It’s been 1 month and 13 days since we last talked to each other. I didn’t really know exactly what went wrong since the year started. Basta, dumating na lang yong day na hindi na niya ako kinikibo. Pero sabi ng kaibigan niya, may kailangan daw siyang sabihin sa akin but he couldn’t actually do it kasi nahihiya daw siya. Nakakapagtataka lang kasi until now he doesn’t have yet the guts to do it eh malapit na matapos ang school year. I don’t want to give him an ultimatum pero bahala na siya. I know kung ano man sabihin niya, it wouldn’t changed what had happened. It’s actually his choice not to talk to me despite the many chances he has to do it so as not to waste the time left in his high school life. Oh well, with this experience, alam ko marami ang nasayang na oras at opportunities to build a good foundation of our friendship. Pero it seems that, there are just friendships that are not meant to last or people who are not destined to be part of your circle of friends.
We all know that we constantly meet a lot of people of life. Some would eventually made a good impact on you. However, some also are just mere passersby in our lives. I guess in his case…i don’t know. Maybe one day I can make my own judgment if he would eventually have the courage and time to talk with me.
For three years in a row now, we’re consistently doing good in the annual computer competition spearheaded by the Philippine Association of Junior I.T. Achievers (PAJITA). Just this school year during the regional finals, we bagged most of the highest awards in almost all events including those that we’re practically good at (e.g. IT Mind Challenge and IT Poster Making). To top it all, we bagged the overall medal tally.
This year, the organizers had decided to include the 3rd placers as qualifiers in National finals which was held last Jan. 21. Much to our surprise, we all decided to join the Finals notwithstanding the amount of financial support we badly needed for the whole trip. Nevertheless, we persevered and was able to find ways where we can address our main problem. Thanks to the generosity of the ADPTCI and the administration. We’re able to travel and attend this very prestigious event.
Last Jan 20, we left for Manila at around 10:00 AM via Cebu Pacific. Some members of the team like Pang, Leng, & Boins had to travel late that afternoon because they had to give way to their review for the MTOP which will take place a week after that. Likewise, Omar and Bianca decided to take an hour behind flight via PAL kasi yon ang nabook ng parents nila. Everyone was so excited about the whole trip especially the seniors since it’s going to be their last opportunity to join the said the competition.
We arrived at NAIA 3 just before the time strikes to 12 noon. Kahit gutom masaya pa rin kami kasi whole flight experience was okay and everyone is excited for the Manila adventure. We waited for a few minutes at the terminal while our transpo was still on its way to the airport. Buti na lang hindi pa kami masyado gutom kasi medyo napadami rin ang kain namin sa plane. hehehe. Anyway, just when our transpo has arrived we headed right away to ADMU to check in our luggage.
We spent almost 30 minutes in our respective dormitories (Cervini: boys; Eliazo: girls) to freshen up or change clothes before we headed to Trinoma for our late lunch. We grabbed a lunch at Burger King. Afterwards, we decided to split into groups so we can explore the mall and buy some stuffs. Just a few minutes after we took our lunch, low and behold, we saw the Dairy Queen. I have to admit that I’m a big fan. But at first, I was a bit reluctant to buy one because I already had a full meal in BK. But i just can’t resist the temptation. Hehehe..It felt like the Rocky Road flavor is calling my name and can’t wait to take my first taste of it. And so succumbed and had a huge size of it together with the kids. Grabe ang hirap pala niyang ubusin. Buti na lang I had a huge appetite at medyo malaki pa ang space sa tiyan ko. Kaya ayon, first one to finish. Yahoo!!! Then we all went shopping for the rest of the afternoon. (Mas nauna pa ang shopping kesa sa contest). We headed back to ADMU around 7 or 8 in the evening and moments later we reviewed for the contest the following day. We spent the rest of the night preparing our stuffs for contest; doing some last minute problem solving activities and test dry run for the quiz bowl. We headed back to our quarters around 2 am. Basically, we only have 3 hours to sleep and we need to wake up so early because the venue is quite far from Katipunan. Just before we went to the contest venue, we dropped by at the Church of Gesu for HIS blessings and took some pictures as souvenirs. We weren’t able to take our breakfast when we arrived at the hotel (Bayview Park) because the competition is about to start in a few minutes. Grabe kahit wala pang tulog feeling energetic pa rin kami lahat. Binawi na lang namin sa pagkain. LOL. It was all worth it because at the end of the way, we won in most of the categories and brought home some of the top awards.
Kahit pagod hindi namin naisip na kailangan nami magpahinga. Nasa laag mode pa rin kami and so we went back to ADMU and spent little time to freshen up before we headed to MOA to celebrate.
Buti na lang malapit ang Star City so right after we took our dinner, we spent the rest of the night at the theme park hanggang sa inabot na kami ng pagod at dalawin ng antok. We went home around 1 AM. The next day, we all went shopping na naman sa Greenhills.
We spent the rest of the afternoon buying some pasalubong for our friends back home. (Ubos na naman ang pera). Shopping mecca talaga ang Greenhills kahit na halos Class A lahat ang products pero okay na rin yon. At least close to the original. LOL. We went back to ADMU just in time for the Mass. Right after, we decided to divide the group and went on for other activities for the night. My group went out for dinner with my former student, Elly Reserva at Conti’s in Katipunan while others went off to Bonifacio Global City for a night shopping. Grabe we never thought we would enjoy the night kay akala ko maiilang yong mga kasama ko kay Elly. Surprisingly, some of them eventually got along well with her before we parted ways. After dinner, umalis na kami papuntang Serendra to meet the other group. Sa kasamaang palad, we were dropped by the taxi driver in the wrong place so we had to walk few miles away from where the stores and our companions were. But we actually made fun of our misfortune that night. Sige lang kami tawa nang tawa habang naglalakad hanggang sa matunton namin ang place. It took us almost an hour before we’re able to find them. Yon, laag-laag then a few hours later, umuwi na rin just in time to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The other group went to Starbucks and had their celebration there while my group decided to stay outside of Cervini and had a little chit-chat before we headed back to our quarters.
The last day of our trip had basically become a rest day for most of us. Richard, Zerrad and I went back to Greenhills just to buy some stuffs and have our post celebration. Grabe ang food trip. Lol. Too bad hindi nakasama yong iba kasi pagod na rin sila. We decided to spend the rest of the day at the MOA before going the airport and went for some last minute shopping for pasalubongs. Funny because my group didn’t notice the time that we’re supposed to be at the airport. Yon, grabe ang cramming. We arrived at the Cebu Pacific counter just a few minutes before it’ll be officially closed. Ending: Nasa last row na kami nakaupo. But before we boarded the plane, we decided to take the last the shuttle to plane. Ang ingay-ingay pa talaga namin and if I’m not mistaken we were the last one to board the plane. Pasaway talaga. LOL.
Haaayy! The trip was indeed a worth-remembering one for all of us. We knew would have fun kasi first time namin magNationals na marami kami at matagal kaming mag-uwi. But more than that is the fact that having this experience somehow made us forget about school and with its overwhelming demands e.g. academics, stress, etc. And most importantly, the friendship that we built among others despite our individual differences.
My Application Essay for Masters in Public Administration
It has always been a great challenge for me every time a lot of people would ask me to describe myself. I said it’s a challenge because most of the time if not always I had this difficulty looking for the right words that would best fit my personality in such a way that it wouldn’t sound like I am bragging something or not so believable at all. Nonetheless, I always end up giving in to the challenge and just try not to overdo things as much as possible.
Hence, in response to the challenge, maybe the best way to describe myself is to associate it with something that would also speak for my personality. For that I choose chameleon. Like such animal, I’m a type of person who can easily adapt to new environment despite my own personal reservations or apprehensions whether or not I would actually fit in to the place. I am also a type of person who easily changes his character depending on the circle of people I’m surrounded with. I don’t easily trust other people especially when it comes to sharing my personal life story. I only get along well with people whom I also like being around. Like a chameleon, I also believe that change is inevitable, thus, it is very important for me to always keep myself open to a lot of possibilities especially in my career, my future plans and in life. However, despite my susceptibility to change, I somehow considered it as one of my long list of weaknesses because there were many instances in my life where I easily embraced change without having a second thought of it. There were various decisions which were not made out of thorough discernment which sometimes put me in trouble. Ironically, those things had made a great impact in my life. I become more open to welcome failures, mistakes or even misfortunes especially in my profession. Fortunately, these things had also taught me a lot of lessons in life that I am also grateful enough to be sharing it with my students especially when we both share the same experiences in life.
My being a teacher is one of the best things that ever happened in my life. It is in this profession where I found the true essence of happiness and success despite being stereotype as a noble work yet with the lowest compensation received compared to other professions. It is also in this profession where I learned how to value people, relationship built, and most especially the education I received and the opportunity to be able to share it with my students.
Teaching has become my burning passion for seven years now. At some point, I thought maybe this is the kind of profession that I want to spend the rest of my life with. I’m happy with what the profession has been showcasing to me all these years and so I thought I could perhaps devote my time on this and leave behind my other priorities and plans in life. After all, I thought I had already experienced the best possible reward this profession has in stored for me. Little did I know that one day, I would be confronted with a certain reality in life that would eventually change my perspective towards the profession and my life as well. I realized that I should not confine myself in one dream where I can possibly dream for another which would not only make me happier but my loved ones as well. I guess the chameleon in me has greatly influenced my decision of taking into consideration other possibilities that would make me discover my other passion – public service.
I used to think before that public service is just a mere act of hypocrisy. A lot of people who are in public office only work at the expense of their personal interest and motivations. Some were not even honest in their post as public servant and resort to some illegal activities like red tapes and alike. Politicians who were front liners of public governance are greatly involved in these corrupt practices which resulted to inefficient distribution of government services to their constituents. These were some of the unpleasant images that made me convinced before to never consider working in a public office or any government agencies. This is even despite the fact that both my parents are government employees.
I must admit that my personal remarks toward the government was entirely influenced by what I have seen on the media and not really based on facts and figures. Although, it was simply out my personal judgment that I made such manifestation towards any public governance and the people within it, somehow I’m convinced that there exist such ill-mannered people and their illegal activities. However, it wasn’t really about this that pushed to pursue a graduate study on public governance. Rather, my decision was entirely influenced by the idea of considering a career shift which could somehow help me focus on my other priorities in life. At my age right now, I realized that for seven years that I have been teaching I still have not been able to prepare myself for what lies ahead in the future. I haven’t invested anything yet for my family especially now that both my parents are in their retirement age and I still have younger siblings to look after while supporting them morally and financially.
Although I have been teaching for years now, I don’t think I could possibly make all these things happen the soonest possible time considering the prevailing salary issues in this profession. And so, I decided to take another course that would allow me to venture in other profession like public governance. Apart from the abovementioned reasons, I also wanted to be exposed in a different environment where I can also make use of my abilities and my passion to be of service to other people. However, this is not to say that I couldn’t, in any way, do this in my current profession. Nor this is to insinuate that teaching has never given me the opportunity to tickle my other interests. It’s just that I also wanted to break the monotony in my life. At some point, I also realized that maybe this would also give me an avenue to discover my other passion where I can possibly start investing on it for my family and for my future as well.
It wasn’t really easy for me to come up with such decision to go back to school. After all, I know it would be a big challenge for me to hurdle notwithstanding my poor context on the course that I will be taking this school year. But it didn’t really bother me at all. I just consulted a lot of people and made my own research about it. I know it wasn’t enough at all for me to get the whole picture of it but the words of wisdom and encouragement from those who have been through this experience gave me more confidence to take the challenge and the sense of readiness to embrace whatever consequences of my decision. After having gone through the dilemma on what course to take, the only things that’s left for me to ponder on is where to take such course. This time, I knew it wouldn’t be a big problem because there’s only one school I can think of who could give me not only the complete and comprehensive training but the best quality education among the schools in the country today – the Ateneo de Davao University’s School of Business and Governance. Their untarnished excellent track records in providing holistic instruction and formation to their students made me a hundred percent convinced that this is the best place where I can start my career shift. I firmly believe that their brilliant instructors could bring out the best in me especially in the field of public service. Lastly, I know that they are so much capable of giving me the right training which is guided by the right formation as inspired by the Jesuit education.
it’s been a long time since i had my last post here. kung di pa ako bumalik sa work di ko pa naisipan magpost ulit dito. anyway, vacation is over and whether i like or not i have to go back to work now. nakakatamad gumising kaninang umaga knowing that my body clock was used to a 10 o’clock call time for breakfast. but like i said, i have no choice but to get up and go back to the usual routine.
my summer vacation was okay. i mean nothing so spectacular happen like the usual vacations in the past where i traveled and go out with friends. but the highlight of was actually our 5-day (total) silent retreat in Kidapawan. First time ko makaattend nun and I was very happy because I was able to finish it successfully. the rest of the days were spent at home tapos pagmay time nagpapalamig sa mall but most of the time kain-tulog lang talaga.
now that i’m back to work, i kinda look forward to what lies ahead this coming school year. I’m a bit excited kasi may bago na kaming faculty room (airconditioned pa), bagong moderating class, new course to take for my masters and travels to look forward to with friends. pero pressure din kami this coming school year because it’s paascu year and we have to prepare for it to get a clean pass from the visit. pero kaya yan!!!
just watched The Avengers today. Well, the movie was worth-watching enough for 3 hours and 15 minutes. Good thing I was only treated by my students. Speaking of, thanks to Johanna Vivas, Rowena Soriano and Sean Año for the unexpected treat especially for the sumptuous lunch. At least, worthy ang pagtakas ko sa school for 4 hours. hahaha.
now, I’m back to reality. All these paper works make me sick. Had it not for the clearance and 13th month pay, I wouldn’t mind leaving all these on my desk until we open the class for the next school year. Wise talaga masyado ang Ateneo. hehehe. Guess I have no choice but to finish this before the cut-off date.
later, I will have my haircut done. Feeling ko, it affects my mood pagmahaba na ang hair ko just like the nails on my finger. Speaking of the latter, tomorrow na lang yon. As for now, I shall continue working my *ss with these bunch of paper works para di magalit sa akin si bossing. hehehe
“A great teacher has little external history to record. His life goes over into other lives. These men are pillars in the intimate structure of our schools. They are more essentials than its stones or beams. And they will continue to be a kindling force and revealing power in our lives.”—The Emperor’s Club