Handog 2012

July 13, 2012

Last Friday the 13th was definitely one for the books! 
Why, you ask me? For two reasons:

1. HANDOG 2012 (enough said)

For those who don't know, Handog 2012 is a welcoming program and pageant for freshies. It's also the time of the year when every freshman block would gather in one place to have some fair and friendly "PAGALINGAN-NG-BLOCK-EH-ANO??!" competition. Haha, kidding.. But seriously..

UNFORTUNATELY, my blockmates and I had classes the whole..freakin..day . 
Yep, our profs didn't excuse us because there were important stuff to be accomplished.
T_______T * insert crying meme here* 

SOOOOOOO , let me share to you the story of how my amazing block suffered, and then eventually ended up at Handog 2012 =))

When we got to the Rizal Hall that afternoon, we found out that we were the ONLY freshman block left inside.
Plus, it didn't really help that the rest of the population joined the WALK OUT RALLY MOVEMENT against PNOY's Budget Cut (if you click the link, you'd be redirected to the walk out video taken by my blockmate, Alexia). 

So yeah, we were all left alone in a pretty empty building. Imagine our depression when we were just sitting along the super empty hallway, waiting for Manong to open the class room. T_T

 When we were about to go into the room, we spotted different freshman blocks heading their way to Handog 2012. We were intimidated with how prepared they were. They had matching shirts / banners/ ribbons/ costumes/ etc. Some colored their hair *this*, and some painted on their faces *that*. 
When we saw them, our jaws dropped  because we realized that.......... we didn't actually...prepare anything=))

So while our prof wasn't around yet, we tried to do some rush planning, because you know, my block loves to cram. =)) <3


Our batch head discussing stuff. HAHA.

Me <please dont mind the face> asking for Superhero Costume ideas for Franklin, our block representative for the best super hero costume contest. =))))))) 

  • Superhero name: ~ da FRESHHHHHHman ~ =)))))
  • Powers: Invisible kapag walang nakatingin, pinapayungan ang mga estudyanteng nabibilad sa araw, namimigay ng libreng v-fresh diyan sa may kanto ng padro faura


We *sent* Arvin and Franklin to rush to National Book Store to buy some materials. Awww, thanks boys! You endured the Manila heat, the sweat, and the scary stare of the prof when you came in late for the next class. You guys are block 26's heroes!
Right after our last class, we headed to the GAB lobby and did some major cramming. 

We got reaally sad when we found out that the best superhero costume contest ended already. :(
Huhuhu. We decided not to continue making the costume anymore, so we just made banners and ponpons for Chesca. Haha yay for block spirit! 

Filled our stomachs so that we'd have enough energy to run to the PGH grounds =))

Heading to the PGH grounds!

Photos of Handog while we were still in class. Haha, thanks for covering this for me, Ellee Mizukoshi! You are such a great events photographer! Naks! haha! 

Block Six has got the team spirit! Haha they were soooo energetic!

Major thanks to our batchmates from Block 27 for cheering for Chesca while we were still away! You guys are the best! Go team Kyla-Chesca! Go Team Nursing!! woohoo! 

Physical Theraphy's superhero :)

HANDOG 2012: Ipakita ang Sarili, Ilabas ang Kakayahan, Iskolar, Kaya mo Yan!! 

I am so proud of my fellow UPM students! You guys did such an amazing job in making your block's superhero costumes!!! <3 

Oh, lookie! Bagellia Filipinas was one of the sponsors of the event!

JUST IN TIME! When we got to Handog, our block representative, Chesca, was already singing to Accidentally In Love. =)) Haha we love you, pretty girl!

It was a pretty darn hot afternoon. Like, darn hot. 


Supportive friends over here.

Me, Irish, Micah and Priscilla <3


Stunning ladies of UP Manila :)

When the boys started to dance, the rain started to pour as well. It honestly looked cool at first, you know, when the boys were dancing while the rain was pouring at their backs...parang effect from a movie...haha omg what am i talking about...=))))
... but when their number ended, BAM. It rained so freakin hard. As in, it was super ironic because it was really sunny earlier that day.

Grabbed this shot from Mr. Marc Olan of Block 2. :)

The rain didn't really bother us that much. In fact, I honestly thought that it was a blessing in disguise. The rain served as an opportunity to make our batch closer. Despite the scary growl of thunder, my batchmates and I were just singing along to random songs, and laughing out loud while we cheered and chanted. We even agreed na HINDI NA USO ANG BEST BLOCK BEST BLOCK NA YAN. All thanks to the rain, the whole batch just magically became ONE that night :)  Plus, it paved a way for us to have a second installment of FUN! Let's give it up for Handog 2012 PART 2 that's coming REAAAL soon! I'm so excited ! :) THIS IS THE SUPER CUTE TEASER VIDEO =))

"One good thing about the rain is that it highlights the sunshine. Nothing raised our spirits more than the bright smiles on your faces in spite of the gloomy weather, mga anak. :)" - from the Freshman Block Coordinators 2012

Right after Handog, my friends and I headed straight to the candidates' tent so that we could congratulate Chesca. Yay!!

When the rain got angry again, we parted ways and decided to head home already.

Marc stayed with me as I waited for my ride to come pick me up.
We  decided to go to the FMAB (the private hospital University Physicians Medical Center's canteen) to dry  ourselves up and eat dinner. 
We didn't really know the directions going there, so we approached Manong Guard.

Hershey: Manong, pano po pumuntang FMAB?
Marc: Yung pinaka mabilis na way..
Hershey: ...Yung pinaka di kami mababasa
Marc: ... Yung pinaka mabilis na daan
Hershey:.. yung pinaka mahusay
Marc: ...Yung pinaka mainam

*Guard stares at us in a stoic manner*
Guard : *in the Vica Ganda tone* Oh, ano? TAPOS NA KAYO?
Us: Opo...
Guard: Kumanan kayo diyan, tas diretsuhin niyo lang. Sa may dulo, pasok kayo sa gate.
-after a few feet away from him-
Marc: ABAAA. Marunong na palang mangbara si Manong. Sana pala sinagot ko nalang siya ng, "Oh bakit? Gusto mo pa??" =))

We spent the entire night there and waited til the rain stopped.

By 9pm, the rain finally calmed down. 
We walked to UPCN. It was funny (well, not really) seeing my fellow students from different schools going through the same flood, too. It just proves how "waterproof"  Manila college students may seem. I spotted some St.Paulinians enduring the rain in their black heels , some Tamaraws and Thomasians  going down from jeeps, and plenty of La Sallians stranded along Taft. 

OH AND CAN I JUST SAY NA FIRST TIME KONG LUMUSONG SA BAHA. I kept praying that I won't get the leptospirosis. And, being my OC self, I just knew I had to bathe for at least an hour once I get home. 
At first, I thought it was really fun because it was just like playing a game. Ala Dora-the-Explorer kuno.
There was this time when we had to pay the manong 5 pesos in order for us to walk across the ladder that he put up just so that we won't have to wade through the knee-high flood.

But when we had to go through this massive crowd of people, and had to endure all the pushing, I knew the line just ended over there. Manila's really scary in the dark, you know. LOL.  

 I thank God that everyone got home safe and sound. :) 

I shall end this very long blog post with a quote by my batchmate, Ellee Mizukoshi.

"If Handog did something, it was that I think it brought the batch closer."