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How was #Kadayawan2013?

Before I continue with this post, I would like to take this opportunity to greet everyone, Happy Kadayawan and Madayaw Dabaw!

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I started going out on the streets during the festivities of the city in the last year’s Kadayawan Festival, and was followed by the Araw ng Dabaw this March. Now that I have a better chance of joining the festivities, let me give a run-down of how I saw this year’s celebration with the theme: “Pagseguro sa Makanunayong Kaayo.

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Summer (officially)

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Very hot, isn’t it? Haha

The freshman epilogue

A lot of significant events are lined up for March: the official start of the Philippine summer season (thank you, PAGASA), the early celebration of the Holy Week, and the commencement exercises of our dear graduating students. In my case, my first year as a college student now comes to an end.

Disclaimer: this blog post is dedicated to my beloved school families (yes, families)This post is full of ‘thank yous’, maybe you’ll get annoyed in between.

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to my family, my relatives and friends (from outside school) who supported my endeavor in the Ateneo. Even with all the struggles for financial stability, my parents and relatives made sure that I will get the best education available. They supported my course of choice, even if they have a better alternative. And for their encouraging deeds and sacrifices, I don’t even know how to pay you fully, aside from being able to graduate with flying colors.

I would also like to thank my blockmates (or what appropriate term should I call them) for being with me throughout school year 2012-2013. We may have petty arguments or misunderstandings, but I would like to apologize to whatever they may be. To be honest, I was very happy with your company, which made me conclude that you guys gave my freshman year a bang! Now, I can proudly say that I AM FROM SECTION T, because I’m Sec-T and I know it! ❤ (emphasis intended) Mark my word folks, you will never be forgotten. Keep it up!

I would also like to thank my FYSEC family (First Year Student Executive Council), headed by First Year Representatives Michael Zachary Leyson (oha, complete name!) and Roren John Ong. Thank you for the trust that you have given me, although I was only able to serve the group as Logistics Committee Head for about four months. The time may be short for me to get closer to the staff, but I was happy that they welcomed me with open arms. Hats off!

To my Team Logistics (as I refer them), thank you for being cooperative and supportive of me as your head (albeit only for a short span). There may have been some miscommunication between us, but rest assured that you are one among the best groups that I’ve worked with.

To my bestfriends (you know who you are, para walang hindi malimutan), I love you! Thank you for embracing me even with all the flaws that I have committed, and for comforting me whenever tough challenges come our way. United we stand, divided we fall, okay? 🙂

And last but not the least, my heartfelt thanks to the Father Almighty for supporting me all the way. With the different levels of challenges that you have given me, I now became stronger and and I am more than ready to face the prologue of my sophomore life. I would like to ask your absolution with everything that I’ve wronged and am still asking for your guidance and protection against uncertainty.

Another chapter has been closed, and another one is about to be opened. For all the people involved to the success of my freshman year, my greatest thank you is all I can give you (for now).

Ad Maiorem dei Gloriam!

Video anecdote: This is my freshman year, together with my blockmates. Video credit goes to blockmate Vanessa Kate Madrazo Naks, galing talaga! 

First semester, first year college.

1 semester down, 7 more to go!

What made you busy in the past few days of semestral break? It is in the mindset of everyone that  students on semestral break go out of their houses, see their friends, stroll around the mall, watch a movie, or hop on to the nearby beach.  But I think not everyone can do that all in the semestral break.

The first pain of a college student: the grades.

Grades being online

I think it is a good thing for our school (and luckily, for most schools in the city) that grades are posted in their respective online student portals. This made the waiting more convenient for students, specially those who cannot wait for the paper results to be in and those students who travel to the provinces during the rest period.

My school’s online student portal.

But the not-so-good thing about grades being online is the state of being worried every single time you are to use the website. Our online student portal may look like a Facebook page due to its blue bar at the upper portion, but this website sometimes spell misery, especially for students who do not perform that well in school.

Also, our Student Information System (or SIS, as Ateneans call it) does not display the numerical grades of the student. Instead, the site shows you letters with a range of grade A to grade B, for example an A for grades ranging from 92 to 100. (I heard that older batches who are still enrolled in the university can see their numerical grades)

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My second personal pain: the yearbook.

I may have graduated high school with flying colors, but my responsibility as an editor-in-chief for our batch memento still exists and is being performed religiously. (Yes, religiously.)

When the break already started, my daily trip to the printing press started again. I had been in constant touch with our dedicated layout artists, staffers and school administrators, each one helping me out and finish it just in time before second year. (Hopefully.)

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Third on my list: love of alma mater.

Since I love my alma mater that much, I have dedicated my time and little expertise to students in need, specially for the radio broadcasting team in the Davao City Division Schools Press Conference, and for the debaters in the 2012 Philippine Schools Debate Championship (Hey, I was there last year!)

My presence was called by the trainors and me, who cannot say no to them, agreed to be there and help.

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Fourth and maybe the last, for now: rest and relaxation.

I need all the time I could have to rest and relax. College life has never been relaxing and easy for me, and I think I deserve that little rest I can get. Who among you would not want to rest even for two week’s time? I guess none.

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This time may be given to us for rest and relaxation primarily, but let us also use this time to be more productive at home: helping in the household chores, doing part-time jobs, and many more. Let us also take time to review the past 5 months of school and evaluate ourselves of our performance and our personal relationship with our colleagues.

How’s your semestral break so far? Leave a comment and let’s talk anything under the sun.