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This week, UP Journalism Club, my org in CMC, is celebrating its anniversary week.  To lowlives aka members like us, this of course spells stress because we have to come up with and attend activities to make our anniversary week relevant not only to us but to other masscomm students as well.

I just finished ironing my polo for tomorrow’s event, a forum on libel, which I will be hosting.  (Come to think of it the last time I ironed my clothes was way back in high school.  Jeez!  Naalala ko bigla kung gano kahirap mag-plantsa, leche!)  I also just came from our poetry night at Maginhawa St., where Alamid also performed!  I was giddy excited about them because I love their song, Your Love, so much.  I also got a chance to recite Awit ng Pag-Ibig XX, Pablo Neruda’s Love Song # 20 translated in Filipino by Virgilio Almario.  When I got to the lines Hindi ko na siya mahal, people started reacting violently, obviously alluding to my recently-concluded relationship (naks, parang event lang.  haha).  But of course it doesn’t come with a But, for the next lines were ngunit minahal ko siya nang lubusan. Odiba may ganon.  Hahaha ang fun, naging stand-up comedy ang poetry reading ko.  =P

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I’m in CMC right now, trying to help out (“trying” being the operative word, ’cause I’m obviously blogging here) my good friend Elsie iron out the preparations for their org’s anniversary week.  We just came from a sleepover at Jali’s place in Antipolo, where we tried to do our respective theses (again, “tried” being the operative word, hehe).

I still don’t know where my thesis is headed.  I haven’t even started gathering data for it!  Haha.  But I promised myself I’ll get something done this week, because the deadline for my first draft is already fast approaching.  I dunno, I may be overestimating myself again.  I hope not.  What I do know is I’m afraid to ask guidance from my thesis adviser, because she’s scary like that.

I missed hanging out here at Maskom.  I don’t go here that often because I don’t have classes here anymore.  It’s kinda disorienting how there are a lot of new faces around (again, how many times do I have to notice that?).  But CMC is still CMC, and it’s still a second home to me.

Zone out!  I’ma try to help Elsie forealz na.  Hahaha so hiphop di bagay.  😛


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It’s been a while since I laughed so hard I almost fell from my seat!  Now I know that going into a comedy variety show with a slight sore throat can be VERY, VERY deadly.  All those performances were downright stressful and sometimes chilling to the bones!  All because… the performers are all professors from UP!  *gasp*


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I mean… Chancellor Cao singing a ballad with a suit on, and 5 seconds later he’s wearing a Hagibis jacket and belting out Manila, Manila?!  Or… National Artists Bienvenido Lumbera and Virgilio Almario doing a showdown of brains and beauty wearing girly outfits?! (This really shocked the hell out of me, but it got me thinking how versatile these people could be, all in the name of fun!)  I sank very low to my seat when our dean, who was the proverbial fashionista in our college, walked down the aisle a-la Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada (how apt!).  And then… Sir Jamon happened.  Director lang naman ng Unang Hirit… the lights went out (although no emergency lights were needed) and when it went back on we saw him going around the theater in just his underwear!  Ohmygulay.  What has this world come to?

In all fairness to our professors, I really enjoyed their performances.  It just goes to show how well-rounded UP Professors are, ready to let go of strictness and composure if it’s time to have fun.  Makes me more proud to be a UP student!

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The VOX 2009 Yearbook Staff

It feels very comforting to know that I’m in the presence of greatness.  These people are the most amazing friends I have ever surrounded myself with.  They’re caring, they’re very much concerned and they’re very hardworking.  They won’t refuse to laugh at your jokes but they also make it a point to laugh at you (or refuse to laugh at you) when your jokes turn from hilarious to corny.  They’re one of the truest and most sincere bunch I’ve ever known, ready to face criticism or give one whenever needed.  Lastly, they’re all such great friends to have, ready to lend a hand whenever you need one. (more…)

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WORK.  It has been catching up with me lately.  And sometimes, a little bit too swiftly.

So ano ang latest chismis?! *hagikgik*

We had our overnight press work last Friday over at Repro printers, the first of a series of all-nighters we’d have to pull if we plan on releasing VOX, our college yearbook, in time for graduation. (more…)

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Registration in the University of the Philippines is an obvious hell.  The queues are very long (a clear understatement!), the registration assistants always run out of patience, and if you’re not lucky enough, the people you wait in line with are the last ones you’d want to spend five quality hours with.  It’s bad enough that our university’s faltering on facilities and equipment; our registration system is simply the cherry on top of our very worthwhile stay in UP.

Every sem, the CRS (Computerized Registration System) tries to implement new methods to purportedly “ease up” the tension during registration period.  We have all but graduated from the manual enlistment process three semesters ago, but I still couldn’t make up my mind if the change was for the better or for the worse. (more…)

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The past semester has been nothing but stress.  Papers, exams, requirements and whatnot.  Typical student preoccupations but stressful nonetheless.  Anything that can be attributed to Masscomm or UP instantly becomes toxic thoughts.

That’s why we try hard as we could to find little ‘sanctuaries’ where we can all study, minus all the stressful and toxic thoughts.  Coffee shops are the easy getaways, but some places–like Starbucks Matalino–get too crowded sometimes that it isn’t conducive for studying anymore.

Weeks ago, we hit gold.  As in, gold.  Finally, we found our perfect abode in ‘Kourtyard Caffe’. (more…)

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“Wake me up / when September ends…” or so the famous Green Day song goes.  Let me alter it a bit and say “Let me sleep / when September ends…”  Yes, please, I want to sleep. In a student’s life, the month of October poses a relief from all the academic stress that have just passed by.

In other words, Sem Break is here again.

And because vacation is already rearing its very beautiful head, I’m starting to lose interest in my academics.  I know that ordinarily, I should give my best during the last stretch of school.  But the thought of being able to relax and unwind soon is just too tempting to ignore.  No more acne-inducing all-nighters, no more crammed papers, no more rushed reports, no more requirements, readings, library hours… all gone!  (For a week or two, at least)


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So here’s the game plan: go through five more months of schooling, excel in everything and dabble in anything, work on The Great Thesis, pass all requirements, finish the yearbook and graduate, hopefully with flying, shining, shimmering rainbow colors.

Easier said than done, of course. Easier said objectively as well, sans all the melodramatic necessities of a change of phase (or is it pace?). Such is the life of a journalist: almost completely devoid of emotions, distant from any situation that may compromise the output.

But real life is not a news article. Far from it, actually. Real life has overnights, drinking sessions and partying in between. It has crying sessions, farewell letters, group hugs and bonding moments that seem like eulogies for the dead. It has all the sentimentality that goes with a Kimerald movie, no matter how cheesy or corny it may be. It has all these and more, not just a few one-paragraph sentences capped with the dreaded “30” or a sharp sharp in the end.

After this, everything changes. Change that doesn’t begin with Meanwhile, a 20-year old student of Mass Communication decides to leave school—for good. It is a change that shall prove pivotal to The Big Plan, that one that sets the course of one’s lifetime. (more…)

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For the second time in a row, the UP Pep Squad conquered the Big Dome with loud cheers, roaring stunts and breathtaking moves to come out as the 2008 UAAP Cheerdance Competition Champions!

Okay, major gloating happenin’ in here.  I’m sure everybody’s trash talking again, but I just have to say this: I can’t believe we’re champions again!!!  Haha.  I honestly thought FEU would grab the crown from us.  Their routine was very well-executed, no mess whatsoever!  And it was so appealing to the eyes, especially if you watch it on TV.  I just watched on TV (regardless if our tv furniture isn’t that nice, so I sat on the floor instead) because it was very hard to get tickets. (more…)

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Three weeks to go, and I’d take that dreaded photo–that one photo that will forever be enshrined as THE grad photo.  I actually have a lot of qualms.  I don’t know how to smile properly.  I still don’t have a creative shot.  I don’t know what to wear.  I don’t know if my hair is right.  I still look ridiculously big (ugh.  must.  drink.  diet pills!), add ten pounds since it’s on camera.  Sigh.  How I wish I was born photogenic and sexy (haha!).

Well, just like anything, Bahala na si Batman! 😛

How about you?  How did YOU prepare for your grad photoshoot?

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So here I go again, ranting like I really meant the things that I write, dumping all the stressful things in my life in this blog.  Haha.  I’m increasingly getting self-aware of all the things I do in here.  ‘Cause the past few months, it’s nothing but one thing: Stress.  Goodness.  I never realized Senior Year could get this stressful.

However, unlike the past few weeks when all the academic requirements piled up and caused a great amount of burden on me, these days, stress is coming from other things, something exogenous, out of the system ika nga ni Samuelson.  Academic load is actually light recently, and all that is causing me stress are extra-curricular activities.  Muh. (more…)

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The wikipedia article on it defines “stress” as the consequence of the failure to adapt to change. Stress happens when two opposing forces interact with each other and the element in the middle gets all the brunt of the collision.  When something seems to be right and it turns out to be totally wrong, that, well, is considered stress.

I am stress personified for the past few days.  I couldn’t fully explain why, or how, it happened, but one thing could possibly be the source:  Thesis.  Grrrr.  I never knew thesis could be this stressful.  Especially if you factor a lot of things in.  Hay.  I hope I can sit somewhere remote, like an old house with a porch in the desert, with extended rooms and recreational spots and elegant patio furniture covers, where I can inhale the sand-filled air and chillax for a moment, taking everything in.

I badly need a vacation.  Please?  Pretty please?

This is a sloppy post which should fill in the gaps of my blog absence.  Just to let you know I’m still here, even if I know you’re not there anymore (drama!).

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As with any other graduating student out there, I’m starting to prep up for my graduation picture.  Everyone’s fixing everything, not cutting hair to make it long for something, going to their charlotte north carolina dentist to get those pearly whites cleaned and whatnot.  Of course, the customary sablay and toga poses are not a problem, it’ll sort itself out.  What I’m losing sleep over (uhm, di naman…) is my creative shot because I seem to have run out of ideas. (more…)

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We started out as two blocks in first year.  Over the years we’ve grown, especially one time when they seemingly opened the floodgates and dozens of shiftees and transferees were admitted to our department.

Now, we number to more or less fifty in the batch, possibly the biggest batch the Journalism Department of UP-CMC has ever had.  We’re a brady bunch of different personalities and that’s what makes us all unique.  There are blacks, there are whites, but there are likewise colorful personalities in between.  =) (more…)

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