ng food and super sarap pa. We had soup that had mussels ata, then the main course, a large piece of chicken breast with rice (I forgot what they called it) and vegetables of course. Don’t ask me what we had for dessert. I couldn’t pronounce it and I forgot how to spell it.

Then the 10 people for each category who got the most number of votes were announced. For prom princess, beryllium had a representative in the very beautiful Jami Villaroman and for prom prince, Paul Averilla and Jao Ong. Jeffrey Hidalgo, a pisay alumnus and one of the judges, sang for the candidates for Princess of Manhattan and Queen of Queens. Even he was amazed at our prom. Ang galing nya kumanta.

So those who won were Ed Santos and Dane Leonardo as the Juniors’ couple of the night, (I don’t know the names of thoe seniors’ couple of the night but their coordinated costumes were cute), Nicholas Juat(’06) and Grazielle Versoza(’07), Jao Ong as Prince of Manhattan, Egg Aherrera as Princess of Manhattan, the guy with the cape as King of Queens and Valerie Gatdula as Queen of Queens. I think they all deserved their awards. Egg was very beautiful last night. Her gown was simple yet very sophisticated. I also think she wasn’t just the princess of the night. She really deserves it as she put so much into the prom preparations so that everyone would enjoy. Jao was in a white suit. It was impossible for him not to stand out. The guy in the cape. Duh. He was in cape. The same as Jao he was noticeable. Ate Val was as usual stunning. In her case, what she wears doesn’t matter because she makes everything she wears look good. All her clothes are blessed. They should thank her.

The dancing started. Then we took pictures once again. A lot of them in different cameras. The formal ones were one with the rest of the beryllium stag girls and one with Eng Journ 1.

In between the picture taking, when we sat down on our places and the fast tunes were replaced with slow music, we realized we didn’t have dates. Si Fatima nadepress na nga ata e. For a person who doesn’t really care or tries not to care about being stag and all those things, I was pretty much sad at the fact that we had to sit down while the others were dancing. But we decided to dance anyway, us girls, but we never stayed in the dance floor too long. I mean medyo pang gulo lang kami sa mga pairs na sumasayaw. Then, thanks to our wonderful guy friends and amazing Garnet big brother, we were able to dance na rin so we had fun too. Nawala na yung lungkot sa pagiging stag. Sadly, I had to go home at 12:20 because we thought it would end at 12. Medyo mga 30-45 minutes lang ata ang total time na tumapak ako sa dance floor. Yup. The dancing started late.

And that was it. Tama si Ma’am Jams, she advised us to start dancing right away. It was the best part of the night. But of course, I can’t wait to see my prom pictures and group pics as well. We had so much fun that I was sad to see the night end. One of the items in our English achievement test was correct in saying that time flies fast during prom night. We were just so surprised when we saw the time before the dancing began, it was 10:45. Then without us noticing, we all had to leave.

Ilang beses ko na to inulit pero totoo talaga kasi. Maraming beses akong nagdoubt sa quality ng prom at maraming beses din akong nagtanong sa sarili kung bakit natin kinailangang gumastos ng considerably large amount for it but sobrang nahiya ako na I had those doubts. When I got home, I was just really happy and all the preparations were worth it. Thanks ulit sa lahat ng nagprepare. We owe one of the most memorable nights in our Pisay life to you guys.

YMSAT week (part 2-math club events)

And now as Math Club members, we get to do the most enviable tasks.

·First off, Fatima gave the Math club symposium regarding the Pythagorean theorem (I know… It’s nerdy but who cares. People from other schools actually signed up to attend it. Haha.) I was there to support and conduct games and stuff. It was fun. Most of the group seemed to have fun too. For the 1st and 2nd years who were there, SOH-CAH-TOA will now be one of the topics they will await with much joy and excitement in their hearts in the year/s to come.

·Math intersection of the 1st year was the only one I was able to proctor in. For the team competition, I proctored Topaz who won 2nd place. *applause* The determining factor for their victory was the 9 points they earned from the difficult round. They were very active children but if that’s the way they solve Math problems then who am I to object. lol. *another round of applause*

·For the individual round, I was supposed to proctor Ysy Alvero but since Neon Antonio was according to ate Pauline a difficult proctoree(I do know that’s not an actual word), I was transferred to him. He almost won. He was after-all 1st at the end of the easy round and 2nd at the end of the average. He was 5th at the end of the difficult round. He almost got the very difficult question correctly with bonus points because he raised his flag but he had one extra digit in the answer that required only 7. Neon will forever remind me of the 7-digit number 9765431 and the 8-digit number 97654321. After raising his flag, he wanted to check if there were only really 7 digits in his answer. It turned out there were 8. Sad but he performed really well even if he wasn’t feeling very well and according to him wasn’t good at solving math problems. But as he said, what was important was that he had fun. He also made proctoring a moody yet very appreciative proctoree enjoyable for ate Pauline and I. lol. *applause*

·Friday is math interscholastics competition day. Janel, Fatima, Kristine and I were in charge of registration. The schools that arrived were (in alphabetical order) Ateneo, Chang Kai Shek, Grace Christian, La Salle Zobel, Mandaluyong Science, Parañaque Science, Paref Woodrose, Rizal High School, San Francisco, St. Stephen’s, Tarlac High School, Uno, UP Rural (Laguna), and one more I apparently forgot. Fatima and I proctored one of the rooms where the guests were taking the eliminations stage, the written exam because some 4th years didn’t arrive. Then we checked the papers and found out who qualified for the finals.

·During the finals, I proctored in the individual round. I was assigned to Mico Cariño of the Ateneo, who is apparently the brother of my sister’s classmate in the Math DD of St. Paul. He started of pretty rough. There were 2 consecutive questions wherein he was the only one who was not able to get the answer correctly. He ended 9th after the easy round, 7th after the average round. And then the difficult stage came. Before that round, he was not fond of using his flag. Even if he got the answer quickly, he opted to check it once again. In the difficult round which had 5 questions, there were only 3 questions where the questions were correctly answered. He got the maximum score 9 points for 2 of the 3 because he used his flag. *applause* He ended 2nd after that round and since only one person answered the very difficult question correctly, he was able to end the competition in 2nd place. *applause once again* In contrast to the others I’ve proctored this year, Cariño was serious with what he was doing. In contrast to what a friend saw in his blog, I never reminded him he was in last place but as he mentioned correctly, I constantly reminded him of the scores. lol. I only told him his ranking when he was second already and congratulated him for that. haha

·Sadly, I wasn’t able to watch the team competition, the 1st time in my entire stay in Pisay because we met with Ma’am Edulan and ate Tin regarding the youth camp. In previous years, I attended all the Math club events. This year I wasn’t able to help out with the treasure hunt and the team finals. Sorry ate Athena. But this was the year where I most enjoyed every event I helped out with. I did in previous years but this year was extra fun. I’m sure you know that because I’ve used the word “fun” more times than I would usually do.

Yun lang. Haha. Kung umabot ka dito, salamat at nagtiyaga kang magbasa. Kung hindi, well hindi mo na to mababasa so wala akong message for you. Gosh. Ang bangag ko na. Yun lang. Bye.

YMSAT week (part 1)

//I know this entry is late but I just can’t stop myself from writing an entry about it.

The YMSAT week is the event I look forward to every year. Here are the reasons why this year’s version of it was so fun…

·Our group, the Be Dye-namics group won 2nd out of 20 groups in the Chemistry Entrepreneurial Contest. Congratulations to our group (Rob, Nico, Lara, Krishna, Jan Michael, James, Paul, Wewel, Jao, John Mark and I)! Our artistic ability in tying rubber bands and mixing colors and of course never to forget our exceptional advertising (or pangungulit, which those who bought probably find more appropriate) abilities paid off. To Rob, Nico and Lara… Thanks for leading the group so well. Really sorry I was almost totally if not completely useless for 2 ½ days. To Jan Michael, Wewel and Jao… I never knew you guys were so artistic. To James… Thanks for being so willing to run to wherever we needed you to run to. To Nico and Paul… Our routine was so cute, “entrepreneurial”, “scientific” and formal all at the same time.

·Beryllium won the Math Treasure Hunt. With our convincing bargaining skills, knowledge of the mistakes in the set-up and John Mark and Ivan, we enjoyed it. I commend Ate Athena and Sir Chuck. They prepared a less tiring (it was still tiring. The other treasure hunts were just exceptionally and remarkably exhausting.) but more interesting set-up. They were also able to allow some of the less mathematically gifted of us to do some things.

·The Chem Quiz Bee had the honor of being graced by our class’ most promising love team, Givan (Gihan and Ivan). The Math Interscho saw the pride of our class, John Mark and Ivan.

·The president of India arrived at our school. It was pretty amazing to see the gym being cleaned, bomb squads inside Pisay, the red carpet rolled out, a lot of Indians who made everyone look at the entrance whenever they arrived thinking the president was with them.

·The Physics symposium was interesting. Mr. Palima’s talk had so much in it. Everyone in the room especially liked the way he related love to Physics concepts. The Chem symposium was amazing because she didn’t explain chemistry. Maoi Arroyo had so much to share but she never left a dull moment in her 2-hour talk. I would love to get a copy of the ppt she used during her talk. She’s an example of one Pisay graduate I would love to be like in the future. Though I doubt that I would go into business or anything biotech related, her success and (I guess it would be safe to say) dominance in her chosen field at a relatively young age is inspiring. I would like to earn my 1st million before I reach 30 too.

Monday, February 06, 2006

manood kayo

The University of the Philippines
College of Music Extension Program
featuring UP College of Music Artists
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo(CCP Main Theater)
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006 8:00 pm
Major concert na naman ni jo-anne kaya manood kayo. yun lang kasi nasa comp sci lab ako. bye. :p

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

spcp fair =)

Shout out. It’s Himigsikan.
Jump up. We’re celebrating.
Sing on. We’re up and rising.

I went to St. Paul’s fair last Saturday. Sadly, I missed the SCA Camp because of it. The activities were similar to the other fairs since I was grade 6 so nothing too exciting about it except for the Cheering exhibition, which was last done when I was grade 5. For people like us who aren’t studying there anymore, we attend the fair with the sole purpose of seeing old friends, teachers and the school as well. It was really fun to just go around and say hi to almost everyone. Though I couldn’t relate to most of the things they were talking about, I still enjoyed spending time with them. To the following batchmates who were so hospitable as to allowing me to join you and kind as to make me feel like I am missed, thank you very much and I miss you, guys (in no particular order. haha): Marga, Clara, Cha, Val, Crystal, Tricia, Garsha, Madel, Aylene, Rachel, Rojani, Tracy, Luge, Jessie, Kathleen, Sacla, Elo, etc. =). To the people who I still regularly see and made the stay more enjoyable: Doms & Ysh. To the others who’ve left but will always be paulinians at heart: Jung & Anton. Ang ganda din ng fair kasi pwede nang mag-yfc meeting sa dami ng mga nandoon: of course the paulinians, ate abi, doms, ysh, monica, mill, camille, pau, nikki, liz, joanna, lindsay, millie, sab, pam, lexi, nzie, lauren, Danielle, ate kia(kahit graduate na) and the many others who I just can’t remember at this time and the visitors david, peter, roel, mike, carlo, quiel, don, cha, john, chris, raph, pj, at kung sino pa di ko nakita.

Comments bout the school: Though I agree that technology and keeping up with the times are important, I don’t agree with what they did the rotonda. The tree is still there but it will not be the same old tambayan for Paulinians that it has been for decades now. Meron pa rin naming IMC e. Hindi pa naman ata nakukulangan dun e. Ano nga naman say ko? Wala na naman ako dun. But it would have been better if it wasn’t turned into some sort of internet café.

I miss St. Paul. It will forever be a part of me because it was one of the institutions that made me who I am today. Though I may not be studying in SPCP anymore, I will always remain one of its active prayer warriors. God bless sa inyo lahat especially sa juniors. :p.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

to those who are not from pisay: punta kayo. =)

Ang Samahan ng mga Manunugtog ng Pisay,
together with the
Batch 2006 Council,

brings you

RockIt Science
The PSHS Fair Concert 2006


Brownman Revival
Giniling Festival
Sponge Cola
Blazing Bulalakaws

on January 14, 2006, 5pm
at the PSHS Multi-Purpose Gymnasium,
Philippine Science High School, Agham Road, QC.

Tickets priced at P150 each
(also available at the gate on the day of the concert).