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UN Day 2010

Hay, malas noong UN Day or United Nations Day ng General de Jesus College. Inulan. Signal number two pa sa Nueva Ecija. Wala tuloy pasok.

Pero kahapon, nagpunta kami ni KP sa GJC para “manood” ng UN. Haha! Pero as usual, inantay ko pa uli si KP sa kanila at ambagal ng bruha! Haha!

Pagpunta namin roon. Wowness! Sa kanto pa lang papunta roon e maraming nagbago. Iyong hilera ng kainan roon eh na-elevate at na-renovate na! Bongga! Pagpasok namin, ganoon pa rin naman iyong ambiance. Pero weird pa rin. Sarap magbalik-tanaw.

Pero nagulat kami doon sa ginagawang Canteen bago kami gumraduate! Wow! It reminded me of the PNP Camp in UN Avenue, Ermita, Manila! Well, kung napunta ka na sa PNP Camp eh maiintindihan mo ako. The best (?) way to describe it is that it looks like a new-built house! (Doesn’t make sense, eh? Just use your imagination, kiddo!) Kaya, bilang dalawa sa “legendary” alumnae ng GJC, inikot namin ang bagong building, na sa huli eh canteen pa rin na sa second floor e classrooms. Pero may third and fourth floors na ilalagay pa roon! Bongga na ang GJC! Talagang kung kailan kami umalis eh tsaka pinaganda. Wahaha! 😀

Tas ito pa, may bagong “branch” ang high school library! Iyong dating homeroom ng Champaca eh naging HS Library! May nakalagay pa sa karatula:
“P20/hr”

Siyempre, para sa Internet rent iyon!

Tas bumaba na kami, doon sa gym kung saan ginaganap ang program ng UN Day.
Tinanaw agad namin si Ma’am Tiqui, ang aming guro sa Filipino noong aming ikatlo at ikaapat na taon sa mataas na paaralan. Siya kasi ang ka-close naming dalawa ni KP.
Me: Bulaga!
KP: Ma’am!!!!!!!!!!!
Ma’am Tiqui: Ui!!! *looks at KP* Kumusta na? Ang payat mo ah!
KP: Tumaba nga po ako eh!
MT: Ang payat mo nga!
Me: Ako po Ma’am, hindi niyo kukumustahin?
MT & KP: Hahahahahaha!
Me: Ma’am! Alam niyo po ba hindi ko binabagsak ang Filipino!!! (Trivium: Bagsak ako madalas sa Filipino noong HS days)
MT: Talaga? Eh di kahusay!
KP: Ako rin po!
MT: Ano ba mga kurso niyo?
KP: Accounting po!
Me: CE po!
KP: Mahal na mahal po namin si Ma’am Cruz! Haha! Puro math po kami! (Si Ma’am Cruz ang teacher namin sa math noong 4th year.)

Tas nakita rin namin si Ma’am Erese, Ma’am Cheung, Ma’am Bolagao, at Sir Sugay! Happy! Puro tawa na lang ang ginawa namin nung araw na iyon.

Tas ito pa: Nilibre kami ni Reina ng Silvanas, at ang mahal niya para sa isang cookie na may mala-ice cream sa loob. Iyong laki niya eh parang mas malaki ng onti sa Oreo. Pero mas malapad ung Oreo roon. Ang price niya? PhP30.00!!! Hanep! Matagal na pala ibinenta yong silvanas na iyon! Noong last year pa pala. Ni hindi namin nalaman haha! Kung hindi dahil kay Weendy na kapatid ni Reina, hindi siguro kami nailibre noon!

Take note kung magkano lang ang dala kong pera: PhP36! Haha! Pamasahe ko lang iyon!

At marami rin kaming nakitang alumna ng GJC, anjan iyong Faith last year at iyong Faith last, last year. (IV-Honesty kami, 2nd section. 1st section ang Faith.) Lima lang kaming Honesty na nandoon, ako, si KP, si Reina, si Karlo at si Romar.

At diyan nagtatapos ang Pagdiriwang ng Araw ng mga Nagkakaisang Bayan ng Kolehiyo ng Heneral de Jesus.

UAAP Season 73 (Sept. 12, 2010)

Cheerdance Competition, it is something to look forward to every intramurals. When I was in high school, my friends and I used to go to school early to reserve seats on the staircase to the third floor library. We were prohibited to watch on the rooftop. That part of the event was always blockbuster.

I was lucky to be one of the enthusiasts to watch such an event as big as University Athletic Association of the Philippines. The week before, I invited my beloved friends from high school who studied in Manila to watch UAAP Cheerdance Competition live at Araneta “Colishum” (instead of Coliseum. Man, i love poking fun at this! Haha!). Only one responded, that was KP.

Six days before the said event, I went to the PE Dept. to buy tickets. But my PE prof said it was available on Wednesday. Then Wednesday came. But our prof said it was SOLD-OUT! But we said even general admission tickets were fine. Then our prof sold us those “hidden” tickets.

The event came. I came from Nueva Ecija that time. I waited for KP at the Tayuman Station (LRT). After several minutes, KP came. Antagal niya as always! Haha!

Then we went to Araneta early, however the crowd told us we’re late! I peeked on the tickets’ prices. Wow! They were more than twice the original price! I’m telling ya, even the rich Atenistas and La Sallites bought General Admission tickets!

UAAP Cheer Dance Competition 2010 Ticket

Ang pogi kong ticket. Kahit mura iyan, sold-out iyan!

As we entered, blood came rushing through my veins! I was that excited that time! The General Admissions corridor is much different from the usual corridor. You couldn’t see food stalls there. *sighs*

We entered the first entrance we saw. Whoa! We barely saw anything! It was full of Tomasians (UST students)! Then we went to the second one, it was full of La Sallites! Then the third, it was full of Peyups (UP)! The view was kinda okay. We saw some of the court. We heard that on the next one, the views were fine. So we went there. We had no idea it was the AdU’s spot! Haha!

Even though I’m an Adamsonian, I went there to watch the phenomenal UST’s piece. They have the legendary Salinggawi Dance Troupe!!! (FEU was the champion last year.) So, we cheered for “uste”, as we fondly call it.

University of the East (UE) Pep Squad started. Followed by (not in chronological order though, I forgot, sorry) the 2009 1st runner-up, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Babble Battalion, De La Salle University (DLSU) Animo Squad, University of Santo Tomas (UST) Salinggawi Dance Troupe, Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad, University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad, Adamson University (AdU) Pep Squad, and National University (NU) Pep Squad.

The Salinggawi Dance Troupe’s routine was breathtaking! Their uniform’s cute! Even their props were. I barely blinked an eye! I love it! So much! For you to agree with me, watch this:

FEU’s routine was another one. But I prefer USTe’s hehe.

UP’s oriental-inspired routine was–wow! Still, USTe pa rin! Haha!

At the end, the results were:

UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2010 Results:
Champion: University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad
1st runner-up: The Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad
2nd runner-up: University of Santo Tomas (UST) Salinggawi Dance Troupe
Samsung Stunner Award: Nikka de Dios(DLSU)

(source: http://teampilipinas.info/2010/09/uaap-cheerdance-competition-2010-kicks.html)

What an exhilarating experience! I love it! SOOO MUCH though USTe didn’t win! I’m looking forward to next year!

UAAP Season 73 (Sept. 4, 2010)

(Yet again, another reaction paper for midterm grades… Good thing we have this, or else I’m dead. Haha!)

On September 24, 2010, for the first time in my life, I traveled alone to Araneta Coliseum through jeepney and MRT. (I brought Konkon with me every time I watch there. Too bad I couldn’t have Kon-chan. :() When I set foot on Farmer’s Plaza (Cubao, Quezon City) and searching for the way to Araneta, I got lost. The mall served as a labyrinth to me. When I finally got out, I was relieved to see my classmates at the entrance of the Big Dome.

uaap ticket

Buti hindi na sinira ng admission guy. Haha!


Just like what we did the last time, we sat on at the upper box-b near the thunderous drum beats of the DLSU (Animo, La Salle!) since we sat near them.

The La Sallites really were rich! They rival the wealth of Atenistas! (Or they were much richer) They occupied three-fourths of the Patron Box (the front seats) and the upper box-a (to those who were out of tickets)! They scarcely seated on the upper box-b in contrast of the UE students and us.

We started the first game of University of the East Red Warriors and De La Salle University Green Archers. I cheered for La Salle for I feel like it. No reason at all. Hehe. But when my classmate explained to me why we should cheer for UE, I commenced to do it so, albeit we seated next to the Archers. Hehe. My classmetes felt like annoying the reserved Archers. They keep on shouting purposely, “UE!!! Galingan niyo!!!” or “Go UE!!!” La Sallites looked at us every time we did so. They didn’t cheered for them, maybe they were but silently. They were really reserved! Calm and reserved, just like what a true heir of a large company behaves. If La Sallites were to win, they would tie our standing, and we didn’t want that to happen. Fortunately, UE won.

This was what we’re waiting for, the second game, of course, of our beloved alma mater, Adamson University Soaring Falcons versus National University Bulldogs.

Every time our team scored, we cheered on the top of our lungs that strained my voice box! I barely sat on my seat as I watched painstakingly. I, together with my fellow Adamsonians, were so full of energy cheering for them. We were really nervous as the fourth quarter came. It was a close fight, so close that no one could predict who would win and who wouldn’t.

My heart thumped as the last seconds of the game approached hoping that our team scores. Unfortunately, Bulldogs scored three points as our team’s defense shattered.

National University Bulldogs won over Adamson University Soaring Falcons with a score of 62-59. We were all depressed and disappointed of the outcome of the game.

God was still with us for we are still enthroned to the third place of the Final Four (1st-FEU, 2nd-ADMU, 4th-DLSU). I do hope and pray for our team to win this season.

Food (the college version~)

Pagkain… masarap kumain. Sino’ng hypocrite ang ayaw ng pagkain? Malamang iyong mga die-hard magpapayat kaya me ulcer or worse, anorexia.

Noong high school ako, P25 ang isang student meal. Sa baon kong 80 (noong senior ako, hindi citizen, sapakin kita eh. Haha!) at sa kuripot kong ito, hindi ko afford ang P25 na araw-araw. Sa P40 ba naman e ipanghuhulog ko sa “pasikipan” (sariling version ko ng paluwagan, hindi kasi siya nakakaluwag sa bulsa, nakakasikip..). In other words, nagbabaon ako. Tutal masarap naman magluto si Mama at marami pa ang ulam, o ha? Nakakasave pa ako ng P20 a day. Bumibili kasi ako ng kanin eh.

Ngayong college, since hindi na ako makakapagbaon ng food with TLC ni Mama dahil nasa NE siya at inaalagaan ang mga pasaway kong mga kapatid. At dahil doon, nabawasan si Mama ng isang palamunin (ako iyon! haha!).

In fairness, nag-improve ang baon ko. Mula sa P80, ngayon P200 na! Alam ko sinasabio mo na malaki ang baon ko pero nagkakamali ka, pare. Sa pamasahe ko ba naman sa LRT, MRT at jeep na alanganing P80 balikan… Tas maraming kaek-ekan kasi pag college ka na. (Swerte mo pag HS or Elem ka pa lang. At least may ideya ka.) Me orgs, may photocopies, may pagkain, temptations, gala, and the like.

Ito na ang punto ko: PAGKAIN. Oo, masarap kumain and I am a glutton myself. But not that much. I am limiting myself to eating much because I wanna attend an event this year (2010). Sa kolehiyo (lalo na kung ikaw ay galing sa prestihiyosong paaralan, i.e. mga unibersidad o kolehiyo na kasali sa UAAP or NCAA), you can say the meal is scrumptious. I mean, REAL SCRUMPTIOUS. As in delectable. Of course if the meal’s yummy, the price is high. Ayun ang masakit! Tagos oh! Anchakit! Anchakit sa bulsa!

Dito sa Adamson (AdU), I recommend yung canteen sa OZ Building. So far, ayun ang heaven, ang sarap ng pagkain doon. Pero hell sa init pag natapat ka sa counter. Bale, iyon ang university version ng Sizzling Plate sa food courts ng SM. Noong second day (noong first day ko kasi sa SM Manila ako bumili ng pagkain, P39ers pa. Haha!), together with my blockmates, sa OZ Canteen. Pagkapasok namin, I was in awe. Andaming tao eh. (Galing kasi ako sa bundok, sorry, ngayon lang nakakita ng tao haha!) Tas ayun nga, sizzling plate ang drama ng canteen na iyon. So mainit, pag nasa harapan ka ng counter. Pumila na kami then I was looking for the cheapest food in the menu: Burger Steak P45. OUCH!

I had no choice, P45 kung P45. Sige na nga! Alangan namang maghanap pa ako sa iba, tutal hindi pa ako ganun ka-acquainted sa mga lugar roon. So ayan, wala na, naka-order na ako ng makasalanang pagkain. Ang pinakamura, the Burger Steak. Ayan, nasa counter ako, shoot, ang inet. Ina-absorb ko halos ang usok at init! >_<

Ayan, I was down to the last stage. Ibinigay na sa akin ang food. In fairness malaki compared sa nabibili ko sa Jabi at McDo. Tas may ibingay sa amin na iced tea. Buti na lang iced tea kasi pag softdrinks malamang binigay ko na un sa kung sinuman ang katabi ko that time. Buti na lang at kasama un sa binayaran kong 45. Yay!

Tas kumain na ako, huwaw! Heaven! I missed my Mom's cooking in an instant, pero mas masarap ang kay Mama, iba pa rin ang may TLC.

Kung sa tingin mo e nakakataba ang pagkain sa college, well tama ka, tol. Pero kung kasabay naman noon e pag-aaral, at pag-commute sa LRT at MRT, wala rin ang kinain mo, dude!

Sa ngayon, may natagpuan na naman kaming bagong canteen sa AdU, ang CS Canteen. Mas oks pa rin sa OZ Canteen! Ang binibili ko doon ay ang cheapest, the burger na P15, of course tas iced tea na 15 Pesos.

Second Year Christmas Party

Christmas party na naman. 2 years na kami nagpa-party. Exchange gift lang naman ang inaabangan ko, bukod sa get together (o lakwatsa time) naming mga magkakaibigan.

Ala-una na wala pa ang pagkain namin na in-order pa namin sa KFC. Nauna pa ang videoke na nirenta ni Sir para sa amin(o para sa kanila). 1:30PM na at dumating na sa wakas ang pagkain namin. Gutom na gutom na kami. Daig pa namin ang mga tao sa iskwater, nag-uunahan sa pagkain, para bang mauubusan ng food.

Bigayan na ng exchange gift. Langya aman o, ung nakabunot sa name ko, absent! Mukha akong tanga tuloy, ako kasi nagbigay ng gift, ako pa ang wala! Hay, life nga naman. Buti nalang, may isa akong kaklase na may “excess gift.” Panu kasi yung pangalan na nabunot niya ay may gift na, meaning dalawa ang nakabunot ng name niya. Binigay niya ang gift na yun sa akin. Wow, “bear cuddler” ang paper bag, ang nasa loob kaya bear cuddler rin? Nung binuksan ko ang paper bag, wow, ang cute! Isang Christmas white na teddy bear! So kawaii! Panalo talaga! Grabe, natuwa ako ng sobra!

Nagpunta ang bestfriend ng Sir namin. Walang kumakanta sa videoke nang mga oras na iyon. Kinuha ni Sir N(bff ni sir) ang mic ng videoke at kumanta ng My Way! Kaya lang naman nagpunta si Sir N ay para sulitin ang videoke na nirenta ni sir para sa aming party.

Yung mga friends ko sa section 1 ay naligaw sa section namin(2) para sa annual pictorial ng NGT(o Next Generation Troupe, group of friends namin, gawa-gawa). Nang matapos ang pictorial, ito lang ang masakit, bayaran time! Yayaman na naman si Mang Nilo(may-ari ng photocenter sa tapat ng school), marami kasi kami! Sa January pa namin nakuha ang photos, mahal kasi pag rushed.