Missing You in a Good Way

Remember when you tried to delete me from your memory and it failed when it reached 99%? Idiot. Hahaha

I miss you, Pren.

Not the i-want-you-back kind of “I miss you”Nor the what-if-nandito-ka kind. Nor even the i’m-still-hurting-i-miss-you kind. Just…I miss you. Not because I’m sad. But because I just really do miss you.

I’m fine, Pren. Char minsan hindi. Nitong nakaraan, I’m not. But you, for some reasons, always remind me how beautiful life is — how precious our time in this world is. You remind me that life is a big adventure and we are great explorers. That in this battle, we are victors no matter what.

And yeah, I guess I know what this is. This is you-still-inspire-me kind of “I miss you”.

So from my healing soul, thank you. And for the nth time, I miss you. ⭐

Tales of An Intern: Anngie’s MBFI Adventure

On my first day in Metrobank Foundation Inc, the president asked us why we chose this organization for our internship. Honestly, the top reason was because it’s in Makati and my eldest sister lives there. But ofcourse, I was also interested in the programs of the foundation especially when I read that they conduct Search for Outstanding Teachers because I really have a soft spot for teachers. Little did I know, God has led me there for deeper reasons.

Metrobank Foundation gave me an awesome learning experience. Here, I have applied my knowledge about writing scripts and reports, writing RTOs for developmental projects, creating visual aids, and applying communication strategies. Moreover, MBFI helped me to achieve new skills such as creating networks and linkages for potential partnerships and program expansion, conceptualizing strategies for launching events, and writing scripts faster. The Foundation exposed me as well to different activities such as Graduates’ Forum (a program for its scholars), LCF CSR Expo (an exhibit for CSR programs in the Philippines), National Teachers’ Month Coordinating Council Meeting (a collaborative meeting with the organizations and companies in the Philippines in preparation for the National Teachers’ Month celebration), and Search for Outstanding Teachers Final Judging (the final level of choosing the top 10 outstanding teachers in the Philippines).

One of the memorable things I have experienced in my internship is when I got the chance to finally meet my favorite DepEd Secretary, Brother Armin Luistro, during the NTMCC meeting. It was really overwhelming especially when he wished me luck in my studies and he shook my hands. It was priceless!

In Metrobank Foundation, I also experienced attending activities that develop camaraderie and team spirit among the staff. They involved us in their 12:30 Fellowship every Monday and in their Staff Development where they honored their employees whose birthdays are June or July. It was fun seeing them enjoying and mingling with each other. Indeed, MBFI gave me the opportunity not only to excel in my field but also the opportunity to grow as a person, to meet new friends and to be closer to God.

I will never forget how the people in the foundation touched my life in different ways, especially those in my unit, the Education unit. They made my internship journey fun, exciting, challenging, and awesome. They are very supportive and appreciative. I am really happy to have met people like them who taught me lessons and insights not just about work but also about life. Special thanks to my mentor, Ms. Krista, for her guidance and support throughout my internship program. I also appreciate the President of the foundation, Mr. Chito, because he is really hands-on when it comes to our internship program and because he made us feel that we, their interns, are important by always asking for our comments and suggestions and for always listening to our insights. I will never forget that time when we had a post-facto evaluation about the Graduates’ Forum where the staffers commended our service and where President Chito told us that we are the best interns they have ever had. It really warms my heart whenever they express their appreciation for our service.

I didn’t expect that internship could be this fun and fulfilling. In the end, I believe MBFI was able to inculcate in me the advocacy of NTM (i.e. to appreciate teachers and to honor the teaching profession), the essence of practicing the culture of excellence, and the passion to give back to the community by serving our countrymen. They taught me that excellence is not only about competence, skills and intelligence. It is about showing respect to your job, your respect for your beneficiaries, and respect for your purpose. They taught me not just to strive for excellence but also to strive for meaning. ❤

 

*** Found this in my drafts. I wrote this two years ago and I don’t know why I did not publish this one. Ang sincere ko pa naman dito, kahit ako na-touch — nagflashback OJT experience ko which is one of the best parts of my college life. ❤

 

~With You Right Here, I’m A RAKETEER ~

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Yup. I’m going freelance, guys. Hahaha Found this “freelance site” called raket.ph and tadah, I’m registered! Ganito pala kapag gipit ka tapos ang dami mong nais gawin, puntahan, kailangang bilhin, at gustong regaluhan. Well, kapit lang. Hahahaha Actually, I still don’t know the nitty gritty of this site but yeah, let’s do this! Para sa ekonomiya! Haha Oh, baka may kailangan ka? If you need a freelance tutor/editor/copywriter/event host/event document-or/photographer/videographer (basic lang po haha)/speaker — you know where to FIND ME! <— 😀

Huma-happy Thanksgiving Kahit January 😁

Watched HIMYM 01×09 (yup marathon ulit kasi miss ko na ‘to hahaha) where Ted dropped this line: “But life has plenty of good parts. It’s the rough parts that make you thankful you have people to share it with.” Tapos ‘matic, itong picture na ito at ang moment na ito ang nagflashback sa utak ko.

Not sure of the exact date when this photo was taken but I remember (ofcourse! how can i forget this huhuhaha) this was during the time when I thought hindi ako makakapagmartsa last June 2016, as in goodbye Sablay2016. It was a difficult time for me kasi syempre pangarap ko yun e, makagraduate na to make my family and my self proud at para makatulong na rin sa pamilya.

Actually naniniwala naman ako na di paunahan makatapos at magtagumpay at walang masamang madelay. Blessing in disguise pa nga yon minsan. Pero that moment, kahit alam ko na hindi failure ang pagiging delayed, I was really breaking. And by breaking I mean devastated talaga ako lalo na’t wala na rin akong matinong tulog nang mga panahong ito. Kakaunti na rin ang tao sa Elbi kasi tapos na talaga ang klase. Depressing besh.

Pero swerte ko, andyan yang dalawang brods ko. From kopisoc to empisoc real quick 😂 Sila lang naman ang nasa tabi ko noong walang anu-ano, habang kumakain ako nung hawak kong footlong (see picture 😂), e bigla na lang akong iiyak. Tapos tatawa kasi may sasabihin silang dalawa na nakakatawa. Tapos iiyak na ulit ako. And they just stayed there. Beside me. Hanggang unti-unti na rin akong ngumiti. ☺

And I’m sharing this because

  1. Namiss ko bigla sina Kuya Eric at Kuya Jireh. Pati si Kuya Jhomar na bigla ring dumating haha.
  2. Baka nakalimutan ko noon so I’m telling you guys now, SALAMAT BRODS. MAHAL KO KAYO.
  3. I miss Elbi. And Ilag’s. Uuwi ako soon. Hihi
  4. Just in case may makakabasang graduating ngayon nitong post ko, Aja sa #RoadToG #Sablay2017 niyo! Push lang hanggang dulo. Just give it your all kahit mukhang imposible na. Or malayo pa. Habol lang!; and
  5. I agree with Ted. Mapapa-SALAMAT ka na lang talaga dahil during the “rough parts”, ayan, at di ka rin naman talaga mag-isa. 😊

#OPLANSULITIN

So I got 10/20 of my #OperationNinja. Well, it’s half-full, right? 😀

I believe 2016 was my goodbye year. Goodbye to the places, things, and some people that I really love. That’s why I decided to call my 2017 to-do list as #OPLANSULITIN. You never know. That’s why I believe I should just make the most out of the good things and good times that I have. Kumbaga, seize the moment na lang. ❤

Deadline: January 1, 2018

  • Read 7 Great Books and publish a blog about them.
  • Watch 7 Great Films and publish a blog about them.
  • Write about Top 7 Songs. Like yung soundtrack ng 2017 mo.
  • Visit at least two historical places.
  • Use the Photo Journal and fill it with awesome photo stories (more bonding with Drew yeeey <3)
  • Volunteer.
  • Write at least one fictional story (as in completed book/screenplay yeeees haha).
  • Meet Tonette Jadaone and/or Jerrold Tarog and/or Dan Villegas and/or Sir Ambeth Ocampo.
  • Watch Clara Benin and/or December Avenue and/or Loop and/or Ang Bandang Shirley. LIVE.
  • Paint. Yung legit.
  • Save AT LEAST 5-digit money IN YOUR OWN BANK ACCOUNT.
  • Travel with Mom, out-of-town.
  • Go to a trip with the family.
  • Explore Enchanted Kingdom with BFFJ.
  • L O S E W E I G H T. WALANG SUKUAN!!!
  • Get 7 hugs from strangers (as in not my family/friend-yet).
  • Witness a shooting star. Always. ❤

Alright! Let’s carpe the hell out of this diem! ^_^

Of Ball Games, Fatherhood, and Heaven †

During my senior year in high school, I had to live in my Lolo’s house because my Mom undergone an operation. Mom and I lived with my Lolo, two Titas, my uncle, my cousins and my nephews. 
It was kind of difficult to adjust, at first. However, the care and love that I and Mom got from the people there were enough to make us feel alright. 

And one happy thing about having that experience is getting the opportunity to interact with them, closer than ever.

And I remember, whenever I watch basketball games (PBA) to support my team, Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters (Go #TnTNation), I was always being teased by my Tito (San Miguel/Petron fan) and my Lolo (fan of any teams playing against my team). They always tell me that we’re gonna lose, my team is weak, and other stuff just to make fun of me. And that became our bonding. 

And now, they are both gone. On October 28, my Lolo passed away. Last December 16, mom called me and told me about my uncle dying. 

It feels horrible to lose them both this year, this Christmas. 

And how I wish we could still do our bonding. 

Tay,  Papa Tony, wherever you are, thanks for being my fathers. You are both great dads. By the way, from heaven, watch TnT Tropang Texters get the championship this cup. 😜 I miss you both. I love you both.