A week has already passed but I still haven’t shared the news here on Tumblr. :-) So last November 23 - 26, 2013, I attended the annual Philippine Association of Campus Student Advisers (PACSA) Convention in Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City. This is already my second time in Baguio, but the excitement is still like the first time I visited, and maybe even more. There were 30 delegates from Bicol University and I’m happy that I was able to spend more time with the student leaders from our school. But the highlight of my experience in PACSA was when I was elected as the Chairperson for the Luzon Core Group of PACS. I was the only girl from the roster of officers and it was extra special since I was able to bring honor to my beloved university. Bicol University has always been associated with the name PACSA since our former dean of the Office of Student Services has been the president for the said association before. And even after that, student leaders before me has also became officers in the Luzon core group. It was an honor to continue the legacy of BU. This is no ordinary title. I’m still overwhelmed with the outpouring support from school especially the faculty and students. A week has already passed but it hasn’t dawned on me yet.Maybe I will never get used to being called “president” and I think it;s a good thing. No one should ever settle with just being given a title as prestigious as the President of an organization. Because with the title that big comes with a responsibility that’s even bigger. I’m just enjoying every moment and doing the best that I can in helping others and serving the students from Luzon. PACSA will truly be memorable. From being elected, to spending time with the student leaders of BU and meeting new people, people who touched my life in certain ways. I can’t help but feel thankful for the many opportunities that came in my way. God has been very good, and I am truly grateful. I hope that he continues to bless me and my family and keep everyone I hold dear safe and healthy. With all the things that has happened, I just want to take each day one at a time.
This is Iny M. Montallana, quirky girl from Bicol and the Chairperson of PACS-LUZON. :D Pleased to meet you!
“You’re going to get a boyfriend,” Grandma says. “Only unlike your sisters, you’re choosy. You’re not going to marry the first asshole who comes along who tells you he likes you, then knocks you up.”—Meg Cabot, Queen of Babble
With the VITAL role played by the media (as seen in the past few days) in helping the victims of the Typhoon and delivering news to the world, how can you say that studying Broadcasting/Journalism is a complete waste of time?
Just found more reasons to continue my major and pursue my dream.
A week after the Supertyphoon Yolanda (int.name: Haiyan) hit the country, there’s still a a huge clamor for help in devastated provinces. Looting is very much prevalent, relief goods are not reaching the victims, citizens are desperate to leave town, sexual abuses are occuring in typhoon-hit areas (dismayed when I heard about this),people are going nuts trying to look for their relatives, journalists are bashing on the government, journalists are bashing on fellow journalists, and then there are those who just can’t seem to find a spot in the “trend” so they opt to complain in social networking sites instead. What I find very much annoying is how much time we waste complaining about the current situation. Every moment we waste on complaining about the government’s shortcomings could also be a moment dedicated to volunteering in repacking goods or looking for donations. Be productive. The situation is already bad as it is, don’t make it worse.
A few days has already passed but the lessons and memories that I got from the Padayon Mindanao Youth Leadership Camp still remains. The fire of leadership is still burning and the eagerness to serve the community is still there. And it keeps on getting bigger.
The Padayon (meaning to continue) Mindanao YLC was spearheaded by the US Peace Corps and USAid in partnership with the LGU of Legazpi, DepEd, and DSWD (Not sure if I mentioned all the organizations already. Oh well). This was a youth camp held at Hotel Venezia from Nov. 3-10, 2013. I personally enjoyed the youth camp because it was a new experience for me. It was very memorable. Aside from the fact that our University made a banner congratulating Kuya Macky and I for being chosen as participants (which I found really funny by the way), this camp was special because I got to mingle with different people. Some older than me, some younger. But all are eager learners.
Hello. As you all know, I went to Korea last July to attend the Asia Summer Program in Dongseo University. (Blogged about it twice, check it here 1, and 2) I had a lot of beautiful memories in my three-week stay in Busan. But as the old saying goes, life goes on. And I should really start moving on with my life. It has been roughly three weeks since we arrived back in the country, but I don’t feel like I’m back completely. So right now, I’m trying my best to make up for the things I missed and I’m planning to write the things that needs to be done so that I can be productive again.
But before that!!!!!! Here are the things that I did after the ASIA SUMMER PROGRAM. Posting bloggy blog posts again. HAHA
“Every day, I waited for you to say something. Perhaps a simple “Hi” could have been enough. It could have made all the difference. But I waited in silence. Then I figured, I cannot keep on waiting for someone who didn’t even noticed my existence. And so I stopped waiting and then I stopped believing and I started accepting the fact that it wasn’t meant to be after all.”—Uncategorized
Whenever I feel down, I just think of all the people who believed and continuously believes in me. I don’t want to disappoint them. I don’t want people to look down on me and see a poor little girl who have reached failure. Pity is not something I easily take from people. But aside from that, I don’t want to disappoint myself. I have set the bars high for the things I want to achieve. And though people can try to discourage me, I have learned that nothing can ever affect me as long as I decide not to let it affect me at all. The mind can be honed in a way that you decide what to believe in, and what to disregard. And the heart can tell you when to fight for things, and when to concede the battle. As of now, I can see a lot of reasons for me to just let go and free myself of all the responsibilities that I am currently handling. But I chose to look away from all these and just focus on the one thing that kept me going throughout all my hardships: my goals. I need to focus on the goal. Though people are starting to become annoying, I’d rather use my time thinking of sensible things. Hating them would do me no good. Perhaps I can rant about it once in awhile, but then 60 seconds of complaining about the shortcomings of other people is a minute of wisdom that could have been shared with people who are more worthy of my time. I just need to focus. FOCUS.
People might not know it, but there is this ongoing discrimination in the students of certain courses in some colleges. Students belittle their fellow students from other courses just because *insert reasons here*. You may not be aware of it, but this is what I have observed in my first year in College. By all means, read on.
I am taking up Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting in Bicol University. And I am proud to say that it was my first choice when I passed my application form in BU. I passed my entrance exam with flying colors, and I even ranked 3rd in our course. I have blockmates who could really speak well and can write good news articles. But even if we do well in our course, people from other courses look at us as if we are a joke. They think those in our college (College of Arts and Letters) are inferior to them just because we don’t have our Math/Science as major subjects. Pathetic idea you might say, but no, this is actually happening.
I live in a generation which mostly considers the people who study things with numbers, figures and a lot of words (does a lot of memorizing), smart. I mean, yes, they are smart indeed. But what about those who study literature, arts, reasoning and the like, what do you call them, dumb? Or do you call them something a lot milder than dumb, but still not good enough as those who are smart? I have no problem about students who take up Bachelor of Science courses. To be honest, I think they really are intelligent people. But those who take up Bachelor of Arts courses are as equally smart as they are. Intelligence should not be based on the course one is taking up.
Some people look at students with AB courses as if they are inferior to them. We may not be majoring in Math or Science, but we still study them. They are still part of our core subjects so we are not as dumb as what you think we are. And just because we are in an AB course, doesn’t mean that we had no choice. Most students actually chose AB courses because it’s what they want to study. They, or should I say we, are passionate about it so you don’t have to label us with inappropriate things.
All of us are students so you can’t actually say that we AB students are having easier college academic lives than you are. You might have a hard time memorizing names or computing numbers, but we are also having a hard time writing things, reading and explaining it. Every student is entitled to complain once in a while, because everyone can experience having a hard time in school.
At the end of the day, whether you are in a BS or an AB course, you are all students who chose a course that you think would best fit YOU. I intentionally wrote it in all caps because I want to make it clear that other people’s courses are no longer your concern. They chose their course, you chose yours. So you don’t have to meddle with them. If you don’t like your course then you will really have a hard time studying it, but if you love it, you would learn to embrace the hardships and gain more passion in taking it up. And in my case, passion to even fight for it.
PS. I have nothing against students who take up a BS course. If that’s what you really like, then go for it. I know that there are a lot of people who do well in their Bachelor of Science courses. I did not write this to stain the good name of BS students. I just wrote it to speak for the students in AB courses who are being continuously criticized by students and even professors. I hope that this would serve as an eye-opener to people who discriminates students directly and indirectly. No course is inferior or superior. They are of equal importance that’s why they are being offered by schools.
And for the students who are taking up or who plans on taking up an AB course, never let the negative connotations hinder you from studying the course that you actually want.
I find it very frustrating whenever people copy the things I like, write about things I like, listen to the songs I like, and do the things I like and just pretend like it’s their own. I mean you can easily know naman if the person naturally likes something or if he/she just rides on with what other people like. I’m very possessive, territorial, clingy, or whatever. Not with people, but with the things I like. And if people would just copy it and act cool about it, i mean, ugh. Get a life.
Baka nag overthink lang ako, but wth. This is my life.
Anyone CAN leave. You just have to learn to deal with the idea they may leave you anytime. On the other hand, there are those who actually stay. You also have to acknowledge the fact that they chose to stay with you.
Not everyone is the same. So don’t give up. Keep fighting.
“I mean, no one tells me how I live my life, no one tells me who I love, especially not some vindictive prehistoric witch, and definitely not the universe. And I’m not gonna let someone else’s idea of destiny stop me from loving you or being with you or building a future with you, because you are my life.”—Damon Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries Season 5
Hindi ko alam kung matutuwa ako or malulungkot ako ng marinig ko yun. I mean when it comes to relationships, I don’t think I’m independent at all. I act strong, I act like I can carry myself with ease but truth is, I am really sheltered. And beneath that, is a weak person. Weaker than you think. I don’t know if it’s a gift, my skills in pretending to be independent, but I don’t want people to get used to that idea of me. Ayokong dumating yung araw na wala ng mag attempt na lumapit saakin kasi iisipin nila kaya ko na. It has always been like that. Perhaps, it’s my fault for driving people away. But what can I do? I can’t afford to get hurt just because of stupid relationships. I’m far too busy and preoccupied to think of petty issues like love and relationships. Sorry, but that’s how I see relationships (yung para sa ngayon.) I think they are distractions. But it’s funny, kasi kahit ganoon, I always end up losing. Even if I avoid people who are very much persistent in breaking through my walls, I always end up losing. Maybe that’s how my life would be. I will always lose. Because I suck at being strong and independent. And I’m too much of a coward to even accept that in public. Hahaha. Fact: Kahit na isulat ko to, my mind and concept about love and other stuff would not change. As is pa din, distraction pa din. Hindi pa din mababago pakikitungo ko sa iba, I would still be aloof. Kahit alam kong ako ang natalo, walang mababago. Kasi ganun ako. Matigas ang ulo.
I have been very busy lately, that’s why I chose to forego writing about the blog awards I received. But since I already received the same award for three times already, I decided to finally write about it. I would like to thank alyssareneeisthename, adorkableana and angchinitangpinay for nominating me in the Sunshine Awards. :) I will try my best to answer your questions. Okay lang? Okay! Hihi.
The Rules In accepting the Sunshine Award, the blogger must:
Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
Share 11 random facts.
Answer 11 questions from the nominating blogger.
List 11 bloggers to recommend. They should be bloggers you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate, answer and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated.
You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.
11 Random Facts
I don’t know how to ride a bicycle. Yes, I know I’m lame.
I have a penchant for sunsets and traveling.
My special talents include: crossing my toes so that they can overlap each other and moving my ears so that it can creep you out.
I used to be a singer when I was younger. As in, yung biritera. Too bad I only retained my loud voice, not my singing voice.
I wear earphones even if when I’m not listening to any song.
Every year, I write my predictions. And based on the outcomes from my past predictions, I think I can already have a career in fortune telling.
I am one of the nicest people you can ever meet, but I can also turn to a monster when I’m angry.
I am obvious to people who shows me a hint of affection and I am in denial to people who tell me they like me.
I have this unhealthy habit of driving people away.
Watching movies and series can make me cry. Because I am the ultimate cry baby. LOL I think I cried in almost 80% of the movies I watched.
I am good at giving advice (my friends can testify) to people but I struggle in helping myself. That’s why I suck.
For the longest time, we were made to believe that if we put our heart in it, we can conquer everything and get the things we want.
Fact: We can’t.
Sometimes, having the heart and desire for something does not guarantee that you can have it. Sometimes you still need a little luck in order to get the things that you want. The heart can take us to somewhere, but sometimes it cannot suffice for other elements that are required to get your goals. I believe in moving mountains and dreaming big, but I also believe in fate and destiny. And sometimes, the things we want are not the things that are destined for us to have. Sometimes the things we want to accomplish does not coincide with our fate. I’m not writing this to crush your hopes and break your spirit, I’m saying this to put you back to reality. Yes our dreams, even the big ones, can be achieved. But we cannot focus in just achieving it. We have to claim it. We have to use our hearts, our minds, our body- everything, just to get what we want. But even if we put everything in, we should prepare for all possible outcomes. And that includes failing and not getting what we’ve worked hard for. Just be realistic. And just be resilient. If you are not destined to achieve this one goal, chances are, you’re fate lies in another one.
Kung sa pag ka ready lang ng sarili, oo, super ready na ako. Pero hindi pa ready yung lalaki para sakin, weak e, bagal dumating. Hahaha. And hindi pa ready yung paligid ko, dami pa gumugulo. Siguro di pa tamang panahon.
I will always be that friend who’s good at giving advice but is not capable of following it. We have heard stories about people like me, but no one fully understood, why people like me existed. Maybe you really can’t have everything. Maybe the gift of wisdom is not something you take on your own, but something you share with others. And that wisdom can only be retrieved from one’s personal experiences that’s why people like me always have the hardest downfall. People like me always get the worst seed. Sometimes I ask myself, is it fair that I am clueless with how to deal with my personal life when in fact, I had answers and solutions to the problems of other people? Why is that? I believe that what I have is a gift. And it delights me whenever people learn from the things that I say. Or when I make things easier for the people I care for. But there are times, and God were they many, when all I wanted was to give advice to myself. All I wanted was to solve my problems. And be there for myself. Just like how I was there for others.
“I always admired how courageous you were in fighting your battles and how brave you were in conquering your fears. But there is one thing that I don’t like about that strength of yours, and that’s how you manage to carry on a day or two without saying a word to me.”—Uncategorized
Definitely To love. Because for me, love is about finding happiness in the joy of others. Something like that. So it’s not supposed to be about me. It’s about them- my family, friends and loved ones. So I guess the best thing to do is love. Spread love. Love love love.
I literally laughed when I saw your question. Hahaha. Why do I feel like i’m too old for that? Parang slumbook yung tanong e. But on a much serious note, I don’t have a crush on someone who’s within reach. Most of them are like celebrities or fictional characters from a book/movie.
Last October 20, I got to celebrate my eighteenth birthday. It was just a simple celebration. I invited friends for dinner at our house and we just played around and talked. It was a short breather for the USC since we have an upcoming event this week and it was also a mini reunion for my high school friends and the Team Bananas (our team who went to Korea last July) who have been very much busy with their own lives and problems in their respective colleges.
Super friends! :) Team BANANA, USC and my high school friends. <3