My Sablay Story: A Victor, Not a Victim

April 26 last year, when I found out that I wouldn’t be able to march together with my batchmates, I was devastated. It had been a long, terrible week—just days before, I was rushed out of a room in a squeaky wheelchair after fainting during a hearing in Manila City Hall; I broke down during our 8:30AM Speech class when my professor and classmates asked me how my case was doing; I had also just lost my 11-year-old terrier Yuki (who took her last breath on a Monday, which proves that Mondays suck and always will).

I literally had to step back and ask myself if all of this was real-life or some episode from that Saturday night show Ate Charo hosted. There was just too much drama. And when I thought that I couldn’t handle any more of this, I picked my phone up at a very ungodly hour to dial my friend Jana on FaceTime—who, prior to this, agreed to direct our cameras to the ceiling so she wouldn’t have to witness my ugly crying (nor see my post-sobbing “tomato face”). 

I told her how frustrated I was—how much I wanted to leave the university just so I can finally take an exit from everything that reminded me of the past. I felt stuck. Disheartened. Angry. I wanted to go far, far away and start anew. Fast. But she reminded me of this: “You weren’t meant to leave UP this way. Not like this.” 

She was right. UP was so much more than a place that reminded me of hurt. It was where I formed my principles. Met my friends. And eventually, learned to soar. It was home. And nobody should choose to leave home like that. Especially not like that.

“I’m looking forward to FaceTimes that aren’t directed towards our bedroom ceilings, crying tears of joy, and the morning after all of this,” Jana told me.

True enough, tomorrow came, and days have become better.

The journey hasn’t been smooth-sailing all throughout, and though I may still be in the process of healing—days have indeed become better.

Photo by Pauline Disuanco

I had recently switched my sablay to the left, which means that (hurrah!), I’ve officially graduated! My family’s become closer than we were before. I just started my second job in publishing—as a kid, it has always been my dream to become a writer, and it still feels surreal living it. I met true friends who continue to shower me with so much understanding and support, and finally got to let go of toxic people in my life. I also met someone who showed me that love is patient and never self-seeking. And most of all, I learned to love and accept myself—without having to apologize, without having to feel ashamed.

To all the Janas in this world: Thank you. Not all heroes wear capes—sometimes, they just say the right words at the right time. As cliche as it is, love, patience, and selflessness do save lives.

And of course, to every woman who has ever been emotionally or physically harassed: You are not alone. You are braver and stronger, and heck, even smarter than you think. 

Your harasser may have hurt you. He/she may have even wounded you with words, saying that you’re stupid, or that you’re a slut, or that you’re some-other-hurtful-thing-you-know- you’re not. Remember: You’re not. 

This is not the end. You will break free. And you will also heal.

You may be shaped by your past, but you will NEVER be defined by it. 

And finally, remember that you don’t have to fight your battle all by yourself—after all, Jesus already won your battle for you. Don’t be afraid to talk to your parents, a counselor, a psych, and of course, to your Jana.

Photo by Pauline Disuanco

This story isn’t about my past anymore, but of my redemption. Through Jesus, I am free.

Now on to better things. Here’s to having hope in every tomorrow!


A year and 2 months later—

"The morning after all of this."

June 22, 2017

#The20FirstsProject: Ride a Kalesa to School

May 14, 2016

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA. How do I even begin to tell this story??

Let's just say I was running REALLY late for class and I had to get to school—





(HAHHAA late na pero of course may time pang magpa picture???)

I know this is crazy and all, but it's not every day you find an excuse to ride a kalesa in Manila on a random day, right? Some people in school who saw me asked /why/ I did it, but I told them sometimes, a little crazy is good for you.

You can never really please everyone, and you will always get judged by people no matter what, but you know what?

Just do what you wanna do, and enjoy life!!! :)

Life is beautiful, after all. :) Have fun!



Costume Idea: How To Dress Up Like Athena of She's Dating the Gangster

February 20, 2015

I take costume parties seriously. Very seriously.

 By now, you're probably used to me posting about costume OOTDs and all that. Who remembers my Valentina moment? Or my Rapunzel of Tangled venture? lol.


Four days before my birthday, I was given the opportunity to represent my batch in this year's Mr. and Ms. Department of Communications: Cosplay Edition, where all representatives had to dress up in famous Filipino movie characters. Some went as Filipino icons like Darna, Mulawin, Kampanerang Kuba, etc., while our batch decided to head on over to the "jej side" and go as the tandem in the famous Daniel Padilla-Kathryn Bernardo movie, "She's Dating the Gangster". HAHAHAHA.

Cat-printed sweater: H&M

Jumper dress: hand-me-down

Socks: Forever 21

Boots: H&M 

Headband: A gift from Korea

Watch: Baby G

Glasses: Sarabia Optical

Photo of Athena from Google lol 

Of course , this photo op won't ever be complete without my kapwa jej , Gian Nicdao. HAAHAHAHA!

Athena and Kenji of She's Dating the Gangster, everyone.


Gian sent me this photo on my birthday


Beyond blessed and thankful to have our batchmates! They stuck with us through the end and were the most supportive crowd! They even wore checkered shirts to support me and Aaron (my partner!). Nothing beats Orcom 2016 batch love <3 lol.

For our question and answer portion, Prof. Joey Ogatis asked us this question

"Para sainyo, ano ang pinaka malaki? Isang katerba, isang katutak, o isand kadamakmak?"

Watch this video to find out what we chose. HAHAHAHAAHA. Super benta. =)))

Big thanks as well to my favorite person in the world, Ken! Thank you for watching the show! :)

This was a different kind of experience altogether. Aaron and I were so overwhelmed with the love and support we received that day. This just made us realize how blessed we are to be surrounded with the best batchmates ever! :)

What a wonderful birthday gift indeed!

PS. I have 3 exams lined up for tomorrow and I'm just taking a break now lol........... ok bye for now internet HAHA.


The Teenage Queen

Why Are Women Beautiful? :) | Happy Women's Month from the UP Sigma Alpha Nu Sorority!

Women are beautiful. And strong, and brave, and  courageous.

Hershey 2013-B

"The ability to persevere against all odds is what makes women beautiful-- standing bright in their 
glory amidst the shadows of oppression." 
Mara 2013-A

"Women are beautiful because we create our own sunshine of happiness."

Cess 2014-A

"Women are beautiful because we firmly fight yet gracefully listen."
Shane 2014-B

Nat 2013-D

"Women are beautiful because they have the power to create, love, and nurture."

"Women are beautiful. They don't need to fight for the limelight because they are naturally endowed with it."

"We are beautiful simply and exactly because we are women."

"The things she does and the distinct way she acts reflects the genuineness of her heart; her act of kindness that fills the universe with love manifests the pureness of her soul; the inner peace she constantly engulfs gives her the utmost ability to prepare for tough battles and focus on the bright side of life; but above all, it is a woman's indomitable spirit that makes her prepare for tough battles that makes her shine amidst the darkness that threatens to swallow her-- these qualities matter, and it is because of these facets, that she is crowned beautiful."
Mer 2014-B

April 2014-B

Bekai 2009-C

Lili 2009-D

Alyssa 2013-A

Happy International Women's Month from the UP Sigma Alpha Nu Sorority Manila! :)

Please do drop by our two back to back events later at the CAS Little Theater, from 3PM to 7PM!

My baby project, a power-dressing seminar, is finally coming to life today! We ALL have been working on this for more than three months now-- from spons letters to posters to getting speakers to booking flights. We've devoted our blood, sweat, and tears in this, and we're so excited to finally MAKE IT HAPPEN TONIGHT!

Also please watch our for an inspirational talk, Ambassadress of Beauty (a project our very hard-working Cess is OPC of this year), featuring this year's Ambassadresses of Beauty! <3

SEE YOU ALL! 3PM to 7PM at the CAS Little Theater! 

Congratulations to you, to all of us, sisses! LC Bekai, Lili, Alyssa, Mara, Nat, Kyle, Cess, Marga, Kara, Mer, April, Shane, and Gail! I am so proud of each and every one of us. We all gave our 100% best in this, and I just know that as early as now, our event will be successful, because God will help us every step of the way! :) Love you, sisses! <3 

To God be the glory!

#Nuan Week: I am Proud to be a Nuan.

I can't believe I forgot to blog about this months ago. Last July, our sorority, the UP Sigma Alpha Nu Sorority Manila, celebrated its 26th year of unparalleled excellence! <3 

To kick start the celebration, we had a photoshoot with some of the resident sisses :)

Big thanks to my highschool bff, Bria Cardenas, for these amazing shots!

Like her page on Facebook, please.



Before I share with you guys our photos, allow me to leave my "1st Anniversary post" here :)) HAHA!

June 26, 2014

Growing up, there has always been this stigma that sororities are violent, and that all sorority girls underwent physicals and humiliation. Media says that sorority girls do nothing but party and live messed up lives. Upon entering college, I've been warned to stay away from people involved in Greek organizations, and to avoid any form of interaction with them. I didn't understand why, though. I've never even met a Sorority girl! But , being the sheltered girl I was, I just 

simply followed what I've been told to do.

Not until I met the Sigma Alpha Nu Sorority.

Every. Single. Stigma I've had on sororities was proven wrong, and was completely erased from my system.

Greeks are pretty cool people, after all. Through the Sorority, I found different avenues for me to serve others and for me to grow as well. I've been able to reach out to more people and be a blessing to them. I've been taught things that we wouldn't normally be able to learn within the four walls of the classroom; I've been given opportunities to use my talents, to step out of my comfort zone, to meet new people, and to learn how to work with others; I was even able to take part in creating and holding different events, not only for the UP Manila student body, but for my fellow countrymen as well! From the 2012 Bar Ops, Juvenile visits, Outreach programs, Children's Booth in the Villamor Airbase for the Typhoon survivors, to Captivate, Rose giving celebrations, tambayan parties, and empowering programs like Ambassadress of Beauty---- I'm just really happy and blessed to be part of all of these!

And today, I'm proud to say that I've officially been a Nuan for a year now. June 26 will always be special to me 

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 It was the start of something life-changing, and I'm just really excited for what more is in store for the next years to come!

To my sisters, thank you for everything! You are all blessings to me, and I thank God for giving me each one of you. I've been through a LOT downs last year (dramas and all that, haha) but thank you for always keeping up and for loving and understanding me. Thank you for always being by my side. You girls are some of the few people I know would always remain genuine and true. Thank you for the friendship, and most importantly, thank you for our beautiful sisterhood 

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 Love you all!

Here's to a lifetime of sisterhood!

In Truth, Reason, and Justice,

Hershey Cristabel Manguray Neri, 2013-B 



Hershey 2013-B 

People see me as opinionated and loud; I was told to act more lady-like and "appropriate". But ΣΑN taught me that I should not be limited or oppressed. And you know what? 

I may be loud, crazy, clumsy- and everything else in between, but I choose to be me.

I am a Nuan. 

Lili Alonday 2009-D 

Marga Dendiego 2014-A

An empowered woman knows what she wants. ΣΑN taught me that I should not be limited or oppressed. 

I am a strong, independent woman. 

Proud to be a NUAN!

Nat Dabuet 2013-D

People see me as liberated and adamant. I've been frequently advised to be more reserved and to occasionally silence my inner voice. But ΣΑN, taught me that I should not be limited or oppressed. I may be overbearing, unyielding, stubborn and several other adjectives that society decidedly imposes upon my identity. Nonetheless, I choose to be me.

I am a Nuan.

LC Bekai Tuparan 2009-C

Society has a crude way of dictating what is right from wrong. Forcing people to hide under masks and live their life according to certain 'standards'. 

But ΣΑN has taught me otherwise, it has taught me that I should not be limited or oppressed. I choose to be empowered, I choose to be me.

I am a proud Nuan.

Kyle Sagulili 2013-E

People tell me I'm stubborn, boyish, and hotheaded. I've always been pushed to be a little more demure and to shut my mouth. But ΣΑN, taught me that I should not let society's standards cover up my personality. I may be straightforward, loud, bossy, and every other word you could think of to label me as society says. Nonetheless, I choose to be me.

I am a Nuan.

Mara Magsanoc 2013-A

Classes haven't started yet when we went on this shoot, so some of our sisses were still in their provinces then!! We missed you, girls!

With Bria Cardenas, our amazing photographer! <3

Anyway, enough of the throwback photos!

I can't wait to spill the beans on what's in store for UP Manila this March 2015. One clue: It's all about empowering women. :)

Thanks to everyone (Numans and Friends of EAN! lol) who continues to support our sorority and our goals, Nationalism, Academic Excellence, Leadership, and Uplift of Women! :) 

In Truth, Reason, and Justice,

Hershey 2013-B

Rapunzel of TANGLED-themed Costume!

Say hi to Uriel aka Flynn Rider! 

Next to Belle, Rapunzel is my favorite Disney princess. I could relate to her character very much, because, well, duh, she's so gawky (!), awkward, childish, strong, and determined-- all at the same time. 

And that was why when UP Manila Dramatista, a theatre organization I joined in school just this semester, asked us to dress as Disney characters for a day, without even thinking twice, I decided to be Rapunzel.

(Below are some photos from the movie Tangled that I just got from the Internet)

Outfit details:

White blouse (used as inner top): Bayo

Purple skirt: an old purple dress that I just found in the closet

Pink corset: a random corset in our house lol

Flowers: borrowed from my bff, Ji! Which reminds me.... lol I haven't even returned this to her yet =)) HAHAHA hi Ji, if you're reading this, I love you. =)) I'll give this back to you next week.

Frying pan (choz! This pan is actually teflon lol #sosyal) : borrowed from Ji..again. =))

Nude flats: payless

We had to stay in character the WHOLE DAY, so imagine me running around school acting scared and holding a frying pan. Haha. 

My fellow applicants were amazing; they did such a great job in portraying their roles! Hands down! One person even went us a frog (from the movie "Princess and the Frog"), so he had to hop around the College of Arts and Sciences bending down.

Can you spot Hades? What about Captain Jack Sparrow? Snow White, anyone?
(photo by Darcy de Asis)

Maverick as Captain Hook

Yesha as Minnie Mouse

Say hi to my forever supportive OrCom barkada! Hey Tricia and Jana :)

This photo was taken in class. HAHA! Hey, pretty seat mate Micol! :)

Ending this post with an appreciation photo for Ji Young Lee, the best and most supportive friend ever! :) <3

The Teenage Queen

PPS. Join my Nourriture Juice giveaway! Win cleansing juices here! 

PPS.  Wala lang. Just wanted to plug this here. HAHA! Support UP Manila Dramatista next year! Coming sooooonnn<3

Tuesdays with April

Hey girlies! How are you all doing? Hope everything's been fine with y'all!

The school year had just begun in UP three weeks ago, and we're already so busy with acads and org stuff altogether. Thankfully, #NuanWeek (my sorority's week-long event) just ended last Friday and it was such a huge success-- all thanks to UP Manila, of course. And because I had just crossed out one line off my "To Do List", I'm now only left with acads, blogging and OrComSoc duties to work on. Push!  (HAHAHA feeling madaming time, nakakainis!!!!)

Anyway, here's a quick #OOTD taken at school, weeks ago. It was a Tuesday then, and I had no one to be with after class (huhu loner!). Good thing April, one of my college girl friends, was free (and bored) then . We went on a date and spent 4+ hours just talking to each other HAHAHA (na-paos ako after, I swear).

One thing April and I have in common is that we like stalking bloggers' Instagram feeds. I might (weh, might lang daw HAHA ) have mentioned to her that I wanted a new #OOTD post, and she was very supportive of my....choices. Hahha. She's the incumbent president of Shoot UPM anyway (haha, in-announce!), so she wanted to unleash her creativity (naks) and go on a mini shoot, too (Pero sa totoo lang, dinedefend ko ka-artehan ko HAHAHA). We traveled all the way from the CAS building to the White Colleges just to look for a "nice spot"; hindi kasi photogenic ang UPM eh HAHA.

Plaid shirt: a hand-me-down from my sister
White sleeveless top: Cache Cache
Skirt: bazaar

Bracelets: Divisoria + a gift from my HS bestie, Angeline <3
Watch: Aldo
Turquoise ring: Forever 21
Gold peace sign ring: A gift from my sorority sisses, LC Bekai and Lili :)

Just a tip: Plaid shirts are such an essential. They're super easy to be paired with, and they're perfect for achieving that laidback, "I'm-too-lazy-to-dress-up-but-BAM" look. Lol, did I make sense? HAHA probably not. But yeah, I really encourage you girls to find a plaid shirt too, because they're a classic and they never go out of style. Wear them over shirts, tank tops, and dresses and you'll be surprised how a simple plaid top can transform your outfit!

Anyway, April took me to Vito Cruz for lunch. Can you believe that, in my 2 years stay in UP, it was the first time I actually went on a Taft adventure?? And I'm addicted already! I go there at least every week now to eat HAHA . So far I've tried Tori Box, Starrs, and Zark's. I know they're so "mainstream" already, but I haven't really explored much of Vito Cruz! So guys, if you know of student-friendly places to eat along Taft, PLEASE PLEASE comment them below!!! It will be lovely to hear from you <3

I'm ending this post with a screen cap of April's IG post :) We're almost always together nowadays since we're classmates lol. And because we're good friends lie that, we always help each other out in our orgs' projects. =)) Just recently, she covered my sorority's event last week ; I  helped her out too, on this mini film/project she has. Watch out for this, guys!! Can't wait for the #KF team to release this. *wink wink*

Talk to you soon!

The Teenage Queen

Sudden Changes

Well, would you look at that! Something really unexpected happened today: 
Turns out that my so-called "perfect schedule" this semester just changed--- in a blink of an eye! (can I just say na sobrang pinaghirapan ko pa naman yung pag-gawa ng perfect class sched sa CRS huhu #UPMproblemz).

MY 11:30AM CLASS GOT MOVED TO 4PM-7PM. I cannot believe it, and I just cannot seem to gather the words to explain or even describe how frustrated I am that I won't get to go home early or enjoy Friday nights, at least (mga priorities sa buhay eh noh HAHAHA). And c'mon! What do I do with a 5-hour break?? (though my friend suggested that we watch some movie like Bride For Rent to kill time LOL WHY NOT HAHAHAHAHA) But yeah, I am just over-reacting; come to think of it, some people have it worse than I do. Who knows, maybe this new change in time slot and class instructor will be for the better....? We just have to wait and see. After all, as what my father always tells me, "All things work together for good".

At least I'm thankful that I'm still in school, that I'm in a course that I love, and that I still have my awesome friends to spend a 3-hour-class-that-ends-at-night-time with. :))
 (shout out to Jana, Tricia, Gian, Reanne, Rizelle, and April!! lol).

Earlier, during lunch time, I was munching on a cheese roll (which is my all time favorite, fyi) , and just when I was going to take my last bite (which is also, in my opinion, that one bite that is the best and that matters most more than any other bites that you could ever take when eating a snack), gravity and my very own clumsiness just decided to hate on me, and I dropped my favorite pastry flat on the sole of my friend's shoes.......(diba, how the heck did that happen?? haha) .... :( :( :(  I was so pissed with myself !! Lol and while I was walking towards the garbage bin ,  someone just blurted out my name

And I was like, "huh?"

And then I saw Tricia and Jana laughing and taking photos (paparazzi shot daw eh) =)) and i was like
"oh, hey!!!!!!"

Took advantage of our friendship, este, of the moment and asked them to take my outfit shot na rin HAHAHAHA

Top: Forever 21
Shorts: HighFive Brands
Shoes: Payless

Say hi to Jana! :)
(Tricia, idk why I dont have our photo together...? haha)

(ps thanks to bea karamihan for letting me grab all these photos taken using her camera hahaha sobrang peste ko ba lol labyu)

Ok tama na guys. Sobrang daldal ko na.

I feel so sabaw already,
The Teenage Queen

Blossom and Grow

I kept telling myself that, after a year of being confused, feeling lost, and burning bridges, 2014 will definitely
be a year of love, of restoration, and of transformation. I kept praying and praying for God to help me 
mend broken relationships and transform me into someone beautiful inside. Guess what? His grace is so amazing and I guess He's helping me grow into a matured person, after all. Just this week, I was able to talk to my friends with whom I haven't been in good terms with for SEVEN MONTHS. Wow.. I thought I was never ever getting a chance to fix whatever happened among us, but wow--- The Lord just gave us a breakthrough! We talked, gave each other an "I'm sorry" and an "I forgive you", hugged, laughed, caught up with each other's lives, and even ate lunch together! One friend even treated me a Quarter Pounder from Mcdonald's! I'm happy we started 2014 right. I really, really, really am!

Just like how a house gets messy , ugly and dirty while in the process of being repaired and reconstructed, last year was what I could say my biggest downfall. But this 2014 will be the year I step into adulthood, and I am assured that God will bring breakthroughs in my life, and that He has great plans for me! This year, I will blossom, I will grow, and most importantly, I will transform!

Anyway, let me share you what I wore yesterday for my Sorority's first general meeting for the year.
I wanted to wear something appropriate for it-- a button down polo and closed shoes. But I also kept in mind that I do commute to school, so I still had to keep things comfortable, without compromising style, of course.

Top: bazaar
Skirt: Charlotte Russe
Flats: payless
Accessories: Forever 21 + bazaars

[ Big thanks to Ken for taking my outfit shots!]

Aaaaand, here's a photo with some sisses at the tambayan! Yay for our first genmeet of the year! :)

                        Right now, I just feel really, really humbled and blessed because I was                                 given another opportunity to make things right this time. So thank you, and thank You!

                                                               The Teenage Queen

First School Day of the Year, First Big Mac of My Life

In line with my New Year's resolution of updating this blog more often, here is a quick #OOTD post of what I wore on the first school day of 2014! :)

I wanted to keep it really simple and comfortable, since I commute to and from Manila-QC everyday. I wore a yellow green top and a pair of light-colored denim shorts to keep the look fresh and cute. I styled the outfit accordingly by tucking in the front part of my shirt to keep the look "lazy and laidback" and by adding a  brown belt for the finishing touches. Also, you can never go wrong with a cute necklace! :)

[shots taken by Ken Reyes at the UP Manila CAS Garden]

Light green top: Forever 21
White camiso (worn inside): Forever 21
Denim shorts: bazaar
Belt: Crossings
Flats: payless
Necklace: Forever 21
yellow ponytail (used as bracelet): I sell them!! hehe contact me if you're interested to buy :P

And here's another set of of outfits shots taken with my oh-so pretty sisters! :)
Say hi ti Kyra and Nat, who were both in stripes for no reason=)))))

(I love-hate how Sergio just ruined this photo HAHAHA)

Batch 13 love!!!! <3 

Oh, and I just wanted to share something we did in school today :))
For our Linguistics class, our professor made us play Bingo as some sort of a game to help us recall the many topics we've discussed about 3 weeks ago. To add to the fun of it, she gave us packs of Boy Bawang to mark the boxes. =))) Guess what?? I never really saw myself winning anyway (hopeless), so by the end of the class period (which was about 1.5 hours), my seatmates were like "uhm Hershey why is your stash of Boy Bawang gone..........." HAHAHAHHA (yes, i ate everything before the game actually ended huhuhu)

And I just found out today that the Mcdonald's branch in Padre Faura just opened!! Wohoooo!
Thus, I grabbed Ken, my forever pig out buddy, to go eat merienda with me. It was our lucky day, too, because we were given discount coupons from Mcdo!!! I bought my FIRST EVER BIG MAC (in my whole 17 years and 11 months of existence) for only 95 pesos! (with drinks na yun ah lol HAHAHAH #jologsforever)

And dannggggggg. Never thought that a Big Mac could be sooo good!!!!! Why did I discover its greatness just now??What have I been doing all my life?? lol (promise guys hindi to sponsored post HAHAHAHA)

Today was an awesome day in school! Hoping the next months will be amazing as well,
The Teenage Queen

Captivate 2013: Behind-the-scenes!! :)

Remember Captivate 2013, the sem-ender party my sorority sisters and I organized? 

Well, since it was a movement to practice responsible partying, we made posters online to spread awareness. Big thanks to GREEN LENS PHOTO STUDIO, one of our sponsors, and to our photographer Gerard Del Mundo for making this happen. We would also like to thank our make-up artist, April Baldovino, for being such  a lovely person and our awesome models, Jana Liwanag, Owen Domingo, Jammon Abesames, Vian Dela Cuz, Pia Pineda and Miko Pascual .

Here are some behind-the-scenes pictures of that extra fun day!
(October 2013):

Our models, Miko, Vian, Jana and my beautiful sis, Bekai :)

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the face of a kid who hasn't eaten THE WHOLE. FREAKIN. DAY.
(thanks nga pala sa skyflakes and choco spread, Ken Reyes haha)

The very pretty Ate Vian!! <3

With our model Jana and make-up artist April :)

Hi Owen!! :)

Checking out his shots :P

Green Lens Photo Studio calling cards!:)
Looking for a studio to rent somewhere along Taft?:) Check out their FB page HERE
Not only do they offer studio rental, but they also do studio portraiture too!! 

Hey Jammon !
(super nice niya since he modeled for us (studio was located at Taft) tapos he went back to UP Manila pa since he had classes after. Awwwwww :D )

Of course, hinding-hindi ako papatalo!! Haha went on a quick shoot rin just because// feelingera =))
Thanks for this shot, Gerard!! HAHAHA
(and ew, my hair's so dark here. I've finally realized that light hair does suit me better. I think I'm maintaining my light brown hair. )

With the very pretty and sweet owners of the studio! Thank you so much, GREEN LENS PHOTO STUDIO for sponsoring our event! :)

With the photographer, Gerard Del Mundo! :)

With the sisses, the models, and the boyfie :P

Official posters:

Check out CAPTIVATE 2013's PAGE !! 

CAPTIVATE 2013 : Are You Ready To Surrender?

Captivate 2013, a sem-ender party organized by the UP Sigma Alpha Nu Sorority Manila, was the first ever event that I was official project coordinator of. Having been one of my milestones this 2013, I have to admit that this was such a beautiful learning experience . Not only did I get to learn about stuff like logistics, finances, sponsorships, collaborations and x-deals; I also learned that I can't really get anything done without help from the people around me. And that is why I want to thank EVERYONE who made this HAPPEN.

To the sponsors, thank you so much for everything. Ms. Ferge of Cabana Events, thank you for always answering my every.single. text.message and late night calls. I'm sure we definitely shared a bond over the past 5 weeks. Lol. To the lovely ladies of Green Lens Photo Studio, thank you for your support and for your trust. To Browhaus, Whisked Pastry Kitchen, and 103.5 KLITE FM, thank you for making this benefit party possible.

Sinag, Indayog and SHOOT UPM, thank you for your participation. You guys are more than awesome.

To my sisses, thank you for trusting in me. I've only been a sis for 4 months and yet you have trusted me to be the OPC of this traditional event. I can't thank you girls enough for this amazing learning experience. Thank you to my "mommy", LC Jam Reyes, for always listening and reminding me to breathe. Thank you also for reminding me why I love the Sorority and why I'm doing all of these. Thank you to my ever-so-beautiful (hahaha) batchmates for the never-ending support, and for being the ones I could run to whenever I needed a hand (or hands and feet and mouth and eyes and everything else, for the matter). I'm so happy I have you both. The 13s rock!! Thank you to the rest of my girls for helping out, especially to my "pseudo batchmate" Bekai Tuparan for getting drinks sponsors and for always being bibbo in this project. We were all so stressed with the preparations and everything, but I'm so happy we have each other. I can't even imagine college life without you all.

Brods, thank you for your support. Thanks for always making me laugh at the tambayan whenever I feel like giving up. I swear, you guys never fail to cheer me up. I've always wanted to have a brother, and I'm thankful I was given more than what I've asked for,Than you also or coming to the party! It means a whole lot to us.

LC Jan Baybay thank you for being my inspiration. You have always been my alumni crush  I still remember the night we met up at Fort. You were so fierce, so powerful. You were the epitome of what an OrCom graduate should be like. I was just there sitting across the sofa, and telling myself that I want to be just like you. Than you for all the help with the event , and for conceptualizing the campaign for responsible partying.

To the ambassadors of responsible partying ( Jana Liwanag , Phylicia Marie Pineda, Owen Domingo , Vian Carlyn Dela CruzCarl Benjamin Abesames and Miko Pascual), thank you for your time and support! (And for your charm and face value!! haha joke, but seriousy. Thank YOU SO MUCH for being so game!) And thank you to the beautiful MUA April Baldovino and the awesome photographer @Gerard Del Mundo for helping make this campaign possible.

Thank you to my supportive family for believing in me and for understanding me even when I go home late or for the times I had to go to Fort or to Pasay in the middle of the night for meetings and such. Mom, dad, thanks for believing in my passion for this. You both know how this is my dream job, and thank you for letting me grow and learn. Thank you, I love you both. To my best friend and sister, @Hiyasmin Neri , thanks for all the lessons you've taught me- from making project proposals, to MOAs to locking in partnerships. Thank you also for hosting the event with the super amazing DJ Electric (@EJ Alonso)! You guys gave life to the party. And dang EJ, you are good in what you're doing. Keep it up. You inspire me, love!  I know you're so big in the industry now, but thanks for always having time for ate and me. You are the best huggble host/DJ ever ugh I lovee you. To my ate's boyfriend/ the Kuya I never had, @james soyangco, thank you for helping me out with the logistics and the financial matters shizz. I did't know there was a lot more toparty planning than I thought. Thank you for helping me out with picking the drinks in the menu. Thank you also for the crash tutorial on financing and marketing. Oh gahd you're such a banker. HAHA. But most of all, thank you for teaching me how to use MS Excel LOL.

Thank you to my best friend ever Ken Reyes for being the most supportive person out there. Thank you for accompanying me to Divisoria, for helping me carry bagloads of stuff, for pushing away the gigantic manongs who tried to crush me at the LRT, for feeding me ice cream when I'm having a breakdown, for setting up the tech stuff during the party, for making the decorations, for taking photos, for helping me sell tickets, for everything. Everything. Than you for listening to my squeals and cries and rants and everything in between. And most of all, thank you for your presence in this milestone in my life.

And finally, thank you to the Big Guy up there for making all of this happen. This won't ever be as successful as it was without Him. Lord, you are amazing. I have no words. 


EAN (Sigma Alpha Nu) celebrates its silver anniversary this year!! :)

Funny story.

So while I was at Divisoria to buy glowsticks for this event.

Me: Ate, saan po nakakabili ng glow sticks?

Tindera: Ah, dito. 3 pesos isa.

Me: Sige po ate, bibili ako.

Tindera: sige wait lang kunin ko pa...

-Pagbalik ni aling tindera after 2-3 minutes-

Tindera: eto oh.

Me: .....ate, glow sticks po.. hindi glue stick. -_____-

=)))))))))) huhuhu only in the Philippines!!!!!! lol

With my mommy, LC Jam :)

sisses and brods haha!

Special guest performance

Hosts of the nights: Hiyasmin Neri of ABSCBN and EJ Alonso of 103.5FM

And to cap this post off, here's an AWESOME event highlights video that Shoot UPM did!

Captivate 2013 was definitely one of the coolest stuff that I was part of this year. Heehee..

The Teenage Queen

*Check out my next post to see photos of preparations :))
* Check out CAPTIVATE 2013 on Facebook!

Christmas 2012 in UP Manila: Facades


As a tradition in UP Manila, a facade-making contest is held annually all over the campus.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take photos of the facades of every college, but I do hope you get to bear with the few photos that I took:

What you're looking at right now is the facade that landed first place on this year's contest.
Other than the great contrast of colors, I also love how every single piece just "hung" perfectly in place. Haha, get it? No? Okay.. :(
Anyway, a big congratulations to the med students who worked their asses off in making their facade this beautiful! Idol! Wootwoot!


Their facade was honestly one of my personal favorites (and FYI, I only had two favorites, teehee).
They were able to utilize their area and resources really well! Everything was beautiful, down to the smallest props.
I'm pretty sure everyone who passed by their building saw how much effort the students put into this.
So, congratulations to the College of Public Health for winning second place! Clap clap clap!

Notice the super cute heart-shaped rain drops! heehee.

Define effort! Woot woot! 

I love how they hung silver doves all over the place. <3

This facade also looked hella amazing at night. Not only did bright lights flash outside the building, but a loud sound system also played my favorite Christmas songs from 5:30 pm til about 7 or 8pm! haha! 
Yup, kabog na kabog po sa bongga, guys! 

*at siyempre, being the complete gawky girl that I am, I danced my happy dance every time I passed by their building at night. LOL. I mean, who could resist dancing to Christmas songs? 
Everyone else but me? Okay .... :(


Soli Deo Gloria means "Glory be to God alone" in Latin.
True enough, I'm pretty sure you guys made the Big Man up there reaaaaal proud! 
Congratulations , CAMPers! Y'all were able to put up one very beautiful and colorful facade! :)
 It screamed out "happy vibes" all over. <3

Check out the windows! Super cute! 


Let me first share to y'all how my super bibbo college launched our facade!
The event, which we called the "Kick-Off Party", started at around 5:30 pm last December 3, 2012.
There were dancing, singing, and most of all, fireworks!!!! :D

Here's a super fun-to-watch video by Dex Galban that shows the highlights of the UPCN Christmas Facade Kick-Off 2012!! :) YAY!
Yup. Us Fighting Maroon Nurses sure know how to celebrate! ;)

Now on to more pictures of our facade:

A big congratulations to the UPCN Batch 2015 peeps for giving their all in making this super beautiful facade! Hands down, you all made us super duper proud!
Everything, down to the last detail, was made from love- and for me, that's what mattered the most. <3
Yup, nurse na nurse lang ang peg?! haha! 

I love how they included all of the colleges/main buildings (CAMP, CAS, CN, CPH, PGH, CM, CP, CD) here. 

I super love how they added lights covered with cellophane sheets along the walkway!
Oh, and there were also colored injections (that were actually pens) looped around the posts (and it's just so sad that they weren't seen in the photos) . Haha!
Aaaaand! Hands down sa effort! Just look at those phrases posted along the railings. <3 

As I've told you guys a million times before, I'm all about details. And this facade just screams out "WE PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS "--- and I LOVE IT. 
I wasn't able to help but coo out ooh's and aahh's upon checking out every decorations put up in the place. 

Well done, ates and kuyas of Batch 2015! Congratulations again!! :) Clap clap clap! >:D< 
Though , it does pretty much suck that you guys had to set up high expectations /standards for the next year! HAHA! OH NOOO. I still can't believe that my batch will be the next ones in charge of the facade come 2013. Yuuup. I fear that the only decoration we will ever get to put up is a banner that says "Merry Christmas" in front of the door. LOL, hopefully, that won't happen. Hopefully, the kind of "spirit" and energy that got into you guys would get into us, too. 



Right now, I hate myself for not being able to take shots of the facades of each college! *sigh* T_T
I reaaally wanted to share with y'all the rest of the amazing contest entries.
But anyhoo, this activity just proved to me that UP students are indeed well - rounded.
Matalino na nga, artistic pa!;)
*wink wink*

Congratulations to everybody! >:D<

The Teenage Queen

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Freshman Interblock Debate: QUARTER FINALS

It's been two weeks since, and we must admit that we're still on cloud nine upon hearing that we made it to the semi finals!

It's just so funny how God works in very mysterious and silly ways. As ironic as it may seem, that Wednesday actually started out disastrous, but eventually , we ended up victorious.

The story:

Just when my team mates and I were off to walk from the "Nursing Tambayan" to the College of Arts and Science together, the sky just suddenly decided to be all bipolar and rain cats and dogs
We had only had one umbrella (and of course, it won't be enough to shield us all dry) , but since we had to go to CAS right then and there, we decided to just pretend that the rain was non existent, and that we were not going to get wet.

But then again, reality kicked in and we literally started looking like wet fish the moment we stepped out in the open. We were laughing, screaming and running all over the place. The passersby, who were all dry and comfy under their umbrellas, were STARING at us with jaws dropped. Yep. They were probably thinking that we were going nuts. Well, actually, we were. 

Arvin took his shoes off so that he could run faster. Alexia giggled loudly as she tried to catch up with him. Magan, who actually had an itsy bitsy umbrella, SCREAMED at everyone around (<--- survival instinct right there, guys). And of course, I, being the slowest runner of them all, decided to not even bother. 
So it's pretty obvious who got wet the most, right? 

While I was running for my life, Chesca, our blockhead, called me up.

Chesca: Anong ginagawa niyo?
Hershey: Eto, tumatakbo sa ulan
Chesca: uhm......... okay (?) By the way, Government side daw kayo, guys.
Hershey: Oh okay, got it! Thanks!

All drenched in the rain, I murmured , "Ano ba yan, guys. Mukha tayong kawawa. WALANG NI-ISANG INTIMIDATING FACTOR NA NATIRA SA ATIN." 

After freshening up at the restroom in CAS, we decided to talk and plan about our debate. We were informed long before that the motion was "This house supports the total mining ban", and we were informed just recently that we were on the government side. 
We had everything planned out. As in, everything. We were as ready as ready could be!

When we got to the venue, we sat down and tried to act all calm and chill.
But a few minutes before our match started, Magan and I noticed that the motion of the debate, as printed on the papers that were being given away that time, was changed into "This House believes that the total mining ban will bring about more adversities than solutions". We were all shocked.

To make the long story short, we prepared for the WRONG MOTION, because we (and yep, including Chesca, our blockhead) weren't informed that it has been changed! We had to CRAM 30 minutes before the debate (good thing the APO fraternity was understanding enough to give us time to prepare).

We were literally about to cry. Magan was starting to shut down. Alexia was worried. I forgot how to breathe, and I was THIS close to fainting. Arvin, being the only man in our group, stood up and reminded us this: "We have no time to lose. Let's do everything we could." 

In the end, we were able to pull ourselves together. We told each other that if we were going to lose this match, it wasn't because we didn't work hard for it, but because we were just misinformed.

So we went inside and competed against Block 11 BS Bio Chemistry.

And the rest was history.

OK, so after looking like underdogs in the room, being the only block who didn't have supporters from the crowd, we all were already expecting to lose. But lo and behold, God works in such mysterious ways. We won the match, and we made it to the semifinals.

All shocked and overwhelmed, we literally shouted our lungs off and hugged each other like there wasn't any tomorrow. People, annoyed by our over-reactions, murmured out loud "quarter finals lang 'to, guys, Kumalma kayo."
Magan, being her loud self, said "PAKE NIYO BA!"

God is great all the time! :) We lift everything up to Him.
Lord, salamat. Sobrang galing niyo po.
Thank You for giving me the best team mates ever.

Arvin, Alexia and Magan, thank you.
You all have made my very first debate competition all sorts of memorable. :)

Through Him, we could do this!
(Philippians 4:13)

The Teenage Queen

Tips on Taking the UPCAT: #UPCATTIPS from UP students themselves!

UPCAT (the movie). Eto ang kwento ng sukatan, pasikatan at shaded circles. 

The UPCAT  is just around the corner, and I can't help but be amazed by how a year ago could pass by in a blur. 

I still clearly remember having the butterflies as I entered the room where I took the UPCAT in. It was full of people- people who all dreamt of getting into UP, my dream university. 
I felt the insecurity, the tension, the pressure, and of course, the competition.

But just minutes before the exam started, the scribbles on the wrist of the girl beside me reminded me of what I should do.  In black and bold letters, it screamed : BELIEVE.

And so I did.
I believed in myself, and most importantly, I believed in Him. 

It was something like this, although hers wasn't a real tatt =)) Alam niyo yung tipong G-Tec lang? Haha!

And so here I am now, giving you probably the most important advice in taking the UPCAT:  HAVE FAITH.

Faith as small as a mustard seed could move even the biggest mountains. The question is, do YOU have faith?

 I purchased an UPCAT reviewer a year ago from a certain website (, and one thing it taught me was this: always remember the LAW OF ATTRACTION.
 "Like attracts like" !
 So by focusing on positive thoughts, you bring about positive results. And by focusing on negative thoughts, then..... you know what's gonna happen. 

The articles and testimonies that I read on that website inspired me to HAVE A MIND THAT IS SET FOR UP. And so, I want you to remember this: FOCUS ON UP AND ON UP ALONE. Don't think "If I don't pass this, there are still other universities that I could still try out" , because by doing that, then you are not having a mind that is set for UP. Until the UPCAT is over, you should only have ONE goal. I'm not saying that it's wrong to take exams in other prestigious universities (because, believe me, I took the USTET and the ACET, too). I'm just saying that AS FOR NOW, you should have to be FOCUSED on only ONE GOAL. Once you've set your mind on your goal, stay focused on it. BE DETERMINED.

You should believe that you CAN and that you WILL pass the UPCAT. With the right amount of DETERMINATION and CONFIDENCE, you WILL make it to THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES

So I want YOU , dear UPCAT taker, to swallow in the fact that YOU CAN DO THIS.
Yep, YOU. 
Have you mustered up enough determination now?
Okay, good.

Now, allow us students from UP Manila to give you more tips on the UPCAT. :) 


Review. Prepare all the things needed on the day before the exam (eg. pencil, food, permit). Get enough sleep. Don't get nervous during the exam so that you can focus. Pray and believe in yourself that you will pass the test. - Paolo Carasi, BS Physical Therapy

  • Get loooots and looooooots of sleep before the UPCAT. It won't help if you're exhausted, especially if your test schedule is in the morning , or even in the afternoon (siesta time). - Jade Agnes, BS Biology
  • Sleep for 7 to 8 hours - you'll need it! Ayaw mo namang antukin ka sa test mismo. :)) -Therese del Castillo , BS Occupational Therapy
  • Sleep early! I-ready mo na ang mga gagamitin for the exam: pencils, eraser, sharpener, water, lalong lalo na ang PERMIT!! - Diantha Jan De Luna 
You don't want to end up looking like this , now, do you?

  • Eat a satisfying breakfast (or lunch, kapag PM sched ka). Do not eat MOMENTS BEFORE THE EXAM, aantukin ka nun. =D - Faisal Jackarain, BS Nursing
  • Don't take anything that will upset your stomach. Use the restroom before taking the exam. -Natasha Jacinto, BS Physical Therapy 
  • Wag kumain ng madami! Baka ma "pupu" ka, kagaya nung nanyari sa katabi ko. Busog pero dapat di sabog :> =)) - Carlo Lorenzo 
  • Syempre, mag review kayo ng maayos. Then, pray. Wag na magaral the day before UPCAT! Magrelax lang. Magdala ng watch para alam yung time at di ka mahassle. - Ian Gozun, BS Bio
  • Wag kalimutan ang test permit, tsaka ang lakas ng loob. -Kamir Bartolome, BS Physical Therapy
  • Bring a watch kasi promise, ang hassle pag di mo alam yung time left. - Katrina Dela Cruz, PolSci
  • Bring medicine for emergency purposes. You'll never know when a sudden headache or stomach ache would attack. - Pauline Naranjo, BS Biology 
  • Bring a bag of candy for snacks. Simple sugars: brain food. It will keep you up and won't upset your stomach. - Chesca Tonson, BS Nursing
  • Magbaon ng pagkain na madaling makuha! French fries or something.. - John Patrick Lentejas 
  • Nagbaon ako ng chicken Mcdo. Hindi ko nagalaw, natapon ang sprite, at nilanggam pa. So ang tip ko ay wag magbaon ng chicken Mcdo. - Emar Santos 
  • Kung ako tatanungin, wag na wag kayo magbaon ng "totoong pagkain" (haha WHAT). What I mean is that, dapat candies and chocolates lang. You only need simple sugar para magfunction brain mo. NEVER EVER bring oily food , kasi nakaka-antok yun. Plus, if you bring food like chips or fries, matetempt lang kayo kumain rather than to focus on your exam. So, eat well before taking the exam, tapos magbaon nalang ng chocolates, candies, and mint . -Hershey Neri, BS Nursing 
  • Wag magbaon ng kung anu-anong pagkain! Sayang sa time pag kumain ka pa, atsaka I'm pretty sure na may seatmate kayong may pagkain at aalukin kayo! WAHAHAHA. Bring jacket nga pala and DON'T WEAR SHORTS, my god!! Hindi ka makaka concentrate sa sobrang lamig! - Ma. Ericka Faren, BS Physical Therapy
  • Well, kung sa CEBU ka magtatake ng test, DON'T bother bringing a jacket! Wear light clothes. Mainit doon. Sa hall lang ng UP Cebu gaganapin yung test. Well, yun yung last UPCAT, malay ko lang ngayon. -Dayl Yao, BS Occupational Therapy 


  • PRAY
  • Wag masyadong matulis yung pencil para mabilis mag shade! Unless OC ka. Haha. -Jennica Gonzales, INTARMED
  • Wag magpadala sa kaba. Chances are, you already know everything you need for the exam. Stay calm and breathe deep. Tiwala lang. :) -April Virata, BS Biology 
  • Take the test calmly. Chill lang! Laugh at the weird reading comprehension passages and always remember to pray for guidance. -Chesca Tonson, BS NURSING
  • COSINE-SINE-TANGENT! I-memorize na lahat. Aralin ang GENERAL SCIENCE. Ipagdasal mo na madali lang yung Math na mapupunta sayo, at higit sa lahat, MAGDASAL NG MAGDASAL NG MAGDASAL.  Oh, and if you don't know the answer, shade B or C. <--- proven yan, promise. If you REAAALLY don't know the answer, wag mo nang sagutan. :D  -Ellee Mizukoshi, BS NURSING 
  • Wag pansinin ang mga katabi sa pagsasagot nila. Sagot ka lang ng sagot. Be aware sa time pero wag i-pressure ang sarili. Pumunta ka nang maaga sa pag-eexaman. :) -Rei Fensantos, BS Pharmacy 
  • Magtiwala sa sarili at kay God! Pag hindi alam ang sagot, wag na sagutan! Yun yung ginawa ko. Sobrang dami kong blanks, pero nakapasa parin =)) - Therese Del Castillo, BS Occupational Therapy 
  • The power of C!!! :D Pag lumampas na ng 10 seconds at hindi mo parin alam yung sagot, iskip mo na muna. Kasi the more you think about the answer to that question pero wala din namang lumalabas sa utak mo, the more na nag-aaksaya ka ng time. Sa math naman, ang natatandaan ko nung UPCAT namin, isa lang ata ang pang fourth year na question dun, at about pa yun sa kung ano ang function among the choices. Mostly on geometry nagconcentrate ang Math ng UPCAT. -Faisal Jackarain, BS Nursing 
  • B, best answer. C, correct answer. LOLJK! =)) Don't give up without putting a goddamn fight! ;) -Katrina Dela Cruz, Polsci 
  • Kung torn between two answers, take the chance. It would take 4 wrongs before your score gets deducted by one point. And relax lang sa pagreview! Stock knowledge lang yan. - Daryl Yao, BS Occupational Therapy
  • Trust your intuition but at the same time think critically. Most of the time, yung mga sagot na unang lumabas sa isipan mo, sila yung correct. Pero, just as what I said, think critically. Baka mali naman yung iniisip mo. :) -Liej Alas, BS Industrial Pharm
  • The exam is time-pressured. It's pretty handy to bring your watch with you, so that you could keep track of time. Learn proper time management! Oh, and if you don't know the answer, it's all right to guess SMARTLY. If you REAALLY REAALLY DON'T KNOW the answer, just leave it blank!  Marami akong blanks nung UPCAT ko, actually, pero nakapasa parin. Takot kasi ako sa right minus 0.25 pts per wrong =)) HAHAHA.  .-Hershey Neri, BS Nursing
  • If you would ask me, I would tell you not to leave any blank answers. Right minus 0.25% wrong siya. So for instance, may 4 blank answers ka, you get 0pts. But if you answer the four blank items with the SAME LETTER , mas malaki ang chance na makakakuha ka ng kahit 1 correct answer. So that leaves you 1pt minus 0.75pts. You got 0.25 additional points instead of 0. That is kung isa lang ang machachambahan mo. Eh what more kung two items? At kung wala kang makuhang isang taang sagot for all four items, I'll just call it MALAS. =)) HAHAHA kung di niyo gets yung point ko, just don't mind this =)). - Haree Raneses, BS Physical Therapy    
Make sure to check out Facebook after UPCAT has ended! For sure, they're going to make funny UPCAT-related Like pages again ( like what they did last year )=))
Here are just some of them! If you're reading this and you took the UPCAT last 2011, then I'm pretty sure you're gonna laugh at these... =)) good times, good times :))

Andrew John Sy Gosiengfiao
Siya ang dakilang tagapag-bigay ng instructions sa UPCAT! Wahahahahahaha. First page na first page, mukha niya lumabas. =)) Promise, I had to stop myself from giggling. :))
Kwento mo sa sirenang may golden breasts (Yep, may sirenang minolestya sa reading compre. HAHA)
Kwento mo sa nucleus na nagreregenerate (Click this link, view the page, and you'll get the joke. HAHAHA.)
Mona, ang mabalahibong baka (Another one of those funny passages in the reading compre part. HAHA)
Superferry 2,5,9 (Ang pinaka nakakabobong part sa reading comprehension)
Two minutes na titigan na may halong stretching (During the middle part of the UPCAT, the proctor will ask you to take a break and stretch for two minutes. THAT WAS A VERY AWKWARD MOMENT, OKAY. HAHA)

And there you have it! Tips from Iskos and Iskas themselves! We hope that you found them helpful. Keep those in mind, okay? Now, go conquer that test! 
God bless! 
See you next school year, yes? :)

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 . 
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."