Me, celebrating my 22nd <3
Thank you to my family who has always been there no matter what. This birthday may be simple but was ‘simply’ amazing!
I’m on my way home longing to my pillow… when suddenly, a strange feeling caught my breath.. “It’s Indigo” the only words I left unsaid.
I’m not sure what I was thinking that time, but out of nowhere, I stood up and told the driver to stop the bus. He looked at me puzzled then he stopped driving and said, “Yung langit no?” I quizzically looked back at him , then he continued ” Yung langit. Maganda no? Pipicturan mo diba?” I just smiled and started my journey!
I’m walking so fast, I don’t want to lose the sky, that’s what I thought. I’ve never seen that wonderful creation ever in my 22 years of existence, seriously, so I badly want it in my camera. ^_^
After looking for a best place to set up my tripod, I start playing with my shutter and here it is!
But… Something wonderful too, caught the attention of my camera lense.. I felt so relaxed when I looked at it, I even want to rag on it, but the weather is getting bad so I stayed where I am and just gazed at it until the rain arrived.
This is one of the reason why I love going somewhere, planned or not, I just want to walk, sit, gaze, breath, think. smile. every time I do this, I discover something about myself which help me to grow spiritually.
I admired our Almighty God for creating such a wonderful world where true meaning of life is hidden under His word. #
1st Leaf Award in Media: BEST ADVERTISEMENT & BEST VOICE OVER.
Thankyou sa lahat ng naging parte ng commercial nato. Sa buong staff ng Kislap Production. sa adviser ng abc301. sa mga naging talent. sa International Highschool. sa parents ko na nagtiis na walang skype ng ilang araw at gabi, maedit ko lang to, at sa mga kapatid kong nagtiis na hindi gumamit ng computer to give way at sa lahat ng naka’appreciate ng video nato to win the major award. Thankyou! This video is only a 30seconder commercial but the memory given by its production is Forever
CLICK.SHARE.HELP. Let us make this advocacy not just a project, but an advocacy indeed! Thankyou guys for being part of this advocacy.
© 2013 Mamaw Production
Sarah Mae Divinagracia
Shannon Mae Alilio
Thea Marie Sanchez
Venus Rae Umali
My Luneta Park Photowalk wasn’t finished by meeting the 3 year old Girl Jessica. What made my day the most was meeting this group of “makukulit” elementary student from Perfecto High School in Tondo, Manila.
I was sitting in the middle of the field enjoying the blue sky when a group of kids shouted at me “Ate! Picturan mo kami!” and so I did!
I thought that would end there, but they stayed and had a “bonggang bonggang kwentuhan” with me! We talked about their family and school. I asked them why they chose to stay in Luneta Park after school instead of heading straight to their respective houses. According to them, the place helps them to escape from their problems. One of them said “Ayoko sa bahay. Nag-aaway magulang ko e”
After hearing their stories, I somehow see myself in them. I can relate, because like them, I also want to escape. I went to Luneta to escape and find a better place to breath and forget.
I admired these kids, they know how to enjoy.
Of course I wouldn’t let them go without taking a “groupie”
Before they went home, they gave me their names so that I can add them up on Facebook. I really appreciate that they want to keep in touch with me. They also promised me that if I have time to come back in Manila, they’ll bring me in Intramuros.
These kids taught me something that I wouldn’t forget.. that is to ENJOY! Go outside, make new friends, laugh! Play and live.
It’s been a long time since I went somewhere alone. Due to a lot of commitments, I forgot to unwind and savor the beauty of Earth.
So yesterday, I decided to visit Luneta Park. Lucky me I brought Caku(Canon1100d) with me. Manila is such a great place to have a photo walk because every corner of it tells a story and it reminds us of our incredible history.
While walking and enjoying the place, I saw this little girl.
She was alone that time so I approached her and asked her if she’s with someone else, she said that she’s just waiting for her mother, so I decided to stay a little bit.
While we were talking, she saw my camera. I saw on her eyes the amusement, then she said “ate picturan mo nga ako” I laughed because she’s so charming and innocent. Of course I took a shot of her and she posed like nothing in this world could steal her smile!
She lives in Vaseco, when I asked her what she’s doing in Luneta, she said “kasama ko mama ko. Nagtitinda kami ng kape” then she asked me if we could have a picture together ^_^
Before I said goodbye, I gave her something to eat, I saw her excitement when I gave her the paper bag with food inside. I could hear her saying “wow! Yehey! Ang sarap niyan!” When I was about to help her to open the food, she resisted and said “Antayin ko na lang si mama, para hati kami” She really made me smile. She’s so different!
She looks very innocent but her heart is well experienced. She knows how to care and express love to her mother, which made me realize that I am so lucky to have a complete family and good life.
I really wished her the best. I hope that she’ll find the best place on earth where she could just play and enjoy her life. #
They say that love is merrier the second time around but I say, Hard work is more worth it the second time around!
I just finished my first 300 hours of internship in SOCO and guess what?! I decided to continue another 300 hours in the same program. When Miss Jocelyn Sambilay advised me to try other program or department, I was, yeah, kinda had a second thought because she might be right. Oh actually, she’s right. That I should explore to learn more.
Yes! I want to explore and I have this desire to learn more, and I see that “more” in SOCO. I want to learn more from the people behind this program and from the people behind every story that they feature. I remember my first day of internship, I was like, so nervous because I’ll be working with the professionals but as time goes by until my second internship I found myself working harmoniously with them.
I am very thankful that SOCO has given me an opportunity to experience how they really work and produce a story that has an impact to the viewers because it’s a sad reality that not all OJT’s are as lucky as I am that’s why I’m so grateful being part of one of its story that will be airing on July 26 which is the Marikina Massacre. People behind this story gave me an opportunity to work hands on from research, coverage and reenactment.
During our research, Sir Brian Blay, one of the researcher of SOCO let me do his job :D well, still with his guidance. At first, I was like, “wooah”, “what should I do?” “what is it?” “how is it” “OMG!” then he told me “Hindi mo matututunan kung hindi mo susubukan”. He taught me not to limit myself, that I can go as far as my mind lets me. So I tried, and I didn’t fail him and myself as well. He let me talked with the OCC of the Regional Trial Court of Marikina for the copy of documents needed, talked with some officials and personnel.
Then we started to look for the survivors of the massacre and we found them and they didn’t hesitate to welcome us. They entertained our questions and agreed to have a schedule of interview with the segment producer Sir Dennis Gutierrez. Then Sir Dennis taught me to prepare a shotlist of interviewee so that I have no reason to forget something. (He’s very organized: D)
During the coverage, while listening to the interviewee, Miss Jeane, I learned the value of faith. I can feel her pain as she told us their struggle during the tragic event of their life. But more than of it, I saw her strength and determination to continue their life and move forward. She’s such a brave woman who made me realized that we live not as we wish, but as we can. I also admire Sir Dennis with how he handles the interview. How he managed to get the emotions of Miss Jeane and his son Janry.
After all the interviews, Sir Dennis and I prepared all the shotlist needed for the reenactment like letters, casting, props, setting and sequence of the story (103 sequence!). Then it’s time to reenact the story! I remember what Miss Jeane told us “Pwede ba yung kunin niyong gaganap sakin yung kasing ganda ko?!” and I guess we didn’t fail her! :D
That reenactment is the most memorable of my Practicum 2. It was a very exhausting day but I enjoyed and savored every moment of it and during that day I realized that I cannot do everything but I can do something and I must be good with that “something” because according to Thich Nhat Hanh, the present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments.
Sir Dennis gave me an opportunity to work with Direk JV for some scenes of the story where I am very much familiar with and I guess it’s an advantage that I made myself very familiar with the story. For me it is to avoid mistakes and misinformation.
I remember when Direk JV told me “nag-eenjoy ka talaga sa ginagawa mo no?” and then I said, “more than what you can see direk!” that made him laugh and told me “mag-apply ka agad pag graduate mo ha?” which I am planning toJ.
The production of Marikina Massacre is such a blast and unforgettable experience. I experienced being hands on researcher and being a segment producer as well. Thanks to Sir Dennis and Sir Brian for trusting me and for teaching me a lot of things but most of it, I’m thankful for their friendship.
Aside from them, I will definitely miss Ma’am Raquel, all his lunch and meryenda invitations, all “kwentuhan” about life, career and goal, also all her advices and words of wisdom. I’ll be missing working with her, especially the night when she called me for a help for an additional reenactment where I became her “camerawoman” :D, it’s one of the most frightening thing I ever did. Well I’m used to it, I should, because I have my own DSLR, I make short films and advertisement in school, I’m very much familiar with different camera shots, but this one is different. It’s for SOCO, so it’s different but of course there’s no way to be afraid of because doing something behind what you have mastered will help you to grow, and it did help me to grow as an enthusiast.
And as I always say, an experience will never be an experience if you do it alone. I’m glad that SOCO didn’t only teach me a lot of things, but it also helps me to gain new friends.
Thank you Miss Smile, and to all the people behind this great program for giving me a chance to grow, to explore, to discover myself and to gain experiences which will serve as my guidance and stepping stone into the real world. Thank you for the opportunity to have the best experience that every trainee wished for. You guys made my Internship meaningful and fruitful.
Everything that I did during my 300 hours developed my potentials and allows me to reach my objectives. It’s to face and accomplish every task with all my heart and to have an initiative to strive harder to learn and seek more. The experience you gave me is more than what it means. As a famous quote says, “Experience is the best teacher!” and nothing compares to the learning that you gave me. Yes, it might hard at first, actually it’s really hard, but when I learned to appreciate, love and enjoy what am I doing, it became easier and easier every day.
(Photo credit:Sir Lester Chavez)
I must say that SOCO is the best training ground where enthusiast like me, could learn and experience more than what you expect!
P.S Thankyou Miss Smile for giving me a copy of it I learned a lot!
Work to become, not to acquire.
14 Things We Need To Stop Doing If We Want To Live A Better Life
Resolutions for self-improvement are great (if you’re the type of person who is so self-disciplined that you can actually stay true to your goals for longer than one week).
As imperfect humans, we are more prone to listen when we are told, “No, don’t. STOP.” The negative seems to always be more powerful. Here are 14 things we should all stop doing:
1. Stop spending more on material goods than on experiences.
Sure, it’s great to feel pretty, handsome and sexy. A single compliment on your looks can make your whole day.
However, you are not truly deprived of anything material-wise. Save up for moments you will remember for the rest of your life, exhilarating moments that make your heart pound and take your breath away.
When you want something enough, you’ll figure out how to prioritize and afford it.
2. Stop making up stories to make your life seem more interesting than it actually is.
There is nothing glorious about superficiality and there is nothing wrong with the mundane.
Just tell the truth — to others and to yourself. Otherwise, you’ll fall for the false impression of yourself and you’ll believe you’re more worthy of complacency than you actually are. Then, you too will lose track of what’s real and what’s not.
3. Stop being afraid to say “YES” to more things.
Sitting around at home, on the Internet is comfortable and familiar, but there are so many more opportunities if you just show up.
Attend more meetings, sign onto new projects, go out for the sake of it, explore a new place by yourself and don’t be afraid to speak up. Feeling passionate and creative is so much better than feeling lethargic.
4. Stop beating yourself up for not having the time to work out.
Also, stop making excuses when you have plenty of time to get some exercise. If you feel like a blob on a couch, your brain probably looks like a blob on the couch, too.
5. Stop hating yourself for eating dessert.
But also, stop eating dessert just because you hate yourself. Chocolate may seem like an instant remedy for all of your insecurities, but there are other, more productive ways to deal with stress and emotions.
6. Stop scrolling through Twitter when you’re at dinner with friends.
Stop refreshing your news feed when you’re at a party. Stop checking your notifications every time you go out.
You will always be able to catch up on social media, but you only have so long with the people you care about.
7. Stop giving your time to frenemies and surrounding yourself with people who won’t reciprocate feelings of love.
Stop allowing people who think negatively of you to consume your energy; they don’t deserve it. For starters, find friends you can get to know on a sober level (there’s a thought!).
Make friends with people who are interesting and interested in you, too.
8. Stop being so judgmental.
Consciously stop basing first impressions on physical attractiveness. People are so much more than just a Facebook photo or a profile view from afar. They might surprise you about how beautiful they really are.
9. Stop revolving your every action on what people may think.
Let’s not throw it back to high school. If you think somebody is interesting or attractive, introduce yourself and tell him or her about it.
If you want to join a new friend group, club or project, don’t worry about the initial newbie awkwardness. Don’t refute your beliefs or deny your values because others disagree with them.
Don’t look disinterested or indifferent because you think it makes you seem cooler; it doesn’t. It only makes you seem dispassionate, emotionless and boring.
10. Stop complaining about being constantly busy.
No one cares and no one will pity you except for yourself. The pity party can only last so long before it runs dry. The next time you’re idly procrastinating, remind yourself that you are not so busy after all.
11. Stop overanalyzing everything.
Some people will love you and then will suddenly walk away without telling you what you did wrong.
Others may be fickle or flaky in trying to figure out exactly what they want, but you do the same thing. Why does every hookup need to be regretted? Why does every text, like or favorite need to have an alternate meaning? Just relax. Just let ambiguity… exist.
12. Stop erasing and regretting.
Write down ideas while they are still fresh; take way too many unnecessary photos. You’re in your 20s — live more while you can still call yourself young. You have time to regret everything later. Or, simply don’t regret.
13. Stop being afraid to pursue the dream, no matter how cliché it may sound.
You dream of writing books, creating films, becoming a CEO or this country’s president.
Why not let the desire to make your dreams come true overpower your fears for reaching them?
14. Stop beating yourself up for not being your 100 percent best all of the time.
Self-improvement is a gradual process. Self-discipline is important, but we all screw up.
We all cut corners and need vacations. Give yourself some leeway and then, get back on track.
Photo via Tumblr
MOTIVATION JUN 16, 2014 - 10:48AM
Why ‘What If I Had Done This?’ Is The Worst Possible Question You Can Ask Yourself
The biggest mistake I’ve made in my 23 short years is not having taken a risk that could have changed my life. No, seriously, I regret it every day.
I sit at home, jobless, trying to imagine where I’d be and what I’d be doing had I followed the advice of the tattoo on my arm and seized the day.
When I sat down to write this, I thought, “What advice or motivational tip could I possibly glean from my unfortunate regret to bestow upon my peers?” Well, here it is: When you’re presented with an opportunity, do yourself a favor and take it.
Eminem wasn’t lying, you guys — you only get one shot.
This past December, as a college senior, I was trying to figure out what to do in the next chapter of my life. I had applied for an internship at Esquire because I’m ambitious, a bit idealistic and a fan of the thought, “Why not?”
To my surprise, I heard back almost immediately. I interviewed with the publication, pitched some stories and pulled an all-nighter researching and writing a story as a test. They ended up liking my work (and apparently, me, too) and offered me the internship.
There was only one problem (there’s always one problem, right?): It had all moved so fast. They wanted me to go to New York at the start of the year and hit the ground running.
Now, you may be saying, “Problem? What’s the problem?” And if that’s what you’re thinking, you sound like every last one of my friends. However, it was very short notice and I didn’t necessarily anticipate getting the internship.
I would have had to put off graduating for a semester or more, found someone to sublease my apartment in just a few weeks’ time, renege on my job as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper (which also provided a full scholarship) and figure out how I would get to the Big Apple.
All of the decisions seemed insurmountable, while the time was still short. As you can probably guess, I ended up not going. I tried to position myself for an internship during the summer; I even showed up at the magazine’s offices on a school trip to New York, but it didn’t do much good.
The moment, the opportunity and the life that could have been, had passed. Maybe that’s overly dramatic, but I want it more now than I did when the magazine initially offered the position to me. I’d go to school for three more semesters to get the chance again.
As I sit at home, every day, and apply to almost any publication that’s hiring, I’m sure I’ll find something eventually. And I’m sure I’ll enjoy it, move on and go about my life. But, it won’t be Esquire; it won’t be that opportunity.
I’ll never know what could have been, so do me a favor and don’t make my mistake. If Esquire — or whatever your personal “Esquire” is — offers you an internship, take it. Make it work, drop your things, pack your bags and go for it.
You’re young and you can afford to take risks. When you’re not having luck in the job hunt, you don’t want to find yourself wondering, “What if?”
So, take the risk, take the job, move to that city, go on that adventure and kiss the girl, because, well, you simply never know.
Photo Courtesy: Tumblr
MOTIVATION JUN 19, 2014 - 11:53AM