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. 

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.

On Leadership

On Leadership

My organization hosted a leadership summit last Monday with the theme EPIC F.A.I.L.: Filipino Altruism in Leadership which focused on developing all aspects of leadership in one’s potential and beyond.

It was amazing to here these incredible speakers from different fields and to hear their words, we were all just in awe. I was part of the organizing team and for a couple of months it was fulfilling to be a part of such an successful event with the most amazing people ever.

Anyway, I was part of the documentation team and I volunteered to write live tweets during the event so I had to listen intently to the speakers, and boy, was that great! I laughed, almost cried, awed at their stories of humble beginnings, pieces of advice that may be forever etched in my memory, and the experience in itself of listening to them. 

Our speakers were Francis Kong, Celina Le Neindre of The Apprentice Asia, Pastor Ru dela Torre of Roadtrip, and Mrs. Chantelle Batac. A day full of inspiring stories and quotes that will help you reflect on yourself; stories on purity and humility, and finding your own voice. It was all there in one hall, and I can say that that was the seminar that did not (absolutely not!) make me burn myself in my seat. It was all worth to be a part of it. 

“Aim high. if you come half way you’re still way ahead.” – Celina Le Neindre

“Leadership begins with you, but it’s not about you.” – Francis J. Kong

“Love is giving the best, serving the best, offering the best, presenting the best to the recipient of your love.” -Francis J. Kong

“One bad decision leads to another bad decision that leads to another decision that eventually leads to death.” – Ru dela Torre

“Being a leader, you have to be selfless. At times, you’d have to give a part of yourself.” – Chantelle Batac

P.S. If you want to read more inspirational quotes you may do so here.

#feelings

#feelings

This week had to be one of the most emotional ones ever. If you’re a friend of mine on Facebook, or if you follow me on Twitter, you most definitely not miss the #SandiLove. Also, we started on our preparations for our FNyt presentations with the batch and the Dragon babies. 

Since I’m a tad bit lazy to type every little detail, here’s a list of everything that happened instead! 

  • Spreading the #SandiLove started on Sunday evening with our DPs! ❤
  • Orientation week started on Monday.
  • It’s nice to see people who are really interested in joining our beloved org. *sigh*
  • Around Monday noon, BBB started our photoshoots for FNyt. 
  • When the teaser for BBB was posted in the UPPhA page on Tuesday, the whole student body was excited! #pressure
  • Also on Tuesday, we attended our first ever GA in Pharmakon. I have no words for these people. They are just amazing. 
  • On Wednesday afternoon, the Education Committee of Sandigan conducted an academic seminar entitled Singko to Uno. The event was an absolute success! 
  • That evening, Sandigan launched its partnership with the IE Club of UP Diliman and Good Karma
  • On Thursday I had lunch with Jacky and Kerwin at Hainanese Delights! And we had ice cream after. New Zealand ice cream – foodgasm. 
  • I went home early yesterday because my mom told me so, and because my body ached so bad I couldn’t walk straight. I regret not stretching before PE class on Thursday. 
  • I received news that a lot of people got application primers!! I was sad not to be able to see it, but still excited!! I’m dying to meet you, future Silver babies! 
  • Lastly, a shout out to my Sandi buddy out there: I don’t bite. So contact me naaaaa. I want to meet you!! See you soon!! 🙂