After conquering 10 final exams week, I am about to nail the last one tomorrow. I claim it! Now I reminisce the first day I entered college way back in June 2010. How time flies so fast like a lightning from the sky!
In a matter of hours on Friday, Typhoon Haiyan completely devastated parts of the central Philippines. It was one of the strongest storms ever recorded. The death toll is estimated up to 10,000 with hundreds of thousands more displaced. The country has declared a “state of calamity.”
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive”—Acts 20:35
I am happy that I made the first cut. My hands were shaking when I received the news. Thank you to Ma’am Jonnah for motivating me. She’s the best professor in MCL. That’s a fact. I must prepare for it. I am so nervous but happy and proud at the same time. This is it! If this is the right path for me, I know God will guide me along the way. I am ready to leave a good mark, always, and forever will be.
P.S. Thank you for the long weekend, which means more time of preparation.
Application sent! I am really hoping for the best. I am doing this because I want to fix the educational system of this country by doing something ideal yet powerful and permanent. I seek to change people’s lives in any way I could as I change mine along the way. I may sound too idealistic, but I aspire to achieve educational equity.
For the second time, I experienced a formal phone interview. I hope I did well. I will learn the result in three weeks’ time. No matter what happens, at least I got shortlisted. Fingers crossed, very tightly.
“Life is full of busyness: work, family, friends, housework, the list goes on and on. Take a few minutes right now to let yourself just rest. Quiet your mind and let the silence relax your body.”—God wants you to know
Astounding creativity and national pride filled the air as famous Filipino fictional characters were once again brought to life in Malayan Colleges Laguna’s (MCL)-College of Arts and Science (CAS) Week 2013 celebration. MCL staged its second “Pinoy Panitakan Cosplay” on February 14 at the school ground.
Over 500 students taking Filipino courses came out mimicking through their costumes, actions, and fighting styles a myriad of Filipino fictional characters such as Panday, Enteng Kabisote, Lastikman, and Darna.
Panitikan Prof. Rogelio F. Valenzuela, the head organizer of the Cosplay event, conceptualized the idea of bringing favorite Filipino characters in literature, comics, TV series, and film to life to uphold the rich culture and arts of the Philippines.
According to him, it is the only version in the country that showcases fictional characters that are 100% Filipino.
He further explained that the 2nd Pinoy cosplay took a historical approach in building the program: a dramatization of the Philippine History was staged first prior to the National Anthem; the fashion show of the student cosplayers had voice over about the history of the characters they were portraying; and there was a book parade of the characters from Ibong Adarna, Florante at Laura, Noli Me Tangere, and El Filibusterismo.
A “Sabayang Pagbigkas” titled “Takas” was also creatively performed showcasing illustrious Filipino fictional protagonists and antagonists.
And because it was also Valentine’s Day, famous Filipino love teams in literature, TV series, and films also did the catwalk such as Malakas-Maganda and Sir Chief-Maya.
More importantly, this year’s event also integrated the value of bayanihan and heroism in raising awareness and elevating the students’ interest in Philippine literature.
The latter part of the 2nd Pinoy cosplay revealed “Who’s the real superhero”. Prof. Valenzuela said that everyone is superhero in his or her own way; he believes that it is just about realizing that the change one wants should begin in one’s own self.
“Real power actually lies within one’s heart. We, ordinary Filipinos, are veritably the new heroes of our time,” he said.
Furthermore, Prof. Valenzuela described Pinoy cosplay as a creative venue for the students to better appreciate Philippine literature; hence 60 elementary pupils from Niugan Elementary School in Cabuyao were invited to witness the event. The children also participated in a storytelling led by another batch of student cosplayers.
Prof. Ma. Rovilla C. Sudprasert, MCL’s Values Education, Languages, Social Science, and Humanities cluster head and this year’s CAS Week 2013 overall head, said that the event was a success as it also fostered camaraderie among the students, faculty members, and school officials.
The event culminated with a Pledge of Heroism where everyone promised to be a good citizen by doing the best that they can be and to cultivate national pride and culture in everything that they do.
The 2nd Pinoy Cosplay was one of the highlights of the 3rd MCL-CAS Week Celebration.
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Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Thank you Lord for this very wonderful blessing! I didn’t expect this. *tears* Ganito pala yung pakiramdam. Nakakaiyak, sobra. Super thank you talaga Lord!! Thank you for giving me knowledge and wisdom,…