Poetry · scribbles

L O V E ❤💕

Since I was young I dreamt of you
Daydreams of princes and love that’s true
Hopeless may it seem
It has always been a dream.

He’s charming and sweet
When with him my heart skips a beat
I was sixteen when I gave it a try
And all I got were puffy eyes.

Foolish heart you fell to the trap
And no one’s there to pull you back.
Now your heart’s been ripped open
Pieces shattered and broken.

Pick it up
Don’t give up
Someone’s coming
Just wait for the perfect timing.

(Im always a sucker for true loves and happy endings so I guess this poem goes to me. That despite hurting a lot of times, we should never give up and take risks to love and trust someone again- because when we finally find that someone? He will really be worth the pain.)

Poetry · scribbles · serious

Maybe not.

Stuck in the thing called “You and I”
Please tell me if you’re here to stay or just passed by
My heart died when you said goodbye
But the world lit up when you returned and said hi.

Please tell me I should wait
Or should I just forget everything since we were eight
They say love is sweeter the second time around,
You make me feel special and my heart goes pound and pound.

Maybe we’re not meant to be
Maybe you’re not just for me
Maybe because you’re not free
But maybe because the world conspires that you don’t love me.

And Im just stuck here, nearly falling
And I know you’re not catching
So  it’s too late to back out
I’ll just enjoy the fall and cry my hearts out.

Loving you for how many years
It couldn’t be measured by my tears
But one thing’s sure
All I ever feel was pure.

And tonight as I pour these words
Posted so all can see in the world
I promised to let you go.
Be happy. Go.

Be happy because someday I’ll be too.
Someday when stars aligned and I’ll meet someone like you.

People · school

First Year in UP

So here’s a summary of one amazing academic year in the University of the Philippines.

I didn’t really expect everything to turn out great especially since I’m new to the environment but I am very  much thankful and lucky to have these people who guided me throughout the UP life.

To MSI, my first org, the family that gave me the opportunity to lead the batch and be the representative for them. I know I always say this but I couldn’t thank you enough for the chance and thank you for giving me a reason to stay with my course. You guys are great, I would want to be part of the org always and that, if may batch would allow. 💕

To the Balay Ilonggo dormers:

My roomates for enduring my constant blabberings and fangirlings, my OCD, my sleeptalks and everything in between. Thank you for always understanding my mood and to your comforts everytime I feel depressed abt my life. Hay, UP. 😅

BI friends from uppclass to freshies, thank you thank you. You have always been the cousins I ever wanted. Thank you for all the hand-me-down reviewers, tutorial 101, borrowed dresses, fashion tips, life hacks, EVERYTHIIIIING. 😅 I owe you 50% of my happiness here since the dorm has always been home. Next acad year would be totally different since some of you won’t be around, but I hope the bond that we shared would not be forgotten. love you ppl

DUCES, one of my Professor told me that in order to make my stay here in UP worthwhile I should do something that later in my life, I would be proud of. “Invest something that you can say helped the humanity,” she said. And this org opened its doors for me. Thank you for strengthening my leadership skills and for enabling me to help other people through outreach activities. Thank you utods, I hope we could bond and eat OSA-sponsored food for the incoming activities. 😁

Bloc D, I admit it, we are all not super close. But there’s an aura within you guys, a golden string of some sort, that keeps me pulling back near you. You are the friends, that even if we don’t always talk, will always have a special place in my heart. Let’s beat the odds, shall we? Let’s study harder and get that Sablay we’ve been aiming to have. And let us not forget one another. I might not be vocal abt it, but one single smile and hi in the corridors is much appreciated. KAYA TA NI. 💪🏼

FresCo, CM Mardigras Akwe, Old Fangled Carnivale Akwe, BI Akwe, House Council, Bloc Team Building, Juan Big Idea, CMPF, Renaissance..

Toledo, Caballum, Torio, Colon, Arroyo, Catinan, Sadaba. Yap, Pison, Mediodia, Muyargas, Parcon…

Great and Bad things are yet to come. Cheers to three more years (I hope) here in UP.

Cheers for more coffee, readings over feelings, acads over lakads, Kopiko 78.. and to the great unknown. 🍻 🍻

Mabuhay ang mga Iskolar ng Bayan. 🙂


Adventures · school

Exploring Antique


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Antique is one of the six provinces comprising Western Visayas, it is an elongated stretched land occupying the western side of the island. It is bounded by mountains of Panay and as what people often described, it is a place where “the mountain meets the sea”.
Here are the key points that I learned from our Antique journey:
A. Cultural Structures of Antique

–St. John Church in Anini-y —
This is the only colonial church in the province which was built by the Augustinian friars and is still standing up to this period. And we know that because of the pierced heart, an Augustinian seal placed above the entrance door of the church. It was built on 1845 and is constructed out of coral stones which probably came from the nearby Sulu Sea. These blocks of corals were then glued using the traditional way of egg whites. By this, it can be inferred that the culture of society influenced the process of construction.
The church incorporates Baroque style like the triangular pediment supported by a single story. Inside the church, there is a semi-circular arch which supports weight from above. St. John Church in Anini-y survived the 1848 earthquake named Lady Caycay. The church’s main entrance is decorated with rosettes and niches above. The door on the other hand, was pleasingly sculpted with detailed flowers.

–General Fullon Shrine in Hamtic–
The revolutionary of Antique was born in the coastal town of Hamtic, Antique on March 13, 1874. Together with General Martin Delgado and General Ananias Diokno, General Emilio Aguinaldo sent General Fullon to liberate the island during the Philippine Revolution. On April 1901, the Philippine Commission extended the Provincial Government Act of 1901 creating the Province of Antique. General Fullon served as the civil governor of Antique until his death last October 1904.
The statue of General Fullon in Hamtic was designed by the national artist Napoleon Abueva.
Ruins of Patnongon–

From the Fullon Shrine, we moved to the Ruins of Patnongon. Along the national highway are the ruins of St. Augustine. Started in 1860 by Fr. Manuel Asensio, it was finished in 1895 by Fr. Eustaquio Heria. In 1896, Fr. Joaquin Fernandez renovated the church by adding a patio.On the kumbento of the church, the tour guide told us that there were horses’ stables placed below. It was destroyed by the Japanese during World War II in fear of making the stables a garrison. It was renovated however by the Mill Hill Missionaries and was converted to St. Augustin Academy on 1962.
Nearby are the ruins of the two-storey, Spanish-era municipal building. Its walls are slowly deteriorating due to abandonment but from the inside it can be seen that the building has an interior wall and arch. Meaning, during the Spanish period, our architecture already uses arch to give support to weight above.
–Malandog Marker–
Known as the “cradle of Philippine civilization”, Barangay Malandog once flourished a culture where the ten Bornean Datus set foot. The Spaniards called the province Hantique from its Malayan name Hamtik. On the other hand, Hamtik derived
The church is made of corals according to some information. And as you can see, every terrace has the arch structure. At the back of the church also, a statue niche can be found.
its name from hantik-hantik, a species of large ants that swarmed the place when the Malayans arrived in the 13th century. It is the place where first Malayan settlement took place.
B. Local Craft

–Patadyong Weaving in Bugasong–

Before going to Bugasong we passed by the town of Tobias Fornier where members of Buri Handicraft Association braid buri palm into baskets, wallets. Buri palms grow abundantly in these parts of Antique. From the dyed and dried leaves of this plant, they made their business industry. Moving on, we also visited the town of Bugasong where a complex kind of weaving took place. Patadyongs as the Bugasongnons call it is a type of textile made from cottons, abaca and even polyester. There are six steps in weaving Patadyongs: a. Pagsab-ong -weavers have to determine how many meters and pieces can be made, with or without the design. b. Paglikis – the arrangement of the thread c. Pagbinting – insertion of the thread in the binting in an upward and downward movement d. Pagsulod – read is inserted in the reed e. Pagtalingyas – transfer of thread from the cone to the talingyasan f. Pagpanara – the process where the actual weaving starts.
I think the “Filipino-ness” of this craft is that the medium is wooden handloom called tiral and not the same with those in the industries. Wood is very accessible especially if you live near the mountains. Aside from that, the function of patadyong does not only serve as a blanket but also as skirts, baby hammocks, portable bathrooms and changing rooms. Patadyong is like that of a malong in Muslims, the only difference is that Patadyong came in checkered or plaid design.
–Pottery and Brick-Making in Brgy. Bandoja,Tibiao, Antique

In pottery, the first step is to knead the clay to ensure an even moisture content throughout the body. The next step is the rough ball of clay is pressed inward and downward into perfect symmetry. Third is making a hollow into the solid ball of clay and creating a flat rounded bottom of the pot. The last step is refining the shape of the pot. After that, the pots are then put into the oven so as to remove the excess water to harden and increase the strength of the clay.
In brick-making, we first made big chunks of clay from the clay deposits placed on the floor. After that, we pressed the clay into steel molds to form the clay into its final shape. Barangay Bandoja is blessed with half a million metric tons of clay reserves, and I think what made their products very Filipino is that the design of the pots were geometric and nature in motif. Some of their products also include terracotta bricks, ornamental jars, and pots. What makes it more Filipino-ish is that the potter’s wheels were improvised bicycle rims which can be turned by hand. It shows how resourceful Filipino people are.

–Bandi and Butong-butong in Lau-an–

Our heritage tour will not be complete if we won’t end it with pasalubongs. We visited the town of Lau-an were devoured sweets such as butong-butong and bandi were made. The first step in making these delicacies is to melt the muscovado sugar and the rind in the cauldron or kawa. After a short cooking time, the crystalized muscovado syrup is poured into banana tree stalks and was cooled down for a few minutes. The hot, melted sugar is then pulled until it becomes whitish in color and until it hardens to become a soft chewy candy. We even tried it ourselves and made unique designs. Bandi, on the other hand, is quite the same with Butong-butong but with peanuts added to the mix. When the mixture is ready, it is then poured out into the sawali mats, spread and hardened. It is now then cut into small pieces, ready for selling at 20 pesos for 4 bars. The Filipino-ness of this craft is simply how the process was made since it was quite easy and the bandi-makers only used sawali made of bamboo covers. Aside from that, these delicacies are uniquely based on Filipinos’ taste preference, which are undeniably in for sweets.

C. Communal Activity

*Istorya-Kanta, Kinaray-a

A Kinaray-a performance which does not only showcase their talent in singing but also introduces the audience to the unique culture of Antique. This activity was spearheaded by the pillars of Kinaray-a music, Sammy Rubido and Dante Beriong. On their song Mananggiti, it tells us the life story of a tuba-maker with a funny twist. It is poetic in approach while the song is not literally taken. On Aragay Inday, one of their songs, they present the courtship of a man to a young maiden. It tells a story of how difficult things were experienced by the boy just to win the hand of the
maiden. Pangabuhi sa Uma, is also presented which tells us the fiesta culture of Antique and how the people use to hold bayle. One of the songs that cannot get out of my mind is Mauli gid ako sa Antique, it tells how the singer misses his beloved hometown and how he missed everything about it. The song was very emotional but at the same time, it makes you reminisce about the past especially if you’re from Antique.

*Lambaklad Fishing

We rode to bamboo raft called a balsa, but before that, we were told to leave our slippers behind and to wash our hands first, probably a fisherman’s accustomed belief before fishing. We pulled the rope so as our raft can move to the middle of the sea maybe 20 meters from the shore. The unique fishing technique involves laying down a fish trap to collect fishes such as tuna, sailfish, barracuda and mobula rays. We helped the fishermen pull the rope tied to the net. After several minutes, different kinds of fish wiggled to the balsa. It was a good catch for the fishermen today. This activity involves the lifestyle of the Antiqueños since fishing is their main livelihood.  Mararison Island Children’s Choir The group of children is composed of youngsters with the age ranging from 713 years old. The way the group performs was so entertaining
D. Overall Reaction to Experience First of all, I am so happy that what we paid for this heritage tour was all worth it. I did not only learn to make pots, bricks, patadyong, and those sweet delicacies but I also learned how to appreciate the Antique culture more. I was able to grasp on their music, their products, and livelihood. Moreover, I didn’t realized that Antique has so much to show when it comes to tourism because it is overshadowed by its neighbors, Aklan and Iloilo. I didn’t even imagine that they have scenic beaches like those found in Mararison Island in Culasi. This heritage tour did not only gave me the opportunity to know more about the Antique culture, which I will be talking about when I go home in Mindanao, but it also gave me the chance to appreciate the beauty of what has been part of the past (the ruins and Antique history).This tour made me appreciate nature on it’s best – from sunrise while fishing down to Earth’s golden hour at Tibiao while we ate pizza as we contemplate life at the beach.

MSI · People · school

Juan Big Idea: A Journey Towards Marketing Eminence

UPV, Iloilo City- To help marketing students boost their inner self-confidence and package their self to the real business industry, Philippine Junior Marketing Association in coordination with UPV Marketing Society Incorporated conducted a forum about Personal Branding last February 22.

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The event was participated by an estimated number of 600 participants from Central Philippine University, UP Visayas, Far Eastern University (Makati and Manila), University of Santo Tomas, Batanggas State University, Adamson University and St. Louis University.

Mr. John Paolo  F. Calona, brand manager of Mega Tuna, talked about Secrets Nobody Tell You about Effective Personal Branding. He shared to the crowd the blueprints of business strategies on how to brand yourself to other people.

“You need to learn how to unlearn to learn again,” personal advice given by Calona.

Advices on how to handle haters (aka. Confused fans) were then lectured by Sir Stanley Chi, comedian, host and author of One Night Stan and Men from QC. The participants listened as the comedian gave them tips and later on asked questions about personal branding on social media.

Stanley Chi with Juan Big Idea participants.

The last speaker, Mr. Edgar Allan Caper , Marketing Director of KFC Guam, talked about Branding Marketers for ASEAN Integration wherein he shared his life experiences to the students and gave tips on how to be globally competitive marketers. He also showed some of his past projects from Pizza Hut to KFC which were then followed by his insights on how he came up with that idea.

“He shared things both in a scientific and objective manner. It’s one of the talks I admire most. It’s not boring and I gained many things from it,”said Gino Luistro, UPV student.

Last part of the event was awarding of raffle prizes and giving of certificates and ended at exactly 4:30 in the afternoon.

*It was my first time to really attend a marketing seminar since I missed Stratmark and it was really good for a first. The speakers were good doing their job, they don’t bore me and the participants were attentive. There was no dull moment.

Aside from that, MSI gave me  the opportunity to attend Juan Big Idea and it was such a great privilege to meet new people especially those who came from Manila. 🙂 I met new people, older than me since they’re already in 2nd year to 4th year in college. It was fun talking with them, sharing experiences and teaching them how to talk Hiligaynon. Aside from that Rjay and I also helped them on tasks like distributing the food, controlling the crowd and whatnots. They also shared their experiences to us (most of them were PJMA trainees) on what drove them to join PJMA, their passion for the course and how difficult it is to meet with the other members since they’re very far from each other. But anyway, yesterday was really awesome, I cannot contain my happiness. ❤ 🙂

Here’s some of the pictures: ❤

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