Goodbye, Student Life (Timeline College Series #18)

This post officially concludes the Timeline College Series. The final post for the TCS serves as a throwback to my college graduation that happened five years ago.


This chapter will soon close, yet another chapter will soon open. It’s time to move on.

Keihancarl Oikou Xiaucham (@kcox105)

It’s only a few weeks before the college graduation. We’re done with the indie film, and we’re having the final exam for European Literature. I’ve already submitted the documentation for the second OJT at PTV-4, and I somehow managed to finish the literary analysis for selected works by Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Charles Baudelaire. To be honest, I had a hard time analyzing such works, but I did it anyway.

If I recall correctly, there was a career orientation seminar and submitting the requirements for the upcoming graduation, and later the transcript of records and the diploma. Right now, I only got the transcript of records, but not the diploma and the yearbook. I don’t know, but I haven’t thought of dropping by my college as of the moment.

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The moment of achievement has finally arrived… the time when I finished college. It is certainly a life changing moment for me, for I’ll be joining thousands of fellow graduates who are struggling to get hired, struggling to support themselves (and their families) in this challenging world of uncertain futures.

A few days before the graduation, we had our graduation rehearsal inside the campus. The rehearsal also includes memorizing our graduation song, and we were expected to sing it very well. I missed the first day of the rehearsal though, but that didn’t matter. We also had our baccalaureate mass at the church closest to our college, basically a message to all of the graduates.

The college graduation was held at the Folk Arts Theater in Manila, on the 19th of April. It includes all of the graduating students from all courses, as well as graduate students taking up master’s degree. I suddenly had this bittersweet feeling now that I finished college and I’ll tentatively embark on my chosen career. This marks the end of my student life and I have to move on to the next chapter.

The day ends with a family dinner at a mall in Makati, and that concludes my college life. The next day, everything is going to be different, for I’m no longer a student but a soon-to-be young professional who’s expected to find a job, but only managed a short stint as a call center agent a year-and-a-half later.


This chapter ends, but another one opens. I’m planning to recount some events that happened after this series, in a separate post. Watch out for it soon.

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The Indie Film Project, A Trip In The City, And Some Interesting Happenings (Timeline College Series #17)

It’s second to the last post for this series. About time for this series to conclude… but there are a few more interesting events to cover.


It’s 2012 already, and it’s only a few months before the graduation… and the end of student life. Right now, we’re busy taping some of the scenes for our indie film based on Edgardo M. Reyes’ “Gilingang Bato” (Grinding Stone). The story is about the perseverance of a mother who makes a living by making local delicacies (kakanin) in order to support her children after her husband died. Although her children help her with making and selling the delicacies, it’s the hardworking mother who keeps on working despite her old age. For the indie film, it’s entitled “Pamana” (Inheritance). And since it’s an indie film, we also need to think of a name for our production company, which was taken from the ongoing TV series aired during that time.

Unlike the previous indie film, which I portray four characters including the infamous red hood… whatever, I only had a cameo role in this indie film since I’m part of the production. I usually do various errands for the group.

It took about two to three months to finish our indie film and we’re supposed to have a film showing sometime in March. Unfortunately, the venue (the former Grand Central Mall in Monumento, Caloocan) was destroyed by a fire (possibly due to arson or faulty wiring), rendering the event canceled. Until now, I didn’t get to watch the indie film, except for the trailer. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing it, even if it’s five years old.

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It looks like I’m about to add a few more places in my mall hopping list aside from the ones in North EDSA. For starters, I was really planning on a mall hopping trip (plus a visit to a few interesting places), but of course, I couldn’t do it just yet considering that I’m not used to going somewhere far on my own, plus the transportation and food expenses…

And I finally did it. With a little planning and enough money, I decided to go on a trip. Well, not exactly a trip but more of a solo excursion. I was really excited to go out and explore a few places in Manila, but with a little change in plans. Of course, I never get to visit a couple of places. I don’t know how to get to Fort Santiago (and I ended up walking a lengthy distance to Anda Circle, trying to figure out where it is without a map) and the Baywalk is being renovated. I did get a glimpse of Intramuros, the walled city, and I had a nice stroll at the Rizal Park at noon, despite the hot and bright sunny weather. The rest of the places visited throughout the day are malls.

In summary, it consists of:

  • Ten rides: 4 jeepney rides, 3 FX rides, 2 train rides (LRT-1 and MRT-3), and a bus ride from Mall of Asia to Magallanes.
  • Six malls: 3 in Quezon City, 2 in Manila, and 1 in Pasay.
  • Two historical landmarks in Manila: Rizal Park and Intramuros.
  • More than ten hours of travel time and numerous photos… my selfies are quite unattractive, but I didn’t care.

This excursion paved the way for more mall-hopping options, and a few destinations were added: Makati CBD and Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong, and later Cubao, Binondo and Marikina. Of course, there were a lot of destinations waiting to be added, but I need some research about getting to these places.

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I find myself reading manga books and graphic novels, and they’re quite an interesting read. I tend to finish a book within an hour, much faster than a novel. I even bought some interesting titles, like “Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei” and “Candidate For Goddess”. I even downloaded an entire anime series.

That year, I made two notable purchases: the dark red zipper vest, and a QWERTY phone. Yes, I bought a brand new phone and it’s a Wi-Fi capable handset too. Well, my previous phone (a music phone) had a problem and it’s always a hassle to restart the phone often whenever it hangs up.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be graduating from college… and that will mark the end of this chapter. More details on the final post of this series.

The Ongoing Internship And More… (Timeline College Series #16)

It’s fourth-year, and it’s the second semester already. My, how time flies!

I couldn’t believe that I made it this far… just six months more and I’m about to embark on a journey to a real life struggle. Yes, my future is a real life struggle and I couldn’t do anything about it, blame it on my lack of motivation.

Enough of this emotional rant. Here’s what happened on the continuation of this series:

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Continuing where I left off, I was having my internship at PTV-4. I always make sure that I got there early, about as early as 8 o’clock in the morning. The news bulletin (Teledyaryo News Bulletin) begins at 9 o’clock in the morning and ends about 2 o’clock in the afternoon. After the 2:00 PM news update, there are some tasks given by my immediate supervisor, usually filling out forms using a typewriter. At around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, there are the preparations for the 5 o’clock newscast (Teledyaryo), and I stayed at the control room of the news studio just in case the news production staff might need my assistance.

Whenever I arrive early to the news room, I take some time to sit down and relax and read some of the newspapers on the table until 8:45, when it’s time to prepare for the first news update of the day. At times, I head to the coffee vending machine downstairs for a good cup of coffee or hot chocolate. The view of sunshine from the window makes me feel good for the entire day.

One unforgettable moment that time was when the business news program (Teledyaryo Business) was interrupted due to the smoke coming from the broadcast VTR player (I think). We were forced to transfer to another studio in the meantime, and it’s a big challenge for us at the news department since we need to run back and forth from the news room to Studio A (which is located in the main building, at the other end of the complex) in order to continue airing news broadcasts. As for the news studio, we can’t use it for now as the VTR player’s being replaced. We were finally able to use the said studio again a few weeks before my internship ends.

During my internship at a broadcast network, I met a few news personalities, including Audrey Gorriceta (the one I’m assisting for the news bulletin), Jorge Bandola, Angelique Lazo (formerly from ABS-CBN and RPN, now with Radyo Veritas 846), and Vonne Aquino (now with GMA News). I also get to witness a couple of press conferences, one of them is the NTC press conference on the PLDT-Sun acquisition. I met some of my fellow on-the-job trainees, some of them came from Partido State University in Camarines Sur.

For some reason, I don’t feel like wearing my OJT uniform… save for the last day (partly due to some pictures required for the documentation). But I guess some of the pictures don’t feature my OJT uniform anyway. And just like my other internship in a government agency, I also have my narrative report ready.

And that concludes my two-and-a-half months’ internship in the state-owned PTV-4. It sure was a great experience and I learned a few things when it comes to delivering the news in front of the camera.

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I did get to visit my high school one more time. The reason for the visit is because I need to request a copy of Form 137 (permanent record of student’s grades). It is [actually] the registrar’s job to request a copy, but I ended up doing it for unexplained reasons. Well, that gives me the opportunity to check the school grounds, more than four years after graduating from high school. There were some changes, like the addition of new school buildings, as well as the school’s new gate. After getting the Form 137, I spend the late afternoon at the mall and watched the fireworks display at the mall’s parking area.

We were supposed to have our thesis defense at the Caliraya Resort in Laguna, but we had our film making seminar instead. The thesis was scrapped in favor of an indie film production, and all our hard work for the research is, well, gone to waste. I would have endured the pressure of defending our study regarding the dubbed [English] movies and TV shows, but that doesn’t matter for as long as we do our best in producing our own indie film.

After the seminar, nearly all third year and fourth year AB English students had fun swimming and sliding their way down. Yes, my classmates tried the mud slide, and they had a lot of fun with it. I didn’t go swimming or try the mud slide for two reasons: the weather was cold and I don’t want to deal with wet or dirty clothing on the way home. But I did buy some nice souvenirs, one of them is a sun visor which I often wear whenever I go out.

My classmates prepared the script for our indie film, which is adapted from a short story. I only had a cameo role in the indie film, since I’m part of the production staff. Our leader (who’s both the actor and director) was in charge of selecting the actors and actresses for the said indie film. We wanted to make sure that our indie film is not like the one we did two years prior, as we need to polish our craft in producing a high-quality budget film. We began shooting a few scenes during the holiday break.

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It’s December once again, and there goes the holiday celebration. I actually insist on cooking chicken afritada (a tomato based Filipino stew) for Christmas/New Year’s Eve, I’m not sure which one. Also, there’s the Graham cake topped with mangoes and crushed graham crackers. The Graham cake became my favorite holiday dessert, and I always insist on making them every New Year’s Eve (except in 2013, due to my work as a call center agent in Makati).

As the year 2012 approaches, there are a few more things to take care of before the graduation… and the start of a new chapter. Who knows? What kind of adventure awaits for me, the ever wandering, mall hopping kid who loves to travel around the city? Find out in the next TCS post.

The Student-Intern Life: Thesis And Teleprompters (Timeline College Series #15)

So we’re doing a lot of research for our thesis. It’s about the perception of Liberal Arts students to Tagalized English movies, which is related to our academic program (English Major). It took a lot of articles, then some surveys and about two trips to the National Library in order to gather valuable information. I couldn’t tell if that hard work is really worth it since there might be a change in plans (or so I thought).

The first trip to the National Library: Most of our class are doing the research, it was like an entire squad. Since it’s our first time, we need to sign up for our IDs so we can begin our research. And we spent an entire afternoon doing just that. Afterwards, we did get to have a short trip to Rizal Park, as well as Baywalk (a promenade facing Manila Bay) before going home. The second trip to the National Library: I went on ahead of my group mates, giving myself ample time to visit a large mall in Ermita before heading to Rizal Park to join my group mates and continue our research. As with earlier, I parted from my group mates after the research.

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We watched a stage play featuring some of my classmates at a mall in Monumento. Amazing that they’ve been a part of the performing arts group for about two years, and they were right in front of me. They performed well.

After the stage play, I decided to ride the LRT-1 from Monumento to Roosevelt stations (which was part of the LRT-1 extension), and I still have to ride a short distance to get to the two malls in North EDSA. That was the first time I’ve ridden the first light rail transit in the country.

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Since we’re doing some writing for our book publishing class, I try to write a story on a small notebook while going places. You know, writing a few sentences/paragraphs and lines in my notebook inside a fast food chain/café while waiting for the food to be served. Well, that was kind of awkward, writing in a place full of people… but who cares? Anyways, it didn’t produce the kind of story I wanted, and I never get to do that again, even on occasion.

Regarding the writing activity for book publishing, I was assigned as the leader of the literary section and I did a couple of short stories, as well as contributing a reflective piece for the reflective essay section. I also wrote the introduction for the literary section. My classmate did the illustrations for the literary works. The first of the two stories is somewhat lengthy for a short story, and it looked like it was written by an American author. My professor thought that the story is actually part of a novel due to a longer dialogue between the characters of the story. The second one is shorter than the first one, and it was simpler and more realistic. Upon submitting the work, I knew I had to do better.

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We did a recording of our own radio show for our radio and TV script writing class (a business radio program featuring a guest, but I did the voice acting in lieu of the actual guest). My classmates were in charge of various tasks, from script writing to recording. I did the cover art, as well as being the Executive Producer (which doesn’t make sense since I’m not the leader of the group *laugh*). We never did a sound check, and the production looked like it was recorded straight from an FM radio station, complete with static.

It’s the same with producing an episode of a TV program, a documentary about the life of a bus conductor. Again, my classmates are in charge of most of the tasks, and I’m in charge of the cover art, as well as the expenses. Well, we had a hard time finding a DVD case for our finished work, and we must have spent a lot of money on the printing. We did review our work afterward.

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The semester concluded with the beginning of my second OJT, this time at a broadcast station, the state-owned PTV-4, as part of my practicum for my academic program’s specialization in broadcasting. I applied for an internship by myself and began my two-and-a-half month internship by the end of September.

The first few days of my internship focuses on observation. I witness the usual activities inside the news room, from gathering the latest news updates to presenting the news in front of the camera. My job is to assist the news presenter for the news updates (every 30 minutes) and the news production staff for the 5 o’clock news and operate the teleprompter.

More of my internship days, plus a few notable happenings and anything interesting will be revealed on the next part of this series.

Beginning Of A Final Year (Timeline College Series #14)

Oh, how time flies. I’m on my final year in college and I’m just days away from finishing my OJT (on the job training) at a satellite office of a government agency. I had a feeling this is going to be my most exciting (but emotional) year.

There were some slight changes in the schedule. I’m used to visiting my mom on Sundays, and even though it’s late in the afternoon, I would push through with the weekly visit. But that is not the case for this semester, as two of the subjects occupy the entire Sunday afternoon. I would make do by visiting her on Monday afternoons, at least for this semester.

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Before my summer break ends, I bought a pedometer so I can see how many steps I walked in less than 10 hours… I must have walked about 10,000+ steps in an 8 hour period. That time, I was into this mall-hopping kind of activity and it was fun doing this with no one but myself. What I did in this mall-hopping escapade is plain sightseeing, book hunting, and a little shopping. I remember buying a couple of books from a specialty bookstore Fully Booked, and a pair of Katekyo Hitman Reborn black fingerless gloves from Comic Alley. I’m sure it goes further from here.

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This semester focuses on radio and TV script writing, college teaching, methods of research (thesis), book publishing, and sports writing. For me, I’m more interested in the first four subjects, the last one is something I’m not good at.

For the first part of this semester, we’re doing radio script writing first. Our group is assigned to do a radio talk show, while others are doing news, commentary and showbiz radio programs. I was assigned as an executive producer, though I hardly did produce that radio talk show. Also, I did the voice over of a person being interviewed, as well as designing the CD inlay.

There’s paperwork involved in the methods of research. One notable topic we’re working on is our opinion on the K+12 Program, accompanied by an article and some citations. This is the first step to our thesis work. Also, we’re writing stories, poems, and articles for book publishing. I’m in charge of managing the literary works, and I was quite ecstatic about finally writing my very own story and have my professor read my works.

As for sports writing, I had a hard time writing a sports news story that features a basketball player (an outstanding basketball player). It took me a while before I finish my work. I mean, I’m not into sports and I’m not into basketball.

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It was late July, and the team building (my last for the entire 4-year course) is held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center, at the Fishing Village. When I got there, the sky looked quite dim, like it’s about to rain. It appears that I’m the one from my class who came to the team building earlier than the rest of the seniors. Luckily, some of the third years recognize me and I felt a sigh of relief. My classmates finally arrived a few hours later. I did get a glimpse of some of the activities and since we seniors are not expected to join the activities, we can leave the team building at any time (considering that we have tons of work to do, mainly due to our thesis work). I then spend some time alone at the two malls in the EDSA-North Avenue area before heading home.

The following morning, I received a sad news from my neighbor-friend-classmate via Facebook. Our dear classmate from first-year high school died a couple of days ago. We visited his funeral a few days later, and on the day he was cremated. It serves as a reunion for us BFFs as well, even though we lost a great friend.

We visited one of the publishing companies, the one producing educational textbooks. Everything went well, and we had a tour of the building as we learn about the process of publishing a book, from contents to design. Prior to this, we did find a printing press, which we had mistaken for a small publishing company. Yup, this is one of the activities for our book publishing class.

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For the next TCS post, there’s the research work for our thesis, the stage play, story and reflection writing (for book publishing), TV and radio script writing… plus being a traveling writer and all that. I’ll work on it soon.

The Breezy Road To Summer (Timeline College Series #13)

2011 comes, and I still need a few things to do before summer break begins. But let’s begin with the New Year celebration.

At the beginning of that year, I did get to visit my mom in the morning and we went to my uncle’s house in the afternoon for the annual get together. In between these two events, I get to enjoy some fruits and a couple of donuts while watching an anime series on TV (I think it’s Hayate The Combat Butler). Seems like a pretty interesting day, don’t you think? But yeah, some establishments are closed on New Year so that’s all I can do.

A week later, we did have our OJT uniforms and we decided to wear them the next day. That was okay, except I didn’t know we’re not supposed to wear them just yet. Anyway, we never had any trouble wearing our OJT uniforms, ’nuff said. We have a few skits regarding work ethics focusing on employer-employee interactions (I think) for Office Procedures, and then I later catch up with my classmates later at the mall, where we watch a stage play performance at the mall’s atrium.

A lot of activities and paper works soon followed. There are a lot of movie and book reviews and comparisons, watching some video clips related to TV announcing, a few article and feature writing, and a lot more. But the highlight of this semester is preparing for the upcoming OJT, and community immersion for our public relations class where we took over as substitute teachers at a day care center. We also had our medical examination sometime in March, possibly in preparation for our OJT.

Lastly, we had our role play, this time for Anglo-American Literature class. We chose Frankenstein, and we worked hard for it, with props and everything (just like the previous role plays). And yes, this is the last time we’ll be doing this. Such a remarkable performance, that is. A few more paper works, and we’re off to vacation (and our OJT too).

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All right, let me share some experiences during the community immersion.

At first, I was quite nervous about participating in a community immersion. You know how difficult it is for me to interact with people due to my shyness and lack of communication skills. And since our group will be substitute teachers at a day care center, we need to be considerate and patient with the children. At that time, I had a little sister too, and that really helped me understand the playful behavior of children.

The said community immersion activity happened on weekdays (on days where we don’t have classes), and our shift is from 8:00 AM to 12:00 NN. Our goal is to complete the hours needed for the activity, as well as documenting our group’s progress and provide an individual reflection about it.

Regarding the short individual reflection about being one of the substitute teachers of a day care center, here is my account (taken from one of the saved document files I still have until now):

Having worked as a substitute teacher in a day care center, I have the idea of how the children learn; I teach them the basic lessons such as reading, writing and identifying shapes and colors. Through this experience, I was amazed at how the children tried to do their best despite the fact that it was difficult for them. With our help, they are able to write their names and some words properly. Also, they are able to pronounce every word that I read to them. Of course, I used to experience this, though some said that I was a fast learner and that I was given other things to keep myself amused. The children are finding ways to focus on the lessons or to amuse themselves. In the end, they knew what they had learned, although some didn’t take it too seriously (like they are having fun while learning).

In the end, everything went well and we did achieve our goal of serving the community through teaching the children with the basics such as reading, writing, and identifying shapes and colors. It is a job well done for us, and we learn a lot from this experience.

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Time flies faster than I ever imagined. Am I enjoying too much? Oh well, there’s a lot more in the next TCS post. And yes, the next TCS post will focus on the start of my final year in college.

A Very Ecstatic Semester (Timeline College Series #12)

Third-year college, second semester… Begin!

There were some interesting activities this semester, and I’m sure some of it is memorable. But we’re also doing a re-run of the stage play “Schiz Green” for the Theater Night (along with the senior class’ “Little Women”), and I don’t feel like reprising my role as a lion in the said re-run. But I did it anyway. We just memorized our lines and actions, and we’re off.

We had another tour, this time at another TV station and a newspaper company. Not only we get to tour the entire TV station, but we were also part of the studio audience for a morning show. It was fun. We then headed to a newspaper company and witness the process of newspaper publishing. The tour ends with a visit to the government weather agency for a short educational film about weather and the effects of drought and too much rainfall.

A few days later, we watched another stage play. It’s amazing how I manage to wear the same outfit I had on the school tour’s, the only difference is the dark blue shirt. Oh well… I did get to spend some time with myself and spend the entire afternoon at these two malls in the north.

Around this time, I was frequenting every book stores near my place, and I did buy a lot of books (mostly YA hardcovers). I’m so glad that I had bought some interesting titles, including Ned Vizzini’s “Be More Chill” (I haven’t read the book until now, but eventually). Well, that’s where the money goes… it was kind of impulsive.

This semester also includes helping out to the community, but it’s not NSTP. It is Public Relations and Community Integration, and it focuses on reaching out to the community through spreading awareness on issues concerning the general public and participating in community activities for the purpose of rehabilitation and research. We’re also dealing with Anglo-American Literature, Film and Literature (comparing the film and literary versions of a written work), Feature Writing (writing articles in a creative manner), TV and Radio Announcing, Office Procedures (more of preparation for the On The Job Training) and News Writing. And yes, there’s also Mythology, which is an academic program exclusive course.

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So it appears that the MP3 player I bought months ago had battery problems. I kind of noticed that. Oh well, nothing lasts forever… thanks for the MP3-filled memories. I’m planning to buy another one soon…

Some of my classmates from Junior High School are having a reunion. Of course, I haven’t had a reunion featuring my classmates in years (except maybe for the BFF group), and they keep asking me to come. I decided to give in, despite the fact that I’m not feeling well that day (I had a persistent cough caused by phlegm, and I also had a sore throat which affects my voice temporarily). Everything went well, and this is the first time I ever see them after the high school graduation so I’m more than glad. Still, I feel a bit awkward… (blame it on my shyness).

Spending time in the province during the holiday season, and discovering a lot of great things (music, books, anime… anything) is what makes me happy during these times. And to think I’ll be able to live with it for the next few months, life is really that great. What happens next after that? Details on the next TCS post.

Act, Dance, Watch, Perform: The Class Activities And More (Timeline College Series #11)

All right, let’s continue.

A lot of activities soon follow (the ones I mentioned in the previous Timeline College post), and all of these keep us busy for the rest of the semester. That includes a few class activities, a stage play, and some presentations.

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Let’s begin with the annual team building, which is my third [and second to the last] for the entire 4-year course. Since most of us third-years are this year’s officers for our organization (Group Of English Majors) and some of us become volunteers for the team building, the rest of us (me included) are the ones participating in the games and challenges. Everything went well, and I was (kind of) active throughout the event. It was fun.

We’re still rehearsing our lines for a class presentation, which is an adaptation of a chosen classic African literature. And while we’re at it, we decided to make and design our props to be used in the presentation. We did get to perform in front of the class after about three weeks, two weeks after the first group’s presentation. After that, we also have an interpretative dance (Humanities class) in which I need to lip sync and cross dress as the girl’s reflection. Oh well, that sure was a challenging role but I was able to pull up such a performance.

I remember that Slurpee moment before and after watching a stage play, this time at a mall in Monumento. While on the road, I saw an upcoming mall being built. I believe that mall opened a few months after… but anyway, the stage play comes first. Since two of my classmates are in the stage play, we need to support them. That was a good performance, which is all about Filipino music, I believe.

A couple of activities followed soon after. There was a project wherein we need to capture the face of reality using a camera and adding some caption to it. We did have a lot of snapshots, but one of them made a slight news–it was a photo featuring a headless student, caught on cam. Though my classmate did send the picture to a TV station (and was briefly featured in a teaser), there were some doubts about the pic as it was assumed to be edited.

For our Humanities class (again), we’re focusing on making food art using fruits. All right, that was an easy task. And finally, for the Creative Writing class, we’re focusing on an interpretative storytelling, complete with music. That ends the set of activities for this semester.

Of course, for my 20th birthday, I bought myself a book as a gift–a memoir by a child poet, Mattie Stepanek. Well, for the celebration, I only gave chocolate bars to my closest classmates, at a much later time. I was thinking, I might have upset the others. If only I bought enough chocolate bars for everyone in my class, then everybody will be happy. That was my mistake…

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So a lot of things happened this semester. Expect a lot of fun moments in these last three semesters of my college life. And guess what, things are getting even more interesting as I moved on to the next semester.

Already Halfway (Timeline College Series #10)

Third-year college, first semester. Just two years left! There’s a lot of exciting things for this semester, and a lot of activities too.

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I find myself going to new places, aside from the three malls and a supermarket near our place (two major malls, one community mall, and a hypermarket). Well, I find it weird, but it’s a sign that I need to check out places I’ve never been in the past few years.

Going back, we finally get to have our classes in our new building, the one painted blue and yellow (named after our previous mayor). There were some activities too, like having a role play with our selected story (as part of literature class), demonstration (as part of reading comprehension class), photography (as part of journalism class), interpretative dance (as part of humanities/arts class), story writing and story telling (as part of creative writing class), and the annual team building.

Sundays off, I get to visit my mom almost every week, which is a great opportunity for a great bonding moment. Oh, and yes, I did some shopping as well… including a blue messenger bag and a black hoodie jacket (slightly larger than the red one I bought the previous year). Adding to the list, I also bought another MP3 player after the one I bought the previous year stopped working… possibly due to a defective battery.

I find myself drawing some random characters during breaks and idle moments. I always put my work inside the orange clear book, and I’ve got lots. Imagination at work indeed, but not during class…

I had the pleasure of performing with a group in humanities class, imitating some commercials for a class activity which includes an ice cream brand as well as a shampoo brand. And remember the school tour involving a major TV network? Well, there’s a part two… though it’s no longer part of a school tour. We then decided to be studio audiences for a Sunday night talk show. And I appeared on two episodes (both taped within a day).

Regarding the creative writing session (a writing activity)… we need to have secret code names, not revealing our true identities. We did a couple of drafts and I couldn’t exactly recall what happened to the one I was writing. It was an essay, describing ourselves (I think).

Well, some of the activities (the role play and the interpretative dance) happened later this semester. But of course, there are rehearsals, usually at my classmate’s house. Details regarding the rest of the activities to follow soon.

The Stage Play And The Start Of Another Summer (Timeline College Series #9)

March 19, 2010. It’s our moment on stage.

A few preparations were done prior to the actual day of the stage play. There was a dress rehearsal, the stage setup, and a few more reminders (which is more of an orientation). Since we’re all set, we’re confident that we’ll be able to deliver a spectacular performance.

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The 2-show stage play is held at the UP Aldaba Hall. And yes, it’s only a few hours before the start of the first of two shows, and I’m going to face the audience! I have to do my best. After all, it is our moment in stage!

On the way, some of the cast were already putting makeup and all that, and in my case, my face was painted orange and black (using poster paint, I think). Upon reaching the venue, there were last minute preparations.

So here I was, waiting at the backstage. I was kind of anticipating that their eyes are on me, so I need to make sure that I deliver my lines carefully and clearly. Good thing I was able to do it just right. Being on the stage facing the audience can be a little frightening, especially if you’re not used to performing in front of others.

After two successful shows, we received a lot of praises from the audiences, and there were lots of picture taking with us casts. It was an exhausting day for us, and it feels great to be on stage, at least for a day.

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There were a few things I learned from theater arts. Performing on stage is entirely different from performing in front of a camera. In a theater/stage play, there’s no such thing as “take two” or “cut” so you need to act and deliver your lines carefully. Improvise if you have to. If ever you make a slight mistake, then act as if it is a part of the script. Every act should be larger than life. And most importantly, make sure that you connect to your audience and not just acting right in front of them.

Sometimes, I think acting on stage is more difficult than acting in front of the camera. But then, it is what I call experience. And if you can manage to act your way through a very successful production, then you might enjoy what you’re doing.

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Summer is fast approaching. With a few books I finished, I’m sure that I’m looking forward to a brighter day ahead. But then, that was the time I started worrying about failing in one of the major subjects, and it is kind of depressing too. Luckily, I passed… and hopefully, there won’t be another repeat of this worrisome episode.

So much discovery for this summer. From books to movies. From music to fashion… and a lot more. I always remember sitting in front of the computer screen and watching movies, as well as listening to a wide variety of smooth jazz recently discovered (and previously heard on radio). And yes, I finally finished my first novella after eight months… but of course, that was only available through my old blog. It was pretty hardcore too.

I’m already halfway through finishing college, and there are a lot more things to happen. Soon!