Month: March 2012

The Pilgrimage Continues…

The Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas has been my second home for four years. It stood witness for my transformation from being a young lad to a full-grown man. The portals of this university has seen me celebrate my successes and weep for my failures. It has been a place where I met people whom I trust and love the most aside from my family. But, the moment has come for its inevitable end. Today, I bid goodbye to my alma mater as a student.

All I have is gratitude. I have endless thanks, of course, to God. I may not always be present at His Sunday gathering, but still, faith runs through my veins. I salute my parents for doing everything just to provide us with quality education and a safe home to sleep in.

Also, I give thanks to my ever-supportive sisters who’ve been too kind to give me what I need and want. To the Catholic University of the Philippines, UST, thank you for the values you have imparted and for the culture you have inculcated in each and every graduate. Sure not to miss my professors – those who gave a damn to teach and not. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us! With or without action, you gave us something. To my few friends, I owe you a lot for keeping up with all of my crankiness and bitchiness! I’m luckier to have you, guys.You know who you are. If you’re doubting, then you’re not one of them. To everyone who played a part in my college life and made me who I am today, thank you!

Personally, it’s important for me to say “Thank you.” before I leaf open another chapter. The summit I reached today is not a one-man job. Rather, it’s a compilation of impacts from a lot of people. Showing gratitude is a sign of humility. So let me also take this opportunity to be sorry for every bit of wrong choice of words or actions that offended anyone inside and outside my circle (and those in between). Being grateful of what has happened is a tool that everyone should have in order to move forward.

Regrets, I have none. I know I have lose some, but what I gain is better, greater. The promise of a good future is always before us. What makes it better is the way we perceive it, the way we work it out. They say, in every end, there’s a beginning. Well, I say…

The pilgrimage continues…

“The circle of life

It moves us all

Through despair and hope

Through faith and love

Until we find our place

On the path unwinding

In the circle of life

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I am a proud Neo-Centennial Thomasian graduate of Bachelor of Arts Major in Economics! I’m ready to step into my new shoes as I’m off to the bigger world.

Featured image is obtained from the UST Museum website.

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Four Years in the Making….

YEAR 1

Freshman year! First Paskuhan! First to witness the amazing fireworks display. First horrible recitation with Ms. Estacio. First “siomai-basketball-auto” kwentuhan with Dr. Manapat.

In this class, I’ve met the truest people and the ones whom I can count on whatever happens.

YEAR 2

Sophomore year! Still, a lot of firsts — new classmates, new professors, more challenging courses and first trip outside Luzon. Early on, the bitch family was conceived. New friends entered and Party Animals happened. Trip to Subic with the class was unforgettable! As well as my first 3.00 in Calculus. 😦

YEAR 3

Junior year! I was enjoying school so much that I managed to juggle three things — studies, org stuff and different set of friends! This was the year when I felt happiest and saddest. This is when relationships deepened. Also, it was the time when I got to fly to Iloilo, my second trip outside Luzon.

YEAR 4

Senior year. The culmination of everything. During this time, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. I almost surrendered during the first half but I managed to get by. PSE Academe Week – the fruit of our hard work during internship. Resigned from an organization. Survived thesis writing and defense. Caught up with an old friend. Entertained new ones. Bid goodbye to some. Stood up for what’s right. Lastly, I devoured on the experience of being a full-time student.

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Off to the bigger world. HAPPY GRADUATION!!!

Unheeded

I can’t remember the last time I was with you. Alone. I can’t remember the last time we shared a cup. I can’t remember the last time we studied our brains out for an upcoming recitation or exam. I can’t remember the last time we went out just to hang. I can’t remember the last time we really talked.

I can’t remember because I never thought that that would be the last. I lived by the day knowing that what we do is something we would do for years. But vividly do I remember everything we’ve shared, everything we did.

It ended too soon, eh? Too soon that it caught me in my most off-guard moment. Too soon that it almost felt like my mind’s gonna blow anytime thinking what went wrong. Too soon that it made me uneasily emotional.

So tell me…

When was the last time I was with you?

Hungry for The Hunger Games

March 22 in Philippine cinemas!:)

Three days from now, I’ll be seeing Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark and the rest of The Hunger Games cast in full swing! Excited is an understatement of what I’m feeling! I have read the book twice already. I watch the trailers over and over again. Surely, I’ll be one of those fans who’ll be lining up on the first screening of this amazing story.

SPOILER ALERT!

Here are snippets of the movie from The Hunger Games Movie YouTube channel:

Uhm… Monkys?

“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

NBI Clearance

I was surprised by how fast I got my NBI clearance. It only took me an hour! This is a milestone for the bureau, seriously. I remember the first time I queued up for the document. It took me almost half a day. I am happy and satisfied with how efficient it is now.

I recommend for those who’s going to get their own clearances to go to Robinson’s Otis near Pandacan, Manila. To get there, you need to ride the LRT and alight at U.N. Avenue. From there, you can  ride a tricycle, or more popularly know as kuliglig up to Robinson’s Otis. Fare is P10 only.Once inside the mall, go to the second floor. The NBI Clearance Center is located at the far-right end of the mall. It is located one store away from CD-R King (I forgot the name of the boutique beside it!)

Usually, people go there in the morning. I did otherwise. I got there few minutes before 2PM. There were 20-30 people before me. A form is to be filled out so make sure you have a pen with you. It took 20 minutes only before I walked towards the counter.

STEP 1 – Payment

I paid P115 since my purpose is for local employment. There is a chart beside the counter that indicates the price for each purpose of application.

STEP 2 – Encoding

After paying, an employee is going to encode the data you have filled out in the form. There’s a monitor you can look at to verify the data encoded. Make sure to check it to avoid errors.

STEP 3 – Biometrics

Thank God, they did away with the black ink! No more hassle wiping those ink away from your fingers. First, fingerprints are going to be obtained via electronic finger sensor. Then, a photo is to be taken for the completion of the document.

Voila! In less than 2 minutes, I got my NBI clearance already. I can’t believe how fast the process was. Great improvement, we got there.