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UP Sandigan turns 25! 

Twenty-five years of pride and flame. ❤

Let it be known, that the fire of UP Sandigan and I are one.

(c) Kristine Garcia

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#2013

#2013

It’s that time of the year again when we all lookback to the year that was, and honestly, my words won’t give justice to anything that has happened this year because despite of all its downfalls, it has certainly been a fruitful year for me! 🙂

  • I have always dreaded the first half of the year because the semester is at its climax with all the exams and papers piling over each other and it has been undoubtedly so stressful during these months. It is a very great thing, however, that I was able to fix myself up during that semester (after my first ever failure) because I was able to exempt myself from almost every final that I had. 🙂 I can’t but be truly proud of myself with this accomplishment, and since then I have been pursuing the exact goal for every semester thereafter. 🙂
  • As always, there wasn’t really much to do during the summer so I took a summer class which wasn’t really bad. And TMQFC had this thing during the summer when we’re not allowed to repeat outifts lol. Haha. I miss that clingy bunch.
  • When June came, it was really exciting because it was a brand new year to start all over and application week was so much fun! I joined another organization (or publication, for that matter), and I have learned a lot from them this year and I’m very grateful to have spent 2013 with all these amazing people around me. :’)
  • From July onward, it was really a big blur of projects and events that really kept me going and as always it was very fulfilling to have been a part of all of them! I do blog about these events and I don’t think it’s very much helpful to type them out all over again. But as I have said, I have learned a lot from all of it! (Maybe I’ll make a separate post about all the things I learned this year, eh?)

Pictures speak a thousand words so I’ll let them do the talking instead!

Dragons. My love for this bunch: to the moon and back 10000x

Read all about EPIC F.A.I.L. and its success here! 🙂

I do not have a photo of the clingy Good Karma team huhu but y’all knwo I love you guys to bits and I’m here hoping that all our efforts put off! 🙂

Flame on, Incendio! 🙂 Read about our Global Youth Summit experience here. 🙂

Daddy Patty’s ladies and the Kaya Natin! Young Leaders For Health Conference on this! 🙂

BBB love on this one

And how could I forget, this clingyoverlybitchybutIloveyouguysanyway? Here’s to more adventures with you! ❤

A bigger and better December

A bigger and better December

This month has been amazing so far, even with all the chaos our batch has been through. All those events coming all out once pretty much drained our energies, and I can’t imagine what more our batch representatives are feeling (we love you Matt and Sharmaine!). Nevertheless, it was all worth it. We may have come as second best, but we will always, always be the Bigger Better Batch, because we are one and united. 

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I couldn’t imagine spending the first two weeks of December any other way. The month started off with Sandigan’s Christmas Party, and as always, spending time with this organization is pretty much worthwhile. 🙂

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Bulagaan has been one of those highly anticipated events in our college, mainly because of the Mr. and Ms. Pharmacy competition. You may have seen my post regarding votes based on the number of likes on Facebook, and I’m proud to say that our batch had the highest number of likers! Aside from the pageant, each batch and organization prepared a special performance during the event, and it’s always enjoyable to watch them! Even our professors showed their talents! It was very entertaining to see our instructors in a whole different light. The event showed that we are not all books and chemicals in the College of Pharmacy, but we also have fun once in a while. 🙂

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MY BATCHMATES MADE THESE LIGHTSABERS. Yup, I know. They’re awesome. 

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Meet Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia!!

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Yup, that’s Effie Trinket, and yes, my batchmates also made that TRON SUIT. 

And then last Tuesday, the annual Lantern Parade was held! Our college won 2nd place in best lantern! Woohoo, way to go, fourth years! 🙂

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The day after the parade, we had our Harry Potter- themed batch teambuilding!! Everyone was sorted into houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin, and I got into Ravenclaw!! We went to Falcon Crest Resort in Norzagaray, Bulacan. There were lots of activities and we surely learned a lot from them! (plus points i developed biceps in less than 12 hours)

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GO RAVENCLAWWW!!

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Excuse my water bottle advertisement

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Gaaaah, my feelings for this bunch. ❤ ❤ ❤ 

So right now, I’m in my bed, body aching. Haha! Nonetheless, this December might have been one of the best. I can’t wait for a brand new year! 🙂

(c) All photos are not mine. Credits to owners. 

My favorite time of the year is when I look back to the year that was, and welcome a brand new slate. Even if we don’t celebrate Christmas, it is truly worthwhile to give out gifts (my favorite part is wrapping them!), and it is even more satisfying to see the receiver smile, and you can’t help to be contented with yourself, because you gave out that perfect present in a pretty bow. 

This year, I’m only giving presents to my closest friends. I hope a warm hug would suffice for all the people who have touched my life this year (there’s a lot of ‘em). I have a separate post for that, but in the meantime, I’m sitting on my bed with a tissue box at hand, because someone gave me the colds. 

All these events in our college are coming up, and it’s exhilarating to see everyone working together. 

How’s your holidays so far? 

Salted Caramel Sundae

Salted Caramel Sundae

  • When I came to school on Monday, I came in a little early to treat my four closest college friends to lunch at Italianni’s (after bickering over so many restaurants, we finally settled for it), and afterwards they surprised me a cake from Caramia and it was absolutely lovely! Classes went on as usual in the afternoon, and our prof in Rizal, well, let’s just say I haven’t seen her in the best light. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to it!
  • I have 7am classes on Tuesdays as well as on Fridays, but the first time was such a drag. I did not want to get out of bed. I think I even fell asleep in the shower. Anyway, orientation had been fun, and I hope all goes well this semester!
  • Last Wednesday was pretty chill, because we had orientation, too. We had a long three-hour break, and I don’t remember what we did haha. 
  • Yesterday, we had our first phypharm class and it’s exciting! (Altho I’m wishing that it would be much easier than phychem please please please)
  • I didn’t have class today so I decided to go to Bambang to refurnish my lab kit, but sadly the LRT is closed and mom said I could go another day and it was incredibly hot so I agreed and settled with treating myself to a McFlurry and school supplies shopping at National Bookstore!

So it had been pretty bum the first week but I am expecting to be busy for the next few weeks or so because a lot of events are coming up and I’m excited!! 

How was your first week back in school?

Young Leaders For Health Conference 2013

Young Leaders For Health Conference 2013

As I have mentioned in my previous post, a few orgmates and I were chosen to represent UP Sandigan in this year’s Young Leaders For Health Conference by Kaya Natin! and the Ateneo School of Government. A few weeks ago, we sent a project proposal to Kaya Natin! And two out of ten teams chosen were from UP Sandigan. Anyhow, I’ll go into more detail from days one through three:

Day 1

We met with the other delegates at AdMU at 8am on Thursday. We rode a bus to First Villa Christina Resort in Antipolo City. When we got there, we went straight to the function room. We were greeted by the organizers, Miera, Pau, and lovely hosts, Shy and Mixie. —Ice breaker— The welcoming remarks was given by Congresswoman Leni Robredo! She basically told her story on how she found her vocation. “You do not choose your vocation, your vocation chooses you, ” she stated. 

The rest of the day we basically listened to a bunch of speakers, namely: Mr. Hector Villegas, Dr. Raymond Baquiran, and Mr. Jess Lorenzo. They made us all aware of our country’s health status, and what we can do about them. It has really been an eye-opener, and besides that, we learned how to discipline ourselves and think of the people, and for the people. 

That afternoon, we were asked to build a symbol describing the kind of leader we are out of clay. I built a book (which actually looked like some sort of butterfly but it was a book okay) because I’m the kind of leader who listens, and learns from others. At the same time, I want to share what I have learned to others. The book symbolizes knowledge, education, and learning, because leadership is an opportunity to share what you have experienced, and what you have learned from them (for me that is). 

After dinner, it was supposed to be Socials Night, and we had no idea as to what it was and we eventually found out that it’s just the time to do whatever you want in the resort. And so, my orgmates and I just bummed around because we were anti-social, along with everyone else. 

Day 2

I cannot remember much about what has happened in the second day. There was Dr. Norman Marquez, who taught about health trends in the country and the world. The second speaker was Dr. Ginger Ramirez and she facilitated an activity called Ang Kwento Ni Rosario which was about a small town in a province, a poor family, and the misfortunes that they have gone through. You have to read the story yourself – you could do so here – to see what I mean. After that, we were asked to group ourselves and make a skit about one of the most prevalent health issues and the country and make a poster regarding that, too. 

Right after lunch, Kaya Natin!’s Lead Convenor Harvey Keh talked to us about project improvement and fundraising, which proved to be very helpful to us organizations dedicated to service and leadership.

If you don’t ask, you will not receive.

We spent the night preparing for our project presentations the next day. We polished our project proposals, identified possible blind spots, and drafted our presentation. It was a looong night, and we got ourselves through it by sleeping in 15-minute cycles. I think I only had an hour’s sleep that night, and 30 minutes the next morning. 

Day 3

As I’ve said, I spent 30 minutes snoozing that morning. I had a quick shower and immediately rushed to finish our executive summary, and pass it to the secretariat on time. I went back to my groupmates to rehearse, and boy, did the nerves started to crack up. 

We ate breakfast just before we presented, and fortunately, we presented and defended our project well enough. I am thankful to our Sandigan family for being forever supportive. 

At around lunch time, they announced the winners of the project grant, and the TB DOTS team garnered third place! Our project may not have received the seed money, but nonetheless we hope to implement it anyway. Nevertheless, at least the TB DOTS team made it, which made us even prouder to have represented Sandigan and UP Manila.

We were shuttled back to Ateneo that afternoon, and my mom treated me to Jollibee’s Bacon Mushroom Champ. When I got home, I went straight to bed, ending the day in a dreamless sleep.

I couldn’t have spent my first three days of my sembreak any other way.

School’s Out!

School’s Out!

  • I spent a three-day youth leadership conference in Antipolo by the Ateneo School of Government and the Kaya Natin! Movement. I learned a lot in those three short days so I’ll be doing a separate post on this soon!
  • My family went up to Tagaytay this long weekend to visit my grandparents. We went to Sky Ranch and rode the Sky Eye (which apparently is the tallest ferris wheel in the country!). 
  • I had a bad case of coffee withdrawal last Sunday. I was craving for caffeine so bad that my head ended up hurting.
  • When we got home, 29 notifications greeted me on Facebook. I was only out for a day, you guys. 
  • Date with my girls aka my mother and my lil sister today! We watched She’s The One and omg so many feels for the typical best friends-tuned-lovers story and because…Enrique Gil.
  • My little sister and I can’t seem to stop bickering for the past few days. It’s just…ugh. She’s annoying.
  • I should write more.
  • Speaking of writing, I enrolled in iversity’s online course called The Future of Storytelling. It’s basically a beginner’s course on writing stories, and should inspire you to be creative and think out of the box when writing! Check it out!
  • If you are a G2B/KathNiel/Daniel Padilla fan, please do follow me on Twitter so we can fangirl together. 
  • I recently bought two new books from Fully Booked!! I’m kinda sad though because they ran out of stock of House of Hades. I checked NBS, too, and found nothing. So I bought two different books instead teehee.
  • If you know any branches that do have stocks of House of Hades, please do let me know!! 
  • Almost all of my grades are out! And so far, I am happy! I did get what I think I deserved. I’m very thankful to Him because I couldn’t have done it without His guidance.

How’s your sembreak so far? Lemme know! 🙂